Saturday, November 8, 2014

MOLLY and CRUZ... a Love Story in three parts!

I thought I was done with movie star Molly Harper and her on-again, off-again true love, hot-tempered English professor Cruz Morales. I introduced you to them in DUETS, and let you see them struggle and come together and break apart in MOLLY HARPER. I ended that book on what I thought was a final note, but after many readers and reviewers wrote that they wished for a little bit more, I decided a sequel novella would be just the thing!

DECEMBER WEDDING is the final chapter for these two, and I hope you'll enjoy it. It's available for pre-order now, and will be released on November 22, 2014 exclusively on Amazon. 

The final act... together again and expecting a child, will the love story of Molly and Cruz end with a happily ever after, or will all the old problems of family, fame and temperament once again rule the day? Join the Harper, Sullivan, and Morales families for more than one surprise in DECEMBER WEDDING. Two reader favorites, brother Harry Sullivan, and birth mother Anne Sullivan, along with a couple of not so favorite ones (hint, hint, ex-hubby Ben Delmonico is back!) are part of the last adventure.  

 Pre-order on Amazon


To say thank you to all new readers who leave a review of any of these titles on on or before December 15, 2014, I'll be giving away one $50 Amazon gift card. Just email me at when you've posted a review and you'll be entered in the contest. As all my readers know, any honest review is welcome...share your thoughts and it benefits other readers, and the author! We love hearing what you think. 

Winner announced on my Facebook page December 17th! Good luck.

One of my critique partners suggested this actress was Molly Harper! 

And one of my dear readers sent me this photo and said it was Cruz Morales! Works for me! 

All three titles are available in eBook or Paperback, and will be available as Audio Books this winter. Good luck in the drawing, and happy reading. 

XXX Emelle 

  Buy DUETS here  

                                           Buy MOLLY HARPER here  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

RWA San Antonio Texas, July 23-27, 2014 Marriott Rivercenter

RWA in San Antonio Texas, July 23-27...Please come join us at the "Readers for Life" Literacy Event at the Marriott Rivercenter ...Free entrance to readers! Come meet authors and buy some signed books. All proceeds to benefit Literacy. (Yes, the great Nora Roberts, here with a fan, will be signing her books!)

In honor of the ghost of RWA past, here's a blog I did about one of the more embarrassing things ever to happen to Emelle Gamble! Leave a comment below about something embarrassing that happened to you, and you could WIN a FREE signed book and $25 gift card!

What not to do at RWA in San Antonio? 
Do NOT spill 10 pounds of shrimp on your shoes at Nora Robert’s party.

