Cassandra Piat

All about the woman, the author and Mauritius…

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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And if you don’t want to leave a blog post comment, you can nominate the version your prefer here 

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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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Chatting with the Chicks of Chick Lit

 

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Ha ha ha ha welcome, welcome everyone to Chatting With the Chicks of Chick Lit. I’m your host, Chuck Lottateeth, and I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the most fascinating characters in literature today. I’m talking about the leading ladies of Chick Lit—those enchanting, romantic, darling, sexy, sweet, funny, headstrong—and, let’s face it, sometimes downright frustrating—modern women who headline this fabulously fun genre. I’m sure you’re going to love getting the skinny on these “novel” heroines, and who knows? You might just find your new BFF on the pages of one of these books!

Today’s guest is Lucy Evans, the heroine of the romantic comedy What’s it gonna be? Lucy is 26 years old, is quirky, fun-loving and a scatterbrain who has a knack for finding herself in awkward, yet hilarious, situations. We thought for a minute that she wouldn’t be coming , but it seems she was just running a little late. Here she is now, so, without further ado, please put your hands together and show some love for today’s guest…

LUCY EVANS! .

Chuck: Hello Lucy, it’s lovely to have you here with us today

Lucy: Hi Chuck, hi everyone. It’s so exciting to be here. I’m so sorry for being late…

Chuck: Never mind, you’re here now and that’s what matters. So shall we start then?

Lucy: Yes, let’s do it Chuck!

Chuck: Okay, here goes; Lucy, if you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?

Lucy: A shoe? Er… well, I’m not much of a shoe person (I know, I know, weird right? Me being a woman and all…), but I guess if I had to compare myself to a shoe, I would definitely be a comfy pair of trainers with a few holes in them, mix matched laces and a few stains here and there.

Note: Just so we’re clear, the fact that there are mix-matched laces doesn’t have anything to do with me trying to be fashionable…

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Chuck: (laughs): Right! Now for something a bit different but a question I’m sure you’ve thought about before: What are the three items you would absolutely need to have with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island?

Lucy: Well, I th-

Cassandra: Well, that’s easy… Ian Somerhalder of course!

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Chuck: Oops, sorry ladies and gentlemen it looks like the interview has been hi-jacked by Cassandra Piat, author of ‘What’s it gonna be’ – the book in which Lucy is the star.

Cassandra: Oh no, I’m so sorry Chuck and Lucy. I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut, but I promise to butt out now and leave Lucy to it… (<<laughs sheepishly>>)

(Lucy and Chuck laugh)

Chuck: So, let’s get back to your three things Lucy.

Lucy: Okay… let me think, so first and foremost, my Kindle which of course would have a solar powered charger (I read that in a book recently where the girl, who had crash-landed on a desert island… had a solar powered rechargeable mobile phone!!! How cool is that? This said, I’m not much one to search the net and find out about all the new technologies, so I’ve got no idea if that exists in real life or not – but as we’re talking hypotheticals here, I’ve decided that it does, and I now have one on my Kindle 🙂 ).

Next, I’d definitely bring a big notebook and pens as I need to keep my creative jujus working (in case I get inspired and think of amazingly great ideas for potential future campaigns to impress my boss when I get back  🙂 ). I also love drawing doodles and  keeping a journal – and it would help to keep me sane.

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Oh hey, it might also be useful for doing the whole ‘message in a bottle thing’ – I’ve always wanted to do that!

Okay, next… well I’d have to say a hammock. I mean, what could be more perfect than lying in a hammock on a beautiful island…?? Oh actually, I know! Eating chocolate while lying in a hammock on a desert island! Yep, it’s pretty amazing but my hammock came with a mega huge bag of chocolates! It was a special deal when I bought it so it counts as one item… right Chuck?

 

 

Chuck (laughing): Wel-ll, I’m not sure Lucy… but I’ve got to say that I like your cheek, so yeah, let’s say it counts as one item.

Lucy: YES! (Lucy punches the air in victory). Thanks Chuck – you’re the best! But Chuck, I have to add that it’s really important that I be shipwrecked with someone practical like Matt  – you know, someone who would think of bringing a lighter, a pen knife and drinking water – otherwise I really don’t like my chances…

Chuck: I think you have a point there Lucy, but hey, this is your shipwreck, so you can create it any way you want and bring whoever you want with you right?

Lucy: You’re just the best Chuck!

Chuck (laughing): Okay Lucy, so let’s move on now with the next question. This one will give us a little idea of your romantic side… What would be the perfect date for you if you had only $ 15 dollars?

Lucy: Oh that’s easy! Matt and I on the beach at sunset with a chilled bottle of white wine and a box of sour cream Pringles… What could be more perfect?

