Thursday, June 3, 2010

Breaking Up With Kristina McBride

Today I'm happy to welcome Kristina McBride, author of the debut novel The Tension of Opposites. Leave a comment to win a copy!

10 Essentials to Surviving a Break-Up (according to Kristina McBride, that is):

10. A weekend of mourning where you allow yourself to wallow in snot, tears, and complete misery.

9. A comfy pair of PJ’s to shuffle around in during said weekend of mourning.

8. Pounds of chocolate. Pick your poison: M&M’s, Hershey Kisses, Hershey Bar. Just eat it.

7. Three tear-jerking girl flicks and a few boxes of Kleenex. Cry it out. It’ll be good for you.

6. Some time with your BFF. Her main goal should be to get you to laugh out loud at least five times.

5. More chocolate (Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or iced brownies might be good at this point.).

4. A shoebox to hide away all your memories; you’re officially forbidden from having them on display. If an item doesn’t fit in the shoebox, pitch it.

3. A little more chocolate (Maybe start formulating your new work-out routine while you eat this batch. Don’t ever allow a man to affect your figure!).

2. A few deep breaths.

1. A plan to move on. Maybe you should write a list of all the ways you can get the attention of that cute guy you’ve always wanted to kiss. Or maybe it’s time you sign up for that pottery class you’ve always wanted to take. The point here is that it’s time to do something for you. So go on, drag yourself off the couch and get started. Because once your weekend of mourning is over, it’s time for you to forget about it, even if you have to force thoughts of him from your mind with some kind of ancient water torture. Show him how much better off you are without him. You might not believe that right away, but in time, you totally will. (And some day you’ll get a good laugh when you look through the contents of that shoebox, wondering to yourself, “What did I see in that freak, anyway?”)

More About The Tension Of Opposites:

It’s been two years since Noelle disappeared. Two years since her bike was discovered, sprawled on a sidewalk. Two years of silence, of worry, of fear.

For those two long years, her best friend Tessa has waited, living her own life in a state of suspended animation. Because how can she allow herself to enjoy a normal high school life if Noelle can’t? How dare she have other friends, go to dances, date boys, without knowing what happened to the girl she thought she would share everything with?

And then one day, someone calls Noelle’s house. She’s alive.

A haunting psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites is a striking debut that explores the emotional aftermath of a kidnapping on the victim, and on the people she left behind.

More About Kristina:

Kristina McBride has dreamed of being a published author since she was a child and lived across the street from a library. After graduating with a bachelor’s in English Education, Kristina taught high school English for eight years. In 2005, just after having her first child and completing her Master’s in Education, Kristina decided to quit teaching and take a crack at her dream. Kristina lives in Centerville, Ohio with her husband and two young children, stealing as many moments as she can to write, write, write. Read more at:

To win your own copy of The Tension of Opposites tell me one of your breakup essentials (it's okay if you borrow one of Kristina's).
Contest ends at midnight, Tuesday, June 8, 2010.


  1. Definitely a day to be alone and do whatever, is the best medicine!

  2. I have to listen to some sad music. Music that fits my mood always makes me feel better :)

  3. I totally agree with the chocolate and girl flicks part. Absolute essentials.
    I'd also suggest getting a punching bag to vent!
    And sleeping through it, then waking up to think just for a while that maybe it was just a bad dream. Of course with a bit more time, you'll know it's then the punching bag can come in handy. Lol.

  4. Sounds like a really mysterious, exciting book!

  5. Now their is M&M pretzels. Perfect for a bad break-up or just for your eating pleasure!

  6. I would shove all the mementos in a shoebox, yes, and then I'd set them on fire. While enjoying the firelight, I would indulge in some Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream!

  7. My favorite remedy: fantasizing about becoming a femme fatale, and dreaming up ways to dazzle the boys and leave them gasping in my dust. They deserve it, right?

  8. I'm with Bobbie...burn that box. And then tell yourself you can only think about him between 5 and 6 on Thursdays. When Thursday rolls around, you'll probably have something better to do....

  9. Susan SmithJune 09, 2010

    Country music says it all: "gonna load my shotgun, wait by the door, and light a cigarette" or this list from a different song: smashed both headlights, dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped up four wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats" in no particular order. Mind you, I am advocating fantasizing, not making these reality!

  10. Thing about how he'll feel when he finds out you're Paul McCartney's girlfriend (oh-oh--did I just reveal my age?).

    Becky Hickox

  11. Chocolate, always chocolate. the book sounds great. I look forward to reading it.