Sunday, December 9, 2012


My good friend Terry Ambrose has penned an excellent suspense novel,  License To Lie.  He was generous enough to tag me in an ongoing game of The Next Big Thing, where authors get to talk about their books and writing lives.

What is the title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

My imagination tossed in with a few women who actually behaved like Courtney.

What genre does your book fall under?

Chick Lit Mystery, or a Cozy Mystery.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Kate Hudson would play Betsy Ross.

Rosie O'Donnell would play Arlene.

Angelina Jolie would play Courtney Farrow.

Johnny Depp would play Ken.

What is the two-sentence synopsis of your book?

When sexy heiress Courtney Farrow turns up burned to a crisp in a neighbor's garage, all fingers point to Betsy Ross, single mother, insurance agent, and leading victim of Courtney's mania to steal other women's men. Desperate to prove her innocence, Betsy struggles to find Courtney's real killer. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

Published through Syntax Books.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Anything by writers: Janet Evanovitch and Heather Webber.

What inspired you to write this book?

Betsy Ross is like many working women who support themselves and raise children on their own.  Betsy's love life is in turmoil, too, thanks to Ken, a fickle lover who refuses to commit. Enter Courtney Farrow, a destructive competitor who makes a play for everyone Betsy dates, especially Ken, which results in a major scene in the book, where a drunken Courtney physically attacks Betsy.

Then Courtney vanishes and is presumed dead, and Betsy becomes a prime suspect. This throws her life into chaos. But as sad and tormented as Betsy becomes, the situations she encounters are hilariously funny. The murder mystery is intense but so are the laughs. So even though Betsy has to deal with insurance clients, her rebellious daughter, and heartache, she also faces characters and situations that are very comical, during her quest to prove her innocence and find the real killer.

Author Jill Shure

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Too Much Inspiration

Usually I have one or two ideas which compete for my writing attention. But this season, I find myself juggling way too many ideas. So I alternate. Today I work on one book and then another. This sounds great. Unfortunately, it may mean that I take way too long to finish anything. This has happened before.

Having completed novels, screenplays, and blogs, I know I can do the work. I just have to figure out which one I feel most passionate about.

If you're an author with the same problem, I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Uplifting Week

We are participating in Palm Springs Modernism Week, and the film series on architecture and design has been so inspiring.

It seems that any creative energy inspires me. I have been enchanted by the brilliance of the film makers and the architects who have inspired them. People who have designed and built so much we can be proud of here in California and elsewhere.

Many of these innovative mavericks remind me of friends I knew in college at Michigan and my boyfriend who became an architect.

I will post more later.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What Bill Gates Could Have Done.

Every day technology changes. And if you spend time with people in high tech industries, you're bombarded by these daily updates.

But yesterday over lunch, a tech engineer complained about how his electric bills have gone through the roof thanks to the new smart meters.

We talked about solar panels, etc., and I was once again struck by how much time has been devoted to computer updates over the last few years, yet so little money was spent by people like Bill Gates to update solar energy. Right now, we need huge expensive solar panels which aren't as efficient as they could be. But what if instead of developing smaller phones and faster computers, Gates along with other business people had put together teams to develop solar energy?

Maybe we'd have solar panels the size of cell phones now. Panels which could be plugged into a tiny unit attached to our houses. This would have made a major difference in our quest for cheap, clean energy.

Well, Gates didn't. And so while our bills go through the roof, we have to wait until something better comes along.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Looks, looks, looks!

Do you ever consider a book because you like the author's looks? A silly idea? I'm not so sure. Many of us are influenced by looks in terms of celebrities we follow, shows we watch, and movies we choose to see.

So would you ever refuse to read a book because the author's photo is unattractive? Or the author looks old?

How do you feel?