Chuck: Sour cream Pringles?? Hmmm… well I can think of a million other things that would top sour cream Pringles, but this is your perfect date not mine isn’t it?

Lucy: (laughing) Yes, and don’t spoil it for me Chuck!

Chuck (chuckles): Actually, come to think of it, nothing beats those sour cream Pringles!!

Lucy: (laughs) That’s the spirit Chuck!

Chuck (laughs): How about if you up the stakes a little and say that you had $50 to spend on that perfect date?

I guess then it would be sharing a delicious pizza and a good bottle of red wine with Matt (which Matt would choose as I have no idea what’s what where wine’s concerned!) and we’d snuggle up on a comfy sofa in front of a fireplace in winter…

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Chuck: That sounds wonderful. How about with $ 5,000?

Lucy: Oh wow, that’s a lot of money. I have no idea what I could do with that. I have to say here that I have no idea what anything costs – I am hopeless with money and when it comes to budgeting and planning my expenses, and knowing what costs how much, I’m terrible!

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But let’s say I would find it pretty cool going to Venice with Matt and riding on a gondola with him one night when it’s the full moon (although with my track record that could be potentially dangerous and I just hope that I wouldn’t end up in the water!!).

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Chuck (laughs): Am I correct to deduce that you are on the clumsy side Lucy?

Lucy (giggles): That’s an understatement. I’m not sure if its clumsiness or just my scatterbrain, but I often find myself in embarrassing situations.

Chuck: It must make for an exciting life though?

Lucy (laughs): I guess it’s one way to look at it!  But anyway, back to my trip… I think I’d like to head to then go to Austria by train and stay there in a log cabin in the mountains for a few days. And finally, maybe spend a few days in Paris, going to the Café Theatres every night, strolling through the streets of Paris, going on the ‘bateau mouche’ at night, visiting Montmartre, Notre Dame de Paris…

I hope that all this falls within my budget… but I’m not much of a glamour girl and wouldn’t want to go and eat in the most expensive restaurants or stay in flashy hotels. I enjoy the simple things in life so I think we should manage on our given budget.

Chuck: That sounds grand Lucy! And who knows, maybe one day Matt will take you to all these places. Now for the next question, something a bit different this time; If your best friend is asked to describe you in five words. What would they be?

Lucy: Hmmm… that’s a hard one. Okay, let me see… she would probably say that I’m loyal and am always there for my friends, which I guess I do try to be. I think she’d say that I’m quite easy going and fun too. I tend to laugh a lot and try to make things fun. I think she’d probably mention that I’m completely disorganised, a major scatterbrain and always, always late!

Chuck: And now, how about if your nemesis is asked to describe you in five words?

Lucy: Nemesis? I don’t actually think I’ve got a nemesis so to speak… it doesn’t really go with my personality. I guess I can imagine that some people find me annoyingly scatter-brained, hopelessly disorganised, exasperatingly always late, messy and lacking a bit of fashion care (I sometimes forget to brush my hair, I don’t wear make-up, and as I’m often – okay, so always – late, I tend to put on whatever’s clean and ironed and they aren’t always the greatest ensembles!!)

Chuck (laughs): And you mentioned that you were a secretary??

Lucy: I know! How can that even be possible? But I didn’t say that I was a good secretary now did I?

(Chuck and Lucy laugh)

Chuck: Okay, let’s move on. Now for something fun: If you could be the heroine in any chick flick, who would you be and why?

Oh wow, I love chick flicks and have so many actresses I would love to be! It’s so hard to choose. But I think that if I had to choose the one that would fit me the best – it would definitely be Bridget Jones.

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We are scarily similar in so many ways! But hey, I would get to star with – and even kiss – Hugh Grant… That would be so amazing. I could listen to his accent all day!

Oh my God! What’s the time please Chuck?

Chuck: Twenty past eleven.

Lucy: Oh no! No, no, no. I have to go Chuck!  I have another appointment at half past eleven and I’m going to be late! I’m so sorry for leaving in such a rush but I just didn’t realise how late it was already! Thank you! Thank you so much for the wonderful interview – it was such fun!

Chuck: It was my pleasure Lucy and it was lovely to talk to you too. I hope we’ll … Oh okay, she’s gone. Oops, she just tripped on the way out and her bag went flying, as well as everything that was in it. Oh dear, the poor girl, I’d better go and help her out (chuckles.) Thank you all for listening to us this morning. I hope you enjoyed spending time with Lucy as much as I did.

