Cassandra Piat

All about the woman, the author and Mauritius…

If we were having coffee…

coffee cup    Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been soooo long! I thought an “If we were having coffee” post would be an ideal way to make my comeback and catch up. So please grab a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer, and settle down with me for a chat.

If we were having coffee, I would say that it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything and it feels great to be back! The last time I wrote, my second book, Stuck with Me, was about to come out. It’s been a year and a bit already now but unfortunately sales haven’t really taken off. I’m still hoping for a miracle 😊. It just came out in print in Mauritius a few months ago and I’m crossing fingers that it’ll go well. Sales or no sales, it’s still an awesome feeling to be able to click on worldwide websites and see my books on there. I still get the “Oh Wow! Those are my books!!” shock every time! Even if only a few people read it, it’s still an amazing feeling to know that you made someone laugh, smile and spend a few enjoyable hours with your characters and story.

 

amxietyIf we were having coffee I would tell you that after suffering with anxiety for years, thus including anxiety in my second book, Stuck with Me, I’m relieved to say that I’m much, much better now and that I managed to go to Europe for 3 weeks, get on the plane and do everything else without once feeling anxious – which I couldn’t believe. It was AMAZING. But this year, my 13-year-old son began suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and its heart breaking to see. I feel so powerless because I know exactly what he’s going through, how awful and hard it is to cope with it and there’s NOTHING I can do to make it go away. I talk him through it and it does soothe him a little knowing that I went through the same thing and understand what he’s feeling, but it still doesn’t make it stop. The hardest thing is not being able to make it go away for him… I would take my anxiety back in a heartbeat if it meant his would disappear… He’s only 13 years old. The worst thing with anxiety is that you’re the only one who can fight it – no one can do it for you. It’s all in your mind and you’re the only person who can get in there and stop it from taking over your life. You are the only one who can put the advice people give you into practice and use the methods there are to relax and calm down. I wish that I could just hop into his head and do it for him – but I can’t. I can only hope and pray that with time he’ll learn how to cope like I did so that he can lead a normal-ish life and start doing all the things he’s always loved doing again and that he can’t anymore. He is slowly getting better with the medication and cognitive therapy sessions thank goodness and we can only hope that it continues on like this. Do any of your children have anxiety or are depressed? I’d love to hear from you as it really helps to know that we’re not alone… If you have any tips that could help too, that would be awesome.

netflixIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve become a Netflix series junkie! 😊 Yep, I’ve gone through so many series and recently suddenly developed a weird fascination for hospital/medical series! So bizarre. I just finished watching the 4 seasons of The Night Shift and then moved onto Emily Owens M.D. I’m so disappointed that there’s only 1 season of Emily Owens as I really enjoyed that. It’s a nice mixture of cute doctors in scrubs, humour, romance and… surgical procedures 😊 (ok so I’m not a huge fan of the cutting bodies part, but the rest is great). So now I’m at a loss as to what to watch. Any suggestions other than Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Life Unexpected, Suits and New Girl??

 

If we were having coffee I would tell you that as mentioned above, we spent 3 weeks in Europe in March. It was wonderful although it was beyond freezing. We spent a week at a ski station and it snowed almost every day with temperatures ranging from -9 to -15 every day. So, soooo cold!

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Seriously they hadn’t had temperatures so low in over 50 years – it even snowed on the beach in Biarritz!

After seeing the movie ‘Letters to Juliet’, my daughter and I, both huge romantics at heart, decided that we couldn’t go to Europe without visiting Verona. And I’m so glad we did. It was magical. The old town is just so beautiful and I understand why it inspired Shakespeare to write.

Anyway, we visited the courtyard with Juliet’s balcony and the wall of letters. There was something pretty special about it despite all the hype and the crowds. I don’t know if for me it was because in the movie, ‘Letters to Juliet’, there were women who acted as Juliet’s secretaries and who answered the letters that people left on the wall, giving them advice and helping them, giving the letters-on-the-wall thing a real meaning, but there definitively was a romantic vibe to the place. Except maybe for the part where everyone seems to want to take pictures with their hand on Juliet’s breast! I’m sure that isn’t something Romeo would have been very happy about – or Juliet too for that matter J!!

20180304_123030It was cute too because my daughter left a letter on the wall – she’s 15 years old and experiencing her first love. So sweet. How about you? What’s the city you find the most romantic and why?

writing againAnd before I go, I just thought I’d tell you that I’ve finally started writing again. I stopped after the release of ‘Stuck with Me’ for various reasons…

But I’ve finally picked up my pen/computer again and I’m so excited with my idea.

gril thinking about writing I’m still fine tuning the details but I’m just enjoying getting lost in my imaginative world again.

cassandra-piat If you haven’t read Stuck with Me yet, please give it a try. It’s funny and romantic but also deals with deeper issues like anxiety, relationships, family, trust and happiness – and not to forget that it set in Mauritius and includes a lot of wonderful quirky Mauritian scenes, and the last part is in Perth which also rocks.

