Monday, May 23, 2011

Guest Blogger: Jill James

Today I'm happy to have guest blogger Jill James.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. I’ve wanted to be an astronaut, a brain surgeon, and a lawyer. But since I love to read so much I thought I would like to write. I did the angsty poetry as a teenager thing, then I tried to write some romance in my 20’s. I didn’t really get serious about my writing until 2004. The children were older then, so I could devote some time to me to find out if I had a writer inside me. My debut novel, Tempting Adam was my second complete manuscript. The first one will remain under the bed with the dust bunnies forever.

What do you like the most and the least about writing?

I love coming to work in my pajamas if I want to. I like getting the voices out of my head and onto the paper. I like seeing the sentences become paragraphs become pages until a story is born. I don’t like the loneliness sometimes. It is great to meet other writers and to connect with them.

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

Tempting Adam

They both want the same thing – St. Eden Studios.

Corporate raider Yvette Giardino intends to bring St. Eden Studios to its knees. It’s a job. One her grandmother’s health depends on. That Adam St. Eden will suffer isn’t personal. Until he awakens her sympathy and stirs her body in ways she can’t explain.

Adam wants one thing and one thing only – to protect the dream his grandfather began. But when the board demands he work with stunning Yvette, a woman he’d mistakenly indulged with in a little after-hours play, his world turns upside down. Missed meetings, unhappy clients, and nights of intense pleasure – he can blame one person. Yvette.

With his corporation crumbling around him, can Adam rise above the fallout and see his sexy temptress for what she really is – a victim of manipulation and a woman who desperately needs his love?

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

I’m working on a paranormal romance with shape shifters, a sequel to Tempting Adam, and a short story with a divorced couple trying to find their way back together.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

Yes, we love to hear from you. Let us know how we are doing. Twitter and Facebook connect with us, leave reviews to let us know if you liked our books and even when you don’t. We need feedback to know we are connecting.

Here's an excerpt of Tempting Adam:

Yvette pulled herself together with a jolt.

It’s a job. It’s a job.

She repeated the mantra in her head in an endless loop, gazing into deep, blue eyes. This close, she noticed the subtle lines near his eyes from his outdoor living. If he had grown up in Hollywood, he would have had a facelift or two by now, instead of the natural look he pulled off quite well.

Adam helped her rise, his warm hand cupping her elbow. A tingle shot from her arm, to her chest, and to regions much farther south. A sexual moan almost escaped her lips. Yvette shook her head to clear the mental images of her and him and the hotel room. It didn’t help. Memories of that night still had the power to stir her senses. They hit Yvette in a place she didn’t think existed—her emotions.

His eyes darkened to indigo, and he leaned nearer. His fresh, evergreen scent enveloped her.

Her head swam, and she tilted on the heels of her shoes. She berated herself for her juvenile behavior, unable to believe the She-shark of business might have met her match. At least in the sexual arena.

Adam wrapped an arm around her shoulders, led her to the bench outside the door, and sat beside her. “I hope you’re doing okay. I would’ve found you a seat inside, but they were getting back to work. I didn’t want anything else to delay the work schedule.”

Disbelief flooded Yvette while she replayed what had just happened. She needed to get a grip on herself and this job. Adam was nice enough overall, and was great—make that fantastic—in bed.

However, he was no ruthless businessman and knew next to nothing about Hollywood. He wasn’t the first CEO she’d taken down, and he wouldn’t be the last.

It wasn’t personal.

Thanks for being my guest Jill, and Tempting Adam sounds absolutely delicious.


Marie Tuhart said...

Welcome Jill, I'm thrilled to have you here today.

Harlie Reader said...

Great excerpt and I look forward to buying it.

Jill James said...

Marie, thanks for having me here. Your blog is lovely.

Jill James said...

Harlie, thanks for wanting Tempting Adam. Hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Jill, I love the excerpt. It reveals great characters. Looking forward to reading it.

Jill James said...

Mona, thanks for the stop by. Hope you enjoy Adam and Yvette.

Teresa K. said...

Hi Jill,

Tempting Adam sounds so yummy. I really like the excerpt. Thanks for sharing with us, and I look forward to reading this book.

Wishing you much success in your writing career.

Teresa K.
tcwglup41(at)yahoo dot com

Jill James said...

Teresa, thank you so much. Hope you enjoy Tempting Adam. I'm working on a sequel, Taming Brad.

Anonymous said...

Marie, thank you so much for hosting me here this week. I enjoyed your very lovely blog. Jill James