The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – now in audiobook

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife

Book 2 – Time of Zombies series

Now available in audio book!!

 

 

 


Michelle Greggs wanted to die the day her husband returned from work as the undead and she was forced to kill him. Now, all she wants is peace and safety. But both of those are in short supply in the zombie apocalypse.

Teddy Ridgewood lives for today. The smile on his face hides the pain within. The old world is gone and they only have today. There are no guarantees of a bright tomorrow when the dead walk the earth.

When a toxic preacher lusts for Michelle she will have to use all of her inner strength and seize onto Teddy’s live-for-today attitude to defeat the mad man and claim Teddy as her mate. She will have to break out of the cement walls she’s hidden behind to become the zombie hunter’s wife.

AMAZON     AUDIBLE     iBOOKS


Book 3, A Time to Kill Zombies is now in production!!

Again narrated by the talented, Maxwell Zener

 

 

Read an Ebook Week

 

ebookweekbanner2017Join me for Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords.

My Time of Zombies series is heavily discounted to celebrate the week!

Go HERE to get Love in the Time of Zombies for FREE and Books 2 and 3 for only $1.00 each!!

Time of Zombies series includes:

Book 1 – Love in the Time of Zombies
Book 2 – The Zombies Hunter’s Wife
Book 3 – A Time to Kill Zombies
Book 4 – Zombies in the Grasscoming Summer 2017

Enjoy the week!! Read an Ebook!!


Jill James, romance author

Writing Prompts

The recent Oscars reminded me of a writing prompt we used to use to get the creative juices flowing in one of my RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapters. During the Oscars they showed three short films based on Walmart receipts. The ultimate What if? game. So let’s see how you do with a writing exercise. Put your work in the comments.

Take the seven words below and use them in a paragraph or two. For bonus points use them in order.

thezombiehunterswifeaudio-500x500I’ll randomly pick a writing prompt attempt from the comments to win an audio book copy of Love in the Time of Zombies, my zompoc romance. Book 2 is almost done being recorded and checked and Book 3 is just getting started. All should be available soon as audio books!


 

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Have fun. Be inventive. Enjoy!

Jill James, romance author

Guest Blog Post – Mia Jo Celeste

otherthanpromo_Please welcome Mia Jo Celeste to the blog. She writes zombies too!!

Like Zombies? Take the Quiz and See What Kind You’ll Become

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Or Warm Bodies? Are you into zombies? Jill and I are. That’s partly how we connected. She’s written the Time of Zombies series and my novel Other Than has just been released. Both feature zombies. Jill’s protagonists hunt them, while my heroine has died and awoken somewhere between life and death. She’s a zombie. You can find the blurb at www. miaceleste.com, but currently, I’d like to talk those brain-craving, walking dead in general.

There are a lot of books about them right now and if you’re like me, you might be looking for a different take on the monsters. Here are a couple of interesting and unique zombie concepts. In The Forest of Hands and Teeth the cannibalistic undead can either be walkers or runners. My understanding is that the number of other zombies in the area when the human dies determines its speed after death. In the Zom-B series, the risen dead must file down their teeth to be able to speak clearly. Apparently, their teeth grow into thick fangs while their finger and toe bones poke out from digits to become claws. These once-living creatures divide themselves into two groups: the mindless dead and the Revitalized. The Reviveds, as the main character B. Smith labels herself, are teens who’ve been vaccinated against the plague in a secret government program. If fed enough brain matter, they can regain their pre-death intelligence.

Other Than has a unique spin on the human-stalking undead thing, too.

Although death is certain once an individual drinks the Waters of Immortality aka the Forever Bane waters, what kind of zombie a person will become is up for grabs. There are four possibilities. Often the personality and the habitual responses a person has when she was alive influence which zombie type she ‘ll become.

