Happy First Birthday PUSHING THE LIMITS

August 6, 2013 at 9:28 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Guess what? It has been one year since Pushing the Limits was released into the wild! What a fantastic year it has been! To celebrate Echo and Noah's first year of publication, I released on my website two more deleted scenes to a total of three.

The Kissing Scene I first released a few months ago. (A kiss between Noah and Echo)

The Popcorn Scene was released for a short time on the Harlequin blog, but this is the scene's first appearance on my blog. (Noah trying to make-up with Echo for an earlier fight, but Beth and Lila make life complicated.)

And the Pizza Scene....this is it's debut! (A stolen moment between Echo and Noah.)

Click here and let me know what you guys think of the deleted scenes!

And keep your eyes open....I'll be posting a giveaway for an ARC of Crash Into You very soon! Possibly next week!

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#YeahYA Book Tour

July 30, 2013 at 12:45 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago, I was extremely honored to go on tour for Harlequin Teen's #YeahYA! Aimee Carter, Julie Kagawa, and myself visited Toronto, New York City, and Dallas! Along the way, we met up with a few other fabulous Harlequin Teen authors like Amanda Sun, Michelle Rowan, Rachel Vincent, and Gena Showalter!

Do you know who also traveled with me? Perry the Platypus! Check out where Perry appeared on the trip!








 Perry and my fabulous editor Margo Lipschultz!





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Harlequin Teen Summer Author Tour - Starting Soon!

July 2, 2013 at 3:10 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone! This Sunday, July 7th, will kick off the #YeahYA Harlequin Teen Author Fest 2013! Here are the dates I'll be attending! I can't wait! 
Tour Schedule

Sunday July 7, 2013
-Chapters - Market Hall (Brampton, ON)-2PM
Featuring: Julie Kagawa, Aimée Carter, Katie McGarry, Amanda Sun, Michelle Rowen

Tuesday July 9, 2013
-New York Public Library-Hamilton Grange Branch(New York, NY)-4PM
Featuring: Julie Kagawa, Aimée Carter, Katie McGarry, Cara Lynn Shultz, Kady Cross

Wednesday July 10, 2013
-Barnes & Noble - Carle Place(New York)-7PM
Featuring: Julie Kagawa, Aimée Carter, Katie McGarry, Kady Cross

Friday July 12, 2013
-B&N - Southlake Town Square(Southlake, TX)-7PM
Featuring: Julie Kagawa, Aimée Carter, Katie McGarry, Gena Showalter, Rachel Vincent

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Playlist for DARE YOU TO

June 25, 2013 at 9:45 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
As most of you know, my writing is heavily influenced by music. One of the biggest honors I've had is that someone who I deeply love was so inspired by my writing, that she turned around and wrote songs for Dare You To. Both of these songs are from Beth's point of view. One deals with returning to her childhood home and the new life that is there. The other deals with her emotions involving Isaiah. I think they are perfect. 

Songs written for Dare You To by Angela McGarry:

“Ribbons and Bows”
“We Weren’t Meant to Be”
Click here and check out the songs!
Here is the full playlist for Dare You To
Overall theme:
“Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean
“F**kin’ Perfect” by Pink
Taco Bell dare:
“Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
“U + Ur Hand” by Pink
Beth’s mother in the bar:
“Farmer’s Daughter” by Crystal Bowersox
Beth wakes in Scott’s house:
“Heart Like Mine” by Miranda Lambert
Ryan in town:
“Back Where I Come From” by Kenny Chesney
Isaiah offers to run away with Beth:
“Somewhere with You” by Kenny Chesney
Isaiah betrays Beth by taking her away from her mother:
“Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails
Ryan takes Beth to a field party:
“My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
Ryan dances with Beth:
“Just a Dream” by Nelly
Beth stays the night with Ryan:
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Beth sings her mother to sleep:
“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Beth tries to scare Ryan away with the truth:
“Don’t Let Me Get Me” by Pink
Ryan teaches Beth to float:
“ Broken Arrow ” by Rod Stewart
Beth and Ryan are briefly happy:
“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry
Beth’s final showdown with her mother:
“25 to Life” by Eminem
Songs written for Dare You To by Angela McGarry:
“Ribbons and Bows”
“We Weren’t Meant to Be”
Check out the songs!

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Harlequin Teen Summer Author Tour

June 17, 2013 at 10:36 AMKatie McGarry






(author of Iron Fey & The Blood of Eden series)


(author of Pushing the Limits & Dare You To)


(author of The Goddess Test series)




Sunday, July 7                                                CHAPTERS – Brampton Market Mall

2:00 PM                                              52 Quarry Edge Dr
author panel, Q&A, signing                Brampton, ON L6V 4K2



Wednesday, July 10                           BARNES & NOBLE – Carle Place

7:00 PM                                              91 Old Country Road

author panel, Q&A, signing                Carle Place, NY  11514



Friday, July 12                                      BARNES & NOBLE – Southlake Town Square        

7:00 PM                                              1430 Plaza Place

author panel, Q&A, signing                Southlake, TX 76092


The tour will be continuing on after the 12th, but due to other events I committed to months before the tour was formed, the Southlake signing will be the last event for me with the Harlequin Teen Summer Author Tour. I hope to see you guys this summer!



