Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Perfect Lies Bonus!

Please see the "Bonus" tab for a little extra Perfect Lies goodness, to thank you all for reading, reviewing, talking, coming to see me on tour, being patient when I STILL haven't mailed things out (oh my gosh I'm the worst, I'm so sorry), etc etc etc.

XOXO x a million,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014



Gah, so weird. I can't believe it's here. Perfect Lies was such a fun and hard book to write. Here's some trivia: In Mind Games, I originally thought the second POV would be Adam's, not Annie's. And in my original idea for Perfect Lies, I thought the second POV would be James. But, much like when I tried to write Adam as a POV, I couldn't get over the fact that this needed to be a book about the relationship between the sisters, not the relationship between Fia and a love interest.

I still like the idea of writing a short that would trace the history of James and Rafael, how they got to where they are in Perfect Lies. Maybe someday. Until then, as a special release day bonus, I'll share the experimental opening scene for a James POV story.

And again, some more, always: Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the second half of Fia and Annie's story!

Twenty Years Ago
She reads him Greek tragedies for bedtime stories.
            He puts on his favorite pajamas, always laid out on the bed by the maid. Everything smells like the bubblegum peppermint of his toothpaste, except when she hugs him and his nose fills with the sharp tingling flower scent of her perfume. She lets him jump on the bed precisely five times before grabbing his ankles mid-jump and giving him that wild, terrifying rush of falling before being safely caught by the mattress.
            She makes him tell her the best part of his day as she tucks the blankets tightly, and she tells him hers, which is always the same: him.
            Her favorite story to read is Cassandra; only later will he realize that she wrote this version herself. He giggles when Cassandra falls asleep in the temple and the snakes lick her ears and give her the gift of prophecy, imagining slippery reptile tongues cleaning out his own ears. Sometimes when his ears are being washed he pretends the washcloth is a snake and he’ll be like Cassandra and start hearing the future. But by the point in the story where Cassandra goes mad because no one will listen to her prophecies he has usually lost interest, most often fallen asleep.
            The story always ends with the same line: Cassandra saw a future that destroyed everyone she loved, and she could do nothing to change it.
            If he is still awake, he puts a small hand on his mother’s cheek and tries to make her look at him, but she stares further away than he can see, and she looks impossibly sad, and it scares him. That’s why he likes to fall asleep before the end of the story.

Friday, February 14, 2014



Man, oh man. I'll admit, I didn't know what they were going to do for this one. I gave them a book with a historical fantasy setting based on Edwardian England (but not actually Edwardian England). So it had magic, but also a recognizable setting. Fancy dresses! Teacups! Bewitched birds! And, at the center of it all, Jessamin, a girl feeling very small and alone in a country far, far from the beautiful island she'd grown up on. They had to come up with a cover that somehow captured all of that.


Anyway. Gah. So gorgeous. And that tagline kills me. Thank you, HarperTeen and my designer Michelle Taormina, for once again working your cover magic!

It doesn't come out until September, but here, have a blurb from Stephanie Perkins, internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door:

Illusions of Fate is an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire. Kiersten White’s best yet.”


Moving onto the next exciting thing:

You can read all of Mind Games online for FREE until Monday! That's right--the entire book. Snuggle in with your laptop or tablet and read away. It's a fast read, and you'll be done just in time for Perfect Lies coming out on Tuesday! No waiting, and, since it's a duology, no cliffhangery second book.

That's it for now. But this weekend look for some fun Perfect Lies extras! And don't forget to come see me next week if you're near NYC, DC, Nashville, or New Orleans!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Another HERE IS INFORMATION PLEASE HAVE IT post. I will have FUN THINGS coming up for you soon, though, to celebrate Perfect Lies!

Which is out next week!

Which how did that happen!

Which what is time and why does it keep slipping slipping into the future!

Onto business, that, while being business, is nonetheless exciting:

Next week I will be in NYC (Tuesday!), DC (Wednesday!), Tennessee (Thursday!), and New Orleans (Friday!). I'm part of the Dark Days tour with Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi, and Sophie Jordan. (Bonus guests Ransom Riggs in NYC and Claudia Gray in New Orleans!)

If you can, I'd love for you to come to one of the signings. I'll admit, I'm panicking and on the verge of tears just thinking about leaving my eight-month-old for a week. Seeing some of you lovely people would be a delightful distraction from my separation anxiety. (He'll be fine--I'm the one with attachment issues. Go figure.)

Also, please do me a favor: If we've chatted on Twitter, or you're a longtime blog follower, please tell me who you are and how we know each other! I'm absolute rubbish at recognizing people in real life, and signings are always slightly overwhelming, so I tend not to put things together as easily as I would normally.

Cover Reveal!
On Friday, because I love you and it is a day to celebrate love, I'm doing a special, live spreecast with Epic Reads to reveal the cover of Illusions of Fate (out this September)! It's so, so gorgeous. Which should not come as a surprise, given my track record of gorgeous covers. But still.

We'll also be talking about a super awesome Mind Games and Perfect Lies thing happening this weekend as well as taking questions, so you'll for sure want to tune in!

Some Other Thing I'm Definitely Forgetting But Should Tell You About!
If I remembered, though, I'd change the heading. So, how about: Hi! I like you! You are interesting and kind and have so much to offer everyone around you. I hope they realize that, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

I think that's it? Be back soon with some Mind Games and Perfect Lies goodies, including a Fia short short story, and...an alternate opening from back when I toyed with doing a James POV!