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Breaking the Rules Questions

November 19, 2014 at 1:00 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

I'm getting a lot of questions about Breaking the Rules (Echo & Noah #2) so I thought I would answer some of them here:
 
1. Breaking the Rules is a full length novel. I know it is sometimes labeled as 1.5 but I think that's because it is a continuation of Pushing the Limits and it takes place between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Honestly, up to that point, it may have been the longest book I have written. So yeah...you'll have a lot of Echo & Noah to enjoy.
 
2. Breaking the Rules is being released in North America as an e-book exclusive. I also *believe* that it is initially being released as an e-book exclusive in Australia and the UK. I also *believe* that Australia and UK readers will have print copies available soon. I do not know when the print version of Breaking the Rules will be available in North America. I have been told though when it is printed, that it will be the paperback version.
 
I understand that a lot of you don't read e-books and I also understand that a lot of you would like a hardback to complete your set. I want you to know that I do hear you and my heart aches for you, because, let's be honest, I have the best readers in the world...but you have to understand that there are a lot of decisions made that are beyond my scope.
 
3. There will not be advance reviewer copies for Breaking the Rules, nor will it be on Netgalley. Sorry, guys.
 
4. The release date is December 8, 2014 not December 30, 2014. My publisher switched the dates a few months ago and I'm excited we get to share Echo & Noah's story earlier.
 
5. I love Breaking the Rules. Love it. Echo and Noah always have a way of breaking me down and then building me back up again. They have the most amazing love. The kind that tackles the hard stuff and still shines through in the end. I can't wait for you guys to read this amazing story.
 
Remember...I'm giving away the following when we hit twenty-five percent (25%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):
 
1. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view.
 
If you would like to enter the giveaway and also read the dance/fight scene from Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view click here.
 
I love you all and thank you so much for your support!
 
 
 
 

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Amazing News and Giveaway

November 10, 2014 at 9:09 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Amazing news! Best selling author Tammara Webber read Echo and Noah's second full length novel, BREAKING THE RULES, and this is what she had to say:
Echo and Noah stole my heart - and my breath - again. Bravo, Ms. McGarry, for another gripping, romantic ride. ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Tammara Webber
 
Thanks to your votes, TAKE ME ON made it to the semi-final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014. Please help West and Haley make it to the finals by voting here.
 
Woo hoo! This absolutely made my day!
I'm giving away the following when we hit twenty-five percent (25%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):
 
1. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view.
 
If you would like to enter the giveaway and also read the dance/fight scene from Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view click here.

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Breaking the Rules Preorder Giveaway Round 2

November 4, 2014 at 9:21 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Exciting news! We reached our 10% goal of my pre-order target! Because of that, I have drawn the winners for the previous giveaway (congrats Nancy L. and Em) and...drum roll please...I have rewritten the fight at the dance from Pushing the Limits in Noah's point of view. Scroll down to read the scene!
 
Now, I am doing a second pre-order giveaway. When we hit twenty-five percent (25%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules, I will giveaway the following rewards (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):
 
1. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view. 
 

After we reach this goal, I will do more giveaways.

How can you enter? Fill out the Rafflecopter below.
When will the winners be drawn? When I reach the 25% goal for Breaking the Rules.
Do I need to purchase/pre-order Breaking the Rules to enter? No, there is no purchase necessary to enter, but the faster my presales go up, the faster I will draw for winners and the faster I will introduce more fun giveaways!
Is this open internationally? Yes!

Will I have to reenter when you have a new giveaway? Yes, but you'll be excited about the new fantastic giveaways.
 
BREAKING THE RULES is amazing, heartbreaking, sexy and sweet--Katie McGarry as usual blew me away. ~ Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling author of the ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series.

Remember, I will only be drawing for the giveaway and releasing the rewritten Pushing the Limits scene once I reach my pre-order goal for Breaking the Rules! Show Echo and Noah some love and pre-order your copy today!
 
 
 
Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

(These were the prices as of November 3, 2014 and are subject to change.)

