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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.

November 21, 2014

Only me

So I drove to the store and grabbed my car remote thingie without looking and because I was tangled up in my bag and some other stuff, I hit the door lock on the actual door rather than use the remote, and then shut the door. A little while later I came out of store and tried to hunt down the car remote thingie in my bag but it wasn’t there. I’d grabbed the little garage remote thingie instead!

Yes, seriously.

I bet Toyota never thought of this crazy way to lock yourself out of your car when they came up with the remote… sigh. Only me.

Ever lock yourself out of anything? Please tell me yes…

November 20, 2014

Thursday’s Tidbits

I often get asked what were my fave books to write. This changes often but here’s three:

One of my personal favorites, because the heroine is really really smart, and really really socially inept. When Kate sees a cute guy, she gets nervous and spouts science facts. I laughed every time I had her say something ridiculous in front of hot, sexy Griffin Reid, like “pigs orgasm in thirty minute intervals”. And then of course Grif had only one response to that, a question that made our poor Kate even more nervous. “The real or faked kind of orgasms?” Most fun I had researching ever…

Look, I think we all know I have a big thing for firefighters. I can’t help myself. A hero who puts life and limb on the line every day for the sake of perfect strangers? Love. And firefighter Jack Harper, a guy trying to live up to his dad’s legacy and a town’s expectations, had all my love from page one. Plus he’s sexy and a total smartass. My favorite type…

This book is a fave because it flat out made me laugh as I wrote it. Like when the heroine, bad girl Aubrey Wellington throws her drink in sexy, grumpy, alpha hero Ben Mc Daniel’s face – by accident. At least mostly. But then she runs and hides in what turns out to be an AA meeting and then town thinks she’s an alcoholic. Or when Ben figures out she’s made a list of people she’s wronged and is trying to fix those wrongs, and he wonders why the list isn’t a lot longer than it is. Or when Aubrey gets a little tipsy and throws rocks at Ben’s window like a scene right out of the Say Anything movie …

Now the question of the day is which are some of your Shalvis faves? I’ll be drawing a few names from the commenters, who will win the book of their choice. :razz:

November 19, 2014

Happy Hump Day

So I’m writing another firefighter. I can’t help myself…


You don’t mind, do you?

November 18, 2014

Best Of

There’s a new Shalvis member and he fits right in cuz he’s as prickly as the rest of us.

He’s very shy, our porcupine. He’s living in our front yard. He says no thanks to pictures though.

Especially face shots. However, he likes to show his very pretty hind quarters.

Thanks to Alpha Man for risking life and limb to get these pics. Thanks to the cat for keeping the dogs occupied. Thanks to Youngest and Special Edition for not taking their eyes off the TV when I said THERE’S A PORCUPINE! I bet if I’d said THERE’S A CUTE GUY, they’d have come running…

What’s the strangest pet you’ve ever had?

November 17, 2014

Monday’s giveaway

Update: So as it turns out, ALL of these things happened to me. Winner, randomly drawn, is: CINDY GASPER. Cindy, email me with knapsack in the subject line and don’t forget your addy!

Original post:
So see if you can take a guess on which of these things actually happened to me over the weekend:

1. I tried to light our bbq and … managed to singe off my own eyebrows. Dammit.
2. Was attempting to get into the book I’m writing and somehow managed to forget that I had dinner in the oven (a really great chicken casserole) and didn’t remember until … the fire alarms went off. Sigh.
3. Was so distracted, I took Frat Boy for a walk and then I went inside and … accidentally left him outside for thirty minutes … he’s still mad at me.
4. Lost my favorite boot. The right one. The left is still here. Only me…

I’ll draw a random name from the correct guesses of the insanity of my life and winner gets a Shalvis knapsack!


November 14, 2014

Friday’s Facts

UPDATE: randomly drawn winners are: ERIN, CATHY ATNEOSEN, and VICTORIA SANDES. Email me at contact.jillshalvis.com with MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY IN PRINT as the subject and your addy!

Original post:
1. My man cold has been reduced to a woman cold, which means that I’m going to live.
2. The Amazon/Hachette war is over which means you can once again preorder my books from Amazon.
3. I have a teasing tidbit from my 12/2 SHORT Lucky Harbor novella MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY:

Their relationship was akin to a porcupine and a cactus trying to make a life together—prickly as hell…and amazing.

We’re talking about sexy sheriff Sawyer Thompson and wild tumbleweed Chloe Traeger. Oil and water. Fire and ice. You get the picture…

And speaking of pics, let’s not forget what Sawyer looks like:


Now that I have your attention, I want to remind you that this novella is digital only. Wait! It’s SHORT and you can read it on whatever device you’re reading this blog on with a Nook, iBooks or Kindle app, all of which are free. AND the novella is only $1.99. Okay. Still with me? I hope so. Because…


…I have a present for you print only readers. I have a short stack of this novella printed and bound. These are the only copies on the entire planet earth and I’m having a giveaway today of four of them for two random readers who really really really want it in print. You won’t get it until 12/2, which is the day the digital copy is released, so there’s no entering just because you want it early. Tell me in your comments why you’d want a print copy and you’re in the running. Everyone else can just say “hey” or chime in on how hot Sawyer is or talk about the weather. I just love having you comment.


Preorder links if you want to make an author’s day and order it right now to download for 12/2:

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