A Giveaway and a Pattern!


I have a treat for you today! Remember me, I used to be a romance writer? I made lots of great writer friends when I was a romance writer (romance writers are a close bunch!) and one of them is Jill Shalvis. Her new book, Simply Irresistible, begins her Lucky Harbor series–sexy women’s fiction novels centering around three estranged sisters and the falling down on its axis beach inn they inherit, where they find hope, home and….love. (HINT! I’m giving away THREE copies of her new book! And she also has a free knitting pattern to share, right here!)

Here’s an interview with Jill about the series:

When I started this series about three estranged sisters who get stuck together running a beach resort, I decided I was out of my mind. I don’t have sisters. I have a brother, and we like each other just fine. Then at the dinner table that very night, my three teenage heathens started bickering and fighting, and I just stared at them in awe and wonder.

I had my fodder! “Keep fighting,” I told them–much to their utter shock since I’ve spent the past fifteen years begging them to get along.

After that night, it was a piece of cake to write the sisters–Maddie, Tara, and Chloe–their claws barely sheathed, with resentment and affection vying for space.

So then all that I had left to do was find the three sexy guys who could handle them.

It just so happened that, at the time, my neighbor was having an addition put on her house. For six glorious weeks, there were a bunch of guys hanging off the roof and the walls, in perfect line of sight of my office.
Which is really my deck. It’s a wonder I got any work done at all.

So I sat in the sun and wrote while in the background cute, young, sweaty guys hammered, and sawed, and in general, made my day.

And on some days, they even took off their shirts. Those were my favorite days of all. But I digress….

I was working very hard, planning out conflicts and plot pacing and trying to nail down my hero. And given what I was looking at for inspiration, it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that the hero for this first book in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible, turned out to be a master carpenter.

And a very sexy one at that.

I’m actually writing book two right now. I keep going out on the deck, sitting and patiently waiting, but my neighbor hasn’t hired any more sexy carpenters. Darn it.

Perhaps I need a new addition myself!

Jill’s publisher produced a knitted scarf pattern to go with the book because the heroine gives up potato chips and tries a nonfat stress reliever–knitting. Here’s the pattern:

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One skein super-bulky yarn, at least 100 yards
1 pair size 13 needles (straight)
1 size G (4 mm) crochet hook

Instructions:To personalize your scarf:Simply Irresistible:

A few snowflakes floated down, soft and lazily spinning in the wind, and through them Jax cocked his head, watching her as if something about her didn’t quite add up for him.

She could have told him not to bother trying to figure her out. No one had managed yet, not even herself.

“You okay?”

“Working on it,” she said and gave him a small smile. It was hard not to, he just had that kind of face.

He returned the smile and stepped a little closer to her, which was when she discovered several things.

He smelled good. Guy good. As in she wanted to inhale him. Her body tingled, suddenly brought to a hyper awareness that felt almost foreign.

Desire. Bone-melting desire.

When she opened her eyes again, he was even closer, and his eyes weren’t the solid warm caramel she’d thought but had flecks of gold dancing in them as well. She could have happily, willingly, drowned in all that deliciousness. Death by deliciousness.

Not a bad way to go.

You can find out more about Simply Irresistible here at Barnes and Noble where you can buy it online, or just go find it in your local bookstore.



For the first autographed copy:

Leave a comment letting me know you want it. One winner will be drawn by random comment number. Eligible entries end at midnight Eastern time tonight (September 28). The winner’s name will be updated at the bottom of this post by 9 a.m. tomorrow (September 29).

I will be giving away TWO MORE COPIES.

You can visit Jill and her fun daily blog here.

UPDATE 09/29/10: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, of yesterday’s Simply Irresistible giveaway is #94, Angela. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at)yahoo.com with your full name and address! Two more books to give away!

The contest is closed on this post. Go here for the second giveaway of this book.


  1. cricketjett says:

    Suzanne, I would love a copy of “Simply Irresistable” by Jill Shalvis. I love romance novels! Lucky you for being a member of such a wonderful group.

  2. mommafox says:

    Sounds like some Steamy reading involved in that book. COUNT ME IN FOR A CHANCE AT WINNING!!!! 😉 😉

  3. bonita says:

    Sure, I’d love a copy. BTW I found your site by reading Jill’s blog. Her ‘Lucy’ stories are hilarious and her Frat Boy acts a lot like Casper.

  4. ElizaRed says:

    Count me in for the book…..

  5. Darlene in Ks says:

    I’m a fan of Jill’s, count me in.

  6. Lisa says:

    Oh I definitely want it. I’m always looking for a good book.

  7. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a fun read. Count me in for the giveaway!

