Happy Book-iversary!

Today is the 5th anniversary of my first published book. Five years ago today The Wild Rose Press released Tempting Adam! TA is a contemporary romance set in a Hollywood movie studio. It’s a little Disclosure and a little Pretty Woman. Happy Anniversary to me!!

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Adam St. Eden and Yvette Giardino are two of my favorite characters. Sometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. Sometimes falling in love is not in the contract, but it happens anyway! True love always prevails.

Buy links HERE!


Jill James, writer of romance ~ a guaranteed happily-ever-after

 

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Linda LaRoque – Blog Tour Guest

Today I’m honored to host Linda LaRoque

on the next whistle-stop of her blog tour for A Marshal of Her Own. She is sharing some awesome stuff she learned while researching for her book.

Make sure you read all the way down because Linda has some amazing contest prizes and giveaways going on for her blog tour. Enjoy!!

Courting In The Old West by Linda LaRoque

We often hear conflicting stories on a woman’s desire to marry during the Victorian Era. Marriage was a woman’s only means of security, a home of her own, and children. So, with these privileges, came many hardships—being tied to the home, bearing and caring for five to seven children, endless household tasks, and in a sense, being a servant to her husband. Therefore, many women, though desirous of the joys of marriage, had ambivalent feelings regarding the establishment.

Men, however, had a different outlook on the subject. They viewed marriage as a positive enterprise. Marriage meant sex, pampering, and maid service. For the man trying to ranch or farm, marriage meant someone to help him work the land as well as cook, care for the home, and any children born to them. Often the man was a widower and married just to provide his children with a mother. Love wasn’t a prerequisite. A couple was lucky if respect grew into affection.

Though we realize the above was probably true for the majority of couples, there had to be exceptions. If not, how would writers be able to write those wonderful western historical love stories, the ones with strong, independent women and tough men who weren’t afraid to show their softer side? True, many women had cruel husbands who saw their wives as baby machines and servants, and often abused them. But I believe there were just as many men who adored their wives, who wanted a wife to work alongside them as an equal.

So, how did men and women meet, get acquainted, fall in love, and marry on the frontier in the 1800s? Many met at church, church socials, wedding, corn husking bees, barn raisings, and other socials that usually involved food, music, and dancing. Courting in the old West usually took place at an older age for girls than it did back east. Women were usually in the early twenties when they married. Men married in the middle to late twenties.

Public displays of affection, like kissing at corn husking bees, were more acceptable in the old West than in the east, especially during the earlier part of the century when women were in scarce supply. For dates, the couple took walks, took the buggy or wagon out for picnics, took horseback rides, hayrides, cuddled in the hayloft, and danced at socials.

For men in areas with few women, there were subscriptions to heart-and-hand clubs. The men received newspapers with information about women they could correspond with. Often photographs were included. Over a period of correspondence, the man might convince the woman to join him in the West and marry. Other men found their spouses as picture brides. They might see the picture of a friend’s sister or cousin and invite them to join them in marriage.

In 1849, Eliza Farnham encouraged women to travel to California to meet men and marry. Since only two women accompanied her, Eliza’s efforts weren’t considered successful. Later, Acer Mercer organized two different trips to take women to Washington to become brides to the men living there. Do you remember the 1968-1970 television show Here Comes The Brides? Three brothers risk their logging business to bring 100 women to Seattle to live for a year and hopefully become wives and remain to help settle the territory.

History is loaded with stories to tempt our imaginations. I love writing time travels and observing the reactions to the social mores of the nineteenth century. A Marshal of Her Own is one of those stories. I hope you’ll take a look.

Enjoy an excerpt from A Marshal of Her Own:

Dessa stood still and watched as they conversed. Something stank to high heaven about this entire situation. Why were the cops chasing robbers on horseback? It’s not like Fredericksburg was that isolated. She glanced at the captured men. The boy moaned, and she made a step to go over and help him. The Marshal spun, and the expression in his eye froze her in place.

 “He needs first aid.”

“He’s fine. The Doc will tend to him when we get to the jail.”

“You could at least call 911 and let them patch him up for you.” She nodded to the man lying so still with his eyes closed. “Your other prisoner doesn’t look so good. He’s going to die on you if you don’t start CPR or get him some help.”

“Lady, no one is going to hear a yell from out here. Never heard of any 911 or CPR.” He propped the hand not holding the shotgun on his hip and threw her a disgusted look. “Are you blind? That man is dead, shot through the heart.”

Her head swam for a moment, and she struggled not to give in to the sensation and faint. She drew in deep gulps of air. “Well…well…, what about the coroner and the meat wagon, not to mention the CSI folks? If you don’t get them to record the scene, how are you going to cover your butt? The authorities might say you shot him in cold blood.”

