Friday Night Drinks with…. Florence Keeling @KeelingFlorence @LilyMaeWalters1 @CrimsonCloakPub #FridayNightDrinks #FictionCafeWriters

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Tonight I am delighted to be joined for Friday Night Drinks  by author and fellow Fiction Cafe Writer…..Florence Keeling.

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(Another camera shy guest again this week!)

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

I have recently discovered Parma violet gin, with lemonade rather than tonic…it has to be lemonade as tonic spoils the taste of the gin. I also found cherry Bakewell vodka last week…delicious.

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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?

There’s nothing like a country pub. I’d take you round the corner to a beautiful little restaurant/bar in the middle of nowhere with a huge open fire.

Oh, you’d love my local! 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?

The Queen would be top of my list but I suspect it would be afternoon tea rather than a pint down the pub. And I’d love to sit down with Henry 8th, he’d have some fabulous stories to tell.

I suspect the Queen enjoys a cheeky sherry! 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’m currently working on my children’s stories under the name of Lily Mae Walters before returning to my women’s fiction novels.
There are two series… Josie James is currently on its third of a five- book series and Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable is brand new.
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I’d love for them both to be read worldwide and loved by thousands  of children.

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

My proudest moment so far has happened very recently. I’ve been asked to open a new school library as a children’s author and I’m absolutely thrilled.
My biggest challenge is balancing my writing with my work. I have three jobs and find it hard to sit down and physically write.

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!

My greatest ambition is to be able to write full time and to make a living from it. I have so many stories and characters whirling around in my head that I want to share with the world.

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

I’m currently planning a series of romance books…real feel good love stories…Pedals and Prosecco, Cocktails and Cadillacs are just two of the titles.

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’m not fond of flying, in fact I’m absolutely terrified. We’ve flown a few times as a family but I’d have to say that you can’t beat the good old British seaside. If I’m near the sea, I’m happy.
I’d love to visit Venice and the Pyramids one day, they are definitely on the bucket list.

I’ve been to Venice, but I’d love to go back. The Pyramids are definitely on my bucket list too. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

I share a birthday of April Fools Day with my great grandmother Florence Keeling, this is why I use her name as my pen name. My children’s author name is a mixture of all my grandparents names. Lily for Lilian, Mae for Marjorie and both my grandads had Walter as a first or second name.

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’?

You have to read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I love historical fiction especially the Tudor era and she just writes as if she was there at the time and saw the events for herself.

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This chance for us Howards comes once in a century…

1521. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat. When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes his new mistress, an unwitting pawn in the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn and Howard families.

As Henry’s interest begins to wane, the Boleyns scheme to put forward Mary’s sister, Anne. Yet Anne Boleyn, newly returned from the French court, won’t agree to be Henry’s mistress, only his wife.

Pitting the king’s desperation for an heir against the advice of his powerful advisors, Wolsey and Cromwell, what follows will change the course of a country’s history.

Great choice. 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?

I’m not a big drinker and have only ever been drunk once in my life…but I’ve always been told that you must drink a glass of water before bed and then a fry up in the morning.

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

After our night out, a lovely walk in the country with my two dogs followed by a huge carvery lunch with all the trimmings and jam roly poly for pudding.

Florence, thank you so much for joining me, it has been a wonderful evening.

Florence Keeling is the author of two women’s fiction  novels, Winter’s Gift and Reflected Destinies. 

As Lily Mae Walters, she is the author of Josie James & the Teardrops of Summer and Josie James & the Velvet Knife and the upcoming Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable.

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You can read my review of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer here.

Florence Keeling/Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Florence lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to her and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series. Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling. You can find Florence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please join me next week for Friday Night Drinks with blogger Sandra from BookLoverWorm.

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.

Friday Night Drinks with…. Noelle Holten @nholten40 @HarperCollinsUK @0neMoreChapter_ @KillerReads @Bookouture @TheCraigRussell @michaeljmalone1 #FridayNightDrinks #DeadInside

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It’s Friday Night Drinks again and, tonight, I am joined by another busy lady – author, blogger and PR for Bookouture…..Noelle Holten.

