Announcing that you would love to skydive in the company of someone who would go to the ends of the earth to make your dreams come true (i.e. to the skydiving centre’s booking office) is not a great idea.
Anyway, I did it!! I landed safely, thanks to my fabulous instructor, but whatever possessed me to want to jump in the first place – from 20,000 feet! – when I could have been at home pursuing some more sedate activity, like Zumba dancing or even pole-dancing?
Well, never one to back away from a challenge (I tackled my arachnophobia too, but that’s another story), it was something on my bucket list, something I needed to do. Coincidentally, I’d recently nursed my mother through early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a terribly cruel disease, which it seemed to me they were no nearer to finding a cure for than when my grandmother succumbed to it. Ravishes of the disease on her mind aside, my mum was genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve had the fortune to have in my life, never cursed (or if she did, it was quietly), never bemoaned her lot (even with seven children), always trying to look on the bright side. I digress. It also occurred to me, at that time, there were never any tins being rattled outside supermarkets for donations to go to that particular charity. In fact, there seemed to be precious little in the way of fundraising as far as I could see. OK, my little contribution, raising funds through skydiving, wasn’t going to make massive inroads into funding towards research, but … sometimes you have to do something, don’t you? Thank goodness, folk the world over do. Media coverage brings attention to those in desperate need, people reach deeply into their pockets and undertake all sorts of hair-raising activities to raise monies for worthwhile charities. My madcap adventure pales by comparison to some of the feats achieved. Together we can change things. We might not be able to cure all the world’s ills in our lifetime, but maybe, one day.
Sheryl Browne brings you poignant, witty modern romance. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl now has five books published with Safkhet Publishing. Sheryl’s latest book is now available in eBook and print:
Learning to LoveThe good Dr David Adams has been bad. Could you learn to love him?
Learning to Love
Explores the Fragility of Love, Life, and Relationships ~
~ and the sometimes tenuous bonds that hold people together. At the heart of the story is an emotionally withdrawn, angry little boy who is grieving the loss of his mother. Ten-year old Jake’s repressed anger is aimed at his dad, who in Jake’s mind deserted his mum in her hour of need. Dr David Adams, Jake’s father, is carrying the heavy burden of guilt around the death of his wife. For all his training as a doctor, David had been as ill-equipped to deal with her decision to delay anti-leukemic treatment for their unborn baby’s sake, as he is to deal with his son’s grief. He feels Jake’s anger is justified. Now, alone with his son, he has no idea how to reach him.
Andrea Kelly, David’s neighbour, mum of three and carer to her mother, is forced by circumstances to take refuge at David’s house and becomes instrumental in bringing this lost little boy and his equally lost father together. Andrea also has relationship issues and, as her attraction to David grows, she wonders whether she should love a man who is, by his own admission, flawed.
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London-based independent publisher Safkhet Publishing and romance author Sheryl Browne of Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, announce the publication of the poignant romance thriller, Learning to Love, a look at love, life and relationships, on 22 July 2013.
Learning to Love—“chos en for publication in the Birmingham City University School of English Anthology”
Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village—where no one knows him, ergo there's no fuel for neighborhood gossip—to start afresh with his ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn't know how to reach him.
Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a "nuts" mother to care for, her fiancé can't fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancé, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it.
When Andrea's house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, however, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him—the woman carrying his baby.
About the Author:
Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. She has previously been published in the US and writes Rom Com because, as she puts it, "life is just too short to be miserable." Sheryl is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. For more information, connect with Sheryl Browne on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/SherylBrowne) or visit her blog page at http://www.sherylbrowne.com/.
Learning to Love (ISBN: 9781908208835) is available for purchase as an eBook worldwide on Amazon, Kobo, the Apple iStore and all other major retailers. For more information, please visit http://www.safkhetpublishing.com/.