May 21, 2015
I’ve got an interview in an upcoming issue of RT Book Reviews, thought you might like a peek:
SECOND CHANCES IN CEDAR RIDGE… JILL SHALVIS launches a brand-neW series by Regina Small:
We have to admit: Weíve been feeling a little down ever since we left Jill Shalvisí Lucky Harbor. When the curtain fell on the bestselling series last October, we didnít know where to turn. Lucky for us, saying goodbye to Lucky Harbor didnít mean bidding farewell to the wildly popular Shalvis. In this monthís Second Chance Summer (Grand Central), Jill takes us to an all-new town with fresh faces, ski slopes and … junk food? We asked Jill for the skinny on her Cedar Ridge series and the second- chance romance thatís kicking it off.
Youíve started a new series! Now that weíve left Lucky Harbor (sniffle), give us a peek into the world of Cedar Ridge, Colorado!
Jill: Weíre starting off at Cedar Ridge Ski Resort, on top of a Colorado mountain, run by a pack of siblings ó sexy siblings. Think ski patrol, search and rescue, firefighters!
Our hottie hero, Aidan Kincaid, is a fire-fighter and a search-and-rescue worker ó
how much do his chosen professions play into who Aidan is? What kind of guy is he?
Jill: Heís the kind of guy who would put life and limb on the line to rescue a perfect stranger and yet not realize that maybe itís him who might need a rescue.
Since this first story in the Cedar Ridge series is called Second Chance Summer, can you tell us a little bit about why Aidan and heroine Lily Danville need a second chance?
Jill: Well, they blew their first chance. Quite badly, in fact! Ten years later, things have changed for both of them, and yet one thing has remained the same ó their explosive chemistry.
Lily has a bit of a taste for junk food. We donít blame her ó we love Cheetos, too. Is her sweet (and salty) tooth something you share?
Jill: Ha! And yes. I do have a thing for food … and a lot of my heroines do as well. I once had an editor ask me if I had an eating disorder. I swear I donít! I just love food ó all of it.
Thereís no shame in loving food, trust us! Do you have a favorite comfort food?
Jill: Iím a cookie Ďho, but Iím not all that picky, to be honest. Iím trying to eat more healthy these days, but my classic fall-off-the-wagon foods are pizza rolls, bagels with more cream cheese than bagel, and baked mac and cheese. Great, now Iím hungry!
Up until an unfortunate accident, Lily was a fairly adventurous person. Will we see her regain some of that fearless spark?
Jill: Yes, thatís what I really wanted to do all along. What if you grew up with adventure being your middle name and something changed all that? Could you go back to the way you were? Would you want to? But I can say, Lily does regain more than some of her fearless spark!
Youíve spent around five years writing both the Animal Magnetism and Lucky Harbor books. How difficult ó or not ó was it to start a new series?
Jill: At first: SO HARD. I love Lucky Harbor, love the Animal series. And I never say never; I might go back to either or both. But once I got started on something new, I have to say … I did fall in love again. Apparently, Iím easy!
Whatís next for the residents of Cedar Ridge?
Jill: Next up is My Kind of Wonderful in December, about Aidanís sexy brother Hudson Kincaid, who runs ski patrol on Cedar Ridge. Bailey is one of my very favorite heroines of all time. Sheís a cancer survivor and had been given no odds at all. So when she beats those odds, she goes after life the way sheíd only seen it happening in her fantasies. Talk about a fearless heroine!
If you could have a second chance at anything, what would it be?
Jill: Now that Iím old and wise, you mean? Iíd have started writing sooner rather than dreaming about it for so many years. So if youíre out there, wishing you were a writer … DO IT.
p.s. Three random commenters will win SECOND CHANCE SUMMER!
May 20, 2015
Got some requests for a repeat of this one and since I’m on deadline, I decided why not… Don’t miss the giveaway at the end:
Okay so we all know strange things tend to happen to me. But what happened yesterday pretty much takes the cake.
