Scribd cuts romance catalog

Scribd ( is a subscription program for eBooks. Recently, they decided that romance readers are reading them out of house and home, as quoted by Mark Coker of Smashwords. So, the answer to the problem was to cut 80-90% of their most popular, best-selling romance novels to save on costs.

Read about it here:

My books are still there (so far) but many authors had their books disappear overnight.

As a reader, do you use subscription programs?

Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife coming soon!

3 Reasons I Love Self-Publishing

  1. I can write and publish at my own speed; whether that is fast or slow. I have no deadlines except for the ones I set myself.
  2. I am running my own small business. All the decisions are mine. All the benefits are mine, alas all the responsibilities and failures are mine as well.
  3. I am discovering the most amazing self-published authors. Bobby Adair, RJ Kennett, among many others. I’ve discovered some duds too, but that happens in traditional publishing as well.

Have you discovered any amazing self-published books and authors?

 JLogoColorNoTextill James, writer of romance and owner of Gray Sweater Press
Coming Soon! Time of Zombies, Book 2

R.I.P. Bertrice Small

Anyone who knows me, knows I will go on and on about Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small. Ms. Small wrote of a heroine who took on Elizabeth I and won. She was my first view of what it meant to write a kickass heroine. And hot?! Her books gave new meaning for me of what a romance novel could be.

Unfortunately, this week the romance world, no, the world as a whole, lost Bertrice Small. At last year’s RWA National in Texas she was awarded the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. You can view it here on YouTube.

God Bless you, Ms. Small and thank you for so many hours of historical romance enjoyment.

Jill James, writer and lover of the romance novel


Between Books

I love when I’m in between books. I finished Defend My Love and it is sitting before final edits and publishing. This is where I take a week and clean my office, gather paperbacks to donate, and some mental brainstorming for the next project, or in my case, projects.

Next on the list is Love in the Time of Zombies and Taming Brad, a sequel to Tempting Adam.

Then, plotting on The Single Mommies Clue, my next series.

Jill James

Read an E-Book Week

March 4th – 10th, 2012

This week my debut book, Tempting Adam is 10% off or $2.69 at The Wild Rose Press

My first Indie book, Divorce, Interrupted is FREE at Smashwords for the week. Just go to the book page and put the discount code: RE100 at checkout.

Book 1 Divorce, Interrupted and Book 2 Someone to Trust are still 99 cents everywhere else Amazon:  Barnes & Noble online:

Book 3 A Family Again is in progress.

Blogging tomorrow at 99 cents eBooks about Someone To Trust and giving the code again for Divorce, Interrupted at Smashwords.

Enjoy the week! Read an E-Book!!

Jill James

Guest Blogging

This week I’ll be hosting two lovely ladies on my blog.

Wednesday will be Sue Swift who also writes as Suz deMello.

Friday will be Linda Laroque. While she’s here I’ll be visiting her blog.

Make sure you stop by and enjoy their visits, I hear there are some freebies.

Jill James

AJ Nuest – Blog The Book

Another new event at Jill James, romance author. My first Blog The Book post; highlighting a fellow author’s book – today we have AJ Nuest, a fellow TWRP author with her book, Jezebel’s Wish.

Isn’t that a beautiful cover? Here is a little tidbit about the book:

Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past—except now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons.

Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to deal with Matthias Saunders, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet—even one with disturbing blue eyes. Can’t she?

Makes you want to know more, doesn’t it: Here is the excerpt:

Jezzy stopped. “I thought I was having a riding lesson.”

“You are.” He nodded toward the empty paddock. “Go in.”

“Go in?” Jezzy propped a hand on her hip. “You sure you know what you’re doing? Because it was my understanding that an actual horse is needed for a riding lesson.”

“Don’t you think it would be wise at this juncture to leave the understanding up to the professionals?”

Jezzy rolled her eyes. “You’re making this way too easy. Professionals? Please. Don’t get me started.”

“Why not? Getting you started is exactly what I’m here for.”

Jezzy’s jaw dropped. She didn’t quite know how to interpret that remark.

He held out the rope. “Now go in. And take this lead line with you.” Steely blue determination glinted in his eyes. There was no way he was going to give in.

Jezzy snatched the lead line from his hand and stormed through the gate, then turned when heclosed it behind her.

He put a foot on the bottom railing and rested against the gate, facing the horizon. “Take the chair to the center of the paddock and sit down.”

“And just exactly how is that supposed to teach me to ride?”

He cocked an eyebrow. “You want out of the deal?”

Jezzy’s fist clenched tight around the lead line. What she wanted was to march back to the
fence and smack his face.

AJ Nuest lives in northwest Indiana with her loving husband and two beautiful children. She is the author of two contemporary romance novels.

