The always entertaining writer Sheryl Browne has a new release to celebrate! Today she’s visiting to share a glimpse of her equally entertaining personal life with us! Let’s join her for a wee cruise on (what she calls) her wee boat!
Hi Patricia. Thanks so much for allowing me to share a little bit about myself and my new release, Learning to Love, on your fabulous blog. I thought I might include an excerpt, but not wanting to be too boring – and having read Patricia’s recent excellent Travel Novel Review in regard to her fabulous book, The Promise of Provence, which incorporates some fabulously evocative descriptions of France and the French landscape, I thought I might also share a few pictures of the UK landscape, taken from a boater’s point of view. We have a little boat, called Aquaduck, on which my partner and I can often be found cruising the inland waterways (and from which, being crew, I can often be found falling off).
Our wee boat, 30ft in length, also once sank after hitting a submerged bridge, leaving us rather shocked, wet and bedraggled (silver lining and all that, though, I did manage to save the wine before she went down!). So, why would you do it, you might ask, in the UK – in the rain?!
Well, obviously we’re quite mad. That aside, however, I think we do it because it gives us time to stop and smell the roses, to pause and reflect on the beauty around us that life as we tend to live it – in the fast lane – doesn’t allow us. Pictures often explain so much better than words:
Our first morning:
The local wildlife:
Reflecting after a hard day’s locking:
Worcester cityscape – beautiful seen from a new perspective:
Oh, and Snoops is quite into boating, too!
And that is why we do it! (Come wind or rain, there is, of course, always the local waterside pub at the end of the day to do look forward to).
OK, now for the not so interesting bit (I do hope not). As mentioned I do have a recently released book, a romantic comedy: Learning to Love. I’ve included the blurb below, so I won’t go on too much about it, except to say that Learning to Love started life as a short, entitled The Memory Box – the theme of which is bereavement in childhood, which was accepted by the Birmingham City University to be published in their Anthology, Paper and Ink. Obviously, I was really thrilled.
Learning to Love
Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life, and Relationships
Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with is ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn’t know how to reach him.
Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancé, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it.
Sheryl Browne brings you Fabulous, Poignant, Heart-breaking Romance. Her novel Recipes for Disaster, commissioned by Safkhet Publishing, was shortlisted for the Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award. Sheryl now has five books published under the Safkhet Soul imprint –
Recipes for Disaster – Sexilicious Romantic Comedy combined with Fab, Fun Recipes.
Somebody to Love – Sigh with contentment, scream with frustration. At times you will weep.
Warrant for Love – Three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly.
A Little Bit of Madness – White Knight in Blue rescues The Harbour Rest Home.
Learning to Love – Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life and Relationships.
– and has since been offered a further contract. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She works part-time in her own business and is a mum and a foster mum to disabled dogs.
Sheryl is currently romping about on her Romantic Heroes tour!
Do you have the name of a ROMANTIC HERO to add to the list?
Sheryl is a Loveahappyending Lifestyle Author and Feature Editor.