Gamble, Emelle: Dating Cary Grant

May 6, 2014

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Dating Cary Grant

by Emelle Gamble

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Cover_DatingCaryGrantA modern Manhattan fairy tale starring…

Tracy Connor, a New York City career woman who loves her job and classic movies.

Mike Connor, her estranged husband, a small town Mayor who loves his wife but doesn’t seem to have enough time to see her.

The handsome stranger, Philip Adams, who lives downstairs from the small sublet Tracy has temporarily moved into. He’s charming, funny and looks a lot like her very favorite screen icon, Cary Grant.

Dating Cary Grant is a romance all about New York City career woman Tracy Connor struggling with real issues with her real guy, her husband of six years, Mayor Mike Connor of Cukor, Connecticut. Tracy is a smart woman, but some of her problems with relationships are partially caused by her unrealistic expectations that real guys should – and can – behave like matinee idols. Mike’s problems are also caused by the fact that he’s such a great guy and overextends his heart, and his appointment calendar, to every constituent, friend or stray animal who crosses his path.

Tracy is also being stressed by a TV reality show intent on showcasing Tracy and Mike’s personal life, as well as the imminent takeover of her employer, a small, private television station, by a billionaire with unlimited funds and no taste.

Dating Cary Grant considers just how selfless a man needs to be to meet his wife’s expectations, and just how honest a woman must be with herself about what she’s willing to give, and give-up. And Cary Grant is along to help prove that any woman’s search for ‘Mr. Perfect ‘ might take her to a surprising place to find him.

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EXCERPT:

Her husband rested his big hands on the door. “Look, can I just come in for a few minutes?”

Tracy stared at him and realized Mike was nervous.

Nervous.

She had never, ever, seen her husband nervous, in any situation, in all the time she’d known him. He was an experienced attorney as well as a public official, a man naturally at ease with people, all people, even people pissed off because their property tax bill went up or angry because the jury ruled against them. People didn’t make Mike Conner nervous.

He listened, shook hands, and proceeded to logically explain how he was going to fix everything, no problem.

He had never even seemed stressed when they met with the marriage counselor, she thought. But at this minute, Mike Connor was nervous.

She lowered her voice. “It’s the middle of the night, Mike. Please.”

“I know what time it is.” His eyes studied her face, and then swept down her body with the force of a physical touch. “And I know you’ve got a headache, but let me say you look great. Really great. And you smell wonderful. Is that new perfume?”

“No. It’s the same perfume I always wear.” She watched as Mike’s eyes dropped to her cleavage and her face burned over the fact she had chosen this sweater with another man in mind.

Suddenly she visualized that other man, showing up with a bottle of aspirin. Though she hadn’t done anything wrong, nothing positive would come from Mayor Connor meeting Philip Adams outside her apartment door, of that she was sure.

“Mike, you really need to go.” She stepped across the doorway as if to encourage him to head for the stairs.

“Am I interrupting something?” He pointedly looked over her shoulder.

“No. Of course not. Not that it’s any of your business.”

“How’s that? We’re still married, aren’t we?”

“Yes, we are. But after everything we’ve been through the last couple of years, I’m a little surprised you’d insinuate something like that.”

“Like what?”

“Like I’d cheat on you.”

Mike’s face paled. “I wasn’t insinuating that. Look, just a few minutes, okay? I smell coffee. And I could sure use a cup.”

Tracy sent another glance down the stairs. “There’s a 24-hour deli a block over. You can stop and get some on the way back to your car. I’m not trying to be difficult, but I just need some sleep. I’ve got to go into work all day tomorrow, and Sunday I promised to meet Posey early in SoHo, so whatever you’ve got to say –”

“–I’ll buy you pancakes. You love pancakes. Even in the middle of the night, right?” He reached out and gave her arm a squeeze.

Her heart softened but her tone remained unchanged. “I’m not hungry, Mike. I’ll call tomorrow and we’ll set up a time where we can talk more. Please, just don’t push me.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

EmelleGamble

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 twenty years ago. As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. Soul Mate Publishing brought out Secret Sister, a paranormal women’s romantic fiction novel in the summer of 2013. This was followed by the novella, Duets, in November, 2013, and the follow on novel starring the characters from Duets, Molly Harper, in January, 2014.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, Phil, 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.

Emelle Gamble contact links:

Email: emellegamble@aol.com

Website: www.EmelleGamble.com

FaceBook: Author Emelle Gamble

Twitter: @EmelleGamble

Secret Sister is now available on Amazon! http://amzn.to/17J2Bn6

Once and Forever is now available on Amazon! http://amzn.to/1h9fZWv

Duets, a novella, the prequel to Molly Harper, http://amzn.to/1cagyNa

Molly Harper now available on Amazon http://amzn.to/1a7k8Gx

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GIVEAWAY Details:

Emelle will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and the Reviews Tour. A digital copy of Dating Cary Grant will be awarded to 5 randomly drawn commenters also during this tour and the Reviews Tour. A $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn host also between the two tours.

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12 Comments

  • CJ Schindler May 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing

  • Mary Preston May 9, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I am taken with this story line.

  • karenh43 May 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Enjoying following Emelle around on her tours. I’ve learned a lot about her and her books.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  • Elise-Maria Barton May 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Emelle, I can see where the concept of this book might be difficult for younger editors to get on board with, esspecially in light of the speculation about Cary Grant’s sexual preferences. Additonally, he really doesn’t embody the ideal of a “leading man” in terms of the Alpha males that are so predominent in current genre tropes. However, I appreciate your writing as fresh and original and a delightful surprise for those looking for an extraordinary read versus those that are simply trend followers. I certainly enjoy your style 🙂

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  • bn100 May 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Nice cover

  • Trix May 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve always known and loved Cary Grant as a thirtysomething, and I think any opportunity to get younger people to see him is a good thing!

    • Emelle Gamble May 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, Trix. Me too! HA! I loved the classic movies…Grant and Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Audrey Hepburn…all favs of mine. I also enjoyed playing with the concept of labeling movie stars ‘perfect’ when we really don’t know much about their personal life. thanks for posting, and good luck in the drawing!

  • momjane May 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I think this book sounds awesome. What a fun read.

  • valerie theberge May 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Emelle Gamble May 6, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Patricia, thanks so much for the promo for DATING CARY GRANT. I am a big follower and promoter of your site, and appreciate getting to hear from your readers today. So readers, I had a hard time getting this book published because many (mostly 20 and 30 something editors) felt readers wouldn’t know who Cary Grant was. Do You? Would it matter if you read the info above? XXX Thanks for replying!

    • Patricia RoomWithBooks May 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you, Emelle. I appreciate hearing that from an author I admire! And any editor that misses out because they can’t find the charisma and sex appeal of Cary Grant isn’t worth your time! I’m looking forward to reading this just because I can! It sounds so lovely.

  • Goddess Fish Promotions May 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for hosting!