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Her Cowboy Till Christmas Giveaway

Her Cowboy Till Christmas Giveaway! Jillkemerer.com/blog

{Update!! 11/20/2019: The Winner of the Her Cowboy Till Christmas giveaway is Jessy A.! Jessy has been contacted via email. Thank you to everyone who entered!!}

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!

New Contemporary Christian Romance {Nov 2019}

New Contemporary Christian Romance Releases November 2019. Jill Kemerer Blog

Monthly roundup time! Scroll through to see the latest contemporary Christian romance novels.

I can’t guarantee I’ve included every book, but I’m doing my best. You’ll find the occasional indie novel on here, too. Since many books are incorrectly tagged as Christian romance on Amazon, I’m only including authors I can vouch for, and even those I occasionally miss!

What’s not included? Historical romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction or other romance genres. This is for contemporary inspirational romance novels only.

First up you’ll find the latest Love Inspired novels (in no particular order). Other new releases are listed below. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, the Amazon link is included. I am an affiliate member of Amazon and get a small commission with each purchase that in no way raises your price.

New Contemporary Christian Romance Novels – November 2019

The Texan’s Surprise Return by Jolene Navarro

His greatest Christmas gifts…

“Is that you? You’re…you’re alive.”An unforgettable family reunion for the holidays.

For three years, Xavier De La Rosa’s family thought he was dead. Now Xavier is back home in Texas for Christmas, and finds a wife he can’t remember and adorable triplets he never knew existed. Can Xavier reclaim his memories and the love he left behind…before he returns to the job that nearly killed him?

To purchase, click on The Texan’s Surprise Return!

Western Christmas Wishes by Brenda Minton and Jill Kemerer

Western Christmas Wishes by Brenda Minton and Jill Kemerer

Two tales of holiday homecoming.

Spend the holidays with family in these two Western novellas!


Home is where the heart is in His Christmas Family when Laurel Adams comes home and discovers a foster kid and a seriously charming horse trainer living on her grandmother’s ranch. And in A Merry Wyoming Christmas, single mom Leann Bowden is starting over when she and her daughter are rescued from a snowstorm. Might the dashing cowboy be the Christmas gift they’re dreaming of?

To purchase, click on Western Christmas Wishes!

The Christmas Courtship by Emma Miller

An unexpected perfect match…

An Amish single mother with a secret past…Searching for a fresh start at Christmastime.


Caught up in a scandal in her Amish community, Phoebe Miller moves to her cousin’s farm in Delaware hoping for forgiveness and a second chance. The last thing Phoebe expects is to slowly fall for bachelor Joshua Miller. But Joshua doesn’t know the secret that made her leave her old life behind. Can their blossoming love survive the truth?

To purchase, click on The Christmas Courtship!

Hometown Christmas Gift by Kat Brookes

A second chance for a first love.

Her little family needs healing…Could he be the answer to her Christmas wish?


Home for the holidays, widow Lainie Michaels never would have thought to ask old love Jackson Wade to help her troubled child. But when her still-grieving son forms a bond with the handsome rancher, ignoring Jackson goes from challenging to impossible. Jackson let his first love go once before, but this Christmas, he’ll hold on to Lainie with all his heart.

To purchase, click on Hometown Christmas Gift!

His Christmas Redemption by Danica Favorite

Making peace with the past…

’Tis the season for forgiveness…Is this the first step to their second chance?


Lance Drummond doesn’t do Christmas…not after the tragic loss of his daughter or the painful divorce that followed. But when his ex-wife, Erin, is injured, Lance moves in temporarily to help her make the holidays perfect for her nephews. Amid all the merrymaking, Lance realizes he’s falling for Erin again. After so much heartache, can love bring them back together?

To purchase, click on His Christmas Redemption!

Her Amish Christmas Choice by Leigh Bale

A forbidden love…

Can Englischer and Amish make a forever match?

For Englischer Julia Rose, starting her first handmade-soap store almost makes up for her lost dreams of marriage and children. With patience and care, Amish carpenter Martin Hostetler renovates the dilapidated building Julia inherited—and sparks her interest in his community’s peaceful ways. But their families’ objections make romance between them impossible…unless faith and love can light their holiday way home.

