Tuesday, April 2, 2019

YA Scavenger Hunt (Purple Team) & Giveaway!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

This is my FOURTH TIME hosting YASH, and I'm super excited to be a part of it again! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize—one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday, April 7th.

But first, I want to take a moment to introduce myself! I'm Kristin Smith, your hostess for this leg of the hunt. I'm the author of the best-selling and award-winning YA novel CATALYST and its sequels, FORGOTTEN and FEARLESS. Be sure to enter my Giveaway at the very end of the post!!


ABOUT ME:

I love fall.

My favorite colors are sky blue and pink.

My favorite scenes to write are ones with lots of kissing. :)

I'm a big fan of Karaoke and Just Dance.

I may or may not have a stash of chocolate in my nightstand.

I'm a mom to FIVE boys! (Yes, you read that correctly.) :)

If I had to choose between the mountains and the beach, I'd choose the beach. Every. Single. Time.


Now back to the Hunt!




Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVE contests
going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I'm part of the PURPLE TEAM, but there's also a red, blue, green, and gold team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!








SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PURPLE TEAM, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 7th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



SCAVENGER HUNT POST


Today, I'm excited to be hosting JESSICA RUDDICK for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Be sure to check out her books and her website!



Award-winning young adult and romance author Jessica lives in Virginia with her college-sweetheart husband, two rambunctious sons, and two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs. Since her house is overflowing with testosterone, it’s a good thing she has a healthy appreciation for Marvel movies, Nerf guns, and football. Learn more about Jessica at jessicaruddick.com.

Connect with Jessica at the following social media sites:








Book Blurb:


How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPhone for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. 

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.





**EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL**


YASH EXCLUSIVE TEASER EXCERPT (BIRTHRIGHT)



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Oooh, I just LOVE that excerpt!! Makes you want to read more, right?

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a bundle of awesome books by all of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!




GIVEAWAY!!

But before you go, be sure to enter my individual Giveaway for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of the first 3 books in the Deception Game series PLUS a $20 Amazon Gift Card and some awesome swag! (Books and swag are for US residents only. International winners will receive Amazon gift card only.)


ENTER HERE:


a Rafflecopter giveaway



CONTINUE THE HUNT

To continue the hunt, you need to visit the next author—K.M. ROBINSON. Click on her name to be redirected to her website.

But first, check out the first book in the Deception Game series, which is currently FREE on all major retailers.



Apple iBooks


Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck on the hunt! :)


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kissing in the Rain Releases & Updates!

Hi everyone!

I'm almost embarrassed to post on here because it's been SO long. And for that, I apologize.

I have some fun things to share, but FIRST, Kissing in the Rain (A Seasonal Romance Anthology from Literary Crush Publishing) releases today! You can find my novella, A Blueprint for Love, in the collection!


Story Blurb:

When stubbornly single Jenna Harris arrives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for her best friend’s destination wedding, the only thing on her mind is performing her maid of honor duties. But for Chase Anderson, a handsome writer turned Ryde driver who’s in the Ozarks for some much needed relaxation and inspiration, the high-powered architect turns out to be just the type of inspiration he needs. Now he only needs to convince her.



This was such a fun story to write. After focusing on action-packed sci-fi stories in the Deception Game series, it was a nice change of pace to slow it down and work on my first love—romance. All of the novellas have the theme of Kissing in the Rain and are considered sweet, clean love stories. I'm happy to be a part of this anthology!

OTHER NEWS:

If you follow me on social media, then you probably already know about this. Catalyst was named as a 2018 IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist in the Young Adult category! I was super excited to get this cool little badge for my book. I love the way it looks. Don't you??



In other news, Catalyst is making its television debut! :) My publisher was recently contacted by an NCIS New Orlean's set director, asking if they could use some of their books in a scene on NCIS. The set director chose Catalyst to be placed in an NCIS agent's daughter's bedroom. I was thrilled when I heard the announcement! I'm not sure when it will air, but if I find out, I'll let you know!

Here are some of the books that were chosen:


Also, I recently attended Teen Bookfest by the Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas as a featured author. It was an amazing experience. I flew there a day early so I could spend all day on Friday doing author visits at a local high school. Shaila Patel (another YA author from Charlotte) and I did three presentations together to a very respectful and attentive group of students. I loved their questions and their insights! Then on Saturday, during the Bookfest, I participated in three author panels and signed books throughout the day. I loved interacting with readers, especially those who are writers themselves! The TBFBay team was beyond amazing. They thought of EVERYTHING to make us authors feel welcome and appreciated. I can't wait to go back next year!









Last, but not least, FEARLESS, the third book in the Deception Game series, releases in paperback on March 19th! That's only a week away! And right now, I'm doing a preorder incentive for those who choose to preorder.

To enter: Preorder your paperback copy of Fearless from the retailer of your choice, send me Proof of Purchase or post a pic of your purchased book on social media and tag me. Two winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, Fearless bag, custom keychain from The Book Swag Shop, butterfly necklace, bookmarks, and swag.


