Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FORGOTTEN Release Day: Excerpt, Guest Post, & Giveaway!





GUEST POST by Kristin Smith:
THE DECEPTION GAME Series Dream Cast of Actors


I've had many fans and readers ask me, after reading CATALYST, if I think the book will be made into a movie. My answer is always something like this:



I'm sure every author dreams of their book making it to the big screen. I mean, who wouldn't want to see their characters come to life like that? But with that thought comes the question: Who would play my main characters?

Well, I've thought about it, and today I'm going to share with you MY dream cast of actors for THE DECEPTION GAME series. You ready for this? :)

1) Sienna: Her personality matches her hair. Fiery. She's strong, sassy, and defiant, and rides an antique Harley she found and restored after her father's death. Although she would disagree, Sienna is naturally beautiful, even if she's the only one of her female peers who isn't genetically modified. I picture Emma Stone as Sienna.



2) Zane: He's the genetically modified poster boy for Chromo 120, his father's genetic modification company. He's kind, thoughtful, and an all-around good guy. It's no wonder Sienna is drawn to him, despite the fact that he has been betrothed since birth to his perfect genetic match. With his strong jaw and hair-you-just-want-to-run-your-hands-through, Alex Pettyfer would be my choice for Zane.



3) Trey: He's the leader of an extremist group called the Fringe, and he's a bit of a bad boy. However, his reputation is misleading. He's strong, loyal, and intelligent, and will do anything to protect those he cares about, especially Sienna. With his dark hair and blue eyes, Brant Daugherty from Pretty Little Liars would make a great Trey.




4) Colonel Radcliffe: This is the man who intercepted the exchange of a stolen computer chip and is now hell-bent on making Sienna suffer. Neal McDonough does an outstanding job as a villain on Arrow. He would be the perfect actor to play my villain, Radcliffe.



5) Chaz: Sienna's best friend is an all-star hacker, helping her break into the most secure locations. Kenan Thompson from SNL would make a perfect Chaz, especially with that smile of his! Such a cutie!



6) Curly (aka Jeb): Curly is a member of the Fringe and provides some great comic relief at times. He has dark curls that flop in his face, earning him the nickname Curly (thanks to Sienna). Nick Jonas (the younger version sporting the curls) would be perfect to play the role of Curly.



7) Trina: Once Sienna joins the Fringe, Trina helps look out for her, thus creating Sienna's first true friendship with another girl. Trina is fun, daring, and not afraid to use her "assets" to get what she wants. Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead would be an awesome Trina.



So what do you think? Does it sound like an all-star cast of characters? Do you agree with my choices? 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Forgotten
Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series.
Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it’s different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one’s memories, and she’s determined to get answers.
The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government’s Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more.
When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she’s framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna’s heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.


Grab book 1 for only 99¢!
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EXCERPT:

You like to go fast, dont you?I ask with a grin.

She rolls her eyes. I own a motorcycle. What do you think?

I look pointedly at her seat belt. Then youd better buckle up.

Once her belt is snapped into place, I put the car in gear and take off down the Gateway. Its such a long, straight strip of road that its perfect for gaining high speeds. Sienna squeals and throws her head back, and for a second, I get a glimpse of the carefree girl she probably once was. Before her father died, before all that crap went down with Radcliffe, before she met Trey.

Im not too worried about Enforcers, mostly because they dont come around the Gateway until their nightly round up. We have the entire street to ourselves. We speed past towering casinos and tiny chapels. The faster I drive, the wind whipping through Siennas short hair, the deeper her smile, and the lighter her laugh.

Its only the two of us. And a car fast enough to make her forget. As I drive, my only hope is that if she wants to remember, shell try to remember this. Me. Us.

When we get to the end of the Gateway, she turns to me and says with a wide smile, Lets do it again.

So we do.





Author Bio:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

AT FIRST BLUSH Launch Video!!!

Today is the day!! Beth Ellyn's wonderful book, AT FIRST BLUSH, is now out in the wild. I did a video of a celebration table I made, and I hope you all enjoy! Though please ignore the terrible lighting, as I can never seem to get that right (grumble grumble). 

And if videos aren't your thing, then check out my Instagram account for pictures!


And to Beth: Congratulations on being an officially published author. You've worked hard and long to get here, and now that your wonderfully delightful book has arrived, you deserve every bit of celebration & confetti that today brings with it. Party hard! ;) xoxo!
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Finding the perfect lip gloss? Easy.
Finding your way in the world? A whole lot harder . . .


Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Fans of Zoella's Girl Online will fall right into the world of this YA The Devil Wears Prada and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.



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Beth Ellyn Summer writes contemporary young adult fiction that somehow always includes the following elements: fame, makeup, and television. She graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Print and Electronic Journalism. Interning for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon was the highlight of her college years. When she’s not writing, Beth can be found swatching eyeshadows, solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, and playing with her adorable cat, Penny Belle. Beth lives on Long Island


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Launch Party!



On April 3rd, a celebration will be happening for AT FIRST BLUSH over on Facebook. Being that Beth Ellyn's my critique partner, I'm getting to see behind-the-scenes, so believe me when I say you won't want to miss it! There's lots of fun stuff planned with guests, games, memes, and more! 

