Rocktoberfest Author Spotlight Day 3 – Marisa Oldham

2015-09-13 14.21.58

03 - Marisa Oldham

******  Backstage Books is thrilled to present Marisa Oldham for our third author spotlight.   Marisa’s The Falling Series is a personal favorite, not just of rockstar romance, not even just of romance, but of book series in general.   The characters are so real, so relatable, and though it is hundreds of pages through three books of pretty non-stop emotional rollercoaster, it is just an awesome ride with Ian, Grace, Jaden, Michelle and the rest of the gang from their teens to their early 30’s.  The final book of the trilogy came out at the end of the summer – if you haven’t got to know these characters or their fabulous author yet, do so now! ******

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Let’s get this party started with The Falling of Love

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You will never forget your first date, your first kiss, or your first love. You’ll also never forget how it felt when it was torn apart.

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Seventeen-year old Grace Hathaway does not give much thought to falling in love, until the day that Ian Taylor, rebel and misfit walks into her math class. From their first conversation, Grace is mesmerized by Ian’s charisma and rock star façade.

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Ian Taylor, a seventeen-year old kid from the wrong side of the tracks tries to ignore the feelings he has for Grace, but is captured by her caring, non-judgmental personality from the moment they meet. Grace becomes Ian’s everything and there is nothing he will not do for her. Hurting her was never part of his plan.

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***Recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content, drug use, and strong language.***

****** My Review ******

This is a coming of age/first love story of a good girl(family oriented, too responsible for her age, honor roll, cheerleader) falling hard for a bad boy (long haired, rockstar dreams, rough around the edges, tough home life) with a heart of gold. Sounds a bit cliche, but the story truly isn’t. The storyline throughout is honestly very good. Every time I would start to think it a bit ridiculous, I cringe to think of myself at that age and my long haired rockstar wannabe bad boys whose hearts were much more tarnished than Ian’s. Perspective definitely helped me see that this is exactly the kind of fairytale I craved at 17, and the darker parts of the book reflected closer to my realities with still a sweeter spin.

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Keep in mind when reading this that it is the author’s debut novel.  The overall flow gets better and better the further you get into it, and it definitely becomes a page turner that you wouldn’t want to put down if you could find yourself able to.

I want to mention there are many fantastic supporting characters in addition to the hero and heroine, several who could definitely star in their own spinoffs and have me first in line to read, after The Falling of Grace, because Ms. Oldham left us on one heck of a cliffhanger at the end of this one! In some ways I am very glad that I only recently discovered her and this book so I don’t have to wait as long for the next book in the series! Ian and Gracie are not characters that will quickly leave my mind, and I can’t wait to see where she takes them next.

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For adult audiences only for explicit sexual situations, drug use and abusive situations.

One other side note, I would like to thank the author for not having a pregnancy pop up anywhere in the story this far for the heroine. While I understand what romance authors often include pregnancies I am really appreciating romances without them, and especially without ones in already complicated storylines. Thank you!!

Overall, in the end, this is a great book and I will be recommending it. Now, what is the release date for The Falling of Grace again? Can I preorder it yet? 🙂

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The Falling of Love is now also available as an audiobook.   The link will be included at the end of the list below of where to get your FREE copy of this fabulous book!

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****** BUY LINKS ******

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B00CHYP9ZI

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/TheFallingofLoveBarnesandNoble

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/TheFallingofLoveKobo

Audiobook:  http://bitly.com/TFOLAudioAudible

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****** THE FALLING OF GRACE ******

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How much heartbreak can you endure before you fall apart?

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Five years ago, Grace Hathaway’s high school sweetheart disappeared, lost to a savage addiction. Abandoning love forever, Grace focuses on her successful career as a model and artist in Paris. When Ian Taylor returns to her life, what she thought was a lost romance rekindles, and Grace believes she is on the road to her happily ever after.

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But devastating news threatens to shatter Grace and possibly destroy any chance of an unending love story. As her world disintegrates around her, Grace’s life spirals out of control, leading her into dark corners which change the course of her life forever. Diving into her art, new hope finds her from an unexpected place. Can she ever learn to trust again? Or will she continue her fall from grace?

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The Falling of Grace is the second novel in the Falling Series. The first novel, The Falling of Love, is also available exclusively on Amazon. The third and final novel in the trilogy, The Falling of Hope, will be available late 2015.

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content, drug use, sexual violence, and strong language.***

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****** My Review ******

I was honored to be a beta reader on this sequel to The Falling of Love, and I am honestly blown away by it. Marisa’s writing style has really grown and she has found her voice, loud and strong.

This is not a stand alone, so be sure and read The Falling of Love first. Then grab a box of tissue, and a bottle of Dramamine, because you will be on an emotional rollercoaster ride from the first page to the last.

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The Falling of Love ends with Ian showing up at Grace’s table at a cafe in Paris, 5 years after she has last had any contact with him. Obviously we have already boarded the rollercoaster as we start this journey. Ms. Oldham does an incredible yet realistic job of portraying all the emotions that hit Grace after all this time. As the book synopsis alludes to, she finds a way to let him back in, but the fates don’t plan for happily ever after to last long for this couple, no matter how intense the chemistry is between the two.

This begins a downward spiral for Grace which not even her best friend, Jaden, or her sister, Michelle, can save her from herself. The depths of depravity she finds will shock and sicken you, but again, it all is almost too realistic. Marisa has given all of her characters such depth and personality they truly feel like people you have known for years, shared the joys and sorrows with, rather than just words on paper (or your screen in this digital age.)

