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Cover Reveal for Diana Blackstone’s New Historical Teen Novel When Sparrows Fall

Posted by on Mar 8th, 2015 in Novel Teen | 2 comments

Check out this book cover for my friend Diana Blackstone’s new historical YA novel, When Sparrows Fall, which will release in the summer of 2015.

A little about the book:

WSFfinal600After her mother’s Mennonite church-arranged marriage to her recently deceased father’s bitter brother, thirteen-year-old Susanna Stutzman faces a crisis of faith. Everything seems to be going wrong in her life. As if her new father’s nasty temper isn’t enough, Cousin Mary, now her stepsister, hates her, as does her new teacher. When Susanna’s discovery of a strange nighttime visitor at her mysterious neighbor’s home leads to the unveiling of secrets, Susanna is forced to make a choice between her conscience and her community. 

A little about the author:

Diana has been a voracious reader since age nine when she discovered The Chronicles of Narnia after a librarian handed her the first book in the series. She credits hay fever for her interest in writing stories. Unable to play outside without misery from the age of ten, she spent half of every summer vacation inside reading and writing stories until the pollen count dwindled.

Diana serves as a high school English teacher and academic support coordinator. She originally chose to teach older students because she thought they would be able to manage their own bodily fluids better than little kids would. She’s discovered she was mostly right about that, and as a bonus, she finds teenagers a blast to spend her days with.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Alan and youngest son Isaac. Her adult son Mitchell lives only a four-hour drive away, but Diana wishes it was four minutes instead. She has two cats. Her Maine Coon named Mister Mistoffelees weighs twenty pounds. He is as sweet as he is huge. The other is a feisty Siamese-mix named Sabrina.

How you can connect with Diana:

Her website:






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:


Nook ● Kindle ● Google Play ● iTunes


Nook ● Kindle ● Google Play ● iTunes


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:


Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo


Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo

Storyworld First:

Nook ● Kindle ● Kobo


Until next time. Save more. Read more.


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

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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Happy Release Day, Rebels! The trilogy is over.

Posted by on Aug 26th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 7 comments

I can’t believe it’s finally here. Rebels officially released today. The entire trilogy is now available. The story is done. It’s such a weird feeling. But I’m happy with how it ended, and I hope you will be too. If you read it, please email me and let me know what you thought.



RebelsBook three: Rebels

The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten yet.

The Safe Lands have long kept secret from their people what it means to be liberated. Mason and Omar are about to discover the truth.

Levi doesn’t want to give up on his brothers, but when Jemma is captured and becomes the Safe Lands new queen, Levi’s best option is to take up the role of The Owl that Omar began, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government.

But will The Owl be enough to safe Jemma? Will Ciddah be able to deliver Shaylinn’s babies safely underground without the help of a surgeon? And will Mason be able to keep Omar from dying as they search for a way back?

If only they could unite their efforts, together they could expose the Safe Lands lies to the people. But if they fail, they will surely die.

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Spotlight on Gillian Bronte Adams and Orphan’s Song

Posted by on Aug 2nd, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 5 comments

I don’t remember where I first met Gillian Bronte Adams. It feels like I’ve known her forever. We were in a critique group together once upon a time, and I got to read an early draft of Orphan’s Song. She volunteered to play Abby Goyer in my book trailer for Replication (Click here to watch). She also guest blogs on Go Teen Writers. I’ve hung out with her at a few ACFW conferences, we have the same agent, and she even came to a book signing I had in Austin, Texas a few years ago.


See Bill Myers in the background?

Gillian has sold her first book to Enclave Publishing. I am so excited of her and proud too. I wanted to share a little about the book with you all. I think this book is awesome, and I can’t wait to hold my very own copy.

Orphan's SongWho Will Keep the Song Alive?

Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one.

When Birdie’s song draws the attention of a dangerous Khelari soldier, she is kidnapped and thrust into a world of ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by her old friend, traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies in pursuit of the truth behind the Song’s power.

Ky is a street-wise thief and a member of the Underground—a group of orphans banded together to survive . . . and to fight the Khelari. Haunted by a tragic raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of a new life beyond the reach of the soldiers. But the enemy is closing in, and when Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira. (Book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles.)

About Gillian Bronte Adams

Gillian Bronte Adams spent her childhood devouring books and roaming the Texas countryside slaying orcs, captaining pirate ships, and dreaming of medieval kingdoms. So it was no surprise when she became an author.

Her love of epic stories as well as a desire to present truth in a new and unique way drew her to realm of fantasy. Orphan’s Song is book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles Trilogy.