You can find the Facebook page here


Friday, March 3, 2017

FORGOTTEN Cover Reveal!

I'm so happy to help reveal Kristin's latest cover today! I love the deep rich blue against the gold. And Zane certainly isn't hard on the eyes... ;) Also, Forgotten does not suffer from oft-times sequel curse of being sub-par to a great first release. It continues with even more excitement, romance, and action, believe you me! 

COVER REVEAL AND GIVEAWAY:

Clean Teen Publishing is pleased to share the cover reveal for the second book in the thrilling DECEPTION GAME series by Kristin Smith. FORGOTTEN is scheduled to release on August 21, 2017. Readers can grab a copy of the first book in this exciting young adult dystopian series at your local Barnes & Noble store, as well as at all online retailers. Check out the new cover for FORGOTTEN and be sure to enter the giveaway!

FORGOTTEN by Kristin Smith

(The Deception Game, #2)
August 21, 2017
Pre-order your copy here

Book Blurb:

The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series.

Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it's different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one's memories, and she's determined to get answers.

The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government's Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more.

When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she's framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna's heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

BOOK ONE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE!
CATALYST by Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)

Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

CATALYST (The Deception Game #1) Teaser:




Author Bio:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG: Stuck in a Rut


The IWSG is a community where writers can share their fears and insecurities about the writing life. To learn more, check out their website here.


Nothing fun & exciting here, folks!

I'm still struggling to finish the book that I originally thought I'd write in 3 months. Ha.Ha.Ha. Then six months & then nine and yada yada yada. On April 1st I'll have been writing this book for a year, and I'm so ready to be done w/first drafting. 

I'm close, but even that can't seem to make me buckle down and just get it done. I know from experience I'll eventually get there, and to just keep living life and getting writing in when I can. *weary fist bump*

But...actually...there is something fun & exciting, it just doesn't have to do with me: I finished reading Beth Ellyn's debut novel last night! At First Blush is fantastic!! If you are a YA contemporary fan, read it!! There's banter, and snark, and swoony kissing, and a moody rock star. And another plus for me was getting to see into a world I knew nothing about: YouTubers. And late night talk shows. Getting a peek into what it's like behind the scenes was SO intriguing. I seriously can't recommend it enough, you all!!

It's available for request on NetGalley right now. And there's a fun pre-order going on as well...



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy 3 Month Anniversary, Catalyst!

It's hard to believe that Kristin Smith, my critique partner, had a book published 3 months ago today (where does time go?)  Catalyst, a YA dystopian novel, debuted with a fun launch party:




(pictures from Kristin's FB page)


And has some great praise:



It's also been stocked in Barnes & Noble across the country, as shown here by Kristin's husband. He found this copy in Pennsylvania. Other states Catalyst has been sighted in include North Carolina, Kansas, & New York!




So here's to Catalyst, and to the 3 months it's been out in the world. And to Kristin, a talented and wonderful friend: All that chocolate on a plate is for you. ;) (A chocolate cupcake, with fudge in the middle, and fudge-swirled icing, yum









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A fast-paced thrilling adventure, full of danger, romance, and deception—perfect for fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Marie Lu's Legend.

Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn't fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she's ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she's falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who's too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren't what they seem, and the secrets they're hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

Catalyst can be found at AmazonB&N, and many other major retail sites. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Q&A with Brett Jonas




Pizza paired with reading, what could be better?! I was thrilled to discover the A Pizza My Heart anthology, and I'm very excited to have Brett Jonas here today, one of the authors!

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1. If there could only be one High Ruler of all Pizza Toppings, what would it be? 
Any kind of meat. I'm not picky. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni... it's all good.


2. Favorite place in the world to get a slice?
I'm from the particular region of Indiana that thinks that Papa John's is the only place to get pizza. (Their garlic sauce is at least 50% of that line of reasoning, not going to lie. Haha)


3. What was the inspiration behind your short story, Pizzamergency?
My short story involves a girl who's having a gazillion baby goats born in one day, and she hasn't had a chance to eat anything, and her boyfriend brings pizza. Well, I live on a goat farm, and there was a day last spring where we had twenty-one babies born, and I didn't get to eat anything. Now, I didn't have a cute boyfriend bringing me pizza, but my mom brought us tuna fish sandwiches! So I totally drew from real life and modified a few details to turn it into a short story about pizza. :)


4. As a young author starting your career, what are your goals in the next five years?
I would love to get a book published in the next five years. While there's not much that I can do to guarantee that I'll reach my goal, I can try!


5. You're opening a pizza parlor (congratulations!) What would you name it?
I'd probably call it Giovanna's, after my Italian great-great-grandmother, who came over from Italy when she was only eighteen or nineteen. We'd serve our pizza with her signature sauce! 

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Brett Jonas is a writer, reader, Christian, lover of chocolate, and over-user of smiley faces. After being homeschooled her whole life, she’s now taking classes at the local community college and working in her family’s business, Goat Milk Stuff, with her seven younger siblings. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, reading, working, or doing homework, you can find her wasting time on Twitter as @BookSquirt, where she loves making friends and using too many exclamation points.


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And this anthology is at a great deal right now, everyone. Only .99 cents!! Can't beat a buck for a fun weekend read... =)



Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

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