Please help me in welcoming USA Today bestselling author JILL SHALVIS to The Dungeon!  I’m delighted I could talk her into visiting today because I’ve always been a big fan of her books.  (And I’m selfish that way, I guess. :gotcha )

JILL SHALVIS is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary novel The Sweetest Thing, Book 2 in the “Lucky Harbor” series. The four-time Rita nominee and three-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog.

So let’s put her on The Rack & get started…

What is your favorite color? Red. No, blue. No, wait!  Green. All of them …

Favorite song? “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.  No, wait—make that “Firework” by Katy Perry.  NO WAIT—“Just A Dream” by Nelly.  I could go on like this for some time…

Favorite movie? Any Harry Potter.  All Lord of the Rings.  Are you seeing a pattern here? I can’t pick.

And of course, favorite book? Oh, good Lord, woman. You are hurting my brain.  :ouch  All of Nora’s. Every “Stephanie Plum” novel. Every Susan Elizabeth Philips and Rachel Gibson. Don’t make me pick just one!

What was the first book in your chosen genre that you remember reading, or that made you want to write the same? I read really bad porny historical novels while in high school, while supposedly in science class. I can’t remember specifics on which books but they were all delicious. And that’s when I knew. I wanted to be an author and live the glamorous life. :beerlaugh

What do you think of Heidi? She’s great, right? FANTASTIC!!!!

How did you get started writing? I was actually a journalism major in college, thinking nonfiction was the way to go. Oh, how wrong I was.

Tell us a little bit about your first (or most memorable, if you prefer) sale. First sale. I had three kids under the age of five. Which, by the way, I don’t recommend. An editor from Bantam called me to offer me my first sale, and my youngest was yelling “WIPE ME” from the bathroom. Good times.

Fill in the blank—If you like [blank], you’ll love Jill Shalvis! Oh, my God, woman! Don’t put me on the spot or anything. Okay, I’ll give this a whirl. If you like…sexy, warm-hearted, fun contemporary romances, then hopefully you’ll love Jill Shalvis. (See how I did that? I know you wanted me to name drop but I don’t have the balls to compare myself to the authors I aspire to be as good as!)  (Note from Heidi: Au contraire. You should have seen the answer Heidi gave during her visit.  (Yes, she was actually the guest author one month at her own blog. :tpspspspt )  I believe she mentioned puppies, chocolate, ice cream, sex…)

Which of your books would you like to pimp today? Tell us about it, and why we’ll love every word.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM… Brady Miller doesn’t smile much because he hasn’t had anything to smile about in a very long time. He’s an ex-Army ranger, now a pilot for hire for organizations like Doctors Without Borders, back in the states at the request of his foster brothers. They run a large animal center in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho, and need his help.

He agrees to stick around for unusually complicated reasons, even though he’s lived his life as purposely uncomplicated as possible. Fact is, he’s not much of a family guy. He’s always been a wanderer, no roots, no home base.

Maybe even a guy who can’t be saved.

It takes a village to show him the truth, including one silly little puppy and one sharp-tongued, sharp-witted heroine willing to knock him flat on his ass to make sure he gets it—that he was never lost at all, and as the saying goes, home is where the heart is…

(Further intrusive note from Heidi:  This is possibly the most adorable cover I’ve ever seen!  Is there anything sexier than a hot guy holding a small animal?  And the look on that puppy’s face…awwwwwww!)

If your plane crashed in the Andes, would you convince the other survivors to eat Heidi first or last? Second to last. Right before me. :chocolate

If you could write anything—whether in the same genre/sub-genre as you’re writing now or another—what would it be? I’m right where I want to be…

What are you currently working on? The sequel to ANIMAL MAGNETISM! I’m finishing it up this weekend, actually. If the heathens that are my children behave…

LIGHTNING-FAST LASHES:

Leather or Lace? Lace

Devil or Angel? Devil

Angel Food or Devil’s Food? Both, please.

Hemlock or Arsenic? Hemlock

Blood, Sweat, or Tears? Sweat. But I prefer “perspire”…

Cowgirl or Missionary? (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I was simply asking what you wanted to be while you were growing up. :winkwink ) I always did want to be a cowgirl…

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Fabulous, Jill—thank you so much!  I just knew you’d be an entertaining guest! :happyjoy

Jill has also very generously offered to reward one dedicated WIPs and Chains blogger with a free book from her backlist. (This is quite the prize, believe me; her backlist is fantastic!)

To be entered in the drawing, simply ask a question or leave a comment for Jill during her visit today.  (U.S. residents only, please.)  A winner will be chosen & announced on February 13th during our regular Happy Sunday post…just in time for Valentine’s Day! :biggestgrin …so be sure to stop back to see if you’ve won!  (Otherwise, I’m keeping the prize to myself, I swear. :angel )

Good luck & happy chatting!