Link: Stuck with me  https://www.amazon.com/Stuck-Me-Cassandra-Piat-ebook/dp/B01MSMGEJV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531130275&sr=8-1&keywords=cassandra+piat

A bientôt!

 

PS.   I first saw the Coffee posts on Suzie Speaks’ blog – check out her awesome blog here! https://suzie81speaks.com her/ But she says that initially the Coffee posts was the brainchild of the Part Time Monster which you can check oute! https://parttimemonster.com

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Stuck with Me Weekend Blitz

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This past weekend Stuck with Me was part of a blitz organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours. I’m thrilled to be able to share lots of new reviews, as well as a few excerpts and guest posts…

Ali The Dragon Slayer – Review

“If you want something slightly different from the run of the mill Chick-Lits give this a go.”

Brizzlelass Books – Review

“One thing I was extremely impressed with was Cassandra Piat’s handling of anxiety”

Everywhere & Nowhere – Review & Excerpt

“It is a very light-hearted story, it does deal with some more serious issues like deception, trust and anxiety.”

The French Village Diaries – Review

“This book is a perfect, easy (no-thought-required) holiday read that is packed full of laughter and emotions, and that will transport you to Mauritius, a very special place.”

Jenny in Neverland – Talking Anxiety with Cassandra

Life at 17 – Review

“There were some terribly funny moments especially during the first half of the novel. I laughed a lot”

Rae Reads – Review & Excerpt

“The setting for the story is stunning and Cassandra Piat has really set the scene, there were plenty of occasions where I felt as if I was right there on holiday”

The Little Novelist – Q & A

The Stationery Geekette – Review

“Anyone who loves reading a bit of romance and comedy should really give this a go I would highly recommend it.”

The Writing Garnet – Review

“Stuck with Me is your ideal holiday read”

With Love for Books – Review & Guest Post on Samantha – one of my characters from Stuck with Me

“Stuck with Me is one of the sweetest romance stories I’ve read in quite a while, it’s as sweet as honey and I loved it from the beginning. The characters are so likeable and I felt the happiness radiate off the pages.”

A big thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for organising this weekend blitz and thanks to all the bloggers who took the time to review and/or host me on their blog 🙂

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 to you all. May all your dreams come true and may the year be filled with love, happiness, good health, friendship, laughter and joy. As for me, a new year, a new beginning… time to start working on book No. 3 :-)

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HOLLY JOLLY CHICK LIT HOP IS HAPPENING NOW!

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Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

 

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

 

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you’d like to give them a “like” and follow along:

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi/

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin

Laura Chapman https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks/

Nikki Mahood https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMahood/

Carol Maloney Scott https://www.facebook.com/carolmaloneyscottauthor/

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th

Laurie Baxter https://www.facebook.com/LaurieBaxterAuthor/

Jamie Farrell https://www.facebook.com/JamieFarrellBooks

Laura Kenyon https://www.facebook.com/laurakenyonwrites

Liberty Kontranowski https://www.facebook.com/libertykontranowskiauthor/

Amy Lynch https://www.facebook.com/AmyLynchauthor

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th

Traci Andrighetti https://www.facebook.com/traciandrighettiauthor/

Renee Conoulty https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor/

Robyn Neeley https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

Gail Olmsted https://www.facebook.com/gailolmstedauthor

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th

Amanda Aksel https://www.facebook.com/AmandaAksel/

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieAuthor

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Zara Stoneley https://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley/

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks/

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

Clodagh Murphy https://www.facebook.com/clodaghmurphyauthor

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th

Becky Monson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson/?fref=ts

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

Andrene Low https://www.facebook.com/andrenelowauthor/?fref=ts

Cassandra Piat https://www.facebook.com/Cassandra-Piat-1700738916820157/?fref=ts

Amy Rivers https://www.facebook.com/amyrivers.writer/

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

Leah Marie Brown https://www.facebook.com/leahmariebrownauthor2/

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Jean Oram https://www.facebook.com/JeanOramAuthor/

Fern Ronay https://www.facebook.com/FernRonay

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th

Jax Abbey https://www.facebook.com/JaxAbbeyAuthor/

Laura Barnard https://www.facebook.com/laurabarnardbooks

Phoebe Fox https://www.facebook.com/PhoebeFoxAuthor/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author/