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And just what is Ian’s side of the story? Have he and Grace grown up enough to improve their communication skills? How does Grace’s behavior affect him?

But it is not all doom and gloom. Rollercoasters have highs and lows and there are many heartouching good times as well. Again, so realistic, and as in life, sometimes it storms and sometimes the sun shines brightly.

Once again, Marisa leaves us with a major cliffhanger – I am already antsy for the publication of book 3! I am so wrapped up in all of these fantastically flawed characters she has created and shared with us.

For adults only for explicit sexual situations, violence, drug usage.

Very highly recommended. I will be first in line for anything she writes, she has that kind of rare ability to suck me. In whatever the subject matter may be.

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****** BUY LINKS ******

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Marisa-Oldham/e/B00JFQFPZ0

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-falling-of-grace-marisa-oldham/1114973195?ean=9781507863053

http://bit.ly/thefallingofgrace

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THE FALLING OF HOPE

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Sometimes, finding yourself means letting go.

Grace Hathaway thought her perpetual love problems were over the day she said, “I do.” She married the perfect man and has a life most would only dream of, but is it all an illusion?

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Struggling in her marriage and lackluster routine, faced with an uncertain future and a void in her soul, pain threatens to bring her down. When the past returns to her life, reminding her of missed opportunities, a twist of emotions reopens old wounds. Leaving everything she thought she wanted behind, Grace summons her courage and strength to embark on a journey of self-discovery that takes her all over the world and into a future she never imagined.

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But, when all feels lost, will hope be enough to keep Grace from falling again?

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content, drug use, and strong language.***

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******  My Review ******

I was very honored to be asked to be a beta reader for the final book in this trilogy, but I have been finding it difficult to write the review for a number of reasons. I read several books a week, and generally review everything I read, so why am I struggling with this one? The most likely theory is because I have simply become too attached.

The simple part is the stars – easily at least 6 stars, but since this site will only give me a maximum of 5, I guess I will have to settle for that.

From the trilogy’s start with The Falling of Love, continuing the emotional roller coaster ride through The Falling of Grace and now to the conclusion in The Falling of Hope, I have watched these characters grow, as well as had the joy to watch Marisa’s talents as an author grow as well. I mention all three books to point out that they are not stand alones; they do need to be read in order. I will also mention that these are three full length novels – you are not being teased along to shell out another $3 for another 100 pages. I don’t blame authors who do that, but I know it angers many readers. If you are just discovering this series, I want you to know that is not what you are getting into here.

So what are you getting? You are getting a very real story of love, loss, growth, struggles, pain and joy, from the time Grace and Ian meet in high school as idealistic teenagers through very realistic ups and downs of life into their 30’s, all told in the unique, prosaic voice that is Ms. Oldham’s style. I have become attached to these characters like no others I have ever read. They have become so much more to me than characters confined to the pages of a book, or books, that fade away when the last page is read and I move on to my next literary escape. Therein lies the crux of my struggle to review; I simply am not ready to say goodbye and move on.

As far as The Falling of Hope itself, I will have to say that it is my favorite book in the series. The author’s growth as an author truly shines and, as a fangirl, I have to say it is her best work yet. The emotional rollercoaster is not quite as bumpy of a ride as it was in The Falling of Grace, but that certainly isn’t to say this is all sunshine and roses. The maturity of the characters is quite evident, in soul searching (and sometimes soul crushing) ways. I don’t want to give away any of the storyline at all, because there is such beauty in all of it.

One thing I will point out that I found particularly brilliant and moving, are the many tie-ins to the first (and second) book(s). It is a lovely way to show that while the characters have grown and changed, and been to hell and back, they still retain some of that sweet innocence of the time when we first met them. It is woven perfectly to bring closure and to show how things in our lives can come full circle.

As with the other books in the series, it is for mature audiences only, for language, drug abuse and explicit sexual situations. Tissue warning as well since Ms. Oldham thrives on playing with readers emotions.

I still refuse to say goodbye

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*** You can purchase this one exclusively at http://bitly.com/TheFalllingOfHope ***

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*******   So, Marisa has listened to all of us who are not ready to say goodbye, and is currently working on a spinoff book to The Falling Series.   Learning to Breathe is Michelle Hathaway’s Book, Grace’s sister.   I have some great teasers to share, and a unique opportunity to share for spreading the word on this book.   ******

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(In case you don’t remember, Micah has been in all of the TFS books as a member of Black Dog with Ian and Jaden)

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Are you getting interested in this one yet?

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Marisa is promising us that this one is the most intensely emotional book she’s written yet!

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******  As I mentioned, Marisa has a unique opportunity for her fans to help her spread the word about Learning to Breathe.  For her cover reveal, she is taking signups from everyone to share it on their facebook page on the date that will soon be set, rather than just flood the blogs with it.   I think this is such a cool way to get some excitement out about this sure to be amazing book!   Here is the link for you to sign up!  ******

http://bitly.com/LTBCoverReveal

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****** Where to Stalk Marisa ******

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Marisa-Oldham/e/B00JFQFPZ0/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Epilogues Book Club: http://bit.ly/EpiloguesBC

Epilogues Podcast:  http://bit.ly/EpiPod

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefallingseriesofnovels

Facebook Group (Marisa’s Groupies):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mogroupies/

Facebook Personal Page:  https://www.facebook.com/marisaoldhamphotography

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7053742.Marisa_Oldham

Instagram:  @AuthorMarisaO

Mailing List:  http://bit.ly/MOMailingList

Photography Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marisa-Oldham-Photography

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorMarisa

Website:  http://bit.ly/AuthorMarisa

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