Guest Author & Giveaway: Jill Shalvis featuring Simply Irresistible

Tuesday, September 28


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My guest author today is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.  Time and again Jill Shalvis writes humorous, sexy, and emotionally compelling characters that keeps me coming back for more.  In fact Slow Heat, the second book in her Pacific Heat series, is one of my favorite reads this year.  Needless to say when I found out she was writing a new series surrounding three sisters I knew I wanted needed had to read them.  I'm so happy because my wait is finally over because the first book in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible releases this week, and Jill is here today to share the book with us.  Read and enjoy!


Heya Jill, welcome back to Seductive Musings! I love contemporary romances and your latest in the Pacific Heat series, Slow Heat, is one of my favorites this year. I love the blend of humor, emotion, and sensuality in your stories. What makes writing contemporary romances so compellingly seductive to your muse?

I'm so glad you liked the Pacific Heat books, Double Play and Slow Heat! As for what makes writing contemporary romances so compelling, the truth is I really just like making up stories about every day people. No special powers, no big hero complex, no woo-woo elements. Just real people, managing to find love in a sometimes crazy world.

Your newest novel, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE is the first book in your new Lucky Harbor series. Can you tell us a little bit about the books in this series, how many there might be, and how they are all connected?

The Lucky Harbor series is about three estranged sisters stuck together running a falling down on its axis beach inn. We've got The Mouse, the Steel Magnolia and the Wild Child, and each sister will get their own story. Up first is Simply Irresistible (out 9/29/10) and then The Sweetest Thing (4/11) and Head Over Heels (11/11).

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the story is about what would it be?

How about this, the thoughts of the heroine getting her first up close look into the hero's eyes:

When she opened her eyes again, he was even closer, and his eyes weren’t the solid warm caramel she’d thought but had flecks of gold dancing in them as well. She could have happily, willingly, drowned in all that deliciousness. Death by deliciousness. Not a bad way to go.

Maddie Moore, your heroine, seems like a girl that is sadly down on her luck in Lucky Harbor. Can you tell us a little bit about her story in SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE?

Maddie's lost her job (fired), her boyfriend (dumped) and her mother (passed away) all in the span of a few weeks and she's at the bottom of the barrel, her only solace being potato chips and the hope that things can't get worse. In Simply Irresistible we get to watch her turn her life around and go after what she wants. Granted, she has no idea that what she wants is love, and it does blindside her when it shows up in the form of one sexy-as-hell carpenter Jax Cullen, but it's fun to watch.

Please tell us more about her yummy hero, Jax Cullen. What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Maddie, fall in love with him despite her having sworn off men? What makes him irresistibly tempting?

Jax is an ex-big city attorney turned small town master carpenter by choice. In general, his laid-back, easy-going personality matches the ways of Mystic Rock, which is hugely appealing to a woman like Maddie. But Jax does have his secrets. I like to think of him as a sexy sheep in wolf’s clothing.

What's your favorite scene or moment from SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, and why? Can you describe it, or provide a short excerpt, for us without giving too much away?

Here's Maddie trying to explain to Jax that she can't go out with him because she's given up men and all that goes with that:

She closed her eyes. “Okay, here’s the thing. We have some chemistry,” she allowed. “But I really did give up men.”
“Forever?”
“My gut says yes, but that might be PMS talking. Let’s just say I’m giving up men for a very long time.”
He merely arched a brow. “Aren’t you going to miss sex?”
“No.”
“Not at all?”
“Not even a little.”
He shot her a look of blatant disbelief. “How is that even possible? That’s like saying you wouldn’t miss having a cold beer on a hot summer night or the sound of the ocean pounding the surf while you run, or . . . air in your lungs.”
She had to laugh at his adamancy. “Maybe sex isn’t all that important to me.”
“Then you’ve been doing it wrong.”

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?

  1. I wrote most of this book while sitting in doctor's waiting rooms during a health crisis for my middle daughter. It was an escape, a lovely fun warm escape. I hope the readers find that reading it gives them the same wonderful feeling.
  2. I used the rough drafts of this book -- and there were many -- as fire starters all last winter.
  3. Maddie loves salt and vinegar potato chips and so do I.
  4. I'm writing the third sister, Chloe, right this very minute.
  5. I modeled the three sisters after my own three daughters.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

Upcoming releases ... look for The Sweetest Thing in April 2011, and then Head Over Heels in November 2011.

If you could ask readers a question what would it be?

If you had to be the youngest, middle or oldest sister of three, which would you be and why?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Read more romance novels by Jill Shalvis ... :)


Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.


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Congrats Jill! Jill lives in a small town in the Sierras also run by quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books are, um, mostly coincidental. You can visit her at her website www.jillshalvis.com to learn more about all of her books, as well as her daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountain adventures.  Her blog is not to be missed and is a daily stop for me.  It's like my daily cuppa joe in the morning....I guess you could say it's my daily cuppa jill.  Her posts make me laugh which is a great way to start every day.

You all know how I love book extras and Jill has some goodies to go along with the release of Simply Irresistible.  If you like to knit you can make Maddie's Boyfriend Scarf that she makes in the book by downloading the pattern (you can read more about the funny reason why this is relevant to the book here), and you can read a special sneak peek teaser excerpt for the next book in the series, The Sweetest Thing, that won't be out until April 2011 (both of these links will open up a PDF file that you can save to your computer).

