Guest Author & Giveaway: Jill Shalvis featuring Slow Heat

Wednesday, February 3

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My guest today is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, as well as writing one of my favorite blogs...none other than Jill Shalvis.  I've been reading Jill's romances for years now, and in my opinion she just keeps getting better.  I love her "Instant" books...Instant Attraction, Instant Gratification, and soon to be released, Instant Temptation.  And since this year is all about temptation,  Jill is here today to talk about her new novel, SLOW HEAT...

There’s nothing more wildly sexy and appealing than a professional athlete, someone willing to put life and limb on the line for the win, someone so used to doing whatever it takes to save the game, that they don’t realize that they themselves need saving.

I love torturing my heroes with love.  Not sure what that says about me, but there’s something about watching a guy suffer before getting his happily ever after.  Slow Heat begins with a big, bad sexy-as-hell major league baseball catcher for the Santa Barbara Heat.  Wade O’Riley is a walk on the wild side, and doesn’t see a problem with that.  Unfortunately for him, management does.

When the Powers-That-Be decide Wade needs a public make-over, they task the Heat’s publicist with pretending to be his girlfriend at a celebrity wedding.  They figure this will ward off both women and trouble.  Problem – putting Sam and Wade together any amount of time equals trouble all on its own.  Trouble, and a crazy sexual heat neither can seem to resist to save their lives . . .

Wade doesn’t have a problem with what’s happening between them.  He might be the Good Time Guy, but he knows a good thing when it hits him.  Sam, however, isn’t as easy to convince.  She’s known Wade for a long time, and has never seen him stick.  Care.  Open his heart.

And since hers has been open to him since that one long ago night they’d shared, she’s doubly cautious.  But risking when it comes to love is what it’s all about, and before their story is over, each will have to risk far more than they bargained for, including their hearts and souls.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think.  You can find me on the web, along with my daily blog about my own adventures at

Oh, and be sure to look for DOUBLE PLAY, featuring Pace’s and Holly’s story, out now as well!

Happy Reading!

After a woman claims she’s pregnant with Wade O’Riley’s love child, Major League Baseball’s most celebrated catcher and ladies’ man is slapped on the wrist by management and ordered to improve his image. His enforcer is the team’s publicist, the tough and sexy Samantha McNead.

When Wade needs a date for a celebrity wedding, Sam steps up to the plate as his “girlfriend.” But given her secret crush on him and that one awkward night a year ago in a stuck elevator with too much scotch, the whole thing is an exercise in sexual tension.

Wade is thrilled when the pretense turns into an unexpected night of hot passion. But the next day Sam is back to her cool self. As a catcher, Wade’s used to giving the signals, not struggling to read them. Now, to win the love of his “pretend” girlfriend, he needs a home run–even it involves stealing a few bases…

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If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Jill's blog, you should check it out.  She calls herself a modern day "I Love Lucy" and shares her tales and adventures, as well as beautiful pictures with readers.  What I love most about it is that it is her own unique voice, and her blog isn't bogged down with industry trends or problems, or current blog hot topics (ie Amazon vs. Macmillan).  It's simply about her, her life as a writer and a mother, as well as her writing...and her love of cookies, among other things :)  Did I mention that it is incredibly funny? And I love that about it, which is why it is one of the first blogs I like to read each starts my day out right.

To celebrate the release of SLOW HEAT (which I have on good authority is a fantastic read and a must buy) Jill is giving away one book from her backlist of titles, winner's choice.  (I would suggest the first book in this series Double Play,  any of the "Instant" books, or Strong and Sexy, which is also one of my favs...but really I don't think you can go wrong with any of them).  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question: Have you read any of Jill Shalvis's romances, and if so which one is your favorite and why?  If you haven't read any of her books, which title from her backlist intrigues you the most and why? (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to US residents only
  • The contest will end on February 6th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!

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Armenia February 3, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

I have read Get A Clue and just thoroughly enjoyed myself. I thought it witty and the dialogue between the main characters funny. I have Aussie Rules in my TBR pile looking at me with sad eyes...I'm sure it's chanting "read me, read me", and really I'm getting to it. *grin*

I would love to get started on Double Play, since I haven't read anything with sports since SEP's Chicago Stars series, and I am ready for lighthearted fun!!

Please count me in. Thanks for the chance to win one of Jill's books.

misskallie2000 February 3, 2010 at 1:47 AM  

I have not read any of Jill's books but "All He Wants for Christmas" sounds like a book I would read. I like the girls and guys to be at odds and then get together. I would like to read this book. Great giveaway,

Pls put my name in the hat.
I am a GFC follower

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Jane February 3, 2010 at 5:28 AM  

I have read Jill's books and my favorite is "Shadow Hawk" because it was full of suspense and the chemistry between the hero and heroine amazing.

