The Lull Between Projects

I just finished turning in Sugar Sprinkled Memories for the boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. Now comes the lull as I rest a little when I finish a book. Refill the well. Rejuvenate the creative juices. Get to know the characters in the next book.

Then I piddle around a little bit deciding what to work on next. I have 3 books I will work on this fall/winter; Zombies in the Grass, Book 4 of the Time of Zombies series, Ghostly Deceptions, Book 2 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, Ghostly Perceptions, Book 3 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

I also have some other stories I’m percolating. An erotic romance with a sex android. A horror with spree killers. A romantic suspense with an FBI team. And many more. Ideas I have plenty. The ability to put butt in chair, hands on keyboard–not as much. But I’m getting better at it.

So, I’ll enjoy the lull and put 1,000 words on this story and 2,000 on that story until my mind settles on one and I get into the zone. (fingers crossed)

Coming Soon! Christmas boxed set with the Authors of Main Street, including Sugar Sprinkled Memories.


Jill James, romance writer

Romance – sweet or sexy?

My Lake Willowbee Series used to be all one series until I realized it was actually two series set in the same world of the fictional Lake Willowbee, California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have four books that are on the sexy side and I have four books on the sweet side with another one coming out in a boxed set this Christmas with the Authors of Main Street.

 

 

The Lake Willowbee Series – 3/5 heat level

Book 1 – Divorce, Interrupted     B005S9ZIN2
Book 2 – Dare To Trust     B007611ZVY
Book 3 – Defend My Love     B00AF3TD8W
Book 4 – The Reluctant Bride     B00KNAXUO0 (Weddings on Main Street)

The Sweet Lake Willowbee Romance Series – 1/5 heat level

Book 1 – Waking Up For Christmas     B01N2VQ4X3 (Christmas at the Inn on Main Street)
Book 2 – Baby Steps and Snowflakes     B077D1456Q (Christmas Babies on Main Street)
Book 3 – Retreat, Interrupted     B07FMBJQ63 (Summer Romance on Main Street)
Book 4 – In My Dreams     B07L355LSP (Christmas Wishes on Main Street)
Book 5 – Sugar Sprinkled Memories     coming soon!

Do you like your romance books sweet, sexy, or a little of both?


Jill James, author of the Lake Willowbee series

Decisions, decisions.

A writer’s world is full of decisions. Titles, characters, plots, plotting or pantsing, 3rd person POV or 1st. My dilemma at the moment is what to work on next.

I have three W.I.P.s (Works In Progress) at the moment. Do I add to the Time of Zombies series with book 4 (Willa and Danny’s story) or add to Ghost Releasers, Inc. with books 2 and 3? (Andrea and Luke/Donna and Rafe) I’m loving each of these stories and excited to add to each series. But I can’t seem to settle down and just write.

I had really thought to work more on them during Nanowrimo in November and into December here with all the presents shopped and wrapped and decorations done, but it just isn’t happening. I think I will write every December and every December I don’t. So the plans for the new year will be 3 books and several novellas.

Happy writing and reading, Jill.

Christmas ornaments

I love decorating the Christmas tree each year. Last year we were in an apartment getting ready to move into our new house so we didn’t decorate at all. We were in a new house with almost no furniture and didn’t have our decorations(in storage). We drove to see family and didn’t stay home for Christmas Eve and Day.

This year we got out everything we own for the holidays. It was fun to see the family ornaments after missing a year. The little ones of popsicle sticks and foam the kids and grandkid made over the years. The old ones passed down from generation to generation. The ones that represent a person or a place we’ve been. And the new ones we get each year to make the year.

My mother-in-law gets us a new one each year too. They are beautiful crystal and silver and bright. This is this year’s one!

Do the ornaments on your tree have special stories too?

 


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

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!

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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Writing during the holidays by Jill James

Every year I tell myself, “Of course you can write during the holidays. Just a few pages here and there between shopping and wrapping and baking and cleaning and cooking and a thousand other things.” LOL And every year I beat myself up because I didn’t write. So this year I had a plan–no writing at all during the holidays!

And it worked. I’m not stressed. I’m not mad at the family who I always wrongly blamed because I didn’t get the writing done. I’m loving it. No word count. No pages to have done. I’m not going to write until December 26th! And that is a plan I can live with.

Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
and co-author of Christmas on Main Street, an Amazon bestseller!

Christmas on Main Street – #53 at Amazon

I am over the moon. I sit here with my jaw dropped, unable to believe the numbers on Christmas on Main Street.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Thank you lovers of Christmas tales. Thank you lovers of cool to warm romance. That is how the Authors of Main Street bill ourselves. Most of us write contemporary romance, stories of small towns, and sweet to slightly sensual romance heat. And you have embraced us this holiday season.

Thank you, Readers

Authors of Main Street: The Christmas Wish by Tori Scott. Her Christmas Cruise by Mona Risk. A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming by E. Ayers. The Christmas Con by Jill James.  Small Town Glamour Girl Christmas by Stephanie Queen. The Christmas Gift by Pepper Phillips. A Potters Wood Christmas by Leigh Morgan.
A Baby for Christmas by Susan R. Hughes. A Light in the Christmas Cafe by Kristy Tate. What if…this Christmas by Kelly Rae. A Smoky Mountain Christmas by Carol DeVaney
. Foreword by Joan Reeves. Author info for Bella Street.

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