Due to technical difficulties, my usual Friday Night Drinks had to be postponed so this week I am having a mellow, winding-down-the-weekend Sunday Night Drink with one of my favourite bloggers…..Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe
Lorraine, thank you for joining me for this slightly postponed drink this evening, and braving Storm Ciara on a night any sane person would be tucked up at home. First things first, what are you drinking?
It’s going to have to be a pink gin (double) with slimline tonic please, and easy on the ice.
My kind of girl! 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’m not one for big nights out, been there done that! If you wanted a night out we would probably have to travel to my nearest town as we live in a small village, but as we will probably be talking books how about you come to mine? I’m sure my lovely hubby would cook for us, he’s a fabulous cook, and we have all the drinks you could wish for in our bar at the back of the house! You wouldn’t even have to dress up.
Sounds wonderful. 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?
Karen Sullivan the founder of Orenda Books she’s such a fabulous supporter of book bloggers, she’s also published some of the most amazing books I’ve had the pleasure to read. There’s so many questions I would like to ask her about publishing, and if I got her tipsy enough hopefully I could get her to share details on all the books Orenda are releasing this year. My second guest would be Kimberly Chambers (sorry I know you said a male, but I’m a rebel), not only is she hilarious but she’s fascinating too, I’m sure some of her characters are based on real life characters, so perhaps I could get her to reveal which ones.
Great choices, I would love to meet Karen in person! 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 started blogging almost five years ago, and I never thought much about where I wanted my blog to go, I just wanted to share my love of books, but now I feel like I’m at a crossroads , and I’m thinking through some options at the moment regarding developing my blog.
What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment has to be when I spot a quote from my review on a book cover, I’m quoted on The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (one of my favourite authors) and the author kindly sent me the Spanish and Turkish books, it’s moments like this when I have to pinch myself.
My biggest challenge? I’ve have been blogging for nearly five years now and I must admit I’m struggling to write my reviews, I seem to be writing the same thing over and over again! so I do worry people will get bored with reading them. Also it’s a challenge to find the time to read all the books on my TBR pile, there’s just not enough hours in the day.
I hear you, I feel exactly the same. 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 would love to give up work, and work from home doing something book related, but in all honesty I think I have more chance of winning the lottery 😂.
Wouldn’t that be amazing? What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’m looking at some options, all blog related, at the moment it’s all about the research, but watch this space.
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?
I have been lucky enough to have visited some amazing places, my favourite has to be Australia it’s such a vast country with so many amazing places to visit. A close second is the beautiful Greek island of Symi. My husband and I have a made a kind of bucket list pact, we want to visit as many of the Greek Islands as possible over the next few years. If I won the lottery it would have to be Bora Bora it looks like paradise.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I’m the victim of a serial killer! Now that got your attention. I’ve just read Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten which will be published on the 14th March 2020. Imagine my delight when I started reading this book and realised I’m actually a character in a book, in fact the investigation is based on my grisly demise! It’s a cracking read.
Nice to see that Noelle has continued the tradition from book one. It made me laugh when I recognised the names from her first book! 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 Home by Sarah Stovell, it’s a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking read that will haunt me for a long time to come. One book did you say? I guess the Gin’s going to my head 😂
Also every book written by Kimberley Chambers, I’m a huge fan of her gritty gangland thrillers.
One more little secret … one more little lie…
When the body of a pregnant fifteen-year-old is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away…
As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.
I’ve read so many great reviews of this book recently, I must add it to my TBR. 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?
Don’t drink too much! Since I swapped to gin, I can’t remember the last time I had a hangover! I used to never drink on an empty stomach, and made sure I drank plenty of water after a night -out, as that’s meant to stop you getting a hangover but guess what? It never worked!
Gin doesn’t give me a hangover either, i think because it’s diluted with the tonic, stops me getting dehydrated. After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
A day in my pj’s, snuggled under my blanket, a takeaway, followed by a box set on Netflix, ohhh and a family size bag of chocolate buttons (and yes I would eat the whole bag!)
Sounds perfect. Lorraine, thank you so much for coming on the blog, this has been great fun.
Lorraine loves books and coffee and always has a book or her kindle in her hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee. She especially enjoys reading crime and psychological thrillers and these are the books she mostly reviews on her blog, The Book Review Cafe. Lorraine started her blog in late August 2015 when she was off work after suffering an injury at work. She was bored one day and decided to start up a book blog. She never really thought about where her blog would lead, and never in a million years did she think any one would end up reading it, let alone follow her! or that she would be in contact with some of her favourite authors. She works, so her life is pretty hectic, but she always finds time to read and review books, although she does get frustrated that she am unable to read as much as she would like.
Next week, Friday Night Drinks will be back on, well, Friday when I am having Valentine’s Day drinks with author and publisher, Louise Walters.