Friday, May 15th, 2015

Cathryn Chapman was lied to, cheated on, cheated with, and finally had her heart broken after landing a ‘fabulous’ Caribbean cruise ship job…and despite its sex scenes, her sassy romp, SEX, LIES, AND CRUISING, is a vanilla version of the real thing.

In her sexy, funny debut novel, SEX, LIES, AND CRUISING (ISBN 978-0-9943143-0-7), described as ‘Bridget Jones meets Sex and the City, on board The Love Boat’, Cathryn Chapman explores the crazy and sometimes sordid underworld of cruise ship work, where thousands of men and women spend months at a time working on what she calls ‘floating moral vacuums’, far away from the watchful eyes of their unsuspecting partners and children at home.

Set on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, “Sex, Lies, and Cruising” is a romantic comedy about Ellie Green, a British twenty-something woman whose fiancé cheats on her with a younger, slimmer blonde from the office. Ellie boots him out of her life and finds solace in a fabulous photography job on board a ship, complete with exotic locations, sexy men, and crazy crew parties. Twenty-four hours on board and she’s already shagged her sexy Texan colleague, who happens to love her muffin-top. Unfortunately, he’s leaving in a week, and his ex-girlfriend, a hot-headed Brazilian with stripper moves right out of the 90s and a talent for stealing boyfriends, is still on board and out for revenge.

Ellie must work out how to deal with the loco ex, sort the lying scumbags from the good guys, and figure out how many crew members in a cabin it takes before officially becoming group sex. Who the hell knows? (It’s five, actually.) It’s a world completely unlike the one she left behind, but as she tries to find her place on board, Ellie discovers laughter and tears in equal measure. And in the midst of the craziness, she realises the greatest thing this lifestyle change has given her is the chance to rediscover herself.

“Some of the book is definitely inspired by real events, but I had to let go of the facts and just write a story which works well — so some of it is also totally fictional,” Cathryn says. “Still, it’s much less shocking at times than some of the disgusting behaviour which really went on… Of course, I can’t reveal which parts are which! I still had an amazing time though, with lots of wonderful, hilarious, memorable moments, so I tried to cover both sides of the experience through Ellie’s story.”

SEX, LIES, AND CRUISING is available for sale as an ebook and paperback at, Apple iBook Store, Book Depository, Booktopia, and most other online retail channels. Bookstores will also be able to place paperback orders for customers through international supplier, Ingram.

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About the Author:

Cathryn Chapman nearly gave up her writing career when her eighth grade English teacher refused to believe her sensual poem could have been written by somebody so young. Two years later, when Cathryn was fourteen, that same English teacher declared she should start writing for Mills & Boon, and a women’s fiction writer was born. Cathryn graduated from university with a business degree and spent seven years travelling the world — working on cruise ships and living in London, New York, Paris, and South America. In her thirties, she left a successful marketing and public relations career to pursue her dream of gracing the stages in London’s West End. When this failed dismally, Cathryn settled down in Brisbane with her husband and baby boy, and finally stayed in one place long enough to write her first novel, SEX, LIES, AND CRUISING.


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