Monday, January 10, 2011

On being a writer

It's 2011 and other than pushing my new mystery A CLAUSE FOR MURDER, I'm focusing on the next book in the Betsy Ross series. I often wonder what pushes me. Because coming up with a new and funnier novel, is a daunting task. Between structuring the novel, creating vivid characters, and making the words flow, there are the final rewrites.

All this before the real work begins. I mean the task of supporting a new book. Creating interest. Making sales.

We've reached a time in history where anything is possible. But it's hard to stand out from the pack. And with stores like Borders going under and new technology, it's a challenge to juggle so many roles. Because being a writer is a private, intimate matter. But standing up in front of people or creating a persona on the internet is another. Dual roles for a writer. And both of them are creative yet demanding.

I believe many writers out there feel this pressure. If you're one of them, I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

London, a city I love.

For about fifteen years my husband and I made an annual trip to London. Mostly to see theater. During that first trip, I fell in love with the old theaters, the magic the Brits can create, and the knowledge that this was the best live theater in the world. Great acting, great directing, great everything. I thrilled every time our jet landed -- after an eleven hour trip, and we could look out the window and see the Concord landing, too. In later years, the flights from LA seemed to arrive later and the Concord was discontinued. But still...

But after 9-11, dips in the world economy, and a weakening dollar against the British pound, it became harder to justify these trips. My favorite British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had grown fed up with the British reviewers and gone to Scarborough. The musicals seemed to be based on B-Movies from the US, and what was left seemed thin in comparison to previous years.

But I still long to wake up as our flight passes over Ireland, the smell of breakfast fills the jet, and I know our long journey to England is just beginning.

I miss visiting the Museum of London, The Imperial War Museum, and too many others to name here.

Now we stay in the US. New York has loads of wonderful plays and musicals. Many of these have a British star at their helm. And Upstate New York has brilliant fall foliage. But I hope to make that flight again one day soon. And feel that magic again.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Youtube Events

I am so excited to be producing two videos to promote my new book, A CLAUSE FOR MURDER.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guest post at AccessRomance

I have the pleasure of being a guest blogger at AccessRomance today. My post is titled "A 1930's Romance with a Sears & Roebuck Catalog." In it, I discuss the trends and fashions during the era of Night Jazz and Night Glitter. Here is an excerpt:

During my research for my novels Night Jazz and Night Glitter, I became fascinated by the 1920’s and 1930’s fashions. It was a research journey I adored. For example, the 1920s didn’t begin with really short skirts. They rose gradually following The Great War also known as World War I. And the cloche hat was based on the helmet worn in that war.

Read the whole article here.

Thanks, AccessRomance!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Interview on "The Authors Show"

I am on air today on "The Authors Show" with Don McCauley. Visit to listen to my interview and find out new information about Night Glitter!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Guest Post: "Always a Reader"

I am so honored to be featured on Dallas Woodburn's blog. Dallas Woodburn is a writer and the founder of "Write On!". I am so pleased to have a post on her blog.

Click here to read my guest blog, "Always a Reader."

Dallas is a great voice in the Southern California writing community, and I urge everyone to check out her blog.

Thanks, Dallas!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In the beginning, there was Marjorie Morningstar

Whenever I consider the state of publishing and how challenging it is to be a writer, I look back at what inspired me to write in the first place, what made me feel passionate about books. I always return to the first time I read Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk.

I remember how compelled I felt to devour every word of that huge novel. How I traveled with Marjorie as she plunged into a love affair with the illusive Noel Airman, a character who delivered passion, romance, and an endless challenge. A man Marjorie believed would give her everything she needed if only she could capture his heart and bring him to the altar. Her journey was my journey. Marjorie Morningstar was my fantasy and the fantasy of many other female writers who have confessed their passion for this novel.

Herman Wouk was and still is a storyteller. He followed no formula. His book was a love story set in the New York of the 1930s. Marjorie stood for every beautiful young woman who believes with all her heart that she is destined to be a great Broadway actress and the wife of her dashing ideal, in this case the handsome but flawed Noel Airman.

