Win a Zombie Survival Kit!!

Do you think you could survive the zombie apocalypse? Here is a kit to up your odds of survival. With a group of zombie authors, we are having a contest for a chance to win this awesome kit!!

Just go HERE! Enter to win the items above! (I love my copy of The Zombie Survival Guide)

Then come back here to tell me how you think you would fare during TEOTWAWKI.
(The End Of The World As We Know It)

I will choose 3 commenters from the comments to receive an audiobook copy of my zompoc romance, Love in the Time of Zombies – Book 1 of the Time of Zombies series


Walk with the Dead, Jill James

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#Fall4Audio Day 20

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#Fall4Audio Day 20

For the entire month of September, I’m giving away ONE AUDIOBOOK A DAY! To enter comment here on my blog or Day 20 at http://www.facebook.com/Jill.James.Author  share, tag your friends, or sign up for my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/hvtn- I never spam and only send a newsletter for new releases and subscriber exclusives.

A new winner will be chosen each day and prizes awarded on a rolling basis. Lots of authors are participating. Search FB and Twitter using #Fall4Audio to find more audiobook giveaways!
Today’s audiobook is Divorce, Interrupted – Book 1 – the Lake Willowbee series. Good luck!!


Jill James, romance writer

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop — Jill James

Welcome to the Jill James stop on the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop.

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It’s a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you’ll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

(Prizes are awarded internationally, except for the Swag Pack. That prize is US only)

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

pendantBonus Prize: Win this beautiful pendant with the Dangerous Shift cover. To enter to win pendant sign up for the Jill James newsletter in the sidebar. All newsletter recipients are eligible for this prize. Winner will be announced and contacted at the end of the Blog Hop.

For all other prizes just comment on each blog to be entered to win!

You must have email address in comment to be entered to win.

Follow the other Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop authors: Click Here!

NOW, It’s all about the cookies!!

My favorite part of Christmas is making cookies. My mom truly got into the spirit of Christmas with her cookie baking. We would make twenty to thirty dozen cookies each Christmas. They were given to the neighbors, office workers, and our relatives back east. My fondest memory is that no matter what day we started making cookies my mom would be wearing black pants. LOL By the time we were done, they were covered in white flour.

Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Butter, Jam Thumbprints, Walnut cookies, any new cookie recipe she had clipped out of a magazine. Of all the cookies over the years, my favorites will always be the Butter Cookies. The family recipe had been passed down the generations; I got it from mom and she got it from her mother, who got it from her mother. Grandma Bessie Svehla. The original cookie recipe came from Bohemia; now the Czech Republic.

This recipe calls for lots of butter and lots of upper body strength to stir the dough. LOL

butter cookiesGrandma Svehla’s Bohemian Butter Cookies (Mom never wanted me to share the family recipe, but I believe great food should be shared.)

1 pound of butter

1 1/4 cup of sugar

1 egg

    2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (lemon or almond are nice too.)

4 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Mix butter and sugar until creamed together. Add egg and vanilla and mix.

Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix completely. Refrigerate for an hour.

Drop by spoonfull on to greased cookie sheet. Mash with wet fork for pattern on top. Sprinkle with colored sugar.

Bake 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about six dozen cookies.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the contest!

Tell me your favorite holiday memory!

Follow the other Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop authors: Click Here!

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LakeWillowbeeTrilogy 200x300Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
New release The Lake Willowbee Series, Books 1 – 3
The series contains Divorce, Interrupted – Dare To Trust – Defend My Love
Available in digital and soon in print.

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Laura Kaye’s WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event!

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.”

~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:

WEST OF WANT BLURB:

Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…

When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.

WEST OF WANT EXCERPT:

Restrained power made Zephyros’s hands tremble. At first, he’d wanted to help Ella because he owed it to her. Now, want bloomed into need. When he’d held her soft curves, the strength of her life force soaked into him. Seldom did he have any cause to interact with humans, let alone touch them, but the soft yellow aura that surrounded her body told him this woman was good, pure, true. A rare character, in his experience.

