Some Exciting Book News!


First, my profile on Goodreads is now up! If you’re active in this online community, make sure to become a fan!

http://www.goodreads.com/jbstilwell

Second, with updates to Kindle Direct Publishing, I have received an e-mail that “The Source” is now available in the Kindle Store for INDIA! This is a great win for Indie authors and Indian fans who want access to more cutting-edge self-published books.

Fang on!

Upcoming offers for “The Source”


First, I have to say that I’m overwhelmed by the interest in my novel “The Source” in just the first week it’s been available on Amazon Kindle! You all are awesome!

As you know, I have committed to giving 50% of the royalties from “The Source” to the Beckett-Foltz family to help 8-year-old Megan in her fight against AML leukemia. Because of this, I’m even MORE anxious to get the word out and get more people talking about the book.

I’ve been thinking of ways to do this. One of the best ways – especially for a new, unknown author – is to offer free promotions on the book. At the same time, I don’t want my early fans to think that they were too quick to buy the book when they could have gotten it for free. The best way I can think to “soothe” that burn is this – 100% of royalties up until the free promotion will be giving to the Beckett-Foltz family.

I will run the promotion on Amazon Kindle for two days after the release of the print version (more to come on that). Also, after the free promotion on the Kindle version, I will have a contest where the winner will receive a FREE, signed, print copy of “The Source” – who knows, it may be worth a lot one day!

Here’s the help I need from you all – tweet, post and blog your heads off so that we can let all fans of paranormal fiction know about this great new book. This will be even more critical when we run the free promotion and contest.

Stay tuned for further details. Remember, Megan LOVES the Twilight books and is totally Team Jacob, but vampires are still cool to her. 😉

Fang on!

Sink your teeth in!


Buy my debut novel “The Source (A Mountain State Vampire Novel).” It’s a great read for all of you paranormal romance/thriller fans!

Also, 50% of all royalties are being donated to the Beckett-Foltz family in their fight against childhood leukemia. Search for the Kindle version on Amazon using the ASIN B008XDNVXY.

For your international friends, the same ASIN can be used to find the book on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it and Amazon.es!

Info on the physical edition coming next week!

Summertime in Seattle


I had always heard that it rains all of the time in Seattle. No one ever told me about Seattle summers! It’s been quite hot for the past couple of days. Thankfully there’s very little humidity. The downside is that very few apartments – including ours – do not have air conditioning. I guess the reasoning is that if it’s only hot about two weeks out of the year, there’s really no point in wasting energy on a luxury like air conditioning. First world problem for sure.

The week is looking to be a fun one. I’m back to my day job tomorrow after having a week off, then it’s back to writing. Maya is also going back to school tomorrow. She got her hair cut over vacation and looks absolutely adorable. It’s the first time she has gotten her hair cut since she was born. As a mom, it’s so much easier to take care of and I’m thankful that she actually likes the cut.

Have a great week everyone!

News and processed food


With the recent events concerning a certain chicken joint, I’ve been thinking more and more about fast food. Actually, this isn’t the only reason I’ve been thinking about it – my daughter loves McDonald’s chicken nuggets, so processed food is on my mind quite a bit.

Growing up, I ate a lot of processed food. Given how busy Americans have become over the years with both parents working, a huge market has been generated for quick and easy meals – not just fast food, but boxed food. I remember that many times my childhood dinners consisted of either frozen pizzas or TV dinners. What I didn’t question at that time was all of the chemicals and preservatives that were needed to ensure the food lasted a long time before being consumed. This added to the convenience of keeping food on hand and having it to prepare for dinner when you just got home from an 8+ hour work day and didn’t feel like making homemade mashed potatoes.

As I’ve gotten older I realize that many of my health and weight problems have stemmed from the pure unhealthiness of this food. I’m not talking about eating things like this every once in a while. I’m talking about eating this type of food for every meal.

Now that I have a daughter of my own, I have taken more of an interest in the health of the food that we eat. This awareness has made me reflect on my own eating habits throughout my life. After 30+ years of eating processed food for practically every meal, I’m overweight, regularly sick, taking medicine daily to control my blood pressure and am looking at a future with possibly developing Type 2 diabetes (many members of my family already have it). Don’t get me wrong. I do, in part, embrace the fact that many of these things – including weight – have genetic elements. I fully believe that I have a genetic predisposition to being overweight and having high blood pressure. The fact that I am overweight and have high blood pressure is magnified by my eating habits.

Well, no more. Three months ago I did a juice cleanse and went off processed food, including store-bought breads and anything made with gluten (it’s related to the word glue for a reason – ick!). I feel better, am rarely feel sick, don’t have headaches and as a side affect, I’ve lost over 30 pounds. Yes, I’m still on blood pressure medication and I might be for the rest of my life – but the changes I’m making now significantly improve my chances of avoiding the diabetes hurdle.

What’s more important is that I’m now teaching my daughter about making healthy food choices. One of the scariest day-dreams I have ever had was seeing her at my age with the same problems. Now, regardless of how tired I am we prepare meals instead of throwing something into the microwave. An added bonus to avoiding processed food is that I actually have more energy so I’m less likely to feel too tired to fix a dinner that is made with fresh ingredients and with minimal added chemicals or preservatives (the hormones that are given to some animals on the market is a whole other post).

It’s a win-win.

She still loves chicken nuggets and being a working mom, I still like the idea of being able to rest when I get home. We can both have that on occasion, but we’re both learning to be more healthy. It’s not easy – especially in the modern world. I empathize with anyone who tries it. But the results are definitely worth it.