Hello to everyone following "Cupid by Proxy". I just shared chapter four if you are interested, in belated recognition to the projects inclusion as part of Inkshares "The List 2016" competition. Enjoy!

Hey Guys, 

Sorry it has been so quiet recently on the "Cupid by Proxy" front, this months Nerdist contest has been taking up a lot of my time because my entry "Squids In" has been somewhere in the top 7 from the start. It’s currently in 5th place so I really should be working on getting that book back up to 3rd, but I’ve been neglecting CbP for too long and need to issue an update. 

So last week I went and did some research at Alnick Castle and Grounds, specifically the Poison Garden, which houses the plants a lot of medicines and illegal drugs are derived from (including opium poppies, cannabis, cocaine, khat and even... rhubarb?)

This whole section of the grounds is gated and protected by security for obvious reasons. You can only enter when accompanied by a trained botanist who provides additional insight into each plant, its effects and some extra snippets of really interesting facts. It truly was a pleasure to visit and I recommend it to all.

It gave me some wonderful ideas with regards to the plants "The Arcanum" will utilize in their various concoctions and I plan to upload chapter 4 a little later this week after giving it another once over.

Thank you for following "Cupid by Proxy". If you are interested in something equally quirky but very different, please go check out my other project about a video-game playing octopus.


Great news! I have just uploaded Chapter Three of Cupid by Proxy. I hope you enjoy how the book is developing. I will only be uploading one more chapter to Inkshares in a week or so, but anyone who has pre-ordered may well receive a few more chapters over email.

Thank you for your continued support!


Just purchased the web address www.cupidbyproxy.com and put up a simple holding page. Last thing I would want is for my novel "Cupid by Proxy" to become a HUGE success, only for some URL squatter to snag the web address and hold me to ransom over it. It’s early days I know, but it’s best to think about such things in the early days...

Hey all, another day, another little thing to help entice people to pre-order Cupid by Proxy. This time, its a short little teaser video I put up on YouTube that shows another underlying theme of the book. Please check it out and if you like it, please like it on Inkshares so that others get an opportunity to see it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC90CzuVGnE

Since my latest novel "Cupid by Proxy" touches on the cultivation and use of illicit plants for medicinal purposes, I decided to make a Buzzfeed post called "Ten Plants that are used to make Illegal Drugs". You never know, you might learn something. All of these plants appear in "Cupid by Proxy" which is currently in the Pre-Order stage. You can check my Buzzfeed post here - https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewp4d317e6ea/ten-plants-that-are-used-to-make-illegal-drugs-2dqod

Pre-Orders are now available!!!
Me Matthew Poat · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Chapter Two just uploaded. have a read and find out a bit more about the members of the Arcanum!

Hey, how’s it going? Thanks for showing interest in me and the novel I am writing - Cupid by Proxy. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve just put together some new cover art and a new intro video, as I wasn’t all that happy with my previous one. You can check out the new items by visiting the project page. Thanks for your support! Matthew