Wouk wrote masterfully for many years. He managed to surprise us over and over with not only Marjorie Morningstar but also The Caine Mutiny for which he won a Pulitzer. He also penned Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I met him once at UCSD. It was thrilling because I'd read almost everything he'd ever written. I believe he now lives in Palm Springs where he is still writing.

I long for Wouk's brand of storytelling. He was clever and unpredictable. He did not follow a modern paradigm of how you do it. So whenever I doubt my role in this universe, I return to my favorite novel, Marjorie Morningstar, to rediscover what it was that sent me on this journey in the first place.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New interview on "Hot Books, Great Authors"

You can now listen to my interview on "Hot Books, Great Authors" with Valerie Connelly. Click here to listen!

In this interview, Valerie and I speak about 1930's, Night Glitter's sexy Franky Wyatt, writing, and a whole lot more. Visit the website and listen to the interview here (I'm featured in the second half of the interview). And let me know what you think!

Thanks, Valerie!

Monday, June 21, 2010

What Americans Enjoy Reading

Another newspaper has just cut out book reviews. While this may hurt many well-read Americans, most Americans won't notice. To me, too many esoteric books with little appeal to the average reader received most of the reviews. So while it's a shame, I'm not sure the impact will be felt that far or wide. To me it's a matter of who is reading what. If you grow up hating everything from Beowulf to The Sound and The Fury because you were forced to read this "fine" literature in school, you may have missed out on all the fun of reading. And you may never willingly pick up another book again. So if English teachers and book reviewers have hurt your love for books and what they have to offer, remember, bookstores on and offline, have a lot out there which you might enjoy. It's like those Harry Potter books. Because they were fun and exciting, children fell in love with them and read them as fast as they were printed. Reading doesn't have to feel like you're drinking a laxative before a colonoscopy. There are mysteries, romances, biographies, and everything else under the sun to fall in love with. So take a chance. If the book reviewers at major newspapers had done so, they might still be in demand.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New reviews for NIGHT JAZZ and NIGHT GLITTER

What a day it has been for my Night books!

First of all, a lovely review of Night Jazz was posted at Romance Junkies and at Joanne's blog Just Me Joanne

Click here to check out Joanne's thoughts on Night Jazz at Romance Junkies.

Secondly, Night Glitter has been reviewed by Book Junkie, a fabulous book blogger.

Click here to read the review of Night Glitter at Book Junkie.

I know I've said it before, but it cannot be said enough: I am so pleased to be a part of the amazing book community and romance community online. Check out the blogs above--they are full of great reviews, inspired thoughts, and wonderful writing.

Thank you, Joanne and Book Junkie!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A passion for reading.

When I was a kid, if my parents chose to punish me, they turned off my TV. It was a great hardship. Until I discovered reading. I became an addict for Nancy Drew mysteries. By the time I was twelve, I was reading adult fiction. Nothing stopped me. I loved reading.

But I have seen our society change. Some people still read a book every chance they get. Others regard reading as a chore. Why? Is it the books they were forced to read in school? Have traditional publishers begun to bore us with their formulaic books? Have schools failed to create good readers, so that young people struggle to follow a storyline?

Or are we passive, preferring to watch the world through a TV set?

Don't get me wrong, I still watch a lot of TV. But I read a lot, too. If Harry Potter can inspire millions of children to read, then it must be the books that have been the problem. What does it take to inspire you to start a novel and discover the world inside?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BellaOnline review and interview

The wonderful Lisa Binion over at BellaOnline Fiction Writing has posted her review of Night Glitter, as well as an interview with me. Both articles are available this week.

Here's an excerpt from the review:
The story was really good, entertaining, and easy to follow. The first book made me hungry to read its sequel and find out what happened.
Click here to read the whole review at BellaOnline.