Completely separate from the Harlequin Teen tour for those of you in Atlanta, I will be at RWA's Annual Conference. On July 17th, I will participating in the "Readers for Life" Literacy Signing. This signing is open to the public!

2013 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 17
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Note: Outside books will not be allowed into this event. Please plan to purchase books on-site.

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Crash Into You Cover and Dare You To Launch Party

June 10, 2013 at 11:38 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
A couple of awesome things are going on this week!
*My official launch party for Dare You To will be on Friday, June 21st at Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, KY at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you there! 
*Noah made the YA Crush Tourney! Please click here and go vote for him on Friday, June 21st!  Thank you to all my Noah fans!
And finally!!!! The cover for Crash Into You was released last week! What do you guys think?




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Upcoming Book Signing and Give-Away

June 3, 2013 at 5:05 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

I'm back from BEA in NYC and I'm getting ready to head to Lori Foster's Reader & Author get together. There will be a public book signing at the conference on Saturday, June 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Cincinnati Marriott North.  For more information on this upcoming event, click here.

I hope to see you there!

Also, please remember that in celebration of the release of DARE YOU TO, I'm giving away a signed copy of DARE YOU TO and a signed paperback of PUSHING THE LIMITS. Click here to enter - good luck!

Thank you for all the support and love for DARE YOU TO!

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Happy Book Birthday to DARE YOU TO!!!

May 27, 2013 at 11:23 PMKatie McGarry

Happy Book Birthday to DARE YOU TO!  I am so excited that the world can finally read Beth and Ryan's story.

Here is some of what is being said about DARE YOU TO (two starred reviews)!

"Everything-setting, characters, romance-about this novel works and works well." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Well-paced, satisfying romance." -Publishers Weekly(starred review)

"The incredible McGarry delivers another steamy, emotional, well-written novel." - RT Book Reviews (RT Book Reviews Top Pick)


In celebration I am giving away a combo pack! A signed paperback of PUSHING THE LIMITS and a signed copy of DARE YOU TO! This giveaway is open internationally!

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Coming Soon: DARE YOU TO and Signing Dates

May 21, 2013 at 2:38 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!  In one week, Tuesday, May 28th, DARE YOU TO will be celebrating its Book Birthday!  To celebrate the countdown I'm revealing the book casing for DARE YOU TO!  Isn't it beautiful!   



Over the next few weeks I'll be in New York City, NY, Cincinnati, OH, and Louisville, KY for book signings.  See below for more information.

BEA (New York City, NY)

Friday, May 31st from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Harlequin booth
Saturday, June 1st  from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Harlequin booth
Saturday, June 8th
2:00-4:00 Open to Public
Cincinnati Marriott North
6189 Muhlhauser Road
West Chester, OH 45069
Friday, June 21st
Carmichael's Bookstore
Crescent Hill Location
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
See you soon!











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May 21, 2013 at 10:59 AMKatie McGarry

Today, I'm excited to have the extremely talented Sarah Skilton guest posting on my blog. Sarah is generously giving away two signed hardback copies of BRUISED (US Only).


In her kind review of BRUISED, Kate Ormand said, “I'd recommend this title to fans of PUSHING THE LIMITS -- emotional, romantic.”


I was incredibly flattered by this comparison, because I loved PTL! Something BRUISED has in common with PUSHING THE LIMITS is a romantic relationship between two people who are damaged.


From the book jacket:


Imogen has always believed that her black belt in Tae Kwon Do made her stronger than everyone else--more responsible, more capable. But when she witnesses a holdup in a diner, she freezes. The gunman is shot and killed by the police. And it’s all her fault.


Now she’s got to rebuild her life without the talent that made her special and the beliefs that made her strong. If only she could prove herself in a fight--a real fight--she might be able to let go of the guilt and shock. She’s drawn to Ricky, another witness to the holdup, both romantically and because she believes he might be able to give her the fight she’s been waiting for.


But when it comes down to it, a fight won’t answer Imogen’s big questions: What does it really mean to be stronger than other people? Is there such a thing as a fair fight? And can someone who’s beaten and bruised fall in love?


For me, the biggest challenge of writing a romance between two people who are recovering from a traumatic incident was to make sure the relationship moved at the right pace. I also had to balance the amount of time spent on rehashing the holdup versus moving the characters forward.


I’m proud of the fact that in BRUISED, the girl teaches the boy how to fight, and the boy teaches the girl how to access her empathetic side. Imogen’s hard on other people, but she’s hardest on herself, and I wanted Ricky to point that out to her in a loving way that proves how much he cares for her. I hope I’ve succeeded!


If you adored Echo and Noah like I did, I hope you’ll take a chance on BRUISED. I’ve got two signed hardcovers to give away (U.S. only).


Thanks so much for having me at your blog, Katie, and congrats on DARE YOU TO’s upcoming release! I absolutely can’t wait to read it.

Bio: Sarah Skilton lives in California with her magician husband and their son. By day she works in the film and TV business. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which came in handy when writing BRUISED. Her second young adult novel, HIGH AND DRY (Abrams/Amulet Books, Spring 2014), is about a high school soccer player who must solve a mystery while trying to win back the girl of his dreams.



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