Life is frenetic nowadays. We know we should slow down occasionally and just breathe, but do we? Sometimes we need a wake up call. And so it was with me. I hadn’t realised whilst pushing myself on, blinking tiredly at my screen, why I was blinking so tiredly. Scarily, I had a sudden onset eye disease, which meant I couldn’t really see the screen. Emergency surgery fixed me, and it can be controlled, but … I am aware that if I’d left it … I’m sharing this because I’m also very aware of how many people kept right on supporting me even though I’d apparently fallen off the face of the earth. This is just to say a HUGE thank you. I’m back! Working hard, but pausing along the way. Those flowers keep calling.

So, enough with the troubles. We all have those, don’t we? The fabulous news is that my latest book is coming soon! DEADLY INTENT, Book 3 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series, due to be published on September 5th, is currently on pre-order at just 99p! Sneaking a cheeky link in here: http://viewbook.at/Deadly-Intent

Can you indulge me while I show off the video? The voiceover is awesome! Gritty, gravelly and scary (I’d have been hard-pushed to do that myself), it totally makes it. Definitely worth a listen.

Massive thanks to Alan Bainbridge at voxjunction.co.uk for your excellent, professional service – and also again to all those people who read and reviewed Books 1 & 2 in the DI Matthew Adams series (those reviews are pretty awesome too). I really do mean it when I say I could not have done this without you.

Please do feel free to browse my books on my ‘Books’ page or to contact me anytime! I’d love to hear from you.

Meanwhile, keep safe all!

Lots of love,

Welcome, Kirsty Ferry! Kirsty’s here to tell us a little bit about her brand new book, The Girl in the Photograph. Don’t you just adore that gorgeous Choc Lit cover?

You can a tantalising extract from chapter three here. Take it away, Kirsty!

Hi Sheryl, thank you so much for letting me post an extract of my new book, The Girl in the Photograph, on your blog! This is the start of chapter three. As you can see, Lissy has been unsettled by her ex-boyfriend, the delectable Italian photographer Stefano, turning up and invading her holiday on the North Yorkshire coast near Whitby. Lissy is actually staying near Staithes, which is where a very famous art colony existed at the end of the nineteenth century. Staithes also has links to the hugely talented Laura and Harold Knight, who were members of the Newlyn Art Colony, down in Cornwall. Both areas are still a magnet for artists. And Lissy, my heroine, has a degree in Art History and, as you can see, connections to both these places. Add in a couple of forbidden Edwardian lovers, a jealous husband and a ruined mansion, and you’ve got the ingredients for my new timeslip novel, The Girl in the Photograph – part three of the Rossetti Mysteries series. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks again Sheryl xxx

How could Jon have invited Stefano Ricci to Whitby? Lissy just couldn’t believe it.

He knew how she felt about Stefano; how over the last seven years she had carefully constructed a barrier to keep him out of her life. He was well aware of what had gone on, both during her relationship with Stefano and even what had happened before that.

It was quite clear to her now that Jon had planned this, from the very first moment he decided to do that stupid project. He’d said he knew the right man to contact, the right man to help him out. But not for one moment had Lissy thought her brother would contact Stefano, of all people.

And to make matters worse, while they were all still in that studio, Jon had suddenly had one of his so-called brilliant ideas. ‘Who’s up for a wander down to the beach?’ he asked. The evening was warm and sunny, and even with the sea breeze blowing gently in from the coast, the town was golden and inviting. ‘We’ll dig holes and build sandcastles.’ This, obviously, to the child.

‘Me me me!’ Grace shrieked.

Lissy closed her eyes. ‘Good God,’ she muttered.

‘That sounds lovely.’ There was a note of amusement in Becky’s voice. Lissy opened her eyes and glared at her best friend; her childhood friend, no less, who had eventually married her brother.

Becky smiled innocently at her. ‘Doesn’t it sound lovely, Lissy?’

‘No,’ replied Lissy. ‘Why would I want to go down there amongst all those horrible seagulls and nasty sand? It’ll get in my sandals.’

‘Sand and sandals, the perfect match,’ said Stefano. He had taken up residence by the open door, dragging a chair across the studio and sitting there all lean and long-legged; clearly intending to block her way and, as a bonus, letting the summer air circulate around his bare feet. Those bloody bare feet. The last time she’d seen them, it had been a different summer evening and a different coastal town: Newlyn, in Cornwall.

The pebbly beach hadn’t bothered Stefano. He’d stood there and watched her walk away – well, hobble and slip away as she teetered across the little stones, cursing at him loudly over her shoulder. He hadn’t come after her; and she didn’t know if that was what rankled the most.

But he had this horrible habit of kicking his shoes off whenever he was near water or beaches or even fresh air, it seemed. At first it had been endearing. She loved the idea of walking barefoot with him along a sandy beach under the moonlight. But it had never become a reality – and to this day, she despised bare feet on the beach. And the thought of going to Whitby beach. With him. And his sodding feet.

No.

Just no.

The Girl in the Photograph

What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?

Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.

Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.

As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.

Bio

Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.

Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016 and ‘The Girl in the Photograph’ in March 2017. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s day-job involves sharing a Georgian building with an eclectic collection of ghosts – which can sometimes prove rather interesting.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook Author Page or follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry.

Pre-order from Kobo here: https://goo.gl/D44WJv

What a lovely Christmas present! Learning to Love, my contemporary romance recommended to Choc Lit by WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Matt Bates, has been selected as a 2016 Best Book! Thank you SO much EmmabBooks. I’m absolutely over the moon.

We’ve also won a GOLD Award at Author Database, Books & Top Charts! Thank you TO all those lovely people who took the time to vote and to super talented, Berni Stevens at Choc Lit. I have to admit I adore my Choc Lit covers. Isn’t this one just absolutely dreamy?

I’m thrilled and relieved (and extremely grateful) that the book is getting some fabulous reviews. I just have to share a little of this one, which had me chuckling to out loud.

“Sheryl should be sponsored by #Kleenex, this is a fab book which had tears running down my face.”The Reading Shed

And another:

A good family story, but also good sex scenes.” Phew! You have no idea how relieved I am to have got that bit right! Thank you SO much Amazon Customer!

There really are so many lovely reviews. I can’t thank readers and book bloggers enough for their wonderful support. Those reviews really do give a book its wings. We authors would be lost without you.

To celebrate, I’m pulling out the stops and taking part in the The Kindle Book Review Christmas #Giveaway, giving you a chance to win a whopping $500 Amazon Gift Card. Just click on the image below and you’re good to go! It’s easy & fun. If you love reading, you won’t want to miss out. Giveaway runs Dec 12-26.

LEARNING TO LOVE

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places …

Living in a small village like Hibberton, it’s expected that your neighbours help you in a time of need. But when Andrea Kelly’s house burns down, taking all her earthly possessions with it, it’s the distant and aloof Doctor David Adams – the person she would least expect – who opens his door not just to her, but to her three kids and slightly dotty elderly mother as well.

Andrea needs all the help she can get, dealing with aftermath of the fire and the suspicious absence of her husband, Jonathan. But, as she gets to know David and his troubled son, Jake, she begins to realise that maybe they need her help as much as she needs theirs …

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Thank you so much again to all those readers, book bloggers and reviewers, who have made my writing journey so worthwhile.

I hope all is well in your world.

GOOD LUCK and keep safe everyone!

Lots of Love,

We did it! My gorgeous cover for Learning to Love won a GOLD Award at Author Database, Books & Top Charts! Doesn’t it look just stunning?

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I’m really thrilled. I do so love my Choc Lit covers designed by the uber-talented Berni Stevens, who works so hard to get them just right. Thanks so much, Berni, Choc Lit and all those lovely people who voted. Thanks, too, to Author Database. It’s a fabulous way of showing our books and covers off, which, of course, I don’t do often (ahem!). You’re all total stars!

While I’m here, I can’t resist sharing that The Rest of My Life, along with other fabulous Choc Lit books, has been selected as one of the BEST of 2016 by Kobo UK! You can catch up with the greatest titles of the year by clicking on the image below.

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tinsel-whs-snow-transparentThat’s it! I won’t bore you to tears. Watch this space, though, for upcoming news of my two thrillers After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father which will be coming soon from Death by Choc Lit. I can’t wait to show you the covers! Did I mention I did a forensics course! I passed. Fuel for my future thriller writing.

I’ll also be offering a great $500 Amazon Shopping Spree Giveaway (Dec 12 – 26) in conjunction with The Kindle Book Review. More to follow!

I couldn’t go without adding a huge THANK YOU to all those wonderful readers and Book Bloggers who have supported me. I would be lost without you! Here’s a simply beautiful snippet from MoMo’s Book Diary (you can click on the image to see the whole review). Mo, I love you!

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I hope all is well in your world.

Keep safe!

Lots of Love,

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A Second Christmas WishA Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cover of A Second Christmas Wish is just so deliciously tempting I defy anyone to resist peeking beneath. The prologue is equally tempting, giving a concise backdrop and a glimpse into Melissa’s marriage to the cold and psychologically controlling dark eyed, Lawrence. It’s beautifully written, one sentence in particular the man utters making you sympathetic to Melissa and her son immediately. Thus hooked, we move on two years to find Melissa now divorced and, not surprisingly, putting love and the hurt it will surely bring aside to dedicate her time to her son, William, who is frightened of his own father and dreadfully shy – no surprise there either.

In hopes of bringing William out of his shell, Melissa encourages him to take tennis lessons and we meet Daniel, a tennis coach, who is everything Lawrence isn’t, and hot to boot. He’s also a bit of a charmer, thus warned off flirting with Melissa. Daniel, however, is smitten and is determined to put a smile back on her face. The question is, can he? The bond between Daniel and William is magical, watching this little boy grow is as heartwarming as our first glimpse of him is heartbreaking. We so want the sparkle of Christmas to be rekindled for him. A Second Christmas Wish really is the perfect story in the run up to the festive season. Grab a copy, curl up and indulge.

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