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80’s Commercials Fun 2 with The Jills

I am so excited to have the fabulous other half of The Jills here today! Last year Jill Lynn joined me for a chat about International Coffee commercials. If you missed it, you can catch it at “Chatting with the Jills: Coffee Commercials.” Since Jill Lynn is celebrating her new release (in stores NOW!!), Her Texas Family, we knew we had to go big for this one! We recently rated a few classic 80’s commercials, “80’s commercial fun with the Jills,” over on her blog. Here is part 2!


Without further ado…

80’s Commercial Fun Part 2

Burger King commercial


Jill K. – My review: Feel the heat! This commercial screams “summer” for so many reasons. The shirtless beefcake tanning on a street corner (who doesn’t set their lawn chair on the sidewalk near a building?). The gaggle of bikini-clad ladies kicking amidst mist. The flashing, twirling street light that says so much more than “Walk” or “Don’t Walk.” The gals eating big bites of Whoppers and spraying their faces with a hose. Jill, I thought I was the only one who sprayed my face with a hose while eating a burger. Not so! Alas, I wish the lady with ketchup—or wait, is that lipstick?—all over her face would have used the hose, too. I had to deduct points for that, but overall a solid 8.3 on the cheese scale!


Jill L. – My review: I don’t even know where to begin! I’m laughing. And a little confused. I feel like that’s a theme with me and 80’s commercials! What is up with my confusion? It could be the fast pace. The jerky camera motions. The fact that they flash from one scene to another so fast that I feel like I’m on a ride. Or, as Jill pointed out, the man trying to get his tan on (with so much frustration!) on the street corner. This feels more like a music video to me. And yet, I was kind of jamming to it. I agree with you, Jill, on the spraying themselves while eating a burger. It’s a strange combination. And was there a man in the shower with a burger? That’s craziness. Why would you mess with the possibility of ruining food?? I can tell you one thing, I wouldn’t want to work at that drive through. That looks like a busy job. Overall, I was going to give this one a solid 8 on the cheese scale, but the kicking legs and general excitement it opened with has forced me up to an 8.5.



Sears commercial:


Jill K. – My review: Cheryl Tiegs!! Aaahhh! I always thought she would shop at Sears. And Cindy Crawford, too. But I digress… Okay, the girl got the BIG boombox! Woohoo! And dads with wigs can buy tools! Then the entire family swings through the store just in time for Grandma to almost have a stroke when the lamp turns on MERELY BY TOUCHING IT!! Yes, there IS more for your life at Sears! An 8.6!!

Jill L. – My review: Right away I know I want to be the woman in the opening. She’s fab. (And I just found out from Jill she’s Cheryl Tiegs.) How did they get Winnie the Pooh to star in this commercial?? That’s impressive. The winner of this commercial has to be the Grandma with the lamp. Snort!! That was hilarious. And she’s so pleased about the discovery of the touchable lamp! But the main question I have is, who is the boy whose hair she tousles in the opening? Does she just go around doing that to people? And he doesn’t look too bothered by the whole thing. He almost looks like he’s a character in High School Musical, about to spring into song and dance. The cheese factor is rocking on this one! I give it a 9!


Ben Gay commercial:


Jill K. – My review: Man, I feel bad that this lady has arthritis. The playground lulled me into a sense of security, but then, wait—is the box of Ben Gay glowing?? And the tube is too?? Don’t do it, lady!! It’s radioactive! You WILL be the cause of the zombie apocalypse. That “glorious warming power” will destroy the entire population! For the love!!! I have to give this a 5.2. It should come with a warning!


Jill L. – Oh, my word. This stuff GLOWS. Isn’t anyone else concerned about this?? I see Jill is. I think people should listen to The Jills. The Jills care about you. We don’t want your hand to start glowing neon yellow. Also, on another note, my kids do not kiss my cheek when I tie their shoe for them. I realize it’s a grandma, but I definitely think that boy is an actor. This commercial should come with instructions like Jill said! This is a 6 for me.




Jill Lynn, how did they get Winnie the Pooh to star in the Sears commercial? Someone must have pulled some strings, that’s for sure. And I have to admit, my kids never kissed my cheek when I tied their shoes either. Usually they ran away from me as fast as they could… Hmm… That might say something about my parenting! Haha!! Thanks for being my guest today, and congratulations on another terrific book!!



Her Texas Family


Her Texas Family:

Falling for the Single Dad
Moving to a small Texas town, Lucy Grayson is looking to live life on her own terms. When she agrees to take a job in Doctor Graham Redmond’s office, the two instantly clash. The same can’t be said for the widower’s daughter. They quickly form a bond when Lucy begins teaching the little girl to dance. Graham soon realizes how good Lucy is for his daughter—and for him. Yet his late wife’s parents don’t agree. Their ultimatum to choose between them or Lucy fills Graham with despair. He can’t let his daughter lose her grandparents…but he also can’t lose the woman who could complete their family.
Her Texas Family is in stores now and available online.

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Jill Lynn
Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance (as Jill Lynn). Her latest release, Her Texas Family, is in stores now. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. She’s a fan of laughter, thrift stores, boots and chocolate. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and at



Okay, your turn! Rate the commercials on a cheese factor of 1-10!

Have a terrific day!

The Inside Scoop with Connilyn Cossette!

Counted with the Stars

Today Connilyn Cossette is graciously answering questions about her writing life. Connilyn’s new book, Counted with the Stars, is available in stores and online. I have all the links and book info below!

Let’s get to it.



