Monday, October 24, 2016

The Second Man by Emelle Gamble @goddessfish @EmelleGamble

We all make lists – I do it compulsively to keep my life in control (well, to at least know what I should do to meet my obligations). As a wife, mother, writer, full-time day job employee, critique group member and friend – I started thinking when Laurie asked me to share a list about something in my life.
I noodled around with a lot of them – favorite authors (F.Scott Fitzgerald, Tana French, Rosamunde Pilcher), favorite movies (Casablanca, The French Lieutenant’s Wife, A Boy’s Life) cats (Garbo, Sally, Leggs, Lucy & Bella). But one I thought you might enjoy is this one.
7 People who have made me a (better) writer
1-    Mary Millard, English Professor, La Puente High School
She was tough, funny, grouchy, smoked too much and scared eighty percent of the class. She wanted to hear what you thought about anything you had read – not what you thought she wanted you to say, but what you really thought. She inspired me to tell the truth, to clarify my thinking, and to believe that I could, though the written word, communicate.
2-    Debbie Matteucci, Editor, Harlequin Publishing
She was the first professional editor who bought my work. She called on a Sunday morning when I was chasing after kids and changing the linens. I couldn’t believe it – I was going to be published!  Debbie was tough and gave great advice (“do not write stupid clich├ęs about sex – write about emotion!”). She was a working mom I wanted to emulate, and I will be forever grateful to her for her faith and guidance as I started down the road of being a professional writer.
3, 4, 5 & 6 - The Lifesavers Critique Group – Mary, Lavinia, Elaine and Yvonne
All professional writers, all the dearest of friends. I urge every person who yearns to write to find yourself a group of writers to share the creative give-and-take, the heartbreak, the amazing highs that are part of the professional writer’s life. No one understands a writer like another one. My four are taken, so you need to get your own, and you should. Because their love and support over too many years to count are one of my life’s blessings.
7- Phil-the-Fist, Prince of my heart
Okay, everyone thanks their husband. And you know what, they all mean it. Because when you’re a working writer, you instantly become a part-time companion. I write at night and on the weekends, and my husband’s patience, generosity and belief in me are what makes keeping my nose to the grindstone possible. I take being his wife seriously, and have felt guilty about spending so much time away from him, but he takes something even more seriously. That I want to be a writer – and what he wants is for me to be happy.
He also critiques my work and ideas, not always favorably. I hate that – ha! But I’ll take it.
Tell me readers, who is the person in your life that helps you do something you want to do? 

  The Second Man
by Emelle Gamble

GENRE: romantic suspense


Jill Farrell’s college reunion is coming up, but she wants no part of it. The man she once loved, Swedish exchange student Max Kallstrom, is rumored to be attending, but that doesn’t tempt her as Max disappeared from her life the night before the graduation, and has never been heard from since.

When her ex-husband, Andrew Denton, knocks on her door and announces he wants to make nice, and, “oh, by the way, one of their class alumni might be a murderer”, Jill’s resolve to avoid the event hardens.

Jill shuts Andrew’s efforts to reconnect down, and tries to put Max out of her mind.
And that’s that, until a second man knocks on her door, and the emotions of a time long ago overtakes her. Max Kallstrom tells Jill she’s the reason he has come to California. He asks her to please let him explain why she hasn’t heard from him for fifteen long years.

She’s willing to listen to what he has to say, but immediately realizes that her memories must guide her through a wrenching and dangerous few days. While her heart remembers a handsome young lover, she and her classmates are all different people now, and the reality of a murdered friend proves she can’t trust everyone.

What’s not so clear is if she should trust anyone . . . especially Max Kallstrom.


Was that a noise in the garage?

The sound of muted rustling did not fit the normal night sounds. She took a step closer to the garage exit opposite the front door. Slowly she leaned forward to listen, but all was quiet.

Tell me I didn’t forget to close the garage again. She visualized coming in from errands earlier, but could not remember if she had hit the button before she stepped inside.

She set her laptop and paperwork on the kitchen table, turned on the teakettle, and headed resolutely back to the foyer. I’ll open it a crack, confirm everything is closed properly, and then sit down and get to work.

She turned the knob and pushed the door open, and flipped the light switch. Her car was parked, and the garage was closed. But there was a cardboard box sitting on car’s passenger side trunk.

The top was open and several books were piled next to it.

“What the devil?” She stepped down onto the concrete and headed for the box.

“Hello, Jill,” the killer said.

She yelped and grabbed her throat.

A man rose from the crouch he was in beside the washing machine. He grabbed Jill with one hand, and aimed a gun at her head with his other. “Stand still and be quiet. I won’t hurt you unless you scream.”

Shock and bitter anger nearly brought her to her knees as she registered who he was, and what a massive betrayal he had pulled off. Furious, she slapped at the gun and twisted out of the man’s grasp, and turned to run.

Before she completely filled her lungs with air to scream, his pistol cracked against her skull and knocked her to her knees.

There was black, and then nothing.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emelle Gamble became a writer at an early age. At six years old, she was bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection, and this itch to tell tales evolved into bad teen poetry and tortured short works that, thankfully, never saw the light of day, or an editor’s red pen.
She took her first stab at writing a novel in an adult education class in Mobile, Alabama when her kids were in bed for the night. As ‘M.L. Gamble,’ she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin Intrigue. She now publishes novels of Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Situations with SoulMate Publishing and Posh Publishing …works ranging from women’s fiction to thrillers and romantic suspense.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Gamble’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. Emelle celebrates the adventurous spirit of readers, and hopes each will enjoy the exciting and surprising journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her hero of thirty years, Philip, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. Like all good villains, the cats claim to have their reasons for misbehaving. Her children are happily launched on their own and are both contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

Emelle welcomes any reader interested in emailing her at and hopes they will visit her website, or her Author Emelle Gamble FaceBook page.
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