Read an Ebook Week – March 3-9

This is Read An Ebook Week March 3-9, 2019. If you’ve never read an ebook before, this is an awesome time to start. If you love to read ebooks, you can get some AMAZING deals this week at Smashwords. Discount books, free books, series, any genre, and more!!

Just click the picture and check out all the great books available for great prices this week at Smashwords.


Jill James, romance writer

After Christmas Events

Now that Christmas is out of the way, I have a few things going on. Hope you will check them out.

Smashwords End of Year Sale

Again, I’m taking part in Smashwords Annual Sale. Go to Smashwords and check out all of the great books for bargain prices and even FREE! I have Love in the Time of Zombies set at FREE and Dangerous Shift at 75% off.


Twixtmas Takeover

This takes place on the Love in a Small Town Facebook page from December 26th to December 31st. Hence, betwixt Christmas and New Year’s we will be partying on the FB page with games, and prizes, and fun. I’ll be there on December 30th at 6 pm Eastern time talking about my Lake Willowbee Series and asking questions and giving out prizes. Join us at Love in a Small Town on FB.

 

 


Also, Book 1 in the Time of Zombies series, Love in the Time of Zombies, is on sale until the new year. I’m working on Book 4 to release early in 2019, so get caught up in the zombie apocalypse now for just 99¢ for Book 1.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful holidays and is looking forward to 2019!!

Jill James, romance writer

Do you believe in ghosts?

I do. The husband is a skeptic, but I’ve seen them and I’ve heard them. In our old house I would get the dark forms in corners and random door shutting sounds. It had an overall feeling to the house.

I’ve been sound asleep and family members who have passed on have visited me for one last time. It is a comforting feeling. A last good-bye. I wanted to use that feeling in my newest book, Ghostly Intentions.

When Jack O’Malley’s big sister dies, she visits him that night.


Shannon came to him that night. Not a dream, but a ghostly visit. Shivers still spiked down his spine when he remembered that event. His first paranormal experience. Falling asleep at almost dawn, Jack heard his mother’s soft cries in the room beside his. His father’s muddled murmurings to his mother added to his sense of unreality. In the predawn hours, their house was usually silent except for the creaks and groans of a settling home or the click of Mutt’s nails as the dog surveyed their house in the nocturne hours.

Something touched his arm. A chill covered the skin and goosebumps popped in the frigid air. He opened his eyes and his sister was there. Her light rose scent filled the room. Their mother had started letting Shannon wear cologne to be a big girl. His sister moved closer. She reached down and touched his arm again. Shivers shot down his spine. The bed jostled as she sat on the edge, his body rolling toward her. He should have been afraid, but he would never fear his big sister.

“Jack, it’s your job to watch over mom and dad now. I’ll always be keeping an eye on all of you, but I’ll be too far away. I wish I didn’t have to go, but I do.”

He touched her hand. Her skin was soft and real, although as cold as ice. Tears rolled down his cheeks. Shannon ran a hand over his head and ruffled his buzz-cut hair as she always did. The rose scent grew denser in the room, clogging his nostrils, and making him light-headed. Her wispy image fluttered in his teary gaze.

“Jack, you have to let me go. I can’t go unless you release me.”

He closed his eyes, pulling back his hand. “I will always love you, Shannon. You can go now.”

When he opened his eyes, she was gone, along with her floral scent he would recognize until the day he died. He cried as he hugged his pillow and whispered good-bye to his big sister.

What had he done? He wanted her back. He wasn’t ready to let her go.


You can check out Jack O’Malley, his Ghost Releasers team, and Megan-the haunted widow in Ghostly Intentions, Book 1 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. It is available on Amazon at the special release price of 99¢ or read it for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.


Jill James, romance author and believer of ghosts

Time of Zombies

Yay, Summer!! Yay, move is done for now!!

It has been a busy summer for me so far. I’m no longer a Cali girl. 😦 I’m now in an apartment in Reno, Nevada waiting for a house to be built. (adventure)

So, I thought I would do a little something with my zombies series. Love in the Time of Zombies is FREE right now at Smashwords!! They are having their Summer/Winter sale, because summer here is winter elsewhere, but a sale is a sale.

Get Love in the Time of Zombies here!

