AT FIRST BLUSH IS ON SALE!

For the month of February, you can pick up my debut, AT FIRST BLUSH for only .99 cents! And if you do, shoot me an email at BethEllynSummer@gmail.com with a screenshot as proof of purchase for a free lip gloss and to be entered to win a blush palette. Oh! And if you already own it and would still like a lip gloss and be entered to win the blush, please leave me an honest review on Amazon/any retail site and you’re all set!

 

Assassin of Truths release!

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Assassins of Truth (Library Jumper’s #3)
Brenda Drake
Published by: Entangled Teen
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance

The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.

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I didn’t want to kill the girl, so I hesitated to throw another globe at her. Squaring my shoulders, I got ready for her attack. When the girl got close enough, I threw a kick to her gut and slammed my fist against her jaw. She stumbled back against the frozen railing. It broke free, and she fell over the side, landing on a table below. Her body was half on and half off the table, her neck bent at an odd angle and the bones underneath pushed against her skin.

Is she dead?

A shimmery light left the girl’s body and flew to me, smacking my chest. I took a step back, expecting to turn into a human Popsicle, but nothing happened, only a chill that rushed across my skin and quickly ended.

“You killed her,” Veronique yelled as she stepped up on a chair and onto a table. She charged the length of it, heading for me.

I dropped to my knees and flipped through the pages of the gateway book. My heart galloped like a thousand racehorses on steroids. I needed to escape.

Where do I go? I can’t lead her to the others. I stopped on the photograph of the Boston Athenæum. Home? To Nana. Afton. No. Veronique knew where Nana Kearns lived. I couldn’t risk going there. I tossed over more pages.

Just then, Veronique pulled herself up onto the balcony and let loose another fire globe. The flames licked the air and smoke trailed it like a comet. The fire grazed my cheek, pulling a sharp gasp from my chest.

Her breaths were loud—panting. The sound of a siren drew nearer. We’d have company soon.

A feral look on her face, Veronique plucked a dagger from her shoulder sheath. A velvet bag, weighed down by something heavy inside, was tied around her waist.

The other Chiavi? I had to get them. I grasped the strap of my messenger bag.

“You can’t win, Gia. You’re weak. Unskilled. A sniveling child.”

“I beat your ass, and I took care of your friends.” Meaning the three Sentinels lying dead on the floor below us. I forced my eyes to stay on hers, acting brave, though their deaths were like an overweight barbell on my conscience.

Her step forward caused me to step back. “That was dumb luck,” she said. “This will take skill.”

She ran for me. I drew my sword and swung at her. She ducked, the blade barely missing her. Before I could get another swing in, she tackled me, our bodies smacking into the bookcase, my sword knocked from my hand.

A satisfied look crossed Veronique’s face right before she stabbed my upper arm with her dagger, her blade cutting across my cheek. A horrified scream rattled my throat. My knees buckled and thudded against the floor.

“Shit!” The pain shocked me. I wanted to roll into a ball on the floor, to have this end.

She’s going to kill me. I’m going to die.

Fear gripped me.

Then anger.

Fight, Gia! The voice in my head was strong and forceful. It pushed me. Pushed me to my feet.

Pushed me to take action.

Author Bio:

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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3 Tips to Consistent IG Growth: a guest post!

Hi everyone! I have a guest post today from Michelle Vandepol. Take it away, Michelle!

 

3 proven Tips to Consistent Instagram Growth

I, like a lot of writers and freelance creative folks, am interested in growing my instagram account. I’ve searched my fair share of tutorials on getting followers and received enough spammy emails about apps and robots designed to boost numbers quick to know there is lots of advice out there on the best way to make it happen.

I am not an expert, but I can tell you from my own experience that if you’re interested in growing an engaged community and moving from hundreds to thousands of followers, you can focus on three main areas and see it happen.

  1. Be a good follower to get good followers.

In order for people to find you, you will have to connect with them. Using hashtags that describe your posts and then searching for accounts that appeal to you and are similar in content to your own, you will find accounts to follow. I recommend not just focusing on the top posts, but also on the most recently posted in that hashtag. The reason being, you may find other instagrammers who have great content, but do not yet have a big enough following that you’d otherwise run across them. These people are more likely than big accounts to follow you back and to engage with your posts.

