The easy-peasy contest

I love the intensity and innate sexiness of this pic, but also the heart it conveys. Check out his expression… Sigh.

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So while I’m recouping, I’m wondering if you’d indulge me. Which couple from which of my books could this be? There’s no right or wrong answer here, obviously, it’s all subjective and could be any of my books really since we all build the characters in our head as we read. I’ll draw names from those of you who give it a shot. No points deducted for wrong hair color or body type, but you should have at least read the book you’re naming. Or plan on reading… 馃檪

Go.

Writer’s getaway

So last week I spent my days on Manhattan Beach with some dear writer friends, defrosting my fingers and toes from Tahoe.

Note: This was not a hardship…

But lots of writing DID get done. Just not when I was staring at this view…

Still, I digress. All of my 2018 titles are written and heading down the pipe to you. ABOUT THAT KISS (out now), THE GOOD LUCK SISTER (5/18 novella), RAINY DAY FRIENDS (6/18), and HOT WINTER NIGHTS (9/18).

Leave me a note on what you’re most looking forward to. Three of you will win a book from my backlist.

I Love Lucy returns…

So I take the dogs for a hike every day. And every day for the past five days there has been this hole in the middle of the trail. The kind of hole dug by a dog or coyote after a mole or whatever might be living in the dirt. So every day for five days I step around this hole, which is about the size of a bowling ball but twice as deep. As I pass, inevitably either Frat Boy or Cali will stop to stick their nose in the hole, add a few half hearted swipes at it, and then bored, they pass right on by.

Today about five yards before the hole, both dogs took off running and barking. So I tell myself as I look up “don’t forget the hole, don’t forget the hole”. But as I look up I see that both dogs are chasing down a very cute guy on a bike and his very cute dog. So I get distracted yelling at the dogs to stop.

You see where I’m going with this, right?

Sigh. I’m yelling “get back here” and waving to the cute guy so he knows we’re not out to kill him, and …

I fall into the hole.

Hand to heaven. You can’t make this stuff up, you just can’t…

I think tomorrow I’ll take another trail. I’m not ready to face cute guy any time soon.

Happy Hump Day…

I’m currently working on SLOW WINTER NIGHTS, which if you’ve read ABOUT THAT KISS, you’ll know Molly and Lucas. Anyway, I went looking for Lucas inspiration pics and you all know I am quite the sharer.

I just didn’t feel right withholding such a thing from you. 馃檪 I’d love to hear who your current crush is. I’ll collect them for future hero inspirations!

Shalvis Fun Facts

5 Fun Facts about ABOUT THAT KISS:

1. My heroine Kylie is a woodworker (no dirty pun intended 鈽) and I had so much fun writing a woman in the trades who worked with her hands (again, no dirty pun intended, although she IS really great with her hands鈥

2. Vinnie, the rescue mutt in this story is modeled after Oldest鈥檚 daughter favorite foster pup. I loved this pup so much I almost adopted him. But in the end, someone more suited got him and I wrote his story instead. 鈽


3. So because I couldn鈥檛 get sexy badass Joe Malone out of my mind after finishing this book, I wrote the next book in his series with his sister Molly as the heroine, just so I could write more Joe. 鈽 (See Slow Winter Nights 9/18)

4. During the writing of this book, I ate five boxes of Lemon Oreos. Five鈥. I now need a gym pass.

5. I fell so in love with secondary characters Lucas and Molly, they鈥檙e story is next. SLOW WINTER NIGHTS comes out this September. 鈽

About That Kiss

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Giveaway!

First things first, ABOUT THAT KISS hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists last week and I couldn’t have done that without you! To celebrate and thank you, I’ve giving away the books in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Remember, these books can be read as standalones if you’re not into series, no worries!

So my question is this, do you have a favorite Heartbreaker Bay hero, and why? That’s it. Answer and you’re entered. 馃檪

About That Kiss
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Oh Frat Boy

We rescued Frat Boy eight years this week. Hard to believe. In celebration, I’m reprinting the story of how we adopted him. Leave me a comment (would love to hear about your pet) and I’ll draw a few names for your choice of a book from my backlist!

So we left the mountain …

And drove.

And drove …

We were headed to a woman who lives out in the middle of nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE, and she rescues animals.

Any animal in need is welcome.

Even really funny looking ones.

To be honest, we went because we’d heard through the grapevine that she’d rescued two yellow lab puppies. And she had. She’d rescued two puppies out of a horrible situation.