 

 

 

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Noah
(The dance scene retold from Noah’s point of view.)
I’d lost my fucking mind and from the perplexed glance the teacher who accepted my three bucks to enter this dance gave me, she was thinking the same thing.
Bass from a hip hop song pounded out of the darkened gym and a shadowed group of swaying bodies hung out in the center. Occasionally the colored lights would hit them and I strained to see if any of the girls in the sequined dresses was Echo, but I came up short.
Dancing—would Echo do it? The girl who called me out on my shit would. Bet that girl could move like no one I’d seen before.
I scanned the people standing on the sidelines and my jaw twitched. A few feet from me, he was touching her. That overgrown ape Luke Manning was holding Echo’s hand and leading her toward the bathrooms.
A wave of anger rippled through me. She chose to be here with him. With a fist through my hair I turned away. I was a fucking moron for coming here. An idiot that needed his brain rewired.
“Where are you going?” Echo’s upset voice caused me to freeze in my tracks.
“I told you, the locker room,” Luke answered.
A glance over my shoulder. She yanked her hand away and that anger brewing within me stilled, but a new dangerous undertow was quickly rolling in to take its place. What the fuck did he do to upset her?
“What happened to dancing?” she asked. “And then talking?”
“Yeah, sure, whatever. Later,” Luke shrugged her off. “We’re getting to the bottom of the barrel with our supplies. If I don’t go in now, I’ll miss my chance.”
My little nymph leaned into him, eyes blaring with anger. “Yes, you will.”
Good girl, not taking Manning’s shit.
A high like the one off a good joint coursed through me when the asshole misread Echo. His eyes lit up and when he kissed her cheek, I looked away to keep from tackling his ass.
“I knew you’d understand.” Then Manning walked away.
Echo collapsed against the doorframe, her arms hugging her stomach. I watched her, waiting for tears, waiting for her heartache, but all I spotted was disappointment.
Normal.
She craved normal. To go to a dance. To act eighteen and not forty-four. To not have the weight of the world on her shoulders. To have someone understand and love her.
To have normal.
She craved it…and so did I.
Echo came here with him. She chose to be with him, but I also screwed up every opening she gave to me.
Normal. Was I even fucking capable of it anymore?
With a sigh, I forced myself to find out. “I told you that you deserved better.” I left the shadows and walked into the light.
Any doubt I had in coming to this dance disappeared as her face brightened.  “Noah?”
Echo was gorgeous in blue. She would have been gorgeous in anything, but the way that dress clung to her every curve and ended mid-thigh—I sucked in a deep breath. Damn, this girl owned me.
“Echo, you look…” Because she was too beautiful to not appreciate again, my eyes wandered the length of her body and then slowly back up. “Appetizing.”
She laughed. The type of laugh that caused me to smile with her. The type that caused people to look and be jealous because they weren’t a part of that contagious laughter.
“Like chicken wing appetizing or succulent hamburger appetizing?” she teased.
The memory of the night I suggested her expression resembled that of having an orgasm when she bit into the hamburger sprang to mind. I stepped closer to her, purposely invading her personal space. “Appetizing as in your boyfriend’s a moron to leave you alone.”
“He’s not my boyfriend,” she said.
“Good. Because I was going to ask you to dance.”
A slow song started. Echo had given me chances before—at the arcade, in her garage. She told me what she needed, dared me to get past my shit, and each time, I turned her away. But not anymore. She wanted this dance, I’d give her this dance. I’d try to give her the world if she’d let me.
Right there, between the entrance of the gym and the locker room, I wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her close. Her scent hit me first and I briefly nuzzled my nose into her hair, enjoying the sweet smell. In return Echo slid her arms to my neck, letting her gloved fingers skim my skin.
“I thought you didn’t do dances.” Echo locked those dazzling green eyes on me.
“I don’t. And, this afternoon, I had no intention of coming here.”  The words needed to explain…the emotions raging inside me…got hung up in my throat. This…coming here…it meant something and she meant something and the urge was to run away, but…“This dance seemed so damn important to you. And you…you’re important to me.”
An ache pushed through me. She was more than important. With each day that passed she was becoming more and admitting this…it gave her power—power to hurt me, but when I glanced down into those soft eyes I didn’t spot a potential landmine…I found peace.
“Echo, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because I don’t know. I don’t hold hands in the hallway or sit at anyone else’s lunch table. But I swear…on my brothers that you’ll never be a joke to me and you’ll be much more than a girl in the back seat of my car.”
