Giveaway: The Summer of Jill Shalvis & Lucky Harbor!

Wednesday, July 18

I have special treat for you today, because honestly I don't think that this author can be beat when it comes to contemporary romance. I love love love, Jill Shalvis, and I especially love her small town Lucky Harbor.  I've been a fan of this series since it first came out in 2010, and I was somewhat wary about where the series would go after the three sisters had the HEA.  I don't know why I was worried, because I think the second set of three books, as a whole, are fantastic!  With a hero that has a nickname of Ranger Hot Buns (aka Matt from At Last), you can't lose :)



Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.


Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad . . .
With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family-until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "good bedside manner." Josh and Grace don't know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day . . .

If there was a real place like Lucky Harbor, I would move there in a heartbeat!  I mean, it seems that there is an endless supply of Heroes to go around like Ranger Hot buns, who's with me?

Seriously though, this entire series is really amazing.  The first book, Simple Irresistible was a favorite read of 2010, and the three additions this year are hard to beat when it comes to comtemporary romance.  At this point if you looked up a dictionary reference for contemporary romance, I think you should see Jill Shalvis' name there.  The combination of the humor, the dialogue, the sexy scenes, the heart....makes me want more, more, more!    And after reading about the heroines chocoholic meetings, as well as the recipes in the books (which I've tried and are yummilicious)  I guess you could say I'm as much of a Harborholic as I am a chocoholic, LOL.

To celebrate the release of At Last and Forever and a Day, Jill's publisher Forever Romance, would like to giveway a both books to one lucky Musings follower!  Here's how you can enter to win.

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Jane July 18, 2012 at 1:17 AM  

I'm not a great baker, but I got an easy recipe for chocolate cupcakes from Martha Stewart.

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture alternating with sour cream, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
Divide batter among cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Lexi H July 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM  

Lucky Harbor is the perfect little town, makes me happy to read about it. =)

Chocolate Molten Lava cakes!
6 oz melted chocolate, unsweetened
1 stick melted butter
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
3/4 c flour

Melt chocolate and butter, let cool 5 min. Add beaten eggs, then sugar and flour. Pour into molded baking pan, bake at 400 for 12 min. Or until edges are set and middle is still soft. Don't over bake!
Flip upside down, serve with ice cream. Enjoy!

lorimeehan July 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM  

This is a simple and easy recipe.
Chocolate covered Peanuts

1bag chocolate chips
1 container of peanuts

Put chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish. Spread out in more than double layer.
Microwave until melted. (Remember the chips do not change shape).
Stir in the peanuts until covered in chocolate.
You can leave in the dish or spread out on a cookie sheet and put in the refrigerator to cool.
Break up into chunks and enjoy.

Anne July 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM  

We've been using this recipe forever and I'm not sure where it came from:

Chocolate frosting:

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. hot water
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. salt
1 sq. UNSWEETENED chocolate chopped (we use Baker's)

Put in fairly heavy small sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until thickened to your preferred consistency (can be a thin glaze to thick, unmovable frosting). I usually cook until I can see the bottom of the pan when I draw the whisk or fork through and the line doesn't fill in quickly.

Remove from heat and add 1 t. vanilla and 2 T. butter or margarine. Mix until combined and use.

Covers 1 9x13" cake or 20 cupcakes. I would double for a 2 layer cake unless you make it really thin.

So, for a frosting this is really low fat. I've even made it with out the butter, but it's not as mellow tasting or shiny.

JenM July 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM  

Easy Rocky Road Fudge:

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 - 2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
1/2 package mini marshmallows

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove, stir until smooth. Mix in peanuts and marshmallows. Press into an 8x8 pan and place in the fridge until set. Cut into small squares and enjoy. The quantities in this recipe are merely suggestions. You can adjust each depending on how much you like peanuts, marshmallows and chocolate.


CrystalGB July 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

I like Rachael Ray's chocolate fudge recipe.

1 pound semi-sweet chocolate
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Optional mix-ins: chopped nuts, dried fruits, mini-marshmallows

Line a pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat the chocolate on a double boiler on the stovetop. Heat the condensed milk, vanilla and salt on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and stir until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and combine –the mixture will be thick and hard to stir. Add the chopped nuts and/or other mix-ins and pour into the lined pan.

Allow the fudge to cool in the refrigerator, uncovered, for 3 hours or overnight.

books4me July 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

1 bag peanut m&m

Cut bag with scissors
Pour into bowl

Barbara E. July 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM  

I haven't tried these (I just found the recipe), but they sound really good and easy to make:
Oreo Cookie Truffles
1 package Double Stuffed Oreos
4 0z softened cream cheese
Melted Chocolate for dipping (Candy Melts from the craft store, or the candy coating chocolate in the grocery stores, or White Chocolate Chips)
Crush and pulverize cookies into course crumbs. You can do this with your hands, a rolling pin and a gallon size freezer bag, or in the food processor. Transfer to a large bowl, add softened cream cheese, then…dig in. Mix and mash with your fingers until all combined. The heat from your hands will soften the cream cheese and cream filling from the cookies even more. Scoop with a spoon or small cookie scoop and roll into balls. Place the truffles on a wax paper or parchment paper sheet on a cookie pan. Freeze for at least 15 min.
To melt the chips:
1-2 T vegetable shortening
1 package White Chocolate chips
This can be done in the microwave, but you must check it every 15-20 seconds and stir until melted. Or, it can be done in a glass bowl placed over a simmering pot of water as a double boiler, if you don’t have one. Make sure bowl doesn’t touch the water and that the water doesn’t boil. Again, stir until the chips and shortening are melted and combined well. Remove from heat.
Take the truffles out of the freezer and using a dipping tool, two forks, or even a skewer, dip the truffle balls into the melted chocolate then set back on the cookie pan. Let set until hardened.

erin July 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM  

everyone has such great recipes. Ummm... I don't cook. Ever. In fact, I've been asked not to by the long suffering BF as I've accidently set the kitchen on fire... don't ask. Luckily it was small and didn't do any damage except to my cooking reputation. So my great chocolate recipe is... go to a bakery, pick out something yummy and bring it home :)

Maria pronounced Mariah July 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM  

I love dark chocolate so these are the best!

Jumbo Dark Chocolate Cookies

1 2/3 cups NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Dark Chocolate Morsels, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease.
2.Melt 2/3 cup morsels in microwave-safe bowl on Medium-high (70%) power for 30 seconds; Stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Set aside.
3.Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing until well blended, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in remaining 1 cup morsels. Drop dough by level 1/4-cup measure 3 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
4.Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs and the tops have a cracked appearance. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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