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My 10th Novel Released Today!

Her Cowboy Till Christmas (Wyoming Sweethearts Book 1)

It’s celebration time! My 10th Love Inspired novel, HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS, released today! I’m super excited about this book. Let me tell you why.

  • It’s Book ONE in a new series! Wyoming Sweethearts follows four friends who are all reeling from tragedies. They’ve formed a support group in their hometown of Rendezvous, Wyoming. Each book shows one of them navigating the complicated road to love!
  • It’s a Christmas book! And you know I love Christmas.
  • Reunion romance–Brittany and Mason were best friends growing up. The summer after high school, they became more than friends, but Brittany broke Mason’s heart, and he’s never forgiven her.
  • There’s the sweetest little three-year-old boy–Mason’ son. His wife died six months after giving birth to Noah.
  • Did I mention this is an identical twins separated at birth story? Yes, it is. I won’t say another word!
Her Cowboy Till Christmas (Wyoming Sweethearts Book 1)

Can a Christmastime reunion become forever?

She’s only home for the holidays…Can he convince her to stay?

The last person rancher Mason Fanning ever expects to see again is the girl who once broke his heart. Brittany Green is in town for Christmas and trying to convince her ailing grandmother—the only maternal figure the widower’s little boy has left—to move away. Can Mason show her all she really needs to fulfill her dreams is right here in Wyoming?

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The paperback is in stores as of today! Check your local Walmart, Barnes & Noble or any store that carries Love Inspired books. The ebook releases on December 1.

Purchase Links, my inspiration Pinterest Board, a sample of the book, and more can be found by clicking HERE!

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In other exciting news, I have a short story in this week’s issue of Woman’s World Magazine!!

It’s my first time writing for them! Aaaahhh!! Pick up a copy–they have tons of great recipes and tips. Oh, and my short romance to get you ready for Thanksgiving!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Her Cowboy Till Christmas giveaway! The winner will be notified by email.

Writing Romance 101: The Opening Pages #WW

Writing Romance 101: Opening Pages By Jill Kemerer

I’ve been reading romance novels since I was thirteen. Sure, some say that’s young, but I have no regrets. I would buy old Harlequin paperbacks at flea markets. They were typically from the 70s and early 80s–very clean and intriguing!

I was hooked. I still read a lot of romance novels, in addition to books in just about any other genre. What can I say? I love to read!

Here are some of the things I’ve learned about writing romance novels. The opening pages are important–vital, really–to establishing to the reader that the book is indeed a romance.

  1. Introduce the hero and heroine as soon as possible. Sometimes I pick up a book thinking it’s a romance, but when no clear hero and heroine have been introduced until chapter three, I assume I’m reading a different genre.
  2. Avoid too much early interaction with members of the opposite sex who aren’t the love interests. Romance readers instinctively root for the first woman and man who are introduced. This means you should avoid having the POV character interact with an opposite-sex character before their love interest. Chances are, the reader will expect the other character to be the hero or heroine!
  3. Hint at inner conflicts and what’s at stake. The hero and heroine should have clear reasons why they can’t instantly fall in love, the higher the stakes the better. Clue the reader in early–don’t make them wait until page 125 to worry how will these two ever fall in love?
  4. Set the tone. Setting details, introspection, narrative and even dialogue clue the reader in to the tone and subgenre of the book. A romantic suspense will be edgy and fast-paced. An Amish romance won’t be set in New York City (although, I suppose, it could be done!).
  5. Build Tension. Readers keep turning the page when they’re worried or curious. Keep them on edge. Leave questions unanswered. Create a sense of foreboding about unspoken issues. They’ll love you for it!
  6. Make the reader care. Characters coasting through life are boring. I’m sorry, but they are. Give your characters problems. They don’t even have to be enormous problems. We all have times when our worries crush us. Bring that intensity to life. Let the reader in on the anxiety your characters feel, and they will care enough to read to the end.

I’d love to hear YOUR tips on what’s important in the opening pages of a romance novel. Leave a comment!

