Cassandra Piat

All about the woman, the author and Mauritius…

Reviews that warm my heart

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One of the best things when you’re a writer is to discover a great new review about your book. To see that a reader has enjoyed your book, felt connected to your characters, laughed, felt emotional and basically that they felt all the the things you hoped they would while reading your story, is just the most amazing feeling in the world.

I thought I’d share a few of the reviews that touched me…

As the book is a romantic comedy, I really wanted my readers to have a good laugh. I’ll never forget the first rom-com/chicklit books I read when I was in my mid-twenties (Jill Mansell, Carole Mathews etc), where I would find myself laughing out loud and sometimes be off in fits of giggles, trying to keep it down because my now-husband was sleeping next to me! I’ve always wanted to be able to do that for my readers, to make them laugh and feel happy. But then again, I also wanted to make people care about my characters and get attached to them, and really feel for them as the story unfolds. So when I read reviews like these and see that I seem to have managed to do both, it makes me so unbelievably happy.

“There were some terribly funny moments, especially during the first half of the novel. I laughed a lot throughout this part. But I would like to add that the book was not only funny, there were some really heart warming, intense moments that touched my heart. I absolutely loved Adam and Molly’s love story.”

I giggled uncontrollably through some of the scenes, these two are such likeable characters and the scrapes they find themselves in range from infuriating, embarrassing, humorous and tears.

“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. I found myself getting cheerful every time I read a few pages of Stuck With Me.”

“I gave this book 5 stars because it is a well written book but also because it made me laugh and cry while I was reading it. Well done Cassandra. Another brilliant book.”

“Twists and turns and wonderful characters–this is what I liked the most although I don’t read much romance. I think I should. Because I got happier while reading this novel as I smiled a lot!”

“Thinking about Stuck With Me is going to make me smile for a long time…

One of my weak points is writing descriptions. I loved dialogue and feel that it comes easily to me, but I have trouble describing scenery and just descriptions in general aren’t my forte. So when I read reviews like those below, it reassures me and makes me think that there’s hope for me yet! 🙂

“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 with Molly and Adam.”

“Cassandra Piat has done a wonderful job capturing the greatness of Mauritius.”

“Stuck With Me is a beautiful, lighthearted romance, with a touch of real life tossed in just to keep it real. Piat is a master of description. (Major WOW! moment  for me when I read that 🙂 ) The exotic setting was beautifully described, transporting me to the location.”

I wanted to add realness to the book even though it was a romantic comedy. I suffer from anxiety and know a lot of people around me who do too. Its a subject that touches me and I wanted to talk about it in my book as a way of supporting those who suffer from anxiety disorders, to tell them that they aren’t alone. I also wanted to give a glimpse of what it’s like to go through panic attacks and just living with anxiety in general, so as to help those who have never experienced it to get a glimpse into this disorder so that it would help them to be compassionate when faced with someone with anxiety…  It was therefore very important for me to portray anxiety realistically and not make light of it, but at the same time not making it too serious, as my book remains a romantic comedy. It means so much to me to see that I seem to have managed to do this.

“One thing I was extremely impressed with was Cassandra Piat’s handling of anxiety. I think handling a mental health issue in a lighthearted book of this nature is difficult, it would be easy to brush it off, make light of it, or say thing that are quite inappropriate. Or equally to unbalance the book and make things too serious in a book that has a lighthearted tone. Cassandra found the perfect balance, finding the right level of serious, while keeping the easy nature of the book always bubbling underneath.”

“While it is a brilliant rom-com it also has a deeper more serious side that deals with anxiety and the resulting actions from this are dealt with sensitively and give a full explanation. I liked this added touch, that raised an already easy to read book into a memorable book for me.”

Thank you so much to all you readers out there who’ve left me these amazing gifts. It warms my heart and makes it all worth it.

For those of you who haven’t yet read Stuck with Me, it’s never too late 🙂

And for those of you who have already read it but not yet left a review, please please please do so on Amazon or goodreads. MERCI BEAUCOUP  🙂 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone, and ‘à bientôt’ from Mauritius!