And from the interview:
When I started with Night Jazz, the first in the series, I wanted to use time travel which was not only very exciting to me but very popular at the time I wrote the book. But I wanted to break with tradition and write a novel during the 1920s, a period which has fascinated me ever since I was a child and loved TV shows such as The Untouchables and The Roaring Twenties.
Click here to read the interview.

Thanks, Lisa!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Juicy Guest Blog at Love Romance Passion

The lovely Keira at Love Romance passion was generous enough to have me do a guest blog as a part of her "Kiss and Tell" feature.

The post is called Kiss and Tell: Jill Shure on Her Hero, and trust me, you do NOT want to miss out on this one!! Take a look!

Thanks, Keira!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Blog at Coffee Time Romance

I have had the pleasure of working with the crew over at Coffee Time Romance & More and their blog, Coffee Thoughts. I'm pleased to share with you all my guest post, Turning Up the Heat in Miami with Night Glitter.

The post is complete with a FREE sample drink recipe from Night Caps. So head over there and check it out!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Guest post at Romancing-The-Book

I have had the pleasure of working with Jen and Jessica over at and have written a guest post that they have graciously posted. Check it out:

Jill Shure on Finding Inspiration

Leave a comment on that post for a chance to win copies of Night Jazz, Night Glitter, and Night Caps!

Thanks, Jen (and Jessica!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Packrat City

My husband and I have too much stuff. Some if it could be considered worthwhile, like my playbills from the theater in London and old travel brochures. But I also have obsolete business files and day planners.

We could probably live in a small, comfortable townhouse if we'd just get rid of our stuff. Books and more books, old linens, old frying pans. I always mean to get rid of these things but I'm much too busy. Besides, I find it upsetting to part with stuff. And yet one day, someone will have to sort through all this stuff. Even if I've moved on to my next karmic level. My stuff will have to endure the scrutiny of strangers so these things can be discarded or recycled.

I never look at the stuff except when I see a pile of it and think, I'm never gonna need this stuff again, am I?

Anyone in the same (packed) boat? Do you keep things around long past their prime for sentimental reasons?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Okay, I'm a writer. But I'm also a reader, and I love to read a variety of things from news magazines to The Vermont Country Store catalog. I'm crazy about mysteries as well as romances. I love fast thrillers by writer Daniel Silva. I adore historical mysteries by Ariana Franklin. I'm just beginning to follow writer Michael Connelly. In fact, I've been overseeing a mystery group for a year and we'll be reading THE LINCOLN LAWYER in June.

Often these mystery books have a passionate affair as a subplot which satisfies the romance reader in me.

I adore humor, too. I'm a big fan of Janet Evanovitch and Nelson DeMille. Evanovitch and DeMille manage to write page turners which also happen to be hilariously funny -- something I hope to accomplish in my next book, A CLAUSE FOR MURDER, which is a cross between chick-lit and a mystery. I suppose it should be labeled a cozy. But it's very modern and hilariously funny.

Because funny is always good.

In my new book NIGHT GLITTER, a romance which is out now, my character, Lupe Cardona often offers comic relief for the novel. She's a complex character. Readers may initially find her obnoxious, if not ridiculous. But she's supposed to be funny. Later on, the reader will discover that her behavior is based on a life filled with intense complications.

Of course, NIGHT GLITTER is the sequel to NIGHT JAZZ, a time travel novel. NIGHT GLITTER begins in 1932 and takes place in both New York and Hollywood during the Great Depression. And thanks to murderous thugs, a silent film heart-breaker named Franky Wyatt and enough sizzling scenes to make your heart pound, the book should appeal to mystery and romance readers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I am proud to be an American. But ... I wonder how we got to this sad point in history. We have minimal access to modern train travel, and air travel is a bleak experience. Try waiting in endless lines, sitting in miserable seats, and being charged extra for everything you need from luggage to food. And after you've paid for all these extras, the experience is still unpleasant. And no one complains. Why? The TSA might drag you away.

