Thursday, 3 March 2011

Some short excerpts from
Sherry Gloag

~ Duty Calls“Only Daniel Kinsale and his solicitors knew I’d arranged to meet him. No one knew I changed my schedule and arrived in England a week earlier than expected, and yet Denny Cadmore somehow discovered both my plans and identity.”
Rafe glared at his parent. “Given those facts, tell me why I should stake a claim on a god-forsaken English estate, when everything and everyone who means anything to me is here in Boston?”
The drone of the old-fashioned overhead fan broke the ensuing silence. The oppressive heat stalked through the room sapping the energy from anyone or anything in its path.
“Rafe you’re making me dizzy, sit down and stop prowling round the room.” His mother patted the cushions beside her. “How many times do I have to tell you, you were born from love, not lust? Whether you like it or not, you are the legitimate heir to your father’s estates.”
A shaft of sunlight caught a few silvery streaks in her blonde hair.
“But born out of wedlock,” Rafe snapped, before realizing the words queued up for release.
“Yes, out of wedlock,” she sighed. “I’ve never denied it, nor have I stolen your entitlement to your birth name. Your birth father…” she paused for a few seconds, “…Daniel, loved me.”
She continued on a wistful note, “I knew he couldn’t divorce his wife and accepted we had no future together, only the present. I’ve explained why he felt duty bound to uphold his family’s expectations. Nor that you were unintended. Having you gave me reason to survive without Daniel. You are from the man of my heart.”
Rafe’s free hand crashed down on the table sending the letter floating to the floor. “If he loved you so much, how come another of his bastards crawled out of the woodwork? One whose birth certificate proves he’s ten days younger than me? How come that same bastard damn near sent me to my grave?
Explain that if you can!”
Duty Calls Book Trailer =

~ The Wrong Target“Goddamit,” he exploded, “Can’t you stand still for one second? I have something to say, but I can’t while you’re jogging round the room.”
She halted toe to toe in front of him. “You have me dismissed from a job I loved, because I upheld the safety of my pupils, and still have the audacity to stalk me to my holiday destination and demand I listen to you because you have something to say?” Flapping her hands at her sides, she spun away and back again, planting her hands on the chair arms, she pinned him in his place and snarled, “Let me tell you something. I’ve come here to enjoy myself and your presence isn’t part of my plan.”
“What is your plan?” he demanded.
“To get laid!” Astonishment pushed her away from the chair, her eyes wide, her lips curved up in a defiant sneer. “I intend to find myself a man and screw the living daylights out of him. And,” she paused deliberately, “I don’t need you for that.”
The Wrong Target Book Trailer =

~ The Brat“You’re no better than your mother. I was a child when your mother ordered my life, but I’m a grown woman now and won’t be ordered around by you or anyone else. So don’t stand there sanctimoniously telling me it is your right to control my life for the next ten months. And when they end, what then? You drop your control, just like that? I doubt it. There’s not a Kouvaris on this planet that isn’t a control freak.”
She drew in a deep breath, glared at him when she came to a brief stop in front of him. “You’ll keep tabs on me, tell me what to do and when…”
“Why would I do that?” Cold as steel, Ben’s voice cut across her tirade, but it didn’t stop her.
“Because you’ll tell me it will impact on your reputation, or the company profile, or the value of the shares. How would I know? You’ll have a reason and expect me to abide by your ruling.” She spun away from him and back again. “Oh, I nearly forgot. As your ex-wife, someone may use me to get to you. Wasn’t that how you put it when we arrived in Greece?”
Hands fisted on her hips, her hair plastered against her fiery cheeks, she watched the colour climb up his neck and into his face. Until she heard the words hang in the air, she hadn’t known they were there. But she knew they’d hit their target head on.
The Brat Book Trailer =

Many thanks Sherry - it's been great having you here

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Interview with

Sherry Gloag

What inspired you to write Duty Calls?
I’d been away from writing for quite a long time and one day I sat down to ‘have a go’. Being a ‘pantser’ I had no idea what would turn up. I became so involved in my characters I had to complete their story. Eventually, I cut the original opening scene of Duty Calls and replaced it in another mode further into the book.

In a sentence, describe the hero’s character.
Rafe Hawk’s attitude to life is coloured by what he sees as his birth father’s desertion, he has lesson’s to learn and decisions to make. But can he let go of the past enough to move forward?

And the heroine’s?

Trudi has no reason to trust in her past, so when a stranger’s arrival threatens her future can she risk her family with the unknown?

Who controls the story – you or your characters?
The characters – every time, and nearly all the time.

What do you enjoy about writing romance?
Knowing my characters trust me enough to bring their story alive beneath my fingers.

