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Happy Book Birthday to The Way of the Wombat + Blog Tour!

The day has finally arrived: the release of THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK, a middle grade animal fantasy/adventure! You can now buy it in hardcopy or ebook form here on Amazon!

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Which Way would you follow?

When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.

Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…

Find your own way at WhomBatz.com!
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And guess what? There’s the official blog tour starting today! Check out the schedule:

February 9th: CBY Book  Club 10 RANDOM THINGS
February 10th:  A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
February 11th: Sher A Hart REVIEW
February 12th: Me, My Shelf and I REVIEW
February 13th: Brooke Blogs EXCERPT
February 14th: Cassandra M’s Place SPOTLIGHT
February 15th: Insane About Books REVIEW

Enter to win the grand prize of two WhomBatz foam swords (a black and a blue Thorn) + a copy of the book! Second prize wins a copy of the book, too.

Enjoy!

adriannestricklandAdriAnne 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 YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched August 8th, 2014 from Flux Books. You can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.
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Happy Launch Day to Christina Farley’s SILVERN

Silvern (Gilded #2)

The BookYArd Writers are so excited to celebrate the release of another one our books–and this one a sequel! Today is the launch of SILVERN by Christina Farley!

Here’s the description for SILVERN (spoiler warning for GILDED, Book 1!):

Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

Can’t wait to read it? You can find SILVERN 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 awesome fantasy sequel:

girlfromthewell02Books with diverse Asian mythology is what the world needs more of, and Silvern is exactly that! More kickass Korean heroines, more fierce battles, and more supernatural forces to overcome – Christina Farley’s sequel is gonna rock!

– Rin Chupeco, THE GIRL FROM THE WELL

 

Christina Farley packs a punch by upping the stakes and igniting readers’ imaginations with rich setting and mythology in SILVERN! No sophomore slump here!

– Sarah Bromley, A MURDER OF MAGPIES

 

 

DREAM BOY by Mary Crockett and Madelyn RosenbergImmortals, assassins, and sacrifice! If like me, you loved GILDED, you’ll want to eat this exciting new sequel whole!

– Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

 

 

Wordless - smallI didn’t want GILDED to end, and now I get my wish with a sequel. I can’t wait to dive into more of this rich, diverse fantasy world, packed with action, mythology, and romance!

– AdriAnne Strickland, WORDLESS

 

secretsI have been waiting for this book since the day I finished GILDED. The depth of the characters, the world-building, the lyrical play of Korean mythology…SILVERN was everything I thought it would be and more. Hat’s off to Christina Farley for taking the fantasy genre to an entirely new level!

– Trisha Leaver, SECRETS WE KEEP and CREED

Here’s some more about Christina:

christinafarleyChristina was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of GILDED. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. She is represented by the black-belt of an agent, Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC. GILDED is her first novel.

Find out more about Christina on her website!

 

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS: The Book That Is!

Here’s the first thing I will tell you about this book:

It is far, far better than that awful pun in the title of this blog post.

Here in the Bookyard, we’re all sprinting around, screaming in glee, overcome with fits of uncontrollable fist-pumping — because today, Skylar Dorset’s book is OUT IN THE WORLD!

Chuck Taylors, a red rose, and a reflecting pool that breaks the laws of optics: what's not to love?
Chuck Taylors, a red rose, and a reflecting pool that breaks the laws of optics: what’s not to love?

“Romantic, suspenseful, and witty all at once — ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets NEVERWHERE.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the EVERNIGHT series

This book features Boston, young love, AND faerie princesses. How, you may ask? Take a look at the jacket copy.

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.

And if you’re as hooked as I am, check out the excerpt on Amazon!

GIVE ME THIS BOOK, you say!

You can have it with a few clicks: Indiebound | B&N | Amazon

You see that head? There’s some weird stuff going on in here.

Who’s behind THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS? The brilliant Skylar Dorset, a born-and-bred New Englander who lives in Boston (mostly, it seems, due to her love for JOHNNY TREMAIN: our kind of woman!) with her cardboard Doctor Who cut-out and a head full of stories. You don’t want to miss her website, which includes lots of behind-the-scenes information about the book as well as a veritable smorgasbord of tastefully chosen GIFs.

What’s that you say? You want to hear more about why we’re so thrilled that June 3 has, at last, drawn nigh?

