Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ The Second Man by Emelle Gamble

Please welcome Emelle Gamble author of The Second Man.

Emelle Gamble will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



The Second Man

by Emelle Gamble


GENRE: romantic suspense



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I always wrote – short little stories when I was in elementary school, tortured teen poetry, but the person who inspired me by telling me unequivocally that I could, was my senior high school English teacher, Mary Millard. Those of you who read THE SECOND MAN will get to meet her as I put her exactly as she was in this book as Professor Mary Millard, now a college professor. She was funny, scary as hell, smoked so much she died before she was 60, and the kindest, most encouraging soul in the world to kids who wanted to express themselves through the written word.

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


THE SECOND MAN is a story I’ve been thinking of for many years. I love ‘reunion’ stories and wanted to tie one to a mystery. When my mother was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease, I started thinking about memory, how it is who we are. And also about memory in relation to romance…and decided to explore the ‘are we the same people we were 15 years ago?’ when I considered how a woman would react to meeting an ex-lover after all that time.

  1. What expertise did you bring to writing this book?


I’ve taught classes, I’m the daughter of a woman who suffered from Alzheimer’s, I have a couple of ex-lovers I wonder about, and a best girlfriend I love completely. Not exactly ‘expert’, but the great Michael Hauge, a plot guru, once asked me to always understand ‘why you are the only one who could have written that story’. So those reasons above are the ‘expertise’ I drew on for THE SECOND MAN, especially the years my mother suffered with that dreadful disease.

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

Interesting question. I don’t ever like to tempt fate and wish to be another character, but heroine Jill Farrell in THE SECOND MAN is someone I admire. I had many of the same experiences she does in the book, but she’s fearless, and rarely sits in a pool of tears and feels sorry for herself. I wish I was more like that. She also is very trusting of her own instincts – I talk myself out of what’s best to have for dinner 5 nights out of 7. HA! So I’d choose Jill, close to me, but better.

5. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing? I do. The Lifesavers is what we call ourselves, and we are. Friends, fellow authors, compatriots; as close and necessary as sisters complete with minor fights and major confrontations. They make me a better writer with every discussion we have about a project, and they make me a better person because they love me, warts and all. Besides ‘write every day’, the best advice to give any writer is to find yourself a group of people who are smart, read avidly, and never lie to you. Well, okay they might lie about your hair, but that’s it.

6. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice is above. Worst is to ‘write to the market’. Many agents, successful writers, and publishers will advise you to write to a current trend that is doing great. How many books are there out there now with the word “Girl” in them thanks to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train? Too freaking many! But that’s the point – people giving you that advice are doing it from the standpoint of making money. Not a bad thing. But not a reason to try and be a successful writer.

7. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?


Yes. I’m doing a “The Fugitive” type of book. Female protagonist on the run, chased by an ex-lover cop. I always thought it was a great kind of idea for a woman to be running and trying to save herself by finding the real killer. What do you think?

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

What’s worse than betrayal? Not only do you realize you are in grave physical danger, but the added heartache of being surprised by someone you loved and cared about, well, that’s a black moment near the end of THE SECOND MAN.

9. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?


I have only done one. DUETS. MOLLY HARPER. DECEMBER WEDDING. They are collected in a single volume also, called MOLLY AND CRUZ. All about a movie star, her biological and adoptive mother, her lover who she lets get away and then gets back. I loved it, and it was great fun to continue a story over two novellas and one novel. I was able to show a great deal of character development but having that much room, and I fell more in love with Molly, Norma, Anne and Cruz Morales with every book. Please give one of those books a look if you like big, emotional women’s fiction.

  1. Anything else you might want to add? I would like to add a word about Alzheimer’s disease. One of the reasons I included a character suffering from this in THE SECOND MAN was because I think it is so misrepresented most of the time in books and on film. It’s usually a woman who is delightfully forgetful, or cranky but lovable because she’s losing the past. The movie Still Alice was better than most, but what you need to know about this illness is that it truly robs you of your personhood by blotting out your memory, and also erasing your memory for tasks. One of the most heartbreaking things I witnessed was, when my mom was in the earlier stages of the illness, that she forgot how to set the table. She lined up knives and forks and plates all in a row on one side of the table, smiled at me quizzically, and asked, “Is this how it goes?” If you can donate to any charity, The Alzheimer’s Foundation is a great one.


Thanks for stopping in, readers, and thank you Christine for your great questions. Tell us below about one of your favorite characters from a book! Hopefully one of them will soon be Jill Farrell of THE SECOND MAN!





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.







Jill stared at her ex.


