Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BOOK TOUR: The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
Category:  YA fiction, 292 pages
Genre:  Action Adventure/ Paranormal
Publisher:  Two Petals Publishing
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Tour Dates:  Feb 29 - March 31, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (Action/ fight scenes, some violence)

Book Description:  

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)

Praise for The Urban Boys:

"An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle."- Kirkus Media

"Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author's matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!" 5-stars - Publishers Daily Reviews

"I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!" 5-stars - Indie Book Reviewers

See more reviews:


Meet the author:   

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.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

INTERVIEW  with K.N. Smith:

How did you do research for your book?
Even though The Urban Boys is a work of fiction, I still did research for the book. Because there are two distinct towns mentioned in the book, I wanted to be sure I wasn't using actual names of towns already established. I searched as far and wide as I could and came up with what you see in the book, and these two towns are about as different as you can get. I also researched the meanings of some of the characters’ names, and other things.

Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
The character that was the most difficult to write was Mrs. Perkins. She is filled with mystery herself, although she works diligently to not show it. Nice, quiet, always smiling and waving. Is there something behind her smile? Keep reading and you'll find out! Mason was probably the easiest character to write. He's lovable, and he loves his big brother, Jordan.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
With respect to writers block, I really don't experience that when I'm writing a novel because my outline is so organized and laid out I know exactly where the story is going. I'm always thinking of things to add to the stories, and I've developed a system of capturing those ideas, so in a way, that helps me overcome stumbling blocks.

What is your writing schedule?
When I'm writing a book I keep a very rigorous schedule. I write 1,000 words per day to completion, and sometimes more. Although we all have busy days doing many things, there's always time to squeeze in a bit of writing. It becomes important to guard my time so I can get through the novel. In other words, unless the house is on fire, I'll be out when I'm done. Just slide my food under the door. Really, I'll be fine!

What advice would you give budding writers?
My advice to budding writers is to get down to it and start writing today. We tend to overthink things to the point where our thoughts consume more of our time than the writing does. Just start somewhere with a few words on the page each day and realize the progress you actually made. Less talking, more doing! You're a star in the making, so what are you waiting for?



Win (one) $15 iTunes gift card 
or one of (TWO) Signed Copies of The Urban Boys 
or one of 20 (TWENTY) eCopies of The Urban Boys


  1. Hello, thank you so much for being a stop on this tour! K.N. Smith

  2. Best of luck to you and your book!!