Author Jill Shalvis » Blog http://jillshalvis.com New York Times Best-Selling Author Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Tuesday’s Funny http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/03/03/tuesdays-funny/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/03/03/tuesdays-funny/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:54 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19983 Remember Family Feud? The question for these poor two husbands is: “Which dwarf best describes your wife in bed?”

The look on their faces: priceless.

But let’s turn it around, what dwarf best describes your mate? :twisted:

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Disabled Sports http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/03/02/disabled-sports-2/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/03/02/disabled-sports-2/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:36 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19975 This weekend Alpha Man and I went to the Disabled Sports Ability Bash to honor Wounded Warriors. It’s something that’s near and dear to the Shalvis family heart since we’ve been volunteering at Disabled Sports USA Far West since 2005. Here’s an account I wrote of our very first time back ten years ago now:


We spent the weekend working a charity event put on by Disabled Sports USA. A group of athletic disabled kids and adults came to Donner Lake and camped, and Alpha Man, along with a friend of ours, drove their boats for two days, dragging rafts and tubes behind the two boats, letting the “campers” have the time of their lives.

Our girls came along and it was their jobs to help the campers get on and off the rafts. The kids were adorable, everyone so happy and excited to be on this adventure in spite of incredible life hardships. Talk about a reality check. Here were people with major birth defects, or MS or a hundred other things, and because we were there, they could be towed behind a boat, the wind in their faces, their bodies cooled in the water, literally having the time of their lives.

Everyone worked their asses off. Most of the campers were paralyzed in some way and it took a lot of muscle to maneuver them in and out of the water and on the rafts but in the end, the hard work was forgotten, the two days ranking up there as two of the best days of my entire life.

I went to the event thinking I was giving something back to the community, and I came home knowing that it was the other way around. I got way more than I gave, and I’ll never forget it.

So all these years later now, last Saturday night, it was our honor to go to the annual bash. Even got out of my sweats and put on some big girls clothes.

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How about you, would love to hear what some of your favorite causes or, or if you don’t have the time in your life right now, what cause you wish you could do something for. I have a 2015 Shalvis calendar for a random commenter.

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New Cover Alert http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/27/new-cover-alert-4/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/27/new-cover-alert-4/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:42 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19957 So excited! USA Today is exclusively revealing my new cover for SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, the first in the Cedar Ridge series!!!

Did you jump up and down? How about just a little “woo hoo” then? A smile?

Click HERE to check it out, there’s an excerpt and also a giveaway for those who leave comments there.

You go yet?

You back yet? If so, don’t forget to comment here too for a SECOND chance giveaway (get it, it’s a SECOND CHANCE giveaway of SECOND CHANCE SUMMER… :grin: )

I’m sorry. I’ve had cookies. Anyway, for those of you too excited about the book to wait and want to preorder, you would make my day by clicking here for your preorder buttons! This book is at $5.99 or $6.00, priced to sell! Kindle and all the print and ebooks links are there.

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Today’s question http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/26/todays-question/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/26/todays-question/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:38 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19951 I was cleaning out my drawers and realized something shocking. I had 35 different chapsticks and lip glosses.

35.

Apparently I unintentionally horde lip care. Who knew? :twisted:

How about you, what do you unintentionally horde? Not intentionally, mind you. For example, I intentionally horde cookies. I’m asking what do you unintentionally horde?

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Today’s cuteness http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/25/todays-cuteness/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/25/todays-cuteness/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:16 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19924 So I’m on deadline. Hell, let’s be honest. I passed the deadline a week ago and I’m hiding out from my editor… BUT I’M CLOSE!

Anyway, this pic (found on Pinterest) helped me cross the finish line. It gave me the idea for my epilogue and I smile every time I think of it.

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Adorable, right? Which reminds me to ask … How did you get engaged? And if you haven’t gotten engaged, what is your dream way to get engaged?

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When the cat’s in charge… http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/24/when-the-cats-in-charge/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/24/when-the-cats-in-charge/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19909 Update: winners randomly drawn are: Jan and JOANNE C. Contact me with a few book choices, your addy and whether you want print or ebook! Original post: So I left my ...]]> Update: winners randomly drawn are: Jan and JOANNE C. Contact me with a few book choices, your addy and whether you want print or ebook!

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So I left my laptop open to go get snacks and Satan– er, Sadie decided to take over. Somehow she opened Photo Booth.

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I’m not sure what she’s thinking. Probably wondering if the angle makes her look fat…

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Or she’s plotting Frat Boy’s demise…

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Or maybe she’s planning MY demise… In any case, she would like you to know you look marvelous today. :smile:

Caption one of these shots, I’ll randomly select a few of you to win whatever book from my backlist you’d like.

