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Too late?

‘For goodness sake Nat. Can you name one good reason why they would not grant you this visa?’ said Poppy raising her eyes to the sky.

‘Well, you never know. I’ve had a few scares along the way.’

‘Like what?’

‘Having to prove I was British because I was born abroad. It never occurred to me before.’

‘Wait. What? What did you say?’

Too late Natasha realised she’d let this little puppy out. For years she had been so careful not to reveal too much about herself and now she was blabbing all her little secrets. Poppy was not going to let this one go. She’d stopped walking and stood, her arms crossed, waiting for an explanation.


Nowhere Left to Hide, Elle Amberley

A novel based in Santa Barbara

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An erotic novel? Moi?

 

The hazards of the writer’s life.

You write a story and then something unexpected happens.

Waking up one morning, I noticed my husband was laughing his head off. I was getting quite concerned.

Would he recover? The joke was on me of course as he showed me the source of his hilarity.

Occupy Me, a short story I wrote, or is it?

Turns out someone else had published an erotic novella, with the same title.

You’ve got to be kidding? Can’t make these things up.

A message pops up, from my publisher. Bless them, they do try hard and they did have a bit of a struggle with Amazon.

Anyway, they didn’t realise…

Oops.

Of course I asked them to change the title. It is now called Occupy Me, a French Affair. 

Nothing to do with the erotic novella.

The jokes abounded. Friends and readers know I write under two pen names and in different genres. Well, not that genre yet.

You never know. Never say never…

 

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The arrest of a French politician in New York brings back unwanted memories as a French woman recalls her ordeals. After a brief holiday back in France, she gets caught in the upheaval in America and witnesses her boyfriend being pepper sprayed at a peaceful demonstration.

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Who is Natasha Parker?

Santa Barbara holds a piece of my heart and became a life-changing experience for me. So, when Natasha popped up in my head, demanding to be written, I knew this was the place for her. A safe place, away from harm, where she could relax and drop her guard, find and be herself.

Natasha is very special to me because we share similar experiences. However, I did not want to write a story that was merely about living in fear. I wanted to show that many of us who have gone through dreadful events do get stronger, that we can all break the cycle. Sartre said that we always have a choice. Indeed how we react is up to us, we can lie down as victims or pick ourselves up, live to see another day and grow from it

This has been the story of my life. As a young child I thought of ending it all, I did not know the term “suicide” then but I knew about finality and deliverance. As an adult, grieving many years later I came close to that feeling again, although this time I just wanted to slide away. Being in so much pain that you want it stop just for a minute, but having too many responsibilities to allow this selfish act of giving up. Only two little blonde heads carrying you through another day but enough already, that’s another storyline altogether.

Pick me up in 9

Paris Workout

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Ravens PIck Me Up. Elle Amberley’s Nine for the Week

A while back I was interviewed on Raven’s Ramblings. If you’ve missed it, here’s another chance to read it.

So today, we welcome Elle Amberley to our mid-week pick me up. The naughty nine we all want to know the answers to.
This week’s naughty nine have a Bohemian twist.
  • We’ll get this one over first, tell us a little bit about yourself.
         I’m a mum first, I homeschool my children, and I’m a writer, a messy one who doesn’t fit into neat little boxes. I like switching genres and I’m a bohemian at heart. Having lived in so many countries makes it hard to settle anywhere. Home is wherever we’re happy and together.
  •  Thanks, now we can probe a bit more. What are you writing at the moment? Going to share any of it with us? 
       Lol, I’m finishing my Paris based novel, due out in Spring 2012, writing short stories, a bit darker than my recent book, probably more like my Literary novels. I also write poems and articles, I can’t help reacting sometimes when I see the news. My big mouth translates into furious articles, although they have been described as heartfelt so I’ll stick with that.
  •  How long have you been writing?      I don’t remember a time I was not writing. I was the annoying kid who wrote and rewrote essays, changing bits until the very last minute.
  •  What is your favorite genre? To write or read.
 I don’t really have one because I have eclectic tastes. It would probably easier to tell you what I don’t like. I’m not a sci-fi fan for example. That said I recently picked up a book, loved it until I got to page ten or something and witches came in to play. I was puzzled, nearly put the book down, then persevered and absolutely loved it.
I think my favourite genre to write is whatever I happen to be writing at the time.
  • Where do you prefer to write? What do you wear? And eat? (OK, I know this is cheating as well, but we need all the gen in our naughty nine)
I write almost everywhere, in the car, while I wait for my children, at the restaurant. I even wrote in the shower once…A fan heard I was often struck by inspiration while taking a shower and had these special pens sent out. Amazing, and a warning to mind what you said in interviews.
I often write in bed in the middle of the night when everything is quiet. So that answers your next question, there’s a photo of me writing in bed taken by my husband on my blog.
I often starve myself because I forget to eat so my long suffering husband brings me coffee and apple cake or other goodies.
  •    So three things you love
My children and my husband but I guess they’re not things.
I love books, music and playing with my children.
  • Three you don’t Injustice, cruelty and anything nasty.
  • Three things you would like to happen in the next three years? Feel free to add to the three things you don’t,
Get my health back into shape, my children to be happy and carry on writing.
That’s it painless eh? Thanks for dropping by and giving us a peek into your life. Feel free to add any links to blogs websites etc so we can all find out what you are up to.
Thanks again, so lovely to meet you and get to know your blog. Looking forward to having you on mine. Best wishes.
Elle Xx
About the author
Although she is a British author, Elle Amberley likes to dabble in French too and hopes to resume work on her French novel when time allows. She also enjoys writing articles on women’s issues and whatever she feels passionate about, as well as poetry and short stories.
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All the way to Paris

Natasha may be a fighter but she’s tired. All her life she’s craved affection and recognition. Leaving her abusive childhood behind she found herself in California.

Back in England she eventually marries on the rebound, only she doesn’t realise this at the time. She becomes a mum and finds a new side of her. With her new baby comes along a surge of confidence, instinct guides her.

Her life may not have the “happy ever after” ending found in romances but she’s reasonably happy.

When, after many miscarriages she gives birth to her son, it throws her mummy skills overboard. Time to relearn everything. Just when she thinks she’s got it all together again, she gets pregnant. She’s overjoyed, her husband throws a fit.

Severe illness breaks her, one more ambulance trip and it’s almost over. She survives, but loses her baby and her will to live. For a short moment she wishes she had died too, until two little blonde heads remind her of all the love they need.

So, she fights, she must live, however tired she is of fighting. Just for once, she’d like somebody to come and mother her, look after her.

Until one December afternoon her life takes on another twist, a blast from the past, leading her all the way to Paris.

 


Lost in your time, my new novel, based in Paris  

Out on the 28th March

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?

Come back tomorrow for launch news and contest!

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Why we need good books

Good books, songs, poems…

  • to make you think
  • to open your mind
  • to entertain you and distract you
  • to make you dream
  • to exorcise the pain within you
  • to make you laugh
  • to transport you to another place

and so much more…

And these two, just like Mummy and Daddy, they can never have enough books !


You might have heard…

If you fancy reading Nowhere Left to Hide for free now is your chance.  

     Hurry, it’s only for 3 days. 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063T7QN6/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

So click on the link to be transported to Santa Barbara, California.

Happy reading!

By the way, I’ll love you to bits if you could post a review.

Thank you 🙂