Waking Up for Christmas

I’m releasing my Christmas book from last year’s boxed set since the new boxed set is Coming Soon!

Waking Up for Christmas is the love story of Darcy and Chase

Christmas is the time for wishes to come true. All Chase Thanos needs for the holidays is for his comatose wife to awaken. Darcy Bennett Thanos has been his whole life since they were in college. Now, twenty years later, their marriage and their lives have fallen apart and the only thing that can put it back together is Darcy coming out of her coma and remembering all they had and could have. Just as soon as she wakes up for Christmas.

Romance Heat Level – 1

Get it HERE! for only 99¢

Christmas Babies on Main Street – our 2017 Authors of Main Street boxed set is on preorder and will be available October 12th!!

Happy Holidays, Jill James

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Christmas Babies on Main Street

Our newest boxed set is now available for preorder on Amazon. It will also be on Kindle Unlimited.

Christmas Babies on Main Street are clean and wholesome holiday tales with love, babies, and the joy of the season. Preorder today for only 99¢ for nine wonderful stories.

Release Day is October 12th.

My story, Baby Steps and Snowflakes is included!


 

Jill James, romance author and lover of the holidays!

Christmas in July

For writers, the saying of ‘Christmas in July’ holds very true. In July, we are working on our stories for the winter holiday season. While it is sweltering outside, we are listening to Christmas carols to get into the mood to pen a tale of winter, snowy storms, glistening ornaments of silver and gold, and lovers hoping for a Christmas miracle to find their way to happily ever after.

A couple of years ago I wrote a hot little short story to include in a Christmas boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. The Christmas Con is my take on the Robin Hood legend, with jewel thieves doing good and Santa helping two lovers find their way back together. You can get if for free if you sign up for my newsletter or get it for just 99¢ this month on Amazon.

 

Get The Christmas Con HERE!

 

 

The latest boxed set with the Authors of Main Street, Christmas at the Inn on Main Street includes my novella, Waking Up For Christmas and is still available for just 99¢ for five exquisite holiday tales of true love and happily ever after.

 

Get Christmas at the Inn on Main Street HERE!

 

Enjoy Christmas in July!!


Jill James, working on her latest Christmas novella for this year’s Authors of Main Street boxed set.

Christmas at the Inn on Main Street

My Christmas story, Waking Up for Christmas is in the Christmas at the Inn on Main Street boxed set. Enjoy five wonderful holiday tales that bring the flavor and the specialness of the season to life.

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Still at the wonderful price of just 99¢ for five holiday books. FREE for Kindle Unlimited readers. Also available in the Matchbook program that allows you to buy the paperback book and get the eBook for free!

Click here!

Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Delores Goodrick Beggs

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Delores Goodrick Beggs, Arts Council Fellowship-winning author~*~

I’ve been spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Last, but by no means, least is Delores Goodrick Beggs.

Her story in the set is The Christmas Clocks (Paranormal)

When an image of her lost love appears on the old clock’s face, Genoa can’t let him disappear again, she can’t!

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Addison James

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Addison James, SVRWA Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Addison James.

Her story in the set is The Holiday Fixer (Contemporary)

A hacker is threatening the online dating site, Coupling, and head of product development, Wendy Ram, hired self-made billionaire security consultant, Zachary Evans, to fix the problem in time for their holiday promotion. A 21st century retelling of the holiday classic, The Shop Around the Corner.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Grace Conley

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Grace Conley, SVRWA GOTCHA-award winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Grace Conley.

Her story in the set is Christmas Weekend: A Heart’s Delight Short Story (Contemporary)

San Francisco cop Joe Maggiano runs into his long-lost flame on Christmas Eve – during a terrible fire! Will he and Gwyn be able to re-kindle their love over the course of a holiday weekend in charming Heart’s Delight, California?

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Gayle Parness

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Gayle Parness, Fantasy author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Gayle Parness.

Her story in the set is Winter Solstice Wishes (Paranormal)

Elle, a fae who refused to return to the Faerie Court because of the abuse she’d endured, has been a guest in Sasha’s home for the last six months. Sasha, a vampire with a violent past, was smitten by this sweetly elegant female. Can they heal each other on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year?

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Janet Miller

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Janet Miller, Prism Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Janet Miller.

Her story in the set is Just A Little Christmas (Contemporary)

Alice Masters has two young children, no job, and Christmas is coming without a tree or decorations. When she begs her neighbor Rand Brown for the old Christmas tree he’s thrown out, what starts as Just A Little Christmas turns out to be a lot more.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Jill James

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Jill James, Amazon best-selling author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is me (Jill James).

