Author Jill Shalvis » Blog http://jillshalvis.com New York Times Best-Selling Author Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Thursday’s Tidbits http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/22/thursdays-tidbits-22/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/22/thursdays-tidbits-22/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19733 So name the book this excerpt is from. For bonus points, let me know if you’ve read it or not. I’m picking two names for Shalvis 2015 Calendars… :razz:

Another firefighter stepped up to the griddle to relieve Jack who loaded a plate for himself and stepped over to Kevin. He flipped the dog a sausage, which Kevin caught in midair with one snap of his huge jaws. The sausage instantly vanished, and Kevin licked his lips, staring intently at Jack’s plate as if he could make more sausage fly into his mouth by wish alone.

Jack laughed and crouched down to talk to the dog, a movement that had his shirt riding up, revealing low-riding BDUs – his uniform pants – a strip of taut, tantalizing male skin, and just the hint of a perfect ass.

On either side of Leah, both Ali and Aubrey gave lusty sighs. Leah completely understood. She could feel her own lusty sigh catching in her throat but she squelched it. They were in the F-zone, she and Jack. Friends. Friends didn’t do lust, or if they did, they also did the smart, logical thing and ignored it. Still, she felt a smile escape her at the contagious sound of Jack’s laughter. Truth was, he’d been making her smile since the sixth grade, when she’d first moved to Lucky Harbor.

As if sensing her appraisal, Jack lifted his head. His dark mirrored sunglasses hid his eyes, but she knew he was looking right at her because he arched a dark brow.

And on either side of her, Ali and Aubrey sighed again.

“Really?” Leah asked them.

“Well look at him,” Aubrey said unapologetically. “He’s hot, he’s got rhythm, and not just the fake white-boy kind either. He’s also funny as hell. And for a bonus, he’s gainfully employed. It’s just too bad I’m off men forever.”

“Forever’s a long time,” Ali said, and Leah’s gut cramped at the thought of the beautiful, blonde Aubrey going after Jack.

But Jack was still looking at Leah. Those glasses were still in the way but she knew his dark eyes were framed by thick, black lashes and the straight, dark lines of his eyebrows. And the right brow was sliced through by a thin scar, which he’d gotten at age fourteen when he and his cousin Ben had stolen his mom’s car and driven it into a fence.

“Forever,” Aubrey repeated emphatically. “I’m off men forever,” and Leah felt herself relax a little.

Which was silly. Jack could date whomever he wanted, and did. Often.

So … know it?

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Hump Day http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/21/hump-day-60/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/21/hump-day-60/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19725 Update: winners are EMILY and JODY GOSSETT. Email me with Still The One in the subject line and let me know print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy! Original post: So ...]]> Update: winners are EMILY and JODY GOSSETT. Email me with Still The One in the subject line and let me know print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

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So I thought we could celebrate Hump Day with a pic of sexy Navy vet and physical therapist AJ Colten from STILL THE ONE

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You are welcome. I’m drawing two names from today’s commenters, who will win STILL THE ONE for themselves or a friend on the day of release. Now go forth and have a fantastic Wednesday because you look really good, did you lose weight?

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Tuesday’s Tidbits http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/20/tuesdays-tidbits-35/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/20/tuesdays-tidbits-35/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19719 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’t 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 “dude” a lot. A twenty-ish year old boarder stopped short in front of Alpha Man, who crashed into him. The boarder’s 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’t let you in the store without ‘em.

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.

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Best of http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/19/best-15/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/19/best-15/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19712 This is the sign I put on my sink on Friday, shortly after a PMS-fueled meltdown of epic proportions.

To my shock, it has worked. Not a single dish has been left in the sink all weekend. Of course the counter is another thing entirely …

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Cover shoot pics! http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/16/19698/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/16/19698/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:41 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19698 Update: winner, randomly drawn, is: AMY FULTON. Amy email me with SECOND CHANCE SUMMER in the subject line, include your choice of print or ebook, and your addy. ...]]> Update: winner, randomly drawn, is: AMY FULTON. Amy email me with SECOND CHANCE SUMMER in the subject line, include your choice of print or ebook, and your addy. :)

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So my publisher had a cover shoot yesterday in New York for my June book SECOND CHANCE SUMMER. Would have loved to be there, but my editor was kind enough to send me pics from the shoot. Not exactly sure what’s going on here but apparently it involved getting oil on the abs. Now here’s my thing. I thought I had a great job, but it’s possible this woman has a better one. Ab oiler… has a certain ring to it.

