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[GUEST BLOGGER] Christina Farley on the Top 10 Places in South Korea to Visit Based on GILDED

Tez Says: The following is a guest post for Christina Farley’s Gilded Blog Tour. Information about the novel is at the end. Up first are ten real places in South Korea that feature in the novel.

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1. Sejong Arts Center: This is where the Illumination exhibit in Chapter 1 is displayed.
The Sejong Arts Center is located in downtown Seoul, not far from the main palace and the President’s Blue house. It was while watching a samulnori show here, that I was inspired to write Chapter 1.

2. Muui Island: This is where Jae’s grandfather lives.
The island’s name, Muui, means “dancer’s dress” in Korean. We used to take day trips out to this beach with our friends. If you want to stay longer, there are cute huts to camp out in. For a true Korean experience, you’ll need to sleep on a yo, a roll-up mat.

3. Silmi Island: It’s here where Grandfather’s secret cave is located.
Silmi Island is rockier, but it’s a fun place for exploring and splashing in the waves. You can walk from Muui Island to Silmi Island when the tide is out by taking this bridge.

4. Myeong-dong: A popular hangout for Jae and her friends.
I love shopping in Myeong-dong. At night, it’s beautifully lit up with tables set out full of all kinds of cute shoes, clothes and jewellery.

5. Yongpyong Ski Resort: The location where Jae’s class goes on a ski trip.
If you want to ski in Korea, this is the best place to go. We stayed at the Dragon Valley Hotel and you can choose a western or Korean style room. If you’re not a good skier, I recommend heading up to the Dragon Peak for a hot drink.

6. Seoul Foreign School: This is the international school Jae Hwa attends.
SFS is also the school I taught at for eight years. The students were amazing and I have so many memories from SFS that I will always cherish. Teaching at an international school is an experience of its own. International schools are totally different than a private or public school in the States, and I hope Gilded gives the readers a taste of this difference.

7. Pavilion of the Yellow Stork: The traditional archery center near downtown Seoul.
The link is the blog post I wrote when we visited the archery center.

8. Seongbuk-dong: The neighbourhood behind the president’s Blue House where Marc lives.
A lot of people take the walking tour around this neighbourhood because it’s full of old architecture, gardens, temples, and the palace. The link is an example of one walking tour.

9. Busan: Where Jae catches the ferry to Japan.
This is a pretty industrial city, but it’s the place where you can take the Beetle – a high speed-boat – and arrive in Japan in three hours.

10. Bonggil Beach: The beach that looks out to King Munmu’s tomb.
King Munmu’s tomb is said to be the world’s only underwater tomb, and it can be viewed from this beach. The tomb has never been excavated, but legend says the king asked to be buried there so he could become a dragon and protect Silla from Japanese invaders. Interestingly, if you look at it from above, it appears as if there is something in the center of the rocks.

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Christina Farley
Gilded (Gilded, Book 1)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 1st March 2014)
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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 into a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, 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.

Christina Farley
Silvern (Gilded, Book 2)
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Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life in Seoul. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She 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 a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. 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.

1st March 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Christina Farley
Gilded (Gilded, Book 1)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 1st March 2014)
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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 into a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, 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.

March 2014 Releases

Done with February 2014 Releases? Here are March 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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5 New Deals (Barnes, DeStefano, Farley, Hirsch, Roux)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s The Fixer (2015) to Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal. A political thriller set against the backdrop of an elite Washington D.C. private school – pitched as part Veronica Mars, part Scandal – the younger sister of a powerful political fixer finds herself embroiled in high stakes and intrigue at her new school.

Lauren DeStefano‘s middle-grade Pram (2015) and an as-yet-untitled sequel to Bloomsbury (US, Canadian, and open market rights). It tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death.

Christina Farley‘s Silvern (2014) to Amazon Children’s Skyscape (World). Sequel to Gilded. A 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows battles a god of darkness seeking control of both Koreas.

Jeff Hirsch‘s Black River (2015) to Clarion Books (world rights). 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble.

