We’ve had quite the “highly anticipated” Love Unrehearsed read-fest, together haven’t we? What a blast this has been. The giveaways, the teasers, and now one more giveaway and a fun conversation I had with the author herself!
She is funny, sweet, down to earth and can write one heck of a love scene! She has created the ultimate romantic hero, but with just the right amount of realistic “guy stuff” to make him the perfect book hero, for me. A bit alpha, a bit silly, a bit obnoxious, a bit jealous… no matter how famous he is, we get to see his “real side” and I delighted in exploring that part of this love story. That “what if…” dreamy fantasy turned reality, and the realization that there’s a lot more reality than we expected.
But Tina let’s us in, and boy do we get some some fantastic behind the scenes stuff!! *squeeee
Maryse: You have time for an interview? Just fun chatty stuff. We can let loose! 😉
Tina: sure! do I need to be wearing pants for this? Because I am.
Maryse: Haha!!!! nah… I’m in pj’s! So early to be in pj’s but there is nothing better than loose cotton clothes when blogging… reading… sitting…
Tina: ok no shoes then. Well, it IS Sunday – day of rest. I took a nap in my clothing, so I guess they count.
Maryse: It’s a good day today, Tina!! I wanted to congratulate you on your huge success for the Love series. 🙂 Did you envision this amazing response? Getting signed with a huge publisher? How much has your life changed since you first sat down to write their amazing love story?
Tina: Thank you!! No, I am completely and utterly overwhelmed. There is a secret part of me that hoped and prayed for this but never did I imagine it would come true. Going from self-publishing to traditional has been an experience which came fast. In a matter of 4 weeks I went from being indie to having both of my novels published by Atria.
I was not used to having a support team working on things for me. Having an editor and copy editor and publicist and and… it’s a new ballgame.
But I’m still me. I’m still sitting at my dining room table on my laptop, typing away.
Maryse: Yep!! You’ve barely had time to process this latest part considering how fast it all went. But this whole year for you, I can imagine, has been a wonderful whirlwind!
Tina: I’ve been waking up to a lot more FB and Twitter messages!
Maryse: LOL!!!!!! I bet!
Tina: the praise has been overwhelming and I appreciate everyone taking the time to read, support, love, and let me know how my words affected them.
Maryse: Okay so you know what I realized? I have NO clue how Ryan and Taryn started. How did you come up with them? What made you decide to write their story?
Tina: Ryan was a dream actually. I know so many people think I’m writing about Rob Patz and in a way, his life is heavily influencing my writing. It was right after the first Twilight movie and things started getting crazy for him. I read in a magazine article that he was late meeting Ashley Green for dinner because he was mobbed and had to sneak down the alley to get into the bar/restaurant. Soon after that I was trying to fall asleep one night and I had those dreamy thoughts. It actually was a coffee shop in my head at first.
Maryse: Oh wow, I had no clue!! What an inspiration! Had you ever tried your hand at writing previously? What made you decide to sit down and let this story out?
Tina: Well, this was my first attempt at novel writing. I spent a few years making extra money writing term papers for my college friends. I’d always end up editing and rewriting them. I hope they got a better grade. No one ever complained that I screwed them!
Maryse: LOL!!! How long did it take you to write it? Did you have concerns with where the story was going? Any major changes from where you thought it was going to where it went?
Tina: I was sitting at my desk at work and these thoughts just kept bombarding me. I wrote a bit of Twilight naughty fan fic. It took me a year to write Love Unscripted. Once I started I couldn’t stop. My friends at work (KellyAnn and Janelle) were my muses. I’d run ideas past them and then they’d read my chapters. I’d write, edit, rewrite. First draft, Ryan and Taryn “hooked up” at the cabin. That is, until I gave them a reason not to.
Maryse: You tease!!!! You so made us wait. But you know me… I love the anticipation … makes it even more exciting when it finally happens!
Tina: I just thought their relationship went too fast, so I slowed it down. I wanted them to be invested as friends first. Come’ on reallly – in REAL life, how many dates does it take with a guy before he starts making his moves?
Maryse: YES!!! I pined for Ryan like she was… I loved how you could tell they were SO into each other, and still handled each other delicately when it came to “more”.
