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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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Nothing typical about this writer

Typical? What’s typical?

I’m probably the most untypical type person around. I don’t have a routine and I’m not exactly predictable. I’m sort of bohemian and quite flexible. This does not mean I’m unreliable though.

I was asked in this new interview what my typical writing day was like. You can read all about here, and more.

http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/advice/author-interviews-new/item/980-elle-amberley

How about you, do you have a routine?

I have now joined Tumblr and loving it. It allows me to spread my posts throughout the day. Magic! That way, I’m sort of always there to bug you, without bugging you too much hopefully since the posts don’t all come out at once.

Check it out, you can also submit a post if you like. And no, you don’t need a Tumblr account, but if you can’t resist and sign up, let me know, so I can follow you.

Here it is:

http://elleamberley.tumblr.com/

 [author_info]Elle Amberley writes novels, the result of far too much imagination and the constant scenarios playing in her head. She also writes short stories and features when she can’t stop herself reacting to events and news. Since she’s a little bit mad, or creative, she now also writes in French.[/author_info]

Don’t forget, Lost in your time is now out. Check out the links for my books on the right-hand side :)

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Pick me up in 9

Paris Workout

Paris Workout (Photo credit: Nimages DR)

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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Trashionista interview

Don’t miss it :

Recently we posted about Nowhere Left to Hide, the new novel by Elle Amberley. In the book, Natasha leaves her home to go to California – where she hopes to leave her past behind. We caught up with Elle to ask her more about her exciting new book and her writing habits!

Read it here : Elle’s interview on Trashionista

 

 

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What’s in a location? Why Santa Barbara?

Check out this great site. I was delighted to be asked to contribute a guest post.

Today, I am delighted to welcome Elle Amberley to Great Thoughts’ Great Authors.  Elle’s book, Nowhere Left to Hide, comes out this week.  I “met” Elle on Facebook and can’t wait to read her book.

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Here’s Elle:

While I was doing some research for my novel and in a recent interview I was asked “Why did you choose Santa Barbara for the story’s backdrop? Why not San Diego?”

I love Santa Barbara, I wanted to shout back. Well, I didn’t. I’m British, you know, the old reserve and all that…

I have such good memories of the town and its friendly inhabitants. It was my first taste of America and it surprised me, not what I had expected.

I loved its Mediterranean and laid-back atmosphere, the wonderful beaches, the little boutiques, the unusual architecture, more Spanish in style than the sky-high towers I had anticipated.

I remember being greeted like an old friend by shop keepers. Big shock, I had to refrain from turning round to check they were not talking to somebody else. We don’t get such a warm welcome in our hood. Indeed you’re very lucky if you do get a greeting at all.

So this is how, many years later, Natasha (the main character) popped up in my head demanding I write her story. I knew exactly where to send her. Well, the poor girl needed a break and the further away I sent her, the safer she would be.

Santa Barbara became the perfect place for her to let go of her childhood ghosts. Where better to free herself from a painful past, find love and friendship? For, make no mistake, Natasha is a go-getter, a fighter, not a victim.

The lovely beaches feature heavily in her daily life, providing the perfect background for romance and finding herself.

Santa Barbara still holds a little piece of my heart. Perhaps one day I shall return and reclaim it, or lose another piece.

What are you reading and where are you going?

Nowhere Left to Hide by Elle Amberley 

(out November 2011)

Described as “A heartfelt tale, told with a deft touch” by novelist Rowan Coleman.

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 expires and her boyfriend asks her to marry him?

Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, this much awaited novel is a story of hope, fighting against the odds & the determination to do the right thing.

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 her busy schedule allows. She also enjoys writing articles on women’s issues and whatever she feels passionate about, as well as poetry and short stories. A follow up to Nowhere Left to Hide is due for publication in Spring 2012.

Don’t forget to check out http://www.greatthoughts.com/

 

Many thanks to Andrea,  glad we have met thanks to Facebook :)

 

 

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Living in fear, and writing about it

Living in fear, and writing about it

 

Elle Amberley

Having your name out there in public can be a frightening thing for some, especially for us denizens of the internet. Mother and author Elle Amberley talks about fighting that fear and coming out as a writer and about her new book Nowhere Left To Hide.

This madness possessing me, the one that stops me in my tracks, forcing me to write, so compulsive and obsessive.

I’m a mum first and then an author. I’ve been very good at hiding the writer side of me for the last few years using a pen name and keeping my private life well out of my professional life.

So why am I coming out now under a new pen name? Why was I not content with being known as the hermit author on the other side of the Atlantic?

I’ve stopped being a wuss? Well, let’s just say when I started I was scared, I had been living in fear for years. I broach this in my latest novel but also I’ve been talking more publicly about my own experience and grown more confident.

