Throwback Thursday

I haven’t done a *Throwback Thursday before, but I was looking through my posts from the beginning of my blogging journey and thought I’d reshare this one…

I have read and reviewed a lot of books since this post was published – some good, some not so good & some awesome – and my Kindle is filled mainly with books from indie authors.

Originally Published: 2nd July, 2015


Reading Habits


I was taught to read by my parents at an early age from the Peter and Jane books, and apparently could read before I went to school.
I read a lot of ‘ladybird’ books and I remember reading Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, written by A.A.Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. I still have my much loved Beatrix Potter books. I also remember reading Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven Series followed by The Famous Five series, plus Heidi, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children by Johanna Spyri. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll, are a couple more I remember.


I must’ve read a lot of other books, but they’re the ones that stick in my mind. One year, during the ’70, while on holiday I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by Lewis Carroll and I loved it, for Christmas that year I received The Chronicles of Narnia Box-Set.


In my teens, I discovered my dad’s H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds) and John Wyndham books, (The Day of the Triffids, Kraken Wakes, The Midwich Cuckoos) . From there I discovered Stephen King (Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining…) and James Herbert (The Rats, The Fog, The Survivor…), followed by many other’s including Dean Koontz (Midnight, Hideaway, Mr. Murder…), Richard Laymon (The Cellar, The Beast House, Funland…) and Anne Rice (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Witching Hour).

I’m still an avid reader and read most days, more often than not my kindle is in my hand and I’m engrossed in some story or other. I mainly read books that fall into the following categories:


I don’t really read chick-lit, stand-alone love stories or erotica. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, most books I read these days have sex and swearing in them. Romance and/or sex scenes are fine, as long as they are part of a good story!

That’s it for now. In some future posts, I will be writing about some of my favourite books and their authors.


A Ramble by Rainne

Something happened yesterday that made me rethink the direction both my blogs have gone in. I won’t go into what it was, suffice it to say that I felt slighted and upset, and it preyed on my mind, probably more than it should have – it’s 3am and I’m writing a blog instead of sleeping!

This blog is called Rainne’s Ramblings, but it’s been a while since I did any rambling. Both blogs have simply become outlets for hosting book tours, blitzes etc. for other promoters. While these are great at doing what I love doing -promoting books and authors – and although I always set them up the way I like them, rather than use the HTML that I receive, they’re not personal… they’re not mine!

I’m not going to get rid of these book tours altogether, but I am going to be cutting back on hosting them and start doing more of my own content. Obviously, I will be honouring all the tours I have signed up to. November is fully booked on both blogs – my preference being to only have one post per day. (I dislike having to scroll through long lists of posts on blogs to find the one I’m looking for – so I don’t make my readers do that)

Authors, book bloggers and reviewers – I’m going to need your help!

I want to:

      • put you in the spotlight.
      • interview you.
      • share your work.
      • feature your books.
      • share pretty much anything you want to get out there!


I have a long list of people I’d like on my blog and will, over time, be getting in touch with each and every one of you. I have also added a contact form for you to use, please feel free to use it.

**Please do not ask for book reviews at this time – I have a lot of books to read before I start adding more.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Thank you for reading.



TAG Who Am I?

Who Am I? Tag

I spotted this Tag on Angie Dokos blog and I haven’t done a tag before. This one seemed like fun so I thought I’d give it a go!


What does my name mean?

Although I go by Rainne, my given name is Lorraine.

Lorraine – From the name of a region in France, originally meaning “kingdom of LOTHAR”. Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.


What is my Myers-Briggs Personality Type?





What is my Zodiac Sign?


  • Element: Air
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Color: Light-Blue, Silver
  • Day: Saturday
  • Ruler: Uranus, Saturn
  • Greatest Overall Compatibility: Leo, Sagittarius
  • Lucky Numbers: 4, 7, 11, 22, 29
  • Date range: January 20 – February 18

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)


  • Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian
  • Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof
  • Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener
  • Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them
  • Aquarius-born are shy and quiet , but on the other hand they can be eccentric and energetic. However, in both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love helping others. They are able to see without prejudice, on both sides, which makes them people who can easily solve problems.
  • Although they can easily adapt to the energy that surrounds them, Aquarius-born have a deep need to be some time alone and away from everything, in order to restore power. People born under the Aquarius sign, look at the world as a place full of possibilities.
  • Aquarius is an air sign, and as such, uses his mind at every opportunity. If there is no mental stimulation, they are bored and lack a motivation to achieve the best result.
  • The ruling planet of Aquarius, Uranus has a timid, abrupt and sometimes aggressive nature, but it also gives Aquarius visionary quality. They are capable of perceiving the future and they know exactly what they want to be doing five or ten years from now.
  • Uranus also gave them the power of quick and easy transformation, so they are known as thinkers, progressives and humanists. They feel good in a group or a community, so they constantly strive to be surrounded by other people.
  • The biggest problem for Aquarius-born is the feeling that they are limited or constrained. Because of the desire for freedom and equality for all, they will always strive to ensure freedom of speech and movement.
  • Aquarius-born have a reputation for being cold and insensitive persons, but this is just their defence mechanism against premature intimacy. They need to learn to trust others and express their emotions in a healthy way.


What is my Hogwarts House?


My in-depth results are:

Ravenclaw – 10
Hufflepuff – 9
Gryffindor – 9
Slytherin – 9


What are my Learning Styles?


