It's Finally Launch Month . . .

. . . and Everyone's Invited to the Party!

Early Praise for One Moment

"Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers."

"McBride (The Tension of Opposites) skillfully interweaves Maggie’s flashes of memory with present action, making for a tense and absorbing psychological mystery. The dynamics among the tight-knit group of friends are well-drawn, and Maggie’s voice persuasively conveys her guilt, disorientation, and pain as she uncovers her friends’ secrets."

"Kristina McBride has written a poignant, heartbreaking tale of how one moment in a person’s life can change everything . . . a worthy addition to teen collections."

Upcoming Events - Join Me!

Join me for one (or all!) of the upcoming events celebrating
the launch of my latest novel,
a contemporary YA set to hit stores in June.

Launch Party & Signing
7:00 PM
June 29, 2012

The Greene Shopping Center
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, OH 45440
Starting at 7:00 PM, there will be a Q&A, reading, and signing. 
Books will be available for purchase.

Writers' Workshop for Teens
July 25, 2012
12:00-2:00 PM

Washington Centerville Library
111 W. Spring Valley Road
Centerville, Ohio 45458

Register Here For This Event.

YA Bash!
August 4, 2012
1:00-3:00 PM

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

Join Kristina McBride, Rae Carson, Christina Johnson, Julie Kagawa,
Julia Karr, Katrina Kittle, and Saundra Mitchell as they discuss
YA literature and answer audience questions.
Books will be available for signing and purchase.

Books by the Banks Festival
October 20, 2012
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

My UK Deal

It scares me to share before everything is totally and completely official (think signed contracts), but Publishers Marketplace announced my foreign deal last week, so I feel like I should too. I mean, it is my book, right? 

So, here goes . . .

ONE MOMENT sold to Usborne and will hit stores in the UK next year! Which means I should see another cover, and I love cover art, so that's super fun and exciting. Not to mention that my book will be on shelves in a completely different country. And I think that means I should take a little holiday to the UK to just see it all in person, don't you?

REVIVED Giveaway - Yay!

Meet Cat Patrick.

     She's super cool; the mother of twin girls; and she fears heights, planes, and zombies. But that's not why I'm introducing her today.
I'm here to share book love, because in addition to all of the above, Cat is also a very talented author.
First, there's her debut, FORGOTTEN, a mind-bending tale about sixteen-year-old London Lane,
who forgets the past, but remembers the future. 

Lucky for us, Cat's second book, REVIVED, is due to hit shelves on May 1 (but I hear that pre-orders are already shipping out!).

Doesn't that gorgeous cover make you want to know more? Here's the scoop:

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency's true goals,
she realizes she's at the center of something much larger -- and more sinister -- than she ever imagined.

I'm so exited about this one, I thought it would be perfect for a giveaway,
so I'm offering up a signed copy to one lucky winner.

To enter, post a comment below, or head over to my Facebook Page
and leave a comment or new wall-post listing one thing that revives you (mind, body, or spirit)
You have until April 26th to enter, so get to it. 

For fun, I asked Cat a few questions about books and writing. Here's what she had to say:

Kristina: We all know writers love to read. List a few books you love so much you wish you'd written them.

Cat: I would love to have written The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: It’s dreamlike and quietly romantic but also incredibly well paced and action packed. Others I’d gladly take credit for include: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Divergent by Veronica Roth and World War Z by Max Brooks.

Kristina: When you start a new project, how do you know you have a solid enough idea to begin writing?

Cat: When an idea strikes, I never write it down. If I’m still thinking about it a few days later, I start writing. If I make it past page seventy five without getting bored, I’ll usually finish the book.

Kristina: How do you celebrate a finished project, a new deal, or other fun authorly news?

Cat: My husband is an amazing cook, and I love champagne. So whenever I finish or sell a book, we have a fancy dinner with bubbly. I’m also fan of buying myself new shoes for big wins.

Kristina: List 3 reasons people should read REVIVED. 

Cat: First, Revived is a standalone (not a sequel), so I hope that readers will find it a satisfying read, with the beginning, middle and end all packaged into one nice, neat hardcover. Second, the friendships in the book are some of my favorite relationships that I’ve written yet. And third, it has a striking cover, and the inside bit’s not bad either.

Kristina: What's next for Cat Patrick, the author?

Cat: I’ve just finished editing my third novel, The Originals, which is about three clones living as one person to protect themselves from their past, and which comes out Spring 2013. I’m writing my fifth book and will have news on the fourth in the next few months.

In case you're interested in learning more about Cat and her books,
you can find her on 
Twitter, Facebook, and her Website

It's Final!

This whole author gig is such super-cool fun. It can be difficult, sure, when I'm hit with a huge editorial letter and I sit down to begin a major revision. Or when I'm in a waiting stage, wondering if my agent or editor will like my new idea, fancy rewrite, or even my simple revision to a tricky scene. But even the hard times are fun, because the hard times are just another sign that I'm in the game and making my way toward another published book. And, in case you didn't know, holding a real book in your hands, one that you have slaved over for too many hours/days/months to count, is one of the best feelings in the world. 

