Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Q&A with Jill Shalvis, Author of Once in a Lifetime from Grand Central Publishing

Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: 2/18/14
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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?

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Q&A with Jill Shalvis

Lucky Harbor has been the setting for many, many courtships, however, the couple in ONCE IN A LIFETIME doesn’t start out on the friendliest of terms. What’s behind the initial antagonism between Ben and Aubrey?

A bad history and a secret. And what makes it worse is that Ben doesn't know the half of it...

The story is full of quick, flirty banter between your couple. Do you have a favorite exchange between Ben and Aubrey?

It was dark outside when she got back to the Book & Bean, and she stopped short just outside the door. She’d locked up when she left and turned off the lights.

But the door was unlocked now, and the lights on. She went still, then pulled out her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She didn’t hit send but kept her thumb hovered over call. Taking a step inside, she paused. “Hello?”


The low, slightly rough voice wasn’t what had her heart pumping. That honor went to the fact that there was a man on a ladder in the back of her store.


He was in jeans with a tool belt slung low on his hips, his t-shirt clinging to him. He seemed a little irritated, a little sweaty, and just looking at him Aubrey got a whole lot hot and bothered in places that had no business being hot and bothered by this man at all. “What are you doing in here?” she asked.

“I work here.”

“What are you talking about? Get out.”

“Sorry, Sunshine.” He wasn’t even looking at her, but using some sort of long, claw-like tool to pull down a ceiling tile above the wall she’d been working on. And his tool worked way better than hers.

His movements were agile and surprisingly graceful for a guy his size. Not that he was bulky in any way. Nope, that tall, built body was all lean, tough muscle, and it screamed power. And with each subtle movement, his body made it clear that it knew exactly what to do with all that power. “The owner of this building hired me,” he said. “Said you were making a mess of things because your pride was bigger than your wallet.”

This caught her completely off guard, both the insult and the information. “My uncle owns this building,” she said.

He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”

“It’s not my birthday.”

“Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.”

Ben is an amazing guy — he is smart, handsome, caring, successful, loves kids… Nearly perfect! Surely he must have some flaws.

Yes, he's grumpy, brooding, stubborn, and I'm pretty sure he never puts the lid back on the toothpaste.

In her small hometown, Aubrey is known for her beauty queen looks and mistakes she made as a teen. What would she like to be known for?

She would like to not be infamous for being the mean girl. She would like to be not known at all...

When Ben looks at Aubrey, what does he see?

The first woman to drive him absolutely batshit crazy in a very long time, if ever.

Which is the next Lucky Harbor couple fans will meet? 

Sam is next. Sam and a newbie to town, Becca. Sam appears in ONCE IN A LIFETIME briefly as Ben's silent, brooding running partner, and I couldn't resist him. Their story is IT'S IN HIS KISS, and comes out next summer. :) 

Author Biography
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.

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  1. LOL I like this part "He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”

    “It’s not my birthday.”

    “Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.”

    I think I will really like Ben!

  2. I always enjoy Shalvis' interviews, and reading her blog. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hahaha that short snippet was funny. I have a few of her books, I probably try one next time I'm in the mood for a light romance.


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