Breaking Point Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


I was totally drawn to this series by the description for ARTICLE 5. I loved the idea of this futuristic, militaristic version of the United States where the world is under such harsh restrictions. But even more I loved those last lines….

The ones that mention that Ember’s mother was arrested by the love of her life, Chase Jennings.

And not just because I’m picturing Liesl and Rolf from The Sound of Music….

While I haven’t yet read ARTICLE 5 – though it’s cued up to read on my Kindle as I write this post – I’m super excited for the sequel, BREAKING POINT, which is releasing on February 5th.

Because this series sounds awesome. And because this way I can read both books back-to-back and I won’t have to wait to find out what comes next. Though I may have seen one or two words in the description, try as I might not to peek while creating this post.

Aside from the fact that this series sounds like my kind of read, I am madly in love with the covers. Especially the cover for BREAKING POINT. The cover alone has me dying to get my hands on this sequel.

But anyway….

You’re not here to listen to me babble about how much I’m looking forward to diving into this series. You’re here to check out author Kristen Simmons’ guest post where she shares with you the most important thing she learned in school. And I have to say that it is such a great thing to have learned. Not everyone makes that discovery and benefits from that knowledge when they’re in school.

Of course if you want to know just what I’m talking about you’ll have to read her post, which is below.

But first… yes, there’s a but first… here’s a little bit of information about BREAKING POINT and places to find it, as well as ARTICLE 5 and places where you can find it, too. And there’s also a short bio and a few links to where you can connect with author Kristen Simmons online.





The second installment in Kristen Simmons’s fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository




New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository



About Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband Jason and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida

Find her: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads


Kristen Simmons shares the most important thing she learned in school…

The most important thing I learned in school was to be proud of who I am. Much of this I got at home, but a lot came from those years behind a desk. Beginning at a young age, the lines are so deeply carved between all of us. Kids that play in the sandbox together begin to recognize that they’re different once they get out on a playground, and by the time middle school and high school hits, they’re divided by interests, clothes, how much money they’re parents make, or the color of our skin. School was an important time for me to figure out how I fit into the world, the things that I liked and the things I didn’t.

I have always loved music. In fifth grade we learned to play the recorder, in sixth grade we sang in the choir and took our turns on a violin. By middle school I was playing the vibraphone (like a metal xylophone with a piano-like pedal) in the jazz band. By high school I was playing the drums in the marching band, the marimba in the concert band, and singing in the show choir. As you might have guessed, this made me tremendously cool.

I learned very quickly how other teenagers outside of the music department perceived me. We may have all started out playing Hot Crossed Buns together on our recorders, but by the time 7th grade hit, everything had changed. Jocks dated pretty girls. Musicians were geeks. Smokers hung out on the hill behind the lunch room. Nobody wanted to look smart for fear of being made fun of. Nobody wanted to look stupid for the same reason. But when it all came down to it, those lines between us didn’t matter. I liked being in the band. I made friends in the band. And once I realized that, it didn’t matter to me what anyone else said.


That’s such an amazing thing to have learned while you were in school. It’s so tough navigating through school, but even more so if you feel “uncool.” To appreciate your friends and love who you are and what you do makes all the difference in the world.

To be able to admit that you liked doing what you were doing, that you were proud of where you were and who you were, and that you didn’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of any of it, must have made the experience so much fun! I wish that were true for everyone!

Thank you so much for being a part of Jean’s tour and sharing this amazing guest post for my tour stop! I loved having you and I’m so glad BREAKING POINT will be out in just over a week so that I won’t have to wait too long to find out what comes next once I finish ARTICLE 5.


Below are just a few of the scheduled stops on the BREAKING POINT Blog Tour. To check out the full schedule, visit Jean BookNerd’s website by clicking the image….


1.26.13 – Beneath the Cover – Review & Spotlight

1.26.13 – Fiktshun – Guest Post & Spotlight

1.27.13 – Owl Read It – Review & Spotlight

1.27.13 – Candace’s Book Blog – Guest Post & Spotlight

1.27.13 – Annie Brewer Writes – Spotlight

1.28.13 – Tsk, Tsk, What to read? – Review & Spotlight

1.28.13. – Dystopified – Interview & Spotlight

1.28.13 – Paranormal Book Club – Review & Spotlight


There is also a pretty amazing giveaway associated with this tour for…

  • A signed copy of BREAKING POINT, bookmark, postcard and button
  • 3 copies of BREAKING POINT
  • 7 signed bookmarks and postcards
  • A poster and boomark, and a button by James Vallesteros
  • 10 bookmarks by James Vallesteros

You can check it out and enter on Jean’s blog by clicking the image below.


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