He looked at her like she’d sprouted an extra head. “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about woman. No one will question my authority. I’m the law in this county. Now, be quiet, or I’m going to gag you.”

A Marshal of Her Own will be available now at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. It is the sequel to A Law of Her Own available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. I’m awaiting a release date for A Love of His Own, the third story in the Prairie, Texas series.

My release contest for A Marshal of Her Own began November 9th. I’ll be giving away this vintage rhinestone typewriter pin. To enter the drawing, go to my website or blog and sign up for my newsletter. Don’t forget to verify your email address. If you already receive it, email me at linda@lindalaroque.com with A Marshal of Her Own contest in the subject line. Contest ends December 15, 2011.

Leave me a comment or ask a question today and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Law of Her Own.

Also, today’s blog post is part of 2 blog tours—this one for A Marshal of Her Own and starting December 4th, one for Born in Ice. Follow along each day and leave a comment to be entered into the grand prize drawing and learn about my Born in Ice contest.

The Blog Tour schedule will be posted on my blog and website. It will last 25 days and the Grand Prize is a Kindle. Leave a comment each day and your name will be entered 25 times. Pretty good odds, huh?

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Jill!

Linda, it was great having you here today.

Next Stop: Tomorrow, Dec. 3, Linda will be on Jeanne Guzman’s blog at http://romanceinflight.blogspot.com/ talking about The Invention of the Sewing Machine.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda LaRoque

Writing Romance With a Twist in Time

www.lindalaroque.com

http://www.lindalaroqueauthor.blogspot.com

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The First Six Months

It still seems so hard to believe. Tempting Adam has been published and available for six months today. So many kind friends and strangers have left reviews and comments at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and BN.com

Even after six months, sometimes it still seems so surreal. Tempting Adam went from a story in my head, to a file on my hard drive, to a book on a Kindle or Nook or computer screen to be read.

I’ve learned so much since the book was contracted, edited (many times), a cover revealed, seeing it on the Coming Soon page, and seeing it up there on Amazon and BN.com and seeing it being bought and reviewed. Every step has been a lesson learned and another tool in my writer’s toolbox.

Thank you again (many times) to The Wild Rose Press and Tori Spence, my editor, for making my dreams come true. And to the readers of Tempting Adam who took a chance on an unknown author. Thank you many times over.  Jill James

Don’t miss the special event coming up at Back of the Book Reviews. Lots of prizes, including an e-copy of Tempting Adam.

Hearts in Darkness Treasure Hunt!

Two strangers.

Four hours.

One pitch-black elevator.

 

It’s National Talk in an Elevator Day (seriously!) and what better day to celebrate Hearts in Darkness?  This top-rated contemporary romance is about two strangers who find acceptance and dare to find love while trapped for four hours in a pitch-black elevator.

And, did you know…???

Hearts in Darkness

has been in the Top 10 Top-Rated Kindle

Contemporary Romances on Amazon for 4 weeks
running!

So, we’re celebrating all this elevator-related goodness with a Treasure Hunt Giveaway! Here’s how to play:

1) Find the hidden word on each of the participating sites, usually 1 page off the main page

2) Keep track of the sites/words as you search

3) Email your findings to laurakayepromotions AT gmail DOT com and put Treasure Hunt in the subject heading. Entries accepted through 12 noon PST Saturday 7/30!

What can you win???

GRAND PRIZE: $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE

FIRST RUNNER-UP: $20 DIGIBOOKS CAFÉ GIFT CERTIFICATE W/20% OFF CODE

SECOND RUNNER-UP: BAG OF HEARTS swag bag

Here’s where the treasure is buried:

1) For the Love of Books http://fourtheloveofbooks.blogspot.com/

2) Book Wenches http://www.bookwenches.com/laurakayestreasure.htm

3) My Eclectic Bookshelf www.myeclecticbookshelf.blogspot.com

4) MyVampFiction www.myvampfiction.com

5) Where’s my Muse? http://csmaxwell.blogspot.com/

6) Author AJ Nuest http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/

7) Author Jill James http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog

8) Author Joya Fields http://joyafieldswriting.blogspot.com/

9) Author Sarah Grimm http://www.authorsarahgrimm.blogspot.com

10) Author SharonBuchbinder www.sharonbuchbinder.com/blog

 

When you’re
done, stop over to Laura’s own blog

for another fun giveaway opportunity!

 

Thanks for reading and playing!

Laura Kaye

Hot, Heartfelt Romance – Because everyone longs to belong…

Laura is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance with five books releasing in 2011

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Blog Break

I’m headed to North Carolina this week for The Wild Rose Press’s Writer Retreat. I am so excited. Get to meet my fellow Roses and the Publishers and Editors. I love writer retreats to rejuvenate my writing and to get to talk to fellow writers.