Once you are following an account, be a good follower. Like and comment on things you genuinely connect to and make your comments specific or you’ll risk looking like the previously mentioned robot posting the same thing over and over. Engagement with others’ accounts will often get attention from their current followers as well.

  1. Personalize your content.

It is good to have a theme to your account. Focusing on a few types of pictures you typically post, a bio line that tells people what they can expect from your account, and a clear headshot as a profile picture gets you off to a running start. Making sure these elements are aligned communicates trustworthiness and competence. Try different approaches both in pictures and in captions. You might share a bit of your day, a quote that touched you, or a combination of the two. If you don’t like the way a particular picture stands out in your feed, you can click at the top right of the picture and archive it, bringing your feed back into visual balance.

  1. Remain a little detached from the outcome.

You are an original. Sharing the things that are important to you will draw your followers to you. Some days you may see a flurry of activity on your account. Other days the likes will trickle in and people will unfollow you. That is not about you. Don’t even spend energy on it. The same goes for days of heaping praise. Keep it in perspective. You are not the sum of your instagram growth. You are more.

Bio: Michelle Vandepol is a writer, editor, and bookish Canadian who loves connecting with other readers and writers on instagram at @michellevandepol . For more articles on the writing life, visit her website www.michellevandepol.com

Book Blitz for THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake!

Thunderstruck
Brenda Drake
Published by: Entangled Crave
Publication date: September 11th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Mythology, Romance

Stevie Moon is famous…at least to the subscribers on her comic review vlog. At school, she’s as plain as the gray painted walls in the cafeteria. So when Blake, the hot new guy at school, shows an interest in her, she knows trouble when she sees it. Been there. And never doing it again.

As the son of the god Thor, Blake Foster’s been given an important mission—to recover the Norse god Heimdall’s sacred and powerful horn before someone uses it to herald in the destruction of the entire universe. But while Blake is great in a fight, the battlefield that is a high school’s social scene is another matter.

Blake knows his only choice is to team up with the adorable Stevie, but she’s not willing to give him even the time of day. He’ll need to woo the girl and find the horn if he hopes to win this war. Who better to tackle Stevie’s defenses than the demi-god of thunder?

“Every page brims with captivating Norse mythology and deliciously creative worldbuilding.” Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author.

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EXCERPT:

After disposing of the troll, Blake rushed to May’s house and showered. His thoughts kept going to Stevie. After hearing what Jörd said to him, he wanted to see her. The pull to go to her was too strong. He had no choice but to give in to it.

He climbed the tree outside Stevie’s room and sat on the branch. A blue light blinked on and off inside the room. He lightly tapped on the window. Muffled voices from within the room hummed against the glassed pane.

The curtain pushed aside. Amira was close to Stevie’s back when the curtain slid to the side. Stevie said something to Amira that Blake couldn’t hear through the thick glass. Amira turned away and dropped onto the bed. Stevie flipped the locks and opened the window.

“You scared the shit out of us,” Stevie snapped.

Amira crossed her arms. “Yeah, we’re watching scary movies here.”

Blake tried not to laugh, but he couldn’t hold it in. “My apologies. Can I have a moment alone with you, Stevie?”

“With me?” She glanced back.

“No.” Amira heaved a sigh. “With the other Stevie in the room.”

“Where do you want to go?”

He reached his hand out to her. “Out here is fine.”

She narrowed her gaze on him. “I don’t think so.”

“Come on,” he said. “It’s perfectly safe. This branch is thick. Trust me.”

“Stop being a chicken and go already. I have to pee.” Amira shuffled off.

Stevie hesitated before grabbing his hand and letting him guide her out the window and onto the branch. “This is crazy, you know that?”

“If you never throw caution to the wind, you’ll never be rewarded.” He sat on the branch and held her hand as she came down beside him. Her hand was warm and soft in his, and he wanted to hold it forever.

