Guest Post by Kathryn O’Halloran + INT Giveaway

Posted March 17, 2014 by thischickreads in guest post / 8 Comments

Today we have have the pleasure to welcome Kathryn O’Halloran to This Chick Reads. Kathryn is the author of many short stories and the novel ‘The Bad Girl’s Club’. We’re very excited to read her book and will be reviewing it soon, so stayed tuned. After you read Kathryn’s fantastic post, make sure you enter the giveaway (open INTERNATIONALLY) of an e-copy of ‘The Bad Girl’s Club’. (Details found at the end of the post). Ok, that’s it from us..Kathryn, the stage is all yours. Thanks for visiting us and hope you have a wonderful time out here:)

The Bad Girls’ Club Cocktail Party

In keeping with the cover image for The Bad Girls’ Club, I thought I’d introduce you to the members of the club by throwing a cocktail party complete with their favourite cocktail recipes.

The Bad Girls’ Club is the story of three women – Juliette, Imogen and Beth who meet at the wedding of a mutual acquaintance.  Each of them have issues with the bride, Poppy, and her mistreatment of them.  This confirms for them that nice girls finish last while bad girls have all the fun.

They form the Bad Girls’ Club and participate in weekly dares that push them way out of their comfort zones but end up realising the most important thing the club has given them is the bond between the three of them.

So, what would the Bad Girls’ drink:

Beth –Espresso Martini

Beth likes to be sophisticated and, more importantly, likes to be seen to be sophisticated.  Also, she is obsessed with coffee.  She’s also the kind of girl who can walk from the bar carrying a drink in a martini glass without spilling a drop (a skill I’ve personally never mastered!) which has to be the most important thing when drinking any type of martini.

To make an Espresso Martini:

1 part freshly brewed espresso coffee, chilled

1 part vodka

1 part white creme de cacao

Coffee beans, to serve

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the liquid ingredients and shake until chilled.  Pour into a martini glass and top with the coffee bean to garnish.

Imogen – Margarita

Imogen is a tough nut who can be a mouthy at times.  Even though she has a total sweet tooth, she knows what she likes and I think the salty/sour combination of the margarita would make it one of her favourites.  I could see her chuck back a heap of these then dancing on the table!

To make a Margarita:

2 parts tequila

1 part Cointreau

1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice

Ice

Sea salt, to serve

Combine the ingredients in a blender until the ice is crushed.  Dampen the rim of a margarita glass and empty salt into a saucer then dip the glass to salt the rim.  Pour the margarita into the glass then repeat until you’ve drank your own body weight (okay, that last bit is usually how I do it but I don’t recommend it if you value your health!)

Juliette – Berry Wine Spritzer

Juliette isn’t much of a drinker and she’d go for something that looked pretty over a strong cocktail so this wine spritzer would be perfect for her.  It’s cute and pink and pretty light weight so you can drink them all night without ending up under the table.  And Juliette likes being in control, as she finds out in the course of the book.

To make a Berry Wine Spritzer:

Fresh raspberries

Fresh blueberries

Sprinkle caster sugar

White wine (such as chardonnay), chilled

Soda water, chilled, to serve

Smash up the berries with a fork and mix the sugar through until dissolved.  You can do this part in advance and refrigerate until ready to use.

Add 2 tbsp of berry mix to a wine glass, add about 1/3 glass of wine then top with soda water.

I hope you can join The Bad Girls’ Club in their adventures and share in some cocktail fun as well.

About Kathryn O’Halloran

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Kathryn O’Halloran is a writer living in Melbourne, Australia. Her chequered work history includes time as a computer programmer, a phone psychic, a mystery shopper, a community television star, a maker of psychedelic fake fur handbags and wielding a machete on a vegetable production line.
She grew up in a small town in Tasmania, if you could say she grew up at all. She hopes never to return there.
Her loves include Japan, Korean BBQ, polka dots and pretty dresses. Her musical loves are dominated by Arashi. Her literary tastes include John Irving, Haruki Murakami and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Find Kathryn O’Halloran on her blog and twitter
Buy ‘The Bad Girl’s Club’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com
GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to lovely Kathryn, we have an e-copy of ‘The Bad Girl’s Club’ to give away to one lucky blog-reader. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on March 24th. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Kathryn O’Halloran.
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8 responses to “Guest Post by Kathryn O’Halloran + INT Giveaway

  1. Since Summer is almost here in India, Imogen – Margarita sounds yumm, a day by the pool with this drink and The Bad Girls’ Club on my Kindle would be IDEAL 😉

  2. Christine L.

    While I enjoy a good margarita, my bar order is for a Malibu and Diet Coke in the cooler months or a vodka collins in the warmer months. Thanks for the fab giveaway opportunity!

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