There’s no place like home.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, it was a wonderous journey but there is something to be said about sleeping in your own bed after a shower in your own room.

In 14 whirlwind days we drove to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. We saw ballparks, Halls of Fame, and ate some amazing food, then drove home again.

I love vacations, but I love coming home more. I hope to post some pictures this coming week.


Jill James, romance writer

No Candy Hearts

I was shocked to see that there will be no candy conversation hearts this year since the company went out of business or sold to someone else (not 100% sure which). Those little hearts were the joy of my childhood. Every Valentine’s Day in the classroom you knew you would get at least one or two of those little boxes along with the perforated, cardboard cards. It wasn’t that they tasted so great, they are actually kind of chalky. They aren’t chocolate after all. But, it was like a sensory memory of joy and friendship, along with the sweet messages imprinted on their colorful surfaces.

Since we are trying so hard to lose weight this year, there will be no luxurious red boxes of chocolates, but I’ll hold on to that joyful memory of candy hearts from a friend.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jill James

2019 – Happy New Year

For years I would do New Year’s Resolution. About February they were dust in the wind. Then my friend gave me a Wishing Pot. Each New Year’s Eve I sit down and open it up and read what my wishes were for the year. Some come true, some don’t, and some happened that weren’t in the Wishing Pot at all.

wish pot

This past New Year’s Eve I got my wish pot off the shelf and opened it up. Imagine my disappointment to find no wishes inside. The wish pot had still been packed away last New Year’s Eve after the move to our new house and it was months later that my office was finally in order and the little pot on a shelf.

 

 

But, now it has new wishes for this coming year. 1 writing-related, 1 health-related, and 1 personal. It is funny how I won’t think about those wishes until it is time to check them next New Year’s Eve. Happy wishes to everyone for 2019 to be all you want and need it to be.

What is your wish for 2019?


Jill James, romance writer

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Most times people take this time of year to kick the past year to the curb, glad to see it go. They are looking forward to a bright, shiny new year. Although, I will be glad to greet a new year, 2018 was very good to me. I published 3 books, I tried something new ( Kindle Scout), and best of all, celebrated my first year in my brand-new home.

Look back with fondness and greet the new year with love and a sense of adventure.

Happy New Year to all, Jill James

Christmas ornaments

I love decorating the Christmas tree each year. Last year we were in an apartment getting ready to move into our new house so we didn’t decorate at all. We were in a new house with almost no furniture and didn’t have our decorations(in storage). We drove to see family and didn’t stay home for Christmas Eve and Day.

This year we got out everything we own for the holidays. It was fun to see the family ornaments after missing a year. The little ones of popsicle sticks and foam the kids and grandkid made over the years. The old ones passed down from generation to generation. The ones that represent a person or a place we’ve been. And the new ones we get each year to make the year.

My mother-in-law gets us a new one each year too. They are beautiful crystal and silver and bright. This is this year’s one!

Do the ornaments on your tree have special stories too?

 


Jill James, romance writer

Giving Thanks

Of course, we should give thanks every day for all of the people in our lives, our health, our bountiful riches, but sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder. For me, that is Thanksgiving. A day to sit with family and friends and reflect on all you have received in your life. Give thanks!

From my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

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

A Snow Day

snow dayWe have Brainy Grandson visiting us this week for his Spring Break. He lives in the S.F. Bay Area so not much snow. LOL

We went up to Mt. Rose. Skiing looked awesome; dry snow and sunshine. But since the guys don’t ski and I haven’t skied since I was about 20, we decided to go play in the snow instead.

It is called The Meadow and I imagine in the summer it is just that, but on this day it is full of snow. Really full of snow. In some places we fell in to our hips. But it was a fun day and the grandson made himself a snow throne and threw snowballs and had a great time. He is growing so fast, he is taller than Papa now.

This week has gone by so fast and we will miss him when he has to go back home.


Jill James, proud Nana

Authors Love Reviews

Yes, even 1 and 2 stars ones.

Why?

Because it means someone is reading our books. Even if they didn’t like them, they read them. We can’t operate in a vacuum. We need to know what is resonating with the readers. What was confusing. What fell flat. We don’t know until the readers tell us so.