And then she’d said his name. Whispered it, really, but that didn’t keep him from fully enjoying the way her lips wrapped around the sound.

Silently, he summoned the ancient, elemental power, the one that flowed through him, that made him what he was. His palms warmed. Soft white light spilled from between his clasped hands.

Ella’s eyes cut to his glowing hands, went wide. “What? Don’t hurt…” She swallowed thickly. A tear leaked down her temple into her hair.

He met Ella’s barely focused gaze. “Fear not, I promise to hurt you no more.”

Her only answer was a shiver that racked her whole body.

Normally, a healing of this magnitude required sacrifice. It was how the gods worked. Quid pro quo, and all that. But, in this case, Ella’s case, that was hardly appropriate. After all, she wouldn’t need to be healed if he’d kept better control of himself.

Words in his native tongue spilled into the quiet of the room. He parted his hands, held them over her prone form, and let the healing energy cover her. The pale, white glow infused her aura, which absorbed the curative force, distributed small doses of it throughout her body.

Ella sucked in a breath.

“Be well, now,” Zeph whispered.

Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”

~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about

multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need

Special Limited Edition Contest:

A few sites participating in the West of Want Preview Celebration are offering a special, limited edition gift pack, and this is one of them! See the other participating sites for a chance at one of *seven* Amazon/B&N gift card prizes, but here, comment with your name and email address for a chance to win a West of Want gift bag with a bangle bracelet with an Anemoi compass rose charm, an Anemoi lip balm, a Laura Kaye pen, and an Anemoi series bookmark and romance trading cards! Open to international.

Site-Specific Contest:

One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives inMaryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bay every day.

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Spring Bling Fling – Wrapup day

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog during the Spring Bling Fling.

Yesterday’s question – Unfortunately false. When I watched Neil Armstrong step onto the surface of the moon on television I knew there was one thing I wanted to be – the first woman astronaut. Although that opportunity has passed me by, along with colonizing the moon or Mars, I still yearn for new and exciting places – hence I’m now a writer and can go distant places any time I sit down at my computer keyboard.

Winners of the bangle bracelets are: Beth Yarnall and Laura Kaye

Ladies, please send your snail mail address to jill@jilljameswrites.com and I will get them out to you.

Thank you everyone for playing….Jill

Spring Bling Fling – Day 5

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: False. At 18 I wanted to get a tattoo and my dad threatened to rip it off my body. That threat stayed with me….no tattoo.

The winner of beautiful bangle bracelets is: AJ Nuest

Onto Day 5, our last.

In my book, Tempting Adam, Adam learns of Yvette’s lies and is devastated. He doesn’t believe he will ever understand why she chose to lie. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I’ve always wanted to be a writer.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 4

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: Truth, at least it was when I was 12! LOL

The winner of beautiful bangle bracelets is: AJ Nuest

Onto Day4

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette believes her lies are for the greater good, so that makes them okay. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I have a tattoo in a hidden place.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 3

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: Nope, total lie. If you want me in the great outdoors you will have to drag me, kicking and screaming.

The two winners of beautiful bangle bracelets are: AJ Nuest and Sarah Grimm

Ladies, please send your snail mail addresses to jill@jilljameswrites.com so I can send your packages.

Onto Day 3 

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette doesn’t tell Adam she is a corporate raider, hired to bring down his company from within. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I can ride a unicycle.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 2

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

Yesterday’s question: Yes, I’ve been to a nudist camp.

The two winners of beautiful bangle bracelets (how’s that for alliteration?) are: AJ Nuest and LaVerne Clark

Ladies, please send your snail mail addresses to jill@jilljameswrites.com so I can send your packages.

Onto Day 2 

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette lies to Adam about who she is and who she works for. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I love camping, fishing, and the great outdoors.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 1

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette and Adam start their relationship based on lies. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I’ve been to a nudist camp***

Let the comments begin.