Saturday, 10 May 2014

Romantic Cruise

Going on a Mediterranean cruise soon - how romantic! I have only cruised on the Nile up to now, which was kind of research for my Rosanna Challis novel, Flail of the Pharaoh

I did go on a mini-cruise once on the QE2 but the weather was wet and cold, and although we were supposed to visit Guernsey the sea was too rough for the tender so we were stuck within sight of the island but couldn't set foot on it - miserable!

This time I hope it will be much better. Lots of sunshine, for one thing. The very first novel I wrote for the Chimera imprint (BDSM) was set on a cruise ship. It's called Out of Her Depth

This is the paperback cover, but now there is a Kindle version. I wonder which is more enticing?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Touch Me, Feel Me

I've been hearing recently about scientist Dmitry Itskov who aims to upload human consciousness into an avatar by 2045. He explains how to do it here (don't try this at home!)
The desire to turn an inanimate simulacrum into a living breathing humanoid has a long history. My own fantasy on this theme is 'Touch Me, Feel Me' written under my Rosanna Challis pen-name. It all seems rather old hat now I must say, but it was one of my very first published novels so it still has a special place in my heart.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Sex and Shopping in the Jazz Age

There is nothing new about Sex and Shopping, as the British TV series 'Mr Selfridge' demonstrates. Set at the beginning of the 20th century, the period drama is all about conspicuous consumption in one of London's most famous department stores, and the various affairs carried out both above and below stairs.

The second series is set, topically enough, during world war one. It was after this traumatic period that the Jazz Age was born. People wanted to forget about the tragic loss of so many young lives and just have a good time.

It is in this period that the third book of my historical trilogy, 'The Actress,' is set. Milly, god-daughter of Emma who is the main character in the first two novels ('The Seductress' and 'The Mistress') leaves University to enter the budding film industry, where she takes part in some risque movies.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Carrie Bradshaw's Dreams Come True

Remember how Carrie Bradshaw loved shoes, in Sex in the City? Well her alter ego, Sarah Jessica Parker, is about to launch her 'shoes to die for' collection, in conjunction with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnick. The middle one in this photo is called 'The Carrie' - how she would have drooled over it!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Just published - the new Rebecca Ambrose romance novel. This is more of a 'sweet' romance, less raunchy than my usual books, but with quite an emotional story line that was very engaging to write . . .  
When Paula takes on the job of research assistant for famous novelist Andrew Carr, she hopes to make a smooth return to work after caring for her mother, Jill, who was injured in a road accident. Jill is a fan of his books, and soon Paula also comes under his spell, but Andrew can be difficult to deal with, and as Paula discovers more about his past she thinks she understands why.
Increasingly drawn to the wealthy, yet lonely, author Paula realises that he is also attracted to her, but she cannot bring herself to believe in the possibility of love between them. Even a research trip to her beloved Florence only complicates matters when Andrew thinks Paula has betrayed him. But even if she regains his love, can Paula forget her guilty past and find happiness?
This is a Rebecca Ambrose sweet romance. It contains some sex scenes, but not prolonged or very explicit in nature. It's out now at all the usual online ebookstores.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Seduced by 'Gravity'?

Just been to see the movie Gravity. What a roller-coaster of a ride! It had me totally believing in the situation, despite the fact that some astronauts say there are obvious errors. For instance, Sandra Bullock's hair should have been flying upwards when she was weightless. Best of all, I liked the comment of a female astronaut, Catherine Coleman: 'There's no way - ever - that any female astronaut would ever let go of George Clooney. Under any circumstances.'
Can you do sex in space? Not sure, but I guess the scientists are working on it!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

VERONA - City of Lovers

Just back from a brief visit to Verona, where Shakespeare based his Romeo and Juliet. Didn't get to see Juliet's house, alas - had to make do with the Arena, which was impressive enough. Would love to see an opera there. Reminded me of my Rebecca Ambrose novel, Queen of the Night, where a couple of trainee opera singers go to a course in Italy and come under the spell of a somewhat wicked Diva. I had real fun writing that.