Cover Reveal: CATALYST by Kristin Smith

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Clean Teen Publishing is proud to present the official cover reveal for CATALYST by Kristin Smith.  

This is the first book in the thrilling new Deception Games series coming November 21, 2016!

 
Title: Catalyst (The Deception Game, Book One)
Author: Kristin Smith
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA near-future thriller
Book Synopsis:
 
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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 teens, 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.
 
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About the Author:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) 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 scarves, you can connect with her at the links below.
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Cover Reveal: TUNED INTO YOU by Cindy Dorminy

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! Usually we have Custom Pony of the Week on Sundays, but you all know by now how much I love Cover Reveals, so today, I’m excited to host Cindy Dorminy for the cover reveal of her young adult romance Tuned Into You! It takes place on a farm, so I hope there are chickens😉 *crosses fingers* Stay tuned for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Here’s a little bit about Cindy herself:

About the Author

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Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can’t let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories. When she’s not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way. She shares her house with her musician husband, her awesome daughter, and a cool, four-footed child that would eat all the cheese ifshe could figure out how to open the refrigerator. Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.

Find her online!

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CindyD-Writes-870161859757429/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/48430676

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/cindydorminy

Website:

www.cindydwrites.com

About Tuned Into You

A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers wants to be. Beer pong? Stupid, foot-wrecking shoes? Random hookups? No thanks. Lydia would rather be in her cleats practicing her bat handling skills.

Enter Abe Fischer, the Nashville Teen Idol superstar. He’s a lip-syncing party animal with a short fuse; or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Except, Abe turns out to be nothing like the guy Lydia’s read about online. He’s sweet, and the way he talks to his horse…sigh.

Then life throws Lydia and Abe a curveball. They are wrongfully arrested for destruction of property. Their choices? Either work on the Fischer Farm for the summer earning nothing more than blisters and a sunburn, or have the arrest go on their records, which would ruin Lydia’s shot at a softball scholarship. It’s a no-brainer. Lydia picks up a pitchfork, pulls out the SPF 40, and prepares for the worst two months of her life.

When the press gets wind of a big secret Abe’s family has been keeping, things become even more complicated. Now Lydia has another choice to make: stick around for Abe’s messed-up life in the spotlight, or go for the scholarship of her dreams.

Add Tuned Into You to your Goodreads TBR list!

And now…


The Cover!

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Anita at Race-point did the artwork, and she’s one of the best in the business!

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Happy April Fools Day!

Happy April Fools Day, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a few busy weeks since my big news, but not because of anything writing-related. My coworker switched labs, so I’ve been busy taking over two additional tests at the dayjob, and then my sister came to town last week for spring break. I also CPed a GIANT book. It was a really good book, but the size of two! My brain hasn’t stopped buzzing long enough to write a blog post, and there hasn’t really been anything to update you about.

Spring is in full force here, with pollen covering everything in yellow and the wisteria blooming. If you’ve been around for a while you know that wisteria is Aleda’s flower (there’s a reason I call you all Aledans), so it’s fitting that I’ve been working on editing Fie Eoin (The Nameless Warrior) again. Well, sort of. I’ve been reading Mike’s notes for the first four chapters and slowly figuring out what to do with them, but I’ve been a bit too busy to actually put my plans into action. And I’m in my reading cycle right now (thank Aleda – it’s been forever since I was in a reading cycle!), so I’m using that reading momentum to prepare for the writing cycle that comes next (I read until I’m overflowing with ideas, then I write/edit until I burn out, then I watch HGTV and play video games to recover. It works for me).

I listened to SEVENEVES, which was one of the strangest, most wonderfully bizarre books I’ve ever read. The first two-thirds of the book are near-future SciFi based mostly on the International Space Station when the moon explodes. Shenanigans and fiery death for almost everyone! Then the book jumps 5000 years into the future and becomes basically a different book, all about the terraforming of the Earth after the fiery death ceases. There was almost too much hard scifi even for me in places, but it was still worth the listen, and the characterization was spot-on. Really, really interesting book.

