Friday, January 6, 2017


Welcome to the ULTIMATUM Pre-order Giveaway!

First, to get you as excited as I am about ULTIMATUM, a little about my new contemporary young adult novel:

A gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must make the ultimate decision about what’s more important—family or their differences.

It’s not Oscar’s fault he’s misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he’s been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art.

Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother’s death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties, he feels alive.

But when alcoholism sends their father into liver failure, the two brothers must come face-to-face with their demons—and each other—if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.

ULTIMATUM has received two incredible blurbs:

“Wow, wow, wow. I am blown away by Ultimatum! I found this a powerful book—every minute of it was so painfully real. K.M. speaks her characters’ deep emotional truths.” —James Howe, bestselling author of The Misfits

"ULTIMATUM is a powerful, big-hearted read about two brothers who battle each other so hard there is no doubt they love each other. As you spiral through emotions, K.M. Walton will leave you marveling at the strength of their relationship, in good times and bad. The story of Oscar and Vance will make you want to grab your siblings, or anyone you count as family, in one very long bear-hug."
—Anthony Breznican, author of BRUTAL YOUTH and senior writer at Entertainment Weekly

And an editorial review:
“Walton creates flawed, realistic characters that invite readers to root for them even as they screw up their own lives and the lives of those around them. The back-and-forth structure told in alternating voices is accomplished and offers a deep look at the complex relationship between two brothers. A sweet look at an end-of-life moment that offers surprise even as the inevitable unfolds.” -Kirkus

Now onto the details of this HUGE pre-order giveaway. It's easy! It's fun! And did I mention the prize packs are huge (and awesome ; )

To enter, all you have to do is follow the easy Rafflecopter instructions below.

By pre-ordering* ULTIMATUM from the book retailer of your choice (feel free to click on the cover image in the top right to pre-order) and officially entering the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below you have a chance to win one of 12 incredible prize packs (!!!!) filled with cool, custom made swag and other amazing prizes.

GRAND PRIZE PACK (one winner)
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• Signed copies of Cracked, Empty, and Two & Twenty Dark Tales (an anthology)
• SET OF RPS LOLLIPOPS (so you can play with a friend!)
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• SET OF RPS LOLLIPOPS (so you can play with a friend!)

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• SET OF RPS LOLLIPOPS (so you can play with a friend!)

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All winners will be announced on 2/1/17 on Twitter. Follow me @kmwalton1 to see if you won!

Good luck!

Thank you for pre-ordering ULTIMATUM!

*You can have pre-ordered ULTIMATUM prior to the start of this giveaway. Any pre-order date is fine : )

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ultimatum Cover Reveal

On the off chance I still have blog readers I thought I'd share the link to last week's exclusive cover reveal for my next contemporary young adult novel, ULTIMATUM.

But first, seriously, if someone is reading this, *fist bump* for your support and sticking around this here neglected blog. While I'm at it, how about a hug, too? And a high -five.

Too much?

Moving on.

I was thrilled that Sourcebooks organized the exclusive cover reveal over on YA Books

Go see the amazing cover, learn about the book, read an excerpt, and enter the giveaway going on over there--prize is an annotated ARC of ULTIMATUM and $25 B & N gift card.

Click HERE.

You can even pre-order ULTIMATUM -- click HERE.

And if you're on Goodreads, go ahead and add it to your TBR, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mighty Fine News

I know I teased some of you on facebook back in July that I had "Mighty fine news" coming soon. I know this reveal doesn't fall into the "soon" category. I know. What can I say?





It is with much rejoicing that I finally share my MIGHTY FINE NEWS....

My agent, the brilliant and spectacular Jim McCarthy, has sold not one book--oh no, how passe--but two. Yes, TWO BOOKS - a novel I am so proud of and excited to share with the world that I could cry, and the other a crazy-awesome anthology where I'll be editing and contributing a short story.

I    AM    SO    EXCITED    I    MIGHT    BURST.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be working again with Annette Pollert-Morgan, the editor who plucked me from obscurity back in 2010 when she bought Cracked. She is a genius, and I am lucky to call her my editor.

Here are the formal announcements:

The novel announced in Publisher's Weekly:

Here's a Pinterest board filled with images inspired by the novel. 

The anthology announced in Publisher's Marketplace:
 K.M. Walton’s, BEHIND THE SONG, an anthology featuring a unique all-star lineup of contributors—young adult authors, Ellen Hopkins, James Howe, Jonathan Maberry, Suzanne Young, Beth Kehpart, Ellen Oh, among others, and contemporary musicians G. Love and Donn T who will connect to one of their favorite songs through new short fiction or personal essay, to Annett Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).

Have you ever listened to the lyrics of a song and wondered what the backstory was? What inspired the artist to create the song? Maybe you even created a story in your head....

I do that all the time.

