Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Jen McLaughlin to CABR
She’s here to tell us about BETWEEN US,
her NA novel that’s part of the “Sex on the Beach” trilogy.
Yesterday we chatted with fellow SOTB author, Jenna Bennett (BEFORE YOU)
while tomorrow we conclude our trilogy interviews with
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Welcome back Jen 🙂
Hello! Thank you for having us here today to talk about our Sex on the Beach books!
If you had to explain the SEX ON THE BEACH trilogy on Twitter, what would you say?
Three NYT bestselling authors. Three separate novellas. One HOT literary world! Read them all, or pick your favorite!
What is your book about?
–My book, BETWEEN US, is about a famous country star, Mackenzie Forbes, who is looking to be normal during Spring Break. All she wants is to have a fling with a cute boy, and not have it spread around the news like it’s everyone’s business. She meets Austin Murphy, who is the hot bartender at the bar she’s in, and she thinks she can finally get her fun…while remaining under the radar. After all, he doesn’t even know who she is.
Is there a particular reading order? If so, what is it and did you and the two other authors agree on major plot points before writing?
No, you can read them in any order! Our goal, from the beginning, was to make three books that all intertwined and had the same characters, but that you could read in any order. Also, you could pick and choose the ones you would like, but hopefully you’ll want to keep reading the characters you’ll come to know!
Yes, there were a lot of emails (and I mean A LOT) of emails back and forth, hammering down details and timelines. We read each other’s books, and offered advice/encouragement all throughout the process. These two ladies were a blast to work with, for sure!
Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Oh God. Okay, let me think. Maybe it’s the one right before Austin takes Mackenzie back to her hotel room.
EXCERPT from “Between Us”:
Maybe I should tell him who I was, so he would get why I was hiding from the world. Come clean. But what if he wasn’t trustworthy? What if he turned it around on me, and took some pictures to sell to the paparazzi? My agent would throw a freaking fit if that happened again.
His hand brushed across my ribcage, sending shocks of need and desire through me. “You were on my mind, too. All night long. You know, I’d like to get to know you a little bit better. Ask you a few questions, maybe.”
I watched his fingers as they crept lower, still remaining perfectly family appropriate…not that there were a whole lot of families here or anything. “Like…?”
“What’s your favorite color?”
I laughed lightly. “Easy.” I pointed to my bikini. “Light pink. Yours?”
“Green.” He cocked his head, his palm splayed across my stomach. It felt…territorial. And I liked it. “Favorite food?”
He slid his hand a tiny bit lower. “Pizza. Always pizza.” “Favorite sport?” I threw in, beating him to the punch. “Football.” He snorted. “Is there any other kind?” “Same here. Cowboys all the way.”
“Blech.” He rolled his eyes. “Redskins fan here.” “Washington?” I blinked at him. “Why?”
He looked away, then looked back at me with hard eyes.
I had a feeling he hadn’t meant to admit that. The man liked his secrets almost as much as I did. “I used to live there when I was a baby. It’s where my mom’s from, but we moved down here when I was three.”
“Oh. Wow. That must have been a big change.”
“I don’t remember,” he answered dismissively. He leaned in, his hand skimming over my hip and slipping almost underneath my butt. “Let’s make this more interesting. Favorite position?”
I hesitated, not sure what he was asking me. “You mean in football? I mean, I don’t play, but I guess quarterback.”
His eyes widened, and then he laughed, throwing his head back. It was the first time I heard him really laugh, and it was as musical as his voice. I could listen to it all day long. “Yeah. Sure. We could pretend that’s what I meant.” He chuckled a little bit more. “I used to play quarterback, you know. In high school.”
I turned away, my cheeks hot. Only now did I get what he meant—sex. “Actually, to answer your question, I like when the man takes control,” I said, dropping my voice low. “I like to lose myself in his touch. In his lips…” I trailed off, my attention on his mouth. I could lose myself in those particular lips for as long as he let me, thank you very much. “I like to forget who I am for that short time.”
He let out a small groan. “Is that so?”
“Yes. So tell me, Austin. Are you the type of man that can make a girl lose herself?” I asked boldly. I reached out and rested my hand over his racing heart. “Can you make me forget everything?”
Will there be a sequel, whether part of a follow-up trilogy or on its own?
Oh, we’re definitely very open to this possibility! We’ve discussed a few ideas, thrown them around a bit, so it’s definitely something we could end up doing! We loved working together, and loved our characters!
Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.
Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
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 to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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