Would you like to take the quiz to determine which undead type you’d become? Grab a pencil and some paper, please. I wanted to make a quiz online, and I will soon, but for now, this is what I have. Write down your answer to these multiple-choice questions. After each question, I’ll give you the name of the zombie type most likely to choose that answer. Write down that name. At the end of the quiz, you’ll look at your responses and the names you’ve written. The name you’ve written the most is the type you’ll become.

Do you have your paper and pencils? Are you ready? Here we go.

You’re at a restaurant with your boss and you both want the special cheesecake dessert. Sadly, the waitress informs you they only have one piece left. She holds it out over the table and declares she’ll let you all decide who should have it. Your boss reaches for it.

You____________

  1. Stab her hand with your fork and grab the plate.
  2. Remind her she invited you and as the host should she should let you have it.
  3. Let your boss take it. After all, it’s extra pounds she’s adding. Better her figure expands than yours.
  4. What?

Response a= Howler, Response b= Sneak, Response c=Stitch, Response d= Shambler.)

You’re an American employee and the date is February 1st and your employer hasn’t mailed your 1099 forms for filing your taxes.

You ________

  1. Send a gently-worded e-mail reminder to your employer’s human resources department along with a brochure from your lawyer.
  2. Work? Taxes? Duh.
  3. Ambush the head of the human resources department after hours in the parking lot after determining the one area where the surveillance cameras don’t record.
  4. You map out the head of the human resources department’s route home. Someday soon, you’ll run him down. You buy a beater car, partly because you want to escape prosecution, but mostly because your current car has a too-die-for paint job and it would be a shame to mar that.

Response a =Sneak, Response b= Shambler, Response c= Howler, Response d= Stitch.)

You’re an avid gardener. You love growing tomatoes. The problem is the chipmunks, squirrels or rabbits chew on your plants.

You_______

  1. Huh?
  2. Construct a fence around your tomatoes.
  3. Decide to buy organic vegetables at the store instead. Who needs dirt under your nails? And too much sun on your skin isn’t good.
  4. Hide near the plants, hoping to snatch the next critter and bite its little head off.

Response a= Shambler, Response b= Sneak, Response c=Stitch, Response d =Howler.)

Your friend’s wealthy and eccentric great aunt dies, leaving him an old mansion in the middle of nowhere. He invites you to explore it. You’ve been there a few hours when an eerie howl comes from the cellar.

You ________

  1. Have just gotten your nails done. Volunteer to wait upstairs where the cell signal is strong to punch in 911 if he needs it.
  2. Put on the samurai armor and grab the antique katana you found earlier and follow him down.
  3. Cellar???
  4. Let out a battle cry and charge down the steps, confident that you can take whatever is down there.

Response a= Stitch, Response b= Sneak, Response c= Shambler, Response d= Howler.)

Reports of people biting others and a zombie plague fill the news reports. Your mom comes home from the store. She complains the woman at the deli nipped her finger.

You___

  1. Hurry her into the kitchen where you cut off her finger. You may be able to save her.
  2. Wow, you could get infected or worse, Mom could bite you and that would mar your skin. Lock her in the neighbor’s bathroom. Just for a while. If she doesn’t turn, they’ll let her out, right?
  3. Get the ax and end things for your mom. Better safe than sorry.
  4. Hmm.

Response a= Sneak, Response b= Stitch, Response c =Howler =, Response d= Shambler.)

Okay, count the number of times you wrote each name. Hopefully you wrote one more than the others. There are four zombie types.

Stitches lose body parts, but their minds function normally. They are often preoccupied with their deteriorating appearance.

Shamblers’ brains decay long before the rest of them. They lose their speech. Their mental processing is flawed at best and they like to perform repetitive tasks. If you speak to them they’ll usually give you a vacant stare or ignore you completely.

Sneaks resemble living humans. They can think and act as they did before drinking the Bane. If you must become a zombie, this is the best category to fall into. Unfortunately, it’s temporary. Before long, you’ll degenerate and become one of the other three undead types.

