Charter Newsletter #5

This newsletter was originally sent June 6, 2016. To receive the Charter Newsletter right when it’s released, and be the first to know about contests, giveaways, and extra content, sign up HERE.

Hello Charter Members!

METALTOWN Madness is spreading! People are Pressing Back all over the place! (What does it mean to Press Back, you ask? Click HERE to find out!) Book Expo of America (BEA) and Book Con were FANTASTIC. I was able to meet so many of you I’ve only known previously online, and talk about my next book, METALTOWN, for the first time. I was able to visit with author friends as well—I fangirled over Laini Taylor, who was awesome enough to pick up a copy of METALTOWN, and yell at Kendare Blake for killing me with THREE DARK CROWNS (so good).

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Susan Dennard (WINDWITCH), Sarah Porter (VASSA IN THE NIGHT) and I had way too much fun on our panel, moderated by Katie from Mundie Moms (she’s the best!), and I got to hug all my favorite bloggers and book friends (Swoony Boys! Fic Fare! Read Write Love! So many more!).
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So yes, HUGE success. Thank you to everyone who came out to BEA and Book Con. I adore you all.

As promised, Caris Caldwell has returned with an exclusive look at the setting of METALTOWN: In case you missed her first article, you can find it now on my website HERE.

THE BACKBONE OF TRI-CITY

By Caris Caldwell

Tri-City: One third wealthy, one third middle class, and one third ignored by the rest of the nation.

Known to those on the outside as the factory district, Metaltown is a mystery to most residents of the Northern Nation. With its dangerous reputation, and ever-present chemical smell on the air, it’s largely avoided by the residents of the River District and Bakerstown. But Metaltown, just across the beltway from the shopping quarter, is home to more than half the residents of the Tri-City, and some of those residents are demanding their voices be heard.

“We break our backs for the rest of the nation,” says Matchstick, a sixteen-year-old worker at Division II, or Small Parts Labor, part of Hampton Industries. “Every day I pack the chemicals into bombs without goggles or a mask, or even gloves. I don’t even get a break until the end of the day.”

Matchstick’s story is not unlike dozens more in the factory district. Children, some of them five and six years old, gather spare pieces off the dirty floor at Small Parts Labor, or are counted on to finish putting together weapons because of their small hands. “It’s work, ain’t it?” says a boy called Chip, but despite his brave attitude, he, like many others, are frightened of losing this job.

“We get fired, we’re on the streets. You need some green to get a bed at the board and care, and the nuns at St. Mary’s only have so much free food to go around. Most of us will have to turn to food testing if we lose our place here,” says Matchstick.

The testing he refers to is done at the county jail, where volunteers are taken to sample food in order to determine which items have been contaminated by the dangerous toxins known to cause the corn flu.

With such a bleak situation, one might wonder why they choose to fight for their jobs. The simple answer? Pride.

“This is my home,” says Matchstick. “This is where my family lives. Nobody takes that away from me.”

And we should all hope they don’t, because those workers who are building bombs with their bare hands account for ninety percent of the Northern Federation’s economy. The prosperity of our federation entirely depends on the final third of the Tri-City. The workers. The survivors.

Thank you all so much for reading Caris’ new report. Remember, stay tuned this summer for her short story, appearing on Tor.com, for a deeper look into the world of METALTOWN. And look for my next newletter the first Monday in July—I’ll be giving away another ARC of METALTOWN!

***PRESS BACK MEMBERS: Expect a special email from me IN TWO DAYS (June 8th) with another chance to win points toward the Most Awesome of Awesome METALTOWN Swag Packs!***

Hugs!
Kristen

Want METALTOWN right on release day? You can preorder METALTOWN at any of these lovely locations:

    • Amazon
    • Barnes & Noble
    • Indiebound
    • Books-A-Million
    • Macmillan

Charter Newsletter #4

This newsletter was originally sent May 2, 2016. To receive the Charter Newsletter right when it’s released, and be the first to know about contests, giveaways, and extra content, sign up HERE.