And don’t forget, my fun giveaway is still going on! Click on HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY and scroll down for the easy entry options! US only. 18+.

In stores for one more week!

Western Christmas Wishes by Brenda Minton and Jill Kemerer

For purchase links and more, click HERE!

What Are Your Goals? {Nov 2019}

November 2019 Goals. Jill Kemerer. Blog

November is here! Only two months left of 2019–and I am ready to crush them. October was good. I pushed myself to finish the draft of my current project. Whenever I felt like stopping early, I’d think of Thanksgiving and Christmas and how much I want to enjoy the holidays. It motivated me!

Sometimes having a reason to finish early makes all the difference.

Let’s take a look at my October goals and how I did. Then I’ll share my November goals. Please leave YOUR goals in the comments!

Jill’s October 2019 Goals: How Did I Do?

  • WRITING:
  • Draft 50 pages of a new story. Check.
  • Continue drafting current project. Double check–I finished the draft!
  • Set up promo for December release, Her Cowboy Till Christmas. Check.
  • Promote Western Christmas Wishes, in stores October 15! Check. This was easy. I love having a new book in stores.
  • HEALTH: (Long-term goal – Lose 10 pounds)
  • Track calories 6 days/week with MyFitnessPal. Check, but my weight fluctuated all month.
  • Exercise 5 days/week. Check. I’m enjoying this routine. I do five different workouts each week.
  • Eat more high protein and high fiber foods. Half Check. Three weeks into the month I got really frustrated and decided to ignore the fiber. I’ve been a much nicer person ever since. 🙂
  • OTHER:
  • Check out a local park I’ve never been to. No check, but I did go to two other parks to see the fall colors!
  • Read the Jody Hedlund novel I ordered. No check. The book didn’t come in. 🙁 I’ve reordered it.
  • Watch Halloween Baking Championship (because it makes me happy!). Check!

Jill’s November 2019 Goals:

  • WRITING:
  • Revise/polish proposal and send to agent.
  • Promote Her Cowboy Till Christmas, releasing November 19!
  • Content edit the draft I wrote in October.
  • HEALTH:
  • Exercise 5 days/week.
  • Log calories using MyFitnessPal.
  • Eat more produce!
  • OTHER:
  • Make a Christmas list.
  • Start buying presents.
  • Read one novel.
  • Check out the newly remodeled Main Library in downtown Toledo.

November is a shorter month for me since we celebrate Thanksgiving with family over a long weekend. I will be following VERY detailed weekly plans all month.

I’m cheering you on! Let’s make the most of this month!

What are your November goals? Leave a comment!

Stop back next month to see how I did and what I plan to do next. Have a fabulous day!

Her Cowboy Till Christmas Giveaway

Her Cowboy Till Christmas Giveaway! Jillkemerer.com/blog

Two weeks! There are only two weeks until my new book releases! And this isn’t just any book–oh, no–it’s special!

Her Cowboy Till Christmas

  • My 10th Love Inspired novel! Whee!!!
  • The first book in my new series, Wyoming Sweethearts!
  • A reunion romance!
  • An identical twins separated at birth story!
  • A heartwarming Christmas romance with a single father/cowboy who’s raising a 3-year-old son and a heroine trying to do what’s best for her elderly grandmother.

To get the full scoop on the book, including my inspiration board on Pinterest and all the purchase links, click on HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS!

Her Cowboy Till Christmas Giveaway! jillkemerer.com/blog

To celebrate this momentous occasion (did I mention it’s my 10th Love Inspired??), I’m hosting a giveaway!

One winner will receive:

  • A signed paperback copy of Her Cowboy Till Christmas.
  • A signed paperback copy of Western Christmas Wishes.
  • Hot cocoa mix…mmm!
  • Cozy slippers
  • Two wooden Christmas decorations!

The giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. See complete rules in the entry form.

How do you enter?

The easy entry-form is below!

Thank you for celebrating with me! Have a terrific day!

P.S. Tomorrow, November 6, we’re sharing our goals here. Stop by if you’d like to see how I did last month and what my November goals are!

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