Spotlight & Giveaway: Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 22nd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 91 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back New York Times Bestselling author Jill Shalvis to HJ

Jill welcome & thanks for celebrating the much awaited release of Always on My Mind with us 🙂


Five Fun Facts for my book ALWAYS ON MY MIND:

jill-shalvis1. I have never had so much fun researching a book before. Hot firefighters? A definite no-brainer. And the real life firefighters who shared their expertise were just as wonderful as any hero I could possibly make up.
2. I based the premise of this book – a pretend relationship – on a crush I had in high school. I managed to convince this crush that we should have a pretend relationship so he could catch the girl he really wanted. Of course he broke my heart. And I was determined to not recreate that ending.
3. I consumed twelve bags of Lay’s Salt And Vinegar chips during the writing of this book. By some miracle, I didn’t gain weight because I was also babysitting a toddler and running my tush off 24/7.
4. The heroine went through six name changes. I love my editor but sometimes we disagree on names.
5. This book probably contains one of the naughtiest love scenes I’ve written to date. Look for it on page….

Please introduce us to  Leah Sullivan & Jack Harper:

AOMMSexy firefighter Jack Harper is one of my favorite heroes ever. And after. Sheriff Sawyer Thompson (from Head Over Heels) and Dr. Josh Scott (from Forever and a Day), that is really saying something. But from the beginning, Jack just grabbed onto my heart and wouldn’t let go. He’s a jokester, one of those guys who uses humor to deflect attention from himself. He’s got reasons for that, very good reasons. All of which are blown out of the water when one of those reasons comes back to town and, without warning, sucks him into a charade that disrupts his already chaotic life. Her name is Leah, and she’s a pain in his ass. The sweetest, sexiest pain in his ass that ever lived. I cackled and rubbed my hands together in glee and cracked myself up writing their book, and I hope you do the same. 🙂

What do your characters do for a living?

Jack Harper is a firefighter and Leah Sullivan is a pastry chef.

How would you describe Jack in one sentence?

I can do it in a few words with Jack: SEXY HOT firefighter. 🙂

What do you like best about your characters?

I love the way Jack sees things in black and white, and Leah is basically is polar opposite.

Are your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

Jack is ruled by logic, everything’s black and white.
Leah doesn’t have that problem. She’s ruled by her emotions, plain and simple. It gets her in a LOT of trouble. 🙂

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

LOVE at first sight. Jack is probably one of my fave heroes ever.

What is Jack most proud of about in his life?

Jack is defined by his job. and that’s what he’s most proud of, following his father’s (who died in the line of duty). What else is the son of a hero supposed to do?

How your character feel about life right now?

Depends on where in the book you are, but suffice to say I torture them both nicely before they get to their HEA. 🙂

How did your characters spend the week just before the story starts?

Leah is just home after a very public failure, and Jack is status quo, working his ass off at the fire station… both blissfully unaware their lives are about to change!


Giveaway: 5 print copies of  ALWAYS ON MY MIND

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Another firefighter stepped up to the griddle to relieve Jack who loaded a plate for himself and stepped over to Kevin. He flipped the dog a sausage, which Kevin caught in midair with one snap of his huge jaws. The sausage instantly vanished, and Kevin licked his lips, staring intently at Jack’s plate as if he could make more sausage fly into his mouth by wish alone.

Jack laughed and crouched down to talk to the dog, a movement that had his shirt riding up, revealing low-riding BDUs – his uniform pants – a strip of taut, tantalizing male skin, and just the hint of a perfect ass.

On either side of Leah, both Ali and Aubrey gave lusty sighs. Leah completely understood. She could feel her own lusty sigh catching in her throat but she squelched it. They were in the F-zone, she and Jack. Friends. Friends didn’t do lust, or if they did, they also did the smart, logical thing and ignored it. Still, she felt a smile escape her at the contagious sound of Jack’s laughter. Truth was, he’d been making her smile since the sixth grade, when she’d first moved to Lucky Harbor.

As if sensing her appraisal, Jack lifted his head. His dark mirrored sunglasses hid his eyes, but she knew he was looking right at her because he arched a dark brow.

And on either side of her, Ali and Aubrey sighed again.

“Really?” Leah asked them.

“Well look at him,” Aubrey said unapologetically. “He’s hot, he’s got rhythm, and not just the fake white-boy kind either. He’s also funny as hell. And for a bonus, he’s gainfully employed. It’s just too bad I’m off men forever.”

