Nothing sweeter

than putting The End on a book. The Zombie Hunter’s Wife is now sporting a very pretty # # # at the end of the last page!!

I had wanted to finish the book by June 1st, but went over the self-imposed deadline. I was beating myself up until I realized Book 1 took 4 years to finish and Book 2 took 5 months. How cool is that?!

Need to let it sit, write up a really good back cover copy/book description, and then put it up for pre-order where it will hopefully collect some pre-orders while I edit and other stuff.

Jill James, writer of romance

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My Fitness Pal

tape measureSo, I decided to get serious about losing weight and getting in shape. I signed up for My Fitness Pal. It’s an app for counting calories, logging in exercise, and just plain being accountable for what you eat and how much you exercise.

It has been a little less than a week and I feel better. It helps that 1,250 calories is not a lot and if I want a scoop of ice cream at the end of the day I have to go for a walk, a bike ride, or something to be able to have it.

No weight loss yet, but I’m feeling better. Of course, meanwhile, husband is doing it to maintain and he lost 4 pounds this week. Grrr Argh!!! LOL

What helps you stay on track?


Jill James, writer of romance

Are We There Yet?

How many times did you hear that on a road trip? Going back to when you were a kid, how many times did you say it? If you were told an hour, why did you ask again in 5 minutes? Does time move on a different scale if you are a minor?

TheZombieHuntersWife 200x300I thought I would have The Zombie Hunter’s Wife up for pre-order in June. Here it is, the end of July and I’m getting closer, but not there yet. The first book, Love in the Time of Zombies took 4 years to write. Why am I so impatient for this one to be done? Maybe because it is so much easier to write. Maybe because no matter how long it is in months, it is still light-years faster than Book 1. Maybe because I want this book out into the universe for people to find and read. But that is true of every book I write.

So, are we there yet? Not quite. But getting pretty darn close!


Jill James, writer of romance

Cover Expectations

TheZombieHuntersWife 200x300Last week I did a cover reveal for The Zombie Hunter’s Wife here and in my newsletter. This week I was on a loop talking about the cover meeting the expectations of the characters inside. Some people like the backs of people or with heads cut off. I do not. I love having the characters on the cover to look at and imagine their stories.

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife is Teddy and Michelle’s story. Michelle wasn’t really “seen” a lot in Love in the Time of Zombies other than dark hair, dark eyes, and petite, but Teddy was mentioned as an enormous black man, Oakland Raiders football linebacker big. On the cover, not so much! LOL As an author, and especially an Indie author we have to go with what we can get and that means usually stock photos unless you are willing to shell out some money for a photo shoot. Until I started looking for a cover couple I was not aware how hard it was to find a black male/white female couple for a cover on the stock photo sites. That is another argument for another blog post.

I love the couple I found for the cover. They set the scene well of a post-apocalyptic couple and the background is awesome (Elaina Lee is an artist), but it was hard to let go of the idea of finding a “Teddy” for the cover.

Do you as a reader get upset if the cover couple doesn’t sync with the description of the couple inside the book?


Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – coming soon!

Cover Reveal – The Zombie Hunter’s Wife

Elaina Lee of For The Muse Designs has done it again!

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife is Teddy and Michelle’s story. If you’ve read Book 1 you know Michelle is Emily’s best friend and Teddy was the self-proclaimed King of Pittsburg that Seth and the kids meet on the road. From the moment I “met” Teddy I knew he had to have his own story.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!