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May 19, 2016 at 3:15 PMKatie McGarry
My life has been forever changed and it is for the better.
 
This past fall, I began mentoring 10 students in writing at a local high school. One that wasn't too far from the high school I went to as a teen.
I took this project on because I had promised myself when I was younger if I ever made anything out of myself, I would give back what a few precious adults had given to me.
 
This was supposed to be me giving to them. Instead, I'm the one that walked away changed.
 
I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes because I fell in love with each of these teens. From the start of the year until now, I spent time with them. I taught them what I new about writing, read their work, discussed their writing with them, encouraged them and tried to show them how to improve on their craft.
 
I expected talent, but I'll be honest--I ended up blown away with how exceptional their writing was. The amount of heart and emotion in these stories, their complex ideas, their hopes, their dreams...their stories touched me and my heart.
 
Sadly enough, at some point when you get published, writing starts to become numbers instead of words. How much you made in an advance, how many books you sold your first week, how many books you sold over several months, how many books in you got in a contract, how many books have been sold over seas, how many, how many, how many.
 
And these things are important. Being published is a business. If I don't sell books, neither me nor my publisher get paid and if we don't get paid, then my publisher probably won't want to purchase any more books from me so all of the sudden the term "how many" becomes a big deal.
 
But being with these students reminded me of a time when I never asked the question "how many?" Instead, they reminded me of the pure and simple joy of storytelling. They reminded me that I am a storyteller at heart.
 
This year, I laughed with these fantastic teens and I even cried with some of them. I watched as they struggled up mountains, and whenever I could, I would try to be the hand that helped them up. The suck part? There are some mountains we have to climb on our own and, whether they knew it or not, I prayed for each and every single one of them as I watched them on their ascent.
 
I don't know how teachers do it. I don't know how teachers year after year pour themselves into their students and then on the last day watch them walk away.
 
The students I spent time with know that even though the last day has arrived, even though some of them are graduating, that my door is always open, but I have no idea if I'll hear from any of them again and because of this, on the way home, I cried.
 
I'm so incredibly proud of each and every single one of them. Proud of who they are, proud that they were courageous enough to share their talent with me, proud that they were able to learn from constructive criticism, proud that they supported each other, proud that they are each the amazing individual that God made them to be.
 
To my Valley students--I love you. Remember what I told you today. What happens now is by your choice. No one else can sit in that chair and write your story. Only you can do it. There are no excuses. You are each so talented and I believe in every single one of you.
 
May God bless you and carry you close until we meet again,
 
Katie
 

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Book Tour

April 13, 2016 at 7:54 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Exciting news! To celebrate the release of Walk the Edge, I'm going on book tour! I'm super happy about this and I hope to see as many of you as I can!
 
Saturday, April 23: Ticketed event at 8pm at Books N More in Grand Forks, ND
Sunday, April 24: Open Signing at the Books N More Grand Forks, ND from 12-2PM
Monday, April 25:  7:00PM at Anderson’s Bookstore, 123 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
Tuesday, April 26: 5:30PM at Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester, VA with Jennifer Armentrout
Wednesday, April 27: 7:00pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Ave, Cincinnati, OH  45208
Thursday, April 28:6-8pm at the Barnes & Noble Carmel, IN store

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Happy Book Birthday Walk the Edge

March 29, 2016 at 8:01 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
It's here! It's here! Finally, Razor and Breanna's story, Walk the Edge, is released into the wild!  Don't miss this story!

"An intoxicating and unforgettable romance that kept me me glued to the page." -- Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of The Lovely Reckless
 
"I finished WALK THE EDGE by the amazing Katie McGarry. It was SO good that now I feel bereft. I already miss Razor & Bre - I need to know more! She is by far my #1 favorite author. She paints a picture with the words, puts you IN the story... LOVE." ~ Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
 
"There’s something about McGarry’s writing that’s totally enthralling. Her characters are vivid, flawed and riveting, making this is a truly amazing read!" ~ RT Book Reviews
 
"Katie McGarry is a master of her craft! Raw emotion, pure grit, I hang on every word. Her characters are real people with real problems and I cheer them every step of the way. Ready for a new addiction? Look no further than Katie McGarry's books." ~ Gena Showalter, Bestselling author of Firstlife

Order your copy today at any of the following retailers:

Amazon |  B&N | GooglePlay | ibooks | Indie | Kobo
 
 
 
Don't forget if you register your order Walk the Edge by April 1, 2016, you will receive Echo and Noah's engagement story, The Proposal, for FREE! You will also be entered for a chance to appear in the next Thunder Road novel! Both of these offers end on April 1, 2016. Don't miss these amazing opportunities!  The Proposal offer is available internationally. The chance to appear in the next Thunder Road novel is only for the US/Canada (excluding Quebec). 
 
