Motorcycle Club Heroes: Free Class!

Hello friends!

I’m teaching a class on Motorcycle Club Heroes for RWA University from Feb 9-21. The class is free to RWA members, so please sign up! I’d love to have you!! The more the merrier! I’ve deviated a little from my original class schedule, so here’s an updated description of each lesson. Be warned that I plan to discuss adult content and use adult language.

1. Overview. I’m going to start with an overview and introductions. Basically I want this to be a fun class with a positive, welcoming atmosphere. You can participate or just lurk. I don’t mind!

2. Begin with a Bang (or a BJ). This lesson focuses on starting where the action is. We’ll take a look at a first page that hooked me as a reader, which happens to be a gritty scene from the MC hero’s point of view.

3. Character, Chemistry, Conflict. The three Cs! We’ll study the physical description of Cole, MC hero from Riding Dirty, as seen through the heroine’s eyes. We’ll also go over strategies to create “spark” and I’ll discuss types of conflict.

4. Dangerous Fantasies. Trigger Warning for this session (sexual violence). I wouldn’t feel right about giving a class on MC heroes without addressing sexism, violence against women and “dangerous” fantasies. It’s a very sensitive topic and I hope to do it justice.

5. Club Code. Here we’ll talk about researching specific details that relate to outlaw motorcycle clubs, and how much realism to include. Then I’ll share some common suspense-writing mistakes, and finish up with a question/answer session. Ask me anything!

I’ve never taught an online class before but I’m guessing that there will be a private forum where we can discuss the lessons and share writing samples. I plan to give feedback and add comments. I’m *really* excited about the topic, and about teaching an adult class. Adulting FTW!

Sign up here.

xoxo
Jill

Jill’s Best of 2014

Hello friends!!

2014 has been a great reading year for me. I decided to put my money where my mouth was and read more diverse books. I tend to read for pleasure, not to become a better person or smarten myself up, but you know what? Broadening my horizons a bit actually increased my enjoyment. Sometimes the road less traveled can make all the difference.

Books featuring GLBT and/or characters of color made up about half of my reading this year. Here is a list of my top books read (not necessarily published) in 2014.

ps3truesummer

TOP PICKS

1

2

3

1. Princess Shanyin: The Obsession Saga by Liliana Lee, aka Jeannie Lin
Oh baby. This erotic trilogy is SUCH a delight. Dirty, romantic and gorgeously written.
Book 1: Perfect
Book 2: Flawed
Book 3: Unexpected
By far my favorite of the year

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Romance-positive, funny and touching.

3. Summer Chaparral by Genevieve Turner
Fantastic setting descriptions, great heroine, mustached hero. Loved!

IntoTheShadows-CarolynCrane-500x750fanhell

TOP PICKS

4

5

6

4. Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane
Excellent romantic suspense, swoon-worthy hero.

5. Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl
Laugh out loud funny with an outspoken, cranky, *horny* older heroine. Some people say they write books that empower women. Dahl actually does it.

6. Hellcat’s Bounty by Renae Jones
This story centers on Anelace Rios, blob hunter extraordinaire, taking risky adventures in space. It’s a low-angst lesbian romance scifi/Western/with a UF vibe? Wildly original and entertaining.

hold

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

7. Hold by Zannie Adams
I only gave this 4 stars, but the setup triggered all of my YES buttons. Hard prisoner hero, dangerous confined setting, strong heroine with free will. She chooses to give herself to the hero for protection. I like dark, gritty stuff as long as there is consent.

BORING DISCLOSURES

Some people get upset if authors fail to disclose their relationships with other authors in reviews/praise/promo efforts. I’ve complained before about the problem of review exchanges and tweet favors. I can’t say I’m not part of the cog or wheel or whatever but my recs are honest. Promise! But in the interest of full disclosure, here is more information than you ever wanted to know.

*I might have met Jeannie Lin at a conference before. We are twitter friends. I think she sent me an ARC of book 1. I bought book 2 and 3.

*I follow Sherman Alexie on twitter. He doesn’t follow back.

*Turner is a debut author and I don’t know her. I heard about her book on twitter.

*I’ve been blog friends with Carolyn Crane for years and her books have been on my favorites list before. I think I purchased this one.

*Dahl and I go way back to MySpace. I auto-buy her books. She might have offered to send me this but I’d already preordered it.

*I follow Jones on twitter and probably heard about her book there.

*I don’t know Adams. I found the book on a Goodreads list: Scifi Romance for picky readers.

There you go. That was hard work! I’m going to eat some holiday cookies now. I hope you had a wonderful reading year, and that 2015 finds you happy, healthy and in possession of many good books.

Merry Merry!!

xoxo
Jill

Wild for Him release day!!

Hello all!

It’s release day for my first contemporary romance novella, Wild for Him! This is a follow-up story to Wild, featuring Gwen and Mitch. I think it stands alone well. You don’t have to read any of my books in order. They all have happy endings for the main couple.

Wild for Him kicks off with an earthquake scene but there isn’t a suspense plot. It’s just a sexy little romance. I had a great time writing this story and I hope you enjoy it.

WildForHim-v1

Mitch Stone is a man with a plan. Drive to San Diego, rescue his lady from the earthquake rubble and salvage their long-distance relationship. But instead of playing hero, he gets stuck volunteering at an evacuation center with his girlfriend’s quirky best friend.

Gwen Tagaloa is a woman on the edge. She’s a tattoo artist do-gooder who would never cross the line with her best friend’s man. Especially not an iceberg of a man like Mitch Stone. She appreciates his help and doesn’t even notice his rock-hard muscles. Much.

After Mitch gets his heart broken, Gwen discovers that love—like an earthquake—can strike when you least expect it.

You can read an excerpt here.

Available now for just 99 cents!

Amazon, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com.au

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iTunes

Thanks!!
Jill

Get WILD

Hello friends!

If you preordered Wild at Amazon, your order got cancelled. I’m SO SORRY about that. I uploaded the final version well before the deadline and forgot to click final. I was notified of my error, and I thought I’d fixed it, but apparently not. This is my first time self-publishing and I’m learning as I go. Please bear with me! Amazon has assured me that preorders for “Wild for Him” are fine, so no worries there. The good news is that Amazon automatically refunds your money in cases like this. You don’t have to do anything.

More good news: Savings! I started over at Amazon and uploaded again. I decided to go ahead and offer the kindle version for 99 cents. It’s available now! *confetti*

Wild-JillSorenson-500x750

WILD PASSION

Zookeeper Helena Fjord has a dangerous job at San Diego’s Wildlife Park. She’s got no time for nonsense, and no interest in handsome, laid-back security officer Josh Garrison. She steers clear of his silly pranks and sexy smile–until disaster strikes.

NATURAL INSTINCTS

Josh has been coasting ever since his Navy SEAL dreams went up in smoke. He’s always had the hots for Helena, but the lady is off-limits. When a devastating earthquake hits, the unlikely pair must work together to secure the park’s borders. With wild animals on the loose, aftershocks imminent, and fires blazing across the city, they face serious peril—and a powerful attraction. Josh vows to protect Helena at all costs. But who will safeguard her heart?

I’ll raise the price to $3.99 after two weeks. I just wanted to do something to make up for the inconvenience and confusion. I know that my regular readers will pay more–my books are usually $5-$8–but I’m hoping to attract some new ones. This is the perfect time to experiment with pricing because I already got paid for my work. Although Harlequin cancelled the publication due to low orders from booksellers, they let me keep the advance.

It’s been a rocky road for Wild and I’d love to see it take off. You can buy a print copy for about $9. Kobo and iTunes should be ready to go on Nov 3. B&N might take a few days.

Please accept my apologies and enjoy the deal! Feel free to write me a review (that helps a lot) and/or buy one of my other books to round out your order. ;) Riding Dirty is only $3.79, if you like erotic romance. It’s available on Amazon.com.au (Australia) now. Stranded with Her Ex pairs wild animals with a touching, sexy reunion romance.

As always, thank you so much for your support. I couldn’t do it without you!!

LOVE
Jill

Wild for Him!!

Hello all!! I’m so excited to reveal the cover for “Wild for Him”! Design by Amber Lin of Book Beautiful.

WildForHim-v1

Mitch Stone is a man with a plan. Drive to San Diego, rescue his lady from the earthquake rubble and salvage their long-distance relationship. But instead of playing hero, he gets stuck volunteering at an evacuation center with his girlfriend’s quirky best friend.

Gwen Tagaloa is a woman on the edge. She’s a tattoo artist do-gooder who would never cross the line with her best friend’s man. Especially not an iceberg of a man like Mitch Stone. She appreciates his help and doesn’t even notice his rock-hard muscles. Much.

After Mitch gets his heart broken, Gwen discovers that love—like an earthquake—can strike when you least expect it.

I love this cover so much. The novella features Gwen and Mitch, two minor characters from Wild. The heroine of Wild (Helena) is Gwen’s best friend. You can read the novella as a stand-alone, but be aware that there are some spoilers for Wild. Also–this story is contemporary romance, not suspense. The only suspense element is the earthquake, and it’s just the opening scene. Excerpt here.

You can preoder at Kobo and Amazon now. Only 99 cents! Hope you enjoy it. ;)

Jill

Wild ARCs

Hello friends!! Thanks to everyone who bought, read and reviewed Riding Dirty! I’m SO excited about Ace and Janelle’s story. When I switched gears from romantic suspense to erotic/MC romance, one of my goals was to generate more interest in that couple. Mission accomplished! Whether you prefer RS or ER/MC, I hope you’ll enjoy this one.

Switching gears again–to Wild. The release date is November 3. Where did the time go?! I posted an excerpt of the first chapter on the books page. I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway. For reviewers, I have epub and mobi files. Use the contact form and let me know if you want a copy. Any and all reviews are appreciated!! Early, late, good, bad, short, long, gifs, stars, hearts, moons, whatever.