My story in the set is The Christmas Con (Sexy Contemporary)

In a mash-up of the Robin Hood legend and the film, The Italian Job, two reformed jewel thieves, Robin Cappington and Ian Marr, reluctantly work together to retrieve a priceless necklace, but the fates and Santa have special plans of a holiday reunion for the ex-lovers.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Kate Lockridge

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Kate Lockridge, two-time Golden Heart Finalist~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Kate Lockridge.

Her story in the set is Flame To Fire (Paranormal)

Nate Arbinger is a Helwyn, a demon hunter, who uses ancient ballads as a road map to track escapees from Hell. Battle weary, Nate has come home to Molly for the Yuletide season. Little does he know that a minor god and the Fates have other plans for his holiday…

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Loucinda McGary

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Loucinda McGary, RWA Golden Heart Finalist~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Loucinda McGary.

Her story in the set is New Year’s Endeavor (Sensual Contemporary)

Recently widowed Tammy Knox takes a holiday cruise at the urging of her daughter Avery and her best friend Dori Miller. Tammy is seeking a distraction from her increasingly lonely life, but she doesn’t expect it to be in the form of her best friend’s handsome, younger son. Is their New Year’s endeavor destined to be a shipboard fling or true love?

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Cyndi Faria

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Cyndi Faria, Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Cyndi Faria.

Her story in the set is Honor The Promise (New Adult, Sweet Contemporary)

Expected to become a fourth generation firefighter, a young cadet discovers Latin dance unleashes his deepest desires and gives him the confidence to choose his own path.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Eileen Rendahl

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Eileen Rendahl, National Bestselling Author and two-time RITA Award Nominee~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. First up is Eileen Rendahl.

Her story in the set is Dreidels and Demons (paranormal romance)

All Melina wants is a normal wedding with the normal kinds of problems that normal brides have like drunk uncles and wilted flower arrangements. Such is not the life of a Messenger for the supernatural beings of Sacramento, however. Something is after her and it’s not just her mother with another cake sample for her to taste.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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The Secret Project – Jill James

So…..I’ve been talking about the secret project for awhile now. It is a novella/short novel that will be in another boxed set with the ladies of Authors of Main Street. There will be more details tomorrow, so make sure you check it out at http://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com

In the meantime, here is a little tidbit…my story for the anthology is titled:

The Reluctant Bride

All the details; characters, cover reveal, and surprise photo will be on the Authors of Main Street blog tomorrow.

See you there…Jill

Fickle, much?!! by Jill James

I don’t usually think of myself as fickle. I don’t whiffle and waffle between two things. When I form an opinion of someone or something, it usually sticks for as long as I know the person or thing. Only one person in my whole life did I change my opinion and then it turned out I was right the first time. 🙂 So, I find it funny that I’m now under a bruising deadline to finish a story because I couldn’t make up my mind which story I wanted to write.

This Christmas I did a short story (The Christmas Con) so I could be in the boxed set with the Authors of Main Street group. That story only had 800 words before I started but I managed to make it almost 9,000 and put it in the set. So, then we decided to do another boxed set this summer and I needed a story to go into the set. I plotted, I schemed, and I tried to plan. Nothing! I could not come up with a plotline to save my life. So then I dug a previously hiding-in-the-harddrive story out of the mothballs to finish for the story. It is a great story but as I’m writing and plotting scenes I realized this story will be a full-length novel, nothing like the 15-25k we set as the guidelines. So, back to the drawing board. Darn, now what do I do?

What lots of writers do!! Mine real life for a fictional story. So, with my friend’s permission, I will be using her life story as the basis of Claire’s and Jimmy’s story. So, now with the deadline approaching fast, I’m back to writing a whole story in basically a month. Fingers and toes crossed, I can do this!!!

Do you ever set yourself impossible deadlines? Does it help or hinder you?

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
(busily writing Claire and Jimmy a romantic happily-ever-after)

Lessons Learned by Jill James

A lesson learned is knowledge earned. In science a failure is just a theory proven wrong. Not sure it works the same way in publishing. 🙂

writers clockOne thing I’ve learned is to adapt to moving faster. Not just writing faster, although that doesn’t hurt. Write faster, more product, either to submit or publish yourself. No, I mean the ability to move fast at an opportunity. Be it a group blog, an anthology submission, or a chance for an interview or blog post guesting. Luck plays a part in publishing. Being prepared for when that luck strikes can only help you. Having some stories mothballed on your hard drive, raising your hand (figuratively) to be part of a group blog or blog hop. Being ready for the luck to strike. All these require you to think fast on your feet. 

