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!

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