January 15, 2014

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate and eBook Giveaway, Author EmelleGamble

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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 is now available on Amazon!    http://amzn.to/1h9fZWv

SoulMate author Emelle Gamble has belonged to her current critique group for over twenty years. Four of us are long-time published authors. Two members of The Lifesavers  are original member, 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.
And now we’d like to take turns introducing each other to your readers…
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! J
Three totally true and unbiased 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.
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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XdgMFffZU
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. 
Playing for Keeps by Mary Blayney
Actress Kendall Marshall is determined to get an autograph for her sick sister from famous TV personality Mike O’Hara, the Oprah Winfrey of sports. In the process she meets his brother, security consultant Steve O’Hara, lands a job on O’Hara’s show and gets in the way of a man set on causing big trouble. As the stalkers attacks escalate, Steve and Kendall are thrown together and find it impossible to ignore the chemistry between them.
The Princess & the Pinot by Elaine Fox
When a beautiful woman shows up at the Vineyard Inn, wine manager Kim is certain she’s been sent by fate for the inn’s owner, Cooper. Self-effacing to a fault, Kim knows she can’t hold a candle to Principessa Bella, who also seems to know even more about wine than Kim herself, but her heart has belonged to Cooper since they shared one kiss as teenagers.
While Prin sweeps easily into the job of sommelier at the renowned inn, Kim is afraid Prin will sweep just as surely into Cooper’s arms if she doesn’t do something about it. Can she tell Cooper how she feels without losing even his friendship?
Kim is willing to try except for one problem: she’s almost certainly losing her mind. Or is that belching, swearing, smoking, farting fairy – who claims to be trying to help her – real?
Duets by Emelle Gamble
Duets offers alternating looks into the lives of two women who would seem to have little or nothing in common.
Screen star Molly Harper is on the verge of marrying a man who has swept her off her feet, thought perhaps hasn’t swept all her feelings for her first love away. 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.
Duets confronts a past secret that ties these two women’s lives together, just as chance events turn Molly and Anne’s worlds upside down. 
Never and Forever by Lavinia Kent
Never and Forever is the beginning of the love story of two people who shouldn’t belong together.  Molly, Miss Wilkes, runs an employment agency helping women of quality find positions perfected suited to their characters.  Although her father held the title of Earl for just over a week before his death, Molly has never wanted to be a lady.  She knows her place in this world – and it is not at the center of society.
The Duke of Radford also knows his place in this world – and it’s above everybody else’s.  He cannot imagine a world without all the privilege and power that comes from being Radford.  He’s had foreign princesses and heiresses dangled before him for years.  Why would he ever have interest in a simple woman who doesn’t even understand that she should want to be a duchess?
Can these two overcome the obstacles of their own beliefs and realize that love can make all things possible?
Never and forever are both a very long time.  Where will their love fit?
The Psychic Detective by Evie Owens
Psychic Martin Sterling doesn't trust cops--and the feeling is mutual. Detective Erin Healy needs more than a ghost story to save her job and reputation. Her partner is dead, a million dollars in drugs and money is missing, and all the evidence points to her.
Can a sexy psychic and a by the book cop, trapped between the living and the dead, unearth the truth? Or will a cold-blooded killer get away with it all...
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Bio: Emelle Gamble
Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed.  As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. She has contracted with Soul Mate Publishing for Secret Sister, published in the summer of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, a Spring 2014 release.
Once and Forever, an anthology which includes Emelle’s novella, Duets, came out on November 1st. Molly Harper, a full length novel starring the characters from Duets 3 years later will be released by Posh Publishing in December, 2013.
Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, ‘Phil-the-fist’, her hero of thirty years, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

FaceBookAuthor Emelle Gamble
Twitter: @EmelleGamble
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123746.Emelle_Gamble 
Secret Sister  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sister-ebook/dp/B00DUL4LQA         


  1. Thanks for hosting, Cheryl. I think what authors need as much as time to write and inspiration is a support group! Thanks for letting me introduce mine. They are called the Lifesavers for a reason! Readers, do you have a support group? Tell me something secret about one of them. HA! We won't tell anyone...

