#Fall4Audio Day 20


#Fall4Audio Day 20

For the entire month of September, I’m giving away ONE AUDIOBOOK A DAY! To enter comment here on my blog or Day 20 at http://www.facebook.com/Jill.James.Author  share, tag your friends, or sign up for my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/hvtn- I never spam and only send a newsletter for new releases and subscriber exclusives.

A new winner will be chosen each day and prizes awarded on a rolling basis. Lots of authors are participating. Search FB and Twitter using #Fall4Audio to find more audiobook giveaways!
Today’s audiobook is Divorce, Interrupted – Book 1 – the Lake Willowbee series. Good luck!!

Jill James, romance writer

Paperback Giveaway

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750I’m doing another giveaway with Goodreads. This time it is for A Time to Kill Zombies–Jack and Lila’s story. Hope you’ll check it out and take time to enter for an autographed copy of Book 3 in the Time of Zombies series.


Jill James, romance author
Audiobook versions of the Time of Zombies series are in production

Parlay Your Author Power

Self-publishing has changed the publishing world but there are still authors who have no power to change covers, titles, or clauses in their contracts. And then there is Philippa Gregory…


I love Gregory’s books and I find it amazing in a good way that she wants her stories to retain their historical integrity, even when made into films.

Do you think historical novels should be historically correct or do you believe artistic changes are allowable, or even preferred, to make the story more interesting to a modern audience?

Jill James, romance author
Time of Zombies series coming soon in audiobook!

Friends With Benefits

Okay, you with the naughty thoughts…that’s not the kind of benefits I meant.

calligraphy penI have a best friend. We’ve been friends for 13 years. Her friendship is priceless. But the extra, icing-on-the-top benefit is that she is a writer too.

With no writing group nearby it is amazing how I feel after of morning of writing with her. The ideas flow and the word count explodes. Somehow, our ideas mesh and new stories come out of our get-together.

I come away from those days with a renewed commitment to my writing. To a new insight into why I write and how I write. It is called ‘refilling the well’ and it is that and more.

Writers are solitary creatures a lot of the time and there is a need to connect; with other writers, with artists of all kinds, with readers. To know that our ideas are worthy and worthwhile and not going out into the void of nothingness.

A friend with benefits which no price can be placed upon.

Jill James, romance writer
Time of Zombies series coming soon in audiobook!

Heard any good books lately?

I’m in the process of having the zombie books made into audiobooks. I just opened up for auditions. I picked male or female for narrators since I’ve always had female but I thought I would broaden my horizons to see what I get. So far, so good! Listened to an amazing narrator today. He even laughed at the part in the story where the character laughs. Loved it.

My cover artist is working on fixing my covers since they have to be square for audiobooks. To look like albums I’m assuming.

Do you like audiobooks? Do you listen to them while doing other things or just listen?

Jill James, romance writer
Audiobooks of the Time of Zombies series coming soon!


I’ve never done so much deleting and starting over in my life on a story. Every time I get an idea for a scene I go to write it and it isn’t what I wanted to say. It is like the characters are changing it up as I’m writing. LOL

Some rewriting has been necessary because the characters aren’t coming across as likable at all. For one character I guess that is okay but I thought she would be the nice friend and she is coming across as a witch. hahahaha

Trying to straddle the line between being uber-rich and not snobby. It is a fine line but I need it there for the story to work.

Do you give unlikable characters a chance or is that a book-throwing moment?

Jill James, romance writer

Dangerous Shift and The Reluctant Bride are now available in Kindle Unlimited!!

Current Projects – Summer/Fall

I’m going to be busy through the end of summer and beyond, working on my current Works In Progress or WIPs. I have several things planned for the next few months.

Christmas Novella – published independently or with a boxed set group.

Waking Up For Christmas

WakingUpforChristmas 200x300Waking Up For Christmas is the story of Darcy and Chase. They are in the midst of a divorce when the unthinkable happens – Darcy is in a terrible car accident and in a coma at the hospital. Chase is at her side every day reminding her of their love and why she needs to wake up for Christmas.



Paranormal Ghost Story – aiming for trying Kindle Scout – a crowd-sourced deal at Amazon

Ghostly Intentions

Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal tale of a young widow, Megan who can’t let her husband’s ghost move on. Why would she, when he comes each night to make mad, passionate love to her? Only Jack of Ghost Releasers, Inc. can show her the edge of madness she is treading and how real love is deeper and richer than any ghostly visitation.

Contemporary Romance – reviving and editing old story

Books and Dreams

Books and Dreams is less heat than my current books. Set in a small town, it pits Lyanne and Jack against each other for ownership of the building on Main Street in Wildrose, California. If one achieves their dream, the other loses. Can love make winners of them both?

Paranormal Vampire Story – may publish this under another pseudonym since so different from anything else I write.

Even Vamps Get Divorced

Still in brainstorming/plotting stage, but general idea is vampires are in the open and known but not liked by everyone. When Claire’s boy toy turns up dead all the clues point to the vampire did it. Can she prove her innocence to the police detective who believes all vamps are guilty until proven innocent? When Det. Anderson falls for his prime suspect will he be the next on the killer’s hit list?

What are your plans for summer/fall 2016?

Jill James, busy romance author

Got Kindle Unlimited? I’ve put 2 of my books into the program. Dangerous Shift
and The Reluctant BrideClick here!

