Tilbury Talks To… Anne Cater

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Anne Cater. Welcome to my blog Anne, please would you introduce yourself?

Hi Mark, thanks for inviting me.
I’m Anne; aged 51 and live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with my husband Martin and two cats; Costa and Nero. I grew up just across the Trent in Nottinghamshire and spent my summers in County Donegal, Ireland.

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and love to discuss books, and shout about the ones that I love. Eight years ago I started my blog Random Things Through My Letterbox and I can honestly say that it changed my life.
I’ve worked in the NHS and various charities for most of my life, but gave up full time work two years ago to concentrate on organising Blog Tours for publishers and authors. I also work a few hours per week at our local Hospice.

At the beginning of 2018 I began to write reviews of Commercia Women’s Fiction novels for The Daily Express books on Friday monthly feature.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is the community. On the whole we are a supportive and friendly bunch who help each other. We share each other’s posts and we help with contacts.
I also love the book post. Even though I receive hundreds of books per year, that thud when a new parcel arrives through the letterbox always makes my heart race!

I don’t think there’s a ‘worst’ thing really, apart from wanting to read ALL of the books and just not having the time!

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Ideally, immediately.  I like to get down my thoughts straight away when the story is still fresh in my mind.  

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yes, lots of them. In fact I was friends with quite a few of them before any of us were bloggers. I’ve known Anne Williams from Being Anne for twelve years, as well as Lainy from So Many Boooks, So Little Time;  Leah from Reflections of a Reader and Karen from My Reading Corner.
Bloggers often meet at book events, such as the Harrogate Festival, and it’s always great fun to meet people in real life. Some of them have become really good friends.

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Tilbury Talks To… Jill Burkinshaw

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Jill. Would you let everyone know a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is Jill Burkinshaw (but just call me Jill)  I am mother to 5 wonderful children who are now adults and living all over (1 in San Francisco) so I book in advance to catch up with them.
Someone got my star sign wrong when I was born because I was born Libra and Libras supposedly have difficulty making decisions but that definitely doesn’t apply to me. I make decisions, BIG decisions suddenly and once a decision is made I will move heaven and earth to see it through.
I now live in Matlock in the heart of the Peak District with my partner and dog. Sheba and I spend a few hours a day exploring the countryside.
I have always loved reading and I have fond memories of swapping books with Mum.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I am not sure I ever actually decided to do it, it was more a progression. I always read paperbacks but due to a health problem I dusted off my Kindle because I could enlarge the text. I found free books and started reading a lot more. I found Goodreads and started reviewing as a way to help indie authors and from there a blog was a natural progression. I have only had my blog for about 18 months but it has helped many authors and that makes the work worthwhile.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I am not sure there is a ‘worst’ other then the blog tends to take over your life but for me that is a good way. Because of my decision to start blogging I have found myself going down a path I would never have considered a few years ago I do have some regrets that my life didn’t quite work out the way I envisaged but I do know that I made the right decision.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
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Tilbury Talks To… Lorna (LJ) Cassidy

Today, Tilbury talks to… Lorna (LJ) Cassidy. Thanks for taking part Lorna. Please would you introduce yourself?

 

Thank you for having me, Mark. My name is Lorna or I sometimes go by LJ. I’m a mum from Liverpool and I have been running my blog On The Shelf Reviews for just over a year now. I read mostly crime fiction but I have been known to step outside my comfort zone occasionally. I hope to one day become a published author, I just have to write a decent book first lol!

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
It was actually going to be a blog about writing, tips, short stories etc but I didn’t have the confidence so I kind of left it. Then I saw an article about book bloggers and reviewers, I thought ‘do you know what, I love books and sharing book love, why not do that!’ And the rest is history.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I’m going to start with the nice stuff, the best thing about book blogging is the community and the support you get from your fellow bloggers is just the best. Also it’s nice when you write a review and the author contacts you and says thank you, it’s just the best feeling! The worst bit is the negativity, people who say you post too many good reviews and you’re lying or if you post one too many bad reviews you’re a troll. It’s my blog and I decide what I want to share!

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I take notes so I usually leave it for a day so it’s fresh in my mind but not too fresh, so I can figure out how I really feel about a book.