  8. Michelle says:

    A good read is always welcome. Enter me, please! 🙂

  9. Amber Swafford says:

    I would <3 a copy! (would love to learn to knit, but oh well)

  10. lauren says:

    Would love a copy 🙂

  11. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:

    :snoopy: ME PLEASE!!! I need to escape into JILLS BOOK!!
    Hugs Granny Trace!!

  12. susan says:

    i would love a copy of the book and thank you so much for the pattern!!! :snoopy:

  13. CindyP says:

    Would love a book!! and I might try my hand at that scarf, too, I normally only crochet 🙂

  14. Leah says:

    Good morning! Simply Irresistible sounds like a good read,I’d love to win a copy. :happyfeet:

  15. Minna says:

    Yes, I want one! Count me in! :snoopy:

  16. Diane says:

    Hi. I love a good give away. A romance book is just the thing to have around for a dark and damp day when all you want to do is craw in bed and read a good book. 🙂

  17. Celia Allen says:

    :snoopy: I would love to win this book as I LOVE TO READ!
    Pick me please!


  18. Jen Millett says:

    Would love a copy.

  19. Glenie says:

    I would love to win a book. Reading is one of my hobbies.

  20. Dawn says:

    I want it! please!

  21. Deb says:

    a book giveaway WOW! Something new to read would be wounderful!
    Thanks Susan!

  22. beth Brown says:

    This sounds like a great book!

    But I think I used up all of my luck because I won a BBB!!! Yeah for me! And thank you so much Suzanne!!

  23. hollygee says:

    I’ve been reading Jill’s blog for a while now, but (shamefully) haven’t yet read one of her books. I’d love this to be the first.

  24. Rebecca says:

    I would LOVE to have an autographed copy of Simply Irresistible – and to recommend it to all my friends and FB folks. Great post today!

  25. Cheryl says:

    I wanna win! Count me in 🙂

  26. ladybird_1959 says:

    Count me in, I love, love, love to read. Thanks for the pattern, too!

  27. Patricialynn says:

    Free book? Plus a free pattern? Oh, yes please!

  28. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    I’m jumping in on this one! I’d love to win!

  29. leavesofthefall says:

    Always looking for new authors. Enter me, please. 🙂

  30. sam says:

    enter me in the drawing please.

  31. Farmer says:

    Please enter ME!

    Thank you!


  32. Margret says:

    Sounds like a fun book. I hope I win!!

  33. ladychef says:

    WooHoo!!! Free romance?? Count me in! And if there’s a little humor added to the mix? EVEN BETTER! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    I have been reading your books as well as Jill’s for a very long time. I haven’t been buying many books lately but would love to win this one. I am not a knitter so if I should win could you give the knitting pattern to someone else? I stop by every day but usually just lurk in the shadows. BTW, I would love to see another of your books on the shelf. I miss them very much. Have a great day and hugs to all.

  35. ArkansasCyndi says:

    I WANT TI!!! :hissyfit:

    I was fortunate to meet Jill this past summer. What a wonderful person! :snoopy:

  36. Bonnie says:

    I would love one of her books. But if I don’t win I’ll buy one anyway. This story seems like it is going to be soooooo good.\

  37. Robbie says:

    This book sounds hot! I would love to win it. Thanks for all you do to keep your readers coming back! We would come anyway even if you weren’t having giveaways!

  38. Susie says:

    Please pick my name? My favorite reads is romance as movies are.

  39. Connie of Ohio says:

    I would love to win a book.

  40. Julia says:

    Sounds like a lovely book to read while sitting with a cup of hot tea.

  41. Mary Ellen says:

    I would love to win the book by Jill Shalvis. I love to read. Count me in please.

  42. heidiannie says:

    I would love to win this book! I’m always looking for a little romance-I keep telling my husband of 35 years that I wouldn’t need to read about it if he would stop coming home from work and napping in front of the TV!

  43. Cheryle says:

    Pick me, please!

  44. Karen B says:

    :dancingmonster: What a great giveaway – love to win. I visit Jill’s blog 2nd, right after yours!

  45. CrystalGB says:

    Sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway. I definitely want this book.

  46. Nancy says:

    I would definately love to win a book! It’s that time of year when I love nothing more than snuggling under the covers with a good read!

  47. Kristen A says:

    I agree with Nancy. I love curling up with a good book ( especially a juicy one), this time of year. I would love to win one. Thank you for the opportunity.

  48. Cousin Sheryl says:

    May I enter to win? Probably not, since I am a relative, but tell Jill that I HAVE BOUGHT a lot of her books! She does “steamy” really well! I love the inspiration of the carpenters next door. Sounds like great entertainment! :devil2:

  49. Blyss says:

    Knitting, romance AND a hot guy? Want, Want, Want! (please)

  50. Erin says:

    Count me in! It sounds like a good read.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Gen-IL Homesteader says:

    Sounds like a yummy book!! Thanks for a chance to own it!!!

