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Contemporary Giveaway

July 11, 2014 at 4:26 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone,
 
I have a mid-summer surprise for you: a giveaway!
 
I asked a few of my favorite contemporary authors to participate and here is the prize package:
 
Miranda Kenneally: signed copies of Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker, Things I Can't Forget, Racing Savannah, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe
 
Trish Doller: a signed copy of Where the Stars Still Shine
 
Huntley Fitzpatrick: signed copies of My Life Next Door and What I Thought was True
 
Joy Hensley: a signed ARC of Rites of Passage
 
Colette Ballard: a signed copy of Running on Empty
 
Katie McGarry: a signed paperback of Dare You To, a signed hardback of Take Me On, and a Take Me On poster
 
So let's recap--that's 12 books from six amazing authors and this will all go to one lucky winner. This giveaway is international.

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Chapter 1 of Take Me On

July 8, 2014 at 12:54 PMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
If you haven't had a chance to read Take Me On yet, check out the first few pages here!
 
Also, exciting things happening this week!
 
Thursday, July 10th:
 
I'll be participating in Goodreads' Ask An Author program. Have a question for me? I'll answer it! Ask me my favorite color, ask me Noah's favorite color, ask me anything! I'm excited to chat with you all! Click here for the link.
 

Saturday, July 12th:

My first book signing since the release of Take Me On will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 4:00 PM at Barnes & Nobles in the Carmel Greyhound Plaza, 14790 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel, IN 46032, 317-844-2501 Click here for more information.

 

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Fun Events Coming Your Way

July 1, 2014 at 9:07 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Several fun events coming up!
 
Thursday, July 10th:
 
I'll be participating in Goodreads' Ask An Author program. Have a question for me? I'll answer it! Ask me my favorite color, ask me Noah's favorite color, ask me anything! I'm excited to chat with you all! Click here for the link.
 
Saturday, July 12th:

My first book signing since the release of Take Me On will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 4:00 PM at Barnes & Nobles in the Carmel Greyhound Plaza, 14790 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel, IN 46032, 317-844-2501 Click here for more information. 

I hope to see you there!

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Take Me On Playlist

June 24, 2014 at 7:28 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Take Me On was released on May 27th and I'm so excited that Haley and West are finally out in the world for everyone to read. As most of you know, I love music and I create a playlist for all of my books. The following are the songs that helped inspire Take Me On!
 

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Playlist
 
Theme:
“Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5
“Wild Ones” by Flo Rida (feat. Sia)
“Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar
 
 
West:
“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big&Rich
“Come Over” by Kenny Chesney
“This Love” by Maroon 5
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve
 
 
Haley:
“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
“The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
 
 
Songs for Specific Scenes:
The night West and Haley meet: “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
West and Haley training in the gym: “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
When Haley sneaks West into her room: “Secrets” by OneRepublic
The fight in the cage: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
 
Song that Represents Haley and West’s future:
“Price Tag” by Jessie J (feat. B.o.B.)
“Heaven” by Warrant
 
 
 

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Dreams

June 16, 2014 at 11:58 PMKatie McGarry

We all have dreams.

When I was a kid, I used to dream of being Annie in the Broadway production of Annie even though I had two huge obstacles in my way: I couldn’t sing or dance.

Dreams.

As I got older, my dreams became more refined. They became more focused on who I understood myself to be.

Dreams.

Five years ago I took a deep breath and decided to pursue my dream of becoming a published author. I loved writing and I could never turn off the stories that were in my head. But here’s the thing—I never told anyone that I liked to write and it scared the hell out of me to tell people about this dream.

With that said, I swallowed my nerves and sent an e-mail out to a writing group I was hiding in and asked if anyone else wrote Young Adult in my area and was interested in forming a critique group. I added that my manuscripts were edgy then sat back and prayed someone would answer.

It didn’t take long for the first e-mail to appear and I smiled at her answer: Hell yeah.

That person was Colette Ballard and, about a week later, the two of us met for the first time at a local library.

Have you ever met someone where within five minutes you know you met a friend for life? Yep, that was me and Colette. Colette is a walking, talking ball of fireworks and I loved her instantly. On top of that, she had writing talent oozing from her. It was a fantastic combination.

