Sheryl's Last Stand (Bellydance And Beyond Series Book 1)

Genre: General Fiction, Humour, Romance

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Book Summary

With a newly discovered passion for belly dancing Sheryl sets out to chase her dreams but with Atilla the Hun for a mother will she manage to step out the front door?

Sheryl the wrong side of thirty-five has seen better days she has lost her job, her home and the ability to say no to chocolate. Under the watchful eye of her mother Sheryl must start again, a mother with as much sensitivity as a comedian and the sort of manipulating skills a car salesman would kill for.

Sheryl, a soft touch is wilting. 

The only thing she has in common with her mother is a passion for American Wrestling and decent whiskey. They spend their nights rooting for Johnstone a wrestler as believable as Die Hard until Sheryl discovers Bellydancing. 

Sheryl is a natural at Bellydancing and dreams of performing in the sort of costume that would have her mother choking on her ‘you’re too fat” comments and when the wrestlers come to town Sheryl grabs her chance. She wins tickets to the wrestling event and the chance to not only meet Johnstone but Bellydance. Sheryl sees hope, happiness and perhaps something more until her mother finds out. Sheryl has two choices and thanks to way too many whiskeys makes the wrong one.

Will Sheryl dig herself out of the hole she has made for herself or will she hang up her coin belt for good destined for a life of TV, chocolate and whiskey?

Sheryl’s Last Stand is the first in the Belly Dancing and Beyond series. If you like fast-paced books that make you laugh then you will love Kerrie Noor’s wonderfully funny Bellydancing series.

Buy Sheryl’s Last Stand today to watch an ordinary woman shimmy towards a life worth getting out of bed for.

★★★★★"The voice is Scottish urban girl snark."
★★★★★ “Good read, funny, fast-paced, zany characters."
★★★★★ “A poignant romantic comedy”


I’ve read this twice and really enjoyed it both times. Kerrie has managed to make her characters well-rounded and full bodied.
This was enjoyable on different levels for me. I identified with the bellydancers, recognising many traits in dancers I’ve come across in my life as a dance student. On a general level, the character lives might seem so bizarre, yet believable, so you’re bent on reading on to see what they get up to next. I love the type of books where you have many different stories all converging together at the end in a grand finale - and along the way, the twists are startling and hilarious. I would definitely recommend this amusing and “novel” novel to dancers and non-dancers alike, well worth the reading-time.

Kate Farrow
For NADA (Northern Arabic Dance Association) magazine
Ps I love the cover design

About the Author

Back in the days before TV had remote controls and Scotland was known for the Bay City Rollers Kerrie left Australia on a working holiday and fell in love with many things Scottish, along with belly dancing. After years of teaching belly dancing, Kerrie decided to write some of her experiences down in a series of stories called Belly Dancing and Beyond; novels about women who at one time or another went to Nefertiti’s belly dancing class.

Kerrie creates for fun and for readers who like hope with a quirky, twist. A mature woman who has been around the block too many times to count; Kerrie doesn’t ‘beat around the bush’ when it comes to her characters.

‘I like them earthy, ordinary and believable. I like to throw them in at the deep end and see what comes up, hopefully a surprise for everyone.’

‘Why reach for the stars, moon and a six pack when the real mystery is staring at you in the Co-op? I see spice in the ordinary, compassion in the indifferent and farcical in the routine. I want to create believable, earthy fantasies filled with hope, fun and a quirky, twist of spice and I want to make people laugh out loud.’

In her spare time Kerrie likes to paint pictures of round women, and dance under the influence of a glass of bubble- often accompanied by storytelling and the odd joke. Kerrie has, in the past inflicted her quirky style of humor on many- including the Edinburgh free fringe, community radio, several rest homes and pretty much anyone who sits still long enough to listen.
Kerrie regularly blogs "A writer's life" and 'The Diary Of An Android" at and love visitors.

Kerrie has been shortlisted by the Ashram short story prize, and had two radio plays performed, one community radio and one for BBC Scotland.

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