Buy links https://cassandrapiat.wixsite.com/cassandrapiat/stuck-with-me

 

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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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If we were having coffee… this week

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Hi everyone,

I’m back again for another ‘If we were having coffee…’ post so please grab your coffee and settle down with me for a chat…

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I spent two weeks in Perth recently for my dad’s 70th birthday. It was the first time since I got married and had kids (15 years) that I was alone with no one but myself to worry about! What a treat. I slept in every day, watched movies in bed every night (of my choice – no sports, no action packed movies or thrillers!!!) and did whatever I wanted all day. It was magical. I spent most of my time with my family – parents, sister, brother, nephew and nieces and had the best quality time with them ever – not having to be disturbed every few minutes with the call ‘mu-um’ J My husband stayed in Mauritius with the kids and I must say he did a fantastic job – so I told him I would definitely do it again next year 🙂 This said, I was thrilled to see my brood again and was greeted at the airport with a sign that said,

“YES WE LOVE MUM”  🙂

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that although once I was in Perth it was wonderful, the pre-getting-on-the-plane anxiety was as usual a nightmare. It really ruins all the fun in going on holiday and I wish I could just be normal, and just be excited to get on a plane and travel the world like most people. But no, not me!

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As I observed other passengers in the departure lounge eating, having a drink or laughing and chatting away happily, just totally relaxed – I really wished I could be like that instead of having my insides twisted in a knot, not being able to get anything down and wanting to crawl under my sheets and hide. But the good thing is that although I had my anxiety attacks before both departures, I still managed to go, and that makes me stronger…

The anxiety is there and it’s horrible, but I won’t let it get the better of me!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had the huge treat of having coffee with the lovely and amazing Tess Woods whose beautiful book Love At First Flight came out in bookstores in Australia today!

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She was as lovely as I knew she would be and it was like I had known her all my life. It’s the first time I’ve met a foreign author in person, so it was a doubly special moment 🙂

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I ended up working with Sue Traynor on my cover (she’s done the covers of romantic comedy authors Geralyn Corcillo & Rich Amooi) and I just love her work. The cover is gorgeous and we’ve almost finalised it – just a last few colours and font details. It’s so exciting!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my book is finally out with Beta readers and that I should be getting feedback by next week. I’m so nervous!

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On the same note, I would add that I’m having trouble deciding how to start the prologue of my book – I have two possible options and just can’t make up my mind on which one I prefer, so I decided to ask for help through a survey.

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I must say that so many people have been wonderful and taken the time to read the options and give their opinion, and I’m really grateful. But there’s just a tiny problem at the moment… We’re at a stalemate – Option 1 and 2 are at a tie!! Looks like I’ll have to flip a coin between the two after all:-)

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we are at our beach cottage for a month as it’s the school holidays (2 months). Although it’s winter here at the moment, somehow at the beach it doesn’t matter too much. It’s a bit windy and the water is a rather cold, but the kids have lots of friends around and spend their time outside and away from the TV, iPads and computer which is wonderful.

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Right now they are cooking sausages on a makeshift fire on the beach :- )

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I started ‘Chapter One’ of my third book today!!! chapetr one

Although the characters are all very much in my head, I now have to work out how I’m going to tell their story… but I reckon there’s no better way to do than to just start writing… so I did just that today.  So exciting!

Okay, my little Robinson Crusoe’s are calling me to go and taste their delicious fire-cooked sausages on the beach, so I better head off  🙂

It was lovely to spend some time with you and until next time, take care and keep smiling.

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A bientot!

 

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

Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-july-2016

 

 

 

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Please help me choose the beginning for my prologue!

Hi everyone!

I’m trying to get my second book finalized but I’m stuck on the prologue!! I have three different versions and I just can’t decide which one works best. Every time I read through them, I change my mind on which one I prefer!!

So, I would really, really appreciate your help with this… If you have a moment, please could you read through the three options below and let me know in the comments which one works best for you.

