Today I’m excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Sheryl Browne’s new book A Little Bit of Madness, and here it is:
No rest for the wicked.
Saving Charlton hall will burrow into your heart.
Celia Summers loves her job as an art therapist at The Harbour Rest Home, even if her partner, Martin, is disparaging of her efforts.
Martin, a solicitor, made speculative investments and needs to get his hands on his mother’s assets, her home, Charlton Hall, to bail himself out of debt. In order to sell the house, he has to get Rosemary re-housed at The Harbour Rest Home and tries to get Celia on his side with a fabrication of lies.
Meanwhile, Celia fights for gallery space for her charges’ artwork, and to keep The Harbour from being closed.
Police Constable Alex Burrows, son of Colonel Burrows, comes to her rescue when she crashes her car. Alex turns out to be considerate and caring with a witty, wicked, sense of humour, which makes Celia laugh, though when she learns of the circumstances surrounding his the loss of his wife, she wants to cry. She ignores his reputation as a womaniser. 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.
Despite all efforts, The Harbour is doomed to closure. Celia decides to take Rosemary home and forestall Martin’s plan to sell Charlton Hall. Celia is soon joined by the rest of her elderly independents, who rally together to stop Martin evicting them. Colonel Burrows is ready to thrash the enemy to death with his walking stick when his son arrives in his uniform. Alex explains that Colonel Burrows is the buyer of Charlton Hall and finally does what he’s been trying to do for ages: ask Celia to marry him.
A Little bit of Madness is due to be released on 14th February 2013 and will appear here on Me, My Books and I on 16th February 2013 as part of the fantastic book tour to celebrate its release.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design.
A partner in her own business, a mother and a foster parent to disabled dogs, Sheryl has also been writing for many years, the road along the way often bumpy. She was therefore thrilled beyond words when Safkhet Publishing loved her writing style and commissioned her to write her debut novel.
RECIPES FOR DISASTER – combining deliciously different and fun recipes with sexilicious romantic comedy, is garnering some fabulous reviews and was shortlisted for the Innovation in Romantic Fiction Festival of Romance Award. Sheryl has since been offered a further three-book contract under the Safkhet Publishing Soul imprint. SOMEBODY TO LOVE, a romantic comedy centring around a single father’s search for love and his autistic little boy, launched July 1. WARRANT FOR LOVE, Blackmail, lies, adultery, entrapment – three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly – released August 1.
To find out more about Sheryl Browne click the following links:
Romantic Novelists Association
Sheryl is a loveahappyending featured Author and Editor.
As part of this cover reveal the author and hosts have been answering questions related to love, my question was:
What is the silliest thing you’ve done to impress a man?
Sheryl – Boarded the loft. Picture the scene: 5ft 2ins me, heaving 40 panels of tongue and groove chipboard (each one the equivalent of my own bodyweight) up a ladder and through a 3ft x 4ft hole in the ceiling (Please note ladder is propped precariously at entrance in absence of actual loft-ladder, which is a job on man’s To-Do-sometime list). Yes, I completed the task solo, each panel neatly screwed and fixed, loft insulation not too squished. No pipes or wires punctured. Good job, well done. Ahhh, sweet satisfaction. Then I knocked myself out on a beam.
Later: Man appears and pokes his head around lounge door, where I sit on the sofa incapable of moving anything but my eyeballs. ‘You all right?’ he asks, his brow furrowed in puzzlement.
‘No,’ I mumble and wince, speaking almost too strenuous for my battered body. ‘I boarded the loft.’
‘Oh,’ he says, obviously noting the pain etched into my face. ‘So what’s wrong?’
Moral of story: If a plug needs changing, girls, bat your eyelashes and pass him the screwdriver.
Me – I was 17 and about to enjoy a takeaway Chinese meal with my boyfriend of a few weeks. At this point in our relationship everything I did when he was around was aimed to impress him so in hindsight maybe leaving my plate of food on the floor wasn’t the best idea (can you see where this is going?).
I went out of the room to get us some drinks and had been considering how I could walk in a more sexy/seductive way. When I returned I was strutting my stuff with a sexy new walk so imagine my horror when I stood straight in the middle of my food!
My boyfriend thought it was hilarious but being a gentleman he did offer to share his food with me. Needless to say I dropped the idea of a sexy walk and never again left a plate of food on the floor. The shameful episode clearly didn’t do our relationship too much harm though as we went on to get married and 13 years later we still laugh about it 🙂
The lesson to be learned from this – a sexy walk is fine as long as there are no plates of food on the floor!
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As an extra for the cover reveal the author is offering either a paperback copy or an ecopy of the book to one person who comments on any of the participating blogs – so if you leave a comment then you’ll be in with a chance! The winner will be chosen by the author a week after the tour ends.