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.
April 24, 2014
So I just found this interview from last summer. Which technically means it’s not live… but thought you might want to see anyway.
Jill Shalvis – How do you develop a series? from Popular Romance Project on Vimeo.
Of course those titles I talk about are all out now. This summer we’re getting a new (and the last) trilogy in Lucky Harbor.
Which brings me to the question of the day. Have you read all the Lucky Harbors, or just a few, or any? I’ll be drawing names from today’s comments, three of you will win the first book in the new trilogy, IT’S IN HIS KISS, on the day of release.
April 23, 2014
Huh. I was sitting on my deck and saw something moving in the woods. I thought it was Frat Boy.
Except … it’s bigger than Frat Boy. And has sharp claws.
But he wasn’t interested in causing trouble. He just wanted to play in the wood rounds in our yard, the ones we’re going to chop for nxt winter for our wood stove. He played forever, first foraging for bugs …
Then rolling the logs, eating the bugs, rolling in ecstacy on the chips on the ground. We’ve had him since he was a baby, he’s one of triplets. Thank God his mama and siblings weren’t around. But he is so flipping cute. And a total time sink. Who needs the internet, I managed to lose 2 hours watching him scratch his back on a tree…
Finally it was time to mosey off down our driveway to find something else to do …
Bye, teenager bear! You are a whole lot less trouble than my own teenagers!
But if you wouldn’t mind not coming back tomorrow with your grumpy mama and your two siblings, that’d be great, ‘k, thanks!
April 22, 2014
I’m on a deadline. Fingers crossed for me, because oh boy am I cutting it close. And it’s not my fault. Teenagers are stressing me OUT.
Also I’ve been working outside because the sun made an appearance and stayed all week. But people keep coming over to talk to me. People who think nothing of looking over my shoulder to read what I’m working on, and the last time that happened, it was one of the the girls’ friends and she happened to catch a certain line I’d written. It actually wasn’t a line meant to be in the book, it was a note to myself. And it said:
HE DOES HER HERE.
Yes. I seriously wrote that, and she seriously read that, and now I can’t look her in the eyes.
So I try not to work in public anymore.
So I’m behind. And grumpy. And the ONLY person happy to see me right now is Frat Boy.
Puppies are a gift from heaven. You know, when they’re not peeing in your house. Or eating your underwear.
Oh and while you’re here, can you tell me what your significant other calls you? It’s for research, so a good cause. Alpha Man calls me “Woman” when he thinks he’s being funny. He’ll also call me honey or sweetheart, but when I’m being … difficult (hey, it happens) he’ll call me CeeDub. Short for C.W. Short for Crack ‘Ho. Hey, that’s how we roll around here.
April 21, 2014
I hike almost every day, and almost every day I see some interesting stuff. Mostly it’s really cute guys. See, we have a lot of athletes up here training in high altitude so the scenery is very nice.
And so is the landscape.
I tell you these strange things that happen to me (like the time I ran into Luke Wilson in green high tops on the Sawtooth Trail) and I always wonder if you believe me. One of my best friends, Carrie (who sometimes comments here — hi Carrie!) was visiting only a few weeks ago. I dragged her up the trail and she got to see five gorgeous guys running shirtless. We stopped and got off the path to let them pass (while we swiped at our drool) and finally she shook her head. “You’re not kidding about the cute guys,” she said.
Then two more gorgeous men rode by on bikes just because.
You all think I hike to stay in shape. Not so much.
ANYWAY, along with the occasional Luke Wilson, the bears, coyotes, deer, rabbits and the amazing looking guys, comes the truly odd.
Like the naked guy on the bike.
Ha. You thought I was kidding AGAIN. Nope. I saw him coming and I scooted off the trail and stared. I couldn’t help it, I thought maybe I was hallucinating since I’d given Frat Boy all of my water. But there the old guy was, coming at me. With nothing on but a loin cloth. He waved and smiled and said “Hi Sweet Thang, my name is Jungle Boy” … And then he was gone, halfway up the trail before I remembered you’d all want proof of this one and got my cell phone out.
So I guess I should say, today’s blog is brought to you by Jungle Boy. And a loin cloth.
(What can I tell you, I mean, seriously, you can’t even make this stuff up!)
April 18, 2014
Let me set the scene for you, shall I? Frat Boy was lying on the patio sleeping when something must have bitten his ass because he leaped right into Alpha Man’s arms.
Caption this pic and I’ll draw five names who will win a copy of my next book THEN CAME YOU.
April 17, 2014
If that didn’t give you a laugh, I’m not sure what could.
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