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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.

November 18, 2014

Best Of

There’s a new Shalvis member and he fits right in cuz he’s as prickly as the rest of us.

He’s very shy, our porcupine. He’s living in our front yard. He says no thanks to pictures though.

Especially face shots. However, he likes to show his very pretty hind quarters.

Thanks to Alpha Man for risking life and limb to get these pics. Thanks to the cat for keeping the dogs occupied. Thanks to Youngest and Special Edition for not taking their eyes off the TV when I said THERE’S A PORCUPINE! I bet if I’d said THERE’S A CUTE GUY, they’d have come running…

What’s the strangest pet you’ve ever had?

November 17, 2014

Monday’s giveaway

Update: So as it turns out, ALL of these things happened to me. Winner, randomly drawn, is: CINDY GASPER. Cindy, email me with knapsack in the subject line and don’t forget your addy!

Original post:
So see if you can take a guess on which of these things actually happened to me over the weekend:

1. I tried to light our bbq and … managed to singe off my own eyebrows. Dammit.
2. Was attempting to get into the book I’m writing and somehow managed to forget that I had dinner in the oven (a really great chicken casserole) and didn’t remember until … the fire alarms went off. Sigh.
3. Was so distracted, I took Frat Boy for a walk and then I went inside and … accidentally left him outside for thirty minutes … he’s still mad at me.
4. Lost my favorite boot. The right one. The left is still here. Only me…

I’ll draw a random name from the correct guesses of the insanity of my life and winner gets a Shalvis knapsack!


November 14, 2014

Friday’s Facts

UPDATE: randomly drawn winners are: ERIN, CATHY ATNEOSEN, and VICTORIA SANDES. Email me at contact.jillshalvis.com with MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY IN PRINT as the subject and your addy!

Original post:
1. My man cold has been reduced to a woman cold, which means that I’m going to live.
2. The Amazon/Hachette war is over which means you can once again preorder my books from Amazon.
3. I have a teasing tidbit from my 12/2 SHORT Lucky Harbor novella MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY:

Their relationship was akin to a porcupine and a cactus trying to make a life together—prickly as hell…and amazing.

We’re talking about sexy sheriff Sawyer Thompson and wild tumbleweed Chloe Traeger. Oil and water. Fire and ice. You get the picture…

And speaking of pics, let’s not forget what Sawyer looks like:


Now that I have your attention, I want to remind you that this novella is digital only. Wait! It’s SHORT and you can read it on whatever device you’re reading this blog on with a Nook, iBooks or Kindle app, all of which are free. AND the novella is only $1.99. Okay. Still with me? I hope so. Because…


…I have a present for you print only readers. I have a short stack of this novella printed and bound. These are the only copies on the entire planet earth and I’m having a giveaway today of four of them for two random readers who really really really want it in print. You won’t get it until 12/2, which is the day the digital copy is released, so there’s no entering just because you want it early. Tell me in your comments why you’d want a print copy and you’re in the running. Everyone else can just say “hey” or chime in on how hot Sawyer is or talk about the weather. I just love having you comment.


Preorder links if you want to make an author’s day and order it right now to download for 12/2:

November 13, 2014

There’s a man cold in the house!

… and it’s me. I have the man cold.


This is pretty much a conversation Alpha Man and I just had, only it’s me in the bed. And I’m not even sorry. In a few minutes I’m going to text him and ask for cookies… And the remote. I can’t reach it. It’s two feet away on my nightstand.

November 12, 2014

Song list and iTunes giveaway

Update: winner, randomly drawn, is: JEAN WHITE! Congrats! Email me with iTunes giveaway in the subject line and send me your addy. :)

Original post:
So I tend to associate a different song for each book that I’m writing. I’m going to make you a list and post it here on my site this week but in the meantime, I’d LOVE to know what you’re listening to and loving. I recently downloaded Amnesia’s Five Seconds of Summer and though it’s a very young song reminiscent of high school, the yearning and sense of loss is real enough that I may use it for a book.

I’ll be drawing a random commenter who will win a $25 giftcard for iTunes. I hope you use it to buy music for yourself and maybe one of my books from iBooks. :twisted:

November 11, 2014

The job…

Update: the three winners of my upcoming novella, randomly drawn, are: DIANE, LORI DUHOSKI, and GALE S. Please email me with MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY in the subject line and let me know what ereader you use.

Original post:
I’m going to end this post asking you to tell me about your job and I’m having a giveaway (three copies of my upcoming holiday novella MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY) so be sure to comment!

One of the questions I get asked the most is where do I get my ideas. I’ve often quipped that I buy them from a warehouse in Toledo but the truth is I just have ideas floating around in my head. I don’t know why. What I don’t have, at least all the time, is the ability to easily put them to the page. I know it doesn’t seem like it because I get to write on my awesome deck in my pjs and bunny slippers but … writing is hard. Some days more than others. Today is a hard day and I’m trying to write a very funny, very hot scene and all I want to do is call up that warehouse in Toledo and buy it.

Now that I’ve vented, I’d love to hear what you do for a living…

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