Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Metaltown Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I have the very special honor of welcoming an author I get to call friend to the blog to celebrate the release of her newest YA book, Metaltown. I couldn't be more excited for this book or for Kristen as she is one of the most adorable people you'll ever meet, and I hope you guys all have this book on your lists! Since the world of Metaltown and its factories is a brutal one where the days are long and so very hard, I asked Kristen to help us put on protagonist Ty's shoes for a few minutes and walk her mile. 

Be sure and check out the bottom of the post for a complete list of the participating blogs so you can follow along, as well as all the details on a fantastic giveaway!


1. Don’t be a baby. You think your life’s tough? Try waking up before dawn every morning to get a bowl of mash at St. Mary’s, or working a double in a hot factory just to not get paid. First rule of factory life? Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. You want a free ride you can go cross the beltway to Bakerstown.

2. Find someone who’s got your back. You look out for them, they look out for you. It’s that simple.

3. Don’t eat anything that hasn’t been tested. What are you, crazy? The stuff they sell on the streets in the factory district is flat out deadly. If you want the corn flu, by all means, give it a shot. Otherwise, stick to stuff you know is clean.

4. Don’t fight someone smaller than you. Don’t steal from your own people. I share my food with you, tomorrow you share yours with me. Those are street rules, got it?

5. Colin’s mine. Keep your hands off.
Noted, Ty. ;-)

Thanks so much Kristen!

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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.

Amazon | B&N 

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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and the upcoming METALTOWN (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. I wouldn't last as a factory worker but I'm looking forward to pretending to be one for a little while when I read this one. It sounds really good, and hopefully there's no love triangle.

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  2. I love Ty's voice just from this short list and I can't wait to meet her properly. The honor code in her street rules is amazing. I have a copy on the way and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  3. Interesting, it's a different topic too.

  4. I have a copy and hope to read it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Definitely intrigued by this one! Thanks for sharing it and for the giveaway!

  6. I'm so going to love Ty and this book. The premise sounds so exciting!

  7. Squeeeeel... another Midwestern author!!! I will take up the cause and support her! Why didn't I know this about her??? (pssst. Go Bucks, but I'm from Cleveland, my bro lives in Cinci, downtown actually). Anyhoo, I have this book and I will move it up immediately. I know it's a rare standalone for her so I'm pretty excited for it. Although I'm sensing a love triangle here :(

  8. I think of the first point every time I watch North & South, it was definitely not a fun time to work in a factory and while the conditions have changed drastically, the work is still very much hard work.

    Great guest post!

  9. Wow this is so different storyline or even context of a novel before. Who would have thought factory worker and that's what's going to stand out for this novel. Thanks for bringing to my attention - adding to my list. :)

  10. Getting up at dawn? I can barely get up in time to get ready for work! Factory life sounds brutal but I'm really curious about the world the author created.

  11. I have been eyeing this one since you featured it on a Waiting On Wednesday. I really want to read it, but couldn't find ARCS anywhere.

  12. Oh I love that last line... believing in the power of hope. Nice.

  13. Ohhh...this sounds like a great one Jenny!!! I need to add to my wishlist!

  14. Thank you for introducing Metaltown to us and for sharing facts about being a factory worker. This books sounds great and I would love to read it!

  15. Metaltown definitely sounds fascinating with the factory life and I love the author's tips as well in the guest post. Lovely post Jenny!

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  16. Meltdown is on my list for sure! I've been eyeballing this one and loved the sound of it. Thanks for the great post & chance to win :)

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  18. I'm really interested in this book so I'm excited to get a little insider information :D This was a fun post, thanks for sharing Jenny! xx

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