The day is finally here where I get to brag about a trio of books that I LOVED! Even though this Author had me crying on a packed train to London I totally adore her for it. So, without further ado I would like to introduce you to the world of Mr Write.
~ Blurb ~
Rosetta Alvez is a romance novelist….The problem is she’s a little short on romance of late.
Ten months ago, Rosie was dumped in spectacular fashion when she turned up to her own wedding minus a groom. A bad case of writer’s block leaves Rosie heartbroken and humiliated with her publishers bearing down on her and she has to get out. She’s needs inspiration and decides to look for it on the other side of the world.
With best friend Pippa in tow, Rosie sets off for three weeks in Thailand in search of sunshine, relaxation and inspiration. But she gets more than she bargained for when she runs into the arrogant Jackson James, a travel writer with a lust for life and beautiful women.
The perpetual bachelor, JJ refuses to get close enough to anyone to fall for them, but Rosie has him hooked from day one. He fights an internal battle daily between the growing feelings for the beautiful red head and his decision to never settle down.
Will Rosie ever find the inspiration that she’s looking for?
Will she get her man?
Only time will tell which side of Jackson will win.
~ My Review ~
When I first started reading these books I felt like I had stolen 2 people’s diaries. All three books read from both Rosie and Jackson’s point of view, which by the way I loved! Only thing I would suggest is pay attention as the book doesn’t tell you when it switches from Rosie to Jackson, I had to go back a couple of times.
Rosie is a very loveable character. She’s a typical girlie girl who wants every relationship to be the most romantic thing it can be. But she has insecurities and trust issues, you find out a few things that cause this in book 1 but the whammy is kept for the other Books. That being said she’s a girl that speakers her mind, and if something pisses her off you WILL Know about it!
As for Jackson, I have a love hate relationship with this guy! In fact he’s kinda like Marmite, you’re either going to love him or hate him! Me, I couldn’t make my mind up with him, I hated him more than I loved him in this book and I think for legit reasons. One minute he’s an ass and then next he’s breaking my heart with his sweetness (he knows how to pull the heart strings ladies) He’s everything that Rosie isn’t, you got it, he’s a typical lads lad, one night stands, different girl every night, call you later but never does!
This book had me laughing out loud, yelling WTF at quite a few moments and then sobbing my heart out, on a packed train to London might I add, thanks for that Cassie! It’s fun, sassy and kept me reading into the night. A recommended read to all.
~ Add Meeting Mr Write to your Goodreads shelf ~
~Purchase links ~
Amazon | Amazon UK
~ Blurb ~
After a whirlwind romance, Rosie & Jackson are finding their feet…the question is, where will their feet take them?
~ My Review ~
So, I have dried my tears from book 1 and couldn’t wait to get my mitts on book 2 and it picks up from where book 1 ended 🙂 All is right in the world of Rosie and Jackson…… Until these two characters do a total 180! Ok, so Rosie doesn’t turn into a bimbo over night (she’s not that kinda girl) but you see where I’m going.
As Rosie and Jackson get to know each other better they learn about what each other wants out of life and their relationship, or should that be what the DON’T want! Rosie wants the whole package, home, wedding family…….while Jackson wants to pick and choose what he wants and won’t budge on certain things.
Now out of the two books so far this was my favourite. I enjoyed the relationship drama, we have all been there and it seemed so real (even the petty little things) these two really have to work at their relationship and the things they have to go through just to be together is cringe worthy. Will it work out, Pfff! Like I’m going to ruin that!
~ Add Me & Mr Write to your Goodreads shelf ~
~Purchase links ~
Amazon | Amazon UK
~ Blurb ~
After a rocky few months of fighting to save her relationship, Rosie Alvez must fight for her life … What’s next for Rosie and Jackson? Will they make it through? Will they make it to the altar?
~ My Review ~
My reaction at the end of book 2, OMFG! So, not giving a rats ass that I have to get up the next day for work I grab book 3 straight away, I mean come on, an ending like that….. I NEED to know what happens! And it picks right up where book 2 left us hanging.
This book, by far, is the best of the three and I only say that because it seems like Cassandra has saved all the OMFG moments for this book! There’s loads, in fact at 11pm I yelled YES! And my other half almost had an heart attack, was a total cat stuck to ceiling moment!
Surely there is nothing else that can test this couples love and dedication to each other, right? Wrong! And it comes in the form of a so called “friend” who quite frankly I wanted to slap soooo bad! And remember when I said about Rosie and her trust and insecurity issues? Ohhhh do we find out a lot about that.
Like I said, I loved this book the most, in fact I read it in a day. It pulls on your heart strings, has you asking why?! And makes you want to hit someone who isn’t even real lol. Cassandra pulled out all the stops on this one and if I’m honest I’m gutted that’s it’s the last Rosie and Jackson book 😦 fingers crossed we don’t have to wait too long for another book from her!