 

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Echo and Noah's Engagement Teaser

March 24, 2016 at 6:49 AMKatie McGarry
Time is running out! Register your preorder of Walk the Edge and you will receive Echo and Noah's engagement short story called The Proposal! Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer!
 
 
Teaser excerpt from Echo's point of view:
 
Noah flashes me his wicked and dangerous smile as he walks past, and those mutant pterodactyls in my stomach that only exist because of him stretch their wings.
 
He’s breathtakingly gorgeous. His shaggy brown hair is lighter due to our summer in the sun and his skin is deliciously tanned as well. While there’s still a part of Noah, especially when he smiles at me who is the cocky kid who made fun of my name in the counselor’s office back in high school, he’s definitely no longer a teen.
 
Any slight baby softness he had when we first met is gone. His features are a bit fuller in his face, he’s grown another inch and he’s gained weight in pure muscle. He was already ripped, but this past year he’s become magnificent. Biceps chiseled, strong, broad shoulders and his abdomen a flat hard plane. Noah is no longer a boy, but a man.
 
Not just physically, but emotionally as well. Gone are the days of him working full time as a manager at the Malt n Burger. He still works as a manager, but as part time as he can get, just picking up extra shifts when his other job and school allow. This past spring he was offered a paid internship at an architecture firm.
 
He goes to class in the mornings, and in the afternoons he works in the office with a white button down shirt and tie. He even traded in his combat boots for a pair of black dress shoes.
 
My bad boy, though, is still bad. He has two more tattoos than he did in high school, one on his chest and the other on his back. One is for his brothers. The other for me. I won’t lie, that tattoo is my favorite.
 
Noah’s non-work and school hours belong to the man I originally fell for. The guy who wears jeans that slightly sag, a black T-shirt and the return of his combat boots on his feet. Noah still listens to heavy metal music a little too loud, curses sometimes a little too much and when he’s hanging with his best friends on a Friday or Saturday night, still enjoys a good beer buzz.
 
He’s still bad, but he’s also good and when it comes to me he’s very bad in all the right ways.
 
 
I LOVE Noah!!!!
 
Want to win this box of Walk the Edge goodies? Then go here and play Break the Code!
 
Pre-Order your copy today at any of the following retailers:
Amazon |  B&N | GooglePlay | ibooks | Indie | Kobo

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Nowhere But Here Price Drop

March 23, 2016 at 9:35 AMKatie McGarry

The ebook of Nowhere But Here is only $2.99 across all retailers! Just in time for the release of Walk the Edge! Fall in love with Oz and Emily then Razor and Breanna and the whole Reign of Terror family! Buy links in comments below.

 Amazon | B&N | Google Play | ibooks | Kobo

Praise for Nowhere But Here:

"Tantalizing secrets and larger-than-life characters leap off the page in McGarry's new Thunder Road series...With quirky secondary characters who will capture your heart and a remarkable twist, McGarry will leave you desperate for the next installment!" ~ RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK for June
 
"McGarry...creates a story that readers will not want to put down...This novel will be enjoyed by teens looking for a romantic and thrilling escape." ~ Library School Journal
 

"The core relationship sizzles and sparks with every glance and touch..." ~ Publisher's Weekly 

 

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Break the Code Giveaway

March 13, 2016 at 11:58 AMKatie McGarry

Want to win this fabulous Walk the Edge Box that includes a signed Walk the Edge ARC, Walk the Edge poster, post card, bookmark, Reign of Terror decal, chocolate motorcycle and bracelet with motorcycle charm? Then break the code below.

In Walk the Edge, Breanna has a knack with brain teasers and puzzles, and in the story, Breanna helps Razor crack a code that will help him learn the truth regarding a long held club secret regarding his mother.

You have the chance to be like Breanna and Razor. Use the image below to match up the letter with the corresponding number, then crack the coded graphic.

For instance A=24, B=25...Once you figure out the message, enter the message here in order to be entered to win the Walk the Edge Box.

Don't forget to register your preorder of Walk the Edge here so you can receive Echo and Noah's engagement story for free. This story is titled The Proposal.

 

Pre-Order your copy today at any of the following retailers:
 
 

 
 

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Echo and Noah's Engagement

March 8, 2016 at 5:08 PMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
Several weeks ago, Harlequin TEEN announced that when you register your preoder of Walk the Edge, you will receive a bonus Echo and Noah scene.
 
Today, I finally get to announce that this bonus scene involves Echo and Noah's engagement.  Originally, I was only going to write a short scene, but Echo and Noah deserved so much more than that! Plus, once I had the opportunity to be in Echo and Noah's heads again, I couldn't keep it to one chapter alone. I consider this a bonus short, short story.
 
