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

Time is Running Out – Please nominate now!

Just letting everyone know that Ghostly Intentions is still in Kindle Scout with just two weeks left to get nominations. If you nominate me and it gets picked for publication — you get a free book!!

Super Easy! Just go HERE and nominate my paranormal romance Ghostly Intentions! It is super hot and sexy. Think ghost hunting with sex and romance. A touch of dark evil and true love!!

Thanks!! Jill James, romance author

Participating in Kindle Scout

What is Kindle Scout, you may ask? KS is part of Amazon. It is reader fueled publishing. Authors put their books into the program, readers nominated their favorite books, and if the book gets picked for a Kindle Scout publishing deal the reader gets a free book!

I just got approved for my paranormal romance, Ghostly Intentions, Book 1 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

Megan Trent misses her deceased husband every day, until he returns as a sexy, ghostly visitor every night. When the visitations turn twisted and dark, she knows she’s in too deep to stop the madness on her own. Jack O’Malley, founder of Ghost Releasers, Inc. is her only hope. Sparks fly from the moment the two meet, but Jack isn’t willing to compete with a ghost. Even with her dead husband’s final release, a dark danger remains to torment her. Jack and Megan must fight evil intentions in this world and ghostly intentions in the next to save their lives and their love.

A Ghost Can’t Compete With a Real Man!

Please check out my submission and nominate me if you enjoy the excerpt and want a chance to get Ghostly Intentions for FREE!


Thank you, Jill James, romance author

Another One Bites The Dust.

readingEbooks definitely don’t seem to want to be in subscription services as Oyster gets ready to close its doors. Also interestingly, their employees are headed to Google Play. Could we see a subscription model popping up there?

Recently, Scribd removed most/all of its romance titles as apparently (meaning everyone but Scribd knew) romance readers are voracious readers. Duh!! Some romance readers devour 4-5 books a week. For an average of $10 a month for services, romance readers are getting to enjoy a buffet.

Unless something miraculous happens, Amazon Kindle Unlimited may be the last one standing.

Never a dull moment in the publishing world!!

Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – 10-26-2015

Change is inevitable.

Amazon logo copyAmazon and Jeff Bezos must like change, because they are at it again. Readers of Kindle eBooks won’t notice any difference but the writers of those eBooks will. Selena Kitt has written a great blog post on the upcoming change in payment for authors with eBooks in the KU (Kindle Unlimited) system at Amazon.


I don’t have a dog in this race, but things change quickly in the Indie publishing world so I like to keep up with all the news.

Jill James, contemporary, paranormal, and urban fantasy romance
Coming Soon!  –  Time of Zombies series, Book 2

World Wide Audience

globeSometimes, in the middle of writing and promoting and editing and ordering covers I forget how wonderous eBook publishing is. Deep in my subconscious I realize that my eBooks are being sold around the world, but sometimes my consciousness forgets what “the whole world” means.

Recently, I started doing some Facebook ads. This has meant more visitors to this website. In viewing the analytics to gauge if the ads are doing anything I’ve been amazed and astonished to see visitors from as far away as Jordan and Japan, Great Britain and India, Singapore and the Czech Republic.

With Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, and Smashwords, my books truly do go all around the world.

How amazing is that??!!

Jill James, romance writer
Time of Zombies, Book 2 Coming Soon!

Kindle Scout – Amazon’s newest

Yet again, Amazon leads the way in trying something new. This time it is Kindle Scout – Amazon’s reader-led, crowdsourced way to get published by Kindle Press.


The popular books get a chance to catch the eye of Amazon Press and maybe get a publishing deal!

I’m going to keep an eye on it and see how it goes.

Jill James, coming soon! Love in the Time of Zombies

Strange Bedfellows

I love the saying about strange bedfellows–Politics makes strange bedfellows.–Charles Dudley Warner Not only politics but business as evidenced by this week’s On The Internet.

WH Smith who removed all the Indie published books from its stores will now display and sell Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer crime novels. http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=192898.0

Barnes & Noble teamed up with Samsung to produce the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is very slick looking and I’ll be checking it out on my next trip to my local B&N. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/samsung-galaxy-tab-4-nook-tablet/379004262

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer

Are you talking to me, or is that an audiobook in my ear?

Listening to your book as an audiobook on ACX is a surreal experience. My narrator, Tobi Doyle does an amazing job. She has accents and different tones for males and different voices for different characters. I put the headphones on, close my eyes, and I’m in my book. I laugh. I cry. I forget I wrote those words. The story that I spent endless hours on is brand-new again.

Divorce Interrupted audio reducedDivorce, Interrupted, Book 1 of The Lake Willowbee Series was done last year.