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Noelle, welcome to the blog and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

Rhubarb gin & tonic …it might be a double 😉 Though I’ve recently tried pink grapefruit & pomello gin + tonic … *bites nails* so I think I’ll change my order to that!  

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Sounds delicious. I think your colleague, the lovely Kim Nash, recommended the same one when she were here a couple of weeks ago. Have you two been sharing a tipple of this by any chance? 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 quite the homebody, but do like a good village pub when socialising so would probably take you to The Rose Inn, in the next village over. They have good food, a nice atmosphere and booze! We could chat books all night! 

Perfect! 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?

Famous as in celebrity or just in my eyes? Hmmm…. I think I’d invite Martina Cole as she’s a good laugh and a font of all knowledge when it comes to books and I’ve recently met Professor David Wilson and he absolutely fascinates me – he so nice and quite funny too – we’d definitely have some interesting conversations!

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?

At the moment I am nearing 70K on the third book in my series (DC Maggie Jamieson) and I expect to receive the edits for Dead Wrong in the next week or two so will be on to those as well! Book 3 is due Dec 2019 so I needed to get a draft done by at least the end of Oct, and if I continue at the rate I’m at, even with my edits, this should be doable. I’m also winding down on my blog tour commitments. I just can’t keep doing tours and writing – so I’ll still read and review books, I just can’t take part in any tours. 

I understand the pressure of blog tours, sometimes you just have to step back from reading to a timetable. I’ve had to do similar in the hope I can get my book finished! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

I feel like I have had so many proud moments and no doubt I’ll forget something but here are just a few: getting a two book deal, Dead Inside being published, amazing support from the blogger and crime community, getting a further 3 book deal before Dead Inside was published, being the supporting act via Crime in the Spotlight for Ian Rankin and Nicola Sturgeon at Bloody Scotland, appearing on my first panel at Newcastle Noir, then Bute Noir, and having a paperback launch in Glasgow. Signing MY book! Readings at Noir at the Bar. Knowing that by the end of 2020 I will have written FIVE books! There have been so many moments that I am incredibly proud of and still can’t believe. I am grateful for them all. 

You’ve had such an amazing year. 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!

Tough one, as I really am grateful for everything so far – I’d love for the series to take off and to continue writing about Maggie and the rest of the agencies she works with and I would also love to appear on a panel at Bloody Scotland with some of my writing idols! 

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

I’m writing Book 3 and it’s quite dark – I haven’t come up with the title suggestion yet or a proper blurb but I am loving the direction it is going in and hope that I get it in reasonable order with the edits when I finally type THE END of this draft! 

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’ve not really travelled 😱 I mean I have been to various places in the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK but I would LOVE to go to an Island somewhere, total solitude, a beach, a bar, and books. I love Scotland too and hope to one day move there. 

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I really loved Cape Cod in the US when I visited so I’d also like to go back there and I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. 

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

Ok – I took music in high-school and played the baritone for 4 years. Not sure if that is interesting/surprising or secret 😂😂 but it is true! 

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’?

I loved Craig Russell’s The Devil Aspect so would definitely recommend that, but I’ve recently read Michael J Malone’s In The Absence of Miracles, so have to sneak that one it too – both are phenomenal for very different reasons! 

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How do you find a killer when you’re surrounded by madness?

1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics – the so-called ‘Devil’s Six’ – are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets.

At the same time, a terrifying killer known as ‘Leather Apron’ is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the Devil himself.

Maybe they are… and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles?

Only the Devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out.

I have a copy of Michael’s book on my TBR, I have read so many amazing reviews of it. I will add the Craig Russell one. 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?

Ha! Well I tend to drink a glass of water with 2 ibuprofen before I sleep – I have a high tolerance for gin so usually manage to avoid a bad hangover, but can feel very tired, so if that happens – it’s a duvet day with a constant flow of coffee, a good book and a few naps!  

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

 A perfect weekend for me would be either the time to sit and read on my couch as much as I can or to attend a book event/festival. I love seeing my friends but most live miles away so any excuse that sees us all together is great for me! 

