The job…

I’m going to end this post asking you to tell me about your job and I’m having a giveaway (3 copies of Chasing Christmas Eve) so be sure to comment!

One of the questions I get asked the most is where do I get my ideas. I’ve often quipped that I buy them from a warehouse in Toledo but the truth is I just have ideas floating around in my head. I don’t know why. What I don’t have, at least all the time, is the ability to easily put them to the page. I know it doesn’t seem like it because I get to write on my awesome deck in my pjs and bunny slippers but … writing is hard. Some days more than others. Today is a hard day and I’m trying to write a very funny, very hot scene and all I want to do is call up that warehouse in Toledo and buy it.

Now that I’ve vented, I’d love to hear what you do for a living…

p.s. don’t forget to preorder About That Kiss, coming in Jan!

Working views

Sometimes I whine about how hard writing is, and then there are days like this, where my view is such that there’s no complaints.

I wish you could all come sit with me but then I’d probably never finish this book. 馃檪 And also, you should know that this view required boots, long down jacket, scarf, gloves, hat and a hot chocolate. With marshmallows. What’s your view today?

Happy Hump Day

Update: winners, randomly drawn are: Jan Capstick, Bea Kenney, and Margaret Herman. Email me at contact@jillshalvis.com with About That Kiss blog giveaway in the subject line. Let me know print or digital and don鈥檛 forget your addy!

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I’m deep in the writing cave working on my next Heartbreaker Bay but thought you might want to see today’s writing inspiration…

I know. It’s a rough job but someone’s gotta do it. Leave a comment on which Shalvis hero this guy could be.

Three of you will win my upcoming About That Kiss!

P.S. Don’t forget this one …

…is out there for your reading pleasure now!

Your morning crack

Update: winners, randomly drawn are: Lee-Ann, Jessica, and Kate Sparks. Email me at contact@jillshalvis.com with About That Kiss blog giveaway in the subject line. Let me know print or digital and don’t forget your addy!

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So I’m wondering … what’s your morning crack– er, I mean drink needs? For me, it’s tea. I’m quite the tea hound. I prefer peach or raspberry flavored but I’m not picky at all. That said, God help the people in my orbit if I can’t get my hands on caffeine shortly after waking… 馃檪

But I know most people are. So what is it that you must have in the morning? Asking for a heroine … 馃檪

p.s. I’m drawing three random names from the commenters who will win my upcoming book About That Kiss.

More I Love Lucy…

I love the holidays. All the kids are home, and it鈥檚 usually snowing outside and warm inside from the baking of cookies 鈥 or in my case, the burning of the cookies鈥

A few years ago when this happened, our new fire alarm went off and I couldn鈥檛 figure out how to turn it off. We have really high ceilings and there was no way to reach the smoke detector. A neighbor called the police, and a sheriff came to the door. He looked a little rumpled and a lot overworked, but he smiled when he saw the burnt cookies.

鈥淢y wife does that a lot,鈥 he said with obvious warmth and love.

It reminded me that one of my favorite couples–sexy, slightly geeky genius Spence and fiesty, sweet Colbie from my book Chasing Christmas Eve — would be celebrating this holiday too, and chances were that Colbie was doing something to both irritate Spence and yet turn him on at the same time. 馃檪

I Love Lucy Lives…

Note to self:

When you run out of the house at the butt-crack of dawn in your bunny slippers to take the dogs to do their business and it’s 10 degrees out, said bunny slippers will stick to the driveway, leaving you with two options.

One, stay there in your pjs and crazy morning hair until spring or …

Two, abandon the bunny slippers and tiptoe/run barefoot across the ice toward the house like a cat on slippery linoleum.

How to almost kill your cat

So I was on the treadmill 鈥 I know, I know, but I have to work off the Lemon Oreos somehow! In any case, I have the music blaring via earbuds and I look down to see Satan鈥 er, Sadie the cat is staring at the treadmill with curiosity. You see, she鈥檚 never seen it in motion before, she thought it was a device to hang stuff on.

Blinks innocently鈥.

ANYWAY, Sadie goes to step on the treadmill while I鈥檓 really moving (but not, you should note, actually running cuz my body objects vehemently to running). Trying to save the cat, I make a 鈥減ssst鈥 sound, the kind you make to scare off a curious feline. But with the earbuds in, I can鈥檛 tell how loud I am and apparently I was pretty loud. And since that sound also tells Dobby, aka Dumbass, that it鈥檚 playtime, the dog woke up out of a dead sleep and came at the cat.

So I yell at her to stop, taking my attention off the cat for ONE SECOND, during which she takes a leap onto the treadmill with me. She promptly goes FLYING off the back like a rocket and hits the wall. I whirled around, terrified I鈥檝e just killed the cat, and almost die myself. By the time I get the treadmill turned off, the cat and the dog are in a faceoff, growling at each other, certain that whatever just happened was the other one鈥檚 fault.

THIS is why I don鈥檛 exercise.

p.s. the cat wasn鈥檛 harmed, just furious. The dog lived to tell the tale. I needed cookies to get over it 鈥

p.s.s. Holiday Wishes OUT TOMORROW FOR $0.99!!! ($3.99 in print!!!)

Holiday Wishes Quicklinks:
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Chasing Christmas Eve Quicklinks:
Excerpt | Ordering Links | all about Heartbreaker Bay

The colors are here!

Hard to concentrate on the book that still isn’t done when I’m looking at views like this …

Anyone else doing something they shouldn’t be while ignoring doing the something that they should be doing? And if that sentence makes sense to you, you’re as bad off as I am.

Oh and p.s. … if you’re my editor, I’m just kiddin’ about not working.

p.s.s. … have you seen my upcoming About That Kiss?