Tina: I just wanted that to be more than the proverbial “third date”. If Ryan would have gotten “in there” sooner, it would have turned into a “hit and run” and I wanted both of them to make a sound decision, knowing that his life is complicated.
Maryse: Right!! But the flirting, and little touches, and the assumption that even though they weren’t “together” that really everyone know they were and it was just a matter of time. LOVED that. Hooked me big time. Awesome job! Any other changes that surprised you along the way? Anything that made you agonize like we did?
Tina: I write on a timeline. I write “today, this happened and then tomorrow I have to deal with the repercussions of my decisions today” and so a lot surprised me. Let me think…
Maryse: So they literally “lived” day to day like we do… and their story bloomed as each day passed, in your head? Surprises along the way keep the story interesting and dynamic, and I have found lends itself to a more “real feel”.
Tina: Yes. That’s how I naturally write. I try to also visualize it all like a movie in my head. I also tried to write as if I was writing from Ryan’s POV as well, but you just don’t hear his voice.
Maryse: Did you know there would be a second part to their story from the start? Pre-fame for Taryn… and then full blown in his fame-world. It was fun to explore.
Tina: No. I had no concepts of the storyline when I started, as far as planning the entire thing. Chapter by chapter, I went deeper and deeper. Again, Twilight affected so many writers. Seeing their story (E&B) enfold over 4 thick books made me wonder what I could do. The Epilogue in Love Unrehearsed was the original ending to Love Unscripted. I wrote for fun. I wrote as a hobby; for that mental release. But as I wrote chapter by chapter, I went deep and deeper.
Maryse: Okay, so let’s talk about Mike, the 2nd heartthrob in the story. He had so many of us swooning like mad. I heard you might possibly write his and Marie’s story. I’d love to see that unfold, because I almost feel like we missed something big as they fell in love in the sidelines… and he is SOOOOOO my type of alpha-male hero.
Tina: So you swooned over Mike?
Maryse: YES. BIG TIME. He was a bit of a “one-word gruff answers” kind of guy, but he made me grin. Bossy thing! But that was his job after all. *heart*
Tina: There are several things happening in LU2. I did NOT want to tear Ryan and Taryn apart or have them question BEING together. I wanted them to STAY together and deal with the crap that we all go through when you stop being on your best behavior and start to show your true colors. Several things happening in LU2 while Ryan and Taryn are building their relationship. Keeping them intact, we have new marriage, divorce, and new love all in the same book unfolding around the main characters.
So Mike… I don’t want to aire anyone’s dirty laundry, but “Marie” and “Gary” are real people. “Marie” is my best bud and has been for the last 20 some years. Last year, “Gary” got a bit buttheaded and hurt my girl. Of course, I wanted to KILL HIM. Like literally KILL HIM, so I did – in the book. The real “Gary” made me chicken and killer ribs a few weeks ago, so all is good but at the time, I wanted to string him up.
Maryse: haha!! That saying that “you better not be mean or you’ll end up in my book” holds true, huh?
Tina: hell yeah.
Maryse: LOL! Does he know he played a major butt-head role in your book? What does he think of that? How about “Marie”? You certainly treated her wonderfully and gave her Mr. Perfect!!! *sigh*
Tina: “Marie” knows. And they both know that this is FICTION. The things that happened in LU2 DID NOT happen to them in real life. I want to make that clear. And he doesn’t read romance so we’re good there.
Maryse: Yep, considering the awesome food he made you… I came to that conclusion. It’s all good “real-Gary”!
Tina: The joke that “Marie” can make soup out of a rock and celery is real. I say that to her all the time. She’s an excellent cook.
Maryse: I loved that part!! Ok so… let’s talk about Thomas. I mean… you had two “sort of” villains, but not quite, in the story. Guys that almost seem to be redeemable and have their own sad story to tell. Will you tell it, and how?
Tina: For Taryn to “move forward” she had to resolve her past. I think most women have a similar story to tell – that ONE that got away, broke your heart, made you feel like you were less than perfect…. For Taryn, Thomas was the Mr. Big. He was the crush, the unobtainable guy she craved for so long and then when she finally got him, she endured the crap. For her to move forward into a marriage with Ryan, she needed to close the book on Thomas once and for all.
