Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today's Special - Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

As Andrea noted in her recent review of One in a Million, she and readers the world over are mourning the end of Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series. And they aren't alone. Jill, herself, is having a hard time saying goodbye to these beloved characters. In fact, she's having such a difficult time that she's embarked on a Lucky Harbor blog tour with a Rafflecopter giveaway of the full Lucky Harbor set of books and also has a special surprise for fans of the series.  (Be sure to read all the way to the end of this blog!) 

Guest Post - Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor Series Wrap Up

Lucky Harbor started with three estranged sisters inheriting a dilapidated inn on the Pacific Northwest coast. It was supposed to be all one book, in fact. But I never could manage to contain it in one story so I split it into three, one love story for each sister. My goodness that was fun. It was so much fun, I came up with another trilogy idea. Three strangers stuck alone in a storm in a diner with nothing readily available except a chocolate cake. Hello, chocoholics. I thought it would end there but I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. And so, unbelievably, here I am twelve books later, still as much in love with Lucky Harbor as I ever was. Oh the fun I had coming up with characters and figuring out how to torture them.:) Seriously, I have the best job on the planet.

To celebrate the end of the series, today I'm answering some fan questions about Lucky Harbor.

The free spirited Chloe and by-the-books Sawyer from Head Over Heels are quite the pair! Do you have a favorite scene with this couple?

Oh, most definitely the painting scene where the paint that should have been on Sawyer’s walls ended up on some body parts instead… and then they fall asleep like that and Ford and Jax find them in the morning and take pics.

What is your favorite spot in the town of Lucky Harbor?

The secret cove where more than a few of the couples of Lucky Harbor found their way to for some seriously sexy times. :)

Which book was the most difficult to write?

Luke and Ali’s story in It Had To Be You. I had to rewrite that story four times for my editor. It nearly killed me dead. I have no idea why either because I loved Luke.

Nicknames! Which nickname from the series do you like the best?

Officer Hottie! (Sawyer from Head Over Heels)

Saying goodbye to Lucky Harbor was far more difficult than I imagined. I mean I thought I was ready to leave but as I wrote this last trilogy, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, and One In A Million, it really hit me. It was over. I was so sad that I wrote a holiday novella. :) I couldn’t help myself! Merry Christmas, Baby (12/2) is my love letter to the Lucky Harbor readers (and a surprise revisit with one of my fave couples) who enjoyed the series and stuck with me for twelve books.  TWELVE books. I still can’t believe it. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget Jax, Ford, Sawyer, Ty, Matt, Josh, Luke, Jack, Ben, Sam, Cole, and Tanner…  Sob!  But I have plenty of new stories to tell, so no worries. I’m still writing the animal series and for those of you who read and loved Then Came You this past summer, Still The One comes out 4/15. And … drum roll please … I’ll have a brand new series coming out in 2015. The first book is written and I’m keeping it under my hat a little bit longer but let’s just say there’s some hot alpha brothers coming your way soon.


Title: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to thinking about impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

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Readers, do you have trouble saying goodbye to beloved characters? 

When you finished a much loved series does it take a while before you can pick up a new book?

Do you have a favorite book or character in the Lucky Harbor series?

Do you revisit your favorites?

Are you as excited about the Merry Christmas, Baby short story as we are?

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  1. I love the Lucky Harbor series and I'm totally bummed that it's ending *crying*. So yes, I do have trouble saying goodbye. I feel like we're friends after going through the ups and downs with the various characters throughout the series. My favorite of them all is Matt. No, it's Ty. Nope, it's definitely Sawyer!! So hard to choose a favorite but I can't wait to revisit Lucky Harbor with Merry Christmas, Baby! Thanks Jill for bringing us the wonderful town of Lucky Harbor!

  2. I am soo sad for this series to end. I am actually re-reading the whole series over again. I am reading Cloe and Sawyer now. Sigh. I seem to love the hero I am reading at the time the best. They are ALL good, but Jax and Tanner always stick in my head the longest I do love the Animal Magnetism series. I am so excited to hear a new series is in the works. Keep em coming Jill!!