And to get you in the mood for the upcoming release of FEARLESS, here are a couple teaser quotes for you! A BIG thanks to my friend and CP, Leandra Wallace, for creating these awesome promo graphics for me. She's SO talented!!! <3 



And that's all I have! Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone is having a great 2019 so far. What have you been up to?



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

YA Scavenger Hunt (Blue Team) & Giveaway!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

This is my third time hosting YASH, and I'm super excited to be a part of it again! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize—one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday, October 7th.

But first, I want to take a moment to introduce myself! I'm Kristin Smith, your hostess for this leg of the hunt. I'm the author of the bestselling YA novel CATALYST and its sequels, FORGOTTEN and FEARLESS. Be sure to enter my Giveaway at the very end of the post!!


ABOUT ME:

I love fall.

My favorite colors are sky blue and pink.

My favorite scenes to write are ones with lots of kissing. :)

I'm a big fan of Karaoke and Just Dance.

I may or may not have a stash of chocolate in my nightstand.

I usually write on my bed.


Now back to the Hunt!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests
going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am part of the BLUE TEAM, but there is also a red team, a green team, a pink team, an orange team, a gold team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.



SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the BLUE TEAM, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 7th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST


Today, I'm hosting EVA POHLER for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 Author Bio:

Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels in multiple genres--young adult fantasy based on Greek mythology and mystery/suspense. Her works include The Gatekeeper's Saga, A Gatekeeper's Spin-Off Series, The Vampires of Athens, The Purgatorium Series, The Mystery House Series, and The Mystery Box Collection. Learn more about Eva and her books and find freebies at http://www.evapohler.com.

Connect with Eva at the following social media sites:


Facebook

Website
Instagram



Book Blurb:


The ferryman of the dead is forced to leave the life he’s always known.


Apollo has had a vision: as the life of each soul flashes before Charon’s eyes, the ferryman ages like an old man. Charon needs to experience his own adventures to become youthful again, or he will soon die.

The last thing Charon expects is to fall in love with a mortal woman—someone he can’t take with him when he returns. Charon must decide whether to abandon the love of his life or his duties.




**EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL**


AN EXCLUSIVE SCENE FROM CHARON'S QUEST BY EVA POHLER


Matilda glanced at the clock on the wall behind her, next to the glassware. Four more hours, and she was out of here. She still had to study for a midterm, and tomorrow was her day to volunteer at the children’s ward. Monday’s were the longest days of the week, and the fastest to arrive.

Just then, the man from the night before entered the bar, the one who had tipped her almost two-hundred dollars. She perked up, hoping for another.  No, this wasn’t the same man, she realized, as he moved closer. This man was much younger, and now that she really got a look at him, hot. Maybe this was the older man’s son. If so, she hoped he was a good tipper, too.
“What can I get you, sir?” she asked.
“Shot of whiskey, please.” He rubbed his eyes.
“Do you have a favorite brand?” she asked, noticing the sadness in his eyes.
“Your finest, please.”
“Are you alright, sir?” Matilda asked as she poured his drink.
“I will be,” he said as he climbed onto the bar stool. “I recently lost someone very close to me.”
She handed him the shot. “I’m sorry to hear that. I know how you feel. A friend of mine passed away
a few days ago.” One of the terminal kids. It never got any easier.
“My condolences.”
She studied his face and frowned. His resemblance to the old man from the night before was uncanny.
“Is something wrong?” he asked.
“Not at all,” she said. “It’s just that…well, by any chance, are you staying here with your father?”
“Why do you ask?”
“There was an older man here the other night. He was the kindest person I’ve ever met. Anyway,
he resembled you. He walked with a cane and wore a fedora. I didn’t catch his name. Any relation?”
The man’s face turned red. She suddenly had a bad feeling. She reached across the bar and covered
his hand with hers. “I’m so sorry, sir. I don’t mean to pry. But please tell me the person you lost
wasn’t your father.”
“He was. His name was Bill.”
She grabbed the bottle of Black Velvet and poured him another shot. “This one’s on me.”
He thanked her before taking a sip of the whiskey.
“I want you to know that one of his last acts was pure kindness,” Matilda said gently. “He left me a
generous tip—nearly two hundred dollars. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”
“I’m glad he helped you,” the man said.
Matilda left to take the order of a small party who’d just entered the bar and had sat at a table near
the lobby. When she returned, she busied herself with mixing drinks as the man sipped at his
whiskey. She left to serve the new party, and when she returned, she refilled the man’s glass without
asking if he needed more.
“Thank you, Matilda,” he said.
“You’re welcome, Mr….?”
“Just call me Charon.”
She lifted her chin. “What an interesting name for a man.”
“It’s not a common one here? It is in Greece.”
“It’s common here for women—though if it’s a Greek name, I doubt you spell it the same:
K-A-R-E-N.”
“C-H-A-R-O-N,” he said. “And it’s pronounced KAIR-uhn, not KAIR-in.”
“Like the ferryman,” she said.
“Exactly.”
Matilda’s face turned bright red. Not many people could say they’d met the ferryman of the dead,
but she had, five years ago.
“What is it, Matilda?” Charon asked.
“Excuse me,” she said. Then she dashed off to check on the couple at the end of the bar.
When she returned, and as she began to mix drinks, Charon said, “My father left me a great deal
of money. I’d like to use it to help humanity in some way, but I don’t know how. Any suggestions?”

