Thursday, June 23, 2016

Spotlight on Jill Shalvis' Sweet Little Lies


When Sweet Little Lies releases on June 28th, it will mark not only the start of a new contemporary romance series for Jill Shalvis but the beginning of a new career adventure: a move to HarperCollins Avon publishing. Shalvis' new Heartbreaker Bay series is set in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area where readers are sure to lose their hearts along with Shalvis' characters. And, as in many a Jill Shalvis novel, Sweet Little Lies features a dog readers can fall in love with too. Today, Jill shares with us five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks. (I wholeheartedly agree with all five!) 

You can follow Jill's adventures with her own canine sidekicks at her blog and Facebook page. The star of the photos below is Jill's fun-loving buddy, Frat Boy. 






Five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks...

1. Because when you’re on the mountain trail and you come across an angry mama bear and her baby cubs, your dog will run like hell.  This will warn you to run like hell as well.  Just be careful because if your dog is like my dog, he will throw you under the bus (or in this case bear) to get home before you do.

2. Because when all the cookies are gone you can totally blame your cookie loving dog.  No one has to know that you ate all the cookies yourself.  And your dog can give you dirty looks for blaming him but he can’t actually talk and dispute your story.  Solid alibi.

3. Because if you’ve eaten in a way that disagrees with your stomach, there are never any worries.  Your dog will always, ALWAYS, out stink you.  And if he doesn’t, you can still point the finger at him.  Again, he can’t talk and dispute your story.

4. Dogs are not just great sidekicks but they also make great a really great wingman.  If you’re single, you can totally put your dog to work at charming the person you’re interested in.  Just make sure that person likes dog drool and dog hair all over everything first.

5. There is never a need for a pillow or extra blanket because your dog will always be willing to get into bed with you and share body heat.  Always.  Just be forewarned.  Being a great sidekick is not the same thing as a good bed partner.  They have a habit of being a total bed hog.






From Sweet Little Lies

They ran through Fort Mason, along the trail above the water. Not that they could see the water today. The early morning fog had slid in so that Pru felt like she had a huge ball of cotton around her head. They came out at the eastern waterfront of the Port of San Francisco, constructed on top of an engineered seawall on reclaimed land that gave one of the most gorgeous views of the bay.
It was here that Thor refused to go another step. He sat and then plopped over and lay right in front of her feet.
A guy running the opposite way stopped short. “Did you just kill your dog?”
“No, he just doesn’t like to run,” she said.

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Tell me about your pets. If you have a dog, what kind is it? 

Is he/she a runner or a relaxer? 

Do you have more reasons why dogs make great sidekicks to add to Jill's list?

Have you ever been to San Francisco? What's your favorite memory of the City by the Bay?

Are you as excited about a new series from Jill Shalvis as I am? I've had Sweet Little Lies on pre-order since it first appeared on Amazon. 


Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .
As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.
Fall for him—hard . . .
Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.
And then tell him the truth.
Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

For Buy links and another excerpt from Sweet Little Lies, visit Jill's website

23 comments:

  1. Lol, love t,hose 5 reasons. I don't have any pets now but they are so loyal. I'm very excited to start
    the new series. Like all your others Jill I'm sure it's another winner. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I sat here reading the five reasons and nodding my head with each one. :)

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  2. Lol, love t,hose 5 reasons. I don't have any pets now but they are so loyal. I'm very excited to start
    the new series. Like all your others Jill I'm sure it's another winner. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Love her stories!!! I've never been to CA but it's on my bucket list. I could talk about animals all day long lol (but I won't). I've had two dogs - a beagle and a rescue - the rescue was so much easier going lol. After I took in my first rescue kitty I've been also caring for ferals/strays for over 25 years. I love Jill's blog!

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    1. I've been to San Francisco once but I was only 11 years old. I'd love to go back someday.

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  4. Jill's blog & FB posts always make me smile

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  5. Those 5 reasons are nearly spot-on! We have a rescue cockapoo who is the light of our lives. Right up there after the grandkids. I can't wait to get my hands on this new book!

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    1. I'm looking forward to release day too!

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  6. We had 2 Welsh Terriers and we would take the to the school's fenced football field and let them race around to wear them out! Then one found a hole in the fence.... went there first every time to see if she could escape!! But we'd boarded it up!

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    1. That's great you could use the field to let them run. I take Rachel to day camp at a local boarding facility every now and then so she can run and play with other dogs.