Fast forward a few months later and the two of us were eating at Taco Bell. Why? We both manage busy families and the dollar menu was about all we could afford. We were laughing about how a bean burrito was fine cuisine and I was explaining how nacho cheese heals all wounds as we were both talking about the rejection process associated with querying.

 I remember saying to her, “We’re going to make it. Me and you, we will be published and someday we’ll be able to see our books together and then we will remember this day.”

Dreams.

The past three years have been an amazing ride for me and I am so grateful for all that has happened. Throughout this process, I have gotten choked up several times from being overwhelmed by emotion, but it was nothing like last week.

I was in Maine visiting family when I received a text with this picture:

I’ll admit it—I cried. I sat down on the bed and tears streamed down my face. My book was next to my best friend’s book.

I’m not sure how to explain to people the process of writing and getting published. It’s a constant fight of climbing a rock wall with no gear and bleeding fingertips. Some days your characters talk to you. Some days they don’t. Some days the business is awesome. Some days it kicks you in the rear.

Throughout this entire journey, Colette Ballard has been there for me. She has read my pages, has given copious amounts of plotting advice, has laughed with me, and has literally been my shoulder to cry on when it has all been too much.

I love her and nothing in this journey has brought me as much joy as that picture above.

Dear Colette,

It has been an honor and a privilege to be on this journey with you. You have believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I would not be published if it wasn’t for you and I sure as hell would be an emotional mess if it wasn’t for your enduring friendship.

You deserve the best and I’m so proud of all that you have done.

Your friend forever,

Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last day of the Take Me On Blog Tour

June 12, 2014 at 11:05 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone! Today is the last day to enter to win prizes in the Take Me On Blog Tour! Here are the stops on the tour and there is a chance to win at each site!

Tour Schedule

Monday May 26 - Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday May 28 - Book Rock Betty

Friday May 30 - The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger

Monday June 2 - Fiktshun

Tuesday, June 3 - A Book and a Latte Wednesday

June 4 – Harlequin Blog

Friday June 6 - Xpresso Reads

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Happy Book Birthday Take Me On

May 26, 2014 at 11:35 PMKatie McGarry

It's here! Today is the day! Take Me On has been officially released! I absolutely love West and Haley's story and to celebrate I'm giving away a complete signed set of my hardback books: Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, and Take Me On. I'm also including a Take Me On poster!

Thank you for all your love and support!

Order your copy of TAKE ME ON at the following retailers:
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2 More CRASH INTO YOU Deleted Scenes

May 17, 2014 at 7:59 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

The Kindle version of Pushing the Limits is currently $5.36 - savings of 46%! Not sure how long the sale will last, but get your copy at this amazing price! Amazon.com: Pushing the Limits eBook: Katie McGarry: Kindle Store

           There is less than one week left before the release of my fourth full length novel, Take Me On (May 27, 2014)! Have you preordered your copy yet? You don’t want to miss West and Haley’s first kiss! 

Pre-Order your copy of TAKE ME ON at the following retailers:
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 To celebrate the upcoming release of Take Me On, I’m releasing two more deleted scenes from Crash Into You. One with Isaiah, Noah, and Abby and another with Isaiah and Noah! I’m also giving away a signed hardback set of my novels: Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, and Take Me On. This prize package will also include a Take Me On poster. The giveaway is international.

 

I hope you enjoy!

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Isaiah, Noah, and Abby

Crash Into You Deleted Scene from Isaiah’s Point of View

A couple of hours later, I enter my apartment building and take the steps two at a time. I’ll be seeing a lot of more Logan, especially after I score the parts for his car. My hope is that I never again see Beth. In one day, I made a deal where a powerful guy owes a debt to me, I made plans to work on a ’57 Chevy, I found a way to piss off Beth, and I’m going to get paid.

Life can’t get much better.

Any good feeling slips out of my body when I see Abby sitting next to my door with her knees pulled up. She types into her cell and finishes up her text when she spots me.  “My patience with you is gone.”

I unlock the door to my apartment and push it open far enough that Abby can catch it by the time she stands. We met when we were twelve. My then foster father used to take me to the shop I work at now and she used to hang in the ally behind the shop to play. We struck up an odd friendship that never went away and never stopped being odd. Abby is the longest steady relationship I’ve ever had with one person which makes her special.

