Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I'd like to introduce you to a beautiful woman who is also a fellow #RRBC Author, Joy M Lilley. I'm honored to host her today as part of the RRBC March "SPOTLIGHT" Author Blog Tour. After reading this post, please click on the link to follow her other stops. :-)
Chapter 9 Snippet:
the early years in Kent, he found his mind wandering from time to time back to
Rose. His thoughts troubled him, and he
wanted to know how she was faring, and whether she was in good health. After
about a year and a half following the move, he began returning to his factory.
This was not out of the ordinary. As owner, it was expected that he would be
checking in from time to time to ensure that all was running smoothly. Each
time he visited the factory he made it his mission to seek out Rose. At first,
he had difficulty finding her so he asked about her, disguising his interest by
also enquiring about some of the other workers that he could recall.
“She’s been poorly, sir,” said Jack,
one of the foremen. “Not been in for a few weeks, now.”
“Oh,” was his reply. “What is wrong
“Don’t know, nobody seems to know. It’s
a bit of a mystery. We did ‘ear that ‘er old man was badly ‘urt in a street
fight, but don’t know what ‘appened to him. She’s not been about since that
‘appened, and I should think that she’s finding times ‘ard, sir,” the foreman
“Let me have her address. I must return
something to her that was lent to me a while back,” Ralph lied.
“Let me look it up in the register,
and I’ll see if we’ve got it. Ahh, ‘ere it is. She lives at 24 Blossom Place in
Stourbridge. If you do see ‘er, can you ask when she’s going to come back to
work, as I shall ‘av to be replacin’ ’er if she don’t come soon.”
“Yes, yes indeed. I will let you know what
she says when I get back here,” Ralph replied, hurrying off to find Rose.
heart was beating so fast that he could not think clearly and had great
difficulty finding the house. The walk was long and arduous. He was no longer a
young man and felt the years catching up to him. This was the reason he did not
want to waste any more time in his quest. When he finally came upon the address
he had been given, he went straight to the front door and pulled the rope to
ring the bell.
usually a man to know fear of anything, he was afraid at this moment. Would she
still be here? What had happened to her husband? Would she want to see him at
When Rose answered the door, she could hardly
believe her eyes. Although they had seen each other often in passing since he’d
retired, they had no conversations apart from a few polite and standoffish greetings.
It broke her heart when Ralph ended the
affair, but she knew that no good would come of making any kind of fuss.
“Well, fancy seeing you standing in me
doorway. Where ‘av you been, and what ‘av you been doing?” she asked with a
My pen name is Joy M. Lilley (aka Joy Gerken). I am a writer and have been
writing seriously since 2011 with seven books published to date. My previous career
was as a trained nurse [R.G.N.] which I loved but it offered little time for me
to write until my retirement.
I joined Rave
Reviews Book Club (RRBC) almost 6 years
ago and have been amazed by the friendship and support offered by all.
FIGS, VINES & ROSES was the first novel produced by
me. I paid a considerable sum to have it edited at the time. This proved not to
be adequate for a number of reasons. Several
folks in RRBC commented about the need for further editing, and when
that number reached three people, I felt it necessary to do something about it.
It was recently re-edited by 4WillsPublishing. Nonnie kindly offered to help me with the extra work at zero cost. It’s been re-released on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. If you took a stab at the first version, I would appreciate it if you would reach out to Amazon for the updated version and give it another go.
I promote my work via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I also pay for promotion. I am ever grateful for the amazing support given by the members of RRBC.
I enjoy audio recording short stories on my advanced home equipment, and I now offer voice-over work through Fiverr.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PURCHASE LINKS:
FIGS, VINES & ROSES on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Figs-Vines-Roses-Family-Saga-ebook/dp/B09SWR3D7Z
Thank you for your support of this author. To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the RRBC "SPOTLIGHT" Author page on the RRBC site!