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  7. Unfortunately no dogs. Hubby is highly allergic to them. He had no idea till he got Trapper, who was a husky malamute. He ended up in the hospital a few times. They told him it was time for the dog to go or take shots and pills every day. Looking forward to Jill's new series. Never been to California.

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  8. I have a 12 year old Yorkie-Chihuahua and a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua. They are always here for me and cheer me up. They are also my sweet little bed hogs. Can't wait to read this new book.

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    1. It's amazing how much room a little dog can take up in our beds, isn't it? ;-)

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  9. I went to San Francisco once. Shot a commercial there.

    denise

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  10. No dogs here since the family is allergic but I do love reading Jill's post about Frat Boy and his antics! Love Jill's books since they're always full of humor and heat. Can't wait to read Sweet Little Lies.

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  11. I have 2 dogs a pit bull and a mastiff. I also have several farm cats and my son has a guinea pig.
    Love your books and looking forward to reading more.

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  12. Hi PJ and Jill, I Love dogs and they seem to love me,too. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to most dogs; I've been searching for a dog that won't trigger my allergies.
    Funny story: when my son was about 4 he asked if he could have a brother or sister. Having him was a four year odyssey and it was recommended that I not try for any more children.
    I asked him if he minded too much if we couldn't give him any siblings. Hi didn't miss a beat before saying a dog or cat would be just as good! We ended up with two gold fish: Goldy & Fishy!

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  13. PS. Congrats on the start of a new series, Jill.

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  14. We have had many, many dogs. At present we have 3 a 15 year old terrier mix that was part of a litter we fostered for the local animal shelter. She has a high pitched bark that is most annoying. Seems to be a problem with terriers. She started to fail a month or so ago. Her sight is failing, she is almost completely deaf, and her legs sometimes don't do what she wants them to. She spends most of her time under our large terrarium which houses my ball python. She barks and her head hits the bottom of the tank. She had a seizure several weeks ago. It frightened her, but didn't seem to do much else.
    Our other two are pit bulls our son brought home. The oldest, Abby, he got from a friend who raises them. They had an unexpected litter and didn't have trusted owners lined up for them. He wanted to make sure they had a good home, so here she came. She is a good dog, but chased a dog out of our yard and was hit by a car. We live a ways off the road and the dogs always stayed near by. We now have the fence I had been asking for for years. Her back was broken but she still got around pretty well. Another one of my son's friends found a pit bull mix puppy beaten and thrown into a ditch. She nursed it back to health, but couldn't keep it where she was renting. She, Lucinda, is a nice dog but does have a few defensive/aggressive traits. We think she may have been used as a bait dog. She liked to rough house, as most dogs do. Unfortunately, that upset our other dogs already unstable spine, and she is having trouble walking. She drags her back feet but still moves pretty fast. Our son built a "doggie wheelchair" for her, but it won't work. There are stairs out every door of the house, and the one ramp we did build to the back yard, she won't use. The most important thing is she doesn't like it and makes it almost impossible to hook her into it.
    They all get along well and adore my husband. Our poor son keeps getting dogs only to have his father purloin their affections. We share a yard and they stay with us while he is at work or out. Lucinda goes to his apartment with him when he is home and the other 2 stay with us. They are all lazy dogs. He was hoping one would be a hiking buddy, but Abby's back and the terrier's age let them out. Lucinda is a chicken. He has taken her out to hike a few times, but she whines and tries to get back to the car. There are lots of bears in our area. Maybe she smells them.

    AND, YES, THEY WILL THROW YOU UNDER THE BUS IF A BEAR SHOWS UP. About 10 years ago, our three dogs at the time (the terrier, a lab mix, and a border collie mix) went out about 11 at night. The terrier stayed on the porch barking (smart) and the other 2 ran into the field behind our house, barking like mad. They wouldn't come back, so our son climbed through the barbed wire fence to get them. He ended up bumping into a rather upset bear. I don't know who threw the first punch, but my son punched it in the nose and it swiped his arm. He turned and ran for the house. The dogs beat him through the fence and he didn't look to see if the bear followed. He has a couple of nice scars on his forearm as a reminder.
    Have I been to San Francisco? I spent the summer of 1967 there for Peace Corp training. In the mid-80's, we lived in Sacramento and visited when we got the chance. We enjoyed riding the cable cars and being down on the Wharf.

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  15. We don't have dogs but we do have a cat. He seems to be a hunter, you know he kind of brings me live snakes and dead molls. He comes in at night but stays outside most of the day.

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  16. Good 5 reasons. Don't have pets/
    ladbookfan

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