Monday, June 1, 2020

Marcia King-Gamble, Our New Author by @JoanReeves #RomanceGems

Happy June, everyone. Whee! I love June. It's warm, but not blistering hot, and full of sunshine and flowers.

Giveaway Alert

I'm giving away a beautiful Journal graced with a picture of the Eifel Tower on the front cover and a map of Paris on the back. Look for Giveaway Details below.

New Month Brings News

I'm certainly looking forward to a new month. I hope it lifts the gray curtain of gloom too many are feeling.

It's been a tough year so far, but there's hope on the horizon. The best doctors in the world are working on this virus. The technology geniuses of the world are coming up with solutions to help us get back to normal, albeit a new normal.

Let's continue being smart, valiant, hopeful, and never yielding to fear and paranoia.

Actually, I've been too busy to think about much except writing and welcoming new authors to Romance Gems.

Latest Romance Gems News

Please welcome Marcia King-Gamble, our newest author who has joined  Romance Gems. Marcia will be blogging on the 22nd of each month.

Although Marcia is a travel industry executive and visited many countries, she's spent most of life in the United States.

Marcia is a National Bestselling Author who has written more than 34 books and 8 novellas.

I invite you to find out more about her on her profile on The Authors. You'll find her online links there so drop by and visit her at her website and social media pages.

Marcia's latest book is Ring in the Moment, the second book in The Ring series.

Here's a short blurb to pique your reader's curiosity.

Keisha Wilson gets the surprise of her life when her boyfriend, Brian O'Connor dumps her, and right before one of the biggest holidays of the year. Brian gives no explanation, and although Keisha is hurt she has no choice but to move on. What else can she do?

Brian has never stopped loving Keisha, but he's reluctant to drag her into a mess. A past indiscretion has come back to haunt him, and until he can get that situation handled, he's in no position to make a commitment.

When Brian realizes Keisha isn't going to sit home and mope—and he may lose her— he decides it's time to take action. Portia, the woman back in his life, has other plans, She's not going to walk away without a fight. Given Brian's secret, will Keisha take him back? Can love survive deception?

Author Spotlight Shines on Kathryn Hills in June

Drop by Author Spotlight and learn more about Kathryn Hills, one of the nicest authors you'll ever meet.

Kathy is into all things that go bump in the night and is the author of A Time Traveler's Journey series.

The Spotlight page contains an excerpt for the first book in her series, Haunting Highland House, and it's romantic and sensual!

Sneak Peak at My Work in Progress

I'm having a ball writing a Mystery Romance entitled The Key to Kristina. It will publish in July in a box set I created called Fortune's Favor: The Treasure.

Kristina's father never gave her anything but a hard time—until he died and left her a key. But a key to what?

My book will be 1 of 7 novels, all written by some of my best writing buddies, and each novel will feature a treasure of some kind.

I'll give you a clue. The Treasure in my book is a bit unusual. I hope everyone who reads it keeps the secret and doesn't mention what the treasure is in a review. All I'll say is that I had a fabulous time doing the research for it.

Later this month, I'll do a cover reveal in my free subscription newsletter. So sign up if you want to see the cover for my book and for the box set itself.

In late June I'll issue a call for readers who want to receive an Advanced Reading Copy for the purposes of posting a review of my book when the box set publishes. Get on my list now if you wish. Email me (joan @ JoanReeves dot com) and put ARC in the Subject Box if you want to be put on the list to receive an Advanced Reading Copy. (You must agree to review the book and post your review on the day the book publishes.)

Front Cover
Giveaway Details

Prize: I'm giving away a beautiful writing journal as seen on the right. That's the front cover. It's spiral bound and 1 inch thick with brown kraft paper pages.

That means you can use it as a journal or as a scrapbook or photo album—or all three!

The back cover is a graphic of a Paris map.

U.S. Winner: If the selected winner is in the U.S. lower 48, I'll award the journal and send it by USPS Media Mail.

