Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Out Of Line by Jen McLaughlin: Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Out Of Line by Jen McLauglin, also known as Diane Alberts. You can check out all the other great tour stops here.  My stop today features an interview with Jen McLaughlin, my review and favorite quotes, and Jen is also offering a unique giveaway in conjunction with the tour, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Out Of Line
by Jen McLaughlin
Published:  September 6, 2013

Desperate to break free…

I've spent my entire life under my father’s thumb, but now I'm finally free to make my own choices. When my roommate dragged me to my first college party, I met Finn Coram and my life turned inside out. He knows how to break the rules and is everything I never knew I wanted. A Marine by day and surfer by night, he pushes me away even as our attraction brings us closer. Now I am finally free to do whatever I want. I know what I want. I choose Finn.

Trying to play by the rules...

I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met Carrie Wallington, everything got muddy. She's a rule I know I shouldn't break, but damn if I don’t inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. I’m ready to step out of line. And even worse? I’m living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case…

The truth will cost me everything.


Interview with Jen McLaughlin (Diane Alberts) 

Hi Jen.  Thanks for being here today.

--Thank you so much for having me here today!

Out of Line is your debut New Adult Romance, but you have written quite a few adult (and very hot) contemporary romances.  What were the challenges, if any, in writing New Adult versus Adult Romance?

--I think the hardest part for me was keeping the reactions of the characters true to their age. A nineteen year old isn’t going to be as mature, for instance, as an adult. The trick is finding that perfect balance. J

Where did you get your idea for Out of Line, and are there any plans to make this into a series?

--The characters just kind of came to mind, honestly, just as the others do. It starts with a first paragraph, and from there it just piles on. And yes, it is a series! I actually just finished the novella that comes between book one and book two. J

Can you tell us a little bit about Finn and Carrie?

--Carrie has lived under the thumb of her strict father her whole life, and all she wants is to be normal after living a life like the Kennedy’s. Finn is a normal guy who is a breath of fresh air for her. He surfs, rides a motorcycle, and is a Marine.

What is your favorite scene or quote from Out of Line that you can share with us?

--My favorite scene? Hmm…I think I’ll go with the morning after Carrie sleeps over Finn’s house for the first time. It’s so sweet yet sexy. 

I read that you have four kids, plus a husband and pets.  Balancing your time between writing, family, and fun must be difficult.  How do you manage?

--Very carefully! It’s not easy, I’ll admit it. But every day I set aside two and a half hours to write. Usually from 12-2:30. I need that time to be writing time, or I’d never get anything done.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?

--Finn might be my favorite EVER. And I struggled with Carrie a little bit, I’ll be honest. I didn’t want her to come across as a rich girl, so I made sure to pay extra attention to her character. 

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

--I’m incredibly boring. Mom of four. Married over eleven years. Heck, also…I have a high-schooler already, but I’m in my low thirties. I grew up young. ;)

What can you share with us about your current/upcoming projects?

--More Finn and Carrie! Also, some more steamy adult romance, of course. ;)

If you had to sum up Out of Line in a tweet, what would it say?

--What happens when a Marine falls for a Senator’s daughter? He gets OUT OF LINE.

Just for Fun:
Fill in the blank –

I have never skydived.
I love to watch Breaking Bad.
I always laugh at inappropriate times.

Thanks for being here today Jen.  It was great having you.  Can't wait for more of Finn!

Author Information 

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. 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, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. 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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My Thoughts:  Carrie Wallington is finally off at college, finally away from her extremely overprotective father, and she finally feels like she can breathe.  Growing up, she has never felt that her life was her own because someone has always been there watching over her, reporting  back to her dad.  She loves her first taste of freedom.  Finn Coram is a Marine and he takes his duty very seriously.  No matter what his assignment, even if it is one he isn't crazy about, he always manages to suck it up and follow orders, so this one shouldn't be any different, right?  He knows who Carrie Wallington is.  Yeah, he knows very well who she is, and he also knows who her dad is.  Sure, she is really cute, but of course she's a spoiled rich socialite, or at least that is what he believes until he meets her face-to-face.  He soon finds out that all his presumptions about this girl were totally wrong.  Carrie is anything but a spoiled little rich girl, and the things she does, the person she is, beautiful on the inside and the outside, throws Finn completely off his game.  Carrie thinks Finn is one of the hottest guys she has ever met.  He's a surfer, rides a motorcycle, he's tattooed, and is also a Marine.  For some reason, contrary to signals he's emitting, he claims he only wants to be friends, and Carrie wants so much more.  The more time they spend together, the more the lines get blurred.  Finn finds himself falling for this amazing girl who is strictly off limits to him, but he also harbors a secret that could completely destroy anything the two of them have together.