Well, if you twist my arm…

“Half-ogre and half-faerie? Gnome-hunting guardian aunts and a Salem wizard? There’s nothing I love more than a fantastical romp, whether it be through beautiful Boston or at the perils of a Seelie Court, and THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS has that in spades — plus enchantments, faery magic, and prophecy! What more can you ask for from a gorgeous new debut?” — Rin Chupeco, THE GIRL FROM THE WELL

“Faeries, secrets, and finding love while trying to survive? I cannot wait to dive into Skylar Dorset’s THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS!” — Sarah Bromley, A MURDER OF MAGPIES

“I had the luck to get my hands on an ARC of THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS, so I can tell you that you’re in for a treat! Imaginative, fun, and wonderfully written! The world of books is better for having Skylar Dorset in it!” — Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

“I also got my greedy hands on an ARC of THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS, and it blew me away. The voice and writing are absolutely captivating, and the comparisons to ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE are wonderfully apt. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!” — AdriAnne Strickland, WORDLESS

“I’m such a fan of magic and fairy tales so this book is right up my alley. I love Dorset’s twist on selkies. THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS gives enchantments and hidden pasts a whole new meaning.” — Christina Farley, GILDED

“As a new mom of a three-month-old baby girl, trust me when I say that I need books to whisk me away from diaper duty and infant howling! That’s why I’m so looking forward to Skylar Dorset’s THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. A story about a teenage girl who finds out she’s a half-faerie, half-ogre princess and who happens to have potentially murderous queen mother? Sign me right up!” — Caroline Richmond, THE ONLY THING TO FEAR

You had me at gnomes and Beacon Hill. Toss in a bat-ass crazy dad and hot Selkie, and what’s not to love? Cannot get my hands on this book fast enough!” — Trisha Leaver, CREED

Okay. I’m trembling, either from bookish excitement or the large quantity of coffee ingested while drafting this post. I’ll impute it to the former. Skylar, from all the Bookyard writers, a sincere congratulations — and HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

A Celebration of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Hooray! The lovely and funny Kate Hattemer is releasing her debut novel, The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy out into the world tomorrow!

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We here at the BookYArd are thrilled to sound its barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world! (Yep, this book has gotten me so excited that I’m quoting Whitman.)

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We’re yawping, Steve, not yelling… and here’s why:

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Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art’s Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art’s Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It’s up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they’ll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.

I bet now you want your very own copy of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy. Well, you’re in luck, here’s where you can get it:

Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

And as if that’s not enough, check out what KIRKUS REVIEW had to say about it:

Blending Ezra Pound, rhetoric and reality TV, this hilarious, subversive debut about a cadre of friends at an arts high school is a treat from cover to cover.

In seventh grade, popular, good-looking Luke rescued Ethan, Jackson and Elizabeth from misfit nerd-dom. Four years later, Luke still leads while Narrator Ethan is cheerfully resigned to a spot in the “Untalented caste” at Selwyn Academy. Disturbing the status quo, the school’s chosen to host a new reality TV show, a student talent competition with a $100,000 scholarship prize and a familiar format: interviews, clichéd romances and rivalries, and two smarmy hosts. The obsequious vice principal and most students are thrilled, but For Art’s Sake feels like an insult to Ethan and friends. Luke, the most offended, leads a counterattack, writing guerilla poetry inspired by Pound’s Cantos that ridicules the enterprise, which the conspirators secretly print at school. However, the masterminds behind reality TV are several steps ahead of them—money and fame are powerful currency, and they know how to use them. Maura, the beautiful, talented ballerina Ethan fancies, has been accepted at Juilliard, but without the scholarship, she can’t attend—participating is a no-brainer. Ethan struggles with ethical conundrums (Does Pound’s anti-Semitism invalidate his work? Are compromises the price of an arts career?) as he works out his own place in this world and among his friends, especially Elizabeth.

A sparkling, timely tour of the complicated intersection where life meets art. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Or, to translate for Andy Samberg fans:

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So, just who is the woman who wrote this amazing book?  Here’s the nutshell version:

The oldest of eight siblings, Kate grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Yale and taught high-school Latin in Virginia before returning to Cincinnati, where she now works at an independent bookstore. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, out in April 2014 from Knopf, is a contemporary YA novel about reality TV, an arts school, Ezra Pound, and a heroic gerbil. In spring 2015, Knopf will publish her second novel, The Land of Ten Thousand Madonnas.

For more about Kate, check out her website where she talks books, obscure grammatical rules, and life on a pogo-stick.

Finally, here are a few words from members of the BookYArd about why we’re so ding-dang excited to get this book in our hands.

“What an awesome, unique concept! Love the idea of getting a truly behind-the-scenes look at some of the people caught up in one of those crazy reality T.V. shows. And a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise? If I hadn’t already been sold on this book’s premise, that line would have clenched the deal.” — Stefanie Gaither, Falls the Shadow

“Who doesn’t want to read about vigilante poetry in action? This is like Victor Hugo and Maya Angelou’s artsy lovechild with a hamster sidekick. This is looking to be a great commentary on friendship, on standing up to one’s own principles at the cost of fame and money and, of course, on poking fun at the unrealness and strange dichotomy of reality shows!” — Rin Chupeco, The Girl from the Well

“Vigilante poets?! How could I not be looking forward to this? I love academy-type settings where students make clever mischief. I might be totally off, but this strikes me as a modernized cross between The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Dead Poets Society, with a lot of humor thrown into the mix. I can’t wait!” — AdriAnne Strickland, Wordless

“This book has Ezra Pound poetry, reality television, and a heroic gerbil. ‘Nuff said. If that hasn’t convinced you, did I mention the gerbil is named Baconnaise? Yes, I *will* join you in your dance of delighted glee.” — Skylar Dorset, The Girl from the Well

“I don’t have to read past the title to know I want to eat this book whole. The fact that Kirkus calls it ‘hilarious’ and ‘subversive’ just makes me want to drink it too.” — Mary Crockett, coauthor Dream Boy

A Celebration of Gilded

b2ap3_thumbnail_Gilded_final-cvr-comp_12-11-13A Korean god. An ancient curse. Can she escape becoming GILDED?