Will be back blogging next Monday with all the news of the fun I had. Jill James

Spring Bling Fling – Day 5

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: False. At 18 I wanted to get a tattoo and my dad threatened to rip it off my body. That threat stayed with me….no tattoo.

The winner of beautiful bangle bracelets is: AJ Nuest

Onto Day 5, our last.

In my book, Tempting Adam, Adam learns of Yvette’s lies and is devastated. He doesn’t believe he will ever understand why she chose to lie. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I’ve always wanted to be a writer.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 4

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: Truth, at least it was when I was 12! LOL

The winner of beautiful bangle bracelets is: AJ Nuest

Onto Day4

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette believes her lies are for the greater good, so that makes them okay. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I have a tattoo in a hidden place.***

Let the comments begin

Spring Bling Fling – Day 3

Welcome to the Spring Bling Fling.

 

Yesterday’s question: Nope, total lie. If you want me in the great outdoors you will have to drag me, kicking and screaming.

The two winners of beautiful bangle bracelets are: AJ Nuest and Sarah Grimm

Ladies, please send your snail mail addresses to jill@jilljameswrites.com so I can send your packages.

Onto Day 3 

In my book, Tempting Adam, Yvette doesn’t tell Adam she is a corporate raider, hired to bring down his company from within. For this contest I will give you one statement about myself, each day this week, Monday through Friday. In the comments, state whether you believe it is a truth or a lie. Tomorrow I’ll let everyone know whether it is true or false and the two winners each day of some pretty bangle bracelets from India. Just leave truth or lie, or true or false, in the comments.

***I can ride a unicycle.***

Let the comments begin

Valentine’s Blog Tour – Week 4

Last week to win prizes and be in the running for the Grand Prize for the blog tour!!

Week 1 Winner — Marci!
Week 2 Winner — Sherry Cahill!
Week 3 Winner — Ann Cory!
 
 
The Wild Rose Press Valentine’s Month Blog Tour
 
Eleven TWRP authors have tag-teamed up for a blog tour of themes from the heart of writing. Meet some of the authors from TWRP and discover how their personal stories influenced their writing. Leave a comment on any of the blogs to enter to win a weekly prize. One commenter will be chosen from each blog each week. One random winner will be chosen from these 11 for a weekly double-or-nothing prize. Weekly chosen commenters who don’t win the weekly prize will automatically be entered for a triple-or-nothing grand prize at the end of the tour. Winners will be posted on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning because you could be chosen more than once each week!
 
Wednesday, February 23rd – Blog Topic – Developing Unique Characters
 
Meet paranormal romance author Maeve Greyson at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://maevegreyson.blogspot.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary YA an adult romance author Linda Kage at http://www.jilljameswrite.com/blog
Meet paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com

Wild Rose Valentine Blog Tour – Week 3

 Week 1 Winner — Marci!

Week 2 Winner — Sherry Cahill!

Valentine’s Blog Tour

 

The Wild Rose Press Valentine’s Month Blog Tour 

Eleven TWRP authors have tag-teamed up for a blog tour of themes from the heart of writing. Meet some of the authors from TWRP and discover how their personal stories influenced their writing. Leave a comment on any of the blogs to enter to win a weekly prize. One commenter will be chosen from each blog each week. One random winner will be chosen from these 11 for a weekly double-or-nothing prize. Weekly chosen commenters who don’t win the weekly prize will automatically be entered for a triple-or-nothing grand prize at the end of the tour. Winners will be posted on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning because you could be chosen more than once each week!

Wednesday, February 16th – Blog Topic – Meeting Your Significant Other

Meet author Amy Corwin at http://amielouellen.wordpress.com/
Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary YA an adult romance author Linda Kage at http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/
Meet paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet author AJ Nuest at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet author Lynne Roberts at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com

Wild Roses Blog Tour – Week 2

 

Valentine’s Blog Tour

 

The Wild Rose Press Valentine’s Month Blog Tour 

Eleven TWRP authors have tag-teamed up for a blog tour of themes from the heart of writing. Meet some of the authors from TWRP and discover how their personal stories influenced their writing. Leave a comment on any of the blogs to enter to win a weekly prize. One commenter will be chosen from each blog each week. One random winner will be chosen from these 11 for a weekly double-or-nothing prize. Weekly chosen commenters who don’t win the weekly prize will automatically be entered for a triple-or-nothing grand prize at the end of the tour. Winners will be posted on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning because you could be chosen more than once each week!