Noelle, I have had a lovely evening, thank you for joining me and I can’t wait for the next book in the Maggie Jamieson series.

Noelle’s debut novel, Dead Inside, was published earlier this year and you can buy a copy here. I reviewed Noelle’s book on its paperback publication and you can find my review by following this link.

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The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

Noelle Holten is one of the PR & Social Media Managers for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. She worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse but left in 2017. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Her hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog, Crime Book Junkie. Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

You can find out more about Noelle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Next week I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by fellow blogger and all round delightful human, Eva from Novel Deelights.

 

Friday Night Drinks with…. Kaisha Holloway @kaishajayneh @Cecelia_Ahern #bookbloggers #bookblogging #amreading #FridayNightDrinks

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I am really excited tonight because this person is one of the reasons this blog even exists today (thank them or blame them, as you see fit!) Her blog, The Writing Garnet was one of the very first book blogs I came across, and one which inspired my own attempts at blogging. She is a reading and reviewing machine, award-winning, and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to ‘meet’ in the bookish world. So, welcome to Friday Night Drinks…..Kaisha Holloway.

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Kaisha, thank you so much for joining me for drinks this evening, I’m so thrilled you have joined me. First things first, what are you drinking?

Thanks so much for having me! I’ll have a cup of tea, two sugars and a splash of milk please!

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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?

Waterstones in Edinburgh!

Oooh, what is so special about the Edinburgh Waterstones, you will have to expand for me one day. 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 my, what a fabulous question! That’s an incredibly tough one as I admire so many people, however it would have to be Nelson Mandela and Eva Cassidy.

I don’t think we’ve had either of those as choices before. 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?

Well during the day when my witches broom is put away, I’m usually found being a mummy to mini bookworm, Eva. Also, some people may know me as being The Writing Garnet, the blog I started back in 2016. I have a very soppy reason for starting my blog to be honest! I started it because I wanted to review books/host authors etc. as my way of saying thank you to the authors for writing books which have allowed me to escape from my day to day pain of being a multi-chronically ill person. I would love if blogging opened doors for me so that I could finally work from home though. Luckily I had the opportunity to be a PA to a popular author last year, as well as becoming a published writer when my article was published on Brides Magazine website.

That’s a fantastic reason for starting a blog. What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

Gosh, my proudest moment(s) has got to be when I won ‘Most Inspirational Blog’ at the Blogger Bash Awards in 2017, and when I won ‘Media Star of the Year’ at the RNA Industry Awards in 2018. I never expected to win awards with my blog, so I still cannot believe that that happened.

As for my biggest challenge, I think that would probably be finding the right words to do a book justice in reviews. I’m sure many other bloggers would agree with me when I say that, when we review lots of books, we end up using similar wording/phrasing for books in the same genre, and trying to find that word or phrase which describes that particular book can be incredibly hard when you just want to say something different.

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 write my own book and get it published. I have multiple ideas for adult fiction, as well as a recent idea for a children’s fiction book. I would also love to be able to work from home in a remote position as I cannot go out to work due to my illnesses and the fact that I homeschool my daughter!

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

I’m excited about the idea I came up with for a children’s book. I would have liked to have read a book like it when I was a child, so I am hoping the confidence will come for me to be able to do something with it and make that dream come true. Who knows!

You should give it a go. After all, nothing ventured! 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?

For me, wanting to travel and actually travelling are two different things! I have been to various places in the UK that I loved, however my all-time favourite place in the UK to visit was Whitby. It was the most beautiful, sensual place I have ever been to and I would go back in a heartbeat (pardon the pun).

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As for bucket list, I have wanted to go to Australia since I was 3 years old. You would have thought the fact that I have family over there would have helped matters, but nope! A girl can dream!

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

Haha ermmmmm, now there’s a question! I can do the voice of ‘Pingu’? Does that count?

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Oh, that’s a good one! I’d love to hear it. 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’?

