Jill Shalvis Interview and Giveaway!

Jill, the Brave

Please join me in welcoming author Jill Shalvis to Home Cooked Books.  She has bravely agreed to be my “virgin” interviewee!
Romance Reviews Today calls her books “heartwarming, humorous, passionate and sometimes profound”
 and I think they’ve got it exactly and succinctly right.  I’ve loved narrating the first two books in the ANIMAL MAGNETISM series and can’t wait to read the third, as Jill makes my work so easy.  Great, realistic dialogue, feisty fun female characters and male characters that…inspire.


OK, on to the interview!
Me:  As an animal lover myself, I love that you’ve created a romance series built around a group of animal lovers.  What or who inspired this group of people?
JS:  I wanted to write a book with cute animals that I could use as comic relief and also add heart and soul to the story.

Speaking of cute animals, my mutt Elsa with her current squeeze, Colbert

Me:  I know you’re a working mom, as I am.  How do you balance your working days with your responsibilities as a wife and mother?
JS:  This is a tough one.  I just do the best I can to work when the kids and husband are gone, and to be a wife and mother when they’re around.  Doesn’t always work out but I think it’s good for the kids to see that mom has a responsibilities and a life outside the home anyway.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy.  In fact, it’s downright hard and sometimes messy.  And we don’t always have clean socks or homemade meals.  🙂

Me:  Oh.  That reminds me, I have to throw in a load of laundry.  Be right back – talk amongst yourselves
…or listen to this sample of ANIMAL ATTRACTION!

Me:  OK, I’m back.  Obviously, humor is as important as romance in your writing.  Is this true in your life as well?
JS:  Absolutely.  But it’s a lot easier to be funny in my books than to find it in real life sometimes!
Me:  When did blogging become part of your work as an author?  How is writing for your blog different for you than writing novels?
JS:  I don’t think of the blogging as work.  Writing is a lonely profession.  I started blogging to have company in this world I picked.  It’s different than my books because it’s real life.  And my books are all pure fantasy.
Me:  Of the three hunks in this brotherhood, Brady, Dell, and Adam, which is your favorite, and why?
JS:  Hands down Adam.  I don’t know why.  I LOVED Brady when I was writing him.  I LOVED Dell when I was writing him.  I’m now writing Adam and he’s currently my fave. 🙂

Now why does she like Adam best?

Me:  I know you’ve had some of your other books produced in audio.  Was there anything surprising in the process for you?
JS:  As an author, we’re entirely left out of the audio process. But I LOVE audio books.
Me:  Well that about says it all, I think.  And that takes us to the GIVEAWAY portion of our program!  Thanks for stopping by!

Jill's dog, Frat Boy. I think he and Elsa need to meet.

Here’s how you enter to win a copy of the ANIMAL ATTRACTION audiobook from Tantor Audio and a print or e-book copy of ANIMAL MAGNETISM (provided by Jill, thank you!).  Entries from continental US only.  Winners will be chosen at random. I promise I won’t use your email address unless you’re a winner and I need to contact you.  Giveaway is open until 9 a.m. PST on Thursday 1/19/12.
1) For one chance: Comment below.
2) For two additional chances, become a follower of this blog.
3) For two more chances, “Like” my Facebook page:
4) For two more chances, Tweet about this giveaway, including @KarenWhitereads in your tweet. You can do this once a day.
5) For two MORE chances, “Like” Jill’s Facebook page:
Good luck!

20 thoughts on “Jill Shalvis Interview and Giveaway!”

  1. Tee says:

    I am an animal lover too, and I love the idea for your series–Animal Magnetism. Clever. 🙂

  2. Cathy P says:

    Thanks for the interview Jill! I love your books. I am also an animal lover and Animal Magnetism says it all in my opinion. Animals are so precious you can’t help but love them.
    kscathy at yahoo dot com

  3. Shelley Bagby says:

    Believe it or not, I have never listened to an audio book. I would love to win and try it.
    I follow blog.
    Liked on Facebook
    I love Jill Shalvis! I have read all her Lucky Harbor books!

  4. Kim says:

    Thanks for the interview. I was wondering if Adam’s love interest will be his ex-wife? She made a brief appearance in the first book, then nothing more was mentioned.

    1. kewhite says:

      Here’s a link to Jill’s blog post where she talks about Adam’s book (and you can see where I stole the pics from!)

      1. Kim says:

        Thank you for the link.

  5. Jill Shalvis says:

    Hey everyone! I’m glad people are looking forward to Adam. I’m writing him right this very minute … 🙂

  6. This looks so good. Great interview!

  7. I am an email follower of the your blog

  8. Barbara says:

    GREAT interview and giveawy! I’m already a follower of your blog and I’ve ‘liked’ you and Jill on FB for a little while now. Hope you both are having a good week! 🙂

    1. kewhite says:

      Thanks, Barbara! Did you go to CHHS?

  9. Shelli B says:

    Great interview…would love to win the audiobook!!! I’m a dog lover too!

  10. Shirley Ramsey says:

    Thanks so much. I don’t know what I would do without my dear Jasper.

    1. kewhite says:

      Is Jasper your dog? We had a beloved Jasper dog who passed away two years ago! He was a good one.

      1. Shirley Ramsey says:

        Yes he was a rescue … almost 3 years old white german shepherd lab mix about 65 pounds.

  11. lisagk says:

    Love the interview, already a follower. With 5 dogs, can’t help but be an animal lover. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. BermudaOnion says:

    Oh my, I think I like Adam best too!!

  13. Maureen says:

    I do enjoy animals in stories.
    I follow your blog
    I like your facebook page
    I like Jills’s facebook page.

  14. kewhite says:

    Thanks, all, for entering. Lennette was the winner – I will email you. More giveaways coming very soon so stay tuned.

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