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What are Your September 2018 Goals?

Four more months–just four more months until 2019. Sobering, isn’t it?

I’m excited, though. It gives me plenty of time to work on new projects. All the fun holidays are coming up, too, so I’ll be motivated to finish projects early. Now that my fall schedule is in place, I’ll be blogging every Wednesday. Goals will be the first Wednesday of the month.

Before we get to September goals, I want to bring your attention to two things.

1.Melissa Henderson’s adorable children’s book Licky the Lizard is available now! It would make a super cute Christmas gift.

Licky the Lizard by Melissa Henderson

2. To celebrate Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets, my eighth Love Inspired novel releasing next week, I’m hosting a giveaway until September 30 (US residents only) and would love for you to enter! Click HERE and scroll down for the easy entry options.

Okay, back to goals…how did I do last month? Let’s see!

Jill’s August 2018 Goals:

  • Set up promotion for Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets, releasing September 18, 2018.
  • Plot and begin writing a novella–part of a fun collection releasing in February 2019.
  • Relax and enjoy time off with my family!
  • Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week. Track calories every weekday and stay within calorie range.

How Did I Do?

  • Set up promo? Check! I still need to create a few graphics, but the heavy hitting is done.
  • Plot and begin writing a novella? Check! I finished drafting it yesterday, and it was a LOT of fun!
  • Relax and enjoy family? Check! This was the easiest goal of the month and desperately needed. 🙂
  • Health? For three months running, this got a NO Check. Needless to say, I plan on changing that.

Jill’s September 2018 Goals:

  • Revise the novella (February 2019 release).
  • Plot a Christmas novella.
  • Create a production plan for the remaining months in 2018. (If you’re new to production plans, check out my post “Creating a Production Plan.”)
  • Take notes on four more sessions of the online writing course I’m taking.
  • Health: Workout DVDs at 8am Monday-Thursday, log calories every day and stay within calorie range.

How did you do? Please share your goals in the comments!

Allie Pleiter and I wrote a blog post Monday on Ladies of Love Inspired that might help you stay on track–“Top 3 Tips to Stay Productive This Fall.” Check it out!

Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets Giveaway

Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets Giveaway By Jill Kemerer

*Please stop back at 2pm EST to enter the giveaway!*

It’s giveaway time again! Yay!!

I hope you had a lovely summer. Mine was busy writing! Nothing wrong with that. And I’m very excited for my upcoming release–Wyoming Christmas QuadrupletsThis is book three in the Wyoming Cowboys series and follows Marshall’s bumpy road to love. The babies on the cover are his sister’s, and he and the new baby nurse are helping out with the infants. Needless to say, this holiday season will be memorable for them all.

 

Here’s the back cover description:

Six weeks on a ranch caring for quadruplets—aspiring nurse Ainsley Draper’s prepared for a busy Christmas. When the children’s handsome uncle opens the door, her task gets extra complicated. Marshall Graham is upholding his promise to look after his twin sister, the babies’ mom. But as family loyalty clashes with new love, will the perfect present include a future with Ainsley?

 

Purchase links and extras HERE!

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The book will be in stores starting September 18, 2018! The ebooks will be available on October 1, 2018. To celebrate, I’m giving away a gift package! One winner will receive large print copies of Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets, Reunited with the Bull Rider, and The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride. The package also includes three Christmas ornaments, a cute picture frame, candy sticks, and a ten dollar Starbucks gift card. The easy entry options are below!

*US Residents only. 18+. Giveaway is open from September 04, 2018 at 2pm EST through September 30, 2018 at 9pm EST. Winner will be notified via email. See entry form for complete rules.*

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What are you looking forward to this month?

Have a terrific day!!

What Are Your August 2018 Goals?

August 2018 Goals - Jillkemerer.com/blog

It’s that time again! It’s been a busy summer, and I haven’t been blogging much, but I LOVE seeing your goals! You all motivate me. I’ll review my plan for last month, share how I did, then state my new goals! Please share yours in the comments.

Jill’s July 2018 Goals:

  • Content edit, revise and polish the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book.
  • Revise and polish the three-book proposal drafted in June.
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories, stay within range.

How Did I Do?

