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Lost in your time

I’m back posting on this blog. Having a site was a learning curve which I didn’t particularly enjoy. I missed the friendliness of this blog and I’m glad I’ll be able to follow others and comment a lot more easily. I hope it will be easier for you to comment too 🙂

Thanks for bearing with me these last few days. Tired of being hacked on my site, I made the decision to move back here, which meant a lot of work and adjustments. Please let me know if you can’t find something or have a question.

Thank you!

Lost in your time

Novelist meets French rock star, prepare for the sparkles.

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?
When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…
A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.
But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?

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Lost in your time

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?

When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.

“Whether our decisions in life end in delight, or even sometimes with regret, we have all been ‘one click away’ from making a choice in our lives that sets a course in motion. Elle Amberley has nailed it, and returns with her gripping characters and kaleidoscopic prose in her new novel, Lost in Your Time. Her talent to knit raw emotion, tears and even laughter, flows straight off the pages and into reader’s hearts. Elle is a gem of an author, and friend.” 
Jen Tucker, author (The Day I Wore my Panties Inside Out)

“Sexy with a Dose of Smiles. Even in the most dire of health conditions, Natasha finds a way to find humour, love and kindness. And in this latest chapter of her life, Matthieu, a sexy French rock star, takes notice. ‘Forever may not be long enough.’ he says and it’s the way I feel about this book. Why must your books end, Elle Amberley? Thank you for enchanting us with characters who feel real enough to touch… and to love.“
Ana Lewis, Founder of WomenontheVerge.net
Available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-in-Your-Time-ebook/dp/B007P6LANI/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

 

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-in-Your-Time-ebook/dp/B007P6LANI/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2

 

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Queen of the Suburbs

Queen of the Suburbs

 

Neighbours… Everybody needs good neighbours…

 

Perhaps I have watched Neighbours too many times, perhaps it’s the eternal optimist in me. When I move in on that glorious day, I have no idea what is ahead of me.

Welcome to Suburbia, a land I have not lived in before. My parents have lived a retired life, this is all new to me. Not a conscious decision, but I have to live somewhere. I like the house and I can afford it, decision made.

My own space, my first home. A proper home, the base I’ve craved all through childhood. A place where nobody can tell me what to do or remind me I’m only a guest. I never questioned this before, not until I had friends. They’re not guests in their parent’s houses. They can voice their opinions and they talk back.

I move into this big house filled with light, just me & my dog with very few possessions. A mere few boxes, I have stripped myself of my past. All the heavy and dark furniture inherited from my parents is gone, I’ve kept only cutlery and china.  No big removal lorries for me, just a couple of car trips. My bed arrives the next day, somehow the man at the furniture shop took pity on me and had it delivered “as soon as possible” he’d said.

My crazy pup is in dog’s paradise, a big house, three stories to run around in and a garden.No more cramped flat, no more having to wait to frolic in the fresh air and chase after bees. He can go as he pleases. He soon learned not to jump off the balcony, which is not really a balcony, there are no balustrades. How crazy is that ? When I brought him with me to view our new house, he got a little over excited. I thought him safe in the garden, the house was unoccupied. When the estate agent and I went outside we got a nasty shock. Barney had trotted up the steps to explore, probably looking for me. When he realised I was just below him, he leapt off. No common sense. Well, what do you expect from a four month old Labrador. I screamed as I saw a golden mass land right in front of me, he just shook himself up, bouncy as ever. Oh boy, puppies! He’s my first dog, I have no experience of dogs, or any pets for that matter. My mother had a strict “no feathers, no fur” policy.

 

The doorbell rings and I go downstairs to investigate.

 

 

To carry on on reading, click here for the UK link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-of-the-Suburbs-ebook/dp/B006G36DKQ/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4

 

For Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Queen-of-the-Suburbs-ebook/dp/B006G36DKQ/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

 

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A Labrador Retriever in the snow.

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NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE

Sunrise on the Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, C...

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Natasha is a young British student. Tired of running scared, she doesn’t hesitate when she’s offered the chance to study in California.

In Santa Barbara she finds love and friendship away from the ghosts of her childhood. But what will she do when her visa expire and her boyfriend asks her to marry him?

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Sexist book cover

What to think of the controversy regarding Polly Courtney‘s jacket for her latest novel?

Is it sexist? I’ve seen the cover and I can’t say I’m offended by it.

Many book covers are sexist or patronising. Few authors get to approve the artwork. Publishers want to sell as many copies as possible and create an impact.

Of course creating an impact matters when it comes to selling books. A brilliant novel might be disregarded if the jacket doesn’t have the right feel. However we are all different, what works for one person might not appeal to the next.

The big question is: should authors have a say when it comes to one of the most important aspects of your book?

After all as the author you’ve spent all that time writing it, you know what’s best, right? Not necessarily. I do think we need to be open to suggestions. But I’d hate to be in a situation where I object violently to the artwork designed to sell my novel.

So, yes, I do sympathise with Polly Courtney and I’m glad my situation is the complete opposite.

I had a concept for my latest novel and when I suggested it to my publisher he loved it. So far, even though the book is not out yet, the reaction has been more than positive. I love the message it sends and the picture is fresh and appealing.

Part of me though can’t help thinking  it’s a good publicity ‘stunt’ and that Polly Courtney was obviously unhappy with Harper Collins in the first place.

It’s a real problem for women to be taken seriously and not be patronised. Let us write or read what we want, every one to their own taste. Why demean one style or the other?

Here’s a link to the cover in question.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Courtney1.jpg

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