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Coming to the Blog in 2016

I’ve been looking ahead to the new year, and I’m excited. 2016 will mark my 9th year of blogging! Can you believe it? Nine years! Wow!


Jill Kemerer


I still really enjoy blogging, and I’ll be continuing my twice a week schedule in 2016. Wednesday will be writing-related. Expect writing tips and author interviews–yep, I’m starting a new interview series! Fridays will be a grab bag. I’m bringing back vlogs (hello iMovie and my iPhone!) and just chatting about whatever.

Is there anything you’d like to see on my blog? Feel free to leave a comment–I’m always open to suggestions!

On to unimportant news…I’m definitely doing some Christmas baking soon. I used to bake dozens and dozens of various cookies, but I’m all about keeping it simple these days. Here’s my cookie lineup:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Frosted Sugar Cookies
  • Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms

My Christmas prep is going much better than it usually does, probably because I did 90% of my shopping online. Sure, I had to shop in REAL stores several times, but I only had one instance where I almost cried, which is a win for me. What wasn’t a win? Buying wrapping paper that rips easily. Yeah, I’m still using it–at $5.99 a roll, I’m too cheap not to–but I should have buckled down and bought my paper from Hallmark. They have sturdy paper. Mental note: Buy Hallmark wrapping paper at after Christmas sales.

The lure of Christmas vacation has been motivating me to meet my writing goals. I’m almost finished plotting my fifth book with Love Inspired. I’m also writing a few chapters of an upcoming nonfiction book I plan on releasing later next year. As soon as I cross these tasks off my list, I’m splurging with a day all for me! A trip to the art museum, lunch at a yummy cafe, and a stop at the bookstore are on the agenda. I can’t wait!

How is your Christmas prep going? Have you cried in any stores (or is that just me)? Are you baking?

Have a great day!

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Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. Chistmas shopping is always point and click. If I do go to a store, it’s very early in the morning when the store opens. I did cry in the store the other day. Found only one pair of jeans that I liked (classic 5 pocket, straight leg, no doo-dahs on the pockets, and a 28 in. inseam). I cried because they fit and are a size smaller. Since July, I’ve lost 29 lbs. I haven’t seen this size since The Young One was a baby, 23 yrs ago! I’m halfway to my goal weight, so baking will be very minimal. I found Ninja-bread cookie cutters at Target. Will bake a batch for Himself who is a 4th degree black belt (he’s also lost 30 lbs). The Eldest asked for a chocolate dessert for Christmas. I will bake a cake my mother used to bake Starlight Double Delight cake. The real tears will happen if I don’t finish gilding and painting the 3 illuminated initials for family gifts.

    1. CJ!!! 29 lbs!! That is SO awesome!! Congratulations!! I’ve been on an uphill/downhill battle with my waistline for 3 years. I’m currently back on my exercising schedule, so that feels like a huge win for me!

      The cookie cutters sound so cute! I’m picturing them and smiling. Now, go finish gilding!!

  2. Hi, Jill! You’re Christmas ‘vacation’ sounds like so much fun!!! We’ve been done with the gift buying since just before Thanksgiving…but I keep finding little stuff I like. I just need to stay out of stores for the next 8 days, I think! lolol

    bebe and I will be baking away starting next Wednesday ~ fun fun fun!

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