You can preorder for $3.99 at the usual places. The print version will be around $9. That’s the lowest price I could set, and I had to reduce the margins/page count to get it that low. Both versions are the same word count/length. I think it’s between 85-90k. This is my first self-published title and I’d love to see it do well!! I’m planning to self-publish a follow-up novella, “Wild For Him,” later in November. I’ll reveal the cover soon–it’s gorgeous.

Wild is part of my Aftershock series, but it’s a stand-alone novel with all new characters. The only connection is the event (San Diego earthquake). It’s no problem if you haven’t read the others in the series. You can start here! It has a zookeeper heroine, a surfer-prankster-security officer hero, elephant sex jokes, and lots of wild animal action! I also wrote a romantic subplot that I’m really proud of. I do love my subplots. This is probably my favorite so far.

Here’s the print cover. I insisted on elephants!! Love them.

print

Thanks again!

xoxo

Jill

 

 

 

 

Dirty Photo Tour #4: Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach is a small town on the east side of the Salton Sea. The climax of Badlands occurs here, so I’ve blogged about it before. In Riding Dirty, Cole takes Mia to a motorcycle club rally on the shore. There’s a wild party, card games, dirty rock n’ roll and a drunken hookup in a hotel room.

I got these pictures on Wiki Commons. Photographers in order: Alexander Novati, Micheal Fiegle, Tuxyso.

BombayBeach2008

Salton_sea_2

Salton_Sea_01_2013

I love the desert and the Salton Sea is just a fascinating place. We’ll revisit this area in Ace and Janelle’s story. I’m so excited to continue to the series with these characters in this setting. I know it’s not a typical romantic getaway, and that’s what draws me in. I’ve always been interested in people on the fringes of society, and characters struggling to do the right thing or make a better life.

That’s it for the Dirty tour! Thanks for coming along!!

 

xoxo

Jill

Dirty Photo Tour 3: Slab City

Welcome to day 3 of the Riding Dirty Photo Tour! Today’s hotspot is Slab City, a unique desert community on the margins of society. With no running water, no fees and no amenities, it’s “off the grid,” and seems like a natural place for outlaws. It’s part of Cole’s backstory in Riding Dirty. His family lived here when he was a teenager.

I visited Slab City in 2013, when I was writing Badlands, and I found it absolutely fascinating. The Dirty Eleven series is a spinoff of Badlands. This setting will play a larger role in Ace’s story.

In Riding Dirty, Cole takes Mia to Slab City to show her around. It’s about an hour from Indio, on the eastern side of the Salton Sea. They check out East Jesus, an outdoor art garden. Here are my photos of Slab City and East Jesus.

slab1

slab2

I wasn’t sure about snapping close-ups of people’s homes, so the first shot is from far away. You can click to enlarge. There are hundreds of trailers, many rows/streets and mini-communities within the larger space. We drove through around noon, so the photo quality isn’t the best. It was hot and dusty and dry.

slab3

slab4

slab5

desert 096

These are all of East Jesus, a quirky outdoor art display. My photos don’t do them justice, but I was really blown away by some of the exhibits. The media is mostly recycled junk, and it’s definitely eclectic. It reminded me of German Expressionism, which I learned about in college. There might be a better name for this art style that I’m not familiar with. The theme seems to be a commentary on society’s wastefulness and consumerism. There are some weird sexual details, penises attached to robots, art within art. Interesting to study at close range. Not appropriate for children, perhaps, but there was only one piece I steered my girls away from.

Warning–the below image is disturbing (sexual violence).

slab6

I found this one pretty chilling. Mia sees a similar piece during her visit with Cole.

Hope you’re enjoying the tour! Our next stop is Bombay Beach.

Dirty Photo Tour 2: Burt’s Date Farm

Hello all! Welcome to day 2 of the Riding Dirty Photo Tour. Today we’re visiting “Burt’s Date Farm.” Dates are kind of a big deal in Indio, California. Date palms thrive there because of the dry, hot climate. They have an annual date festival. Burt’s is a fictional place based on the real date farms in the area.

The date clusters are protected from birds by muslin sacks before harvest time.

date1

Here are my girls on the garden path.

date3

date2

Cole and Mia of Riding Dirty visit the gardens after regular business hours for a hot date. They break some trespassing and public decency laws. As you do.

Hope you’re enjoying the tour! Our next stop is Slab City.

Riding Dirty release day!!

Hello all! Riding Dirty is OUT NOW. Get it, girl!!

rdirty

Excerpt and buy links on the book page.

Want more Dirty Eleven action? I’m writing Ace and Janelle’s story now. This couple first appeared in Badlands, book 3 in my Aftershock series. You don’t have to read the series in order, but I know some readers prefer it.

Badlands

The Dirty Eleven series is a spinoff from Badlands with some of the same characters and setting locations. Speaking of setting locations, I’m continuing the Dirty Photo Tour this week, so stay tuned for my cool desert pics. Yeah!

I’m really excited about this new direction and I’ve been seeing lots of great reviews. THANK YOU. SO MUCH. Even for the not-great reviews–those are helpful to let readers know what they’re getting into with this story. There is edgy, explicit sex and not everyone will like it.

I have more guest posts and giveaways scheduled for my blog tour all this week & next. Whee!!

xoxo
Jill