Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Falling By Design



Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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EXCERPT

"So were you daydreaming about dress patterns or Grayson?" Dakota asks, not even bothering to lower her voice as we exit the classroom into the Arizonian sunshine. I feel like punching her again.
"I vote for Grayson," the person in question materializes out of nowhere. I almost shriek as his body brushes mine while we try to avoid the onslaught of passerby's. Dakota gives me a look, then disappears. I'm really going to have to strangle that girl.
 "Grayson, are you stalking me?" I ask, turning my attention to the boy beside me, conscious of the fact that he's too close for comfort.
"Is that an invitation?"
"Why do you do that?" I say, stopping in the middle of the sidewalk. "Turn everything around on me? " I watch his eyes narrow in confusion, as he dodges another student. “What kind of a game are you playing?”
"Who said anything about games?"
"Oh please, Grayson. I know you," I say, turning away. He catches my arm, his fingertips soft on my skin. I know I can pull away without any struggle, but I can't seem to make myself move. I'm waiting for him to say something, to make some kind of a playful or sarcastic remark, but he doesn't. He stands next to me, his hand still on my arm, his eyes fast on mine.
Another student bumps into us, sighing in annoyance.
"You're right," Grayson says finally. "You do know me."
And with that cryptic statement, he turns and leaves me gaping after him.


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About Valia

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

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