“Forever’s a long time,” Ali said, and Leah’s gut cramped at the thought of the beautiful, blonde Aubrey going after Jack.

But Jack was still looking at Leah. Those glasses were still in the way but she knew his dark eyes were framed by thick, black lashes and the straight, dark lines of his eyebrows. And the right brow was sliced through by a thin scar, which he’d gotten at age fourteen when he and his cousin Ben had stolen his mom’s car and driven it into a fence.

“Forever,” Aubrey repeated emphatically. “I’m off men forever,” and Leah felt herself relax a little.

Which was silly. Jack could date whomever he wanted, and did. Often.

About the Book:

After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack’s ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib – that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine – perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their “just friends” rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

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91 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Mimi Bennett Lovell

    My favorites? That’s an easy one. Chloe and Sawyer from Head Over Heels (#3). I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because I read #3 first, or maybe because Chloe and Sawyer just have that amazing chemistry that makes for great drama. Whatever it is, that is my fave!!!
    How badly I want to win this book? Sosososoososoosososoososo badly. 😉 I wish I could give you a really funny reason as to why I want to win this book sososososo badly, I just do. It sounds so hot. A hot firefighter? Definitely something to want!!!

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  2. Chelsea B.

    I LOVE the Lucky Harbor series! I would have to say my favorite character is Chloe! Jill, you write the bestest books! 🙂

  3. heather

    I love Chloe and Sawyers story!!! I lovr Chloe’s laid back attitude with a lot of spunk. If anyone can tame Chloe its Swayer. I’ve read the book so many times. I LOVE their story. Jill brings her characters to life I feel like I am right there. 🙂

  4. Jenn McElroy

    I think Chloe & Sawyer were my favorite characters. I loved how she asserted herself. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. Michelle Harlan

    The Lucky Harbor series is one of my favorites! I think Jill Shalvis writes the best dialogue…especially when she gets a group of guys like Jax, Ford, and Sawyer together. And hot?! Holy smokes these guys are awesome. They set the standard for my book boyfriends. lol
    My favorite couple would be Maddie and Jax. I loved the relationship they shared…and hello, he’s a hot carpenter. Can’t go wrong!

  6. ssmommie75

    I’ve actually just started reading Jill Shavis, and am one of those readers that likes to have ALL the books in the series before I start reading them. (Unless I’m doing a review in exchange for a book for an author, then I reread A LOT). However, I can tell you Jack is going to be my favorites, even without having read the series so far. The reason being, Jill Shavis put my son in print, he just start his 3rd year of fire fighting training through the high schools, has his college courses lined out for the Spring and summer, and is darn good looking if I say so myself. And even though he has ruined it for me, when it comes to looking at pictures of sexy firefighters, I have no problem ogling the ones he does ride along’s with. And will have NO PROBLEM with the love scene.

  7. Marcy Shuler

    I love the whole Lucky Harbor series, but my favorite characters are Grace & Josh from FOREVER AND A DAY. He’s a doctor who’s just overwhelmed with responsibilities…until Grace comes into his life to help out with his son, sister, puppy and home.

  8. Tabathia B

    I really want to win, I started reading this series from the beginning which introduced the three sisters and fell in love with the series and never realized it would be a long running series and only read about two after reading about the sisters who I fell in love with their stories. But am now trying to catch up on the series but I loved Maddie

  9. Sharlene Wegner

    I am really looking forward to this book! Jack was a great friend to Luke in It Had to be You. The first book in the series is my favorite – Simply Irresistible. I loved the hot scenes in the attic & shower!

  10. Marcy Meyer

    I have not read any of the Lucky Harbor series, but I really want to. I’ve heard great things about them and I love Jill Shavis’ writing. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  11. Leanna

    I have all of the books from the Lucky Harbor series snd have read all of them three times at least. I read Jill Shalvis’s blog daily she slways has funny stories snd beautiful pictures. My favorite couple is Chloe and Sawyer. I love how Sawyer researched what Chloe would do to control her breathing so that they could have sex without her landing in the hospital because she had an asthma attack.

  12. martha lawson

    For some reason, I haven’t read this series yet. I know I will love it though, Jill writes fabulous books.

  13. orchid7

    I love Jill’s books! After reading her interview, I definitely want to read this one… One of her naughtiest love scenes ever? I’m game! Bring it on!

