Hello! Iâ€™m Diane
Alberts (but I also write as Jen McLaughlin), and I am
to be here today! I have a new book out with Entangled Publishing (Entangled
Brazen), and itâ€™s the second book in my Shillings Agency series. The first book
was TEMPORARILY YOURS,
which I also blogged about a few months ago! Iâ€™m thrilled to be back, and
talking about the second book in the series (which is loosely tied with FALLING FOR THE GROOMSMAN,
which came out in June).
So, when I first starting writing my newest release, STEALING HIS HEART, I knew
one thing right off the bat. My heroine would not be a simpering heroine, nor
would she be completely legal. In fact, sheâ€™s a thief. To top it off, sheâ€™s
actually a modern day Robin Hood, with a dash of Sherlock in her for good measure.
I knew, right away, that an obstacle I would face is making her thieving
something that a reader could accept. Because itâ€™s a lot harder to accept flaws
in our heroines than it is in our heroes. With our heroes, all they have to do
is say one charming phrase here, a scorching kiss there, and weâ€™re hooked.
So how could I make her a thief, a strong willed heroine, and yet still have
people like her? Well, I opted for a silly side of her paired with an undying
desire to help the hero become himself again. Iâ€™m hoping that when she plays
pranks on him to try to get him to laugh (there are stickers and dating sites
and fear of heights, to name a few!), we see that while sheâ€™d who she isâ€”and
makes no excuses for thatâ€”sheâ€™s also a kind, loving person who really wants best
for her man.
Do you, as a reader, find it harder to accept flaws in a heroine than it is in a
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