And… here’s a list of all the other great leading ladies of Chick Lit I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing this month :

Tracie Banister – Willa & Sloane

Tracy Krimmer – Chelsea

Amy Gettinger – Rhonda

Jayne Denker – George, Celia & Jordan Leigh

Karen M Cox – Catherine

Maggie Le Page – Becky Jordan

Whitney Dineen – Mimi Finnegan

Colette Kebell – Gigi

Hilary Grossman – Annabel & Beatrice

Bernadette Maycock – Heather & Sarah Greene

Cat Lavoie – Peri McKenna

Katie Oliver – Natalie Dashwood

Glynis Astie – Meri Palmer

CeCe Osgood – Dorsey Bing

Stacey Wiedower – Jen Dawson

Camille Di Maio – Julianne Westcott

Nikki Le Clair – Phoebe & Edie

Laura Chapman – Harper Duquaine

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Chick Lit May Scavenger Hunt

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May is Chick Lit Month so would you like to win a Kindle PaperWhite and a $100 Amazon gift card? Visit each of the 26 stops on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt and collect the alphabet word at each stop (A, B, C, D, etc.), then submit the A-Z list of words via e-mail to traciebanister@gmail.com with the subject “A to Z Scavenger Hunt Entry.” Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 22nd at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23rd. Good luck!

Here are all the stops…

http://katieoliver.com/ko/2016/05/chick-lit-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt/

http://www.feelingbeachie.com/

http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

http://www.change-the-word.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-scavenger-hunt-z.html

http://www.jennifercollin.com/#!E-is-for-Eating-on-the-ChickLitMay-A-to-Z-Scavenger-Hunt/oyl0z/573321870cf2d5f002be2bc4

www.womanreinventsself.blogspot.com

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http://www.glynisastie.com/#!ChickLitMay-A-to-Z-Scavenger-Hunt/c1q8z/5731f6310cf21b2e94b03d4d

http://everyfreechance.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-z-scavenger-hunt.html

http://www.susanmurphyauthor.com/#!J-is-for-JERK/c1q8z/5733cbc20cf2eac0f5213f7a

http://jennygardiner.net/blog/

http://www.maggielepage.com/scavenger-hunt/

http://www.spajonas.com/2016/05/15/chicklitmay-scavenger-hunt/

http://merytonpress.com/chicklitscavengerhunt/

www.moniquemcdonellauthor.com/blog

https://whitneydineen.com/category/musings/

http://hellochicklit.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

https://amygettinger.com/2016/05/15/chick-lit-may-scavenger-hunt-r/

http://www.tracykrimmer.com/2016/05/15/chicklitscavengerhunt/ ‎

http://juliemulhern.blogspot.com

http://karenmcox.merytonpress.com/

http://www.robynneeley.com/chicklitmay-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt/

http://booksandwinearelovely.blogspot.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

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https://brmaycock.wordpress.com

Zwww.jenniemarts.com

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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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Giveaway – 5 ebooks & name a character in my next novel “Stuck with Me”

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As part of Hello Chick Lit‘s first blogiversary I’ve got a prize pack of 5 Kindle ebooks to give away to one lucky reader as well as the opportunity to name a character in my upcoming novel Stuck with Me.

Adam, the love interest, has three sisters, Jo, Mia & Name the character! She’s the youngest of the three sisters and is feisty, outspoken and fiercely loyal to her big brother.

Click here for more info on Hello Chick Lit’s website

Or click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway – open until the 15th of May 2016.

And a bit of info on the five books I’m giving away….

(1) Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott

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“… I think life is better when you have love. Not a friendly neighbor or old friends kind of love either, but a love that causes your heart to race and your toes to curl.”

Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a mini-reunion at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends Selah and Quinn to play matchmaker. Will Maggie risk her heart and her quiet life for another chance at romance?

Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world’s largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, Gil reminds Maggie she isn’t too old to fall in love.

Reality Bites becomes The Big Chill when a group of Gen-X friends spend a summer weekend together sharing laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, second chances, and new beginnings in this #1 best selling humorous women’s fiction romance.

Geoducks Are for Lovers is Daisy Prescott’s debut novel and the first book in the Modern Love Stories series of interconnected standalone novels. This book features Maggie and Gil.

Website http://www.daisyprescott.com/

(2) The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns

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Nothing is what it seems in this highly praised debut novel about a food-obsessed young woman who sneaks away to Paris without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Once there she’s robbed, stalked, arrested, kidnapped (almost) and–worse–finds that her numerous issues have come right along with her. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light. P.S. This novel makes for great book club discussions. A sequel is in the works.

Website http://ksrburns.com/

(3) What’s it gonna be? by Cassandra Piat

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Lucy – quirky, scatter-brained and witty – is in a rut. Matt, her boyfriend of four years, is terrified of the ”M” word and refuses to talk about tying the knot, her job is about as exciting as shaving her legs and she feels like she’s going nowhere fast. So she decides to shake things up a bit and before she knows it she finds herself waking up next to a stranger, going on a blind date, meeting a gorgeous Englishman and getting her very own creepy love-struck stalker! But despite all this, it’s harder than she thought to get Matt out of her head….

