This week, I’m so pleased to welcome Sheryl Browne with her romance The Rest of Your Life, which is now available in paperback!
I’ve had the e-book queued on my Kindle for quite some time (I wrote about the state of my TBR list recently here!) and finally decided to get started on it this week after reading Sheryl’s lovely interview below. I’m half way through and absolutely loving it!
First, as ever, the cover (I love this one!) and the blurb . . .
“You can’t run away from commitment forever …”
Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…
Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.
And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?
Now to find out more from Sheryl . . .
The Rest of My Life was released as an e-book last summer. How does it feel having it in print now, Sheryl?
Honestly? Like my characters have truly been given the gift of life. They are alive in my mind, of course. As an author, you live and breathe them. To see Adam and Sienna’s story so perfectly packaged in its beautiful Choc Lit cover, though, to know that it will be available at WHSmith Travel stores for customers to browse really is my dream come true, a culmination of many, many years of honing my writing. My goal was to write what the reader might enjoy. This tells me I’ve hopefully achieved that. The Large Print books are equally as stunning. Was it worth all the hard work? Definitely. I recently completed an MA in Creative Writing, which boosted my confidence. Seeing The Rest of My Life in print has given it wings. By the way, if you do happen to spot the book at any WH Smith Travel store, take a shelfie and you can grab a prize from Choc Lit!
I see that it was shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015. Wow! Could you tell us about that?
My first reaction was to ask my son to read the shortlist and tell me I wasn’t seeing things. And then, I whooped – a bit! In truth, I was gobsmacked and obviously utterly thrilled. Also the tiniest bit nervous. Little me at a major event? What would I wear? What would I say that wasn’t complete garbled rubbish? I needn’t have worried. The location for the awards was at the Jewel Piccadilly in London where nerves were immediately calmed by generous offerings of prosecco and cupcakes. It worked for me! Even though I didn’t win, as with other events (the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference, for instance), I came away buoyed up by the enthusiasm and support of fellow authors. I can’t thank the readers enough for voting for The Rest of My Life. And a huge thank you to Kate Allan, of course, for all her hard work organising a fabulous event where authors can get together to share and shine.
That sounds like a wonderful experience. What was the initial idea that set you off writing The Rest of My Life?
Initially I wasn’t sure it was a good one. I mean can anyone really love a self-confessed womaniser seemingly hell bent on a road to destruction? Adam, however, simply refused to go away. When Adam came into my life he was living on a houseboat, living an apparently carefree bachelor existence, I might add, intent on bedding every woman in the vicinity. Not instantly likeable then, despite outward attractive appearances. There was something more to him, though. It was there, in his smile, in his eyes, a loneliness, a longing? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but beneath the cocksure exterior, the confidence in bed, was it possible the man was actually lacking in self-esteem? Obviously, Adam needed further investigation. I have no idea why he arrived on a boat, but there he was and that’s where he was staying stubbornly put. Luckily, being a boater, I have a fair amount of experience of boatyards.
I remember from the reviews that quite a few readers fell for Adam – and that includes me! What did you enjoy most about Adam and Sienna as you were writing?
Well you have to love a damaged hero, don’t you? It’s going to be a very special woman who’s determined not to give up on a man who seems to have given up on himself, though, who strives to make him realise his past is colouring his future. Sienna seems vulnerable, but it’s that very vulnerability that causes Adam to question his morals. Underneath, however, Sienna is shrewd enough to realise she can’t save him, that ultimately Adam has to save himself. The dialogue between the two, and Adam’s witty exchanges with his longsuffering friend Nate, I think were the most enjoyable parts for me. Adam’s realisation that there’s more to making love than having sex was definitely rewarding to write. And, yes, I did enjoy writing those sex scenes.
And I got rather hot and bothered reading them! Have you started your next book yet, and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
I’ve started – and finished – several! My next book, coming from Choc Lit in May, is Learning to Love. Written around a short published in the Birmingham City University anthology, it looks at a single father’s struggle to reach out to his grieving son.
I do also have another contract and two more currently in the pipeline. Did I mention how much my confidence has grown? I can’t stop writing now!
Gosh, you are a busy lady. Can you tell us something weird and wonderful about yourself?
I once skydived from 20,000 ft. I’m scared of heights.
That is impressive. I’m scared of heights too, and I could never do that!
Thank you so much for having me on your super blog, Helen!
You’re welcome – it’s been lovely having you as a guest. Good luck with the paperback!
And here’s a video trailer for you: https://youtu.be/7p319itbVKg
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant 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
Sheryl’s latest contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer. THE REST OF MY LIFE comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.
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