Monday, November 21, 2016

Catalyst by Kristin Smith @jgbooksolutions @SwordsStilettos

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Welcome Kristin! Thanks for taking time to visit and letting us find out a little about you and your new book!!

What would we find under your bed? 
Suitcases! It may seem boring, but it’s the best place to store them. Lol.

New York or LA? Why?

Definitely New York. I absolutely LOVE NYC. I love the vibrancy, the diversity, the food, the bakeries, the shopping, the broadway shows… I love it all! It’s a great place for a romantic weekend getaway.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I received an email from a twelve-year-old girl named Anna, asking if she could interview me for a school project. Turns out the project was about modern-day heroes! I was deeply surprised and so honored that she would choose me.

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

I wish I could say I’m a chirpy bird, but unfortunately, you’d find a grumpy bear. I’m a night owl so I tend to stay up too late, and then I pay for it the next day! :)

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

This would be awesome! I’d love to go to South Africa, actually. Years ago, I started writing a book that takes place partly in South Africa, and I’d love to be able to delve into that setting a little more. Plus, South Africa is so unique and beautiful. It would be a great vacation spot, too!

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

You should read Catalyst because the romance is swoony, the guys are hot, the setting is futuristic, the characters will steal your heart, and because it’s a thrilling ride from beginning to end. :)


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Title:  Catalyst
Series:  The Deception Game, Book 1
Author:   Kristin Smith
Published:  November 21, 2016  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Dystopian, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Synopsis:  Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect.
In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose genetic modification for their children, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As the only “normal” girl, everyone around her is a little too pretty, a little too smart, and a little too perfect. But when her father dies suddenly, her world 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 is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.

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Excerpt from Calalyst by Kristin Smith:

I scoot to the wall and watch the GM girls in their fancy apparel—gaudy blue sequins, diamond-studded bodices, and red taffeta skirts. They talk in groups, sway to the music, and chat with their handsome GM matches, while their parents monitor their interactions from across the room. From what I understand about GMs, the amount of time they spend with their future match is minimal. Seems as if Zane and Arian are the exception; I dont think theyd ever even met until today.
A cascade of illustrious, golden hair mocks me from across the room. Rayne turns around, smiling wide, her gown barely covering all of her important parts. I try not to gape at her exposed belly and the slit in her dress. It comes up so high it shows off the entire length of one long, perfectly sculpted leg. I only hope shes wearing panties underneath.
This is a different lifestyle. A completely different way of thinking. These people have had things handed to them on a silver platter, while my family lives day to day. If I dont work, we dont eat. If I dont bring home money, we have no place to live. And if I dont kill Harlow, Ill never see my mother again.
Hot tears sting the back of my eyes when I think of my mom lying on a hard, cold surface somewhere, alone and scared. This is my fault. This is all my fault. If I had never taken the assignment to steal the computer chip, none of this would have happened. Because of my stupidity, Ive placed all that I have left in this world in danger. And I dont know how to make it right other than by killing Harlow Ryder.
I hurry over to the veranda and step outside. Thankfully, its empty except for some large potted plants and a few wrought-iron tables.
The tears Im holding in fall on the white balustrade as my mind churns with unanswered questions. How did I get mixed up in all of this? What did my father know that made him a threat to Harlow Ryder? How could he leave us in such a position?
The door opens behind me, and I quickly wipe the tears away.
A melodic voice speaks. “Sienna? Are you okay?”
I regret telling him my name. Why did I use my real name?
Be charming, Sienna. Thats how women at these parties act. Charming.
I turn slowly and find Zane staring at me. He looks every bit the part of the Chromo 120 poster child in his expensive black tuxedo.

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About the Author:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) 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 scarves, you can visit her at

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1 comment:

Kristin Smith said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for having me on here. I loved your interview questions—so fun! :)