Nancy Jill Thames

Biography

Author The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood story-teller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she has always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems – perfect for plotting whodunits.
In 2010, Nancy Jill published her first mystery "Murder in Half Moon Bay," introducing her well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley, and clue-sniffing Yorkie, “Teddy.”
When she isn’t plotting Jillian’s next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas and California finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand or having afternoon tea with friends.
She is a member of Leander Writers’ Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW CenTex Chapter), and Central Texas Authors.

To learn more about Nancy Jill visit these sites.
Website: http://www.nancyjillthames.com
E-Mail: jillthames@gmail.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mystriterdva/

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. An explanation was needed to justify taking our pet rat, Sandy, to the pound due to my husband's allergies. Since the children were young I believed a story would help them understand. I wrote a fairy tale and used our names spelled backward to disquise the real characters in our sad situation.
What is your writing process?
Since I write murder mysteries I use a loose-leaf binder to jot down answers the story must address such as who gets murdered, why they were murdered, who the murderer was, and how the victim was killed. Then I create the cast of characters and write a backstory on each.

I create a random list of elements I want to include and a list of events, then I divide the elements into groups of ideas that seem to fall together. Once I have about a hundred elements, I create twenty chapters and give them titles best suited to the five elements I place in each.
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Nancy Jill Thames Author Interview
Discover the world of Jillian and Teddy as Kay Hester interviews Author Nancy Jill Thames for the Look in the Book event in Georgetown, Texas.

Books

Murder at Mirror Lake
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,660. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Jillian and her garden club friends decide to take a fall color tour in New England, they have no idea the resort they choose as home base will soon be a setting for murder. And more than one. Who killed the hotel's head chef in his own kitchen and why? His cuisine was excellent, but his personality left a bad taste. Can Jillian and Teddy find the real killer?
The Long Trip Home, Book 8
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,820. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
As Jillian Bradley prepares to embark on her honeymoon, a terrible tragedy strikes. Now she must help exonerate Richard Zhou of murder. But when Jillian's health fails, a dear friend back home is called upon to help and joins Jillian to solve the case. Even with Teddy at her side, will Jillian have the strength to find the real killer? "The Long Trip Home" is an ordeal no one should have to face.
The Ruby of Siam, Book 7
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,320. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Jillian and Teddy arrive with her wedding attendants in London, they become embroiled in a jewel heist with a man left stabbed to death. Can they solve the crimes in the midst of Jillian's wedding plans? An old acquaintance from San Diego comes to their aid, but will his help be enough? Perhaps the jewel has a curse.
Waiting for Santa, Book 6
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,760. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The family has gathered to celebrate Christmas at Jillian’s house in Clover Hills, but Jillian’s plans for a lovely Christmas Eve are rudely interrupted by a power failure. And a homicide.
Pacific Beach, Book 5
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The quaint surfing town of Pacific Beach becomes a destination for murder when a young starlet and her mother are found brutally murdered at the Pacific Terrace hotel where Jillian’s family reunion is taking place. The reunion takes a terrifying turn when Jillian's nephew is arrested as the prime suspect. Jillian must move quickly to find the real killer and prove her nephew's innocence.
The Mark of Eden, Book 4
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,880. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
After a frantic call from a couple on their honeymoon, Jillian returns to Half Moon Bay to help. Two elderly men have been found dead in their recliners, and now another man is missing. This time it's the distraught father of the new bride - Jillian's personal assistant. Jillian and the newlyweds uncover clues that lead to a dangerous clinical world. Will Teddy be able to save the day?
From the Clutches of Evil, Book 3
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,870. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Christmas – the busiest time of the year! And on top of everything, Jillian is throwing an engagement party for two dear friends. But on a final errand before the party begins Jillian witnesses a horrific car crash and notices two witnesses leaving the scene of the accident. She and Teddy pull a survivor from the wreckage, and together they attempt to solve the mystery of the amnesia victim.
The Ghost Orchid Murder, Book 2
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Series: A Jillian Bradley Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,680. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It's been eight years since gardening columnist Jillian Bradley helped solve a string of murders in Half Moon Bay. But when a friend and colleague in Scottsdale, Arizona finds a young technical assistant dead on the floor of his private office, Jillian doesn't hesitate to answer his plea for help. After all, a $2 million research grant depends on it.

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  • Mom’s on the Roof and I Can’t Get Her Down on Oct. 10, 2013

    This story held me spellbound all day until I finished reading it. Riveting, inspiring and well-written, this book will affirm your belief in Heaven. Thank you, Cindy - hats off! ~Nancy Jill Thames
  • Chasing Lady Midnight (A Mystery With Superheroes) on Dec. 08, 2013

    C.L. Ragsdale writes with some of the best wit I've ever read. "Chasing Lady Midnight" is a combination of Janet Evanavich (Stephanie Plum) and Helen Fielding (Briget Jones Diary). A totally unique humorous cozy not only with a happy ending but a nice seguay to the next novel in the series. Well done, Ragsdale!