Never Forget

Originally posted September, 10, 2009 on my blog

Sometimes September 11th, 2001 seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago.  You find yourself dividing your life into before and after 9/11.

We had just moved into our new house a few months before the event and it added to the disorientation to be in what still seemed a strange house, in a strange neighborhood, and in strange times.

My son was still in elementary school and I spend the early hours unsure whether to send him to school or not.  Sure, we lived in an itty, bitty town so nothing would probably happen but I didn’t want him out of my sight either.  I remember he stayed home 2 or 3 days until the principal called the parents and asked them to please send the children to school so they could get back to normalcy.

Remember the date. Honor the victims. Salute our soldiers.

The best way to remember is to have a family plan for emergencies. Do you have a plan?

Jill James

Autumn is Coming

At least here in Reno, Nevada it is. Looks like in the 80s most of this week and in the 40s first thing in the morning. The trees are starting to turn orange and red. The sky is a vivbrant blue and wispy clouds scutter across the vista.

I love summer but it is awesome to live somewhere with 4 actual seasons. Loving it.

I’ll be putting out my September newsletter as soon as I have my newest book cover, so if you want to be among the first to see it, subscribe to my newsletter. http://eepurl.com/hvtn-/


Jill James, romance writer

The Meg – movie review

Meg by Steve Alten has always been one of my favorite books. When I heard the movie was out I was beyond excited. Most of the time, movies do not do the book justice. This time I was pleasantly surprised. The Meg (movie) is not exactly like the book but it is good on its own.

Jason Statham (he will always be Handsome Rob to me – The Italian Job) brings the spirit of Jonas Taylor to the screen, along with his own quirky personality. I loved the cute moments between Jonas and the little girl.

There are some scary moments where I jumped in my seat, the shark seemed so real and BIG!!!

The cast was excellent in portraying the excitement of scientific discovery and the costs that come with messing with nature. I would see it again and will definitely get it in Blu-ray when it comes out.


Jill James, romance writer and lover of movies

Shadow Box Keepsakes

I’m a collector of things, I’ll freely admit that. I love the history of things. I collect porcelain dolls, salt and pepper shakers, and books–lots and lots of books. I also sometimes get in my possession things from those who came before me.

As a kid and teenager I had a purple quilt on my bed. Each square had a state bird, state flower, and state name on it from all 48 states.

You read that right. At the time the quilt was made–by my grandma and her sisters we only had 48 states in the USA.

Along the way, my dad got the quilt and hung it in a window. I can hear the gasps from all the ladies who know what that means. The quilt fell apart, eaten away by the sun. I thought of trying to save it. I’m not that good of a seamtress. I thought of sending it away to get repaired but I feared losing it and it was just too damaged.

So, I decided to try to save just a piece of it. Now that I’m in Nevada it seemed fitting to save the Nevada square. Since the squares are in order of the states joining the union, the Nevada one wasn’t too bad. So I decided to put it in a shadow box for my office.

I’m not always great at the arts and crafts things, but I think it turned out just fine. I added two casino chips to the box, because, hey!! Reno. I attached the quilt square to a canvas and put it in the box. The shadow box is gray and almost matches my desk exactly. I love it!!

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Do you collect old things or always get new?


Jill James, romance writer

New Release – Retreat, Interrupted

My story, Retreat, Interrupted, is in the Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set. Now, it is available as a solo release also.

Cassie Stone feels like a failure. She has the worst case of Writers Block known to writers. She hasn’t written a word in two years. With her father’s death, she returns to her small town of Lake Willowbee to care for her mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. With all of this on her plate, Ben Bridges is loath to ask her to help the struggling Book Festival as well. As mayor of the small town, Ben knows they need a miracle to pull their town back from the brink of extinction. Can he rely on Cassie’s help, or will she retreat and run away like she’s always done?

Click HERE to get Cassie and Ben’s story, Retreat, Interrupted.


Jill James, romance writer

Yearly Check-up

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Nothing says another year has passed like it being time for your yearly check-up at the doctor’s office. I know some people skip them from time to time, but I always get one each year. My dad was borderline diabetic and I want to keep up on checking for that. I was very anemic as a teenagaer, passing out several times, and I want to keep up on that too.

