Monday, 24 February 2014

Blog Tour: Once in a Lifetime - Jill Shalvis

Following from my review of Once in a Lifetime that I posted last week, I have the excitement of taking part in a blog tour with Jill Shalvis herself, including an interesting Q&A and the chance to win your own copy of Once in a Lifetime! 

I really loved Once in a Lifetime, my first visit to Lucky Harbor, and you can read my review here, however, if you don't want to risk any sort of spoiler (I promise there really aren't any) here's a quick recap on what the book's all about:

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (February 18, 2014; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market)

Sometimes wrong is oh-so-rightAfter a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .
Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Jill Shalvis doubtless needs no introduction to most of you, Once in a Lifetime being the 9th in her hugely successful 'Lucky Harbor' series, which isn't her only great series (look out for a review of the first in the 'Animal Magnetism' series, new to the UK, this week).

About the author:
New 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.

You can keep up with Jill at the following places:

I love following authors on Twitter and Facebook, it's a great way to keep in the know and sometimes they run great competitions to win books and other goodies! 

As promised, here is my Q&A with Jill, all about Ben and Aubrey and what we can expect next in Lucky Harbor.

Ben’s a bit lost at the beginning of the book, unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Did you always have his story—and how it would end—in mind?
I did.  Every once in awhile, I really enjoy torturing a hero to the end.  J

Your main character Aubrey is remodeling her aunt’s bookstore so it can be a haven for other booklovers as it was for her when she was younger. Did you have a special place growing up (or do you have one now?) where you love to read?
I always had a soft spot for bookstores.  And libraries.  They were my special hideaway haven.  I really went back and forth on using a bookstore in today’s day and age, but in the end, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite places on earth.  J 

What scene did you have the most fun writing?
Oh I have quite a few from this book!  When Aubrey throws her drink in Ben’s face, when she runs and hides out in an AA meeting and makes friends with the pastor, when Ben figures out she’s writing a list of people she’s wronged and he wonders that it’s not a lot longer than it is, when Aubrey gets a little tipsy and throws rocks at Ben’s window like a scene right out of the Say Anything movie …

What’s the most interesting way you got around a plot problem?
I wrote myself into a corner in Once In A Lifetime, twice.  I wrote XX happens here and it will be brilliant and funny.  And then I accidentally left that in when I sent it to my editor.  I’m sure she wasn’t as amused as I was. 

What can your fans look forward to next in the Lucky Harbor series?
Next up is a Lucky Harbor trilogy for this coming summer and fall, It’s In His Kiss, He’s So Fine, and Once In A Million, the stories of the three sexy hot guys who run Lucky Harbor Charters.

Hopefully that's enough to whet your appetite for new release, Once in a Lifetime, if you're still not sure here is a snippet from one of my favourite scenes in the book, and don't forget to check out the chance to win your own copy of the book below (open to US and Canada readers only)!

“You’re incredible, Ben, you know that? You’re an insensitive, first-class jerk, and–”
He leaned in. “And what?” he asked, voice dangerously low.
“And…” Stymied at her ridiculous and constant reaction to him, Aubrey put her hands to his chest to give
him another shove, but somehow got her wires crossed and she fisted his shirt instead.
“Dare me,” he said softly.
Oh, how she hated how well he knew her. “I dare you to kiss me,” she whispered, and then to make sure he did, she put her mouth on his first…

Thanks to Jill Shalvis and Marissa at Grand Central Publishing for including me in their blog tour.

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