Once the idea for BEHIND THE SONG took shape it took me over a year to build my incredible list of contributors of YA authors and musicians. I mean, look at who will be writing something for this book.

YA authors in alphabetical order:

David Arnold

Anthony Breznican
Brutal Youth
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Ellen Hopkins
NYT Bestselling Author

James Howe
Bestselling Author
The Misfits + way too many books to list. I mean, the man is a legend.

Beth Kephart
One Thing Stolen + many, many more incredible titles

Elisa Ludwig
Coin Heist, and the Pretty Crooked trilogy

Jonathan Maberry
NYT Bestselling author
The Rot & Ruin series + many, many more incredible titles

E.C. Myers
The Silence of Six, Fair Coin, Quantum Coin

Ellen Oh
Founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks
The Prophecy series

Tiffany Schmidt
Hold Me Like a Breath, Bright Before Sunrise, Send Me a Sign

Suzanne Young
NYT Bestselling Author
The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy + many more incredible titles

Yours truly
K.M. Walton
Cracked, Empty


G. Love
From the band, G. Love and Special Sauce, who created the iconic singles, I-76, Baby's Got Sauce, Cold Beverage, + many, many more hits. 

    "Cold Beverage" video

Innovative and enigmatic singer-songwriter Donn T, is the quintessential independent artist and do-it- yourselfer. She also happens to be Questlove's sister.
Flight of the Donn T is her latest album 

    "Midnight" video


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An open letter to students everywhere

Dear student returning to school,

As you head back to school, back to interacting with hundreds of people you'd normally never interact with, I ask that you challenge yourself....

Assumptions. Don't make them. Plain and simple. No one knows what's going on beneath someone's surface - the nightmare they could be dealing with at home or what they think of themselves when they look in the mirror or the pressure they're under to do or not do XYZ.

No one knows. 

Instead of looking at someone and making assumptions--when the opportunity arises--look them in the eye, truly listen to what they're saying...listen with kindness. It's quite incredible, the things you'll discover, things you never knew. 

Judgement. A pitfall of judgement is only seeing a person's weight, skin tone, sexuality--label--which means you fail to see the person. Look deeper. Take a second to listen, see. Peel back the label you've smacked onto their forehead and see the human being underneath. Be open. Be kind. Force yourself to look deeper. 

Try to find something in common. It's actually pretty easy if you take the time to listen and truly see the person. It's easy when you stop making assumptions. It's easy when you stop judging.

You'll see.

Kindness. A small act of kindness towards someone you've previously judged is one of the most powerful moments any human can have. Try it. 

Hold the door. Smile. Say hi. Notice the invisible people. Notice the silently suffering.

Small acts of kindness can change your life, and they can save someone else's.

Kindness matters.

Here's to a wonderful school year.

K.M. Walton

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Today I squeezed him a little tighter

My oldest son hugged me goodbye this morning as he has done every school day for the past twelve years. I squeezed him tight and told him I loved him as I have done every school day for the past twelve years.

But today I squeezed him a little tighter.

Today was the last time I would hug him goodbye and send him off to school.

I realize that sounds melodramatic. Perhaps I’ve induced an eye roll or two. But hear me out.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of lasts. Firsts are exciting and seem to get all the attention, but lasts, well, they can be elusive, mysterious even. Life oftentimes makes it impossible to mark the lasts of early parenting. The last bottle, the last bath, the last diaper change, the last meal in a high chair, the last bedtime tuck-in, the last read-aloud, the last push in a stroller, the last crust cut-off. Those lasts go gentle into the good night and we’re off and running to the nexts.

But today I squeezed him a little tighter.

Today was the last time I would hug him goodbye and send him off to school.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of memories. The storage space above our garage is proof positive. It is full of my past, boxes and crates full of my past. I keep a lot of ridiculously important things. No one else understands the importance of saving the pebble I nervously played with during my first “real” kiss. That meaningful piece of stone lives with many other treasures like my cream polyester eighth grade graduation dress and my Empire Strikes Back movie ticket stub from my twenty-seventh time.

It’s also full of other pasts. I have a box for college, a box for my wedding, boxes from my twelve years teaching, and boxes for my sons. I’m sure if I went through everything I’d find unrecognizable things, the reason for saving it in the first place long forgotten. But other things remain seared into my memory, like the baby blanket he clutched in his precious little hand, crying out from his crib for, “Comfies, Mommy!” Comfies was his term and it perfectly described me covering him up before he drifted to sleep. Comfies lives in my box of memories.

I’ve always been fascinated by the future. You may think I live in the past. I don’t. I treasure the past. I hold memories dear, but I’m an anticipator, always gazing towards the possibilities. The future excites me, helps me let things go and for that I am thankful.

His future is upon us, knocking on our door, waiting to take his hand. I must let go.

I’ve saved too much, my husband says. I say I’ve saved the lasts, and today was the last time I would hug him goodbye and send him off to school.

Today I squeezed him a little tighter.