Maryse: Face him and know there was nothing there. And I love that she found out what “really” happened that day. While it was obvious, it wasn’t what she made it to be in her head. But… I felt sad for him. I mean, I hated the pain he caused her… but. I’m so curious about him.
Tina: I’m 99.99% positive that ALL women have that one guy who dumped you and to this day you’d like to know EXACTLY why it happened. For most of us, it’s one of those things we’ll never know. I know some didn’t like him, but I think his story might be a good one to pursue one day.
Maryse: Yep… in our love stories, those bad-boys find that one woman… you know? Maybe Taryn wasn’t his…. even though he did love her, you can tell that. Some of those stories make the best angsty ones, into eventual BIG love. I’d certainly read his!
Tina: I think he made a stupid mistake out of anger.
Maryse: Right. Not really forgivable in a past relationship, I suppose, but doesn’t mean he can’t do better with a future one. Can you tell I’m trying to get you to write it? LOL!!!
Tina: After Adam… Adam is up on deck next. But Thomas may get his redemption book.
Maryse: YES!!!! am So in for that!
Tina: I hope my readers noticed those motherly words of wisdom I layered in LU2. One of the things I wrote was: “Make sure the man loves you more than you love the man.” Thomas didn’t love her more than she loved him.
Maryse: I remember that one. But I want to think both Ryan and Taryn love each other the same. But I do get what you’re saying when it comes to Thomas. Or “…point yourself in the right direction”. OH YES!!!! I LOVED that!!
Tina: And “you can find trash on any street corner”. Mom was full of wisdom. She said that about the guy I was with before I met my husband. My mom passed in 2001 – Sept 3 – right before the twin towers.
Maryse: Her wisdom carries on and she lives in your writing. I love that you gave us her wisdom, too. You shared her with us. *hug*
So let’s talk dream-cast of characters. Do you have a fairly good idea that you’d like to share with us? If you could have any model or actor play your characters, who would they be?
Tina: Dream cast? Dream cast… hmmmm I hate to even start naming names as I don’t have any one particular actor/actress in mind. I tend to find hot male models who fit the bill. I have to think about that one these characters exist in my head they don’t have equals that I can just point a finger at. *note: See Pinterest* I just posted “Marie”. I’d love to see who my readers pick.
Maryse: hehe, I know!! I see them in your awesome Pinterest! What are you working on, or thinking of working on next?
Tina: Well, I’ve got 5 books started.. I’ve created a 3 book spinoff from the “Kyle Trent” character, giving him 3 other brothers: Adam, Jason, and Michael. They will be the Trent Brothers series. Adam’s book is written in dual first person past tense, switching from Adam to Erin Novak every other chapter. Adam’s book with the working title “Jacked” will be the next novel I publish. I am also working on a sci-fi romance series and book 1 is halfway done. The storyline for the movie “Slipknot” was the first book I started writing, which is another work in progress that I hope to finish one day.
Maryse: Great! I can’t wait to read them and I can’t wait to see where it all goes from here! I’m thrilled to have read your books, fallen in love with your hero, and met a wonderful and witty author in the process. Thank you so much, Tina, and I hope we can do this again soon!! *hug* You rock!!! LOVE to you!!!
Tina: Thanks Maryse! Hugs right back atcha! LOVE to you too! Thanks for all of your support!
Want to know more about Tina Reber? Find her here:
Okay so now it’s time for that e-book giveaway. Tina is giving away one set of her ebooks (Love Unscripted & Love Unreheasrsed) in either Nook Or Kindle format.
How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below, I will end the “contest” at 10pm EST tomorrow night (Tuesday September 18th 2012). I will randomly select one winner and I will contact the winner by email to confirm if you want the Nook or Kindle version. The winner will be contacted and the books will be sent to the appropriate Amazon or Nook account. NOTE: The “winner” will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not loose your chance. This is open to anyone that can receive these specific ebooks from either of these two companies. (for example, I’ve heard that book #2 is not yet available in the UK).