Echo’s perfect mouth dropped open and a small sound barely escaped. My heart beat with each second of silence. It was too much. My words were too much, but then she lifted her fingers from my neck and they tunneled into my hair.
I blinked with the teasing touch. She licked her lips and every cell in my body vibrated to life. Echo gently applied pressure to my head and I definitely had an answer to the silent question on her face. I wanted Echo, she wanted me, and it was time we finally stopped playing games and declared both of us too far gone to turn back.
“Get away from my girl, Hutchins.”  
Whiplash. A spike of anger at being so close and yanked away by the asshole who had caused her pain. I grabbed Echo’s hand, moved us into the hallway and tucked her safely behind me.  “She’s not yours.”
Manning’s face reddened and he fisted his hands. A few of his asshole friends stumbled out of the locker room. Their laughter faded the moment they spotted me and then my hand holding onto Echo. That’s right, she chose me.
Manning stared over my shoulder. “Come here, Echo.”
Did he just call her like she was a dog?
“We should talk. In the gym.” Echo inched toward the gym. She could go, but there was no way I was leaving. Not when he thought she was property to be owned.
One of the ape’s loser friends stepped up beside him. “It’s not cool to be up on another man’s girl.”
Echo gently squeezed my hand. “Noah.”
The movement tugged on my heart, but this was a confrontation that had been building for weeks. Manning craved this fight. I could taste it, and the only way I was backing down was if the world exploded around us. “Why don’t you go on in? I’ll be there in a few.”
“Um, no,” she answered. “Not without everyone else.”
“Yeah, go, Echo.”  Luke wobbled as he stepped in my direction. Great, the bastard was blitzed.
I relaxed my stance. I hated him, but I wasn’t interested in pounding a guy who couldn’t handle me sober. Right as I was about to open my mouth, Manning picked up speed and he collided into me, causing my back to slam into the wall.
“No!” Echo yelled.
His fist came fast, ramming right in my jaw, and pain throbbed at my lip. A metallic taste entered my mouth and what had been fury before calmed into a slow, dangerous anger. Luke Manning was fucking dead.
Manning swung back and I took the opening, driving my fist into his stomach, and when he doubled over, I pushed him away.  He stumbled on his feet, reminding me how drunk the asshole was. Such a waste. Such a fucking waste.
I wiped the blood from my lip. “Come on, man. You don’t want to do this.”
“I warned you to stay away from her,” Luke yelled and he threw himself at me again.
But this time, I saw him coming and went for his stomach again. He groaned, his knees went weak and I shoved him to the ground.  “Stay down, Manning.”
He glared up at me, his cheeks hot with embarrassment and hatred. Not only was I taking his girl, I was tearing apart his pride. But this fight was over. I knew it, he knew it, and it was going to kill him to admit defeat.
Manning staggered up and my fists tightened at my side as I prepared for round three. He raced forward, my guard went up. Movement out of the corner of my eye stopped my heart. Echo. I reached out to grab her, but I was too late. Luke collided with Echo.
“Echo!” My world went into slow motion. Echo collapsed to the floor, resembling a broken rag doll.
“Jesus...Jesus, I hurt her.” Luke raked a hand through his hair and began to tremble. He inched toward her, lowering like he was going to touch her. That wasn’t going to fucking happen.
I grabbed his arm and yanked him back, my eyes burning into his. “Get away from her, asshole.”
She was too still, too pale. Her cheek lay against the floor and her knees were pulled into her chest. Fear pulsed through my body. Not her. I couldn’t lose her too. I brushed my fingers along her cheek then lifted her red curls away from her face. “Echo? Are you okay?”
She sucked in a deep breath and some of that fear began to lift away. I took her hand in mine and then took a deep intake of air myself when she squeezed my fingers. She trusted me. Even though all the shit I’d put her through, she trusted me.  
“I’ve got you,” I whispered. “I promise.”
“What’s going on out here?”
Echo moaned and my eyes snapped shut. Damn, not what we needed. Mrs. Collins raced into the hallway, her heels clicking with each step. “Echo? Echo!”
She crouched down beside her and placed her fingers on her forehead. Echo blinked her eyes repeatedly and I sat back on the floor in relief, but still kept hold of her hand.
“Are you okay?” Mrs. Collins asked Echo.
“Yes,” she whispered as if every cell in her body was in pain. Echo gingerly picked her head up off the floor. I immediately laid my hands on her back and helped her into a sitting position. She looked like she was going to fall over again.
