Romance – sweet or sexy?

My Lake Willowbee Series used to be all one series until I realized it was actually two series set in the same world of the fictional Lake Willowbee, California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have four books that are on the sexy side and I have four books on the sweet side with another one coming out in a boxed set this Christmas with the Authors of Main Street.

 

 

The Lake Willowbee Series – 3/5 heat level

Book 1 – Divorce, Interrupted     B005S9ZIN2
Book 2 – Dare To Trust     B007611ZVY
Book 3 – Defend My Love     B00AF3TD8W
Book 4 – The Reluctant Bride     B00KNAXUO0 (Weddings on Main Street)

The Sweet Lake Willowbee Romance Series – 1/5 heat level

Book 1 – Waking Up For Christmas     B01N2VQ4X3 (Christmas at the Inn on Main Street)
Book 2 – Baby Steps and Snowflakes     B077D1456Q (Christmas Babies on Main Street)
Book 3 – Retreat, Interrupted     B07FMBJQ63 (Summer Romance on Main Street)
Book 4 – In My Dreams     B07L355LSP (Christmas Wishes on Main Street)
Book 5 – Sugar Sprinkled Memories     coming soon!

Do you like your romance books sweet, sexy, or a little of both?


Jill James, author of the Lake Willowbee series

Did you know?

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Hi, folks. Jill James here in Reno, Nevada. In our neck of the woods, and I’m sure yours too, spring has sprung. Denver, you luck out, still cold and snowing for a little bit more. So you know what that means for most of us.

The zombs are thawing out and walking around again. So, be on the lookout for the undead digging themselves out of the mucky, semi-frozen tundra.

To help you deal with the zombie apocalypse in your neighborhood I’ve joined with a great group of zompoc authors to give you some free instruction manuals…umm books, I meant books, set in the zombie apocalypse.

Just head over to Zombie Awareness Month at Bookfunnel and get some awesome books to help you fight the undead.

I’ve included my short story, Rogue Vantage. If you read my Time of Zombies series it would be book 1.5, between Love in the Time of Zombies and The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. It is the story of four little boys and how surviving the zombie apocalypse makes them brothers.

You can also go HERE to get the books of the Time of Zombies series.

 


Enjoy a walk with the undead….Jill James

Renewing my RWA membership

Another year, another debate in my brain. Do I renew or not? I’ve had lots of friends not renew. They’ve stated monetary reasons, not-for-me reasons, I can get all of the info online for free reasons.

I got out the credit card and renewed once again. I belong for the people. My circle. Romance writers and readers. I need a place where they talk my language and understand my angst over something as simple as a book title or as complicated as running a small business as a one-woman show.

During this weekend of WTF on the RWA forums I mulled seriously over not renewing this year. I hate confrontation, I hate drama, I hate yelling (figuratively, it is online, you know). But, I finally decided, you can’t complain if you aren’t part of the solution. I want to be part of the solution. If you missed all of what is going on, I’m sorry but I can’t summarize what went down. If you participated and commented and explained to all, thank you for helping us to understand why we haven’t all reached happily-ever-after yet.

If you need a summary much better than I could ever do…RWA statement

All I can add is “be the solution, not the problem!”


Jill James, romance writer

Teaser — Book #3

I’m also working on a zombie book. #4 in the Time of Zombies series; Zombies in the Grass.

The heroine is Willa Zara, a soldier in what is left of the U.S. Army and hero Danny Lopez, the Robin Hood of the Sierra Nevada foothills with a band of children he is saving from conscription into the army.

Chapter 1

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 for instigating the incident. Captain Willa Zara

I threw my pen down, wincing as it broke, ink spattering across the table. At least it was blue, and not the red splattered over the sidewalk in the last fight this morning. The two privates had been arguing over the services of one of the civilian women. Right?! 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 I feared, the behavior condoned to keep the men in the forced service.

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

“Orders are to turn all refugees away, send them to Sacramento,” I replied, not bothering to turn around in my chair. I’d told Private Solares enough times for her to remember.

“This group is being escorted by our guys.”

Slamming my chair under the desk, I grabbed my cap and followed the teenaged soldier to the front gates. I skidded to a stop. These weren’t refugees. They were too well-fed and clean for one, even the small children. They looked like a road trip from before the virus. 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. Even in our far outpost we’d heard of the rebels on the river, encamped in an old hotel. They’d held out against the army for over eighteen months.