  • Content edit, revise and polish the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book. CHECK! It felt GREAT to submit it!
  • Revise and polish the three-book proposal drafted in June. CHECK! Woohoo!
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories, stay within range. NO CHECK. Wah-wah. For two weeks, I stopped tracking calories, and I averaged only 3 exercise days per week all month. *sad face*

Jill’s August 2018 Goals:

  • Set up promotion for Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets, releasing September 18, 2018.
  • Plot and begin writing a novella–part of a fun collection releasing in February 2019.
  • Relax and enjoy time off with my family!
  • Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week. Track calories every weekday and stay within calorie range.

What were your goals? How did you do? What would you like to accomplish this August?

Enjoy!

What Are Your July 2018 Goals?

Jill Kemerer's July 2018 Goals

I hope you had a fun-filled first week of July! It’s time to share our goals. I’ll start it off by reviewing what my June goals were, how I did, and what I’m aiming for in July.

Jill’s June 2018 Goals:

  • Finish plotting three books and write short synopses for each.
  • Write sample chapters for book one.
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories using MyFitnessPal app and stay within calorie range.

How did I do?

  • Finish plotting 3 books and write short synopses for each? CHECK! I was thrilled to finish them up.
  • Write sample chapters for book one? CHECK. Drafted. Needs to be revised–yay!
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories, stay within range? HALF CHECK. I did okay on the exercising, but the calorie tracking went bye-bye a few times!

Jill’s July 2018 Goals:

  • Content edit, revise and polish the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book.
  • Revise and polish the three-book proposal drafted in June.
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories, stay within range.

My writing goals have been heavy for months, so I’m looking forward to posting lighter goals in August!

How did you do last month?

What do you want to accomplish in July?

If you’re heading to the RWA conference in Denver, check out my article at Pink Heart Society for some tips! It’s linked HERE, “RWA Conference Trip Tips.”

Have a terrific day!

Writing Links: Plotting, Rest and More

Writing Links: Plotting, Rest And More Jillkemerer.com/blog

It’s been a tad busy here with summer baseball still going strong and a few deadlines I’m hurtling toward, so I’m keeping this short.

Last Saturday at writer’s group, we discussed various three-act plotting beat sheets. I thought you might enjoy them, too.

Michael Hauge has a fantastic Structure Chart to print out and keep handy.

Download Michael Hauge’s Six-Stage Structure Chart here.

If you need help understanding the terminology in the structure chart, Janice Hardy broke down the stages in this excellent post.

Read Janice Hardy’s “Plotting with Michael Hague’s Six-Stage Plot Structure” here.

 

 

Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has a fantastic take on the three-act plotting structure. I’m a big fan of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat beat sheet. I’ve found two terrific resources about it.

  1. Read Tim Stout’s “The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (aka BS2)” here.
  2. Find Jami Gold’s take on Blake Snyder’s beat sheet (with scene and page breakdowns) in her Worksheets for Writers section here.

 

 

Finally, it’s easy to burn out as a writer. I loved this practical article by Beth Wangler (via Hannah Heath’s blog) with nine ways to avoid it.

Read “Don’t Write Every Day: 9 Ways to Rest and Rejuvenate” by Beth Wangler via Hannah Heath’s blog here.

 

How is your June going? What advice have you gotten lately that resonated with you?

Have a great weekend!

Discussing Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Discussing Wonderbook, Jillkemerer.com/blog

I was at the library last week–shocking, I know–and came across a delightful book in the new nonfiction section. Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer has an engaging, whimsical cover, and I had to pick it up. With stunning graphics, author essays, and entertaining chapter subheadings, Wonderbook was sure to be right up my alley.

I haven’t had a chance to dive into it in depth, but I’ll be taking it chapter-by-chapter until I finish. I have a feeling this will be one I buy for my writing-craft shelf. One of my goals this year is to consistently study and apply writing craft techniques. This spring I brushed up on several chapters of Donald Maass’s The Fire in Fictiona book I’ve read more than once. It’s really good. And I’m excited to find other craft books to return to again and again.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that more nonfiction books are being printed on thicker, glossier paper with ample photographs and illustrations. I’m drawn to these books. Visual aids always help me! Anything that breaks up the text keeps me engaged–bullet points, subheadings, graphics, charts, you name it. Wonderbook is full of them.

Here’s the cover of Wonderbook.

Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer, jillkemerer.com/blog

This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.