Visit her on the web at:


Facebook: Tattered Pages

Jezebel’s Wish Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press:

**Bonus treat: The book video of Jezebel’s Wish**

Blog a Book – Cold Truth by Mariah Stewart

Cold Truth is a startling study of murder in a small town. Once a victim of a vicious crime, Cassie Burke is now a homicide cop. She is joined by FBI agent Rick Cisco to hunt down the Bayside Strangler, a killer who has struck in this small town before.

I loved the characters of Cassie and Rick and their growing relationship in the midst of murder. The other people in this small town all banded together to protect each other…or do they?

Great read. A++  Jill James

Blog a Blog – A Writer’s Mind

A Writer’s Mind, Sky Purington’s blog is a cool spot. I love the tranquil color and author interviews.

Here is Sky’s message to her blog readers:

Welcome to my blog! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and read what’s on my mind. I’ve a vicious sense of humor, an apprecation for romance and a mad addiction to writing. Shall we gab?

So, if you like to gab, give A Writer’s Mind a try.  Jill James

The Romance Reviews – Grand Opening

You’re invited! 

From March 1 – 31, 2011 



It’s The Romance Reviews’ Grand Opening! 

Play the games. Explore new books. 

Chat with authors. Vote for Best Books of 2010.

 Rack up your points!




Visit everyday to increase your chances to win awesome prizes! 

134 participating authors! 

Over 200 prizes waiting for you! 




Weekly Prizes

$10 Gift Cards – 32 winners!

(8 winners each week)

Over 150 Book Giveaways in total

(paperback, hardback, ebook)


Major Prizes

Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card

2nd Prize: $70 Gift Card

3rd Prize: $50 Gift Card


For Authors

(based on results of book votes)

Grand Prize: $200 TRR Advertising Package

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Main Sponsor


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Participating authors

(in no particular order)


Kat Martin                      Beth Kery                       Susan Lyons                    Madison Blake

Ashley March                  Karen Rose Smith           LK Rigel                         Gini Rifkin

Sandra Edwards             Grace Elliot                     Suzanne Barrett              Jessica Chambers

Maeve Greyson               Sable Hunter                   Josie Arlington                Tanya Stowe

Laura Tolomei                 Kristen Painter                Renee Rearden                Elaine Cantrell

Susanna Ives                   Amy Corwin                   Keta Diablo                     Suzette Stone

Suzanne Tyrpak              TL Schaefer                    Monique Martin              Kari Gregg

Susan Meier                    Laura Moore                   Susan Roebuck               Kathy Carmichael

Brita Addams                 KT Grant                         Winslow Eliot                 Ingela F. Hyatt

Jan Scarbrough                Victoria Blisse                 Sharon Buchbinder         PG Forte

Bronwyn Storm              Patricia Preston               Alice Gaines                    Cate Rowan

Ann Tracy Marr              Joan Beth Erickson         Tara Lain                         Terri Reid

L.J. McDonald                Lucinda Brant                 Eden Baylee                    Hayley B. James

Jason W. Chan                Pat Amsden                    Linda Morris                   DH Starr

                   Kaylea Cross                   Lee Benoit                      Kayelle Allen                  Beth Trissel

           Viviane Brentanos                       Morgan Rice                   Ashley Ladd                   Jennifer Labelle

Rita Hestand                   Mahalia Levey                LK Below                       Gale Stanley

Sarah J. Bradley              Joanne Troppello             Rhonda L. Print              Pamela Jackson

Jenny Schwartz               Mary Manners                 Eve Silver                        Jennifer Crusie

T.C. Archer                     Jocelyn Modo                 Sloan Parker                    Kerri Williams

Elaine Hopper                 Stacey Espino                 Linda Mooney                Victoria Howard

Heather Matthews          Marcia James                   Cherie De Sues               Savannah Chase

Simone Eden                   Lauren Fraser                  Annie Nicholas               JoAnne Kenrick

E.D. Walker                    Rachel Haimowitz          HP Mallory                     Suzanne Rock

Andrea Speed                 Elle Amery                      Nichelle Gregory             Eden Bradley

Shermaine Williams        Berengaria Brown           Tina Donahue                  Taryn Kincaid

Red Haircrow                 Virginia Cavanaugh        Hailey Edwards              Elle Druskin

Rachel Brimble               Frances Pauli                   Nancy J Cohen                Tarah Scott

Em Petrova                     Heather Wardell              Cara Marsi                       CJ Archer

Mary Eason                     Skhye Moncrief              Jana Richards                  Jill James

Alison Chambers             LoRee Peery                   Gail Pallotta                    Alison Henderson

Nicki Greenwood           Alianne Donnelly            Tiffany Ashley                Michael Davis

Gem Sivad                      Stacy Juba                       Tory Richards                 Darcia Helle

                                                                 LaVerne Clark                Sibel Hodge