I’m in shock! You don’t ask a bookworm this! Haha. I thought the previous question was hard! I’m going to answer this question based on the books I have read recently, although that doesn’t narrow it down as even they are in double figures. Anywho, it would be Postscript by Cecelia Ahern.

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The long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller PS, I Love You!

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
 
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.
 
Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

I was in two minds about how I felt on hearing there was going to be a sequel, as I loved PS. I Love You so much, but hearing such great reviews of this book has persuaded me to buy a copy.

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?

Well seeing as I am on the tea, no hangover! Although when I was able to drink alcohol, I never had a hangover, even when I drank multiple beverages in one night. Soooooo, I don’t have an answer I’m afraid haha.

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

Sitting with a blanket, listening to the rain lashing down outside and losing myself in all of the books I bought from our wild night out in Waterstones!

Kaisha, thank you so much for coming on the blog this evening, and for being one of  the reasons it exists!

Kaisha blogs over at The Writing Garnet, so make sure you go and check out her blog. You can also catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kaisha is looking for opportunities so, if anyone reading this knows of any remote working vacancies or people who are open to receive pitches in magazines and what not, she would love to be given the opportunity. You can get in touch with her by email at kaishajayneh@gmail.com.

Join me next week for Friday Night Drinks with blogger and author, Noelle Holten.

Friday Night Drinks with…. Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks @Bookouture @RNATweets @millyjohnson #FridayNightDrinks #EscapeToGiddywellGrange #AmazingGrace #ChaseBookFest

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I’m giddy (see what I did there?) with anticipation for tonight’s Friday Night Drinks because it is with one of my favourite people in the bookish world, and someone I have been lucky enough to meet in person through our shared membership of the RNA. It is book blogger, Bookouture Publicity Manager, book festival organiser and, since Wednesday, published author of TWO books (gosh, I’m tired just thinking about it all)……Kim Nash.

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Kim, welcome to the blog. It’s so lovely to have you here. First things first, what are you drinking?

Gin and Tonic for me always if I’m going with alcohol, and coffee otherwise.  I do like my gin to taste like gin though, so none of this fancy stuff for me! Also I did discover some Grapefruit and Pomelo gin at the weekend from Chase Distillery which was blooming gorgeous and I think is my new favourite drink. 

Gin is also my tipple of choice, although I do like to try different ones. I had a lovely Earl Grey Tea one the other week. 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?

Well Friday nights are dog training nights for us, so our night out would consist of going to meet our wonderful friends at ChasinTails (http://www.chasintails.co.uk/) .  Roni is our rescue dog who came to live with us about 19 months ago and he’s changed our lives!   Friday night dog training is not just for him, but for all of us to have a social meet up with lovely new friends that we’ve met through the club.  Then it’s to the chippy to pick up fish and chips on the way home, before relaxing with a gin and tonic and celebrating the weekend ahead. 

Sounds great. I know Roni is a spaniel, like my lovely Lola, we should have a doggie date next time I am down your way! If you could invite two famous people, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

As I’ve recently read Michelle Obama’s Becoming, I’d love to invite her. She’s such an inspiration and a lovely lady! She’d be a great night out guest.  I’d also invite Jenny Éclair, as I saw her recently at the Hachette showcase and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in such a short time.  I think they’d both be great fun and would love a chippy tea and a G&T!  

Great choices, that would be some girls’ night out. 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?

Gosh! Where do I start.  I’m promoting Book 1, Amazing Grace, which came out in April, Book 2, Escape to Giddywell Grange, is also now out and I’m writing Book 3.  I’ve also been working with our local museum to organize Chase Bookfest which a local book festival with the most amazing best-selling and award-winning authors that we are so honoured to have join us.  Hopefully it’ll bring the authors together with readers who get the chance to meet their favourite authors and hear them read and answer questions.  This is happening TOMORROW! Saturday 21st!   SOOOOO EXCITED!!! 

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Such a busy lady, and that is without even mentioning the day job! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

My proudest moment is when my son admitted that it’s quite cool to have an author for his mum!  He’s my biggest cheerleader, along with my lovely sister, and is constantly checking chart positions etc.  I think it’s the first time he’s ever really thought I’m cool! LOL! 