Purchase a paperback copy of Wonderbook: Amazon

 

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Since my laziness factor can get REALLY high, especially in the summer when beach reads are calling my name, I schedule study time. If a craft book has long chapters, I will tackle a portion of a chapter per session (I aim for three sessions a week). If the chapters are short, I study a chapter at a time. I write out notes on paper then type them into a digital notebook (I use OneNote) for easy access. Sometimes a book doesn’t grab me, and I give up on it, but most of the time, I get a lot out of the craft books I read.

One nice thing about Wonderbook is that it has a dedicated website with gobs of extras. You can find out more at www.wonderbooknow.com.

How do you study the writing craft? What are your favorite resources? Please share!

Have a terrific day!

Jill Kemerer is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

 

What Are Your June 2018 Goals?

Jill Kemerer's June 2018 Goals! Jillkemerer.com/blog

June!! This year is flying by. It’s time to check our progress and post new goals. Who’s with me?

First, I’ll update you on how I did in May.

Jill’s May 2018 Goals:

  • Finish drafting the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book.
  • Finalize all promo for Reunited with the Bull Rider. This means writing guest posts, creating graphics, contacting media, etc…
  • Begin plotting new series.
  • Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week AND stay at low end of calorie range to lose a few pounds.

HOW DID I DO?

Well….

  • Finish drafting the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book–yes! I squeezed it out a week later than I’d hoped, but I did complete it in May. Check!
  • Finalize promo–almost. I put some of my graphics and posts together the first week of June, but it all got done. Not quite check.
  • Begin plotting new series. Nope. A meeting was scheduled for early June which might have impacted the plot directions, so I decided to wait until after the meeting to plot. No check!
  • Health. Total fail. TOTAL FAIL!! Not only did I completely drop the ball exercising, I stopped tracking calories too. Ugh. NO CHECK!! 

Jill’s June 2018 Goals:

Although May looks like a lot of “no checks,” I regrouped and am mentally back in the game. That’s the key to goals–when you don’t meet them, you move forward. It’s okay to have setbacks. Just get back in it!

  • Finish plotting three books and write short synopses for each.
  • Write sample chapters for book one.
  • Health–exercise 4-5 days/week, track calories using MyFitnessPal app and stay within calorie range.

That’s it!

How did YOU do last month?

What are your June goals?

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Paperback Release Day Reunited with the Bull Rider!

Whoop! Whoop! And Yeehaw!!

My new book, Reunited with the Bull Rider is in stores now!

Believe it or not, the original idea that sparked this book was really lame. I knew the characters were exes brought together in Sweet Dreams, but I had no idea why! Unfortunately, the first brainstorming sessions were duds. But a few long walks down by the river gave me better options, and one day I knew I’d hit the right story. In fact, I cried as I walked home because I felt so bad for Amy!

Needless to say, I had to write her story. Nash, Amy and Ruby all stole my heart. This is the second book in the Wyoming Cowboys series. The third book, Marshall’s story is Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets and will be available in October. The fourth book will be out next spring.

Here’s a little about the book:

Reunited with the Bull Rider. Wyoming Cowboys Book 2 by Jill Kemerer. June 2018

Goodbye rodeo, hello hometown. But is this Wyoming Cowboy ready to face his past?

Amy Deerson wanted to mentor a child. Her plan did not include former bull rider Nash Bolton—the little girl’s brother and guardian. It’s been a decade since Nash left town without a word, breaking Amy’s young heart. Now they must put their painful past aside to help fragile, traumatized Ruby. If only getting over their first love were that simple.

Reunited with the Bull Rider is in stores now. You can find it at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, most major supermarkets and other book retailers. The ebook will be available on June 1, 2018.

For purchase links, click HERE!

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Upcoming Online Events and Giveaway Opportunities!

May 23, 2018: Guest on Faithfully Bookish Blog (w/Giveaway!)

May 25, 2018: Interview on Just Commonly Blog (w/Giveaway!)

June 1, 2018: Guest on Reading is My Superpower Blog (w/Giveaway!)

Week of June 4: Author host with Heidi McCahan on the Love Inspired Authors and Readers Facebook Group (If you haven’t joined this amazing group, please do! Every week different authors host! There are multiple giveaways!)

June 5, 2018: Seventh Book Release Extravaganza Facebook Event with Jessica R. Patch! (Lots of giveaways!)