  3. While I hate to see the series end, I tend to re-read favorite books and series to catch up with old friends. I do have problems leaving a particular "world" that I've been reading so have to ease out by skimming favorite parts of whichever book I just finished before heading to the TBR pile. My favorite book or character is whichever I'm reading normally, but I do have a soft spot for Ali and Luke's story in It Had to Be You. I definitely revisit favorites and i'm looking forward to reading Merry Christmas, Baby, absolutely! Thank you to Jill for so much reading pleasure! I look forward to what that brilliantly imaginative and humorous mind have in store for us in the future!

  4. Thank you, Jill, what a great series! I've re-read the series and will again and again. Looking forward to 2015 and your new series......Hope you are feeling better......

  5. I do have a hard time saying goodbye to a great series, which is why I revisit them! The Lucky Harbor series (especially books 1-3) is a very well read set of books on my keeper shelf. It's great to go back and reconnect every once in a while. As for my favorite book in the series...that's easy. I loved The Sweetest Thing. Tara and Ford are one of my most favorite romance couples.
    I'm thrilled to hear that we're going to reconnect with Sawyer & Chloe in Merry Christmas, Baby. It's going to be such a treat!

  6. I look forward to your new series, Jill. Got my curiosity peaked. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  7. I am sad to see this series end, and it is hard to say goodbye, but knowing a new series is coming keeps that sadness at bay...Trying to pick a fav book in this series is like asking me which of my nieces and nephews I love the best, can't choose. I have Merry Christmas Baby on pre-order and when I saw it was about Chloe and Sawyer well my heart did a little happy dance. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful quirky happiness and love of Friday Harbor with us.

  8. I'm excited about Chloe and Sawyer's short story! LOVE SAWYER!
    I will miss Lucky Harbor, maybe she can go back like this short story in the future.
    Sawyer is my favorite!

  9. I'm embrassed to say I have not read the series yet.

  10. I love all of Jill's books that I've read so far! I am not really a rereader, there are too many new books I want to read. I don't stay too long with old characters because I'm ready to move on to the next and the next and the next lol.

  11. I found the Lucky Harbor series earlier this year and have read them all. Always on My Mind is my favorite and I've read it three times, most recently as a comfort read while recovering from surgery. Jack is my favorite Lucky Harbor hero and I love how he and Leah move past their friendship. I look forward to Merry Christmas Baby and all that Jill comes up with in the future!

  12. This has been such a fun, familiar series. Every book felt like I was coming home to visit friends. Of course it's hard to say goodbye. My favorite of the series was Forever and a Day. Thanks for the post.

  13. This has been a keeper set! I can't wait to see where Jill takes us next!!!

  14. I love this Lucky Harbor series and hate to see it end.

  15. A New Christmas story! About Lucky Harbor! Yahoo! Yes, it's the end of Lucky Harbor, but I imagine Jill's future stories will be every bit as excellent as the Lucky Harbor series. And I think my fave Lucky Harbor story was my very first one: Simply Irresistible, starring Maddie and Jax! Yea! Thanks for the post.

  16. I have been looking at this series and wanting to jump in. I believe in reading a series from the beginning, so have been trying to make sure I have access to them all before I start. When I read a series, I become invested in the characters. It is nice to touch base with them in later books to see how their life is going. I don't want to let them go. I want to see how their HEA is working out.
    As for rereading favorites, It is hard to find the time, but I will when I can. I do read favorite passages from books, especially when the characters appear in another book. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY sounds good. I am sure it will mean much more once I finish the series, but a holiday short story is a good way to revisit any series, even years after it is complete. It is a bit like a Christmas card from friends you haven't seen in a while.

  17. I have been loving the Lucky Harbor books! I reread books all of the time. I think Jax & Maddie are still my favorites, from the first book, Simply Irresistible.

  18. Thanks so much for hosting me here, and thanks to all your readers for their lovely comments. :)