Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FALLING by E.K. Blair: Blog Tour Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

FALLING (Fading #2)

by: E.K. Blair

Release Date: December 9, 2013


Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel. 

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.


She sniffs and I know she’s crying. Having her like this, in my arms, is an intimacy that’s completely foreign but comfortable. I’m sure she can hear my heart pounding, but I need her to hear it. I need her to feel it as it thuds in my chest because I need her to hear me falling for her, ‘cause that’s what’s happening here—I’m falling. I never wanted to before, but with her, all I want to do is fall. Fall into her. Fall so deep inside of her heart so that I never have to be without her. That’s what this girl does to me. That’s how powerful she is even when she thinks she’s at her weakest. She’s broken. I see it clearly, but whatever it is that’s haunting her, I wanna make it fade. I wanna make it fade and make her fall too—with me.
When she begins to pull away from me, I selfishly want to tighten my hold on her and keep her like this for a little longer. I worry this was just a random need for comfort from her, that I won’t get this again, that she doesn’t feel what I know I’m starting to. Fuck, this hurts. 


Star rating: 5 stars!

Heat Rating: Simmering to Sizzle

I have been sitting, trying to write this review for a couple of days now.  Why?  Two reasons:  1.  I am afraid if I write this review then the series will really be over and will have to let go of Ryan, Jase, Candace and Mark  2. I don't know how to write a review on a book (series, really) that touched me so profoundly that I can't talk about it without getting choked up.  Not a bad problem to have really, unless you have a review blog :)

Falling is book two in the Fading series and to really get into the heads of all the characters I recommend that you read Fading first (then Freeing, Jase's story) before getting into Ryan's side of things.  Yes, you could start with Falling and have a great read, but if you start at the beginning of this series you will have a much deeper connection to this story and see why this series makes my top 5 best books I have ever read list.

E.K. Blair has a gift.  She can write a story and then give the reader two different versions of the same story (Fading and Falling) that are both unique, fascinating and heart-wrenchingly beautiful.  I was afraid to read Falling (at first) because I was afraid that it would be too similar to Fading (which I adored), but I shouldn't have worried.  Falling is very much its own story.  Getting to see this story from Ryan's perspective was almost like reading an entirely different story.  Ryan's side of the story seemed to be more emotional and heart-achingly beautiful than when I read Candace's side of things in Fading.  I think tapping in to the thoughts and feelings of Ryan versus being with Candace through the trauma made a huge difference in its emotional impact on me (plus who wouldn't want to hear about how their man loves them as unconditionally as that?).  I got caught up in the story all over again and then was a sobbing mess from being inside of Ryan's head and heart.  Goosebumps.  This series was so well written, so genuine that I had goosebumps the entire time I was reading it.

Falling was not easy to read, my heart knew what was coming and getting things from Ryan's side, just shattered me all over again before patching my heart back together.  Before you wave off this story as just a re-telling let me tell you it is not a re-telling.  We get to see different things in Falling than we did in Fading, we get to learn about Ryan and the last 20% is all new content where the story keeps going past the ending in Fading.  I cried (sobbed really) throughout the last few pages, it was so amazing that I have actually gone back to re-read it part of this story again and again (and I am not a re-reader).  I am still having a hard time "closing" this series in my heart.  I loved Candace, Ryan, Jase and Mark and books (characters, really) that come after this series are going to have a LOT to live up to, the bar has been set pretty high.

I don't know what else to say about Falling and this series but this:  You MUST read this series.  You will be deeply connected to the characters, you will lose yourself in the touching stories and you will be left with this wonderful gift E.K Blair has given the world; the story of Ryan and Candace and how things sometimes have to fade before they can fall.  

E.K Blair, thank you for sharing your stories with us, they touched my heart and will stay with me for a long time to come.  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

I ABSOLUTELY think everyone who loves to read about love, NEEDS to read this series.  Give yourself the gift of the best series I have read in 2013 and buy up the Fading series.  

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Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and International Amazon bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her FADING series. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.
Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She's a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

Author Interview:

1.  What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
Coffee. I always make sure I have a hot cup of coffee to drink while writing. I try not to eat while I write. If I did, I think I would mindlessly eat everything in the pantry. Honestly, my hands and brain are too occupied to think about anything other than what I am writing.

2.  What made you start writing?
My husband. He put the seed in my head that I should write. I have always had a vivid imagination; but did I have the knack for writing? That I didn’t know. Through his encouragement, I decided to sit down one night and write a prologue--FADING’s prologue.

3. What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas)?
I don’t watch a lot of TV or read a lot of books, which some might find surprising. I draw my inspiration from music. I listen to music constantly. It tends bring emotions to the surface for me, and from that, my imagination starts spinning.

4.  Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
Perfect writing place? That’s easy. I would love to write in the grey haze of Cannon Beach in Oregon. To rent a cottage in Ecola Park during the rainy season would be ideal for me!

In reality, I write in my living room in sunny Florida. Stark contrast to Cannon Beach! HAHA!

5.  Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do?
This is my full-time job. I write, and I love it! Being able to wake up and have the freedom to create whatever schedule I choose is the best. 

6.  What is one surprising fact about you, that not too many people know?
That unlike my upbeat personality, I have been told that I have a very ‘morbid’ mind. I tend to enjoy exploring and getting lost in the grittier side of life.

7.  What are you writing now? 
Nothing at the moment. I do plan on starting my next series after the new year, and I am extremely excited about delving into this new story.

8.  What is the first Romance book you remember reading?  What is the last book you read?
First: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. 
Last: Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller

9.  Who is your current book boyfriend/crush?
I know it sounds trite, but that would be my own Ryan Campbell from my series. I created him to my liking, so to top him would be no small feat! :)

10.  What was the last book you read that gave you a "book hangover?"
The Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard. Simply put, AMAZING.

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