1. How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind. I read the entire book, in one day, when I was home sick from school. I still remember the sun coming up and the birds welcoming the dawn as I turned that last page. Gone with the Wind awakened my curiosity for history, as well as a passion for historical fiction. In fact, I was so inspired that when I found out Margaret Mitchell had died before writing the sequel, I pulled notebook paper out of my Trapper-Keeper (which dates me), uncapped a green pen, and started writing it for her. I can still see that first scene in my mind—Scarlett sitting on the porch at Tara with her head in Mammy’s lap, bemoaning the loss of Rhett. Although it took many more years and quite a few detours before I realized my dream of becoming an author, I consider that first page (which I dearly wish I still had) the beginning of my writing career.


2. What is unique about your process?

When I first started writing a few years ago, I had absolutely no clue how to write a book. So I wrote the story as it came to me—no outline, no pre-plotting, just pure “seat-of-the-pants” writing. My process has transformed a bit over time. I now develop a general outline that I organize in Scrivener before adding scenes and details—I am still a bit of a “pantser” but more in layers. I tend to edit as I go, because I am a perfectionist, but then go back and layer in sensory details, body language and metaphors etc. I also use a process called mind-mapping, where I take a blank piece of paper, write an idea or a character in the center and then just brainstorm scenes or backstory or whatever comes to mind. It’s been an invaluable tool that allows my creative-brain to take over without being chained to structure. I also read the entire book out loud to myself during the editing process, to check for language cadence and catch those things that my eye doesn’t catch when skimming through. By the time I have finished a book, I have read it out loud to myself at least twice.


3. What inspired your book?

Counted with the Stars was inspired by a study I was doing on my own into Exodus and the roots of my faith. I ran across the verse in Exodus 12:38 that said “a mixed multitude went up with them.” I thought to myself—who were these people that went with the Hebrews on the Exodus? I wondered whether some of them might be Egyptian and what would have inspired them to follow an invisible God into the wilderness when all they had ever known were the gods of Egypt? Kiya’s story began as a product of my own curiosity about the motivations by those we would call “Gentiles” who journeyed with the Hebrews.


4. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

One of my favorite techniques that I learned from a class by Tosca Lee at the ACFW conference is to write with my eyes closed. This way I can “see” the scene playing out in my head and really delve into my story-world. At times it makes for some interesting spelling and a bit of translation when I am finished, but it is such a great way to ensure the sensory details are vibrant.


Connilyn, I loved Trapper-Keepers! And Gone with the Wind is a lo-o-ong book to read in one day. I’m impressed! I wish you still had that sheet, too. I always read my books out loud, too. I’m amazed at what I catch. Mind-mapping is a great idea! And I’ve never tried writing with my eyes closed. I’m intrigued… Thank you so much for being my guest!



Counted with the Stars

A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?


About Connilyn:


Connilyn Cossette


When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kiddos (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn is scribbling notes on scraps of paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure out-of-print history books. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Texas where she loves the people but misses mountains, tall trees and barefoot-soft green grass. Connilyn was the winner of the 2013 My Book Therapy Frasier Contest and an ACFW 2013 Genesis Semi-Finalist. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars : Out from Egypt Series, released this week. Connect with her at

Interested in the book? Buy it HERE!


Have you ever read a book and wanted to continue the story yourself?


Reminder: Thursday, April 7, 2016 twelve Love Inspired authors are hosting a virtual party! We’d love for  you to join us! It’s from 8pm-10pm Eastern time, and we’re each giving away one copy of our books! (Giveaways are US only 18+) Here’s the Event link: Just click “Going” to RSVP!

Have a terrific day!

Digital Release Day and Character Casting

RT 4 Stars

Yippee! Her Small-Town Romance releases as an ebook today! I had so much fun writing this book. Set in spring/early summer in fictional Lake Endwell, Michigan, Her Small-Town Romance follows Bryan Sheffield as he’s faced with a dilemma. His divorce years ago emotionally scarred him, and he’s sworn off dating and marriage. But the new girl in town needs his help overcoming her fear of the woods. Add a rambunctious Saint Bernard, a meddling aunt, and a secret he’s keeping from his family–Bryan’s life just got tossed like a Caesar salad.

Here’s the Pinterest board I created for the book:

Follow Jill’s board Her Small-Town Romance: Lake Endwell Book 3 on Pinterest.


I cast a blonde Theo James as Bryan, and Jade could only be Isla Fischer. What a cute couple! I love finding pictures to represent different parts of the book. Teeny, the Saint Bernard, is captured perfectly on a couch. She’s so huggable. :)


Her Small-Town Romance


Finding Her Way Home 

Cozy Lake Endwell, Michigan, seems the perfect place for Jade Emerson’s new T-shirt shop—and perhaps a fresh start. After a lifetime of letdowns, she is finally ready to face the future on her own. So when local wilderness guide Bryan Sheffield offers to help Jade overcome a past trauma, she warns him they will remain strictly business. But soon, with the help of Bryan’s big, complicated family and a boisterous St. Bernard named Teeny, Jade’s frozen heart begins to thaw. Now Jade wonders if she can return the favor, bringing a little happiness to a man who has long kept his own sorrow under wraps…

Interested in purchasing Her Small-Town Romance? All the purchase links are found HERE. Paperbacks are available in stores such as Walmart, Kmart, Barnes & Noble, Meijers, Books A Million, and grocery stores or you can order one online.


Do you usually read ebooks or paperbacks? I read both!


Have a terrific day!


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