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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chatting with: Jen McLaughlin about Dare to Run.

Good morning everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to chat with an author and Jen McLaughlin is as awesome as they come. Dare to Run, the first book in a new series is out next Tuesday and I thought it’d be nice to ask Jen a few questions. You know I’m not too fond of first person books but this one is one of those rare exceptions because it had such interesting characters.

BTW, did you know that Jen also writes as Diane Alberts? I’ve totally read those books too (Entangled Brazen, you know I LOVE that line of books)!

About Jen:
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, 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. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats. 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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Adria: Hi Jen! It’s so kind of you to take the time to answer a few of my questions today. I’m a new fan of yours, I just finished Dare to Run the other night so I’m happily suffering from a bit of sleep deprivation and a book hangover.
Jen: Yay! I’m so glad to hear that (the enjoying the book part, sorry about the sleep deprivation and hangover thing), and thank you so much for having me here!

Adria: For anyone who is new to your books, specifically Dare to Run can you tell them a little about it?
Jen: Yes! I write steamy, edgy contemporary romance under two names (Jen McLaughlin and Diane Alberts), some sweet, and some more gritty. As far as Dare to Run goes, it has its sweet moments, but it’s more gritty than sweet. It’s the first book in a new series called The Sons of Steel Row, and it’s centered around a gang, their illegal doings, and the hot men inside of it. From this series, you can expect antiheroes, violence, danger, steamy sex, and a whole lot of awesomely strong heroines.

Adria: Lucas is by appearances a bad boy, some might even say he’s no better than a criminal but he’s full of surprises.What’s one thing people would be most surprised to know about Lucas?
Jen: His extreme loyalty. He will never waver once he gives his love to you, and he would literally die for someone he considers under his protection. He will do anything in his power to make them happy.

Adria: Of course we can’t forget Heidi! What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about her?
Jen: How strong she is, both inside and out. It takes one hell of a woman to be a partner to a guy like Lucas, and not fade into the woodwork. Heidi would never dream of doing any such thing! She’s way too strong.

Adria: You’ve written books in third person and first person, can you tell me some of the challenges of writing in first person versus third? Which is easier for you?
Jen: I originally started writing in 3rd person POV, so that was always easiest for me. It wasn’t until I wrote Out of Line that I ventured into the tricky waters of 1st person POV, and it was scary! But I have to say, now that I’ve done both, 1st person POV is easier for me. When I write 3rd person, I tend to slip into 1st person a lot. Like, a lot, a lot.

Adria: Part of the editing process is that unfortunately scenes get cut or have to be re-written. Is there a scene from the book you wish had been left in? Can you share it with us?
Jen: Actually, not much got cut from this book! Just little snippets here and there. I did have a bit more fighting between Lucas and Heidi in the original version of the book, but there wasn’t any one scene that I felt shouldn’t have gone that did. If I had one, I’d totally share it, though! Although, Lucas originally had an Irish accent, and it was hot, and I do miss that!

Adria: Last question and then I’ll get out of your hair! What are you working on now?
Jen: But I don’t want you to get out of my hair!! I’ll answer the question, though! I just finished writing a proposal for a Young Adult book that is NOTHING like my other books, and then I’m going to be starting the third book for the Sons of Steel Row series next!

Adria: Thank you Jen for your time and I hope the questions weren’t too tedious.
Jen: Not at all, I had fun! Thank you SO much for having me here to chat!

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

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Be sure to stop by the blog on Tuesday (Release day) to see what I thought of Dare to Run!

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