Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey



Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

East Africa, to see the great migrations, before they disappear. The videos I watch and pictures are simply beyond anything I’ll ever see in my domesticated existence!

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?

I think it would be respect others. With respect comes listening, being open-minded, caring for others who are part of our lifelong journey. To me, when I respect a person, I no longer judge them, find them lacking because they don’t think like me or agree with me. I am more willing to try new things–like their way. It seems like a good first step, doesn’t it?

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve ever had to overcome?

I’m not very trusting. I want to be, and it’s always at the top of my Todo list, but it doesn’t come easily. That applies not only to others, but myself. I think I’d be happier if I could trust more.

There you have it! I wish I was more entertaining, but… oh well…


Short Synopsis of Twenty-four Days:

A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.

Long Synopsis of Twenty-four Days:

What sets this story apart from other thrillers is the edgy science used to build the drama, the creative thinking that unravels the deadly plot, and the sentient artificial intelligence who thinks he’s human:

An unlikely team is America’s only chance

World-renowned paleoanthropologist, Dr. Zeke Rowe is surprised when a friend from his SEAL past shows up in his Columbia lab and asks for help: Two submarines have been hijacked and Rowe might be the only man who can find them.

At first he refuses, fearing a return to his former life will end a sputtering romance with fellow scientist and love of his life, Kali Delamagente, but when one of his closest friends is killed by the hijackers, he changes his mind. He asks Delamagente for the use of her one-of-a-kind AI Otto who possesses the unique skill of being able to follow anything with a digital trail.

In a matter of hours, Otto finds one of the subs and it is neutralized.

But the second, Otto can’t locate.

Piece by piece, Rowe uncovers a bizarre nexus between Salah Al-Zahrawi–the world’s most dangerous terrorist and a man Rowe thought he had killed a year ago, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is a nuclear-tipped weapon, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch.

And a deadline that expires in twenty-four days.

As America teeters on the brink of destruction, Zeke finally realizes that Al-Zahrawi’s goal isn’t nuclear war, but payback against the country that cost him so much.

Kirkus Review:

A blistering pace is set from the beginning: dates open each new chapter/section, generating a countdown that intensifies the title’s time limit. Murray skillfully bounces from scene to scene, handling numerous characters, from hijackers to MI6 special agent Haster. … A steady tempo and indelible menace form a stirring nautical tale

What customers are saying about this series:

J Murray’s long anticipated thriller, To Hunt a Sub, is a satisfying read from a fresh voice in the genre, and well worth the wait. The time devoted to research paid off, providing a much-appreciated authenticity to the sciency aspects of the plot. The author also departs from the formulaic pacing and heroics of contemporary commercialized thrillers. Instead, the moderately paced narrative is a seduction, rather than a sledgehammer. The author takes time rendering relatable characters with imaginatively cool names like Zeke Rowe, and Kalian Delamagente. The scenes are vividly depicted, and the plot not only contains exquisitely treacherous twists and turns, but incorporates the fascinating study of early hominids, and one ancestral female in particular who becomes an essential character. The narrative might have benefited from language with a crisper, sharper edge, but that is purely my personal taste and preference and takes nothing away from the overall satisfaction of this novel.

One thing I enjoyed about this read is the technical reality Murray created for both the scientific and military aspects of the book. I completely believed the naval and investigatory hierarchy and protocols, as well as the operation inside the sub. I was fascinated by her explanation of Otto’s capabilities, the security efforts Kali employs to protect her data, and how she used Otto’s data to help Rowe.

The research and technical details she included in this book had me in complete awe. A cybervirus is crippling submarines–and as subs sunk to the bottom of the ocean, I found myself having a hard time breathing. It’s up to Zeke and Kali to save the entire country using their brains. If you love thrillers, this is definitely one you can’t miss!

Book information:

Title and author: Twenty-four Days by J. Murray

Genre: Thriller, military thriller

Cover by: Paper and Sage Design 

Available at: Kindle USKindle UKKindle Canada

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


Quote from author:

What sets this series apart from other thrillers is the edgy science used to build the drama, the creative thinking that unravels the deadly plot, and the Naval battle that relies on not just fire power but problem solving to outwit the enemy.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.