  52. Carrie L says:

    Please enter me for the book!

  53. DebrafromMD says:

    I only have 2 sisters and we aren not estranged but I think this sounds like a fun book. Please put my name in the hat

  54. LynneW says:


    I’ve been a fan of Jill’s for a long time and would love to win an autographed copy of one of her books. I had the privilege of meeting her several years ago and she’s lovely, inside and out.

    And thanks to you both for the scarf pattern – I’m teaching a beginners knitting class here at the library in a month and it will be on hats and scarves – a very similar pattern, but I wasn’t sure how long to make the scarf! Now I know ~

    heading off to order a copy of Jill’s book for the library

  55. Sue Moody says:

    I would love to win a copy of Jill’s book.

  56. Kathy in FL says:

    I’m always looking for a good read, and the excerpt has me interested in reading more. I’ll try to win the giveaway, and if I don’t I guess I be forced to go to B&N! 🙂

  57. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Count me in. I’ve never read a romance novel in my life (sorry!). I think it’s high time that I start!

  58. Tea4too0 says:

    Whew, (pant, pant, fan) lol, I NEED THIS BOOK!

  59. Cindy Lou says:

    Count me in! It’s time to curl up with a good book and relax.

  60. countrybaby says:

    Yes! I would love to win her book. Just sounds so good! Pick Me.

  61. Phyllis says:

    WHAT?? YOU don’t write anymore??? :hissyfit: WHY? WHY? WHY?

  62. Hilary says:

    I would love a copy i just finished the last of my last books a million splurge books. So i need something to do while the boyfriend is at work 🙂

  63. Debbie in CT says:

    Would love it!! 🙂

  64. Luann says:


  65. Rhonda says:

    I saw that Jill had a new book out but haven’t been out to get it yet. Maybe I knew to wait. Thanks. One of things I miss most by being out of work is watching other ‘workers’.

  66. Jill Shalvis says:

    Suzanne, thanks so much for having me on here. And waving at all your readers!!!! :woof:

  67. Cheryl S. says:

    Ooh . . . count me in, please. I love Jill’s writing!

  68. Screaming_Mimi says:

    I’d love to win this book! :sun:


  69. Maureen says:

    Please enter me! It looks like a fun story.

  70. Kimberly in NC says:

    I loved her interview….what a sense of humor! I think I’d rather enjoy reading her books.

  71. Kimberly in NC says:

    Did that come out wrong? I meant, I would really enjoy her writing style…not that I would rather read her books than her interview….sheesh!

  72. Lynda Treen says:

    Oh yes please!!! What could be better? A knitting pattern AND a book. Love it!!!

  73. Rechelle says:

    I’m married to my own hot carpenter but I still really want to read the book!

  74. catslady says:

    I want it!! I’ve enjoyed many of Jill’s books (and her blog is hysterical). I’m sure this one will have her wonderful humor included and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  75. Yvonne says:

    Count me in too, please!

  76. Melinda says:

    I need a “calgon, take me away” book!!! Please!

  77. tsmith says:

    I love to read. Count me in!

  78. Stephanie in Seattle says:

    Too funny! I read Jill’s blog everyday or rather every day that she posts something. 🙂

  79. Mintamichelle says:

    Count me in too!

  80. Estella says:

    I love Jill’s books. Please enter me.

  81. Holly says:

    I would love a copy! Thank you for the opportunity!

  82. Peggy says:

    I love romantic novels and would love to win one. I have been thinking about learning to knit as it didn’t take the first time I tried the art.

  83. Senta Sandberg says:

    I love Books. Count me in too.

  84. Ruth says:

    Free is good! Count me in!

  85. Patsy Melton says:

    Hope to win a romance….thanks Suzanne and Jill

  86. Kim says:

    Thanks for the give away! 😀 I’d love to win, I love to read!

  87. Amy Cook in WI says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book…love romance!!!

  88. LisaAJB says:

    Oh, pick me! Thanks for doing a give away.

  89. Jen says:

    Would LOVE to be entered to win! I ♥ carpenters 😆

  90. Connie says:

    I would love a free copy of the book! Pick me! Pick me! And thank you for the opportunity! Love your website.

  91. Jessica says:

    Sneaking my entry in late… did I make it??? I want it! I love to read, haven’t read a romance in a long time. Am finally to a point where I can read for bits of time now that the kids are in elementary school!

  92. Host says:

    I love Jill’s books and this one sounds great – I would love to read it 🙂 :sun:

  93. Angela says:

    :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy: I can’t believe I won! :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy:


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