Summer reading

I love the hot, lazy days of summer. Lots of reading and writing done. Next week I’m planning a trip to Barnes & Noble. I have a long list of wants and I hope they have at least some of them.

My list: The Betrayed Wife by Kevin O’Brien–get every book he writes. Season of the Witch by David Golemon–love the Event Group. Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose–another of my auto-buy authors. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness–I’ve fallen in long with this series. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson–I wait for trade paperback for this series since the rest is in trade paperback. (fingers crossed I get some of these)

What is on your to-get list from the bookstore?

Jill James, romance writer and voracious reader

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

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

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.

Parlay Your Author Power

Self-publishing has changed the publishing world but there are still authors who have no power to change covers, titles, or clauses in their contracts. And then there is Philippa Gregory…

I love Gregory’s books and I find it amazing in a good way that she wants her stories to retain their historical integrity, even when made into films.

Do you think historical novels should be historically correct or do you believe artistic changes are allowable, or even preferred, to make the story more interesting to a modern audience?

Jill James, romance author
Time of Zombies series coming soon in audiobook!


I love this hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. Let the Tweetverse and Facebook peeps know what you are working on. For non-authors, there is #amreading to share a good book you are reading.

#amwriting A Time to Kill Zombies which is Lila and Jack’s story. Secret project which may or may not be a romantic suspense.

#amreading Alone In The Dark by Karen Rose.

What are you reading or writing?

Jill James, romance writer and reader


RWA Nationals San Diego 2016

San_Diego_HarborI’m all registered and have a hotel room. This will be a mini-vacation with the conference and visiting brother and his family.

So excited! I haven’t been for a few years. I love the workshops, the fellow writers, seeing and meeting the superstars in our industry. Fun times!!

Will I see you this year in San Diego???

Jill James, romance author

eBooks are changing the way we read.

typingOr so the article says. I have noticed that I have trouble remembering authors names when I read an eBook. I believe it is because the title and name aren’t staring me in the eye from every page I read like in a paperback. I wish there was a way to change that; for my own reading and for the books I write.

Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife available for preorder at most online vendors!

I want to just write the book.

Writers say that a lot. A LOT. We wish there wasn’t a need for promotion. For social media. For the myriad of things that are needed for selling books that aren’t writing the book. Whoever told us that writing the book was the hard part–lied!

As young (or not so young) aspiring authors we dreamed of writing an awesome book, selling to a big name publisher, getting a giant advance to write, and for the publisher to do all those mysterious promo things so we could just write. LOL

Well, it seems that self-published authors aren’t the only ones now realizing that even with a publisher, the author is still responsible for the major portion of promotion to sell the book.

Writers, what writing ‘myth’ did you debunk?

Jill James, writer of romance


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

Is XYZ a good publisher?

“(Let me put on my writer hat) Okay, listen carefully! AFTER you get offered a contract is NOT the time to ask everyone you know, “Is XYZ a good publisher?” Do your research before you even SUBMIT to a publisher. They might say yes, you’ll be all excited, and that time is not the time to be checking them out. (In case you couldn’t tell, LOL, this is one of my pet peeves.)

“Make sure you check out a publisher before and after you submit. –Catherine Chant, author of Wish You Were HERE

Things are moving pretty fast in publishing land these days. The great publisher of six months ago could be filing for bankruptcy this month. A great tip-off is a website that was excellent when you submitted and today–not so much. My first stop is always Preditors and Editors before I submit.

“Look at their website from a customer perspective. Would you shop there? Is it appealing to look at? Is it easy to use? Are the book covers attractive or amateurish? How easy will it be for readers who don’t know you yet to find your book?” –Catherine Chant

These days anyone can throw up a website. Make sure a publisher has spent time making theirs inviting. The #1 question: would you shop there?

“Find out what they do for advertising, as well, or if they expect you to do it all yourself. If they do advertise, make sure they’re advertising to “readers” not just other writers, and that it consists of something other than just social media. If they do no advertising or if it’s just FB/Twitter, that would be a red flag for me.”  –Catherine Chant

Advertising is a big thing in publishing. If all they do is FB/Twitter, I can do that myself. A publisher, e- or otherwise has to bring something to the contract that I can’t do myself, or don’t want to do myself.

“Buy a couple of their books and look at the quality of the writing and the editing. Typos or other mistakes would be another red flag for me.” –Catherine Chant

I would also add, check their covers. Are they attractive? Do they make you want to buy them? Check new releases–how are they ranking on Amazon?

So, ask yourself what you require from a publisher and make sure they deliver before you sign on that dotted line.

Big thank you to Catherine Chant for letting me use her comments. You can find out about Catherine and her books at:

Jill James, proud author with The Wild Rose Press and self.

The Romance Reviews 4th Anniversary – prizes!!

TRR Anniversary PartyThe Romance Reviews is celebrating their 4th Anniversary with lots of authors, lots of games, and lots of prizes.

Click here to go to the party page and celebrate! I’m listed there with a question and a chance for a prize!!

Check it out and then come back here. Comment with why you love romance and I will randomly pick a winner for a $5 Amazon gift card!!

Jill James, author of Love in the Time of Zombies, Book 1 Time of Zombies series


The Romance Reviews Anniversary

TRR Anniversary Party

The Romance Reviews is celebrating their 4th year with a gigantic Anniversary Party all month long. Discover new authors, new books, and have lots of fun and a chance to win awesome prizes. Click on the picture to go to the party!!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
My prize day is March 27th. See you at The Romance Reviews.


Authorgraph – great author tool

I love Authorgraph (previously Kindlegraph).

For the reader it is now possible to have an author’s autograph for an ebook!

Get your e-book signed by Jill James
*click to have any of my ebooks signed, not just The Christmas Con!

For the author it is now easy to autograph your ebooks for readers!
Just go to and set up your account today.

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
The Reluctant Bride will be available June 9th!!