Winner of the Jill Shalvis giveaway

Animal AttractionThanks to everyone who commented on my interview with Jill Shalvis last week.

The winner of Animal Attraction is…Na S!

Na, I’ve emailed you asking for your address, so check your spam folder if it’s not in your inbox.

Thanks very much to Jill for taking the time to answer my questions.

And don’t forget to comment on my interview with Victoria Dahl, who’s giving away her latest contemporary romance, Bad Boys Do, this week.

Interview with Jill Shalvis – and giveaway!

Jill ShalvisThere are a handful of authors whose books I’ll buy without waiting to read a review. There’s an even smaller number whose books I’ll preorder without any qualms. Jill Shalvis is among the few, the proud, the best contemporary romance authors out there.

I’m thrilled she’s joining me and is giving away a copy of Animal Attraction, the second book in her Animal Magnetism series! I’ve got my copy pre-ordered, but you can win yours by leaving a comment below.

Welcome, Jill!

Simply Irresistible1. This year, you’re releasing two contemporary series, each with a different publisher. Are you the world’s most organized writer, or were you blessed with the power to freeze time for everyone but yourself? How do you do it?

I’m possibly the most unorganized person on the planet in every possible way … except for the writing.  I have a lot of stories to tell, apparently.  🙂  I like working on two different series.  I don’t get bored and it suits my ADHD.

2. What got you started writing and how long did it take you to first get published?

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Winners of the Jill Shalvis giveaway!

The winners of the Jill Shalvis giveaway are…

Terri Osburn (wins The Sweetest Thing)

and

Jamie Michele (wins Simply Irresistible)!

Congrats, Terry and Jamie. I know you’ll love these books. I’m emailing you, so if you don’t have an email from me in your inbox, check your junk mail.

And thanks to everyone who commented!

Why community is key to contemporary romance – and giveaway!

“In contemporaries, community is key,” Selina McLemore, Senior Editor at Grand Central Publishing, told me at the Romance Writers of America national conference last week.

It makes sense, right? Those of us who love contemporary romance fall for books set in a particular town or city that feels as fleshed out as the hero and heroine. A place we’d love to visit, move to, or just immerse ourselves in for a few hours.

But community shouldn’t be confused with setting. It’s more than that.

It’s characters—oddballs who make a town unique and help the hero and heroine when they need it most; fast-talking city folks who are so savvy they make a reader jealous; and families who can overwhelm the most patient person but pull together when it’s most needed. It’s colleagues who challenge and sharpen you, while also making you howl with laughter, like in Louisa Edwards’s Recipe for Love series.

But community shouldn’t be confused with character development. It’s more than that.

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