DaretoTrust audiobook coverDare To Trust, Book 2 of The Lake Willowbee Series is in production and almost done.





defend my love audiobook coverDefend My Love, Book 3 of The Lake Willowbee Series in in production now and I should get to do a first listen soon.






Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Where do you listen? In the car? While exercising?


Jill James, author of The Lake Willowbee Series

Amazon Derangement Syndrome

I love this term. Not sure who coined it but The Passive Guy uses it on The Passive Voice. I was going to link to the Dear Author article, but I decided instead to link to TPV’s view of the Dear Author article. Jill


Opinions welcomed, Jill James

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Amazon tops them all!

In a season barely begun with $50 off here and 50% off there, Amazon tops the list with Amazon Prime Air – delivery by drone.

Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98BIu9dpwHU

Can SkyNet be far behind?!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

Christmas on Main Street final cover 2Christmas on Main Street boxed set is still 99¢
and sitting at #1 in Inspirational Romance,

Romance Anthologies, and Holiday Romances.

On The Internet – Amazon and The Washington Post

Just in case you are the ostrich with his head in the sand (or on vacation and skipping the news).

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon has bought the newspaper, The Washington Post


What this means to Amazon, the newspaper, and the rest of us, is anybody’s guess. And everybody’s guess, if the Google search results are any clue.

Jill James, writer of paranormal and contemporary romance
LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Love in the Time of Zombies — coming soon!

On The Internet – Jill James

Busy week in the Digital World!

Judge rules against Apple in court case.

What does this mean for iPads, iPhones, and the cost of ebooks?

George R.R. Martin in Amazon Imprint.

What other big names will Amazon attract with all its new arms and divisions?

Barnes & Noble Lynch is out!

What does this mean for brick and mortar stores and for Nook products?

What have you seen on the Internet this week? Jill James

LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
Coming Soon! Love in the Time of Zombies

Summer Fun – Divorce, Interrupted for FREE

Divorce, InterruptedI’m working on putting Divorce, Interrupted – Book 1 in The Lake Willowbee Series free for the summer. It is already marked FREE at Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and iTunes. As soon as it filters through the rest at Smashwords I’ll get it to FREE at Amazon and BN.com

Divorce, Interrupted will soon be an audiobook!! It is headed for retail any day now!

Hoping for Love in the Time of Zombies out by end of month and then plotting The Single Mommies Club books, The Lake Willowbee Series 4-7. They will be all completed and then released one a month this fall and winter.

Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance.

International Readers

I know I have some because each month I sell a few in the UK, Germany, and The Netherlands. So I though I would mention my books to my non-USA audience for a moment.

Divorce, Interrupted – a contemporary romance about Todd and Lisa Miller who think their happily ever after has died over her infidelity. But trapped in a mountain cabin, no cell phones, and a flood on the way may force them to discover the spark is still there.

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Divorce-Interrupted-Second-Chances-ebook/dp/B005S9ZIN2

Amazon DE – http://www.amazon.de/Divorce-Interrupted-Second-Chances-ebook/dp/B005S9ZIN2

Via Smashwords this book is available to Sony, Apple, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, and Diesel – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93734

Someone To Trust – a contemporary romance of a former abused wife who trusts no one — especially men. But Brady Jackson is determined to prove his trustworthiness. When Evie Grimes’s ex-husband turns up dead at her back door she isn’t sure Brady didn’t take protecting her to a murderous end. Sometimes saying I trust you is harder than I love you.

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Someone-Trust-Second-Chances-ebook/dp/B007611ZVY

Amazon DE http://www.amazon.de/Someone-Trust-Second-Chances-ebook/dp/B007611ZVY

Via Smashwords this book is available to Sony, Apple, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, and Diesel https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129953

Jill James

Going International

One of the most amazing thrills is seeing your book selling in other countries. Via Smashwords I have sales to the Netherlands and now via Amazon.de I have sales in Germany. How cool is that?!

I was thrilled to see my first few sales when I first put my book out by self-publishing. Now I am seeing people on the other side of the world purchasing my book. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how thrilling that would be. These aren’t people I know, they just saw my book, or Tweet, or Facebook page and decided to try my writing.

I sit here in awe of the power of writing and reaching readers across the entire planet. The world has changed so much since I wrote The Runaway Chevrolet in the fifth grade with paper and pencil, and my first attempts on an old Royal typewriter, and nothing shows that more than a sale on Amazon.de or Amazon.UK. The wonders of this brave new world are amazing.

Thanks to the power of ereaders writers can reach the whole world.

What do you find amazing about this new ereader and Indie Publishing world?

Jill James