New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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A Glamorous Day in the Life of a Romance Writer
Alarm goes off while dreaming about latest plot. Husband hits sleep button — five times. Upon threat of death, he turns off alarm, rolls toward me and begs "caffeine".
Have sent husband and oldest daughter off to work and school. Only two children left until I’m alone to work on current project that’s due yesterday.
Said children can’t find gloves or lunch or homework. Puppy ate them. All of them.
After cleaning up dog puke and driving children to school, I sit down on the deck with my laptop. Breathe in the delicious mountain air. Prepare to feel inspired. Instead see a bear in the woods and run inside.
After a large bag of cookies I feel inspired by sugar rush. Write a few pages while on the couch. Decide maybe what I really need is a plotting session. Lie down on couch with cozy blanket and plot with my eyes closed.
Woken from nap by phone. Middle child has lost lunch money.
Manage a few more pages before starvation sets in. Early lunch. I’ll get lots down this afternoon for sure.
Another page before email break. No email. Hmm. Maybe I should try harder to be friendly instead of snarling at anyone who interrupts. Note to self. No more snarling.
Call from editor. Last book that I loved? Major revisions needed. By yesterday.
Call from other editor. Last book that I loved? Major revisions needed. By yesterday.
Back in kitchen for more fortification.
Children home. Hot, tired, hungry, grumpy. Break up three fights before soccer practice.
Dinnertime. Forgot to cook. Back out in the car to Taco Bell.
Maybe I’ll sneak in one more page. Take another look at list of revisions, feel sick, head back into kitchen.
Kids to bed. Too tired to work, sit on couch with a good book. Not mine.
Husband wakes me up with a hopeful smile. I’m going to need caffeine.
What People Are Saying About Jill
“Heartwarming and sexy . . . an abundance of chemistry, smoldering romance, and hilarious antics.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Engaging writing, characters that walk straight into your heart, touching, hilarious…”
– Library Journal
“A winner… Readers will laugh out loud as they rush to turn the pages.”
– RT Book Reviews
“[Shalvis] has quickly become one of my go-to authors of contemporary romance. Her writing is smart, fun, and sexy, and her books never fail to leave a smile on my face long after I’ve closed the last page . . . one of my very favorite series of all time . . . Jill Shalvis is an author not to be missed!”
“Jill Shalvis is such a talented author that she brings to life characters who make you laugh, cry, and are a joy to read.”
“What I love about Jill Shalvis’s books is that she writes sexy, adorable heroes . . . the sexual tension is out of this world. And of course, in true Shalvis fashion, she expertly mixes in humor that has you laughing out loud.”
“Ms. Shalvis characters leap off the page”
– Romantic Times
“I read most of it with a big fat grin on my face. What can be more fun than watching Lucky Harbor’s goody-two-shoes decide to stop playing it safe and begin to walk on the wild side?”
“I always enjoy reading a Jill Shalvis book. She’s a consistently elegant, bold, clever writer . . . Very witty