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Also there were ropes. :roll:

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Um, to be clear, our hero, Aidan Kincaid, is a Search & Rescue guy.

:razz:

Anyway, I’ll have more cover shoot pics next week so stayed tuned. In the meantime, I’ll be drawing two names from today’s commenters who will a copy of SECOND CHANCE SUMMER on the day of release in June. ;-)

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Payback http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/15/payback/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/15/payback/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:00:55 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19691 So one time a zillion years ago I accidentally turned all of Alpha Man’s whites pink.

Okay, maybe it was more than one time. Maybe it was a bunch of times, and maybe he took over laundry duty.

Cut to last summer when I got to go shopping with Nora Robers (NORA ROBERTS, PEOPLE!) and I somehow got talked into buying a far too expensive sweater from Anthropologie. I loved that sweater because every time I wore it I thought of the fun I had that day shopping with good friends and NORA ROBERTS.

Last month Alpha Man dried the sweater. In the dryer. On high heat. When the sweater came out, it wouldn’t have fit the cat. I pouted over that for a good long time but there was little I could say because hello, Alpha Man had worn pink undies and pink socks for years thanks to me. I told him we were even.

That might have been my mistake.

Four months ago I had spine surgery. It was a big and scary time and the day before I went into the hospital, Alpha Man bought me a gorgeous sweater from Nordstroms. It was also too expensive but I loved that sweater ridiculously.

Last night Alpha Man dried the sweater. In the dryer. On high heat. Why? I’m not sure. He’s a guy… ANYWAY, sob, the sweater is now about three inches high now. And he felt AWFUL. For the second time.

So did I. I ate an entire bag of Skittles before deciding that there is really only one solution to this problem we’re having.

We need a dedicated laundry person. Which means one of us needs to win the lottery…

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Hump Day http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/14/hump-day-59/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/14/hump-day-59/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19684 I know this isn’t exactly what you expected for a Hump Day post but it cracked me up big time.

Frat Boy would never sit on Satan– er, Sadie here at the Shalvis abode because Sadie is evil. But I wish he would…

Any of you have dogs who sit on your cats? :twisted:

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Monday’s Madness http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/12/mondays-madness-9/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/12/mondays-madness-9/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:56 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19672 Update: winner of the calendar is NANCY THOMPSON. Nancy, email me with Shalvis Calendar in the subject line and don’t forget your email! Original post: So I’m on deadline maybe a little ...]]> Update: winner of the calendar is NANCY THOMPSON. Nancy, email me with Shalvis Calendar in the subject line and don’t forget your email!

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So I’m on deadline maybe a little bit out of control. Here’s Alpha Man asking me a simple question…

:twisted:

Leave a comment, I’m giving away another calendar today!

(also, I now have cute sticker thingies — bookplates are their official term — that I can sign for your print copies of my books. If you’re interested, email me at contact@jillshalvis.com for the addy to send a self addressed stamped envelope to…

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fart barrier http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/09/fart-barrier/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/09/fart-barrier/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19661 This is from Alpha Man and I’m still laughing…

Tell the truth. Have you broken the barrier? :twisted:

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Not quite Winnie-the-Pooh http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/08/not-quite-winnie-pooh/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/01/08/not-quite-winnie-pooh/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:00:11 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19655

This is my street. And less than an hour before this picture was taken, I had come sauntering along with Frat Boy at my heels. Okay, so he wasn’t exactly at my heels, he was bounding out in front, tongue lolling, looking for the next party, but I digress.

This is mama bear and her three babies, fresh from digging through our trash for their afternoon tea. This is the same bear who last year at this time growled at me for daring to take her picture.

This is one grumpy ass mama. She’s tired of her annoying children, she’s tired of doing all the cooking and cleaning, and she’s tired of not fitting into her jeans. There are some days (like this whole past weekend), where I can really relate …

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