Who are the Urban Boys + Giveaway
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!
The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
I went into this book looking forward to learning/experiencing the five senses. First off I thought there was a lot of detail spent talking about things I did not see really lent anything to the story. For example, details about some of the boys parents...their height, hair color, etc. Which in the beginning, I did have a hard time keeping all of the different boys separate. Their voices just seemed to blend into one another. Also, I did not experience the different senses the boys had too much in the beginning as well. I mean I got the heightened senses but they were subtle. Even to the point that after about a hundred pages into the story, I was wondering when it was going to pick up. The second half. That is when the story picked up and the voices of the different boys became clearer. However, I have to say that if this was just a story about five boys and their relationship as friends, than this is a good book. Yet, as it is more than that, I found that I did struggle some with this book and it was just ok.
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes, I'm a marketing communications consultant, creative director, and brand strategist. I work with organizations to develop their overall look and feel, messaging, and advertising strategies. I've been doing this for almost 20 years.
Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
I don't really have writing rituals, but I will admit that I need it to be perfectly quiet. I don't like distractions, talking, and other noise going on when I'm trying to express my creativity through words. Earplugs work wonders! So does color noise and a pair of wireless headphones, if needed. Do what you have to do to block it out! Also, a hot cup of French vanilla tea, or a cup of decaf coffee with chocolate caramel creamer never hurt anyone.
If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
Although my daughters are older now, in their early 20s, I'm still a hands-on mom, as much as I'm allowed to be. Family is important to us, so making time for writing and family is important. When my girls were younger, I inched up their bedtime five minutes each night until they were in bed at 7:30 p.m. This worked until about 7th or 8th grade, so I always had my evenings free for writing and finishing up work. Sometimes a mom has to get crafty in order to get those precious few minutes to herself!
Favorite travel spot?
Definitely Catalina Island in Southern California. My husband and I travel there annually for the jazz festival. it's one of our favorite vacations, and it looks like a little Italy. Looking forward to our next trip there in October!
There's one other thing that goes great with writing, and that's homemade cookies and cream ice cream! Sometime ago, I bought an ice cream maker and have never looked back. Although I eat it sparingly these days, it's still a favorite. I also love oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and sweet potato pie with breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. Watch out gym, here I come!
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