Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Many Ways Inspiration Strikes by Jill Shalvis

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Today I am very happy to welcome to the blog a new favourite author whose series I only discovered very recently. Please welcome Jill Shalvis, the author behind (amongst many others) the wonderful Lucky Harbor novels, which in my opinion is one of the best heart-warming, funny and sexy contemporary romance series! I just discovered the series when I read Simply Irresistible in December, but I instantly fell under the charm of the small town and the unique, quirky and so funny characters Jill Shalvis created. If you love small town, funny and sexy romances you absolutely MUST check out the Lucky Harbor series! So please give a warm welcome to Jill Shalvis who will share with us today a secret about the inspiration for the series and its characters.

The Many Ways Inspiration Strikes
by Jill Shalvis

When I started the Lucky Harbor series about three estranged sisters who get stuck together running a beach resort, I decided I was out of my mind. I don’t have sisters. I have a brother, and we like each other just fine. Then at the dinner table that very night, my three teenage heathens started bickering and fighting, and I just stared at them in awe and wonder.

I had my fodder! “Keep fighting,” I told them -- much to their utter shock, since I’ve spent the past fifteen years begging them to get along.

After that night, it was a piece of cake to write the sisters — Maddie, Tara, and Chloe — their claws barely sheathed, with resentment and affection vying for space.

So then all that I had left to do was find the three sexy guys who could handle them.

It just so happened that, at the time, my neighbor was having an addition put on her house. For six glorious weeks, there were a bunch of guys hanging off the roof and the walls, in perfect line of sight of my office.
Which is really my deck. It’s a wonder I got any work done at all.

So I sat in the sun and wrote while in the background cute, young, sweaty guys hammered, and sawed, and in general, made my day.

And on some days, they even took off their shirts. Those were my favorite days of all. But I digress …

I was working very hard, planning out conflicts and plot pacing and trying to nail down my hero. And given what I was looking at for inspiration, it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that the hero for this first book in the Lucky Harbor series, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, turned out to be a master carpenter.

And a very sexy one at that.

I'm hard at work on the next three Lucky Harbor books that are coming out this summer, LUCKY IN LOVEAT LAST, and FOREVER AND A DAY. I keep going out on the deck, sitting and patiently waiting, but my neighbor hasn’t hired any more sexy carpenters. Darn it.

Perhaps I need a new addition myself!

USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including the beloved Lucky Harbor series. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe.

Coming up, look for LUCKY IN LOVE Book #4 (June 2012) AT LAST Book #5 (July 2012), and FOREVER AND A DAY Book #6 (August 2012) in her sexy contemporary romance series, the Lucky Harbor series.

You can find Jill at her website / blog / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Christmas in Lucky Harbor is a 2-in-1 reissue of Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Simply Irresistible - Book #1 in the Lucky Harbor series

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.

You can read my review here.

Buy Simply Irresistible at Amazon / Kindle store / Book Depository


Jill has generously offered a paperback or Kindle copy of one of her backlist books to a lucky commentator!

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. leave a comment to Jill or tell us: what inspires you? or to the contrary what succeeds in derailing you/shattering your concentration? (see how those yummy hunks fit into both categories? *wink*) 

Giveaway is open to residents of the US or people who can accept Kindle books and ends on 15 March 2012.

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