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Molly Harper
by Emelle Gamble



Movie star Molly Harper has it all, beauty, success in her field, and a loving family and marriage to actor Ben Delmonico. Norma Wintz, Molly’s mother, has it all, a lovely life style and two children who adore her, and a respite from the battle against cancer she’s been fighting. Anne Sullivan, at age fifty, is optimistic that her move to sunny Santa Barbara, California, will allow her to be closer to her youngest son and his family, and help her start her life anew after the death of her beloved husband.

But all three of these women, despite their considerable blessings, are plunged into turmoil when the most intimate of secrets that ties their lives together is revealed. At this same time, Molly Harper is confronted with the news that her marriage to actor Ben Delmonico is over. As she navigates this heartbreak and tries to keep the personal details of the drama off the front pages of the newspapers, Molly must also find a way to once and forever negotiate a way forward with her ex- lover and best friend, the volatile and compelling Cruz Morales.

How each of these characters handles the resulting upheaval in their own life, and in their relationships with one another, forms the compelling story of family, secrets and trust in the romantic women’s fiction novel, Molly Harper.


Anne Sullivan looked down at her watch.

One twenty-one p.m. Norma Wintz was twenty minutes late.

Anne leaned back against the banquette and avoided making eye contact with the hovering waitress. She folded her hands together and wondered if her face looked tight as cellophane stretched over a bowl of tuna salad. That’s how it felt.

I shouldn’t have come. She glanced around the unfamiliar restaurant. It was all glass and mirrors; chock full of shockingly glamorous Californians surely leading shockingly exciting lives. People who wouldn’t understand why a widow from Potomac, Maryland was breaking into sobs and intruding on their lunch experience.

Which is probably what I’m going to do once Norma arrives, she thought. She had tried to prepare herself for meeting the woman, face-to-face, who had adopted her baby thirty-five years ago, but Anne wasn’t sure she was going to be able to handle it as she hoped.

Calmly. Dispassionately. In control.

Anne’s chest suddenly ached, as if all the emotion she’d suppressed for decades gathered into a knot under her ribs.

I should call the number for Norma Wintz and tell her not to come. Which was a great idea, except she’d left her cell phone in the car. And if she went to her car to get it, she might not have the emotional courage to come back.

To say nothing of the fact that if she walked the two long blocks to where she was parked, there was a good chance she would miss Norma Wintz altogether, and the woman would probably think she was a crack pot.

Anne took another peek at her watch.

One twenty-two.

That’s impossible. It felt as if an hour had passed since she’d last looked at the time.

“Excuse me, are you Mrs. Sullivan?” A waiter, his eyes jade green against his tan skin, smiled at Anne. His name tag read ‘Taj’.

“Yes, I’m Anne Sullivan

“There’s a call for you.” Taj held out a phone.

Anne pressed it against her head. “This is Anne Sullivan.”

Taj clasped his hands behind his back and smiled at her as if she was a small child on the first day of school.

“Hello, this is Norma Wintz calling,” a voice said in Anne’s ear. “I’m on my way but there was an accident and traffic is wretched. I got no answer on the number you gave me, but I wanted to let you know I wasn’t standing you up.”

“Oh, that’s no problem.” Anne nodded at Taj and repositioned the phone an inch higher on her ear. “I don’t have other plans for this afternoon.”

“Fine. I’ll be there in about ten minutes.” The phone went dead.

“Okay. Thank you!” Anne met the waiter’s eyes and wondered how Taj had known to bring it to her.

Norma Wintz must have described me to him. But what could she have said, since we’ve never met?  Look for a woman who seems the sort to give up her first-born child for adoption?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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 March 2014 release.

Once and Forever, an anthology which includes the novella Duets, came out on November 1st. Molly Harper, a full length novel starring the characters from Duets 3 years later was released by Posh Publishing in January.

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.

Review Quotes:

Praise for Secret Sister

“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… “ Fresh Fiction, Fresh Reviews

"If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here... this story 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




FaceBook:  Author Emelle Gamble

Twitter: @EmelleGamble


Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble is now available on Amazon!

Once and Forever  an anthology with Emelle Gamble’s novella, Duets, is now available on Amazon!

Tell me 3 fun facts about yourself

1.) I’m a California girl. Hey, we all want to be California girls, right?

2.) I once got flowers from Clint Eastwood. And a signed photo. XXX

3.) I was a drama major in college for two years. Then I decided I wanted to eat when I graduated.

If you could bring one of your book characters to life for only one night, which one would it be, and what would you do?

I’d visit with Molly Harper. I’m like her in a few ways…both of us had a big family secret we suffered with for years. Both of us loved our mothers unconditionally despite having issues. Both of us had great, loving fathers. But Molly is also an alter-ego. As I said above, I wanted to be a professional  actress for a long time (see also the California girl comment above!). She is, and she’s really good at it. I also, in my younger years before I found my soulmate, Phil-the-fist, was involved in a couple of love triangles. They all ended badly. So I’d like to discuss these things with Molly Harper. I think we’d get along.

