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.
December 8, 2014
Update: winner, randomly drawn, is: BETTYMC. Betty email me with your addy and put iTunes in the subject line.
Here is my writing day in a nutshell:
Write down a few sentences
Check Tumblr for some inspiring pics.
Change the background on my desktop.
Write another sentence.
Get a snack.
Make a potty run. Take the dog for a potty run.
Can’t find my Word document, panic, soothe self with a cookie. Or two.
Write a page.
Have to erase page.
Get another snack.
Huh. It’s a miracle a book ever gets written at all, isn’t it? I have a $25.00 iTunes card which I would hope you’d use to buy my books that somehow got written in spite of myself (you can buy digital or audio books from iBooks). Leave a comment to be in the running.
December 6, 2014
Update: Winners, randomly drawn, ar: Nancy B and KERRY K. Kerry, email me with Helenkay Dimon in the subject line. Don’t forget to give me your addy and a few book choices!
Today Helenkay Dimon is guesting. We love it when she does because she always brings books to giveaway!
Hello everyone and a huge thank you to Jill for letting me be here today. I had to tear myself away from her newest, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY (and Sawyer!) to come over here. Have you all read it? If not, do it!
Jill and I talk every day. And by talk, I mean email and send photos back and forth. All of them G-rated, of course. (NOTE FROM JILL: THEY’RE NEVER G-RATED) Many times our topic turns to one of my favorite things – writing men. Usually it goes something like this:
Jill: My hero is being an idiot.
Me: Mine just ticked off the heroine.
Jill: Sounds realistic TO ME.
Me: Yeah, I didn’t have any trouble making the heroine’s anger sound real.
In my newest release, TOO FAR GONE, the hero, Walker, is…well, difficult. Let’s just say he has some issues. He literally was a secret baby when he was a kid. He’s now a grown man and an FBI agent. As an adult, he gets to know his three brothers – men who did not even know Walker existed before they meet him. And they don’t like him very much. Brothers being brothers, Walker doesn’t stand a chance once his siblings realize he’s in romance trouble. Take a peek at an early discussion with brothers Callen and Declan:
Callen crossed his arms in front of him and leaned on the table. “But we should get back to the main topic. Do you think Mallory is going to welcome you back into her bed without making you crawl first?”
Just thinking about Mallory in bed had Walker sweating. “Let’s pretend I’m willing to talk about this, which I’m not.”
Declan kept flipping menu pages. “Uh-huh.”
“Mallory and I had an understanding…” Walker’s confidence faltered. “Stop shaking your head at me, Callen. I am three seconds away from smashing my fist in your skull.”
Declan finally looked up. “He has that effect on everyone, your girlfriend Mallory especially.”
The amusement in Declan’s voice had Walker jumping on the defensive. “She’s not my-”
Callen snorted. “Well, she’s not now. You screwed that up.”
“That’s not true.” Walker refused to let that be true. Yes, he didn’t handle Mallory as well as he should have. He’d admit to that, but he did have something with her and there was no way she would let that slip away without a fight.
Poor Walker. I think even Jill felt bad for him. (NOTE FROM JILL: I TOTALLY DID, EVEN AS I LUSTED FOR HIM…)
(ANOTHER NOTE FROM JILL: THIS BOOK IS $4 SO GO AHEAD AND CLICK AND BUY…)
(ANOTHER ANOTHER NOTE FROM JILL: AND NOW THAT YOU’RE BACK, LEAVE A COMMENT BECAUSE WE’RE BOTH GIVING AWAY TWO BOOKS FROM OUR BACKLIST, JUST CUZ WE LOVE YA)
December 5, 2014
Update: This was my fave contest in a long time! Loved all your ideas but in the end, Sawyer and Chloe named the bean Phoebe in memory of Chloe’s mom. Winners are: Renee Warren and Karen. Email me with Phoebe in the subject and give me your addy and a few choices of books.
Okay so I have buckets and buckets of emails complaining that I didn’t name The Bean, which if you’ve read MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY, then you know that’s Sawyer’s and Chloe’s baby. I didn’t name her because I was saving it for you.
