Nanowrimo – wrap-up

Well, November is gone, along with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I didn’t ‘win’ with 50k for the month, but I did finish with close to 30k. A win in my book. More words at the end of the month than the beginning of the month is a win/win situation.

Now that December is here, I will continue on with the ghost stories. Hoping to start the new year by being close to putting the Ghost Releasers Inc. series out into the world.

Jill James, romance author

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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

Nanowrimo – Day 7

A little tidbit from the current WIP, or otherwise known as Nanowrimo project.

Andrea Martin-Stovall didn’t feel like herself this morning. Hadn’t felt like herself for weeks. An unknown voice rattled around in her head. Something hummed through her veins and crawled over her skin. Her body felt crowded and not her own.

She stared at herself in the bathroom mirror and wondered when she had become a frumpy old hag. Her hair was long and heavy. With a smile, she picked up the scissors and started cutting her hair.


Jill James, back to writing during Nanowrimo

The More You Know

Just like the commercials, knowledge is power. Writers can NOT live in their writing caves thinking that writing the book is all they need to worry about.

Check out the latest from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, It is scarier than Halloween!

There is low and then there is THIS! 


Jill James, romance author

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!

What is an auto-buy author?

It is an author who you buy their next book without reading the blurb, without caring what the story is about. They promise a great read and deliver.

I have some authors I buy as soon as they come out in hardcover: Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Philippa Gregory, and Robin Cook. I have some authors I auto-buy: Lisa Gardner, Tessa Dare, Cindy Gerard, Carol Ericson, Lynsay Sands, and a few others. I also auto-buy James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club.

I have a brand-new auto-buy author: Jacqueline Druga. Thanks to her book 10:37 I have a new auto-buy author that I’ve been binge-buying. Her writing drags you into the story. I could imagine sitting around the campfire listening to her weave a tale. This one had amazing characters and the storyline was unique enough to keep me turning pages long after bedtime. I already had read some of her stories, but this one has made me a fan.

Who are your auto-buy authors?


Jill James, romance author

Baby Steps and Snowflakes coming soon in the Christmas Babies on Main Street boxed set.

Time of Zombies

Yay, Summer!! Yay, move is done for now!!

It has been a busy summer for me so far. I’m no longer a Cali girl. 😦 I’m now in an apartment in Reno, Nevada waiting for a house to be built. (adventure)

So, I thought I would do a little something with my zombies series. Love in the Time of Zombies is FREE right now at Smashwords!! They are having their Summer/Winter sale, because summer here is winter elsewhere, but a sale is a sale.

Get Love in the Time of Zombies here!

 

 

 

Then you can go to Bookfunnel and get Time of Zombies 1.5 for FREE! Rogue Vantage is a standalone book that can be read between Love in the Time of Zombies and The Zombie Hunter’s Wife to enhance the Time of Zombies series. It is the story of four little boys left on their own in the zombie apocalypse and how they become brothers of the ZA.

You can get Rogue Vantage here!

Hope you enjoy a good start to the Time of Zombies by Jill James!!


What are you doing this summer? Big vacation plans? A staycation? Or something else fun?


Jill James, writer of romance

Jump into The Lake

Lake Willowbee, that is. I have several books set in my fictional town of Lake Willowbee in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They are contemporary romance, set in a small town.

Click on the covers to go to the eBooks!

Divorce, InterruptedDivorce, Interrupted is Book 1 in the Lake Willowbee series. Todd and Lisa are a newly-divorced couple forced to clean out the memories of a lifetime at their mountain cabin. When a devastating flood hits, they must rely on the one person they don’t trust. Will love and memories be enough to help them survive?

 

Dare to Trust is Book 2 in the Lake Willowbee series. Evie is a domestic abuse survivor who doesn’t know if she can ever trust a man again, until Brady is accused of a murder the whole town thinks he committed. Can Evie trust her instincts and her heart, can she dare to trust in love?

 

Defend My Love is Book 3 in the Lake Willowbee series. Megan is falsely accused of embezzlement and sent to prison for 4 long years. That time with her husband and newborn child can never be replaced. Once free, can Daniel make up for lost time to rebuild his family and defend the woman he loves against new charges?

 

The Lake Willowbee Series is the 3 stories in one book!

 

 

The Reluctant Bride takes place in the Lake Willowbee world. Claire and Jimmy have been high-school sweethearts for 10 long years and no closer to the altar since a prom night proposal. With divorces and remarriages running rampant in her family, Claire isn’t willing to risk the good thing they have, but Jimmy wants more. Will an ambush wedding work or will Claire run away from the man she loves?

Waking Up For Christmas partly takes place in the Lake Willowbee world. The story is one of five holiday tales in the Christmas at the Inn on Main Street boxed set. Chase needs one thing for Christmas. For his comatose wife to awaken and remember all the love they shared before a separation and a near fatal car accident drove them apart. Can Chase and Darcy get their happily-ever-after holiday wish?

Enjoy the summer! Jump into the Lake Willowbee world for FREE! Divorce, Interrupted, Book 1 is always FREE!


Jill James, contemporary romance writer

Zombies in the Grass – Work In Progress

Zombies in the Grass will be Book 4, Time of Zombies series. Although it will have many familiar faces I’m introducing two new characters; Captain Willa Zara knows the army is wrong with using forced soldiers, but the army is all she’s ever wanted and known. Danny Lopez is a woodland Robin Hood with his band of children who he will do anything to keep out of the army and the senseless deaths of fighting hordes of the undead who just don’t stop.

Chapter One (unedited)

Captain’s Log
Summer 0002 A.Z. (After Zombies)
Camp Natomas, California

1300 hours. Last circuit of camp done for morning rounds. Three altercations stopped. One over water rations and two over fraternization with camp population. Pvt. Williams sent to Isolation bunker.