Our schools depend on our belief in a brighter, smarter America. But in Florida a new bill has been created to pay teachers by results and not pay them for an advanced education. But if teachers are not encouraged to seek a higher education, why should our students go for an advanced degree? And what should teachers do when students don't do homework, don't show up for class, or don't make any attempt to do the work? Should we punish the parents? Because we can't punish the students. And why are our schools so unimportant? We have the money for new stadiums, so why not teachers?

We have so many malls. Store after store. Yet we dress like slobs. We spend millions at the mall and don't seem to care how we look. We fly, work, and eat in restaurants dressed as if we never saw a store. Odd, huh?

We want our children to read, but we as a country don't read much. We prefer TV. And most of our news shows don't focus on promoting American education, American industry, or the terrible shape of our roads and bridges. Our news shows often focus on the latest winner on AMERICAN IDOL.

In fact we seem to be obsessed with three things in America. First and foremost is being thin, though we're getting fatter. Being thin matters more than who we are as human beings. Next comes the shopping mall and then reality TV.

Television promotes us into believing that being cool matters the most. Have unrealistic breast implants, have your teeth veneered, look starved, and drive the right car, and you've got it made.

And you definitely need a presence on FACEBOOK. So how come so many people are lonely if they have so many internet friends?

We have political leaders who talk about human values and religion. But a lot of the time it's just hot air. It's a smoke screen which covers up the fact that America needs to catch up with Europe and Asia in many areas such as health care and train travel. It's a smoke screen that doesn't tell you that the reason you can buy so many cheap goods in the stores here is because it's all made somewhere else. It's a smoke screen that doesn't warn you that your job may disappear while you're focused on the winner of THE BACHELOR.

And while we're at it, we do need to take control of our health care. We are about 79th in the world. This is fine if you never get sick. But allowing Wall Street to dictate how an insurance company will pay out claims, is just plain nuts. Wall Street is not about you. It's about the few at the top who manage to skim off the profits and disappear into their posh estates in Fairfield County.

There's a lot to be proud of here. But we need to pay attention to more than the latest diet.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Midwest Book Review: GLITTER a "Top Pick"

Night Glitter review in The Midwest Book Review.

From the website:
The deadliest things have the prettiest faces. "Night Glitter" is a follow up to Jill Shure's previous novel Night jazz, as the protagonists fall upon the tough times of the 1930s and as Jeri is forced out of their New York hometown and finds herself in Hollywood and finds a more eventful life that she really wants, trading the New York underworld for the Hollywood underworld. "Night Glitter" is a riveting thriller and drama, and a top pick.
--Mary Cowper, The Midwest Book Review

Click here to read the review. Click here to purchase Night Glitter from your favorite bookseller.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NBC6 Miami Segment

My interview on South Florida Today is up on the NBC Miami website!

This segment features drinks from Night Caps and also features Pawel Prus, a handsome bartender from Bar 721.

Click here to watch!

Welcome to Miami!

Yesterday, I appeared on the NBC program "South Florida Today" on NBC6 in Miami. What a treat! Now, I am enjoying the city and catching up with some friends in the area.

I will be sure to put a link to the interview when we get the video uploaded. The segment was a blast - we had a bartender on site mixing drinks from my book Night Caps. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Is anyone from Miami, or have you visited the city? Any suggestions of what to see and do while we're here? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My interview on "Your Book Is Your Hook!"

To read my post about my great experience on "Your Book Is Your Hook!," click here: "My Book Is My Hook!"

Click here to hear my interview on "Your Book Is Your Hook!" Jennifer and I talk about writing fiction, the future of publishing, and how you, too, can use your book as your hook.

I have had the pleasure of writing a guest blog called "It Takes a Village to Raise Book Sales" for the "Your Book Is Your Hook!" website.

Here's an excerpt:
So you want to write a novel or start your own publishing company. Both are worthwhile goals. And given the time and dedication, you can do both. But you may need more than a little help from your friends. You may need the help of a dazzling array of professionals.

Read the rest of the article here.