METALTOWN Charter Newsletter #2

This newsletter was originally sent March 7, 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.

March 7, 2016

Hello Charter Members!

(Make sure you read to the end of the newsletter—there’s a GIVEAWAY!)

It’s March, and so many good things are happening in the METALTOWN universe! The cover reveal happened on February 11th in Entertainment Weekly, and it went swimmingly. (I am so in love with this cover. Have I mentioned that?) I am speaking on a panel at C2E2 (a comic con) in Chicago, and am signing at Anderson’s Bookshop, also in Chicago, on March 21st
At 7PM. And more people every day are PRESSING BACK to help spread the word about METALTOWN!

So what does it mean to PRESS BACK?

Pressing back means standing up for the things that matter to you. It means saying the things that need to be said, or holding quiet when silence is stronger. PRESSING BACK is about defending the things you believe in.

What do you press back for? I press back for my family. I press back for my friends. I press back against the stigma associated with mental health, so that anyone who needs help doesn’t need to face it alone.

Sometimes the world fights you. Press back for the things that matter.

Here to explain how it works in my next book is Caris Caldwell, a reporter in Metaltown, with an exclusive look at what’s happening in the factory district.


By Caris Caldwell

Tri-City, Northern Federation—A new charter has formed, and they’re ready to take on the big boys.

For years, the Northern Federation’s factory district, known to locals as Metaltown, has been represented by a single charter, the Brotherhood. Catering only to adults working in the metal, uniform, and chemical divisions, the Brotherhood has served as a voice for the working men and women, assuring they are treated properly by the owner of Hampton Industries, Josef Hampton.

“It’s been my place from the beginning to make sure my people get what they need,” said Jed Schultz, leader of the Brotherhood, and often referred to by locals as the People’s Man. “The Brotherhood ensures fair pay and medical care for all it’s employees. If one of us is struggling, we take care of them.”

But not all employees have been so fortunate. Those under the age of eighteen, specifically those working at Division II, more commonly known as the Small Parts Factory, have claimed mistreatment by their employer, and abandonment by the Brotherhood when they sought help.

“Solid work builds character,” Schultz said. “At some point everyone needs to learn that.” When asked about the working conditions at the Small Parts Factory compared to other locations, he declined he comment, but did add that it was “unwise” for another charter to form without the Brotherhood’s permission.

Unwilling to be ignored, the workers of the Small Parts charter have taken matters into their own hands.

“Hampton won’t listen to us without a charter, so we’ll be a charter,” said a worker going only by the name Matchstick. “We’ll make it so he’s got to listen.”

How does he claim the new charter will get the owner of Hampton Industries attention? Through a press—the workers refusing to return to their jobs until they are treated fairly.

“We don’t work until the boss meets with us,” said Matchstick. “We got our demands. He wants us back on the factory line, he’ll give us what we want.” It’s been years since the last factory press, which led to the formation of the Brotherhood.

Will the man in charge of the biggest weapons distribution company in the entire Northern Federation listen? That much remains to be seen.

Interested in helping the Small Parts Charter? JOIN THE PRESS.

Members of this elite team will serve as ambassadors for Metaltown, spreading the word about the press by taking part in a series of special missions. Those who PRESS BACK will be rewarded with treasures beyond your wildest dreams. Only a few spots left remain on the team. Those interested need only fill out this form and await instructions:



Help PRESS BACK with this awesome METALTOWN button! Fill out the following statement and post your answer on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the #METALTOWN.

For Twitter and Instagram: I PRESS BACK for __________ #METALTOWN @kris10writes

For Facebook: I PRESS BACK for ______ #METALTOWN (tag me in your post so I can see it, or post it on my page, HERE.)

I will choose 10 winners at random in the next week! (GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED)

Stay tuned next month, for an exclusive first look at the beginning of METALTOWN, including the opening paragraph from each of the main three characters of the book!

Hope to see you in Chicago!

Why wait until September? You can preorder METALTOWN today!

METALTOWN Charter Newsletter #1

This newsletter was originally sent February 1, 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.

February 1, 2016

Hello Friends!

If you’re receiving this email from me, it’s because you’ve signed up for my newsletter, which has recently been transformed from the Kristen-Simmons-Talks-About-Whatever Newsletter to the Charter Newsletter, where you’ll get special insights into my upcoming release, METALTOWN! (Hold the phone, what’s a Charter again, Kristen? I’m so glad you asked! Check out the 10 Things You Should Know about Metaltown for a description.)

In this first installment, I’ll be providing a brief overview of the story, and an idea of some of the things that you can expect in the coming months. AND, since it’s our first Charter Newsletter, I’m going to be picking one newsletter subscriber at random to receive a $10 gift card to! Just a little thank you for joining the Press!
So what is METALTOWN about? Here’s the actual description that will appear on the cover:

Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Here’s what you can expect from the newsletter (signing up was a fantastic decision, by the way. Well done, you!):

  1. Chances to win HOLY COW AMAZING SWAG like buttons, bookmarks, and limited edition artwork postcards created by the one and only Chris Gibbs, the artist who has created the cover of METALTOWN and THE GLASS ARROW.
  2. Opportunities to win advance copies of METALTOWN through contests and giveaways. There will be several ways to win, all of which you will hear about FIRST through this newsletter.
  3. A chance to win over 10 signed YA books in Kristen’s Big Book Giveaway by authors including Rachel Vincent, Katie McGarry, Sara Raasch, Mindy McGinnis, David Arnold, Melissa Landers, Heather Demetrios, Amy Ewing, and more!
  4. A first look at the main characters and setting locations of METALTOWN, brought to you by a NEW CHARACTER from the Mtown world.
  5. A first, exclusive look at the opening chapters of the book!

Excited? ME TOO.

Now, here’s the thing. I need your help.

Just as Colin, Ty, and Lena join together to fight back—PRESS BACK—against the forces that hold them down, we need to join together to spread the word about METALTOWN. One single voice can be powerful, but not as powerful as all of us working together.

If you’re excited, you can PRESS BACK on Twitter or Tumblr or Snapchat, or post on Facebook or Instagram using the #METALTOWN. You can share the quotes I’ll be posting, and talk about upcoming giveaways and contests. You can add METALTOWN to your TBR list on Goodreads. You can tell your friends and make up interpretive dances and create fan art and cartwheel down the sidewalk and sing METALTOOOOWWWWN at the top of your lungs. (All of these things are equally appreciated.)

If you’re REALLY excited, I mean CRAZY EXCITED, you can JOIN THE PRESS.

What does this mean? Over the next several months I will be asking for special help on top secret missions. Those who PRESS BACK will serve as ambassadors to our Metaltown Charter, spreading the word about the book and upcoming events. I need your enthusiasm, your awesomeness, and your creativity! In return, you can earn awesome SUPERFAN SWAG PACKS, including a METALTOWN-themed poster, a hand-made doll (belonging to one of the characters in the story), and other great prizes.

Remember, you can’t PRESS BACK alone. Just look at me. Look how sad I am. (Ignore the smile, it’s meant to deceive you.)


To JOIN THE PRESS, fill out this form, and await instructions. Also, hugs, because if we ever meet, I’ll be hugging you. That’s all there is to it.


Thanks so much for being awesome, guys. I love this book and cannot wait to share it with you. Remember to check your emails! One of you will be receiving a $10 gift card to Amazon!



Expect your next Charter Newsletter on March 7th, 2016, when you’ll learn exactly what it means to PRESS BACK in Metaltown.

Why wait until September? You can preorder METALTOWN today!