To purchase, click on Her Amish Christmas Choice!

*** OTHER RELEASES ***

Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

Winter Hill, Washington, is basically Christmasville, USA. Unfortunately the new city manager, Krista, is not a fan of Christmas, and the annual town-wide Christmas celebration is not optional. She wonders if this move was a mistake for her and her daughter.

To purchase, click on Christmas in Winter Hill!

The Wedding Dress Christmas by Rachel Hauck

December comes to quaint Hearts Bend, Tennessee, with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.

For JoJo Castle there is no place like home. Her onetime love of adventure ended when her life in the big city came crashing down. Now that she’s home, she never wants to leave again.

Country music sensation Buck Mathews has charmed the world with his smile and his music. However, news of his mother’s illness brought him home to Hearts Bend for the holiday season.

Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. But when her high school crush returns to town, her buried feelings surface.

Busy with his career, Buck hasn’t had time for family and friends, much less love. Seeing JoJo in The Wedding Shop reminds him there are things more important than his career.

But JoJo and Buck have opposing life goals, and there’s no middle ground. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmas, overcome her fears and his quest for greatness?

With the help of a very special wedding dress, there just might a Christmas miracle.

To purchase, click on The Wedding Dress Christmas!

What did I miss? If you know any contemporary Christian romance novels releasing in November that I didn’t list, let me know in the comments!

What I’m Loving {October 2019}

What I'm Loving October 2019. Jill Kemerer Blog

October is a long month, but it sure feels short this year! The weather has been amazing. It’s been so warm and sunny, I haven’t even thought about wearing a winter coat. We’ve had trick-or-treaters come to the door in snowsuits before, so I hope the weather lasts a couple more weeks.

With the holidays coming, I decided to cram a lot of writing-related tasks into this month. Since cramming meant something else had to give, I temporarily paused my beloved block schedule. *waahh!!* This means no notebook hour at the coffee shop or park. No time each day to work on my “heart” projects. A lot of days with extra word count goals. I’m also doing my best to stay on top of my other commitments.

Do I sound cranky? I hope not. I don’t mind mixing up my schedule once in a while to get big results. As long as I go back to my favorite work routine by November 1, I’ll be happy.

Even with the surplus work, I’ve found lots of things to love this month! Here they are in no particular order.

What I’m loving this month!

  1. Stacy’s Simply Naked Bagel Chips

Oh my word, I could snack on these all day, which is very dangerous, but for real, I love bread and bagels and sea salt and chippy-type foods. Mmm! It’s great because the calories fit into snack range. Do they have much nutritional value? Don’t be silly! But I don’t care–I love them!

2. Thelonius Monk Radio on Spotify

Just feels happy and like fall. I’ll take some of that, please!

3. 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

I found this Christian living book inspiring from page one to the end. Nicki has an engaging, self-deprecating style I fell in love with. Full of biblical truths about commitment and using the book of Ruth for inspiration, this book hit all the right notes for me.

4. Taking fall pictures.

My husband bought me a good camera for Mother’s Day this year. I spent time in the spring learning about the features (I’m a point and shoot girl with my phone!), but weeks went by with it sitting in the closet. Last weekend the weather invited me out, and I had a lovely time snapping pictures. Here are some of the better ones.

Northern Ohio, October 2019. Jill Kemerer.
Northern Ohio. October 2019. Jill Kemerer
Northern Ohio. October 2019. Jill Kemerer. Downy Woodpecker
Cute little Downy Woodpecker
Northern Ohio. October 2019. Great Egret. Jill Kemerer
A Great Egret patiently waiting…
Northern Ohio. October 2019. Jill Kemerer

5. Aladdin

We rented this remake of the 1992 Disney cartoon and loved it! I’m a big fan of the original, too.

What are you loving this month?

Leave a comment with your recommendations, and have a terrific week!

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Western Christmas Wishes in stores now!

WESTERN CHRISTMAS WISHES is in stores now! Grab your copy of this 2-in-1 Christmas novella bundle!

