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CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded trilogy and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

Happy Release Day to FALLS THE SHADOW

b2ap3_thumbnail_FallsTheShadow_CVRfinalThe BookYArd Writers are thrilled to share with you another release of one our books. Today is the release of FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither!

Here’s the summary:
Cate’s sister may be a clone, but that doesn’t make her a killer. Does it? Murder, morality, and a slow-burning romance fill the pages of this futuristic thriller.

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same face. The same perfect smile. She even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

Dying to get your hands on this incredible read? You can find FALLS THE SHADOW at Indiebound, B&N, & Amazon.

Are you excited about this book yet? The BookYArd Writers definitely are.

Here’s what we have to say about this creepy thriller:

girlfromthewell02Clones on the run? If that doesn’t grab your attention or your imagination, then little else will! Falls the Shadow has written a book with all the makings of an intriguing fast-paced thriller, and it’s going to be awesome!
– Rin Chupeco, The Girl from the Well

FC9781402292538OH MY GOD I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS BOOK. I am intrigued by the complex possibilities of cloning and this sounds like just the thing to get my (uncloned) heart racing and my (uncloned) brain thinking.
– -Skylar Dorset, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS

DREAM BOY by Mary Crockett and Madelyn RosenbergI was lucky enough to read the ARC of FALLS THE SHADOW, and all I can say is “WOW!” This book kept me riveted from page one. I found the relationship between Cate and the clone of her sister Violet absolutely fascinating. A fantastic read–and one that sticks with you long after you put it down!
– Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

Wordless - smallReplacement clones, high school murder, and earthshaking surprises? This book sounds so cool, and filled with fascinating ethical dilemmas and social commentary on top of all the tension and excitement. I can’t wait to read it!

– AdriAnne Strickland, WORDLESS

secretsThis book sounds AMAZING! The complex relationship between the sisters, the ethical implications of cloning, and the prejudice against a girl who’s only crime was being “scientifically created”…WOW. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

– Trisha Leaver, SECRETS WE KEEP and CREED

b2ap3_thumbnail_Gilded_final-cvr-comp_12-11-13The moment I started reading this book, I was hooked. Not only is the plot thick with juicy intrigue, but the concept of cloning and the consequences of it added another layer to this thought provoking story. This is a thrill ride readers won’t want to miss!

-Christina Farley, GILDED and SILVERN

stefaniegaitherHere’s the gossip on Stefanie:
After owning and co-managing a coffee shop for several years while simultaneously earning her BA in English, Stefanie Gaither left the small-business world behind to focus on her author career instead. Now, in addition to penning YA novels, she also works part-time as a copywriter for an advertising agency. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and an incredibly spoiled Shih Tzu.

Find out more about Stefanie on her website!

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Which BookYArd Character Are You Most Like?

We’ve created a fun personality quiz for you to determine which character from our books you may be most like. Although, you might find that you want to play this personality quiz more than once!

Tell us in the comments section which character popped up for you!

Click here to take the QUIZ.

Happy Release Day to WORDLESS!

Wordless - smallWe at the Bookyard are so excited for WORDLESS by AdriAnne Strickland, which releases today!

Here is the blurb of the book:

“The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation …”

In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words … much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help.

By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.

Sounds like an amazing book, right? You can find WORDLESS at Indiebound, B&N, & Amazon.

Here’s what we have to say about WORDLESS:

girlfromthewell02“As a reader and a lover of words, I love the idea of playing round with the concept of words having power, especially because in this case it really does! Add in an underdog, a powerful girl with a kickass ability, and a fast-paced conflict that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, what more can you want for a stunning fantasy debut from Adrianne? ”

– Rin Chupeco, The Girl from the Well

DREAM BOY by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg

 

“Words do have power! It takes a fierce imagination to tell a story about how that power translates into the physical self. Such a unique idea! I can’t wait to read this!”

— Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

vigilantepoets“I can’t wait for this high-concept, fast-paced novel! I love the idea of the privileged class being marked by their power over words — it gives me chills, it’s so apt and I hope NOT-prescient…”

-Kate Hattemer, author of THE VIGILANTE POETS OF SELWYN ACADEMY

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“When the words are made flesh, they become unputdownable! AdriAnne Strickland’s WORDLESS offers up an inventive premise that will appeal to  YA fantasy and dystopia while still bringing a fresh, new voice to the category. ”

– Sarah Bromley, A MURDER OF MAGPIES

 

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“The power of words is one of my all-time favorite things, so I’m super-psyched for this take on it!”

-Skylar Dorset, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Gilded_final-cvr-comp_12-11-13“What an amazing premise! Words are a powerful tool and this story takes that idea and weaves it into something imaginative and creative. As a lover of all things fantasy and dystopian, I’m so excited about this book hitting the shelves.”

-Christina Farley, GILDED

 

adriannestricklandA Little About AdriAnne:
AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, is coming 2014 from Flux Books.

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Twitter: twitter.com/AdriAnneMS
Website: http://www.adriannestrickland.com/

Tips for Building Romance in YA

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Romance is often a big component in young adult literature mainly  because it’s the time when people first start exploring these new feelings and emotions. There is a lot of good and bad that comes with romance, which is great for us writers because it adds to the tension of the story. The key though is to make sure your romance feels real and alive to your readers.

Here are some quick tips to remember as you create a story with romance: 

1. Avoid clichés– One that comes to mind: New girl at school who meets hot boy or vice versa and they fall in love. That worked for a while in YA, but it’s been way overdone.

2. Beware of the love triangle. This can actually be very effective in a story, but if you’re going to have one, it better have a twist to it or it brings something new to the table.

3. Make me love the guy. I won’t want the romance to succeed if I don’t want the main character to fall in love with the love interest.

4. Be specific with your actions. Are they kissing? If so, how? Where are his hands? Where are hers?

5. Use sensory details. How does it feel when he touches your main character? Scents and sounds can add so much to a scene.

Here is a video where I give more tips to get you started:

After teaching and traveling internationally, Christina Farley started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write GILDED, a YA about a Korean-American girl with a black belt and deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows to be published by Skyscape (Amazon Children’s) March 1, 2014. Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, hanging out with her two Jedi warriors, and eating dark chocolate.

Behind the Scenes of the Cover for GILDED!

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I am so excited to finally be sharing my cover of GILDED with THE WORLD. I’ve been holding onto it in secret for far too long.

One of the elements that this cover has is the Korean lattice work along the borders.

Koeran hanji paper lined window.
Korean hanji paper lined window.

If you travel throughout Korea, you’ll see this same lattice work in the windows of wealthy homes, palaces, and temples. Wooden window frames create beautiful effects on door, allowed light inside and yet offered protection. Koreans would often place rice paper (hanji) over the frames for ascetics, warmth and privacy.

Korean home in Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Korean home in Andong Hahoe Folk Village

In the cover of GILDED, the frame bordering the cover depicts this same Korean cultural effect. I love how the gold ties in with the title as well and really gives the cover a complete, finished feel.

Frame on the cover of GILDED
Frame on the cover of GILDED

To see the full cover, hop over to YA Books Central and enter to win a Kindle paperwhite!