|Diane Alberts, Author|
Photo by Deb Moran
Diane: Thank you for having me here!
Cimmaron: Okay I have to be honest and say that the cover for Try Me was what got me to buy the book. I could not resist those tanned and toned abs.
Diane: I don’t blame you. When I first saw the cover, I literally squealed. I mean …look at it! Talk about hot!
Cimmaron: Can you tell us about Try Me in 140 characters or less?
Diane:Jeremy doesn't expect to see the only woman he loved again. But when he realizes she loves him too, can he convince her to give love a try?
Cimmaron: I remember you telling me on Twitter that your husband was a Marine. Was he your inspiration to write this book?
Diane: Oh, Jeremy definitely gets hisstubbornness from my husband, if nothing else. One a Marine…always a Marine. He drives me insane sometimes…but I love him. Hehe.
Cimmaron: I understand that Try Me is the first book in your Take a Chance series. How many books are you planning for this series and whose story will be next?
Diane: We don’t have a set number…but I can tell you this much: The next story is Tommy’s—Erica’s brother—and it will be out soon! And yes, you see Jeremy and Erica!
Cimmaron: Will all the guys in the Take a Chance series be military men?
Diane: Nope. There will be a mix of characters, but they will all be related to each other in some way. Whether as friends or relatives.
Cimmaron: Jeremy has this bad boy appeal to him that most women love but what I really loved about him was that even though he had this tough exterior inside he was a guy who had insecurities and battled with self-worth issues. Is that how you’d planned him to be or did it just come out that way when you started writing the story?
Diane: Jeremy has this bad boy appeal to him that most women love but what I really loved about him was that even though he had this tough exterior inside he was a guy who had insecurities and battled with self-worth issues. Is that how you’d planned him to be or did it just come out that way when you started writing the story?
Cimmaron: Erica was also an interesting, likeable and relatable character. I liked how she had to deal with her own insecurities and how that affected her own self-worth. After finding out her secret it felt like she and Jeremy were about at the same level they viewed their worthiness. Is that what you were trying to convey with the issues they dealt with?
Diane: Yes. Despite anyone’s insecurities and flaws, I truly believe that there is a happily-ever-after for everyone in the world. It’s why I write romance.
What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance. It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea. Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood. The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?Cimmaron: We at Talk Supe like to play “Casting Couch” where we cast actors to play characters in the books we read. If Try Me were to be made into a movie who could you cast as Jeremy and Erica?
Diane: Jeremy would have to be Channing Tatum. Absolutely. Especially that picture you showed me of him, with the sunglasses. Hubba-hubba. That’s Jeremy! And Erica…I picture someone like Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries.
Cimmaron: I also read Divinely Ruined (LOVED IT!) which is the first book in the Divine Temptation series you have with Entangled Publishing. Could you tell us a little more about that series?
Diane: Oh, I love that series. The first book features Rebecca and Tony. Rebecca is fond of cursing and has a hot temper—not the traditional angel in any sense. I like to make stories different than the norm—and my angels still retain their human faults at the beginning—and I had fun with that! The second book is different from Rebecca’s story—but just as fun!
Cimmaron: What was your inspiration for Divine Temptation?
Diane: I pictured Rebecca—a gorgeous angel with a temper and a driving need to succeed—to not fail in life again.
Cimmaron: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Diane: Worst: I would say toughest criticism would come from 1 star and 2 star reviews. As any author knows, we can’t please everyone! There is no way to avoid the fact that out in the world, therewill be people who don’t like our books! But, it’s part of the business, so you have to keep on writing.
Best? I love it when a reader tweets me and says stuff like, “Jeremy cheered me up last night, thank you!” The fact that my book can make someone’s mood improve makes me so happy. I’m a reader—not just a writer. I read to escape reality—and love that my books do that for others.
Cimmaron: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Diane:I’ll have to go with Jude Deveraux. I absolutely loved her Velvet series—the Montgomery brothers. They were my first romance books ever—and I was only twelve! Ha.
Cimmaron: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Diane: Hm, I loved Robin Bielman’s debut, Worth the Risk. And I’ve recently fallen in love with Laura Kaye’s books, especially Her Forbidden Hero. Oh—and J. Lynn’s Tempting the Best Man!
Cimmaron: Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Diane: Generally, I just write. I’m not a plotter. I did plot Divinely Redeemed, the second in the Divine Temptation Trilogy, but that is pretty much the only time I ever,ever plotted.
Cimmaron: Do you have a day job as well or is writing a full-time career?
Diane: Writing is my career. Well, that and being a mommy! I have four kids from the age of 12-3!
Cimmaron: What project are you working on now? Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Diane: Next up for release: the second book in the Take a Chance series, Love Me. It’s Tommy’s story, from Try Me. And as far as what I’m working on: Right now, it’s a longer book that is an enemies-to-lovers story. I love all the sparks and fighting in this one. So much fun! I’m about 60% done writing that one.
Cimmaron: Thank you so much for your time, Diane. We look forward to reading more of your books in the future!
Diane: Thanks so much for having me here! As a special heads up for your readers, if Try Me hits the Top 100 list on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I’m giving away a FREE Nook Color or Kindle Fire. And it’s getting close!
About the Author: Diane Alberts current contracted works with Entangled Publishing are: ON ONE CONDITION (February 2012, Ever After line), DIVINELY RUINED (Divine Temptations Trilogy #1, April 2012, Ever After line), and TRY ME (Take a Chance #1, May 2012, Ever After line). Her current works with Decadent Publishing are: KILL ME TOMORROW (October 2011, 1NightStand series), RECLAIMED (December 2011), ABSOLUTION (March 2012, Honor Guard series), BROKEN (March 2012, 1NightStand series), and ESCAPE TO ME (TBA, 1NightStand series).
Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. 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, 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.
She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing and Decadent Publishing. She is repped by her fabulous agent, Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. She has, as of this date, two books with Entangled Publishing, and five books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List. She has a lot of projects currently being shopped around by her fabulous agent, and her goal is to write so many fantastic books that even a non-romance book fan will know her name.
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