October 21, 2013

E-Book Giveaway, by Author Emelle Gamble

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Welcome to Cheryl’s place! I’m thrilled to have you here.

Please tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been a professional writer for over twenty years. First contracted with Harlequin Intrigue, now with Soul Mate publishing. I live in the Washington DC area, but am a California girl, born and raised. My two children are out doing great things in the world on their own, and hubby, known as ‘Phil the fist’, is running a small company from our home. We’ve been married 33 years next April, so, as you can, I’ve been blessed. 

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? Reading. Thinking about writing. Critique group where I talk about writing. Or HGTV, where I dream about moving to Tuscany or Greece.

Any advice for new writers just starting out? All my advice is totally clichéd, but the thing about clichés is that they’re true. Write every day. Read a lot. Accept all criticism with an open mind. I’m not saying accept it, but listen to it. Sometimes people will say something, “I don’t like your heroine, she’s too self-obsessed,” and what they are really talking about is you’re not doing a good job of helping the reader empathize with the character. I mean, who is a more self-obsessed character in literature than Scarlett O’Hara, yet readers love her and root for her because Margaret Mitchell did so many things right with her characterization.  And for indie or small press writers, let me say up front that you must prepare yourself and budget time and resources to promote your book. If you don’t, you will be disappointed that no one is reading it. In this new world of publishing, it is a requirement for writers.

Tell us about your latest release(s)

My first new book in over a decade is Secret Sister, released this past July. One of the main reasons I found Soul Mate Publishing such a great fit to contract this book is that Debby Gilbert, the publisher, expresses a goal for the company to promote ‘blended genre’ books. Secret Sister is that kind of animal. A women’s romantic fiction novel with a paranormal plot device that sets up the story. A story about Nick and Cathy and Roxanne. Two best friends, one husband, and an extraordinary twist of fate.

I shopped this book around for awhile and was told by more than one editor that I would never sell it because it had that paranormal set-up, and that readers wouldn’t like that in an emotional women’s fiction novel. I had a lot more faith in readers of romantic women’s fiction. So far, the marketplace has reacted as I hoped it would and has embraced the book. Here’s a couple of reviewer’s reactions…

“…Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind. So if you are the type of person that wants ordinary romance in a book, you won't find that here. This is a story of friendship, family, and most of all, true love and what those things can mean. 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 Reviews

"…If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here... Secret Sister 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 
And a new favorite, from a reader (Kay) a 5 Star rating on Amazon (not my Mom, I promise!) “Words fail me. Does unexpected and exciting and sad and touching fit?You must read this book. You won't be sorry.”

Please share an excerpt of your book!

“May I sit down, Nick?”
I nodded. Roxanne sat at the table in the kitchen. Despite her appearance, she seemed in control. I felt her eyes on me as I poured myself a glass of water.
The kitchen was a mess. For a second I was embarrassed by the dirty dishes, the soured milk on the counter. Then I got a grip. This wasn’t a social call and Roxanne wasn’t someone I was trying to impress. Every time she walked into the room, she did so with an agenda.
I turned around. “Do you want something to drink?”
She shook her head.
I sat across from her. She was pinching the back of her hand, like Cathy used to do.
“What’s going on? What do you want from me?” I sounded angrier than I thought I was.
“What do you mean?”
“You’re fooling around with your hands exactly like Cathy always did. You never had that habit. Why are you doing stuff like that?”
“What else am I doing?”
“You’re wearing your hair pulled back in a ribbon, and clothes like my wife wore.” I pointed at her blouse. “And you’re acting weird with the cat, like she’s your cat, among other things. It’s freaking my sister out.”
Roxanne fidgeted. “That’s ridiculous,” she said, but her face revealed I’d hit a nerve...
What’s your current WIP?
My next release is a novella collection. This is a joint project with my Critique Group called Once and Forever. “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.” Mary Blayney and Elaine Fox are NY Times best selling writers, Lavinia Kent a well-known and much loved hothothot Regency author, and Evie Owens, an amazing and edgy paranormal writer, is a newcomer we’re honored to be introducing to the marketplace. We have high hopes that this buffet of stories will be appealing to a wide swath of readers.

Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs, or commando?  (Smiling here.) I prefer men in or out of anything.

And finally, where can we stalk you? (Include all your social links: blogs, facebook, twitter, goodreads, pinterest, or any other social link you want included.

Stalking points…
Author Emelle Gamble on Facebook
@EmelleGamble on Twitter
Emelle Gamble on Goodreads

Check out a great contest to win TW $100 gift cards by liking my Facebook page and signing up for my newsletter before December 15, 2013.  https://www.facebook.com/Emelle.Gamble/app_237202476309340

Also, if you’re a book club member, you could WIN 6 Free eCopies of Secret Sister and a RED VELVET CAKE from Oprah’s favorite baker! Just leave you email at Fresh Fiction!

Thank you so very much, Cheryl Yeko, for hosting this blog post and contest giveaway.


  1. Cheryl Yeko, thanks for the great opportunity to get to know some of your readers! And to answer that briefs or boxers questions! HA! I've always wanted to answer that one.

  2. Love the cover. Your book looks like a really good one. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Thanks Teena! I hope you win one! and I'm delighted you liked the cover. Now, for the important stuff. Boxers or briefs?

  4. Love your answer to the briefs or boxers and I agree.

  5. Great interview, ladies. Secret Sister is on my TBR list. It sounds like a terrific read.
    I like your answer to the boxer, briefs, or commando, and I totally agree.

  6. Okay, just had someone email me that the briefs vs boxers questions means "you're a girl who likes mystery or a little hint". HA! I'm sure none of the men will like the word 'little' in this sentence, but it gave me a chuckle. Karen Lopp and Jana Shay, thanks so much for posting and good luck! If you get a chance, please come to my Author Emelle Gamble Facebook site and sign up for my newsletter. You could WIN two $100 holiday gift cards, one for you and one for your favorite food bank or charity. Good luck !!! https://www.facebook.com/Emelle.Gamble/app_237202476309340

  7. LOVE the excerpt Emelle! I love that one of your fave pastimes is HGTV, where I dream about moving to Tuscany or Greece. We watch those shows and feel the same way. LOL. ;) XOXOXOXO

  8. Yes...HGTV is a romance novel, yes? We dream and most of the shows end with Cindarella transformations and happiness. Glad you liked the excerpt and how you win a copy of Secret Sister. Thanks for posting JRRichardson. Good luck!

  9. I really enjoyed the blog comments; I too would love to go to Tuscany and do some cooking with the Old World chefs. As long as I could go using my mobility scooter that would be great fun. Your novels sound fabulous and I am just getting to know about you and your writing and it all sounds fantastic. Thank you for this opportunity.

  10. Thank you for visiting, Emelle. It was pleasure having you here.