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Apr 28, 2014

Fall with Me Blog Tour: Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Fall with Me Blog Tour hosted by Sizzling PR. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Fall with Me, a super fun guest post by Julie Particka and the tour wide giveaway to share with all of you, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on here! Let's get to it!

About the book:

Title: Fall with Me
Author: Julie Particka
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Release date: April 28, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

In the game of love...

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no—even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone's going to get hurt...

Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.
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Excerpt from Fall with Me:

At the car, she whipped off her helmet and turned her face to the breeze. Sweat trickled from her brow and her chin was still bloody, but she’d never looked happier. Not wanting to disturb her, I stowed my gear before moving to the zipper of her vest. Her eyes shot toward my fingers. “If you don’t want help, that’s fine. I’m only trying to get you to that ice cream you mentioned.”

When she didn’t respond, I kept pulling on the tab until it was completely unzipped. She still didn’t move when I slid it off her shoulders. My heart thundered. This was a bad idea. Completely not in line with being only friends. But my hands had their own agenda and found the hem of her borrowed shirt.

Then she started to tremble.

Bad idea. Really bad idea.

My inner voice had the phrase on repeat. Yet the instant I started to let go, her fingers were over mine, holding them in place as she guided the shirt over her head. I hadn’t imagined a damn thing. Her insistence that this wasn’t a date had been more question than assertion. No matter how much either of us tried to deny it, there was something palpable between us.

The tank top she wore beneath clung to her body, the heat from her skin making the urge to touch her almost impossible to resist. Then she tipped her chin higher, and the voice in my head shut up.

I brushed a kiss across her mouth, and the contact—after the years of wondering—was electric. The kind of current that would shock a man and he’d hold on to the wire, desperate to feel it again and not caring if it burned him up inside. Her arms tangled around my neck, and I pulled her closer, her body pressed against the length of mine as I flicked her lips with my tongue.

She opened to me without hesitation and, at the first taste of her mouth, I hungered for more. I crushed my lips to hers, desperate for a closeness I hadn’t found yet, and she cried out, shoving away from me.

I tasted copper, and then I caught her face in the glow of passing headlights. She was bleeding again, and looking at me with wide, panicked eyes. I worried for a minute that she’d bolt into the exiting traffic. Instead she raised trembling fingers to her mouth, touching the cut lightly.

She took a step away from me and whispered, “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

Without another word, she rushed to the passenger side and climbed into the car. We’d both wanted the kiss, both enjoyed it, but the way she’d looked at me, I’d suddenly become another mistake for her. That was the last thing I wanted, and one more thing I needed to set right when all this was over and done.

Plus, the whole reason I’d come home would eventually come out. If she thought she was just another woman to me... I’d be just as bad as Adam in her mind.

I closed my eyes and leaned my head against the lid of the trunk. The voice returned with a vengeance.

Definitely a bad idea.

10 Interesting Facts About Fall with Me

  1. Jenna’s hatred of pink was inspired by my friend Amy who detests pink to the point that I’m pretty sure she refuses to wear anything that has pink in it anywhere. I always found the strength of her aversion hilarious and when I went researching tool belts and saw they came in pink, I knew I had to use it.
  2. Jenna’s nickname came about as I was recalling this guy I had a crush on in junior high. He always called me “Betty Boop,” but he always had this tone to his voice that made me think he was just trying to irritate me. Now, with many years of hindsight, I realize he was probably flirting with me in his own way. So I wanted Jenna’s nickname from Sutton to be something like that—something no one else called her that barely made sense in her mind and she was never sure what it meant.
  3. Mr. Brandt’s business was modeled a bit after my own father’s. He owned his own home modernization business and employed mostly family members and close friends (my first boyfriend actually worked for him for a while years after we broke up—yes, we’re still friends). So much (but probably not all) of the job stuff is accurate from what I recall working for my dad, including the types of homes we worked in and the stuff we did.
  4. There’s a bit in the book where Sutton brings Jenna’s mom flowers. That actually happened to me once, and my date would never fess up to why. Sutton’s story is the best explanation I could come up with... other than my date had a thing for my mom, which... eww.
  5. Sutton’s car. Originally, there was a line in the book that was a Supernatural reference, where Jenna compared Sutton’s car to Dean’s Impala. It was cut from the book, but a couple days after I wrote it, I stopped for gas and had a guy pull in behind me... in Sutton’s car (make & model). The whole time I was pumping my gas, I debated turning to him and using the line.
  6. Sutton’s house was based on a church a friend of mine found when they were house hunting a few years ago. I’d heard of people living in churches, but until then I’d never seen one done that retained a lot of the “church feel” while still making it really homey.
  7. The original draft of Fall with Me was written in about ten days, which I believe is the fastest I’ve ever drafted anything.
  8. The original title was Something Blue. I can’t remember now why we changed the title, but I like the new one so much more that it doesn’t really matter.
  9. Of the two main couples in the book, I “cast” three of the four characters. Adam was the only one I never bothered with... until someone asked me about dream cast and I had to go find someone :P
  10. Speaking of cast...
    1. Jenna: Jennifer Lawrence
    2. Sutton: (younger) Tom Welling
    3. Lacey: Nina Dobrev

About the author:

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love—writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail... except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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  1. Love this post Julie! I daydream about finding an old church I can buy and turn into a home. Guess what... I just caved and bought FWM even though I have ZERO time to fit another book into my reading schedule right now. ;)

  2. <3 Thanks, ladies! I would LOVE to buy an old church and turn it into a house. I just fear I'd start it and decide it's too big a project and not worth the effort LOL. Maybe once the kids are grown and can either help or at least not get irritated that it's all we do.

  3. This book sounds like it would be really good! I love the cover. Even though it's cheesy.


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