Author Jill Shalvis » Blog http://jillshalvis.com New York Times Best-Selling Author Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Tuesday’s Tidbits http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/23/tuesdays-tidbits-32/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/23/tuesdays-tidbits-32/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:27 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18952 So one week before HE’S SO FINE hits the shelves and I have been remiss! I haven’t shown you sexy Cole!!!! Whatever was I thinking? Behold …

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A teasing tidbit: His smile was nothing but pure, unadulterated trouble, and at the sight of it, the devil on her left shoulder woke up and jumped up and down. Oh please, can we have him, just once?

Make an author’s day and pre-order? Unfortunately you can’t do so at Amazon because they’re in a fight with my publisher. But if you set yourself an alarm for 9/30, you will be able to buy from Amazon on release day. All other places you can preorder and even get the book on sale if you do. :smile:

Print:
B&N

BAM
Indie Bound
Powell’s

Digital
Nook
BAM
Kobo
iBooks

p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALPHA MAN!!!! XOXO!!! :evil:

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Monday’s Musings http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/22/mondays-musings-37/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/22/mondays-musings-37/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18942 Update: winners, randomly drawn are: Barb, Denise, and CHARLENE CUELLAR-SOWERS. Email me with HE’S SO FINE in the subject and let me know if you want print or ebook, and ...]]> Update: winners, randomly drawn are: Barb, Denise, and CHARLENE CUELLAR-SOWERS. Email me with HE’S SO FINE in the subject and let me know if you want print or ebook, and your addy.

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So we had everyone home this weekend and … I got out of the house!

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That’s Youngest, Oldest, and moi in my brace from spine surgery. But I’m out of the house!

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We went out to breakfast where I might have eaten my weight in bacon and eggs and hashbrowns and sour dough toast with amazing peach jelly… I’m still full. I’m celebrating by giving away copies of my current book IT’S IN HIS KISS, or if you already have it, my next release HE’S SO FINE. Comment for a chance to win!

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TGIF a little late http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/19/tgif-little-late/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/19/tgif-little-late/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:12:29 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18931 So I’ve gotten some emails about my readers who are not on Facebook. They are worried they’re missing the good stuff. So here’s what went down on FB with me this week:

Monday: Two and a half weeks post spine surgery: am alone for first time, dropped my phone. Tried to pick up with my toes. No go. Tried to get Frat Boy to fetch. No go. UPS man showed up! He tried to tell me that he’s new and he’s not supposed to come in. So I kicked my phone to him and he picked it up. I told him he was romance novel hero worthy. Funny, he seemed more scared than honored…

Tuesday: So the King Fire in south Tahoe is not behaving for the hard working firefighters. You can see the difference in my sky from this morning…

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… to midday when the smoke and ash started to move in…

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Stay safe everyone in the path!!!!!

Wednesday: Forgot to add Chris Pratt to my list of pretend boyfriends.

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I heart him. And I think he’d make a great romance hero. You?

Thursday:
For those of you who read my THEN CAME YOU with sexy vet Wyatt as the hero … are you feeling his feisty sisters as sequels? I hope so as Darcy’s story, STILL THE ONE, is written and comes out 4/1/15. Getting ready to write Zoe’s story next and trying to figure out a good hero for her… Ideas are welcome.

Friday:
Today’s cute and hot…

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So that’s it, a week in the FB life of Jill. :evil: If you liked this recap, let me know so I can make it a regular feature here. Now, what are you all doing this weekend? Anything good?

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http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/18/18923/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/18/18923/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:17 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18923 I just realized I haven’t teased you about my 9/30 release HE’S SO FINE. Shame on me!! Consider yourself teased:

Olivia came up on an elbow and poked Cole in the chest. “Hey.”

“Yeah.”

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to figure you out,” he said.

“Is that going to take awhile?”

“I’m quite certain yes.”

Biting her lip, she chose her words as carefully as she could. “I don’t need anyone to take care of me,” she said. “Never have, never will.”

Lowering his arm, he met her gaze, his eyes glittering in the dark, his skin looking golden by the candle’s glow. “I get that about you,” he said. “I admire that about you. But sometimes a guy wants to take care of the woman he’s about to make scream his name. It doesn’t make you weak, Olivia. It makes you mine to take care of, at least until one of us walks away.”

She had a hard time catching enough air in her lungs. Heat and something else flared in his eyes, and he kissed her until everything left her brain but this, the feel of him, here and now . . .

You can’t preorder at Amazon because they’re in a fight with my publisher. But if you set yourself an alarm for 9/30, you will be able to buy from Amazon on release day. All other places you can preorder and even get the book on sale if you do. :smile:

Print:
B&N

BAM
Indie Bound
Powell’s

Digital
Nook
BAM
Kobo
iBooks

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Wednesday’s goods http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/17/18912/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/17/18912/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18912 A surreal moment for me, getting the RT Magazine and seeing myself and my books on the cover…

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Kinda fun and certainly made my week! Giving away HE’S SO FINE to two random commentors today. :razz:

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My pretend boyfriends http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/16/pretend-boyfriends/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/16/pretend-boyfriends/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18904 So I have quite a few. Some can’t be shown because they’re not real people. Like Ranger from the Janet Evanovich series. Or Roarke from In Death series by JD Robb. Or Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

But then there’s my TV and movie boyfriends. Like Jensen Ackles from Supernatural…

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Sigh…

And let’s not forget Chris Pine:

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Or Thor. Those eyes…

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Now you. Who’s your current pretend boyfriend?

