Take Care of Yourself

I’m getting a physical this month. I get one every year. It is easier to catch problems before they get bad than it is to deal with them when they are out of control. I still remember getting a lollipop if I was good at the doctor’s office. LOL

Do you get regular physicals?


Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

Camp Nanowrimo 2021

April is the beginning of Camp Nanowrimo. It is a little looser than regular Nanowrimo which happens in November. In April, you set your own word count goal, you work on something already started, or work on several projects at the same time.

This month I’m working on finishing Ghostly Deceptions, book 2 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. If I finish the first draft before the end of the month I’ll also work on Ghostly Perceptions, book 3 in the series.

I made a practice cover to keep me inspired during the month. This will not be the actual cover, I have a cover artist for that.

Do you do Nanowrimo or do you have any plans for April?


Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

Cover Art Day

I love cover art day. It is the day I have the appointment with my cover artist to make a cover for one of my books. Today we will be working on the print cover for Zombies in the Grass, my newest release. Even though I have the ebook cover already, it is still exciting to see what Elaina Lee will do for the back cover, the fonts, and the colors. Since she did all my covers, she makes sure all the books in a series go together. Have I told you how awesome she is?!!

 

 


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

Release Day!

Nothing is exciting as publishing your first book, but #21 comes in pretty close. The Time of Zombies series have been my most exciting books to write. I love zombies. Movies, books, television shows.

Zombies in the Grass was so much fun to write. Willa Zara is all gung ho, army, follow the rules and Danny Lopez is ‘they are more like guidelines’ let’s break them, especially when he doesn’t agree with them. The other zombie books took place in various places in California I was familiar with. For Zombies in the Grass I headed up into the Sierra Nevada mountains to Donner Lake. The husband took me on a photo opportunity there to get pictures for inspiration for the story. The place is beautiful. The lake is crystal clear. An idyllic place (except for the snow and zombies I put there.) If you get the chance, check it out.

I hope everything loves Willa and Danny’s story as much as I did.

Available today at Amazon, Apple, BN.com, Kobo, and Smashwords. Coming soon in paperback.


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

Deadline Indecision

Today is the last day I’m able to make changes to my latest release. For better or worse, Zombies in the Grass is ready to go. I have this indecision with every release. Do I have any last minute check to do? Did I spell zombies right? Do I want to go over it one more time? NO! It is time to move on to the next story.

No more indecision. Start plotting Ghostly Deceptions and Ghostly Perceptions!

Zombies in the Grass releases March 9th, 2021! Enjoy!!


Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

Just One More Week

When you start writing a book it seems like release day will be soooo far in the future you can’t even see it with a telescope. But as you near the release day it rushes forward like an avalanche and there is no stopping it.

Zombies in the Grass, book 4 of the Time of Zombies series is almost here. Just one more week. This is Danny and Willa’s story. If you’ve read the rest of the series there are some nice tidbits from couples of books 1-3 and the boys of Rogue Vantage. Along with the gang are some new people; good and bad.

I hope you will enjoy walking with the dead, Jill James

Preorder at $2.99, two weeks after release it goes up to the regular price of $4.99

ZOMBIES IN THE GRASS


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

Edit, Format, Upload, Oh, my!

There is a lot more to being a writer these days, or at least, a self-published author. A book is edited. Then it is formatted for ebook and paperback. Then it is uploaded to the vendors.

Once it is up (live) it is a constant watching to make sure it is the price you set, the blurb you wrote (also formatted right), and a myriad of other things, all while writing the next book.

Most days, I’m happy I’m doing this. This has been my dream for a long time, but on days I’m formatting for paperback books; not so much.

Thanks for listening to my rant. Off to format some more!!


Jill James, romance author and self-published entrepreneur

Lots of Birthdays

February is a big birthday month in our family. My dad’s birthday was in February. My brother’s birthday is in February. My Uncle Johnny’s birthday was in February. A nephew has a birthday in February. The son’s girlfriend has a February birthday. Lots of birthdays!!

Do you have one month that has lots of birthdays or anniversaries in your family?


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

Zombies in the Grass

She follows every rule. He breaks them as much as possible. Will they get on the same page to defeat the zombie horde?

The army is Willa Zara’s whole life. It has given her structure, discipline, and a family. When Danny Lopez has received one order too far, he deserts and takes the conscripted children with him. When danger strikes too close to the army base, Willa and Danny will have to decide which side they are on.