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible, her publisher Forever romance is giving away five copies of this book.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Jill asked readers in her her interview and leave a meaningful comment and/or ask her a question.  (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)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • 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 
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26 Comments:

Jane September 28, 2010 at 1:01 AM  

Happy Release Day to Jill. I'm really excited about the Lucky Harbor series. I'm the youngest child and I like being the youngest. I think there's less pressure as the baby of the family.

I'm a GFC follower.

Tore September 28, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. If you had to be the youngest, middle or oldest sister of three, which would you be and why? I would be the oldest because I would be more mature and make the best decisions. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Alexa September 28, 2010 at 2:33 AM  

I love the excerpt we got to read in that interview. "Then you've been doing it wrong." was so funny and this book has instantly gone on my wish list.
As for if I would be the youngest, middle or oldest sister I would have to say I would be the oldest because I'm an only child so I have that bossy attitude that the oldest normally has.

I'm a follower of Seductive Musings blog.
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alba September 28, 2010 at 3:50 AM  

Great Interview as always.
Happy Release day Jill SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE sounds like a great read,
I am the youngest of 3 sisters wouldnt change a thing. when I was younger I got away with everything
My sister poor dears HAD to take me with them most,, A LOT, Always with them.
I'm still my mama baby girl (51)so when we all get together I get to spend more time with her.She live in the UK along with Middle Sister I live in Canada along with Oldest Sister.
I'm
I'm a GFC
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Ivy September 28, 2010 at 6:01 AM  

I love your books!! I'm looking forward to these.
I'd have to pick oldest...It's what I already am. No sisters, just a brother.

JenM September 28, 2010 at 7:16 AM  

Loved the excerpt - I hope your daughter is doing okay now. I have no sisters, but if I had to choose, I'd want to be the oldest, because the oldest child usually blazes their own path. They don't have a sibling to copy or rebel against.

jen at delux dot com

Chantel September 28, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

Great interview, I'm a big fan of your books!

I'm the oldest child and I think it suits me. I'm not sure I could handle one of my siblings having an age advantage over me.

I'm a follower on GFC.

cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

Mary G September 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

Happy Release day Jill!
Love your writing. I love that you write about everyday people. You can put them in such humorous situations. I loved being the oldest except my sisters thought I knew everything. If I ever said "I don't know", they thought I was just holding out on them LOL. We still laugh about that.

Scorpio M. September 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

This book sounds great. I can definitely relate to that wanting to start over feeling.

If I had to choose, I'd choose to be the oldest because I like to give advice rather than take it! =)

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Jill Shalvis September 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Nice to see you all, and thanks to Seductive Musings for having me. Hope you all enjoy Simply Irresistible!

Leni September 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

I'd choose to be the eldest, that way I could boss everyone around.
Are you inspired by some of the classic romantic movies?

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Ali September 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

Congratulations on your book release, Jill! I think the scene you picked as your favorite sounds good... it makes me want to know how she replies :)

If I had to choose, I think I'd stick to being the oldest sister. I think the middle sister can sometimes feel ignored... and while the baby sister is spoiled, she can sometimes be pushed around by her older sister *mwahahaha* in a friendly way *bg*

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Sheree September 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

I love the Wilder Brothers and am looking forward to this series. As I am the eldest of three, I think I'll stay that way. Sure, it'd be good to have less responsibility, but there's got to be some advantages (I'll have to think of one).

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Estella September 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

I would be the eldest(I am the eldest of 6 children), because I can do my own thing.

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scottsgal September 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

I am the oldest and would stay the oldest - although some things are easier for the youngest since parents have already experienced teenagers and are more lax I think
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scottsgal September 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

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Pam S (pams00),  September 29, 2010 at 2:06 AM  

Congrats on the latest release. I am so looking forward to the Lucky Harbor Series. I love sybling go alongs!

I am an only child so being the youngest and having older sisters may have been fun.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} September 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

I'm the oldest, but would love to have been the youngest. The youngest seems to get more time and attention, plus the oldest has to lead by example (I hated that!) :)

Publicly following Seductive Musings with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]

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Jolene Allcock and Family September 29, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

well, I was the youngest for a long time until my mom had my brother, we were 10 years apart in age. I liked that setup. I enjoyed the perks of being the youngest, getting spoiled. Then when I was a big sister I was able to take on a more authorative role. It was perfect :)
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k_sunshine1977 October 1, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

i'm the oldest of three (though the youngest is a brother), and i can't imagine it any other way! did my fair share of babysitting, but i have gained a sense of responsibility and understanding that my siblings haven't (but perhaps they will one day).

congratulations jill! i can't wait to read this series! you rock as always!

i am a gfc follower

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VampedChik October 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

Well Im the youngest of 4 I have 3 older brothers. I like being the youngest and only girl. Ive always gotten away with alot. LOL
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Anonymous,  October 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

I would like to be the middle one, then there's no pressure, the attention is always on the youngest or the eldest. :D

Congrats on the release!

I am an old GFC follower.

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librarypat October 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

I am a GFC Follower.

I am the oldest of 6, 2 sisters. I think I would stay in that position. It is not an easy place to be, but I think it makes you stronger and more self sufficient. You learn to be responsible at an early age and I found myself more motivated than my younger siblings.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Christine H October 5, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

Congrats on the new release!!! Can't wait to read it!!

Thnaks for the contest too!!!

I'm a youngest and I think it has advantages so I pick the youngest.

chirth7@yahoo.com

PoCoKat October 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

The oldest...that is what I am and it is the best!

I follow on GFC.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Anita Yancey October 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I would be the youngest sister, because everyone knows the youngest gets the most attention. I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

I follow on GFC!

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