I'm a GFC follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Stacy Stew February 3, 2010 at 6:01 AM  

Jill will be a new author to me, but I would be excited to read her work.
I'm a follower.

scottsgal February 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

I have not read her books but I like the sounds of Heating of the Holiday since I love holiday books!

GFC follower
msboatgal at

Scorpio M. February 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I have not read anything by Jill yet but I JUST purchased a copy of "Slow Heat" after reading all the good buzz, not realizing that it's part of series. Would love to read "Double Play" first now.

I am a GFC follower.


Kathleen O February 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

I have had the pleasure of reading two of Jill's books, Aussie Rules, and Double Play. Both of which I enjoy.. Her guys are hot and sexy and they play ball. I was lucky to have won Double Play on another chat site and then found Aussie Rules. I looking forward to reading Slow Heat.. I will be on the lookout for more of Jill's books and will have a gander at her blog..
Thanks for taking the time to share with us Jill..

I am a follower
superauntkx9_ at live dot ca

Mary G February 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

I've read almost all of Jill's books. I hate picking just one but I love the tension & chemisty between Brody & Maddie in Superb & Sexy. That's Jill's writing too -
superb, sexy and funny too.

jedisakora February 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Jill would be a new author for me as well. I'm just getting back into the romance reading groove after taking a short break for university. Out of all Jill's back list the book "Trouble in Paradise" intrigues me the most. I love a combination of murder and romance on the high seas and would look most forward to reading it.

*I am a member or

Bethie February 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

I haven't read any of her books. But I would love to read this one.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

jeanette8042 February 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

I haven't read any of Jill's books but I would love to read Double Play because it contains sports and I haven't read many sports books in a while.

lilazncutie1215 @

Princess Aurora February 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

Aussie Rules is one of my favorite Brava books!!!!! I have given it as a gift to many of my girlfriends over the years!!!!

RachieG February 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

I really enjoyed "Instant Attraction" and am super excited to check out this one!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

Lyoness2009,  February 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

The short story in "Kissing Santa Claus" would probably be my favorite story by Jill. Very cute.

lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** COM

suehussein February 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

I LUV Jill's books!! Congrats to her on another new release!! I've read a few anthologies with her reads in them. I also read her HOTT firemen reads. I read Slow Heat and have been waiting for this follow up book. Jill was a new author for me in 2009. I also love to read her funny blog. Thanks, Sue

I'm a follower
I tweeted on


Estella February 3, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

Have not read her books. Double Play sounds interesting.
GFC follower

kissinoak at verizon dot net

CallMeKayla February 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

I have not read any of her books but Instant Temptation sounds good! I would like to read it!


alba February 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

Och I'm not in the running some times it sucks to be Canadian.JK Jill is a new to me author but not for long I was just over at her blog I love it.
bookmarked it too.
Good luck to all the People that post.
I'm a GFC Follower.

Samantha February 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

Jill is a new author to me. I've never read one of her books. Yes, I'm ducking in shame, especially after reading the excerpt for slow heat. I actually think this would be the first book I would have chosen to pick up because I love when the man has to do the chasing. I like the theme of the "cold" Heroine who needs a little bit of convincing and coaxing. LOL!

Please count me in!

Martha Lawson February 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

I've read several of Jill's books but Get A Clue is my favorite so far..

I am a follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

flchen1 February 4, 2010 at 5:04 AM  

I've read quite a few of Jill's books and have always enjoyed her combination of hot and funny :) I still love her trilogy Seeing Red, White Heat, and Blue Flame--great couples and really good stories!

f dot chen at comcast dot net
- GFC follower
- blogged here:

cheryl c February 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

I love Jill's books, and her blog is one of my daily stops. My favorite books of hers so far are TROUBLE IN PARADISE and AUSSIE RULES. Jill's writing is fun and sexy. Thanks for a chance to win another one of her books!

Google follower:-)
castings at mindspring dot com

I Heart Book Gossip February 4, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

+1 My all time favorite from Jills collection is Smart and Sexy because it was the first book I ever read by Jill and LOVED it!

+1 Google Friend Connector

+15 Blogged

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justpeachy36 February 5, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a follower.

I think Jill's book Instant Temptation looks very good. I have never read anything by her before.

Linda Henderson February 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

A favorite of mine is Flashback, one of her Blaze's. Her hero is a fireman and not only are the fires hot, so is he.

I am a follower on Google

seriousreader at live dot com

Mitzi H. February 5, 2010 at 10:57 PM  

I just bought my first Jill Shalvis novel but have not read it...And it was highly recommended by a friend.

I'm a follower on google friend connect and google reader.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Soft Fuzzy Sweater February 10, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

My favorite is Aftershock about the fireman and the "little surprise" that came into his life. It is steamy, romantic and gooey all at the same time. I instantly became a fan. "Double Play" is my next stop. From hunky firemen to hunky athletes!

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