I’m sure you are nodding as you read the above, and thinking, “Well, what kind of dolt would do that?”
This dolt.
It was a few years ago, and Ms. Roberts had graciously invited her home chapter of RWA to join her and her many other guests for cocktail hour in her suite.
It was perfect…view out the windows glorious, delicious and varied spread of cheeses and dips and seafood, waiters with drinks on gleaming trays, fabulous clothes and sparkling party jewelry. The room was packed with well-known and much loved writers, very important editors, publicists and fans and fellow WRW members like me who were thrilled to mingle and have a couple of munchies and a fortifying drink before the Awards Ceremony.
I was nervous, as always, like most of us there, hoping to make an impression on those we wanted to do business with. I had my elevator pitch ready and my new high heels on and was keeping my eyes peeled for an editor I was dying to chat up. I decided I’d grab a drink, but realized sensibly it would be much smarter to first take a lovely little cocktail plate and grab a few bites. The line was forming, shoulder to shoulder hungry writers were starting to queue up, and I somehow, with a graceful step or three, managed to plant myself right in front of an amazing display of shrimp.
 A gorgeous silver bowl of the plumpest, freshest, yummy little creatures sat on a table covered with  crushed ice, the enormous bowl tilted just so one could poke a toothpick in and spear one without any effort at all. Plate in one hand, toothpick in the other, I first spooned on a tablespoon of lovely red cocktail sauce, then speared a shrimp.
I plopped it on the plate and frowned, not sure but wondering, did the  silver bowl gently, oh so freaking gently, begin to turn on its bed of ice? I thought it might have, no more than a degree clockwise, if I remember right. The room was warm, the ice was melting just a bit, but no problem. Surely.
I speared a second shrimp. When I picked the thing up from the mountain where it perched with a thousand of it’s lovely pink  buddies, disaster.
Like card 101 in a design that could only ever balance 100, the silver bowl of shrimp moved again. Wildly. The thing took a full, dizzying ninety-degree spin, and one second later tipped forward and spilled at least half its content onto the table, onto the table cloth, onto the floor of Ms. Nora Robert’s suite.
And onto my totally shocked and humiliated feet.
It made quite a noise. A crash, actually.  Ice, silver, shrimp, glass. I don’t know what broke, but something did.
One hundred people fell silent. And then an anonymous voice from across the room asked gently, “Is everyone thinking, Thank god I didn’t do that?”
Which was hilarious at the time to everyone but the woman with seafood stuck between her toes.
In an instant a waiter in a black coat appeared at my elbow. He smiled at me and then spoke into a walkie-talkie, which appeared in his hand as if by magic.
“We have a shrimp emergency,” he said. Clicking sounds. Static sounds. Then a disembodied voice asked, “Is there sauce involved?” The waiter met my eyes. He looked relieved. “No, no sauce.”
Many more people in black coats appeared. The shrimp was cleaned up. Replacement bowls of the jumbo little devils arrived. The hostess was gracious and kind and did not have me thrown out of her penthouse window. She waved me to come over to where she stood, sympathetic and smiling, and had me sit down while people brought me drinks. 
Later that evening, after all the fun, I had an excellent discussion with the editor I was chasing, but it centered on faux pas in public, not my book. I believe she said me vs the shrimp was the worst she had ever witnessed. Ha.Ha.Ha.
Yay! I made an impression!
Okay, so lesson learned and duly passed onto fellow Conference goers.  “Step away from the shrimp”, as my dear critique partner, Elaine Fox, now whispers in my ear whenever we’re in a buffet line anywhere.

Especially if the sneaky devils are in a bowl on an ice display, intent on proving Al Gore is totally right about Global Warming.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DATING CARY GRANT only 99 Cents through June 26, 2014!


 DATING CARY GRANT...A Modern Manhattan fairy tale  starring...Tracy Connor, a New York City career woman who loves her job and classic movies.

Mike Connor, her estranged husband, a small-town Mayor who loves his wife but doesn’t seem to have enough time to see her.

The handsome stranger, Philip Adams, who lives downstairs from the small sublet Tracy has temporarily moved into. He’s charming, funny, and looks a lot like her very favorite screen icon, Cary Grant.

Now think. If you had a choice to spend your evenings the next few weeks with a charming, sexy movie star, or with your husband, whom would you choose?

Well, of course you'd choose your husband. He's your true love. The man you've promised yourself to, committed yourself to, till death do you part.  Right?

But, what if your husband is a workaholic and, despite the fact that his ambitions are to help people lead better lives, he pretty much ignores you most of the time. So what if you decided to move out on your own? Because you need a break from the discussions and disappointment and stuck in the mud, unable to move forward place you find yourselves in. Because you do, after all, want to find a permanent solution to your marital woes.

Would you like a little company? (Did I mention the sexy movie star?) Well, what if the movie star was  -- ta dah!!! --  Cary Grant!

Cary Grant???

Well, I don't mean the real Cary Grant, right? The star of Notorious, and Indiscreet, the hunk in It Takes a Thief and North by Northwest, to name a few of his seventy-two films? I can't mean Mr. uber-Handsome, Mr. Cleft in his chin, Mr. Very, very cool, classy movie star ICON, right? Because, you're certainly thinking, isn't Mr. Grant, well, dead?  

Yes, unfortunately he is.

But what if his totally perfect and sexy ghost was currently living in a high-end townhouse in New York City? And he's sweet and tan and mixes great martinis. He likes white dinner jackets and a heart-to-hearts  by the fire where he can lean close and whisper in your ear, "What else can I for you tonight?"


So, I ask again. If you had to pick between spending the next few weeks with the guy who might have been your biggest mistake in life, or a legend who listens when you talk, always understands what you mean (and looks like a Greek god would look if he was an Englishman), who would you choose?

Hubby? Or Cary? 

Read DATING CARY GRANT and see what Tracy does...would you do the same? 