Special means, I’ll put up with her.

Inside, Noah has the television up loud enough in an attempt to drown out Elvis singing Blue Suede Shoes. The old lady downstairs must have hit the sherry. Using a coat hanger, duct tape, and cardboard, Noah and I made our own TV antenna that brings in three fluttering local stations. The reception sucks, but our rigged way is cheaper than cable.

Noah sits on the couch and raises a hand in greeting. “S’up, Abby. I invited her in, bro, but she insisted on staying out.”

“Don’t talk to me.” She closes the door behind her and deadbolts it. “I don’t like talking to traitors.”

Noah smirks at her mention of him going clean. “Aw, don’t be like that. I’m sure you found someone to take my place.”

She wiggles her fingers in disgust. “It’s the whole lot of you. First you go clean, then Beth leaves town, and Isaiah hasn’t bought from me since Beth left. The three of you were an easy buy. I never had to worry about watching my back.”

“There’s always a fast food joint hiring.” Noah keeps his eyes locked on the TV. “Don’t have to worry about a gun being pulled on you at a place like that.”

“Depends upon which one you work at,” she responds.

Noah snorts. “True.”

I open the fridge and I’m greeted to the sight of food and beer. “Did you rob a convenient store?” That was the only time I saw this much food in a fridge when I lived with my mom.

“No,” he says. “We’ll talk about it later.”

And I drop it because Noah can be a private guy. “Beer Abby?”

She shakes her head. “I’ve got to work later and it’s better to be sober. Anyhow…” She plops down on the couch on the side opposite of Noah. “Since I’m being forced into the same room as you, we need to chat.”

Noah looks at her from the corner of his eye.

“I want you to stop going to the pool hall.”

My best friend frowns. “Why’s that?”

“You’re bad for business.”

He laughs. “I’m what?”

With two fingers barely touching it, she picks up a pillow Noah must have dragged from the bedroom and deposits it on the floor. “You heard me. Bad for business.” She scrunches her pixie face in disgust. “You come in, play pool with that little red head, and everyone is in awe over the local boy who went clean, got the girl and is going to college. You, sir, represent hope and hope is bad for business.”

“I’ll think about it.”

Abby slides back into ice princess mode. “And I’m back to ignoring you.” She trains her eyesight on me. “You and I need to talk and we can do it here or someplace else. Your call.”

Noah turns off the TV and stands. “I’ve got plans with Echo.” He grabs his keys and jacket off our cardboard table. “See you later, bro. Abby.”

I tell him bye and Abby flips him off. As soon as the door’s shut Abby stretches out on the couch like one lazy controlled cat. “What’s up with you and the fuzzy bunny?”

“Nothing.”

She turns her head so she can look at me. “Really? When I saw you guys together, you looked…” Abby waves her hand in the air as if the word will magically appear. “Like a couple. And you’re not a couple type of guy.”

I’m not, but with Rachel I would have liked to try. “We’re not together. End of story.”

Her dark eyes survey me for a few minutes. “So it won’t matter to you if I tell you that Eric found her?”

My muscles go stone solid and ice water rushes through my veins. “What?”

“Last week, Eric found out the identity of the two college guys that jacked him. That’s why I’ve been searching for you. He tracked them down today. They squealed and told him where she goes to school. He’s going to corner her tomorrow.”

Isaiah and Noah

CRASH INTO YOU deleted scene from Isaiah’s point of view:

In the Social Services parking lot, Noah sits on the hood of his piece of crap car reading from one of his text books, his black leather jacket laying on the hood beside him. Yeah, that’s right—a piece of crap. Not everything that has four wheels and a motor should be called a car.

He closes the book when I approach. “S’up, bro.”

“Thanks for meeting me here, man.” Noah’s been so busy with school, work, Echo, and his brothers that we haven’t talked in days. When I texted that I needed to talk, he said this was the only time he had and I took it.

“Anytime.” Noah’s eyes drift to the building. Even though he got his happily-ever-after with Echo and a sweet deal to visit his brothers, he still hates this place. Too many bad memories. “What’s going on?”

“I got problems.” More problems than I can count.

“With a girl?” he asks with a sly grin. “Blond hair, comes to your shoulder, shy as hell?”

I relax and fall back against my car. “That’s the one.”

“What’s the issue?”