June 6, 2018: Friendship Chat with Mindy Obenhaus on Seekerville  (w/Giveaway!)

June 8, 2018: Book Spotlight on Leslie McKee’s Blog (w/Giveaway!)

 

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Still Time to Enter the Gift Package Giveaway!

The Reunited with the Bull Rider Giveaway prize package includes:

  • Autographed copy of Reunited with the Bull Rider (Wyoming Cowboys Book 2)
  • Autographed copy of The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride (Wyoming Cowboys Book 1)
  • Set of two inspirational dishtowels
  • Adorable notebook
  • Tin of toffee candies
The giveaway runs from May 2, 2018 at 6:00 am EST to June 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST. US only. 18+. See complete rules on the entry form.

Click HERE and scroll down for the easy entry form!

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Do you have fun plans for this weekend? (I get to see my sister and her family for Memorial Day weekend!)

What are Your May 2018 Goals?

Sharing May 2018 Goals! Jillkemerer.com/blog

Every month I share my new goals and let you know on how I did with my previous month’s goals. Here’s my update!

Jill’s April 2018 Goals:

  • Revise, polish and submit the proposal due later this month.
  • Prep and speak at Researching the Romance symposium sponsored by BGSU’s Browne Pop Culture Library.
  • Type background materials for a side project.
  • Continue preparing for June release by sending advance reader copies to street team.
  • Draft a short story that’s been running around in my head.
  • Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week and stay in calorie range most days by tracking food via MyFitnessPal.

How did I do?

  • I revised, polished and submitted the proposal. Check!
  • Prepped and spoke at Researching the Romance. Check!
  • Typed background materials. Check!
  • Sent advance reader copies out. Check!
  • Draft the short story. Not even close. NO check!
  • Health. I had some serious stress last month. While I stayed steady with exercising, I didn’t log my calories for over a week. No check!

Jill’s May 2018 Goals:

  • Finish drafting the fourth Wyoming Cowboys book.
  • Finalize all promo for Reunited with the Bull Rider. This means writing guest posts, creating graphics, contacting media, etc…
  • Begin plotting new series.
  • Health: Exercise 4-5 days/week AND stay at low end of calorie range to lose a few pounds.

 

How did YOU do?

Leave a comment! I love reading your goals. You inspire me!

Have you entered my giveaway? Go to my Reunited with the Bull Rider Giveaway BLOG post (linked) and scroll down for the easy entry options!

 

Reunited with the Bull Rider Giveaway!

Reunited With The Bull Rider Giveaway Package! Jillkemerer.com/blog May 2018

Twenty days! That’s how long it will be until my seventh novel, Reunited with the Bull Rider, starts showing up on store shelves! WHEEE!!!

To celebrate, I’m hosting a month-long giveaway. Here’s what one blessed person will win:

  • Autographed copy of Reunited with the Bull Rider (Wyoming Cowboys Book 2)
  • Autographed copy of The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride (Wyoming Cowboys Book 1)
  • Set of two inspirational dishtowels
  • Adorable notebook
  • Tin of toffee candies
The giveaway runs from May 2, 2018 at 6:00 am EST to June 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST. US only. 18+. See complete rules on the entry form.

 

 

 

Here’s a bit about the book:

 

Reunited with the Bull Rider. Wyoming Cowboys Book 2 by Jill Kemerer. June 2018

Goodbye rodeo, hello hometown. But is this Wyoming Cowboy ready to face his past?

Amy Deerson wanted to mentor a child. Her plan did not include former bull rider Nash Bolton—the little girl’s brother and guardian. It’s been a decade since Nash left town without a word, breaking Amy’s young heart. Now they must put their painful past aside to help fragile, traumatized Ruby. If only getting over their first love were that simple.

Preorder today!

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I loved writing this book. Full confession: I cried many times while I wrote and revised it. Amy, Nash, and little Ruby stole my heart, and I’m so thankful I was able to write their story. Amy runs a successful quilt shop, Nash just retired from the professional bull riding circuit, and Ruby has been severely neglected. Oh, and by the way, Nash broke Amy’s heart years ago. You’ll have to read it to find out how it all plays out, but every time I think of it, I smile!

What is making YOU happy this month?

Thanks for stopping by!

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