Good bye Summer,

WoMS 3d finalGood bye Weddings on Main Street. The weather in Northern California takes longer than most places to get the message that summer is done. Especially since it is over 90 here today. LOL But I always see Labor Day as the end of the season.

Weddings on Main Street, the summer boxed set from autumn leaves 3Authors of Main Street had an amazing run. It went up on June 9th and came down after Labor Day. Just like white shoes and bikinis; it is time to pack away summer and to move on to colorful leaves falling on the grass, cool mornings and crisp evening air.

LoveintheTimeofZombies smallMoving on to other projects is always exciting. So, I will dig into Love in the Time of Zombies hoping to have it up for pre-order sometime in September, releasing sometime in October and also, to work on Ghostly Intentions which finaled in a contest recently. Looking forward to getting to know zombie hunters Emily Gray and Seth Ripley and ghost releaser Jack O’Malley and my haunted heroine Megan Trent.

Fall into Romance this autumn!!  Jill James


I Finaled!

So, my RWA chapter was having a contest. I usually try to be a judge for contests at least 2-3 times a year to give back all the support and help I had along the way of my writing journey. I got seven entries and they were all good to excellent. I decided to enter a manuscript too. More along the lines of “donate twenty bucks to my chapter” kind of thing. Not that I’m not proud of my writing, but I’m self-publishing now so eventually that story would find its way to Amazon and others.

So what happened? I finaled!! (never sure, one L or two?)

Now, Ghostly Intentions goes to the final round judge (editor with a publisher) and I’m all butterflies in the stomach!! I really thought I was past all that when I decided to self-publish, but I guess not! No matter what happens, it was a fun contest to judge and enter. One of the best run I’ve seen in a long time. I got this beautiful badge to show off.

PagesFromTheHeart_FINALIST copy


Strange Bedfellows

I love the saying about strange bedfellows–Politics makes strange bedfellows.–Charles Dudley Warner Not only politics but business as evidenced by this week’s On The Internet.

WH Smith who removed all the Indie published books from its stores will now display and sell Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer crime novels.

Barnes & Noble teamed up with Samsung to produce the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is very slick looking and I’ll be checking it out on my next trip to my local B&N.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer

Back to School for Writers

No, not actual school or workshops or classes. I’m talking about the Back to School sales at Staples, Office Depot, and such. Yes, office supply stores. Nirvana for writers. I can spend all day in a Staples store looking at index cards (did you know they come in colors now?) and folders and binders and pens and Sharpies!!

plot boardI use a white board marked in chapter grids and colored Post-Its for plotting my books. I get a new package for each book. I use the colors for POV; pink for heroine, blue for hero, and purple for villain. I use hot pink/fuchsia for love scenes/romantic moments and green for location/setting notes. At one glance I know if I’m in one POV too long or not long enough. I know the romance turning points. I can see if the villain is stealing the show.

You can never have too many notebooks, pens, and highlighters. (needs no explanation)

I always find something unique when I go into an office supply store. Something I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. LOL

What is your favorite writer tool to get at the office supply store?

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer


Art is Subjective: Sharknado 2?!

Everyone says art is subjective. One man’s flung paint is another man’s priceless Jackson Pollack. To a housewife it is the stuff in the lint trap of the dryer. To an artist it is a blue-matted sea under pilings of a dock at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

movie poster with tornado filled with sharksI was thinking of all of this during Sharknado 2 and reading blog posts of the continuing strife between Amazon and Hachette. Or something like that, in between LMAO at Sharknado 1 and 2.

Basically, many authors are upset that Amazon is not treating books as “special”. They believe they are very different from cereal stocked on a supermarket shelf. That got me to thinking. Books themselves aren’t special, they are just things to be stocked on a shelf, virtual or otherwise, especially when they are mass-produced. The experience the reader brings to each book makes it special.  The many readers who found something to relate to in Lord of the Flies or 1984 or A Brave, New World are what made those classics. Word of Mouth spread the knowledge of the great things inside those books; of mob mentality, of government control, and of a utopia that wasn’t. More people bought them until the book’s message became special. Became common knowledge that those who hadn’t read them felt they had missed something. That to not read them is to be missing a universal knowledge. To hear of “Big Brother” and to miss the reference.

Which brings us to Sharknado 1 and 2. No, these movies are not classics, unless they become cult classics, which they bloody well might. These are not Masterpiece Theatre or Citizen Kane. What they are is entertainment. Campy, fun, some blood and gore, movie entertainment.  #sharknado2 was breaking Twitter on Wednesday night. :)

All movies can’t be It’s a Wonderful Life and all books can’t be A Christmas Carol, but we can all aim to be entertaining. If it is for 2 hours of an escapist movie or a few hours in the pages of a romance novel. Art is subjective. It’s a Wonderful Life was thought to be too corny for its time and A Christmas Carol was an instant success. Only the future knows what will be a classic and what will be entertainment. And in this world, you need a little of both.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer (and hopefully entertainer)

Defend My Love in audiobook

This summer I also had Book 3, Defend My Love, The Lake Willowbee Series done in audiobook, again by the immensely talented Tobi Doyle. This is Megan, Daniel, and Daisy’s story. LOL It is not a ménage, Daisy is their young daughter and it is just as much her story as her parents. This is the story I wrote after saying I would never have a child in a romance novel. hahahaha It is available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

defend my love audiobook cover