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Monday’s Muse http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/15/mondays-muse-3/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/15/mondays-muse-3/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18896 So I decided to go back in the archives for today’s blog. I started this thing in 2005, which is hard to believe. But here’s the post from exactly nine years ago today. You’ll see that some things never change. :)

Spider in my kitchen. And when I say spider, I mean HUGE spider (picture me standing here with arms wide open). Okay, maybe not that big but I’ll tell you what, when I picked up the towel and then dropped said towel while shrieking in terror, the THUNK the spider made when it hit the floor sounded like . . . like a VERY BIG SPIDER HITTING THE FLOOR.

Of course Alpha Man is out of town and my girls are gone and there is no one I can call to admit that I can’t even walk into my own kitchen because a spider is holding it hostage.

But I’m never going in there again. Ever.

Or at least not until I need more Girl Scout cookies from the freezer …

So today’s question is … how long have you been here with me? Inquiring minds want to know! I’ll draw a few random names for books from my backlist, so talk to me! :razz:

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excerpt/giveaway http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/12/excerptgiveaway/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/12/excerptgiveaway/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:00:37 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18879 Update: Winners are BETHY KA, MANNI, and MEGAN JOHNSON. Email me at contact@jillshalvis.com with HE’S SO FINE in the subject line and your choice of print or ebook (and ...]]> Update: Winners are BETHY KA, MANNI, and MEGAN JOHNSON. Email me at contact@jillshalvis.com with HE’S SO FINE in the subject line and your choice of print or ebook (and don’t forget your address!)

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What book does this bro-mance come from?

“Okay, great. Hold please,” Sam said, and punched the hold button on the phone. He took a deep breath and strode out of the warehouse and to their “yard.” This led to the waterfront. There they had a dock, where their fifty-foot Wright Sport was moored.

Hours ago, Tanner—their scuba diving instructor and communications expert—had texted Sam that he was working on their radio system.

“Hey,” Sam called out to him. “How about answering a damn phone call once in a while?”

“You’re the one inside,” Tanner said, not stopping what he was doing, which didn’t look to be work so much as sunbathing. Not that he needed it with the mocha skin he’d inherited from his mother’s Brazilian roots. He’d stripped to a pair of board shorts, a backward baseball cap, and reflective aviator sunglasses, and was sprawled out on his back, face tilted up to the sun.

“Busy, are you?” Sam asked drily.

“Cole and I chartered the midnight cruise last night and didn’t moor until three a.m.”

“And you slept until two p.m., so what’s your point?”

Tanner lifted a middle finger.

Sam gave up and strode up to the smaller building—a hut really—that they used as their front office and greeting area. The rolling door was up when they were open for business and shut when they weren’t.

It was up now, and Cole was sitting behind the front counter. He was their captain, chief navigator, and mechanic, and was currently hen-pecking at the keyboard of his laptop. The fingers stopped when Sam reached into the bucket beside the counter and pulled out one of their water guns. The thing had been touted as a squirt gun, but the more apt term would have been cannon. Sam weighed it in his hands, decided it was loaded enough, and turned back to the door.

“What the hell are you doing?” Cole asked.

“Going to spray the hell out of Tanner.”

“Nice,” Cole said, fingers already back to hen-pecking. “Carry on.”

Sam stopped in the doorway and stared at him in surprise. Cole was their resident techno-geek. He wore cargo pants with handy pockets and could fix just about anything at any time with the ingenuity of a modern-day MacGyver. And he always, always, objected to fighting among their ranks. “What’s up?” Sam asked him.

“Trying to work. Go away.”

“If you’re working so damn hard, why aren’t you answering the phones?”

Cole lifted his head and blinked innocently. “Phones? What phones? I didn’t hear any phones.”

“Shit.” Sam shook his head. “We need to get that damn ad in the paper.”

Cole’s fingers clicked one last key with dramatic flair. “Done,” he declared. “Ad placed.”

“What does it say?” Sam asked.

Cole hit a few more keys. “Looking for self-motivating admin to answer phones, work a schedule, greet customers with a friendly attitude, and be able to handle grumpy-ass bosses named Sam.”

Sam arched a brow. “You’d push the buttons of a guy holding a loaded water cannon?”

Not looking worried in the slightest, Cole smiled and reached down beneath the counter, coming up with his own loaded cannon, which he casually aimed at Sam. “You forget who bought these.”

“Shit.” He turned to go.

“You’re forgetting something else,” Cole said.

Sam looked back.

“Tanner’s ex-profession as a Navy SEAL.”

“Shit,” Sam said again, lowering the cannon. He was pissed, not stupid.

“Good choice.”

“Line one’s for you,” Sam said.

Name it, and a few of you will win my next book HE’S SO FINE!

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Snuggim Uggums http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/11/snuggim-uggums/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/11/snuggim-uggums/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:00:56 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18875 In my new book IT’S IN HIS KISS I had fun making up nicknames for the heroine and hero to call each other. He calls her Tough Girl — well earned as she is more than a little independent — cough, stubborn as hell, cough… And she calls him Sexy Grumpy Surfer, also well earned because in the beginning, he is exactly that. Sexy AND grumpy. :) I went on to use other nicknames as well, including Sam calling Becca “Peeper” and not because she has big eyes but because she peeks out her windows in the mornings and watches him surf. What nicknames have you heard that you loved?

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How time flies http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/10/time-flies/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2014/09/10/time-flies/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:01 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=18877 How you know you married the right person — you can throw up in front of them.

Or on them…

And they’ll hold your hair back for you.

I’m here to tell you I married the right person. Last week, just post spine surgery, I was sick as a dog from the meds. Sick. As. A. Dog. And Alpha Man not only held my hair back, he let me lean on him as I did my business.

I’m also here to tell you that Alpha Man did NOT marry the right person. Shh, don’t tell him, maybe he’s never noticed.

What about you? What’s that thing that your significant other does (or did) that told you he was a keeper?

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