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October 20, 2012 at 3:13 PMKatie McGarry

 

The amazing race is now over. Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome to the YAmazing Race!

**Note: The race does not officially begin until Monday, October 22 at noon EST and will end on Monday, October 29 at noon EST. Any entries submitted before or after will not be counted! Are you ready for the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes, a massive blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors, and amazing prizes? If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules. Now on to the race!

Pushing the Limits!

 

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.



Got all that? Good. So in order to win a prize pack, click on the following link  http://ginarosati.wordpress.com/ and at the end of the race, you'll complete a quiz that will enter you to win! Good luck and thanks for playing!!!

Oh, wait, what? You want a chance to win a signed copy of Pushing the Limits straight from me? Well...sure! Check out the below!

For those in or near Louisville, KY, I will be signing with fellow YA authors Kelly Creagh, Bethany Griffin, and Julie Kagawa on Friday, October 26th at 6:30 pm at the Barnes & Noble Summit location. I hope to see you there!

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ARC Giveaway Kristen Simmons Breaking Point

October 14, 2012 at 12:24 PMKatie McGarry

Today, I have the honor of giving away an ARC of Kristen Simmons' Breaking Point.

I am a huge fan of Article 5 and I was one of the lucky few who has already read Breaking Point. Let me tell you, everyone is in for a treat with the second novel in this trilogy!

Kristen and I met around two years ago, after both of us had signed contracts for our first books. Meeting Kristen is definitely a high in my publishing career. Sometimes I feel like she's a sister separated at birth! We laugh together, we cry together, and, more importantly, we swoon over each other's heroes.

Just wait until you read what Kristen has in store for Chase in Breaking Point! Here is a description of the book:

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

To find out more about Breaking Point, check out Kristen's website.

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What character are you most like?

September 30, 2012 at 2:17 PMKatie McGarry

Question: What character are you most like?

When I write, I consider myself like a mirror. I throw the mirror onto the ground and I pick up the smaller shards and insert a tiny piece of myself into each of my characters.

While I can give you a list of each of my characters and tell you what small shard of myself I put into each one, I'm going to take this opportunity to answer that the character I consider myself most like is Beth.

I can hear the gasping now.

It's not Beth's habits that most reflect me, but her fears and vulnerabilities. I'm excited that my readers will have the opportunity to get to know Beth more when Dare You To releases in 2013.

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Why doesn't Pushing the Limits have a prom scene?

September 23, 2012 at 3:35 PMKatie McGarry

Question asked: Why did you decide to leave out the prom in the story of Noah and Echo?

Because writing a prom scene wouldn’t have progressed the story forward. It would have been a stuck in chapter that wouldn’t have done anything to change the story or the characters and that would have risked slowing the pacing.

Don’t get me wrong, it would have been fun to write. The possibilities are endless. Would Noah have dressed up in a tux? What type of dress would Echo have worn? Would she have hidden her scars? What unbelievably romantic situation could I have put them in?

Thinking about it, I’m sad I haven’t written it, but I’m one hundred percent sure it didn’t need to go in the original story. What do you guys think, would Noah have worn a tux?

Thanks for asking!!!!

Do you have a question? You can contact me via facebook, twitter, or e-mail and I’ll do my best to answer it on the blog.

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Q&A with Katie: The Summer After

September 17, 2012 at 10:12 AMKatie McGarry

I love getting e-mails, tweets, and facebook messages from readers and I do my best to reply to them! I’ve noticed that some of the same questions pop up and that lead me to be inspired to create a series of posts called: Question and Answer with Katie McGarry.

Would you like to play? If so, it’s easy.

1. You can e-mail me through my website at www.katielmcgarry.com

2. You can send me a twitter message at @katiemcgarry (use hashtag #ptlq&a)

3. You can ask the question on my wall on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry (use hashtag #ptlq&a).

4. You can even leave your questions in the comments below.

Each week, I’ll pick one of the questions and answer it on my blog. Today’s Question: What happens to Echo and Noah after the last page of Pushing the Limits? Will you write the story of what happens the summer after they graduate?

Anyone who has been around me for a short period of time knows that I am a music freak and that my love affair with music pours into my writing. The best way to describe what happens to Echo and Noah after the story ends is to listen to Free by the Zac Brown Band.