The loose pajama bottoms she wore had cats on them. Her pink tank top rode up a little and exposed a bit of her midriff. Her light-brown hair, the color of the acorns he’d gathered with his grandmother when he was a boy, rose in the wind behind her. Wide, dark eyes met his, her full lips parted in a smile.

“What did you want?” She glanced at the ground. “Wow, this is pretty high.”

“Don’t worry. I won’t let you fall.” He slid his hand across her lower back and held her waist. She shivered. “Are you cold?”

“A little,” she said.

“Hold on.” He let her go, shrugged off his hoodie, and draped it around her shoulders.

“Thank you.”

She held it closed at the zipper. He returned his arm around her, grasping her waist. She shuddered, and he smiled at her response to his touch.

“You didn’t answer me,” she said. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

“Actually, I’m not here to talk,” he said. “Have you ever had an urge to do something, and once it’s in your head, you can’t sleep or think until you do the thing?”

“I guess.” When she looked over at him, they locked eyes and an intensity passed between them like the energy he felt in the handle of his hammer after catching lightning with it. He noticed a faint scar just above her cupid’s bow.

“How did you get the scar?” he asked.

“Scar?” She glanced down at her chest.

“Not there,” he whispered, lifting her chin to look into her eyes. “On your lip.”

She touched it. “Oh this? It’s an embarrassing story. Let’s just say, I learned to watch where I’m walking, especially when poles are around.”

He chuckled. “I can imagine what happened.”

She lowered her head again, her feet kicking back and forth.

He decided to take his chance and cupped her face in his hands, bringing her face to his and kissing her. It was a gentle, wanting kiss. Her lips were soft and warm against his. She tasted like May’s brownies. When Stevie hadn’t responded to his kiss, he was about to release her, but then her lips began moving with his. He cradled her in his arms and they balanced together on the branch.

 

Author Bio:

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Pitch Wars 2017 Mentor Wishlist!

 

Hello and welcome to #TeamVictoriousSecret! If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a potential mentee and chances are, you’re already scrolling down to the wishlist and I lost you at “Hello.” If you’re still with me, you’re about to get to know me and Kristin and learn why we are the perfect mentors for YOU! If you have no clue what I’m talking about and stumbled on here while Googling ideas for a fantasy baseball team name, then click HERE to find out what Pitch Wars is all about!
 
WHO WE ARE:




Kristin Smith

Hi there! I am so excited to be co-mentoring Pitch Wars this year with my friend and critique partner, the very talented Beth Ellyn Summer. Beth and I have a great love for many of the same books, and we are dying to find that ms we immediately connect with and will go to battle for.



Im a YA author who loves jewelry and scarves, and would trade summer for fall any day. Im the best-selling author of the YA near-future thriller Catalyst (released Nov. 16 from Clean Teen Publishing) and its sequel Forgotten (released April 17). You can find my books in your local Barnes and Noble or online HERE.


Fun Facts:



I LOVE to dance and may or may not be the Just Dance champion in my house.



If you take me to a karaoke bar, I might not be the one drinking, but Ill certainly be the one singing.
 
 

I play a killer game of Scrabble, but I suck at drawing—my biggest claim to fame would be stick figures and flowers.

I have a slight addiction to chocolate, and I’m a strong believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert (except for creme brûlée—I can always make an exception for creme brûlée).

I love to laugh (no, seriously, I LOVE to laugh).

I’m a Southern girl by birth and by heart, but I’m fascinated with big cities.

 
As the only girl in a house of six boys (1 husband, 5 sons), I’m WAY outnumbered, which is probably why I love rom coms so much.



I love broadway plays, music, Zumba, sunsets, the ocean, my family, the piano, reading (of course), and a million other things.



You can read more about me and my books at kristinsmithbooks.com OR connect with me on Twitter: @SwordsStilettos OR find me on Instagram: @kristinsmithwrites


 
 
 
Beth Ellyn Summer:


Hi! I am so thrilled to be a Pitch Wars mentor with my good friend Kristin Smith. There is something so crazy exciting about this contest, and the lead up to it every year reminds me of the electric buzz just before a concert’s about to start. We can’t wait to find the manuscript that makes us fan girl!
 


