Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.
December 22, 2014
Here’s what I’m working on, a tease, a NOT edited page from this coming April’s STILL THE ONE:
And sure enough, in walked her boss: six feet two inches of solid muscle, testosterone, and attitude. And damned if she didn’t have a secret thing for all of the above. Very secret, since she’d gone there with him once—or nearly anyway—and had been burned big-time.
Never again, no matter how hot he was.
Luckily she had one heck of a poker face, because on a good day just a fleeting glance from AJ reminded her that she was a twenty-six-year-old sex-starved woman.
On a bad day, every single part of her sent urgent memos to her brain that she was practically a re-virginized twenty-six-year-old sex-starved woman.
It took everything she had not to look hungry.
Or even overly friendly.
AJ made it a lot easier by showing absolutely zero interest in her. The only thing she got this morning was a hooded glance that probably meant he was wondering why he’d even hired her.
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December 19, 2014
A little eye candy doing one of my very favorite things….
And it gets better…
And best yet…
You are welcome.
December 18, 2014
My friend Helenkay Dimon and I both have novellas our right now so we decided to do a co-blog for your amusement. We both love alpha heroes, smart heroines, romance novels and reading each other’s books. We also both have a novella out this December. HelenKay’s is a romantic suspense. No serial killers or stalkers. Just bad guys with big weapons who need to be stopped…the usual. Mine is a visit with a beloved couple in the Lucky Harbor series [Note from HelenKay: Sawyer continues to be my favorite Shalvis hero, and I may have begged for this…maybe.] Despite the similarities in reading and writing tastes, the couples in these books are not exactly alike. Take a peek:
Sawyer and Chloe in my MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY are already married. that means their relationship runs smoothly and nothing ever goes wrong and… [Note from Jill: Wait, what?]
“I’m not a piece of china,” Chloe said.
“No one would ever mistake you for one,” Sawyer responded, and she was pretty sure it wasn’t a compliment.
Helenkay’s hero Wade:
[Note from HelenKay: I’m still trying to recover from the idea of marriage meaning everything runs smoothly.]
The heroine in HelenKay’s RUNNING HOT, Tasha, is a bit ticked off in her early meetings with the hero, Ward. Lucky for her, he is not at all threatened by a strong woman.
“You should know, if you move your feet even one inch I will punch you in the junk so hard I’ll have to send an apology to the future kids you’ll never have.” She winked at him. “Got that, stud?”
Sweet hell. Enemy or not, mercenary or con woman, she was so fucking hot. “You have my attention.”
[Note from Jill: I like Tasha’s style.]
Both heroines are smart…and they know a good thing when they see it:
His dark brown eyes could be cool and unreadable—his cop eyes—or soft, melting chocolate, like when he was feeling frisky, though she hadn’t seen that side of him lately.
She’d been sold one version of Ward. Now she faced down
another. Commanding, a guy fully in charge and trained as a weapon. He just got hotter, which sucked for her.
[Note from Jill: We need more photos of these guys.]
[Note from HelenKay: I am always in support of more dude photos.]
And these heroines never lose their spirit, which is why these alpha men love them:
“Officer Hottie,” she murmured, and had the pleasure of seeing the big, badass, steely man grimace at the nickname he hated.
Her stomach did this weird bouncing thing. She half hoped she’d come down with malaria, because if this was some sort of reaction to Ward and his words, she was in deep trouble.
Running Hot’s links:
Merry Christmas Baby’s links:
While we think Sawyer and Ward would get along just fine if they met, we know Tasha and Chloe would began plans for worldwide domination…and we love that. We hope you’ll give both books a try and see what you think. And to entice you, we have a giveaway! Two commenters will win each of the novellas. Happy holidays!
December 17, 2014
Warning: this is going to be one of those stories where I get emails that say no way did you do that, but I’m sorry to say it’s all true. Every single word. A few years back we were taking Oldest to visit a few colleges up and down the coast. I was in the passenger seat, navigating for Alpha Man. Let me say that Me? Navigating? It’s an oxymoron. I can’t find my way out of a paper bag. But Alpha Man, who used to drive an ambulance at high speeds on the tough streets of Los Angeles, could be dropped into any city, take one look around, and instinctively figure out his way.
It pisses me off.
