I am so excited to share that Trigger has been nominated for a 2016 Rone Award in the Suspense category!  For those of you who don't know, the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards are presented each year by InD'tale Magazine to the best books in the Indie and Small published industry.  InD'tale Magazine gives a voice to authors who self publish or small publish rather than work with mainstream publishing companies.  

 I'm thrilled that they've chosen to honor Trigger. As cool as being a nominee is, Trigger needs your votes now because all finalists are selected by the reading public before going on to a panel of judges whose scores will determine the winners.  

It only takes a moment and it would be greatly appreciated if you could vote for Trigger here: Vote for Trigger in the 2016 Rone Awards!

You can only vote for Trigger through Sunday, May 1st so please don't delay :)

I'm so happy with how things are going that I'm going to give away a signed copy of Trigger to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter here via the link below and once a winner is selected I will send the signed copy directly to them.  It doesn't get any better than that!

Enter to win a signed copy of Trigger here!

It is so cool to be going about your day, spending time on your second book when you hear, out of the blue, that your book has been nominated for an award!  It has been such a long and wild process to write and publish Trigger and this crazy journey keeps getting better and more interesting.  Now, I just have to get this second book, Trapped, out into the world and see where that ride will take me.

 

Until later my friends,

Jill

 

 

 

I'm so excited that the Many Faces of Love Collection, which Trigger is a part of, is available now!  It includes 9 great love stories for 99 cents, you just cannot beat that price for this many books.  Whatever type of love story you like, if its one with heartbreaking romance, adventure, mystery, or thrills, this collection has it.

I'm very proud to be included in this collection and I am in great company, if you haven't read some of these authors now is your chance to get to know them.  

To check out the collection use the link below:

The Many Faces of Love Collection

If you want to look at each individual novel you can click on the link to read about that individual story.

Arielle Immortal Passion by Lilian Roberts

Another Tomorrow by Julie Farley

Between Heartbreak and Happiness by Sarka-Jonae Miller

Flirting with Magick by Leigh Bennet

Is This What I Want by Patricia Mann

The Heiress of Santorini by Angel Sefer

The Passion Thief by Anne McCarthy Strauss

Rydin' the Storm Out by PJ Fiala

Trigger by Jill Meengs

In other news, I'm working hard on the sequel to Trigger and hope to have it out soon.  It is a bit of a trick juggling, a full time job, moving (twice!) looking for a new house (in between looking for a new rental house) writing, doing my daily (chores and work outs) and of course there is Miss Kira Alexa!  She is 15 months old, walking, well, running really.  Starting to talk and definitely starting to show more than a little sass.

Despite, the time crunch and everything else, I LOVE my writing and will push to get this next chapter of Jordan and Chase's adventure done as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you want to keep yourself entertained, do check out the Many Faces of Love Collection, you will be glad you did.

Until later my friends,

Jill

     a Rafflecopter giveaway          

 

 

Hey there!  I am super excited to announce that for the month of September am I partnering with two other fabulous authors of thriller/mysteries for a Rafflecopter giveaway. 

Angel Sefer is the talented and best selling author of the Greek Isles series and the fourth book in that series, Dark Shadows of the Past is a gripping story that features mystery murder and of course romance.  One of my favorite parts of this book is that it is set in Greece.  I mean, what could make a great story full of mystery, romance and intrigue, even better?...the fact that it takes place in one of the most AMAZING places on the planet (I have been to Greece and a couple Greek Islands so I know this for a fact).  Not only does Angel weave a captivating and suspenseful story, she is also able to make the reader feel like they are actually in those fabulous places with her characters.  This is a great read that will make you want to travel to Greece as well as pick up Angel's next book.

A Palette for Murder is an exceptional novel from the wonderful writer, Vanessa A. Ryan.  The protagonist, Lana Davis, works for an insurance company and her assignment is to find the missing beneficiary to a large life insurance policy.  Not only does she have to solve a missing person case, she has to make sure she doesn't end up dead as well.  Sound like an episode of Dateline Real Life Mysteries?  It totally could be, only this is better because you get to take a well written story and let your imagination run wild with it.  

The final book is of course, Trigger.  I often tell people that if you liked the Bourne Identity or the Beach you will like this book. It has a story that draws you in and a strong female lead that you can relate to, admire, and root for.  Exotic locations across Europe, a handsome American backpacker, a dashing Italian cop and deadly situations all come together to create a story that will keep you reading late into the evening.  Even now, I get excited thinking about the plot and I know how it ends!

If you want a chance at a free book then click on this link for a Rafflecopter giveaway.  It is quick and easy to enter so go for it.

 

If you don't win, or even if you do, I strongly urge you to check out all three books, you won't be sorry. 

So, I will admit it has been a while since my last author post...and I am not one to make excuses, but...I did sort of have a baby and am still working full time and am working on my second book so I have been just a tiny bit busy.  However, I am going to get into the habit of posting on here, afterall, I LOVE to talk/write so that is what I need to be doing whenever I can!

