Friday, July 20, 2012

Guest Blogger and Contest: Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis
Greetings, all!  And thanks, Patti, for letting me visit everyone at RRT. 

It’s been a Lucky Harbor summer, and great things have been happening with the Chocoholics trilogy.  LUCKY IN LOVE and AT LAST hit the The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, giving me a huge thrill.  I’m so grateful for all the enthusiasm readers have shown, not simply in putting them there, but for letting me know their reactions to my books.

The trilogy starts off with LUCKY IN LOVE.  We’ve got a badass ex-Navy SEAL hero trying to go good and a good-girl heroine looking for a walk on the bad side ... As for who wins that battle, you’ll have to read the book. 

In AT LAST, we have Matt Bowers, a sexy forest ranger who stops to help a damsel in distress.  Except she’s no damsel in distress. She’s waitress Amy Michaels, beautiful, tough, jaded … and she is in desperate need of rescue.  She just doesn’t know it yet.  But my favorite scene is definitely where she has to save Matt – and no I’m not telling you more. :)

In FOREVER AND A DAY, hero Dr. Josh Scott is on the edge of burnout.  He’s got his practice, his young son, his wheelchair-bound sister, and a crazy puppy.  Not to mention the weight of the world on his shoulders from taking care of everyone in his life.  Enter dog walker Grace Brooks who, in a turn of events, saves Josh for a change, in more ways than one.

Lucky In Love and At Last are out now. Forever And a Day shows up on shelves and ebookstores on 7/31.  Hope you get a chance to visit Lucky Harbor!  .Join me at my daily blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  I’d love to know what you think!

Best wishes and happy reading,

 A big THANK YOU to Jill for guesting on the blog today. Jill is giving away one copy each of AT LAST and FOREVER AND A DAY. Open to US and Canada mailing addresses only. Enter by posting in comments.

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis received the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award for her first Lucky Harbor novel, Simply Irresistible.  Readers have returned again and again to Lucky Harbor in The Sweetest Thing and Head Over Heels.  Now, they’re enjoying a Lucky Harbor summer with her three contemporary romances, LUCKY IN LOVE, AT LAST, and FOREVER AND A DAY, appearing one a month for three months. The latest, AT LAST, just released June 26th, has already been highly praised by readers and reviewers alike.   RT Book Reviews calls it “a winner,” The Book Addicts says it is “funny and touching,” and The Eclectic Reader hails it as “wonderful.”
In AT LAST, Shalvis tells Amy Michaels’ story.  A waitress at the local diner, tough girl Amy loves her new life in Lucky Harbor, and is especially grateful for her friends, Mallory and Grace, who she met when they were trapped together during a snowstorm. Bounced around since she ran away from home at sixteen, she came to Lucky Harbor on a quest. She’s going to follow in the footsteps of her beloved grandmother who, years ago, found hope and peace as she hiked through the nearby forest. 
Amy, alone on the trail, makes a wrong turn and soon has no idea where she is or how she’s going to find her way home before nightfall.  Fortunately, her cell phone works. Her call for help is answered by Matt Bowers, town heartthrob and forest ranger, who leads her to safety.  Safety being relative, Amy quickly realizes that now she has to beware of a new danger –the temptation to let down her guard and trust the ex-cop whose credo is to never let anyone get too close. 
Matt can’t deny their attraction for each other, or that for the first time in a long time he feels the stirrings of something more—feelings that go beyond memories of an unforgettable night spent under the stars.  Now he just has to get Amy to see that, no matter what is in their pasts, they belong together.
With AT LAST, Jill Shalvis again brings readers with a story filled with the sort of warmth, strong characters and humor that have made her Lucky Harbor novels national bestsellers.

New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jill Shalvis is the award-winning author of dozens of romance novels, including her popular Lucky Harbor books—Simply Irresistible, The Sweetest Thing, Head Over Heels, Lucky in Love, At Last and the upcoming Forever and a Day. She has been honored with the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Simply Irresistible, and is a three-time recipient of the National Readers Choice awards. Recently, her book Animal Magnetism was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance Fiction list for 2011.
A voracious reader of a wide range of fiction, including romance, Jill aspired to be a journalist.  She says “I got sidetracked in college with journalism, and it took a few years to realize I was meant for fiction, not nonfiction, but once I got there, I never looked back.”  She sold her very first manuscript.  
Jill’s writing day begins at six in the morning so that she can write before her family gets up.  She points out that “if I so much as wake up the dog, it’s over, ” and says her favorite things about writing are “being at home in my pjs while working, being able to be there for the kids and raiding the refrigerator whenever I fell like it.”
A “misplaced city girl,” she lives with her family near Lake Tahoe, where she is working on her next book, writing her blog and awaiting the July 31 publication of her next Lucky Harbor novel, FOREVER AND A DAY.

*Wit and Sin


Laurie G said...

Nice picture Jill!

I'd love to read either of your books featuring Matt and Josh's stories. I love your sense of humor. You are such an excellent, proficient writer. I worked a lot this past year, so I've managed to get behind on your books.

My son, Luke and his wife, Amy are currently interning on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Even though they both have masters degrees their dream job is to be a forest ranger. Hope it works out for them.

CrystalGB said...

Hi Jill. Your books sound amazing. I love this series. :)

Maureen said...

Congratulations to Jill on her success with her wonderful Lucky Harbor series.

Kristy said...

I love your Lucky Harbor series and am so happy you've been contracted for more books for it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Na said...

I like the sound of a bad ex-Navy SEAL trying to go good. That would be fun to see! All of your stories sound so sweet and congratulations on your latest releases!!

cheryl c said...

Jill writes really heartwarming and witty stories!

Joanne said...

Lucky Harbor sounds like a wonderful small town to live in and I'd like Jill to give us directions to it now. This series sounds fantastic. Can't wait to continue it. Congrats on the new release.


Estella said...

I love this series!

winnie said...

I've read the first 4 books in this series and absolutely loved them! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and thanks for the giveaway!

Jane said...

I'm so happy that there will be more Lucky Harbor books to look forward to.

Cathy M said...

You give us a warm romance and the best kind of humor, I just love this series and can't wait to read Grace's story.

LSUReader said...

Yay for more Lucky Harbor books. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for more Lucky Harbor!

And please stay safe when dealing with your ursine intruders.

Chelsea B. said...

Hi, Jill! I LOVE your books! Yea for more!!

Kathleen O said...

I just LOVE, LOVE the Lucky Harbor books and all your other books too...

sandi said...

Just love connected books, and those with towns like Lucky Harbor are the best!

bn100 said...

These books sound good.


Anonymous said...

Love Your books, whoo, can't wait for more whoo,thanks for the giveaways , great chaceters whoo,

Fedora said...

I've been hearing great things about this series and love Jill's books! Thanks for the fun!

Anonymous said...

Love Jill boss, whoo series can't wait for more, Ty for contest whooo, who

donnas said...

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