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July 28th, 2014

Congrats Carolyn!!

Hello all!

It’s been a busy summer. I’m doing a website redesign, planning a blog tour and about to tackle a dirty revision. I also have book covers to share for Wild and Riding Dirty! But first, I have to congratulate my friend Carolyn Crane on her RITA win. She took home the prize for Best Romantic Suspense Novel with Off the Edge–and she’s the first self-published author to ever win! That’s huge!! I’m a big fan of Carolyn’s and we’ve been blog pals for ages. It’s so great to see a well-deserving author get this fantastic recognition. I love that she did it her way.

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I just read the latest in the Associates series, Into the Shadows, and I thought it was fantastic. It’s best RS I’ve read in a really long time. Meet Thorne, tortured killer on a secret mission, lover of mini marshmallows, raised by scorpions (according to the heroine).

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Hot cover, great book, talented author.

xoxo
Jill






June 3rd, 2014

Marketing stuff

Hey there, little widget. This naughty guy would love to come home with you. What do widgets do, anyway? Do they sneak in at night and steal your socks?

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I just sent out a newsletter for Backwoods and someone pointed out to me that my sign-up form is buried. I have a very small list of recipients. Do you want to be on my list? It’s on the contact page. I’ll have it put on my home page the next time I get an update. Another option is to get emails about my new releases directly from Amazon. Check it out on my author page.

I’ve been thinking about a total redesign for my web site, too. I like this one but is it getting old? Should I snazz it out? Maybe I need a new look for the fall. Let me know what you think.

Loves
Jill






May 27th, 2014

Backwoods

Island Peril is still free at participating retailers until May 31st! I hope you’ve had a chance to download it and take advantage of the deal. I’m really pleased with the response to this one. It’s a fun, quick California adventure romance with a geeky heroine and nice-guy hero.

Backwoods releases today in print and digital! This is another outdoor-camping excursion, with creepy woods and blended family dynamics. The hero and heroine go on a backcountry hiking trip with their teen stepchildren. Their spouses cheated on them and got married to each other. So of course sparks fly between them as well. ;)

The more you trust, the more you risk…

When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke’s stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that’s growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods.

Nathan’s wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he’s ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby’s hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he’s her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

I’m hard at work on Riding Dirty, which will have more sexytimes and less outdoor shenanigans. Well, maybe some sexy outdoor shenanigans. We’ll see. Either way, I’ll be indoors in my writing cave for most of the summer!

Take care and enjoy.

xoxox
Jill






May 2nd, 2014

Island Peril free & available!

Hello friends!

I mistakenly thought Island Peril would be free for preorder only. But it’s out now, and still free! Get it while the gettin’s good. I believe this deal lasts until May 31st.

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Excerpt and buy links here.

Hope you enjoy.
xoxo
Jill






April 26th, 2014

Backwoods, diversity, etc.

Hello friends!

I have author copies of Backwoods, so you know what time it is. Giveaway time! Enter to win one of 30 copies at Goodreads. I do giveaways at Goodreads because it’s easy and I hope to generate some early reviews. Please write a review if you can. Long or short, gifs or words, positive or negative, I don’t care. Reviews help books get discovered by readers. I’ve heard that it takes 200+ 5-star reviews to get noticed on Amazon. I’m not sure if this is true or not. The publishing industry is so crazy these days.

Speaking of crazy, I wrote a long blog post about Writing In Color at Romance Around the Corner. I’m not sure if I should talk about the subject of diversity anymore or just sit down and be quiet. Suggestions welcome.

Did you get your free pre-order of Island Peril yet? Offer ends on May 31st!! Read your free copy and write me a review, y’all. Just be like “it was good” or “it was okay” or “wtf” and throw up some stars.

Want more? Read the first chapter of both stories on the Books page.

Thanks!!
xxxoooo
Jill






April 14th, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

Hello all! Alyssa Cole invited me to participate in this blog hop about my writing process. Her latest release is Eagle’s Heart, a multicultural romantic suspense novel.

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Salomeh Jones is a Brooklyn high school teacher whose attempt to aid an abused student ruins her career and puts her life in jeopardy. Julian Tamali is a special agent hot on the trail of the Albanian mafia boss responsible for a slew of crimes, including the death of Julian’s family. When Julian finds a connection between the mafia boss and the disgraced school teacher, he sets into motion a series of events that will change their lives forever.

A night of pleasure throws them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who has kidnapped Salomeh’s student and is possibly providing weapons to terrorists. Caught in a web of passion, danger, and betrayal, Julian and Salomeh must stop the mafia boss or forfeit their chance at redemption–and their lives.

Here are my answers to the blog hop questions:

1) What am I working on?

I just finished a first draft of WILD (Jan 2015) and I’m about to dive into RIDING DIRTY, an erotic suspense novel featuring a motorcycle club hero.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This question is hard to answer because experienced romance readers know how varied the genre is. I think every author has been crestfallen to discover that someone else is writing (or has already written) a very similar book. Owen, the hero of BADLANDS, is an ex-member of a white supremacist prison gang. This is unusual, but it’s been done before. AFTERSHOCK is a “disaster romance,” centered around a major earthquake, so that’s not your typical romantic suspense. My settings, diverse characters, and fallible heroes are unusual.

3) Why do I write what I do?

So many reasons! I love high stakes, tension, danger, suspense. That “edge-of-your-seat” feeling is what I go for. Eliciting a strong emotional response is incredibly rewarding for me. My top priority is to entertain, but I don’t shy away from making readers uncomfortable or tackling controversial topics. I’m kind of a vagina crusader also. I try to write sex-positive, female-friendly stories. Yay vaginas!