  14. Cari White

    Jill is one of my fav authors. I read her for the first time last year…. Bought all of her books and read them one after another… So disappointed when finished, because it was still a couple of months til the next Lucky Harbor book.

    Sawyer is my fav hero with Chloe as fav heroine!

  15. Emma

    Like all of Jill Shalvis books. Have a wonderful week.Sorry about the double post my comp . is not working very good.

  16. Mary Preston

    I don;’t have a favorite from this series yet. Obviously not enough hours in the day.

  17. Vivian S. Reads

    I WANT THIS SOOOO FREAKING BAD!!! I’m one of Jill Shalvis stalker. LOL!!! I love Maddie and Jax from ‘Simply Irresistible’. I only know one use of a washer not until I’ve read ‘Simple Irresistible’. Now, to me its something else. Drat!!!

  18. Jane

    My favorite couple is Josh and Grace, but my favorite characters are Toby and his dog Tank. They’re just so cute.

  19. Sandie W

    I haven’t read the Lucky Harbor books, yet. I loved the excerpt and would so love to win this book and start my frey into Lucky Harbor!!

  20. Winnie Lim

    I absolutely love Jill shalvis and the lucky harbor series so wanna win this badly. It’s really hard for me to choose which character I love best. I love all of them when I’m reading them. If I had to choose guess I’ll choose josh and grace. Saw a picture of what Jill thought as josh and he was really hot!!!

  21. Pat Lieberman

    It IS so hard to choose, but I will agree with the majority here – Sawyer and Chloe.

  22. Tammy Stoneman Yenalavitch

    I have read this entire series thru It Had to Be You. Grace and Josh are my favorite from Forever and a Day. This book made me cry. I would love to win Always on My Mind. Friends to Lovers is my favorite theme. I cannot wait to read Always on My Mind.. It’s the book I am most looking forward to reading this fall.

  23. Sandy Xiong

    I have not read the series yet! It’s sad because it’s on my TBR list and I have it in my nook as well. School and new books just keep making me push it down the list

  24. Lori Meehan

    Well I can’t just pick one character because I love all of her books. Lucky Harbor is a fabulous town where I want to live myself. Maddie and Jax, Tara and Ford *sigh* and Chloe and Sawyer what more can I say. I can’t wait to read this book.

  25. Shaun B

    I have never read any of your books before but I have a couple that are in the pile to be read!! this would be a great way for me to read a special book from a very talented author!!

  26. Aline

    Oh, I really want this. The blurb sounds awesome!
    “The sweetest, sexiest pain in his ass that ever lived.” Definitely pick my curiosity 😀

    Unfortunately,I can’t choose my fave character yet. Haven’t started the series. But I will soon. Definitely!

  27. Kathleen O

    I just love the Lucky Harbor series and to pick a fav couple is like asking me to pick my fav niece or nephews. But I have I really like Chloe Sawyer.. But Jax and Maddie and Tara and Ford too.. Oh please, please let me be the lucky winner..

  28. Kai W.

    I really, really want to won a copy of this book or any of the Lucky Harbor series books. My favorite character is Ali Winters and Luke Hanover. Both of them are having a bad days. They remind me to put everything in perspective when I really, really have a bad days at work and all I want to do is scream and do several other things that I won’t mention.

  29. Anita H.

    I want this one soo sooo sooooo badly! I have a really hard time picking out my favorites. I’m leaning towards Mallory & Ty but also Jax & Maddie. I don’t know…all of them!!

  30. Ada

    It’s so hard to choose but I’d have to pick Chloe and Sawyer for sure. But I love all of Jill’s characters and books…..I can’t wait to read this one and I’d really love to own a copy of it so badly!! Fingers, toes and eyes crossed that you pick me!

  31. elena k

    I love this series and I cannot wait to read this.My favorite couple is Chloe and Sawyer, Chloe is so free spirited and Sawyer protective and alpha male, I just loved them. thanks for the giveaway

  32. Olga

    I haven’t read the Lucky Harbor Series but I love the book cover and I love the description of this story.

  33. Karen j

    OMG Jill Shalvis is my FAVORITE author! Ive read almost every book shes put out! I LOVE Lucky Harbor!! My favorite are Tara and Ford. I seemed to relate to them more….. I would love to win this one but even if I don’t, I will read this! 🙂

  34. Terry

    I haven’t read Lucky Harbor yet. It’s on my find and read list.
    I have read all of the Animal magnetism and am waiting for the new one.
    I have read a lot of Jill’s books and am working on a lot more.
    Keep writing Jill

  35. Krysten M

    OMG I absolutely love love LOVE this series! I think Dr. Josh and Grace are my favorite couple (from Forever and a Day). They’re just so cute/funny together. And Ty and Mallory (Lucky in Love) come in an extremely close second.

