My Monday guest this week is blogger Kerry Parsons. Kerry blogs at
Welcome Kerry, help yourself to a cake, and make yourself comfy. :) Thanks, Karen!
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog. First, can you tell us a bit about yourself, why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading.
Hi and thank you for inviting me to your blog, Karen. I'm 39 years old and I'm a housewife, married to Steve. I volunteer as our church treasurer. We have a 16 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. Steve also has an older son who is 21. We have a 5 year old Shih Tzu called Bella (hence my email address and Twitter name!) and an almost 7 year old rabbit called Cappuccino (who has always lived in the house, but loves to run around the garden with Bella).
Oooh, they are both so cute!
I blog mainly because I love to spread the word about books and authors I love. It makes my day when someone says they have bought a book based on my review. I'm happy to support any author where I can, even if it's just featuring a Q&A or guest post.
I can't really remember a time when I didn't love books, but I will always remember receiving a copy of Huckleberry Finn from Primary School, for 100% attendance, which I was over the moon with. I also have a copy of Jane Eyre which was given to me by my parents, for doing well at school. I still cherish them both.
How lovely, Kerry!
I enjoy lots of different books, but if I had to choose my favourite genres it would probably be crime and psychological thrillers.
It sounds like you really love books, Kerry. What is your favourite book of all time?
I'd probably have to say Jane Eyre. It's the only book I've ever read twice!
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
I would say I probably average 3 books per month. I could do with being able to read one per day though given my review list! ;-)
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
I've never sat up all night reading (otherwise I'd be fit for nothing the next day!). I have stayed up very late on many occasions though. Mel Sherratt's books always keep me up late. Also Caroline Mitchell books more recently and Louise Jensen, to name a few. These authors know how to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
I have never skipped to the end of a book yet. I hope I never have to! I have given up on a couple of books, but nothing recently and it's very rare.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
I haven't really come across anything I've particularly disliked reading, as yet.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
Oooo, I'm not sure. As long as a book grabs me from the first few pages and keeps my interest throughout, I'm happy.
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
Not very unusual really, but on an aeroplane. I have only ever flown twice in my 39 years so it's quite unusual for me.
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
I'd love to have a cup of coffee with all of the lovely authors I've 'met' since starting my book blog, but if I had to pick one it would be John Pye. John is an author local to me, who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person as yet. He's an excellent writer and a lovely bloke.
I've been very lucky to meet Mel Sherratt on several occasions. Also Sharon Sant (aka Tilly Tennant) and Alison Lingwood, all local to me also.
Do you have any other hobbies?
The usual things really, walking, TV, cinema and I love to bake! I even made my sisters wedding cake, which I was very proud of given it was my first attempt (and last!).
Wow, that looks amazing, Kerry!
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
I don't write, no, and I have no plans to. I'd prefer to leave it to the experts!
Kerry and family
You can contact Kerry at:
Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Kerry.
Bring a little sunshine into your life! Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with. Published by Accent Press.