Blog

Thank you – all of you.

February 18th, 2013

Tomorrow marks one week that THE GATHERING DARK has been out in the world. Saturday’s launch party was absolutely wonderful, and all of the kind words and encouragement I’ve received from you guys has made this week truly special.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything. Really.

<3

Party time!

February 15th, 2013

THE GATHERING DARK’s launch party/my belated birthday party is TOMORROW!! I’m so excited. I hope you can make it!

Bookmamas

9 S. Johnson Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46219

3-5 p.m.

Mwah

February 14th, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day!

Love it or hate it, it’s heeeeeere. Whether you have someone special in your life or not, whether you love the holiday or hate it (quite frankly, I couldn’t care less about it,) it’s the PERFECT time to talk about romantic books.

My favorite YA romances are as follows:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Yeah. I love Steph Perkins)

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

They’re all three fabulous and swoon-worthy and I could reread any of them at the drop of a hat and be just as happy as I was reading them the first time around.

Go forth and happy reading!

Release Day!!!!

February 12th, 2013

It’s. Finally. HERE!

I’ve been waiting so incredibly long to share THE GATHERING DARK with all of you, and I am thrilled to say that today is the day. You guys get to meet Keira and Walker and see Darkside and . . . . oh. I am just so excited!

This is the third time I have had a release day. They are better than birthdays. They are better than ANY holiday. They’re also not a little nerve-wracking, because something I painstakingly crafted out of my own thoughts is now out in the world. It’s like sending your kid to school for the first time. It’s scary.

But even when it’s scary, and even when it’s hard, and even when the publishing industry looks upside down and the words won’t flow . . . even then, I am so grateful to be doing what I’m doing. This job truly is a dream come true, and release days are all of that hope and hard work wrapped up with a pretty bow on top. By reading my books, you make today possible for me. So, thank you, all of you. Really. I hope you like Keira and Walker as much as you enjoyed Claire and Matthew. I hope you like them EVEN MORE, actually.

And if you’re near Indianapolis, don’t forget to help me celebrate on Saturday, at my joint book launch/birthday party. We’ll have treats and books to sign and a lot of fun, too.

Details:

Saturday, February 16th, 3-5 p.m.

Bookmamas

9 S. Johnson Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46219

THE GATHERING DARK: Count down and party planning!

February 11th, 2013

Hey, y’all.

Tooooooomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a daaaaaaaay aaaaaaaway.

Okay. Sorry for the ear worm. That was pretty unfair of me. But THE GATHERING DARK does comes out tomorrow, and I am very excited. VERY.

Also? I am having a party! I just turned 35, so to celebrate both my birthday and THE GATHERING DARK, I’m having a launch/birthday party this Saturday (the 16th) from 3-5 p.m. Come have a cupcake with me and get a book signed, or just say “hi!”

The details:

Saturday, February 16th

3-5 p.m.

Bookmamas

9 S. Johnson Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46219

Hope to see you there!

One. Week. *flail*

February 5th, 2013

You want this. You waaaaaaaant this. *waves watch in front of eyes*

One. Week. From today. THE GATHERING DARK comes out! The best, most helpful thing you can ever do for me is to preorder a copy. Seriously. The pre-order and first week sales of a novel are the most critical, and often determine its ultimate level of success. So. If you like me, or you like my books, or, heck, if you just need a tick in the positive karma column, then preorder THE GATHERING DARK. I can’t tell you how grateful I’ll be.

Here are some places to get THE GATHERING DARK:

Barnes and Noble

The Book Depository

Books a Million

Amazon

Or find your local Indie bookstore and order it from them, which is the best answer of all.

Thumbs up for preorders, yo.

Booklist!

January 24th, 2013

Y’all, I was so excited about this review of THE GATHERING DARK that I nearly cried. For real. I’m a mess.

I had to come post it – please remember that this is an uncorrected proof of the review that will appear in the February 15th edition of Booklist. Here it is:

The Gathering Dark.

Advanced Review – Uncorrected Proof

Johnson, Christine (Author)
Feb 2013. 512 p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, hardcover, $16.99. (9781442439030).

Pianist Keira Brannon is determined to let nothing deter her from enrolling in Juilliard, thus escaping Sherwin, Maine, and her dull existence. But once she meets Walker, her goals seem less important. Their attraction is immediate but somewhat unnerving once Keira realizes that when Walker touches her, she begins to hallucinate. Tattoos crawl around Walker’s biceps; dark forest hovers over his shoulders. Gradually Walker draws her into another world, one that is terrifying and life threatening. Johnson explores a rather unusual topic, even for YA science fiction—dark matter, dark energy, and the possibility of an alternate universe. In the alternative universe from which Walker tries to protect Keira, all music has been lost. But Keira, an “experimental” cross between a darkling father and a human mother, can either save the Dark Side through her music or be assassinated as a failed experiment. This is an interesting amalgam: a lusty romance made more so by its self-imposed repressed desire, a nod to astrophysics and the theory of dark matter, and a suspenseful adventure into another world, all grounded in references to classical piano repertoire.

— Frances Bradburn

Happy Review! Blog Tour news! THINGS!

January 23rd, 2013

The release of The Gathering Dark is just a few weeks away, and SO MUCH IS HAPPENING. First, I got a fabulous review from The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books.

