Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Stranger Than Fiction by Emelie Gamble

Please welcome Emelie Gamble author of Stranger Than Fiction.

Emelle will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Stranger Than Fiction

by Emelle Gamble


GENRE: Romantic Suspense




  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

READING. Truly, the moment I could read and understand that a magical person called an author created a fictional world and made it real, I pined to do it myself. I did, at age six, a book that I think I have been rewriting with each novel I complete.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I am usually struck by some thought that has a clever twist, an event that would be surprising, ‘extraordinary’ actually, and then I create an ordinary woman and stick her in that event and see what happens. With STANGER THAN FICTION, I loved the idea of plagiarism threatening to upset my heroine’s proudest achievement. It’s those unexpected turns in our life that seem to reveal best who we are, and what we’re made of.         
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I have had a lot of varying careers in my day job, so I use a lot of that. With STRANGER THAN FICTION, I was a writer and knew about the publishing industry. In WHEN MURDER CALLS, I had been a television survey coordinator, working from home when my kids were small. In MOLLY HARPER, I was an academy award winning actress torn between two lovers. Wait, no, that’s wrong. HA! But I did know quite a bit about the effects an unacknowledged adoption had on a person’s life.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would be Tracy Connor in DATING CARY GRANT. She’s a career woman in Manhattan, a young wife who learns –before it’s too late-that love and marriage are all about compromise and trust. And I would get to spend several interesting dates with ‘Mr. Perfect’, the charming movie star ghost who exemplifies how complicated love is, and how even he had trouble finding the perfect mate.


  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I have always been in a critique group. My first was many years before I ever got published, run by the great author Carolyn Haines. My current one includes four other women I’ve known and loved for years, all accomplished and talented authors. It is nothing but a plus for an author to be able to brainstorm and work with other authors, although you must be sure to find a group that cares about you, the person, more than anything else.


  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Start with a twisted and surprising plot element, a title, and the ending. Then rough outlines that evolve throughout the process. Most important is a two sentence statement clearly defining ‘what is this book about’.


  1. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

This is a tough one, Christine. I would have to say The Thorn Birds by Coleen McCullough is tied with In The Woods by Tana French.


As for my own, SECRET SISTER…Two best friends, one husband, and a startling twist of fate. It asks, ‘would your true love know you if everything about you changed…?’ It is everything I feel about true love, and was a joy to create.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

In STRANGER THAN FICTION it is the moment when Claire finds out something about Tony’s past that throws everything he has said about himself into doubt. I love those romantic moments when you have doubt and trust warring for your heart.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I am a sucker for anything HGTV and love, love, love LOVE IT OR LIST IT. Hilary and David are stars in my heart, and act like a loving old married couple more than anything else, plus, the houses are always perfect, a Cinderella story every episode.


  1. Anything else you might want to add?

I was struck by how much has changed in these books since I wrote these classic romantic suspense novels in the 1990s. The biggest is that the sexual content is very, very tame, and the language positively squeaky clean. Technology is nowhere near as intrusive or handy, no cell phones, internet or twitter to call for help or research clues! All the mystery solving is done with the smart heroine using brain power. When I decided to bring these books out for the first time in electronic form, I decided to leave the details as they were, because I loved that 90s feel. I hope you enjoy that little stroll back a couple of decades into what seems a simpler, in some ways, happier time. To celebrate the re-issue of these books, all are priced only 99 cents through January 1st! I hope you’ll try one, and let me know what you thought.



Set in New York City and Narragansett, Rhode Island in 1990, meet Claire Kennedy, successful mystery book editor at Cauldron Press. Her most famous client, the reclusive Sarah Winesong, has written her first new novel in five years, and Claire is ready to break out the champagne!


And then, in walks Tony Nichols. He’s gorgeous, angry and full of accusations that start with “Cauldron Press stole my book” and end with “Sarah Winesong is a fraud”.


This contemporary cozy mystery has a stellar cast of would-be villains and one real one who will stop at nothing to eliminate his nefarious scheme from coming to light, including stalk and try to kill Claire and Tony!







