Saturday, 14 November 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway - Do Guardian Angels have favourites? by Sue Shepherd - Blog Tour

I'm delighted to welcome Sue Shepherd to Rachel's Random Reads today, as part of her blog tour to celebrate the release of Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? in paperback, and I also have a copy of the book to giveaway.

In my novel, ‘Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?’ almost everyone has a group of angels watching out for them and trying to keep them safe.

There are many, many angels and we may be watched over by a different one every day. It’s not clear how they get their allocation; perhaps a piece of paper in a pigeon hole, a text, a spreadsheet via email, we are not privy to this information, but somehow they all know who to watch each day.

But are they allowed to have favourites?

Others have favourites. Hayley the Hairdresser, for example, has favourites. She likes Mrs Rattigan because she has very fine hair and she’s had the same style for two decades. Hayley can complete a shampoo and set on Mrs Rattigan within thirty minutes and that includes updating her Twitter account. She’s also rather fond of Mrs Carter, because Mrs Carter’s son, Dave, could give the man in the Diet Coke ads a run for his money, and he often collects his mum from the hairdressers in his sports car.

Mrs Topper the teacher likes Sam. He struggles immensely with his sounds and is a good few levels behind his peers. But, today, it all came together for Sam. He finally got it, really got it. Today he read a sentence.  He didn’t use the pictures to guess the words, the words came alive before his eyes and he read them.  Today Sam is most definitely Mrs Topper’s favourite pupil.

Does Angela the Angel have a favourite person? Does she look at her allocation, albeit a text, a note or a spreadsheet, and feel despair or joy? Does Angela sometimes read the name and think, ‘Yes, easy day, this guy rarely needs advice? Or does she slap her forehead and utter, ‘Not Sue Shepherd, she’s so accident prone?’ And is this thought swiftly followed by the query, ‘When am I ever going to get Kate Middleton again?’

Personally, I think it would be a fairer world if angels didn't have favourites; I fear I wouldn't be their first choice!  

Actually, I like to think they give their all to whomever they’re allocated. (There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, as always. But more of that in the book ...)

Isn't it comforting though, to know that the majority of angels make sure they’re right by our side, assisting in whatever way they can. They nudge, they suggest, they remind, they caution. All we have to do is listen, really carefully, listen.

Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? by Sue Shepherd

The bestselling romantic comedy - now in paperback!

Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? is a romantic comedy about three very different people, each with a secret, whose lives collide in unexpected ways.

Steph is a harassed mum who's considering an affair with her children's sexy headmaster. Penny is trying to deal with a crush on her boss, OCD and a sad secret from her childhood. And Mike is a vicar who is being blackmailed for his secret, although it's not all that it seems!

Meanwhile, all three are being watched over by their own guardian angels, who try to push them in the right direction and help move their lives along - but not always successfully ...

Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? is genuinely laugh out loud funny, but also deals in a sensitive way with serious problems that any of us could face in life. Sue Shepherd's debut novel is bold, it doesn't pull any punches, and it has bucket loads of heart.

From Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?:

How many times have you begun watching a film and, to your immense irritation, spent the first fifteen minutes or so wondering what TV programme you’ve seen the handsome extra in? What a relief when the information you were groping for pops into your head and allows you to concentrate and enjoy the rest of the film in peace.

Have you ever wondered why you occasionally check twice when pulling out of a road, only to spot a previously unseen vehicle on that second viewing?

Maybe you've settled down to an episode of Come Dine With Me accompanied by a lovely cup of tea and a cream slice. But, as you take that first delicious bite you propel yourself from the sofa, shouting, ‘Bugger it,’ because you've just remembered your precious first born son is waiting in the rain to be collected from football practice.

It may be a voice gently whispering in your ear, an errand remembered in the nick of time or a subtle tap on the shoulder which alerts you to danger, these imperceptible events happen to each of us every day. We never query them or stop to speculate what’s behind these small moments.

But what if that tiny nagging voice in your head, the voice that’s almost inaudible but can change everything … what if that voice is not your voice at all?

You can purchase Doesn't Everyone Have A Secret on Amazon UK now. 

About Sue Shepherd

Born in Harrow, forty-something years ago, Sue went on to spend several years living in Hertfordshire before selling up and taking a leap of faith across The Solent. She now resides on the picturesque Isle of Wight with her husband, two sons and a standard poodle. Her passions in life are: her family, writing, the seaside and all the beautiful purple things her sons have bought her over the years. Happiest when hunched over her laptop with a cup of tea on the go, Sue loves to create stories with plenty of heart and laughs, but, she makes sure to include a bit of grit and sex too.

Ask Sue to plan too far in advance and you'll give her the heebie-jeebies and she'd prefer you not to mention Christmas until at least November!

Describing herself as having Champagne tastes and a Cava bank account, Sue hopes you enjoy her debut novel.

Twitter: @thatsueshepherd

Giveaway to win copy of Doesn't Everyone  Have a Secret? in Paperback, Open Internationally

Ian at Corazon Books, has kindly offered followers of Rachel's Random Reads a chance to win a paperback copy of this book. 

Giveaway open internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 20/11/2015. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

1 comment:

  1. This book is great and certainly got me thinking. So different to the norm.


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