Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Eileen Rendahl

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Eileen Rendahl, National Bestselling Author and two-time RITA Award Nominee~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. First up is Eileen Rendahl.

Her story in the set is Dreidels and Demons (paranormal romance)

All Melina wants is a normal wedding with the normal kinds of problems that normal brides have like drunk uncles and wilted flower arrangements. Such is not the life of a Messenger for the supernatural beings of Sacramento, however. Something is after her and it’s not just her mother with another cake sample for her to taste.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – pre-order

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces is a new boxed set bundle I’m in with nine amazing authors. The set is part contemporary romance, part paranormal romance, and all holiday fun.

You can pre-order right now!


Coming Soon to Kobobooks and iBooks.


Jill James, author of The Christmas Con


Nano’ing So Far – Day 6

Participant-2014-Web-BannerNanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month is here. Today is Day 6 and I’m already way behind. Had some family stuff come up so I’ll be doing writing sprints soon to play catch up.

Unless I added some words late last night, I’m at 1,400 words so far. Not great, but at least not still zero. :)


Jill James, writer of romance, believer of dreams


Pages From The Heart Contest


My manuscript placed 2nd in my RWA chapter’s contest. Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal tale of learning to let go and moving on. Megan Trent is a young war-widow trying to hold onto her late husband anyway she can, even if that means letting his ghostly presence into her bed. Jack O’Malley is television’s Ghost Releaser. From an early age Jack has helped people learn to let go and for ghosts to release their earthly bonds. When a vicious spirit seems to attach to Megan she knows her only hope is Jack and his skills. But will she be able to tell her husband good-bye forever and learn to live and love again?

Ghostly Intentions wasn’t on my list for planned projects next year, but I might try to fit it in.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer


If You Can Quit, Do So

happy writerIt is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.     –Sinclair Lewis

Almost weekly I see posts on blogs and forums written by someone who wants to quit writing. Most notably, self-published authors. It wasn’t the rainbows and unicorns they were promised. When I was very young there was a song I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. That about sums it up, nobody promised you anything. Just because Hugh, Bella, and Joe hit it big doesn’t mean you can or will. There is talent, timing, and luck swirled together to hit the big time.

Writing, or more properly the urge to write, is a gift and a curse at the same time. I’ve had friends drift away from writing. Some new sparkly showed up and writing wasn’t what they wanted to do with their time anymore. And that is fine. Life is too short to do stuff you aren’t passionate about. I’ve had friends drift away and no matter how hard they try the siren song of putting words to paper or screen calls them back.

So to those who think they want to quit–quit, if you can. Your passion may be elsewhere. Or, you may find yourself, late at night with a wisp of a thought and reaching for a pen and paper to grasp it before it escapes. Don’t say you weren’t warned!!!

Jill James, off to put hands to keyboard and get to 10,000 words for the week!

Why I Read and Write Romance?

Why romance?
Don’t you already know how it ends?
Isn’t it formulaic? Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back, they live happily after.

I’ve heard it all. But still, I love romance novels. Reading them and writing them. Today it could just as easily be boy meets boy, girl meets girl, girl meets vampire/werewolf, or girl meets alien from outer space.

Yes, to meet the definition of a romance novel it should end happily ever after or at least happy for now. Are you happily in a relationship? Are your friends? Compare notes. Did you all meet your significant other the same way? Did you all have the same baggage going into a relationship? Do you and your sweetheart argue about the same things as your friends do? Aha! Didn’t think so. Every romance is different. Every romance novel is different.

Each writer brings their baggage, their beliefs, and their idea of romantic to the story. I may think long walks on the beach are romantic and you may hate the sun, the salt air, and the sand between your toes. You may love hiking in the mountains and I may hate the pine air, the high altitude, and the idea of hiking anywhere.

*Warning! Spoiler Alert for The Princess Bride and As You Wish by Cary Elwes*

princess brideI bought As You Wish this week and consumed it in two days. I love The Princess Bride movie and it was so much fun to read his memories of making the movie.

That romantic moment at the end of the movie. That happily-ever-after moment in the film when they kissed. A kiss by which all others are compared, to quote the film. It was a wonderful kiss but it wouldn’t mean as much if you didn’t follow their story from the beginning. To see what they did to EARN that kiss. To get their HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Like the romance novel detractors, the little boy hearing the story at the beginning gets all upset to find his grandfather is reading him a “kissing book”. LOL Haven’t we heard that one before?!!

Westley and Buttercup are our lovers, our hero and heroine. They fall in love. They are parted. She fears he is lost. She is marrying another. He returns. They are reunited. They fall back in love. They are parted when she agrees to go with the fiancé to save her true love. He is almost killed. She is forced to marry another. But he returns, he was only “mostly dead”. They are reunited. Evil is vanquished. They get that happily-ever-after. And just like that little boy at the beginning of our story now saying, “it’s okay. I don’t mind the kissing so much.” Because they EARNED it. Even he recognized that they had been through the wringer and they deserved that kiss.

That is why I read and write romance! <3 <3 <3

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance.