Guest & Contest: Diane Alberts


It can be a blessing, or a curse, much like anything else. It can be life-changing, and it can ruin your life—okay, not really. I don’t think anyone’s life was ruined by writing.  I got carried away.


I often get asked what writing is like, and where my ideas come from, by readers, and I often struggle to answer this question. Much like when a reader—you—picks up a book, a writer is also immersed in the world they create with a keyboard, a computer, and a very vivid imagination.

Writing, for me, in a necessity. When people ask me why I write, and where the ideas come from, my most common reply is: “From the voices in my head. They don’t shut up until I tell their story.”

I know that sounds borderline crazy, but honestly?

It’s TRUE.

In my head, there are what I suspect to be thousands of characters, waiting for their story to be told. It’s almost like they’re in line with numbers in their hand, watching the black screen with numbers on it, waiting their turn. Like the DMV. Or the deli.

Patiently, they sit there, waiting for me to call their number, and the amazing part about all this? THEY WAIT THEIR TURN. It’s like they all just sit there, waiting for me to think…

Oder brother’s best friend. I want that.

Who fell in love with their older brother’s best friend?

And then they spring to their feet and wave their number triumphantly, screaming: “That’s me! It’s my turn!”

In my mind, the characters in my latest book, The CEO’s Seduction, heard me say this, and the heroine, Anna, was the first to hop to her feet, smiling. She’d been waiting a long time for her turn to come, for her to finally get Brett Ross in her hands, so she was ready and willing.

Now Brett? Not so much.

She probably grabbed his hand and pulled him to his feet, and he stood up reluctantly, tugging on his tie, going: “Wait. What? No. I can’t.”

And as they’re heading for the door, her brothers are chasing after them with red faces, like: “The hell it’s your turn. Stop them!”

But before they succeed, I grab them, whisk them away, and next thing you know, Anna and Brett’s lives are unfolding on my screen, and then on your e-readers everywhere.

So when you’re reading a book, and this world unfolds around you, sucking you in, please know that for a writer—it’s exactly the same. I never know when the first kiss is going to happen, or how it’ll go down, until the words are in front of me, and I’m like: “Damn.”

Does that make sense? Or did I just confuse you more?



The CEO’s Seduction by Diane Alberts

Release Date: 12/12/2016

The last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit back home. He knows what he’s getting into, coming back here, but the one thing he didn’t count on was the way Anna Hamilton made him feel the first time he sets eyes on her…and she’s all grown up.

Anna’s always been in love with Brett, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes anymore. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself…and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers…

And then the game is on.



Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane 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, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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