Here’s my favorite pull quote: ”Johnson is adept at maintaining an air of menace and suspense while infusing sexual tension into the mix; she keeps the heat between Keira and Walker at a constant simmer while danger atmospherically lurks … Keira is a strong, well-developed, character, and her struggles with the unsettling events in her life—her new knowledge of multiple universes and her identity, and her heady first love—are credibly played out with a combination of uncertainty and bravado.” . . . . but the entire thing is really fantastic. It will appear in their February issue. Yay!

NEXT! Blog tour! I’m so thrilled to announce that Mundie Moms has done me the real honor of setting up a blog tour for the week of February 5th. I’ll post links in another post, but the schedule is as follows:

2/5- Hobbisites
2/6- A Good Addiction
2/7- The Book Cellarx
2/8- Mundie Moms
2/11- Icey Books
2/12- Reading Lark
And to that end, Amber over at Page Turners has made a GORGEOUS blog banner and button for the tour.I’m pasting them below – click on the little pictures to grab the actual-sized ones!

Blog Tour Banner

Hooray!!

Blog Tour Button

So. Much. News.

January 16th, 2013

Hey, y’all. I know I haven’t been blogging much, mostly because there is a CRAP TON going on. If you ever need a quick update, do find me on Twitter (@cjohnsonbooks) – I love to hear from you!

Yesterday, I got AMAZING mail. The first real, finished, squee-worthy copy of THE GATHERING DARK. Look how pretty it is!!

ImageImage

 

I’m super excited for the release, on February 12th! Which brings me to my second point: I’m hosting a release party/birthday party (yeah, my release date is RIGHT NEXT TO my birthday – so fun!) on February 16th. You can check out the events page for details.

More news soon, but lots and lots of fun stuff is happening. Hooray!

Connecticut, Guns, and Change

December 15th, 2012

Yesterday’s school shooting left me, like the rest of the nation, shaken and saddened. This tragedy, more than most, affected me deeply, partly because it involved children – kindergartners – in an elementary school. I have a child – a kindergartner – in an elementary school. I speak very carefully about my kids on the Internet. I don’t use their names. I don’t post their pictures. I don’t say where we live or what schools they attend. I do this because I want to keep them safe. And yes, I know that 99.97% of you would never dream of doing anything untoward with any of that information, should I choose to give it. The thing is, it’s worth it to me to withhold that stuff from all of you, because it protects my kids from that .03% of you. You don’t really need that information. You and I can get along without it.

I feel much the same way about guns.

Now, before anyone starts shouting about HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT GUN CONTROL WHILE WE ARE MOURNING THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY (which I have already seen plenty of on Facebook and Twitter,) let me say this: Discussing our gun laws in no way diminishes the deaths of the innocent people – the children, for God’s sake – in Connecticut. Quite the contrary. Pointing out that their deaths were not only tragic, but also preventable, is only to mourn them more deeply. To grieve silently does not give the victims deaths any more dignity. To think that these children might be the face of what Never Happens Again, to think that, finally, these lives have not been ended in vain, is to honor them even more highly.

That said, let’s talk about our gun laws. When they were written, they were necessary. THE BRITISH WERE COMING! The world was different. We were different. Our government was young and uncertain, and only our ability to rise up in the face of oppression kept us safe. The right to bear arms was relevant and logical. Imperative, even. In the late 1770′s, our gun laws made perfect sense. Of course, one might do well to note that, when the Second Amendment was drafted, the men who wrote it also believed that it was absolutely fine to enslave other people, and the idea that women should have a say in the nations laws was laughable.

Things have changed. The British are not coming. Or, rather, they are coming, but armed with credit cards and tickets to The Book of Mormon, rather than muskets and red coats. The British, incidentally, have changed their laws about weapons in the years since we gained our independence. So have the Japanese. Yes, there are still crimes committed with guns in nations with stricter weapons laws, but it is at an entirely different rate than here in the United States, where this year alone there have been multiple massacres committed with high-calibur guns.

Indeed, yesterday, while CNN was reporting that twenty children had been killed by a lone gunman in Connecticut, they were also running a story about a school attack in China. Which was carried out with a knife. In which twenty-two children were wounded. The parents of a wounded child would still be preparing to spend the holidays as a family. I am sure that any one of the families in Connecticut who lost a child yesterday would gladly trade places with them.

Our gun laws were written in a different time, in a different society, with different purposes in mind. When we, as a culture, declare that clinging to an outdated tenent is more important than acknowledging that our needs have changed, we belittle our own progress. We become self-limiting in our evolution. Just as we recognized that slavery was an abomination and that women could and should vote and hold office, we must now recognize that the time has come to alter a system that does not keep us safe from an armed colonial force, but that rather perpetrates a culture of violence and fear. We are capable of living to a higher standard. No one ever became greater by staying exactly the same.

In the same way that the tragic deaths of four young girls in Birmingham sparked the Civil Rights movement to a fever pitch, so should the children in Connecticut become the face of change for our shamefully outdated gun laws. We mourn the victims of this violence best by working to ensure that they are the last to be slaughtered in such a horrific way. It is time to face forward. In the midst of our sadness, it is time to do better. To be better.

So I say, with a heart weighted by both grief and conviction: Change these laws now, in the names of the lost children of Connecticut, but for the sake of all our kids, everywhere.