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m an early riser and I write pretty much every day. I research for a few weeks by reading nonfiction and watching documentaries. I outline before I start, plot incessantly all the way through, and write a fairly clean first draft. I prefer to edit as I go and hope for light revisions. I’m not super-fast, but I try to be steady and productive.

So there it is, my writing process. Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

I asked Carolyn Crane to participate in the blog hop next week. Her latest romantic suspense novel, Off the Edge, has been nominated for a RITA award!! I love her writing and I’m SO exited for her.

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SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.

Happy reading and/or writing!

xoxo
Jill






April 7th, 2014

ISLAND PERIL is free

I’m so excited!! ISLAND PERIL is FREE on preorder from now until May 1st. You don’t have to pay later. If you already preordered, I hope you can cancel and take advantage of the free offer. Harlequin suprised me with news of this deal last week. My first freebie! Woot!!

I believe that STRANDED WITH HER EX will be free at some point also. This is my spooky “Shark Island” story about marine biologists. My understanding is that HQN will offer this as a freebie the month before WILD releases. The themes are similar: wild animals, danger, sexy times, rowr.

ISLAND PERIL is part of the Aftershock series but it stands alone. The characters, Paul and Ella, are all new. Paul is mentioned in “Scenes of Peril.”

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It started as a girls’ outing to California’s beautiful Channel Islands State Park. When Ella Hammond embarks on a kayaking trip with sexy adventure guide Paul Dawson, sparks fly—but so does gunfire from a boat of drug smugglers.

Now Ella and Paul are on the run, soaked and stranded in a rocky hideout. Ella feels like she’ll never be warm again. Until Paul shares his body heat—igniting a fire between them that’s nearly too hot to handle!

Preorder links:

Amazon

Amazon Canada

iTunes

Barnes&Noble

Thanks!!
xoxo
Jill






March 24th, 2014

For Jackie
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Jackie Barbosa is one of my author friends. She lives in San Diego and we’ve known each other for years. She’s been my roomie at RWA and RT. She knows a lot about the publishing industry. I like her as a person and an author.

Last week her 16 year old son died in a car accident on his way to school. Her family is devastated and I’m just so, so sad for her. I can’t imagine what she’s going through. The details for his memorial fund are here.

Jackie is an excellent writer of smart, sexy books. I reviewed her debut novel, BEHIND THE RED DOOR at Romance Divas. If you like contemporary romance, you might want to try SKIN IN THE GAME, with a football coach heroine. Or her recent novella, CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT. I wish her peace and comfort in this difficult time.

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Jill






March 15th, 2014

Career Retrospective

Hello friends! I want to talk about my news and my upcoming books. But before I move forward, I’d like to take a look back and reflect on where I’ve been.

I’ve been published since June 2008. My first book was a Silhouette Romantic Suspense, bought by Stacy Boyd, my current editor at Harlequin. I think my advance was $3,500, and it earned out within the first year. Earning out is good. It means the book made enough of a profit that I get a little extra in royalties.

My second book was published by Bantam Dell. I published four full-length romantic suspense novels with them. The first earned out after five years. The others have not. THE EDGE OF NIGHT and CAUGHT IN THE ACT, my San Diego “border issues” books, sold poorly. I wasn’t offered another contract with Bantam Dell.

Many readers have asked me about sequels to those books. I’ve put the projects on hold for now. I’d like to revisit the Eric/Meghan and Ian/Maria storylines in the future, when (if) I’m in a better position to do so.

For the past few years I’ve written exclusively for Harlequin and HQN. With the Aftershock series, I’ve had the opportunity to write connected books with recurring characters. It’s been the most rewarding experience of my career so far. I loved bringing those stories to life and continuing with new characters. ISLAND PERIL and BACKWOODS are coming soon!

AFTERSHOCK has sold enough copies to earn out and I’m very proud of that (thanks readers!!). Even so, I can’t call the series a breakout hit, which is what I’ve been aiming for. I work hard and I want to be more successful. The question is, how?

Do I need to write better books? Write faster? Get off twitter? Change genres? Go digital-only? Self-publish?

I’ve been thinking about all of this for months, and I decided that I can’t wait for my sales to improve by magic. I’d be thrilled if my next novel caught fire. Believe me, I’m a fan of staying the course. I can stay the course like a mofo. But doing the same action and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Isn’t it?

In the interest of diversifying, I came up with an idea for a novel I can’t wait to write. It’s erotic suspense with a motorcycle club hero and a psychologist heroine. The setting will be the Southern California desert/inland area. I’m excited to try something different, a bit edgier, and a lot dirtier. Ahem.

I’ll share the details when I can. This title should be digital-only, like ISLAND PERIL, which will keep the price down and hopefully entice new readers.

In the meantime, I have other good news! HQN offered me a contract for two more action/adventure novels, and I accepted. The first book is almost finished. It’s called WILD, and I love it. The second will be SALTLANDS (Ace & Janelle).

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Both of these titles are part of the Aftershock series. WILD is set during the same event (major earthquake) at the “San Diego Wildlife Park.” Chaos ensues, naturally. Rowr. My plan is to write the motorcycle club book next, and then SALTLANDS. The two titles will be connected. If you recall, Ace is involved with some shady criminals. Why not a shady motorcycle club?

So there it is. All the news, in one large spew! I love my readers and I appreciate your continued support so very much.

xoxo
Jill






March 9th, 2014

Island Peril & Backwoods on NetGalley

Hey reviewers!!

ISLAND PERIL and BACKWOODS are both available on NetGalley. Please request, read and review if you can. Reviews help readers find books, so they are integral to my success as an author. I appreciate every one.

Thank you!!

xoxo
Jill

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