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Stealing His Heart
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Shillings Agency #2

September 2014
On Sale: August 25, 2014
Featuring: Jake Forsythe; Tara Harris
ISBN: 1633750612
EAN: 9781633750616
Kindle: B00MEI4L7E
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Also by Diane Alberts:
An Accidental Date with a Billionaire, April 2019
An Accidental Date with a Billionaire, December 2018
Catching the Player, October 2017
Romancing the Bachelor, May 2017


Hello! I’m Diane Alberts (but I also write as Jen McLaughlin), and I am so happy to be here today! I have a new book out with Entangled Publishing (Entangled Brazen), and it’s the second book in my Shillings Agency series. The first book was TEMPORARILY YOURS, which I also blogged about a few months ago! I’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, she’s a thief. To top it off, she’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 it’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 we’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. I’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 she’d who she is—and makes no excuses for that—she’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 hero?




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Re: Diane Alberts | Women Heroines Who Break the Mold

To be honest with you, I've never really taken the
characters, and taken them apart like that, saying this one
is flawed, or that one is flawed. I just accept them the
way they are, and see how the story line plays out, along
with how the characters react. I guess if I thought about
it a little more, since it is a little early for me, I would
put a little more emphasis on the male character of the
book, because if his flaws were too showy, it's a bit of a
turn-off for me. I know that by the end of any book, the
characters turn out fine, and things work out in the end
anyway. Congratulations on your book, and I'll be looking
forward to reading it, to see how your slant on the
characters work out.
(Peggy Roberson 8:21am September 5, 2014)

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