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Help Me Choose My New Author Picture

Posted by on Dec 9th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 12 comments

Got some new pictures taken, since I look a bit different from the one of me in the red shirt. I’ve narrowed it down to these four. I will crop whichever one I choose.

What do you guys think?

 

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Which picture do you like?

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99¢ Ebook Sale

Posted by on Dec 1st, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 4 comments

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We went to Vancouver, Washington to be with my inlaws. It was a very nice and relaxing weekend.Zondervan/Blink is running a Cyber Monday ebook sale on many of their YA titles, including the Safe Lands trilogy. All three are 99¢. Sale runs through December 8. International prices may vary.

Here are the links to each store:

Captives:

Nook ● Kindle ● Google Play ● iTunes

Outcasts:

Nook ● Kindle ● Google Play ● iTunes

Rebels:

Nook ● Kindle ● Google Play ● iTunes

 

Also, the 99¢ ebook sale on ChokepointAmbushed, and Storyworld First ends tonight (Monday, December 1), so grab these while you can.

 

Here are the links to each store:

Chokepoint:

Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo

Ambushed:

Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo

Storyworld First:

Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo

 

Until next time. Save more. Read more.

 

50 Free Copies of Replication

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 25 comments

It’s getting close to the end of the year, which for published writers, means inventory. At the end of each year I must count the copies of the books in my house to report on my taxes.

Last week, I spent several hours cleaning my book area. I am down to 50 copies of Replication in hardcover! (I once had 500 copies, so this is a big deal for me.) This is the original book that you see pictured below.

I want to get rid of these!!!

Why, you ask?

Because my publisher sent me author copies of the paperback version with the new cover, but I don’t want to take them to conferences to sell until all the hardcover books are gone.

So I’m going to give these away to the first 50 people who order them through my Square store. They are free, but it costs me $3 to ship each book. So you’ll still have to pay $3 to get the book. But $3 is a great price for an autographed (personalized) hardcover (now limited) edition of a book.

Anyone need some Christmas presents?

No more than one copy per order/person/address and I can’t mail them internationally for $3 shipping. So if you live internationally and want one, we’ll have to figure out what the international shipping cost is.

If you’re interested, click here to see the free copy of Replication in my bookstore.

 

Rebels ebook have only 38 chapters?

Posted by on Nov 11th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 8 comments

If you purchased an ebook version of Rebels with a total of 38 chapters, please contact your retailer for a new file. The complete book should have 40 chapters. If you have trouble getting the new file from your retailer, please let me know.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Get Captives ebook FREE–October 24, 25, and 26

Posted by on Oct 24th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 6 comments

Captives, the first book in my dystopian young adult trilogy, is FREE this weekend (Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26) in all ebook formats for the USA. If you haven’t bought this book yet, now is your chance!

Also, please help me spread the word to those who might enjoy this free deal. I’d love to help Captives reach #1 in the Free Kindle Store on Amazon.com.

Here are links and Tweetables to make it easy. Copy and use the images below, if you’d like. Or you can simply share this blog page.

Thank you!

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TWEETS 

Get hooked on #TheSafeLands with CAPTIVES by @JillWilliamson #FREE #ebook on #Kindle http://amzn.to/1rsPpYP #Nook http://bit.ly/1wkKS2f  —> CLICK TO TWEET

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#FREE #Dystopian #YA Captives (Safe Lands 1) by @JillWilliamson 4.4/5-star (103 reviews) 416 pg #Kindle #Nook #iTunes http://amzn.to/1rsPpYP  —> CLICK TO TWEET

CAPTIVES is FREE today—”Some of the BEST world-building I’ve read in a long time”— http://amzn.to/1rsPpYP #kindle #dystopian #yalit  —> CLICK TO TWEET

 

ACTUAL LINKS

Kindle link: http://amzn.to/1rsPpYP

Nook link: http://bit.ly/1wkKS2f

iTunes link: http://bit.ly/1tQRcOL

Google Play link: http://bit.ly/1ytZM47

CBD link: http://bit.ly/1shmSVZ

 

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Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

Posted by on Oct 20th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It was a lot of fun. Here are the winners for the overall hunt and my personal website giveaway. All winners have been contacted.

