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.

 

3 Meals Away

“No society is more than three meals away from anarchy.”  – author unknown

I’ve always used this quote as the basis of my zompoc romance novels. The speed that society would deteriorate if it fell apart is light speed. A few missed meals and the collapse of government and the masses would revolt. It would be every man/woman/child for themselves.

I enjoy movies and books that show it wouldn’t take much to bring us to “survival of the fittest.” I think this is why I love zombie shows and movies. When it comes down to it, I don’t need to outrun the zombie, I just need to outrun the guy next to me. We all have the barbarian inside of us, it just takes the right situation to bring it out.

At the end of the world as we know it, I’m protecting myself, my family, and my home. Because I’m damned sure, everyone else is doing the same.

Walk with the dead, Jill James

 

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.

Zombies in the Grass – Work In Progress

Zombies in the Grass will be Book 4, Time of Zombies series. Although it will have many familiar faces I’m introducing two new characters; Captain Willa Zara knows the army is wrong with using forced soldiers, but the army is all she’s ever wanted and known. Danny Lopez is a woodland Robin Hood with his band of children who he will do anything to keep out of the army and the senseless deaths of fighting hordes of the undead who just don’t stop.

Chapter One (unedited)

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.

Willa threw her pen down. 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 she feared, the behavior condoned to keep the men in the service.

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

She turned in her chair. “Orders are to turn all refugees away, send them to Sacramento.”

“This group is being escorted by our guys.”

Slamming her chair under her desk, she grabbed her cap and followed the soldier to the front gates. Her eyes widened. These weren’t refugees. They were too well-fed and clean for one, even the small children. 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.

A tall man in army-issue 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, his whole appearance screamed career army.

Willa sighed deeply. They could use someone like him, but they were being brought in as prisoners. The delta region had been swept and only Ryde had managed to fend off the radio orders for over a year to join the army or die. Her heart fell to the pit of her stomach. Too much killing. Too much everything. They had to make him and his group fall in line. With the lack of grown soldiers under her command, she didn’t have a choice.

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

“Honorary title or real,” she said, writing on a pad in front of her.

“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan before the zombs. General Richard Stone gave me the field promotion before the army deserted us in Brentwood.”

The man stared straight ahead, not even bothering to look at her. She added a check beside his name in the military experience column. If they could get through his anger issues he could be an asset to the camp. She glanced at the group as they crowded around the man and watched his every move. Their eyes said they’d followed him to hell and back and would continue to do so. She allowed herself a small smile. This didn’t have to be any more difficult than it was. If he went with the program, the others would follow.

“Any dependents?”

He pulled two females forward and wrapped arms around them. “My wife, Lila and our daughter, Selena.”

Willa couldn’t prevent another small smile. The young daughter glared down at her with her father’s attitude.

In mere minutes, they had the small group processed in and handed tent assignments and maps of the camp.

“Is this all of your group, or can we expect more to show up later?”

Tears formed in the wife’s eyes as the commander’s jaw tightened with a crack and a vein pulsed in his temple.

“This is all that’s left once your boys got done attacking us. We had over forty people at the Ryde Hotel. Eighteen is all I have left and most of them are children.”

She stood. “I’m sorry, sir, but the governor’s orders are clear. Join or die. Be thankful the army needs soldiers or you all would already be in front of a beheading squad and the children trained to go to war.”

The wife grabbed his arm as he tried to step into Willa’s space. “Jack, don’t,” she whispered.

“What about the children and the mothers with small children?”

“We have quite a few children and a need for teachers and babysitters.”

He smirked at her but the smile didn’t reach his bloodshot eyes. “And what counts as a child these days?”

Wincing, she caught her breath. “Fifteen is the conscription age these days, but it may be fourteen by the end of summer.”

***

Zombies in the Grass should be available by late summer/early fall.


Jill James, romance writer

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – now in audiobook

The Zombie Hunter’s Wife

Book 2 – Time of Zombies series

Now available in audio book!!

 

 

 


Michelle Greggs wanted to die the day her husband returned from work as the undead and she was forced to kill him. Now, all she wants is peace and safety. But both of those are in short supply in the zombie apocalypse.

Teddy Ridgewood lives for today. The smile on his face hides the pain within. The old world is gone and they only have today. There are no guarantees of a bright tomorrow when the dead walk the earth.

When a toxic preacher lusts for Michelle she will have to use all of her inner strength and seize onto Teddy’s live-for-today attitude to defeat the mad man and claim Teddy as her mate. She will have to break out of the cement walls she’s hidden behind to become the zombie hunter’s wife.

AMAZON     AUDIBLE     iBOOKS


Book 3, A Time to Kill Zombies is now in production!!

Again narrated by the talented, Maxwell Zener

 

 

RELEASE DAY!!

TheZombieHuntersWife 200x300Yes, I know all caps is shouting on the Internet, but that is what I’m doing. Today is Release Day for The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. Book 2 in the Time of Zombies series.

It took 4 years to write book 1, Love in the Time of Zombies. It took 6 months to write The Zombie Hunter’s Wife. I’m aiming for 4-6 months for an early 2016 release of A Time to Kill Zombies, book 3.

Michelle and Teddy’s story was easy to write in some ways, but very hard in others. It was easy to put Michelle in the shoes of a police officer’s wife, shoes I’ve worn for many years. It was easier to write a character who feared the zombies and refused to leave her cement sanctuary to confront them day-to-day. That would be me. It was harder to show she had to pull up her big-girl panties and venture forth when that is something I haven’t had to do in the non-existent (so far!) zombie apocalypse. I drew on my experiences of coming out of my uber-shy shell to show Michelle’s baby steps to face the world she now lives in. It was also much harder to write a whole novel, start to finish, in six months.

I’m going to use that experience to work on book 3. Jack and Lila’s story.

So, I hope you enjoyed Book 1, get Book 2, and look forward to Book 3. I’m also working on a short story with Rogue Vantage, the little boys that were introduced in Book 1 and have much bigger parts in Books 2 and 3. Rogue Vantage, a Time of Zombies short story will be a newsletter subscriber exclusive and will be best read as a short story between books 1 and 2.


Walk with the Dead, Jill James

4 days and counting!

That is how long to my newest release! Book 2 in the Time of Zombies series.

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The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – Michelle and Teddy’s story

Click HERE to go to the Books page to get an excerpt and the links to vendors.

I’m working on Rogue Vantage – a Time of Zombies short story that will only be available to newsletter subscribers. Click HERE to get the Jill James News for new releases and FREE books!!


Walk with the dead, Jill James

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