I’m a YA author in love with makeup, words and pretty pastel things. My debut novel, AT FIRST BLUSH was published by Bloomsbury Spark in April ’17. Check it out HERE.
 


I firmly believe books > movies, but I do love television about as much as I love books. I’m a bit of a TV addict. I spent my college years interning at NBC for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon (which means I possess the answer to the age old question: how many interns does it take to change a water cooler?) Also: please don’t tell my journalism degree, but my favorite news source is Colin Jost and Michael Che on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update.



Fun Facts:



I live, breathe, sleep, eat, exist for fitness (yes, I’m one of *those* people) with a special love for HIIT (actually HIIT classifies as a love/hate relationship), weight training, core work, and yoga.



I have a cat named Penny Belle who loves to “hunt” my laundry downstairs at night and “present” it to me in my room upstairs which is adorable, as well as incredibly helpful.



The Roots once wrote a song about me and Whoopie Goldberg eating frozen yogurt together on a desert island.



I can’t for the life of me remember high school math, yet Britney Spears’ entire dance routine to “Crazy” is still somehow embedded in my brain (and feet) for all eternity.  



I can solve Wheel of Fortune puzzles with, like, three letters. Sometimes less.



I love Hanson. Yes, Mmmbop Hanson. Yes, they still have a fan base.



As I mentioned above, I love makeup. My main character in At First Blush is a makeup guru. But I can’t apply eye liner to save my life, and the one time I did a decent wing, I took 7,000 selfies to document the occasion.



To learn more about me and my writing check out www.BethEllynSummer.com or connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @BethEllynSummer
 


NOW ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!


We are interested in YA in the following genres: contemporary realistic, contemporary magical realism, contemporary suspense/mystery/psychological thrillers, fantasy/speculative fiction



Here are some things wed LOVE to see:



-VOICE, VOICE, VOICE (If you have an ms with a voice that truly stands out, we are the mentors for you!)
-Romance (were a sucker for great romantic tensionhowever, the romance doesnt have to be part of the main plot; it can be a subplot and wed be happy)
-Complex family dynamics
-Unreliable narrators (If you have anything that can be comped to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, we want to see it!)
-Love triangles (done right!)
-Complicated or flawed characters
-Twists and turns we dont see coming
-Stories told in an unusual way (with letters or text messages, etc. Think Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher)
-Fairy tale retellings
-High concept plots (Think Pretty Little Liars)
-Own voices
-Writing that grounds us in the characters every emotion
-Artistic characters: dance, painting, acting, singing, writing, photography, etc.
-Anything that can make us laugh or cry (preferably both!)
-Anything a la Pretty Little Liars or Gilmore Girls
Characters dealing with the death of a loved one (Think The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson)
-Boarding schools
-Phantom of the Opera inspired retelling
-YA version of the Bachelorette
-Foreign settings
-Anything with cooking
-Anything that can be comped to Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins
 
 


THE BREAKDOWN:



CONTEMPORARY:



It’s no secret that we LOVE contemporary YA. So, if you’ve got swoony boys, complex characters and unique plots, we’re your girls. We love the light and fluffy stuff (humor is always a plus) but on the flip side, if your character is gritty and dark, we want it too! In short, when it comes to contemporary, to quote Sharpay Evans, we want it all.



We love strong female friendships, but Beth has a love for the slow burn and inevitable heartbreak of close friendships falling apart.



Beth is also addicted to Disney shows and movies, so if your book is anything like High School Musical or Teen Beach (think What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae), she will move heaven and earth for it! (bonus points for manuscripts with musical elements: rock stars, concerts, etc.)




Kristin is a sucker for voices, so if you have a voicey ms that can make her laugh (or cry) she’ll fight Wonder Woman-style for it.

Kristin would love to see anything that could be comped to Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, or Kasie West. Shes also a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera, so if you have a contemporary version of this classic masterpiece, shed love to see it. Kristin ships stories that have emotional depth, such as dealing with the death of a loved one, so if you have a ms a la The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson or Hold Still by Nina LaCour, please submit to us.



