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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.

February 13, 2017

Monday Musings

So I spent last week in LA getting stuff done. First up, meeting with the producers from Passionflix, who are making the movie of THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE. So. Much. Fun. Oh and for even more fun, take a look at what the Manhattan Beach humidity did to my hair.

Good times. But oh my goodness was it nice to get out of the snow and stay at the beach. Too this from our deck.

In a t-shirt. No gloves. No sweater and jacket and hat and boots. And the sunsets…

Sigh. I tell you, I almost didn’t come home. But then this little old lady might have objected.

So I’m back on the mountain and back in my snow gear. And back to writing!!!!

How you all doing?


February 9, 2017

Today’s writing view

Today’s writing view is different from my usual because …

I’m off the mountain! I’m in Southern California, Manhattan Beach to be exactly, having a write-in (or write-outside) with some friends. Sometimes this is the best job on the planet.

Which reminds me to ask … what is it you all do? Or did? Would love to hear! Three random commenters will win my latest ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE or any of my Heartbreaker Bay books, like SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, or ONE SNOWY NIGHT!


February 8, 2017

Happy Hump Day meets Spence

So … bunches of you have asked me if Spence from the Heartbreaker Bay series is getting his own book. The short answer is HELL YES, and here’s what I think he looks like:

His book is CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE and it comes out this fall! (and for those of you who haven’t read the other books in the series, this book — and ALL my books — stand alone. You can start here with Spence, no worries. (Although I hope you’ll pick up my current book, one of my personal favorites, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE.

But back to Spence … here’s the very first teasing tidbit I’ve posted anywhere. You ready?

“I’ll remember you,” she promised and walked away.

More coming next week! Now, if you’re interested, and you want to keep your author employed, click HERE!

Now if you’re worried you have to wait that long for a new book from me, you don’t. LOST AND FOUND SISTERS comes out this summer and you can check it out here.

So … what do we think? We all on board with Spence being the next in the Heartbreaker Bay series?


February 7, 2017

Best of…

Someone asked me to rerun one of my bear stories so here ya go!!

I have pics, but let me set up the scenario for you, shall I? So I was in the yard out front at dusk, playing ball with the dog when suddenly, and brace yourselves because I sure did, a baby bear came bounding up to us, all “hey can I play too?” I went utterly still in shock because for a second, the dog and the bear cub looked so much alike it was startling. And I know that’s what happened with little baby bear too, he thought the dog was one of them.

Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, the dog blinked, then shook it off and panted happily, willing to play. I’m like DOG, HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING? And she agreed that no, she’d learned nothing, so she offered the baby bear her ball.

I grabbed the dog. Because I actually have a learning curve, and I know damn well that where there’s an adorable baby cub there’s also a bitch of momma bear, and they are always PMSing. Always. So I turn to drag the dog into the house when I see the momma, about fifteen feet behind me, digging through our trash.

I did what Alpha Man always does, I yelled at her, except when he does it she runs. Okay, when he does it, he’s often setting off a fire cracker at her ass to really get her moving, but he’s male. That’s what males do, blow up things and make lots of noise. I just stood there and jumped up and down and waved my hands like an idiot, and in return, she stared me down.

Gulp.

This is where my knees turned to overcooked noodles. Because it’s one thing to walk past a lazy bear sunning on the trail. It’s another entirely to get past a HUNGRY, pissed off PMSing momma bear. So I cursed Alpha Man for being at a basketball game and ran into the house with the dog. I raced up the stairs and onto the deck, where I once again yelled at the bear to get out of our trash.

She said I could come down there and tell her that. I said I would, but I didn’t want to scare her. Because I’m so tough. That’s when I realized I heard a sound behind me. On the deck. I whirled around and found the baby. She wanted to get back to Mountain Barbie and play, and was willing to climb and tree and jump to us.

This is where I just about had heart failure. If he got to us, you can bet that Momma would be right behind him. I tried telling the baby that his momma wanted him. He wasn’t buying it. I promised that baby I’d leave him some really stinky trash if he only WENT BACK TO HIS MOMMA.

He started to cry. He wanted to play, dammit. And then the momma bear gave me one of those I’m going to eat you up for a snack looks. She puffed up and growled at me. And I am not ashamed to admit that that’s when I gave up being brave and trying to save the trash. I dropped my camera, and ran like hell into the house.

And ate a box of cookies.


February 6, 2017

Caption This

So Satan– er, Sadie, has taken to staring at me like this sometimes when I’m working, especially if there’s a dog in her spot on my feet.

Caption this pic. Three random commenters will win my next book, which if you’re reading the Heartbreaker Bay series, and you’ve just read ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, you know is going to be Spence in CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE this fall. (And if you haven’t read ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE yet, why not???)


February 2, 2017

Thursday’s Tease

So … I’m hoping you all have my newest book by now (ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE) but just in case you don’t, I’m going to tease ya with a saucy excerpt:

His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.

“What?” she asked.

“Waiting for my apology.”

“Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”

He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.

I am the boss of you.”

Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”

Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.

He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.

And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.

He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.

No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.

And sexiness.

It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.

That, or it was all just wishful thinking.

Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.

But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.
She should have just emailed him.

There. Keep an author employed, buy her book! :rose:

p.s. Let me know if you have ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, or if you’re planning to get it, and whose story you want to see next. I’m going to be drawing three of you as random winners who will get my NEXT book LOST AND FOUND SISTERS!


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