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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.

September 22, 2016

Not Winnie The Pooh…

We had another bear last night. He wanted my leftovers so badly he was tearing the siding off the bear box where we keep our trash. The ONLY reason we were able to scare him off (and you should know, I use the term “we” very loosely) is because Alpha Man lit a firecracker near his ass. This was not difficult, as said ass was bigger than a bus.

But I digress. I didn’t get pictures of this because it was two in the morning and I was lying in bed listening to the popping of the firecrackers thinking Alpha Man is really just a little boy in disguise.

But again, I digress.

Anyway, these pictures are from a couple of years back. I was home alone with the dog, who was outside. Suddenly she was barking herself hoarse, so I went to the front door and peek out. Dog at the base of the tree in my yard. And these little guys were clinging to the trunk, terrified:

I was thinking, aw how ADORABLE, when something came up behind my dog. Something BIG.

Yeah. It was mama bear, and she was PISSED. And licking her chops while staring at my baby. Can you say OH SHIT? I did, and more. I called the dog, but she is single-minded, barking her head off at these babies, who are now crying for momma. I saw her life pass before my eyes. I was screaming for her, not daring to step outside the front door to go grab her, and FINALLY something in my terrified tone gave her a clue. Like, oh gee, maybe I should listen to my mom. And she turned around and came face to face with mama bear.

I wish I could have gotten THAT shot, her reaction, her oh shit I’m going to die right here right now reaction but honestly, I was a little freaked out by this point. Unbelievably, she darted past Mama Bear, who ambled up to her babies, gathered them close, and led them off into the woods. But not before glancing back over her shoulder with a glare that said watch your back!

I’m still shaking. But not Alpha Man. Nope, he loaded up on some new firecrackers last week and is just waiting for an excuse to light them. And that right there, in a nutshell, is the difference between a man and a woman.

September 21, 2016

Happy Hump Day

And to celebrate that it’s halfway through the work week, behold sexy Keane Winters


Six days until he’s in a store near you! So let’s pretend it’s Save An Author Buy Her Book week, you can buy THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE here

(Also, do you plan to buy in print or ebook? Curious minds wanna know. I’ll draw two random commenters, who will win the book of their choice from my backlist!)

September 20, 2016

My pretend boyfriends

So I have quite a few. Some can’t be shown because they’re not real people. Like Ranger from the Janet Evanovich series. Or Roarke from In Death series by JD Robb. Or Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

But then there’s my TV and movie boyfriends. All the Chris’s. Like Chris Evans…



And let’s not forget Chris Pratt:


Or Chris Hemsworth. Those eyes…


Now you. Who’s your current pretend boyfriend?

September 19, 2016

Monday’s ‘tude…

So the dog yakked all night long and then Alpha Man got out of bed to help the poor thing and he stepped in it… And then the cat, in protest of the dogs, decided she didn’t need to poo in her cat box. Don’t worry, no one stepped in that because the puppy ate the poo…


Tell me about your Monday ‘tude…

September 15, 2016

Thursday Tidbit

This is very important now. Serious stuff.

Are you ready?

I need to know … what’s your Secret Shame Must Watch TV? Go ahead, let it out. You’ll feel better, and we won’t mock you. Much.

(I’ll be drawing three random commenters who will win your choice of The Trouble With Mistletoe or One Snowy Night…)

September 14, 2016

Happy Hump Day!

So there’s this new calendar called Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs.


Hunky police officers, firefighters and military veterans from across Texas recently posed with precious rescue pups to raise money for local rescue centers.


I can’t think of a better idea…


Anyone else agree?

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