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th

Amy Gettinger https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gettinger-1412625005719904/

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Elise Noble https://www.facebook.com/EliseNobleAuthor/

Rosa Temple https://www.facebook.com/RosaTempleWriter/

K.C. Wilder https://www.facebook.com/girlonawirekcw/

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14th

Isabelle Andover https://www.facebook.com/IsabelleAndover/

Michele Brouder https://www.facebook.com/MicheleBrouder/

Jennifer Farwell https://www.facebook.com/JenniferFarwellAuthor

Holly Tierney-Bedford https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

Nicole Waggoner https://www.facebook.com/NicoleWaggonerAuthorCircusofWomen/

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th

Kathryn Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel/

Geralyn Corcillo https://www.facebook.com/geralyncorcillothewriter/

Maggie Dallen https://www.facebook.com/MaggieDallenAuthor/?fref=ts

Jillianne Hamilton https://www.facebook.com/JillianneHamilton/

Patrice Locke https://www.facebook.com/bypatricelocke/?fref=ts

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th

Cindy Arora https://www.facebook.com/cindyaroraeatwritelove/

Amy Avanzino https://www.facebook.com/AmyAvanzino/

Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/theapartmentmanagersblog

Susan Murphy https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor/

Lucie Simone https://www.facebook.com/simonandfig

There are also several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

 

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Stuck with Me… now on Amazon :)

 Stuck with Me is out on Amazon.. yay!! What a lovely present for my 43rd birthday 🙂 So many people helped me with this book and I hopefully included everyone in my acknowledgements. Here’s a screen shot from Stuck with Me to thank you, my social media followers…

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 And here’s what a few people who helped me along the way have to say about Stuck with Me

“I read an early draft of this book and was completely charmed.” Meredith Schorr, bestselling author of romantic comedy and sassy women’s fiction

“It was one of the best romantic comedy stories ever”Sequence – Beta reader

“What a great book… There were moments in this book that I literally laughed out loud. Then there were moments that just kind of warm your heart… “ – Nicole – Beta reader

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And if you’d like to know a bit more about Stuck with Me, I’ve got a Book Blast organised by Aimee from Hello Chick Lit and here’s the schedule for … with thanks to all these lovely bloggers 🙂

Visit all the Tour Stops:

Grass monster – Twitter Blasts
Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Promo/Social Media Blasts
Book Lover in Florida Book Promo/Author Guest Post
Rae reads – Book Promo/Excerpt Post
Ali’s Book Nook – Facebook Post
Jena Books – Book Promo Post/Author Guest Post
Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt Post
Authors & Readers Book Corner – Book Excerpt Post
BFD Book Blog – Book Excerpt Post

Tour arranged by: HCL Author Services & Book Tours
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Stuck with me is available now on Amazon at the release price of 99c/99p until November 30th

 
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Big Book Sale

Happy Holidays, Book Fans!  We have HUGE book savings for you beginning BLACK FRIDAY (November 25, 2016) all the way though CYBER MONDAY (November 28, 2016). Books of various genres are On Sale – f…

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Stuck with Me… Book Blast Sign Up…

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So it’s finally happening, Stuck with Me will be released on Amazon on November 24th (on my birthday!). Aimee from Hello Chick Lit is organising a book blast and signups are now open, click the link below if you’d like more details. I’d be thrilled if you’d like to join me on my release day 🙂

http://hellochicklit.com/book-tour-signup-stuck-with-me

And here’s the blurb…

Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and trust.

And here’s a link to my Stuck with Me Pinterest board:

https://www.pinterest.com/cassandrapiat/stuck-with-me-photo-album/

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September Newsletter Giveaway

Subscriber giveaway – 3 Amazon Kindle copies of Dating for Decades

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I read Dating for Decades last month and really enjoyed it so I’ve chosen it for my September Newsletter Giveaway. Everyone on my mailing list on September 28th goes into the draw and three names will be chosen at random and each will receive an Amazon.com Kindle copy of Dating for Decades.  If you’re not on my mailing list yet – here’s the link to sign up http://eepurl.com/bwZKl5

And here’s a bit about the book:

IT guru Cassie Noble can depend on networks and servers. It’s the people in her life that always let her down. With her fortieth birthday looming, she’d love to find a way to trust and commit to someone.

Eager to work out her problems methodically, Cassie reaches out to her support group. Electrician Keith manages to infiltrate their all-female ranks, infuriating her with his flippant jokes and his all-too laid back attitude. The other women all find him hilarious and she can’t see why. She takes this seriously and he’s doing anything but.