But the golden wasn’t who stole our hearts. Nope, it was her little baby brother. The runt of the litter.

He was filthy and living in a hovel. And the minute he saw us, he came alive. Wriggling, happy, loving. All you had to do was touch him and he writhed in joy and dropped to the floor for a belly rub.

And once he was picked up by the teenagers and loved up by them, he didn’t want to get down.

So we never put him down again. Meet Frat Boy…

About That Kiss

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Shalvis Conversations…

I might have mentioned, I’m in deadline hell. I’m far too braindead to be witty, so here are a few conversations that have gone on in the Shalvis abode:

1. Between me and the very distracted Youngest, who happened to be on the computer.

Me:
Could look up how to spell reservoir for me, please?

Youngest:
Sure. Um . . . how do you spell it?

Me:
Yeah, see, if I knew, I wouldn鈥檛 have asked.

2. And then when Alpha Man was hammering and sawing and making a crap load of noise, and me STILL two weeks from a deadline.

Me to Middle:
Can you get me ear plugs?

Middle:
Sure. How many?

Me:
Uh, one for each ear?

3. And after being dragged to the grocery store with Alpha Man, with a bazillion skiers and snowboarders, all standing in the fast food aisles saying 鈥渄ude鈥 a lot. A twenty-ish year old boarder stopped short in front of Alpha Man, who crashed into him. The boarder鈥檚 ski pants, already sagging nearly to his knees, fell to the top of his boots.

Boarder: Dude. Sorry.
Alpha Man: Dude. No problem. But why even bother wearing pants?
Boarder: They don鈥檛 let you in the store without 鈥榚m.

4. In the car on the way home from the store, with Bruno Mars wailing about Uptown Funk and my 80% deaf Alpha Man singing at the top of his lungs and my head about to fall off:

Me: Who sings this song?

Him: Bruno Mars

Me: Then let them sing it!!!

Yeah. It’s a tough crowd in this house . . . Okay, I have to go back to writing my book now. Hopefully writing THE END very soon. Stay tuned.

It’s here, it’s here…!

So … ABOUT THAT KISS is out today (part of the Heartbreaker Bay series BUT it stands alone, I promise!!) and I’ve been waiting SO LONG for you to get to read sexy, badass Joe Malone!!! What happens when love drives you crazy? The best thing to do is enjoy the ride… How about a sneak peek? Ask and ye shall receive:

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Chapter 1
#LifeIsLikeABoxOfChocolates

Kylie Masters watched him walk into her shop like he owned it while simultaneously pretending not to notice him. A tricky balancing act that she鈥檇 gotten good at. Problem was, like it or not, her attention was caught and captured by the six foot, leanly muscled, scowling guy now standing directly in front of her, hands shoved in his pockets, body language clearly set to Frustrated Male.

She sighed, gave up the ridiculous pretense of being engrossed by her phone, and looked up. She was supposed to smile and ask how she could help him. That鈥檚 what they all did when it was their turn to work the front counter at Reclaimed Woods. They were to show potential clients their custom made goods when what they really wanted was to be in the back workshop making their own individual projects. Kylie鈥檚 specialty was dining room sets, which meant she wore a thick apron and goggles to protect herself and was perpetually covered in sawdust.
And she did mean covered in sawdust. Wood flakes dusted her hair and stuck to her exposed arms, and if she鈥檇 been wearing any makeup today, they鈥檇 have been stuck to her face as well. In short, she was not looking how she wanted to be looking while facing this man again. Not even close. 鈥淛oe,鈥 she said in careful greeting.

He gave her a single head nod.

Okay, so he wasn鈥檛 going to talk first. Fine. She鈥檇 be the grown-up today. 鈥淲hat can I do for you?鈥 she asked, fairly certain he wasn鈥檛 here to shop for furniture. He wasn鈥檛 exactly the domesticated type.

Joe ran a hand through his hair so that the military short, dark, silky strands stood straight up. He wore a black T-shirt stretched over broad shoulders, loose over tight abs, untucked over cargos that emphasized his mile-long legs. He was built like the soldier he鈥檇 been not too long ago, as if keeping fit was his job鈥攚hich, given what he did for a living, it absolutely was. He shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing ice blue eyes that could be hard as stone when working, but she knew that they could also soften when he was amused, aroused, or having fun. He was none of those three things at the moment.

About That Kiss

Admit it, you’re intrigued, right? 馃檪 Leave a comment, three of you will win any Heartbreaker Bay backlist!

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