I’ve heard such great things about these books and I’d really love to try them out!
Thank you for the interview. Awesome!!
Maryse, you need to pick me this time 🙂
Thanks for a great interview! I’d love to give both books a read.
Such wonderful books. Thank you for giving me something to look forward to every day.
:)love reading more than ever since my friend Sonya introduced me to this site
Awesome interview!! Can’t wait to read these books 🙂
Awesome interview! Heard such amazing things about the Love series. I would love to give them a read.
Great interview! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tina, you’re one smart chica and Maryse, you are of course, our Blog Goddess.:)
I can’t wait to read the book! Thanks for a great interview!
I cant wait for the next books!
Great giveaway, these books are right at the top of my TBR list…. I guess I can hold out a few more days to see if I can win them 😉
I heart LU1 and LU2!
Looking forward to reading her work! I’d love towin the giveaway! Thanks much!
Awesome interviewed! Looking forward to reading her future books.
Can’t wait to read Love Unrehearsed!
Yay, can’t wait for LU2
Fun interview! Now, I really want to read these books!!
I loved the LU series!! Thanks for the wonderful interview.
Love knowing the little extras that brought about such a great story! Can’t wait for Tina’s next book! I’ll definitely be preordering it!!! 🙂
Thanks for the interview. I loved both books!
Great as always! Looking forward to reading Love Unrehearsed!
Pick me, pick me! Thanks for the interview 🙂
Nice interview. Would love to read these books. Hope I get it. 🙂
I absolutely loved both books, the characters, the story line. I look forward to the new stories that Tina is writing:). Both book are going to be read in my book club! Thank you Maryse for a great interview and Thank you Tina for such great characters and wonderful stories!
Great interview! Looking forward to this one
Tina makes my heart sing 😉 great give away total happiness for me
Reading Love Unscripted now!!!! can;t wait to dig in,… hoping it is all everyone is saying
Great interview! Love Tina’s Pinterest! Lots of great stuff there!
Love this series. Great interview!!!!
I can’t wait to read these books!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!!
I love love love these books, and I hope to see more that follows. Thank you for suggesting these books. Love your blog.
Just finished LU2 today and absolutely loved it! You have inspired me to write as well, I have these crazy dreams and idea’s for stories that play out like movies in my head (funny you said that same thing in your interview) and I have decided to start putting them down on paper. If nothing else just to give me some piece of mind and get them out of my head! Thank you thank you for all you do Tina and Maryse!
Great interview! Would love to read her books!
Awesome interview! I cannot wait to read the book….I was going to purchase it tonight but I saw your blog so I decided I would hold off and see if I was lucky enough to win
LOVED Love Unscripted. Can’t wait for more story. Ryan is a dream.
I can’t wait to read LU2. I loved loved loved the first one! It would be great to win the Kindle format. Thanks for the giveaway and the great interview!
Great interview! And I’d love the chance to win these books. I’ve read the first but not the second. I’m so excited to read them!
I would LOVE a copy of the new book for my kindle app!! I haven’t been able to buy it yet, since not a necessity. Waiting….somewhat patiently…lol, not at all stalking Tina’s pages for giveaways!! Hehehe!! Thanks!! 🙂
Can’t wait to read ’em!!!!! 🙂
I would love to win a copy in kindle format. Awesome interview.
Ive heard great things about hewe books. Would love a chance to win them myself 🙂
Awesome interview! Can’t wait to read LU2! Definitely needing my Ryan fix lol 🙂
Am an aspiring novelist andTina’s just inspired me to try even harder, despite I haven’t read anything other than the first chapter of Love Unrehearsed – that’s all I had!
Great interview! Can’t wait to see what Tina writes for us next!! My Kindle will always have space for a Tina Reber book! 🙂
I Loved both books !!!!! Love Ryan
I loved unscripted! Can’t wait to read unreheasrsed!
Looks great!! Can’t wait to read it!
I have read them both! Loved them. Ryan is a dream. Thank you Tina! Maryse I love your website. I read all your recommendation. You have yet to send me astray.
These books look so good and I loved the interview with Tina. Thanks so much for your awesome web site.