So is seeing your cover for the first time! While I've seen a few versions of the cover for my upcoming release, I just received the final. It's fancy. And beautiful. And it has a sparkly little blurb from the amazingly talented Cat Patrick, author of FORGOTTEN and the upcoming REVIVED, who is super-cool herself. And a little sparkly, too (but not in the vampire sense). 

   So here it is! What do you think?

On Writing: The Ideas

“So. Where do you get your ideas?”

I’m asked this all the time, as if I might have some magic formula. It’s funny, because at any given moment I might be tossing around ten different ideas for my next book. The problem for most authors isn’t finding inspiration, it’s figuring out which inspiration to grab hold of and take to the next level. Which means there’s a question behind that where-do-you-get-your-ideas question. When people ask where an author gets an idea for a novel, what they really mean is this:

“How do you know you have an idea that’s strong enough to take from that first glimmer of inspiration and see it through to a finished manuscript?”

Now that is the real question. And if you had the chance to ask every author out in the world, you might hear a different answer from each one. But here are the things that cue me in.

I know I have an idea strong enough to take from that first glimmer of inspiration and see it through to a finished manuscript when:

  1. I can’t sleep because the characters won’t stop talking to me and scenes from the book are continuously looping through my mind.
  2. I pitch the idea to my agent, and she's silent and contemplative for only a few moments before telling me to work it.
  3. I look forward to vacuuming, folding laundry, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, etc, because mundane chores make for the best brainstorming sessions.
  4. My husband looks at me during a meal and says, “Stop writing,” when really all I’m doing is staring out the sliding glass door and into the backyard. (He knows me too well, because in those moments, I’m usually far away from my family, watching my characters unfold some new secret twist to the book forming in my head.)
  5. I get that fluttery feeling of excitement when I know I have some quiet time alone with my computer.
  6. The ideas flow, from one to another, without frustration setting in.
  7. I forget to eat, avoid answering the phone, put off cleaning the house, and overall drop out of life because I’m so taken by the story that I have to keep writing.
  8. I wish I had a super computer in my brain that would type as fast as I think because it would allow me to finish a first draft in 33.7 minutes.
  9. I start talking to my characters . . . which looks an awful lot like me talking to myself, and probably makes others wonder about my sanity.
  10. I lose time. Life keeps going on around me, but I’m oblivious because I’m off in story land making my way through another string of events that feel real, but aren’t. Unless maybe, in some parallel unverse, they are . . .

Bottom line, I know I have an idea worth writing if the story and characters simply take over my life. It’s not a lightning bolt effect, more like a slow seeping into my brain, a take-over that I’m so taken by, I don’t quite notice. When that happens, it’s not a question of if, or even when, I’ll write. The process has already begun. And like so many things in my life, with this, I must surrender my control. 

(For the record, the inspiration for THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES came to me as I watched an interview Oprah had with a young man named Shawn Hornbeck, who had recently been returned to his family after a four-year abduction. Soon I’ll write the details about the true inspiration behind ONE MOMENT, which hits stores in June!)

Books I Love - How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr

I love to talk books.
And I love to pass favorites along to others.
So here's my latest love:


Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends--everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it's like to grow up unwanted--to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It's harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy--or as difficult--as it seems.
Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home.

Why I Loved It (vague and spoiler free because that's how I roll):

The main characters are flawed and messy, and even though I didn't love both girls at first, I learned to. When something forced me to put the book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I had no idea how Sara Zarr was going to resolve (or not resolve) all the issues by that last page. The ending brought me to tears - big soppy tears that made my entire family turn to me and, wearing concerned expressions, stare like I had lost my mind. As always with Sara Zarr, the writing is gorgeous. Days later, I'm still thinking of Jill and Mandy, wishing there was more of their story to read.

Back In The Game

It's time for me to get serious about blogging again. I've had good intentions, really I have. But then writing gets in the way. Reading gets in the way. The kids and the laundry and the dishes and . . . well, LIFE just gets in the way. Lately, as I race through my days, blogging has begun to take center stage in my mind. I've been struggling with ideas that will spark my interest enough to get back in the blogging game. That's how it always goes for me. I think of a thing and think of it some more, until a good idea strikes and I just can't wait any longer.

That, my friends, is why I'm here today. An idea struck. And that idea paired up with a solid inspiration. Which leads me to my latest blog series - Books I Love. I can't promise how often I'll post about a book that I've fallen in love with. I'll only do so if I find a book that, for me, holds a little bit of magic. But the thing that excites me most is thinking that I'm about to start sharing some of my favorite books with you. Why? I LOVE books! And really good books deserve to be shared so others can love them too. 

P.S. I'll be blogging about writing, as well. That's inspiring, right? The thing is, there's only so much writing about writing I can do. So this writing about reading? It's an excellent motivation. Which I'm going to call "bloggivation".