Sunday, September 29, 2013

Aloha Jill Shalvis and ALWAYS ON MY MIND

Jill Shalvis is celebrating the release of ALWAYS ON MY MIND - Book Eight in her Lucky Harbor series.   To keep the party going, let's play Eight Degrees of Separation.

1.  ALWAYS ON MY MIND is an enduring country song that was first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972.   

2.  Brenda Lee is references in Golden Earring's 1973 hit RADAR LOVE, "Radio's playing some forgotten song, Brenda Lee's COMING ON STRONG."

3.  RADAR LOVE is featured in a video of training exercises for the Oregon Air National Guard.

4.  The Oregon Air National Guard's motto is WHEN WE ARE NEEDED, WE ARE THERE.

5.  I know from my time in the Air Force that aircrews relied upon firefighters to keep them safe upon landing, knowing that they are there when they are needed.

6.  Jill Shalvis writes sexy heroes in public service throughout her LUCKY HARBOR series, including Jack Harper - a local firefighter who flips pancakes for a charity breakfast.  

7.  Jack flips more than pancakes when he looks at his best friend, Leah Sullivan.  In fact, he causes her heart to flip flop.

8.  Although Leah flopped on reality cooking show, she finds redemption in Lucky Harbor and romance with Jack in ALWAYS ON MY MIND.

There’s nothing like the real thing.

After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack’s ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib – that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle…

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine – perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their “just friends” rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.

To learn more about Jill, check out her website at - it offers an excerpt for ALWAYS ON MY MIND.

Forever is sponsoring a fabulous giveaway.   Please leave a comment about firefighters ... do you know any?


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. No particular favorites - just love Lucky Harbor and all its residents!

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    1. And I adore Jill - she's very friendly at conferences!

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    1. I credit Wikipedia for its vast collection of trivia!

  4. I have her books but they are in my TBR pile.

  5. I've never read any of Jill's books. I think that my daughter would enjoy this book, being as she's a Firefighter.

    1. Diane, that's fascinating that your daughter is a firefighter. Kudos to her! In her honor, I am amending the blog to ask the question, do you know a firefighter?

  6. This is a great series and I always enjoy Jill's stories. My daughter went to school with a girl that is a volunteer firefighter.

    1. Aloha, Catslady! Jill's stories are timeless! And thanks to your daughter's school mate who volunteers as a firefighter!

  7. I love Jill's books.

    No, I don't know any firefighters personally. I had to have some come out several times when my husband fell before he lost his bout with cancer. I really admire them for putting their lives on the line every day and for being there when people fall, etc.

  8. Aloha, Cathy! Glad the firemen helped your husband! That reminds me of the time when my father (with Alzheimer's) fell back into a bathtub. My mother could not get him to stand up. So she called the fire department in their small town and they graciously helped them. Mom was embarrassed but the firemen replied, "We're glad we could help."

    That's why firemen make sexy heroes!

  9. I haven't read this series yet s I don't have a favorite couple. My brother is a retired fireman so now thanks to him, whenever I read a fireman story my brother's image pops in my head. I need a fireman calendar or something. lol