Cassandra Piat

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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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Just love this…

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Valentine’s Day Fiasco

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Valentine’s day can be wonderfully romantic and special, but it can also sometimes be excruciatingly embarrassing for some… like me.

So instead of sharing my best Valentine’s moments with you, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my embarrassing one 🙂 So here goes…

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Okay, so I was only twelve years old at the time, but it still makes me cringe when I think about it and I remember it as if it were yesterday…

I had had a crush on this boy, Paul, for over a year. He wasn’t in my class but had been the previous year, and I thought he was amazing. He was one of the popular kids, and well… I wasn’t!

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I have no idea what got into me, but I decided to send him a Valentine’s card although I knew full well that he wasn’t interested in me, and would never be.

I bought a really cute card with a teddy on it written;

If you won’t be my Valentines…” on the front, and inside,

I’ll be yours, ok?”  puppy love

It was really cute. I wrote ‘Dear Paul’ inside, and instead of putting ‘???’ after ‘from’, I wrote my name by mistake!! Realising that I couldn’t give it to him with my name in it, I tipexed it out thinking it would do the trick. So after school the day before Valentine’s, my friend (who was in his class) and I waited until everyone had left before creeping back upstairs and slipping the card in his desk, giggling and finding it all very funny.

The next day at school I felt a bit nervous at the thought that he had seen the card, yet excited because it was a bit of a thrill too. I wondered if he would figure out who it was from, but then again, never thought he would link it back to me…

Then at lunch time, I was with my friends in the corridor with plenty of other kids around, when I saw Paul making his way towards us. I blushed and my heart began to race. I was horrified and knew that he had found out that the card was from me and as he was definitely not smiling, I guessed that he wasn’t coming to declare his undying love for me – but I didn’t expect what followed…

He walked up to me and, flashing my Valentine’s card at me, he said coldly, “I know it was from you – I scratched the tipex off and saw your name!” I was so embarrassed and just stood there speechless, as everyone looked at me.

But he hadn’t finished with me yet!

To my horror, he added;

“And this is what I think of it!”  before TEARING UP THE CARD in front of me and everyone else who was watching, before dumping it in the bin and walking off!!!

 

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It was MORTIFYING!!! I tried to act as though I didn’t care and I just laughed it off, but inside I was so embarrassed. It was awful. Needless to say that that was the first and last time that I ever sent a Valentine’s card to someone – unless I was going out with them and knew they’d be happy to get it 🙂 🙂

How about you? Any cringingly embarrassing Valentine’s day moments? Please share – I would really love to know that I’m not alone 😀

 

 

 

 

 

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Name a character in my next novel!

12 Days Holiday Hop

As part of the 12 Days Holiday Book Hop I’m giving the opportunity to two lucky winners to each choose the name a character in my next novel out next year. It’s a romantic comedy, set in Mauritius and Perth, Australia. Each winner will also win a Kindle copy of my current novel “What’s it gonna be?”

All you have to do to enter to win is
– LIKE my Facebook page
– subscribe to my newsletter http://bit.ly/1Qsz8mX
– leave a comment below my Facebook post on what names you’d like

The first character is a housewife who, on the spur of the moment, decides she needs some time out from her husband and kids, and heads off to the tropical island of Mauritius. And there she meets Molly, the heroine of the novel.

The other character is one of Molly’s best friends, a photographer who spends his time travelling around the world taking photos!

Entries open until the end of the hop.

Thanks for dropping by and looking forward to your help in naming a few characters!

Thanks to Samantha of PageCurl Publishing and Promotion for organising the Facebook Holiday Book Hop. There are over 190 authors representing all different genres signed up and I’m thrilled to be one of them! Be sure to head over to the Facebook Holiday Book Hop page to find out who the others are and what other great prizes you could win!

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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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The “after”…

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Yep, it was that good!!!!

 

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The ‘before’…

cassandra-web My second book signing session…

Yep, there you have it. I am really, truly going to put myself through another book signing session tomorrow, even after my first rather nightmarish experience. Why am I doing this to myself ? Is it really worth the pain? I don’t know, but everyone keeps telling me that I have to get out there, so this is me doing exactly that! I am in a panic as I really, really hate all this marketing, putting myself forward stuff. It is so embarrassing and I just keep thinking, “What if no one comes to talk to me?”, “What if I don’t sell even ONE book?”, will I recover from the despair?

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I’m being overly dramatic – I know – but it’s because I’m really nervous. It was just so hard the first time around, although if I’m completely honest, after the first 2 hours of NO ONE coming to talk to me, the third hour was quite fun and 5 or 6 people did come up to me, and 3 people bought my book and one even took my photo (so cool)!! So all in all, not too bad on the whole. But right now, my stomach is in knots and all I can think of is those first 2 hours instead of focusing on that last positive hour…

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Okay, so let’s look on the bright side! I’m doing something to try to sell my book. That’s gotto be a good thing right? And besides, as I often ask my kids when they worry about something, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” In this case, I don’t sell any books! Fair enough it’ll hurt my ego a little 🙂 but it’s really not the end of the world.

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And when I really think about it, I actually have so much to gain from doing it; the experience will make me stronger because it’ll take guts for me to go there tomorrow despite my anxiety; it will be one more book signing under my belt giving me a better insight into what to do or what not to do to make a book signing work; I might meet some wonderful people; and most importantly, at the end of the day, I’ll be able to say ‘I did it’!

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So just thought I’d share the ‘before the book signing’ feelings with you tonight 🙂 Will get back to you with the ‘after’ comments tomorrow 😀

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers in the US! Have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

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Winnie the Pooh Quotes #amreading #quotes

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Source: Winnie the Pooh Quotes #amreading #quotes

I saw this on Georgina Cromarty’s blog and just had to reblog it! These quotes are so cute and just beautiful. Enjoy 🙂

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Your favourite scene?

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I was asked to put an excerpt of my book in my recent author interview with Nikita from Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff and realised that I had no idea which one to pick! It’s so hard selecting just one scene and one you think will make others want to read your book…

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It’s a stressful decision because it could be one that makes or breaks it for a potential reader!

So, I decided to ask you for your help so that I will be ready should the situation arise again in the future, because after all, who better to ask then my readers themselves right?

So this is addressed to all you lovely and wonderful people who have read my book: Would you please take a minute to let me know what scene you found the funniest or just the one that you preferred for whatever reason it may be…

But so as not to spoil the fun for future readers, please don’t give too much away – just a brief ‘movie scene’ or ‘blind date scene’ is perfect! On the other hand, if you want to embellish it with things like; “had me rolling around laughing”, “funniest thing ever”, “laugh out loud moment” and stuff like that, you are more than welcome to!!   imagesWBN21T3P

Anyway, thanks in advance for your feedback – and especially for having read my book :-).

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P.S. Okay, okay, so maybe I’m also asking you this because the excerpt thing actually provoked my curiosity and now I’m just dying to know which parts you all preferred!! But either way, please let me know 🙂

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