Andrew was much the same, auburn hair and icy blue eyes, but somehow completely changed from the man she last saw over a decade ago. He wore an expensive, dark suit, like an attorney, and any appearance of youth was now gone. He was lean and intense, the man behind the eyes more complicated than she remembered.


When they were together, he had worn his hair short around his neck and ears. It was longer now, combed straight back and gelled. There was a scar at his right temple, small and flat, and perfectly round.


“Because I can’t think of a single thing we have to talk about,” she finally replied.


“Grudge holding doesn’t become you.” He set the vase on the ground at his feet. “We should talk some things out.”


“No, we shouldn’t. I’m leaving the past where it belongs. Dead and buried.”


“Okay, so we won’t talk about the past. We’ll focus on going forward and celebrating all we have in common.”


“Which is nothing.” Jill swallowed, her mouth dry.


“Not true. We’re alumni from the same college. The same class. And our reunion is in two weeks.”


The reunion.


Twice in one day she was being forced to travel back and time and think about a man and a broken relationship. Although her short marriage to Andrew, four years after they graduated, was not the same thing as her college romance with Max Kallstrom, two reminders in one day that she wasn’t a very good judge of men’s characters was distressing.






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.

Emelle Gamble social media links and buy links:

Facebook Twitter @EmelleGamble

Amazon Author Page



Molly & Cruz

Secret Sister

Dating Cary Grant

The Second Man






Emelle Gamble will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




25 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Second Man by Emelle Gamble

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Debra
    November 21, 2016

    Sounds interesting and perfect for my reading niche. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 21, 2016

      You are welcome, Debra. I hope you get the chance to read it – lots of suspense and readers are telling me the ending was a big surprise!

  3. achristay
    November 21, 2016

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

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 21, 2016

      Christine! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’ve had a look around and want to congratulate you on your lovely blog and the great posts.

      • achristay
        November 21, 2016

        Thanks, I’ve had fun with this blog over the years.

  4. Lisa Brown
    November 21, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 21, 2016

      You’re welcome, Lisa. Good luck, and if you get a chance to read The Second Man, do let me know what your thought. XXX

  5. Eva Millien
    November 21, 2016

    Ghreat interview and excerpt, sounds like a great read, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 21, 2016

      You too, Eva. And good luck in the drawing.

  6. Lisa
    November 21, 2016

    Oh, Em!

    I love all you do! I would probably buy a grocery list if you wrote it; and I know this is all about the new book (& it’s WONDERFUL!), but my heart belongs to Molly and Cruz!

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 22, 2016

      This brightened my day more than you know. Thank you for the kind words – I miss Molly and Cruz! Maybe I will revisit them one day. XXX and good luck in the contest dear Lisa.

  7. Victoria
    November 21, 2016

    Great post – I loved the excerpt and interview 🙂

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 22, 2016

      Thank you, Victoria. I hope you get to read the whole book – take our mind off the rest of the world. HA! XXX

      • Victoria
        November 25, 2016

        :)..I plan to!

  8. alexiswestmore
    November 21, 2016

    Great interview. Once again Ms. Gamble shares treasures for readers and writers both!

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 23, 2016

      Thank you for posting and sharing, Alexis. You are such a generous and supportive fellow reader and author. XXX and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  9. ktbeeblog
    November 21, 2016

    I love the way you describe Alzheimer’s. It really does erase everything. I have a friend who’s in advanced stages. I think the most prominent aspect of personality is the last thing to fade. Hers was her storytelling; before she passed away, she recalled bits of her stories, but they were transformed into her dreams and nightmares. In her later stages, she carried a doll and laughed as she talked to it. It’s a tragic disease, almost like cancer of the neurons.

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 23, 2016

      Heart-breaking, Kay, as we know much of life is. Thank goodness for the blessings like handsome rock n roll sons and gorgeous grand girls. XXX Good luck in the drawing.

  10. peggy clayton
    November 21, 2016

    This is just an amazing book i will be posting reviews on it tomorrow!

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 22, 2016

      Thanks dear Peggy. I will appreciate that very much – glad you liked it! XXX

  11. dholcomb1
    November 21, 2016

    loved this Q&A. I’ve only read books in the Molly series, but the suspense books sound wonderful.


    • Emelle Gamble
      November 23, 2016

      Thanks so much, Denise. A lot of the same issues of ‘ordinary woman in extraordinary situation’ in my suspense novels – I’m delighted you liked the Molly folks. I miss them! XXX

  12. Rita Wray
    November 22, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview.

    • Emelle Gamble
      November 23, 2016

      Thank you, Rita. I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday.

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