Tony Nichols used both hands to push through the revolving door into the Waldorf Astoria. A second later he stood inside the hotel, his dark eyes methodically searching the throng of well-dressed guests.


The woman he sought was nowhere in sight.


Keeping his head down and his shoulders square, Tony walked through the richly paneled lobby. His demeanor was defensive, as if he expected to be asked to leave.


The people around him flashed discreet smiles, and their intimate conversations annoyed him.


Once he’d have felt right at home threading through this throng of professionals, greeting and being greeted affectionately. But today only disinterested glances were cast his way, the sour tang of insults too long held back burned in his mouth.


The person at the front desk directed him up to the third floor, where the socializing was now in full swing. Usually courteous, Tony snapped a curt no when a tray of canapés was offered to him by a gaping waitress. With a deep breath he reminded himself to stay calm until he had completed his task.


Everything was at stake.


Lengthening his stride, Tony reached the doorway of the main banquet room. A skinny redhead in a black sequined gown standing in the shadows took him by surprise.


“Why don’t I fill out a name tag for you? We really aren’t all that mysterious here.”


Turning to her, the lean muscles working slowly in his jaw, Tony measured out his words. “Why don’t you. The name’s Poe. E. A. Poe.”


The redhead smiled. “Poe. How appropriate. Any relation to the Poe?” Her black felt marker squeaked against the paper.


“Just in spirit.” Slapping the white adhesive tag against his shirt, Tony walked over to the table bearing a Register Here sign. The chairs behind it were empty, but a banner tacked on to the wall behind it heralded the 45th Annual Mystery Writers Convention. He was in the right place.


So where the hell is she?


Turning back to search the now even more crowded room, his anxiety began to turn to anger. He fixed his stare on the groups of threes and fours moving into the room and studied each woman. Several, including a couple of blonds, returned his look.


But he did nothing to encourage any of them to speak to him. Only one woman interested him today.


Look for a tall blond woman about thirty with freckles. She is wearing a scarlet jacket and miniskirt. With a croc belt.


Isn’t that what the receptionist at Cauldron Press had said? Damn, every other woman here had on that color, he thought.


He discarded his original plan. He had planned to confront the editor in her office when Cauldron’s secretary told him the woman would not be back until Monday. But Tony now realized it might be impossible to find her in this crowd or, once finding her, to get her alone. But he had to keep trying. His business could not wait five days.


Tony was jostled out of his thoughts when a large group of Mystery Society members moved in his direction. Backtracking to the banquet room doorway, he noticed that the redhead was gone. Most of the people were sitting at the tables inside, as a battalion of waiters bustled around the room. He glanced at his watch.


It had been twenty-four hours since the phone call that had confirmed his suspicions. Time was running out. He had to find Claire Kennedy now.


Find her. And convince her she would be better off dead than publishing that book.





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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The book will be FREE during the Tour









Emelle will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.






10 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Stranger Than Fiction by Emelie Gamble

  1. achristay
    December 1, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  2. Eva Millien
    December 1, 2015

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a book I can sink my teeth into, thanks for sharing!

  3. Emelle Gamble
    December 1, 2015

    Thank you for hosting, Christine. I am in London visiting my daughter and brand new baby granddaughter born Thanksgiving day! Lots of excitement. Readers, tell me about your holiday…and good luck in the drawing!

  4. Rita Wray
    December 1, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  5. Anne
    December 1, 2015

    Great interview! The Thorn Birds is one of my favorites also!

  6. Victoria
    December 1, 2015

    Great post – thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  7. sandra
    December 2, 2015

    how do I go about starting to write?

  8. Glenda
    December 3, 2015

    Great interview and excerpt! Thanks!

  9. Kimberly Keyes
    December 7, 2015

    I enjoyed your excerpt and your interview. Good luck with your 90’s stories as well as STRANGER THAN FICTION.
    Kimberly Keyes

  10. Ree Dee
    December 12, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you.

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