Public Appearance

I will be making my first public appearance as an author  this Friday, March 29 at 3:30 PM

at the Merryville Heritage Festival.

I will also be signing books.

This is the website for the festival:

http://www.merryvilleheritagefestival.com/

 

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This is the inspiration for plantation in my second novel Resurrection.

The Witching Hour

Contrary to popular belief, the elegant row of oaks that lead visitors to the front porch of Oak Alley Plantation were not planted to grace the drive of this prestigious home.  Instead, this beautiful historic house turned bed and breakfast was built where it stands specifically to take advantage of the picturesque avenue with its intertwined canopy of leafy branches that run the length of the drive almost to the banks of the Mississippi River. The vista is one of the most photographed in all of Louisiana, so the déjà vu you may experience as you walk up the path to the home is probably not other worldly. Cinematographers also enjoy the scenery as well, so you may have glimpsed Oak Alley on the small screen or silver screen.  Arguably its most famous film appearance was in the movie version of Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire.

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Holidays

The holidays are here.  Thanksgiving came and went.  Now we only have two weeks until the children are off for Christmas.  I have so much to do so I’m making my lists tomorrow so I can start checking it off (which is absolutely the best part of making a list).

My apologies to my followers for my long absence!  Please forgive me.  This is a poem for the season and for all of my friends in the North who are getting a blizzard!

Snow-flakes

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.

Phases

Ok, so I haven’t posted anything in a while.  So I thought I would share what’s been going on with my work (or what’s not going on with the work!)

For the last few weeks I’ve been in serious writing mode on my new book Resurrection the second vol. in the Bayou Blood series.  Since the book series is intended for struggling readers, my intention was to gradually make each volume a little more advanced in reading level so I’ve been spending a lot of time editing and trying very hard not to use too difficult of vocabulary and etc…

I had to take a break!  I start to over think things. So I decided to take a vacation from my Louisiana Vampire world.

Since I’ve had a sick child all week, it’s been a perfect time to snuggle up with him and read.  I didn’t think I would get so addicted to the series that I would lose sleep trying to find out what happens next, but I did!  I am reading Richelle Mead’s Bloodline series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series.  I’m totally addicted to it.  One of my favorite characters from Vampire Academy is now one of the main characters in the Bloodline series. (Adrian Ivashkov)  So, good job Richelle!

P.S.

My son is all better now and back at school.  My fingers are crossed that nobody else in the family gets ill!

Much Love From Louisiana! – Jill

My Love Affair with Books

I took my nephew to the library today to teach him about the dewey decimal system and show him around.  (He is homeschooling.)  I have to tell you, I miss the card catalogue!   I know I’m old fashion.

This is my confession:  I have a probably unhealthy love for books especially old ones!  I love the smell of them.  I made my daughters share a room so I could put more bookshelves in the smaller room.  If books were alcohol, I’d be an alcoholic.

The good thing about my kindle is I can hide my addiction from my husband who thinks I have too many books!

What do you think?

Black n White photo for book jacket

Or Color photo for book jacket

Please let me know what you think.  I am trying to pick out a picture for my book jacket.  Should I use black n white or color?

Thanks for all of your help!

New Photos

I’m working on getting author photos for my book jacket done this afternoon. I will post them when they are done. Would love to get feedback.