Monday, November 21, 2016

New Book Release: Kristin Smith's Debut Novel Takes Us on Dystopian Trip Through Las Vegas in Catalyst!

Hey guys! Today calls for a celebration for an awesome author friend of mine, Kristin Smith! Her debut novel has just released, and here she is taking over the blog to tell you more about it, and how to enter for a giveaway. I leave the controls to you, Kristin. Take it away!

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by Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: Nov 21, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult 

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 is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.

**Look for Catalyst in Barnes and Noble stores nationwide, coming in December!**

Guest Post: Vegas Takes Center Stage

Catalyst takes place in a futuristic Las Vegas and was inspired by my time spent living in Vegas several years ago. I was young and single at the time, working in my brother-in-law's oral surgery office as a receptionist.

I loved Vegas. I loved everything about it. I loved the vibrancy, the Strip, the people, and especially the casinos. Where else can you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet for dirt cheap? Or watch a gorgeous water show every night? Or view a stunning cirque du soleil act? Vegas and I became fast friends.

When I later moved to Utah to attend college, I brought my friends down to visit Vegas on the weekends. My sister lived there and had an open door policy (at least, I think she did. Sorry, sis, if you didn't!) Vegas was fun and exciting, and we always had a blast.

When the idea for Catalyst first came to me, I pictured Sienna in a pool hall, very similar to one I'd been to when I was living in Vegas. Instead of being bright and vibrant, I pictured the Strip as dark and desolate. Slowly, ever so slowly, this idea that Vegas was no longer what it once had been, came to my mind. And that's where the story unfolded and grew and developed into the one you can read today.

What best-selling authors are saying: 

"A gripping thriller with a tough, but vulnerable heroine who must fight against a corrupt underworld. High stakes and non-stop action paired with terrific writing will have you turning the pages late into the night.” ~Kimberley Griffiths Little, award-winning author of the Forbidden trilogy

"An amazing young adult thriller! Full of intrigue, high stakes, and danger, this read will keep your heart racing and your mind turning deep into the night." ~Jessie Humphries, best-selling author of The Ruby Rose series 

"An action-packed sci-fi thriller filled with romance, danger, and twists you won't see coming, CATALYST provides a glimpse into an eery future depicting what can go wrong when those in power attempt to make things right.” ~Ilima Todd, author of Remake


 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

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Special: A Game of Truth and Lies with Crystal Collier, Undead Road Sale, and Updates!

Hey guys! There seems to be this reoccurring theme on the blog this year, something along the lines of "it's been a while!" and this is no exception.  Some have asked if I'm still here or if I've flown off the face of the galaxy. Maybe not those words exactly, but the answer is yes and no. But before I get to that, you may want to hear of this!
Awesome blogger Crystal Collier has invited me to her place today for a special Halloween giveaway post and a game of truth and lies. Head on over to check it out.

And since Halloween isn't Halloween without zombies, I am offering a chilling sale of The Undead Road on Amazon. The lowest price I can offer on ebook ($.99) and paper back ($10.93) is available from now through Halloween night. It's done really well this year, and it is just ONE review away from 50. That's a big deal. Want to help this book level up? Then share it with the zombie enthusiasts in your life.

Much Needed Update: as it turns out, going back to school is tough, but I'm glad to report that it's going well. Still have all A's in my courses. It's because of this (and other curve balls that is the ballpark of life), my writing life has been on hold.  A sabbatical, if you will (unless I'm using that word wrong?). My Zombie Summer: Part Two is sitting on the shelf growling at me like the never-ceasing undead, but there is good news on the Woven sequel front. Michael and I have complied our shares of the work and, who would have guessed, we have about 10,000 words left. I'm mighty excited about this! The goal is to have a working draft done by the year's end.

And that's not all. Our family will have a new addition this spring. Bottom line, that's going to make 2017 a fantastic year for us. :)

I must sign out for now, and I'm not sure when I will return to regular blogging (guys, I can't stress how seriously I miss you all), but I will be sure to pull out of hyperspace again before the year is over. In the meantime, what have you guys been up to? What have I missed?

I'm David, and there's a T-Rex on my shoulder ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Book Release: Between Two Fires by Mark Noce!

Hey, guys! A special friend of mine (and a longtime resident of the blogosphere) has debuted a book, and I am honored to share this with you on release day! Happy book birthday, Mark Noce. If you're in the mood for an excellent historical fiction tale set in medieval Wales, you're in for a treat. Here's more information. Read all about it!
Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King.

But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

About the Author:
Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he is a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. In addition to writing novels, he also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he’s listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.

His debut novel, Between Two Fires, is published by Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press and Macmillan). It is the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in medieval Wales. 

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Congrats again, Mark! I've been able to read the first few chapters, and all I can say is WOW! Mark did his research, and the story flows very well in this setting. I'm looking forward to finishing this.

What historical fiction titles have you found that you enjoyed? Has this piqued your interest? Will the lady tame the Hammer King?

I'm David, and if you look hard, there's a little Welch inside me!