As she met his gaze, her mouth dropped open. Matilda thought for sure that one of her friends had
set her up, because there was no way a hot, rich, nice guy would come to her looking for a way to
use his inheritance. No way.

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What do you think, guys? Makes you want to read more, right?

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a bundle of awesome books by all of the authors on the BLUE TEAM! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the BLUE TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!




GIVEAWAY!!

But before you go, be sure to enter my individual Giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card and some awesome Swag! (Swag Pack is for US residents only. International winners will receive Amazon gift card only.)

Prizes include: Customized key chain, magnet, bookmarks, and reversible quote card


a Rafflecopter giveaway



CONTINUE THE HUNT

To continue the hunt, you need to check out the next author—GINGER SCOTT! Click on her name to be redirected to her website.





Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Free Books! And a Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! My family and I are gearing up for Hurricane Florence, but before we inevitably lose power, I just wanted to take a moment and share this awesome SALE my publisher is doing. You can get several different CTP books for FREE, including my own, the first book in the Deception Game series, Catalyst. FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY, Catalyst is FREE and Forgotten and Fearless are only 99 cents. Be sure to grab your copy while you can!



In other exciting news, I'm one of the judges for the IWSG Anthology Contest. The genre for this year is Young Adult and the theme is Masquerade. There are so many fun things you can do with a theme like that—I can't wait to read the entries! For more details or to enter, visit the IWSG website.




Now check out the rest of the CTP sale and the $50 gift card giveaway. There are lots of books to choose from!



We're one week away from Fall and CTP wants to celebrate with their Bring On Fall Free Book Sale and an Author Sponsored $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! For one weekend only, they have selected a handful of titles throughout their different imprints that will be listed as free on Amazon from 9/14 to 9/16. This is a limited time promotion as the price will go back up to $4.99 on Monday. Take advantage of this exciting sale this weekend and Fall in love with some new books to cozy up with while you drink your Pumpkin Spice Latte, or tea, or hot chocolate, or whatever you love to sip  while reading. Enjoy!

FREE BOOKS AVAILABLE 9/14-9/16:

From YA to steamy romance, witches, queens and everything in between, there is sure to be something for everyone!

This group promo runs from 09/14/2018 to 09/16/2018 ONLY.

Some of the authors listed below are also offering Kindle Countdown Deals on their sequels, which means you can snag sequels or even a few series for the low, low price of $.99 each during this sale!
Get your Kindles ready, or download the Kindle App on your tablet or phone and prepare for an amazing FREE reading extravaganza!
HAPPY READING! LET'S BRING ON THE FALL Y'ALL!!!
Unspeakable - Michelle Pickett Vampires Rule - K.C. Blake The Woodlands - Lauren Nicolle Taylor Skin And Bones - Susan HarrisResurgence - Sharonlee HolderThe Second Window - Erica Kiefer Never Forgotten - Kelly RisserPrelude - Nely Cab Queen of Someday - Sherry Ficklin Minutes Before Sunset - Shannon A Thompson Milayna - Michelle Pickett Lady of Sherwood - Molly Bilinski Dating An Alien Pop Star - Kendra L. Saunders Dreamthief - Tamara Grantham Extracted - Tyler H. Jolley & Sherry D. Ficklin Crushed - Kasi Blake Catalyst - Kristin Smith Broken Fate - Jennifer Derrick Bait - K.C. Blake Aftermath - Sandy Goldsworthy Bad Bloods - Shannon A Thompson A Shine That Defies The Dark - Jodi Gallegos  

STILL NEED TO BE CONVINCED? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO:


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card sponsored by our amazing authors!
Can't see the Rafflecopter form? Click HERE to go straight to the form. Best of luck!
Bloodthorn - Tamara GranthamSpellweaver - Tamara GranthamRiven - Sherry Ficklin Smoke And Mirrors - Susan HarrisCollateral Damage - Susan HarrisSilverwitch -Tamara Grantham Afterlife - Sandy GoldsworthyNever Back Down - Susan HarrisNight Of The Hunter - Susan Harris Aftershock - Sandy Goldsworthy CoverThumb Milayna's Angel - Michelle Pickett The Innocent - Michelle PickettCreatura - Nely CabFinding Willow - Michelle Pickett

Thanks so much for stopping by! Did you download any free books? Have a great weekend, and if you live in the Carolinas or any other state in the path of Florence, stay safe! <3


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