Weekly at Vivi’s with Jill Piscitello ~ What I’m Thankful For #Books #Romance #Christmas

I’m very happy to have Jill back!

Jill Piscitello is a teacher with a passion for writing and an avid fan of multiple literary genres. Although she divides her reading hours among several books at a time, a lighthearted story offering an escape from the real world can always be found on her nightstand.

A native of New England, Jill lives with her family and three well-loved cats. When not planning lessons or reading and writing, she can be found spending time with her family, traveling, and going on light hikes. Jill loves to try out new restaurants, but if truth be told, she will order a chicken Caesar salad wrap whenever possible.


By Jill Piscitello

What am I thankful for besides family and health?  Well, of course those are first and foremost in all of our lives.  But, even during a pandemic, there are plenty of other things to include on my gratitude list.  Here are just a few:

Although I miss their younger years, I’m thankful that my children are at self-sufficient ages when it comes to remote learning.  This has been a challenging year for a plethora of reasons and remote teaching hasn’t made it easier.  However, I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to walk in the shoes of parents who are working, trying to help their children navigate various programs and online lessons, while also juggling all of the other stuff they’ve always had piled on their plates.  The juggle is real!  I’m thankful that I’ve had the pleasure to work with so many supportive families throughout this unprecedented situation. 

I’m thankful for all of the frontline workers who didn’t have the option of hunkering down at home as the rates of infection climbed.  From grocery store employees, to first responders, to everyone working in the medical field – these are the people who kept things running despite their own personal risk.

I’m thankful to everyone who was faced with the challenge of making what would be unpopular decisions for the up to half of the public.  For each individual happy with whatever plan their state put in place, there was someone else negatively impacted.  Ultimately, I feel that the people making those decisions came from a place of genuinely believing that they were doing what was best at that moment in time.  I am thankful that responsibility did not fall on my shoulders.

I’m thankful to the scientists who worked at warp speed to produce a viable vaccine.  We need to remember that vaccines won’t kill the virus.  Vaccinations will do that.  I’m thankful that there is an end in sight! 


And her story is perfect for getting into the Christmas swing. “Homemakers’ Christmas” by Jill Piscitello released in October in the Holidays romance genre.

A recent error in judgement has deposited Cricket Williams, her daughter, and a son spiking a high fever into a homeless shelter. A touch of Christmas magic is sprinkled upon her family when an eccentric volunteer invites them into her New England farmhouse. Blindsided with the proposition of a contractual living arrangement, Cricket is seized with renewed hope for her future.

Boris Glynn is in town visiting his grandmother but harbors a secret that will impact her life and the lives of his dearest friends. Complications arise when he is unable to restrain himself from pursuing his grandmother’s beautiful new neighbor.

As Cricket begins to succumb to Boris’s attention, her new world is shaken by a series of events that have the potential to destroy her plans for a fresh start.

An excerpt can be found in the link below:



Find Jill here:

Blog: https://jillpiscitello.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Piscj18




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