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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne


Contemporary Romance / Comedy
Date Published: 2/14/13

Celia Summers, intrepid mother of two, loves her work as an art therapist at The Harbour Rest Home.  She’s proud of her elderly independents’ artwork, even if her partner, Martin, is disparaging of their efforts.  But then, Martin is preoccupied, trying to get his hands on his mother’s home, Charlton Hall, to bail himself out of debt.  To which end, he has to get Celia on side with a fabrication of lies.
Meanwhile, Celia fights to keep The Harbour from being closed.  She’s ready to abseil from a church steeple to bring attention to the plight of her old people, no matter that she might fall and end up splattered all over the flagstones.  When she does fall, however, it’s much more painfully.  Police Constable Alex Burrows, son of Colonel Burrows, is considerate, caring and chivalrous.  He has a wicked sense of humour, which makes Celia laugh, though when she learns of the circumstances surrounding his disabled daughter, she wants to cry.  Alex also has a reputation as a womaniser, which Celia tries to ignore.  His trying to influence his father’s Will though, she can’t.  Alex, who little by little has stolen her heart, appears to be just as much a liar as Martin. 
Will Alex be able redeem himself?  Or is evicting Celia from Charlton Hall, which she and her elderlies have laid siege to, the final straw?


Now residing in Worcestershire, Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she has previously been published in the US and writes Romantic Comedy because, as she puts it, "life is just too short to be miserable."
Sheryl's debut novel, RECIPES FOR DISASTER - combining deliciously different and fun recipes with sexilicious romantic comedy, is garnering some fabulous reviews! Sheryl has also been offered a further three-book contract under the Safkhet Publishing Soul imprint. SOMEBODY TO LOVE, a romantic comedy centring around a single policeman father’s search for love, his autistic little boy and the boy’s Autism Assistance Dog, launched July 1 with an immediate 5* review.  WARRANT FOR LOVE, bringing together three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly, released August 1, and A LITTLE BIT OF MADNESS releases on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Twitter: @sherylbrowne

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Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Hmm? Good question. In my mind, a career is a full-time, fulfilling commitment
which hopefully pays the bills. I do write full time, more than (though I do still actually
work part-time. Surely you’ve heard of the authors’ 48 hour-a-day clock?) and I find
it extremely fulfilling, particularly now I have fabulous Safkhet Publishing behind me.
Frankly, bearing in mind the extremely time-consuming and necessary promotional side
of things, it would have to be fulfilling or you simply couldn’t maintain the commitment
nowadays. I think the adage, ‘you don’t have to be mad to work here (at your writing
desk), but it helps’ applies. As for whether it pays the bills, I’m working on it!

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The promotion, without doubt. Once I’m underway, I love everything about the writing
process, the research, drifting off into the world of my characters, getting those ideas
down – even in the dead of night by torchlight. I find my actual writing time dwindles
away sometimes, though, along with my energies. I need to be more focused I think, or
hire a PA. Snoops is trying, but…he can’t actually see very much, bless.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of
Your Family?

My girlfriends, the curry girls (we meet once a month for a balti and to catch up on the
goss) have always stood by me, reading my work, offering me advice or a shoulder,
whichever is needed. I’m sure they must have thought me stark raving bonkers
sometimes, going through the pain of trying to get published and the many rejections, but
if they did, they never let it show – and always encouraged me.

In regard to honing my writing skills and trying to get my writing as good as it can be
I’ve always employed outside editorial help. My first editor was recommended by an
agent, and she has stood by me for years, determined that my work was publishable.
I think I might have given up ages ago, if not for her. I’ve enlisted the help of other
editors along the way (always recommended – you can find details on my website
at www.sherylbrowne.com), more latterly someone recommended by the Romantic
Novelists’ Association. I’d really like to thank them all, editors and agents. The thing is,
a good editor won’t just correct grammar or sentence structure, she/he will also subtly
show you where you are going wrong, or just plain tell you it isn’t working. They are
worth their weight in gold - to me, anyway.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I have two WIPs (you knew I’d be awkward, didn’t you?). I’m currently working on
Learning to Love, which is very much a working title, but reflects the theme of the
story, which centres around love and trust issues. If I had to sum it up in a one sentence
synopsis, it would be: Separation, arson, attempted murder; bereavement – can two
broken hearts overcome such trauma and learn how to love again?

I know it doesn’t sound like it is, but the story is a romantic comedy. I simply can’t write
without looking at life’s little mishaps, along with the quirky side of people’s characters,
and bringing humour into play. Here’s hoping I can pull it off. I’m taking some time

out after Christmas to finish this one up. I don’t have much choice – I already have a
contract! Yay!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently
reading?

I love to read and firmly believe that reading other authors enriches your own writing.
I’ve just finished The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick. I adored it! A thoroughly
enjoyable read that engages you totally with the characters. I’m currently reading Linn B
Halton’s, Touched by the Light. Again, a novel that pulls you right in and allows you to
experience the story through the eyes of the characters. Two top-notch reviews coming
up, I think!

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPd

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Both please – in a Vanilla Frappuccino, topped with fresh
cream and chocolate Slurrrp!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French fries – with the Frappuccino.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Both again. Not indecisive, honestly. I love writing, reading
and watching both genres.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Oh, Lord, if I say both again, you’ll think I’m
just plain greedy. I love Nicholas Sparks but I’ve been reading Danielle Steel since I
can’t remember when (when I took out my first grown up library book, possibly).

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Ooh, fantasy is always going to better than life, isn’t it? Unless
at Christmas, maybe?

#7 – Call or Text? Text – unless from loved ones or someone in need of a good natter.

#8 – Public School or Home School? We tend not to home school so much in the UK.
I think children should interact but it depends on the child’s need and the quality of the
teaching.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Um, Frappuccino ;)

#10 – eBook or Paperback? I prefer to read paper books but simply couldn’t function
without my Kindle. Too many books, so little time.


Follow Along With This Tour! 

February 14- Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
February 15 - Jen McConnel - PROMO 
February 17 - Reading With Anacrasia - Guest Post/PROMO
February 18 - Laurie's Interviews - Interview/PROMO
February 20 - Inside BJ's Head - Guest Post/PROMO
February 21 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Interview
February 22 - Melina's Book Blog - Review/Interview
February 24 - A Dream Within a Dream - PROMO
February 26 - Books Fore Me - Review
February 28 - Stressed Rach - Review
March 1 - My Cozie Corner - Review
March 2 - Sab the Book Eater - Review/Interview
March 3 - Books For Me - Review
March 4 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post
March 5 - Love in a Book - Review/Guest Post
March 7 - The Book Diva's Read - Review/Guest Post
March 8 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - Review/Guest Post
March 9 - Andi's Book Reviews- Guest Post/PROMO
March 10 - Kaisy Daisy's Blog - Review
March 11 - My Devotional Thoughts - Review/Guest Post
March 13 - My Reading Addiction - Review
March 15 - RABT Reviews - Review

3 comments:

  1. Yay! Thank you Reading Addiction Bog Tours for hosting me and kicking off my 'A Little Bit of Madness' blog tour! :) xx

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  2. we've got to meet one day for fries and frappu ;) what a brilliant combo!

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    1. Sounds good to me, Kim! I am not totally starving! Thank you so much for stopping by! :) xx

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