What I’m Reading?

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

I love Jack McEvoy. He is my favorite Connelly character. He is a very flawed human being who can’t seem to get out of his own way. It is as if he can’t seem to help himself from destroying every relationship he has. Be it a girlfriend, a friend, or a boss. This story was so realistic, it was downright scary.

What if the genealogy companies used your DNA against you? We give it to them willingly. We don’t know how they use it, who it goes to, who sees it. It is a wide-open brave new world and you can’t put the Genie back in the bottom once it is out in the world. This story definitely opened my eyes to the guardians of the knowledge, or lack thereof, and I will be following what happens in that arena in the future.

Jill James, author of Christmas at Lake Willowbee (coming soon)

What I’m Watching?

Devil in Ohio

Watched this week. I enjoyed it. Husband did not. I was expecting more of a thriller but it was more a psychological thriller.

It was awesome to see Emily Deschanel again. It’s been too long since Bones ended.

My favorite character was Detective Lopez. I was worried something would happen to him all through the episodes and I always see that as a good sign that an actor has me believing in his character.

Would rate it 4.5/5.0 stars.

Jill James, author of the Shifters of San Laura series

What I’m Reading?

Nightfall by Kevin Partner

Usually when I read ‘the end of the world as we know it’ books I go for zombie apocalypse. But when I’m in the middle of writing a book I try to read outside the genre I’m writing and since I’m writing a zompoc book right now I decided to try this series.

Nightfall is about an astronomical event with radiation falling on humanity and killing billions. It has a unique premise since I’m on book 2 and the survivors are still trying to figure out what happened and how to know if it will happen again.

The characters are real, flawed human beings and the settings are real places anyone could recognize as their home.

From Hawaii to Los Angeles to Texas and beyond, this could be real. This could be you or your family.

Are you ready for the end of the world as we know it?

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

What I’m Writing

Here it is, September, and I’m soooo behind in my writing this year. I can’t be sad, though, because it has been a wonderful, fun summer. Spent time with family and friends, went to many of the events that seem to happen every weekend here in Reno, went to baseball games, saw classic cars, and listened to rock bands!

I’m not done yet with my newest zombie book, but it is coming along. Hopefully with cooler weather I will finish up that and the two Ghost Releasers, Inc. books that are partway done as well.

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer wherever you are—Jill James

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What I’m Writing

Image by M. Maggs from Pixabay

Yay, I’m back to writing on current work in progress — zombie romance. This isn’t connected to the Time of Zombies series, but has all new characters, locations, and events.

Wrote a chapter yesterday with two new, great characters. Beverly Reed is a spoiled, rich girl from L.A. who probably wouldn’t notice a grungy, rotten zombie until it bit her. LOL Liam Travers is a security guard for a movie studio who doesn’t have a bunch of school smarts, but he makes up for it with more than enough street smarts and heart to survive anything. Even the zombie apocalypse. I’m imagining him as Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) on Westworld. I love them already!!!

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies zompoc romance series

** I will be taking a blog break for August. No vacation plans but will enjoy the time with family and friends. See you in September (if not before with new release news)

What I’m Reading

I think I’ve read everything by Mike Kraus but I really enjoyed this series. I love apocalyptic, end of the world books! Especially something new and original like this one.

The story starts with a mega tsunami from the Canary Islands (a real-life possibility BTW) that devastates the east coast of the United States. The story centers around Reese and Cami Lavelle who are separated as he is on a company fishing trip and she is home with their college-age daughter.

The action is intense and doesn’t let up for a second. Loved it!!!

How do you think TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) could happen?

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies post-apocalyptic series

What I’m Watching

Since season four finally started, I’m binge-watching seasons 1-3 of Westworld.

I hadn’t gone back and watched the previous seasons since I watched them the first time, so it was amazing to watch again and have so many things finally make sense. I listened more and heard more than the first times through.

I love science fiction and Westworld is science fiction at its best; which is to hold a mirror up to the current world and make you see it clearer and deeper.

I watched the original movie Westworld at the theater with my dad when I was a kid and knew I would be watching Westworld when it came out as a series on HBO.

Do you have a favorite science fiction movie or television show?

Jill James, author of the Shifters of San Laura series

What I’m Reading

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

The face we show to the world (or our neighbors) is not the face we show privately inside our homes. I love a “who is lying, who is telling the truth” story and this one is an awesome one.

Miranda knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, long after you should be fast asleep.

Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

What I’m Reading

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

A true gem. I found this book hidden in my to-be-read closet. My paperback copy actually says RITA finalist. I was hooked from page two and by the end of chapter one I was on Amazon to get book 1 in the series as an ebook!

Although this is book 2 in the series, you don’t need to have read book 1. But trust me, you will want to get book 1 and the rest of the series!

I got this book at an RWA conference years ago and my only regret is that I didn’t read it years ago.

Jill James, lover of time-travel romance novels

What I’m Writing

Zero, Nada, Zilch. At the moment I’m stuck! 😦 It is like those Choose Your Adventure books. You know the ones, where you pick an option then turn to the page noted to see what happens next. If you choose right, you defeat the bad guy and continue on. If you choose wrong, you die.

Right now that is where my story is. If I choose what happens next and I’m wrong, they all die, if I choose right, they continue on their adventure.

Okay, not really of course. If I choose wrong I will have written a bunch of words, pages, story that will have to be deleted and start over and I hate doing that. So, I’m thinking and plotting and trying to decide what puts them in the most danger but they escape by the skin of their teeth.

Hoping by next posting for What I’m Writing I’ll have some better news and words to show off!

