Jill Weatherholt

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


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Welcome Jacqui Murray #Laws of Nature

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Today I’m excited to welcome our friend, writer, teacher and the queen of world-building, Jacqui Murray as she launches Laws of Nature, Book Two in the Dawn of Humanity series. It’s a fascinating read.

Before I share a little about the book, I thought it would be fun for Jacqui to tell us how she organizes her writing. Those who know her know she is extremely organized.

Here’s Jacqui!

I am by nature a scheduled person. I thrive on organization, logic, and an orderly approach. In the case of my writing, I have TODO lists all over the place–and follow them. This one is in Google Keep which keeps me synced across all my digital devices:

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I had about ten items on the Laws of Nature TODO list, prior to launch, which I thankfully completed.
Prior to a final read-through, I spend a lot of time on Autocrit, figuring out if I’m communicating clearly. They have a lot of online tools to assist that process that go well beyond grammar and spelling. Some of my favorites are repeated words, cliches, weak starts to paragraphs, passive voice, and filler words. Here’s how I did at one point in my editing:

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Once the book is written, publishing can be complicated. There are lots of option and their requirements are never the same. I publish print and digital to KDP–Kindle–and another Kindle format for educators called Ignite. Each has different guidelines for things like page size, submittal requirements, file type, with or without a cover, and more. I keep that on a spreadsheet:.

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This is much more involved for those of you who also publish through B&N, Smashwords, Nook, and all the rest.
To organize my series in my own head, I post Milestones on the side of my blog, WordDreams. It tells readers when the next book in the series is expected and reminds me that I’ve made a commitment to a timely publication of books–at least one a year.

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A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.

Summary

In this second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa. Though they don’t know it, they will be the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. But they can’t stay, not with the rest of the tribe enslaved by an enemy. To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy’s unique group–which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack–but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn’t trust.

Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.

A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!

Book information:

Title and author: Laws of Nature

Series: Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity series

Genre: Prehistoric fiction

Editor: The extraordinary Anneli Purchase

Available print or digital) at:Kindle US   Kindle UK   Kindle CA   Kindle AU  Kindle India

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman , the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.

Social Media contacts:

Amazon Author Page:        https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ/

Blog:                                       https://worddreams.wordpress.com

Instagram:                             https://www.instagram.com/jacquimurraywriter/

LinkedIn:                                http://linkedin.com/in/jacquimurray

Pinterest:                                http://pinterest.com/askatechteacher

Twitter:                                   http://twitter.com/worddreams

Website:                                 https://jacquimurray.net


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Flashes of Light #pamelawight

My good friend and author Pamela Wight has released a wonderful collection of true short stories that I know you all will enjoy.

I’ve been leisurely devouring each story outdoors on our patio. The wonderful thing about it, I feel like Pam is sitting with me sharing her stories as we watch the hummingbirds snatch sips of nectar from the Salvia.

Below are the links to purchase this fabulous collection.

Amazon

Borgo Publishing

To learn more about Pam and check out her other books, visit her blog.

About Pamela S. Wight

Pamela Wight is a successful author of romantic suspense novels as well as two illustrated children’s book, BIRDS OF PARADISE and MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, enjoyed by readers ages 3 to 93.

Her first book, THE RIGHT WRONG MAN, got rave reviews for taking readers “on an exciting adventure with lots of intrigue, unexpected plot twists, and romance.” A year later, Wight published her second novel, TWIN DESIRES. “Lots of suspense, plot twists, romance, and excellent character development makes this a fun read!”

The gorgeously illustrated BIRDS OF PARADISE, finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards, has received many enthusiastic reviews: “This creative, compassionate story about birds will inspire children to notice the everyday adventures of backyard birds.”

Wight’s second picture book, MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, published Fall, 2019, follows Molly the Cat, who can’t find any friends. And almost worse, she can’t find her purr. After looking for friendship in all the wrong places, Molly learns that making friends is as easy as looking up in the trees and on the ground, where other lonely creatures are hiding in plain sight. Whether hard-shelled or soft as a bunny, everyone needs friendships that help them find their purr.

Pamela earned her Master’s in English from Drew University, continued with postgraduate work at UC Berkeley in publishing, and teaches creative writing classes in Boston and San Francisco.

She lives in the Boston area with her “right man” and hikes the New England trails while concocting her stories. Wight travels frequently to the San Francisco Bay area for additional inspiration. She speaks to book clubs, schools, and libraries in both locations.

Many readers enjoy her “weekly blog on daily living” called Roughwighting. Join her there (www.roughwighting.net), or on her Roughwighting Facebook page at http://facebook.com/roughwighting.


April Showers Bring May Flowers #giveaway

Hello Readers!

Is there nothing more refreshing than a nice spring shower? Well, maybe a bouquet of books!  I have partnered up with Celebrate Lit Publicity to do an amazing giveaway where you can win a spectacular bouquet of books or a $500 Amazon gift card.

Be sure to enter Celebrate Lit’s 2nd Annual April Showers bring May Flowers Giveaway where you can win 30+ books or a $500 Amazon gift card going on here: https://promosimple.com/ps/108cb/2nd-annual-april-showers-bring-may-flowers

Good luck!

Jill ❤️

To give a little girl a home…

she must take a chance on forgiveness.

From the minute Molly Morgan saw sad-eyed little Grace, she longed to give her a happy home. But Molly’s struggling bookstore is endangering her adoption chances. Outgoing entrepreneur Derek McKinney has a puppy Grace adores—and a plan to save Molly’s business. But can he and Molly put their troubled past behind them in time to make a family for a lifetime?

In store June 29, 2021 or Pre-Order @ jillweatherholt.com


Cover Reveal #NewRelease

Hello everyone!