This is exclusive content only for people who preorder Walk the Edge. If you would like to read Echo and Noah's engagement story, titled The Proposal, please register your preorder of Walk the Edge here.  Echo and Noah's engagement story is open internationally. The contest involving appearing in the next Thunder Road novel is for US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only. 
 
 
And here is the beautiful cover of the Proposal.... 
 

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Free Walk the Edge Bookmarks and Ribbons

March 1, 2016 at 1:49 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Free Ribbons and Bookmarks:
 
We are one month away from the release of Walk the Edge! To celebrate, I'm giving away these Walk the Edge and Nowhere But Here ribbons and these Walk the Edge bookmarks and postcards. This is open internationally and only while supplies last.  Click here to sign up for free swag.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter:
 
I'll be sending out my newsletter this week. Inside it will be the original, raw opening of Nowhere But Here. I had to cut it because it didn't flow with the story, but it remains one of my favorite openings. If you would like to receive it, please sign up for my newsletter here.
 
 
Exclusive Echo and Noah Short Story:
 
Register your pre-order of WALK THE EDGE by April 1, 2016 and receive a previously unreleased bonus scene featuring Echo and Noah from PUSHING THE LIMITS. Plus! You could win the chance to appear in the next Thunder Road novel, coming in 2017. For more details visit here.

The bonus scene is open internationally. The chance to appear in the next novel is only open to the US and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Walk the Edge Pre-order Links
Amazon |  B&N | GooglePlay | ibooks | Indie | Kobo
 
 

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Sign Up for Release Week Blitz and Chapter Reveal

February 22, 2016 at 7:00 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I'll be at Apollycon this coming weekend in Savannah! I hope to see some of you there. I'll be giving away 2 print copies of Breaking the Rules and 2 advance reviewer copies of Walk the Edge at the event so make sure to come visit me during the signing!  Click here for more information.
 
We are one month out from the release of Walk the Edge and I'm super excited! If you would like to help with a chapter reveal from Walk the Edge and/or the release week blitz for Walk the Edge, please sign up using the links below:
 
Chapter Reveal (March 4)
 
Release Week Blitz (March 29 & 31)
 
Would you like to appear in the next Thunder Road novel? Would you like to read an exclusive new short story about Echo and Noah from the Pushing the Limits series? If so, pre-order Walk the Edge and then register your pre-order here.
 
I'm currently running a giveaway that includes an ARC of Walk the Edge, a signed hardback of Nowhere But Here, a readers' choice of one of my books and a Walk the Edge poster. Go here to enter.
 
If you would like to read the raw original opening of Nowhere But Here that was cut from the first draft then make sure you are signed up for my newsletter by clicking here.

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Walk the Edge Preorder Offer

February 16, 2016 at 11:14 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!
 
Exciting news! I have written a new short story for Echo and Noah! Guys, you want to read this one. It's a very short story, but it's a scene I've been dying to write for years. How do you get it? Register your pre-order of Walk the Edge here in order to receive this swoon worthy short story of Echo and Noah for free.
 
PLUS--because this just keeps getting more exciting!
 
When you register your pre-order of Walk the Edge, you could win the chance to appear in the next Thunder Road novel! I can barely stand how exciting this is. You will be in the same book as Oz, Emily, Razor, Breanna, Chevy, Violet and Eli!   Plus there is another character from the Pushing the Limits series who will be making an appearance in the third book of the Thunder Road series--and YOU have the chance to be in this book, too!!!!  
 
To receive this chance, you must pre-order Walk the Edge and register your pre-order here.
 
Because I'm so stinking excited about all of this, I've decided to giveaway an Advance Reviewer Copy of Walk the Edge, a hardback of Nowhere But Here, the reader's choice of one of my other novels and a Walk the Edge poster.
 

To register for Echo and Noah's bonus scene and for your chance to appear in the next Thunder Road novel, and for all the rules for this go here.
 
For the chance for an Advance Reviewer Copy of Walk the Edge, a hardback of Nowhere But Here, the reader's choice of one of my other novels and a Walk the Edge poster please fill out the Rafflecopter below.  
 
 
 
Walk the Edge, release March 29, 2016
 
One moment of recklessness will change their worlds 

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyberbully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 
This giveaway is international.Katie McGarry is not responsible for any lost or damaged books or posters that may occur during shipping.  You must be fourteen years old or older to enter. If you are under eighteen, you must have parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is international. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have one week to reply to winner e-mail before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is not in any way sponsored by Facebook, Rafflecopter, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest or Tumblr.
 
 
 

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