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Monday’s Musings http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/23/mondays-musings-45/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/23/mondays-musings-45/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:00:21 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19903 Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: SARAH JANE PATAKI, DEBBY B., PHYLLIS SCHAEFER, DENISE, and NANCY B. Email me with Shalvis calendar in the subject line and don’t forget your ...]]> Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: SARAH JANE PATAKI, DEBBY B., PHYLLIS SCHAEFER, DENISE, and NANCY B. Email me with Shalvis calendar in the subject line and don’t forget your addys!

Original post: So I have a Kindle and an iphone and a MacBook Air and I read on all of them. I also have shelves and shelves of books. And because I’m the most disorganized person on the planet … I’m reading a book on each of my devices and one in print. (Hello, ADHD much?)

That equals four books. Four different books.

My brain hurts.

But I know that most … ahem … normal people only read one book at a time. So today’s question is what book are you reading (or read recently) and did you love it? Hate it? Indifferent? What?

Inquiring minds want to know. :cool:

(I have five 2015 Shalvis calendars left, which will go to five random commenters!)

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The very first one http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/19/first-one/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/19/first-one/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19885 Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: MELANIE SANDERS, ALEXIS, DEBBIE REED, JULIE, and NORTHWOMAN. Email me with STILL THE ONE in the subject line and tell me whether you want print ...]]> Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: MELANIE SANDERS, ALEXIS, DEBBIE REED, JULIE, and NORTHWOMAN. Email me with STILL THE ONE in the subject line and tell me whether you want print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

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So nine years ago today I started this blog. I thought to celebrate, I’d repeat that very first blog and have a giveaway!

Jill’s First Day:
A blog. Oh boy. The pressure! What will I say? Will anyone even care? I asked Alpha Man about this and he asked me when was the last time I hadn’t had anything to say.

Um, good point. But not exactly the support I needed. I turned to my fourteen-going-on-thirty oldest daughter, who wears far cooler clothes than I do, has better make-up, and knows everything. Just ask her. She said (with horror) “You’re going to have a blog? Like where people can read what you write? You’re not going to talk about me, right? Or my life? Or anything remotely resembling me and my life?”

My middle daughter wanted to know if writing a blog was going to cut in our playing HORSE on the basketball half court in our driveway every afternoon.
Oh yeah, love and support from every corner.

My youngest daughter was no help either but for different reasons. At eight, she still loves me unconditionally. Even when I screw up and wear my pj’s to pick her up from school. Which, by the way, she asked me today not to do anymore.

And that brings me back to this blog thing. What does a person who works at home alone all day in bunny slippers, writing her novels, occasionally sneaking out to ski (okay more than occasionally) but mostly being alone day in and day out, really have to offer? Not too much. But then again, Seinfeld was about nothing. Friends was often about nothing. Maybe I can offer nothing and you’ll still come …? No, that’s too much to ask. I’ll have to think of something …

So that’s how it all began, folks. And here we are nine years later still hanging out. Which brings me to today’s question — how long have you been here? Nine years? Two? A month? A day? :razz: Leave a comment, five of you will win next month’s STILL THE ONE!

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Today’s writing view http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/18/todays-writing-view-3/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/18/todays-writing-view-3/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:52 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19879 unnamed

Sitting at Donner Lake in February in a sweatshirt. No down jacket, no gloves, no snow! And a bee just bombdived me. Granted it wanted my cookies but a bee alive in February in the Sierras? I’m just hoping no one tells the spiders it’s safe to come out. In any case, this is all crazy unusual. Is the weather where you live as crazy unusual?

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The One With All The Chris’s… http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/17/one-chriss/ http://jillshalvis.com/blog/2015/02/17/one-chriss/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://jillshalvis.com/?p=19869 Update: Today’s random winner is: NORTHWOMAN. Northwoman email me with STILL THE ONE in the subject line, your choice of print or ebook and don’t forget your addy! Original post: So I ...]]> Update: Today’s random winner is: NORTHWOMAN. Northwoman email me with STILL THE ONE in the subject line, your choice of print or ebook and don’t forget your addy!

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So I have three pretend boyfriends at the moment. I know, I have no shame. But it’s not like Alpha Man doesn’t already know I’d leave him in a heartbeat if one of these Chris’s came to the door.

1. Christ Pratt

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2. Chris Evans

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3. Chris Pines

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Now you. Who’s your pretend boyfriend this week? (and all week I’m giving away copies of my upcoming STILL THE ONE so be sure to check back!)

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