When Cassie needs Keith’s help on a project at her day job, she’s dreading having to work closely with him, however much his hazel eyes make her stop dead in her tracks. As days turn to weeks, he starts to break down her hard exterior. She’s seeing new possibilities. She’s seeing the future…a life that is joyful and bright. A life that includes Keith.

But when a letter from her mother drags her back to the world where Cassie has no control, she shuts down. Can her support group yank her back from that place where hope is lost? And can the man who once drove her crazy be the one who finally doesn’t let her down?

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Editing, editing, editing…do you kill your darlings?

Hi everyone!

I recently took part in One Book at a Time‘s Blogiversary and I thought I’d reblog my guest post today…

Over the past year I’ve read quite a few author guest posts and found that they are all inspiring, often sharing their experiences or giving valuable advice on some aspect of writing or another… so I guess mine’s going to be pretty different because it will be neither of those things! Let’s just say that it’ll be more along the lines of a soul-searching piece on editing and rewriting – or, then again, just a major rant on the subject!

All writers know about the task of editing and re-writing… and I can safely say that for me, it’s the most harrowing part of writing a book. Well to be honest, I actually don’t mind it at first – let’s say the first 3, 4 or even 5 times I read through my manuscript, but when 6 months down the line I’m still editing and re-writing THE SAME MANUSCRIPT – well let’s just say I’m really feeling those “shouty” capitals!

It never ceases to amaze me, but every single time I read through my manuscript again, I make new changes. So much so that sometimes I wonder whether my final story will be anything like the lovely story I had actually written to start off with! I say the ‘lovely story’ because I did find my story rather lovely THE FIRST 10 TIMES I READ IT!!! (oops sorry, “shouty” capitals again!!). But now, I honestly have no idea if it’s any good. I mean how could I – just imagine reading a book over and over again, wouldn’t you get totally sick of it after a while and end up finding it a total bore? Sure you would! So how can we writers not get to the point of being sick and tired of reading our work? Is there such a thing as too much editing or over-editing? How do we know when to STOP? And finally, how can we keep an objective point of view on our work when we’ve read it over and over (and over and over and over) again?

Oh noooo… I just realised that you probably thought that I was now going to give you answers to those questions! Oh dear… I actually have no idea what the answers are!! (But if you happen to know, please, please enlighten the newbie writer that I am ☺)

So as I have no answers to these questions, while I wait to receive some enlightenment from you all, let’s talk about another aspect of the whole editing thing. As I mentioned just before, I’ve been editing and re-writing my story for a long time now. The first six months was to clean it up before sending for a manuscript critique, and now the past six months has been the re-writing process – and now of course I need to edit the re-writing!!

Anyway, over the past few months I’ve read lots of great articles giving advice on how to efficiently edit a book (I know, maybe I should have read them before starting editing the first time around…), and every time I read an article, I found something that I needed to apply to my manuscript (words to avoid etc.) so I had to go over the whole book again from square one and apply the new changes throughout the document.

QUICK NOTE: Woohoo! I’ve just realised that I have a bit of advice for everyone out there – and more importantly, myself – read all the articles and posts you can about the best editing techniques BEFORE you start the first edit of your manuscript!

Okay, back to my manuscript. I have one little dilemma left to solve… Recently I read yet another great post about effective editing, and one of the points has been troubling me since… I can’t decide whether I should follow the author’s advice on that point or not – so I thought this would be a great opportunity to ask you for your opinion on the matter… The advice is; Kill your darlings. In other words, parts of the story that you love and which have special meaning to you, but which don’t actually serve a direct purpose in the story.

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So my dilemma is: I’ve brought back Lucy and Matt, the main characters from my first book, What’s it gonna be?, in a few scenes in my second book although they don’t serve a direct purpose in moving my new story along.

Why did I do it you ask? For the simple reason that when I read a book, I grow really fond of the characters and always think that it’d be nice to know how they’re doing after the end of the book. I’ve read books by a few authors who often include the characters from their previous books in their new books, albeit briefly, and I’ve always thought it was pretty cool to catch up with those characters again. So I thought that’s what I’d do – give my readers a quick peek into the lives of the Lucy and Matt since Whats it gonna be?.  So what do you think? Keep my darlings or remove them? I would really appreciate your comments on the subject.

To leave you on a positive note, I have to say that one of the great things in life is that we learn from experience and from our mistakes, so you can be sure that next time I’ll definitely read up on editing tips before starting the whole editing process ☺ ☺ ☺…

Thanks for reading! And thanks to Julie for once again hosting the Fiction Writers Blog Hop 🙂 To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-aug-2016

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