Thank you to all of my newsletter subscribers for your wonderful emails. I loved hearing your thoughts! For those of you who aren’t subscribers and didn’t get an early sneak peek, I wanted to share the cover of my next book.

I was thrilled when I saw it for the first time. Grace, the child, looks exactly like the photograph I submitted to the art department at Harlequin.

A Dream of Family will be in stores June 29, 2021. It’s now available for pre-order at JillWeatherholt.com.

To give a little girl a home…

she must take a chance on forgiveness.

From the minute Molly Morgan saw sad-eyed little Grace, she longed to give her a happy home. But Molly’s struggling bookstore is endangering her adoption chances. Outgoing entrepreneur Derek McKinney has a puppy Grace adores—and a plan to save Molly’s business. But can he and Molly put their troubled past behind them in time to make a family for a lifetime?

Jill ❤

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New Year – New Book!

It’s always exciting to get an advance peek at my latest book cover, too bad my eyes were dilated following a visit to the eye doctor. Once my vision cleared, I was thrilled to see my characters come to life on the page.

In my upcoming newsletter, I’ll have a sneak peek and a chance to win a signed copy.

For those who read my newsletter and follow me on Instagram, you know I’m still having issues with my wrist, making typing painful, hence the closed comments.

Amazon has the blurb and pre-order links up.

Paperback Kindle

Jill ❤


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Eternal Road -The Final Stop by John W. Howell #NewRelease

Today I’m so excited to welcome our friend, writer and blogger John Howell as we celebrate his latest release Eternal Road-The Final Stop. John is one of my favorite bloggers…kind of like a second father to me. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll snatch up a copy today. I’m looking forward to this book, and I’ve shared the link with my father, as he enjoys all of John’s books. Isn’t the cover terrific! Congratulations, John! We’re so happy for you.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jill, and for helping me launch Eternal Road – The final stop. I know you are busy launching your next book so I’m so happy you could help support the launch. Let me describe. Eternal Road is the story of two people finding their way through the selection process leading to the place where one will spend eternity. Yes, it is true. They both have passed away. James Wainwright just died in an auto accident. Samantha Tourneau died seventeen years before. Sam is James’s guide to help him decide where to spend eternity. This is not your usual thriller or paranormal romance. It is a piece of fiction that is a combination of inspiration, adventure, time travel, sci-fi, a touch of erotica, and a dash of spiritual. In short, it is a lot of things, but hopefully, a story that will make you happy to have read it.

It is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle. The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th

Kindle Universal link

Paper universal link

Blurb:

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer, who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save humankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

Excerpt:

Wyatt leans back in his chair and pulls a toothpick from his shirt pocket. “So, now that we have the arrangements settled, I’m wondering if I can ask a question.”
James lets Sam answer, “Of course you may.”
“Where y’all from?”
“What do you mean?”
“Where’s home?” Wyatt shifts the pick to the other side of his mouth. He picks up his cup, puts it to his lips, and squints over it to look at Sam while he waits for an answer.
“Well, ah …” Sam pauses. She looks Wyatt in the eyes. James can see that the man suspects something and won’t accept anything but the truth. “James and I come from another time.”
Wyatt sits still. The only indication that he heard Sam comes from the slight crinkle at the corner of his eyes. He sets his cup on the table and leans forward. “I figured as much.”
James can’t help himself, “So, what tipped you off? Does it bother you? Do you believe us?”
“Whoa, one question at a time. First of all, I do believe you ‘cos it’s the only explanation for the other things I’ve observed. Secondly, no, it doesn’t bother me, but I care. I’ve studied time travel, and to know it’s real excites me greatly. At least, I hope it’s real, and you aren’t pulling my leg.”
Sam leans forward with her arms crossed on the table. “I can assure you, we’re not pulling your leg, Mr. Earp.”
“No need getting upset. I’m in your corner. Now, mostly, your clothes tipped me off. I’ve never seen denims with such a tight weave before. The cloth we wear is coarse and unrefined. Your shoes don’t come from around here. In fact, I don’t think anyone can make shoes like yours. That thing on your wrist—” He nods at James. “—gave me a final clue.”
“My wristwatch?”
“Yup. Smashed as it might be, I never saw one like it. The band stands out the most. What’s it made of?”
“Fabric. Velcro fastens it. Here, take a look.” James unzips his watchband, and Wyatt pulls back from the ripping sound that the Velcro makes. James hands him the Apple watch.
Wyatt turns the device over in his hands. “My, my, my. Look at this thing. What material is it made out of?”
James scratches his ear. “Sort of metal but finished in black.”
Wyatt zips and unzips the band a few times. “This thing is magic. How does it work?”
“You know when you get a burr stuck to your clothes?”
Wyatt nods. “Yeah.”
James points to both sides of the band. “Velcro has one side like burr barbs and the other side plain. Put them together, and they stick.”
Wyatt turns the watch over. “The back of your timepiece has this circle.”
“It’s where the power cord attaches to the battery.”
Wyatt puts the watch on the table. “Battery?”
“Oh, my. I keep forgetting you don’t have the technology of power storage yet. We can capture power and store it for later use. We call the storage place a battery.”
Wyatt drums his fingers on the table. “Okay, then. This seems a little hard to understand. Just tell me what century you come from.”
“The twenty-first.”
He sits back. “Twenty-first? That’s not so long from now. What year?”
“Twenty-twenty.”
Wyatt strokes his chin. “That’s … let me think. One hundred-and-thirty-nine years from now.”
“That sounds about right.”
Wyatt sits forward again. “You have to tell me about all the advancements.”

Check out the terrific trailer! I love the music!

 

Bio:
John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store
John lives in Lakeway, Texas, with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John is all over social media…check him out!

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Buy John’s other books here:

My GRL

His Revenge

Our Justice

Circumstances of Childhood

The Contract: between heaven and earth