Monday, January 25, 2016

The Urban Boys by K. N. Smith @knsmith_author @KMNbooks @masqtours #interview #UBTour



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Karen: Let’s start with you telling the readers a little about yourself.
K.N. Smith: I’m an author living in California. I have a background in communications and creative design. I’ve had a 20-year career managing amazing communications and design projects, and now I also write fiction. I’m married to a retired law enforcement executive and have two daughters (both taller than me!).

Karen: The Urban Boys is your new release. Tell us a little about the story. What inspired you to write this tale?
K.N. Smith: The Urban Boys is a story about five teen boys who venture through a forest preserve where a mysterious energy incident gives them extremely heightened senses. When this happens, all heck breaks loose! It gets even more twisted when they meet a dark stranger and a fearless girl. My desire to get more young people reading is what inspired me to write this story.

Karen: __There are five teenage boys with powers. Tell us a little bit about the boys and their personalities. Have these boys always been friends?
K.N. Smith: Yes, they grew up together, they are best friends. All of them are such typical boys, and there’s plenty of playful behavior amongst them like punching and shoving, just for play. They play video games and hang out all the time, so it was not out of the ordinary that they were all together on that fateful night. I would say they are fun, loyal, and athletic. And they eat a lot. Glad I’m not cooking for those five boys!

Karen: Tell the readers what fascinates you about the paranormal. If you could have a special power, what would it be?
K.N. Smith: I love the paranormal because it can be anything you want it to be. Paranormal can come from nature, thin air, or it can be a reshaped memory from years past. Not science-fiction, and not horror, it’s kind of this floating thing that you can bend to create an amazing story. Mythical and exciting, the paranormal blends into a new mind experience, but must be written in such a way that emotions can be engaged along the way to make it believable. That’s where my lyrical and detailed writing style comes in. If I could have a special power, it would be either the ability to time travel (not sure if my iPhone would survive this!) or see anything, anywhere, but selectively, of course.

Karen: Is this book part of a series? If so, which book is this? What are your current projects and works in progress?
K.N. Smith: Yes, this is only the first book in the series! And from the recent reviews I’ve received, I had better finish the second one like yesterday! It’s in the works along with the plots for three additional books in The Urban Boys series.

Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress?
K.N. Smith: (see above)

Karen: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
K.N. Smith: Yes! I hope you continue to love reading and sharing your inspiring blogs and messages with others. My hope is that everyone will enjoy the book and provide their true feedback with openness and honesty. Be on the lookout soon for the second book in this series and for some cool reveals and promotions as we get underway in continuing the saga of … The Urban Boys!

The Urban Boys
by K. N. Smith
Tour Dates: Jan 25-29
Publication Date: Sep 29, 2015
Genre: YA Action-Adventure/Paranormal
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

"An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle."- Kirkus Media
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative literary flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She states, “My hope is that The Urban Boys will spark imagination in a wide variety of readers while elevating global literacy efforts. It’s important that we have diverse families of readers for generations to come.” K.N. Smith has over twenty years experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Sure Would Love Your Vote... @KMNbooks @RebeccaJVickery @JudgeYourBook #P&E

It’s that time of year again. If you have a moment, I would sure appreciate your vote.
Flowers and Fangs by Karen Michelle Nutt: Best Fantasy/Sci-fi book http://critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml
Stake and Dust by Karen Michelle Nutt: Best Young Adult book http://critters.org/predpoll/novelyoungadult.shtml

Other books with Victory Tales Press:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Romance (VTP): Best Book Cover http://critters.org/predpoll/bookart.shtml
Myths, Legends, and Midnight Kisses (VTP): Best 2015 Anthology http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml
Best Publisher: Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery/VTP: http://critters.org/predpoll/ebookpublisher.shtml
***Don’t forget, when you vote you need to confirm the vote with link back from P&E. They send the link to your email. :)
Thanks so much! If anyone else needs a vote, let me know. :)
Karen
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