Shadow Box Keepsakes

I’m a collector of things, I’ll freely admit that. I love the history of things. I collect porcelain dolls, salt and pepper shakers, and books–lots and lots of books. I also sometimes get in my possession things from those who came before me.

As a kid and teenager I had a purple quilt on my bed. Each square had a state bird, state flower, and state name on it from all 48 states.

You read that right. At the time the quilt was made–by my grandma and her sisters we only had 48 states in the USA.

Along the way, my dad got the quilt and hung it in a window. I can hear the gasps from all the ladies who know what that means. The quilt fell apart, eaten away by the sun. I thought of trying to save it. I’m not that good of a seamtress. I thought of sending it away to get repaired but I feared losing it and it was just too damaged.

So, I decided to try to save just a piece of it. Now that I’m in Nevada it seemed fitting to save the Nevada square. Since the squares are in order of the states joining the union, the Nevada one wasn’t too bad. So I decided to put it in a shadow box for my office.

I’m not always great at the arts and crafts things, but I think it turned out just fine. I added two casino chips to the box, because, hey!! Reno. I attached the quilt square to a canvas and put it in the box. The shadow box is gray and almost matches my desk exactly. I love it!!

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Do you collect old things or always get new?


Jill James, romance writer

New Release – Retreat, Interrupted

My story, Retreat, Interrupted, is in the Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set. Now, it is available as a solo release also.

Cassie Stone feels like a failure. She has the worst case of Writers Block known to writers. She hasn’t written a word in two years. With her father’s death, she returns to her small town of Lake Willowbee to care for her mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. With all of this on her plate, Ben Bridges is loath to ask her to help the struggling Book Festival as well. As mayor of the small town, Ben knows they need a miracle to pull their town back from the brink of extinction. Can he rely on Cassie’s help, or will she retreat and run away like she’s always done?

Click HERE to get Cassie and Ben’s story, Retreat, Interrupted.


Jill James, romance writer

Yearly Check-up

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Nothing says another year has passed like it being time for your yearly check-up at the doctor’s office. I know some people skip them from time to time, but I always get one each year. My dad was borderline diabetic and I want to keep up on checking for that. I was very anemic as a teenagaer, passing out several times, and I want to keep up on that too.

 

So, I had to fast from Sunday night to Monday morning. (No coffee!) I had a headache but I didn’t want to take anything to foul up the results. Drank lots of water. Didn’t help. Still impossible to get blood out of my veins. LOL

Once I was done, I rushed home to eat lunch. I was starving. But, done for another year. Now I just have to wait for results. (twiddling thumbs)


Jill James, romance writer

Summer/Winter Sale @ Smashwords

Each year Smashwords has a summer sale, but because on the other side of the world it is winter, it is a summer/winter sale. This year I have reduced 3 of my books to free so readers can try me out.

 

 

Click on titles to go to Smashwords page. Enjoy!!

Dangerous Shift – paranormal romance – gender shifters – heat level 4

Love in the Time of Zombies – zompoc romance – zombie apocalypse – heat level 3

The Lake Willowbee Series – contemporary romance – 3 novellas in 1 boxed set – heat level 3

Enjoy the summer/winter reading, Jill James

Grandson Hiatus

We are blessed to have brainy grandson with us this week. We celebrated husband’s 55th birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. A very full week, so blogging will be short or nonexistent. Sorry!! Not. Enjoying grandson.

In the meantime, don’t forget I have new books out.

Ghostly Intentions, Ghost Releasers, Inc. #1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B94HJG3
Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGLJPYH


Jill James, romance writer

Release Day! Summer Romance on Main Street

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Today’s the day!! The Authors of Main Street boxed set is live!!

Summer Romance on Main Street is six stories of summer love of the sweet variety.

Authors are Carol DeVaney, Jill James, Jude Knight, Kristine Tate, Lizzi Tremayne, and Leigh Morgan. Our tales span the globe but they all have summer love and our guaranteed Main Street feel of sweet romance in a small town.

Get yours today at AMAZON for just 99¢ or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy a summer romance today!!


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Jill James, author of Retreat, Interrupted

I Voted Today!

This is not a political statement. I enjoy voting. I think everyone should vote.

