The Lull Between Projects

I just finished turning in Sugar Sprinkled Memories for the boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. Now comes the lull as I rest a little when I finish a book. Refill the well. Rejuvenate the creative juices. Get to know the characters in the next book.

Then I piddle around a little bit deciding what to work on next. I have 3 books I will work on this fall/winter; Zombies in the Grass, Book 4 of the Time of Zombies series, Ghostly Deceptions, Book 2 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, Ghostly Perceptions, Book 3 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

I also have some other stories I’m percolating. An erotic romance with a sex android. A horror with spree killers. A romantic suspense with an FBI team. And many more. Ideas I have plenty. The ability to put butt in chair, hands on keyboard–not as much. But I’m getting better at it.

So, I’ll enjoy the lull and put 1,000 words on this story and 2,000 on that story until my mind settles on one and I get into the zone. (fingers crossed)

Coming Soon! Christmas boxed set with the Authors of Main Street, including Sugar Sprinkled Memories.


Jill James, romance writer

Time’s Up

July 2019 is almost a torn off page on the calendar. Where did the month go? I had some events this month–a couple days left to get some deals!

 

 

  • Christmas in July Book Bonanza — I took part in a giveaway via Bookfunnel. You can get The Christmas Con along with over 40 other Christmas books for FREE. Go HERE!
  • Summer/Winter Sale — I again did the annual sale at Smashwords. You can get Love in the Time of Zombies, book 1 of the Time of Zombies series for FREE. Go HERE!
  • I did a Booksends promotion and put Love in the Time of Zombies for 99¢ on Amazon for rest of July. Go HERE!

Onward to August!!!


Jill James, romance writer

Summer reading

I love the hot, lazy days of summer. Lots of reading and writing done. Next week I’m planning a trip to Barnes & Noble. I have a long list of wants and I hope they have at least some of them.

My list: The Betrayed Wife by Kevin O’Brien–get every book he writes. Season of the Witch by David Golemon–love the Event Group. Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose–another of my auto-buy authors. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness–I’ve fallen in long with this series. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson–I wait for trade paperback for this series since the rest is in trade paperback. (fingers crossed I get some of these)

What is on your to-get list from the bookstore?


Jill James, romance writer and voracious reader

*Flash Sale* Bring on the apocalypse

Until the end of July Love in the Time of Zombies, book 1 in the Time of Zombies series is only 99¢!! Get it HERE

Don’t miss the chance to bring on the apocalypse for less than a dollar!!

 

 

Also in the series:

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife
A Time to Kill Zombies
Zombies in the Grass (work in progress)


Jill James, romance writer and zombie fiction lover

July 20, 1969

There are those moments when you recall where were you when ______ happened. The attack on Pearl Harbor, The end of World War II, the Kennedy Assassination, the Moon Landing, 9/11, the Challenger and Columbia disasters. In a heartbeat, we recall where we were, who we were with, and how it felt to witness history.

I was almost six years old when the news showed the first pictures from the moon. I was enthralled. I was going to be the first female astronaut. I was going to help colonize the moon. I wanted to be a part of history too. It was that kind of moment. If we could put a man on the moon, what else could we accomplish? The sky’s the limit was never more true than that day in the summer of ’69.

Where were you that day?


Jill James, romance writer and all-around dreamer

Living History

Last week, my grandma-by-marriage passed away at the age of 98. She would have made 99 if she’d held on until September. Along with the sadness at her death, I was awed by the history she had seen in her lifetime. The Great Depression, World War II, the Moon Landing, the Internet, etc.

Image by Ponciano from Pixabay

At 50+ sometimes I forget the history I have lived. Older people just seem so much older than me. LOL Until, I was in Barnes & Noble this week. The place has the anniversary of the Moon Landing everywhere to see. Pictures, trinkets, and books. As I was checking out, I noted a children’s book about the Apollo mission on the counter. So, since I’m a little talker bee in line and at the cash register, I mentioned the Moon Landing.

 

Me: Wow, I can’t believe it has been 50 years. I can still remember sitting on the living room floor, enthralled at our little black and white television, and seeing a man walk on the moon.

BN employee: That must have been so amazing. I can’t even imagine being a part of living history.

LOL, took me back a step, let me tell you. You don’t think you are a part of history while it is being made. It is only by looking back that we can see all the history we have lived.

What historical events are in your lifetime?


Jill James, romance writer

The Bucket List

Everyone has one, right? Things you want to do before you die. My husband and I want to see all the MLB ballparks, all 30 of them. We take a vacation every couple of years and see one or two more. This year we hit 3 of them.

Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ballpark), Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field), and Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park) This year we managed to get tickets for the ballpark tour for all three parks as well.

The Reds have an awesome park, right on the river. The tour and the Hall of Fame were lots of fun. I love hearing all the inside stories of players, sportscasters, and owners.

We got to go to two games as well. The weather was beautiful and the games were fun. I love seeing and hearing what different teams do during their games.  There was a race with Mr. Redlegs (with moustache), Mr. Red (younger looking version), and Rosie Red.

And don’t forget the Skyline chili. Yummmmm!

 

What’s on your bucket list?


Jill James, romance writer and baseball fan

There’s no place like home.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, it was a wonderous journey but there is something to be said about sleeping in your own bed after a shower in your own room.

In 14 whirlwind days we drove to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. We saw ballparks, Halls of Fame, and ate some amazing food, then drove home again.

I love vacations, but I love coming home more. I hope to post some pictures this coming week.


Jill James, romance writer

Romance – sweet or sexy?

My Lake Willowbee Series used to be all one series until I realized it was actually two series set in the same world of the fictional Lake Willowbee, California, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have four books that are on the sexy side and I have four books on the sweet side with another one coming out in a boxed set this Christmas with the Authors of Main Street.

 

 

The Lake Willowbee Series – 3/5 heat level

Book 1 – Divorce, Interrupted     B005S9ZIN2
Book 2 – Dare To Trust     B007611ZVY
Book 3 – Defend My Love     B00AF3TD8W
Book 4 – The Reluctant Bride     B00KNAXUO0 (Weddings on Main Street)

The Sweet Lake Willowbee Romance Series – 1/5 heat level

Book 1 – Waking Up For Christmas     B01N2VQ4X3 (Christmas at the Inn on Main Street)
Book 2 – Baby Steps and Snowflakes     B077D1456Q (Christmas Babies on Main Street)
Book 3 – Retreat, Interrupted     B07FMBJQ63 (Summer Romance on Main Street)
Book 4 – In My Dreams     B07L355LSP (Christmas Wishes on Main Street)
Book 5 – Sugar Sprinkled Memories     coming soon!

Do you like your romance books sweet, sexy, or a little of both?


Jill James, author of the Lake Willowbee series

Did you know?

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Hi, folks. Jill James here in Reno, Nevada. In our neck of the woods, and I’m sure yours too, spring has sprung. Denver, you luck out, still cold and snowing for a little bit more. So you know what that means for most of us.

The zombs are thawing out and walking around again. So, be on the lookout for the undead digging themselves out of the mucky, semi-frozen tundra.

To help you deal with the zombie apocalypse in your neighborhood I’ve joined with a great group of zompoc authors to give you some free instruction manuals…umm books, I meant books, set in the zombie apocalypse.

Just head over to Zombie Awareness Month at Bookfunnel and get some awesome books to help you fight the undead.

I’ve included my short story, Rogue Vantage. If you read my Time of Zombies series it would be book 1.5, between Love in the Time of Zombies and The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. It is the story of four little boys and how surviving the zombie apocalypse makes them brothers.

You can also go HERE to get the books of the Time of Zombies series.

 


Enjoy a walk with the undead….Jill James

Happy Birthday to my son.

I can not believe it has been 29 years since your birth. I still remember you being overdue and going to play minature golf on April 1st and the pains starting and getting to the hospital to be told April Fool’s!! I was just dehydrated. It would be eight more days before you made your appearance.

In every life there are ups and downs, highs and lows, but overall, you have been the ups and the highs of my life.

Happy Birthday!!!


Jill James, mom and writer

The Boys of Summer are Back

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 third year with season tickets. There is nothing like Opening Day.

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.

Renewing my RWA membership

Another year, another debate in my brain. Do I renew or not? I’ve had lots of friends not renew. They’ve stated monetary reasons, not-for-me reasons, I can get all of the info online for free reasons.

I got out the credit card and renewed once again. I belong for the people. My circle. Romance writers and readers. I need a place where they talk my language and understand my angst over something as simple as a book title or as complicated as running a small business as a one-woman show.

During this weekend of WTF on the RWA forums I mulled seriously over not renewing this year. I hate confrontation, I hate drama, I hate yelling (figuratively, it is online, you know). But, I finally decided, you can’t complain if you aren’t part of the solution. I want to be part of the solution. If you missed all of what is going on, I’m sorry but I can’t summarize what went down. If you participated and commented and explained to all, thank you for helping us to understand why we haven’t all reached happily-ever-after yet.

