A big thank you to Lorraine for joining in with my #AskMeAnything feature 🙂


I love reading and always have a book or my kindle in my hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee, and chocolate.

I started my blog in late August 2015 when I was off work after suffering an injury at work, I was bored one day and decided to start up a book blog and created The Book Review Cafe. I never really thought about where my blog would lead, and never in a million years did I think any one would end up reading it, let alone follow me! or that I would be in contact with some of my favourite authors

I work full time so my life is pretty hectic, but I always find time to read and review books, although I do get frustrated that I am unable to read as much as I would like. My dream job would be reading and reviewing books from home with a cup of coffee in my hand (not sure if such a job exists, but I did say dream job!). I also love spending time with my hubby Andy, we’ve been married 28 years and I still consider him to be my best friend. We have one son who is now married but he will always be my “baby”, he will hate me for saying that! and I can’t forget to mention our “old boy” Milo he’s an Jack Russel (14 next year).


Twitter: @reviewcafe

1 – Top five Christmas films?
Elf, A Christmas Carol, Its a wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Jingle All The Way
2 – Has there been one particular book that you really struggled to review because you loved it so much and if so which one?
A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone, it was such an emotive and a powerful read
3 – Is there a book that you could read over and over again and never get tired of reading it?
I don’t tend to read many books more than once as my TBR pile is so high but if I had to say one it would be Anne Franks Diary One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime of World War 2, The Diary of a Young Girl” is poignant, heartbreaking and a book that everyone should read.
4 – Do you and your family have any particular Christmas traditions?
We always open our presents to Phil Spector’s Christmas Album, my son has to have a “stocking” even though he’s 25 and married! And chocolate for breakfast. Our biggest tradition is Boxing Day when we have a “big family” party, we eat, drink and make merry! it’s the only day of the year we all manage to get together in one place
5 – I know you’re not an author, but if you could have created any fictional character who would it be and why?
Hmmm as I read mostly Crime thrillers it would have to be Hannibal Lecter, why? Because he’s such an iconic character and I would want to create a character that was unforgettable.
6 – What’s on the menu for Christmas dinner?
You would have to ask my sister!, bless her she always cooks Christmas Dinner for us all (15 at the last count) I admit I’ve only cooked ONE Christmas dinner in the 28 years I’ve been married (how bad is that?)
7 – Hi Lorraine, I, like you, am the proud owner of a Jack Russell Terrier. My question is: what is you favourite JRTs to feature in a book? (Will let you include other breeds of terrier at a push)
Help! this is a difficult one but thinking about it I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book with a JRT featured in it I don’t tend to read books that have dogs as the main character as I usually end up crying, although I did read Marley And Me, and yes I cried big time!
8 – What genres do you enjoy reading and does Milo read with you?
I read mostly Crime and psychological thrillers with an occasional turn to what I call “the dark side”(Chic fiction). Milo’s and old boy now (14 next year) and all he tends to do is eat and sleep, he used to curl up with me on the chair whilst I was reading, but now he’s got arthritis in his back legs the poor “old boy” can no longer jump up!
9 – What is the best way for aspiring authors to foster a relationship with book bloggers, in an attempt to reach new readers? There are so many lovely book bloggers sites. Any advice?
Get involved on discussions on their blog, engage with them on social media, but don’t pester it’s a sure fire way to put bloggers off.
Authors should Personalise their pitches or queries. Check out their blog and other books they’ve reviewed, and their review policy. Ensure that they specialise in the authors genre or target audience. Address them by their name (NOT Dear Book Blogger), I’m much more likely to take a look at a request if it’s obvious they have taken the time to look at my blog.
10 – What is your favourite Christmas carol?
Away In A Manger it always reminds me of when my son was a child he use to sing “Away In A Minger” 😂 😂
*I will think of this answer every time I hear or sing Away In A Manger from now on! LOL!*
11 – Do you have a favourite comedian?
Peter Kay I love the way he’s got characteristics of people down to a T, and I often think that’s me, he’s talking about!
12 – Are you a fan of reality TV? If so, what is your favourite show?
Oh I do love The Only Way Is Essex, you can’t beat a bit of drama, and there’s always plenty of it.
13 – If you could change the ending to any book which would it be and what would you change?
What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell I know lots of bloggers loved this book, but for me the ending was ambiguous, I prefer an ending where everything is made clear to the reader, no loose ends so to speak. I don’t want to give away spoilers here so I would just say I would have made the ending more defined.
14 – Book bloggers often go on to write their own book(s), do you have any plans to write a novel of your own?
No most definitely not I have no imagination, although my family are always telling me I should write one. I always got top marks for my stories at school (when I used to turn up😂 ) though.
15 – Chocolate or crisps?
Definitely chocolate I have a sweet tooth for sure, I could eat it for breakfast, dinner and tea!
16 – What is your favourite time of the day?
I’m a real early bird, I’m writing this at 4.30am, I like early mornings as I get so much done, leaving plenty of time to read later on when I’m flagging. I especially like an early morning when it’s really warm and I can sit on the patio drink coffee and read a chapter or two of a book, heaven
17 – If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Hmmmm that’s a difficult one! It’s got to be the one and only Robert Bryndza he’s an awesome author, but also an incredible appreciative one, he’s very supportive of bloggers and sends out the best book post, which must cost him a fortune. My question would be “can you tell me everything there is to know about the next Erica Foster book please?”
18 – Who is your favourite singer/band?
Aghhh another difficult one but I’m going to say Robbie Williams, especially his earlier stuff. *Awww, love our Robbie :-)*
Although you can’t beat a bit of late 1970’s early 80’s music it always reminds me of my miss spent youth, not the cheesy disco stuff mind! I Love music by The Specials, The Jam, Madness etc.
19 – Which 5 people would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My husband of course, Robert Bryndza (as thanks for all my book post), Christie Barlow (this author loves a party and she’s so funny), Caroline Mitchell and Angela Marsons (I decided to make it a Bookouture party, fab publishers and awesome authors) imagine the conversation?
20 – What has been the highlight of your year, so far?
This has been an absolute nightmare of a year for many reasons, so any highlights have been over shadowed by the bad. I did have an amazing holiday earlier in the year with the hubby, but that seems like centuries ago. I guess the highlight of the year was being nominated for The Blogger Awards for Newcomer Blogger I didn’t win, but just the thought that someone nominated my blog gave me a buzz.
A big thank you to all of you lovely people who sent a question for Lorraine. I’m sure you have enjoyed her answers as much as I have!
*If you are an author or book blogger who would like to take part in my #AskMeAnything feature, please feel free to get in touch*

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