  36. Gmapeony

    I love all of Jill’s books. how can I pick one – it would be like choosing your favorite child.

    And I really really really want this book because I always get a treat read from Jill.

  37. Amy Rickman

    I have only read thru book 4 in the Lucky Harbor series and as much as I love each couple I would have to say Lucille is my favorite character in the series.

  38. Sue G.

    I love Jax Cullen. I loved the first scene when Maddie met him on his motorcycle. Ahhhh. Next after that would be Ford. That man just screams sex!

  39. Erica Mitchell

    Its hard to choose, but if I had to, I would go with Mallory and Ty, I love the sex scene at the beginning of the book, Hilarious when they almost get caught !!

  40. Kim

    Since I’ve only read one book in the series, it would be nice to win this one. My favorite characters are Chloe & Sawyer because that’s the book I read.

  41. BrooklynShoeBabe

    How badly do I want to win?! Very badly! I love Jill Shalvis’ writing. I love hot firemen. My favorite character/couple from the Lucky Harbor world Is Mal and Ty from Lucky in Love.

  42. heather cook

    i have read all of this series and it is to hard to choose just one i have loved them all.

  43. Debby

    I love this series… I love anything written by JIll Shalvis though… hmmm my favorite in this series so far is Jax and Maddie! Although I’m pretty sure this book might top them all;)

  44. Koren S.

    Although it’s extremely difficult to choose, (I mean there’s Jax, Ford, Sawyer, Ty, Matt, Josh and Luke) I have an attachment to Sawyer. I’m crazy obsessed with all of them, but he got me for some reason. I can’t wait to read about Jack!

  45. raonaidluckwell

    So hard to choose just one. Though the first heroine I liked form her was Chloe. She was so wild and fun. Absolutely love love love love this series. I had wanted to review this book for the site I review for but someone else beat me to it! * cries*

  46. Virginia H

    Pick me, Pick me. I really want to read this book. I have love all of the characters in this series and I can’t just pick one favorite. I can’t wait to read this next one in the series.

  47. Jenn Y.

    OMG! I’m beyond excited for this book to come out. I really want to win this! I honestly can’t decide which couple is my favorite. They each have their own special qualities.

  48. SnarkyMom

    I love visiting Lucky Harbor, and just gotta say that JAX & MADDIE are… well… SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE 🙂 !! (Did I get extra points for that shameless plug??!!!???)

  49. Diah Didi

    I haven’t read the series although I have the first and the second. My best friends love her books, and since we have the same tastes, I know I should read them soon! As for why I want to win this one, well, as simple I love the name JACK, and as my best friends said, it’s a must have! 😀

  50. Alicia Jespersen

    I really really want to read Always On My Mind because I’m like The biggest fan of the lucky harbor series. My favorite characters are Maddie and Tara nobody will ever beat the first to lucky ladies of lucky harbor! Thanks so much of the chance to win one of five copies!

  51. Cindy Hamilton

    I haven’t been able to get to any books in this series yet, even though I have some downloaded on my Kindle! Will get to them some, great giveaway!

  52. Joan Richard

    Hands down my favorites are Grace and Josh from Forever and a Day. These two are so funny, I laughed out loud so much my roommate became a fan of Jill’s books and is now working her way through the series. I love all of the Lucky Harbor books, but Forever and a Day just got to me. Not only for the humor, but the way the two of them needed the other. I just loved them both.

  53. Barbara Ann

    I have not had the opportunity to read any of Jill’s work before but my friends on Goodreads highly recommend her, and I’d love to read Always on My Mind

  54. Josette Schaber

    I’ve read the first 3 books at this point and I loved them all. Each set of characters has characteristics that I love, so I refuse to pick a favorite LOL I love their quirkiness and strength.

  55. bookcaselaura

    Maddie and Jax were my favorites of the series, but I have a big soft spot for Sawyer too. I’ve loved the whole series so far, so I REALLY would love to win this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. cheryl c.

    I liked Chloe and Sawyer from Head Over Heels. They were fun to “watch” in the first 2 books of the series because they had such an antagonistic relationship.

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