The biggest challenge is to write while working full time.  In my day job, I’m Head of Publicity at Bookouture and it’s busy and I’ve a head full of other people’s books.  I’m a binge writer so find it very difficult to get into a routine of writing some words every day and go for long spells without writing at all, but then will sit for hours once I get into the swing of it.  

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 think I’ve already achieved it and I’m totally honoured.  I wanted to touch people with my writing.  I wanted someone to be inspired, moved, or motivated to do something, or feel something through my words.  I’ve been incredibly lucky that lots of people messaged me while reading Amazing Grace and also Escape to Giddywell Grange to say that they’ve laughed and cried and some who have been inspired to try something new or to change their lives.  That feels really special.  

That is such a great ambition to have and pretty much exactly how I feel about my writing, i’m so happy for you that you have achieved it. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

I’m writing Book 3 and have other ideas whirling around in my head, some a little bit darker and deeper than my normal rom com writes!  Watch this space. 

Exciting! Those voices never quite shut up do they, and they always bring the best ideas to you in the most inconvenient of places…. middle of the night, driving the car, in the bath, lol.

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’m very lucky to have travelled well in the past (before child! LOL!)  My favourite place is The Maldives, and whenever I’m struggling to sleep, I always go back to my sunbed on my private beach outside of my beach bungalow.  It works every time to relax me and ground me.  

I would love to go back to Dubrovnik, which I went to once as a quick stop on a cruise, but we didn’t stop long.  The streets are so shiny it looks like fairies have been up all night polishing them.  I’d love to spend some more time exploring there.   

Another place is Italy.  I had a bad experience once, where I went to Turin, and was in a bar and needed a wee, and had to go across a courtyard, into a garage like building and there was a hole in the floor which I had to stoop over.  It put me off Italy for a while but I really would love to go to Positano and Lake Garda.  

And I’ve read so many books about Martha’s Vinyard and Nantucket that I would love to go and explore there too.  I’ve only ever been to Florida in the US and want to sit on a swing on a porch overlooking the sea and I’d love to visit the places that I’ve conjured up in my mind from so many fabulous authors.  

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That’s one of my favourite things about reading, the armchair travelling. I am such a sucker for a book set anywhere along the US coast. I have been to New England, but not to Nantucket yet. Definitely a bucket list destination.

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

This is hard!  I’m very open so people know most things about me.  I could say that I’m a Reiki Level 1 Practioner, I could say that I’ve been to see David Essex about 35 times (all my sister’s fault!) or that I believe in life after death!  Take your pick! 

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’?

I love to read personal development books and one of my favourites is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero.  It’s so inspiring and everyone should read it.  

The fiction book that changed my life was A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson.  It made me realize that I was unhappy and needed to make changes.  I did, and Milly encouraged me to start a book blog and I became immersed in the publishing world and merged my marketing and PR background with my love of books to work with Bookouture and I pinch myself and thank my lucky stars every day! 

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‘Clear your house and clear your mind. Don’t let life’s clutter dictate to you. Throw it away and take back the control!’ 

When Lou Winter picks up a dog-eared magazine in the dentist’s waiting room and spots an article about clearing clutter, she little realises how it will change her life. What begins as an earnest spring clean soon spirals out of control.

Lou‘s loved ones grow disgruntled. Why is clearing out cupboards suddenly more important than making his breakfast, her husband Phil wonders? The truth is, the more rubbish Loulets go of, the more light and air can get to those painful, closed-up places at the centre of her heart.

Even lovely Tom Broom, the man who delivers Lou‘s skips, starts to grow concerned about his sweetest customer. But Lou is a woman on a mission, and not even she knows where it will end . . .

Lovely Milly, what an inspiring story. It is amazing how much writing can inspire people to change their lives. 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?

Oh it has to be a big pint of water before bed and a good old Wetherspoons breakfast.  Then home to tuck up on the sofa under a blanket with a great book.   Never fails. 

