Guest author Jill James: Someone To Trust

Hi all,

I have yet another special treat for you!

I’d like to introduce my lovely author friend, Jill James :)

Jill’s sharing an excerpt from her latest release, Someone To Trust, with us. And she  has kindly offered a giveaway to two lucky commenters too.

Woohoo! (Deets at the end of this post.)

Jill has loved to write since she first began putting on puppet shows in her garage for a nickel a person. Her first love was poetry until she picked up her first romance novel; after that it was all romance. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She’s been a member of RWA since 2004 and a member of the From The Heart chapter, Black Diamond chapter, Kiss of Death chapter, and ESPAN chapter. She has been writing romance for a few years with a few poetry contest wins and a published short story, Lunch Break. When Jill isn’t writing, you will find her reading–her other passion. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is the inspiration for all her heroes.

Her debut novel, Tempting Adam, released February 2011, from The Wild Rose Press. Since then she has published Divorce, Interrupted (Book 1 of the Second Chances series) and Someone To Trust (Book 2 of the Second Chances series). She is currently working on Book 3 of the Second Chances series, along with a paranormal romance and several short stories.


Evie Grimes doesn’t trust men. She’s been lied to and deceived too many times before. Happily single, the last thing she needs is a man.

Brady Jackson is a former Marine. Now a carpenter, he is as honest as the day is long. What you see is what you get.

When Brady falls for Evie he will have to prove he can be trusted with her heart. When danger arrives at her door he will have to prove he can be trusted to protect her. When everyone turns against him, he will have to prove he is someone to trust.


by Jill James

Chapter One

“Honey, it’s just a stupid business trip. You would be bored in Oregon.”

“Evie, sweetie. I love you, but you know you aren’t the smartest apple in the bunch.”

“Evie, where in the hell were you? You know you’re not allowed out after dark. Only women out after dark are whores and sluts.”

Blinking her eyes in the dark bedroom, Evie Grimes shuddered and took deep, cleansing breaths. Her ex-husband wasn’t here. He hadn’t been in her life for five, long, peaceful years now. Her heartbeat slowed, calmed, returned to a normal pace.

She turned on her side, hitting her pillow to relieve the residual tension in her shoulders.

Cold sweat pooled between her breasts. Sighing, Evie glanced at the bedside clock. She refused to get up at four in the morning just because her sadistic ex-husband had invaded her dreams again.

A car’s headlights traveled along the ceiling and she missed the lake even more than usual. Life in the little town wasn’t hectic. But the lake was so peaceful it made the town seem like a metropolis. She needed peace and quiet more and more as the nightmares returned.

It was only a matter of time before the calls started up again and she’d be forced to change phone numbers yet again. A step closer to needing to find a new town again, praying it would be the last time.

Tears filled her eyes, rolling down the sides of her face and wetting her hair. He always found her and she always had to move on. Her thoughts ran in circles like a merry-go-round.

She threw off the covers and swung her legs off the bed. Even at four in the morning, the mugginess the day would later carry already filled the air. She strode down the hallway in her T-shirt and panties, all she forced herself to wear in the dog days of August in the sweltering foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Her footsteps pitter-pattered down the oak flooring of the hallway. The beats of her still-racing heart pounded in her ears.

She flipped the switch on the wall and the kitchen flooded with light, banishing the not-yet dawn outside and the last dregs of her nightmare. Evie shuddered, wrapping her arms around herself.

Thoughts of Mark Trudeau still haunted her.


SOMEONE TO TRUST is available now at:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

Jill James’ website

Jill James on Facebook

Jill James on Twitter


And now for the giveaway!

Jill has offered two lucky commenters (to be drawn at random) an electronic copy of DIVORCE, INTERRUPTED, the first book in her Second Chances series. (This is a heart-wrenching, action-packed story about two people struggling to overcome what seem to be insurmountable problems in their marriage, while coping with a terrifying natural disaster – nail-biting stuff!)

So please leave a hyperlink to your email addy in your comment, or make sure you leave your email address so we can contact you if you’re one of the winning commenters.

Winners will be drawn Monday, 27th Feb — to give my weekly subscribers plenty of time to enter the giveaway :)

Good luck with the draw, everyone!



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18 Responses to “Guest author Jill James: Someone To Trust”

  1. Jill James says:

    Hi Maree, thanks for welcoming me to your blog. Unforunately, I had a migraine this morning or I would have been here sooner. Headaches seem to be the bane of a writer’s existence. Must be the hours at the computer.

    I’m crying happy tears at your description of Divorce, Interrupted. Thank you so much.

  2. Mona Risk says:

    Hi Jill, Hi Maree, I read Divporce Interrupted and loved. Now I have to get Someone to Trust.

  3. Carly Carson says:

    Hi Jill and Maree,

    Hope the migraine is better. My dd is suffering from a concussion so I feel quite submerged in the world of head problems. They are so difficult to treat! (not participating in the drawing because I always win and I can’t read all the books I already have and I think I own Divorce anyway from the Buffet) lol But I’ve heard great things about the book.

    • Jill James says:

      Carly, sorry to hear about your daughter. Hope she feels better. Mine had a concussion when she was 2. Longest night of my life.

    • Concussion? Yikes! My DS came a cropper on his bike last year and knocked himself out. His poor mate was terrified, as his eyes had rolled back in his head and he wasn’t making any sense whatsoever. So rather than ring me on the mobile, they walked home. OMG! *facepalm* DS still doesn’t remember a thing about it. So you have my sympathies, Carly. Concussions are very worrying and I hope your DD is okay.

  4. Karen Cote says:

    Wow Jill, what an excerpt! Certainly got my attention and kept it. Actually quite unique in the story line and I like different. Nice. Hope you’re migraine is gone by now.

  5. Chris Bails says:

    This book sounds great. This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Love second chance stories. Love the stories that even though bad things happen, some good still comes out of it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Carol Woodruff says:

    Loved the excerpt. I’ve never read any of Jill’s books, but judging by the excerptm they sound great. Would love to win one. Hope your migraine is gone soon.

    • Jill James says:

      Carol, thanks for the comment. Headache is gone this morning. My book sounds so awesome with Maree’s description, doesn’t it? I should have her write my blurbs. LOL

  7. Beth Re says:

    The book sounds like a great read. I hope your migraine stays away.

  8. Roz Lee says:

    Sorry it took me so long to stop by! Jill, this story sounds wonderful! Gotta love those strong, dependable, former Marine types!

  9. Jill’s drawn the winners and they are…

    Roz and Chris!
    Congrats, ladies. I’ll contact you with Jill’s email now. Please email her so she can get you both your copy of Divorce, Interrupted.

    Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment :)