Pepper Phillips – Goodbye My Friend

Pepper PhillipsThis weekend the Authors of Main Street group and blog lost one of its brightest lights – Donna Caubarreaux, who wrote as Pepper Phillips. She was a great lady and always ready to jump into an adventure in writing like our first Christmas boxed set when none of us knew what we were doing or to give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on when it had been ‘one of those days.’



Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the tears fall from the sky.
But no more will you weep for me,
for we will be together by and by.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the sorrow descend from up above.
But no more will you weep for me,
but think of me with love.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the sadness plunge to the ground.
But no more will you weep for me,
for I am Heaven-bound.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
But you will weep for me no more,
for I am only going back to where
I was once before.

© 1996 Jill James

The Coloring Craze: Adult Coloring Books

crayonsThe publishing world has its funny moments. Like coloring books hitting the Top Ten lists. I enjoy the idea of coloring as relaxation and have been known to color with nephews or grandson. It takes your mind away and nothing brings back thoughts of childhood like a coloring book and a new box of crayons.

Check out this Publishers Weekly article to read more.

Do you like to color?

Jill James, author of romance


a cup is just a cup.

coffee cup

I was trying to decide which Internet hubbabaloo would be the least controversial. Nope, couldn’t find one. So I settled for the Starbucks red cup. I do not see it as a war on Christmas. I do not see it as nothing either. What I do see, is that someone will be upset by something daily. That is the society we have become–a society that must invent indignation, as if there isn’t enough wrong in the world to find something to really be mad and passionate about. So Starbucks chose a plain, red cup so as to not upset anyone and instead managed to upset everyone. LOL

As Joanne Nosuchinsky said on Red Eye: (paraphrasing) “I choose to see it as a blank canvas to draw whatever holiday or Christmas thing I want on it.” So, I’m off to Starbucks for my ridiculously expensive coffee (which is a rant for another day) in a plain red cup with Sharpie in hand to decorate it however I want.

(Starbucks actual red cup not shown due to copyright issues which I as an author truly believe in.)


Have you read a book and found a dedication page or acknowledgements page and wondered, who are these people? That is where we thank the people who made our writing possible; family, friends, editors, and such. But what if you haven’t read one of my books? I still want people to know the important people in my writing world. In the tradition of giving thanks this time of year…

lauren-ovalI would like to thank Lauren Royal

Way back in the Internet stone age…1995-2000, give or take, our Internet Provider was Prodigy. It was a very friendly service and formed groups of your interests; writing, genealogy, hobbies, etc. Back then I belonged to Prodigy RWG or Romance Writing Groups. The moderators took 2 published authors and paired them with 2 or 3 unpublished authors, kind of like a mentoring group. But we became so much more than that. We became friends. One of the authors we were paired with was Lauren Royal, historical romance author extraordinaire. If not for Lauren I never would have learned about RWA (Romance Writers of America). She was the one to tell me of the organization and that I should join. She saw my very first ramblings and encouraged me to continue. She helped me in more ways than she can possibly know. So to her and all the other mentors out there who give of their time and patience for the love of the art…Thank You!!!

Jill James, published author because of lots of help!!

National Novel Writing Month 2015

Nano 2015Or Nanowrimo or insanity in the name of large wordage. LOL

In a fit of temporary insanity I’ve signed up for another year of Nanowrimo. Along with 300,000 other writers I’ve signed up for aiming at 50K words in 30 days.

I’ve done it several years and won a couple of years. My first Nano novel, Tempting Adam became a published book in 2011.

What are your plans for November? Are you joining the insanity of Nanowrimo? You can find me there to ‘buddy’ at Jill James.

Jill James, writer of romance


TheZombieHuntersWife 200x300Yes, I know all caps is shouting on the Internet, but that is what I’m doing. Today is Release Day for The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. Book 2 in the Time of Zombies series.

It took 4 years to write book 1, Love in the Time of Zombies. It took 6 months to write The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. I’m aiming for 4-6 months for an early 2016 release of A Time to Kill Zombies, book 3.

Michelle and Teddy’s story was easy to write in some ways, but very hard in others. It was easy to put Michelle in the shoes of a police officer’s wife, shoes I’ve worn for many years. It was easier to write a character who feared the zombies and refused to leave her cement sanctuary to confront them day-to-day. That would be me. It was harder to show she had to pull up her big-girl panties and venture forth when that is something I haven’t had to do in the non-existent (so far!) zombie apocalypse. I drew on my experiences of coming out of my uber-shy shell to show Michelle’s baby steps to face the world she now lives in. It was also much harder to write a whole novel, start to finish, in six months.

I’m going to use that experience to work on book 3. Jack and Lila’s story.

So, I hope you enjoyed Book 1, get Book 2, and look forward to Book 3. I’m also working on a short story with Rogue Vantage, the little boys that were introduced in Book 1 and have much bigger parts in Books 2 and 3. Rogue Vantage, a Time of Zombies short story will be a newsletter subscriber exclusive and will be best read as a short story between books 1 and 2.

Walk with the Dead, Jill James

4 days and counting!

That is how long to my newest release! Book 2 in the Time of Zombies series.

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The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – Michelle and Teddy’s story

Click HERE to go to the Books page to get an excerpt and the links to vendors.

I’m working on Rogue Vantage – a Time of Zombies short story that will only be available to newsletter subscribers. Click HERE to get the Jill James News for new releases and FREE books!!

Walk with the dead, Jill James