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.

A Time to Kill Zombies

A Time to Kill Zombies is now available to preorder! It is book #3 in the Time of Zombies series. It is Jack and Lila’s story and also a larger look at the hostile world the group now lives in.

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750I’ll be working on a book page here on my website this week. But until then, it should be available at Amazon,, iBooks, and Kobobooks for preorder!! Releasing June 27, 2016

Jill James, romance author

Ten Tips to Create a Writing Routine

My favorite is #8. Check them all out and if you have the time, listen to some of Chandler Bolt’s videos. He is a great motivator.

Writing Process: 10 Tips to Create a Routine

Jill James, romance author
A Time to Kill Zombies is coming soon!

This is what happens…

at my house when you try to install a new toilet. LOL








Apparently all toilets are not standard and the new one didn’t fit under the overhanging shelf the builders added in 1992 when the house was built. So next, this happened…








And I will be getting a new vanity and sink! Yay!!

Would have been nice if we’d realized it before we painted the whole room! LOL

Jill James, romance writer and DIYer.

Prepare for the Unexpected

This is why you need more than one book when you dig into promoting yourself and your books.

Scheduled for a TV Appearance … and then the Dreaded Unexpected Happens

The same holds true for pitch appointments with agents and editors. If they don’t like your first or current manuscript, be prepared to pitch numbers 2, 3, and 4. They want to buy books. Give them several options to choose from.

Nothing sells book #1 like book #2…and so on.

Jill James, off to write now!

A Time to Kill Zombies, Time of Zombies, Book 3 coming soon!

Brief Hiatus

paintbrushI’ll try to post some pictures of the renovations later this week, but for the time being I won’t be doing an actual blog while we are working on the house.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone?

Jill James, romance author and do-it-yourselfer


I love this hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. Let the Tweetverse and Facebook peeps know what you are working on. For non-authors, there is #amreading to share a good book you are reading.

#amwriting A Time to Kill Zombies which is Lila and Jack’s story. Secret project which may or may not be a romantic suspense.

#amreading Alone In The Dark by Karen Rose.

What are you reading or writing?

Jill James, romance writer and reader


Happy Book-iversary!

Today is the 5th anniversary of my first published book. Five years ago today The Wild Rose Press released Tempting Adam! TA is a contemporary romance set in a Hollywood movie studio. It’s a little Disclosure and a little Pretty Woman. Happy Anniversary to me!!


Adam St. Eden and Yvette Giardino are two of my favorite characters. Sometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. Sometimes falling in love is not in the contract, but it happens anyway! True love always prevails.

Buy links HERE!

Jill James, writer of romance ~ a guaranteed happily-ever-after


Goodreads Giveaway – The Zombie Hunter’s Wife


My latest book is available as a giveaway at Goodreads! Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 autographed paperback copies of The Zombie Hunter’s Wife.

Good luck, Jill James

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Zombie Hunter's Wife by Jill James

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife

by Jill James

Giveaway ends February 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Judge a Book By Its Cover Contest

I don’t enter a lot of contests, but I love the JABBIC Contest and entered this year with Love in the Time of Zombies. I would love your vote, Elaina Lee of For The Muse Designs did a wonderful cover. I’m in SF/F/P category.

The JABBIC Readers’ Choice (that’s Judge A Book By Its Cover) is open to the public.

The JABBIC bookseller judges have had their say. Now it’s time for you to have yours.

Fire up your laptop, tablet, or phone and browse to the JABBIC Readers Choice page to start logging your votes. It’s easy and fast–and anonymous. (But you probably want to be on a broadband connection. We load up all the entries in each category on a single page.)

Just click the genre category at the top and prepare to be wowed. Don’t be shy. If you love a cover, give it a 5. If it doesn’t quite turn you on, score it as a 1.

This contest is great if you’re trying to figure out what makes an appealing cover since it is judged by booksellers who probably see thousands of covers every year. Their winners will be announced after the public has voted.

The Readers’ Choice judging will be open until midnight, February 12.

Thanks, Jill James, romance author

RWA Nationals San Diego 2016

San_Diego_HarborI’m all registered and have a hotel room. This will be a mini-vacation with the conference and visiting brother and his family.

So excited! I haven’t been for a few years. I love the workshops, the fellow writers, seeing and meeting the superstars in our industry. Fun times!!

Will I see you this year in San Diego???

Jill James, romance author

It’s Dangerous Out There

gumdropsNever has there been a better time to be a writer. You can go traditional with a publisher, find a nice independent publisher, or try your hand at self-publishing.  But dangerous waters still exist. Be aware of who you are doing business with. A friendly face doesn’t always equal a friendly business. And it IS a business. Great blog post about it…

Jill James, romance author and self-publisher