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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. www.sarahskilton.com

 

 

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Blog Tour and Read Along

May 14, 2013 at 11:24 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone! 

Lots of exciting things going on as we prepare for the launch of DARE YOU TO!  Can you believe that it releases in less than two weeks on May 28th?

This is the final week of the DARE YOU TO blog tour.  Here are the remaining days and sites:

Monday, May 13th - Xpresso Reads

Tuesday, May 14th - Chapter by Chapter

Wednesday, May 15th - Book and A Latte

Thursday, May 16th - Blog Girl

Friday, May 17th - Supernatural Snark

Also, Harlequin Teen is hosting a Pushing the Limits read-along and give-away on their facebook page.  Win 1 of 3 signed sets of PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO! Go to Harlequin TEEN Facebook page to enter!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Book Birthday Reboot

May 5, 2013 at 3:39 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Today I am excited to have the author of REBOOT, Amy Tintera, joining us!

Here is the description of REBOOT!

 

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Wren's favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she's ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there's something about him she can't ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line or she'll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she'll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

 

I have to admit that I haven't read REBOOT yet, but after reading that description, I am unbelievably excited!

 

Hi Amy! I'm very excited to have you on my blog. Can you tell me what character came to your mind first and what inspired that character?

Hi Katie! Thank you so much for having me on the blog! I'm a huge fan of PUSHING THE LIMITS.  The character that came to mind first for me was definitely my main character, Wren. I heard her voice very suddenly, and she was saying she'd been dead 178 minutes before coming back to life, and I knew I had to explore this person and figure out what happened to her. I was partly inspired to write Wren by my own experiences growing up as a shy introvert. I noticed that women especially are expected to express emotions in a certain way, and when they don't (when we keep our emotions inside or don't act in a traditionally feminine way), people tend to get uncomfortable. So I wanted to write a character that made people uncomfortable; someone who appeared to have no emotions at all. And of course I wanted to write the boy who could see through all that.

What was the most difficult part in writing REBOOT?

The most difficult part of writing REBOOT was definitely putting together an action plot that made logical sense. I tend to be a character-driven writer, but Wren and Callum's stories demanded a lot of action in a very intense world. It took a lot of rewriting and revising to hammer out a plot that made sense.

As many of my readers know, I LOVE a good kissing scene. Is there kissing in REBOOT?

OH THERE'S KISSING. *clears throat* Sorry, I get excited when I talk about kissing. But yes, there's definitely a strong romance in REBOOT. A large part of Wren's journey is her relationship with Callum. I'm a total sucker for romance, and I'm not sure I'll ever write a book without it.

Can you pick a song that represents Wren, Callum, and then Wren and Callum's relationship?

So I'm going to be boring and say that there's no song that represents Wren. I had to write REBOOT in mostly silence, which is very strange for me. I usually listen to music while I write, but Wren's voice demanded quiet. But Callum! I'm a sap and I'm going to pick a romantic song for Callum! "Surprise, surprise" by Civalias. There's a line in the song  "I'm yours, for goodness sake" that always makes me think of Callum. And for Wren and Callum's relationship, it's sort of a weird pick, but "Sail" by Awolnation. At the very end of revising REBOOT, just before I queried, I discovered that song. It was the first time any song had ever screamed REBOOT to me, and I listened to it a million times.

Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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Dare You To Blog Tour

April 29, 2013 at 9:17 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone! The Dare You To blog tour starts today! What can you expect? Character interviews, songs from the Dare You To playlist, excerpts from the book and PRIZES!

This year we are giving away a prize pack that includes:

1 copy of Pushing The Limits

1 copy of Dare You To

1 brown leather cuff bracelet

1 iPod

1 iTunes gift card

1 personalized Dare You To baseball jersey

The blog tour starts at Bewitched Bookworms

Click here to see the full schedule of the tour:  full schedule

In case you missed it, I released the deleted epilogue from CROSSING THE LINE last week. You can read it here and you can also enter to win signed paperback of Pushing the Limits and a special edition cat scratched version of PTL!

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Crossing the Line Epilogue and Pushing the Limits Giveaway

April 23, 2013 at 12:26 PMKatie McGarry

 Hi everyone!

Next week, Tuesday April 30th, is the release date of the paperback version of Pushing the Limits! In celebration I am releasing the deleted epilogue from Lila and Lincoln’s story, Crossing the Line (scroll down to read!).