I’ve read Love Unscripted and really liked it. Would love to get them so I can read the next!
I loved the first one! Haven’t had the chance to read the second one yet, but I’m waiting impatiently to buy it when I have the money. So if I win that’d be great! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Loved love unscripted and wait to read the new book!!!
Absolutely love your site and all your wonderful interviews. Can’t wait to read this sequel.
I have read both books and loved them both. I hope Tina writes about Mike and Marie with a little of Ryan and Taryn mixed in…that would be great!!!
Oh me o my counting down the sleeps till I can read book 2 cant wait to see what happens, thanks for the interview
AHHHH! I can’t wait to read these books! I have heard great things and they have been on my “to read” list for a while. Hope I get them for free!
What a wonderful interview ladies! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
I absolutely loved both LU books!
I can’t wait to read the book. I hope it I as good as the first one!
I am so excited to read this series…I’ve been hearing nothing but good reviews & I am intrigued! This was a great interview you did with Tina, loved hearing her inspirations for the story. Hope I win!
This interview is awesome! I am a big Tina fan! I just love her writing style. Thanks for another great contest! 🙂
I would REALLY, REALLY, REALLY love these books. I’m a sucker for romantic dramas 🙂
Great interview!!! LOVED the books, such a great love story 🙂
I have been waiting for this book for FOREVER. Winning it would make it even more special. ; )
I ♥ these books so much!!!!!
Thanks for the great interview! I love hearing how your characters names come from people/friends of yours. Those are fun tidbits! Thank you also for a chance to win! I can’t wait to read LU2!
Thanks for the interview. Very funny and now I am looking forward to reading the books.
Great interview! These are on my tbr list.
Oh, I love the #70. Please pick me! Pick me!
I would love the Kindle Format!
Great interview..fun..informative!! Love the books
great interview! nice to get a background on the characters.
Cant wait to read #2… but thinking I’m gonna reread the first, for the third time!
I would love to win these books!!!
Would love to read these!! Great interview, thanks for sharing!!
Thanks so much for all the great book recommendations! I would absolutely love to read these books! Reading is such a great passion of mine. My hubby & my pocketbook sometimes have issues with my love of reading though. Lol 🙂
These books are on my TBR list and I want them so bad! Awesome interview!
Such a great interview!! I can’t wait to read them!!
Thanks for giving us another opportunity to win a book!
I so love you Maryse and your blogs. I’m here several times a day, and always have a great time! I love your choices of books and you have never steered me wrong! I started this summer from a zero book reader, and have finished over 40 books recommended from you just in a few months. I am so addicted!
Great interview! I haven’t read the books yet & sounds like I need to start reading them ASAP! Nook for me please:)
I glad that I am on the upward climb of this reading bell, so when the world realized how good this book is, I fall off the curve and ran away so no one would plunk on top of me. lol
Looking forward to reading it….thanks for the giveaway
Loved both books sooooo much!! Thank you so much for sharing your Wonderful stories with us!! You truly are a writing Goddess!! 😉
Sounds like a great new series, would love to read them and looking forward to hearing more! Thanks for the interview!
LOVE Tina Reber! Can’t wait to read her new one!!! YAY!
Loved the interview with Tina!!! You rock Maryse!!!!!
omg, i would love to own these books!! 😀 <3
Thanks for a great interview. I’d love to win both books.
Absolutely loved the first one, can’t wait to read book 2… Thanks heaps Maryse, great interview and awesome blog! 🙂
Thanks so much for this great giveaway!
I cant wait til I have the time to read LU2!!
I cant wait to read these books.you have gotten my attention…one way or another for sure!!!
Loved the first one cant wait to read the second.
I love Tina Reber. She has the best giveaways and its on my favorite blog. Hope I finally get to win. Fingers crossed!
Love Love Love *Love Unscripted*…and am now more than ready to read Love Unrehearsed…
Oh and another great job Maryse 😀
Fun interview!! Thank you for sharing!!
Thx as always Maryse. U r my book Oprah!
Great interview! Can’t wait to read love unrehearsed!
Loved reading this interview! I think I’m the only one here who has not read these books, really really want to though!!
