A Giveaway and a Pattern!

Sep
28

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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Materials:
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.

OR!!!!

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY FROM JILL!!!!!

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.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 28, 2010  

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  1. 9-28
    1:18
    am

    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. 9-28
    1:23
    am

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

  3. 9-28
    1:40
    am

    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. 9-28
    1:41
    am

    Count me in for the book…..

  5. 9-28
    2:17
    am

    I’m a fan of Jill’s, count me in.

  6. 9-28
    3:17
    am

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

  7. 9-28
    3:35
    am

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

  8. 9-28
    4:04
    am

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

  9. 9-28
    5:56
    am

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

  10. 9-28
    6:00
    am

    Would love a copy :)

  11. 9-28
    6:08
    am

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

  12. 9-28
    6:17
    am

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

  13. 9-28
    6:42
    am

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

  14. 9-28
    6:54
    am

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

  15. 9-28
    7:01
    am

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

  16. 9-28
    7:09
    am

    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. 9-28
    7:26
    am

    count me in to win

  18. 9-28
    7:27
    am

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

    Celia

  19. 9-28
    7:42
    am

    Would love a copy.

  20. 9-28
    7:50
    am

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

  21. 9-28
    8:07
    am

    I want it! please!

  22. 9-28
    8:18
    am

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

  23. 9-28
    8:24
    am

    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!!

  24. 9-28
    8:25
    am

    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.

  25. 9-28
    8:37
    am

    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!

  26. 9-28
    8:53
    am

    I wanna win! Count me in :)

  27. 9-28
    8:56
    am

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

  28. 9-28
    9:07
    am

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

  29. 9-28
    9:15
    am

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

  30. 9-28
    9:17
    am

    Always looking for new authors. Enter me, please. :)

  31. 9-28
    9:22
    am

    enter me in the drawing please.

  32. 9-28
    9:29
    am

    Please enter ME!

    Thank you!

    Farmer

  33. 9-28
    9:29
    am

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

  34. 9-28
    9:32
    am

    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!

  35. 9-28
    9:35
    am

    ME, ME, pick me.

  36. 9-28
    9:43
    am

    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.

  37. 9-28
    9:49
    am

    Hi, Fannie! The free knitting pattern is here in the post for everyone!

  38. 9-28
    9:50
    am

    I WANT TI!!! :hissyfit:

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

  39. 9-28
    9:57
    am

    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.\

  40. 9-28
    9:59
    am

    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!

  41. 9-28
    10:00
    am

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

  42. 9-28
    10:08
    am

    I would love to win a book.

  43. 9-28
    10:10
    am

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

  44. 9-28
    10:17
    am

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

  45. 9-28
    10:28
    am

    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!

  46. 9-28
    10:36
    am

    Pick me, please!

  47. 9-28
    10:38
    am

    oh this sounds dreamy. yes.

  48. 9-28
    10:39
    am

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

  49. 9-28
    10:40
    am

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

  50. 9-28
    10:40
    am

    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!

  51. 9-28
    11:02
    am

    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.

  52. 9-28
    11:07
    am

    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:

  53. 9-28
    11:11
    am

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

  54. 9-28
    11:20
    am

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

  55. 9-28
    11:22
    am

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

  56. 9-28
    11:24
    am

    Sign me up to win!

  57. 9-28
    11:27
    am

    Please enter me for the book!

  58. 9-28
    11:32
    am

    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

  59. 9-28
    11:48
    am

    Suzanne,

    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 ~

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

  60. 9-28
    12:06
    pm

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

  61. 9-28
    12:07
    pm

    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! :)

  62. 9-28
    12:07
    pm

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

  63. 9-28
    12:09
    pm

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

  64. 9-28
    12:09
    pm

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

  65. 9-28
    12:21
    pm

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

  66. 9-28
    12:22
    pm

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

  67. 9-28
    12:25
    pm

    Phyllis, I write here, on my blog, every day. :)

  68. 9-28
    12:52
    pm

    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 :)

  69. 9-28
    12:55
    pm

    Would love it!! :)

  70. 9-28
    12:58
    pm

    Me…..me….me….pleeeease!

  71. 9-28
    1:19
    pm

    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’.

  72. 9-28
    1:26
    pm

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

  73. 9-28
    1:26
    pm

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

  74. 9-28
    1:28
    pm

    I’d love to win this book! :sun:

    Pam

  75. 9-28
    2:20
    pm

    Please enter me! It looks like a fun story.

  76. 9-28
    2:36
    pm

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

  77. 9-28
    2:38
    pm

    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!

  78. 9-28
    2:39
    pm

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

  79. 9-28
    2:50
    pm

    OH me me me!!

  80. 9-28
    2:54
    pm

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

  81. 9-28
    3:06
    pm

    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.

  82. 9-28
    4:38
    pm

    Count me in too, please!

  83. 9-28
    4:38
    pm

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

  84. 9-28
    5:09
    pm

    I love to read. Count me in!

  85. 9-28
    5:23
    pm

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

  86. 9-28
    5:36
    pm

    Count me in too!

  87. 9-28
    5:51
    pm

    I love Jill’s books. Please enter me.

  88. 9-28
    6:07
    pm

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

  89. 9-28
    7:02
    pm

    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.

  90. 9-28
    7:04
    pm

    I love Books. Count me in too.

  91. 9-28
    7:19
    pm

    Free is good! Count me in!

  92. 9-28
    7:23
    pm

    Hope to win a romance….thanks Suzanne and Jill

  93. 9-28
    7:39
    pm

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

  94. 9-28
    8:00
    pm

    Count me in too!

    Angela

  95. 9-28
    8:56
    pm

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

  96. 9-28
    8:59
    pm

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

  97. 9-28
    10:34
    pm

    Would LOVE to be entered to win! I ♥ carpenters :lol:

  98. 9-28
    11:23
    pm

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

  99. 9-29
    12:48
    am

    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!

  100. 9-29
    4:11
    am

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

  101. 9-29
    9:46
    am

    Pick me!!!

  102. 9-29
    9:03
    pm

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

    Thanks!
    Angela

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