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Monday, December 10, 2012

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Captivated By You by Diane Alberts | Character Interview, Review, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Diane Alberts, who I had a character interview with one of the main characters from her latest novella "Captivated By You," which is the 1st book in her Superstars in Love Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY!! [Blog Tour will run from November 12 - December 28, 2012 | Giveaway ends on December 31, 2012 | "Hot Holidays" Twitter Chat is scheduled for December 20, 9:00 pm EST, hosted by @swoonromance, and that will include authors such as Diane Alberts, Michelle Zink, Cora Carmack, Nicola Marsh, Carolina Jordan and Samantha Spencer]

My Q&A with a character from "Captivated By You" :

Character's Name : Mark
Character's Age : twenty-six
Character's Appearance : Movie star attractive, brown hair, very muscular yet lean.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

First, I’d like to say thank you so much for having me here today! ~clears throat~ Okay. Well, I’m a movie star. Been living in the spotlight for the last eight years. I mostly do romance movies, but I’m hoping to branch out into something different soon.

What is your favorite article of clothing?

Oh, that’s an easy one. The Prada jacket I wore when I knocked on Lacey’s door. I’ll always love that coat.

What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter. Lacey and I read the whole series together.

What is your favorite food?

Filet mignon with seasoned onions. Mashed potatoes on the side, with lots of brown gravy. I could eat that meal every single day, and die a happy man.

Do you have a favorite place to go and/or vacation spot?

Colorado. It’s where I grew up, and it’s where I fell in love. It’ll always be my favorite place on Earth—followed closely by Hawaii.

Is there anything that you ever regret for having done? If so, can you tell us about it?

~frowns~ Not writing Lacey back. I regret that every second of every day.

What is one thing you wouldn't be caught dead doing?

Going to church. I never really went, and I fear the church would set on fire if I stepped foot inside of it.

What is one of the most romantic things you’ve done or have had done to you?

I don’t like to brag about romantic things I’ve I’ll say one Lacey did. I came home from a grueling business trip last week, and she met me at the door wearing a soft red dress, killer heels, and a glass of my favorite wine. We sat down on the couch, sipping wine, while a cook prepared a meal. She brought the man in from my favorite restaurant in town.

It was the best night ever.

Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

~laughs~ No. The paparazzi would have a filed day with that one, if I did. And my publicist would crucify me.

Did you do have a good Thanksgiving? Anything monumental happen to you or in your family?

I did. We shared the holiday with my sister and her husband, Lacey’s parents, and mine. It was private and quiet—just how I like it.

Have you started your Christmas shopping or have it almost completed?

Oh, I’m done. With my schedule, I’m always buying throughout the whole year. ~leans in and lowers voice~ I bought the prettiest necklace in Paris for Lacey. I can’t wait to give it to her. And I might have found a ring...

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 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. "CAPTIVATED BY YOU" is her first title from Swoon Romance, the first in a series.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 283 KB | Expected Release Date: November 6, 2012 | Publisher: Swoon Romance | Obtained: Swoon Romance

"Captivated By You" [Superstars in Love Series, Book 1] by Diane Alberts (aka Jen McLaughlin)

My Book Summary : Even though Mark is one of Hollywood latest heartthrobs nothing will keep him away from spending Christmas with his sister, even if that means dealing with a snowstorm during the time he planned to drive back to CA, much to his manager's disappointment. However, things seem to go from bad (he can't find a flight to take him back to CA) to worse (his car gets stuck in a ditch) up until he decides to seek shelter at the nearest home until a tow truck can pick him up and finds himself face-to-face with his longtime secret crush and old friend, Lacey. Quickly they both find that personal passions still spark for them, if only they can both believe they have a chance for something more once the morning arrives...

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this sweet, world-win fantasy romance that keeps you on your toes while you are charmed by the characters! I enjoyed this short story. It gave enough background info to reel you in and make you root for Mark & Lacey.

I just wish it was longer or had an epilogue. If it did then I might have given it a better rating, since it just wasn't enough for me to fully fall in love with them yet I DID like the characters a lot.

I recommend this novella to anyone who likes reading about Hollywood romances!

My Previous Interview(s) with this Author : July 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Try Me

Author's Novel Extras : COVER REVEAL! Check out CAPTIVATED BY YOU, coming soon from @swoonromance! | Captivated by You is out early! Get your Christmas on.

Author's Series Extras : New contract with Month9Books!

Book Teaser(s) :
“So, it’s not what you expected?” she asked, her voice quiet.
Mark looked up at her through his lashes, his eyes locked on her. “I enjoy my career. I enjoy acting. But ... sometimes I wish I had picked a different one.”
She shook her head. “Why would you want to give up your Hollywood lifestyle? You wear it well.”
“Well, maybe I wouldn’t give up everything.” He pushed the glass away and picked up the People Magazine. He stopped at a page where his picture was plastered across it. “See this? That day I was sick. Felt like shit and dragged my feverish ass out of bed to get my prescription filled.”
She leaned closer and looked at the picture. “You look happy to me. Of course, you’re wearing sunglasses so I can’t see your eyes, but you look content enough.”
“Yeah, because I have to look that way. If the paparazzi take a picture of me with a red nose and puffy eyes—next day they’ll be calling me a drug addict. Saying I was out all night partying and snorting lines of cocaine. Next thing you know, my publicist is making me enter rehab for exhaustion.”
“That sucks.” ~ within Chapter 2
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Diane, then please check out her website.

"Captivated By You" Holiday Shopping Contest! :

Open to owners of "Captivated By You" ONLY.

Contest starts on Monday 12th November. Any tweets/etc before this date won't be counted towards entries. But spread the word!

The holidays are coming, and Swoon Romance thinks you should get what you want! Each week between November 12 - December 24, Owners of "Captivated By You" could WIN either ...
  • A $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (winners choice) from Swoon Romance and Diane Alberts, author of the steamy holiday romance novella "Captivated By You!"

CLICK HERE - to find out how to win and SIGN UP!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out the "Hot Holidays" Twitter Chat that is scheduled for December 20, 9:00 pm EST, hosted by @swoonromance, and that will include authors such as Diane Alberts, Michelle Zink, Cora Carmack, Nicola Marsh, Carolina Jordan and Samantha Spencer!!

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