Now I’m listening to A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, which is also full of fun shenanigans (as one would expect from Lila and Kell), and reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, which is just…*wistful sigh* so beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful. The writing, the characterization, the worldbuilding…I cannot say enough good things about it. Last night I had Baru Cormorant/Gathering of Shadows dreams, which were bizarre and wonderful.

And last but not least, it’s my little Fool’s birthday today:

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Happy Birthday Hops! Eight years old and still a rockstar❤

Have a wonderful weekend Aledans! And a wonderful spring! You probably won’t see me much until May because April is always a busy month at work, and this year it’s shaping up to be doubly-so.

 

Overwhelmed by Support

Happiest of Thursdays, Aledan Merfolk! If you missed my news on Tuesday, allow me to update you:

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That’s right, SPEAK THE OCEAN is officially represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary!

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And then my social media exploded with love and support and left me so overwhelmed that I happy-cried in the car on my way home until I had to pull over, and barely got online yesterday for fear of crying at work. I’m still a bit overwhelmed, honestly. I’m overwhelmed that there’s someone out there that loves my creepy mermaids and sometimes-awkward sex scenes (but not inter-species sex scenes because that’s gross) and grumpy dolphins and bizarre ending. And I’m overwhelmed that there are so many other people who are excited to support me and my weird little book that they haven’t even read yet. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.

Actually, the most amazing part of this whole thing? My totally awesome CP Mike signed with an agent this same week! We were able to go through this giant, life-shifting process together, which made it half as intimidating and twice as awesome❤

We celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine!

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Ok, only I celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine. He celebrated with normal nails and scotch😉

Now that the celebration is over, it’s time to get back to work. I have an edit letter coming my way for StO, and I’m currently working on editing The Nameless Warrior (Fie Eoin) again. That’s right, this mermaid has gone home to the mountains for the time being.

Guest Post: Which Magical Being from Trinity are You?

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! If you remember back in January, we had a cover reveal for my CP, Colleen Halverson, and her debut paranormal romance, THROUGH THE VEIL (the cover is gorgeous, by the way. Click on the link if you haven’t seen it). So today Colleen is back with a guest post quiz! It may not surprise you to know that I’m a Druid in her world🙂

In my novel Through the Veil I created three magical races of Ireland: the Faeries, the Druids, and the Fianna. Together, they make up a government system called “Trinity,” which serves to maintain the balance between the Fae and mortal world. Each group has a distinct cultural identity. The Fae are known for their love of art and music. The Druids are the scholars of Trinity, spending their time studying magic and enchantments. The Fianna are the warriors of Trinity, and they police the mortal world from the Dark Fae. Take this quiz and see what magical being from Trinity you are!

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Happy Book Birthday to THROUGH THE VEIL by Colleen Halverson!

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Title: Through The Veil (The Aisling Chronicles, #1)

Author: Colleen Halverson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 22, 2016

Publisher: Entangled

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Synopsis

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

THROUGH THE VEIL will be available February 22nd 2016 through Entangled Publishing.

Book 1 of the Aisling Chronicles Series

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Excerpt

I turned the corner and took in the large man towering over Candace’s shiny blond head. Tapping his foot and muttering something about being “late for another meeting,” he shot her a menacing scowl. He clutched the edge of the desk as if he might overturn it and swallow our intern whole like a mini eggroll.

Candace bit her lip, her big brown manga eyes wide with bubbling anxiety as she fumbled with some files.

I hated a bully. Being an army brat with a new school almost every year, I could spot one a mile away.

“Can I help you?” I threw back my shoulders and tried to make myself appear taller.

The man puffed his linebacker chest. “Finn O’Connell. I’m with the Trinity Foundation. I have an appointment with Dr. Kevin Forrester.” He had a crisp Irish accent, his consonants cutting through the shafts of afternoon light spilling into the room.

“I’m sorry, but Dr. Forrester is out.”

Where are you, old man?

I stepped forward, pasting a confident smile on my face. “Is there something I could help you with?”

Mr. O’Connell stalked over to me, and I fought the urge to step back. Six foot five and no problems with invading personal space, the man from Trinity emitted waves of heat, and his body hummed like a pulsing engine shrouded in gleaming black chrome.