Tomorrow Christina Farley releases her debut young adult novel GILDED into the world, so we at the BookYard are celebrating!!

First, what’s all the fuss about? Well, we’ll tell you! And we’ll also tell you where you can get GILDED for yourself!

About GILDED: 

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There’s also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own — one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae’s been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always been looking for.

GoodReads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  Books-a-Million |  IndieBound

“An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day–she’s exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs.” – Beth Revis, NY Times Bestselling author of Across the Universe series

“Farley brings South Korea’s fascinating culture and mythology into vivid detail in this shining debut, and Jae is a compelling heroine. An exotic, thrilling read, GILDED had me utterly entranced!” – Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN and VITRO

Here’s a video about the inspiration for GILDED:

And here’s a pretty sweet trailer for GILDED:

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So now that you’re all psyched for GILDED, here’s why we’re all psyched for GILDED!

I’m so excited to read a YA fantasy with a multicultural protagonist and, not only that, with a setting outside of the U.S.! GILDED sounds like a luscious, thrilling story with a lot to explore and savor. ~ AdriAnne Strickland, author of Wordless

Soul-stealing Korean gods? A heroine who sounds totally kick ass? Yes, yes, and more yes. I love all things YA fantasy and I, like AdriAnne, am also super intrigued about the setting for this one! Can’t wait to get my hands on it :) ~ Stefanie Gaither, author of Falls the Shadow

I can’t wait to read GILDED and meet Jae because she sounds like a Korean Buffy who doesn’t take crap. I like that. Add in a hot boy with a secret (and kissing? Please tell me there’s kissing) and I’m so in. ~ Danielle Ellison, author of SaltSage, and Follow Me Through Darkness

It’s the mythology that gets me with this one. I’ve always been fascinated by writing that responds in some way to those stories at the very foundation of our civilization. And Korean mythology is totally new to me. I’m so ready to dig in to GILDED! ~ Mary Crockett, coauthor of Dream Boy

A different kind of mythology set in Korea – who wouldn’t jump at the chance to read this book? I have a soft spot for multicultural books and the fact that it sounds like such a kickass YA Fantasy only makes this better! Can’t wait for GILDED! ~ Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well

Korean gods, curses, and a romance with secrets? Anyone looking for more diversity in YA or fantasies that go beyond Western culture will be thrilled with GILDED! ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder of Magpies

I love the idea of using books to travel to totally different places. I cannot wait to see Korea through the lens of GILDED! ~ Skylar Dorset, author of The Girl Who Never Was

Leave us a comment about why you are excited for GILDED tomorrow!

A Celebration of SALT

Salt by Danielle EllisonNever leave home without salt!

Tomorrow Danielle Ellison releases her debut young adult novel SALT into the world, and we at The BookYArd are here to celebrate it!

First things first, here’s what SALT is about and where you can get some SALT for yourself.

About SALT:

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents – and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away from her kind.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret, but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda… and they’re far too interested in her.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

“Heart-stopping action and swoon-worthy romance makes SALT a paranormal romance that stands out!” – # 1 NYTimes bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Next, we thought it’d be fun to share some of what we’re personally looking forward to with the release of SALT tomorrow.

“Secret societies, lost magic, and elite-demon hunting force? This book sounds like a thrill-ride waiting to be read!” ~ Christina Farley, author of Gilded

“I’m excited about learning how Penelope’s dealing with losing something that’s a part of her to the extent that magic is. Not only has she lost her parents, but she’s also fundamentally lost who she is and has to pretend that she hasn’t. I’m curious to see the strength she uses to deal with that!” ~ Skylar Dorset, author of The Girl Who Never Was

“The season of the witch is here, and SALT’s Penelope is the heroine you’ve been waiting for! Magic, mayhem, mystery – what more would you need?” ~ Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well

“I’m really interested in Danielle’s ideas of borrowed magic and witches as protectors. I can’t wait to read more!” ~ Mary Crockett, coauthor of Dream Boy

“A witch without her magic, a missing demon and a mysterious boy? What’s not to be excited about?! This is definitely going to be awesome.”

~ AdriAnne Strickland, author of Wordless

“SALT had me at the word ‘witch.’ Add in a dash of secret societies and a sprinkle of demons, and you’ll be sure to fall under SALT’s spell!”
~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder of MagpiesWhat You Never Knew About SALT:
“I started writing this book as a sort of palette cleanser between edits and then it quickly swept me away and made me fall in love with the characters. It’s such a fun story for me and I’m excited to share it!” -Danielle Ellison, author

Leave us a comment about why you are excited for SALT tomorrow.