by Emelle Gamble
Molly Harper is a movie star who fans think ‘has it all’. Cruz Morales is Molly’s true love, and he hates the media intrusions into their life. Molly and Cruz are going to have a baby. And throw a secret wedding for her brother Harry. What could go wrong? Read DECEMBER WEDDING, the sequel to DUETS and MOLLY HARPER, and find out if there really is a happy ever after for Molly and Cruz.
Molly Harper lay beside Cruz Morales in the darkened bedroom, finally drowsy as the familiar night sounds floated in on the Santa Barbara breezes. She was on her second set of counting backwards from 100 to fall asleep, forty-two, forty-one…
“Will you marry me, Molly?” Cruz asked, his voice husky and close.
“No.” She’d said no to him a hundred times the last year. He told her last Christmas Eve he was going to ask her the last thing every night for a year before he’d give up. Saying no had been easy. Though meaning it was getting a little more difficult.
“You know why not. I love you too much to subject you to a wedding.”
Cruz sighed. “Lame reason, chica. No one I know would think that’s a good reason.”
“They would if they remembered I’m an actress whose life attracts the press like a tub of honey attracts bees. And bees sting. You know what a zoo our wedding would turn out to be.”
“Not if we got married at the courthouse in Taos, or at your home there. People can get hitched the same day they get the license in New Mexico. I checked. We could keep it a secret.”
“A secret? You know that’s impossible. Someone at the courthouse would tell their friend, who would call the newspaper or People Magazine or tweet it to thirty thousand of their closest friends.”
“Are you sure we’re still interesting to other people? I think the gossip about us has cooled down. People seem more interested in royal babies and the Jolie-Pitt clan now.”
“That’s true. There were only two camera crews outside the restaurant where we ate last Friday.” Molly’s brain reran a few snippets of the last two years, all recorded and available on the internet. Cruz struggling to recover from the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him. Her movie star husband leaving her for another woman. Her ex and the other woman having a baby.
All events which were played out on the front page of newspapers and websites around the world.
“Please? I’ll put a ring on it tomorrow if you say yes.”
Molly took a rattling breath. Tonight’s discussion was quite a bit more protracted than the three hundred plus nights before. “No, thank you. I don’t need you to do anything more to prove you love me.”
In the midnight shadows, his generous mouth softened against the hard curves of his face. “I do love you. I’ve always loved you. Every single moment since I met you. Even when we were apart.”
“Did you, Cruz? Did you really even love me then?”
He touched her nose with his finger and cleared his throat, which he always did when he recited a favorite poem.
“i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)”
Molly’s eyes burned. “I melt when you recite love poetry, Professor Cruz. I hope you don’t do in class; all those cute girls will be trying to jump your bones.”
“I only recite for you, chica. I read e.e. cummings when I was recovering in the hospital. He brought you back to me.”
“Oh please,” she whispered. “Let’s not talk about those terrible times.”
“Why? They don’t matter now, they hardly mattered then. Once we got back together, I mean, the past was gone.”
“The past is never gone. It’s on Facebook and Entertainment Tonight.”
“No one looks at those things.”
That made her laugh, as he had hoped it would.
“Right. No one.” Molly embraced him, the sheets silky smooth, while Cruz was warm and hard, and then rolled onto her other side.
1.How has being an author changed you?
It taught me, more than any other job or career endeavor I’ve made, how hard work at something you love is the very best way to spend your ‘work’ allocation of time.
2.What was your favorite scene in the book?
I love the scene when Cruz Morales gets ambushed by Molly Harper’s ex-husband, at the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I’ve visited that hotel and the area is gorgeous, and while Cruz doesn’t behave very well, it was very satisfying.
3,What event triggered you to become a writer? Any major inspirations?
Since I was a pre-writer, I wanted to tell a story. Often, the same story…HA!...all about discovering who I was and where I came from. Molly Harper, in these series of novels – DUETS – MOLLY HARPER – and the final novella, DECEMBER WEDDING – does just that. It was very satisfying for me to work that out through the character of Molly, a beautiful and successful movie actress who knows that until she’s comfortable in her own skin, she’s not going to be any good to herself.
4.What’s the very best thing about being an author?
Telling a story. Touching people in some way. It is unbelievably gratifying to read an email or review and hear that someone cried or laughed or nodded their head and said, ‘this worked for me’. It the gift that makes all the hard work worth it. Oh, and answering the question, ‘what do you do?’ with the answer, “I’m a writer,” is also really, really cool.
Thank you Elaine for hosting this blog post. I hope your readers will share with me what genre they most like to read … and why!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Emelle Gamble Bio : Emelle Gamble became a writer at an early age. As ‘M.L. Gamble,’ she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin Intrigue. She is now self-publishing and also working with Soul Mate Publishing who have released two romantic women’s fiction novels, Secret Sister, in July of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, an April 2014 release.
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 welcomes any reader interested in emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopes they will visit her website, www.EmelleGamble.com , her FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/Emelle.Gamble or follow her on Twitter @EmelleGamble.
Emelle will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC plus a digital copy of December Wedding to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during this tour and the Review Tour, here. A $25 Amazon GC will be awarded to a randomly drawn host also between the two tours. Use the rafflecopter link below to enter. You can find her schedule at http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/10/vbt-december-wedding-by-emelle-gamble.html