Luckily she has her best friends to distract her as they have problems of their own that they need her help with. Vic, her eccentric childhood friend, thinks that her husband is playing away and wants Lucy to help her catch him red-handed. Olivia, her colleague and best friend, has met a mysterious Frenchman on an internet dating site and isn’t sure if she should run off to Paris to meet him, or run for the hills?

Filled with fun, humour and a cast of zany characters, What’s it Gonna Be? is a wonderful, sincere and light-hearted tale of friendship, growth and love – with a lovely touch of Mauritius…

(4) The Runaway Bridesmaid by Daisy James

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A deliciously enchanting read, The Runaway Bridesmaid is set to steal readers’ hearts and keep them guessing until the very last page!

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Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.

But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequinned wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.

Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.

Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…

A delightful romance, perfect for fans of Sophie Hart and Lindsey Kelk!

(5) Love at First Flight by Tess Woods

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What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

Website http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

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Cover Reveal – Cheerleading Can Be Murder

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CHEERLEADING CAN BE MURDER
Horror High Series #1 by Carissa Ann Lynch
Coming April 5th from Limitless Publishing!

 

Last year I was lucky enough to come across Carissa Lynch’s first book of the Flocksdale Files series – “Have you seen this girl?”, it was so good I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out! Not exactly the type of book I usually read, it’s definitely not chick-lit but I was hooked!  So I’m thrilled to be part of this lovely author’s Cover Reveal for her new series coming out next month 🙂
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Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…
For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.
 
High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…
Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.
The harassment continues, and when Dakota finds suspicious flyers inside her best friend’s locker, she doesn’t know what to think. The principal’s unfeeling, overachiever daughter, Brittani Barlow, will do anything to secure her place on the team. But Dakota’s neighbor, on the other hand, definitely fits the profile of a sociopath.
 
Cheerleading has become a game of life and death.
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Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. My first and second books were released by Sarah Book Publishing: This Is Not About Love and Grayson’s Ridge. I’m a total genre-hopper. Basically, I like to write what I like to read: a little bit of everything! I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, three children, and massive collection of books. I have a degree in psychology and worked as a counselor.
 
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Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1MFqBf9
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Looking for a book to read this weekend?

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If you’re looking for a book to read this weekend, here are the ones that were part of my Valentine Hop giveaway, a great selection of novels from a number of talented Australian authors (including quite a few from Western Australia where my family lives!)

(1) Lily Malone’s “Fairway to Heaven

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It’s going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.

When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.

Lucky for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family’s beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack’s betrayal.

But she’s not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can’t look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.

As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time trusting Brayden with her heart won’t be enough. Jenn has to learn to trust her body, too.

https://lilymalone.wordpress.com/

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(2) Tess Woods’ “Love at First Flight

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What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

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(3) Maggie Bolitho’s “Outback Promise

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Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver. A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady’s affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close. This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through? But trust and forgiveness don’t come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried …

http://www.maggiebolitho.com/

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(4) Deborah Disney’s “Up and In

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A laugh-out-loud debut that will delight fans of Liane Moriarty and Fiona Higgins, this is The Devil Wears Prada at the school gates.

Distinctly middle-class parents, Maria and Joe have committed every bit of available income to giving their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria must learn to play nicely with Mirabella’s mother, Bea – the beguiling yet beastly queen of the toffee-nosed school mothers at Riverton.

A series of social blunders and intentional snubs make Maria determined to ensure Kate’s rightful position both at school and on the Saturday morning netball team, but as Maria works hard to negotiate the social hierarchy, her previously contented life with Joe falls far from view.

With her mastery of dialogue and character, Australian author Deborah Disney skillfully balances keen and witty observations about daily life with the more serious issues of schoolyard bullying and social isolation.

You will laugh, you will nod along, and you will want to take the increasingly neurotic Maria aside and point out that in all her desperate, gaffe-filled attempts to fit in with the well-heeled, champagne-swilling mummies of Riverton, she might just be risking all that she holds dear.

https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Disney-Author-732526246801668/

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(5) Rocky Romance – a collection of six short love stories

 

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Rocky Romance is an anthology of short stories of love set in the West Australian beachside city of Rockingham. This collection includes heartfelt stories of healing and simply not wanting to be lonely, as well as temptation, the butterflies of early love, and, of course, the inevitable romantic conflict. The stories explore romance as a possibility and as a ‘happy ever after’, giving readers a variety of warm, touching and funny moments to ponder.

A Place to Belong by Monique Hall

The Point of Love by Monique Mulligan

Perhaps Love by Teena Raffa

Love on the Rocks by Louisa Loder

The Whale Whisperer by Karen Weaver

Under the Rotunda by Mike Murphy

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Have you read any of these books? Any other Australian authors or novels you can recommend? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

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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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