Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Deeper We Fall by Chelsea Cameron - Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Deeper We Fall Series by Chelsea Cameron.  The tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can check out all the other great stops on the tour here.  Today's stop features an interview with Chelsea Cameron, a review of book two, The Faster We Burn, and a fantastic giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Faster We Burn (Deeper We Fall #2)
by Chelsea M. Cameron 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication date: April 20th, 2013

The last thing Katie Hallman needs is another guy in her life, but Stryker Grant is there anyway. What starts out as just an escape from her previous relationship disaster soon turns into something more. Stryker gets under her skin the way no one has before, and soon she realizes she can't shake him, even if she wanted to. But is Katie ready to trust her already-battered heart to the guy who could shatter it into a million pieces?

My Thoughts:  Faster We Burn is Katie and Stryker's story.  Katie is coming out of a disastrous breakup with Zack and wants absolutely nothing to do with Stryker Grant.  Stryker rescued Katie at a party when things got out of hand with Zack.  Then, he shows up at her door with his pierced lip and eyebrow, bleached hair, and tattoos, looking hot as hell, but of course that is not the kind of guy Katie is attracted to, or at least that is what she tells herself, and then he has the audacity to call her an idiot.

He put his foot in the doorway, and leaned into the room.  "What I was going to say is that you're an idiot."  He folded the cape over his arm.  "Excuse me?"  "You heard what I said.  You're. An. Idiot."

Yeah, he totally called her on her crap and told her like it was, and Katie was seething.  One thing leads to another and....

"See you around,"  he said with a wave over one shoulder  "Never would be too soon," I yelled back.  I could still hear the sound of his laughter, even after I'd slammed the door and pressed my forehead against it so I could just breathe for a second.  The last thing I needed in my life was another guy.  Especially one that told me I was an idiot.  

The next thing you know, Katie has thrown open the door and flown down the stairs.

He was messing with his lip ring again, but other that that, he was all swagger.  He raised his pierced eyebrow.  "Is this never?" he said.  I shook my head.  "You're wrong.  About me......."Sure," he said, a smile playing on his lips.  I took a step toward him and he moved away from the wall toward me.  "I don't owe you anything."  "No you don't."  "Good.  Now we've got that straight - "  I grabbed his shirt and yanked him toward my mouth.

And that my friends, is how their relationship begins, with quite a bang, hot, heavy, and intense. Of course, they would never call it a relationship.  In fact, Katie is really pretty bitchy to Stryker in the beginning, and out and out tells him she wants him for sex, is demanding, and constantly changing the rules.  Granted, she has been through a lot, but I did want to pop her because she was really mean sometimes.  Stryker on the other hand was totally patient with her.  Of course, he was all up for the sex part, and I don't think she quite knew what to do with him when he would tell it like it is, not get angry with her, and pretty much just go with the flow.

Over time, these two go through some really scary stuff together, but the scariest of all is facing their true feeling for each other.  Seriously, these guys face some tough things, and I loved watching their relationship grow as they did.  Once Katie got past her bitchiness, I really liked her.  I absolutely loved Stryker, everything about him.  He has had a really hard life himself.  They also have their gang of friends in the story, and I especially loved Trish, Stryer's sister.  I hope she gets her own story.  I thoroughly enjoyed Faster We Burn from beginning to end.  It was one of those books that you sit there and find yourself smiling while you read it.  The drama is intense, the romance is hot - really hot - and the story itself was wonderful.  Did I mention Stryker sings and plays in a band?  That in itself kind of does it for me to.  Overall, I really enjoyed Faster We Burn and I would definitely recommend it.  

with Chelsea Cameron

Hi Chelsea, it’s great to have you here today.  Thanks so much for visiting.
Thanks for having me! *hands out cupcakes*

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 26, a vegetarian, a Mainer, a tea junkie, a writer, a reader, a fan of Downton, Buffy and TWD, Jane Austen fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, and a chronic Tweeter. I majored in journalism in college because writing was the thing I got the best grades in, and I figured it sounded more legit than being an English major. I soon discovered that writing about real people was way less fun than writing about all the people in my head, so I started writing books instead. This past December I was able to quit my day job at a bank and start writing full time.
Where did you get your idea for the Fall and rise series and how many books are planned in the series? 
 I never, ever, in a million years, thought I would be writing contemporary. Like, EVER. But then I had an idea for a book about a girl in college and the idea wouldn’t get out of my head until I wrote it. That book became My Favorite Mistake, which did so well that I got a literary agent and then a publishing deal. During that time I had another idea for a contemporary story about regret, and holding grudges and the power of forgiveness, and that turned into Deeper We Fall. I wrote the majority of it during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last November.

Even before I was done with that book, I knew some of the other characters had stories to tell. Faster We Burn is the story of Katie Hallman, who is the roommate of Lottie Anders, the main character from Deeper We Fall.

As for how many books in the series… I don’t know right now. I see at least three, but there could be more J

Can the books also be read as a stand alone?
I tried my best to make the books readable as stand alones, so yes. You will get a different perspective on the events, but you don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy the second.

Can you tell us a little bit about Lottie, Zan, and Zach from Deeper We Fall?

They remind me of those two people who you know belong together, but act like they have no idea what you’re talking about when you mention it.

Lottie is scarred from an accident that caused her best friend to suffer a traumatic brain injury and trying to move on during her freshman year of college. Of course, both of the brothers responsible for the car accident show up back in her life. One of them happens to be Zan, the guy who was driving. Despite her best efforts, Lottie and Zan keep getting thrown together. Chaos ensues. And kissing. And, of course, a happily ever after.

Can you tell us a little about Katie and Stryker in Faster We Burn?
We first meet Katie in Deeper We Fall and she’s dating Zack, the other brother responsible for the accident. It’s an extremely unhealthy relationship, and when Faster We Burn starts, she’s still reeling from having broken it off with him. All she’s looking for is a little, um, physical distraction from her problems, and Stryker is game. They both say it’s not serious, but love has a way of changing that, and after a trauma, Katie turns to Stryker and finds out that he’s more than just an escape. More chaos. More kissing.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?
 Oh, wow. I think I have fun with all my characters, but one of my favorites is Trish, who is Stryker’s sister. She has no filter, so I never know what she’s going to say. The most challenging was Zan, becauase he can be very detached, and he’s been through a lot, so sometimes it’s hard to convey that emotion the right way without making him seem too whiny or angsty.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Love. Love, love, LOVE. I’m a huge believer that love might not be able to solve everything, but that our lives would be worthless without it. Not just romantic love, but the love between friends and siblings and families. I try to show all different kinds of love in my books and I hope that comes across.

As far as genre, I’m really digging contemporary right now, but I also love writing paranormal. It’s so much easier when you can just make someone a vampire to add some drama. It’s harder when the characters are human. But I also really want to write a zombie book, and try my hand at historical fiction. Someday.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m crazy short. I top out at 5’0. I also look way younger than I am, so I will probably get carded until I’m forty.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on the sequel to My Favorite Mistake. I don’t have a release date for that, but it will be coming out next year from Harlequin!

Congratulations on that!

This or That:

E-books or print copies?
Both. If I love a book enough, I buy both.

Facebook or Twitter?
As a person who has tweeted more than 16,000 times, I’ll go with twitter for $200.

Coffee, tea, or Coke? 
I hate coffee, unless it’s a latte. Tea is my absolute favorite (Lemon Ginger and Sugar Cookie) *wipes drool* I’m not a huge soda fan, but I do use Monster when I have to stay up and finish edits.

Thanks so much for being her Chelsea.  It was really great talking to you.  


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron (Deeper We Fall #1)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication date: January 24th 2013

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

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Okay guys, I had a really hard time finding a picture of a guy that I though met my expectations of what I envisioned Stryker to look like.  Anyway, I found a few pictures of different guys that could fit the bill.  Which one do you like?

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  1. After reading Deeper We Fall, I'm going to say #3 would make a good Stryker!

  2. I think #1 sounds like a good representation of Stryker.

  3. I am going to have to find this series. Great review. Thanks you for sharing the interview too. I would pick #3.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think you would really enjoy it.

  4. I'm thinking #1. He looks like a good choice.

  5. Some how I missed that the second book was out! Eep! I need to run to Amazon and grab this one. So glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It is so good. I can't wait for you to read it.

  6. I think #1 would be the best choice. :-)

  7. I'm just randomly picking since I haven't read this book yet... #1 :) Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

    1. A lot of people are choosing him. He does have that little something something going on :).

  8. Oh I'm all for musicians too! :D This series sounds amazing and I can't even pick which Stryker I would prefer! Though I haven't read book 1 yet. So happy you enjoyed the books to far, Ellen!

    Can I have a cupcake too? >.<

    1. It is really great. I absolutely adored Stryker :) I really have had fun participating in this tour.

  9. #1 he just has a little extra something

  10. Definitely #3 - Ooh La La!!

    Thanks for the giveaway AND all the snippets on your FB page Chelsea!!

  11. Great review and guest post Ellen. This sounds like a fun series and there is just something about rockers!

    1. It is a really good book, and you could definitely read it as a stand alone. I just love rockers to.

  12. I think that #2 would best fit the character of Stryker

  13. I really want to meet Stryker, I'm very curious about him! But I think Katie would drive me nuts and that I would quite possibly throw the book across the room. Still very curious though...

    1. You would probably want to slap Katie - LOL - she does come around and redeem herself though. In fact, she surprised me the way she dealt with a situation with Stryker towards the end.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  15. I think you had me at the name Styker...As far as the pics go, I usually hate to think of real people - the person is my head is always better. Maybe it's because he's NOT real. LOL!

    1. You are so right about the person in your head being better. I guess that is why I always have such a hard time finding pictures that live up to my expectations of the character. Stryker is amazing.

  16. I would chose #2!
    Have a great weekend (:

  17. I think Stryker #1 fits the book with the band and all. But Stryker #2 is more hunker! What I read so far it really sounds steamy.
    Donna Harris

    1. I like #1 to. They all are hot aren't they.

  18. I am thinking #1 sounds like the most fitting. I haven't read any of this author's books, but I've had my favorite mistake on my my kindle for a while now. This one sounds pretty awesome too, so I may have to get book 1 and this one!

    1. I think so to. I enjoyed My Favorite Mistake to. This book was really good.

  19. I think number 1 is the best choice.

  20. I pick #3, just cause he is hotter than the other 2 in my opinion :)


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