Opposites attract, or so the saying goes. What Willa and Danny have flashes like lightning starting a wildfire. Will it burn all in its path or lead to love in the time of zombies?

Zombies in the Grass is book 4 in the Time of Zombies series. Now available to preorder.

AMAZON APPLE BN.COM KOBO SMASHWORDS

Release Day is March 9, 2021!!


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

The End?

I was hoping to put The End on another book for this blog post, but I’ve got another chapter and a half or so to go. Then I can write The End on Zombies in the Grass, book 4 in the Time of Zombies series.

I was doing the Amazon Ads Challenge and although I learned a whole bunch, I only wrote 10k this week. So another day or so and the book will be done.

Zombies in the Grass is available on preorder and releases March 9th!!

She follows all the rules. He breaks as many as possible. Can they get on the same page in time to stop the zombie horde?

Zombies in the Grass

AMAZON


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

The 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge

I had wanted to do Amazon Ads for a while, but was afraid to try. What if I lost a bunch of money? What if I couldn’t figure out all the ratios and ROI and other acronyms. Math is not my strong suit, which is funny since I went to college to be an accountant. LOL

So, when the Challenge showed up in my Facebook newsfeed, I decided to give it a try. Bryan Cohen is a great teacher. He walked us through doing an ad step-by-step. You bid small amounts of money and it wasn’t too scary at all. We posted our homework and got tons of feedback.

It is one of those things that you get better the more you do, so the steps are automatic and you remember them by doing them over and over and over. I loved that Bryan told us numerous times to recheck your bids before you pushed the last button. He gave helpful hints and explained how everything worked. I learned new skills with Book Report and Instant Data Scraper. And TONS of rewriting copy to make it exciting, relevent, and give it a punch.

I would totally recommend to all self-publishers to try the Challenge if you get the chance.


Jill James, romance writer and class taker.

Book Review – The Berlin Girl

It is not often that a historical fiction so captures my attention that I feel like I’m reading a biography of a real person living through a real time in history. The Berlin Girl is just such a book. The time of the world on the edge of war was frightening enough. Add Nazis and a young woman who wants to do what is right and you have a story full of danger, intrigue, and a belief in doing the right thing. No matter the cost.

I haven’t read the other books by this author. But I will!!

I wish I could give it many, many more than 5 stars!


Jill James, author of My Mistletoe Hero

Winter Writing

Winter is my favorite writing time. It’s cold and windy outside. Not as much to do but hunker down, get cozy, and write. January to March is my most productive time.

This year I’m finishing up Zombies in the Grass – book 4 – Time of Zombies series, Ghostly Deceptions – book 2 – Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, Ghostly Perceptions – book 3 – Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, and Stolen Shift – book 2 – Shifters of San Laura series.

Do you enjoy the slower pace in the winter? Do you get more stuff done?


Jill James, romance writer

Book Review – What Vengeance Comes

Every once in a while, a great read comes along. The kind that has you glom onto an author and buy their whole series. That is what happened to me. Book 5 in this series was on sale, so I got it. It was so good, I had to go back and start the series at the beginning. A memorable main character is serendipity. You know it when you read it. It is magical for the author when they write it.

John Decker is just such a character. Much like Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger and James Rollins’ Grayson Pierce, John Decker is a character you can’t forget when you turn the last page and close the book. When I finished book 1, I rushed, ran, galloped to get book 2.

A 5 star read–and then some.


Jill James, writer and voracious reader

Word for the Year

Every year I pick a word to be my word for the year. Something that symbolizes what I want to accomplish, what I wish and dream for the year.

This year’s word is Completion. This year I want to end 2021 with all my projects; writing and otherwise, completed. No lingering works in progress, no half-finished family trees for family members, no unfinished whatever I decide to start this year. I want to see my projects through!

Do you pick a word for the year?


Jill James, wishing you a Happy New Year!!

The Other Wife – book review

The Other Wife by Claire McGowen was an excellent read. In the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, it is an ‘unreliable narrator’ story. You’re not sure if the person is to be trusted. Are they telling the truth? Or just their version of the story?

The characters were real, flawed people just doing the best they could in the situation they found themselves. There is some gaslighting, but you aren’t quite sure who is doing what to whom.

A definite page-turner. The twists and turns kept me enthralled to the last page.

A five-star read!


Jill James, voracious reader