Cover Art Appointment

Discussing a new cover with my cover artist is always an exciting day. I love how I can give Elaina Lee a general idea of what I’m looking for and she sends me the most amazing cover.

Sometimes it is just as I imagined and sometimes it is nothing like I imagined yet it is just perfect for the story (as if she read my mind). LOL

Soon I will have a cover for my Christmas novella for the next Authors of Main Street boxed set for Christmas 2020.

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Jill James, romance writer

Retrospection

Originally published in the Black Diamonds of RWA chapter newsletter

Edited to update.

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Looking Forward by Looking Back by Jill James

Sometimes it seems in the writing world everyone is looking forward. Deadlines for manuscripts written, asking what your next project will be, asking where you want to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years. We are trained to say, “When I get published, not if I get published”. Always looking forward to the prize on the horizon.

Day by day, if we are serious about our craft, we will see improvement. But, will we recognize how far we have come if we don’t take time to look back at our beginnings? I’m sure everyone has heard a writer, maybe even you yourself, talk about that first awful manuscript, the one gathering dust bunnies under the bed, or languishing on a hard drive never to be seen. The question to ask is, are they as awful as you remember and are you brave enough to dig it out and compare it to today’s work?

Several years ago, I did just that. I dug out the then, ten-year-old children’s story I wrote for my son’s then-2nd grade class.  “The Story of Sammy Bootlebutt”.  I wrote and illustrated a story of Sammy the frog finding his place in the world. Even though my RWA chaptermates’s comments were encouraging, that wasn’t why I dragged it out of the closet. I wanted to show myself how far I’ve come. Sammy is an okay story, but simple. It was fun to write, but so are my stories I write today. Everything I’ve learned along the way goes into each story I write. Everything I’ve become along the way goes into each story I write.

All the classes, workshops, critiques, and conferences add up to where my writing is today. I’ve learned POV, GMC, layering, subtext, using back story to build characters, being organized, how to plot, using astrology for characters, world-building, and a dozen more workshops I’m sure I forgot.  I’ve now published with a small press and by myself as a self-published author. Sometimes when I glance back I’m amazed at how far I’ve come. Take a few moments and take a trip down the ‘memory lane’ of your hidden stories and you might find a gem, you might find a dud, or you might be amazed too, at how far you’ve come.

So, we all need to “look forward” to where our writing will be in the future so we can “look back” to today and marvel how far we’ve come.

Happy New Year and may your 2020 be happy and prolific!!

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Jill James, writer of contemporary, paranormal, and zompoc romance*

2020 – 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

Another year, another opening of the Wishing Pot. What did I accomplish? What did I forget? What did I not write down but I did anyway?

What will I put in there for next New Year’s Eve? What are my hopes and dreams for 2020?

 

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 2020 to be all you want and need it to be.

What is your wish for 2020?

and how did it become 2020???!!!


Jill James, romance writer

Rogue Vantage – a Time of Zombies short story

For a while I’ve been sending newsletter subscribers to Bookfunnel to get some free reads. But I realized that people who purchase the Time of Zombies series should be able to read the short story Rogue Vantage: a Time of Zombies short story easier. So this week I’m working on putting the link to Rogue Vantage inside the books; Book 1-Love in the Time of Zombies, Book 2-The Zombie Hunter’s Wife, and Book 3-A Time to Kill Zombies.

Rogue Vantage is the tale of four little boys who start out as friends and become brothers at the end of the world as we know it. It is a short read that can be read between books 1 and 2 or a standalone story of children growing up in the zombie apocalypse. Download HERE!


Jill James, romance writer

My writing has stalled

I’m a linear writer. I start a new manuscript with Chapter One and write straight through to The End.

Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay

I decided to start a new story for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and I knew the beginning and I knew the Black Moment and I knew The End, but I was a little unclear about the events in the rest of the book. So, once I got through the beginning I stalled. In the past, if this happened I just gave up and moved on.