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

Saturday mornings normally start with a nice early dog walk over Cannock Chase Forest, then just hanging out with my son for the day.   Jimmies are on quite early and we snuggle up with a film or watch some TV.  Sundays I can normally be found on the sidelines, cheering on his team with the other fabulous footy mums that are my football family.   Then another walk over the forest with Ollie and Roni before a good old Sunday roast.  

Sounds like bliss. Kim, thank you so much for coming on the blog tonight, I have had the best evening. Huge luck with the new book and the book festival tomorrow, I hope it all goes wonderfully.

Kim’ new book, Escape to Giddywell Grange is out now and you can buy a copy here.

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Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

If you would like to read my review of Kim’s first fabulous book, Amazing Grace, you can find it by following this link.

Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

You can read Kim’s book blog at Kim The Bookworm and catch up with her via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Next week I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by blogging superstar, Kaisha Holloway of The Writing Garnet, so please do join us.

Friday Night Drinks with…. Sheila Turner Johnston @SperrinGold @colourpoint #FridayNightDrinks #MakerOfFootprints

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Tonight I am delighted to welcome to the virtual blog bar for Friday Night Drinks, author…Sheila Turner Johnston.

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Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening, Sheila, it is lovely to have you on the blog. First things first, what are you drinking?

Hi Julie, thank you for inviting me this evening! I’ll have a pure apple juice with ice please, with a tonic water mixer on the side. If the bar is out of that, make it a tonic water and bitter lemon. 

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?

It’s hard to narrow this down, but we could have dinner in the Europa Hotel and then take in a show next door at Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House.

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Sounds fabulous, Belfast is top of my bucket list for my next city break. 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?

Only two? Oh dear! Well, I’m interested in ancient and medieval history and the Tudors, so I’d like to have a chance to talk to Cicero, the Roman senator and orator. He lived in and influenced pivotal times when the Roman Republic became an Empire. I’m sure he would have a lot to say about Brexit and the EU! There are so many women to choose from also but it would be fascinating to meet Emmeline Pankhurst. Her views on the current feminist movement, in contrast to the struggle she had in the early twentieth century, would be very interesting.

We haven’t had either of them on Friday Night Drinks before, so great 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?

Right now I’m involved with publicity for my novel Maker of FootprintsIt’s a contemporary novel exploring relationships that get complicated when personal boundaries are challenged. One book blogger described it as a love story that is lifted into something more. I like that! Where do I want it to go? Into the best seller lists of course! Apart from that, I am doing final revisions on my next novel and hope it will be out before the end of this year or early next year. Fingers crossed! 

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

I’ve been writing for a long time, and during my student years my main method of creative expression was poetry. I had the scary and wonderful experience – especially with hindsight – of reading my poetry at a meeting of the English Society at Queen’s University with none other that Seamus Heaney in the audience! I remember him sitting in an armchair, eying me thoughtfully and puffing on his pipe – which was allowed then. He was one of my lecturers as well.

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My biggest challenge is defeating procrastination. I am very easily distracted and have too many interests to find it easy to focus. Everything ever written about how writers invent displacement activities applies to me with bells on!

Seamus Heaney, I am so jealous! 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!

The ‘one big thing’ changes as time and events move on. For example, my elder son asked me some years ago if there was something I would really like to do and hadn’t yet done. I said I’d like to write a novel. He said “Ok, then write one.” So I did! The next thing I really wanted to do was write another one – and I did! So I suppose what I’d like to achieve is a regular output of good novels that people enjoy. If I had to push the boat out, I’d love to see one of my novels made into a movie! In case any film producers are listening to us this evening, Maker of Footprints is just perfect for the big screen – all the scenes are there ready to go! Well, you did say “be ambitious”! 

Book-to-movie is the most common ambition amongst authors on this feature, it has to be said! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

I’m excited to see my next novel published and nervous about what people will think of it. It tackles a difficult subject and involves a controversial relationship. I loved writing it. I also have novel number three started. It’s giving me a few headaches at the moment and all the displacement activities are having a party!

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?

