Jill's Blog

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.

February 26, 2015

Today’s question

I was cleaning out my drawers and realized something shocking. I had 35 different chapsticks and lip glosses.


Apparently I unintentionally horde lip care. Who knew? :twisted:

How about you, what do you unintentionally horde? Not intentionally, mind you. For example, I intentionally horde cookies. I’m asking what do you unintentionally horde?

February 25, 2015

Today’s cuteness

So I’m on deadline. Hell, let’s be honest. I passed the deadline a week ago and I’m hiding out from my editor… BUT I’M CLOSE!

Anyway, this pic (found on Pinterest) helped me cross the finish line. It gave me the idea for my epilogue and I smile every time I think of it.


Adorable, right? Which reminds me to ask … How did you get engaged? And if you haven’t gotten engaged, what is your dream way to get engaged?

February 24, 2015

When the cat’s in charge…

Update: winners randomly drawn are: Jan and JOANNE C. Contact me with a few book choices, your addy and whether you want print or ebook!

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So I left my laptop open to go get snacks and Satan– er, Sadie decided to take over. Somehow she opened Photo Booth.


I’m not sure what she’s thinking. Probably wondering if the angle makes her look fat…

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Or she’s plotting Frat Boy’s demise…

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Or maybe she’s planning MY demise… In any case, she would like you to know you look marvelous today. :smile:

Caption one of these shots, I’ll randomly select a few of you to win whatever book from my backlist you’d like.

February 23, 2015

Monday’s Musings

Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: SARAH JANE PATAKI, DEBBY B., PHYLLIS SCHAEFER, DENISE, and NANCY B. Email me with Shalvis calendar in the subject line and don’t forget your addys!

Original post: So I have a Kindle and an iphone and a MacBook Air and I read on all of them. I also have shelves and shelves of books. And because I’m the most disorganized person on the planet … I’m reading a book on each of my devices and one in print. (Hello, ADHD much?)

That equals four books. Four different books.

My brain hurts.

But I know that most … ahem … normal people only read one book at a time. So today’s question is what book are you reading (or read recently) and did you love it? Hate it? Indifferent? What?

Inquiring minds want to know. :cool:

(I have five 2015 Shalvis calendars left, which will go to five random commenters!)

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February 19, 2015

The very first one

Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: MELANIE SANDERS, ALEXIS, DEBBIE REED, JULIE, and NORTHWOMAN. Email me with STILL THE ONE in the subject line and tell me whether you want print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

Original post:
So nine years ago today I started this blog. I thought to celebrate, I’d repeat that very first blog and have a giveaway!

Jill’s First Day:
A blog. Oh boy. The pressure! What will I say? Will anyone even care? I asked Alpha Man about this and he asked me when was the last time I hadn’t had anything to say.

Um, good point. But not exactly the support I needed. I turned to my fourteen-going-on-thirty oldest daughter, who wears far cooler clothes than I do, has better make-up, and knows everything. Just ask her. She said (with horror) “You’re going to have a blog? Like where people can read what you write? You’re not going to talk about me, right? Or my life? Or anything remotely resembling me and my life?”

My middle daughter wanted to know if writing a blog was going to cut in our playing HORSE on the basketball half court in our driveway every afternoon.
Oh yeah, love and support from every corner.

My youngest daughter was no help either but for different reasons. At eight, she still loves me unconditionally. Even when I screw up and wear my pj’s to pick her up from school. Which, by the way, she asked me today not to do anymore.

And that brings me back to this blog thing. What does a person who works at home alone all day in bunny slippers, writing her novels, occasionally sneaking out to ski (okay more than occasionally) but mostly being alone day in and day out, really have to offer? Not too much. But then again, Seinfeld was about nothing. Friends was often about nothing. Maybe I can offer nothing and you’ll still come …? No, that’s too much to ask. I’ll have to think of something …

So that’s how it all began, folks. And here we are nine years later still hanging out. Which brings me to today’s question — how long have you been here? Nine years? Two? A month? A day? :razz: Leave a comment, five of you will win next month’s STILL THE ONE!

February 18, 2015

Today’s writing view


Sitting at Donner Lake in February in a sweatshirt. No down jacket, no gloves, no snow! And a bee just bombdived me. Granted it wanted my cookies but a bee alive in February in the Sierras? I’m just hoping no one tells the spiders it’s safe to come out. In any case, this is all crazy unusual. Is the weather where you live as crazy unusual?

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