Madeleine Roux‘s third book in the Asylum series to Harper Children’s. Illustrated with found photographs, it follows three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Josephine Angelini: TRIAL BY FIRE: 2nd September 2014: Buy (US)
Lenore Appelhans: CHASING BEFORE: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Crewe: EARTH & SKY: 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Bailey Cunningham: PATH OF SMOKE: 29th July 2014: Buy (US)
Claire Delacroix: ABYSS: Buy (US)
Christina Farley: SILVERN: 23rd September 2014: Buy (US)
Becca Fitzpatrick: BLACK ICE: 7th October 2014: Buy (US)
Stefanie Gaither: FALL THE SHADOW: 16th September 2014: Buy (US)
Teri Hall: THE CORRIDOR: Buy (US)
Erica Hayes et al: MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: FINDING CINDERELLA (paperback): 18th March 2014: Buy (US)
Caitlin Kittredge: BLACK DOG: 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Karsten Knight: AFTERGLOW (paperback): 4th November 2014: Buy (US)
R. C. Lewis: STITCHING SNOW: 14th October 2014: Buy (US)
Kelly Meade: GRAY BISHOP: 21st October 2014: Buy (US)
Tara Moss: THE FICTIONAL WOMAN: 1st June 2014: Buy (US)
Dani Worth: ORIGIN: 8th April 2014: Buy (US)

2 New Covers (Farley, Kenner)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Marta Acosta: GIRLS ARE GONE: 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Jillian Cantor: SEARCHING FOR SKY: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: DARK SERPENT: 29th April 2014: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: DEMON CHILD: 24th June 2014: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART: 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: RENEGADE: 13th May 2014: Buy (US)
Christina Farley: GILDED: 1st March 2014: Buy (US)
Sara Grant: HALF LIVES (paperback): 17th June 2014: Buy (US)
Mark Henry: PARTS & WRECK: 25th November 2013: Buy (US)
Kelly Keaton: THE WICKED WITHIN (paperback): 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL (paperback): Buy (US)
Marie Lu: PRODIGY (paperback): 8th April 2014: Buy (US)
Demitria Lunetta: IN THE AFTER (paperback): 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: TAKE ME ON: 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE (paperback): 22nd April 2014: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME: 10th June 2014: Buy (US)
Carrie Ryan: THE DEAD AND EMPTY WORLD: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: PUSH: 10th June 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Tintera: REBEL: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: SIGNED, SKYE HARPER: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)

9 New Deals (Armstrong, Arthur, Farley, Hopkins, Pearce, Picoult, Roth, Stiefvater)

SPACE (a Canadian TV channel) has ordered the new original scripted drama series Bitten. Based on the best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, thirteen episodes of the one-hour drama have been ordered, with production set to begin in Toronto next spring (autumn Aussie time).

Keri Arthur‘s Fire Born to NAL in a two-book deal (World English). A new series about a phoenix, a fire spirit capable of taking on human form, who is also cursed with the ability to foresee death via her dreams.

Keri Arthur‘s next two books in the Dark Angels series to NAL (World English). Featuring a half-werewolf/half-Aedh.

Christina Farley‘s Gilded (2013) to Amazon Children’s (World). A 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows discovers an ancient Korean god has been kidnapping the first-born daughters of her family for generations.

Karen Ann Hopkins‘ third book in the Temptation trilogy to Harlequin Teen (World). A series about the dramatic and forbidden love between two teens, one who’s Amish and one who’s not, and the sacrifices they must make in order to be together.

Jackson Pearce‘s fourth companion book in her retold fairytale series, Cold Spell (2013) to Little, Brown (World English). A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen about a girl on a journey to save her childhood friend after he’s captured and held hostage in the unforgiving north.

Jodi Picoult‘s next three books to Ballantine (World, exc. UK), for publication beginning in 2014.

The film adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent has been set for release on 21st March 2014 in North America.

Maggie Stiefvater‘s The Raven Boys optioned to New Line. Akiva Goldsman is attached to produce.