Grandson Hiatus

We are blessed to have brainy grandson with us this week. We celebrated husband’s 55th birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. A very full week, so blogging will be short or nonexistent. Sorry!! Not. Enjoying grandson.

In the meantime, don’t forget I have new books out.

Ghostly Intentions, Ghost Releasers, Inc. #1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B94HJG3
Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGLJPYH


Jill James, romance writer

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Conference Fatigue

Photo by Wade Lambert on Unsplash

Conference fatigue is a very real condition. It is when you attend a conference, have tons of fun, party the night away, and eat all the wrong foods. Then, you go home and collapse. And hope you didn’t catch the crud while you were at it.

I attended RT Booklovers Convention in the middle of the month. I’m still playing catch-up. LOL And I didn’t even have to fly there, it was in my hometown.

It took me a week to clean my office of all the books and things I brought home from the conference.

On top of the conference, I finished a summer novella for a boxed set with the Authors of Main Street days before the convention started. So, I still have a blurb to write for the novella, plotting for the Christmas novella to do, and ghost releasers 2 to get back to. Whew!! I’m tired just from thinking of all of that.

And then, summer is finally here and we have a million things to do for that too. hahahaha

How do you wind down after a big event?


Jill James, very tired romance writer

Time is Running Out – Please nominate now!

Just letting everyone know that Ghostly Intentions is still in Kindle Scout with just two weeks left to get nominations. If you nominate me and it gets picked for publication — you get a free book!!

Super Easy! Just go HERE and nominate my paranormal romance Ghostly Intentions! It is super hot and sexy. Think ghost hunting with sex and romance. A touch of dark evil and true love!!


Thanks!! Jill James, romance author

Murphy Bed — Murphy’s Law

Today’s post was going to be all about the Murphy bed in my office, with pictures. Nope! Murphy’s Law in fine fetter today.

The measurements are wrong somewhere, so they will have to return and pull it out and put in new one. Which really sucks, because they were just about done after eight hours of working.

Once it is done and I take pictures I will post Murphy Bed, Take Two!!


Jill James, author (lots of editing done today as they worked)

Nanowrimo – wrap-up

Well, November is gone, along with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I didn’t ‘win’ with 50k for the month, but I did finish with close to 30k. A win in my book. More words at the end of the month than the beginning of the month is a win/win situation.

Now that December is here, I will continue on with the ghost stories. Hoping to start the new year by being close to putting the Ghost Releasers Inc. series out into the world.

Jill James, romance author

Authors Love Reviews

Yes, even 1 and 2 stars ones.

Why?

Because it means someone is reading our books. Even if they didn’t like them, they read them. We can’t operate in a vacuum. We need to know what is resonating with the readers. What was confusing. What fell flat. We don’t know until the readers tell us so.

We love reviews!!! So if you’ve read Christmas Babies on Main Street, the latest boxed set from the Authors of Main Street, we would love to hear from you on Amazon!!

As always, thank you for reading!!


Jill James, author of Baby Steps and Snowflakes

Nanowrimo – Day 7

A little tidbit from the current WIP, or otherwise known as Nanowrimo project.

Andrea Martin-Stovall didn’t feel like herself this morning. Hadn’t felt like herself for weeks. An unknown voice rattled around in her head. Something hummed through her veins and crawled over her skin. Her body felt crowded and not her own.

She stared at herself in the bathroom mirror and wondered when she had become a frumpy old hag. Her hair was long and heavy. With a smile, she picked up the scissors and started cutting her hair.


Jill James, back to writing during Nanowrimo

The More You Know

Just like the commercials, knowledge is power. Writers can NOT live in their writing caves thinking that writing the book is all they need to worry about.

Check out the latest from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, It is scarier than Halloween!

There is low and then there is THIS! 


Jill James, romance author

What is an auto-buy author?

It is an author who you buy their next book without reading the blurb, without caring what the story is about. They promise a great read and deliver.