Rachel’s not what I came here to talk to him about, but since he brought her up…“She’s rich.” And beautiful and kind and naïve. Everything I’m not.

Noah contemplates it for a second. “How rich?”

“Lives in Summitview.”

He whistles. “You go big or go home, don’t you? Parent problems?”

“I doubt they know I exist.”

“Does that piss you off?”

“No.” Rachel and I have too many problems without involving more complications. I stare up at the gray sky, wishing the answer would fall out of it. “Would you tell me if I were making a mistake?”

“With what?”

“Rachel.”

Noah scratches the stubble on his jaw, buying himself time. We’ve been brothers for over two years and he knows I don’t handle emotions well. I only told Beth how I felt after it was too late.

“You like this one, don’t you?” he asks.

“Yeah.” Nothing I have ever said has been more honest. “I don’t want to mess this up. Echo was from a different world than ours. How did you keep her?”

Noah cracks his crazy ass grin. “Does Rachel have a file that needs stealing?”

I laugh. If only it were that easy. “No.”

“Then date her. Make her feel special. Echo eats that crap up.”

I shake my head. “I don’t have money.”

“I’m not talking money, I’m saying let her in. She sees something in you that she likes and I’m assuming it’s the same with you.”

“Yeah.” It is. Speaking to Noah was supposed to make me better, but instead my gut twists. Rachel would flee if she saw what lived inside me.

“Did your no money comment mean you didn’t find the rent money?” Noah asks.

I close my eyes. Rent money. I now need five-thousand two hundred and fifty dollars. “Yes.”

“Good.”

My eyes snap open. I must have misunderstood my best friend. “Good?”

“You were going to street race to get money, weren’t you?”

I learned early in life there are times to stay silent. This is one of those times.

“Look, you’re a genius behind a wheel, but those people on the street are bad news.”

Those people? My teeth click together. “Maybe you forgot that you used to be one of those people on the street.” Maybe he forgot I’m still one of the maggots.

His eyes narrow. “I haven’t forgotten, but I have learned a few things. Look, we’re desperate right now and I don’t want you doing something messed up to fix it. Because here’s the reality, you’re smarter than that. Smarter than what Abby’s mixed up in. Smarter than hustlers like Eric. You don’t need them to survive.”

I rotate my shoulders back. “I don’t remember asking you to be my dad.”

Because my brother has never feared me, he takes a single step, placing him within swinging distance. “What’s your problem? You’ve been a walking dick for weeks.”

I want to tell Noah that I know. That first it was my mom, then our money problems with rent, then the street race going to hell, meeting and losing Rachel, Eric being jacked, taking on an impossible debt to keep the girl I care for safe, the pressure to help some guys pass the ASE, and wondering if the only family I have ever known—him—is outgrowing me.

All of that is why I asked him to meet me.

Rolling my neck, I hold it in. Beth left. Noah’s already using the rent money as an excuse

 

 to leave. It won’t be long until he rejects me and returns me to foster care.

Noah checks his cell for the time and grabs his jacket. “We’ll work out the rent money, all right? Echo already said she’ll cover our cells until we get on our feet.”

I curse under my breath. The three of us are on a plan. Her dad pays for the main bill and she added Noah and me for ten dollars a month, which we had been covering. “I already owe Echo money. I don’t want to owe more.” Money I took to take care of Beth last fall.

He slides his arms into the jacket. “And Echo has already told you she doesn’t want it. That money is on Beth, not you. In the mean time, eat as much as you can at school and I’ll bring leftovers home from work.”

Because I can’t let him leave with tension between us… “You’ve been overcooking the hamburgers lately.”

He flips me the bird and I flip it back. Turning toward the Social Services building, I take a few steps then freeze as if I was slammed into a force field. I have to go in today or I’m breaking my deal with Courtney. But she only said to come in after school, never stating a specific time. I pull out my phone and push call.

 

 

 

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CRASH INTO YOU Deleted Scene

May 12, 2014 at 10:48 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

The Kindle version of Pushing the Limits is currently $0.31! Not sure how long the sale will last, but get your copy at this amazing price! Amazon.com: Pushing the Limits eBook: Katie McGarry: Kindle Store

The countdown clock is on! There is only two weeks left until the release of TAKE ME ON! You do not want to miss the epic first kiss between West and Haley! Pre-order your copy today!

