For a few years, I recorded a serial podcast of the Blood of Kings trilogy that anyone could listen to free online or subscribe via email, podcasts, or iTunes. I posted one chapter a week on Friday afternoons, just in time for the weekend.

It was a fun way to reach new readers (listeners) and to post content on my blog.

It became too time consuming to keep up with, though, so I stopped after book two. But you can still listen to all of book one or book two by clicking on the book titles below to download old chapters.

By Darkness Hid

To Darkness Fled 


Thirst Release Day!

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2019 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 4 comments

Happy Thirst-day, everyone!

Eight years ago I wrote chapter one of the story that became Thirst. I was working on a dystopian story (which became Captives), but I was struggling to understand the storyworld I was trying to build. I needed an origins story. A story about what happened to create this dystopian future.

That’s where Thirst came from. One day I was writing about Levi, Mason, Omar, and their great grandfather, Papa Eli. The next day? Eli was a teenager trying to survive the end of the world. It was weird. But I liked Eli. I liked his friends. Their story intrigued me. Thirst  was almost published back then. It had an offer and everything. But when I explained that Captives was meant to be the first book in a trilogy, and that it wouldn’t make sense to publish Captives, then Thirst, then Outcasts, then Rebels, the publisher tossed out Thirst and bought the trilogy instead.

But Thirst was still there, in my mind. Eli wanted his story told.

In 2016 I used Thirst as an example for a series I wrote for the Go Teen Writers blog called #WeWriteBooks. I posted one chapter a week on my author blog so that my readers could give me feedback. This year, since I started grad school, I haven’t been able to write the books I wanted to write. But I wanted to give my readers a book in 2019, so I looked in my files to see what I had to work with.

I found Thirst.

So I decided to cut it into two books, fix them up, and today the first part of Eli’s story is finally available in book form for your reading pleasure..I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

For more information about Thirst, and to see all the places the books are available, click here.

I Have Book News and a Chance to Win Free Books!

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2019 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 2 comments

THIRST, my upcoming post-apocalyptic YA novel, releases in November, and I need your help to start spreading the word! It all starts with the cover reveal on September 24, and I’ve added a bookish giveaway to thank everyone for participating. First, here’s a little bit about THIRST:

A waterborne disease has sprung up in every corner of the globe, decimating the human race. Seventeen-year-old Eli McShane and his friends flee the chaos and violence in Phoenix and journey north toward the rumored location of a safe water source. They add several to their number, including a mysterious girl named Hannah, who, unknown to Eli, is being hunted by a dangerous man. Desperation brings out the worst in many of the travelers, infecting even those closest to Eli. When division comes, will he be able to hold his group together or will each fall victim to their own thirst for survival?

Ahh! I get chills just thinking about the journey these teens are in for! THIRST a prequel to The Safe Lands trilogy. It tells the story of Papa Eli, back when he was a teenager and he and his friends survived the Great Pandemic that sparked the future dystopian world in which Levi, Mason, Omar, and Shaylinn were taken captive. I have a gorgeous book cover that was designed by the talented Emilie Hendryx, and I’m planning a cover reveal for September 24.

I’m also doing a giveaway for everyone who participates in the cover reveal. The prizes are:

  1. Your choice of a limited edition, signed and numbered hard cover Blood of Kings trilogy –OR– a $50 gift certificate for my author bookstore, plus a signed hard cover copy of THIRST.
  2. A $25 gift certificate in my author bookstore plus a signed hard cover copy of THIRST.
  3. A signed hard cover copy of THIRST.

Here’s how the giveaway works:

  1. Sign up on my cover reveal Google Form (link below).
  2. On September 17 (which is one week before the cover reveal) you will receive an email with images of the book cover that you can use “as is” or adapt to create your own image. That email will also contain instruction for cover reveal day, the book blurb, hashtags, sample images and written text you can use, and details on pre-order goodies I’ll be offering.
  3. On cover reveal day, post wherever you like and either tag me or email me the link. You will receive one entry for each social media site you post on (two for Instagram if you post once in your story and once on your grid). You are welcome and encouraged to post more pictures of the book cover in the days and months following the cover reveal day, but only posts from September 24 will be counted toward entries in the cover reveal giveaway.

And that’s it. Easy peasy.

If you’d like to help with the cover reveal, sign up at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1sKr36sm03gPyMdLAxH4F3G3ic4qJs7TGguuwzI3KC0iQBg/viewform

Thanks for your help, faithful readers! I so appreciate you. 🙂

Oh, and if you want to pre-order THIRST at a low price or jump on pre-ordering the hard cover (which will count toward pre-order goodies that will be announced later), here are those links:


Hard cover


The Blood of Kings Hardcover Books Have Arrived! Plus… A Kickstarter Update: We Met Our First Stretch Goal!

Posted by on Apr 25th, 2019 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

If you haven’t been following the Kickstarter campaign for the Blood of Kings audio books, amazing things have been happening! Within the first twelve hours you guys raised the $2500 to fund the By Darkness Hid audio book. I was floored!