I have some authors I buy as soon as they come out in hardcover: Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Philippa Gregory, and Robin Cook. I have some authors I auto-buy: Lisa Gardner, Tessa Dare, Cindy Gerard, Carol Ericson, Lynsay Sands, and a few others. I also auto-buy James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club.

I have a brand-new auto-buy author: Jacqueline Druga. Thanks to her book 10:37 I have a new auto-buy author that I’ve been binge-buying. Her writing drags you into the story. I could imagine sitting around the campfire listening to her weave a tale. This one had amazing characters and the storyline was unique enough to keep me turning pages long after bedtime. I already had read some of her stories, but this one has made me a fan.

Who are your auto-buy authors?


Jill James, romance author

Baby Steps and Snowflakes coming soon in the Christmas Babies on Main Street boxed set.

Christmas in July

For writers, the saying of ‘Christmas in July’ holds very true. In July, we are working on our stories for the winter holiday season. While it is sweltering outside, we are listening to Christmas carols to get into the mood to pen a tale of winter, snowy storms, glistening ornaments of silver and gold, and lovers hoping for a Christmas miracle to find their way to happily ever after.

A couple of years ago I wrote a hot little short story to include in a Christmas boxed set with the Authors of Main Street. The Christmas Con is my take on the Robin Hood legend, with jewel thieves doing good and Santa helping two lovers find their way back together. You can get if for free if you sign up for my newsletter or get it for just 99¢ this month on Amazon.

 

Get The Christmas Con HERE!

 

 

The latest boxed set with the Authors of Main Street, Christmas at the Inn on Main Street includes my novella, Waking Up For Christmas and is still available for just 99¢ for five exquisite holiday tales of true love and happily ever after.

 

Get Christmas at the Inn on Main Street HERE!

 

Enjoy Christmas in July!!


Jill James, working on her latest Christmas novella for this year’s Authors of Main Street boxed set.

Time of Zombies

Yay, Summer!! Yay, move is done for now!!

It has been a busy summer for me so far. I’m no longer a Cali girl. 😦 I’m now in an apartment in Reno, Nevada waiting for a house to be built. (adventure)

So, I thought I would do a little something with my zombies series. Love in the Time of Zombies is FREE right now at Smashwords!! They are having their Summer/Winter sale, because summer here is winter elsewhere, but a sale is a sale.

Get Love in the Time of Zombies here!

 

 

 

Then you can go to Bookfunnel and get Time of Zombies 1.5 for FREE! Rogue Vantage is a standalone book that can be read between Love in the Time of Zombies and The Zombie Hunter’s Wife to enhance the Time of Zombies series. It is the story of four little boys left on their own in the zombie apocalypse and how they become brothers of the ZA.

You can get Rogue Vantage here!

Hope you enjoy a good start to the Time of Zombies by Jill James!!


What are you doing this summer? Big vacation plans? A staycation? Or something else fun?


Jill James, writer of romance

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

First Sentences

A few years ago my friend, Karin Tabke, author of The Chronicles of Katrina*, had a First Sentences contest on her website. You put a first sentence. If you made the cut, the next week you put up a second sentence with the first, and so on, until a winner was picked. It really showcased the need for a compelling first sentence and to make every sentence count. Especially when I was trying to get an agent or editor and you heard they would read 2-3 paragraphs and they knew whether they wanted a manuscript or not. You have to hook them and keep them hooked.

I’m working on a book right now that I’m hoping to submit to Kindle Scout, a program within Amazon. Things sometimes change in revising and editing but this is my first sentence right now. Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal romance with Megan, a haunted widow and Jack, the man in charge of Ghost Releasers, Inc.

Megan Trent jerked out of a deep sleep to the cacophony of her clock radio turning on and off in a rapid beat of white noise and eerie silence.

Submit your first sentences in the comments and a link to your book if it is published, or to your website if not.

Let’s see those first sentences!!


Jill James, romance author

*The Chronicles of Katrina and all of Karin Tabke’s books are uber-hot and sexy, with strong women and the bad boys they love.