Blog Tour Itinerary

Wednesday, February 9th – Blog Topic – Where Creative Ideas Come From

Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://amielouellen.wordpress.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary YA and adult romance author Linda Kage at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://maevegreyson.blogspot.com/
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog
Meet author AJ Nuest at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet author Lynne Roberts at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet paranormal romance author Maeve Greyson at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet author Amy Corwin at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com

See you here Wednesday, Feb. 9th to meet author Jennifer Jakes.  Jill James

Wild Rose Authors Blog Tour

 

 

The Wild Rose Press Valentine’s Month Blog Tour

Eleven TWRP authors have tag-teamed up for a blog tour of themes from the heart of writing. Meet some of the authors from TWRP and discover how their personal stories influenced their writing. Leave a comment on any of the blogs to enter to win a weekly prize. One commenter will be chosen from each blog each week. One random winner will be chosen from these 11 for a weekly double-or-nothing prize. Weekly chosen commenters who don’t win the weekly prize will automatically be entered for a triple-or-nothing grand prize at the end of the tour. Winners will be posted on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning because you could be chosen more than once each week!

Blog Tour Itinerary

Wednesday, February 2nd – Blog Topic – The Significance of First Lines

Meet contemporary YA an adult romance author Linda Kage at http://amielouellen.wordpress.com/
Meet contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com/
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://maevegreyson.blogspot.com/
Meet author AJ Nuest at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet author Lynne Roberts at http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog
Meet paranormal romance author Maeve Greyson at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet author Amy Corwin at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com

On Wednesday I’ll be hosting author Lynne Roberts. Drop by to talk to Lynne, leave a comment, be entered to win a great prize….Jill James

Where Did The Year Go?

It will be December this week. Where did the year go? Lots of people do New Year’s Resolutions this time of year. I do them sometimes, but most times they don’t last beyond February. LOL

I actually like to look back and see what I accomplished this year. 2010 has been very, very good to me. I signed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press. At the beginning of the year, my goal was to put myself out there. I did this. I sent query letters, I sent my writing out into the world, I posted on numerous more blogs, I accepted opportunities when they arrived. I did guest blogs, I agreed to a group blog with my RWA chapter, I put myself into cyber space to find other authors, promo opportunities, and how to navigate the world of e-publishing.

It has been a great adventure and I’m really looking forward to 2011 when my book will be real and in my hands (or on my eReader, as the case may be.) I’m looking forward to hearing people have bought it and enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What did you accomplish this year? What event are you most proud of?  Jill James

The Disappearance – Bentley Little

Yes, I’m a romance writer but I love horror novels. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul. I love that there seem to be no rules. Kill the dog, the cat, the kids – it doesn’t matter, everything goes. You can write the most deviant person, make him kill a bunch of people, and he’s not even the bad guy in your book!

The Disappearance has very likable characters – Gary, his girlfriend Joan, and their college friends. They all go to Burning Man in the desert and Joan is kidnapped. They try to get help from the police but everything looks like Joan never existed. Her Facebook and MySpace pages are gone and her college records are deleted.

Gary and his friends set out to rescue Joan and discover the twisted darkness of religious cults. I love how Little takes everyday things and twists them until we see the dark, twisted undersides. This was an excellent story with likable characters and a believable plot.

Jill James

How much do you want it?

This is a question writers have to ask themselves a lot. Are we willing to lock ourselves away from others in order to write? Can we give up our favorite TV shows to find time to put words to paper? How much do we want it and what are we willing to give up to get it?

At one time I followed the entire line-up of soap operas in a day. Started with All My Children, segued into One Life to Live, followed by General Hospital, wrapping up with Days of Our Lives. I knew the doings of Blair and Todd and Bo and Hope better than I knew the doings of my own family.

In 2004 I decided to get serious about my writing and gave up all daytime television. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve completed 4 manuscripts, several short stories, and I’m getting published by The Wild Rose Press this year. I would not have done any of those things watching TV all day.

Writing also got me out of the house. I joined RWA National and my local chapter, I have friends, I go to conferences, retreats, and events. I go to my writer friend’s book signings and get out and enjoy life. I meet a friend for coffee each week where we plot our stories and brainstorm new ideas. Things I have time for because no TV.

To some people it wouldn’t seem a hardship to give up the soaps, but those people were my friends, my window on the world, and good practice for storytelling. But like the voice says, “…like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.” I want to spend mine telling stories, writing books, seeing my name on a book cover, and living.

What do you want enough to give up something very important for? How much do you want something?

Jill James

I Sold

After The End, those must be the sweetest words in the writer’s world. I am so proud that Tempting Adam, a contemporary romance, has sold to The Wild Rose Press. I’ve been working with Tori Spence on revisions and editing.  She is an angel. I wish she were nearby so I could hug her.

 

May 28th, 2010

Received email at 6 p.m. to offer me a contract and welcome me to The Wild Rose Press. O…M…G. Every step of the process with TWRP has been amazing. It has been nice and easy and fast.

I am still walking around in a daze, pinching myself, asking if this is really real. I don’t think I will truly believe it until I see a cover with my name on it. OMG, just that thought tickles my heart and gets the tear ducts going.

Have you ever had a dream come true? How did it feel?

Jill James