Hey guys! Today on the blog I’m welcoming Ms Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall, on the blog. She is going to share excerpts from the book, a giveaway, and one of my favs – songs that remind her of the book. Check out what she has to say, ok?
Hello, readers! I’m so happy to be here on Gone Pecan for the paperback release tour of my YA contemporary romance, How We Fall. Below you can read the first chapter, and enter the international Goodreads giveaway, and I’m also here to show you my playlist for the book. I tried to do something pretty cool with it by using the playlist more as a soundtrack, with specific songs for specific scenes. Let me know if you like that kind of playlist in the comments!
About the book:
Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.
Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?
Praise for How We Fall:
2015 Silver Falchion Best YA Novel finalist- Killer Nashville
Kirkus Reviews: “Debut novelist Brauning tells a touching story of young, star-crossed lovers caught in a drama they have tried hard to avoid…. A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil.”
School Library Journal: “Heartbreaking and well-paced, this mystery novel challenges readers to look past preconceptions and get to the know characters, rather than focus on an uncomfortable taboo. Brauning’s characters are well developed and their story engrossing. An intriguing thriller… this title will raise eyebrows and capture the interest of teens.”
ALA Booklist: “…an unusual combination of romance and suspense…There is also something universal about Jackie’s struggles with her feelings and her desires, and readers will identify with her emotions, while going along for the plot’s ride. This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning.”
How We Fall is available through:
Read the first chapter!
Two songs are particularly on tone for How We Fall to me:
“Mission Bells” by Matt Nathanson– Peppered with Hitchcock references, with suspense elements and a tragic love story, this song is so perfect for the book that it’s quoted in the book as an epigraph. The music video is also done in a classic film style that film buff Jackie would love, too. Check it out:
“Falling” by Florence and the Machine- How We Fall’s title came partially from this song, and the lyrics apply to the book as whole so well.
Act 1: These next three songs sum up the first act of the story really well, because even though the book opens with Marcus and Jackie semi-together, it’s difficult in a lot of ways they haven’t dealt with yet.
“Too Afraid to Love You” by The Black Keys
“Not In That Way” by Sam Smith
“Terrible Love” by The National
Act 2: These next few get at the heart of leaving someone you still love, and the regret of discovering love wasn’t what you thought it would be, which is very much the mid-section of How We Fall:
“Flaws” by Bastille
“100” by Brandi Carlile
“What Did I Ever Come Here For?” by Brandi Carlile
“Here With Me” by The Killers
“Heart’s on Fire” by Passenger
“Please Don’t Leave Me” Pink
“Sorrow” by The National (This one is my top choice for one of my favorite scenes in the book—the scene at the creek at night.)
“Like I Can” by Sam Smith (Since the book is single POV, readers don’t get to see from Marcus’s point of view, but this song sums up a lot of what he’s thinking during the story, especially once Will comes on stage)
Act 3: Without spoiling the ending, these last four strike the right tone for the final act, dealing with forgiving and moving on or trying again. I’ve listened to them on repeat so many times:
“One and Only” by Adele
“I Have Loved You Wrong” by The Swell Season
“Bad Blood” by Bastille
“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne
“The Last Time” by Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody
And actually, you can listen to all of them (except TSwift’s) here on the Spotify playlist:
Kate Brauning grew up in rural Missouri and fell in love with young adult books in college. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she’d want to read. This is her first novel. Visit her online at http://www.katebrauning.com or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting Kate and good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!