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Sep 25, 2013

Out of Line Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Out of Line Blog Tour hosted by InkSlinger PR. For today's stop, I've got an awesome guest post by Jen McLaughlin to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway so, do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: Out of Line
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: September 4, 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.
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Writing Kick-Butt Heroines

As important as it is to have a swoon-worthy hero, it’s just as important to have a kick-butt heroine, don’t you think? Sometimes they can be hard to write. The goal for writing heroes is to make the reader fall in love with them, but to write a successful heroine you have to make the reader want to be her.

But no one loves a boring, perfect heroine. Here’s some stuff that Carrie from Out of Line has, that I tried to lump all together to make sure that readers liked her.

  1. Generosity. She’s wealthy, so I thought it was important to show while she might be rich, she isn’t a spoiled brat. She gives a lot of money and clothes to those less fortunate.
  2. Big heart. Carrie is nervous around other people after her sheltered past, but she’s got a huge heart and cares about others, despite her fears.
  3. Adventurous. She’s scared to do most anything after being so protected, but even so she can’t wait to do it all. To live. Surf. Ride a motorcycle. Fall in love. She’s ready and willing for it all.
  4. Forgiveness. Without giving too much away, she needs to be willing to forgive. ;)
  5. Sense of Humor. Finn is a very sarcastic, sweet, yet sardonic hero, and she has to be able to put up with that. Not only does she do that, but I believe she gives it back to him at the same time.
  6. Strength. No one likes to read about a heroine who will do whatever the hero says without blinking twice. She needs to have a mind of her own, and be willing to fight for what she wants.
  7. Brains. She can’t be a bimbo, and she had to know when something is staring her right in the eye—even if it takes a little while for it to sink in fully.
  8. Love. She has to be willing and ready for love, no matter where it might come from.
  9. Independence. She can’t need the hero by her side to perform properly. Yes, it’s cute to see how much she needs him/misses him—but he can’t be so necessary that she collapses into a heap if he isn't close by to hold her hand.

I think these are some of the most important things for a heroine to have, especially Carrie in Out of Line. What are some of your most important traits you like to see in a heroine?

About the author:

Jen McLaughlin writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, is due out September 2013. She also writes Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. She is a multi-published, bestselling author and is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency. Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, 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, 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 too write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Connect with Jen McLaughlin: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

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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