When I write, these characters become alive in my mind. To me they are living, breathing flesh and blood people. They have thoughts and opinions and emotions. FYI—Noah is extremely opinionated. They also have rich histories and promising futures.

The moment Echo and Noah became alive, I knew their pasts, I knew their presents, and I know their futures.

I don’t know if I will write the story of what happens after Echo and Noah graduate and I think sometimes that’s why I’m elusive in my answer. I know what happens. Thinking about that summer gives me goose bumps and butterflies.

Right now I’m swamped in deadlines for current projects, like revisions for Beth’s story, Dare You To (scheduled to be released in 2013). I can tell you that Echo and Noah will make an appearance in her story. Because I’m working on other things, it’s hard to find time to write what happens during that summer, but believe me when I say that I know what happens and that I love the idea of possibly writing something in the future. I’m not saying no. I’m not saying yes. I’m saying maybe.

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Nashville, TN Book Signing!

September 9, 2012 at 3:06 PMKatie McGarry

On Friday, September 14th from 7:30 - 8:30 PM, I will be joining other SCBWI mid-south members such as Bethany Griffin (Masque of the Red Death) and Kelly Creagh (Enshadowed) at the SCBWI Mid-South Conference in Nashville, TN at the Hilton Garden Inn (Nashville Vanderbilt) on the 9th floor. Signing is open to the public.

I hope to see you there!

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Happy Book Birthday to Enshadowed!

September 2, 2012 at 3:36 PMKatie McGarry

Happy Book Birthday to Kelly Creagh's Enshadowed!

 

Kelly is a trusted member of my critique group and one of my best friends! I absolutely love her and her new book in the Nevermore series, Enshadowed, was released on August 28th. This week, on YA Fusion, I interviewed Kelly and there is a giveaway for a signed copy of Enshadowed.

To read the interview and to enter the giveaway click here.

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Pushing the Limits Twitter Chat

August 26, 2012 at 11:19 AMKatie McGarry

Have you read Pushing the Limits?

Are you dying to talk to other people who have read the book?

Would you like the opportunity to ask me some questions? What's Echo's favorite color? What's Noah's favorite rock band? Did Mrs. Collin's have an ulterior motive other than tutoring when she placed Echo and Noah together?

Well here's your chance to talk to other readers of Pushing the Limits and with me!

On Tuesday, August 28th, I'll be joining Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and Bewitched Bookworms, the hosts of the Pushing the Limits Read-A-Long, for a twitter chat about Pushing the Limits. The chat will start at 7:00 PM EST. To follow along or to ask questions, use the hashtag, #PTLChat.

Remember: Tuesday, August 28th starting at 9 PM EST (8 PM CST) on twitter. Use the hashtag #PTLChat

I look forward to talking to everyone!!!!

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Winner!

August 17, 2012 at 2:36 PMKatie McGarry

We have a winner in the Pushing the Limits Blog Tour Giveaway! I've contacted the winner via e-mail.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated and for your support of Pushing the Limits!

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Upcoming Events

August 12, 2012 at 2:48 PMKatie McGarry

Pushing the Limits is over a week old!!! Yay!!!!

Would you like to chat about Pushing the Limits on twitter?

Maybe meet me in Nashville? Here are a list of upcoming events:

August 12th at 9PM EST: Apocalypsies twitter chat on Contemporary YA. I'm giving away a signed copy of Pushing the Limits

Are you on the Harlequin Community Board? If so, the week of August 12th, I'll be joining other Harlequin Teen authors to discuss our newest releases.

Thursday, August 16th at 7PM EST. I'll be moderating a discussion with Ellen Hopkins and Simone Elkeles. Go to www.figment.com to learn the details.

Wednesday, August 22nd: I'll be joining the wonderful ladies at http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ at 10:00 PM EST to discuss Pushing the Limits

Tuesday, August 28th: I'll be participating in a twitter chat for the Pushing the Limits Read-A-Long sponsored Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and Bewitched Bookworms.

Friday, September 14th from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. I will be joining other SCBWI mid-south members such as Bethany Griffin (Masque of the Red Death) and Kelly Creagh (Enshadowed) at the SCBWI Mid-South Conference in Nashville, TN at the Hilton Garden Inn on the 9th floor. Signing is open to the public.

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