A tall man in army-issue camouflage 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, he screamed career army.

I pressed my arm to my side, two seconds away from saluting him. Until I got the lay of the land, so to speak, he was a prisoner of war.

I sighed deeply. We could use someone like him, but they were being brought in as hostiles. The delta region had been swept clean, down the river, and through every small slough, and only the microscopic town of Ryde had managed to fend off the radio orders for over a year to join the army or die. My heart fell to the pit of my stomach, bile roiling. Too much killing. Too much everything. We had to make him, and his group fall in line. With the lack of grown soldiers under my command, I didn’t have a choice. Our numbers stood two to one for forced versus enlisted from the before time. More disgruntled rumblings and we would fall apart on our own, without an incursion of the undead.

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


If you’ve read the rest of the Time of Zombies series you will remember Commander Jack and his band of survivors. If not, get started with book #1, Love in the Time of Zombies.

 

Read an Ebook Week – March 3-9

This is Read An Ebook Week March 3-9, 2019. If you’ve never read an ebook before, this is an awesome time to start. If you love to read ebooks, you can get some AMAZING deals this week at Smashwords. Discount books, free books, series, any genre, and more!!

Just click the picture and check out all the great books available for great prices this week at Smashwords.


Jill James, romance writer

Teaser – book #2

So, the second book I’m working on is actually book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. It is called Ghostly Perceptions. The main characters are Rafe Elliott, a widower with a small son, Joey, being tormented by the ghosts of his murdered friends. Donna Collins is the main character in this story. She appears earlier in Ghostly Intentions and Ghostly Deceptions as a member of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. team. Her specialty is cameras to film the otherworldly and paranormal.

Chapter 1

Rafe Elliott didn’t believe in ghosts. It didn’t matter how much Joey cried in his room or how much it made his heart break to hear his son sobbing in his room. His hands clenched into fists on his thighs. He pressed to keep his feet firmly on the floor beside his bed. He wasn’t going into that room again tonight. The first time he’d done the open the closet, look under the bed routine. The next three times he’d opened the door and reassured his child the boogyman was not going to get him. The last time he’d yelled from his own bedroom that it was bedtime and he wasn’t going in there again.

His resolve lasted all of five seconds before the boy’s blood-curdling scream rebounded across the house and Rafe leapt off the bed and rushed out the doorway.

The sprint down the hallway seemed to take a lifetime as Joey’s screams ratcheted up another octave. Dogs howls echoed from the neighbor’s yards. Thumping came from his son’s room as if the bed were being moved across the floor.

He grasped the doorknob and hissed in pain at the intense cold of the metal froze his hand to the surface. With a scream of his own, Rafe ripped his hand from the knob, leaving a layer of skin behind.

Turning, he dove against the door with his shoulder. A crack sounded, but the door remained shut. Two more slams of his body and the door ripped open, bouncing off the wall as he stumbled into his son’s room.

Small for his age, Joey was a tiny figure in his bed as the covers whipped away from him and flew to the other side of the room. His hands held onto the headboard as if he would be flung across the room next. His son spotted him in the doorway, as his large blue eyes begged for help.

“Help me.”

The small whisper hit him like a sonic boom, piercing his heart. He was supposed to protect his son from everything, but how did you protect someone from what you couldn’t see or couldn’t understand. Like dealing with Elise’s cancer, he was out of his depth and clueless.

Ghostly Perceptions will be book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

 

 

 


Jill James, romance writer

Teaser – book #1

I’m working on three books at the same time right now. Book #1 is actually book #2 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, Ghostly Deceptions. The main characters are Andrea Martin-Stovell, the sister of the main character, Megan, in Ghostly Intentions and Luke Tremaine, the friend of the main character, Jack, in Ghostly Intentions.

Here is the snippet of Ghostly Deceptions:

Chapter One

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 off in handfuls. Chunk after chunk fell to the countertop and the floor at her feet.

When she placed the scissors on the vanity top two feet of glossy dark hair lay in piles and her airy-light strands swung at chin length. For the first time since she’d been a child, straight bangs sat on her forehead above dark brows.

Her eyes twinkled as she gazed into the mirror. “There you are Andi,” she whispered as she slicked on bright red lipstick across her lips.

She slid on the red silk dress she’d found buried in the back of her closet. The fabric clung to every curve like it had been sewn on her. No panty lines. She laughed. No panties.

