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Pushing the Limits $1.99 at Amazon

December 27, 2012 at 11:28 AMKatie McGarry

Today, Pushing the Limits is on sale at Amazon (e-book version) for $1.99! Click here to buy.

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Merry Christmas

December 23, 2012 at 8:38 PMKatie McGarry

I wish everyone a safe, happy, and blessed holiday! Merry Christmas everyone!

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Secondary Characters

December 17, 2012 at 10:40 AMKatie McGarry

I have to admit, sometimes I enjoy writing my secondary characters more than my main characters. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of love for my hero and heroine, but sometimes I come across a secondary character who steals my heart or just makes me laugh.

So what's the secret to writing secondary characters that pop off the page? Giving them their own backstory, goals, conflicts, and motivations. Like real life, we are not living in a bubble. Our friends and family have problems, issues, and dreams in life and our writing should reflect this. When we create secondary characters who reflect those around us, we make them real and therefore the reader will care for them as well.

Want to go deeper? Have your secondary characters' goals conflict with those of your hero/heroine. For instance, Beth loves Noah and Isaiah and will do anything to protect them and the small family the three of them have created. Echo is a threat to her world so therefore she pushes Noah on his relationship with Echo.

So I'm curious. Who is your favorite secondary character in Pushing the Limits or who is your favorite secondary character in any book?

 

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Pushing the Limits 6th Place in Goodreads Choice Awards!

December 8, 2012 at 10:56 PMKatie McGarry

This has been an awesome week!

Pushing the Limits placed sixth in the Goodreads Choice Nominations for YA Fiction! Thank you to all of you who supported Noah, Echo, and the entire cast of Pushing the Limits!

 

I was thrilled to learn this week that YA Books Central nominated Pushing the Limits for Best YA Contemporary of the year! Voting started this past week. If you have a chance, check out the page and vote for PTL! http://www.yabookscentral.com/blogs/14402-choice-awards

 

Thank you to all of my readers! I love you guys!

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Dare You To Cover and Pushing the Limits Deleted Scene

December 2, 2012 at 3:42 PMKatie McGarry

It's here! It's here! The Dare You To cover has been released and so has the cover copy! Even more exciting? I've also added a deleted kissing scene from Pushing the Limits. To see the kissing scene, head over to the Deleted Scenes page! 

Here is the cover copy for Dare You To! I'm so excited for you guys to meet Beth and Ryan. Dare You To is scheduled to be released in 2013!

"I dare you..." 

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....

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Cover Reveal and Deleted Scene!

November 26, 2012 at 1:59 PMKatie McGarry

Lots of exciting things are happening this week!

First: Voting for Goodreads Choice Awards ends on November 27th. I would love it if you could visit Goodreads and vote for Pushing the Limits!


Second: On Thursday, November 29th, Harlequin Teen will be revealing the cover for Dare You To on their facebook site.  Also, Dare You To is scheduled to be released on May 28, 2013!


Third: Does anyone miss Noah and Echo? On Friday, November 30th, Bewitched Bookworms will reveal one half of a deleted scene from Pushing the Limits!


What are you the most excited about seeing?

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Goodreads Choice Finals!

November 19, 2012 at 8:07 AMKatie McGarry

How do I start?

I'm one of those people who loses words when I become emotional. I guess that could come across a little shocking as I'm a writer, but it's true. This morning, I found out that Pushing the Limits made it to the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Young Adult fiction. I'll admit it--I cried very happy tears.

I don't know how to thank you other than saying the words: thank you. To be nominated was an unbelievable honor for me. To have made it this far is unbelievably mind blowing. Walking into a store and seeing my book on a shelf still leaves me opened mouth and silent. To have proceeded this far in the nomination process knocks the breath out of my body.

Thank you. And I would be honored if you voted for me, Echo, Noah, and all the characters of Pushing the Limits one more time. Vote here.

 

On another note--related, yet not...I want to say happy first date anniversary to my husband. Sixteen years ago, this coming weekend, my husband and I went on our first official date together. We'd been "hanging out" together for awhile before that, but this specific evening is what changed everything for us. I still get butterflies when I think of that night: how a fine mist of rain covered both of us, how the street light shined against his auburn hair giving it a golden sheen, how his green eyes shined and for the first time in my life I found myself falling utterly and completely in love.

I wrote about our first official date (and kiss) for USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog.

Happy First Date Anniversary, D! I love you with all my heart and soul. You inspire me.

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Kentucky Book Fair and Goodreads Choice Semifinal Round

November 12, 2012 at 7:37 AMKatie McGarry

First, I'll open up with some exciting news! Pushing the Limits has been nominated for RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards for Young Adult Contemporary Novel!

I'll admit, I cried very happy tears when I found out!

Also, the semifinal round is open for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Please vote for Pushing the Limits!

This past Saturday, I had the honor of participating in the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Kentucky. It was my first book fair, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course, the day started off awesome when Bethany Griffin picked me up for the drive in with orange juice and a chicken biscuit in tow!

The event was packed and it was a joy to talk to readers. Especially when I got to talk to fans of Pushing the Limits. When the people who came to meet me got excited, I got excited! My favorite is the teen girl who waved until she was able to reach the table because I kept waving back!

What else was cool? Meeting other authors! Below, is a picture of me, Bethany Griffin (Masque of the Red Death), Julie Cross (Tempest) , and Irene Latham (Don't Feed the Boy). Trust me, every part of me just about bursts out of my skin when I meet other authors. I still can't believe that I'm published, none-the-less have the opportunity to meet with and talk to other authors!

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If that wasn't exciting enough, I spent the day chatting with the amazing Karen Ann Hopkins, my table mate at the fair and fellow Harlequin Teen author. Karen's YA Contemporary novel, Temptation, was released this summer and I'm dying to finish my current work-in-progress so I can read it!

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Paperback Cover Reveal

November 4, 2012 at 1:01 PMKatie McGarry

 

Hi everyone!

This has been an exciting week! Harlequin Teen released the paperback cover for Pushing the Limits! They also announced that the paperback version of Pushing the Limits will be released in May 2013. I've posted the cover below. What do you think?

Also, Pushing the Limits is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fiction. First round voting continues until November 11th. Please go vote for Pushing the Limits.

 

 

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Goodreads Choice Nominee

October 31, 2012 at 7:31 AMKatie McGarry

Pushing the Limits is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fiction! 

The opening round of the event lasts from October 30th to November 11, 2012. In order to make it to the Semi-final round, I need help! How you ask? The same way I received the honor to begin with--I need you.

I received an e-mail last night from Goodreads announcing the nomination. In it they described how Pushing the Limits was chosen: "We analyze statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominate based on a book's number of ratings and average rating."

Which means I have you...the reader...to thank for the nomination. So...Thank You!!!!!  Now, in order for me to make it to the semi-final round, I need you to vote for Pushing the Limits.  Vote Now!

Let me tell you, you have no idea how much this means to me.

Discovering I was nominated was a huge moment for me. I wrote this book so that I could pass on the message of hope. There were times in my life as a teenager that I had no hope--that I felt like life was going to be continually horrible from one day to the next. But that was a lie. Hope always exists.

To me, this nomination means that the message of hope is being embraced and it's spreading. Thank you for spreading the message. Thank you for loving Pushing the Limits!

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