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Jill Kemerer’s Year in Review {2019}

Jill Kemerer's Year In Review 2019

Every December I try to look back and remember what I’ve accomplished. Usually, it involves some head-scratching. Sometimes I give up because I don’t feel like going through my planner to figure out what I did. But this year, it was pretty easy.

I have yet to meet a writer who is 100% satisfied with what they’ve accomplished for the year. I’ll admit, I’m hard on myself, too. I always overestimate how much time I have and underestimate how long things actually take me. By things I mean writing, revising, and promo. Definitely promo!

When I reviewed 2019, I was pleasantly surprised.

Jill Kemerer’s 2019 Year in Review

Books Written:

  1. Her Cowboy Till Christmas
  2. The Cowboy’s Secret
  3. The Cowboy’s Christmas Triplets

Books Released:

  1. A Meddled Match
  2. His Wyoming Baby Blessing
  3. Western Christmas Wishes (w/Brenda Minton)
  4. Her Cowboy Till Christmas

Books Plotted:

  1. Book one in an untitled series
  2. Book two in an untitled series
  3. Book three in an untitled series
  4. The Cowboy’s Christmas Triplets

Speaking Engagements:

  1. January: Exquisite Planning
  2. April: Exquisite Planning
  3. June: Secrets of Writing for Harlequin
  4. November: Creativity Workshop

Other:

  • President of Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc.
  • First romance story published in Woman’s World Magazine
  • Wrote the proposal for book one in untitled series

These three pictures sum up my writing life! The commute, the coffee, and the writing buddy.

I’m gearing up to plan 2020. I bought a new planner (!!), and I have a date planned with two close writer friends to discuss and set our goals for next year. I can’t wait!

The year-in-review exercise? I highly recommend looking back at what you accomplished. It’s easy to forget all the things we did!

Do you review your accomplishments for the year? Care to share them? Leave a comment!

And bless you during these final days leading up to Christmas!

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway! Jill Kemerer

Welcome to the 8th day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Eleven Christian authors teamed up to show our appreciation to you, our readers, by hosting a massive giveaway.

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Jill Kemerer

The prizes are building, and today’s winner will receive ALL of the gifts below!

HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS by Jill Kemerer

Her Cowboy Till Christmas (Wyoming Sweethearts Book 1)

The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

Recovered Secrets by Jessica R. Patch

A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Her Last Chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

You Belong with Me by Tari Faris

How Do You Enter This Awesome Giveaway?

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below by following some of your favorite authors on social media and signing up for their newsletters. We draw a new winner every day, and on December 12th, we’ll give away a $100 Amazon Gift Card in addition to all the other great prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don’t forget to stop by Lindsay Harrel’s (linked) blog tomorrow to see what prize is added then!

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The first book in my new series (Wyoming Sweethearts) is in stores NOW! Her Cowboy Till Christmas is my 10th Love Inspired novel!

Not sure if it’s for you? Here are what some readers are saying:

“Three cheers for disgruntled cowboys everywhere — especially the way Jill Kemerer writes them! Embittered and cantankerous. Prone to wallowing in the pain of the past. And none to happy about his former sweetheart showing up on his doorstep without any warning. What a gnarly reunion! But for all his grumpiness, Mason is a sweetheart. He’s a doting dad and a kind neighbour and a devoted friend. A man who can be counted on…” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“As with Kemerer’s other Love Inspired books, this story contains a sweet romance. Mason and Brittany are characters that the reader wants to cheer on to their happily-ever-after. They have both wrestled with hurt and failure. Will this time be any different? The secondary characters of Ryder, Noah, and Nan in this book are wonderful additions to the story. Kemerer creates a setting that draws the reader in and makes you want to be a part! I definitely recommend this book for reader who enjoy a heart-warming romance set around the holidays!” ~ Amazon Reviewer

Click HERE for more information about Her Cowboy Till Christmas including purchase links!

Have a delightful day!!

What Are Your Goals? {December 2019}

What Are Your Goals? December 2019. Jill Kemerer Blog

I haven’t counted down the days until Christmas yet (and I don’t want to!), but I know they’re dwindling. Am I ready for the holidays? Of course not!

We had a really nice Thanksgiving. Delicious food. Good times with family. Even some Black Friday shopping. Not bad! But the party is over, and I want to finish this month, year, AND decade strong. Let’s look at how I did with last month’s goals, and then I’ll share my December goals!

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

  • WRITING:
  • Revise/polish proposal and send to agent. NO CHECK. Not even close!
  • Promote Her Cowboy Till Christmasreleasing November 19! CHECK. YES! YAY!
  • Content edit the draft I wrote in October. Check!
  • HEALTH:
  • Exercise 5 days/week. Check! I’ve found that creating a simple graph to X off each day helps a lot.
  • Log calories using MyFitnessPal. Check! For whatever reason, tracking my food works.
  • Eat more produce! Check!
  • OTHER:
  • Make a Christmas list. NO CHECK.
  • Start buying presents. NO Check. This stresses me out!
  • Read one novel. Check! YES!
  • Check out the newly remodeled Main Library in downtown Toledo. Check! Loved it!!

Jill’s December 2019 Goals:

  • WRITING:
  • Polish the third book in the Wyoming Sweethearts series and send it to my editor.
  • Revise/polish proposal and send to agent.
  • HEALTH:
  • Exercise 5 days/week.
  • Log calories using MyFitnessPal.
  • Attempt to implement homemade chia pudding as a snack.
  • OTHER:
  • Christmas shopping!!
  • Check out Christmas lights somewhere. The Toledo Zoo has an amazing display, but the crowds and traffic make me iffy!
  • Watch Hallmark Christmas movies and read the Christmas novels I bought!

Looking ahead to 2020…

Two of my local writer friends and I are getting together soon to discuss our goals for the next year. I’m excited about this. By setting several hours aside and meeting at a casual restaurant, we’re making goal-planning a priority. All too often, I’m guilty of putting off formal planning until the last minute. When I devote a chunk of time to plan in advance, I get more done throughout the year.

Also, it’s great to discuss my goals with I trust. They’ll tell me if I’m being ridiculously overambitious or not ambitious enough. And they often have ideas I never considered. It’s a win all around.

Next week’s blog will be early–Sunday, December 8, because I’m part of a HUGE Christmas giveaway! You don’t want to miss it!

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How did you do with your goals? Want to set new ones? Leave a comment!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

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My 10th Love Inspired novel is in stores now! Grab a copy of Her Cowboy Till Christmas and enjoy all the Christmas feels!

Her Cowboy Till Christmas Review Jill Kemerer

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

{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!

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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!

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