Reading Spaces

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 24 Comments

Kristin Smith's debut novel Catalyst is officially out in the world!

Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: November 21st 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Too pretty.
Too smart.

Too perfect.
 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 teenagers, 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.

Catalyst is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.

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**CATALYST will be available in Barnes and Noble stores nationwide, coming in December!**

Guest Post by Kristin Smith—Reading Spaces

Do you have a favorite place you like to read? Those of you who know me know that I LOVE books, but I also love design. And if I were going to design a house, I'd want it to have a fun, cozy reading nook with fluffy pillows and thick cushions. I'd be happy with something like this:

Or this:

And here's one with a little rustic appeal:

This one is great for kids:

This one reminds me of Harry Potter (especially that tiny door under the stairs!):

And here's my personal favorite. Isn't it cool?

What about you? Which one is your favorite? Where do you like to curl up with a good book?

Author Bio:
 Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). 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 chocolate, you can visit her at


  1. Great post Elizabeth. Wonderful books and authors and awesome pictures.
    Enjoy your week-end.

    1. Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! :)

  2. Congrats, Kristin.

    That first one would be a great nook. I like the kids one too, that would be fun for a kiddo to have.

    1. Thank you, Pat! I know, I love the one for kids. I think I'd like to crawl up in there too! Lol.

  3. Congratulations on the book Kristin. As for reading nooks, a comfy lounger chair is all I need. Those reading nooks do look comfy though.

    1. Thank you, Jo! A comfy lounge chair sounds like a great place to read too! :)

  4. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you SO much for sharing the news of Catalyst on your blog today. I really appreciate it! Hugs! <3

  5. Congratulations Kristin! Hi Elizabeth!

    I have a cupboard under the stairs. It houses the vacuum cleaner and brooms... I don't need them, so I?

    1. Thank you, Annalisa! Nope, you don't need them! Get rid of them and create your own reading space! Lol. :)

  6. Ooh, I love all of those. I think I like the second one best, though! I just basically read wherever I am. I don't really have a special nook for it. Congrats to Kristin!!!

  7. Congratulations Kristin!

    Hi Elizabeth!

    I love, love, love all these reading spaces!

  8. Congrats, Kristin. Wishing you all the luck with your book.

  9. I love seeing Kristin's work popping up all over the blog-o-sphere:)

  10. I love the first reading nook option so much. However not a big fan of wood paneling or slanted windows. The potter like one appealed to me more than expected. Long as no one locks me on. Also congrats to Kristen on her book. Those promo images were nice as well.

  11. It’s nice to see this post here. I recently interviewed this wonderful author. The book sounds amazing.

  12. I love Kristin's cover!!! Good Luck, Kristin!.

    And those reading spaces, I could live with!!!

  13. Under the stairs. I definitely want to do the under the stairs one...except then I would lose my storage space. Hm. Kristin, FUN post. Love the ideas!

    Elizabeth! *waves* Cheese for you, woman!

  14. I have lots of plans for a reading nook. Someday.

    Good luck, Kristin!

  15. I think I'd go for a steampunk themed reading nook! I think anywhere with a nice cushioned seat would be great though. :)

  16. I love the elegance of the first reading nook. I usually end up reading at my kitchen table during breakfast and lunch. The good part is the seats are cushioned and the numerous birds and squirrels eating outside on the deck provide some extra entertainment.

  17. Love those pictures. They made my reader heart happy. Congrats on the book, Kristin.

  18. Beautiful shiny book cover--congrats, Kristin! And my favorite book nook was the second one . . . we can dream . . . maybe I'll add that to my 5 year plan :-)

  19. Love those reading spaces! Congrats, Kristen!


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