WHAT authors are saying about #WOTR17!! Find out more at www.writersontheriver.weebly.com. Sponsor! Sign up on interest form! #WOTR18 July 21st!! Peoria, IL #thistlefarms #thecenterforpreventionofabuse

Valerie A Twombly

This is the best event I've ever attended. The care in planning that goes into WOTR is evident. I love how you communicate with the authors from sign up to the day of. Especially on how many tickets have been sold to the event.

Chelsea Camaron

WOTR is a well organized, active event. Everything ran smoothly and all the staff were continually checking on authors and providing for our needs as well as readers needs. The energy of the WOTR staff is infectious making it for a fun time for everyone.

Alison Bliss

I was so impressed with how well-organized this event was. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. No question I had went unanswered. This was my first year at WOTR, but it won't be my last! Already looking forward to WOTR18!

Jolanthe Aleksander

So jam pack full of awesome readers and authors, I didn't have time to leave my table and shop! So excited to see how much this event has grown. I can hardly wait for next year's event.

Miranda Lynn

This by far has been the best event I have had in my career. Well organized, great turnout, amazing sales. I will most definitely be back next year

Jenna Jacob

WOTR is without a doubt one of my favorite events. It’s a thrill to meet so many new amazing readers and authors, and have the opportunity to catch up with those who’ve already touched my life. Angie, Anya, Jillian, Melinda, and the entire staff pour their blood, sweat, and tears into this fun-filled gathering, and it shows. I will definitely keep coming back…as long as they’ll let me!

Heather D'Agostino

I had a great time. I thought it was well planned, and ran flawlessly. The event space was big enough, table layout worked, and was promoted effectively. Will def be back in the future.

Jennifer Laslie

This event was spectacular! The volunteers were attentive. The flow of readers seemed to never stop. All of the authors I spoke with were pleasant (yay for no drama!). Then there was the after party. The DJ played a great selection of music. I had fun drinking, dancing, and getting photo booth pics!

Saturday, July 8th, the not-for-profit organization, Healing With Words coordinated an author book signing and sale at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. The event, Writers On The River (WOTR) raised over $7,500 for two charities—Thistle Farms out of Nashville, TN and The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, IL. Event attendees and authors were also asked to donate household items for The Center for Prevention of Abuse. WOTR is estimating a value of $500 in goods donated to the Peoria, IL facility.

Writers On The River is an author signing and book sale, featuring over 70+ romance authors at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria. This event is hosted by Healing With Words and will return on July 21st, 2018.


Healing With Words is a not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading. Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment. Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences. Healing With Words was established by: Angie Stanton, Melinda Huff-Bones, Jillian Jacobs, and Anya Breton.



For Ryan is LIVE!


For three years, two months, and five days, Ryan Cole has been a man on a mission—preparing for his future with April. Now a Harvard graduate employed by a top law firm, he’s ready to claim his girl—whether she’s ready or not.
April David asked Ryan for time, and she got it, along with an all-consuming need to break free of her past and love not just herself, but the only man worth fighting for.
When April arrives at Ryan’s graduation reception prepared to discuss their future, she’s derailed by his jealous best friend and her psychotic therapist.
After fighting through interruptions and misinformation, they discover all that’s left is their love. But after so much time apart, do their paths still align or are they willing to change for love and their future?
For Ryan is Book #2, for best experience, please read For April first. 




East Peoria, IL: Healing With Words is partnering with The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, Illinois, Thistle Farms, and local radio station, WZPW 92.3 FM

“After touring The Center for Prevention of Abuse, I couldn’t help but think of those who’d walked the halls before me. The fact that such a facility needs to exist is chilling. Hence why, myself and three other fantastic volunteers strive to make Writers On the River a premier event in Central Illinois,” said Jillian Jacobs, Healing With Words. “Last year, Writers On the River raised $1,500 for Thistle Farms. This year we will allocate proceeds to both charities. As authors, we create books that allow an escape, so matching with a company that does the same for women, children, and men, though in a different ways, was an easy decision.”

Writers On The River, an author signing and book sale, will feature 80+ romance authors at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria on Saturday, July 8th, 2017. New York Times and USA Today best sellers will be in attendance. This event is hosted by Healing With Words. General admission entry will begin at 1pm. Event ends at 4pm. Tickets are available on the website and will be available for sale on day of event.


Healing With Words is a not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading.
Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment.
Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.

When a senator’s daughter falls for a tattooed bad boy...she discovers she'd do anything For Ryan.
Available on all outlets Saturday, June 3rd

Live on May 16-- Available for Pre-order now.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

I have a new name in a new city.

Tye and I agreed to be friends only. Now he sleeps in my bed every night, holding me close, protectively. After everything that I’ve been through, I’m not sure that I can handle more, besides he isn’t a relationship kind of guy. I’m not even sure why he’s here with me.

I saw Billie and wanted her immediately. I know that she has secrets but getting to know her is like unwrapping a gift, slower is better. Her scars run deep and every day is a struggle. I want to help her, to protect her from those that want to hurt her. I tell myself that’s why I’m holding her every night.

