Giving Thanks

Of course, we should give thanks every day for all of the people in our lives, our health, our bountiful riches, but sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder. For me, that is Thanksgiving. A day to sit with family and friends and reflect on all you have received in your life. Give thanks!

From my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

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.


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

Happy Holidays!! from Jill

Graduation Day 2016

Brainy Grandson is graduating middle school and moving on to high school. So is the nephew.

How did that happen? 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying the annual rite of passage with their children, grandchildren, or themselves.

Jill James, romance writer and proud grandma and aunt.

Pepper Phillips – Goodbye My Friend

Pepper PhillipsThis weekend the Authors of Main Street group and blog lost one of its brightest lights – Donna Caubarreaux, who wrote as Pepper Phillips. She was a great lady and always ready to jump into an adventure in writing like our first Christmas boxed set when none of us knew what we were doing or to give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on when it had been ‘one of those days.’



Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the tears fall from the sky.
But no more will you weep for me,
for we will be together by and by.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the sorrow descend from up above.
But no more will you weep for me,
but think of me with love.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
Let the sadness plunge to the ground.
But no more will you weep for me,
for I am Heaven-bound.

Let the Heavens weep for me.
But you will weep for me no more,
for I am only going back to where
I was once before.

© 1996 Jill James

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my American family and friends — Happy Thanksgiving. To my friends around the world — the end of the year is coming. A great time to reflect in your joys and sorrows, happiness and sadness, and wonders of the past year. What were your hopes and dreams for 2013? Did they happen? Can you still make them happen?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.



Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes are special wishes. You don’t waste them on ordinary things, or things you could go out and buy yourself. These wishes are for things you really, really want.

Like Private Tim getting leave and being home for Christmas!!! The whole family hasn’t seen him since September of 2010.

It will be a very merry Christmas in our household this year.

Jill James

Editing and Life

This is not one of those posts about life getting in the way of my editing. It is more about my style of editing and how it compares to life.

I edit slowly. For the edit for my current work in progress (WIP) I’ve been highlighting and going through and getting rid of filtering words; the words that distant the reader from your character. Like thought, felt, noticed, recognized, etc. These words make you one step removed from the story. Kind of like if you distant yourself from your life and don’t notice everything going on around you. Writing is great. Getting published is great. But it is only a slice of your life.

Most men, if they are smart, leave their jobs at the workplace. As a writer, that is a little harder to do. My current story or a new story idea is always in my head. So, random thoughts or ideas will just jump out, during long rides, or at the dinner table. The inner writer is never asleep.

Next, in my editing I need to dig deeper into my characters. One, the heroine, is from the Midwest. Living in California I don’t know a lot about the Midwest except from my trips there. Thankfully, my editor is from there and gave me tremendously great ideas to make my heroine seem like she is from the Midwest. Just like in life, dig deeper, know what you are doing and why. Know your family and friends. Are they on an even keel right now, or do they need a shoulder to cry on, a leg up with troubles in their lives, or just a hug. Pay as much attention to what your family and friends are doing and why as you do your imaginary characters.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  – Ferris Bueller

Jill James

The Countdown

Hey, where did December go? How did it become 11 days until Christmas? I’m about half ready for the holidays. We still have a party to go to that’s not at our house, have to finish decorating the tree, and plan what we are serving almost 20 people for Christmas Day dinner. Aaaarrrgh. LOL

Every year the holidays seem to get here faster and faster. Every year they seem to be over in a flash. Every year it seems to happen sooner and sooner.

I love Christmas, but the build-up is so intense, the aftermath is so anti-climatic. Kind of like lots of things in life. With more and more technology I don’t think life is going to slow down anytime soon. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.

With my first book being released in February I’m actually seeing December as the slow month before I gear up for promoting Tempting Adam, getting my name out there, and writing more stories.

What are you gearing up for in the New Year? What are you most looking forward to during the holidays?

Jill James

Our Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

Today is my wedding anniversary. #22. Ah, where did the years go? I can still picture my wedding day. Seems like only yesterday. I can see my daughter, only 6 years old being the flower girl, all dressed in lavender, her blond hair in curls. My soon to be husband’s sister was my maid of honor, I think she was 12 or 13 at the time, still in braces. Today they are grown women with families of their own. Each with a son.

My mom and dad, now deceased, were there. My new mother-in-law and father-in-law, now divorced, were there. Time is kind for some things, some, not so much.

When I look at my husband, he is more handsome than the day I married him. His face is as familiar as a favorite book or movie. In my memories that day is so vivid. His shyness, his thrill when the ceremony was finally over. He is not a people person and the day of being in the center of attention was rough, but he did it all for me.

People will ask ‘how can you write romance? It is fake, true love doesn’t happen.” Yes, it does.

Have you found your true love? Are you still searching?

Jill James

Before I Was A Writer…

Thanks to a prompt at The Naked Hero I’m posting this on my blog.

Before I was a Writer…

Before I was a writer I heard voices in my head that no one else did. I had imaginary friends more real than the kids on the neighborhood block. I had movies running through my dreams. Whole stories with beginnings, middles, and ends.

Before I was a writer I didn’t know there were others out there just like me. I didn’t know others heard voices in their heads. That others had voices screaming “write my story”.

Before I was a writer I was alone with the voices in my head. Now I have others to help me put the voices into a book and to rest.

Jill James

Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I’m thankful that Thanksgiving is only once a year — I hate turkey.  I’m thankful the dinner is at my sister-in-law’s house so I don’t have to cook the turkey I don’t like.

I’m thankful for my family. We were all just at Disneyland and it was amazing to be with everyone!!!

I’m thankful for my friends. They are the best and believe in me so much that I start to believe in myself.

I’m thankful this year for all the blessings I have received. Our daughter is once again out on her own. Our grandson is happy and healthy and soooo smart. Our son is maturing and finding his way.  My husband is the best man in the world and I am so thankful for every day I get to spend with him.

Jill James —– Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Critique Partners

critiquingA Good Critique Partner is Platimum and Worth Their Weight In Gold


To a writer, a good critique partner is as important as their current WIP(work in progress), their laptop, and just the right pen.  Sometimes it can take several tries to find the right critique partner, and sometimes, like me, you find the right one with your first try.

A good CP (critique partner) knows your voice and doesn’t try to change it, they try to make it stronger and clearer.  They want your work to be the best it can be.  They want you and your work to shine.

To say that this skill is priceless is to lay too small a prize on what a good CP can do for you and your writing.  It is not about telling you each word you write is perfect.  Far from it.  They tell you what is wrong in a way that you can fix it and make it better.  They tell you when you’ve gone off on a tangent that has nothing to do with your story.  They let you know what is confusing and what works. They are another pair of eyes to find the mistakes you’ve skipped over twenty times already.

In the best of worlds your CP becomes your friend too.  Reading each other’s works allows the CP’s to see a piece of the others soul.  Only a friend can do that and still be your friend.

I’ve been gifted with several wonderful CP’s in the time I’ve been seriously pursuing this thing called writing; Lauren Royal, Nancy Phillips, Diana Brandmeyer, Elaine Ecuyer, Lee Lopez, and Judi Soifer. Thanks ladies.
Do you have a critique partner or friend who has changed your life?

Jill James