WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN – UPDATE

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The end of August is here and for me today, Bank Holiday Monday, always marks the closing of a door, leaving the summer behind.  This year it also sees the beginning of a new journey for me, making a start on the sequel to my current novel Summer Moved On.

Before I type the first word of any new book I have to give it title; it’s a sort of anchor for the writing process and gives my work an identity. I’m a great lover of music and find it a powerful influence; it’s my constant writing companion.  I’ve a huge collection of albums, with a definite leaning towards rock although my taste is certainly not set in stone.  All my books, with the exception of Love, Lies and Promises, have been influenced by song titles, so once again I found myself checking out songs and looking for inspiration. I’ve always been a fan of Roxette, the Scandinavian duo big in the nineties.  Watercolours in the Rain was always a favourite track of mine and it seemed to sit well with the reflective feel at the beginning of this second part of Jess and Talun’s story.

Right, so the title’s sorted out-  what about the plot? Well, without giving too much away, we’re now six years on from where we left Talún, Jess and Lily.  Jess, now a teacher, enjoys her work but two years at her current school has made her feel it’s time to move on; that she needs a new challenge. She’s about to look for another job when an unexpected phone call takes her in an entirely different direction.

Talun’s life has been one of dramatic change. Once happily married with a child, he is now alone after the tragic deaths of his wife and baby daughter in a fatal car crash. Returning to live at his grandfather’s Norfolk mansion, he hears worrying news concerning the South Devon village of Lynbrook, where he grew up. Although he knows returning to the life he once knew will be one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do; turning his back on those who need his help is not an option.

Lily is now mother to five year old Tyler.  Things should have worked out with her husband Pauli and his promise to walk away from his life of crime. Even though he has kept his word, their relationship has been an intense and fiery one, and unable to cope with Lily’s mercurial temperament he has now left the marital home for good.  Lily has no idea where he is and cares even less.  She feels better off without him, even though she struggles trying to cope as a single mother.   She has always dreamed of the good life – a lovely home with beautiful clothes and money – something which seems destined to remain out of reach.  Until one morning quite by chance, she sees a familiar face across the street.  Despite the risks involved, she has an idea – which if she doesn’t lose her nerve – might make it possible for her dreams to become reality.

Although I’ve got the beginning sorted now, I’m still working on the main plot and developing some new characters (including a very hot Danish architect called Christer Sorenson) and plan to make a proper start in mid-September on my return from a break in Shropshire.

I’ll be back when I have more news….in the meantime enjoy the music.

BROOK COTTAGE BOOK TOUR: THE REST OF MY LIFE BY SHERYL BROWNE 2 – 7 AUGUST, 2015

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Genre: Contemporary Romance : Release Date: 1st July 2015

Publisher: Choc Lit @ChocLituk

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 The Rest of My Life

“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?

My Review

I don’t think I’ve read one of Sheryl’s books that I haven’t liked – and oh yes,  this is definitely another winner! I think what swung it for me was Adam – I love gorgeous men who are lost causes. On the surface he is just that, a serial womaniser with a liking for booze and a preference for married women. However as the story progresses and his past is gradually exposed we begin to understand how he has got into  his current situation.

From the opening line of the book we know Adam has noticed Sienna. Sienna has noticed Adam too but is not sure about a man who not only loves his booze but seems to have a veritable harem of women emerging from his boat.

When Adam rescues Sienna’s aging dog Tobias from the river, things don’t go at all well as she finds herself confronted by a wet, bedraggled ‘Mr Grumpy’ who insists on giving her a lecture about letting her dog run loose.

Writer Sienna is currently working on a screenplay and needs to include an ‘open door’ sex scene. She is something of an innocent with very little knowledge of men, having had a bad experience with her ex-boyfriend. She is therefore finding the task almost impossible – until she realises maybe hiring Adam could be the solution to all her problems. And that’s where it all begins…

A hugely enjoyable read; a feisty heroine and a gorgeous anti-hero you simply can’t help falling in love with surrounded by a great supporting cast of characters.   More please!

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About Sheryl Browne

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Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.

Sheryl’s new 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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