Friday Night Drinks with…. Eva from Novel Deelights @noveldeelights @SlaughterKarin @RCArmitage @stu_turton #bookbloggers #bookblogging #amreading #FridayNightDrinks

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Exciting evening ahead which I get to spend having Friday Night Drinks with one of my absolute favourite people in the world of book blogging……Eva from Novel Deelights.

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(We’ve got a camera shy one this week!)

Eva, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

Thanks so much for inviting me, Julie! Normally I would have said Prosecco or white wine but on my latest holiday to Italy, I discovered Bellini and since that has peach juice I’m considering it to be one of my five a day so I’m going with that. Whatever you do, keep me away from limoncello. 😳

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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?

If money were no object, I’d take you to my favourite restaurant in Tuscany where they serve the best tiramisu ever. But since I don’t expect to be winning the lottery any time soon, my local one Michelin star will have to do. There is only the option of a chef’s menu but it changes on a regular basis and I do so enjoy trying new things from time to time.

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Doesn’t that look fabulous, I wish we were there right now. I absolutely love Italian food! 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?

My first thought for questions like these is always Karin Slaughter but then I thought of Richard Armitage who narrated the audiobook The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor so I’d have to go wit those two and talk books. And by talk I mean possibly just listen and stare and try not to make a complete fool of myself.

Interesting choices! 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?

I have very little going on at the moment, which at first was a conscious decision to take a step back but is now also due to my fur baby’s poor health. I started my blog in March 2017 and it has gone places I never expected it to go. It’s been a whirlwind, a 24/7 full-time job between reading, reviewing and blogging and I needed a breather. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a lot of fun but where I want it to go is back to that place where it was a hobby instead of feeling like a job.

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Awww, gorgeous dog. I completely get where you are coming from with the blogging, sometimes we just need to go back to reading for fun! What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

Being quoted in books I’ve reviewed is right up there. It’s such a wonderful feeling and it will never grow old. And having fellow bloggers nominate me for blogger awards. That’s also special.

The biggest challenge is most definitely trying to keep up with commitments when life gets in the way and/or you just don’t feel like picking up a book. This past year in particular has been a bit of a struggle as I seem to have gone from one reading slump to the other but I’ve not missed a single commitment or let anyone down and that’s something to be proud of too.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I’m probably one of the least ambitious people you’ll ever meet. The one big thing I’d most like to achieve is finding a healthy balance. I’ve taken on a lot since I started, at times it’s been incredibly overwhelming and I’ve just been lucky in that I seem to thrive under pressure but I now find I quite like that I don’t have to pick up a book if I don’t want to and I can happily go and do something else without feeling guilty or stressed out.

What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

Does hibernating count? 😄 This is my least favourite time of the year. I’ve already started my countdown to Spring so I’m actually the most excited about not needing to socialise too much, being comfortable on my sofa with a nice cup of tea and a book or a tv series I want to catch up on.

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?

My favourite place is Tuscany in Italy. I completely lost my heart there from the very first time we visited and the dream is to move there some day. There are a multitude of other places I’d love to go to some time but I think top of the bucket list is probably New Zealand. Even if the long flight completely puts me off.


Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

From what I’ve gathered over the time I’ve been blogging, the most surprising thing to people seems to be that I’m not English. I’ve been speaking English from a very young age, surprising my parents as neither of them spoke it. That prompted me to be absolutely convinced I was adopted. I asked them numerous times. It didn’t go down so well. I have no idea where it came from or how I picked it up but I’ve even been dreaming in English for as long as I can remember.

Wow, that’s really fascinating! 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’?

The first book that came to my mind is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Or as I like to call it “Agatha Christie on crack”. I’ve never read anything like it, or since, and while I’m not one to read a book twice, I am determined to re-read this one again some day. But also, every single book ever written by Karin Slaughter.

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Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed … Again

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

The only truly failsafe plan I know of, and apologies for the disgusting image, is to just vomit it all out before you fall into bed. Aside from that, water, water and more water. But I wouldn’t necessarily call it failsafe. That’s experience talking right there.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

That depends on the hangover. If you didn’t follow my advice to keep me away from the limoncello, I will probably spend the day feeling absolutely sorry for myself, vowing to never drink again. If there’s no hangover, a nice lunch and maybe a boardgame. Or cards. Or a nap. 😉

Eva, it has been a joy to spend the evening with you, thank you so much for joining me on the blog.

Make sure you go and check out Eva’s delightful blog over at Novel Deelights. You can also catch up with her on Twitter and Instagram and on Goodreads.
Join me next week when I’ll be having Friday Night Drinks with author, Florence Keeling.

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