 

KINDLE FIRE HDX
Erin Connor

 

33 BOOKS BY THE AUTHORS
Heather Hart
Lynne Tidel

 

Choose 1 Jill Williamson Book
Cheryl Henson Grubbs
Camille
Liss Lovejoy
Cathy
Joyce Guard

 

There is still time to sign up for my ezine and be notified of the FREE Captives ebook this coming weekend. Click here to sign up.

 

Thanks!

 

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SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #22

Posted by on Oct 16th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 34 comments

Follow the clues for a Chance to Win
a Kindle Fire HDX or 30+ novels!

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #22. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop # 1 and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.

 

The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quote.)

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.

IN CASE YOU FIND A BROKEN LINK…

Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a “cheat sheet” with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.

 


Meet Carrie Turansky!

IMG_0459It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Carrie Turansky, my guest for the scavenger hunt. Carrie is the award-winning author of more than a dozen inspirational romance novels and novellas including The Edwardian Brides Series. She loves to connect with readers through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Here’s what her book, The Daughter of Highland Hall, is all about:

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

Praise for The Daughter of Highland Hall:

Daughter“In The Daughter of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky sweeps readers back into the early nineteen hundreds, to the glamour of London society as well as the desperate world of those struggling to survive in London’s East End. This beautiful story is filled with endearing characters who will steal your heart and surprises that will keep you engrossed until the very end.”
—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Courier of Caswell Hall

“From London’s East End to the royal presentation court, Carrie Turansky pulls back the curtain on Edwardian England in this sweeping new drama. The Daughter of Highland Hall will delight romance fans as well as those who like a peek behind the scenes into the lives of the elite and the people who serve them. A delight from the first page to the last.”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmaker’s Heart

“From first line to last, The Daughter of Highland Hall is a sumptuous Edwardian feast, brimming with romance, history, and spiritual truths. Society and its glitter fade away as what truly matters comes into play. A delightful addition to the Edwardian Brides series!”
—Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Fortune

 


A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Carrie:

The Art of the Curtsy
by Carrie Turansky

Early on in my research for the Edwardian Brides Series I learned that aristocratic young women spent months preparing for their presentation at court. This rite of passage opened the door for them to take part in the London Social Season, meet potential suitors, and hopefully receive a marriage proposal from the right young man. One of the most important skills they needed to learn for their presentation was the art of the curtsy.

e91d119d958329b4573e848e36bdefe2The year is 1912, the height of the Edwardian era. Kate Ramsey is eighteen years old. She has learned court protocol, how to carry on polite conversation, how to dance, and finally she must learn how to perfect her curtsy. A dancing instructor is called to her home and she receives several lessons, so many in fact that her knees are aching and she is longing to be done with it all.

But Kate carries on, because she knows all eyes will be on her when her presentation day finally arrives. She’ll wear a lovely white, low-cut gown with a long train. She’ll also wear an ostrich feathered headdress and veil. Two feathers are worn by a single woman, three by a married woman. Most debutantes also carry a bouquet of flowers. She will look very much like a bride, and may some day refashion her presentation gown for her wedding day.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

She crossed to the center of the room to practice her curtsy a few more times before tea. Perhaps without everyone hovering over her and criticizing her every move, she could relax and master the graceful movements she needed to impress the king and queen. And everyone else who would be watching.

Closing her eyes, she pictured the motions. Step to the left and place your right foot behind. Then slowly sink down until your knee almost touches the floor, but not quite. Lower your head and hold perfectly still while you slowly count to three before you rise.

She lifted her hand, stepped to the left, and sank down once more. Lowering her head, she counted to three, and then slowly rose. There, that was better. She smiled at the imaginary queen. “Thank you, Your Majesty. I’m very pleased to meet you.”

Even after all that practice and expense, Kate will only spend a few minutes in the throne room. But being presented to the royal family will open many doors for Kate . . . now she must choose which doors to walk through.

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Would you like to see more photos of presentation gowns and the characters in The Daughter of Highland Hall? Take a look at my Pinterest board by clicking here.