For more info, my Pinterest board, links and a free sample chapter, click on Western Christmas Wishes!

Western Christmas Wishes {New Release}

Western Christmas Wishes New Release Jillkemerer.com/blog

Guess what? My new Christmas novella released yesterday! It’s part of a 2-in-1 Christmas novella bundle with Brenda Minton! I am beyond excited for this opportunity. Here is the cover and back cover blurb.

Western Christmas Wishes by Brenda Minton and Jill Kemerer

Two tales of holiday homecoming.

Spend the holidays with family in these two Western novellas!

Home is where the heart is in His Christmas Family when Laurel Adams comes home and discovers a foster kid and a seriously charming horse trainer living on her grandmother’s ranch. And in A Merry Wyoming Christmas, single mom Leann Bowden is starting over when she and her daughter are rescued from a snowstorm. Might the dashing cowboy be the Christmas gift they’re dreaming of?

WESTERN CHRISTMAS WISHES is in stores wherever Love Inspired novels are sold, and you can order it online (paperback or ebook) via most book retailers. Links and information can be found by clicking on WESTERN CHRISTMAS WISHES!

About my story, A Merry Wyoming Christmas:

Leann Bowden is a single mom of an adorable two-year-old girl named Sunni. She’s ready to start over in the small town of Sunrise Bend, Wyoming, by managing her friend’s women’s boutique. But on the way into town her car slides off the road, and thankfully, a hunky cowboy is around to rescue her!

Wildlife researcher, Michael Carr, misses his family as well as helping his dad on the family ranch. He’s been avoiding Sunrise Bend for years, and is only in town for a Christmas visit. Ever since his brother betrayed him, Michael finds it too painful to stick around home for long. But Leann and her little girl need a helping hand, and he’s all too happy to give it to them. Except when lending a hand might lead to losing his heart…

For a free sample chapter of Western Christmas Wishes, the Pinterest board inspiring my story, and more, click HERE!

Enjoy your day!!

Why Starting a New Story is Hard for Me

Why Starting A Story Is Hard For Me Jillkemerer.com/blog

Three hours. I spent three hours writing 1066 words (but who’s counting?) on Monday last week. After I quit for the day, I was so frustrated I went off my health plan and snacked on my emergency M&Ms.

I’d barely gotten into my new story, and it already felt impossible.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love writing a new book. It’s exciting to form the story I’ve been mulling in my head. I get to know the characters. They surprise me every time! And the setting begins to breathe. Each scene builds on the next, and it gets easier each time I sit to write.

But…the first pages. First 50 pages? (100? The entire thing…? Haha!) They are HARD for me!

Here are some reasons why:

  • My first draft is where I research the setting details. While I know the main stuff–the town, the season, the exact spot where the particular scene takes place–I don’t always know the terrain or what the characters would see. Details matters to me, so when I’m unsure about something, I turn to the internet.
  • I don’t know the characters all that well when I begin the book. The things they say, the emotions they’re feeling, and little things like what they’re wearing all come to me as I type. Sometimes I have to stare in space and contemplate it all before I can move forward.
  • Chapter 1, especially, puts pressure on me. I have a LOT of things to get across in these pages, and I try to find a way to make them all come together organically. I rarely succeed on the first try. And often I have a nagging feeling until it’s smoothed out.
  • While I always have a strong synopsis written before I begin a story, the page by page points aren’t always obvious to me. Sometimes deciding how to start a scene is the easiest thing in the world, and other times it’s torture.

The bottom line is that the choices I make in the opening pages affect the rest of the story. One wrong turn, and I’m rewriting for hours. Who has time for that? I’d rather spend time figuring out the best course right away than have to fix it all later.

My goal is always to grab the reader from page one and to not let them go.

When was the last time a book grabbed you from page one and didn’t let go? I’m always on the hunt for book recommendations, so please share in the comments!

By the way, in one week my Christmas novella will be in stores! It’s part of a 2-in-1 bundle titled Western Christmas Wishes with Brenda Minton! More info and purchase links can be found by clicking on Western Christmas Wishes. Have a fabulous day!