I’m in denmark without access to a kindle. I’ve been waiting patiently on the new book since Tina gave me a copy of love unscripted last year in May. So please pick me
Now that I’ve read the interview I really need to find out what happens in book 2. Thanks for sharing. So exciting to hear that she’s writing more books 🙂
Yey!!! Nice interview, great questions. You know? I quite blame you for my new addiction of reading romantic/rock stars/bad boys/erotic/awesome novels, I’m sooo into your blog, I’m reading like one book per day! And I didn’t even like to read before, I used to read as a sleeping method, and now I can’t take my eyes off my iPhone/iPad/iPod/iDontKnow, even if it’s 4 am and birds are starting to chirp, buuuut I’ve got to say, THANK YOU!!!… Back to the interview, I don’t quite get if there’s gonna be a 3rd book for Ryan and Taryn? If not, I’m gonna missed them, now that I’ve finished LUR, I’m sad it’s already over, damn endings! Thank you, Tina! Thank you Maryse!
Yay!!!! I love your Author interviews!! 🙂
I have Love Unscripted. But I’ve yet to get Love Unrehearsed. 🙂
A very interesting interview. I would love to try her books.
As always another great recommendation. As soon as I saw your post of a sequel to Love unscripted & your review I knew I had to read ASAP, I immediately purchased it & fell in love with Ryan! Purchased Love Unrehearsed on Sunday & have just finished reading, whatbana amazing story!!! Always great to read the authors pov, awesome interview. Thanks again for your blog I have referred all of my friends to it as their post 50 shades reading reference 😀
Thanks for all your recommendations Maryse, I am a new follower of your blog and am just loving it!
Wow….just finished reading Love Unrehearsed, have to say it was beyond amazing. So much happens in the second book its unreal. I love how throughout the whole book the main characters are first and formost but you get to reach out and find out so much more about everyone else. So much happens in this book that i was like ….wow i didn’t see that comming for sure. I love how these surprises just creep up on you as your turning the pages. These are by far the most enjoyable books i have ever read, and saying that im a book worm and am hardly ever without a paperback or kindle in hand is just HOW I ROLL…ha ha. Well done to Tina on such a massive success of these first two published books. Look foward to many many more from you xxx
This is a wonderful interview! I’m so excited to read these two books!
Loved book 1. I’d love to win Love Unrehearsed. Great interview!
Loved the first book…and the interview…can not wait to read the second!!
Thanks for the chance!!! Love Tina’s books!
This was a fascinating interview and compelling look inside these two books. It so makes me want to go out and buy/read them RIGHT NOW. Thanks a bunch.
Great interview (as usual)! I cannot wait to read these.
Awsome interview!! You do good work especially in your PJ’s!!
I have the books but wanted to say I look forward to more of her work!!
Great interview and I loved love unscripted, but haven’t gotten to read love unrehearsed just yet.
Great interview! I love getting to see a more personal side of the authors we all enjoy. Thanks for everything you do.
What a great interview, Maryse! I can’t wait to read her other books as well.
Fantastic interview, Maryse! I can’t wait to get my hands on LU2!
I read LU1 and would love to read LU2. I always re-read the books when the next one comes out.
What a lucky lady to interview such an amazing author! You did a great job and I enjoyed reading it. 🙂
great interview as always Maryse, your so luck to be able to speak with all these great authors!
Finished LU2 in 1 1/2 day. Love Ryan & Taryn … but I think LU1 is my fave!!
I NEED to READ (this book)!
this interview made me want to read these books all the more!!
I just finished Love Unrehearsed, I loved it, Ryan and Taryn’s story was beautiful, Thanks Tina! 😀
Yay for ebooks! Waiting patiently for love unrehearsed
These are on my TBR list, which seems like is way too long. Anyway I would love love love free copies!! I can’t wait to read them either way but the sooner the better.
Love your books!! Would love free copies of your books.
Love your blog. Love being able to find out what book I should read next….now I have a list going.
Congrats on 7000 likes!!! That is sooooo awesome! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us 🙂
*Jumps up* Pick me! Pick me!
Thanks for the giveaway!