Howlers are the alpha predators. They hunger for flesh to sustain their rotting bodies. The more human or even zombie prey they’re able to eat, the more cunning and intelligent they become.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the quiz. If you post, your result in the comments along with an e-mail address, I’ll send you the badge that corresponds with the zombie you’re likely to become.

If you’d like to find out more about Mia Jo or her novel Other Than, here are her links.

Facebook fb.me/ Mia.Jo.Celeste

Website http://www.miaceleste.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MiajoCeleste

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4817-other-than.html

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https://www.amazon.com/Other-Than-Mia-Jo-Celeste-ebook/dp/B01N7ANXUQ

 

 

 

 

You can find Jill today at Mia’s blog


Enjoy walking with the dead!

Writing Space

Authors love their writing spaces. Some like organized chaos and some just like organized.

I love going to Barnes & Noble and writing. There is something about getting out of the house and sitting there among the thousands of books. It is inspiring to know somewhere a writer sat and pounded out words and they got published and now their books are on the shelves for me to look at and choose. I love being an Indie author but you can’t really sit around a website. LOL

Where is your favorite place to write and read?


Jill James, romance writer and reader

Review of Let’s Play Make-Believe

letsplaymakebelieve-james-pattersonI’m really enjoying the BookShots from James Patterson and various other authors. This one is co-authored by James O. Born – a new-to-me author.

The story is great, the twists are unexpected and surprising, the writing is fast-paced and fun.

Definitely a 5 star read. I’m enjoying the BookShots. Sometimes you just want a quick story to read, enjoy, and move on.


Jill James, reader

Hidden Figures – movie review

A few years ago I wrote a blog post that talked about Looking Forward By Looking Back. it was about seeing where you are by looking at where you’ve been. That post was about writing and seeing your growth that you might not notice every day as you are writing and trying to get your books out there and noticed. But when the husband and I went this past weekend to see this movie on date night I thought the same thing. In our current world it may seem like we are at the same place we used to always be as a society, but when we look back to a sad and ugly time in our history we may see we have come further than we think.

hidden-figuresHidden Figures showed a history that people under a certain age in this country may not remember, but we should. Not only minorities, but women, were treated as second-class citizens. Yes, we have a far way to go to total equality, but maybe we should take a moment and appreciate how far we have come. The movie was rated PG so the true violence of the time was downplayed, but they still got the point across admirably.

There was laughter, tears, and applause. Definitely a movie I will see again and again. One that everyone should see at least once.

Jill James, romance writer

Trying Something New

I love trying new things but I always go kicking and screaming along the way. LOL I don’t know why I do that, but since 2017 is my year of doing MORE, I tried something new–writing wise.

A crime story. No romance, just crime. It all came about because of serendipity, which is how lots of things work in a writer’s world. First, I took a class.

Write More. Write Now by Cindy Carroll. The first lesson was ‘what is holding you back?’ I dug deep and realized I was letting fear of the unknown hold me back from trying something different from what I normally write. Second, I read a book.

how-to-write-short-storiesHow to Write a Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell. It was like a light bulb went off in my head. I should try my hand at something new, make it a short story, and just publish it on Amazon. So, I did.  Click on the book cover to check out Mr. Bell’s book.

 

I wrote for 3 hours with breaks every hour, finished up, cleaned it up, and published it. The story poured out of me. It was fun to just write for writing’s sake. Make a nice little story and see it up at Amazon. Here it is.

amazon-coverKiller Personality: A Killer Short Story by J. James

Harry Beecher hadn’t planned to become a serial killer, but sometimes life doesn’t go as you plan.

 

 


What is something you did and surprised yourself with how it turned out?

Jill James, author

Does anyone know…?

question_mark_3dthe name of a movie about lying. I don’t remember who is in it, but everyone believes everything they hear so when a man comes along and lies they don’t understand that he is not telling the truth. That’s all I remember of the plot. I think there was a romance in there somewhere.