What Are Your Goals?{October 2019}

October 2019 Goals Jill Kemerer Blog

It’s time to set monthly goals again! I didn’t plan on taking a summer blog break, but I’m glad I did. Both of my kids are seniors this year. One is a senior in high school and the other is a senior in college. I had my hands full getting ready for this!

With the change of seasons brought a return to my routine. I do love having a routine! I’ve changed the goal format slightly by breaking my goals into three categories: writing, health, and other. I hope you will share yours with me in the comments!

Jill’s October 2019 Goals

  • HEALTH: (Long-term goal – Lose 10 pounds)
  • Track calories 6 days/week with MyFitnessPal
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Eat more high protein and high fiber foods
  • OTHER:
  • Check out a local park I’ve never been to
  • Read the Jody Hedlund novel I ordered
  • Watch Halloween Baking Championship (because it makes me happy!)

October is usually an ambitious month for me, and this one is no different. I like to push myself before the holidays distract me.

What are your October goals? Leave a comment!

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

New Contemporary Christian Romance {Oct 2019}

October 2019 New Releases In Contemporary Christian Romance Jillkemerer.com

For months I’ve wanted to do a monthly roundup of the new releases in contemporary Christian romance novels. Why is it so hard to find them all in one spot?

I can’t guarantee I’ve included every release, but I’m doing my best! You’ll find the occasional indie release on here, too. However since many books are incorrectly tagged as Christian romance on Amazon, I’m only including authors I can vouch for.

The latest Love Inspired novels are listed first in no particular order, and you’ll find other new releases below. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, the Amazon link is included. I am an affiliate member of Amazon and get a small commission with each purchase that in no way raises your price.

October 2019 Contemporary Christian Romance Novels

She could make a little girl’s wish come true. But her secret stands in the way.

Family’s all Ellery Marshall wants for Christmas. To connect with her long-lost brothers, she travels to Castle Falls and instantly falls for the innkeeper’s five-year-old granddaughter, Bea. Carter Bristow—Bea’s handsome father—has given up on love. But Bea hasn’t given up on him, and Ellery could be the answer to her holiday wish to make Daddy happy again.

Buy The Holiday Secret HERE!

A serious maedel. A carefree bachelor…And a Christmas Amish Country Courtships surprise!

Lucy Knepp has no time for heartbreaker Nick Burkholder…until a pretend courtship means she can finish her embroidery for a Christmas fund-raiser in peace. Nick’s arrangement with the too-reserved Lucy is the perfect cover while he repairs the cabin his brother damaged. But once Nick sees how vibrant Lucy really is, can he prove himself—and show their love is for all seasons?

Buy Her Amish Holiday Suitor HERE!

He knew he’d have to make amends…But never expected he had a daughter at Red Dog Ranch

Five years after being declared dead, Wade Jarrett steps onto his family’s Texas ranch looking for forgiveness. Instead he finds the woman he can’t forget—and the daughter he never knew. But with a secret of his own looming, can the former bad boy convince Cassidy Danvers he’s ready for the new roles of daddy and husband?

Buy His Unexpected Return HERE!

She’ll find him a wife for Christmas…Which of these Indiana Amish Brides is next?

With her wedding business thriving, Annie Kauffmann could never leave her beloved Amish community. So when handsome Amish cowboy Levi Lapp tries to convince her father to move the family to Texas, she must put a stop to it. If Annie finds Levi a wife, he might forget his dream of moving…but can she keep from falling for him herself?

Buy The Amish Christmas Matchmaker HERE!

A mutually beneficial temporary arrangement…But can they keep it strictly professional?

Nursing student Amber Fleming couldn’t be more stunned when ex-marine Ethan Green makes an offer: he’ll babysit her twin girls if she cares for his injured grandmother. Amber knows it’s temporary. Ethan isn’t one for roots—or their hometown. But his steadfast caring has her wanting more than friendship. And with help from Amber’s mischievous twins, can they risk becoming a forever family?

Buy The Twin Bargain HERE!

