Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Guest Post: Emelle Gamble[author of Dating Cary Grant]

Dating Cary Grant
by Emelle Gamble



A 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.

Emelle Gamble’s DATING CARY GRANT and the Search for ‘Mr. Perfect’

So who is your “Mr. Perfect?”.Your Prince on a white horse. Your tall, dark and handsome, that Mr. Happy Ever After you imagined since childhood.

Your Ryan Gosling? (Have I revealed too much…HA!)

Writers, particularly those of us who include romance in our novels, all have our templates, for both literary and real men. Mine is husband of thirty years ‘Phil-the-fist’. He’s loyal. Kind. Honest. Intelligent.Protective and encouraging, in equal measures, to both myself and our children.

And sexy as a warm breeze on bare skin. (Don’t hate me…okay, you can a little.)

But when I think back all that way to before I met and fell in love with Phil, I can’t quite remember the priority order I would have had for a characteristic list for a “Mr. Perfect”. And when I write books and those heroes like Nick Chance, or Cruz Morales, or Mike Connor of DATING CARY GRANT walk into my life, they don’t seem much at all alike.

Nick, SECRET SISTER’s hero, has some personal problems, is kind of goofy and emotional. Cruz, MOLLY HARPER’s guy, is taciturn and tough, and not easy to convince of ANYTHING. (Damn him!) Mike Connor is easy going and charming, civic minded and cute, but stubborn as a mule.

The only things these three men from these three novels shareare that they’re all loyal. Kind. Honest. Intelligent.Protective and encouraging.And sexy as a warm breeze on bare skin.


And there you go. I just explained to myself who Mr. Perfect is.

He’s the guy with the set of characteristics that are must-haves, with a lot of variations in the packaging. And the variations have to do with looks, ethnic background, athletic prowess, money, and profession. They don’t have anything to do with what you need a man to be made of so that you’ll want to be with him for the rest of your life. That’s the biggest lesson Tracy Connor learns in DATING CARY GRANT.

Leave a comment below and tell me, when did you learn this?


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.


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.”


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 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  


  1. Goddess Fish Promos1 April 2014 at 13:11

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. LOL, I think my judgement part of my brain is off. I know what I.m looking for, pretty much everything thats listed above. I find it ( so I think) and they turn out to be anything but honest, loyal etc. So I guess I'm STILL learning, just not looking anymore lol

    This book sounds wonderful, I can't wait to read it :)


  3. I'm still learning.

  4. Thanks for hosting, Aly! I totally forgot it was April 1. Been focused on April 2nd because that's when DATING CARY GRANT is released! Thanks for the great questions. I'll share this around and we'll get some folks over here.

  5. This book sounds amazing. When did I learn about perfect men or that there are no perfect men? I relearn the lesson regularly, but I also have found one who has more positives than flaws. I was almost thirty!

  6. Thanks DogsMom! No perfect any one, right? But perfect for us if we just be true to our priorities. I'm glad you hung in there, and wow, thirty is a baby. Lucky you. HA!

  7. Such a lovely post, Laura Akers Collins. Yes, you prioritized and ended up with a good man who fit that bill. That's what I wanted Tracy Connor to do...look in her heart and find what she needed, and then make a decision if she has the right guy. Cary Grant might look perfect, but no one is. Thanks for replying! XXX Emelle

  8. thanks Debbie C. Keep looking my dear, and if you are honest with yourself about what you need, I'm thinking you'll find him. If you get a chance to read DATING CARY GRANT, do let me know what you think!

  9. Aren't we all lovely Rita? Thanks for the chuckle.

  10. Mr Perfect does not exist outside of books & I'm not sure he exists even there.


  11. I found Mr Perfect 29 years ago!! My husband he's the best dad grandfather and husband..

  12. You are blessed. I found my guy over 30 years ago and he still makes me smile every time I see him, Tina! Thanks for the post. And good luck in the drawing.

  13. Ah, come on Mary Preston. I think if you love them, and you are honest about them, they are your "Mr. Perfect", yes? But you are right...we've all got flaws. This is something Tracy Connor really needed to learn in DATING CARY GRANT. thanks for your post.

  14. thanks Elise-Maria. You're a wise woman, and pragmatic. And I think you're a catch to anyone who wants the real thing! Thanks as always for your very thoughtful posts. XXX

  15. Great excerpt! I've found my version of Mr. Perfect 5 years ago. :) brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  16. I can't wait to read this book! I realized long ago nobody is perfect...but neither am I!

  17. My email grandmatinaof2@gmail.com

  18. Book sounds really good.