Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis: Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway

February 19, 2014 Reviews 1

Once in a Lifetime - Blog Tour

The awesome just keeps rolling in to My Written Romance. Today, I am super-chuffed to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for the latest in the Lucky Harbor series from New York Times bestseller (and personal favourite of mine), Jill Shalvis.

If you haven’t read any of the Lucky Harbor series, you are missing out! There’s fun, frivolity, old ladies obsessed with Facebook, but most importantly, strong heroines and delicious alpha heroes. Jill has stopped by to answer a few questions and give us a peek into Once in a Lifetime. My review of the book is also live on this site. Check it out here.

There is also a giveaway at the end of the post, and the prize is fantastic. So be sure to enter, my lovely readers!

What is Once in a Lifetime about?

Once in a LifetimeSOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After 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?

Now, let’s see what Jill has to say about Once in a Lifetime, contractors and compliments….

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. 🙂

What would readers be surprised to find out about you?

That I’m not a natural romantic at heart. I have to work at it. Ask poor Alpha Man, my idea of romance is Taco Bell on a dock at the lake…

Ben is pretty handy (and handsy!)—do you trust Alpha Man to handle construction projects around the house or do you prefer to hire someone with official qualifications?

Ha. Alpha Man is a general contractor. He does it all, thankfully, since I can’t fix a damn thing without breaking it.

What’s the nicest compliment you’ve received from a reader or reviewer?

I’ve had so many lovely letters, but one of my favorites is from a woman who was in divorce court. She read Simply Irresistible and fell in love with love again, and realized she loved her nearly ex-husband enough to give him another shot.

Finish this sentence: _____ only happens once in a lifetime!

LOVE (if you are very very lucky!)

If, like I was, you are keen to get into Once in a Lifetime, here’s a quick taste of what’s to come:

Aubrey got a look at the man she’d inadvertently drenched and stopped breathing. Oh, God. Had she really thought her day couldn’t get any worse? Why would she tempt fate by even thinking that? Because of course things had gotten worse. They always did.

Ben McDaniel slowly stood up from his barstool, dripping vodka from his hair, eyelashes, nose… He was six feet plus of hard muscles and brute strength on a body that didn’t carry a single extra ounce of fat on him. For the past five years, he’d been in and out of a variety of Third World countries designing and building water systems with the Army Corp of Engineers. His last venture had been for the Department of Defense in Iraq, which Aubrey only knew because Lucky Harbor’s Facebook page was good as gospel.

He swiped his face with his arm, deceptively chill and laid-back.

In truth, he was about as badass as they came.

Aubrey should know, she’d seen him in action. But she managed to meet his gaze. Cool, casual even. One had to be with Ben, the man could spot a weakness a mile away. “I’m sorry,” she said.

“Are you?”

She felt herself flush. He’d always seemed to see right through her. And she was pretty sure he’d never cared for her. He had good reason for that, she reminded herself. He just didn’t know the half of it. “Yes, I am sorry,” she said. Her heart was pounding so loudly she was surprised she could hear herself speak. “Are you okay?”

He ran his fingers through a sexy disorder of sun-streaked brown hair. His eyes were the same color, light milk chocolate marbled with gold caramel. It was hard to make such a warm-colored gaze seem hard, but Ben managed it with no effort at all. “Need to work on your aim,” he said.

So who is Jill Shalvis?

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.

Told you there was a giveaway! Yay! You can win a grand prize pack featuring the entire Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis, or one of five copies of Once in a Lifetime, thanks to the lovely people at Grand Central Publishing. Good luck!

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