What I’m Reading?

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

I love Jack McEvoy. He is my favorite Connelly character. He is a very flawed human being who can’t seem to get out of his own way. It is as if he can’t seem to help himself from destroying every relationship he has. Be it a girlfriend, a friend, or a boss. This story was so realistic, it was downright scary.

What if the genealogy companies used your DNA against you? We give it to them willingly. We don’t know how they use it, who it goes to, who sees it. It is a wide-open brave new world and you can’t put the Genie back in the bottom once it is out in the world. This story definitely opened my eyes to the guardians of the knowledge, or lack thereof, and I will be following what happens in that arena in the future.


Jill James, author of Christmas at Lake Willowbee (coming soon)

What I’m Reading?

Nightfall by Kevin Partner

Usually when I read ‘the end of the world as we know it’ books I go for zombie apocalypse. But when I’m in the middle of writing a book I try to read outside the genre I’m writing and since I’m writing a zompoc book right now I decided to try this series.

Nightfall is about an astronomical event with radiation falling on humanity and killing billions. It has a unique premise since I’m on book 2 and the survivors are still trying to figure out what happened and how to know if it will happen again.

The characters are real, flawed human beings and the settings are real places anyone could recognize as their home.

From Hawaii to Los Angeles to Texas and beyond, this could be real. This could be you or your family.

Are you ready for the end of the world as we know it?


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

What I’m Reading

I think I’ve read everything by Mike Kraus but I really enjoyed this series. I love apocalyptic, end of the world books! Especially something new and original like this one.

The story starts with a mega tsunami from the Canary Islands (a real-life possibility BTW) that devastates the east coast of the United States. The story centers around Reese and Cami Lavelle who are separated as he is on a company fishing trip and she is home with their college-age daughter.

The action is intense and doesn’t let up for a second. Loved it!!!

How do you think TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) could happen?


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies post-apocalyptic series

What I’m Reading

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

The face we show to the world (or our neighbors) is not the face we show privately inside our homes. I love a “who is lying, who is telling the truth” story and this one is an awesome one.

Miranda knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, long after you should be fast asleep.


Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

What I’m Reading

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

A true gem. I found this book hidden in my to-be-read closet. My paperback copy actually says RITA finalist. I was hooked from page two and by the end of chapter one I was on Amazon to get book 1 in the series as an ebook!

Although this is book 2 in the series, you don’t need to have read book 1. But trust me, you will want to get book 1 and the rest of the series!

I got this book at an RWA conference years ago and my only regret is that I didn’t read it years ago.


Jill James, lover of time-travel romance novels

What I’m Reading

I used to just read Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau vampire series, then I discovered she wrote historical romance! I love the Buchanans and their friends and families. Highland Wolf was sweet, but sexy, and I love Claray and The Wolf.

Can’t wait to read the next Highland Brides book!!

Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

What I’m Reading

Every once in a while, a book comes along that captures your attention from the first page. The Other Husband by Kathryn Croft is just such a book. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the story is flipped in a whole new direction I didn’t see coming. I stayed up way too late to finish this book so I could know who did it, and why!!!

A five-star read…Jill James.

What I’m Reading

I’ve read books by Allison Brennan since her debut The Prey, but this latest one is beyond amazing. I feel I’m on the case with the characters, I’m following the clues, I’m wondering not only who did it, but why. I’m worries about who will live and who will die. Does someone have a hidden agenda, are they just friendly, or scared of something or someone unknown?

Don’t miss The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan.


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

One Step Too Far – Lisa Gardner

I have a few authors that are auto-buys for me and Lisa Gardner is one of them. I buy her books in hardcover for my bookshelves. I think the first book of hers I read was The Perfect Husband. Then I discovered her D.D. Warren books. I love them!!!

Then she came out with the Frankie Elkins books. I didn’t know I could love a character in a book so much! The latest, One Step Too Far, is beyond intense. I was turning the pages fast to see what happened next, but I didn’t want to turn them too fast because I was enjoying the story and the characters so much. Then I stayed up late just to finish the story because it was so twisty-turny and dark that I HAD to know how it all turned out.

If you’ve read One Step Too Far, let me know what you thought. If you haven’t yet, run to the bookstore and get it!!!


Jill James, lover of thrilling reads

The Other Wife – book review

The Other Wife by Claire McGowen was an excellent read. In the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, it is an ‘unreliable narrator’ story. You’re not sure if the person is to be trusted. Are they telling the truth? Or just their version of the story?

The characters were real, flawed people just doing the best they could in the situation they found themselves. There is some gaslighting, but you aren’t quite sure who is doing what to whom.

A definite page-turner. The twists and turns kept me enthralled to the last page.

A five-star read!


Jill James, voracious reader

Devolution by Max Brooks – book review

I loved World War Z. This book was different. The characters are not likable, but you are left with wondering what would you do in their situation. I’ve thought often that a generation is dying that still knows how to do things, make things. What will the next generations do if they can’t Google it?

 

The vision I got from this book was who are the humans and who are the beasts? When a person or an animal is pushed too far, what will they do to survive?

As I was reading Devolution I kept thinking of Jurassic Park. Dr. Sattler (played by Laura Dern) talks about nature and how it will fight back. Even plants will fight back to survive. A bear or a mountain lion is beautiful on a television show or in a zoo. Not so much when you are facing it on a mountain hike. When you go deep into the forest, you are in their world. You are the trespasser. Never forget that.

1/2  4.5 stars


Jill James, voracious reader

Recent Read

Just finished Wave of Terror by Jon Jefferson. It had action. It had adventure. It had romance. And best of all…it had Princess Bride movie references!

To be honest, it did start a little slow, but once it got going it was a non-stop, thrill ride of a read. Megan is a spunky heroine in the best way. She lets nothing stop her from getting to the truth and getting the truth to the right people. Chip is great as an FBI agent and a hero for Megan to have join in her adventure.

A solid 4 star read!!

Bonus: After I finished the story I discovered that Jefferson also writes books about The Body Farm. As soon as I finished Wave of Terror I went and downloaded The Body Farm series, book 1.


Jill James, romance writer and avid reader.

Review of Let’s Play Make-Believe

letsplaymakebelieve-james-pattersonI’m really enjoying the BookShots from James Patterson and various other authors. This one is co-authored by James O. Born – a new-to-me author.

The story is great, the twists are unexpected and surprising, the writing is fast-paced and fun.

Definitely a 5 star read. I’m enjoying the BookShots. Sometimes you just want a quick story to read, enjoy, and move on.


Jill James, reader

What Jill James is Reading

Let me start by saying I want to move to Barefoot Bay. Roxanne St. Claire has painted a picture of the perfect place to be; hurricane and all.

barefoot in the sandBarefoot in the SandLacey and Clay’s story. The book starts with a hurricane and builds from there. I so wanted Lacey and her daughter, Ashley to have all their dreams to come true, and St. Claire delivers. Clay, the hunky, slightly younger architect is just what Lacey needs when he blows into her life pretty much like the hurricane. I loved this sweet tale of getting what you need instead of what you think you want.

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barefoot in the rainBarefoot in the RainJocelyn and Will’s story. I didn’t think anything could be better than Barefoot in the Sand, but OMGoodness, Barefoot in the Rain is. This is a bittersweet tale of doing what you think is right for the one you love, even if it rips your heart out. It is a story of family and forgiveness, even when you don’t want to.

I can not wait for the rest of the group’s stories. Roxanne St. Claire gives you heartbreaking and heartwarming all wrapped up in true love.

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Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
and the upcoming Love in the Time of Zombies

Self’s Blossom by David Russell — Book Review

Disclaimer: Received book for review by author. Jill

self's blossomSelf’s Blossom is literary erotica. That is the only way I can catagorize it. It is literary, lyrical, and poetic. The main character, Selene is on a journey of sexual self-discovery. Mr. Russell’s descriptions of exotic places, pristine beaches, and deep blue seas are hypnotic. You are drawn into the story with descriptive passages and deep characterization.

We are allowed to be Selene’s eyes and senses as she discovers herself through encounters with a young man and an older gentleman. I found myself rooting with Selene to throw off her conservative shackles and embrace the new her she would become.

star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_empty A great read. Literary, but lyrical.

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Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
New Releases – Defend My Love and The Lake Willowbee Series, Books 1 – 3

Book Review – Relentless Pursuit – Adrienne Giordano

Book Description from Amazon.com

You call this a mission?

Yeah, ex-Army Ranger and Taylor Securities operative Billy Tripp screwed up. So instead of being assigned to a dangerous international mission, he’s sent to babysit a pricey necklace at a trendy South Beach hotel. The only bright side to the assignment is working with the manager, smoking-hot hotel heiress Kristen Dante.

Kristen’s worked hard to build her father’s Miami hotel into a jet-set destination. She’s confident in business but not so much with men. What could a sexy guy like Billy want with her when he could have someone like her beautiful, party-girl sister?

There’s a reason Billy’s known as Mr. Relentless. He doesn’t give up. Not on a job, or on the woman he wants. So when three luxury cars go missing from the hotel’s lot, Billy sets out to find the thief. Suddenly, he has a case with the risks he thrives on. But when his investigation leads to Kristen being threatened, the real danger is losing his heart.


I really, really enjoyed this book from the very first page. Billy is a security expert with ADD. I loved that about him. He has no filter on his mouth and just spouts off with whatever he is thinking. He is so cool!!

Kristen is kinda sad at the beginning of not realizing how amazing she is, until Billy shows her. They are so right for each other.

The car thefts add an element of danger and excitement to the story.  I love seeing the rich world of hotel ownership, but the daily work that does into running it as well. But most of all I loved getting to know Billy and Kristen. A 5 star read.

Jill James, author of The Lake Willowbee Series,
Tempting Adam, and Dangerous Shift – coming soon in print.

*Disclaimer — I receive an ecopy of this book from the author.

Book Review – Obsession by Carol Ericson

I’ve read all of Carol’s Harlequin Intrigue books but, by far, Obsession is the best. I think it was the characters. I adored Michelle Girard and her crush that developed into a full-blown love affair with Colin Roarke. We’ve all been geeky girl in love with the football star in high school, we can relate.

Colin has just enough baggage in his life to be tortured but not unsalvageable. He had a nice conflict in his life with his issues with his brother to be believable.

The intrigue part of the story was awesome with killings, and stalkings, and danger at every turn. This was a well-plotted, well-told story. AA++

Jill James