Willa threw her pen down. Why couldn’t they call it what it was—rape. The men were using the holding camp as their own personal brothel. Reports to the higher-ups were being ignored, or she feared, the behavior condoned to keep the men in the service.

“Captain Zara?” a voice whispered at her open door. “There are new arrivals at the gates.”

She turned in her chair. “Orders are to turn all refugees away, send them to Sacramento.”

“This group is being escorted by our guys.”

Slamming her chair under her desk, she grabbed her cap and followed the soldier to the front gates. Her eyes widened. These weren’t refugees. They were too well-fed and clean for one, even the small children. For the other, defiance shone in their eyes. They hadn’t been brought willingly to the camp. These were holdouts, defying the Governor’s Orders.

A tall man in army-issue stood in the front of the group. Anyone could get camo gear these days from army surplus and sporting goods stores, but this man wore his like a badge of honor. Along with the buzz-cut and ramrod stance, his whole appearance screamed career army.

Willa sighed deeply. They could use someone like him, but they were being brought in as prisoners. The delta region had been swept and only Ryde had managed to fend off the radio orders for over a year to join the army or die. Her heart fell to the pit of her stomach. Too much killing. Too much everything. They had to make him and his group fall in line. With the lack of grown soldiers under her command, she didn’t have a choice.

“Commander Jack Canida,” the man barked as a line formed to process them in.

“Honorary title or real,” she said, writing on a pad in front of her.

“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan before the zombs. General Richard Stone gave me the field promotion before the army deserted us in Brentwood.”

The man stared straight ahead, not even bothering to look at her. She added a check beside his name in the military experience column. If they could get through his anger issues he could be an asset to the camp. She glanced at the group as they crowded around the man and watched his every move. Their eyes said they’d followed him to hell and back and would continue to do so. She allowed herself a small smile. This didn’t have to be any more difficult than it was. If he went with the program, the others would follow.

“Any dependents?”

He pulled two females forward and wrapped arms around them. “My wife, Lila and our daughter, Selena.”

Willa couldn’t prevent another small smile. The young daughter glared down at her with her father’s attitude.

In mere minutes, they had the small group processed in and handed tent assignments and maps of the camp.

“Is this all of your group, or can we expect more to show up later?”

Tears formed in the wife’s eyes as the commander’s jaw tightened with a crack and a vein pulsed in his temple.

“This is all that’s left once your boys got done attacking us. We had over forty people at the Ryde Hotel. Eighteen is all I have left and most of them are children.”

She stood. “I’m sorry, sir, but the governor’s orders are clear. Join or die. Be thankful the army needs soldiers or you all would already be in front of a beheading squad and the children trained to go to war.”

The wife grabbed his arm as he tried to step into Willa’s space. “Jack, don’t,” she whispered.

“What about the children and the mothers with small children?”

“We have quite a few children and a need for teachers and babysitters.”

He smirked at her but the smile didn’t reach his bloodshot eyes. “And what counts as a child these days?”

Wincing, she caught her breath. “Fifteen is the conscription age these days, but it may be fourteen by the end of summer.”

***

Zombies in the Grass should be available by late summer/early fall.


Jill James, romance writer

Cover Reveal

So, I mentioned last week that I had a new cover coming for an upcoming project, but I wanted my newsletter subscribers to see it first. That newsletter was sent out last Thursday, so now everyone can check it out. This is for a work in progress (60% done) that I hope to submit to Kindle Scout.

Isn’t that gorgeous? Elaina Lee of For The Muse Design has done it again. I usually get a cover ordered for when I’m about halfway through a first draft to get me excited again in a story and to keep going. Definitely excited about this one!!


Jill James, romance writer

Cover Reveal – coming soon!

Cover Not AvailableI’ve been working on a book to try with Kindle Scout, the reader nominating program via Amazon. My cover artist just finished the cover and the first look will go to my readers on my newsletter list! If you want to see it first, sign up for the newsletter — the first look edition of the newsletter will go out later this week!!

Click here to sign up today!

 

Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal romance with Megan Trent and Jack O’Malley.

Megan Trent is haunted by her deceased husband. His ghostly form comes to her in the dark of night and makes passionate love to her. When the spectral visitations turn rough and dark, Megan knows she needs help. She turns to Ghost Releasers, Inc. and its strong leader, Jack O’Malley.

Jack has faced everything in the paranormal world, but nothing prepares him for the viciousness of the entity tormenting his client, Megan Trent. When he falls in love with her, he will do anything to protect her from the otherworldly danger she is in. But will he realize in time that another danger stalks her much closer to home?


Jill James, romance author and ghost story lover.

First Sentences

A few years ago my friend, Karin Tabke, author of The Chronicles of Katrina*, had a First Sentences contest on her website. You put a first sentence. If you made the cut, the next week you put up a second sentence with the first, and so on, until a winner was picked. It really showcased the need for a compelling first sentence and to make every sentence count. Especially when I was trying to get an agent or editor and you heard they would read 2-3 paragraphs and they knew whether they wanted a manuscript or not. You have to hook them and keep them hooked.

I’m working on a book right now that I’m hoping to submit to Kindle Scout, a program within Amazon. Things sometimes change in revising and editing but this is my first sentence right now. Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal romance with Megan, a haunted widow and Jack, the man in charge of Ghost Releasers, Inc.

Megan Trent jerked out of a deep sleep to the cacophony of her clock radio turning on and off in a rapid beat of white noise and eerie silence.

Submit your first sentences in the comments and a link to your book if it is published, or to your website if not.

Let’s see those first sentences!!


Jill James, romance author

*The Chronicles of Katrina and all of Karin Tabke’s books are uber-hot and sexy, with strong women and the bad boys they love.

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

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