 

 

 

Then you can go to Bookfunnel and get Time of Zombies 1.5 for FREE! Rogue Vantage is a standalone book that can be read between Love in the Time of Zombies and The Zombie Hunter’s Wife to enhance the Time of Zombies series. It is the story of four little boys left on their own in the zombie apocalypse and how they become brothers of the ZA.

You can get Rogue Vantage here!

Hope you enjoy a good start to the Time of Zombies by Jill James!!


What are you doing this summer? Big vacation plans? A staycation? Or something else fun?


Jill James, writer of romance

Zombies in the Grass – Work In Progress

Zombies in the Grass will be Book 4, Time of Zombies series. Although it will have many familiar faces I’m introducing two new characters; Captain Willa Zara knows the army is wrong with using forced soldiers, but the army is all she’s ever wanted and known. Danny Lopez is a woodland Robin Hood with his band of children who he will do anything to keep out of the army and the senseless deaths of fighting hordes of the undead who just don’t stop.

Chapter One (unedited)

Captain’s Log
Summer 0002 A.Z. (After Zombies)
Camp Natomas, California

1300 hours. Last circuit of camp done for morning rounds. Three altercations stopped. One over water rations and two over fraternization with camp population. Pvt. Williams sent to Isolation bunker.

Willa threw her pen down. Why couldn’t they call it what it was—rape. The men were using the holding camp as their own personal brothel. Reports to the higher-ups were being ignored, or she feared, the behavior condoned to keep the men in the service.

“Captain Zara?” a voice whispered at her open door. “There are new arrivals at the gates.”

She turned in her chair. “Orders are to turn all refugees away, send them to Sacramento.”

“This group is being escorted by our guys.”

Slamming her chair under her desk, she grabbed her cap and followed the soldier to the front gates. Her eyes widened. These weren’t refugees. They were too well-fed and clean for one, even the small children. For the other, defiance shone in their eyes. They hadn’t been brought willingly to the camp. These were holdouts, defying the Governor’s Orders.

A tall man in army-issue stood in the front of the group. Anyone could get camo gear these days from army surplus and sporting goods stores, but this man wore his like a badge of honor. Along with the buzz-cut and ramrod stance, his whole appearance screamed career army.

Willa sighed deeply. They could use someone like him, but they were being brought in as prisoners. The delta region had been swept and only Ryde had managed to fend off the radio orders for over a year to join the army or die. Her heart fell to the pit of her stomach. Too much killing. Too much everything. They had to make him and his group fall in line. With the lack of grown soldiers under her command, she didn’t have a choice.

“Commander Jack Canida,” the man barked as a line formed to process them in.

“Honorary title or real,” she said, writing on a pad in front of her.

“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan before the zombs. General Richard Stone gave me the field promotion before the army deserted us in Brentwood.”

The man stared straight ahead, not even bothering to look at her. She added a check beside his name in the military experience column. If they could get through his anger issues he could be an asset to the camp. She glanced at the group as they crowded around the man and watched his every move. Their eyes said they’d followed him to hell and back and would continue to do so. She allowed herself a small smile. This didn’t have to be any more difficult than it was. If he went with the program, the others would follow.

“Any dependents?”

He pulled two females forward and wrapped arms around them. “My wife, Lila and our daughter, Selena.”

Willa couldn’t prevent another small smile. The young daughter glared down at her with her father’s attitude.

In mere minutes, they had the small group processed in and handed tent assignments and maps of the camp.

“Is this all of your group, or can we expect more to show up later?”

Tears formed in the wife’s eyes as the commander’s jaw tightened with a crack and a vein pulsed in his temple.

“This is all that’s left once your boys got done attacking us. We had over forty people at the Ryde Hotel. Eighteen is all I have left and most of them are children.”

She stood. “I’m sorry, sir, but the governor’s orders are clear. Join or die. Be thankful the army needs soldiers or you all would already be in front of a beheading squad and the children trained to go to war.”

The wife grabbed his arm as he tried to step into Willa’s space. “Jack, don’t,” she whispered.

“What about the children and the mothers with small children?”

“We have quite a few children and a need for teachers and babysitters.”

He smirked at her but the smile didn’t reach his bloodshot eyes. “And what counts as a child these days?”

Wincing, she caught her breath. “Fifteen is the conscription age these days, but it may be fourteen by the end of summer.”

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Zombies in the Grass should be available by late summer/early fall.


