The Urban Boy's: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
Genre/ Age Group: Young Adult Fiction (Action-Adventure w/ elements of Paranormal), 12+
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“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!” Publishers Daily Reviews
“K.N. Smith has at her disposal a lyrical prose that describes the environment and the characters in such fine (and magical) detail that you can’t help but fall in love with the world she has created. ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses’ is a great start to this new series and the premise holds much promise for more entertaining episodes.” Midwest Book Review
“The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” is both a rollicking ride filled with mystery, suspense and literary drama; as well as a sensitive portrayal of individuals and families called by an unknown force to fight evil. It grips the imagination and engages the senses from the very first words of the Prologue through the whole frenetically evolving story. It’s an amazing work for a new fiction writer and one that will keep the book in your hands as you relax, ride in airplanes or stop for coffee. I couldn’t put it down; and felt I was wasting time whenever I wasn’t going from one colorful chapter to another. It’s a great ride and highly recommended! You will want to get to know “The Urban Boys” and experience their “Discovery of the Five Senses.”
M. Assagai, Sacramento, CA "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
Interview with the Author:
Can you tell us about your book, The Urban Boys, in 35 words or less?
A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens five boys’ senses to extreme levels, and then all breaks loose. This intriguing story twists and grinds through an action-packed, thrilling ride for young-mature readers alike!
What was your favorite scene to write?
The scene where the dark stranger finally tells the boys what the heck is going on. It’s the one scene that pulls the entire story together.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
The final fight scene, because there is so much going on. I had to visually map it out remembering who got knocked to the left and who got kicked to the right. It was a blast!
Will this be a standalone or part of a series?
This book is the first in a series. There will likely be five books in this series.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I’m working on the second book in this series, and plotting the final books.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Actually, a set of spiritual books by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. He is one of the most brilliant writers I know.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and then News of the World by Paulette Jiles (due in March 2016). I’m a one book at a time reader.
About 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. An established non-fiction writer, Smith chose the teen fiction genre as a way to enhance her daughters’ (then) high school literary experience, and to engage other youth in literacy development.
Her creative literary flair offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph. As a result, scenes become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. Her stories twist, turn, and grind through elements of science-fiction and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. As an ardent supporter of youth and family literacy programs across the globe, she states, “My hope is that The Urban Boys will spark imagination in a wide variety of readers while elevating global literacy efforts. It’s important that we have diverse families of readers for generations to come.”
K.N. Smith has over twenty years experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.
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