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.

August 20, 2014

Hump Day

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HelenKay Dimon here, taking over Jill’s blog for her today because she’s at Stanford Hospital today doing icky pre-op stuff and also, frankly, because we need your help…

Jill and I room together at writing conferences and talk to each other every day about important things like, hot guy photos on tumblr, how she can’t get attached to anyone on Supernatural because that character will die (I apologize if that’s a spoiler), and our mutual love of procrastination (unless any of our editors are reading this, in which case I mean we talk about writing all the time, that and how much we love writing for you).

There is one issue we discuss at length and pretty much weekly: romance heroes. Specifically, we talk about what I will refer to as Our Tolerance For Asshat Behavior. See, we both like alpha heroes but one of us (that would be me) is okay with them being a bit more ass-y, broken and flawed. [Note to husband: this applies only to fictional romance dudes. My tolerance for asshat behavior in a real-life husband is not high. Just saying.]

Take for example my newest release, LONG WAY HOME.
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The hero, Callen, is broken. Like, big-time broken. His father was a con man, the woman he thought was his birth mother actually isn’t. He’s been estranged from his brothers and is trying to rebuild those relationships. And the woman he loved betrayed him…or so he thinks. Basically, the guy has had to deal with a lifetime of secrets and disappointments and is trying to get his world in order. As you can imagine, sometimes the things he tries to do misfire and he doesn’t always handle his frustration in the best way. In other words, he is ass-y broken and flawed. The good news is he also has Jill’s Seal Of Approval. She thinks he stays just this side of the “too ass-y” line. But I know he came close to being too much for Jill.

My question is: where is that line? For me, a hero can be jerky and maybe a bit too controlling and definitely broken so long as a few other things are happening – he has a reason to be that way, he’s decent underneath and he grows and becomes less ass-y during the book. If he’s violent or mean or not a good guy (like there is no mushy center under all that hardness) then I’m out. He’s not the romance hero for me. But I’m pretty tolerant otherwise.

I’ve asked Jill about her favorite romance hero many times. She often talks about JD Robb’s Roarke. One of my all-time favorites is Gray from Linda Howard’s AFTER THE NIGHT, who is super ass-y at the beginning of the book. You’ll notice both of these guys are in control of their lives, alpha, smart and dedicated to the women they love. One is just a little assier (yes, I know that’s not really a word but you get what I mean).

So, you guys weigh in and we’ll see what your tolerance level is. Who is your favorite ass-y hero and how ass-y can a hero be? And for more fun, we’ll give away two copies of my new book LONG WAY HOME (digital only) to people picked from those commenting here so you can judge the level of Callen’s ass-y behavior. For the record, I say he has just the right amount. :twisted:

p.s. this is Jill sneaking in a word, Helenkay’s book LONG WAY HOME just came out yesterday and is awesome and you can buy it at the links below. Carry on with your wonderful answers as you always do…

Links:
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mt5usm2
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/okd3s99
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/kstxfrj
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/mkc8hvs
Berkley: http://tinyurl.com/qxlx2ur


August 19, 2014

Whatcha Reading Tuesday

So tomorrow I head down to Stanford for pre-op stuff that should take all day and annoy the crap out of me. What I need are some good books. Whatcha all reading and is it good…? Share! :razz:

And an extra bonus for telling me and where you plan to buy my IT’S IN HIS KISS next Tuesday. Yep we’re on the seven day countdown!! :twisted:


August 18, 2014

Not quite I Love Lucy but close

So I’m at Barnes And Noble online today and need you all to come visit! And comment! Come back here and let me know you did and THREE of you will win my next book, IT’S IN HIS KISS. If you already have it preordered, you can win my next next book HE’S SO FINE.

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So click here to see me at BN.com…come on, all the cool kids will be there.

OH! And I almost forgot! For a bonus round and a SECOND chance at winning, go check out my next Animal series cover. You already read THEN CAME YOU, right? Next up is STILL THE ONE and the exclusive cover reveal is on the USA Today site so get over there and comment there.

The winners, if they’ve commented on both sites, will get TWO books.

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August 15, 2014

Hard to believe Frat Boy has just turned three and a half. Thought in celebration I’d repeat the blog from the very special day we rescued and brought the wild man home …

So we left the mountain …

And drove.

And drove …

We were headed to a woman who lives out in the middle of nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE, and she rescues animals.

Any animal in need is welcome.

Even really funny looking ones.

To be honest, we went because we’d heard through the grapevine that she’d rescued two yellow lab puppies. And she had. She’d rescued two puppies out of a horrible situation.

But the golden wasn’t who stole our hearts. Nope, it was her little baby brother. The runt of the litter.

He was filthy and living in a hovel. And the minute he saw us, he came alive. Wriggling, happy, loving. All you had to do was touch him and he writhed in joy and dropped to the floor for a belly rub.

And once he was picked up by the teenagers and loved up by them, he didn’t want to get down.

So we never put him down again. Meet Jake…

Now, MUCH healthier and happier, Frat Boy — so named for his habit of always looking for a good time — has wormed his way directly into our lives …

And our hearts. And closets. Today alone the boy ate one Ugg and one slipper. Not a set, mind you, but one of each…


August 14, 2014

Thursday’s Tidbits

Today’s page:

“I’m off men, you know.”

“Yeah. I know.” Tanner pulled Callie in, hard against his body.

She took two handfuls of his shirt. For balance, she told herself. But the truth was, she wanted to put her hands on him. He looked down on her face for another second, his brown eyes soft but full of intent as he slowly lowered his head.

“W-wait!”

He paused, eyes on hers.

She had her hands over his heart and could feel the beating beneath her palms. Slow. Steady.

The opposite of hers, of course.

“I…can’t remember what I was going to say.”

His eyes were smiling into hers. “So I can continue?”

She cleared her throat and nodded. “Carry on,” she whispered.

He started with a brush of his lips against one corner of her mouth, a butterfly touch. And then the other corner.

She heard a soft sound, an almost whimper, and realized it was her. He slowly sank his fingers into her hair, and she melted. No other word for it, her bones just melted clean away. And then he proceeded to kiss the living daylights out of her…

You likey? Are you ready for the Lucky Harbor trilogy IT’S IN HIS KISS, HE’S SO FINE, and ONE IN A MILLION? August, September, October, baby. :razz: Anyway, do a little research, figure out which of the trilogy this little teasing tidbit is from, and name the title in the comments. Three of you will win the book on day of release. :razz:


August 13, 2014

A Hump Day View

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I know, you were probably expecting a hot guy. How about a cute little Dumb Ass instead?

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And I’m sorry but she is a Dumb Ass, even though she is wonderful and sweet and loving. You’re going to have to trust me on this.

Tell me about your dog. Or your …?


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