About Sheryl Browne
Heartache, humor, love, loss and betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you sassy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.
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Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I’d love to! I’ll try not to be too boring. I live in Droitwich, England with my family. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, I have several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where I completed my MA in Creative Writing. Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, my contemporary fiction is published by multi-award winning Choc Lit.
Learning to Love will be released on June 14th and the cover is beautiful. How involved are you with choosing the covers of your books?
Ohhh, my cover! It is beautiful, Anniek, isn’t it? I’m super-pleased to say I was involved from outset, from choosing the model to how much make up she should be wearing. Berni Stevens, the cover designer is amazing. She seems to pluck the images right out of the author’s head! I can’t thank her and Choc Lit enough for wrapping Learning to Love so gorgeously.
On your website I found that you are a foster parent to disabled dogs and that you have therapy dogs. Can you tell us a bit more about your Furry Friends?
My babies, you mean? I wouldn’t be without them, Anniek. My dogs are all long term fosters who come with various problems, from physical disability or illness to behavioural problems, which can stem from ill treatment, and also age related problems. For instance, one of my recent dogs had Alzheimer’s Disease. He was confused, but frankly the happiest, most loveable old boy I’ve ever had. Another girl had cancer. She had a leg removed, but was so amiable she eventually became a Pets As Therapy dog. Pets As Therapy dogs visit hospitals, hospices, care homes and special needs schools where people can benefit from the tactile comfort and undemanding, unconditional love offered by such a dog. Obviously therefore I have a huge interest in Assistance Dogs. It probably won’t surprise you that some of these amazing animals creep into my books.
You like men wearing a uniform. Which uniform do you like best? (for me it’s a fireman’s all the way).
Policemen! But don’t tell anyone. If you see one running in the opposite direction to a crisis, he’s probably spotted me heading his way.
I get the idea you are a bit clumsy when reading about you. Am I right? :)
Sadly, yes. Lord help the policeman if I did catch him. I’d probably drop him. Put it this way, I once fell off the back of our narrowboat. No big deal, you might say. You boat, you get wet. It’s a given. Well, yes, water and inclement British weather in mind, you do get wet, often. My problem was, my partner hadn’t noticed I’d gone and tootled merrily on. Then there was the time I fell off a lock gate and knocked myself unconscious. Did I mention the time my car self-combusted on the motorway? I was wearing a leotard and leggings at the time. Yes, there were policemen involved. No, I don’t think I scored. An accident waiting to happen that’s me, which might make you wonder why I would do things like this:
What kind of genres do you like to read yourself and why?
I write in two genres, contemporary romance and psychological thriller, so my reading tends to be diverse. I adore Marian Keyes, whose books tend to deal with modern ailments, but are always written with compassion and humour. Also, Martina Cole, who writes gritty thrillers. For me, the magic of Martina Cole’s books is her fabulously unique way of leading us seamlessly into the heads of her characters. Recently, I’ve devoured books by John Donoghue. I badly needed something to cheer me up after my partner’s cancer diagnosis and his undergoing various surgeries. You can probably guess then that this author had his work cut out. He succeeded! I laughed until I cried, literally. His book, Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer, is totally hilarious. In fact, the title of my review, which you can find here, is ‘Excellent Therapy’. His other books, Police, Lies & Alibis, Shakespeare My Butt and Police, Arrests & Suspects are similarly sidesplittingly hilarious. No, I’m not chasing him for a signed copy. I already have one. :)
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
On George Clooney’s yacht? No. Oh. Okay then: the top of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve never been. My partner struggles with vertigo so it was a no go when we visited Paris. Well, I couldn’t abandon him, could I? Hmm?
What would be the perfect family day?
Dog-walking on The Malvern Hills in the sunshine, followed by a beer and a home-cooked meal in a dog-friendly pub. I’m easily pleased.
Do you have any tips and advice for aspiring writers?
I’d advise a new author to climb on board social media platforms early. You can learn so much from other writers. Connect on Twitter/FB, read author and reviewer blogs, join online support groups. The most vital thing, in my opinion though, is to read – lots! To quote Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
If you could ask us all to do one thing today. What would that be?
Live it like it was your last.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Oooh, loads! I have a contemporary romance in progress, working title: Ripples on the Water. Another romance, All That You Are, has been passed by the lovely Choc Lit Tasting Panel. My new thriller, the sequel to Death Sentence, currently entitled Sins of the Fathers looks as if it’s found a safe home and, lastly, my two previous thrillers might well be republished under the same imprint (I can’t say more yet, but watch this space!)
Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog Anniek and Suze. Thank you, too, to your readers and all those lovely people who have supported me. I couldn’t do it without you. Truly, I would have sunk!
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Review by Anniek
Adam is living alone on his boat. He once was part of a very wealthy family, but he turned his back on his relatives when they broke his heart. Now he takes every odd job he can get. Ever since his fiancée betrayed him with his brother, got pregnant and ended her life Adam chooses to live with no strings attached. The women he sleeps with know that they will never get anything more than what Adam has to offer in the bedroom. Most of the women are married anyway so this arrangement works well for both parties. Because of all the activities Adam has with women he isn't a very popular man in town.
Sienna has been raised by her father. Ever since her mother died her father has been very protective over her. She and her best friend Lauren rent a cottage which looks out over the docks. They have seen Adam from a distance and are not oblivious to his good looks. Sienna thinks he is gorgeous but also knows about his romantic escapades. When her dog escapes from the cottage and jumps into the water Adam comes to the rescue. Because of the fact that her dog has arthritis he can’t swim. Sienna is more than thankful, but can’t seem to do anything right with Adam.
Sienna is writing a book and she has been asked to put in some bedroom scenes. She knows that if there's one person who can help her with those steamy scenes it must be Adam. When she turns to him for help they both can’t deny the attraction they feel towards each other.
The Rest Of My Life is an amazing story about loss, hurt and finding love again. Adam is actually a truly sweet man but he needs to heal. The ghost of his fiancée is following him around and he doesn’t understand what she wants from him. He makes a lot of wrong decisions on his path to becoming whole again. Sienna is one of the few people who can see the good in Adam. She stands by him through everything.
Sheryl Browne pulled me in from the very beginning and I couldn’t stop reading. I grabbed my kindle immediately, even when I only had a few minutes to read. I already knew that Suze is a big fan of Sheryl’s books and she told me that I would love her stories as well. She was right. Sheryl Browne has found a new fan in me.
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