Let me begin by saying I loved Finn.  I also loved the fact that the book is written in both Carrie and Finn's point of view, so you get to see how each of them feel and know what they are thinking. I really liked Carrie to.  She wasn't the spoiled brat at all, and in fact, she cared deeply for those less fortunate than her, something that had the propensity to get her into trouble if she wasn't careful.  She did frustrate me a little towards the end with the way she treated Finn, but that also lets you see that she isn't too perfect.  I enjoyed the romance that developed between these two and I loved watching them interact with one another.  Finn really struggled with his feeling for Carrie, and tried his best to keep things friendly.  There are some pretty hot romantic scenes and the chemistry between Carrie and Finn is sizzling.  Finn's feeling for Carrie are sincere, but when everything comes to a head and the proverbial s**t hits the fan, he has to face the fact that it might just be too little to late.  Out of Line is a fun, sexy, and entertaining romance that I really did like.  It is fast paced and doesn't take too long to read, and it isn't too heavy, which I also enjoyed.  It does end in a cliff hanger, giving you a WTH moment.  I didn't mind it too much because I am pretty sure, or at least I think I have an idea about what that involved, but I still can't wait for the sequel, Out of Time (Out of Line #1.5) to come out and find out what happens.  Out of Line is a fun story and if you are a contemporary romance fan, this is something you might want to check out.


My job was to serve. Protect. Keep my cover. And Most of all? Not touch her. The bad thing was, I couldn't seem to stop thinking about it. For some reason, the little socialite who wasn't really a socialite was getting under my skin, and I had to find a way to get her out before it was too late. 

"She was everything I would have hoped for in a girlfriend, and then some. Kind. Giving. Adventurous. Never afraid to try something new. And I wasn't allowed to have her."

"I think you look like a good girl who wants to try her hand at being a bad girl."

They say the truth will set you free, but in my case…
The truth will cause me everything.

He looked perfectly calm on the surface, but in a second he could be all deadly and lethal. “I’m here because I was taking a walk down the beach, and I saw you and that loser kissing. Then I saw you push him away. I wanted to make sure you were okay, but now I’m wishing I had bashed his head into the fucking wall before I let him go.” My heart rose to my throat. “Why?” “Because you should be kissing me,” he practically whispered. “Not some college boy who doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

Even though the book was just released, it is already zooming up the charts on Amazon and B&N. To celebrate this, Jen is offering a one-of-a-kind prize for a lucky reader! Anyone who helps spread the word about OUT OF LINE (through tweets, facebook messages, leaving a review, etc.) gets entered to win 30 pages of the manuscript, which include editing marks and special never-before-seen notes from Jen! You will have all the deets on what Jen changed, deleted scenes, and special extras. 

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  1. I am happy that there will be a novella!

    Great interview. :)

    1. Since this post, I actually read that it is going to be a full length book, so I am even more excited.

  2. I've been seeing such great things about Out of Line. I will definitely be reading it at some point. And great interview! Jen/Diane is such a sweetie.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It is really good Andrea. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to check it out.

  3. Great Interview definitely want to read this book!

  4. I've been hearing good things about this book! I'm looking forward to when my kids are both in school and maybe I can manage to writing in myself. It's hard when you have kids!

    1. It always seem like something comes up. I think maybe a deserted island with one magical Kindle charger is what I need to catch up :)

  5. Loved the interview, and think she nailed the characters and I agree with you I loved Finn, but that ending..eek gads..I need book two!

    1. I know what you mean. I heard that it is coming out in December and I can't wait.

  6. What a unique giveaway! I think this would be a NA romance that I enjoyed because it sounds fun and sexy and not overly dramatic! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It really is an original idea isn't it. I really liked this book. I hope you enjoy when you get a chance to check it out.

  7. Holy wowzers! 4 kids? I'm barely surviving with my ONE! hahaha. I will never have another is how much of a devil he is! >.< And great review, doll I hadn't heard of this one before but Finn sounds like a great character and dual narratives is often my fav (when done right! ).

    1. I think she needs a superman patch to war around with 4 kids and all the writing she does :). Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Finn and Carrie sounds like a great couple.Wonderful review. Thanks for sharing the interview too.

    1. They really are. I think you would like this book.

  9. What an amazing giveaway prize! For sure this is a collector's item.

    I've seen this at Andrea's blog and the story sounds so romantic with a bit of drama to keep the readers on their toes. And that cover is so sweet! And I'm one of those who like cliffhanger endings which very rare in romantic series like this. Usually it's more of an open-ended thing than an outright cliffhanger. I might be wrong but from your review I think that may be the case (?).

    1. I guess you could consider it that. Something happens and then you don't know what it is about, but I do have my suspicions. As far as the giveaway, I thought that was a wonderful idea.

  10. I've heard great things about this one. Glad you enjoyed it.


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