Many thanks 🙂

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VERSION 1

PROLOGUE

Passport ✓
Airplane ticket ✓
Foreign currency ✓
Hotel address ✓
Hotel voucher ✓
Boarding pass ✓

Looks like I have everything, I sighed in relief. A wave of excitement washed over me as I realised that I was really, truly flying off to Mauritius! I still couldn’t believe my luck – and to think that I had won this trip made it all the more amazing. Suddenly it dawned on me that maybe this was one of those wonderful dreams you never want to wake up from, but inevitably do. No, it just couldn’t be – could it? I pinched myself hard to double check and instead of feeling pain, I heard a loud “OUCH!” coming from my left hand side. I turned in horror to the man sitting next to me.

“Oh my God! Did I really just pinch you?” I asked, utterly mortified.

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle when he saw the look on my face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

I laughed and introduced myself.

“Can I at least ask why you felt the need to pinch me?” he grinned.

I giggled and told him about winning a trip to Mauritius. He was friendly and easy to talk to so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

VERSION 2

PROLOGUE

“OUCH!”

I jumped in surprise, swivelling in horror towards the stranger sitting next to me.

“Oh my God! Please tell me I didn’t just pinch you!”

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle when he saw the look on my face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

“I’m so sorry, not to mention totally embarrassed, but I was actually meant to be pinching myself…” I said, feeling like a fool.

“And pinching yourself is something you do for fun?” he joked.

“No! I giggled my face flushing. “I won this trip in a photo competition and I guess I’m having a hard time believing that it’s actually real,” I explained. “I mean, just imagine – me, Molly Malahan, from Perth Western Australia, flying off to Mauritius! Totally surreal – so I was pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.”

“Well Molly Malahan from Perth Western Australia, I duly confirm that you’re not dreaming,” he said solemnly, stroking his arm, wincing.

I hid my face behind my hands and groaned in embarrassment.

“I’m only kidding, it didn’t hurt,” he laughed. “Well not much anyway…” he added teasingly.

He was friendly and easy to talk to, so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

VERSION 3

PROLOGUE

I had checked, double-checked and triple-checked that I hadn’t forgotten anything and, finally reassured, I was now sitting in the departure lounge waiting for my flight to be called. I was having a hard time sitting still and just couldn’t believe that I was really, truly about to fly off to MAURITIUS!!!

Oh no! What if this was one of those wonderful dreams that you never want to wake up from, but inevitably do? No. No way. It just couldn’t be – could it? I pinched myself hard just to be absolutely sure and to my surprise, instead of feeling pain, I heard a loud “OUCH!” coming from my left hand side. Puzzled, I turned towards the man sitting next to me and noticed that he was rubbing his arm, wincing. I raised my eyes to his and was met by his angry glare, and suddenly realisation dawned…

Oh my God! Please tell me I didn’t just pinch you!”

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle at the sight of my horror-stricken face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

“I’m so sorry, not to mention totally embarrassed, but I was actually meant to be pinching myself – you know, like you do when you want to make sure that you aren’t dreaming.”

“Well I can confirm that you’re not,” he said solemnly, stroking his arm again and grimacing.

I hid my face behind my hands and groaned in embarrassment.

“I’m only kidding,” he laughed. “It didn’t hurt. Well, not much anyway…” he teased. “So want to tell me about it?”

“I won this trip to Mauritius in a photo competition and I guess I’m having a hard time believing that it’s true,” I babbled excitedly. “I mean, just imagine – me, Molly Malahan, flying off to MAURITIUS!”

“Well that explains a lot,” he said with a grin.

He was friendly and easy to talk to, so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

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My June Newsletter Book Choice – Miss Adventure

Subscriber giveaway – 3 Amazon Kindle copies of Miss Adventure 
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I just love Geralyn Corcillo’s books and have read them all – Queen of the Universe, 4 in the Afternoon and Miss Adventure… And this month I’ve chosen Miss Adventure as my newsletter book choice because I loved it and couldn’t put it down, it really made me want to get out there and do all the things I’m scared of doing:-) It was fun, funny, inspiring and touching.

So everyone on my mailing list on June 28th goes into the draw, three names will be chosen at random and each will receive an Amazon Kindle copy of Miss Adventure. So if you’re not on my mailing list yet – here’s the link to sign up http://eepurl.com/bwZKl5

And what’s in my newsletters? Here are the last two I sent…

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