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

What I’m Reading

I used to just read Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau vampire series, then I discovered she wrote historical romance! I love the Buchanans and their friends and families. Highland Wolf was sweet, but sexy, and I love Claray and The Wolf.

Can’t wait to read the next Highland Brides book!!

Jill James, author of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series

What I’m Reading

Every once in a while, a book comes along that captures your attention from the first page. The Other Husband by Kathryn Croft is just such a book. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the story is flipped in a whole new direction I didn’t see coming. I stayed up way too late to finish this book so I could know who did it, and why!!!

A five-star read…Jill James.

What I’m Reading

The Ash: If Guy Ritchie made an alien invasion horror movie it would look like The Ash.

Usually, I don’t like lengthy, cutesy subtitles, but this one nailed it!

This story is about an ordinary man with his whole world falling apart. He is served with divorce papers, his son likes mom’s new boyfriend, and he has a major drinking problem. But what are those everyday things when it appears nuclear bombs have hit your country and you must get to your son?

The subtitle is right–this would make an excellent movie.

Jill James, lover of horror books and horror movies (Thanks, Dad)

What I’m Writing

Or not! I’m stuck at the moment. It happens sometimes at the beginning of a story when I’m not 100% sure who is in the story and what they will do. I’m a major plotter but the story still surprises me.

I’m working on a chapter and I thought the owner of the catering truck was a man, then it was a woman, then I thought there should be two people in the catering truck to have a conversation before all hell breaks loose. LOL So, kind of plotting the conversation in my head before I get it down on paper (or screen as the case may be).

Still planning on new zombie book coming out this summer. This book is a standalone in that it has none of the people from the Time of Zombies series. New characters. New location. Same undead zombies.

Jill James, author of Time of Zombies series

What I’m Reading

Or rereading as the case may be, The Final Outbreak: The Madness Chronicles. When I realized I owned this boxed set after seeing the ad for it (the joy of Amazon) I started reading it, forgetting I’d already read it before. The story is intense. The characters are fleshed out and realistic. The plot is full-throttle, action, adventure, and danger around every turn. I’ll probably keep it to read again sometime down the road…A+ books.

What I’m Reading

I’ve read books by Allison Brennan since her debut The Prey, but this latest one is beyond amazing. I feel I’m on the case with the characters, I’m following the clues, I’m wondering not only who did it, but why. I’m worries about who will live and who will die. Does someone have a hidden agenda, are they just friendly, or scared of something or someone unknown?

Don’t miss The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan.

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

What I’m Writing

This is the unedited beginning to my next zompoc romance.

Chapter One

“What the hell?”

Taylor turned in a circle, her hand holding her phone aloft. The action was self-explanatory, but the woman whined the unnecessary and oft repeated words anyway.

“How can there be no bars? I’m out in the open, the sky above. Aren’t the satellites up there somewhere?”

She marched over to his chair; her hand held out. “Give me yours.”

Wyatt Hudson sat in silence as he handed the phone over to his co-star.

Her world-famous pout grew on full, luscious lips. “My agent reached me this morning to tell me he already signed me up to do the sequel of this crappy zombie movie. Couldn’t the phones have not worked then? But no. Melvin gave me that message to start the day.”

His silence continued as he stared at the woman. Taylor Reece had burst onto the scene since she first appeared in a torn t-shirt in a dinosaur on a rampage movie. Computer geeks the world over viewed the film frame by frame to catch the rumored nipple shot. One that didn’t exist except in her agent’s money-grubbing mind to set his hottest star skyrocketing. A poster of her in the t-shirt hung on every young boy’s bedroom wall. Even on not-so-young men’s walls as well.

Her words penetrated Wyatt’s mind. A sequel? They had to be kidding. He heaved a sigh of relief that his character died in Taylor’s arms at the end. No sequel for Wyatt Hudson. He’d only done the low-budget horror film for a friend’s kid’s first directing credit. He’d done over twenty action films, most of them Hollywood blockbusters. He might be getting older, but he was still an action hero superstar. The payment he’d agreed to on this film wouldn’t pay the monthly mortgage on his Aspen vacation home.

Taylor’s pout disappeared as she marched back and forth across the tall meadow grass. Someone should really tell the woman the pout had outlived its usefulness and she was more gorgeous without it. Not that it would be him. He and Taylor had butted heads since day one on the shoot. Part of his contract allowed major decisions on the film and Taylor hadn’t been his first choice for the female lead. Hell, she hadn’t been his fourth or fifth choice, but no A List actress wanted to do the film, even with America’s Hero as the male lead.

Wyatt glanced over at the small dog in Taylor’s chair. Buddy had been curled in a sleepy ball, except now the ball of fur was tense and the hair stood on end along his spine as he growled. A growl answered from across the meadow.

Grabbing his glasses from the front pocket of his shirt, his gaze swept the area on high alert for the paparazzi. Not that he’d seen many here in the Northern California foothills, but he refused to be photographed in glasses. Especially when he only needed them for far distances.

He put them on and allowed his eyes to refocus. Seeing nothing but the zombie extras milling around among the trees, he took them off and put them back in his pocket.

Taylor came over to her chair and picked up Buddy. “Hush, baby. Don’t let the fake zombies scare you.”


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Jill James, romance author of the Time of Zombies series

Happy Valentine’s Weekend

Wishing you love and kisses this Valentine’s weekend. If you get a chance, pick up a sweet romance for FREE from me and Amazon. Available at AMAZON and Kindle Unlimited.

A woman running from her past mistakes, a man buried by his doubts of the future, and a dying town that needs them both. Will Cassie and Ben find all the answers they seek in the last place they expected?

Happy Valentine’s Weekend, Jill James