There is still a few days to pre-order this book through the Enclave Publishing Fall Release Kickstarter Campaign. Click the image to check out the pre-order book deals on Orphan’s Song and the other fall releases.


Captives wins an INSPY award!

Posted by on Jun 30th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 7 comments


I found out yesterday that Captives won an INPSY award for best literature for young people. I am honored that the judges found value in the story. Click here to read what they said about the story.

Thanks so much to the bloggers who nominated Captives and to the judges for their time and efforts.

Here is some more info and the full list of winners:

JUNE 28, 2014—The INSPY Advisory Board announced today that the following books have been awarded INSPYs in their categories. Recognizing the need for a new kind of book award, the Inspy Awards — — was created by bloggers to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. The 2014 awards season covers books published from January 1st 2013 and December 31st, 2013.

Click on each cover to learn more about the books on


Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense  

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson Publishers, May 2013)

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Debut Novel  

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson Publishers, November 2013)

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

General Fiction  

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes (Tyndale House Publishers, March 2013)

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes

Historical Romance  

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House, April 2013)

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Literature for Young People  

Captives by Jill Williamson (Zondervan, February 2013)


Mystery & Thriller  

The King by Steven James (Signet Select, July 2013)

The King by Steven James

Speculative Fiction  

Anomaly by Krista McGee (Thomas Nelson Publishers, July 2013)



Captives & Outcasts $1.99 ebook Sale!

Posted by on Jun 2nd, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 8 comments


Ebook sale! Captives and Outcasts are $1.99 each from now until June 16 on Nook, Kindle, and pretty much anywhere ebooks are sold.

Here are the links:


For Captives:

Nook ● Kindle ● CBD ● iTunes


For Outcasts:

Nook ● Kindle ● CBD ● iTunes



I’m Going on Tour!

Posted by on May 14th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 2 comments

I’m part of this week’s Blink book tour. I’ll be in Salt Lake City on Thursday and in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday. If you live in either area, come and see me! I’m not alone, either. I’ll be there with authors Jonathan Friesen, Lisa T. Bergren, and Lorie Ann Grover.



7:00-9:00pm Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South – Conference Room A
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Reading, Q&A, book sales. Come early to hear us talk about our books and writing and to get books signed.



4:00-6:00pm Store Event
Changing Hands
6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283



Blades of Valor by Sigmund Brouwer

Posted by on Mar 24th, 2014 in Novel Teen | 0 comments

Blades of ValorThomas and Katherine are in the Holy Land, and they’re both looking for answers. They also both still don’t know if they can trust the other. They set off in search of an ancient treasure. But they are travelling through a dangerous place with bandits, Druids, and the desert sun. Can they find the treasure? And can Thomas discover the truth once and for all?

This was the final book in the Merlin’s Immortals series, and overall, I enjoyed this tale. But there was a place in this book where I was just annoyed with the continual “Who can we trust?” thing. Katherine and Sir William put Thomas through a test that is completely unfair and by no means foolproof. Yet the result makes them certain that Thomas is a Druid after all. I, the reader, was annoyed. This “Can we trust him?” thing went on for four books, and this time, it was too much. Just have a conversation, please!

Once we got past all that, the story rolled on to an excellent and entertaining conclusion. So, all in all, I enjoyed this series. The narrative style in which point of view characters knows things but won’t tell the reader has never been my favorite, but I cared enough about the characters and the mysterious plot that I kept with it. I also think these four books would do better as one 500-page novel than four short ones. Overall, an enjoyable series.

Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: historical fiction (medieval)
Part of a Series: book four in the Merlin’s Immortals series
Pages: 216
Publisher: Waterbrook
Released: 2014


New Release! Ambushed: Mini-Mission 2.5

Posted by on Mar 19th, 2014 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments


Ambushed, Spencer’s latest story, is now available in paperback and ebook formats.

Ambushed starts at the end of the year following Spencer’s trip to Japan. He’s worried about Grace and the dreams he keeps having about her, and he’s trying to navigate the confusing path of a potential NCAA athlete. He also gets to attend a Hollywood movie premiere.

Here is a little more info about the story:

All Spencer wants in life is an NCAA scholarship to play D-I college basketball. He visits universities when he can and works hard at his goal of taking his team to the state basketball championship.

When disaster strikes, Spencer’s desperation sends him to the one person he was determined to ignore: his father.


To find a copy of Ambushed, click on the links below. 





Ambushed on Kindle

Ambushed on Nook

Ambushed on Kobo


And click here to add Ambushed to your Goodreads To-Read list.