MAGICAL REALISM:



We are looking for magical realism in a contemporary setting. Think If I Stay by Gayle Forman or Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Or anything else you think we’d love.



FANTASY/SPECULATIVE FICTION



Were looking for low fantasy or light sci-fi. So if you have an epic fantasy or anything with dragons, trolls, or unicorns, we are probably not the right mentors for you. We’re also not the right mentors for spaceships or aliens. However, if you have a superhero ms a la Wonder Woman or anything as badass as that, wed love to see it! Most of all, we want impressive world-building and unique plots.



Some favorites include: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Defy by Sara Larson



CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE/MYSTERY/PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS:



We are open to thrillers and books that mess with your mind. If you have a suspenseful or psychological thriller that can keep us turning pages late into the night, wed love to see it.



Specifically, we want anything a la Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, The Darkest Secret by Pintip Dunn, or a YA version of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.



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We know this is a wide range of interests, but mostly if you have a great story with a ton of VOICE and a lot or a little bit of romance (remember, romance can be a subplot), then we want YOUR manuscript!



FAVORITE BOOKS, MOVIES, & TV SHOWS:


Kristin



Favorite authors: Lauren Oliver, Jandy Nelson, Jenny Han, Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, Suzanne Collins, Jennifer E. Smith, Gayle Forman, Jennifer Niven, Rainbow Rowell, E. Lockhart, Kiera Cass



Favorite books: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Katie West, The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



Favorite movies: Kate and Leopold, Youve Got Mail, Family Man, Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Titanic, Life As We Know It, The Holiday, My Best Friends Wedding, Dirty Dancing



Favorite TV shows: Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Reign, Switched At Birth, Modern Family, Vampire Diaries, Drop-Dead Diva, Poldark, Hart of Dixie



Beth


Favorite authors: Kasie West, Sophie Kinsella, Kiera Cass, Stephanie Perkins, J.K. Rowling, Morgan Matson, Emery Lord, Sarah Dessen, Harlan Coben, Jenny Han, Allie Larkin.

Favorite books: Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Selection series by Kiera Cass, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West (all by Kasie West), The Summer I Turned Pretty series and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.

Favorite movies: Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Harry Potter, Titanic, High School Musical 1, 2, 3, Camp Rock, Teen Beach Movie, Frozen, The Little Mermaid… All things Disney.

Favorite TV shows: Friends, The Middle, Modern Family, Gilmore Girls, Younger, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, Wheel of Fortune.

NOT FOR US:


There are some things we know would not be right for us, and as a potential mentee, you want a mentor who will be a champion for your work. With that being said, here are some things were not looking for:



-The murdering of darlings is about all the blood we can handle, so please: no horror!
-Erotica
-Incest
-Rape
-Cruelty or death of an animal
-High fantasy
-Dystopian (while we LOVE dystopian, its such a hard sell right now)
-Paranormal in the form of vampires, werewolves, or shapeshifters



WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US (aka OUR GENERAL AWESOMENESS)


We love nothing more than finding that special something in a manuscript and exploring ways to make it come alive, while maintaining the structure and integrity of the story. BUT, that said, we’ll push you to work hard and encourage you to make real, deep changes. Revisions aren’t about cutting and pasting bits of the story and rearranging. They’re about digging deep into structural edits and discovering new scenes (and sometimes characters) in the process. So be ready to kill some darlings and do whatever it takes to make that ms shine. Oh, and we LOVE brainstorming! So we’ll always be available to bat ideas around and work through snags. In short, as long as you’re willing to put the work in, we’ll be there for you every step of the way!
 
Don’t forget to stop by Kristin’s blog and say ‘hi’! You can visit her HERE.
 
 
Be sure to check out the other mentor’s bios HERE!
 
 
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Summer in the City Giveaway!

At First Blush and Alterations Summer in the City giveaway Twitter post

It’s finally summer! A time for fun, beaches, books, and TWO giveaways! One giveaway is US only and the second is open internationally.

ALTERATIONS and AT FIRST BLUSH both feature strong, driven, talented teens navigating fast-paced New York City fashion internships, first loves, and social media versus real life.