But, since this was Nanowrimo, I decided to work on some other manuscripts I’ve been working on and counting that word count. It’s working. I’ve worked on zombie book #4 and ghost books #2 and #3 and even shapeshifter book #2.

Guess I’m not as stalled as I thought. Maybe it just isn’t time to work on That Moment yet.


Jill James, writer of words.

The Writing Community

My plotting board

It never fails to astound me how much fun it is to be with a group of writers. The ideas fly as one person mentions something and another goes with that idea and adds to it. And another. And another. It is amazing where group brainstorming can take you.

This week I went to the Nano-Reno Preptober meeting. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a group of writers, in person. The air is electric as you discuss your genres and subgenres and genre-blending. Find out who is a plotter and who is an pantser. Hear who is writing what for the upcoming Nanowrimo event.

I love the excitement of starting a new book and that was exploding in the room tenfold as everyone talked about their new book or even just the idea for a new book.

Several of the writers the other night were talking about writing their FIRST book. They were excited, and scared, and excited again, all in the course of one meeting.

At the beginning, anything is possible. If you win or not, just remember–no matter your word count, those words are words you didn’t have on October 31st.


Happy Nanowrimo to all!!!

Nanowrimo 2019

Image by M. Maggs from Pixabay

from Dictionary.com

Wordie      noun (wur-dee)
a person with an enthusiastic interest in words and language.
(in other words, a writer)

 

 

Just a couple of weeks until Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month. November 1-30, 50,000 words.

This year I’m trying something a little different. Usually I write romance, even the zombie books are romance novels set in the zombie apocalypse. But I’m going to try a women’s fiction/time-travel novel.

That Moment is a story of the ripples we put into play every time we make a decision. Some are small and just ripple through the rest of our day or so. Some are monumental and ripple through time and space to affect our entire lives. If not, the lives of everyone around us. If you could go back to a moment in time and set things right, would you? More important, should you?

Do you Nanowrimo? Find me at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jill-james


Jill James, writer of tales

Anticipation

Do you remember the old ketchup commercial with the forever waiting for the ketchup to pour onto the hamburger or fries?

That’s how I feel waiting for the results of contests I’ve entered. The date is circled on the calendar, your heart beats a little faster, you check your email a bazillion times or maybe not at all, doing other things to forgot; oh, right, that was today. As if you can fool yourself. LOL

Win, place, or show. Doesn’t matter. It is great to win, don’t get me wrong. But getting eyes on your writing and seeing how it stacks up is its own reward.

How do you wait for news?


Jill James, romance writer

Time’s Up

July 2019 is almost a torn off page on the calendar. Where did the month go? I had some events this month–a couple days left to get some deals!

 

 

  • Christmas in July Book Bonanza — I took part in a giveaway via Bookfunnel. You can get The Christmas Con along with over 40 other Christmas books for FREE. Go HERE!
  • Summer/Winter Sale — I again did the annual sale at Smashwords. You can get Love in the Time of Zombies, book 1 of the Time of Zombies series for FREE. Go HERE!
  • I did a Booksends promotion and put Love in the Time of Zombies for 99¢ on Amazon for rest of July. Go HERE!

Onward to August!!!


Jill James, romance writer

*Flash Sale* Bring on the apocalypse

Until the end of July Love in the Time of Zombies, book 1 in the Time of Zombies series is only 99¢!! Get it HERE

Don’t miss the chance to bring on the apocalypse for less than a dollar!!

 

 

Also in the series:

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife
A Time to Kill Zombies
Zombies in the Grass (work in progress)


Jill James, romance writer and zombie fiction lover

Ghostly Intentions – now in paperback!

Ghostly Intentions, Book 1 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series is now in paperback!

An ebook is a book, but there is still something about holding your book in your hands and seeing your name on the cover!!!

Click on cover to check it out on Amazon! Coming soon to other retailers.

Working on books 2 and 3.


Jill James, romance writer

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

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

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.