Spotlight & Giveaway: One Night Gamble by Katherine Garbera

Posted January 11th, 2019 by in Blog, Spotlight / 25 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Katherine Garbera to HJ!

Hi Katherine and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, One Night Gamble!


Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:




Please share the opening lines of this book:

Talia Spencer glanced down at her leg and then cursed again. The run in her pantyhose had spread all the way up her leg. She’d considered going without them, but she hadn’t had time to shave her legs this morning and she was all Chewbacca down there. She glanced at her watch as she drove down the highway. The interview was in thirty-five minutes.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I started with the premise lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
  • Gran is based on my own sassy grandmothers.
  • I learned to play poker as a child and have always loved the game.
  • Sin City is one of my favorite places to visit even though I don’t like gambling real money. I prefer shopping!
  • I gave Casey his tattoo so that every time they had sex, Talia would be reminded of the truth of the man she was with.


Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

There is a scene near the end that was difficult but that would give away the ending, so I’m going to share another one! This one at the liquor store. I was trying a couple of different ideas to see which one would work for Talia to meet Casey again. Finally landed on the liquor store!

But Talia knew they couldn’t. Not when they were on the lighted screen of a slot machine or on a pair of dice being thrown on a green velvet table.
“Next,” the cashier said.
She pocketed her cell phone and put the bottle on the counter. She’d drop off the Schnapps and the condoms and Gran should be good to go.
Once she’d paid, she went to leave. But as she did, someone held the door open for her.
“No problem. Looks like you’ve got a fun night planned, brown eyes,” he said.
It was the gambler with the sexy smile.
She didn’t believe in luck, having seen it turn false more
than once. “I guess you wouldn’t believe me if I told you it wasn’t for me.”
“Not judging,” he said.
But his mouth was. He had a wry smile on his face and she couldn’t help but notice the shape of his lips. They were full and looked incredibly kissable… She shook her head. She’d spent too much time thinking about Gran’s hot date.
“Goodbye,” she said.
“Catch you around, brown eyes,” he said.
She glanced back at him. “I have a name, you know.” “Let’s see if we meet again. Then we can exchange
names.” “Why?”
“Fate,” he said.
She shook her head. Of course he believed in fate. He probably thought luck existed too…just not the bad kind. Really, she should be glad he didn’t want to know her name. She didn’t need another gambler in her life. She’d just managed to climb out of the hole her father had left her in.

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What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

That love is unexpected and fate always plays a hand. I am a planner by nature and I’m always trying to force my life into the plan I have in my head, but I realize that the best moments in my life have been unexpected and sometimes comes from things I don’t “like”.


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: I’m giving away an e-book copy of ONE NIGHT GAMBLE and a deck of ONE NIGHT GAMBLE playing cards!


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Book Info:

Talia Spencer’s life is the epitome of boring and predictable. But then she meets him…

The first time she meets Casey Waltham, she’s buying condoms…for her grandmother. And of course drops them accidentally at his feet. Face plant.

The second time she sees him, she’s this close to landing her dream job and is celebrating at a club. Two chance encounters in the same day–that’s got to be a sign, right?

He’s charming and flirty and just what Talia needs for the night.

But it was just supposed to be a hook-up. At least, that’s what she thought…until he turns out to be her new boss…

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Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera writes emotionally sexy contemporary romances. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she is also a two-time Maggie winner and has more than 7 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
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25 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: One Night Gamble by Katherine Garbera”

  1. Kathleen O

    I went on vacation alone for the first time in my 30s. It proved to me that i could be independent.

  2. Amy R

    I moved away from most of my family and friends when I was 18. I still live in the same area now and I’m glad I moved.

  3. galehr

    Probably deciding to take charge of my own life, as just barely out of my teens, and standing on my own two feet. It was scary but absolutely the right thing for me to do.

  4. Teresa Williams

    When I was 15 my boyfriend said if you get pregnant your parents will let us marry.We did and are still together after 46 years and 3 children.

  5. clickclickmycat

    I can’t say as I have done anything risky. I ride the scariest rides at the fair. I take helicopter rides every chance I get. Things like that.

  6. Nicole (Nicky) Ortiz

    The riskiest thing I ever did was took a three day bus trip by myself and I didn’t have a phone so there was no way I could keep in touch with family.
    Thanks for the chance!

  7. Patricia B.

    It would be a toss up between traveling alone in Indonesia where I arrived at a train station at 2 AM. I had no idea how far the station was from where I was staying, there were no lights away from the station until town – where ever it was – and I had to take a pedicab to get anywhere. No one really spoke much english and I was heading off into the dark hoping I was being taken where I wanted to go. Better yet, no one knew where I was. When we got to the place where I was staying, had to wake someone up to let me in (no night clerks when you are spending $3 a night). I had no change and the driver thought I was trying to cheat him and he became irate and started yelling at me. Thankfully the owner paid him and explained.
    Compared to that, climbing 2 volcanos was a bit calm. I melted my sneakers on one and was ducking hot rocks when the other one erupted.
    Isn’t it great to be young and stupid, I mean adventurous?

  8. flchen1

    I’m obviously not a risk taker, LOL! Maybe changing majors late in the college game? But otherwise, I can’t think of anything, really! Great premise for the story though–looking forward to reading it!

  9. bunnyclem

    I’m not much of a risk taker. I guess it would have to be marrying my high school sweetheart, who was also the only boy I had ever dated. Needless to say, that didn’t work out. I got married at 19, and was divorced at 23 with a newborn b/c he didn’t want children.

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