Growing up, I never wanted to be a writer. Writing is something that grew on me. I was an educator’s daughter and so read at an early age. Reading fed an active imagination. Like Calgon (now I’m showing my age,) reading, transported me to another time and place. Reading carried me away.
Then I became a freelance reader. By reader, I mean, I read for a publisher. Often, unsolicited manuscripts are sent in, more than an editor can keep up with. Laypeople are hired to read through these submissions and make recommendations to the editors. It took me seven years and hundreds of manuscripts before the light bulb went on. I submitted my own story. While my first submission was not accepted, I was encouraged to submit something else, and of course, I did. That second effort yielded a two-book contract.
Twenty plus years later, here I am, the author of forty-plus books, blogging steadily on two blogs, and stepping in as a guest blogger whenever I’m asked.
That’s actually how my latest release, One Last Shot came about. One of my blogging groups, The Romance Gems https://romancegems.blogspot.com has 23 authors. Each member blogs on a specific day of the month. There is usually a monthly theme to follow, although at times we veer off topic.
The Gems planned to release several box sets. For those of you who don’t know what a box set is, it’s a compilation of stories, individually written, and packaged together. Our group is spearheaded by some experienced, and incredibly talented authors, and NY Times/USA Bestseller Joan Reeves came up with the idea for Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End and the legend. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Chance-Beach-Summers-End-ebook/dp/B08CV3GN3R
The legend goes something like this:
Poor boy begs passage on wealthy tycoon’s ship and falls in love with owner’s daughter. Dad frowns on the romance and banishes the poor man to the ship’s hold. The man escapes and swims to shore where he is rescued by a minister and his wife. The daughter goes in search of him, runs out of money, and is taken in by the same minister and his wife. The couple reunites. Unfortunately, he is lame.
The idea of One Last Shot came about from a what if? Those who know me know I’m a firm believer of what ifs.
So, I thought, what if an up and coming sitcom star’s alleged sex tape goes viral, and she hides out on Last Chance Beach. Turns out, the guy next door just happens to be a disgraced celebrity photographer in need of One Last Shot. Will he accept tabloid money for pictures of her? Or will he choose love over jumpstarting his career?
There’s even a free companion cocktail recipe book that comes with the story and can be downloaded.
Given the summer we’re having, we all deserve a cocktail on Last Chance Beach. So, pull up a chair and join me, albeit from a distance. Let 14 authors carry you away with stories of hopes, dreams, and true romance.
Link to down load companion cocktail recipe book.
Romance writer, Marcia King-Gamble originally hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue.
This former travel industry executive and current world traveler has spent most of life in the United States.
A National Bestselling author, Marcia has penned over 34 books and 8 novellas.
Her free time is spent at the gym, traveling to exotic locales, caring for her animal family, and
trying to keep sane.
Her newest release is By Heart.
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Marcia, you are one inspiring and very busy lady. Thank you to southern writers magazine for this great spotlight.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kathleen for stopping by. So honored to be part of a box set with such a talented group.Delete
Marcia, I'm so glad to learn a little about your publishing/writing history. You are an inspiration!ReplyDelete
What a very nice thing to say, Jan. I am inspired by you.Delete
I love how the story came about! Very interesting process.ReplyDelete
Kara I am big on What if's. The more bizarre the better. Nothing off the table.Delete
It's great to learn more about how Maddie James came to be a writer and how she was inspired to write One Last Shot, which I've read and enjoyed tremendously.ReplyDelete
Hannah thanks. I think you mean Marcia King-Gamble. Typo. Thanks for being so kind.Delete
I love that picture of you! I always thought I'd like to be a reader for a publisher. I enjoyed One Last Shot, too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Liz, Editor was kind enough to resurrect this pic of me. Thanks for the kind words about One Last Shot.Delete
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I'm late to this party! I so enjoyed reading about your journey to publishing. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Bonnie. Never late to the party. So happy you could stop by.Delete
You must have gotten a wide eyed view of writing when you read submissions. Thanks for the post.ReplyDelete
Nora reading all those submissions was my inspiration. It was a very good learning experience for me and gave me exposure to many editors.Delete
Marcia, thank you and Southern Writers Magazine for shining a spotlight on LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer's End. Well done!ReplyDelete
Marcia, great to learn more about you. That's a gorgeous photo of you. Thanks to Southern Writers Magazine for the nice feature.ReplyDelete
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