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch…ever!!

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Thanks, Jill James

Summer Romance on Main Street

The Authors of Main Street have a new boxed set for summer, six novellas and novels, including my novella, Retreat, Interrupted.

Retreat, Interrupted is a story about going home again. Memories of what you always thought and finding the truth isn’t quite what you remember. When you are down and out, you can always go home again. But sometimes, home isn’t exactly how you remember it. This story is set in the fictional world of Lake Willowbee, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Some characters from previous Lake Willowbee stories make cameo appearances.

Summer Romance on Main Street is on preorder at AMAZON and will be available for purchase June 15th and available on Kindle Unlimited to read for free.

I hope you will enjoy Cassie and Ben’s story, along with the other stories in the set.


Jill James, romance writer

Conference Fatigue

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Conference fatigue is a very real condition. It is when you attend a conference, have tons of fun, party the night away, and eat all the wrong foods. Then, you go home and collapse. And hope you didn’t catch the crud while you were at it.

I attended RT Booklovers Convention in the middle of the month. I’m still playing catch-up. LOL And I didn’t even have to fly there, it was in my hometown.

It took me a week to clean my office of all the books and things I brought home from the conference.

On top of the conference, I finished a summer novella for a boxed set with the Authors of Main Street days before the convention started. So, I still have a blurb to write for the novella, plotting for the Christmas novella to do, and ghost releasers 2 to get back to. Whew!! I’m tired just from thinking of all of that.

And then, summer is finally here and we have a million things to do for that too. hahahaha

How do you wind down after a big event?


Jill James, very tired romance writer

Recent Read

Just finished Wave of Terror by Jon Jefferson. It had action. It had adventure. It had romance. And best of all…it had Princess Bride movie references!

To be honest, it did start a little slow, but once it got going it was a non-stop, thrill ride of a read. Megan is a spunky heroine in the best way. She lets nothing stop her from getting to the truth and getting the truth to the right people. Chip is great as an FBI agent and a hero for Megan to have join in her adventure.

A solid 4 star read!!

Bonus: After I finished the story I discovered that Jefferson also writes books about The Body Farm. As soon as I finished Wave of Terror I went and downloaded The Body Farm series, book 1.


Jill James, romance writer and avid reader.

Play Ball!

At our house, we love baseball season. For quite a few years we had season tickets to the Oakland A’s. We had to give them up when we moved to Reno. It is TOO far to go for a baseball game.

Thankfully, Reno has the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reno Aces. We still get baseball! This is our second year with season tickets.

It is fun to watch the up and comers and try to guess who will move on to the Show! The ballpark is clean and smaller than a big league stadium. But, there are sing-alongs, activities between innings, and fireworks every Friday.

Do you like to go to sporting events? Who is your favorite team?


Jill James, romance writer and baseball fan.

A Snow Day

snow dayWe have Brainy Grandson visiting us this week for his Spring Break. He lives in the S.F. Bay Area so not much snow. LOL

We went up to Mt. Rose. Skiing looked awesome; dry snow and sunshine. But since the guys don’t ski and I haven’t skied since I was about 20, we decided to go play in the snow instead.

It is called The Meadow and I imagine in the summer it is just that, but on this day it is full of snow. Really full of snow. In some places we fell in to our hips. But it was a fun day and the grandson made himself a snow throne and threw snowballs and had a great time. He is growing so fast, he is taller than Papa now.

This week has gone by so fast and we will miss him when he has to go back home.


Jill James, proud Nana

Nice surprise this morning.

I used the promo in Kindle Select to make my book free for a couple of days to get it into some readers’ hands. This is what I saw this morning;

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,365 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Very excited! Love to see my books up in the ranks, even if it is the free ones! Get it for free while you can. It will be free Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!!

Enjoy ghost hunting with Jack and Megan!


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

New Release – Ghostly Intentions

Didn’t get picked for Kindle Scout 😦 Decided to release book on my own. 🙂

Ghostly Intentions Book 1, Ghost Releasers, Inc. is available on Amazon and for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Check it out on Amazon for Megan and Jack’s story.

Books 2 and 3 coming soon!!

Ghostly Deceptions and Ghostly Perceptions


Jill James, romance author and ghost believer!