I was walking up the trail with Ashes, like I do every single day, when all of a sudden I hear a snort. Not a growl, or a hiss, both of which are fairly common for me and tend to turn me into an Olympic speed sprinter, but a snort. Curious, I pulled off my sunglasses and looked at the strange big thing standing at the top of the trail.
From far away it looked like one of those cow statues in downtown Chicago. Bright white and black and very still.
But then the statue moved. Uh oh. I didn’t have my good camera, or my glasses, but something made me whip out my cell phone and take a pic so I could scroll in and see what I was dealing with.
As I did this, the thing started grunting some more and began running towards me.
Can you say holy shit?
I looked down at my phone and blinked in disbelief, then back up at the creature heading towards me, all the while registering that Ashes was not in any way freaked out but acting as if her long lost lover had come to visit, complete with happy ass wriggle and wide grin.
Yes, she grins.
Here’s what I saw:
A pig. It was a fat, adorable, friendly, sweet BIG ASS pig running towards me, and I’m not quite fluent in pig grunts but I think he was saying “oh thank God, a human, I’m lost, can you please be my new best friend? Oh and do you have any food?”
I sent the pic of the pig on my phone to Alpha Man’s phone. I didn’t call because he was grouting tile and I’d already called and interrupted him three times and the last time he asked me very nicely not to call him anymore unless it was an emergency.
He called me immediately. “What the hell?”
Me: Isn’t he adorable?
Him: Tell me you are not bringing a pig home.
Me: Okay I won’t tell you.
A long beat of silence. “Jill, where did that pig come from?”
Me: Well, the pig daddy and the pig mommy fell in love, and then they–
You don’t really want to know what he said to that, or the ensuing conversation, which involved a lot of me saying “he’s so cute and sad and lonely” and him saying “we cannot keep a pig in our house” and me making all sorts of promises that I had no intention of keeping, but then some lady showed up in the woods for her long lost pig.
Only in my world.
(p.s. giving away a copy of my upcoming SECOND CHANCE SUMMER to a random commenter!)
May 19, 2015
So I’m back from Dallas and had a great time signing books and meeting readers.
My next trip is to NY in a week or so, heading to BookCon. Anyone in the New York area on 5/31 (Sunday 2:30-3:30 at Javitz Center, would LOVE to meet you!
In the meantime, I’m racing toward a June 1 deadline and this one is making me comfort eat chips, all the chips, so that my yoga pants are too tight. It’s not pretty. I need to get back to using the yoga pants to actually, you know, do yoga.
Do you exercise? What do you do?
May 18, 2015
Update: Winners, randomly drawn, are: VETA, VALERIE P, TANYA JACKSON, KIM H, and ALLYSON MURPHY. Email me with a few book choices, print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!
Can we play how many Shalvis books can you spot while out shopping?
Count Ďem Ö FIVE. I know itís silly and Iím such a nerd but this totally and completely MADE MY DAY.
Tell me which of these you have or have read. FIVE of you will win the book of their choice! XOXO!
May 14, 2015
UPDATE: Winners randomly drawn are: JEAN W, ZINA, and EILEEN A-W. Email me with SECOND CHANCE SUMMER in the subject line and let me know if you want print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!
So I’m in Dallas at a reader’s conference and I answer a Facetime call from home and this is what I see.
Alpha Man climbing out of his phone and into mine.
Anyway, it’s warm and raining in Dallas (shock) and my hair resembles a squirrel’s tail. I think it might be a pony tail sort of day. Tell me about your hair. I’m collecting hair stories for my crazy-haired heroine. Drawing three names who will win my next book SECOND CHANCE SUMMER!
May 13, 2015
I’m in Dallas at the RT reader convention and I’ll put up pics soon but for now how about a Happy Hump Day…
I think he’ll definitely be today’s writing inspiration… Yeah?