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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Free For All Friday - Meet Author Jill James!

Please help me welcome the fabulous JILL JAMES! She's brought her newest release, DIVORCE INTERRUPTED. Love that title and the cover is gorgeous.
You can find out more about Jill and all her work at her website http://www.jilljameswrites.com 
Then come on back, grab a cup of coffee and talk with us!


Thanks for being here today, Jill :)


 Where is your favorite place to write? The Starbucks cafe at Barnes and Noble. I love being surrounded by books and people reading and writing too. The smell of the fresh baked cookies and the whir of the espresso machine just adds to the ambiance.


 What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions? I'm a very quiet, private person with lots of Alpha males in my life. That lends itself to conflict, which I hate with a passion. I will do anything to avoid confrontation. I can't tell you how many flame wars I've started to add an email or post to, and then just delete without sending.
 Classic Novel you would like to see turned into a movie? Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small. I have loved this romance novel for many, many years. I would love to see Skye on the big screen. She is a larger than life character, who lived her life to the fullest.
Do you believe in love at first sight? It sounds so plausible in a novel, doesn't it? But no, I believe in like at first sight or lust at first sight. Lust is a nice beginning to a relationship to see if you are compatible. And if not? Hey, lust has its moments too. LOL
 How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book? Very likely. If you tell me a funny story or have a unique saying you use all the time, it will probably be in one of my books some day.
 What did you do to celebrate when your first book was published? I took my best friend and critique partner to a very fancy, expensive lunch to celebrate signing that first contract. My husband threw me an enormous (over 50 people in our house) launch party when the first book came out.
DIVORCE INTERRUPTED BLURB:

Newly-divorced Todd and Lisa Miller are stranded at their mountain cabin. There to divide a lifetime of memories, they soon are in danger from more than the anger between them. A vicious storm forces them to rely on each other to survive.

Can they trust the one person they lost belief in? Or are their hearts in danger from more than floods and frigid weather?

EXCERPT: 
The wind crashed against the bay window in the front of the cabin. Lisa Miller jumped up and knocked over her chair. Her shaking hand flew to her chest. Her heartbeat pounded. “That one sounded like it went through the window.”
She peered around the doorway to the living room. She sighed in relief. The glass was still in one piece, although a large pine bough sat on the front porch. The wet needles stood out in bas-relief against the graying sky.
This had been a bad idea, she berated herself. She could’ve waited for the storm of the century to pass before she came up to the lake. Even with her husband, Todd, coming next week, she could’ve waited. A sob caught in her throat like a burr. Todd, her newly, the ink hardly dry on the divorce decree, ex-husband.
She righted the chair and fell into it. How had it come to this? She’d been in love with Todd for as long as she could remember. He’d been her first boyfriend, her first lover, and she’d been sure, her last.
Throwing her head back, Lisa stared at the ceiling. Finding no comfort in the familiar cedar logs, she brought her head down and gazed into space. Her sight unfocused, the kitchen viewed through a haze of tears she refused to shed.
Twenty years. Gone in an instant. Her abrupt decision to take her boss up on his umpteenth attempt at flirting. A nano-second to throw it all away. For what turned out to be mediocre sex at best. Todd had ruined her for any other man. He loved her with his heart and soul, and she’d trampled it for half the allotted time in a tawdry motel with hourly rates and smelly, overused sheets.
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Jill’s Links
 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jill_james 

16 comments:

  1. Great interview. I love a story about a married couple trying to make it work. I know, I know their divorced but reading about their relationship makes for great reading.

    Congratulations on your release.

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  2. Wonderful interview ladies! I have to read this one, Jill.

    Jenn- I just popped in to see Monday's candy... YOWZA!

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  3. Great title, Jill. I understand about the aversion to conflict when surrounded by Alpha males, but all that testosterone makes for a deep pool for the muse to dip into.

    As for the candy, Jenn, he's certainly cavity-worthy.

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  4. Sorry, Jill, but I checked out the man candy before I read your interview. Hey, what can I say? I'm incorrigible, I know. But once my heart rate slowed down and I wiped the drool from my chin, I did go back to read your most excellent interview. Love the premise of the book and can't wait to read it.

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  5. Harlie, thanks. I loved being interviewed by Jennifer.

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  6. Thanks Calisa. I enjoyed writing about a divorced couple finding a new happily ever after.

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  7. Mackenzie, thanks. I had fun going through lots of them before choosing Divorce, Interrupted. Happy Reading!

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  8. Vonnie, thank you. Man Candy is nice, isn't it? Happy Reading!

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  9. Great interview and loved the excerpt. It sounds like a great book!

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  10. Glad you enjoyed the candy, ladies! Who says people don't like left-overs. HA
    Thanks so much for being my guest, Jill. Come back anytime!

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  11. I hate conflict too! Good luck, the book looks terrific!

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  12. Thanks Kellie, I enjoyed writing it.

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  13. Jennifer, thank you for guesting me at your pretty blog. I had lots of fun.

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  14. Diana, thanks for stopping by. I so hate conflict.

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  15. Thanks for having Jill in for a chat, Jennifer. Those were great questions and I loved her answers. Book sounds great!

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  16. Thanks Angela. I had fun here with Jennifer and her blog friends.

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