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‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne - Cover Reveal


A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne


Today it's great to be taking part in the Cover Reveal of Sheryl Browne's new novel, A Little Bit of Madness - and here's the cover!

About the book


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 published by Safkhet on February 14th 2013.

Visit my blog again on February 15th 2013 to see Sheryl's guest post as part of the book launch tour!



Romantic question!

As part of the cover reveal, we have both answered a question relating to romance! Do feel free to join in and leave your own answer to the question below in the comments if you'd like to!


What is your idea of a perfect date?

Sheryl: George Clooney at my front door.  Trust me, I’d let him in with or without coffee.

Lindsay: My husband and I, in our little cottage, snuggled up, with good food and a good film!

And what about you, dear reader?




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.

A LITTLE BIT OF MADNESS White Knight in Blue rescues the Harbour Rest Home - releases Valentine’s Day 2013.

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Sheryl is a loveahappyending featured Author and Editor.

Twitter: @sherylbrowne

Competition

Sheryl is offering a giveaway of either a paperback copy or an ecopy of this book as a prize to one winner who comments on any of the blogs participating in the cover reveal.  So from the five blogs, there will be a winner of either a paperback or an ecopy.  Sheryl will choose the winners a week after the tour ends. So do leave a comment if you'd like to be in with a chance!

You can find out about all the tour stops for both the cover reveal and the book tour by visiting Fiction Addiction Book Tours



32 comments:

  1. Lol at Sheryl's answer and awww at Lindsay's - both good dates in my eyes!

    Hmmmm but my perfect date would be my hubby taking me on a trip to the bookshop, then to the cupcake shop then home for my favourite chinese takeaway (without standing in it of course!). Clearly my life revolves around books and food :D

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    1. Kate, do NOT place chinese food on floor - or cupcake. Or hubby! ;) xx

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    2. Thanks for commenting Kate. That sounds a great date too, I would enjoy that, and am very similar in the books and food thing!

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  2. Food and a film! Yes! Me too! Chinese and Mr Big! Might have to make that my weekend plan! Oh, we have a party to go to! Ah well parties are good too!

    Great post Lindsay!

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    1. You can watch films in the morning, too, Mandy. Champers and cupcakes for breakfast I say! :) xx

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    2. That sounds fab Mandy. Enjoy your party! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  3. Awww, bless. Ooops, better not let my man see this post. He'll think I'd prefer Clooney to snuggle up to over him. Um...? Haw, haw. Lovely comments girls. You can show your comments to your men - you'll get brownie points. Soooo romantic! Mandy, an all weekend party??? Where does she get the energy? :) xx

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  4. Lindsay, thank you so much for hosting me today! I hope that's going to be a romantic film? ;) xx

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    1. It's lovely to have you here again Sheryl! It might be, we have been known to watch romantic, crime, action, foreign, so could be anything! :) I know it was a bit of a soppy answer but it's true! x

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  5. A very readable post Lindsay and what fun to see a certain CW on the cover!

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    1. She's a fabulous, fun lady! What a sport! She looks better in the actual flesh, so to speak (I have her on my coffee table!). Thanks so much for stopping by, sweetie! :) xx

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    2. Thanks for commenting Linda :) Yes, great pose by Carol!

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  6. Any date with my hubby would be romantic. We are like ships in the night at the moment :)

    carol
    DizzyC

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    1. Time to pull into port, Carol! PCs unplugged, phones off - just the two of you, no interruptions. Awwww. Carol writes it wistfully on her TO DO list ;) xx

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    2. Hope you get a good bit of time together with your hubby very soon Carol. Thanks for commenting. x

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  7. Have to say that my most romantic date would have to be with Richard Gere. He would come and rescue me (Pretty Woman) and dance the night away with me (Shall We Dance). We would then luxuriate in a penthouse sunken bath (yes, I know, I know) with champers and ...

    Thanks for hosting Sheryl on the cover reveal tour Lins. Great post ladies x x

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    1. Oooh, yes, the sunken bath scene. Didn't you just love him in that film - even though he was y'know... Well, not ideal hero material. D'y'think we could compete with Julia though? Course we could! :) xx

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    2. Thanks for commenting Shaz. Wow what a date! Sounds very nice, though I'd rather not be with Richard Gere ;) x

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  8. For me the most romantic date.... afternoon chocolate ganche cake and champagne... in the restaurant of the Musée D'Orsay in Paris. After all that culture, chocolate, sugar and alcohol you are are only fit for one thing... but I'll leave that to your imagination! Ho Hum. Once can but dream!

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    1. Oh this sounds lovely Emma! I love that museum. All very romantic indeed in such a perfect city. Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Aaah, sleeping you mean. Haw, haw! Love it! Love the Musee D'Orsay, too. Only been once. Would do love to go again! Thanks for stopping by, Emma! :) xx

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  10. Gosh, my perfect date? That's so hard to answer, it's been so long since I actually went on a date I've forgotten what's involved. How about being whisked of to Rome for dinner and a show, preferably outdoors on a warm summer's night. And my date? The man I married, only he doesn't do romance, so it would have to be Kevin Costner. Great fun, this cover reveal, I mean. XX

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    1. Rome sounds lovely Kit, perfect on warm summer evening with some delicious food and good company! Thanks for commenting :)

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    2. Ooh, yeah, I could do Kevin Costner. I mean... Oops! Hard, isn't it, when man's idea of a perfect date is going to the rugby match with a mate? Ah, well, there could be worse. In fact, I'm sure there are worse! Thanks so much for stopping by, Kit! :) xx

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  11. My perfect date ... I'd like a nice long walk through the woods, followed by a pub lunch then home in the evening in front of a log fire, glass of wine, snuggled up to Andy Garcia. :-)

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    1. That sounds really nice Sue! I would enjoy that one too :) Thanks for commenting.

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  12. That'll do for me, Sue! What? You're not sharing?? Well, I can't say I blame you. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by, Sue! xx

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  13. What a fabulous and fun tour stop. My perfect date? Hmm.... A rock concert followed by a meal out (Chinese or Indian) and a bottle of wine shared at home by candle light.

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    1. Another one that sounds great too! Thanks for commenting Nicky :)

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  14. Ooh, my perfect date is easy! A walk along the beach at Caswell Bay (Mumbles, Gower Coast) and then lunch at Out Of The Blue in the nearby town. Then a walk around the headland... stunning views, good food and fab company....

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    1. Thanks for commenting Linn. This sounds like a gorgeous day out!

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