I’m also giving away a Pushing the Limits prize package! As some of you may know from twitter, a few weeks back my cat scratched up one of my final hardcover copies of Pushing the Limits that I was going to giveaway. Lots of you had said I should still give it away—just as the limited, special cat-scratched edition of PTL.

So guess what? I am! The prize pack includes a signed copy of the paperback version of Pushing the Limits and a cat signed and author signed version of the cat-scratched Pushing the Limits. This contest is only open to US residents.

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Epilogue

October

Lila

In the back of an auditorium lecture hall, my pencil taps repeatedly against my notebook and my eyes flash for the millionth time to my iPhone, willing it to light up. It’s on silent, but I wish it was on fog horn.

A nudge at my foot draws my attention to my right. My friend Jenna nods at the clock and a rush of nervous adrenaline makes the pencil beat faster. Two minutes until class ends and the weekend begins.

Usually, I love Fridays. Lincoln and I Skype before I go out for the night, but I haven’t heard from him—in four days. It’s a record. A horrible, horror show record. I’ve texted him twice. Called and left a message once. Checked the mailbox every day only to find nothing. Willed him telepathically to call me two million times. My pride’s about to take a trip to hell and I’ll call him again if he doesn’t reach out to me soon.

The phone glows to life and the pencil falls out of my hand and drops to the floor, rolling down the step to the row in front of me. I don’t care. My heart thuds as I swipe my finger across the screen and then… I sink in my seat. Crap. Not Lincoln.

Jenna nudges my foot again. “Lincoln?” she mouths.

I shake my head and mouth back, “Echo.”

My best friend is very happy with the twists and turns of her life, but there’s some drama right now with Noah’s foster sister, Beth, and Echo’s been pretty torn up about it. The one thing my relationship with Lincoln has taught me is that distance doesn’t mean a friendship ends. It just means you have to make more of an effort.

I read through the latest news and text Echo back a few encouraging words. Her returned smiley face is enough to warm a small part of my heart. Unfortunately, only an acknowledgement from Lincoln can thaw out the rest.

“Have a great weekend!” Our professor claps his hands once and the auditorium is filled with the sounds of people shifting out of their seats and closing books. Jenna and I gather our stuff and leave.

Florida is hot. Not that Kentucky doesn’t have its fair share of summer weather in October, but there are typically some cool weather days thrown into the mix. Not in Gainesville. It’s hot every single day.

And I love it.

My body shivers when I leave the air conditioned science building and head toward my dorm.

“Dinner tonight?” Jenna pulls out her keys. We shared the same orientation class and the same fear of not knowing a soul. She’s a commuter, but practically lives in my dorm room.

“Sure.” It’s not like I expect to be Skyping with Lincoln or anything. My mind replays our last phone conversation, last Skype, and most recent letters, searching for whatever I said or did that would make him keep his distance.

During a visit here in September, Lincoln took me to the beach and while we lay on a blanket staring at the stars, he told me that me loved me. And I said the words back. My heart swelled to the point of explosion that night. Now my heart feels like it’s going to collapse in on itself in heartbreak.

A thought freezes me in mid-step and Jenna circles back around when she notices I’ve stopped walking. “What?” she asks.

“What if he’s hurt?” My eyes widen to the point I feel like they’ll pop out of my head. “What if he went to go rock climbing and he fell and he’s bleeding and he’s alone and—”

Jenna tilts her head and the pity in her eyes makes me want to smack her. Instead, I begin walking again. Her sandals snap against the sidewalk as she catches up. “Sorry. You know I think he’s great, but you’ve been reaching out for two days and he hasn’t responded at all. I mean, come on, how many long distance relationships really last?”

I pause at the crosswalk where I turn left to head to the dorms and she turns right to head to her car and blow out a rush of air. “I love him.”

Jenna now sports a matching oh-how-sad-she-really-thought-this-was-going-to-work smile to highlight the pity-eyes. “We’ll go out tonight. Have a good time. Make you forget him.”

“It’s only been four days,” I answer. He’ll call. He will. Lincoln loves me and why do I want to cry?

“Hey Lila!” I look behind me and quickly step out of the way to avoid being pummeled by Bryant on his skateboard. He stops less than a foot away from me and in a smooth motion, kicks it up into his hand.  

