Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Guest Post + Giveaway - Jill Shalvis

Welcome and take it away Jill Shalvis, best-selling author of The Lucky Harbor series..

Dear Reader,

Writing a romance called The Sweetest Thing, which centers around a decidedly NOT sweet heroine, amused me. Tara Daniels is wound a little tight and likes things her way. She’s also a former southern belle who appreciates the fact that she’s right. A lot.

The Sweetest Thing? Not exactly.

But her heart’s in the right place, always. And, as it turns out, there’s a man who melts her like butter on a hot roll. Not only that, he can soften her in a way that she isn’t sure she likes. See, Tara thinks she has it all together, but it turns out she doesn’t. She doesn’t know a lot about herself. About all she has is the fact that she can cook like nobody’s business. Oh, how she loves to cook.

Tara was a challenge for me. Because here’s where I admit, I got a lot of her recipes from my husband. True story. I’m married to a big guy who works with his hands and is the ultimate Alpha Man -- and yet he can cook. Don’t try to figure him out, it’ll hurt your brain, trust me.

The recipe Good Morning Sunshine Casserole that Tara cooks in the book is all his. Just don’t tell him I “borrowed” it and am telling the world that it’s my heroine’s. It’d just go to his head.

P.S. For an ebook of Tara’s recipes, look for Heating Up The Kitchen wherever ebooks are sold. 

 Heating Up the Kitchen: Recipes with Love from Lucky Harbor
Jill Shalvis
Jules here...Thank you for stopping in today Jill. We're all really excited about The Sweetest Thing ~ it's outstanding! I gave it 4.5 JEWELS in my review earlier :) I've also already pre-ordered my copy of Tara's recipes -YUM.

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Now, for you sharp-eyed readers out there - we are having a GIVEAWAY!  Jill and her publisher have generously offered THREE readers here at One Book Shy a chance to win their very own copy of The Sweetest Thing!  Yay for you :)

The Sweetest Thing (A Lucky Harbor Novel)

The rules are simple:
  • Must be 13 years old
  • Residents of US and Canada only
  • NO PO Boxes
  • Leave a comment WITH your contact info, tell me your favorite thing to make from a recipe!
  • Drawing ends 4/20
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email
  • Books mailed directly from publisher
  • Only ONE copy of this title can be won per household 
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  1. Well I have just started to learn to cook so everything I make I need recipe! I think my favorite thing to make so far is garlic pork chops. So yummy.
    Simple but good!

    Stephanie- the girl on fire
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  2. I love to make carrot cake for my husband - from a recipe, not a box. I don't even like carrot cake, but it makes him so happy! The best compliment I ever got for it was that "it tastes just like store-bought!"

  3. This sounds cute! I would love to be entered in the drawing. My favorite thing to make from a recipe is cupcakes! I've made banana cupcakes with a cream cheese molasses icing (courtesy of the Nealy's on Food Network) and I'm soon going to try chocolate cupcakes with homemade peanut butter frosting AND a delicious converted Paula Deen recipe for pink lemonade cupcakes (Paula's recipe is for pink lemonade layer cake).

    ReadHandedLibrarian at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. My favorite thing to make from a recipe is some bread dip that my family calls "Evil Bread Dip" because it is SO good. My sister made this for Thanksgiving last year and that was all it took. I got the recipe from her and I make it as often as I can. It is so delicious!


  5. I love to find fun cookie recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. This sounds like a great book and I would love to read it!

    pocokat AT gmail DOT com

  7. I love to make my grandmothers noodle pudding

    brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

  8. My favorite thing to make from a recipe would be cheesecake and mostly any other kind of dessert! Love making and eating them! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


  9. ok, w/ the contact blstef1 at mts dot net
    fave to make frm a recipe? luscious cakes mmmm!

  10. M favorite thing to make from a recipe is jambalaya. It's a prize-winning recipe that folks rave about. I got the recipe as a member of a 4-person cooking team and it's not to be shared. Whenever I make it, there's lots for everyone and some to freeze and enjoy later.

    Thanks for hosting the contest. (Email in profile.)

  11. My favorite thing to cook baked chicken with homemade mac and cheese. So simple yet it tastes like it took all day!!!

    Rachel Leigh
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

  12. My favorite thing to cook from a recipe is Indian food b/c that is my ethnic origin and I enjoy experimenting.


  13. My mom's peanut butter fudge recipe is amaaaazing! :)


  14. i make lasagna from a recipe but i have changed some ingredients and added some.

    thanks for opportunity


  15. It looks like a fun story. One of my favorite things to make from a recipe is brownies.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  16. About the only thing I pull out a recipe for is Pumpkin Crumb Cake at is so yummy!

    Thank you! mmafsmith(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. I couldn't cook to save my life so I don't make anything from a recipe! Haha ;-)


  18. My favorite thing to make from recipes are cookies especially peanut butter ones

  19. I love to make chocolate chip cookies from my Good Houskekeeping cookbook my mother gave to me after I graduated high school almost 20 years ago.


  20. The book sounds great!
    I love making my grandma's cake. Yum, just thinking about the chocolately deliciousness makes me hungry. I still haven't memorized the recipe so I'm lucky I wrote it down.
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  21. I love to make cookies!

  22. I have read nice things about this book. She sounds like the kind of heroine that you need to get to know to appreciate.
    I love to cook, and so does my husband. Luckily we are both decent at it. I have a Sour Cream Crescent Roll recipe that we love. They are rich and melt in your mouth. We save them for special meals and I need to make a double batch (4 dozen each).

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  23. I love to deal with garlic, chop it, grind it, anything related to it :D


  24. My favorite recipe is for apple cake.

  25. My favorite brownie recipe came from my sister-in-law about 45 years ago, and now the family refers to it as Linda's Brownies.
    Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds great.

  26. My favorite are different types of cakes.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  27. my favorite is Sorta Lasanga it is much easier than real lasanga but just as good! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  28. My favorite thing to make is Chicken & Dumplings. Love to read this book. Please enter. Thanks!


  29. My favourite recipe to make is lasagne from Betty Crocker's cookbook. I've had the book since I was 15, more than 25+ years!


  30. Favorite thing to make from a recipe: a specialty dessert of my mother's called "Pink Stuff."
    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net


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