    1. It's a pleasure having you here, Emelle.


  2. What a wonderful group you have and to think about 20 years with the same writers. No wonder you call them Lifesavers. I would love to find a group with sincerity about writing, not afraid to hear comments, and laugh, laugh, laugh.

    1. You described them to a tee, Anonymous! Just add in wine drinkers, gift givers, handholders and dear, dear friends and you've got the Lifesavers. Yes, I am a lucky author. thanks for your post.

  3. This Three Things post about our group is my favorite! I had so much fun writing my part and even MORE fun reading what everybody else said...

  4. So nice to have a group that you can bounce ideas off of. Congrats!

    1. Thanks Carol Y! Yes, it is fun, and safe. Authors need people they can trust, and this group is nothing if not trustworthy. And tipsy. Shhhh...don't tell them I said that! Thanks for posting.

  5. Great looking books. Thanks for sharing with all of us!!

    1. Thanks for posting Teena! If you get a chance to read Once and Forever, let us all know what you thought. There's a huge range of stories, something for everyone. Good luck in the drawing!

  6. What fun to learn about four writers at once. Since we write together our critique and support group is each other for our writing projects. Each of our books is a project together. The point, which you so aptly portray, is writing is more fun as a group exercise. :-)

    1. I so admire you two, partners in all ways. Thanks for the support and for posting, C.D. Hersh, and great good luck to both of you in your next project! XXX

  7. thank you for the chance to win :)

    1. Thanks for the post, Lisa Brown. Good luck in the drawing.

  8. These sound absolutely awesome~! Thank you ever so much for the opportunity to win.

    1. Thanks for posting, Connie! Good luck. And give Once and Forever a look...a story for every genre taste. Check out The Psychic Detective in particular, first published novella by a really talented author.

  9. This sounds great. You come over as a fun bunch and I can imagine so much laughter over the years. Good luck with your books.

    1. Thanks Maggie! It is fun, and the real thing. The Lifesavers don't pull punches with one another, so we always get good honest advice.

  10. Thank you so much for having us. I, too, had more writing (and reading) this than any blog I've ever worked on. And yes, I do forget things wherever I go. It drives more poor husband crazy.

  11. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity..I really appreciate it.

  12. Thanks for posting Elena and Danielle. Cheryl Yeko's blog is a great site to keep up with new authors and great giveaways. Good luck. And if you get a chance to look at Once and Forever, let us know what you thought!

  13. Great book here I want to read this one now- thanks for sharing.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

    1. I hope you win one, Anonymous! And if not, I'll let you know next time we've got a giveaway or FREE sale going on. Good luck!

  14. The book sounds awesome! Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  15. What a different kind of post. I feel like I know all of these ladies. Good luck with all your books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Catherine Castle. I found it very interesting how much you can hear the author's voice when they describe their friend and fellow author. What writing's all about, as you well know, characterization, although in this case the non-fiction kind. Good luck to you also. XXX

  16. Thanks for the post, Tara and Heidi. Good luck in the drawing, and if you get a chance to read the novellas in Once and Forever, please let us know what you thought!

  17. Good morning! Thank you for sharing this book.

  18. This post really put a smile on my face. It was so fun to read about these special ladies and the bond you share. This is something you just can’t find around every corner and you are very lucky.

    1. Thanks for posting, Shonna. You are right, the Lifesavers are a blessing, both in my writing life and my personal life! good luck in the drawing!

  19. Fingers are crossed for the win! Love the look of the page ... very romantic!

  20. thank you for the chance to win!

  21. Good luck Fran Swarts, Carol Y, Elena and Brooke. Cheryl Yeko and I appreciate you stopping in to see the blog. And whoever wins the books, let's hear from you. Authors love reviews because we really do want to know what readers think! XXX

  22. awe,thanks! Have a great week everyone!