A guest post by Kristina McBride
The journey to publication for my latest title, A Million Times Goodnight, was a bit bumpy, to say the least. I was thrilled when my editor, Alison Weiss, bought the manuscript, originally scheduled for publication with Egmont USA in the summer of 2015. I was even more thrilled when Alison revealed the cover design, showcasing a picture that I was fortunate enough to help choose. The color scheme was moody and thought-provoking, and the scale of the girl standing in front of the sky quite compelling. I was in love. When ARCs arrived, I could hardly believe it—this book was actually happening!
Until it wasn’t.
In January of 2015, I received the devastating news that Egmont USA was closing. And my book deal? It was dead.
I honored my feelings (aka: ate a ton of chocolate) and tried to stay positive.
But it was difficult. Until Alison touched base with my agent a few months later, asking about the book. Things happened and soon I was celebrating another sale, this time with Sky Pony Press. When Alison mentioned a new cover design, I was more than a little worried. I had, after all, fallen in love with the original version. But I remained open-minded. And holy wow, did it pay off.
The new cover design popped and sang and did all the other magical things you want your book cover to do. The contrast of the color scheme is perfection, helping the umbrella to explode from the scene. The reflection draws your attention, the sky and clouds a gorgeous backdrop for the girl with her hand propped on her hip. The tone of her stance, emphasized by the boots and the cap, showcases the strength and daring of my main character, Hadley. I loved this cover from the first moment. All. Of. It. The whole package is simply captivating.
I am beyond grateful to Alison Weiss and Sky Pony Press for delivering such a gorgeous cover design, and for helping to bring this book out into the world.
One night. Two paths. Infinite danger.
On the night of the big spring break party, seventeen-year-old Hadley “borrows” her boyfriend Ben’s car without telling him. As payback, he posts a naked picture of her online for the entire senior class to see.
Now Hadley has a choice. She can go back to the party and force Ben to delete the picture. Or she can raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far away from their hometown of Oak Grove, Ohio, as she can get.
Each storyline plays out in alternating chapters. In one strand, Hadley embarks on a reckless adventure with her best friends, spinning the perfect plan for revenge. In the other, stuck in a car with her ex-boyfriend, Josh, she’s forced to revisit the mistakes they each made, including whether they should ever have broken up at all. As events of a wild night race toward an explosive conclusion, old feelings are rekindled, friendships are tested, and secrets uncovered that are so much worse than a scandalous photo.
A Million Times Goodnight is a fast-paced romantic contemporary thriller ripped right from the headlines.
Kristina McBride is a former English teacher and yearbook advisor. She dreamed of being a published author since she lived across the street from a library as a kid. She is the author of two previous novels, The Tension of Opposites and One Moment. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children.
“A Million Times Goodnight explores the power we all have to alter our own future.” —Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Don’t Call Me Baby and Where I Belong
“The novel is a fast-paced thriller with plot twists, intrigue, and revelations practically on every page. . . . Clever, taut storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is a wild ride . . . Readers who are looking for a fast-paced thriller of a touch of romance may enjoy this title.” —School Library Journal