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Let’s Set Goals {December 2021}

Let's Set Goals December 2021

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s November Goals

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Let’s Set Goals {November}

Let's Set Goals November 2021 Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? October Goals

  • Writing
  • Finish prep for all the marketing/promotion for my October 26 release, The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope. CHECK!
  • Plot Wyoming Ranchers Book 5 and write synopsis. CHECK!
  • Prep for speaking engagement mid-October. CHECK!
  • Start revising Wyoming Ranchers Book 4. CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week. CHECK! The 12-week exercise program is going well. Very hard, though.
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food. NO CHECK. I love Halloween candy.
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day. CHECK!
  • Other
  • Get back into my 20 minute fiction reading every weekday. Kind of CHECK. I read a few novels and a biography, but I set aside more than one novel because I just couldn’t get into them. It might have been my mental state. Who knows?
  • Sneak in a walk outside when it’s nice weather. CHECK. I only got a few walks in, but they were just what I needed!

Jill’s November Goals

  • Writing
  • Final edits for Wyoming Ranchers Book 3, Guarding His Secret.
  • Finish revising Wyoming Ranchers Book 4 and submit.
  • Start prepping promotion plans for Wyoming Ranchers Book 2, A Cowboy to Rely On
  • Start drafting Wyoming Ranchers Book 5
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (I’m on Phase 3 of the 12-week workout, and it is brutal. Brutal.)
  • Eat 2 fruits/day and at least 1 raw veggie/day
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day
  • Other
  • Read 20 minutes of fiction every weekday
  • Decorate for Christmas!!

My writing is going well. I’ve had a few hiccups lately–migraines, colds amid looming deadlines–but the Lord has given me the strength to keep making progress. I’ve had to skip 3 workouts in the past 8 weeks, which isn’t too bad. And I’m actually on track to finish my Bible-in-a-year reading plan early! I’ll take the small wins every day!

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What were your October goals? How did you do? What would you like to accomplish in November?

In case you hadn’t heard: My new series, Wyoming Ranchers, kicked off last week with the release of THE PRODIGAL’S HOLIDAY HOPE!! It’s in stores now, or you can order it online. Simply click on the link above!

Release Day! The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope

I’m so excited! Today my new series, Wyoming Ranchers, kicks off with the release of book one, The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope!

The series follows six ranchers who’ve been best friends since high school. Each of them faces big challenges in Sunrise Bend, Wyoming, and the first book follows Sawyer Roth.

Let’s see…what’s in the book.

– Sawyer returns to Sunrise Bend after a decade of living in New York City. He’s deeply ashamed of his past and eager to have a new start as the manager of the ranch he grew up on.

– Tess Malone is the rancher’s daughter. She’s a single mom trying to take care of her toddler, Tucker, and her terminally-ill father, Ken.

– The ranch is rundown.

– Sawyer’s broke.

– Tess is angry at her ex for not being involved in their son’s life.

– And both Sawyer and Tess have trust issues a mile wide.

But…it’s Christmas and second chances don’t come around all that often.

You can find The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope at Walmart (typically for 25% off!) and other supercenters where Harlequin Love Inspired books are sold. It’s also available at Barnes & Noble and some Books-a-Million locations. Or you can order your copy from any of the retailers listed on my website. Simply click on The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope for all the purchase links!

And guess what? Book two, A Cowboy to Rely On, releases December 28, 2021! It’s available for preorder now!

Check out this short book trailer for THE PRODIGAL’S HOLIDAY HOPE!!

The Prodigal's Holiday Hope

He’s learned from his mistakes…

But can he prove he’s changed?

When Sawyer Roth is hired to work on his childhood ranch, he knows he has a damaged reputation to repair. Tess Malone, the new ranch owner’s daughter, is the hardest to win over. But as Christmas approaches, Tess and her toddler son find a way into Sawyer’s heart. He lost everything the last time he put his trust in love. Can he risk it all again?

Click on The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope for purchase links!

Thanks for celebrating with me!

Are you reading Christmas books yet? Watching Christmas movies? Do tell!

Have a wonderful week!

How the Week is Going

How the week is going (and book trailer!) Jill Kemerer

Well, it’s Monday as I write this, and I already feel overwhelmed. My grocery order had some surprises I hadn’t anticipated. The fruit flies are out in force, and spiders are making their way into my home because they know winter is coming. I hate spiders.

When I look at my planner for this week, I swallow and it’s more like a gulp.

A tight knot is growing between my shoulders. That’s how the week is going.

On the to-do list:

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The Right Idea for the Wrong Book

The Right Idea for the Wrong Book by Jill Kemerer

Last week I was coming up with plot ideas, and the perfect one came to me. I was so excited! The book I’m plotting is pretty murky at this point, so my soul did a little sideline cheer when the idea hit. Since this is a story toward the end of a series, I had to go back through my notes for the other books to make sure it would work.

Guess what? It didn’t.

I was bummed. Like, literally, heavy sighing and maybe an eye-roll occurred. But then I remembered that the final book of the series had a really weak area I hadn’t addressed.

The perfect plot idea that wouldn’t work for the current book? Perfect for the final one! Yay!!

Of course that meant I still needed to figure out the current story, but I wasn’t upset about it. In fact, I headed to the park and took a long walk to allow my brain the time and space it needs to work on the problem. While I didn’t get the exact solution on the walk, the questions rolling around in my mind led me to the breakthrough the next day.

For me, figuring out plot holes or plots in general, takes time, many questions, a lot of thinking, and sometimes reviewing the rest of the series. In this case, a YouTube video proved a good starting point, too.

Have you ever gotten the perfect plot idea and realized it was for the wrong book?

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Check out these giveaways!!

I have partnered up with Celebrate Lit Publicity to do an amazing giveaway where you can win a spectacular prize of over 50 books or a $500 Amazon gift card to buy books you love to build up that TBR pile!

Be sure to enter Celebrate Lit’s Bring on the Fall Multi-Author Giveaway going on now through October 16.

Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/11771/2nd-annual-bring-on-the-fall-multi-author-giveaway

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There is still time to enter my big prerelease giveaways for The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope!

Enter here: https://jillkemerer.com/the-prodigals-holiday-hope-giveaway/

Have a terrific day!

Let’s Set Goals {October 2021}

Let's Set Goals October 2021

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s September Goals

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Every Word Written is a Small Success

Every Word Written is a Small Success. Writing Tips. Jill Kemerer

When you’re in the middle of writing a book, it’s easy to get discouraged. You might not be sure what’s supposed to happen next. You certainly can’t remember what happened two chapters ago. The main characters you thought you knew so well seem wobbly, like you don’t know them at all.

This is when it gets tempting to avoid writing.

When everything inside you is screaming to do ANYTHING but write (hello, laundry! Why, yes, I need to scrub my stovetop right this minute…), extinguish those screams.

Sit down.

Write something.

Anything. Even if it’s ten words. Five.

Every word written is a small success.

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A Huge Milestone Thanks to You!

Huge Milestone Jill Kemerer

I recently went through my latest royalty statements. For those of you who aren’t in the publishing industry, royalty statements are a breakdown of the sales of your books. I always print them out, review them and add up my total sales (this includes the sales of all my previous books).

I’m thrilled to share that over half a million of my books have sold worldwide! All thanks to you!

Thank you for reading my books, reviewing them, recommending them to friends, for subscribing to my newsletter and for reading this blog. I am honored that you take the time to stop by. I know you’re busy!

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Let’s Set Goals {September 2021}

Let's Set Goals September 2021 Writer Productivity

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s August Goals

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