We’re just friends… It’s for the Best that way.

Isn’t it?

What is the one thing authors have a hard time with??? Marketing! I have been in the marketing business since I sold my first radio ad in 1994.

As a media buyer, I look at viewing/listening in average quarter hours. Consider how many messages you see every fifteen minutes? What’s the last message that stayed with you and why?

How do you create a memorable ad? That’s the zillion dollar question…which is why an effective and efficient marketing plan matters! 

Here are some marketing tips:
  • TOMA – Remember Top of Mind Awareness!
  • Tell strangers about your books.
  • Speak at meetings/book clubs about writing or be genre specific. Announce you’ll be there to relevant groups!! Bring books for sale after. Offer articles to magazines like RWA or Writer’s Digest…maybe even Romantic Times mag.
  • Always have an elevator pitch ready- and I mean elevator- don’t drone on and on
  • Always have a biz card with you. Include all social media/website/email – consider photo
  • Gather reviews to put on blog or website
  • Set up readings at local events or bookstores
  • Get a professional photo taken- Adds to your brand and can be added to all pages.
  • Do YouTube videos or short films about your books. Link to FB and Twitter.
  • If someone offers you an opportunity to spread the news- TAKE IT!
  • Do a Blog Tour- Cover reveal/Release
  •  Write a blog post about your book. 
  •  Add keywords
  •  Offer bloggers ARC’s

  • Do a Cover Reveal
  • Build a user-friendly website. Make sure you add an SEO option and use! Add a “store” page to website. Do you have sale buttons on your site? Social media buttons? When you type in your name what comes up?
  • Is your author bio up to date? Goodreads profile? AMZ profiile? (add review quotes) Website?
  • Create a newsletter – Giveaways, book launch, special offers, excerpts prior to release –make personal by doing things for your bday or fav holiday, offer ARC’s. Consider offering ads in your newsletter and “sell” to other authors.
  • FB boosts 
  • FB Ads Manager
  • Twitter ads (Link twitter to your website)
            Write Tweetable quotes and ask friends, bloggers, newletter readers to share

  • Amazon ads – available from your Author Dashboard.
            Click Promote and Advertise

  • Goodreads Promo
            Add Goodreads widget to your Website.


  • Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat
  • Allow friends to put blurbs in the back of your books
  • Take friend’s swag to book signings.
  • Use Sale sites
  • Do a sale
    • Free
    • 99 cents
  • Write a great book. When released include a fun hash tag and include everywhere! #mktgqueen
  • Write an interesting blurb – If you don’t hook the reader, then poof…sale gone.  Very hard but crucial.
  • Create eye catching ads – or hire someone to do them. If you don’t have a professional looking ad, it really sticks out!
  • Make a video for your YouTube page.
  • Write “advice” blogs. Guest blog. Add keywords to blog. Allow guests on your blog. Do you have a blog on your website?
  • Make a slide show and post it
  • Create a Google+ Page. Host a Google Hangout.
  • Create an author logo
  • Be your brand
  • Are you reading? If so, do you suggest these books to your friends? Engage! Word of Mouth is a HUGE motivator.
  • Always say your sales are good
  • Be positive about your product. Offer fans sneak peeks.
  • Offer deleted excerpts. Do a fan of the month. Do a best illustration of scene contest. Do a best book trailer contest. Best ad contest.
  • Poll readers likes and dislikes. Get to know them. What they like to read? Etc…
  • Write next book
  • Attend events. Smile. Put your phone down! Banner-Name most prominent so readers can find you. Swag that is brand consistent. – Footballs   Make sure events are listed on GR, AMZ, website
  • Donate your books to local libraries. Write YA? High schools. Camps. Contemp? Women’s shelters. Retirement communities
  • Write press release for local media about YOU and what you’re up to that’s relevant to city or another relevant options.
  • Think outside the box on events- Farmer’s Market, Covered Bridge festival
  • Attend events even if you’re not signing.
  • At events, place book in buyers hands
  • Join RWA genre groups and volunteer – expand your sphere of influence
  • Listen to the Novel Marketing Podcast – novelmarketing.com
  • Become a HARO source – Become a source for journalists - Help a Reporter  Out
  • Create a Meetup group. – www.meetup.com local opportunity to meet with people with same interests OR meet up with readers when traveling or at a signing. Do a special event just for them.
  • Enter writing contests if only to get your name in front of new people.
  • What’s your angle? Open up your target demo – very important. Keywords encompass entire book, switch them up
  • In email signature line, include all your info and when you sign your name always use full author name.
  • Part of PR is Volunteering- get your name out as a helpful person
  • Themed merchandise- add to website. Model and promote.
  • Host a Book release party 
  • Link to a cause- Thistle Farms
  • Don’t be negative about author world or get caught up in drama
  • Indie Book Channel on YouTube- or other book channels. Young people are not on FB. Where are they? SnapChat, Instagram
  • Keep a list of bloggers you meet and send them your info when you have exciting news
  • ARC’s are advertising
  • During any sort of “event” be sure to respond to all and quickly
  • Write a press release and post on PRWeb – will send for fee
  • Post excerpts on Scribd.com –digital subscription service
  • Hire someone from Fivver to promote your book on free book sites. Site has entire Digital Marketing section
  • iBooks
  • Kobo

  • Ask for Reviews.
  • Do your ads and covers match your brand?  Pick a font, use same cover artist. Same feel across all books.
  • Ask for Sale!! Always include links.
  • Hire A PR Firm.
  • Have your audible voice person come with you to events.
  • Use Google Ad Words
Believe in YOU!

