Monday, November 21, 2016

Guest Post by Kristin Smith (Book Launch + Giveaway!)

Guest Post by Kristin Smith: An Inside Look at My Writing Space

My writing space has evolved over time, much to the relief of my back and wrists. I used to write here:

But now I write here:

I'm a sucker for all things girly, sparkly, and pretty, so when I was designing my space, I knew I wanted it to reflect who I am and what I'm about. I love inspirational quotes and sayings and since this writing thing has always been a dream of mine, I figured focusing on the "dream" aspect would be a good thing. Plus, the arrow decor is a hot item right now, and I'm a big fan! Obviously.

You can't have a writing space without a sturdy desk and a comfy chair, and I think I found the best for my budget.

And a writing desk isn't complete without a little chocolate pick-me-up for those long writing sessions.

And a writing session isn't complete without a cup of herbal tea or hot chocolate for those chilly winter days.

My Make it Happen board keeps me focused on what I need to get done that week and reminds me of my daily goals.

Oh, and can't forget about the perfectly placed copies of my book that inspire me every time I sit down to write. Hello, beauties!

Well, that's my writing space in a nutshell. Where do you like to write or read a book?


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


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.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Life Updates

I've nothing bookish to talk about (still drafting), or any authors to showcase at the moment, so instead I'll tell you about my incredibly fascinating life (haha). 

I finally broke out the fire pit I got for my bday (picture evidence here) & put it together. I then discovered that I am hopeless at maintaining a fire. I think my chunks of wood were just too big, and I needed more lighter fluid. I was having trouble even getting cardboard to light! But I did have a fire going long enough to eat two s'mores and multiple burnt marshmallows, so yum-win. 

I'd mentioned that we were planning on selling our house next year. Well, since then, we've had some major car problems that we took a hit on finance-wise, which caused us to take a step back and really reevaluate. So we've decided to stay put and just update as we can. And I'm happy with that. I've found I'm really looking forward to painting the entire house, as I'd forgotten how something as simple as a new coat of paint can help freshen things up.

And I've decided in the spring that I'm going to have a major garage sale and get rid of so.much.stuff. I'm excited to declutter and go w/the less is more mentality. I've decided all I want in the living room decor-wise is a large mirror & an oversized wall clock (I love those). 

And speaking of decluttering, for the sake of just that, I did make a recent purchase. I bought this cart:

Because I am taking back my kitchen table!!

Every day when the hubs comes in, he dumps his gym bag on the table. And then there's all his bottles. He's big into fitness, and the table constantly stays covered in his protein powders & pills. NO MORE! This cart will be in its own designated nook & if I so much as see a dusting of protein powder...Well, it ain't gonna be pretty. 

So those are my big weekend plans, putting together a cart. And maybe toasting some more marshmallows as...more than likely...there probably won't be any chocolate left for actual s'mores by the end of this week. ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG: Let's Pretend, Shall We?

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.

So I'll admit I'm feeling a bit burnt out. I'm close to finishing my first draft, and while that should inspire me, all I can think about is all the work that's going to be needed to fix that bad baby. So you know what I'm going to do today? I'm going to show you some of my favorite pins that I've pinned to my secret Pinterest board for this story. Yes? Yes. (if you said no--go away!)

Please join me in pretending that the world I've crafted around these images is plot-hole free, is populated by fully-dimensional characters, and is polished to a blinding sheen. 

My main character's home.

There are a lot of fancy parties in this book.

Oh, and this otter. He's a cheeky little thing. 

Mustard yellow and messy hair.

There are hot air balloons at night, which I feel is pretty magical.

Muriel and Chessie, whom the story revolves around.

I really love this guy (let's not talk about what happens to him...).

Light As Clouds Meringue Drops, a treat from The Miner's Sweet Tooth.

And lastly, our setting, the glorious Lake District in the UK. 


Now, on to the question for November: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

That would be the joy I get out of the fictional worlds in my head. Not the actual writing (ack, so hard!), but the time that I spend just thinking about my characters, and their problems, and solutions to those problems, and handsome men, and the villains, and the dialogue (that comes so easily & witty in my head, of course), and handsome men. Wait...did I mention that one already? ;)