Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Falling for Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen - Interview, Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Falling For Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen.  Today, Cindi is here for an interview, and you can also check out my review below.

Falling For Her Fiance
by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date:  1/15/13
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (Bliss)

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

Interview with Cindi Madsen author of Falling For Her Fiance and All the Broken Pieces.
Hi Cindi, thank so you so much for stopping by today.  It's great to have you.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I’m a shoeaholic, a writeaholic, and I eat too much junk food and drink too much Mountain Dew. I also live in Colorado with my husband and three very cute kids who make me laugh. Oh, and I love to dance. Mostly in my house with my kids with the music blasting. We call it dance party time.

Is Falling For Her Fiance based on events in your own life or someone you know, or is it totally fictional?

There are always pieces of people’s personalities I put in here or there, but it’s all fiction. I don’t know anyone who’s been fake engaged before, but after seeing how much fun it could be, I might recommend it. Lol.
 Can you tell us a little bit about Danielle and Wes?

Dani and Wes met in college over their nerdy love of history. They started studying together, and then soon they were hanging out more than they weren’t, and they became really close friends. After college, Dani moved to Arkansas (to be with a guy she thought was the one and turned out not to be) so they’ve kept in touch with calls or e-mails. Now Wes is an adrenaline junkie pilot and Dani is working to get a promotion at a job to financially help her mom and abuela, who’s having some health problems. She’s hoping a promotion at work will help, but she’s got to get through a couple’s orientated retreat. Wes’s sister is getting married and his ex-fiancé happens to be one of her bridesmaids so it’s a little awkward to say the least. They’re both dealing with things in their lives, so they decide what better way to deal than to be together—oh and pull off a fake engagement. 

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I guess most people are surprised that I was raised on a farm when they find out. I’m into fashion and stilettos, something I didn’t wear a whole lot of on the farm. And while I love the city, I also love the ranch. 

I know you write both YA and Adult books.  Which is your favorite to write, and which to you find most challenging?

I like reading all genres, and likewise, I like writing them. I always have romance, because well, that’s the whole point for me. I hope that going back and forth also helps keep me fresh. As for most challenging, the contemporary YA books have taken me the longest to write and have gone through the most revision. It’s hard to keep tension in those types of books sometimes. But I’m always a little more proud when I finish one for that reason.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?

Dani and Wes were so much fun, but I think I’m going to have to go with Darby from my upcoming Cinderella Screwed Me Over book. She makes me laugh the most. I wrote that book crazy fast because it was just coming to me and all of the jokes were flowing and I’d stay up until two in the morning writing. I’d say Liv from All the Broken Pieces has been the most challenging. She’s so lost in the beginning and doesn’t know who she is, and she’s not strong enough to stand up to anyone really in the beginning. She grows over the span of the book, and I like that about her. But it was challenging to write. Very rewarding in the end, though.

What books have influenced your life most? 

Anne of Green Gables was the first book series I fell in love with. One of my grade-school teachers introduced me to them—thanks, Shelly Russell, for that. The first book I read multiple times was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I love, LOVE Jayne Eyre, and Sophie Kinsella books make me laugh. 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I used to lie awake at night, unable to go to sleep until I thought of the ending of the story in my head. I read a lot, too, but I just never thought of putting my stories down until after I had my first baby. I wanted to do something that made me feel like me and once I started writing, I was happier, and I knew I’d found what I wanted to do.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  

Thanks! I’m so grateful to anyone who reads my books, and I’ve gotten a ton of support from family and friends, other authors, and awesome people I’ve met on twitter. I guess I’ll just say that I promise there will always be banter, romantic tension, and kissing in my books.

This or That:

E-books or print copies? E-books

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter!

Coffee, tea, or Coke? Mountain Dew

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Milk chocolate

Thanks again for stoppy by Cindi.  It's been great getting to know you better.  I can't wait to read Cinderella Screwed Me Over. 

My Review:  Dani and Wes have been best friends since college.  They know each other about as well as they know themselves, are completely comfortable with one another, have an absolute blast together, and can almost complete one another's sentences.  They have always been there for one another no matter what, even when it caused problems in their other relationships.  Both have recently come out of relationships that have ended badly.  Dani, who lives in Arkansas, finds herself in need of a date for a company retreat, especially since she needs a promotion and her boss is a big family man.  Wes, who lives in North Carolina, finds himself in need of a date for his sister's wedding, one that his ex-fiance is a bridesmaid in.  They come up with the brilliant idea of pretending to be each others fiance at both events, which ends up being more challenging than either of them expected.  Since college, neither of them have ever considered taking their relationship past friendship, that is until now, when both of them start to have feelings for one another they didn't know were there.  Will they finally own up to these feelings risking everyting, or will the fear of destroying their friendship keep them from it?

I loved Falling For Her Fiance.  It's the story of two best friends who fall in love and everything that happens in the process, the good, bad, humorous, awkward, and sensual.  I loved the theme, and I really loved both Dani and Wes.  Their characters were fantastic and excellently developed, enabling you to instantly connect with them and fall in love with both of them.  Falling For Her Fiance is not that long, but there is a whole lot of entertainment packed within those pages.  I thoroughly enjoyed Falling For Her Fiance and found it to be heart-warming, funny, and real.  If you want a book that you can read in a few hours, which will leave you smiling inside and out, Falling For Her Fiance is the perfect contemporary romance and I highly recommend it.

Read chapter one here.

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About Cindi Madsen:Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
Cindi’s Links:

Twitter  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Blog  |  Goodreads


  1. This sounds like a super good read! I loved the interview. We have "Dance Party" time at our house too LOL!

    1. It is. My dance parties now days are occasionally trying to keep up with the kids on the Wii, and it is a sad, sad thing.

  2. Great interview and cool review. I glimpsed this one a few days ago and it definitely peaked my interest.

  3. Hi Ellen, Nice to meet you! This sounds like an adorable read. I always love romances where best friends end up falling for each other because they are so realistic. I enjoyed Cindi's interview. Keep dancing and writing!

    1. Hi, Thanks so much for stopping by. This is a great romance.

  4. Thanks for having me on your blog, Ellen! This was such a fun interview! And dance parties definitely make life more fun :)

    1. I loved the interview and the book :)

  5. I love the cover for this book, I think it’s adorable! And the story sounds like something I would REALLY love. Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. Love the interview - can't wait to read this book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. Yay Cindi! I loved this one too. Very cute.

  8. Cindi is the best! I loved this interview and Falling for Her Fiancé!

    1. It was so good wasn't it and Cindi is awesome!

  9. I like books where the romantic interests are friends first. I have heard a lot of good things about this book (and the author in general) so one of these days I am GOING to read her!

    1. It is a really cute book. I think you would like her YA book All the Broken Pieces to.


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