If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
All of them! I follow such a diverse lot of people it would be interesting to have a chat.

If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Hmm, this is a hard one. I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett, I adore his Discworld novels and I was so sad when he passed away (far too soon!).  I’d ask him if he hadn’t have died what would have the next Discworld novel been about?

Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
I have to be honest most books don’t impact me emotionally but the one that do are usually the scary ones. I started reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King last year but had to stop because I kept having a nightmare that an evil cat was stalking me. I don’t know why it freaked me out so much but I am determined to try and finish that book!

If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
I’d go back to the Sherlock Holmes era, Victorian London has always held a fascination for me.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I read it something like eighty years after it was published and is still of the best mystery books I’ve ever read.

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Only three????
I’ll try.
First, has to be JK Rowling. I hadn’t read for a good few years when I picked up the first Harry Potter and I haven’t stopped reading since.

Then I have to say Terry Pratchett. His Discworld novels are amazing, the levels of imagination and the fact he is one of the few authors that have made me laugh out loud.

Lastly, the Queen of crime herself, Agatha Christie. Need I say more?

 

Thanks for some great answers Lorna. I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie as a teenager, but I haven’t read The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, so I’ll have to get myself a copy.

Lorna can be found across social media:
Blog: On The Shelf Reviews.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ljcassidy85.
Twitter: @ljwrites85.
Instagram: ljwrites85.

 

Thank you for your support,

Best wishes.

Mark.

BLOG TOUR – Orchestrating Murder by Heather Osborne

 

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the brilliant crime thriller, Orchestrating Murder, by Heather Osborne. Let’s find out more about the book.

 

Book Description:
By day, he wears a mask, concealing his true nature from the world. By night, he conducts his plans, carefully composing death for those deemed less worthy in his eyes of existence.

When bodies of convicted felons start turning up, Detective Gregory Shaw is called upon to investigate. His suspicions fall on a well-known attorney, but can he prove his hunch holds merit?

 

 

 

And, here’s the book trailer:

 

 

 

My review:
After enjoying Osborne’s Rae Hatting series, I was very pleased to see that she’d published this stand-alone thriller.

The book kicks off with a very tense opening.  After the prologue, you’ll want to keep reading the whole book in one go!

Parts of the book are written from the antagonist’s point of view. Getting an in-depth insight into their thoughts and actions was chilling and disturbing. Occasional glimpses into the victims pain and uncertainty can, at times, be an uncomfortable reading experience, which is testament to the quality of the writing.

As in the Rae Hatting series, Osborne combines a complicated criminal investigation with a little romance. The elements work well, without the romance taking over the story. If there had been more romance than there was, it may have put me off the story, but Osborne gets the mixture just right.

I’d highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the crime/suspense/thriller genres. It’s an excellent read that will keep you guessing and wondering where the story will take you next.

 

You can find and follow Heather across social media:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heather-Osborne/e/B00HM2AKHM/.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/HAOsborne/.
Twitter: @hosborneauthor.

As always, thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 

 

 

Tilbury Talks To… Sarah Hardy

Today Tilbury Talks To…Sarah Hardy. Thanks for visiting the blog Sarah, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Hi, I’m Sarah (front of above photo with author Tara Lyons, and fellow bloggers Shell Baker, Emma Shand, Kat Everett and Noelle Holten.) I am a book publicist for Bloodhound Books. I also blog at bytheletterbookreviews. Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life, more so over the last few years. I love spreading the word and shouting about the authors and books that I enjoy. Having been converted to a kindle after my husband bought me one, I now never go anywhere without it. It’s as important as my house keys or phone! I read quite a few different genres but my favourite is definitely crime and psychological thrillers.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’m not great with technology and after getting starting up my wordpress site, I really wondered what I had let myself in for. I was determined to do it though as after joining an online book group, I realised how many wonderful authors there were out there that were struggling to get themselves and their books noticed and I wanted to try and help spread the word. For me, setting up a book blog was one way to do that.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is discovering authors and books I would never have come across before if it wasn’t for my blog. Blogging has really opened my eyes to just what talent is out there. It is also a great community to be part of and I have made lifelong friends with bloggers and authors from doing it. The worst is the amount of review requests you get and not being able to yes to all of them. Continue reading