Jill Weatherholt

Pursuing a Passion for Writing


Who’s Calling?

004Three years ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog post and hit publish. At the time, my obsession was all things writing. Today, it still is.

To say my writing life has changed since that day, is an understatement. After my first short story was a finalist in Southern Writers Magazine’s 2012 short story contest, the ride began.

Things have happened faster than I ever dreamed. I’m still digesting everything after receiving a call from Harlequin’s office in New York City, on a Monday morning, while at my day job. I actually missed the editor’s first two calls because my cell phone sat in the bottom of my purse. That tells you how much I expected a contract offer.

NO WAY did I imagine that happening. I entered the contest for a professional critique. I wanted to know how to make my book better…even though the book wasn’t written when I entered. It was an old NaNoWriMo project, written in 2010, never finished or edited, and it was horrid. The setting and characters were the only positives.

The common denominator in all of my published pieces, including my recent book contract, is they were all contest entries.

I urge everyone, whether you’re a writer, photographer, artist…whatever…take advantage of the available contests. The internet is full of them and many are free to enter.

Be brave and put your work out there. You really have nothing to lose. Who knows, your life may change on a dreary Monday morning, as mine did.

As I celebrate three years of blogging, I want to thank those of you who’ve stuck around. You are the reason I never gave up.



Celebrating 55 Years

momToday my mother and father celebrate 55 years of marriage.

After all these years, my father still treats my mother as though they were just married. My mother still thinks he’s all that. Together, they’ve taught me what true love is all about…putting the other person first.

Happy Anniversary!

Love you both!



Looking Good!

004Yesterday, my father celebrated his 77th birthday. He looks pretty good, doesn’t he? He and my mother stay active, playing golf, walking and shopping. Yes, my mother turned him into a shopper. He’s quite a bargain hunter. If there’s a $100 golf shirt marked down to $15, he’ll sniff it out.

I inherited many of my personality traits from him. I pride myself on being a bargain hunter, I don’t pay full price for anything. Like my father, I’m quiet and reserved. I’m uncomfortable being the center of attention.

My father was never a fan of attention. I’ll never forget, driving to his retirement party, over twenty years ago. He said he felt like he was driving to his funeral. The thought of speaking in front of a hundred plus people, wasn’t on his bucket list, nor mine. 

From my father, I learned the value of hard work. He came from humble beginnings, but worked hard to provide for his family. Growing up, I never knew exactly what he did in his position of Deputy Director for Civilian Personnel for the Army, but he left each day, before sunrise, always dressed in a suit and tie. After dinner, we’d gather in the living room and watch television. I have a vivid memory of my father sitting in his Lazy Boy. His briefcase always opened on the floor, and a pile of paperwork on his lap. He read and highlighted, nodding off to sleep now and then. 

Many years ago, when my now twenty something nephew was around three-years-old, he described my father perfectly. As my father installed a ceiling fan for my sister and her husband, my nephew observed. After the job was complete, wearing a huge smile, my nephew looked at my father and said, “You’re a good guy Poppa.”

You are a good guy, dad, and anyone who’s ever met you will say the same. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and our family. We love you!

Happy Birthday!

***On Monday, I received a call from Harlequin in response to the contest I’ve mentioned. I was offered a contract on my book. Needless to say, it’s a dream come true and I’m still digesting everything. In order to get the required revisions back to my editor, I’ll need to step away from Word Press. I’ll miss everyone, but I’ll be back. <3


Welcome K.C. Tansley

kctansleyauthorpicI’m thrilled to welcome the author of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, K.C. Tansley. She is indeed one of the hardest working writers I know.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Preston
By K.C. Tansley

In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.

In my novel, there are lots of things you’ll discover about Kat Preston, but here are five things that didn’t quite make it into the book. Scenes that showcased these sides of Kat ended up on the editing room floor.

1) What you see in the book: Kat’s a smart, academically driven girl. She has goals and she’s on her way to achieving them.

What didn’t make it into the book: Kat’s driven to succeed and prove herself because deep down she doesn’t feel like she was good enough to keep her father around. So she keeps trying to be better and better. To prove that she is worthy of his attention.

2) What you see in the book: Kat has lived a very unusual life for a teenager. She’s spent lots of time abroad with her archaeologist mother on digs.

What didn’t make it into the book: She very independent and even spent a summer abroad in China. She got lost near the Great Wall, but met a nice family who helped her out.

3) What you see in the book: Kat’s maternal grandparents took care of her after school when her mom was working.

What didn’t make it into the book: She loves them dearly and they are the most stable thing in her life. But she’s never told them about the ghosts. Partly because she’s afraid of the ghosts coming back, and partly because she’s afraid they won’t be able to accept what she can do. She can’t bear to lose them.

4) What you see in the book: Kat doesn’t have a lot of friends. She tends to keep to herself.

What didn’t make it into the book: Kat has trouble making friends. She’s more comfortable with books and antiques than with people. She gets on well with adults, but kids her own age aren’t easy for her to click with. Also carrying a big secret (knowing that the unbelievables exist and pretending they don’t) makes it hard to bond with people. That’s why her friendship with Morgan is really important to her.

5) What you see in the book: Kat doesn’t know what to make of Seth.

What didn’t make it into the book: He’s everything she doesn’t like, but she gets nervous around him. She can’t help being attracted to him, but she would never want to date someone like him.

K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
Social Media
Website: http://kctansley.com
Blog: http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KourHei
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Ignored-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B00WZOJ028/ref=la_B00X369K3G_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434139756&sr=1-1


Double Vision

I didn't purchase these through Amazon.

I didn’t purchase these through Amazon.

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ~ Winnie the Pooh

Have you ever purchased a book that you already own? Before I started reading on a Kindle, there were times when I purchased a book that was already on one of my multiple bookcases. Thankfully, Amazon is kind enough to bring my memory lapse to my attention, so it doesn’t happen nearly as often…when purchasing books for my Kindle.

Unfortunately, I shop for jigsaw puzzles in the store. Although the clerk at the Dollar Tree knows me well, she can’t keep track of the puzzles I’ve purchased. I’ve mistakenly purchased at least ten duplicate puzzles over the years. Fortunately, Derek’s brother-in-law is a big puzzler, so he is the beneficiary of my forgetfulness.


Have you ever mistakenly purchased something that you already own?


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