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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  1. Thank you so much, David, for sharing my book release! The post looks awesome. Thank you! :)

  2. Love the idea of a dark Vegas! Sounds awesome!

    1. Thank you, Tiana! I think it is (but I'm a little partial). :)

  3. Congrats Kristin, your book sounds quite exciting. Glad to see you out and about David.

  4. Hey I'm a high roller! Ive beamed in from the alpha quadrant to roll the dice. My congrats Kristin you're off to a great start. Isn't las Vegas great?

    1. Vegas is the best! And thank you, Spacer Guy. Thanks for stopping by to roll the dice. ;)

  5. I am seeing Kristin's book everywhere today! That makes me very excited for her. I have already added Catalyst to my TBR list. Sounds very exciting!

  6. Wow! Congrats to Kristin. Intriguing story. And love that cover!

  7. Woot, woot! Love seeing Catalyst everywhere:)