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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.

August 25, 2016

Belated…

First of all, I don’t know why this post didn’t go up yesterday for Happy Hump Day. It’s a mystery!

Second of all, I can’t tell you how relieved I am that this week is more than halfway over. Gah. Second of all, here’s today’s writing inspiration.

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Yeah, my job does not suck… Oh and before you go, who’s your pretend boyfriend right now? I’m looking for more writing inspiration…


August 23, 2016

Jill Talks… :)

So I have an interview up right now at Bustle and thought you might be interested:

1. What made you want to get into writing romance books?

I was a journalism major who kept getting in trouble for elaborating on the truth. My teacher begged me to switch from nonfiction to fiction, where I could make up things to my heart’s content. Romance was a natural fit as it was my favorite genre to read. ☺

2. What gave you the idea for the fountain that grants true love? That’s one of my favorite aspects of the Heartbreaker Bay books.

I was once in a place where I wished such a magical fountain really existed, and that stuck with me. When I was outlining this new Heartbreaker Bay series and setting in San Francisco — one of my favorite cities — I knew it was finally the right time to use it.

3. Who’s your favorite character to write?

It’s almost always the hero whose book I just finished. Being finished is really great. ☺ In this case, I have to say specifically Archer from the upcoming Accidentally On Purpose, who is tough and stubborn and badass, and thinks he’s impenetrable. He gave me hell. Love him madly but I’m super glad I’m done.

4. It seems like you love animals, especially dogs. Reading Sweet Little Lies made me want to snuggle with Thor! Is that a love that carries over into real life?

Yep, I’m a definite animal lover. Right this minute, I have a cat on my lap fighting for space with the laptop, and a dog on each foot. There is almost always an animal in my books of one kind or another. ☺ In the Trouble With Mistletoe, we have a cranky cat who hates the hero and proves it by leaving “presents” in his shoes.

5. The Trouble with Mistletoe features Willa, and Accidentally on Purpose will finally give Elle and Archer the spotlight I’ve been waiting for. But what’s after that? Which other characters can we expect to get the main character treatment?

I’m pretty sure Spence is coming along next. After that, I’m open but I do plan to stick around Heartbreaker Bay for as long as readers have me. ☺

6. What’s up with Eddie the homeless guy? I am convinced that he is more than he seems. Am I on to something there?

Yes. ☺

7. Let’s talk more about the process of writing romance novels. What’s your writing routine like?

Varied. I write every day when I’m in the middle of a book. I’m happier writing earlier than later, but it depends on the book because sometimes the characters aren’t following my wishes or I write myself into a corner and have to dig my way out. Once in awhile, I can finish my goal for the day by noon but sometimes – more often than not – I’m stuck writing until later in the night.

8. Why should people read romance books?

Why shouldn’t they? You get humor, warm fuzzies, action, suspense, love, angst, sexy times and … a guaranteed happily ever after. Honestly, I can’t think of anything better than that.

9. Do you ever worry that romance novels in general push an outdated system of gender norms, as critics of the genre sometimes say? They claim that romance books don’t reflect what it’s like to be a modern woman.

Have those critics read romance lately? We’re writing modern women with modern problems in the modern day world. There’s diversity and so many different genres now that you can find anything to suit your tastes, “gender norms” or not.

10. In the same vein, how would you respond to those who say romance books are just escapism?

Well it is fiction, after all. Not nonfiction science, for example. Personally, I read sexy romances for exactly that, an escape. A mental break. Reading romances has given me a lot of really great hours and joy. I can only hope that I do the same for other readers, that would make my day.

Go here for the full interview if you’re interested. I’ll be drawing 3 random commenters, who will win a copy of my next book THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE! :good:

For the first


August 22, 2016

One Snowy Night

So I wrote a holiday novella… I know, I know, it’s only August. But I just wanted to let you all know ONE SNOWY NIGHT is only $0.99! I mean, seriously, a deal, right?

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Here’s a tease:

Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year:, way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.

The nerve.

Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier bBuilding in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.

She just wasn’t sure how.

It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the lpast six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.

Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.

Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.

“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”

As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and . . . something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.

Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.

Tempted to preorder here? (And for print only readers, never fear, there WILL be a print version, I just don’t have those links yet!)


August 18, 2016

Oops, we did it again…

So. I have Frat Boy…

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And Satan– er, Sadie…

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And Oldest, who doesn’t actually live with us because she’s a grownup (sob!) has Cooper the pooper…

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And Middle (at college but here on weekends…) has DumbAss (not her real name, just a nickname, please don’t worry, she earned this nickname!!!!!!) …

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Which leaves Youngest and Alpha Man without their own. And Alpha Man lost his Mountain Barbie years ago and has mourned her a long time but … he found this puppy, seen here with her mama who was kinda over her…

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And so we welcome another baby to the mix, because, well, why not, what’s one more mouth to feed…

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So please welcome Cali…. who has pooped inside only once, has chewed my sneakers only twice, and who has woken me up only three times in as many nights so far…


August 17, 2016

Happy Hump Day

I don’t write Spartans but …

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I kinda wish I did. This guy is serving as my writing inspiration today. :yes:

Happy Hump Day. How is everyone’s summer going?


August 16, 2016

I Love Lucy

So … I was working on the patio and suddenly realized I was being swarmed by bees. And let’s just say I didn’t realize this calmly.

Or even kind of calmly.

I went screaming and running, including tossing my laptop and printed manuscript. My chair tipped over and it turns out there was a very good reason the bees were pissed off.

I was sitting on their house. Literally.

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I’m still doing the bee dance, by the way…


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