Back Cover
Winner Outside U.S.: If the selected winner is outside that area, the winner receives her choice of any of my ebooks or box sets.

Random Draw Giveaway: Winner chosen by Random Draw from entries that include an email with a comment.

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post in answer to this question: What are you most looking forward to in June?

You must leave your email address written out NOT as a hot link with your comment.

Giveaway Closes: June 6, 2020, Saturday.

Winner Notified: No later than June 8, 2020, Monday, by email.

I look forward to reading your comments. Good luck, and have a wonderful month!


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  1. What a beautiful journal. It's so nice to have Marcia with us. June looks like an exciting month!

    1. I'm excited about June. I have big plans so hope Life will take it easy on me this month. *g*

  2. Welcome to Marcia! I look forward to your posts. And awesome salute to my friend Kathy Hills. You rock, girl!

    Joan, the box set sounds awesome. Looking forward to reading it!

  3. I am SUPER-EXCITED you have joined us, Marcia!!! Welcome to Romance Gems!

  4. Welcome to the Gems, Marcia!! So great to have you here!!

  5. Marcia! Welcome to Romance Gems. Ring in the Moment sounds like a fun romance. I wish you many many sales!

  6. Marcia, it's great that you're here! Joan, I love a good treasure hunt. What a fun-sounding box set.

    1. Thanks, Kathleen. Hope it will be what I've envisioned.

  7. Thanks fellow Gems for such a warm welcome. Excited to be a part of such a talented group of authors. @Joan good luck with the boxset and wishing you many, many sales. May June (a new month) bring with it only positive things!

    1. Thanks, Marcia. Hope June will be good for all.

  8. Welcome, Marcia!
    Honestly, this year has been such a challenge already that I don't know what to expect in June. donah42 at

  9. Hi Marcia and welcome to our group. Lots of imagination in this group. June sounds packed. Enjoy the spotlight, Kathryn Hills. Joan, so many in your blog! What a fun month this will be.

  10. I am back at work as of today, so I'm hoping things are finally getting better! Marcia your book sounds great, I'll have to check it.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

    1. Stay safe at work, Martha! Got you entered.

  11. On Friday I'm finally going to get to stay over at my daughter's house. I will be able to play, read, hug and kiss my 4 grandchildren! I am so excited! I haven't been with them since the beginning of January. We will celebrate my granddaughter Malia's 4th birthday.

    Later this month we will visit my mother. She will be 96 on June 19th.

    We were going to have a family get-together June 18-24th but we had to cancel due to health concerns. Sad because my 4 children live in 4 states: Oregon, Utah, Florida and Wisconsin. We haven't been together since my middle son was married in Tampa, FL in October of 2018.

    1. Sounds like fun, Laurie! Happy Birthday to Malia and to your mom. Only 1 of my kids lives in Houston. Haven't seen the other 3 and families since Christmas.

  12. Joan, your new book sounds especially intriguing and I look forward to reading it. Marcia, welcome to this wonderful group! Kathy, nice to see you in a spotlight. May June be a better month for each of us.

  13. What a beautiful cover! In June I am looking forward to some sunny days, beautiful flowers and the end of Covid- 19! Hoping everyone is safe and well!

  14. Welcome, Marcia! I'm so excited to get to know you and read your books! They sound wonderful. And Joan, I'm very excited about your project. Books are my second best friend. Can't stop myself from collecting them. My shelves are full, but I will always find more room!

    1. Thanks, Kara. How are all your new releases coming along?

  15. I don't know if it will happen in June or not, but I'm really looking forward to seeing my daughter and grandkids in person!! Other than that I'm looking forward to sun and spending time in the pool.

    1. Hope it happens sooner rather than later. Enjoy that sunshine and pool.

  16. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome to Marcia.

  17. AMY is the winner of the French-inspired journal. Amy, I'll be emailing you to make arrangements to mail the journal to you.


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