Is there anyone you’ve always secretly thought of as sexy that other people might find strange? If so, who?

No. I tend to find men sexy than every other woman I know feels the same way about. George Clooney. Ryan Gosling. Daniel Cragi. Phil, my husband. Yes, he belongs in this group. Not kidding…yes, I am blessed.

What’s the worst/oddest present that you’ve ever received?

I received a clock radio from my ex-husband for my 21st birthday. It was grey, had a really big dial, and looked it belonged on a janitor’s desk in an office building. I hated it, as I am a very girly, antique-y, cute-item loving woman. Small actions reveal big things, yes?

Confession time: What’s on your ipod right now?

The Good: Bob Dylan and Adele
The Bad: Chris Isaak (bad in a good way, sexy, rip out your soul way)
The Ugly: Baha Men. (I scare my cats with ‘Who let the dogs out’. It works)

Do you have any tattoos?

No. You see, I nearly fainted with pain and worry when I got my ears pierced. Starting with when the woman poked my ear with a felt pen to draw a dot to pierce. HA! I cried. She shook her head. But I got them pierced, and decided that was enough.

What’s your favorite snack?

Fudge, no nuts. Or ice cream. Any flavor as long as it’s coffee or chocolate or lime sherbet. As I write this I realize I am completely unable to give a single answer to almost any question. Sorry, writer here.

What’s your ultimate fantasy?

Peace on earth, good will toward everyone. I’m not kidding. The older I get, the more I wish for a world where the Golden Rule was the number 1 law of all nations. Oh, and I’d love a date with Ryan Gosling.

Thank you so much Charity Parkerson for these great questions and hosting my post. Now let me ask your readers, what’s your ultimate fantasy?

Emelle will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour.  A digital copy of Molly Harper will be awarded to 3 randomly drawn commenters also during this tour.For more chances to win  (!/pages/Goddess-Fish-Promotions/35028235788) 


  1. Charity, thank you so much for hosting me today on your blog. I follow you big time and think your tweets are the best! I hope your readers consider giving MOLLY HARPER a chance...Cruz Morales is one interesting hero. And do tell me readers, what is your ultimate fantasy?

    1. You're very welcome. I love seeing you on Twitter. My ultimate fantasy would be for male model, Chris Brown, to give me back my panties and lift that restraining order he has against me. :-D just joking!

  2. No tattoos for me. I just have no desire to put anything permanent on my body. but my daughter has 2.

    1. I hear you Marla. My daughter always wanted one...not sure if she did it. She hasn't shown me anyway. HA! Good luck in the drawing.

  3. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you.


  4. Enjoyed reading this interview today. You gave some great answers. I especially liked the one about being a drama major but decided you wanted to eat after college! Funny....yeah, food, like air,,,a necessity of life! But then, a good book is also a necessity of life, IMHO!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. You got that right, Karen. Needed to survive in a city crawling with actors, so I became a writer. HA! With a day job to support us. Thanks for the post, and yes, books are part of why I get up everyday.

  5. Yes I have two tattoo's, the first one I got is a dream catcher on my back, which represents my Indian heritage, The second tattoo I have is a crescent moon with stars, that my daughter actually drew. I want to get another one soon, it will be an open book, with the pages turning into butterflies, this will represent my love of reading. I can't wait!!

    1. Braver than me, Laura! But if you love them, go for it! Good luck in the drawing.

  6. I'm a California Girl Two.Don't think I could get a tattoo would not be willing to spend money on such a unneeded thing.

    1. Hey Stacey...I'm pretty awed over how much tattoos cost. Thousands in some case! Nice to meet another California girl out there...I'm on the East Coast now but miss it everyday. Thanks for the post!

  7. at this point in my life it would be that we could be away w/o interruption of cell phones. A life w/o them would be amazing for even a weekend. I imagine a cabin in the woods with water nearby for moonlight swims under the stars-fireplace going and wine flowing.

    1. Very nice image in my mind now, Jennifer! Thanks for the post. And no tattoos in sight. HA! Good luck in the drawing.

  8. Loved your comments. I too am a California girl, and always will be. This story sounds absolutely fascinating, unique and something I would love to read.

  9. No tattoos for me thanks! But love them on hot guys!!

    1. Love a tattooed man. Thanks for stopping by :-D

    2. ����I've got one!! I went and got it with my Momma! She told us all our lives "no" that we couldn't get one and then in my 20s we go together! Lol I am blessed to have that memory.. She passed away in '08 she was only 53.

    3. Thanks for this lovely post, Angie. I think its great it reminds you of your dear momma! And good on you for listening when your mom told you no. I'm not sure I ever did. HA!

  10. Three tattoos. A rose, a dolphin, and a unicorn. :) (And I have no good answer to the question of why. Lol!)

  11. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you.

  12. I have two tattoos. Left ankle/foot and right foot. Thank you for the chance and doing this author spotlight.

  13. I love your fun facts - eating is the best isn't it?


  14. Great interview. Would love to read this.


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