Sitting on a bench at the foot of her bed, she placed red high-heeled shoes on her feet and stood. Her full-length mirror showed a woman ready to party. Perfect.

Andrea grabbed a small clutch purse off the dresser, knocking a framed picture to the floor. Sparing it a glance, she wondered who the two little girls were in the photo behind the shattered glass.

Megan, my sister. A voice whimpered from the depths of her mind.

She shook her head and ignored it. Andi controlled this body. Andrea had her chance. Now it was time for Andi to live.

Again.

***

I’m enjoying writing Andrea. She is a control freak. Everything has to be perfect, in place, the right way. When she is possessed by a ghost from the age of jazz her entire life goes off the rails. Only the people of Ghost Releasers, Inc. can help her before Andi takes over and Andrea is no more.

Ghostly Intentions is the start of Ghost Releasers, Inc.


Jill James, romance writer

3 Meals Away

“No society is more than three meals away from anarchy.”  – author unknown

I’ve always used this quote as the basis of my zompoc romance novels. The speed that society would deteriorate if it fell apart is light speed. A few missed meals and the collapse of government and the masses would revolt. It would be every man/woman/child for themselves.

I enjoy movies and books that show it wouldn’t take much to bring us to “survival of the fittest.” I think this is why I love zombie shows and movies. When it comes down to it, I don’t need to outrun the zombie, I just need to outrun the guy next to me. We all have the barbarian inside of us, it just takes the right situation to bring it out.

At the end of the world as we know it, I’m protecting myself, my family, and my home. Because I’m damned sure, everyone else is doing the same.

Walk with the dead, Jill James

 

Time of Zombies series

I blogged on Tuesday that I’m working on the paranormal ghost series. I’m also working on the next book in the Time of Zombies series.

Zombies in the Grass will hopefully be out before summer.

It is Willa and Danny’s story. Willa Zara is in what is left of the U.S. army outside Sacramento, California. The army is the only life she knows and following orders is what she does. Danny Lopez is the Robin Hood of the foothills, stealing from the army base to feed his ragtag band of children.

When Willa learns what the army is really doing at the base she will have to turn to Danny and his gang to save innocent children wanted for science experiments. With her army skills and Danny’s ability to disappear they just might escape a danger far greater than zombies in the grass.

Book 1 – Love in the Time of Zombies
Book 2 – The Zombie Hunter’s Wife
Book 3 – A Time to Kill Zombies
Book 4 – Zombies in the Grass ~ coming soon.


Jill James, romance writer

Work In Progress

Finally back to writing after the holidays. I’m working on books 2 and 3 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. Book 1 is Ghostly Intentions. Book 2 will be Ghostly Deceptions. Book 3 will be Ghostly Perceptions. Book 2 has Andrea, Megan’s sister from book 1 and Luke, Jack’s business partner from book 1. Book 3 has Donna, who works with Jack and Luke and a new guy, Rafe and his son Joey.

 

Book 2 is Andrea and Luke’s story. Ghostly Deceptions is a ghost possession story. After her sister’s torment with a ghostly entity, Andrea is more unwilling than before to believe in ghosts and such until she starts having hours and days of time she can’t remember. Times when someone or something else is in charge of her body and her mind. Unwilling to turn to her sister and the head of Ghost Releasers, Inc. she is on her own until Luke realizes something isn’t right with Andrea.

Book 3 is Donna and Rafe’s story. Ghostly Perceptions is about a little boy, a poltergeist, and a father unwilling to accept his son’s stories of ghostly happenings. When he is confronted with the unimaginable he will turn to his neighbor Donna who works with the team at Ghost Releasers, Inc.

Working on getting both books out before the middle of the year. Fingers crossed for maybe April and May. We shall see.


Jill James, romance writer

Plotter or Pantser

The age old question for writers. Do you plot? Or do you pants? Which is basically write into the mist.

I’m a plotter. I’m also a linear writer. I start with Chapter 1 and finish with The End. I don’t write chapters or scenes out of order. I don’t write a piece of dialogue because it just comes to me. I know how the story starts with the characters in place. I know some of the things that will happen to them on the journey. I know how it will all wrap up at the end.

Still, surprises do happen. Characters I never dreamed of make an appearance. Things will happen that make me wonder if the end will happen how I think it will. Ah, the joys of being a writer.

