Bit of a change this week, I am having Friday Night Drinks with friend and fellow book blogger at Me and My Books – Yvonne Bastian.
Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
During the day I drink black coffee, when I am out my local it’s a pint of real ale and the occasional tot of whiskey.
You are the first real ale drinker I have had on the blog! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
I don’t go out that often, but I would love to go and see a show on the West End. There are so many to choose from and I think either the Lion King or Cats, but I would apologise in advance for my singing along. So I am going to be sneaky and ask what would you choose?
Ohh, I love going to a West End show! What would I choose? Depends how much of a prude you are. If you are not at all, I would take you to Book of Mormon, which is hilarious but outrageous. If that isn’t your bag, Wicked would be my first choice, I love it and it makes me cry. The Lion King is also amazing, though.
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Oh, I would love to have met Terry Pratchett and I would love to meet Maggie Smith. I love the humour of both of them and think it would be a noisy and fun filled evening.
Two of my absolute heroes. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
It has been a busy 6 months for me. It saw me changing jobs, not having enough time in the day to commit to the things I had signed up for, and making some tough decisions. I think this is something we can all relate to.
I had been in my job for 12 years and it was a tough one to leave the friends I had made, luckily, it’s local so I still get to see them. My new job is very different and just as rewarding in many other ways and I am enjoying it a huge amount.
I decided that I did not have enough time to continue my Open University course so that has been popped on the back burner at the moment.
The final toughie was to stop taking part in blog tours, I still have a few more to go that I had committed to and ..whispers…I have agreed to another 3. I am still reading 3-4 books a week but from my own shelf so hopefully I can get my TBR down into double figures one day!
I feel your pain. I have also stopped taking on blog tours to concentrate on my TBR and NetGalley backlogs, but sometimes it is so hard to resist, and I always want to help out the amazing blog tour organisers and authors. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
For me it’s the little things that make a huge difference. My first follower, the first person to comment and share are things that gave me a lovely boost. Then as the months turned into 2 years, the time an author sends a message to say thanks for a great review and asks me to read their next book, fellow bloggers leaving comments and letting me know that they have bought a book based on what I have written. Last year I was nominated in the Annual Blogger Bash Awards, when I got the email I cried and laughed at the same time, it wasn’t a pretty sight. I have reached milestones that I did not expect and it has boosted my confidence a lot.
The hard bit, well that is finding the time to share, comment and chat on the various platforms. I can easily spend 2-4 hours a day reading and sharing fabulous posts from other bloggers, but this also eats into reading time. Finding a balance is important so I blog 5 days a week at the moment, and I also have two days away from social media, I do this so that things don’t become routine and that I don’t put pressure on myself.
That is very organised and disciplined! What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, it’s just us talking after all!
I was asked a question at my interview and it was “What would you do if you could do anything?” my response was “to buy the winning lottery ticket so I could stop working and do all the things I want to do”. I would love to travel to ALL the Book events and festivals, meet fellow Book Bloggers and travel to those wonderful bookshops you see on Instagram posts. Of course, with all the books I would buy I would need my own Library, complete with windy metal staircase, a slidey along the wall ladder, leather armchairs, and a big old wooden desk, crystal decanters and a plumbed in coffee machine. Yep, that would do me.
Great ambitions, you are a twin soul! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I am looking forward to reading several book series. Now I may need to explain a little, until I started my blog I spent a couple of years reading a lot of Classic books, before that I would binge on various genres and then move on. Then the blog started and I started to read books that had just been released and finding that I was behind in the series. So, I am gradually starting to fill in the books I am missing for several authors and then I can read the series in order.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
There are loads of places I would like to visit or see, I have no passport and to be honest living in Cornwall is like being on holiday…sometimes. As a child, mum and dad took me and my sister camping and we went to Scotland, Wales and spent a lot of time on the Norkfolk coast. I would love to revisit some of these places, but I don’t think they would hold the same childhood magic.
I love Cornwall. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
Errmmm interesting fact… I have 6 different coffee machines, sounds a bit boring lol I have 3 tattoos and want a fourth one because I hate odd numbers. The tv has to be on 18, not 17 or 19, it could go on 16 or 20. If a packet of sweets has an odd number I throw the odd one away, breaking it in half doesn’t count either.
Oh, that is so interesting. Imparnumerophobia is the fear of odd numbers, did you know that? Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
ONE BOOK……….. sorry didn’t mean to shout……..BUT SERIOUSLY ONLY ONE BOOK!!!!!!!!!! Oooooooommmmmmmmgggggggg… There are so many that jump into my head at the moment and I could recommend so many, so I decided to be a bit naughty as I am sat at my computer surrounded by books and I thought about all the books I have read over the years. Last year I discovered a fantastic trilogy hahaha a trilogy yep 3 books wooohhoooo. Sorry feeling a little smug hehehe.Right so The Darkest Hand by Tarn Richardson is a mash up of historical, conspiracy, fantasy, and I absolutely and most definitely loved this series a huge amount and I would recommend it as a must read.
THE DARKEST HAND
1914. The Outbreak of War
In the French City of Arras, Father Andreas is brutally murdered and the Catholic Inquisition sends its most determined and unhinged inquisitor to investigate. Poldek Tacit’s mission is to protect the Church from those who seek to undermine it. At any cost.
As Tacit arrives, British and German soldiers confront each other across the horror that is No Man’s Land and a beautiful French woman warns Lieutenant Henry Frost that there is a dark and unnatural foe lurking underground more awful than even Tacit can comprehend.
1915. Demonic possessions are sweeping across Rome.
War is raging on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border and bodies are piling up in the streets. But it isn’t the ravages of war that is causing such mass destruction, something evil and unnatural force is roaming the land and the Vatican’s Eagle Fountain is running red with blood.
Only Poldek Tacit, the church’s brilliant but flawed Inquisitor can hope to hold back the malevolent power, but as he immerses himself in this dangerous investigation he discovers that the path he is treading has already been prophesied and that where it is leading is threatening the very future of a world already teetering on the brink of the abyss.
1917. The Apocalypse is imminent.
It is three years since our first introduction to the brilliant but flawed Catholic church Inquisitor Poldek Tacit, and the world has never needed him more. War, revolution and a relentless tide of inhuman terror is consuming the earth but where is Tacit?
As old allies unite in a frantic race to unmask the Antichrist and thwart his plan to bring everything into his power, the Darkest Hand continues to terrorise the innocent while in the Vatican’s vaults, long-buried secrets are about to be unveiled, and humanity’s chance of escape from the forces of evil hangs by a single thread.
You can but it as one set, so I’ll allow it! So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover andyour go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Failsafe…pahahaha… failsafe plan would be DON’T do the shots or the jaeger bombs or the …well I think you may see this may lead. To be fair I am not for going out much now, it takes longer to deal with the hangovers, I am sure its something to do with the water and not that I am getting older and turning into a lightweight.
I’m afraid it’s age, embrace it! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
That would all depend on the shots thing, but if I was hangover free then the weather would determine where I would read. Yep Sunday afternoon reading, in front of the open fire at home, as the weather gets warmer, then in my garden or in one of the beautiful gardens here in Cornwall or on a beach or clifftop bench.
Sounds perfect! Yvonne, this has been so much fun, hopefully one day we will get to do it for real. Thank you so much for coming on the blog.
Next week I will be joined by another of my favourite bloggers, Eva from Novel Deelights, so please do come back and join us.