If you don’t believe in your product no one else will.

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenMooseProd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenMooseProd/

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JillianJacobsAMZAuthorPage

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JillianJacobs

newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/q2h3g1

Who is Jillian Jacobs?

I like hot tea, mooses, and polish pottery.

I write Paranormal and Contemporary romance. Both genres include suspenseful elements. I tend to include a villain POV, because I love delving into the dark side.

I’m the co-founder of Healing with Words—a not for profit agency established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. The mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences. Writers on The River, an author event in Peoria, Illinois is hosted by Healing With Words.



Title: Taking a Gamble Author: Britni Hill Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: June 6, 2017 Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Taking a Gamble is a flirty and funny romantic comedy about what happens when your life takes a turn and your best friend’s twin starts hitting on you.

Who knew a weekend in Vegas could change everything about your life?

Not me. I went to there to get married.

Kind of.

That was the plan. Until it wasn’t anymore.

I had the perfect dress, an awesome venue, and my closest friends with me.

What was missing?

My groom. That’s right. He bailed.

It’s all going to be okay. Some things are just meant to be. What better city than Vegas to leave it to chance?

Maybe that’s how I woke up as Gabby Thomas and went to bed Mrs. Brennan …

Special Preorder price $0.99


Britni Hill is a new adult and contemporary romance author. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.

​Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binge-watching cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching horror flicks.

Title: Bearly Safe

Series: Texan Bears #1
Genre: paranormal romance
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Publisher: Fiery Heart Publishing
Heat Level: Steamy

Pre-order links: ·      
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2pOD7E8
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/BearlySafeiTunes
B+N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bearly-safe-anya-breton/1126273484

Blurb: Attending a co-worker's Halloween party dressed as a sexy fairy was the worst decision Shelby Maxwell made all week. That is until she lets her temper get the best of her in front of Dallas's finest and ends up in the back of a police cruiser. Too bad the gorgeous jerk responsible for her bad behavior didn't have the sense to avoid the police, himself.

When someone shoots up the party, the gorgeous jerk, Nick Kang, sprouts fur, explodes out of the police cruiser, and saves the day. Nick's jerk streak continues as he leaves Shelby to explain what happened.

After her name is released to the press, a penitent Nick arrives to protect Shelby from the killer's mafia associates. Close quarter guarding leads to close quarter groping and a little more intimacy than Shelby is prepared for. But it may be time to put her past behind her and accept far more than the safety Nick offers.

Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. Her genres include romance, urban fantasy, and young adult—all with a little quirk. She lives in the Midwest where land is cheap and corn is cheaper.

Author web links:

Website: http://www.anyabreton.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnyaBreton

Facebook: http://facebook.com/anyabreton

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/anyabreton

Recently, I've noticed something quite a bit odd. I mean look at this chicken breast. What in the world? 
When I was a kid, I was introduced to raising chickens by my parents. We had a few in this back shed, that sort of reminded me of a tiny shack that settlers had built back in the 1800's or whenever. Let's not delve into my errant history knowledge though, okay? The point is, the wooden shack had an covered area in the back, and in there, we raised chickens.
Now if you're squeamish you might not want to read this part. 
I can remember when the chickens got big enough to eat.
I can remember my father chopping off their heads. 
And what is nightmare inducing is the chickens literally ran around with their head chopped off after said chopping. Not really something a kid who always slept with a nightlight on should see.
Mom and I were discussing this childhood trauma the other day, and what did she do, she added to the nightmare. She said when she plucked the chickens their feathers were covered with these white bugs. GAG! Nope! Eww!
I remember the taste too, because yeah, we did eat them. My parents were big in gardening and all that jazz so.. anyway, the meat was really chewy. Now mind you this was like thirty-plus years ago, maybe more, and I still remember. So, in summary, comparing that fresh chicken oh, so long ago to these mega-enhanced breasts, I don't know what to say. I will say that I do think chicken tastes different. I have watched a documentary on these chicken farms where the poor chickens can't even walk because of their genetically enhanced breasts. 
So, maybe I'll do a taste test comparison. Or grab some organic chicken sometime, because chicken's walking around with Double DD's just seems a tad unnatural. And yes, I realize mass production of food for the masses is the thing now. Cheap, quick, easy, but I just don't know. These monster chicken breasts give me the creeps a little, but no, I don't want to go back to chopping my own, so...I'm up for suggestions. Anyone?