Don’t you hate when you remember enough of something to remember it but not enough to remember the whole thing? Like an earworm that won’t go away. LOL

What non-essential thing irks you?


Jill James, romance writer

Romance Pages Read Kickoff

I’ve joined with over 45 other romance authors to promote our Kindle Unlimited books for the month of January!! Start clicking and reading today!!

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Just click on the pic and start getting FREE books from Kindle Unlimited at Amazon. If you don’t have KU you can sign up for your FREE month at the promo landing page.

Enjoy filling up that new Kindle!!


Jill James, romance writer

Looking Forward to 2017

wish potIt is usually this time of year that I open the wishing pot my best friend gave me and check out my goals and wishes for the past year. Sometimes I’m happy to see I met my goals and sometimes I’m sad to see I didn’t quite get there. This year I think I will be happy the year is over and a new one beginning.

So, what do I want for 2017–

  • To lose the final 20 pounds I need to be a healthy weight for my short frame.
  • To exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
  • To eat better and find ways to enjoy food that is good for you.
  • To double my book production by writing a little something at least 5 days a week.
  • To not stress over sales of books or ads and promotion I should be doing, to just find events or happenings to sell my books in fun and inventive ways.
  • To reach out to newbies in this strange, scary publishing world and give them a pat on the back for being brave enough to try it and enough advice to feel they are taking the next step into this world we call publishing.
  • To tell my family how much I love them and to be there when needed.
  • To smell the roses–literally and figuratively.

What do you want your 2017 to be?


Jill James, romance writer and reader

Wrapping Up 2016

As the year draws to an end I’ve noticed that people talk about what they want to do next year. I like to look back and see how I’ve done this year.

I wrote and published 2 zombie novels and 1 Christmas novella. I had ambitions for so much more, but some is much better than none!

I went to San Diego for RWA National and I hadn’t been in awhile. It was so wonderful to see people I haven’t seen in years and to meet new people that I only know as online screen names and signature lines.

I spent some wonderful but cold nights at Oakland A’s games with my husband. He loves baseball so much and I’ve learned so much more about the game than I ever did before.

No matter your political leanings I feel it is important to be educated in what is going on in your city, your state, your country, and the world. I paid so much more attention to the election process than all the previous elections I’ve voted in before. Knowledge is power; in politics and your passion.

What did you do or learn this year?

Jill James, romance writer

New Release for Christmas

My novella, Waking Up For Christmas has gone live as an individual book. It is currently in the boxed set, Christmas at the Inn on Main Street by the Authors of Main Street.

I was inspired by The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks with the idea of looking back on a life together – the highs and the lows of love, romance, tears, and arguments. Darcy and Chase are in the midst of a divorce when she is in a terrible car accident. Now in a coma, all Chase wants for the holidays is for Darcy to wake up and remember all they had together and all they could have, if she would just wake up!

The novella and the boxed set are Amazon-exclusive and in Kindle Unlimited! The boxed set is also available as a paperback book at Amazon.

Click Here! for Waking Up For Christmas


Happy Holidays from Jill James

Christmas at the Inn on Main Street

My Christmas story, Waking Up for Christmas is in the Christmas at the Inn on Main Street boxed set. Enjoy five wonderful holiday tales that bring the flavor and the specialness of the season to life.

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Still at the wonderful price of just 99¢ for five holiday books. FREE for Kindle Unlimited readers. Also available in the Matchbook program that allows you to buy the paperback book and get the eBook for free!

Click here!

What is Matchbook?

Matchbook is an Amazon program where you link your eBook and paperback book together and readers who purchase the paperback get the eBook for FREE! All my paperbacks are linked but this blog post is to mention our boxed set. Christmas at the Inn on Main Street is now in paperback and available in the Matchbook program so you can Give a Gift. Get a Gift.

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Click HERE to order the paperback to give to a family member or friend and get the eBook for yourself!


Happy Holidays!! from Jill