I’m excited to welcome Diane Alberts today. She’s here as part of the blog tour for her new paranormal romance, Reclaimed.
I just finished reading Reclaimed and thoroughly enjoyed it. A good read is like a good meal. It’s got to have all the right ingredients. Reclaimed fits the bill and I pretty much devoured it.
For me, the most important ingredient is the characters. The smart and spunky heroine drew me into the story and I liked her right off the bat. I enjoyed the banter between her and hunky hero, Isaac. As in any great story, world building is essential. I want to feel like I’m immersed in the setting. Whether Sabrina was in her new home in England or enjoying a meal at the McGuiness Tavern, the author made me feel a part of it. In fact the whole book is both well written and well plotted. Check out the excerpt Diane is sharing today and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Now here’s Diane.Where I write?
I often get asked where I do the majority of my writing. I could lie, and state something blatantly wrong such as “the beach”. I could sound sophisticated, and state, “At Starbucks with glasses on and a latte in each hand”. (The second is close to accurate, minus the Starbucks)
In reality, I write with coffee in my hand, and four…yes, FOUR kids screaming, running, fighting, laughing, and crying. My house is never, ever quiet. Unless everyone is asleep. But, I’m usually too tired by then to write! So, I write in my bedroom, at my desk, as every other second a child comes in asking for something.
Distracting? Yes. But I can’t afford Starbucks every day, and so it shall be!
After moving to England, Sabrina tumbles into an unknown world when she meets the man of her dreams, literally. As a writer, her overactive imagination makes her believe the impossible, but recovering from shock, she wonders how Isaac could appear in her nightmares—when she’s never met him in real life. Until now.
The staggering events catapult her into a world where ruthless creatures roam freely along unsuspecting humans, and battle lines are clearly drawn.
While embarking on a dangerous and passionate affair, a bitter enemy appears from Isaac's past that will stop at nothing to remove Sabrina from his arms. Permanently. In order to establish a foreseeable and solid future, she must first deal with tumultuous occurrences. Navigating a shadowy world she never knew existed, Sabrina fights for her newfound love...and her life.
A strange stillness sat in the air outside Sabrina’s house. No trees swayed in the breeze, no animals scampered in the forest, as if the world itself had come to a halt.
Uneasiness rolled over her, and she studied Isaac out of the corner of her eye. Surprisingly, he seemed to be as tense as her. He gripped her arm tighter than necessary, and his lips were pressed together as well. She could feel the tension pulsating off his body, and she got taken back into her dreams. For the first time in real life, he made her shiver in apprehension. As if sensing her fear, he shot her a quick grin.
“Well, I had a lovely evening.” He spoke over his shoulder as he practically dragged her to the door. She stumbled in an attempt to keep up with his pace. At the door he pointedly stared at her, causing her to realize he waited for her to open it. She fumbled through the mess she called a purse to find the key. She turned to him and smiled as she studied him through the cover of her eyelashes.
“Would you like to come in for a nightcap? I have wine…or coffee…or tea, or....” She stuttered to a stop, unsure of what to say.
God, she sounded like such an idiot.
Who the heck said nightcap anymore?
“While I’d love to take you up on that offer, I have something I have to take care of tonight. Could I get a rain check? For say, tomorrow night? We could do a movie and wine? Or is tomorrow too soon in the dating world?”
“No, not too soon at all. I’d love to see you tomorrow. ”She tried to hide her disappointment behind a bright smile. “You can call me, and we’ll firm up a time. Good night.”
She turned to go inside and got caught off-guard when he grabbed her elbow and spun her to face him. It happened so quickly she leaned back against the door in confusion; one hand on the doorknob and the other braced against the cool steel of the door. He moved his body closer to hers and placed his hand at her head. His other hand cupped her cheek while his thumb stroked her jaw line. All thought fled as his body pressed against hers, and a small swoosh of air escaped her lips at his touch.
“I didn’t think it even possible for you to grow more beautiful, but you have proven me wrong.” When his lips met hers, she lost all thought, all ability to move. She’d somehow been tied to this spot—this man.
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Diane Alberts lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, four kids, and a bird. She lives in the mountains-but wishes it were the beach. She has been writing since she was in elementary school, but only recently fulfilled her dreams of being published in 2011. Enjoys dyeing yarn and knitting in her “spare” time.
Diane Alberts is a published romance writer. Also, , Diane’s second contribution to the 1NS series, just recently got contracted. , the first of a new series with Decadent called Honor Guard, is in the pre-editing process. , another 1NightStand book, was also recently contracted with Decadent Publishing., Diane’s addition to the popular 1NS series from Decadent Publishing, will be out on October 28, 2011. Look for , available soon from Decadent Publishing.
In addition to being a writer, Diane also reads slush for Entangled Publishing as an intern.
She loves interacting with readers, so feel free to email her or follow her on her various social networks.