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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tour!! A Review & Giveaway of London Falling by T.A. Foster. Plus Guest Post!

London Falling by T.A. Foster
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Self

It’s London’s senior year and she only needs one class to graduate. She just didn’t expect her final assignment: fall in love.

Communication 224 has a reputation for giving out the most unique projects of the semester. When London James and Beau Anderson signed up for the class they had no idea they would be paired up together, much less spend an entire semester working on their final grade.

Professor Garcia tasks them to produce a study on the hit reality show, Love Match, a show about strangers falling in love on over the top dates. London and Beau decide to debunk the popular show’s fantasy portrayal of romance. Determined they can date the entire semester and not fall for each other, the classmates share blogs about their dates and start a website where everyone can follow their dating experiment. 

Is staying out of love as easy as it seems? Headstrong and success-driven London discovers there might be more important things in life than an A.

London Falling was a cute and funny romance by T.A. Foster. I wish I would have had a class like Communication 224 when I was in college. A different project like this every semester sounds fun. I enjoyed London and Beau's story. I really liked how Beau brought London out of her box, at the same time she made him realize things about his own life too. The romance happened a little faster than I expected it to, but London and Beau are good for each other, and they have heaps of chemistry. The overall pacing of the story was fast, or at least it seemed fast since I could barely put it down until I was finished. I really enjoyed London Falling, and I'm curious to check out more of T.A. Foster's books.

The ARC of London Falling by T.A. Foster was kindly provided to me by InkslingerPR for review. The opinions are my own.

London Falling Reader Interview

It’s always fun as an author to hear feedback from readers after they have finished your masterpiece. It’s also extremely nerve-wracking, knowing the words you poured your heart and soul into, are out in the world for everyone to read.

I had a chance to interview one of London Falling’s readers. Not only is Kelly a college student, but she’s a Tar Heel, so she had some extra insight on Beau and London’s senior experience. I can’t wait for everyone to read what she had to say about the book and the questions she had for me.

Do you watch reality TV? If so, what’s your favorite show?
KW: I don't watch much reality TV, but my friends and I always crowd around the television on Monday nights to watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette. It's a ridiculous, cheesy show, but by the end of a season, we're somehow all emotionally attached to the contestants.
What did you think of Professor Garcia? Do you think she could be actual professor? 
KW: I thought it was cool how involved Professor Garcia was with her students. She's quirky, but seems to honestly care about her students' educations, as well as their well-beings. If she were an actual professor at Carolina, I'd definitely take her class!

Do you have a Carolina bucket list? What are two-three things on your list?

KW: Going to a UNC-Duke game (and watching Carolina win!) is at the very top of my UNC bucket list. My roommates and I have also ambitiously decided that we are going to eat at every single restaurant on Franklin St before we graduate.

What was your favorite date that Beau and London planned?

KW: I thought the after-hours date to Morehead Planetarium was really romantic and proved how much time and effort Beau was putting into "dating" London. It really showed his soft side.

Are there any big Carolina or Chapel Hill landmarks that weren’t in the book that you think London and Beau should try?

KW: It would have been a fun scene if London and Beau had played in the fountain at Bynum Circle in the middle of campus! Lots of Carolina students make it a point to jump into the water at least once before graduating.

Any questions for Beau?

KW: I wondered at what point Beau really fell for London -- there wasn't an instantaneous attraction, but he seemed to develop feelings quickly. What changed his mind?

TAF: Beau definitely approached the project with a nonchalant attitude, and didn’t give London much thought at first. I think the night that started to change was when they went out for margaritas and Beau heard London sing. She completely surprised him and he was a goner from there.

Do you have any questions for me?
KW:How much of your personal experience at Carolina is told through Beau and London's story? Does London's character incorporate some of your own personality?
TAF: The great thing about writing London Falling was that I got to infuse a lot of my love for Carolina into the book in subtle ways. I wrote some of my favorite places into the scenes, but what happens with the characters is all new and pure imagination. Professor Garcia is actually a combination of two different professors I had mixed in with some fun fiction.

When I was writing London’s character, I didn’t think we had very much in common. She keeps her eye on her future and lets a lot of things around her pass by. That was certainly not my Carolina experience. I took advantage of as many different things as I could. I did however share her determination to succeed in my field. At that time it was journalism. I wrote for The Daily Tar Heel, worked at Student Television, and interned with UNC-TV. I did anything I could to build my portfolio. For the most part, London and I are very different.

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

To learn more about T.A. Foster and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. This sounds like a great book!!!

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