It has been so exciting to see Trigger get published and to hear what people think about it.  The day that I held the first copy in my hand was so thrilling.  My friend is actually married to the local UPS driver and she made sure he stopped at my work first, even though we are normally a stop he makes later in the day.  When he walked into the lobby I couldn't help it, I started hopping.  I don't know if you have ever seen a woman who is 8 months pregnant hopping with in delight as she giggles with glee, but I am told it was quite a sight.  My book was published on December 9th and my daughter was born on December 22, almost 3 full weeks early so it was an incredible month and a crazy way to end the year.

Now my kid is crawling and standing and desperate to walk while I am desperate for her to sleep regularly through the night.  I have had some amazing experiences with her and have some great ideas for a new book all about my interesting journey to motherhood...more on that later.

I will be back with more later and I can't wait to share Trapped with you all!

 

Hello and thank you so much for visiting my website and taking an interest in my writing!

I am very excited about getting published and I am even more excited to work on the sequel.  I actually started the second book of what I have always envisioned as at least a trilogy, as soon as I finished the first draft of Trigger.  Progess on Trapped (working title for the sequel) has been slow because editing and trying to get published is a full time job.  Now that I have finished editing Trigger and doing most of the legwork required by the author I can finally focus on writing again. 

Recently, as I was nearing the end of the editing process, I told my husband that the only thing more difficult than writing a book was trying to get it published, and the only thing more difficult than getting it published was getting it ready to be published!  I had no idea how much work it would take to polish it up once I had someone who thought it was good enough to actually be a book.  Thankfully, I have had an amazing creative team and support system at Booktrope to help me through the process and to make it both interesting and enjoyable.  I have learned a lot about writing, editing, publishing and myself during this time.  I have also learned that my husband Chad has an incredible amount of patience and a neverending faith in me.  If you read the first page of the website you know why Trigger exists.  I have to say that without Chad there would be no Trigger and if you are ever wondering where I got my inspiration for Chase, well, you just need to meet Chad. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the publishing process there are three main ways to get your book out there at this time.  The easiest and quickest method is self-publishing, which is exactly what it sounds like.  You can self-publish through various websites, including Amazon, and sell your book in e-format pretty simply.  If you want hard copies, help editing, etc., it costs more, but with enough of your own money you can make just about anything happen. 

There is the traditional method of publishing where you find a literary agent willing to take you on and then they in turn are the ones who find a publishing house for your book.  Finding a literary agent sounds easy, but it is anything but that!  Sure there are a lot of agents out there, but each one has their own submission requirements and process of selecting manuscripts.  You start out trying to determine what agents may be interested in your manuscript and then you have to put together a query letter to submit to them.  For those who don't know a query letter is usually a brief introduction of your book and yourself.  An agent may request only a query be sent at first, or they may state that you can send a few pages or a summary along with it.  Whatever they ask for, if they like it, then they will ask for some pages, chapters, or possibly the whole manuscript.  Basically, if they keep liking what you send them then eventually they should make you an offer of representation.  Otherwise, they politely decline.  The majority of queries are answered with rejection form letters (I kept every rejection I received).  Two kickers: some agents do not accept unsolicited queries and some do not even respond to queries at all!  As you can imagine, this can be a very frustrating process.  It is also very time consuming because of all of the research you have to do for each agent and the work to prepare each query to an agent's particular requests. 

The third method is what Booktrope specializes in and refers to as Team Publishing.  Booktrope is a publishing house that deals directly with authors who submit manuscripts either via referral of current Booktrope authors or when they have open submissions.  There is a selection process and once you are in you are set up with a creative team which includes a Book manager, project manager, editor, proofreader and cover artist who are all part of the Booktrope family and who all do their part to bring your manuscript into publishing ready shape.  It is a really great system that I think gives the opportunity to be published to very talented writers who have not been successful via the tradtional method and who deserve a better platform than simply self-publishing.  Don't get me wrong, self-publishing can be great and works for the right person, but let's be real, working with professionals on a higher level usually does turn out a better product!

I have been officially rejected by more than 30 literary agents, I sent out way more than 30 queries, but only heard back from some of the people I contacted.  I looked into self-publishing, and would have probably ended up going that route at some point.  I also received an offer from a company in the United Kingdom to publish Trigger there.  This company wanted me to pay a "portion" of the initial costs to publish my book and while they put a number on the amount I was to invest, they would not tell me what the total expenses were, so for all I know they could have been asking that I foot the entire bill.  After researching company more I learned that they were what is called a "vanity publisher" which means you pay them to publish your book because you want to see it in print and don't want to stoop to self-publishing, but it is really glorified self-publishing.  Again, I am not knocking self-publishing at all, I am just telling it like it is.

After exploring all of the methods detailed above I am very grateful that I have gotten to work with Booktrope and am looking forward to working with them to put more books out there, hopefully very soon!

I think that is all I have for my initial post.  I will try to keep things interesting and informative!