The Authors of Main Street have a secret project coming up. No matter how I racked my brain I could not come up with a plotline. But, I jumped at the chance to be in another boxed set. Like lightning in a bottle, I remembered I had an old story part way done on my computer. Written in 2005 it is a little milder (sex-wise) than my usual but I think that works to its advantage to be in with the other stories from the group. So I dug it out, dusted it off, and I’m editing a story now that only needs a few thousand more words to be done for the boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. The cover is ordered, although I won’t see it until next month.

Yay for me! Yay for moving fast when I needed to do so!

What have you done to be ready when luck comes a-calling?

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Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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Christmas on Main Street by the Authors of Main Street

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So, this weekend was spent watching Christmas on Main Street climb to #125 in the paid Kindle Store and #1 in inspirational romance. WooHoo! There was much rejoicing on our Authors of Main Street yahoo loop.

Here is a secret not everyone knows: I was always the last kid picked for baseball or kickball. You know the one. The little one who only comes up to everyone’s chest, standing beside the lanky kid with glasses that are half an inch thick. You get to hear, “Yeah, we’ll take Jill.” And the teacher misses the whispered add-on loud enough for kids ears…”If we have to.” So when the Authors of Main Street had an idea for a Christmas collection of stories I was over the moon. Did I have a story? You betcha!! And if I didn’t, I was writing one in time for the set. 🙂

I had started a story that was a retelling of the Robin Hood legend. I had one page, a measly 800 words. But it didn’t matter. I had been invited to play. So with my husband’s help (I’m a big-time procrastinator) keeping me in line and on deadline, I finished the 8,600 word short story in two day-long marathons of writing. He let me come out of the writing cave for food and potty breaks. LOL

When I joined Romance Writers of America I discovered a world of writers just like me. They had voices in their heads and the desperate need to get the stories down on paper. When I joined with the Authors of Main Street I discovered a group of ladies who are willing to help each achieve our dreams. We post about each other’s stories. We share that all the difficulties of writing and real life are universal. We push each other to try a little harder, write a little more, and believe in ourselves.

To the ladies of Authors of Main Street, thank you so much for letting me play on the team.

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Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
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in the Christmas on Main Street boxed set.

Christmas on Main Street boxed set by Authors of Main Street

It takes a village to raise a child and a whole blog group of women to make a holiday boxed set. Everyone did their part beautifully; from making covers, and redoing covers, to formatting, and reformatting as the need arose, to writing amazing holiday treats for all to read.

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These popular, bestselling authors await you:

The Christmas Wish by Tori Scott. Merry is a long way from home and missing her family as Christmas approaches, until she falls right into Santa’s lap.

Christmas Wedding Muddle by Mona Risk. The perfect fiancé is a cheater and the fabulous Christmas wedding is off. But the would-be honeymoon cruise may fulfill the dreams of Julia and her unexpected companion.

A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming by E. Ayers. A Native American cowboy with his thirteen-month-old daughter and a national news anchorwoman have nothing in common, except for their pasts, but in this season of giving, will fate reach through time and give the gift of love? 

The Christmas Con by Jill James. Contemporary Romance. Two reformed jewel thieves, Robin and Ian, are on the job to retrieve a priceless necklace, but Santa has special plans for a reunion of the ex-lovers.

Small Town Glamour Girl Christmas by Stephanie Queen. Small town girl Julie hates being an Audrey Hepburn look-alike. When the big city man of her dreams comes to town for Christmas will she sell out to model in the city or settle into small town life on his terms? 

The Christmas Gift by Pepper Phillips. When an opportunity to make money presents itself, eleven-year-old George faces the biggest decision of his life. Will he become a thief like his father or will he discover the fact that giving, rather than receiving, is the best gift of all?

A Potters Wood Christmas by Leigh Morgan. A plot to steal an ancient artifact in the Bennett’s possession could be the key to opening an even greater prize. Will Cian find family and the spirit of Christmas again? 

A Baby for Christmas by Susan R. Hughes. When Ryan opens his home to Paige, a beautiful stranger who happens to be pregnant, will it take a Christmas miracle to make them realize where their hearts truly belong? 

A Light in the Christmas Café by Kristy Tate. A food thief, a haunted house, a matchmaking grandmother and a handsome stranger: Are the apron strings tying Deirdre to her grandmother’s café tangling up her life plans or are they leading her to love?

What if…this Christmas by Kelly Rae. Will a marriage proposal be the end of Katie and Chris’ forever? 

A Smoky Mountain Christmas by Carol De Vaney. Falling in love wasn’t in Tina’s plans. She’d survived the snowstorm, but could she survive the love of recently divorced Hank Gordon who’s sworn off women?

Buy it Now!

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