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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.

February 24, 2015

When the cat’s in charge…

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


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.

February 23, 2015

Monday’s Musings

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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February 19, 2015

The very first one

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!

Original post:
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!

February 18, 2015

Today’s writing view


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?

February 17, 2015

The One With All The Chris’s…

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 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


2. Chris Evans


3. Chris Pines


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!)

February 16, 2015

Interviewing Alpha Man

Update: winners, randomly drawn, is: CAROLINE ALLEN. Email me and let me know print or ebook, and don’t forget your addy!

Original post:
So RT Magazine recently interviewed Alpha Man here if you’d like to see. For those of you not likely to click, I’m posting here. :smile:

RT: What’s the biggest misconception about having a romance author for a spouse?

AM: That it’s all sunshine and puppies and hearts all the time. :)

RT” What’s the silliest thing anyone’s ever said to you about having a romance author for a spouse?

AM: There’s two: “Are you the cover model on her books?” and “Are you the inspiration for all of the love scenes?” And, by the way, my favorite answer to that question is “No, but we do have fun making sure all the positions are possible.”

RT: What’s the biggest perk that comes from having a romance author for a spouse?

AM: All the women who know what my wife writes look at me different. :)

RT: Has your spouse ever put you in a book?
She denies this, but I know it’s me. :)

RT: Brag about your spouse, what are you most proud of them accomplishing in this difficult industry?

AM: The success she’s had even when it hasn’t been easy, she never gives up.

RT: Does everyone in your life know what your spouse does for a living?

AM: Yes, and everyone wants to be put in one of her books. Even the mailman, who likes to ask what she’s writing about.

RT: If you ever had to write a book, what kind of book would it be?

AM: A how-to-deal-with-too-many-teenagers-in-your-life [book]. Or a home-fix-it book.

RT: What’s your coping mechanism when your spouse is on deadline?

AM: Duck. And keep cookies in the cupboard.

:razz: One random commenter will win a copy of my upcoming STILL THE ONE!

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