A Texas pastor has a million reasons to go…and just one to stay: her

Searching for a new start, Pastor Shaun O’Grady can’t wait for his next foreign missionary assignment…until he begins working with Brooke Willoughby on the church’s Christmas outreach program. Even as they clash over program specifics, Shaun and Brooke are drawn to each other. Now Shaun’s not sure where he belongs: overseas for his ministry, or at home by Brooke’s side…

Buy Their Christmas Prayer HERE!

And in other contemporary Christian new releases…

Jonah Sinclair gave up looking for his own happily-ever-after until he sees Summer Claremont and decides he’s ready to try again. But Summer is haunted by her past and has a lot to overcome before she can think about falling in love…they say when you fall off a horse the best fix is to get back in the saddle–but she’s learned that isn’t as easy to do as it sounds.

Can Jonah soothe her soul and mend her heart and have her longing for ever-after with him?

Buy Longing For Ever After HERE!

She’s the outgoing princess.
He drives an RV around the States for a living.
Is there any way they can have a successful relationship while they’re both keeping secrets?


Princess Genevieve has always been the outgoing one, but she’s finding herself eclipsed by… everyone.
Her sister is finding love with a Hollywood hottie.
Her mother married the second love of her life.
And her older brother – the king – is about to have a child.
She’s not changing, but everything around her is.
So when she’s offered a chance to run away with the only man she’s ever found herself falling for, she takes it.
Even if it means abdicating her responsibilities, and neglecting to mention that she’s a princess.
But Levi’s keeping something from her, too. She knows he is, but has no idea what it could be.
A princess on the run, far more secrets than should be legal, and a trip down the Mother Road give her a taste of freedom, but when it comes to her relationship with Levi… well, it’s (royally) complicated.

Buy It’s (Royally) Complicated HERE!

Do you have a resource to find monthly new releases of certain genres? I’d love to hear about it!

Current Obsessions {September 2019}

Current Obsessions September 2019 Jillkemerer.com/blog

It’s funny how things sneak up on you. Like catching Gilmore Girls fever a few years ago before Netflix released Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Or panicking because you have Bath & Body Works coupons about to expire! (The horror!)

My current obsessions are similar. I didn’t see them sneak up on me, but sneak up on me they did.

My current obsessions:

1.Leon Bridges Radio on Spotify. One day I turned on this mellow station…and I keep going back to it. I can’t stop! Maybe I have a problem…

2. Elizabeth Holmes. To be fair, I’ve been reading about this woman and her company, Theranos, for two years. I finally ordered Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, and it was gripping.

3. Fiber One cereal. I know–this isn’t on your obsession list. It’s not on anyone’s. I get it. But, hey, it’s really hard to get the recommended amount of fiber in my diet, and Fiber One has remedied this for me!

4. Making my office as ergonomic as possible. These joints need all the help they can get. I broke down and bought a new office chair with adjustable settings for the seat height, tilt, lumbar and arm height. I also ordered an ergonomic wireless keyboard.

5. My new Apple Spice candle by DW Home. Smells like fall!

6. Football! My favorite time of the year! Saturdays are for college football (I’m a Michigan Wolverines fan), and Sundays are for NFL games. I’ll be the first to admit I skip Sunday football a LOT. My teams (Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns) usually let me down, so I feel no guilt napping while they play.

As you can see, pumpkin spice did NOT make the list. Why? Because apple spice edged it out this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some pumpkin, but I’m all about the apples right now! In fact, it’s high time I made an apple pie…

What are you currently obsessed with? I’d love to hear–leave a comment!

Eighteen Years Ago…

#neverforget911

I didn’t intend to end my summer blogging hiatus on 9/11, but I did. Sometimes it feels like forever ago, but my memories are still as fresh as if it happened last week.

My heart is always heavy when I remember. But it’s important to honor the victims, the heroes, and everyone affected. I will never forget.

My son wasn’t quite three days old when the World Trade Center was attacked. Every year I think of the children his age who lost parents. Soon, they will all be adults. I pray God will comfort each one of them today.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we may comfort those in any trouble with the comfort which we ourselves receive from God.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum website is an excellent resource for learning how the events unfolded eighteen years ago.

May we never forget. And may God bless you this week.

*Next week, I’ll be back to my normal blog schedule. Monthly goals will resume the first week of October.*

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