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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway! Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin @DianeAlberts @InkSlingerPR

BLURRED LINES by Jen McLaughlin
January 2015

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Once burned...

Finding my fiancée naked on my couch might’ve been a good thing, if her ex-boyfriend hadn’t been with her. For the past eight years I’ve been a witness to the power of true love, but after getting burned I’d decided there wasn’t any hope for me finding it for myself. Until I met Noelle Brandt in a hotel bar. Maybe it wasn’t the most romantic meeting, but the moment I met her I knew I had to have her. The more I learn about her, the more I know I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

Twice shy...

I’d already found the love of my life, but I’d lost that love forever. And I’d been lost ever since. But one night a wounded man makes all of that go away. He makes me laugh, live, and feel alive. When he tells me he has no intention of letting me go, I finally begin to believe in the power of true love again.  That is, until I find out who he really is…and by then, it’s far too late to correct the mistakes we’ve already made. By the time we both know the truth, the lines have already been blurred beyond recognition.     

Writing Riley and Noelle

Hello! I’m Jen McLaughlin (though I also write books as Diane Alberts), and I have a new book out called BLURRED LINES! It’s the latest book in my Out of Line Series, and it revolves around Riley Stapleton (best friend to Carrie and Finn), and a new character to the series, Noelle Brandt.

When writing characters, sometimes it takes me a while to really understand them, and to know how they would react to something. With these two characters…yeah, it didn’t. Never have two characters been so sure, and so loud, in who they wanted to be.

And the playful banter they have between one another had me enthralled with each word I typed! They were so much fun to write, and I cannot express how refreshing this was! The writing process can be tough at times, but with Riley and Noelle? It was a joy!

Here’s an example of their banter:

“Mmhmm.” I skimmed my fingers over his shoulders. “So...a lawyer, huh? A rich one, at that?”

“Yep,” he said, looking at me sheepishly. “You look horrified at the thought. Most girls like both of those labels.”

“I’m not most girls.”

His fingers flexed on me. “I’d noticed that.”

“I just hadn’t pegged you for a lawyer. They’re so...” I tugged at his tie a little more. “Uptight.”

He backed me toward the wall, his steps predatory. “Is that so?”

“Mmhmm.” I hit the wall and splayed my hands out on either side of my hips, trapped by his hard body and loving it. “They certainly wouldn’t have done dirty things to me in my hotel room.”

“Ah, but this lawyer did. I did.” He pressed his body against me, slipping his leg between mine. I moaned when his knee brushed my clit. God, I was already horny as heck and he hadn’t even really done anything. It was ridiculous. “And I’d like to do it again, only for real this time.”

I’m curious, since I can feel the difference in characters that I write…I’m sure you can feel it as the reader, too! So, what was the last time you read a book, and the characters literally popped off the pages to you as you read?

And what book was it—cause I wanna read it!
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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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  1. I'm thinking that I need to purchase these books

  2. This book sounds great! I can't wait to read it. I just finished reading Bright Side by Kim Holden. Amazing book and I want a Kate in my life.

  3. Ive added to my Goodreads and when i have the money i will be getting this, Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Not really my genre but I will mention them to my wife so she can check them out. Anyway thanks for the giveaway and wishing you luck with your writing career.

  5. Looking forward on reading the series :D

  6. Thank you for the great giveaway! The out of line series sounds great!

  7. Thank you for the great giveaway! Looks like a great series!