Pages From The Heart Contest


My manuscript placed 2nd in my RWA chapter’s contest. Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal tale of learning to let go and moving on. Megan Trent is a young war-widow trying to hold onto her late husband anyway she can, even if that means letting his ghostly presence into her bed. Jack O’Malley is television’s Ghost Releaser. From an early age Jack has helped people learn to let go and for ghosts to release their earthly bonds. When a vicious spirit seems to attach to Megan she knows her only hope is Jack and his skills. But will she be able to tell her husband good-bye forever and learn to live and love again?

Ghostly Intentions wasn’t on my list for planned projects next year, but I might try to fit it in.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer


Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop — Jill James

Welcome to the Jill James stop on the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop.

holiday of love blog hop

It’s a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you’ll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

(Prizes are awarded internationally, except for the Swag Pack. That prize is US only)

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

pendantBonus Prize: Win this beautiful pendant with the Dangerous Shift cover. To enter to win pendant sign up for the Jill James newsletter in the sidebar. All newsletter recipients are eligible for this prize. Winner will be announced and contacted at the end of the Blog Hop.

For all other prizes just comment on each blog to be entered to win!

You must have email address in comment to be entered to win.

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NOW, It’s all about the cookies!!

My favorite part of Christmas is making cookies. My mom truly got into the spirit of Christmas with her cookie baking. We would make twenty to thirty dozen cookies each Christmas. They were given to the neighbors, office workers, and our relatives back east. My fondest memory is that no matter what day we started making cookies my mom would be wearing black pants. LOL By the time we were done, they were covered in white flour.

Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Butter, Jam Thumbprints, Walnut cookies, any new cookie recipe she had clipped out of a magazine. Of all the cookies over the years, my favorites will always be the Butter Cookies. The family recipe had been passed down the generations; I got it from mom and she got it from her mother, who got it from her mother. Grandma Bessie Svehla. The original cookie recipe came from Bohemia; now the Czech Republic.

This recipe calls for lots of butter and lots of upper body strength to stir the dough. LOL

butter cookiesGrandma Svehla’s Bohemian Butter Cookies (Mom never wanted me to share the family recipe, but I believe great food should be shared.)

1 pound of butter

1 1/4 cup of sugar

1 egg

    2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (lemon or almond are nice too.)

4 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Mix butter and sugar until creamed together. Add egg and vanilla and mix.

Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix completely. Refrigerate for an hour.

Drop by spoonfull on to greased cookie sheet. Mash with wet fork for pattern on top. Sprinkle with colored sugar.

Bake 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about six dozen cookies.


Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the contest!

Tell me your favorite holiday memory!

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LakeWillowbeeTrilogy 200x300Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
New release The Lake Willowbee Series, Books 1 – 3
The series contains Divorce, Interrupted – Dare To Trust – Defend My Love
Available in digital and soon in print.