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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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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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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If we were having coffee…

Hi everyone,

It’s been so long since I’ve written an actual post that I thought this would be a fun way to make a comeback  🙂

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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 the whole of last week sick in bed with a really bad flu, but I’m finally starting to feel better again. One good thing that came out of it is that I’m finally writing a blog post again after quite a long time…

I would tell you that I am so thrilled because for the first time since I published my book on Amazon sixteen months ago, I sold 43 books in 4 days during a 99c/99p Countdown deal. IMG_8234  My amazing sister, and virtual assistant, managed to get me on a few free promotion sites (Reading Deals, Read Freely, Booklover’s Heaven…) and it seems to have had the desired effect. This is HUGE for me because after the initial hype when my book first came out (hype made by friends and family of course) – and even then it was only 10 or so – I’ve never sold more than a few books a month. So 43 in a few days is amazing and I want to sing and shout it out over the rooftops! I’ve also had quite a bit of action on the page reads too which is also completely new to me and which warms my heart. THANK YOU to everyone who bought my book 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I met with my new illustrator last week, a Mauritian who is actually my daughter’s Art Teacher but who is ridiculously talented. His drawings are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. He seemed pretty excited to work on a book cover, thing he hasn’t done before. As I have a very specific thing in mind it shouldn’t be too hard for him to draw it up. I’m so impatient to see his first draft.

Oh yes, and as we’re talking about my cover I would also add that I’ve FINALLY found my title… drum roll please…

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…“Stuck with Me” it is! I’m so relieved as I thought that I would never find something suitable, but I really think this one works.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m currently trying to finish my re-re-re-re-re-re-re writing of “Stuck with Me” so that I can finally send it to beta readers for their comments.

IMG_8103I’m about halfway through but just read an article with a list of eight words ‘that need to be hunted down and deleted with extreme prejudice’ and I realised that I have a lot of 4 or 5 of these words in my manuscript! They include; suddenly, that, very, really and started. This means that I’ll have another re-rewriting to do on the first half!! Arrgghh! Rewriting and editing is the longest process ever! I’m so impatient to get my book out there so it’s becoming quite frustrating! But the rewards will be worth it in the end so I just have to keep at it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the weather is amazing in Mauritius today and that summer is finally over. I’m so happy not to be hot all the time anymore. At the moment, the days are warm and the evenings are cool – just love this season!                                                                     IMG_7960

If I were having coffee, I’d tell you that school broke up last Friday for our ten day Easter holiday break. In the French system, the Easter holidays, if you can call them that, always fall during the last week of April and first week of May no matter when Easter itself actually is!! Hmmm… no comment. Anyway, I’m soooo happy to have ten days off from getting up early, preparing the kids lunch boxes and doing the school run.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I watched Vampire Diaries today and that although Season 7 is still good and keeps me watching, I can’t help missing the light-heartedness of the prior seasons. It’s all a bit heavy this year and not much happiness and laughter in there at all. I can’t imagine what they will come up with for Season 8 as they’ve pretty much done it all.

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Damon’s still as gorgeous as ever though 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have to go now because I have to go to the supermarket to stock up on some food. I’m a twice-a-day supermarket goer in normal times and I haven’t been once this week so you can imagine what my fridge and kitchen cupboards look like as I write! Yep! Pretty empty, and the kids are not happy!

It was great spending some time with you. Have a lovely week and see you again soon!

A bientôt 🙂

P.S. 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

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Port Louis by light Festival

A few photos of the Port Louis by Light Festival that took place over the weekend in our capital city of Port Louis. It was amazing and I wanted to share it with you 🙂

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A little something to make you smile

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I saw this sign in front of the hippo enclosure at Casela Nature Park here in Mauritius. I thought it was hilarious! But then again, I reckon it’s sweet that they are more worried about the animals than us 🙂

For all of you who live overseas, ever seen signs like this in your nature parks/wildlife parks?

Have a great weekend 🙂

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