We love reviews!!! So if you’ve read Christmas Babies on Main Street, the latest boxed set from the Authors of Main Street, we would love to hear from you on Amazon!!

As always, thank you for reading!!


Jill James, author of Baby Steps and Snowflakes

Waking Up for Christmas

I’m releasing my Christmas book from last year’s boxed set since the new boxed set is Coming Soon!

Waking Up for Christmas is the love story of Darcy and Chase

Christmas is the time for wishes to come true. All Chase Thanos needs for the holidays is for his comatose wife to awaken. Darcy Bennett Thanos has been his whole life since they were in college. Now, twenty years later, their marriage and their lives have fallen apart and the only thing that can put it back together is Darcy coming out of her coma and remembering all they had and could have. Just as soon as she wakes up for Christmas.

Romance Heat Level – 1

Get it HERE! for only 99¢

Christmas Babies on Main Street – our 2017 Authors of Main Street boxed set is on preorder and will be available October 12th!!

Happy Holidays, Jill James

Christmas Babies on Main Street

Our newest boxed set is now available for preorder on Amazon. It will also be on Kindle Unlimited.

Christmas Babies on Main Street are clean and wholesome holiday tales with love, babies, and the joy of the season. Preorder today for only 99¢ for nine wonderful stories.

Release Day is October 12th.

My story, Baby Steps and Snowflakes is included!


 

Jill James, romance author and lover of the holidays!

Christmas in July

For writers, the saying of ‘Christmas in July’ holds very true. In July, we are working on our stories for the winter holiday season. While it is sweltering outside, we are listening to Christmas carols to get into the mood to pen a tale of winter, snowy storms, glistening ornaments of silver and gold, and lovers hoping for a Christmas miracle to find their way to happily ever after.

A couple of years ago I wrote a hot little short story to include in a Christmas boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. The Christmas Con is my take on the Robin Hood legend, with jewel thieves doing good and Santa helping two lovers find their way back together. You can get if for free if you sign up for my newsletter or get it for just 99¢ this month on Amazon.

 

Get The Christmas Con HERE!

 

 

The latest boxed set with the Authors of Main Street, Christmas at the Inn on Main Street includes my novella, Waking Up For Christmas and is still available for just 99¢ for five exquisite holiday tales of true love and happily ever after.

 

Get Christmas at the Inn on Main Street HERE!

 

Enjoy Christmas in July!!


Jill James, working on her latest Christmas novella for this year’s Authors of Main Street boxed set.

New Year, New Me

2015

I started 2014 with a lot of ambition. I’m ending it with not so much. 2014 was the year of not enough writing, not enough exercise, and not enough me time. That all needs to end.

There are writers out there with 1 Million word goals for the year–and they meet them. LOL I’m not that ambitious at all.

champagneMy goals for 2015:

1. 4 novella series – The Single Mommies Club: Spring Showers, Summer Loving, Autumn Fling, and Christmas Wishes. These will be 25k each, so I see no reason I can’t produce 100,000 words this year.

2. Ghostly Intentions – This story did really well in a contest, so I want to finish it and publish it. Aiming for at least 50k. Very doable.

3. Stolen Shift – the sequel to Dangerous Shift – I really want to continue this series with new characters and some appearances by the old characters. Aiming for at least 70k to match DS.

4. Exercise 3 days a week, even if it is only a 15 minute walk. I will feel better and write better.

5. Eat better. The whole family needs this so I’m really going to try.

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year.

What will you do to better yourself in 2015?

*Already started a great new year with the pre-order set-up of Love in the Time of Zombies. Release day is January 15, 2015!!!

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2015 Image courtesy of satit_srihin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Happy New Year – 2015

2015   Happy New Year!!   2015

As we wrap up 2014 I realize it was a year of ups and downs. In other words, life as usual. But as I look forward to 2015 it is with a new release and the beginnings of a new series and plans for at least two more paranormal romances. So, onward we go!


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I’m starting 2015 with a new release! After more than 3 years of writing off and on between projects, Love in the Time of Zombies is up for pre-order with a release date of 1-15-2015.