Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
We’re winding down our week of awesomeness with one of our all-time favorites on Kindles & Wine, the ever-fabulous Jill Shalvis. It’s appropriate we’re featuring Jill today since I feel like we’re kindred spirits—we’ve both experienced a Facebook time-out. Here’s the link to Jill’s story of how she got grounded from Facebook. As for me, I’ve apparently been posting/sharing pics that someone has reported as copyright infringement. Sounds bad, but here’s one of the pictures that got me reported:
Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted or shared something similar on Facebook. Oh look, EVERYONE’S hand is up!
Maybe I should feel bad but I don’t. I haven’t altered the image, cropped out a copyright tag, claimed it as my own, or profited in any way by sharing it. All I’ve done is given it more exposure to the book-loving world. If the copyright owner who reported me to Facebook happens to see this, here’s some advice: protect your intellectual property. Slap a copyright or attribution statement on it, watermark it, whatever. Also, lighten up! Instead of running to Facebook crying foul, maybe contact the owner of the page first and respectfully ask that the photo be removed. Having Facebook threaten to shut down my page forever over this (which will happen the next time I get reported) is just sad.
Anyhoo, enough of that ridiculousness. Let’s move on to something FUN, shall we? We were spoiled rotten last year with THREE summer releases in the Lucky Harbor series, plus the Christmas novella. I don’t know about all of you but I’m suffering from some serious Lucky Harbor withdrawal!
To help tide us over until May, Jill is sharing a never-been-seen-before excerpt from It Had to Be You, which is the first book in the next trilogy of Lucky Harbor novels. Here are the book’s deets:
Release Date: May 28, 2013 Length: 368 pages Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book 7 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Official Summary Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she’s a thief, and now she’s about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who’s as sexy as he is stern… After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke’s own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
Exclusive Excerpt from It Had To Be You
Just a quick note: This excerpt introduces us to Jack, Luke’s best friend and the hero in the other Lucky Harbor book that will be released in 2013, Always On My Mind.
She scooped another big bite, and her expression finally relaxed. Until she saw the mess of the house. That wiped the smile right off her face. “Oh no. Oh Luke, I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t worry about it,” he said. “It’s seen worse.”
“This is true.” Jack rose off the couch. “Way worse. We were what you might call wayward teenagers.”
Jack had the same height as Luke, but more bulk to his muscle tone. Of the two of them, Jack also possessed the charm, which had gotten him out of more trouble than Luke had ever managed to get into. Jack flashed all one thousand watts of that charm at Ali now.
“Jack Harper. I’ve seen you around, but we’ve never been introduced,” he said, holding out his hand to Ali, smiling his “reassuring” smile. It was number three in his arsenal, behind his “you can’t resist me” and “I want you” smiles. “I’m the best friend, by the way. The better-looking, far more fascinating one, I should add.”
“Ali Winters,” she said, looking a little dazzled, which made Luke roll his eyes. “Nice to meet you.” She glanced at the mess again, but Luke stepped in her way.
“I’ve heard a lot about you,” Jack said.
“I’m sorry,” she said, glancing at Luke. “I can’t say the same.”
“Not surprised,” Jack said. “Luke’s not exactly a big talker.”
“No,” Ali said faintly, a slight blush coming to her cheeks. “He’s not.”
There was nothing in Ali’s tone to suggest that they’d spent some time in Luke’s truck kissing like their lives had depended on it, but Jack knew him better than anyone else on the planet. Proving it, his gaze shifted from Ali to Luke. “Also, he can never find his keys and he snores,” Jack said.
“Thanks, man,” Luke said.
Jack smiled at Ali. “Hope you’re hungry; I brought Chinese. Ben, my cousin and the third musketeer, would’ve brought a loaded pizza. He’s on government assignment right now, and I’m just superstitious enough that I won’t eat a pizza until he’s home. You need anything else?”
Clearly surprised to be asked, Ali blinked. “No, thank you.” Her voice sounded funny and gave Luke a very bad feeling.
Jack didn’t miss it either. Jack didn’t miss much. “All right, I’ll get plates,” he said very gently, waiting until he was behind her and out of her peripheral vision to send Luke a steely look.
One thing the two of them had always shared was a hatred of seeing anyone mistreated or taken advantage of. Jack loved Luke, but the message was clear—don’t hurt her more than she’s already been hurt.
When Jack vanished into the kitchen, Ali moved to the couch, head averted. There might even have been a muffled sniffle.
Oh, Christ. Luke had faced down countless gangbangers, armed felons, and drugged-up perps. He’d faced the worst humanity had to offer, but he’d never gotten the hang of dealing with a woman’s tears. Sucking it up, he sat next to her.
Ignoring that, he reached for her ice cream, thinking to set it down for her, but she surprised him with an elbow to the gut.
“What the hell?”
She hugged the ice cream to her chest. “I told you not to be nice to me right now!”
“I’m not nice. I’m never nice. And Jesus, remind me to never try to separate you from your ice cream again.”
Jack reappeared, paper plates and napkins in hand as he took in the scene. “Bad time?”
“Yes,” Luke said.
“No,” Ali said, and glared at Luke.
Jack nodded in approval. “Keeping him in line. That’s good. He needs that.”
Luke shot Jack a look, which Jack ignored as he plopped down on the couch right between them. The big oaf actually bounced Ali nearly to the floor and half sat on Luke as he settled in. He took the ice cream from Ali—and didn’t get elbowed, Luke couldn’t help but notice—and then handed out plates. They divided up the food, with Jack taking the last eggroll.
“Hey,” Luke said.
“It’d go straight to your ass,” Jack said, and popped the eggroll into his mouth. “No one wants to see that.”
Seriously, is it May yet?? I’m so excited for this one!
For those of you new to the Lucky Harbor series, all of the books are written as stand-alone stories so you can jump in at any point. It Had to Be You is the first in a new trilogy of characters, so this would be a GREAT place to start! Here, I’ll even give you the preorder links ’cause I’m helpful like that.Preorder Print: Amazon | B&N Preorder Digital: Kindle | Nook
Lucky Harbor Giveaway
To help you get ready for Ali and Luke’s story (or to fill that “hole” in your Lucky Harbor collection), Jill is generously offering a copy of any one of the first six books in the Lucky Harbor series to ONE lucky Kindles & Wine reader.
To enter for your chance to win, you must:
- Be a follower of our blog (click the floating Follow button in the lower-right corner of your browser), AND
- Hit the comments and tell us about the foods you love and aren’t willing to share.
Please note: This contest will close on Friday, February 15 at 11:59 PM (CST) and the winner will be notified via email on Saturday, February 16.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 also follow Jill on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. The woman is EVERYWHERE!