DATING CARY GRANT  "...the author went into the mind and lives of Tracy and Mike in such a way that you could really relate to both of them. I could really understand each of them and how they had gotten to this point in their marriage. It really is a love story, not just a break up story, and It was so well written and had unique plot, that I just couldn't put this book down until I had finished it. I loved it, and I loved the way it ended and for any of you who are looking for a fun, yet serious in a way, romance, this one is for you." Long and Short Reviews

DATING CARY GRANT  "Fantasy and reality blend together in this mesmerizing tale from Emelle Gamble. I had a hard time putting it down, even as my eyes were getting dried out and closing from exhaustion...It's not your typical romance, making it a breath of fresh air in a market currently inundated with new adult contemporary romances (which I do love, but need a break once in a while!). I continue to be a fan of this author..." Andi's Book Reviews   

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Emelle Gamble's critique partners THE LIFESAVERS

Emelle Gamble here. I’ve belonged to my current critique group, The Lifesavers, for over twenty years. Four of us are long-time published authors. Two members of The Lifesavers  are original members, the other two have been part of the group for over a decade.  Evie Owens is the newest member this past year. We talked for a long time about publishing something together and this novella collection, Once and Forever, featuring a buffet of our individual styles and genres, seemed the perfect vehicle. In it we’re thrilled to feature Evie Owens’ first published work, the novella The Psychic Detective. Here’s a blurb about our project…
            ONCE AND FOREVER
                                     An anthology
From five compelling authors, five original novellas which will make you laugh and cry, and believe in a love that once found will last forever. Meet a duke, a psychic, a bodyguard and a professor…and one "guardian fairy" in absorbing stories ranging from regency and contemporary romance to paranormal and women's fiction. 

Once and Forever...a novella collection from the Lifesavers... 
Click link ABOVE TO BUY it exclusively at Amazon!

Part of the fun of marketing this anthology was designing some marketing to introduce each of us to the other’s network of readers and friends. So I challenged them…come up with 3 things that amuse, interest or scare you about another critique group member. It was great fun! I think it was really interesting to see each author’s writing style and voice appear so well as they describe one of their friends. What do you think? 

          Now we’ll take turns introducing each other to you…

Three Things about Mary Blayney by Evie Owens
My instructions were to list 3 things about my beloved critique partner, Mary Blayney, that will amuse, enlighten, or scare the heck out of readers... Guess which of those reactions I zeroed in on? Yes, Mary is one of the most generous and giving people I've ever had the privilege of knowing, both as a critique partner and as a human being. And yes, she's one of the best storytellers I know. I love her honorable heroes and heroines and she writes the best secondary characters. William Bendasbrook,  Marquis Destry in "One More Kiss" is my all time favorite. And yes, she amuses and enlightens me every time I see her. But what you need to know is how scary this woman is...

First, it is thanks to Mary that I now know you're supposed to apply your eyeliner to the inside. The inside! Did you know that? I certainly never did. But it works like a charm. Even though it's a little scary the first 20 or 30 times you try it.

Second, she can move an entire household of four in to a new place and have it unpacked and set up in 3 hours. Internationally. Okay. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much. For someone like me, who moved just myself across town last year and still has stacks of boxes to undo, that's fricking terrifying.

Third, she has a grizzly bear skin on her wall. And that's all I can say about that. Seriously. In fact, I may already have said too much...

Three things about Elaine Fox by Mary Blayney
Elaine likes to sit and read (and watch oh-so-boring tennis), but in fact, she is one of the most active people I know. She loves  tennis, kayaking and mountain biking and is a qualified yoga instructor. 
Her ability to read with speed and appreciation is amazing, making her arguably the best read member of our writing group. Her book collection ranges from the nonfiction classic GODS GRAVES AND SCHOLARS to ME BEOFRE YOU with hundreds of titles in between. She will keep a book on her to-be-read pile for years until the moment is right to read it.
As a painter, jewelry maker and needlework artist Elaine’s creativity is not limited to writing. Lucky for us she is always drawn back to words which she assembles into books with humor and insight and, oh, yes, romance.  My two favorites besides The “Princess in the Pinot” in ONCE AND FOREVER are IMPOSTOR and BEDTIME FOR BONSAI. Both go beyond the genre to explore the human condition in amusing and insightful ways. The love scenes are great too!