My best tool for plotting is posterboard, Post-Its, and a brainstorming buddy.

I love seeing the colors in my office. Blue for hero POV, Green for heroine’s POV, Purple for antagonist POV, Yellow for locations or details of scene, and Hot Pink for passion moments.

This plotting board was for Dangerous Shift, a shapeshifter paranormal romance that is still one of my favorite books I’ve written.


Jill James, romance writer

After Christmas Events

Now that Christmas is out of the way, I have a few things going on. Hope you will check them out.

Smashwords End of Year Sale

Again, I’m taking part in Smashwords Annual Sale. Go to Smashwords and check out all of the great books for bargain prices and even FREE! I have Love in the Time of Zombies set at FREE and Dangerous Shift at 75% off.


Twixtmas Takeover

This takes place on the Love in a Small Town Facebook page from December 26th to December 31st. Hence, betwixt Christmas and New Year’s we will be partying on the FB page with games, and prizes, and fun. I’ll be there on December 30th at 6 pm Eastern time talking about my Lake Willowbee Series and asking questions and giving out prizes. Join us at Love in a Small Town on FB.

 

 


Also, Book 1 in the Time of Zombies series, Love in the Time of Zombies, is on sale until the new year. I’m working on Book 4 to release early in 2019, so get caught up in the zombie apocalypse now for just 99¢ for Book 1.

AMAZON

 


Hope everyone had a wonderful holidays and is looking forward to 2019!!

Jill James, romance writer

Our Anniversary–for the house

In our family we celebrate our house anniversary–the day we moved into our house. In our old house, it was St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. So, no corned beef and cabbage for this Irish family, we had a nice steak dinner.

Today is the first anniversary of our new, built just for us, house. So we are having a nice steak dinner, red potatoes, salad, rolls, and wine to toast our first year here in Reno. Can not believe a whole year has passed since we got the keys and moved from our apartment with several inches of snow on the ground and soooooo cold.

Happy Anniversary to our home.


Do you celebrate in offbeat ways in your family?


Jill James, romance writer

Decisions, decisions.

A writer’s world is full of decisions. Titles, characters, plots, plotting or pantsing, 3rd person POV or 1st. My dilemma at the moment is what to work on next.

I have three W.I.P.s (Works In Progress) at the moment. Do I add to the Time of Zombies series with book 4 (Willa and Danny’s story) or add to Ghost Releasers, Inc. with books 2 and 3? (Andrea and Luke/Donna and Rafe) I’m loving each of these stories and excited to add to each series. But I can’t seem to settle down and just write.

I had really thought to work more on them during Nanowrimo in November and into December here with all the presents shopped and wrapped and decorations done, but it just isn’t happening. I think I will write every December and every December I don’t. So the plans for the new year will be 3 books and several novellas.

Happy writing and reading, Jill.

Release Day – In My Dreams

Can’t believe it has been a month since the Authors of Main Street released Christmas Wishes on Main Street. Now it is time to release In My Dreams as my own new release. Juan and Jessie’s story was such fun to write.

Soldier Jessie Ortega wishes to go home for the holidays, but she never dreamed it would be as a wounded vet unable to walk. Physical Therapist Juan Montoya wishes he could help his best friend heal and walk again, but the damage may be more than he can fix. Sometimes you need more than just wishes to get a Christmas miracle. Sometimes you need a little love and magic.

 

Available on AMAZON for only 99¢

So, curl up in your favorite chair with a hot beverage of choice and settle in for a clean, wholesome, sweet, friends-to-lovers tale of Christmas wishes coming true.


Jill James, romance writer

Release Day – Christmas Wishes on Main Street

Christmas is full of wishes and dreams and so is the newest boxed set from the Authors of Main Street. As our usual, we took a theme and each of us wrote what that meant to us…Christmas Wishes.

My story is In My Dreams. Wishes are powerful. Be careful what you wish for. It is Juan and Jessie’s story. A friends-to-lovers tale. I loved writing a story where they didn’t realize what they’d had in front of them all this time.

Seven sweet, clean and wholesome tales of the power of wishes at Christmastime. Enjoy!!

Available on AMAZON for just 99¢ or FREE with KindleUnlimited

Check out the other authors in the set!

Lizzi Tremayne

Carol DeVaney


Jill James, romance writer and believer of wishes coming true.