What Happened to Ellora’s Cave?

I’ve been following the strange case of Ellora’s Cave. They are the producers of erotic romance that I’m most familiar with. Recently, rumblings were heard of authors not getting paid, blaming Amazon because they weren’t making money, and authors telling their readers to not purchase their books from Ellora’s Cave. A great write-up and following comments are at Dear Author.


Back to the writing cave, Jill James

Unexpected Surprises

Hi, my name is Jill and I’m a plotter. There. I’ve made my confession. I’m a major, anal-retentive plotter of books. I love Excel spreadsheets, white boards, post-it notes, and outlines.

LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Now, I know that you pantsers won’t understand, but plotters can be surprised by their story just like you. We can outline to our hearts’ content and still have a surprise jump up and grab us by the throat in a story. I haven’t had it happen in a long time so it was a feel-good moment when it happened in my current WIP, Love in the Time of Zombies.

I was just cruising along, with two of my characters going to the library hoping to find some ‘how-to’ books to help in the ZA (zombie apocalypse). But wait, I’ll show you what I mean…

**Unedited WIP**

An intense ten minutes later, and they reached the library with limited killing. Seth used a machete and she used a small pick-axe she’d picked up at a hardware store. The door to the building stood open, with darkness as far as she could see inside.

Turning, she checked out the street as Seth made his way through the entrance with her following. Miranda held her breath as he snapped a Glo stick and rolled it across the floor. It came to rest against a pile of papers. Her heartbeat sped up at the familiar smell of books and the graham crackers of story time.

An exhaled breath left her as silence filled the building. No moans, no shambling footsteps, no voices telling them to put their hands up. She took a chance. Although it seemed wrong for a library, she breathed in and called, “hello” in a loud voice.

“Well, you couldn’t have come for food, since there isn’t any. And I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone  left to help you check out a book anymore.”

Her breath caught in her throat.

**And so did mine. Wait, there wasn’t supposed to be anyone in the library. This was definitely a search and retrieve mission. Maybe a conversation of moving on to another town, another area. Then I was left with the dilemma; is it a man or a woman in the library? Or maybe a child? An epiphany came to me. I knew who was in the library and what it would mean for Seth and Miranda. You will have to read the book to find out.

Coming Soon!! I really, really promise.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer

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.

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