Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Posted June 29th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 53 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Jill Shalvis to HJ!
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Hi Jill and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Sweet Little Lies!

 
Thank you for having me!
 

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

Sweet-Little-LiesWe’ve got a girl with a secret. A hot guy that doesn’t like secrets. And lots of sparks. Unfortunately our girl’s secret affects our hero, big time…
 

Please share your favorite line or quote from this book:

“I’m not a lot of trouble,” she said.
His gaze slid to her mouth. “You sure about that?”
“Completely.” And then she flashed him an indeed trouble-filled smile.
And that’s when he knew. He was the one in trouble. Deep trouble.

 

Please share a few FUN facts about this book…

  • I spent a LOT of time walking around San Francisco, having fun doing research on this one!
  • Finn is one of my favorite heroes…
  • It’s the first in my new Heartbreaker Bay series and I’m happy to say book 2 and 3 are on their way (THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Sexy hot Finn O’Riley owns and runs O’Riley’s, a pub in the Pacific Pier building where a lot of the story takes place. He’s a man made of loyalty and honor, which is why it’s so hard when….

Pru Harris, the woman he falls for, has a secret, a big one that has affected his life more than he knows.
 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I got to walk around San Francisco with my oldest daughter, using the excuse of research to eat my way through the city. 🙂
 

The First kiss…

“Shh a second,” she whispered. And then closing the gap, she brushed her lips over his.
At the connection, he groaned, loving the way her hands tightened on him. She murmured his name, a soft plea and yet somehow also a demand, and he wanted to both smile and tug her down to the couch. Trying to cool his jets, trying to let her stay in charge, he attempted to hold back, but she let out this breathy little whimper like he was the best thing she’d ever tasted. Threading his fingers through her hair, he took over the kiss, slow, deeper now, until she let out another of those delicious little whimpers and practically climbed his body.

 

Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

“I’m not a lot of trouble,” she said.
His gaze slid to her mouth. “You sure about that?”
“Completely.” And then she flashed him an indeed trouble-filled smile.
And that’s when he knew. He was the one in trouble. Deep trouble.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why?

“Finn?”
“Yeah?”
“Remember how you said the ball was in my court?”
He pressed his forehead to hers for a beat, like he was working on control. She knew she should be as well but she didn’t want him to leave, didn’t want to be alone in this. ”Don’t go,” she whispered softly.

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

A smile…
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

Next up is THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, the next two Heartbreaker Bay sexy contemporary romances!

 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: I’ll be giving away a book to one lucky reader today, your choice from my backlist. US Only.

 

 

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: Do you enjoy starting a new series? Do you like series? Or would you prefer stand alones? (and for the record, this series — and all of mine actually — can also be read as stand alones)

 
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Excerpt from Sweet Little Lies:

“Problem?”

“No.” She bit her lower lip. “Maybe.”

“Tell me.”

She opened her mouth and then shook her head. “My mom taught me to show not tell.” And then her hands went to his chest, one of them right over the band aid, which she touched gently, running her fingers over it as if she wished she could take away the pain. “I just … need to see …”

“See what?”

Her gaze dropped to his mouth and again she hesitated. Tenderness mixed with his sudden pervasive hunger and need, a dizzying combination for a guy who prided himself on not feeling much. “Pru—“

“Shh a second,” she whispered. And then closing the gap, she brushed her lips over his.

At the connection, he groaned, loving the way her hands tightened on him. She murmured his name, a soft plea and yet somehow also a demand, and he wanted to both smile and tug her down to the couch.

Trying to cool his jets, trying to let her stay in charge, he attempted to hold back, but she let out this breathy little whimper like he was the best thing she’d ever tasted. Threading his fingers through her hair, he took over the kiss, slow, deeper now, until she let out another of those delicious little whimpers and practically climbed his body.

Yeah, she liked that, a whole hell of a lot, and he closed his arms hard around her, lifting her up against him for more.

Excerpts. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
 

Book Info:

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. Pro loves her new apartment and her neighbors in the great old building; 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.

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. . . .

Book Links: Amazon B&N GoodReads  
 

Meet the Author:

jill-shalvisNew 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.
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53 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Sandy X

    I love series only because I tend to love the secondary characters and want them to have their own stories. If I read stand alones, I would sometime get frustrated or sad that a secondary character is not getting his/her own book.

  2. Trudy

    I love starting a new series. It gives me so much to look forward to in the future. Standalone books are read when I am waiting for the next in a series to be published.

  3. lraines78

    I love series because you get to find out more about the other characters. Stand alones are good too! I LOVE your books!!

  4. Thuy Phan

    I love series that are also stand alones because I love being a part of that world longer. But I don’t like serial series where one story gets broken into pieces. Hate that.

  5. JoAn V.

    I always enjoy Ms. Shalvis’ books and I am thrilled that she has started a new series. I get to know new people and a new town/place.

  6. Banana cake

    I almost exclusively read series. I don’t know when I last read a stand alone book. I always want to know everyone’s story.

  7. erinf1

    I love series! I’m a glutton for a world and characters, so the more, the better! Thanks for sharing!

  8. ELF

    Congrats on the new series! I like series except for the fact that I am following so many! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  9. Vicki

    I love series books.and I like to read new series. When I read them however I prefer standalones within the series like you write.

  10. Karen Gagnon

    Thanks for the post and fun chat! I love series and am not afraid to start a new one. Although I am not a fan of cliffhangers unless I can go directly to the next book! =D

  11. kermitsgirl

    I like series, but not when they focus on the same two characters – I like a HEA to be just that! I enjoy series much more when they’re all stand alones in the same universe, where you can peek in on the previous couples and see that they’re doing great.

  12. Joye

    I read all kinds of books. I read series but only if there are 3-4 books in that series. Anymore, and it is sometimes hard to get all of the books or you forget about them.

  13. Michele Hayes

    I do love reading books in a series, and when one is finished I like finding a new one to start. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. CelineB

    I enjoy series that can also work as stand alone romances. It’s nice to return to the same setting with characters I’ve met before, but I also like being able to pick up a later book in the series without needing to have read earlier books.

  15. Amy Rickman

    I prefer connected series or stand alones but I do read continuation series. I think the first book in the series is important and should set up the series setting and the next book along with telling a story.

  16. Colleen C.

    I do not mind series books, but I tend not to get them all… so if a book can be a standalone, it is a plus for me!

  17. infinitieh

    I like them both although I usually find a series through a middle book, as opposed to the first book, so it would be helpful if the books in a series can operate mostly as stand alones.

  18. Cheryl Hastings

    I love series, new and old! I also read stand still alone books. As long as it’s a good story, I’m in.

  19. Joanne B

    I enjoy reading both, but in a series, you get to learn more about the H/h and the secondary characters through more than one book.

  20. JenM

    I like both. Series are fine with me and I’m happy to start a new one as long as each book has an actual ending. I hate cliffhangers.

  21. Elizabeth T.

    I love reading new series. And I prefer reading book series, especially if I enjoy the characters and such.

  22. Vicki Highley

    I love reading series, because I love the way the author allows the characters to grow, sometimes it is like visiting with old friends, I have been know to start a new series, because I loved the plot of a book and it was not the first, I will buy that one and all the previous ones and have a nice little binge.

  23. LauraJJ

    Oh I love the series books, although I have to say alot of times I will find one in the middle that I love and then have to go back and read them all!

  24. tlrosado

    Psychologically, I like stand-alones more, because I HAVE to read books in order. If a series has been around for awhile before I discover it, chances are I might not start. I like being part of the beginning of a series and continuing on as new books are released.

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