Jill James, romance writer

What is Matchbook?

Matchbook is an Amazon program where you link your eBook and paperback book together and readers who purchase the paperback get the eBook for FREE! All my paperbacks are linked but this blog post is to mention our boxed set. Christmas at the Inn on Main Street is now in paperback and available in the Matchbook program so you can Give a Gift. Get a Gift.

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Click HERE to order the paperback to give to a family member or friend and get the eBook for yourself!


Happy Holidays!! from Jill

iTunes Giveaway December 1-10, 2015

iBooks logoDo you like iTunes? Do you like iBooks? Me, too. That’s why I joined a bunch of authors to offer a chance to win iTunes gift cards!! From December 1-December 10 you can follow authors and sign up for their newsletters for a chance at gift cards!!

Go to iBooks Readers & Authors Facebook page for your chance to enter.

Don’t miss out! Enter today!!

Jill James, romance author and lover of eBooks.

Another One Bites The Dust.

readingEbooks definitely don’t seem to want to be in subscription services as Oyster gets ready to close its doors. Also interestingly, their employees are headed to Google Play. Could we see a subscription model popping up there?

Recently, Scribd removed most/all of its romance titles as apparently (meaning everyone but Scribd knew) romance readers are voracious readers. Duh!! Some romance readers devour 4-5 books a week. For an average of $10 a month for services, romance readers are getting to enjoy a buffet.

Unless something miraculous happens, Amazon Kindle Unlimited may be the last one standing.

Never a dull moment in the publishing world!!


Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – 10-26-2015

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.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/08/2015/ebooks-are-changing-the-way-we-read-and-the-way-novelists-write/


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

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.

http://selenakitt.com/blog/the-new-kindle-unlimited-what-it-means-for-authors-readers/

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

World Wide Audience

globeSometimes, in the middle of writing and promoting and editing and ordering covers I forget how wonderous eBook publishing is. Deep in my subconscious I realize that my eBooks are being sold around the world, but sometimes my consciousness forgets what “the whole world” means.

Recently, I started doing some Facebook ads. This has meant more visitors to this website. In viewing the analytics to gauge if the ads are doing anything I’ve been amazed and astonished to see visitors from as far away as Jordan and Japan, Great Britain and India, Singapore and the Czech Republic.

With Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, and Smashwords, my books truly do go all around the world.

How amazing is that??!!


Jill James, romance writer
Time of Zombies, Book 2 Coming Soon!

The End!!

To a writer there is just something so satisfying about putting The End at the end of a manuscript. A sense of completion. The thrill of achievement. So, on Friday I put The End on The Reluctant Bride, spent the weekend editing, and it is off to the formatter for the boxed set.

I will release it individually on June 1st and Weddings on Main Street boxed set will release on June 9th. I am so excited to read the other wedding stories from my fellow Authors of Main Street.

TheReluctantBride 200x300The Reluctant Bride by Jill James will be available:
Amazon, BN.com, Smashwords, Kobo, Google Play, All Romance eBooks, and other ebook retailers.

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 www.authorgraph.com and set up your account today.

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

Another One Bites the Dust — Jill James

Sony closed their eBooks store March 20th, and yesterday there was notice of Diesel eBooks closing at the end of the month. eBook retailers are falling like flies. Will we only be left with Amazon and Apple?

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2014/03/26/its-official-diesel-ebooks-is-shutting-down/#.UzMFFjhOWM8

Where do you purchase your eBooks?

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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Do your characters talk like you?

LOL Apparently mine do. Think you could have typos left in your book? Set it up for production as an audiobook and discover that, yes you do, have a couple left after all. Thank goodness for Tobi, the narrator for Divorce, Interrupted and in production right now with Dare To Trust and Defend My Love.

  • I should always do a CTRL+F to find any organisms I wrote, because I’m pretty sure I meant orgasms. (I do write romance, after all)
  • As and Of both have two letters, but they are not the same word. (Those little words are sneaky. They slide right by.)
  • Even if you say “a million of times” because you are from Baltimore, it is not correct, no matter how many times your mother and grandmother said it.
  • Gravel and gavel may look alike, but they are definitely not the same thing, even if you mistype them twice. (You are still two times as wrong.)

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What typos do you catch most in your own writing? Or if you are a reader, what typos do you always spot in a book you are reading?

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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