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Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.

December 1, 2016

Best of I Love Lucy

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So Frat Boy and I were on our morning hike through the woods and I was moving along at a good clip because there’ve been a lot of bears and coyotes this year.

Well, that and the fact that I have consumed too many cookies lately and I’m not going to fit into my Big Girl clothes for a Chicago event in a few weeks. But I digress.

As we’re moving along, I’m happily wailing at the top of my lungs to Kelly Clarkson’s devastating Piece By Piece when Frat Boy goes off trail, stands at the bottom of a huge, old tree and barks. Huh. I go to stand next to him, tip my head back to peer two hundred and fifty feet up to the top of the tree, and then BAM. The next thing I know I’m sitting on my ass in the dirt, my head spinning.

A squirrel had beaned me with a pinecone.

Still dizzy, I call Alpha Man. “You’re not going to believe this.”

“Does it require stitches or a cast?”

To be fair, he has good reason to ask me such a question. “No.”

“The bank account thanks you.”

Honest to God, he’s so sweet and sensitive and loving it boggles the mind. Anyway, so now I have to add squirrels to my list of rabid creatures to avoid…

November 30, 2016

Happy Hump Day

Anyone used to watch The Office? Because holy cow, I loved John Krasinski then but I REALLY love him now…


I think he should go in a book. What do you all think?

November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: JAMIE REINHARDT, NANCY T, and KATIE R. Please email me at [email protected] Put ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE in the subject line and don’t forget to let me know if you want ebook or print (and your addy!)

Original post:
Snippets of conversations overheard in my house this week:


“Are you looking at me? Seriously?”


“I thought we established you’re not allowed to look at me.”




“I ate your Christmas present.”


“Everyone off the effing internet, I have an emergency! I’m trying to stream the last episode of Gilmore Girls!”


“Who farted?????”

Yes, I live in the House Of Crazy. Don’t judge us. How’s it going, who’s done and ready for Christmas? (I’ll try not to judge you). And who isn’t? (Me…) I’m drawing a few names today, giving away my upcoming ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE!

November 28, 2016

Bears Oh My

So I was taking out the trash and came face to face with this.

We took one startled look at each other and decided … WTF!!! I turned tail and ran faster than I run when there are cookies on sale at Safeway, straight into the house and, because I love you, grabbed my camera and hit the deck.

The big bastard was still there, right there, eyeballing the trash I’d dropped. Except …

He wasn’t alone.

And then while I took a very big gulp and waved and said “hey guys, you take all the trash you want” … something happened. ANOTHER head popped up.

I offered them all of my cookies but they said no thanks, they were good with my trash, thank you very much. Apparently, we here at the Shalvis abode give very good trash.

I’m still trying to recover. It might be awhile …

November 23, 2016

Happy Hump Day

Hey there, everyone! Today isn’t a true hump day because the week kinda comes to a stop tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. :) So here’s a happy hump day pic, which is also my today’s writing inspiration. It’s not a bad gig, this whole writing thing. :)


What are you all doing for Thanksgiving? I’ll be drawing three random commenters, who will win a copy of my upcoming ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE!

November 22, 2016

Tuesday’s Tidbits

A special Making Of! Here’s the picture that inspired the cover for SWEET LITTLE LIES…


And it turned into this:


And for a few days only, it’s on ebook sale for $1.99 so snatch it up quick!

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