It’s here, it’s here…!

Playing For Keeps has hit the shelves wherever print and ebooks are sold! It’s the story of two people who are oil and water, but have to come together to rescue an abandoned dog in a storm. When they both want to adopt the dog, they agree to joint custody.

Little did they know it would change everything.

Want a little peek?

This one is a little different for me. Same Shalvis heat and humor, but Sadie has had to overcome some major obstacles. She鈥檚 quite the survivor! And for that matter, so is Caleb. Oh the fun I had watching them fall in love. Hope you enjoy!

Playing For Keep

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Caption this…



We were cleaning up some holiday decorations the other day, Middle and I (yeah, yeah, I know it’s almost Feb…) and we decided to torture Dobby…


She really wasn’t nearly as amused as we were…


In fact, she told us that we should watch where we step for a good long time to come.


Thought you all might enjoy seeing the trouble we get into when we’re bored. Anyway, caption this last shot for a chance to win a book from my backlist…


And don’t forget, PLAYING FOR KEEPS hits the shelves this week in print and digital! And right now, print seems to be only $5 at Amazon right now…

Playing For Keep

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What’s romantic?

The other day someone was asking if after a zillion years of being married if there’s any romance left on the bones. My first instinct was to say … maybe not much. We don’t do the big gestures very often, but after thinking about it, I realize we never really did. We aren’t big gesture people, it’s always been about the little things. And I like it that way.

But yesterday after a long day working on a book that’s coming due, Alpha Man took me out to my favorite Japanese place, and after that, he made a quick stop at the bakery. He asked what I wanted and I said nothing because they never have what I do want, which is an old fashioned chocolate dipped donut. Two minutes later, he came out grinning from ear to ear.

“Don’t tell me, ” I said. “You got yourself a dozen.”

And he handed me a fresh out of the oven and just dipped in chocolate old fashioned donut. It was warm and still dripping chocolate. I couldn’t get it in my mouth fast enough. And when he tried to talk to me on the drive home, I held up a hand and told him I couldn’t talk now, I was having a sexual experience all by myself with a donut.

So I guess romance isn’t really dead, even after all these years. 馃檪

Conversations with my hero

Hero: Why is it taking you 3 days to write me a sex scene?
Me: Because it’s hard!
Hero: Yeah it is.
Me: Er, um, you know what i mean! Now go away and behave!
Hero: Babe, I don’t ever behave, which you should know, you wrote me…

(speaking of which, while my current hero is driving me batshit crazy, leave me a comment with your favorite Shalvis hero and which book he came from and three of you will win the backlist title of your choice!)

An exclusive sneak peek at PLAYING FOR KEEPS!

Hey all! I know, I know, it’s been FOREVER since I’ve been here and i’m terribly sorry for that. I had a cold that turned into a sinus infection that just would not leave me alone for months. STILL have a nagging headache, but hey, I’m breathing so there’s that! 馃檪 I’m sorry if it seemed like i deserted you! Thanks for all the emails and posts wondering if I was okay! I adore you all!!

And before I post the excerpt, I thought you might like to see what my yard looks like. The North Pole!

Gorgeous though, right?

Okay, back to what we all are here for. The books!!! PLAYING FOR KEEPS is only two weeks away. Here’s the deets: Two people who are oil and water come together to rescue an abandoned dog in a storm. When they both want to adopt the dog, they agree to joint custody. Little did they know it would change everything. PLAYING FOR KEEPS! Read the 1st chapter HERE!

And then come back here for chapter two, which is below:

Playing For Keeps

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Chapter 2


Caleb Parker sat on the ground getting wetter by the second as the woman stared at him, her thoughts hooded. Rain had soaked through her gray sweater with the strategic cutouts, one across the top of her breasts and two others baring her shoulders, giving peekaboo hints of skin. Her jeans were jet-black and formfitting, hugged to her curves and tucked into a pair of high-heeled boots that gave a man ideas. Sexy-as-hell ideas. Her hair was half up and half down, the drenched strands teasing her cheeks, jaw, and shoulders. She wore enough earrings and bracelets to set off a metal detector.

Her name was Sadie Lane and she was spirited and maybe also a little wild, but man. He never could take his eyes off of her.
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Yesterday I went out to breakfast for lunch (my favorite thing to do) with Alpha Man. As we were leaving, I slowed and stared at the huge bowl of candy at the hostess area. I heard Alpha Man laugh beneath his breath and then, outside, this conversation took place.

AM: Take a cold shower, honey.

Me: What are you talking about?

AM: You were staring at that guy…

Me: What guy?

AM: The one that looks like he’d fit right in on your Facebook page.

Me: There was a hot guy and I missed him?

AM: What were you looking at?

Me: The Kitkat bars in that bowl!

Alpha Man about busted a gut laughing. I’m still bummed I missed the hot guy. And how sad is it that my eyes honed in on the candy over said hot guy in the first place?????

Oh Monday…

So I’m not a huge fan of Mondays. But since I worked all weekend (writing my fingers to the bone on next summer’s THE LEMON SISTERS), I’m slacking this morning. And maybe streaming a movie. Anyone remember this one?

Speaking of which, do you have an old favorite go to movie?

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