~ Add Marrying Mr Write to your Goodreads Shelf ~
~Purchase links ~
Amazon | Amazon UK
~ Meet the lovely Cassandra ~
I was born in Birmingham, UK in 1984, 1st June (same day as Marilyn Monroe!)
I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers, although 1 of my brother’s passed away in 1993. I have 3 nephews, 2 nieces and a perfectly healthy obsession with my dog Busby. I may or may not refer to him as my first born!
I love the faces of dogs, they bring me genuine joy. I love tattoos, loud music with a heavy bassline and alcohol … no shame!
~ You can follow Cassandra on the following sites ~
FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS AUTHOR
**Below is an article I wrote for a website called Mums In The Know Birmingham about why I write.**
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I revel in the feeling of getting totally sucked into a story, imaging a place and experiencing the lives of the characters. But more than that, I have always been fascinated by language. I love the way that some of the brightest pictures are painted with only words.
Like every little girl I went through various dreams of what I wanted to be when I grew up, a prima ballerina, a nurse, a pop star. But the only hobby that interested me enough to occupy my free time even as a child was reading and writing.
I was a painfully shy child and before I discovered the joy of writing, the only activity that I could lose myself in was dancing. But once I knew that I could write and I was good at it, it was all that I wanted to do. Through writing, whether it was poetry, stories or ‘newspaper reports,’ I found an escape. My work was something that I could lose myself in. I could fully express my thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement or reprimand.
As I became older, my creative writing skills were noticed in school and by my parents. My stories and poems were given high praise and this started to turn a hobby into a true passion, I began to believe it was my calling.
Spurred on by my Dad, who I’m sure truly believed that I was the most talented writer the world had ever known, my goal in life quickly became set in stone. I was going to be a writer.
Through my close relationship with Dad I started to find a love for sport, namely football, and was soon adamant that sports journalism was where I wanted to be. The only factor that I didn’t take into account was my debilitating shyness.
On completion of my GCSEs I applied to study English Literature and Media Studies at college, but quit within a month because I couldn’t bare trying to make friends and reading aloud.
I ignored my goal from then on, I even stopped reading. I continued to write poetry and some short stories but they have never seen the light of day. I started to study beauty therapy because my best friend at the time was doing so and then, possessed by something deep inside me, I applied to study performing arts. And it’s the best thing that I have ever done.
I quit the course after two days, but was convinced by a girl that I met on the first day (my now bridesmaid) that I would regret it, and she was right. So I stayed and over two years I learned that I could not only read aloud but I could dance, and sing and (attempt to) act. I read scripts, directed plays, wrote songs and choreographed dance routines. I organised charity showcases, recorded spoof music videos and learned to walk into a room with my head held high.
After that, I knew that I was meant for something bigger. I have tried my hand at so many jobs since finishing college but none have satisfied that burning desire within me to put pen to paper…or fingers to keys!
When my Dad was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, it shook my world to the ground. I spiralled into depression resulting in my job and my relationship going down the pan.
I moved home to work locally and a drive to achieve something once again started to grow. Dad was my best friend and my biggest supporter and my life’s goal turned into doing anything and everything that I could to make him proud of me. I have flirted with the idea of becoming a nurse, and a midwife. I started to plan weddings and dreamt of having my own business, and I even auditioned for the X Factor. But it wasn’t until my now fiancé bought me a Kindle for Christmas 2011 that I realised what I needed to do.
Until this point, I still hadn’t reconnected with my love of reading, and even writing had fallen by the wayside. But in August 2011, Dad had been told that he was terminal and had probably about a year, I needed an escape and I needed it fast.
So I read, and I kept reading and after finishing a well-known ‘loved amongst ladies’ trilogy in June 2012 I thought it was time, I could do that! Life wasn’t going to happen by itself, I had to take action.
So I started writing and before I knew it had happened I had the bare bones of a book. My life at the time was an endless circle of working, taking Dad to the doctors and to hospital appointments, taking Mom shopping and to visit Dad twice a day when he was admitted and I needed an escape. I needed Therapy.
As my characters and their story grew, I realised that for the time that I was in front of the laptop I didn’t have to think about ‘real life.’ I didn’t have a dying father or bills to pay, housework to do or family to visit. I was just a writer, lost in my own words, in my own world.
As Dad became more and more sick, I read and I wrote more. I would sit beside his bed while he slept, reading or tapping away on the laptop. It was calming and made the saddest time of my life almost bearable.
After Dad passed away in August 2012, I had to take some time away from my book to get my head around all that had happened. The old quitter in me almost walked away completely, but one look at a photograph of the old man and I knew that I couldn’t let him down.
