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Welcome Friends.

Today I am featuring the delightful Joy M Lilley and her recently re-released FIGS, VINES & ROSES

Chapter 15 Snippet:

“Anyway, listen to me… I have some news for you. The chap who is teaching in the boys class is rather nice and I thought you might like to meet him. I’ve told him about you, and he is keen to meet up. You never wanted to meet anyone from the opposite sex when we were in college, so perhaps you feel like it now that you are more settled.”

           “That is most thoughtful of you, Sybil, but I’m really not interested.”

           “You’re going to become an old school spinster if you don’t start dating,” Sybil replied. “You’ll have folk talking about you, thinking you are into women.”

           “I have no problem being alone, and I don’t care what people say or think. I’m not alone, by the way, as I have my daughter, Sophie, and parents who need me. Both are in their seventies now and it shows. They cannot do nearly as much as they used to even a year ago, and I fear for what may be just around the corner. Now is not the time for me to go complicating my life more than it already is.”

            “A daughter? Sophie? Issy, where did you get a daughter?” Sybil asked, shocked.


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.


Twitter:  @JoyGerken:

FIGS, VINES & ROSES on Amazon:

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    34 replies to "Welcome to Day 7 of the #RRBC March “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour! #JoyMLilley @JoyGerken @RRBC_Org #FigsVinesRoses #RRBC #RRBCSA"

    • Robbie Cheadle

      Hi Rox, It’s lovely to see Joy here with another great extract. Have a wonderful new week.

      • Joy Gerken

        Thanks for looking in Robbie.Glad you have enjoyed the extracts.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Robbie, Wonderful of you to drop in for Joy’s tour. She has some interesting stories and I am glad she is sharing them.

    • Karl Morgan

      Congratulations on the new edition of your book, Joy. I hope the tour uncovers many new fans.

      Thank you Rox for sharing.

      • Joy Gerken

        Thanks Karl,It would be great to get new fans. Best wishes to you and yours.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Karl. Thank you for stopping by. I hope your world is wonderful. Please, stop by often.

    • John Podlaski

      Love the cliffhanger, Joy. I share Karl’s comment and hope you’ve gained new friends on this tour. Have a great week! Thank you, too, Rox, for hosting Joy today!

      • Joy Gerken

        Thanks John,and for following me throughout the week.Thanks to Rox for her kindness in hosting me.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi John. Thank you for making time to visit. I am glad you are following this tour.

    • Jan Sikes

      Congrats to Joy! She’s having a great tour. Thanks for hosting, Rox!

      • Joy Gerken

        Hi Jan, thanks for coming by today. Good luck with your new book.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hiya Jan. Always nice to see you. Hope you are well. I am ready for volume 3.

    • Yvette M Calleiro

      Well, that’s a way to let the cat out of the bag. Lol! I’ve enjoyed your tour, Joy. Thanks for hosting, Rox! 🙂

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Yvette, Thank you for stopping by. I always enjoy your comments.

      • Joy Gerken

        Thanks Yvette,I couldn’t keep it a secret.

    • Shirley Harris Slaughter

      Hi Joy. Thanks for sharing your story with us. It’s been an interesting journey.

      Rox thanks for always being there for the members.

      • RoxBurkey

        Shirley, you are so kind. I loved this tour. Gla you stopped in. Rox

      • Joy Gerken

        Hi Shirley,thanks indeed,for all you do to support me!You’re a true treasure.

    • Joy Gerken

      I am so grateful to all the lovely members of RRBC who have helped me and been there for me throughout this week.
      I have learned so much in just seven days.

      Take care dear friends,hope to meet with you on Thursday this week.

      With my love,Joy G.

      • RoxBurkey

        Great sentiment, Joy.

    • Pat Garcia

      Hi Joy, Hi Rox,
      Sorry, I am dropping by late.
      Joy, this excerpt is also interesting. I wonder too where did she get a daughter. 🙂

      Rox, thank you so much for hosting Joy on her Spotlight tour.

      Shalom aleichem

      • Joy Gerken

        Hi Pat,
        Thanks for following me throughout this journey.It has been most informative and grand for me.
        Very likely see you on Thursday !
        Take care,
        Blessings to you. Joy

      • RoxBurkey

        Pat, you are always a welcome sight whenever you arrive. Thank you for taking your time.

    • Karen Black

      I’m late in stopping by, but better late than never. Joy, I am looking forward to reading you latest book! Rox, thank you for hosting this talented author.

      • RoxBurkey


        I am a believer that it is not late if you check in anytime. A delight to host Joy and grateful you stopped by.

    • Joy Gerken

      Hi Karen, thanks for thinking of me. Much appreciated.Hope to see you later today.

    • Marian Beaman

      Figs, Vines, and Roses is now on my Kindle. The kind words here have urged me to read it–review it too. Thanks, Rox, for hosting Joy! 😀

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Marian, I am so glad you came by to visit. I am glad Joy had her time in the spotlight.

    • Maura Beth Brennan

      Joy, kudos to you for taking the time to refine your book and republish! That shows the growth you have achieved as a writer. Good luck to you and hope you garner many more fans. Rox, thanks for hosting Joy today.

      • RoxBurkey

        Thank you for dropping in Maura Beth. Always nice to see you. I agree with the courage.Take care.

    • Joy Gerken

      Hello Maura Beth,thanks for looking in.Much appreciated.Happy Easter to you and yours !

    • Joy Gerken

      Hi,Marian; thanks for haveing a look.Also many thanks for adding the book to your kindle.

    • Randy Overbeck

      Congrats to Joy! Wishing all the best.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Randy

        Thank you for stopping by

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