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?


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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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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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27 comments:

  1. I didn't want to mess up the pretty post above w/all my squealing-- but Ohmygosh!! I am in LOVE with Kristin's writing space! It's just perfect! I wonder if she'd rent it out... ;)

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  2. IT'S AMAZING...I'm drooling, lol!! It's inspiring me to give myself a writing space. I tend to write on my bed, which means I get distracted by TV, music, and books. Maybe if i had a space designated just for writing I'd get more done! <3

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    1. I was, and still am at times, a bed-writer. But I do "feel" more business-like when I'm sitting at my desk. Whether or not that makes me more productive has yet to be established. Lol. :)

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  3. Thank you, Leandra, for having me on here! It's so fun seeing all the pics of my writing space on your blog. I don't know how I kept this a secret from you for so long! I kept wanting to text you a picture, but decided to wait and surprise you. I thought you'd love it. :)

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    1. It was a nice surprise, and you were right! *wink*

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  4. Hi Kristin and Leandra. Kristin, your writing space is very beautiful. Love the sound and the cover of Catalyst!

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    1. Hi Rachna! Thank you! I'm kind of partial about the cover—I love it too! :)

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  5. Beautiful! I love the light fixture too! I need to add chocolate to my writing space ;)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, everyone needs chocolate in their writing space. :)

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  6. Yay, Kristin! See, I totally need an interior designer. I've thought it several times, but haven't done anything about it. My writing space ALWAYS has a window and a view. Nature inspires me. For reading, it doesn't matter where I am. I'll disappear inside the book no matter what.

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    1. Check out Pinterest! It might get those interior design juices flowing. :)

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  7. Ughhh, you're so organized! I love it!

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    1. Thank you! But trust me, it doesn't always look like this! Lol.

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  8. You super organized, brilliantly talented woman...I think you're fibbing about having all those boys in your house. Or do you have them trapped in the basement?

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    1. Lol. Aw, thank you, Elizabeth! You're too sweet! I may have those boys locked up somewhere... or maybe I keep my door locked so they can't come in and mess up my room! Hahaha! :)

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  9. Oh my goodness that is such a pretty spot to write! I don't think mine could ever look that organized though--I'm usually surrounded by far too much paperwork and other books haha!

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    1. You should see it right now! It's a disaster. Lol.

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  10. Beautiful space! I need a picture editing space. My bed isn't working out for me anymore. Come help me! :-)

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  11. What a lovely space and beautiful book cover! I love the idea of having a big 'Make it Happen' board staring me right in the face while I work. As I scrolled through the pictures I kept thinking, Kristin and Leandra have very similar taste, right down to the ampersand!

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    1. Thank you!

      Yes, Leandra and I do have similar tastes! I think that's what makes us such great friends and critique partners! :)

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  12. Kristin is everywhere today! Wow! I think I have seen her on at least 10 blogs today. :) Congrats to her! Now I see what beautiful spaces she has had (and has) for writing. Such a pretty home.

    ~Jess

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  13. You have a very clean and shiny workspace! Very pretty. It's cute, Kristin, just like you. :)

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