“What happened?” Mrs. Collins scanned the hallway, narrowly missing how Manning’s piss ass friends bailed on him. Guys like that are worthless. Eventually her eyes fell to my mouth. “Noah, you’re bleeding.”
I wiped at the corner of my mouth and, sure enough, she was right. “Yes, ma’am.”
“You’re Luke, correct?”
“Yes.” Manning sat at Echo’s feet and looked dazed as hell. Fuck, I probably rang his bell a little too hard and his parents were going to sue me.
Mrs. Collins sighed heavily, shaking her head. “I’m not going to like this at all, am I?”
“Nope,” I answered.
“I tripped,” Echo said and I had to bite back a laugh. My little siren knew how to lie.
Mrs. Collins’ lips tightened into a thin line. “And Noah’s mouth?”
“Me too.”
She regarded Manning like he was an alien. “And the nice bruise forming on your jaw is from?”
Manning absently rubbed his jaw as he stared down at Echo. “I got into a fight earlier tonight.”
“But not here, right?”
“No, not here.”
Mrs. Collins closed her eyes and sighed again. A small amount of nervous adrenaline entered my system. She was either going to nail us and I’d be suspended or she’d set us free. Finally, she reopened them. “Luke, why don’t you return to the dance? I’d like to speak with Echo and Noah.”
Manning continued to stare at Echo like he didn’t hear a damn thing Mrs. Collins said. I opened my mouth to ask him what the hell was wrong with him, but then there was a click in my head. The ape wasn’t just looking at Echo, he was staring at her arms.
The bastard—he’d never seen the scars before and he was doing a shit job of hiding his reaction. As fast as I could, I grabbed the glove that had dropped down Echo’s arm and slipped it back up.
“Keep staring, Manning,” I mumbled. “And you and I will be having a talk.” And this time, I wouldn’t be offering to let him walk.
I wrapped my fingers around Echo’s arm, over her scars, and glared at the bastard. Echo was beautiful. It was the people who surrounded her that were ugly. 
“Echo,” Luke said. “I’ll be waiting.”
His eyes flicked back to Echo’s arms, the disgust swimming on his face. Barely keeping a straight line, the ape left the hallway and entered the gym.
Mrs. Collins sat on the floor beside Echo and kicked off her heels. “Guess I’ll need to dry clean this dress. I hoped to avoid it. I have a habit of forgetting my clothes there and they end up chucking them.” She pulled a tissue from the purse hanging on her wrist. “Here, Noah. No need to bleed all over the place.”
I’d never understand the head shrink. Guess she wasn’t going to nail me to the wall for fighting, like any other adult before her would have done. I settled against the wall, and drew Echo into me. She sat between my legs, her back resting against my chest.
I accepted Mrs. Collins’ tissue, but then forgot all about the blood pooling at the corner of my mouth when Echo laid her head on my shoulder. Damn, I had no idea holding a girl could feel so good…so right.
“So, Noah, Echo’s the coat girl.” Mrs. Collins asked.
I had to chuckle. “Yeah.”
“Echo, is your father aware of this relationship?”
“Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t know about it?”
“Yes.” Mrs. Collins’ mouth twitched in humor, then she sobered up. “I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t. So much for my intuitive powers. Anyhow, let’s get the two of you to the nurse’s office. She’s here tonight in case of sudden illness or accidents.”
“No,” Echo and I answered at the same time.
“I’m fine,” I said.
“Me, too,” Echo added. “Fine, I mean.”
“All right.” Mrs. Collins collected her shoes and lifted herself off the floor. “I expect the two of you to remain professional in your tutoring sessions. I’ve been extremely pleased with your attendance and progress reports from your teachers, Noah. I see a negative change and I’ll be in the middle before the two of you can say group therapy. Am I making myself clear?”
We both mumbled something, then watched as she walked into the darkened gym.
I didn’t know why I came here tonight, what I was expecting, but ending up in a fight then holding Echo on a dirty floor—that wasn’t it. I lowered my head and inhaled her unique scent. No, it was the last thing I could have imagined, but it was exactly where I wanted to be. “Truth, Echo. Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.” Echo shifted closer to me, placing the soft and warm skin of her neck just a centimeter from my lips. I slightly moved my head, skimming her neck, fantasizing about opening my mouth and placing a real kiss there. A kiss that could cause both of us to fall over this edge we had been dangling on for weeks.  
“Noah?” Echo’s voice was just the right amount of innocent and sexy and my arms tightened around her waist in response.
“Yes?”
“I need to talk to Luke.”
A bucket of frigid water might as well have been poured over my head. I stood, taking Echo up with me. “One-time offer, Echo. You and me, but you’ve gotta dump the ape. I’ll wait outside. You’ve got twenty minutes.”
And I hoped she made the right decision and it involved her leaving the dance with me.