Pre-Order your copy of TAKE ME ON at the following retailers:
 
To celebrate the upcoming release of TAKE ME ON, I'm releasing a deleted scene from CRASH INTO YOU. I've been polling people over the past couple of weeks to find out which scene they would like and I got an overwhelming response for Isaiah and Rachel!
 
On top of getting more Isaiah and Rachel in the deleted scene this week, Harlequin Teen will be revealing the cover for the paperback of CRASH INTO YOU on Thursday, May 15th on their Facebook page!

In this scene from Isaiah's point of view, Isaiah and Rachel have gone into a bar so they can lose the police who are searching for the street racers. The band has started to play a song that she loves and you'll need to read the rest...

From Isaiah’s POV
Rachel’s eyes widen and she slams her hands on the table. My head rips to the left, my eyes searching for the danger.
“Oh my God, I love this song!”
My shoulders jerk back as I process her words. “What?”
She slides out of the booth and in one slick motion, shrugs off her coat, revealing a short, sleeve blue cotton shirt that hugs her curves. Hugs. Parts that are north and parts that are south. Nicely hugs. As in those clothes had to made just for her. Hell, they probably were made just for her and damn if I’m not grateful for the person who sewed that outfit. Rachel’s not stacked, but she’s definitely a woman.
“We should go closer. To the stage,” she says with excitement.
I blink. She’s a year younger than me. Barely out of sixteen. A girl.
With curves.
And her cheeks are becoming the color of fire.
Rachel becomes suddenly interested with a ring on her hand and fidgets with it. “So we can hear the song better, because, yeah, because…” she stutters out.
She’s caught me staring and suddenly I feel awkward and the emotion doesn’t sit well in my stomach. Why should I feel awkward? She’s a girl, with curves, and guys look. I look at plenty of girls. Hell, I’ve done stuff with those girls that would make her flush red everywhere.
But with her, it’s different.
Everything’s different.
And that instinct I learned to listen to years ago, the one that makes my skin feel tight? It’s telling me I’m in a world of hurt if I stick around her any longer.
“Rachel…” The cops are probably gone and I can get you back to your car, is what I want to say. Not want, should say, but something in how she stands there, as if waiting for me to…to…
I don’t have a clue what she wants from me. Girl’s look at other guys like that, not at me.
“Have you ever felt alive?” she asks from out of nowhere.
“Yeah,” I answer immediately. Every time I slam on the gas of my car searching for a quarter mile.
“I mean, really alive.” And Rachel finally meets my eyes. “Like every cell vibrates and for the first time you realize that everything about you from your toes to your fingers to your lungs is all individual parts working in sync and nothing about you is trivial. Like alive. The song I love the most is playing and even though I know I don’t belong here, I do know that this is the most real moment I’ve had in my whole life and I’m going to regret it every single day of my life if I don’t get closer to that stage.”
What the hell is wrong with me? I slide out of the booth and curse under my breath when her smile becomes so blinding it’s close to a supernova. She actually claps her hands and performs a small bounce.
“We’re not drinking.”
Her cheek bones fall as she becomes solemn. “I don’t drink.”
I roll my eyes at myself. Of course she doesn’t. “Come on.”
I want to touch her again, to claim her as mine as we weave through the backroom to reach the stage area, but I don’t. Earlier, I took too many liberties. Even angels have to have a threshold.

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Breaking the Rules Cover Copy

May 8, 2014 at 12:38 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Some exciting news! I'm releasing the back cover copy for the continuing story for Echo and Noah, BREAKING THE RULES (release date December 30, 2014).

Haven't read Echo and Noah's first book, PUSHING THE LIMITS? Amazon is currently selling the Kindle version of PUSHING THE LIMITS for $0.31. That is less than a dollar! I'm not sure how long this sale will last so jump on it while you can: Amazon Kindle PUSHING THE LIMITS

Also, in celebration of the upcoming release of TAKE ME ON (May 27, 2014), I'm giving away a signed paperback of DARE YOU TO and a TAKE ME ON poster! Enter below. This giveaway is international.

Here is the official back cover copy for BREAKING THE RULES:

 

A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everythingexcept the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants—even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn . . . seriously epic.

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