But to be fair, I piss him off regularly, so we’re even.
ANYWAY, I had the map out (upside, if you can believe it, he had to reach across and flip it for me – which did not exactly start the trip off on the right foot if you can imagine). We were about two hours into the trip, and suddenly a HUGE spider (I SWEAR TO GOD) meanders his way down the middle of the map directly at me. Now several things happened spontaneously. First, it occurs to me, as I’m opening my mouth to scream bloody murder, that this spider has been literally in my lap for two hours.
Second, it’s big and butt ugly and I’m immediately freaked out beyond reason. Now here’s the part I’m not proud of. I actually threw the map at Alpha Man. Yes, the Alpha Man that was driving the car. I threw the map and the spider right at him.
That’s when the map got tangled up between the steering wheel and the windshield. You know, the thing he needed to see out of? But luckily he is much most poised than I am, and managed to not kill us all. Although he didn’t speak to me for awhile … And since he refused to pull over and find the spider after that, I wasn’t speaking to him either.
Luckily, the rest of the weekend came and went without further spider incident but when it came to the drive home, I was not the navigator. Just wanted to share that story in case you were having a bad week, you could see that it could be worse. You are welcome.
How about you? Any navigation stories to amuse us with?
December 16, 2014
Recently iBooks asked me to write up a blog on my favorite holiday reads. That should have been an easy one but as with my own children, I had a hard time narrowing down my faves. So here they are, NOT in any particular order:
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
I’ve been in love with this one since I was a kid. I read it to all my kids from before they even knew what a good rhythm was. We still read it together and they’re grownups now. Well, sort of grownups. Some more than others… but that’s another story. My point is we still love it, even if sometimes we make up whole new paragraphs.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
When I was little, I used to read this story to myself and … scare the crap out of myself. ☺ Also I wanted to marry Tiny Tim. I really can’t explain…
POLAR EXPRESS by Chris Van Allsburg
This is a kid’s story too, but it’s pure magic to me. It never fails to set the mood for Christmas; the scents and sights and feelings that the holidays always bring. I always read it to my girls on Christmas Eve while we were making cookies for Santa.
LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott
Okay, so maybe this isn’t a classic holiday story, but I love to reread it at the holidays anyway.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES cookbook by Diana Devlin
This one might be self-explanatory. But in case it’s not, I love cookies. I specifically love Christmas chocolate. And if you marry that Christmas cookie with chocolate in any fashion, well, I’ll follow you forever.
HOLIDAY IN DEATH and FESTIVE IN DEATH by JD Robb
Actually, I love anything by JD Robb but the In Death series is my absolute go-to. Roarke is my pretend holiday boyfriend. Ah, heck, who am I kidding, he’s my anytime pretend boyfriend.
SKIPPING CHRISTMAS by John Grisham
I love all his books, but this one holds a special place in my heart.
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry
A true classic story that never fails to remind me what the holiday is supposed to really be about.
DANIEL AND THE ANGEL by Jill Barnett
I love Jill Barnett’s older romances. They were among the first romances I ever read and the reason for this is because Jill Barnett is my maiden name. I saw her in the bookstore and was fascinated and excited to find someone writing under MY name! Well, I fell in love with her and with romance and this story started it all…
There you go, my fave holiday stories. iBooks has set up a special page so you can check them all out HERE.
And now for one that I hope will you’re your list this year: my own MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY, a $1.99 novella available now.
I’d love to hear your favorites too. Please add them to the comments below! I’ll be giving away a $25 iTune card to one random winner! For a full list of books and the links, please click on iBooks and let them know I sent ya.
December 15, 2014
So it’s dumping snow and Alpha Man tried to show me how to use the snow blower for the hundredth time. We stood before the great beast and our conversation went like this:
Him: Okay, so what comes first?
Me: The chicken. Definitely the chicken before the egg.
Him: I meant what comes first to start the snow blower, smart ass.
Me: Um . . .
Him: (Big sigh) The choke. You have to push the choke in, remember?
Me: Absolutely. Um, where’s the choke again?
He showed me, with admirable patience really. Then he said “Now what?”
ME: I think the oven timer is going off.
Him: Liar. You haven’t cooked anything since two nights ago when you set off every fire alarm in the house.
Me: I meant to do that.
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