May 2, 2016
Hello Charter Members!

It’s May, which means it’s BEA time. The Book Expo of America is coming to Chicago and I’M GONNA BE THERE. Are you going? Please come visit if you are! I’ve recently received confirmation that there will be advance copies of METALTOWN there, along with Mtown swag!

To my bookseller, librarian, reviewer and blogger friends, I will be signing Thursday, May 12 from 9:30-10:30AM at the Macmillan Booth (I REPEAT, THERE WILL BE ARCs of METALTOWN THERE). Then I’ll be paneling with the incredible Susan Dennard (TRUTHWITCH), and Sarah Porter (VASSA IN THE NIGHT) on Friday, May 13th from 3:30-4:00PM (Tor Teen Authors Stage Panel, Uptown Author Stage).

AND, for my friends coming to BookCon, I will be a Guest Bookseller at the Macmillan booth on Saturday, May 14 from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Cannot wait to see you! IT’S GOING TO BE METALTOWN MADNESS.

Since my last letter I’ve been writing, and reading (WRATH AND THE DAWN is as good as everyone says, HOLY COW OKAY.), and sitting on eggshells while my editor reads my next novel, set to release in 2017. Crazy how far in advance all this happens, right? Well, it’s still pretty Top Secret, but I can tell you it involves pirates (not the Jack Sparrow kind, the VERRRY SCARRRRY kind), the president’s son, and a girl who’s definitely bit off more than she can chew.

But that’s 2017. 2016 belongs to Colin, Ty, and Lena, and METALTOWN.

I have good news. We’ve conquered Kentucky. Okay, Southern Kentucky. But soon it will be ALL OF KENTUCKY and then THE WORLD! The PRESS BACK movement is spreading. We’re getting stronger by the day. Who can we thank for that? YOU.IMG_4742

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It’s you who are spreading the word about METALTOWN. You who have shared the beautiful cover and started talking about the things you PRESS BACK for. You who are giving Colin, Ty, and Lena a place in our world as they fight for their rights and their lives in the scummy factories of Metaltown.

I am so grateful for you, and as a thank you, I’m launching the first METALTOWN Advance Reader Copy Giveaway.

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In addition to winning this lovely ARC, you’ll also get three limited edition METALTOWN buttons, as well as a handmade (by me!) doll, carried by Lena in the story.IMG_4753And just because you are fabulous, I will choose five more winners to win the buttons as well!

So how do you get your hands on it? SIMPLE.

See this handy dandy little quote graphic? SHARE IT. That’s it! (Well, almost.) Post it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, wherever you like, using the words PRESS BACK and #METALTOWN. Tag me in it so I can see it, and ta-da! That’s it! The contest closes one week from today, on Sunday, May 8th at 12:00AM EST. I will pick winners that Monday.

MetaltownQuote9To tag me on Twitter or Instagram: @kris10writes

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.kristensimmons

If you use Tumblr or another source, tweet, message, or email me the link to where I can find it.

LET’S PRESS BACK PEOPLE! And remember, an EXCELLENT way to PRESS BACK is to share this newsletter with your family and friends!

Next month, Caris Caldwell, an extra character from the METALTOWN world returns to report on location at the scene of the Press, where the factory workers are fighting back for their rights. In case you missed her first article, you can find it now on my website HERE. Caris also has big news—her own short story is coming in September before the release of METALTOWN. More on that soon!

Thank you for reading, and as always, PRESS BACK.

***PRESS BACK MEMBERS: Expect a special email from me IN TWO DAYS (May 4th) with your first assignment/chance to win points toward the Most Awesome of Awesome METALTOWN Swag Packs!***

Hugs,

Kristen

Want METALTOWN right on release day? You can preorder METALTOWN at any of these lovely locations:

    • Amazon
    • Barnes & Noble
    • Indiebound
    • Books-A-Million
    • Macmillan