Jill Weatherholt

Pursuing a Passion for Writing


A Post Within A Post

005I hadn’t planned on posting this week, but yesterday, I received an email from a Harlequin editor who works in their UK office. She also runs the SOLD! Blog for Harlequin and wanted to let me know my CALL STORY was going live today. I thought I’d share the link, if you’re interested in reading and commenting.

Unfortunately, I’ll be late to the party. Today I’m having a colonoscopy to make sure the Remicade infusions are keeping the Crohn’s Disease in check. I see second helpings of turkey in my future.

I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and their families.



Available Now: His Revenge by John Howell

Announcing His Revenge by John W. Howell is now available in paper and ebook on Amazon and KDP Select
His Revenge front finalThe sequel to My GRL titled His Revenge is available and a new story continues where My GRL left off.
His Revenge is available in the US in Paper and Kindle editions
In Canada in Paper and Kindle editions
In the UK in Paper and Kindle editions

Here is the blurb:
America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.
The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena and disrupt confidence in the government at home. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.
Excerpt from Chapter one
The water rushes over my head. I’m sinking and don’t know why. With my breath held, I have trouble stopping the air from escaping since the pressure drives the air up and out. I try to keep my mouth closed, but the water pressure pushes the air out more and more. Will I pass out? In the distance, the light is dim. To rise to the surface in time might not be possible─I need to breathe right now. Toward ending the pain in my chest, my rambling mind rationalizes taking a deep breath—even knowing it will end my life. In conflict with the irrational thought of ending it, my body won’t let me suck in the water, as it fights to retain the little bit of oxygen left to fuel my brain.
The despair is nearly overwhelming, and my mind considers other ways to battle the feeling. What more could I have done with my life? The pressure becomes more intense, and I’m about to lose it all, and I decide I’ve lived the way I wanted and have no regrets. I close my eyes and hear only the roar of the sea. I’m so tired. Exhausted. Sleep will fix everything, and I want to give in

About the author

Photo by Tim BurdickJohn’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a blog at http://www.johnwhowell.com. John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets. He can be reached at his e-mail johnhowell.wave@gmail.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241or Twitter at @HowellWave
My GRL_johnwhowellHis first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold.


Welcome Renee Canter Johnson

IMG_1605Today, I’m thrilled to welcome my beautiful and talented North Carolina friend and writer, Renee Canter Johnson. Please help us celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Haunting of William Gray.

Disclaimer: I am not Jill Weatherholt. Sorry about that and please don’t be disappointed. We all love her warmth and ease of bringing us along for a trip into her world.

My name is Renee Canter Johnson and many of you know me from our blogging tribe. For you, and for those who aren’t familiar with me, I’m sharing a fresh insight into my journey. Thank you, Jill, for allowing me this opportunity while you are busily editing your new novel.

How did I become a writer? That is the question most often asked of me, and the answer is simple. I believe it is innate. I’ve always written.

My earliest memories revolve around reading and writing. I wrote my first novel when I was nine, in pink ink on lined paper. In it, I lived adventures I wasn’t able to outside of the pages. It was a tremendous insight for such a young girl. I didn’t share this novel with anyone, though. Packing it into my little green hard-shell suitcase, it was stuffed into the bottom of the closet. Several years later, my sister threw it all away.

But this was the start of how I would continue to write novels, even after graduating to word processors and finally a computer. It was a private matter between me and the page. I would say, “Aah…the end,” print it, and stuff it into a box in a cupboard.

It took the encouragement of Janet Hulstrand—professor, writer, editor, traveler, blogger—to convince me to open those dusty containers, breathe life into my characters, and send them out on their own journey into the known world.The Haunting of William Gray is my second novel to spring to life with publisher, The Wild Rose Press. Set in Georgetown, South Carolina, it is the story of some unlikely characters being thrust together on a journey to discover if there is a ghost haunting William Gray, and if so, what does he want and how do they rid the estate on Pine Island of his presence?

Favorite Passage:

A long, cold finger wrapped around her cheek. Her heart palpitated in an uneven rhythm, drumming an odd cadence in her chest and causing sweat to bead along her forehead. She was frozen to the ground, unable to make her feet move as the strange wisp made chilly contact.

It moved along her arm and touched her hand as she watched it slipping through her flesh and bone, entering on one side and exiting on the other. A scream formed. It built, silently, and remained without sound, her entire vocal system shutting down.


If you would like to read more about this, the link for The Haunting of William Gray is: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6486

Or from Amazon:

About me:

Renee Canter Johnson is the author of Acquisition and The Haunting of William Gray, both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives in North Carolina with her husband Tony, and a very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.

Renee has been a visiting writer in residence at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard in October of 2014 and 2015, and has attended writing retreats in Italy and France.

Bonjour Paris, Storyhouse, and Study Abroad have featured her articles and/or essays, and she maintains two blogs: http://writingfeemail.com for travel and random insights, and http://reneejohnsonwrites.com which features her journey through writing, editing, and publishing.

Learn more about Renee Canter Johnson from these sources:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/johnsonrenee
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneejohnsonwrites
Website: http://reneejohnsonwrites.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writingfeemail




Imagine Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Imagine Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Well, I survived.

My first contracted book is back in the hands of my editor. It’s difficult to put into words the emotions I experienced during this first round of revisions.

I worked primarily on the weekend, some days ten hours straight. I had a few major meltdowns. The first came when I had to move a major scene, which originally occurred later in the book, to Chapter 2. This created a domino effect resulting in a lot of rewriting. Then I had to delete my ending to make everything flow. That was my second major meltdown.

One thing I learned, writing under contract, after you’ve received an advance, is an entirely different animal. Although I enjoyed the process, my stress level magnified and fear took hold. I wanted perfection, though I knew that wasn’t possible. I wanted to know why someone would pay me to write, after all, this is the first book I’ve written. I wanted to know how I got from a fifty-word blurb, to this.

In the end, I had to push aside the questions and the self-doubt, in order to move forward. Would I do it again? You bet I would.

Of course, I never would have hit submit, if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from Derek, my family, friends and fellow bloggers.

What do you fear?

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” ~ Babe Ruth


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!



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