  1. Thanks for sharing Jill!
    (FYI – WordPress isn’t letting me like or comment on your authors blog. I did enjoy your article on journaling 💛)

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  2. Trust and respect…love it, Jacqui! Wishing you both a glorious weekend! xo

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  3. Thanks for sharing this book and letting us get to know a bit about Jacqui!
    Good Morning, Jill!

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  4. Nicely done, Jacqui and Jill.
    Wouldn’t it be terrific if everyone would respect each other? That would be a rule that could change the world.

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  5. Wow, Jill. This sounds like my kind of book. Best wishes, Jacqui. I used to work for a german company where the saying went, “Trust is fine. Control is better.” Thanks, Jill. Super start to your series.

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  6. Thanks, Jill and Jacqui, for such a great start to your Summer Spotlight Series. I have shared this on my social media.
    I look forward to reading more!

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  7. Thanks so much for hosting me, Jill. I feel kinda at home with your efriends. I’m looking forward to chatting.

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  8. Jacqui, it’s so nice to meet you here on Jill’s blog. Congratulations on your book! There are no telling how many science classes I took on my way to becoming a pharmacist. I’m interested to see your “edgy science” in this story.

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  9. Thank you for sharing, Jill! 🙂

    Sounds like a really great read. 🙂

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  10. Thank-you so much for letting me know about Jacqui’s book, Jill and for the spotlight on Jacqui herself. What a great sounding thriller! Congratulations, Jacqui! I hope the book does really well.

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  11. Hear hear for more respect for each other. Couldn’t agree with you more.

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  12. Enjoyed this summer spotlight, Jill. Sounds like an intriguing plot Jacqui.

    BTW: If you haven’t seen Passengers yet, there is a great AI bartender in it ~ probably my favorite character in the movie!

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  13. Congratulations on your latest book, Jacqui! It was interesting to learn more about you and I love your dream to see the great migrations in East Africa. That would be amazing…any chance you’ll get there? Congratulations also on the wonderful comments already on your book, these must give you such a boost and have you dancing with joy. A brillaint post, Jill! Wishing you both a lovely weekend! 😀😀

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    • Thanks, Annika! I also loved Jacqui’s answer about the great migration. Wouldn’t that be something to see? I appreciate you stopping by to support Jacqui. I hope you have a great weekend as well! xo

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    • Thank you so much, Annika. I don’t know that I’ll ever see the Great Migrations except for on video. I actually looked into a safari once, but got nowhere. Wanna go?

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      • Yes!!!😀 I’ve looked at ones in Kenya and they are amazing. I’ve been to Gambia twice and thoroughly enjoyed it, just had a a dreadful side effects to the malaria tablets. Things might have changed though.

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      • Wow. That would be so much fun. I’m jealous you’ve been to Kenya and Gambia. Our State Department put out travel alerts on them. And on much of Europe, thanks to the terrorist attacks.

        This too shall pass.

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  14. Close enough to the reality of our world to be worrying. It sounds like a very clever book and definitely one for when I feel like sitting on the edge of my seat. Not in the bath, Jill. The water would definitely get cold. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for reviewing.

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  15. Hi Jacqui, nice to meet you and learn all about your writing! I am an avid reader and would love to read your book!

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  16. Hi Jacqui, you have a great cover and one-line pitch. Very attention grabbing. Great interview, Jill!

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  17. Great interview and review- I love the idea of a thriller that’s ‘more like a seduction than a jackhammer.’ Fabulous !

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  18. This is wonderful Jacqui and Jill! Great interview and the book sounds very exciting xxx

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  19. Interesting questions and answers Jill and Jacqui, sounds like a great story.

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  20. Wow. Sounds like a very intricate plot. Very cool. Good luck, Jacqui.

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  21. I understand that trusting thing. Have you ever played that “game” where everyone stands in a circle and you are in the middle. They blindfold you and you have to fall backwards and trust that they will catch you. Hahahaha, NO.

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  22. Wow! Great premise, Jacqui! And very timely.
    I hope you’ll get to see the great migrations someday!

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  23. Love Jacqui and she is so talented!

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  24. I enjoyed reading the interview and reviews. Thank you Jill and Jacqui!

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  25. I liked this post, have visited Jacqui’s blog before and admire good writing. I tend to read lighter books to escape but will keep this in mind for family members who love technology and factual stories. Good luck to you, Jacqui!! Smiles, Robin

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