“Bring Melanie to my game tomorrow night.” Bryant’s a sophomore and plays a game only meant for men with over two hundred pounds of muscle: rugby. The big, bad dude has a huge bone-crunching crush on the tiny girl from a small town in Mississippi who shares my dorm room.

Jenna rolls her eyes. “Yeah, that’ll happen. Because Lila has the ability to breathe life into the dead.”

“Stop it or I won’t go out tonight,” I tell her. Melanie’s had a rough time transitioning to life in Florida. Jenna, for all her nerves at the beginning of the semester, doesn’t understand since she still lives at home. Homesickness…it can kill you if you let it and Melanie is seriously close to coding.

Coding over being away from everyone you love—I get it. I came close to packing my bags a week in, but then Lincoln Skyped with me for hours while I hugged a pillow tight and cried hysterically. He told me I could do it and I stayed and he was right. I’m strong enough to live away from home and pursue my dreams.

Jenna backs away, all smiles. “Then I’m leaving before I say something else. See you tonight.”

We both watch her leave and then I watch as Bryant spins a wheel on his board.

“You okay?” I ask.

He shrugs. “I’m scared Melanie’s going to go home.”

I bite the inside of my lip. “Me too.” I like Melanie. A lot. And I really don’t want her to give up because she’ll regret it. Just like I would have regretted staying in Kentucky or heading home after a week.

Bryant drops the board and places one foot on it. “Just bring her to the game, okay?”

I nod and he rolls away. Melanie doesn’t see it and I was also oblivious until I made the decision to stay. Almost everyone on campus feels scared and alone when they move into the dorms. Each and every smile is forced and faked. Yeah, there’s excitement, but there’s fear of the unknown too. I sort of wish I had a paintball gun in my dorm room. Maybe Melanie would feel better if she could pop a couple of paintballs into her fear.

A welcome wind blows through the trees and I wipe at the sweat forming on my forehead. If everything is going to hell for me and Lincoln, at least he gave me some great memories and a lesson to hold onto forever: I’m strong and I’m going to stay strong.

I shove my cell into the back pocket of my shorts and head to the dorms. A plan. I need a plan. Plans make everything better. I’ll go out with Jenna tonight. Maybe drag Melanie. Homework tomorrow, then Bryant’s game, kidnapping Melanie if I have to. Then Sunday, if there’s still nothing from Lincoln…I’ll call his home phone.

I enter my dorm and wave at a couple of girls hanging out in the lobby as I head to the mailboxes. Two I like, one’s a gossip that I hate. Unfortunately, some high school crap doesn’t get left behind.

I stop breathing when I notice an envelope in the slot. My hand pulls at the ends of my hair, creating a little pain. It’s from Lincoln. It has to be. No one else mails me anything.

All of a sudden all the fear and insecurity I’ve fought over the past couple of days slams into me and my hands begin to shake. It could be good news. It could be…or it could be bad.

I unlock the small door and slip the letter out of the slot. It’s his handwriting. I stare at it. Deciding. Open it here or in my room? Here or in my room? Unable to wait, I slide my finger underneath the lid of the envelope, not caring about the stinging paper cut.

The envelope falls from my hand as I yank open the paper. I blink. Several times. And read the two words again: Turn around.

I spin on my toes, the world rotating twice at the normal speed. My heart rockets up to my throat—It’s Lincoln.

With his hands shoved into his jeans pocket and his thumbs sticking out, Lincoln leans his back against the opposite wall and flashes a small, unsure smile. Oh my God…he’s here.

With three leaps, I throw myself at him and because he’s made of solid steel, Lincoln catches me without stumbling back. He wraps his arms around me and lifts me off the floor. I giggle as my feet sway back and forth

“Why didn’t you call?” I don’t bother pulling away when he sets me back on the floor. Instead I cuddle my head into the curve of his neck and inhale to smell his dark scent. He’s here, but then I flinch as if jolted with electricity. What if he’s not here to see me…what if…

“I wanted to tell you in person,” Lincoln says.

A little unsure, I draw back and hold on to him only because he holds on to me. Please don’t let go. Please, please don’t let go. I love you. “Tell me what?”

He lets me go and I wrap a hand around my stomach as nausea overcomes me. Lincoln withdraws a piece of paper from his back pocket and hands it to me. I stare at it and he motions with his chin for me to open it.