And over the past few weeks we’ve now surpassed the $5000 mark, reaching our first stretch goal to fund the To Darkness Fled audio book. That means we will for sure have audio books of the first two books. We are now working toward the stretch goal for book three. And we have eight days left! Come support this project. This will be the best time to lock in a deal for all three Blood of Kings audio books at the $25 support level. That’s $8.33 per audio book. What a deal!

Also, the test set of the limited 10 year anniversary edition Blood of Kings trilogy (finally!) arrived, and they look amazing. I am so excited. Here is a video of me showing them off.

I think they look fabulous. Like I said in the video, I need to make some adjustments to them so that they will be perfect for those of you who backed at the hardcover book level!

These hard covers will only be available as part of this Kickstarter campaign, so if you want a set of these pretties, you can order your limited edition hard cover books on the Kickstarter home page.

International readers, I have them listed as USA only, but if you really want to order a set, please email me and we can talk about shipping costs. I’m working with a few international people on this already.

Thanks for your support, everyone. Keep on reading!

EPIC Blood of Kings Sale–40% off the paperback prices

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2018 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 2 comments

It’s a book sale! My publisher has put the Blood of Kings paperback books on a special sale. On Amazon only, By Darkness Hid, To Darkness Fled, and From Darkness Won are each only $9.99 for a limited time. That’s a little over 40% off the cover price!
There is a bit of a trick to this. Right now, a third party seller has the “buy” box on Amazon, so I’ve made special links so that you can find the seller with the $9.99 new price (who is oddly Amazon itself).
This sale starts now and runs through next Saturday, December 15.
Here are the links:
By Darkness Hid: https://amzn.to/2QDceRt
To Darkness Fled: https://amzn.to/2QlOWjV
From Darkness Won: https://amzn.to/2L4LJzd

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

I started a new website.

You might have seen my countdown to October 4, 2017. Well, this is what I’ve been working so hard on. I created a writing website primarily to host my YouTube videos and podcast versions of those videos to make it easier for listeners to find them.

What are Storyworld Shorts?

They are short writing videos or podcasts in which I teach lessons on the craft of writing. I will post one new video and podcast a week. Over the years I have posted sporadic YouTube writing videos, and I loved it. I always wanted to do so more regularly, so this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a loonnnggg time!

Storyworld Shorts are by nature short. Over time, the episodes will build upon one another and eventually give you a thorough understanding of how to write a novel. Some of the topics/series I will discuss in weeks to come are:

-How to come up with a great idea
-Creating compelling characters
-Different types of plots
-How to outline and plan your novel
-How to add themes to your story
-Tackling a major rewrite
-How to edit your book

I’ll also be doing a monthly Q&A Live video, in which I’ll answer listener questions.

To learn more and to watch the first video, visit StoryworldShorts.com.

THIRST (a weekly story blog) is here!

Posted by on Feb 8th, 2016 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 1 comment

To skip ahead and read the teaser prologue click here here.

In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I am writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I will be writing the book THIRST on my website. I tried this once before with the Onyx Eyes story, and while I’d love to continue with that tale, it’s a little too complex for my schedule right now. So I’ve chosen to write THIRST instead. This is a stand-alone prequel to The Safe Lands series (Captives, Outcasts, and Rebels). THIRST follows a teenage Papa Eli as he and his friends struggle to survive the Great Pandemic.

I will announce new chapters of THIRST on my blog, but I won’t be posting them here. If you want to read along, subscribe to the THIRST: weekly story blog by clicking here. For now, here is a little more about the book and a very short, teaser prologue. Chapter one will be posted next week.



In matters of life or death, what do you thirst for? 

A waterborne disease has sprung up in every corner of the globe, decimating the human race. Eli McShane, a young survivor, journeys toward Colorado and the rumored location of a clean water source. When he arrives, he finds the community in an unending state of celebration. Until someone dies. When the people realize the disease is still among them, panic ensues. Rules are established to keep people safe. Eli wants to leave, but the landowners won’t let him. Only one thing is certain. This “safe land” is not so safe after all.


Six days into our wilderness survival adventure in the La Plata Mountains of Colorado, Comet Pulon passed by the earth. We had no way of knowing that it had come much closer than expected, that it had forever changed our planet, and that it had left a killer among us. Oblivious, the twelve of us camped in a clearing, cheered as the bright yellow fireball soared overhead, roasted marshmallows, and toasted with canteens of water we had purified ourselves.

And as we celebrated in awe of nature’s majesty, the rest of the world began to die.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 25th, 2013 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 1 comment



And enjoy this video. It’s adorable.


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Posted by on Oct 19th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 42

In this concluding chapter of To Darkness Fled, Achan leads his first war council and receives an answer from his future bride.

Please note, I must stop podcasting for now. I don’t have the time to keep up with the project. I’d like to come back to it someday. But since it takes me 3-5 hours per chapter, I’m not sure when that might be. Thanks for listening! 🙂


Posted by on Oct 13th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 41

The knights confer to decide who shall become Achan’s bride while Sparrow watches from within the castle walls.


Posted by on Oct 8th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 40

Achan and his men arrive in Carmine. Achan meets Duchess Amal and confronts Sir Eagan as to Sparrow’s whereabouts.