What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
Believe in yourself. And keep your butt on the chair.

How do you like to spend your free time?
Other than my writing, I enjoy gardening, walking, reading and crystal craft work. I can get lost in any and all of those pass-times, and am amazed when I discover how long I’ve spent with them.
When walking I often find my characters have come along too and we thrash out some possible plot options. It does mean I have to constantly keep a wary eye out for other people while I am busy chatting to invisible companions. LOL

Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions you wish to accomplish?
To many to mention, they simply become goals to work towards :-)

Learn more about Sherry on:
Her Website =
Her blog =

Buy The Brat here =
And at Amazon =

Buy The Brat, Duty Calls and the Wrong Target here = allromanceebooks

Buy Duty Calls at Amazon =

and Wrong Target at Amazon =

Hogmanay = LASR January 6th Free Story
The Brat Book Trailer =
Duty Calls Book Trailer =
The Wrong Target Book Trailer =

Join Sherry tomorrow for some great excerpts

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A warm welcome to romance author Sherry Gloag

Sherry's debut novel, The Brat,
was highly acclaimed and her new releases
promise to be equally compelling.

First, Sherry shares with us how she got started as a writer:"Why don't you try writing a book?" The oft' asked question hit the air again."Who would read it if I did?" I asked my innocent looking husband. He'd learned my secret many years ago, and sporadically 'poked' at my lack of self belief."You won't know until you try!" He dropped his bait into the air between us, and for some reason, a few years ago now, I decided to bite.
And am I glad I did?
Not only do I enjoy meeting the characters who demand their stories are told, I have also met and made many wonderful friends, both on line and elsewhere, in the process.
~ ~ ~
One day my work-in-progress stalled over a stubborn scene that refused to come right, so in frustration I tried turning it into a stand alone short story in an attempt to find the flaws.
That scene eventually honed down satisfactorily, but left me with an insatiable desire to venture into the world of short story writing.
How could I know, at the time, that the truculent scene would send me off on a new and exciting writing path?
I wrote my first stand-alone short story in July 2009 which, with several others, is now published in LASR ~~~
More recently I have discovered the challenging world of reviewing.
For as long as I can remember I've read romances, and am proud to be part of the 48% of readers who enjoy romances.
My first attempt at writing one, was confiscated by my teacher when they realised I was ignoring my homework for my 'great masterpiece'! Sadly I never saw it again! And so my teacher saved the great reading population from what was surely a great master-disaster.
Now I'm back... and delighted with the growing success of my short stories and full length novels. 2011 opens with the release of my sixth short story, Hogmanay, at LASR, and the release, on February 11th, of my second novel, Duty Calls. Also my fist venture into a 'longer-short-story of approximately 14k words, The Wrong Target, which is part of the 'Cupid Goes Wild' anthology, released by eTreasures and comes out in early February.

Sherry Gloag writes stories that zero into 'The Heart of Romance'.
And here are the BLURBS:

Duty Calls:-She’d saved his life
Rafe Hawk refuses to accept the inheritance, of a large English estate, and the title that goes with it, after his birth father’s death because the man chose duty over the woman he loved and their son.
So when he finds himself temporarily living at Kinsale Hall, he’s not prepared to trust anyone associated with the place, including Trudi Delaney and her daughter.
So why, when he looks into their eyes, does he suddenly remember a woman who vanished without a trace after saving his life one stormy night ten years earlier?
Now he could destroy hers.
Instinct warns Trudi Delaney the arrival of the contemptuous American architect at Kinsale Hall will change her life forever. Especially when she discovers he spends so much of his time in areas of Kinsale Hall off-limits to visitors.
Eleven years after escaping from her psychotic husband with a stranger, she’s still plagued by nightmares of events she can’t remember. Events such as, who fathered her beautiful daughter?
Now, more than a decade later, she is confronted by another stranger. Will this one destroy everything she holds dear?
Duty Calls Book Trailer =

The Wrong Target:-
Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and Ryan Thomas can't control events after Ryan's daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school, But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?
The Wrong Target Book Trailer =

and The Brat: -

Gina Williams has a secret and prays it is buried with her childhood persecutor, Anna Kouvaris, as discovery will ruin her reputation as a famous children’s author. She soon discovers the son, Ben Kouvaris, new owner of her publishing company, has uncovered her past and is making demands. Will he ruin her career if she doesn’t comply?
Ben kouvaris is blown away by the unknown beauty at his estranged mother's funeral, and when his father demands he marry, immediately, to secure the family business, he knows just who he wants as his temporary bride. But can Ben persuade Gina to trust him?
The Brat Book Trailer =

Don't miss tomorrow's interview with Sherry!