YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Happy book birthday to The Tensions of Opposites! (Go, no run, to your nearest bookstore and buy it! Snap a photo if you see it.) I shall now hand the mike over to Kristina McBride and she’ll share with you something special about today. *cues drumroll*

You know what today is?
May 25, 2010: Launch day for my debut novel, The Tension of Opposites.
*Excuse me for a moment while I swim in some YAY*

But today is also something else. Something that neither my publisher, agent, nor I knew about until way after the launch date for my novel was scheduled. I swear, no one planned this.

It’s National Missing Children’s Day. (Cue the creepy music.)

If you know nothing of my book, let me tell you why this is an eerie coincidence.
The Tension of Opposites is the story of 16-year-old Tessa McMullen whose best friend has just returned from a 2-year abduction. The plot centers around Tessa’s struggle to reconnect with her friend, who has become a very distant and self-destructive version of her old self, and also Tessa’s struggle to reconnect with a life she felt too guilty to live after her friend disappeared.

When I found out about my launch day and National Missing Children’s Day coinciding, I had to wonder if this was just a fluke, or if it could possibly be a sign that some cosmic force is behind me, helping me along the way. I’m a believer in signs, you see. And this one made me feel a little bit of relief, like maybe I was doing something here that could make a difference. Like maybe I’ve accomplished more than simply writing a book. Maybe I’m actually spreading knowledge that could save a life.
I’m often asked what I want people to take away from this book. There’s one thing. And it’s very important: Just because a child is missing does not mean they haven’t survived.

While The Tension of Opposites is a work of fiction, there are real children out in the world who need to be returned to their families. Kidnappers are talented manipulators, and often, their victims will do what they are told even when a chance to escape arises. It is our responsibility as a society to pay attention to what is going on around us. If we simply ask a few questions, or contact someone if we suspect something is not right, we might even save a life. Shawn Hornbeck, Elizabeth Smart, and Jaycee Dugard are only a few examples of this truth.

So what do I want you to take away from this read, even if you never pick up my book? The knowledge that you can make a difference. You don’t have to study the faces of missing children on milk cartons, or send large chunks of money to some organization. Just pay attention to the world around you. And if you ever notice something a little off, speak up. Tell someone – a police officer, the child’s school counselor, a neighbor.
It’s that simple. Each of the above children were found and returned to their families because someone like you paid attention to their gut when it said something was wrong. They acted on this feeling. And that’s it.
So if you ever have the opportunity, please be prepared to act.

Make a difference.
Save a life.


Comments on: "Coincidence or a Sign? Kristina McBride guest blogs" (22)

  1. How amazing is that, WOW – to not even know, it’s got to be a sign…I can not wait to read this book! Thank you for your post Kristina!

  2. This is such a moving post! I agree – this is definitely a sign. I really hope that your novel brings attention to this cause. It sounds like a great read & I’ll definitely be picking it up. Congrats on your debut!

  3. Debasmita said:

    That’s amazing! It’s seems as if the Fates are with you and I am so happy for you 🙂
    Congratulations on the book release and all the best!

  4. Wow, great post. So true about those families.

  5. Definitely a sign in my opinion. I think it was meant for you to publish your book on National Missing Children’s Day. You are helping so many people and making a difference just by writing your book. Thanks for using your gift as a writer to help spread awareness about all the missing persons around the world and being an advocate for prevention by speaking up or taking action when you see something a little off. I appreciate it!

  6. Wow. What a nice way to debut your book, on the most dedicated day to missing children. Great story.

  7. I was touched by the story. Whether coincidence or a sign, the book was released on the most important day which is just amazing.

  8. I think your book is going to be a hit based on the subject material that I think other authors need to shed more light on. But it’s a nice added bonus that the stars were aligned and your book debut fell on the national missing children’s day. That is something!

  9. This reminds me of Meg Cabot’s 1-800 Missing series. Except they were light, where as this books seems quite deep.

  10. Shishito said:

    Definitely a sign of good luck!

  11. Jennifer said:

    It’s funny how things fall into perfect place like that. I loved your story. Your book was meant to be debuted on that particular day.

  12. Jessica said:

    What a beautiful story. I say sign. Good luck with your book sales! Looking forward to reading your book!

  13. Julianne said:

    That’s weird your book debut landed on the National Missing Children’s Day. Guess it was supposed to happen that day. More publicity for the cause.

  14. I think the stars were aligned on that day for your book to debut on that specific day. That’s great!

  15. Whether coincidence or sign, I think it will be a good help to your book promotion. Thanks for the take home message from the book!

  16. Cynthia said:

    Cool story. Thanks for sharing that with us!

  17. I am also a believer in signs so whenever things like this happen, I tend to think this was just the way it was supposed to happen. That there is a reason behind why things happen the way they do.

  18. What a strange happening! I think it’s a good sign though. A really good one.

  19. I can’t believe that actually happened! That’s mind boggling and amazing at the same time. Interesting way to debut your novel. I say slam dunk!

  20. A Good Sign all the way!

  21. Your story about the significance of your book debut date was just incredible. I enjoyed reading about it. Your book sounds great!

  22. I’ve heard many great stories but I think this one is on top along with some other ones. Signs come into our life in many ways and since you are an author this was the way it came into yours. Good Luck with your book success!

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