Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Falling For You by Heather Thurmeier

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Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy,Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.  

"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst

Love and Lattes, Love on Landing, Love or Luxury, Bunny Hills and Bikinis, Falling for You ~ Available now!
Stuck on You, Lost without You ~ Coming Soon!

Connect with Heather!
Facebook: HeatherThurmeierAuthor

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A.  Everything inspires my writing in some way or another. Maybe it’s seeing someone interesting at the grocery store or overhearing a snippet of a very intense conversation at the coffee shop while I grab my latte. Sometimes it’s seeing, hearing, or smelling something that will trigger the “What if?” question in my mind and then the story blossoms from there.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A.  It’s very freeing! I love being able to put myself in someone else’s shoes for a while. I can be anyone, go anywhere, do anything… and all from the comfort of my couch. My characters have done all kinds of interesting things that I’ve never had the opportunity to do. Cassidy goes indoor skydiving in Falling for You, which is definitely one thing I’ve never had the opportunity to do, but it was sure fun to write about!

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?
A.  Getting rejected. It’s hard to put your heart and soul into a book for a few months or even years only for an agent or editor to tell you they don’t want it. It sucks. But it’s just part of the process and you eventually get used to it. And once you do get it published, then it hurts to get a not so great review. It’s hard to get used to the idea that people might not love your idea as much as you did.

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A.  If I had to choose another way to spend my time, I’d like to do something with horses. Maybe helping out with therapeutic riding for kids. I’m not trained as any kind of medical professional, but walking along side the horses, making sure the kids are safe while they go for their ride and seeing them interact with the horses would be a really amazing way to spend my time away from my own family.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A.  The Unexpected Path. I never thought I would end up where I am today in so many aspects of my life. But I’m thrilled with how things have turned out for me.

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A.  This is a question I’ve gotten a lot lately and it’s impossible to answer! I can tell you a couple of my favorites:

The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the easiest to write?
A.  I would say the easiest part to write would be the ending. By the end, my fingers are typing as fast as they can to keep up with my brain because the story is at its climax and I really want to see how things end for my characters. And of course, I love a happily ever after.

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the hardest to write?
A. The middle is usually really tough because a lot has to happen to keep the reader interested. The middle is really the meat and potatoes of your story so it has to do a lot of things. It has to entertain, develop characters and conflict, and it still has to be fast paced. You never want a saggy middle!

Q.  Which character from any book are you most like?
A.  I would say I’m most like Cassidy from Falling for You. She’s a little quirky and a little clumsy and not always very sure of herself and that’s sort of how I would describe myself. And we definitely have the same silly sense of humor.

Q.  What is your favorite season?
A.  I think I’m a fall girl. I don’t necessarily always love the heat, but I do love to be outside. In the fall I feel like we have the most fun because we can be outside so comfortably. And I really love going apple picking, pumpkin picking, on hayrides and other fall activities. Not to mention, seeing the leaves changing color is spectacular!

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book(s).
A.  At a recent book signing, I was sitting at my table straightening books and swag while I waited for more interested readers to chat with me, when I heard “Oh my goodness, it’s my favorite author!” shouted from about 20 feet away. I was surprised, thrilled, and a little embarrassed. LOL. But I’m hoping for a lot more of those moments in my future.

Q.  Are you working on something new?
A.  Yes, always! Right now I’m writing the third book in my reality TV romance series. It’s so fun to write about Zoe Oliver! She’s been the bad girl in the first two books, but now it’s her turn to fall in love and the readers are finally going to learn why Zoe is the way she is. I’m so excited to tell her story!

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  If you’re looking for heavy, issue filled books that cover touchy subjects, then my books are not for you. BUT, if you’re looking for books that make you laugh, give your heart lots of warm fuzzy moments, and maybe even make you tear up a bit, then look no further. And if you’re not totally sure if my writing is for you, then just try a free sample before you buy it. I think you’ll like what you read.

Q. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
A.  The inspiration for the cover of Falling for You was the reality TV show angle of the book. Cassidy is on a reality dating show and being followed around by a hunky cameraman 24/7. I think the cover did a great job of capturing the idea of the book as well as Cassidy’s character. I just love her jade green eyes!

Book Description:  Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as "over him" as she thought-and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke. After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day. Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation. But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.

(The Villain)

“I don’t know about you girls,” Zoe said, “but I definitely think there are more hot men here than just the bachelor we’re all fighting for.”
“What are you talking about?” Holly asked. “Brad is super-hot. Like hawt.”
“Yeah I know, but you can’t honestly say you haven’t noticed the guys following us around, right?” Zoe nodded her head in the general direction of the cameramen surrounding the pool a few feet back.
“Zoe, you know they can still hear us in here,” Erica whispered.
Cassidy opened her eyes at the talk of cameramen. What is Zoe up to now?
“I know they can hear us, moron. That’s the point.” Zoe propped herself up on the edge of the hot tub on her forearms, forcing her breasts to jut out in front of her. “And I’m hoping one particular cameraman likes what he hears…and sees.”
Cassidy’s jaw dropped into the hot water as she realized Zoe was not only being overtly sexual, again, but this time it was projected directly at Evan. Her Evan.
Back off bi-otch. Six, seven, eight… Just relax. Keep your mouth shut. This is none of your business.
“You know we can’t do anything with the crew,” Erica said. “It said so on one of those forms we signed.”
“I know that,” Zoe huffed, “but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun while I’m waiting around for the finale, does it? Besides, someone needs to give America something good to watch. You girls certainly aren’t helping the ratings.”
Holly rolled her eyes. “So you’re going to screw around with the crew to help ratings?”
“Oh relax, girls. It’s not like I’m going to sleep with him or anything.” Zoe smirked. “Just a little harmless flirting, that’s all. Unless of course, someone else already has her eyes on him?”
Cassidy locked eyes with Zoe.
Is she implying there’s something going on with me and Evan? Why would she think that? Just because I want to jump him every time I’m near him doesn’t mean I have a thing for him. I can’t help it if my mind goes to dirty places when he’s around. I’ve never acted on one of those thoughts, so what’s she getting at? It’s not like she can read my mind… Can she? No, idiot, she can’t.
Say something, she’s still staring at you.
“You can do whatever you want, right girls?” Cassidy said to the other women. “Maybe you’ll even get yourself kicked off the show.”
“They can’t kick me out for saying hello and being polite.”
I can kick you.

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