It’s turkey time! I have to admit, I look forward to my sister’s stuffing even more than the actual turkey. It’s full of fresh herbs. So good! I love the whole meal. There’s nothing better than a table full of food, surrounded by loved ones.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I’m thankful for YOU!
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!
Can a Christmastime reunion become
She’s only home for the
holidays…Can he convince her to stay?
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!).
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!
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!
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?
Draft 50 pages of a new story. Check.
Continue drafting current project. Double check–I finished the draft!