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

Time of Zombies series

I blogged on Tuesday that I’m working on the paranormal ghost series. I’m also working on the next book in the Time of Zombies series.

Zombies in the Grass will hopefully be out before summer.

It is Willa and Danny’s story. Willa Zara is in what is left of the U.S. army outside Sacramento, California. The army is the only life she knows and following orders is what she does. Danny Lopez is the Robin Hood of the foothills, stealing from the army base to feed his ragtag band of children.

When Willa learns what the army is really doing at the base she will have to turn to Danny and his gang to save innocent children wanted for science experiments. With her army skills and Danny’s ability to disappear they just might escape a danger far greater than zombies in the grass.

Book 1 – Love in the Time of Zombies
Book 2 – The Zombie Hunter’s Wife
Book 3 – A Time to Kill Zombies
Book 4 – Zombies in the Grass ~ coming soon.

Jill James, romance writer

Decisions, decisions.

A writer’s world is full of decisions. Titles, characters, plots, plotting or pantsing, 3rd person POV or 1st. My dilemma at the moment is what to work on next.

I have three W.I.P.s (Works In Progress) at the moment. Do I add to the Time of Zombies series with book 4 (Willa and Danny’s story) or add to Ghost Releasers, Inc. with books 2 and 3? (Andrea and Luke/Donna and Rafe) I’m loving each of these stories and excited to add to each series. But I can’t seem to settle down and just write.

I had really thought to work more on them during Nanowrimo in November and into December here with all the presents shopped and wrapped and decorations done, but it just isn’t happening. I think I will write every December and every December I don’t. So the plans for the new year will be 3 books and several novellas.

Happy writing and reading, Jill.

Jump into The Lake

Lake Willowbee, that is. I have several books set in my fictional town of Lake Willowbee in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They are contemporary romance, set in a small town.

Click on the covers to go to the eBooks!

Divorce, InterruptedDivorce, Interrupted is Book 1 in the Lake Willowbee series. Todd and Lisa are a newly-divorced couple forced to clean out the memories of a lifetime at their mountain cabin. When a devastating flood hits, they must rely on the one person they don’t trust. Will love and memories be enough to help them survive?


Dare to Trust is Book 2 in the Lake Willowbee series. Evie is a domestic abuse survivor who doesn’t know if she can ever trust a man again, until Brady is accused of a murder the whole town thinks he committed. Can Evie trust her instincts and her heart, can she dare to trust in love?


Defend My Love is Book 3 in the Lake Willowbee series. Megan is falsely accused of embezzlement and sent to prison for 4 long years. That time with her husband and newborn child can never be replaced. Once free, can Daniel make up for lost time to rebuild his family and defend the woman he loves against new charges?


The Lake Willowbee Series is the 3 stories in one book!



The Reluctant Bride takes place in the Lake Willowbee world. Claire and Jimmy have been high-school sweethearts for 10 long years and no closer to the altar since a prom night proposal. With divorces and remarriages running rampant in her family, Claire isn’t willing to risk the good thing they have, but Jimmy wants more. Will an ambush wedding work or will Claire run away from the man she loves?

Waking Up For Christmas partly takes place in the Lake Willowbee world. The story is one of five holiday tales in the Christmas at the Inn on Main Street boxed set. Chase needs one thing for Christmas. For his comatose wife to awaken and remember all the love they shared before a separation and a near fatal car accident drove them apart. Can Chase and Darcy get their happily-ever-after holiday wish?

Enjoy the summer! Jump into the Lake Willowbee world for FREE! Divorce, Interrupted, Book 1 is always FREE!

Jill James, contemporary romance writer

How important is a title?

What’s in a name? to paraphrase Shakespeare. Maybe everything. Romeo and Juliet did kill themselves over a name. But what about titles? How important is a title for a book? Some people say very, some say a little. So who is right? Well, both of them, of course. A title can get a book noticed in a good way or a bad way.

Divorce, InterruptedMy first Indie book was Divorce, Interrupted. I swear, that title sold more books by title alone, before anyone ever read the back cover blurb. If I had been more promo-savvy I would have given the series books all Interrupted titles and the series would have been The Interrupted Series too. (Hind-sight is always 20-20) One can only go forward.


frankenstormI recently read Frankenstorm by Ray Garton. The title caught my eye, the back cover copy saying the story took place in Eureka, California caught my debit card. I loved the story all the way through but I couldn’t forget that funny title. It seemed like it could have been something else. Something less a mash-up, more serious. But, the title had done its job; it caught my attention, it made me pick up the book.


What book have you picked up by title alone? Did the story live up to the title?


Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
Weddings on Main Street boxed set now 99¢ for a limited time!

Are you talking to me, or is that an audiobook in my ear?

Listening to your book as an audiobook on ACX is a surreal experience. My narrator, Tobi Doyle does an amazing job. She has accents and different tones for males and different voices for different characters. I put the headphones on, close my eyes, and I’m in my book. I laugh. I cry. I forget I wrote those words. The story that I spent endless hours on is brand-new again.

Divorce Interrupted audio reducedDivorce, Interrupted, Book 1 of The Lake Willowbee Series was done last year.





DaretoTrust audiobook coverDare To Trust, Book 2 of The Lake Willowbee Series is in production and almost done.





defend my love audiobook coverDefend My Love, Book 3 of The Lake Willowbee Series in in production now and I should get to do a first listen soon.






Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Where do you listen? In the car? While exercising?


Jill James, author of The Lake Willowbee Series

Summer Fun – Divorce, Interrupted for FREE

Divorce, InterruptedI’m working on putting Divorce, Interrupted – Book 1 in The Lake Willowbee Series free for the summer. It is already marked FREE at Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and iTunes. As soon as it filters through the rest at Smashwords I’ll get it to FREE at Amazon and BN.com

Divorce, Interrupted will soon be an audiobook!! It is headed for retail any day now!

Hoping for Love in the Time of Zombies out by end of month and then plotting The Single Mommies Club books, The Lake Willowbee Series 4-7. They will be all completed and then released one a month this fall and winter.

Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance.

What a busy weekend?!

DefendMyLove 200x300I was all happy that I finished Defend My Love and got it uploaded to all vendors on November 29th. But, then I realized, that the trilogy was complete. So, I ordered a cover for the three books together and uploaded The Lake Willowbee Series Books 1 – 3 this weekend as well. Woah! Just like that I have six different products at most vendors.





LakeWillowbeeTrilogy 200x300The Lake Willowbee Series contains Divorce, Interrupted — Todd and Lisa’s story, Dare To Trust — Brady and Evie’s story, and Defend My Love — Daniel and Megan’s story. At $2.99 you get 3 books for the price of 2!

Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance