Interview with Julie Particka, Author of Fall With Me and Giveaway

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Julie!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Julie Particka] I am so bad at questions like this, I told my street team I was seriously tempted to answer with “Sucky at questions like this.” But then one of the gang came through and, according to M Andrew Patterson, the five words that describe me are: Beautiful, Sexy, Smart, Tough, Badass (granted I did this on 4/20, so I can’t vouch for his sobriety :P )

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Fall With Me?

[Julie Particka] Fall with Me is a story about learning to love again after the worst kind of betrayal. It’s a story of love, friendship, and forgiveness that says not only can you go home again, but sometimes it’s the very best place to be. Here’s the blurb:

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.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Can you share your favorite scene?

[Julie Particka] I’d love to! This one is from Sutton and Jenna’s first “date.” (The quotes make sense, but you’ll just have to trust me on that until you read the book ;-) )

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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.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?

[Julie Particka] Making Jenna likeable without making her a pushover. She’s a very forgiving person (a trait she gets from her mother), which is can make her look as if she lets people walk all over her. That couldn’t be further from the truth though. She’s just a strong believer in second chances, sometimes even third—but there comes a point when even a person like that might accept an apology, but that doesn’t mean letting a person back in her life. The difficulty was I knew that would be difficult for some people, so I wanted to show her as being tough-as-nails other than that aspect. I went a little too far and had to really pull back in edits. Ultimately, I think she was exactly what we were going for, but it was a struggle getting her there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Julie Particka] Uh… clothes? Really, I’m a pretty basic person. I usually have keys and my phone, but not always. If you want a less physical answer, I always try to make sure I leave with a good attitude ;-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Julie Particka] Right now I’m working on my kitchen table (it’s closer to the door to let the dogs out) so… my phone, a bottle of water, and the 4 green Skittles my daughter decided not to eat. (Seriously, can someone in charge of Skittles get the lime ones back? The apple ones suck.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Julie Particka] JK Rowling. I think most authors dream of the kind of money and fame she has. I think a day in her shoes would at least get me over the fame part—and as her I could send a couple very public shout-outs to this amazing new adult author in the States, which would probably boost the financials a bit ;-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week.  Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Julie Particka] I debated on this one for a long time, but I decided to go with something really selfish. I would want the power of teleportation so I could visit with all my friends who live far away. I don’t get to see them nearly enough.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Julie Particka] I just finished Delilah Dawson’s Wicked as They Come, which I enjoyed immensely. I also really liked Jill Sorenson’s Aftershock. Right now I’m reading AJ Pine’s If Only and Colleen Gleason’s Clockwork Scarab. And this summer I’m going to indulge in a re-read of my favorite book: Phantom  by Susan Kay.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Julie Particka] I am all over the internet:
Website

Blog

Facebook page

Street Team, The Particka Gang

Twitter (Though I don’t promise PG-13 here)

I will also be at the Romantic Times Booklovers’ Convention in New Orleans in May. (Note: I am signing, but I won’t be in the new adult section since I registered ages ago before we had any idea of Fall with Me’s release date.) I will also be at Steamtopia in Dearborn, MI in June (as my adult-writing alter ego, but I’ll sign anything ;-) )

Fall With me

Author: Julie Particka

Tagline: Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

Book Synopsis: 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.

Good reads: Amazon: Barnes & Noble: Entangled

Author Bio:

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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4 thoughts on “Interview with Julie Particka, Author of Fall With Me and Giveaway

  • May 5, 2014 at 6:57 am
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    Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read this one!

  • May 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    congrats!

  • May 6, 2014 at 9:24 am
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    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love the cover. :-)

  • May 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Ah, revenge! I wish I’d had the backing of the brother of my former BFF when faced with a similar situation. Would love to check out FALL WITH ME to see how everything plays out for Jenna and Sutton (love his name!).

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