Blog Tour: Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole | Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Title: Sweet Fall (Sweet Home #3)

Author: Tillie Cole

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: August 26th, 2014



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From the USA Today Best Selling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Fall; a tale of heartache, beating the odds and finding strength in the most unlikeliest of places.
We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve.

When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track.

But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman—a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?
New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 17 and up.



Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

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I was lucky enough to be chosen for an interview and I want to thank her for taking the time to answer some of my questions ♥

  • One book you wish you would have thought about first and written it?

I would say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is perfect. I love every word, every scene and I’m IN love with Mr. Darcy—the ultimate book boyfriend!

In contemporary novels, maybe The Hunger Games, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas or P.S. I Love You.

I love the Hunger Games because I adore books with an intended message, something that really makes the reader think. Boy in the Striped Pajamas because as a teacher of the Holocaust, it was so beautifully done. And PS. I Love You, because it pulled me apart, yet made me soar with hope at the end.

  • Ever changed the name(s) of one (or more) of your character(s) while in the middle of the novel or while editing?

Yes. Sometimes the character name no longer fits if you change things about them. Maybe their name is too similar to one in another successful book. I think you find, that as a writer, some books barely change from day one, where other books, you chop and change a lot. I just go with gut feeling of what works and what doesn’t.

  • If you could be one of your characters who would you want to be and why?

Ooo… I don’t know! Maybe Mae from It Ain’t Me, Babe. Although I would not like to be held captive in a cult for most of my formative years, but I just love how she found her soul-mate within Styx and how her strength grew alongside her love for her man. She is a pillar of strength and forgiveness, and I think most people would like to have those virtues. Plus, it would mean I would be with Styx. Enough said. 😉

  • You have to kill one of the main characters in the Sweet Home series (obviously a good one). Who will you kill and why?

No! I couldn’t ever! Not to give too much away, but there is a bit of a showdown in Sweet Fall with one of the supporting characters. I’ll leave it at that. I could never think of killing one of the main characters, they are like my children!

  • Would you allow your fans to write fanfiction based on your novels?

I would. I have a YA Trilogy coming out next year that is different to anything out there right now. I have been working on this for a while. I could see fans wanting to write fanfic about that. If it encourages reading and creative writing, why not? I know there is a lot of controversy around fanfic, and as someone who never did it, I don’t fully understand the ins and outs. I do think it is quite the compliment if someone wants to use my novels as inspiration. As long as there was respect for the copyright, author and original story etc…



Three hours later, and we’d won. Carillo had scored three touchdowns and the Tide took the W from the Mocs—the perfect season opener.

Within minutes, the crowd began to filter out of the stadium and the cheer squad ran back into the tunnel, high off the win.

Trailing at the rear, just taking in the scene, I was left alone. It was strange to see the stadium so quiet, kinda apocalyptic, like the aftermath of some great catastrophic event. Plastic red Solo cups were scattered in the stands, confetti strewn on the grass, and the thick stench of stale beer clung to the humid air.

“Kinda weird, huh?” a deep Bama-accented voice said from beside me.

Dropping my poms in shock, I laid a hand on my chest. Catching a flash of a Crimson shirt, I looked up, blocking the blinding sun from my eyes with my hand, and suddenly lost my breath.

“S-sorry, what?” I asked in a quiet voice, tipping my neck right back to be able to see the guy’s face.

When shade hit, he appeared. Austin Carillo, wide receiver, number eighty-three.

Carillo stepped closer to me from his secluded spot beside the players’ tunnel and the stands. “This. The quiet after the storm.” He gestured to the empty stadium with a wave of his hand. “It’s my favorite part of the game.”

I followed the action of his hand. “Not the three touchdowns you scored?”

The corners of his mouth hooked up in a reluctant smirk. I’d seen Carillo around campus from time to time over the past three years, and I think it was the first time I’d ever seen him crack anything close to a smile. I wasn’t surprised. He was like me—darker, quieter, kept to himself.

Austin Carillo was the Italian bad boy of UA: six-foot-four, beautifully olive skin, piercings galore, black ear gauges, neck-to-toe tattoos, dark hair and the darkest of brown eyes.

I felt myself blush. If I had a type, he’d be it. But I didn’t date, and from what I’d heard, neither did he.

“Nah. It’s this. The replay of the game in my mind, the making of memories on this field.”

A sense of peace floated over me at what he described. “I know exactly what you mean,” I replied wistfully and inhaled the smell of greasy food, churned-up grass… victory.

Austin glanced back to the tunnel and, without another word, began to saunter away. I stared back out onto the gridiron and sighed in relief… I’d done it. I’d actually made it through a game unscathed.

The voice within hadn’t had the strength to spoil it.

“It’s about fuckin’ time, by the way!” I suddenly heard and looked behind me, straight at Carillo.

“Are you talking to me?” I asked in confusion, checking around us to see if anyone else was here.

Austin smirked in a deliciously dark way and gestured to my hair and face. “Yeah, I’m talking to you. It’s about time a pompom chick ’round here broke the mold. It’s good to have another one of us freaks on this team.”

One of us freaks? I thought, but all I could do was watch him disappear into the locker rooms. My heart pounded in my chest, and lifting my hand, I ran my fingers over my black hair and lipstick, and I felt a flutter in my chest… one of us freaks

Seeing the cleanup crew enter the stadium, I quickly bent down, plucked a piece of grass from the field, and held up the single blade. It was my tradition. A piece of memorabilia from every game I’d ever cheered… But this would be my first in four years.

The symbol of my new life.




5 ti-amo-pixie stars!

This story can be read as a standalone.

What can I say about this story… how freaking amazing it was? How heart-breaking it was? How beautifully written it was? Well, it was!

When I started reading it I thought to myself, this is going to hurt to good. And it did. It hurt so good. Tillie Cole has a way of making you connect with her characters and love them from the get go. When they’re in pain, you are in pain. When they laugh, you laugh. When they fall in love, you fall in love.

Lexi and Austin are two opposites that didn’t just attract. They exploded into this mind-blowing love story that I know for a fact it will stay with me.

The book deals with an eating disorder I’m not familiar with. I have read similar books but none of them was like this one. None. I could feel every intense feeling the heroine was feeling during her struggle to get control of her health.


Lexi is a special girl, I just wanted to hug her and tell her to look around, she was surrounded by people that love her and yet she couldn’t even see herself clearly.


Untill Austin.

He knows about scars, he knows about secrets and hidden pasts. He knows.


I loved this story. I loved his family, even his fucked up brother that proved to be worth it. I mostly loved his Mom. I loved her so much. Struggling with ALS, his mother’s medical bills are the main reason for Austin’s involvement with a notorious gang. His future is football though, and he is doing his best to not screw up his chance but when you are in the middle of a drug dealing gang, things tend to get out of hand more often than not.

Lexi and Austin, as a couple, are probably the cutest and yet dysfunctional as they can be, they find a common ground to love one another and help each other get through the hardest times.


I loved Austin’s Italian. I loved Lexi’s strength. I loved how they managed to pull through and help one another when no one else could. I just loved every word of it.

 I would read TC’s shopping list. I’m sure she would still find a way to make me laugh and cry like a baby. She has a way with words like no other. She manages to make her books come to life and suck you in. Yes, they will shatter you and pull you back together but it hurts so good!



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