What a Blast! RWA National 2016

Back from the conference and finally back on track with eating right, exercising every day, and writing on schedule.

It’s all about the shoes! It took several shoe stores and one that was locked but had employees inside. (What’s up with that?!) But it was worth it. I haven’t worn heels for years because it was just too painful and awkward at my weight, but with the weight loss this year I decided to brave them for one evening. It was worth it!

shoes RWA 2016








Plus one more. Don’t we clean up well?!! The husband and I don’t get all dressed up often so we make sure to take pictures of the event. LOL

RWA 2016It was an amazing evening. Great desserts. Great award show. Great company at our table. Thanks Rose City chapter for sharing your table, loved meeting you all!

Jill James, romance author, back at work.


In Hiatus

Mini hiatus this week as mother-in-law recovers from her knee replacement surgery. I’ll be back next week with writer news of current WIPs and some reviews of awesome books I’ve read lately.

Jill James

Never say never Part 2

About six months ago I wrote a post on Authors of Main Street about never saying never. I said I would never write a romance novel with a kid in it. Not only did Defend My Love have a kid but she had a main role in the story. I said I would never write a book in 1st person and I wrote Love in the Time of Zombies in first person and it is my best selling book to date. I said I would never volunteer in the writing world and I volunteer all over the place. My wallflower self has been kicked to the curb.

Recently I got to say never again and I mean it. I’m a linear writer. I start with Once upon a time… and finish up with …and they lived happily ever after. I do not write chapters out of order. But when I started writing A Time to Kill Zombies I knew I would have to do just that. I had four groups of survivors who were at different places and different timelines in the story. So I wrote it like:

Jack and Lila chapter 1
Jack and Lila chapter 2
Selena chapter 1
Selena chapter 2
Paul, Suz, and Josh chapter 1
Paul, Suz, and Josh chapter 2
Cody, Ran, and April chapter 1
Cody, Ran, and April chapter 2

and so on.

The writing was much easier that way. Putting it all together once it was written…not so much! A headache and a half. It was great to do the experiment but definitely a never again. (I mean it. Maybe. LOL)

Do you write in order or do you write wherever the whim takes you?

Readers: Do you read in order or skip around? Or heaven forbid, read the end first?😮

Jill James, romance writer

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750A Time to Kill Zombies now live!!

Available at most online vendors
and coming soon in paperback.

2 weeks to go!

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750Just two weeks until the release of Book 3 in the Time of Zombies series, A Time to Kill Zombies with my two favorite characters, Commander Jack Canida and Lila Sterling.

It is hard enough to find a kidnapped child today with all the resources at hand, how much harder would it be in the zombie apocalypse? That is the basis for the story. The search for a lost child and a mother’s greatest fear; what if they find the child and she doesn’t want to be found anymore?

A Time to Kill Zombies is available for preorder and releases on June 27th. Links for preorder are on the Books-Time of Zombies-A Time to Kill Zombies page

I hope you will enjoy reading the Time of Zombies series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Jill James, romance writer and lover of all things zombie

Graduation Day 2016

Brainy Grandson is graduating middle school and moving on to high school. So is the nephew.

How did that happen?🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying the annual rite of passage with their children, grandchildren, or themselves.

Jill James, romance writer and proud grandma and aunt.

Two Sweet Words – The End

Late last night I typed The End on my latest manuscript. Okay, it was actually # # #, but you know what I mean.🙂 I made my latest deadline with one whole day left over. Yay!!

I’m a terrible procrastinator. Or maybe I’m a great procrastinator, since I do it so much!! When it came down to crunch time it really worked this time. I was ‘in the zone’ for hours, for days.

A Time to Kill Zombies will be ready for release day – June 27th

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Jill James, romance writer and procrastinator extraordinaire

May Newsletter coming!

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750A Time to Kill Zombies is on preorder, so no Look Inside! at vendors.😦 So I included chapter 1 in last month’s newsletter. This month’s will include chapter 2 and is coming out soon so sign up to get the advance preview. Next month (June) is release month and will have chapter 3 in the newsletter. Enjoy!


Release Day is June 27th!!

Jill James, romance author

The Sagging Middle

The dreaded sagging middle. Most writers fear it with a passion. It is when the beginning flows and things are happening for your character and the end is known or at least imagined of how they get their happily ever after. But…

You have no idea what happens in the middle before the Black Moment (another great writer event). Usually this is the point where I kill someone (in the story). But for the current story I’m trying something different. Something I’ve never done before. I’m writing A Time to Kill Zombies in a non-linear method. I’m writing which ever character strikes me at the moment.

So, my manuscript looks like this–

Jack and Lila 1
Jack and Lila 2

Selena 1
Selena 2

Paul, Suz, and Josh 1
Paul, Suz, and Josh 2

Miranda, Cody, and April 1
Miranda, Cody, and April 2

So, at the moment, I have no idea where the middle is, sagging or otherwise. And it has been freeing. I’m not worried about it. I’m writing chapters as ideas come to me. I might learn to like this. Add in Dragon Naturally Speech to Text and I feel like I’ve discovered the joy of writing all over again.

What mind tricks do you use to do something that may be hard or boring or difficult?

Jill James, romance author

Coming Soon!
A Time to Kill Zombies – Jack and Lila’s story

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750Available for preorder at most online vendors.