Three Things About Emelle Gamble by Elaine Fox
First, I pity people who try to convince Emelle that her political views are misguided. I really do. It’s like trying to convince an avalanche it’s going the wrong direction – if you stand your ground too long you’re going to be covered in evidence to the contrary.
It’s not that she won’t let you talk or listen attentively to your side. She’s curious and open – but she’s a brain! A top-notch debater with a lawyer’s mind and a writer’s articulateness.
Second, she is also one of the most astute judges of character I’ve ever known. For much of the time I’ve known her I’ve been single, and for a while it got to the point that I could not feel completely comfortable about my latest date until he got the okay from Emelle! (Not quite as neurotically dependent as it sounds – she’s just that good. And fortunately she likes the man I’ve chosen!) 
But seriously, when you meet her she’s lovely and courteous and engaging, but she’ll pick up more about you than meets the average eyes and ears. And she manages to do it without being critical! It’s no wonder she writes characters so rich and nuanced you could read about them for years and still be interested.
Which brings me to the third thing: she is a Real Writer. By that I mean she plots and plans and develops and polishes and examines and tests and reworks and knows her stories inside out. She can look at them globally, minutely, from a thematic, character or plot perspective. And she does not quit until she has the story exactly right.
And that makes for a literary ride readers will never forget. Write on, Emelle!

Three true Things about Lavinia Kent by Emelle Gamble.
1-She cannot remember to bring things home with her from critique group. I mean, she just can’t do it. She lives at the very edge of the present with one foot in the future. So if, during the course of our dinner party and jam session we call critique group,  we give her presents, flowers, leftovers, books to read, clothes to try on, or dessert to share with her lovely family, most of the four of us first have to form a human blockade at the door and frisk her bodily or she’ll leave for home without them. She’s left her phone. Her computer. One time her car keys, but aha! She had to come back!
2-She writes the hottest, most interesting, romantically sophisticated,  and Never, ever, ever gratuitous sex scenes a person can write and get published. I mean, I’m not much of an erotica or hot romance reader, and even I can’t stop once I start on a Lavinia Kent scene!  And then I’m exhausted and need a smoke. And I don’t smoke.
3-She’s fearless. She’ll walk in secluded areas and run into creatures that would ground a lesser woman forever (see Facebook post re: terrifying red orb spider).  She eats snails. I’ve seen her. She’ll eat anything on any menu in any great restaurant because she has an open and curious mind and not nearly enough taboos. (Possibly informing #2 above). 
She’s also drop dead gorgeous (women notice this as much as men), and is a willing and generous audience for anyone who wants to tell a story. And she’s not perfect (see #1 above), but damn close to it.    

Thr    Three Things about Evie Owens by Lavinia Kent
1. Evie Owens is grandmother.  Evie Owens is a grandmother.  I have to repeat it to myself sometimes because it’s so unbelievable.  When I first met Evie I thought she was at least ten years younger than me.  And I don’t just mean across a crowded room or even just on our first meeting, or even our tenth.  It wasn’t until she started showing pictures of the cutest little bundle of blond curls ever that I had any clue.  And even then I was doubtful – or convinced that Evie had her first child at the age of seven.

Now that we’ve been critique partners I’ve gotten to know that Evie has wisdom that only comes with maturity and I look forward to every little picture of the young miss.  (PS – if  anyone wants to send me baby pictures I never complain.)

2. Evie helps keep me hip – at least in my teenagers’ eyes.  This may be related to my inability to see her as a grandmother.  She is both young and knowing at the same time.  And has the greatest taste in indie music. 

My seventeen year-old daughter always delights in Evie’s recommendations – even if it does mean I have to hear them sung around the house for days.  Not so bad when the song in question is A Girl, A Boy and A Graveyard by Jeremy Messersmith.

3. If any of my friends could see ghosts, it would be Evie.  I don’t just say this because of her fabulous story, They Psychic Detective, with its ghost-seeing detective.  And no, it’s not just the skull rings and tarot cards, either – okay, maybe the tarot cards a little.  Evie just looks at the world and sometimes adds those few words that imply that she’s seeing  something the rest of us don’t. 

4. Evie really needs a new cat – so if you know of any strays . . .  Just joking, but I really do think it would be a good idea.

(Please note. You can email Ms. Kent at I‘ and explain the difference between the quantity 3 and 4. :>) HA! Emelle )

Once and Forever...a novella collection from the Lifesavers... 
Click link ABOVE TO BUY it exclusively at Amazon!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

MOLLY HARPER is 99 CENTS & the prequel novella DUETS is FREE

Only through May 5, 2014!

DUETS offers alternating looks into the lives of two women who would seem to have little or nothing in common. Screen star Molly Harper has it, success in her profession, a loving family and an upcoming marriage to actor Ben Delmonico. But as Molly is on the verge of marrying the man who has swept her off her feet, she still wonders if he hasn't swept all her feelings for her first love away, Cruz Morales.

A handsome and cerebral college professor, Molly and Cruz have an on-again, off-again history stretching back to Molly's early teen years. He's not a man who a girl can ever forget about, and his feelings for Molly are equally conflicted.

Anne Sullivan, happily married for twenty-five years, is fighting to hold onto the man she loves, and hold off a confrontation that could shatter her family's image of what they are. It involves the beautiful screen star and her mother, upper crust matron Norma Wintz, who Anne has traveled to California to meet under the most dramatic of circumstances.

DUETS confronts the most intimate type of family secret that ties these two women's lives together, just as chance events turn Molly and Anne's worlds upside down.

Praise for DUETS "...exceptionally well written...a very intriguing and somewhat sad story. A story of lovers separated by fate. When they meet again, sparks fly, but this story is not a fairy tale romance. This is more like real life, and made my heart hurt a little. Long and Short Reviews


"MOLLY HARPER the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be my last! Ms. Gamble does a wonderful job of drawing these characters and making them just leap off the page."  Long and Short Reviews

"I rarely gush over a book these days. I read at least one, sometimes two books a day and so I can be hard to move. But, this one really got to me... you do not want to miss... Molly Harper."  Clue Review

MOLLY HARPER...Movie star Molly Harper has it all, beauty, success in her field, and a loving family and marriage to actor Ben Delmonico. Norma Wintz, Molly's mother, has it all, a lovely life style and two children who adore her, and a respite from the battle against cancer she's been fighting. Anne Sullivan, at age fifty, is optimistic that her move to sunny Santa Barbara, California, will allow her to be closer to her youngest son and his family, and help her start her life anew after the death of her beloved husband.

But all three of these women, despite their considerable blessings, are plunged into turmoil when the most intimate of secrets that ties their lives together is revealed. At this same time, Molly Harper is confronted with the news that her marriage to actor Ben Delmonico is over. As she navigates this heartbreak and tries to keep the personal details of the drama off the front pages of the newspapers, Molly must also find a way to once and forever negotiate a way forward with her ex- lover and best friend, the volatile and compelling Cruz Morales.

How each of these characters handles the resulting upheaval in their own life, and in their relationships with one another, forms the compelling story of family, secrets and trust in the romantic women's fiction novel, MOLLY HARPER.

Thinking about Mother’s Day? Buy your Mom the paperback of MOLLY HARPER which includes the prequel novella DUETS! It’ll give you plenty to talk about at brunch!

Monday, April 28, 2014

SECRET SISTER only 99 Cents April 28-May 2, 2014!

"If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here... this story has a twist of the paranormal that will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot. Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out."  Long and Short Reviews 

SECRET SISTER has 100 reviews on extraordinary love story you can't put down.
Click here to buy! Amazon.Com SECRET SISTER

     SECRET SISTER. Nick and Cathy. And Roxanne... To their friends, Nick and Cathy Chance have the perfect marriage. High school sweethearts who’ve been together for ten years, they’ve weathered challenges and are as committed as they were when they first fell in love. Cathy trusts Nick, Nick’s world revolves around his wife, and the future looks golden.

     To everyone who knows them, Cathy Chance and Roxanne Ruiz have a perfect friendship. They connected in grade school and since then have been each other’s confident and trusted advisor. Cathy loves the gorgeous Roxanne like a sister, Roxanne has fun-loving Cathy’s back in every situation, though lately there’s been tension between these two best friends . . .

     And then, on a sunny summer morning, the unthinkable occurs, throwing into doubt the truth of what each of these people really know about themselves and one another.

2014 Finalist in InD'tale Magazine's RONE AWARD for best Contemporary Romance
"SECRET SISTER is one of those books that leaves you re-thinking everything you once believed... Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind....I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough for those of you that enjoy a book that not only touches your heart but has you tingling in anticipation for whatever comes next." Fresh Fiction- Fresh Review