 


I don’t know about you, but I could get lost on that Pinterest page. Those Edwardian gowns are amazing! I’m going to have to get a copy of this book. Thanks for visiting my blog, Carrie!

Make sure you grab a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall where you can be transported back to Edwardian England. You can find a copy:

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #23, which is Carrie Turansky’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this STOP #22 clue: and which have gone

Also, please note: Many of the authors use Rafflecopter for their giveaways. Rafflecopter requires JavaScript to work. If you can’t see the form, please turn JavaScript on in your browser in order to enter. Rafflecopter sometimes doesn’t work on mobile devices. If you are on a mobile device and can’t see the entry form, then you’ll need to find a computer.

Your next stop is Carrie Turansky’s blog. Have fun!

 


CaptivesFreeBONUS PRIZES!

1) My dystopian novel, Captives, will be FREE in all ebook formats next weekend, October 24-26. If you’d like to be reminded of this awesome chance to grab the first book for FREE, sign up for my ezine, and I’ll send you a reminder next weekend.

2) Five winners get a FREE book!

I’m giving away five books to scavenger hunters. International winners are welcome, but will have to wait longer for their books to arrive. Here are your choices! Enter to win the paperback of your choice on the Rafflecopter form below.

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Winners will be announced on this blog and via the email address entered in the Rafflecopter form. If I don’t hear back from winners in a week with their mailing address, I will choose a new winner.

Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest! And as always, look under my Contests and Freebies tab to see what other giveaways I have going on each month.

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Another Scavenger Hunt is Coming!

Posted by on Oct 7th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 4 comments

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Which book do you want to win? I’m torn between Two Renegade Realms and Golden Daughter

 

 

A New Fantasy Series is Coming!

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 13 comments

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Well, readers. It’s been a loooonnnng time coming, but I finally have an announcement!

Some of you may remember that I stopped writing Onyx Eyes back in February to work on a series for a publisher that had shown interest in my writing. Well, I’m happy to announce that Bethany House Publishers has bought an epic fantasy trilogy from me! It is tentatively called The Kinsman Chronicles, and the first book, King’s Folly, will come out in September 2015!

Here is the logline for book one: In a fantasy world, a grieving prince struggles to solve his beloved’s murder—a mystery that uncovers a conspiracy of apocalyptic proportions.

I know that doesn’t tell you much. Yet. I will say that this series takes place on the same planet as the Blood of Kings series. These are some of Achan’s ancestors, so the story happens long before Achan was born. I hope that you will enjoy it! I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I learn more.

 

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The Rebels Launch Party is Tomorrow!

Posted by on Sep 11th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 8 comments

As per the growing tradition, I’ll be hosting a launch party tomorrow night on Facebook for the release of Rebels. I know that many of you aren’t on Facebook, and I’m sorry about that. I tried to install a chat plugin to my website for the Outcasts launch, and it nearly killed my website.

The whole thing was pretty stressful.

So I’m back to the standard Facebook Launch Party. Here are the details:

When? Tomorrow night, Friday, September 12, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Where? On the Facebook party page. Click this link to join the fun: https://www.facebook.com/events/573442009434822 

Who? Hosted by me and my humorous husband Brad (who just started a pop culture blog that he is SO EXCITED about. If you like pop culture, go follow him. He’ll be thrilled.)

Any questions?

Do I have to be there the whole time? Nope. Come for all of it, part of it, or pop in and out as you can.

Are there prizes? Yes! I am giving away ten Safe Lands trilogy sets to five winners. Say what? Five people win two sets of books? Yeah, that’s right. Here’s the catch. This is a WIN AND SHARE giveaway, so if you win, you must promise to give the second set of books to someone who has never read any of my books. Someone you think would like them. I’ll also be giving away SWAG PACKS made up of buttons and bookmarks that are leftovers from Salt Lake Comic Con. International people are welcome to enter, but if you win the books, I won’t be able to autograph them. They will be mailed from The Book Depository.

How do we enter? You show up and leave a comment on the ENTER THE CONTEST: BOOKS or ENTER THE CONTEST: SWAG posts. There will be two separate posts.

Just for fun, if you won two copies of the Safe Lands trilogy, who would you give the second set to? Let me know in the comments.

Hope to see you all there!

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