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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Former Debut: Kristina McBride, Class of 2k10, and a GIVEAWAY!

Today I'm welcoming to the blog Kristina McBride as my former debut and helping her celebrate the release of her brand new book, ONE MOMENT (Egmont, June 26, 2012)!

And please read to the bottom! I am giving away an ARC of this awesome new book!

Name: Kristina McBride
Debut Group: Class of 2K10
Debut novel: THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (Egmont, May 25, 2010)

 Hi, Christina! And Congratulations!

PJH: Okay, so it’s been 2 years since you graduated from your debut class. Personally, I miss the heck out of knowing what my classmates are up to. So give us the low-down. What have you been up to in the last few years? New books? New degrees? New pets? What has been going on, and what do we have to look forward to from you in the future?

KMcB: I feel so fortunate that I was part of a group of such talented authors, including my class of 2K10 as well as all the other classes! This reunion is the perfect way for all of us to catch up, so thank you for putting this together! Since my debut year, I’ve been working on several other projects. My second novel, ONE MOMENT, will be released on June 26th of this year, which is super exciting to share. I’m also very excited about another project that I’ve been working on, but it’s too early to share anything about that. Other than writing as much as I can, I’ve been spending tons of time with my family. And, of course, I’ve been reading as much as I can.

THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (Egmont, May 25, 2010)

PJH: If you could summarize to a debut novelist the best part of being a member of an author group like the “Class of” groups, what would you say?

KMcB: The “Class of” groups are perfect for a debut author because it’s a safe place to ask any question, vent if needed, and share a life-altering experience with others who really understand. Let’s face it, as much as family and friends would like to relate, they just can’t. Authors need other authors, and these groups provide an incredible base of support and friendship that last well beyond the debut year.

PJH: Though I absolutely loved being a debut author, I’m really thrilled with all the experience I’ve gained since. What advice would you give to those who are debuting now? What do you wish you had known when you started out?

KMcB: I’d simply say, “Do what you can to promote your book and don’t worry about the rest.” I’m sure somewhere along the way someone said this to me, but I still scrabbled about, overextending myself as well as my funds to get the word out. I’d also have to say, “Have so much fun! It’s a whirlwind, and it goes faster than you ever could imagine!”

PJH: In addition to writing the next mega-million bestselling novel, what do you want to accomplish in the next five years? Do you want to write five more books? Get your black belt in Kung Fu? Walk the Great Wall of China? Let’s hear it.

KMcB: Five more books is a really good goal for me, so I’ll say yes to that. I’d also like to come up with an alternative to chocolate that is calorie/sugar free – healthy instead of not – yet just as tasty as the real thing, so I can devour all the M&M’s and Hershey Kisses that I please.

ONE MOMENT (Egmont, June 26, 2012)

PJH: Five reasons to read your book? 

KMcB: You’ll want to read ONE MOMENT so you can:
  1. Find out what really happened the day Joey died.
  2. Learn the secrets he was hiding.
  3. Understand how something as simple as a bracelet can turn the world upside-down.
  4. Figure out why Adam is acting so strange.
  5. Read Maggie out of the mess her life has become. (I firmly believe it is the duty of a reader to read the main character out of whatever conflict he/she is facing.)

PJH: How you celebrated when you signed your contract?

KMcB: Ice cream, of course! With the family.

Yay for good news celebrations!

PJH: Thank you so much for being here!

Bio: Kristina McBride has dreamed of being a published author since she was a child and lived across the street from a library. Kristina has now completed two books for young adults: The Tension of Opposites (2010) and One Moment (2012). Kristina lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children, stealing as many moments as she can to write, write, write.


Thanks for helping me celebrate former debuts! And if you are a former debut and are interested in being featured, check out this post here!


And now for our giveaway! It's easy to win! Two things to note...

1) This giveaway is open until 12:01 am on July 7, 2012
2) Contest is US only!

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Good luck!


Stina Lindenblatt said...

The Tension of Opposites is a great book. I can't wait to read One Moment. I've been wondering when Kristina's new book is due out.

Jessy said...

Mmmm... When you come up with the healthy chocolate, let me know. I would love to devour some healthy m&m's!

Matthew MacNish said...

"Authors need other authors ..."

Amen to that.

PJ Hoover said...

I love the covers, too, Stina! They really do a great job pulling the reader in!

LOL, Jessy! Bring on the healthy chocolate!

YEs, Matt!