My heart raced as I tilted my head up and up to meet a pair of intense gray eyes that made me forget my last name. Gritting my teeth, I steeled myself, crossing my arms. Never show fear: rule number one for managing the bullies in your life.

“Dr. Forrester recently acquired a new manuscript—”

The Book of Arranmore!

Finn tilted his head, trying to make sense of the jumble of consonants I had just vomited. “Excuse me?”

“Um, yes. The Book of Arranmore. Sorry.” I twisted my mouth into some semblance of a smile, but inside my stomach knotted, thinking of the changing pictures, the shifting text. “It’s a wonderful new addition to our collection.”

Finn glanced down the hallway toward the archives. “Would you mind if I take a look?”

“Um…” I curled my fingers into my palm. “I think it might be best if we wait for Dr. Forrester. If you would like to come back later—”

“No, I would not like to come back later. My time is precious, Miss…?”

I raised my eyebrows, bristling at the Miss. “Tanner. Elizabeth Tanner.”

“Miss Tanner,” he said. “As a contributing member to this institution, I think I am entitled to a small preview.”

Entitled. Only certain kinds of men could throw that word around. Men in Burberry leather trench coats, dry-cleaned, pressed shirts so white they glistened like morning snow. Men with large checkbooks. Men, who, with the flick of a lazy, indecipherable signature could decide the destiny of my academic career.

“Of course, Mr. O’Connell,” I said. “We have it in the back here, if you would like to follow me. I was just working on it.”

Finn rode my heels, and I hurried to keep some distance between us. Opening the door and crossing the reading room, I darted to my workspace, leaning against the desk to establish my territory. I raised my chin, but inside my stomach fluttered as Finn took in the mountains of scattered notes I had amassed over the past few weeks. A messy desk is the sign of a true genius, right? Judging from the scowl on the Irishman’s face, he didn’t seem to think so.

I took a deep breath and was about to open my mouth to wax intellectual on The Book of Arranmore when my hand slipped over the computer mouse. AC/DC screeched across the wood-paneled walls, elaborating on the calamitous effects of American thighs.

I let out a squeak, whirling around and fumbling to press pause, my hands shaking violently. The music stopped mid-scream, and then silence.

“Interesting taste in music, Miss Tanner.”

His words burned hot against the side of my neck, and I gasped. Finn stood a mere inch behind me. He stared down at the computer screen, the blue light flashing on the teasing smile spread across his face. Heat bloomed in my cheeks, and I clicked on the tiny X to close out the program.

“Oh, that wasn’t mine!” I brushed my hair out of my eyes. “These dang undergrads. I mean, who listens to AC/DC, right?”

Finn’s smile faded, his dark stare replacing the brief lightness in his features. I chewed on my lip, arrested for a moment by the impossible length of his eyelashes.

“Is this it?” Finn turned and planted his fists on the table, caging the manuscript with his arms.

“Yes.” Closing in on Finn, I breathed in the clean, leather smell emanating from his long coat. Warm and intoxicating, he smelled like a mix of fresh laundry and badass.

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About The Author

Colleen

As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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A Partial Hiatus

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! You may have missed my announcement on Twitter and G+, but for the time being Science Tuesday is on hiatus (not because science isn’t happening, just because I’m too busy to gather all the links). Custom Pony of the Week may or may not be on hiatus as well (when I can find them, I’ll post them). These Thursday update posts may become a bit more sporadic, too, and I won’t be as accessible online for a while.

Which is probably good, because I still haven’t typed up The Fair Man, and I’ve fallen behind on transcribing (and drafting) Enfields. I did, however, finish a CP project yesterday, and I adored it! I can’t wait until it’s on shelves so I can bug you all to buy a million copies. It was funny and twisty and sweet and I know you’ll all love it as much as I do!

My next CP project is full of science, so I’m excited to get started on that. I’m also reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, which is so good. The first page blew me away and I read it twice before I continued on.

Have a great weekend, Aledans, and I’ll talk to you when I can!

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See ya later! (I love poofy chicken butts! So adorable)