Unlike you, I’m afraid I’m not a great traveller. I get travel sick, agonizingly sore ears on aeroplanes etc. However, three years ago I screwed up my courage and went to Italy on an special interest archaeology holiday. Amongst many fascinating places, we visited Pompeii and Herculaneum, places I had always wanted to see. I’m so glad I did that. Apart from that, I find the UK and Ireland endlessly interesting and hope to visit more places closer to home, especially sites of historic interest. 

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I love Ireland. My partner, who is from Dublin, is taking me on a road trip along the south and west coasts next month – it was my birthday present – I cannot wait. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

Scraping the barrel a bit to answer this question! I suppose I could tell you that my mother was from Belfast in Northern Ireland and my father was from Cork, far down south in the Republic. So I can say that my brother and I are very early examples of cross-border co-operation!

You should be in charge of Brexit! 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’?

Goodness, that’s a tough one. The one that seems to float to the top of my mind is one you’ve probably already read, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. That book should be required reading for everyone, especially GCSE and A level history students. It evokes the mud-soaked horror of war, not from the elevated perspective of generals and governments, or even history textbooks, but through the eyes of the men who were really there, in the mud and the foxholes and the tunnels. From an Ulster and Irish point of view, Faulks’ description of the Battle of the Somme is particularly vivid and memorable. It’s as close as I imagine anyone could get – or want to get – to actually being there.

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1910. Amiens, Northern France. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in the French city to stay with the Azaire family. He falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle and the two enter a tempestuous love affair. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters. With his love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front and enters the unimaginable dark world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land. From award-winning writer Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong is an exceptionally moving and unforgettable portrait of the ruthlessness of war and the indestructability of love.

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?

I’ve never had a hangover! The obvious failsafe way to avoid one is not to drink too much in the first place, but that is probably not what you mean! I do get really bad headaches sometimes and I reach for the ibuprofen and then just lie down and moan a lot till it goes away.

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

Besides reading?! A lovely walk along some of our fabulous north Down coastline, time with my family, church on Sunday morning, a meal in a nice restaurant and maybe a film on TV. A packet of giant chocolate buttons would be in there somewhere too!

Sheila, it has been an absolute delight to chat with you, thank you so much for joining me and I wish you lots of luck with your writing.

Sheila’s debut novel, Maker of Footprints, is out now as an ebook and paperback and you can get a copy here.

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Meeting him was easy. It was knowing him that burned bone.

Paul Shepherd is dangerous. He crashes into Jenna’s life like an asteroid into an ocean. Willful and exhausting, he stirs feelings that make her confront all that has kept her safe – and bored.

Relentless and determined, he needs Jenna with a desperation she does not understand. Jenna discovers that, although she can try to hide from Paul, there is nowhere to hide from herself.

But he is married…

What do you do when you discover you are not the person you thought you were?

This is one of those rare books that touch the soul – a story of irrevocable change, tragedy and indestructable love.

Sheila Turner Johnston was born in west Cork, Ireland and spent her childhood in different counties the length and breadth of the country, as the family moved wherever her father’s job took him. She attended Queen’s University, Belfast, and apart from managing to graduate against all her expectations, one of her best experiences was reading her poetry to an audience that included Seamus Heaney. 

Sheila has won prizes for both fiction and non-fiction, and has written many articles for both local and national publications. She and her husband Norman founded the publishing stable Colourpoint Creative Ltd, which is now owned and managed by their two sons.

Maker of Footprints is her first published novel.

You can find out more about Sheila and her writing on her website and on Twitter.

Please join me back here next week when I will be having drinks with author, fellow RNA member, blogger and Bookouture Publicity Manager, Kim Nash.

Friday Night Drinks with …. Yvonne Bastian (@yvonnembee) @TarnRichardson #bookbloggers #bookblogging #amreading #FridayNightDrinks

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Yvonne is a fabulous blogger and book lovers should definitely check our her blog at Me and My Books. You can also find her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Next week I will be joined by another of my favourite bloggers, Eva from Novel Deelights, so please do come back and join us.