Feature & Giveaway: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Thursday, November 7

I'd like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to Seductive Musings today!  Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho.  Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart and is one of my absolute favorite authors!


Q:  Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from? 

A:  I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals.  Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that.  So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains. 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

A:  All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me.

Q:  What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?

A:  I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome.  They’re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever.  I love that.  As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year.  Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone.

Q:  Are contemporaries your favorite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favorite recommendations? 

A:  Yes, though I love to read everything, across all genres.  Heck, I’m happy reading the back of a cereal box.  But as for my recommendations in the contemporary genre, you can’t go wrong with Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson…

Q:  Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our own romantic partners? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?

A:  We’re writing fiction.  Not nonfiction.  But made up stories, fantasies really.  I’m not writing “How To Have A Hot Romance.”  Or “How To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.”  I’m writing a fictional tale.  I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life.  If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done. 

Q:  You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?

A:  Keeping it fresh is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily.  I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers.  Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends, and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts is very helpful :)

Q:  What’s your advice for a first-time pet owner?

1. Read up on your pet, on the specific breed. 
2. Be patient. 
3. Be patient. 
4. Be patient.  :) 
5. Oh, and if there’s training issues?  Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.

Q:  The interactions shared between you and Alpha Man always entertain; what is a recent “He Said, She Said” between you and Alpha Man that we may not have heard yet?

What are you eating?

Him (mouth full):

It smells like Oreos.


Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!

There’s only four left.

I need two.

I’ll give you one.

No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!

Show me the book where this rule lives.

I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!

Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?


I was thinking Midol…

Q:  Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” on Facebook has become infamous.  Why do you two connect so well?

A: I think our chemistry translates well because it’s genuine.  You can’t fake a real friendship.   We connect on lots of levels, such as competing for readers (kiddin!), and because we’re both raising aliens—er, teenagers.

Q:  What’s next for Jill Shalvis?

A:  If you read RUMOR HAS IT, you may notice a new vet is working at Belle Haven. Dr. Wyatt Stone.  He and his two sisters, Darcy and Zoe,  are each going to get their own story next year.

He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…

Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.

Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.

To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…

Thanks Jill for being my guest today!  I absolutely adored RUMOR HAS IT...really the entire Animal Magnetism series. Oh, who am I kidding I don't think I've read a Jill Shalvis book I haven't loved :)

If you'd like to learn more about author Jill Shalvis you can find her at her swanky new website, on Facebook where the infamous "Man Wars" take place (not to be missed!), on Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and on her blog where she shares about her life with bears, AlphaMan, and anything else that catches her fantasy :)  It's one blog that I visit daily.

To celebrate the release of RUMOR HAS IT, the fourth book in Jill's Animal Magnetism series, her publisher, Penguin has offered to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings follower (US only).  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below (don't forget to leave your comment).  Good Luck!

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erin November 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM  

thanks for sharing! I love Jill's books and I'm so excited for this one :)

Jane November 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM  

My favorite is Shadow Hawk. It's one of Jill's category romances. It was the first book by Jill that I read and it was the book that made me a fan.

Di November 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM  

probably 'Simply Irresistible' because it was the first book of Jill's that I read

Martha Lawson November 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM  

I don't have a favorite!! I have loved all that I've read. She writes awesome books!

Martha Lawson November 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM  

I don't have a favorite!! I have loved all that I've read. She writes awesome books!

Claira Pam November 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM  

Head Over Heels - a lovely romance!

Carol L. November 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM  

I just recently started reading Jill's books and can't figure out why it took so long. :) So far I'm loving the Lucky Harbor series.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

cheryl c November 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM  

Simply Irresistible--It was our first introduction to Lucky Harbor, and I have enjoyed every book in this wonderful series.

books4me November 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM  

I liked Jill's book Simply Irresistible. It was a great contemporary romance read!


Jill Shalvis November 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM  

Thanks for having me here! Glad you enjoyed Grif and Kate's story. Jill

Cheryl S. November 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM  

I can't possibly choose one! I choose the Lucky Harbor series :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Meghan November 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM  

I haven't read any of them yet but I've heard that she's a great author! I really want to! Thanks for the giveaway!

JenM November 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM  

My favorite is still Simply Irresistible, the first Lucky Harbor book. Maddie drunk dialing Jax is such a great scene.

Tabathia November 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM  

I loved the trouble with paradise because Dorie won tickets to a cruise, got shipwrecked, fell in love and had everything you can imagine in her purse that saved the day many times

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