So here we go. Name The Bean. I’ll pick my favorite and the winner will win a Shalvis drawstring backpack and the book of their choice.
and p.s. you look gorgeous today…
December 4, 2014
Update: Winners, randomly drawn, are: RUBY NORWOOD, GALE S, and VALERIE P. Email me with a few book choices, whether you want print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!
So earlier in the week I was in San Francisco for my three month post spine surgery check. Getting there was an exercise in patience given that we drove off the mountain through a snow storm and then down the hills through a rain storm.
And that’s not counting all the idiots on the road…
Anyway, I snapped this shot on the way over the bridge without even realizing how interesting the sky was.
I’d run out of cookies and chips by the time we got to Stanford. Which was just as well because somehow I managed to gain weight since surgery.
I don’t want to talk about it…
BUT my xrays finally showed some signs of healing! I was going to post the xrays but Alpha Man said that probably I shouldn’t, I might gross you all out. The bottom line is that I was cleared for physical therapy. That seemed like a great thing for this ADHD girl, who has been cleared for nothing other than walking this entire time.
But the reality of PT? Yeah, not quite as fun as I thought. Core strengthening sucks. Stretching sucks.
The one thing that doesn’t suck? The Girl Scout cookies I bought on the way home… Today’s question of the day is: What is your favorite cookie? I’ll be drawing three random names who will win the book of mine of their choice!
December 3, 2014
The Making of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY:
I love the holidays. All the kids are home, and it’s usually snowing outside and warm inside from the baking of cookies – or in my case, the burning of the cookies…
Last year when this happened, our new fire alarm went off and I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. We have really high ceilings and there was no way to reach the smoke detector. A neighbor called the police, and a sheriff came to the door. He looked a little rumpled and a lot overworked, but he smiled when he saw the burnt cookies.
“My wife does that a lot,” he said with obvious warmth and love.
It reminded me that one of my favorite couples–sexy sheriff Sawyer Thompson and wildcard Chloe Traeger from my book HEAD OVER HEELS–would be celebrating this holiday too, and chances were that Chloe was doing something to both irritate Sawyer and yet turn him on at the same time.
The thought wouldn’t leave me alone. But how I could I do justice in a novella to a couple who had an undeniably explosive chemistry and whirlwind romance the first time around? I also didn’t want to give them some silly misunderstanding or lightweight conflict and take away from their intense and fierce relationship, the one I’d painstakingly built in HEAD OVER HEELS. I mean, to be honest, those two nearly drove me to drink the first time around.
Then it hit me, the idea for the story I could tell that would at once both heighten their relationship and yet change it forever. Picture me cackling and rubbing my hands together in glee over my laptop as I spun the new web. I’m not going to tell you what I did, or what Chloe and Sawyer have to go through, but suffice it to say I loved every minute of the writing of this story, MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY.
Though I was so happy to revisit these characters, it was also a little bittersweet since this would be the last Lucky Harbor – for now. I never say never, especially since readers tend to get upset when they realize this might be goodbye to Lucky Harbor. So let’s just call it a goodbye for now, okay? Can we all live with that? And I promise to come back and visit it when the time is right.
We all still friends? Yeah? Let me know.
December 2, 2014
Update: Winners, randomly drawn, are: LIZA, AMY BARTLETT, HOLLY, MANNI, and TABITHA S. Email me with knapsack in the subject line, don’t forget your addy and a few book choices!
So I have two great things for this Tuesday. First, I had my three month post spine surgery check yesterday and I have FINALLY been cleared for physical therapy! The ADHD girl can start moving again! SO RELIEVED!
And second (and even better) is that MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY! has hit! You remember sexy sheriff Sawyer Thompson right?
Well you can get my latest short story for $1.99 wherever digital books are sold. Here’s a few links for your purchasing pleasure. Go ahead and order right now. I’ll wait…
You’re back? Good! Because to celebrate MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY!, I’m giving away five Shalvis drawstring backpacks with your choice of a Shalvis backlist inside to five random commenters today. What I want to know is your fave scene in any of the Lucky Harbor books.
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- Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author
“This often hilarious novel has a few serious surprises, resulting in a delightfully satisfying story.”