 

So, I had to fast from Sunday night to Monday morning. (No coffee!) I had a headache but I didn’t want to take anything to foul up the results. Drank lots of water. Didn’t help. Still impossible to get blood out of my veins. LOL

Once I was done, I rushed home to eat lunch. I was starving. But, done for another year. Now I just have to wait for results. (twiddling thumbs)


Jill James, romance writer

Summer/Winter Sale @ Smashwords

Each year Smashwords has a summer sale, but because on the other side of the world it is winter, it is a summer/winter sale. This year I have reduced 3 of my books to free so readers can try me out.

 

 

Click on titles to go to Smashwords page. Enjoy!!

Dangerous Shift – paranormal romance – gender shifters – heat level 4

Love in the Time of Zombies – zompoc romance – zombie apocalypse – heat level 3

The Lake Willowbee Series – contemporary romance – 3 novellas in 1 boxed set – heat level 3

Enjoy the summer/winter reading, Jill James

Grandson Hiatus

We are blessed to have brainy grandson with us this week. We celebrated husband’s 55th birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. A very full week, so blogging will be short or nonexistent. Sorry!! Not. Enjoying grandson.

In the meantime, don’t forget I have new books out.

Ghostly Intentions, Ghost Releasers, Inc. #1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B94HJG3
Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGLJPYH


Jill James, romance writer

Release Day! Summer Romance on Main Street

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Today’s the day!! The Authors of Main Street boxed set is live!!

Summer Romance on Main Street is six stories of summer love of the sweet variety.

Authors are Carol DeVaney, Jill James, Jude Knight, Kristine Tate, Lizzi Tremayne, and Leigh Morgan. Our tales span the globe but they all have summer love and our guaranteed Main Street feel of sweet romance in a small town.

Get yours today at AMAZON for just 99¢ or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy a summer romance today!!


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Jill James, author of Retreat, Interrupted

I Voted Today!

This is not a political statement. I enjoy voting. I think everyone should vote.

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch…ever!!

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Thanks, Jill James

Summer Romance on Main Street

The Authors of Main Street have a new boxed set for summer, six novellas and novels, including my novella, Retreat, Interrupted.

Retreat, Interrupted is a story about going home again. Memories of what you always thought and finding the truth isn’t quite what you remember. When you are down and out, you can always go home again. But sometimes, home isn’t exactly how you remember it. This story is set in the fictional world of Lake Willowbee, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Some characters from previous Lake Willowbee stories make cameo appearances.

Summer Romance on Main Street is on preorder at AMAZON and will be available for purchase June 15th and available on Kindle Unlimited to read for free.

I hope you will enjoy Cassie and Ben’s story, along with the other stories in the set.


Jill James, romance writer

Conference Fatigue

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Conference fatigue is a very real condition. It is when you attend a conference, have tons of fun, party the night away, and eat all the wrong foods. Then, you go home and collapse. And hope you didn’t catch the crud while you were at it.

I attended RT Booklovers Convention in the middle of the month. I’m still playing catch-up. LOL And I didn’t even have to fly there, it was in my hometown.

It took me a week to clean my office of all the books and things I brought home from the conference.

On top of the conference, I finished a summer novella for a boxed set with the Authors of Main Street days before the convention started. So, I still have a blurb to write for the novella, plotting for the Christmas novella to do, and ghost releasers 2 to get back to. Whew!! I’m tired just from thinking of all of that.

And then, summer is finally here and we have a million things to do for that too. hahahaha

How do you wind down after a big event?


Jill James, very tired romance writer

Recent Read

Just finished Wave of Terror by Jon Jefferson. It had action. It had adventure. It had romance. And best of all…it had Princess Bride movie references!

To be honest, it did start a little slow, but once it got going it was a non-stop, thrill ride of a read. Megan is a spunky heroine in the best way. She lets nothing stop her from getting to the truth and getting the truth to the right people. Chip is great as an FBI agent and a hero for Megan to have join in her adventure.

A solid 4 star read!!

Bonus: After I finished the story I discovered that Jefferson also writes books about The Body Farm. As soon as I finished Wave of Terror I went and downloaded The Body Farm series, book 1.


Jill James, romance writer and avid reader.

Play Ball!

At our house, we love baseball season. For quite a few years we had season tickets to the Oakland A’s. We had to give them up when we moved to Reno. It is TOO far to go for a baseball game.

Thankfully, Reno has the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reno Aces. We still get baseball! This is our second year with season tickets.

It is fun to watch the up and comers and try to guess who will move on to the Show! The ballpark is clean and smaller than a big league stadium. But, there are sing-alongs, activities between innings, and fireworks every Friday.

Do you like to go to sporting events? Who is your favorite team?


Jill James, romance writer and baseball fan.