Saturday, December 11, 2010

#BIR2010 - Character Interview with Simone Elkeles (Caleb) & Giveaway

Kendra and I are both huge fans of Simone Elkeles and are so excited to bring you an interview with Caleb Becker from Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise, courtesy of the amazing Simone Elkeles. We hope you enjoy it and thanks to Flux & Walker Books you have a chance to win 2 books by Simone: Return to Paradise & Perfect Chemistry.

Our interview with Caleb:

BCM: three of your favorite songs.

CB: Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse, Someday by Nickelback

~Maggie wants me to add Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

BCM: What is your favorite childhood memory?

CB: When my dad and I would go fishing on Sundays. It was just the guys, you know. And it was quiet. A couple of times Brian came, too. Sometimes we just sat in the boat, silent for hours. At other times we’d talk and laugh the entire day. It was awesome.

BCM:  What was the most memorable moment for you while on the Re-Start program with Maggie?

CB: Oh, man. I screwed up so much on that trip, lookin’ back is painful. I guess the most memorable moment was when I was at the campground with Lenny. Hearing his story and realizing I was going back for Maggie was memorable. I knew then I couldn’t let her go without a fight.

BCM:  Can you tell us something you've learned from the mistakes you made with both your sister and Maggie?

CB: I’ve made a lot of mistakes. Maggie is always telling me not to live in the past and focus on the future. She says if you’re honest with yourself and the ones you care about, everything else will fall into place. She’s right.

BCM: Is there anything you can tell us about your life now and what you are doing?

CB: I’m living at old Mrs. Reynolds place with Lenny and Julio. We’re fixing the place up. Maggie’s studying at the University of Illinois, so I visit there as much as I can. We’re spending the holidays with her mom and Lou up in Lou’s lake house in Wisconsin. Lenny and Trish are coming, too. God help us – those two still argue like crazy.

Return to Paradise Book Info: 

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles 
Publisher: Flux
Released: September 2010

Book Summary (from Flux): Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them. 

Perfect Chemistry Book Info: 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Released: January 2009 (it's the first in a series of three)

Book Summary (from Bloomsbury): : When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created "perfect" life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Giveaway Rules:
  • U.S. Mailing Addresses Only.
  • You are not required to follow BCM to enter this giveaway BUT if you are a BCM blog follower we would like to thank you by automatically entering you into our Grand Prize Giveaway that will be posted later this week. That prize pack will include 10 of this years most sought after books. If you are a follower you will be entered once for each giveaway you enter on our blog during the BIR2010 event. 
  • Last day to enter is December 15th.


  1. I liked perfect chemistry. Except the second book was too flat and reminded me TOO much of the first one. I'm hoping the third book is actually different than the first two.

  2. Cool Books...Thanks for the chance to win!!

  3. Been wanting to read these great giveaway thank you very much and for the chance :)

  4. Thanks for the chance to read these!

  5. I have heard such great things about both these books! What a great pair! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  6. omg!!!i so want to win this!!!i'm a fans of Simone Elkeles after i've read the Ruined series...thanks for this!!!

  7. After reading the character interview I want to read them even more. They both sound really good :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I love character interviews when you can see how well an author really knows their character.

  9. I have not had a chance to read Return to Paradise yet. Thanks! Great character interview. :)



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