 

Imagine living in fear for most of your life, your first memory being of terror. Dreaming night after night of escape plans, only to be woken up by your worst nightmare.

Writing has been a wonderful healing process and talking about it helps, sharing with others has surprising rewarding benefits. I still have lightbulb moments when I get a better understanding of past events, where I can see how people are sometimes driven to do what they do, or fail to (re)act.

Furthermore, time has passed and the nasties have got older, time to let go of the childhood ghosts. As a teenager I ran for my life, I escaped several times until I realised I had to go further away in order to get on with my life. This time I escaped for good and ended up on the other side of the world.

I always find it easier to express myself through my writing and also on my own blog than on other people’s. I suffer from the Great British reserve and fear to be seen as a “look at me” type. Truth is I really suck at promoting myself. But I’ve been asked to do interviews and nudged to go on Facebook. God, I was dreading that and yet, in only three months I have a fantastic group of friends and so much support.

 

So this is how I came to write Natasha’s story. It is not my story although there are similarities. I wanted to show “victims” do not have to accept labels, we can all break the cycle. Sartre said that we always have a choice. Indeed how we react is up to us, we can lay down as victims or pick ourselves up, live to see another day and grow from it.

Nowhere Left to Hide is not a sad story, but a positive one. You will not find graphic details in my book but you will meet a strong woman who is determined to turn her life around. She is not a victim, she’s a fighter and a go-getter.

Writing for me is fun, it’s what I enjoy the most. I can write anywhere, I even have to stop the car sometimes to get hold of my notebook. Nobody around me bats an eyelid, well not the people who know me anyway. The others I wouldn’t notice, my head is down, I’m in my own universe.

Characters speak to me and yes, I used to fear for my sanity. Is this normal, and what is normal anyway?

The good news is men in white coats have not come to take me away yet. A friend of mine, who also happened to be a novelist, once told me “You’re not mad, you’re creative.”

I like the sound of that, that’s my excuse anyway.

I’m always very happy to hear from readers or fellow writers. You’re very welcome to follow me on Elle Amberley Twitter and Elle Amberley Facebookwhere you will find updates and details of book signings.

Nowhere Left to Hide now on Amazon

 

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. A follow up to Nowhere Left to Hide is due for publication in Spring 2012.

 

Nowhere left to hide Elle Amberley

Nowhere Left to Hide by Elle Amberley 

Described as “A heartfelt tale, told with a deft touch” by novelist Rowan Coleman.

Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, this much awaited novel is a story of hope, fighting against the odds & the determination to do the right thing.

 

‘Lyrical from start to finish, Elle Amberley embraces the essence of women and friendship in Nowhere Left to Hide. Natasha, a young poet and writer, is wise beyond her years, as she lets us accompany her on her year long journey from England to the sunny coast of Southern California as she finds courage, her true calling and love.’ Ana Lewis, Founder, WomenontheVerge.net

 

This post was originally posted here : Guest post on Heather Sunderland

Please visit Heather’s wonderful blog, many thanks to her for hosting me.

 

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Publication Day for Elle Amberley, author of Nowhere Left to Hide

Here we go finally! Hot on the trails of Elle’ s latest release in America, today sees the official launch of 

Nowhere Left to Hide

Available on paperback and Kindle

Order Nowhere Left to Hide on Amazon

Elle is not very well at the moment but there’s an online event on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270718159638575

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people have contributed to Elle’s launch and here are some of the guest posts and interviews Elle has taken part in.

Many thanks to everybody for their messages and wishes, friends who hosted Elle on their blogs and publicised the event on Twitter and Facebook.

http://tonyriches.blogspot.com/2011/11/book-launch-guest-post-nowhere-left-to.html

http://www.notefromlapland.com/2011/11/living-in-fear-and-writing-about-it.html

 

http://mollyhacker.com/2011/11/meet-elle-amberley/

http://www.greatthoughts.com/2011/11/left-hide/.html/

Please also check the links on News & Reviews. Will post them all later.

Thank you and don’t hesitate to drop in on Elle’s page.

The Indio Press team

 

Nowhere Left to Hide by Elle Amberley

Described as “A heartfelt tale, told with a deft touch” by novelist Rowan Coleman.

Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, this much awaited novel is a story of hope, fighting against the odds & the determination to do the right thing.

‘Lyrical from start to finish, Elle Amberley embraces the essence of women and friendship in Nowhere Left to Hide. Natasha, a young poet and writer, is wise beyond her years, as she lets us accompany her on her year long journey from England to the sunny coast of Southern California as she finds courage, her true calling and love.’.

Ana Lewis, Founder, WomenontheVerge.net

 

 

 

 

 

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