"SECRET SISTER is one of those books that leaves youre-thinking everything you once believed... Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRETSISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind....I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough for thoseof you that enjoy a book that not only touches your heartbut has you tingling in anticipation for whatever comesnext." Fresh Fiction- Fresh Review
"Ifyou're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here... this story has a twist of the paranormalthat will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot.Emelle Gamble has created a story thatwill tear your heart out." Long and Short Reviews
"The plot line itself is what totally gripped me! Love, faith, hope, second chances and painmake up a wonderful late-night read... As each page was turned, Ms. Gambleadded depth to the story and by the time the shocker came.....wham!" B&M Review Gazette
From the Author
I get asked this question quite a bit by readers. "Howdid you think of that weird plot? Where do you get your ideas? How do youresearch your plots? Are the love scenes based on your life? "
The last one is my favorite, and I'm sure other authorswho write novels with strong romantic plots get that too.
The answers are... "I get my ideas from everything, and I research my plots online, in books,talking to people, living my life, and stealing from others . And yes, allthose sexy scenes are exact replicas of my life." HA!
Okay, so most of what I wrote in that paragraph is true.Writers are watchers. We watch those around us, watch people we know and don'tknow, watch movies and read books and listen to the news all with a littlenote-taker inside our head saying, "I might use that." This embedded 'secretstenographer' is a reality most of don't talk about much, I think because weworry people will put their guard up, or, in the case of family members, willfeel dissed or disrespected if they knew we were taking notes while they were pouringout their heart and soul.
Sometimes I think writers are just wired different. Ourobservation of others is chronic and impossible to stop. We love it so we cango write our ideas and impressions down, sift through them, change them so WE understand what they mean, stand for orimply, then sculpt it into a whole new story of our own called 'fiction'. I,for one, feel I've solved a lot of my personal issues by sticking my fictionalcharacters with them and then watching, fascinated, to see how they handle it!
As for the unusualplot of Secret Sister, the plot came to me almost completely wholewhen, during a conversation with mycritique group where we were kicking around plot ideas, I said I was sure that,even if every single thing about my appearance changed, my husband (yes, mytrue love) would recognize the 'me' inside.
Now of course that started a whole discussion about 'whatif'. How would a person handle this? Howwould you negotiate if this impossible, not real, not-going-to-happen eventhappened to you?
The fascinating aspect of this situation to me was howone would convince those closest to them what had happened. And that led to awhole series of notes being jotted down on how I would accomplish convincing myhubby, who is nicknamed 'Phil-the-fist' (my Marine with a teddy-bear heart),what had happened.
So that's where the idea for Secret Sister came from.From my conviction, very romantic and some would say a little kooky, that truelove recognizes its mate, no matter what.I am not ashamed to say I believe in fate, in two people belonging togetherbecause they're meant for each other. Phil-the-fist and I are one example. And Cathy and Nick are our stand-ins!