I picked up my laptop and got to work, editing and researching publishing options. I learned that I could self-publish for Kindle through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. I bit the bullet and clicked publish, offering a free promotion and bombarding Twitter and Facebook with ‘FREE BOOK’ tweets. I had over 10,000 downloads in a week.
The story continued to grow and I found myself not only writing a second book but turning it into a trilogy. I started to write down ideas for about ten more books and soon found myself engrossed in a world of writers, reviewers, book bloggers and readers.
My life today, despite losing the most important person in it, is full, and I am happy.
I am going to continue to write. I have stories and characters floating around my head all day every day, just waiting to be given their chance, and they will.
My ultimate aim is to see my work on a shelf in a book shop, so I still have work to do to try and attract a literary agent and/or publisher, but I won’t give up. I may never be the next J.K Rowling or have the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, but I have achieved a goal for the first time in my life, and it has changed everything.
I can say now that I am an author, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Due to the wonder of technology we go to interview Cassie, hopefully in person next time 😉
1. What’s a typical day like?
Mundane! I get up early and try to do yoga before breakfast, I snuggle with my dog then feed him. I work full time as a technical web support officer for a technology company (zzz!!!) I write when nobody is looking and on my lunch break. When I get home I cook, then write a bit more. At the weekends, I lock myself aways upstairs and write all day, shower eat then read all night.
2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My Dad. He truly believed that I was the most talented writer that the world had ever known. I have always been fascinated by language though. I love the way that some of the brightest pictures are painted with only words and I had a passion for painting these pictures from a very early age. When Dad’s cancer was diagnosed as terminal I started writing after years of ignoring my desire to do so, because I wanted to make him proud…and I needed the distraction.
3. Are there any authors or books that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
I read A LOT as a child. I used to read The Hobbit every night and my favourite books were Little Women and What Katy Did. Without realising it, I think these two books started my love for strong willed female characters (always expect those in my future works!)
4. What do you do to prepare yourself before writing? Do you listen to music?
Do you look at visual aids? I have a couple of processes for writing. One is very rough, an idea comes into my head and I just type and type. The other is when I plan to write. I select music dependant on who’e POV I’m writing from and what the mood of the chapter is, I make sure I have a drink then shut myself away and get lost in the words.
5. What motivated you to write Meeting Mr Write?
Mostly that I wanted a distraction. Also, I read a well known trilogy and at the end of it, I just though “I can do that!” It was a total eureka moment and I started writing that very day. It was called Lord Have Mercy at that point, Pippa was CoCo, Rosie was Mercy and Jackson James was Jackson Lord.
6. Give us the 140 character TWEET description of Meeting Mr Write
For the record, this question makes my head hurt! errrrm ….
Rosie Alvez is a hopeless romantic. Jackson James is the perpetual bachelor. After a chance meeting the 2 are drawn to each other but will they give in to love? 😦
7. What part of the writing process is the hardest for you, whether it’s first draft, rewriting, or editing?
Editing! You become so familiar with the text when you’re going over it day after day that you miss mistakes because they become normal to you. I am a perfectionist and I hate it when I find that I have missed spelling or grammatical errors.
8. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favourite part of book one to write (OOOH this is hard!) were chapters 25 – 29. There’s a part in 26 where Pippa shows just how protective she is of Rosie, I have always been really passionate that their relationship is as clear as day…we all need our girls!!
9. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Hmm .. I am double jointed
10. Will you write other books after the series?
Yep … I have the plots of 9 other books drafted already ***Me ~ Ekkkkk!***
11. Are the characters based on anyone?
I think all of the characters are a mash up of people that I know as well as having attributes that I wish the people that I know had haha!
12. Is this your favourite genre to write?
I am finding my way as a writer so I haven’t yet tried my hand at any other genre. I’ve planned a couple of books with no romance whatsoever and a childrens book is floating around my head.
13. How did you think up the names of the different places in the story?
I usually go with the names that my fiance or mom veto for my future kids!
14. Did it take you long to write?
I wrote the trilogy in 10 months
15. When can we expect the next instalment?
I am writing a book now about Rafe and Michael, 2 of the side characters. Even though I created them, I get totally lost in their love for each other, so what was intended as a short story will now be a standalone novel.
16. What are your hopes for the Mr Write Trilogy? Could you see it being more than just a book?
When I started writing, I never imagined that my work would see the light of day so over 23,000 downloads in the 9 months since I published book one had already blown me away, but I would love to get an agent and a publishing deal. To hold my book in paperback or see it on a shelf in a shop would absolutely rock my world … and oh I think it would make an awesome TV series 😉
And Cassie is waaaaay ahead of the game, she’s already picked her dream cast for when and I must state if it gets turned into a TV series 😉
I would like to thank Cassandra for letting me review her books and I will read and commentate on your books any time 😉
Also big thanks to HEA book shelf for organising and hosting this fabulous blog tour.