If you need a summary much better than I could ever do…RWA statement

All I can add is “be the solution, not the problem!”


Jill James, romance writer

Teaser — Book #3

I’m also working on a zombie book. #4 in the Time of Zombies series; Zombies in the Grass.

The heroine is Willa Zara, a soldier in what is left of the U.S. Army and hero Danny Lopez, the Robin Hood of the Sierra Nevada foothills with a band of children he is saving from conscription into the army.

Chapter 1

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 for instigating the incident. Captain Willa Zara

I threw my pen down, wincing as it broke, ink spattering across the table. At least it was blue, and not the red splattered over the sidewalk in the last fight this morning. The two privates had been arguing over the services of one of the civilian women. Right?! 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 I feared, the behavior condoned to keep the men in the forced service.

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

“Orders are to turn all refugees away, send them to Sacramento,” I replied, not bothering to turn around in my chair. I’d told Private Solares enough times for her to remember.

“This group is being escorted by our guys.”

Slamming my chair under the desk, I grabbed my cap and followed the teenaged soldier to the front gates. I skidded to a stop. These weren’t refugees. They were too well-fed and clean for one, even the small children. They looked like a road trip from before the virus. 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. Even in our far outpost we’d heard of the rebels on the river, encamped in an old hotel. They’d held out against the army for over eighteen months.

A tall man in army-issue camouflage 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, he screamed career army.

I pressed my arm to my side, two seconds away from saluting him. Until I got the lay of the land, so to speak, he was a prisoner of war.

I sighed deeply. We could use someone like him, but they were being brought in as hostiles. The delta region had been swept clean, down the river, and through every small slough, and only the microscopic town of Ryde had managed to fend off the radio orders for over a year to join the army or die. My heart fell to the pit of my stomach, bile roiling. Too much killing. Too much everything. We had to make him, and his group fall in line. With the lack of grown soldiers under my command, I didn’t have a choice. Our numbers stood two to one for forced versus enlisted from the before time. More disgruntled rumblings and we would fall apart on our own, without an incursion of the undead.

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


If you’ve read the rest of the Time of Zombies series you will remember Commander Jack and his band of survivors. If not, get started with book #1, Love in the Time of Zombies.

 

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

Teaser – book #2

So, the second book I’m working on is actually book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. It is called Ghostly Perceptions. The main characters are Rafe Elliott, a widower with a small son, Joey, being tormented by the ghosts of his murdered friends. Donna Collins is the main character in this story. She appears earlier in Ghostly Intentions and Ghostly Deceptions as a member of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. team. Her specialty is cameras to film the otherworldly and paranormal.

Chapter 1

Rafe Elliott didn’t believe in ghosts. It didn’t matter how much Joey cried in his room or how much it made his heart break to hear his son sobbing in his room. His hands clenched into fists on his thighs. He pressed to keep his feet firmly on the floor beside his bed. He wasn’t going into that room again tonight. The first time he’d done the open the closet, look under the bed routine. The next three times he’d opened the door and reassured his child the boogyman was not going to get him. The last time he’d yelled from his own bedroom that it was bedtime and he wasn’t going in there again.

His resolve lasted all of five seconds before the boy’s blood-curdling scream rebounded across the house and Rafe leapt off the bed and rushed out the doorway.

The sprint down the hallway seemed to take a lifetime as Joey’s screams ratcheted up another octave. Dogs howls echoed from the neighbor’s yards. Thumping came from his son’s room as if the bed were being moved across the floor.

He grasped the doorknob and hissed in pain at the intense cold of the metal froze his hand to the surface. With a scream of his own, Rafe ripped his hand from the knob, leaving a layer of skin behind.

Turning, he dove against the door with his shoulder. A crack sounded, but the door remained shut. Two more slams of his body and the door ripped open, bouncing off the wall as he stumbled into his son’s room.

Small for his age, Joey was a tiny figure in his bed as the covers whipped away from him and flew to the other side of the room. His hands held onto the headboard as if he would be flung across the room next. His son spotted him in the doorway, as his large blue eyes begged for help.

“Help me.”

The small whisper hit him like a sonic boom, piercing his heart. He was supposed to protect his son from everything, but how did you protect someone from what you couldn’t see or couldn’t understand. Like dealing with Elise’s cancer, he was out of his depth and clueless.

Ghostly Perceptions will be book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

 

 

 


Jill James, romance writer