Your scores were:

  • Visual 6
  • Aural 3
  • Read/Write 9
  • Kinesthetic 5

You have a mild read/write learning preference.


Am I Left or Right Brain Dominant?




What is my Blood Type?



What Career am I meant to have?



…errmmm – Nope! lol


What Divergent Faction do I belong to?




What does my Birth say about me?


There is no ‘Middle Child’, just me and my sister. She’s 11 months older than me!

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.

Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.

When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”

So, that’s me.
It took a bit of time, but it was fun.

Thanks for reading,

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you do this one, please comment with your link me so I can read your answers.

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone With BPD.

Reblogging this as my youngest daughter has BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and she thinks that it is:

“Literally the most spot on thing I’ve read about BPD, on this subject!”


Now there is a LOT that can upset someone that has feelings off the radar, because everything can be taken negatively and personally. However, there are some key things that just shouldn’t be said. EVER. And if you think about it, there’s nothing anyone can really say or do that would hurt us most than the torment we put ourselves through. Those demons we live with daily that constantly put us down, tell us we’re shit people, not worth anything and never will be, the world is far better off without us and nobody will ever truly understand and love us. It’s hard enough batting those make-believe downers away, and when a real-life person confirms our thoughts it just amplifies their shouts. And then we’re back in that dark room, thinking of ways to hurt ourselves physically to stop the pain. Ironic, no?


1) You’re overreacting.

No, we’re…

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Thank you

Brian and I would like to thank everyone for the messages, best wishes and prayers etc. over the past couple of months.

Thankfully Brian is now back at home with me, and on the long, slow road to recovery.

Brian spent 8 weeks in hospital with sepsis, pneumonia and a fungal chest infection (aspergillosis) and I came very close to losing him. He was discharged a couple of weeks ago and we are settling back into a routine. He is still being treated for the fungal infection and will be until his consultant says otherwise.

His mobility wasn’t brilliant before his stay in hospital, but having spent 8 weeks in bed he is even less mobile now. We have had to have a stair lift fitted and have bought a wheelchair so that he can get out, and get to doctors appointments, etc.

He is on oxygen 24 hours a day, so we have a noisy oxygen concentrator running all the time and he has portable oxygen cylinders for when we go out. Because of his pre-existing C.O.P.D it is likely that the infection will cause more permanent damage to his lungs and he will need some oxygen for the rest of his life.

He is happy to be home, but his mood is low as he comes to terms with everything that has happened and the changes to his life.


A couple of weeks before this, my youngest daughter, Zoe, was also admitted to a hospital, although in her case it was a psychiatric unit. She has Borderline Personality Disorder and had a ‘crisis’. She also spent 2 months away!

She was in a worse state than I have ever seen her before and I hope I never have to witness her in such distress ever again.

She is also now at home and doing better… I think.
She has also been diagnosed with an eating disorder and is not eating very much at all, which is very worrying.


All in all, it has been a difficult and worrying few months and  I would like to thank you all for your support, and understanding.
I will try to reply to all your messages individually, however please accept my thanks.. (and apologies) if I miss you.





Sorry, there will be no blog posts for a while. My husband is seriously ill and in hospital.

Apologies to everyone expecting to see their book/promo here.

No Internet

Friday 19th.

I switched my computer on and discovered I had no internet connection. As my land line was also dead, I contacted my phone/broadband/TV provider, TalkTalk.

I switched my computer on and discovered I had no internet connection. As my land line was also dead, I contacted my phone/broadband/TV provider, TalkTalk.

After following the recorded instructions and pressing a variety of numbers, another recording told me there was a fault on the line and it would be looked into. I hadn’t spoken to a single human.

A short time later I got a couple of text messages. The first saying they were performing tests and the second confirming there was an issue on my line and it was with the engineers.

Saturday 20th.

By late afternoon, frustrated at still having no phone line or internet, I wanted to know what was going on, so I rang TalkTalk again for a second round of recorded messages and ‘button’ pressing. Eventually I got through to an actual person, however it took some effort and great concentration to explain what I wanted to know and to understand what I was told – English not being his first language.

By the end of the call I had gathered that it was a broken cable, that BT knew about the fault, but that they didn’t work weekends, that I would receive an update on Tuesday and that I would be back online by the 24th/25th.

Tuesday 23rd.

The  guy from TalkTalk rang in the afternoon to tell me that BT had found the fault and discovered a lot of other problems that needed fixing, and that I would get a further update in March 1st. They would also reroute my landline calls to my mobile – yay!

March!! I was already having serious internet withdrawals and  I had blogs to post!and I was dreading having to go to the supermarket to do my shopping – I do all that online!

I was dreading having to go to the supermarket to do my shopping – I do all that online!

One thing the guy from TalkTalk said made me want to laugh though.

What I thought/hoped he meant to say:

“BT have found a lot of other faults, apart from yours and will be fixing them all.”

What he actually said:

“BT have found a lot of other faults and will be fixing them all, apart from yours.”


Friday 26th.

I haven’t had an update from TalkTalk, but my internet is working.

My phone is still dead though!? Do I care? No – I’m back online. 😀


Apology emails are now being sent out to those of you who were expecting to see your books here over the past few days.

Normal service will now be resumed – hopefully!

On the plus side, I got some reading in, some painting done and my craft storage got a really good spring clean!  🙂