I do and the nausea takes a hike when I see the beautiful words addressed to Mr. Turner from the University of Florida. “You were accepted.”

Lincoln flashes this unbelievably beautiful smile. “I knew I’d spill if I talked to you. I got in. As of next semester, I’ll be right here beside you.”

I begin to bounce on my toes. He’s worked hard for this—spending an entire summer in school, then this semester in community college at home. Scholarshipless, he’s worked a second shift, full-time job in a lumberyard to save money to pay Florida’s tuition.

I touch his cheek and he reaches up and grabs my hand, keeping it pressed close to his skin. Yep, Lincoln’s running days are officially over, and as much as I hate that his path has been difficult, I’m sort of grateful. It taught him how to work toward a goal and it taught me how to stand on my own.

“I’m proud of you,” I say.

His grip on my waist tightens as he brings me closer to him. “I told you I’d never let you down again. I love you, Lila.”

“And I love you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting News

April 19, 2013 at 1:03 PMKatie McGarry

I'm so excited to share the following news that was released today in Publisher's Market Place!

PUSHING THE LIMITS author Katie McGarry's first book in her new series, pitched as West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy, where a teen boy brought up in the rough and tumble world of motorcycle clubs finds love with a girl raised outside of this world when he's tasked with not only protecting her for the summer she visits her father, the leader of the group, but also with preventing her from learning the truth about her father's past and the gang he used to lead, again to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin Teen, in a good deal, in a four-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

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Congrats to the DARE YOU TO ARC Winner

April 7, 2013 at 1:13 PMKatie McGarry

Congratulations to Kirsty L. from the United Kingdom! She is the winner of the signed DARE YOU TO ARC.

Check back soon because I plan on giving away a special edition of PUSHING THE LIMITS along with a paperback edition of PUSHING THE LIMITS!

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Happy Book Birthday Crossing the Line

April 1, 2013 at 10:00 AMKatie McGarry

Today is CROSSING THE LINES book birthday! I'm so excited for you guys to read Lincoln and Lila's e-novella. It's sweet and sexy and...well...I can't wait to hear what you think!

It is available for $1.99 via:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Also, don't forget that I'm giving away an ARC of Dare You To!

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Crossing the Line Teaser Four

March 17, 2013 at 8:49 AMKatie McGarry

Here is the fourth teaser for the e-novella, CROSSING THE LINE, which will be released on April 1st!

In this scene, Lincoln has driven hundreds of miles to visit Lila and the two of them are trying to figure each other out. This is in Lincoln's POV:

“Do you mind sleeping on the couch?” Lila asks.

I’d sleep on nails in order to be near her. “No.”

She hands me the ingredients for a temporary bed.

“Thanks,” I say.

“You’re welcome.” Lila’s fingers draw toward the hem of her tank top, and I remind myself to breathe when I catch sight of the sun-kissed skin of her flat stomach. In seconds, she pulls at the hem and her belly button disappears.

“Well, good night,” she says while tucking her golden hair behind her ear.

“’Night,” I respond. Should I hug her? Kiss her? Shake her hand? Get on my knees and start begging for forgiveness?

Would you like to win an ARC of DARE YOU TO (May 28th) to celebrate the up coming release of CROSSING THE LINE? Click here to enter to win: http://www.katielmcgarry.com/post/2013/03/14/Dare-You-To-ARC-Giveaway.aspx

By the way, did you know that there is an exclusive excerpt from chapter 2 (Beth's POV) from DARE YOU TO in the back of CROSSING THE LINE?

Lila McCormick first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters-or that she'd fall for the boy she's only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he's never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila's forgiveness-and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

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Dare You To ARC Giveaway

March 14, 2013 at 2:52 PMKatie McGarry

In celebration of my e-novella, CROSSING THE LINE, debuting on April 1st....

Lila McCormick first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters-or that she'd fall for the boy she's only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he's never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila's forgiveness-and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

...I am giving away an Advanced Reviewer Copy of DARE YOU TO (scheduled to be released on May 28th)!  Both DARE YOU TO and CROSSING THE LINE are available for pre-order!

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... 

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

 But wait! There's more! Announcement: At the end of CROSSING THE LINE, there is a exclusive excerpt from chapter two (Beth's POV) from DARE YOU TO!

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