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Giveaway and Top 10: Falling by Design by Valia Lind


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.


Top Ten Tidbits I Learned While Writing Falling By Design:

1. NaNoWriMo rocks. Seriously, this was the first time I participated fully in NaNoWriMo and now I’m an official advocate for it. The daily support and accountability is amazing and it helped me write this book in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

2. Critique partners are a must. This one has been said a lot, and I’ll say it again. You NEED people in your corner, people who will tell you when you’re wrong and when you’re right. This is exactly what my critique partner did for me and I cannot thank her enough. After I finished my rough draft on the story, I found another amazing critique partner and she’s been an amazing help as well.

3. I am definitely not an outliner. While I already knew this part, I discovered it even more while writing Falling by Design. I tried to give myself a small outline to help with meeting deadlines, but it just put me behind because I felt accountable to what I’ve written down. I’m must better if I just write what the story is telling me when it’s telling me.

4. To piggyback on the whole outline, I learned that I do better by writing out the back of the book before I start my project. My CP actually suggested this and now I do this every time I get a new idea. It really helps narrow down where I want my story to go.

5. Zombie movies and shows are incredibly helpful when I write. This one is very random, I know, but it’s true. It’s one of those things where I can have it on in the background and write like the wind. Resident Evil and The Walking Dead reruns are especially grand.

6. I have to remember to read. This is another no brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Typically, I read all the time. But when it comes time to write, I forget that I need to do so. When I do read, I write better.

7. I found two great apps that I keep handy when I can’t watch TV for background noise. Infinite Storm and Cafe Flo. One provides a rainstorm and the other is an every day cafe. Both are great white noise kind of apps that allow me to block everything else out.

8. I have to remember to blog/vlog. This one may be strange for some of you, but it’s an important part for me. This allows me to take different roads in my creativity, refreshing my mind a bit. It gives me an excuse to take a step back from my MS and see things differently.

9. Pinterest is a great source of information. I’m sure this one is known to everyone. While writing Falling by Design, I had to schedule Pinterest time (so I wouldn’t get pulled in for hours) to create boards that may help me.

10. I need time away from my characters. I have this tendency to just keep going even when nothing is happening on the pages and that’s dangerous to a point. Sometimes its good because you have extra to work with, but other times it can hold me back. I feel like I must include what I’ve written and that’s not always true.

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 or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.



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