In ALTERATIONS, we follow Amelia Blanco as she leaves behind her lifelong crush to attend a New York City fashion design program, make new friends and discover hidden talents. But when she returns home to Miami, she must reevaluate her idea of Pinterest Perfect in life (and in love).

In AT FIRST BLUSH, beauty YouTuber Lacey Robbins is on the cusp of a million subscribers. Interning at On Trend magazine seems the best way to get to that magic number, but rebranding (and falling for) the cover boy, an arrogant pop star, could destroy everything she’s worked for, forcing her to choose: YouTube life or real life?

We want you ready and equipped for whatever you’ve set out to do this summer, whether it’s at the beach or at work! We’re giving away FOUR prizes: one winner will receive an ebook of ALTERATIONS and Stephanie’s emergency fashion and sewing kit:

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A second winner will receive an ebook of AT FIRST BLUSH by Beth Ellyn Summer plus a prize pack including e.l.f. brand lip glosses, highlight/blush sticks, cream highlight/blush, and eyeshadow brushes.

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TWO International winners will win a copy of ALTERATIONS or AT FIRST BLUSH!
To enter, see below:

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Blog Blitz for FORGOTTEN!

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.

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EXCERPT:

“How do you know so much about motorcycles? Did your dad ride?”

She laughs outright at my question. “My dad on a motorcycle? No way. Dad was a mixture of leather, coffee, and books. Not oil, sweat, and grease.”

After lying down on her back, she scoots up next to the bike, checking the rims and spokes to make sure there’s no damage. “It kind of became a hobby of mine after my dad died. Do you know the junkyard off Chantilly? Never mind, of course you don’t. Anyway, I found Harley there when I was looking for some old furniture to decorate our trailer with.” She looks up at me. “We didn’t always live in a trailer, you know.”

I try to hide my surprise. I assumed the opposite. “What happened?”

“After Dad died, Mom became sick. We couldn’t afford to live in our house in the suburbs anymore, so we sold it and everything in it, and found the trailer on the outskirts of town. That’s when I dropped out of school and started taking on odd jobs.”

She says it all with such a matter-of-fact tone, but I sense the truth. It was hard for her. It was more than any teenage girl should have to deal with. But she’s too strong to admit it.
“I don’t know how you did it,” I say.

She sits up, wiping her hands on her shorts. Unconsciously, I find my eyes shifting to her bare legs.

“I didn’t have a choice,” she says. She rises to her feet, straddles the bike, and bounces up and down a little. I can only assume she’s checking the chassis to make sure everything is working properly.

“Anyway,” she says. “When I found Harley, I took her home, researched antique motorcycles, and fixed her up. There’s a shop near the Hollow that sells parts, so that’s where I headed after I got my first paycheck.” She pats her bike fondly. “Never regretted it.”

I watch as she turns the key and the engine roars to life, bringing a brilliant smile to her face. I want to tell her all the ways I think she’s amazing, how she’s unlike any girl I’ve ever met, how I find her beautiful, resourceful, intelligent, and intriguing, but she doesn’t want to hear those things. Not from me anyway.

 

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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Cover Reveal for FORGOTTEN by Kristin Smith!

GUYS! I am SO excited for my friend Kristin ….FORGOTTEN, the second book in her Deception Game series is out this summer and here’s the cover! Isn’t it amazing???

I loved CATALYST so much so you can bet I’ll be reading this one!

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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
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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.

 

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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.

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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.

AT FIRST BLUSH Pre-Order offer is LIVE!!!

 

Soooo it’s been a long time coming but AT FIRST BLUSH debuts in less than two months!! My book will be available 4-4, and I have a fun pre-order offer!! Details here:

 

 

ALTERATIONS is here!!!

Guys, I don’t know how to explain how happy I am to say that ALTERATIONS IS HERE!!! This book is amazing, the author is amazing, and can we take a sec to talk about the cover???

Alterations
by Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Alterations-Stephanie-Scott-ebook/dp/B01M59LROR/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alterations-stephanie-scott/1124822027

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/alterations-2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alterations/id1166705649?mt=11

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781681191928

 



About the Author
Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I’m an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I’m a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.

 

 

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