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TAKE ME ON and BREAKING THE RULES

November 4, 2014 at 9:51 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I have exciting news! TAKE ME ON is a Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014! This is the third year in a row that one of my books has been nominated in this category.
 
Now, I need your help. Please click here and help TAKE ME ON make it to the next round! West, Haley, and myself thank you!
 
Can you believe that it is a little over a month until BREAKING THE RULES will be released? Would you like to help promote Echo and Noah's upcoming release? If so, there are several different ways.
 
One is to sign up for the BREAKING THE RULES blog tour with Kismet Book Touring. You can sign up here.
 
Now, the following is a way that everyone can help! Inkslinger will be running a release day launch and everyone who signs up will be a part of the fun! If you would like to help spread the word and celebrate the release of Echo and Noah's continuing full length novel, BREAKING THE RULES, you can sign up here.
 
 
 
Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

(These were the prices as of November 3, 2014 and are subject to change.)

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Free Bookmark and Ribbons

October 28, 2014 at 6:45 AMKatie McGarry
Guess what will be released in a few weeks on December 8, 2014?
 
That's right! BREAKING THE RULES! Who is excited for Echo and Noah's continuing story?

To celebrate I am giving away BREAKING THE RULES bookmarks, TAKE ME ON ribbon bookmarks and you get to choose between two PUSHING THE LIMITS ribbon bookmarks. These bookmarks are for free. Yes, this includes my US and international readers!
 
The TAKE ME ON ribbon reads: "You're worth fighting for." ~ West, Take Me On.
 
 
 
You can choose between the follow PUSHING THE LIMITS ribbon bookmarks:
 
"It means you're mine." ~ Noah, Pushing the Limits 
 
 
 
or
 
"I love you enough to never make you choose." ~ Echo, Pushing the Limits
 
 
 
To receive your ribbon and bookmark, please e-mail contests@katielmcgarry.com and include your first choice for the PUSHING THE LIMITS ribbon bookmark and the address where you would like it sent.
 
Ribbons and bookmarks will be sent on a first come/first serve basis while supplies last. If your first choice is gone before the other, then you will be sent the second choice.
 
Also, there is more exciting news! We reached our 10% goal of pre-orders for Breaking the Rules! This means I will soon be releasing the rewritten scene from Noah's point of view from Pushing the Limits. Stay tuned for that and a new exciting pre-order giveaway.
 
And...if this wasn't exciting enough: Happy Book Birthday to the paperback version of Crash Into You! I love Isaiah and Rachel!
 
 
 

 

 

Amazon: $4.49

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $4.74

(These were the prices as of October 28, 2014 and are subject to change)

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2014 Scavenger Hunt

October 24, 2014 at 5:13 PMKatie McGarry
YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt

 I haven't had a chance to read Even in Paradise yet but it sounds interesting. Can you give us a one to two sentence description of your book?

Even in Paradise was inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and so many other wonderful novels. It’s a story about a gifted artist who falls in love with a girl, a boy, and an entire mesmerizing and powerful family with a tragic secret.  

 

Who is your favorite character in Even in Paradise and why?

I could not pick one favorite character, but I can tell you why I love one of them. Would that work?

Boom was so much fun to write because his character was very much a surprise and one who grew more complicated and compelling with every draft I wrote.

 

 Which character would try to steal a scene?

Julia! Or maybe Bradley? Or perhaps Cordelia or Sebastian or Boom? All of the Buchanans relish the spotlight.

 

What is your favorite scene in Even in Paradise?

The first party that Charlotte, my protagonist, attends at the Buchanans’ house was so much fun to write. There’s glittering lights, clinking glasses, romance, a breeze coming off the ocean, and plenty of antics.

 

Giveaway:

The winner of a signed copy of Even in Paradise will be chosen randomly from the group of individuals who submit a “penny wish” (http://eveninparadisenovel.tumblr.com/submit) to the Even in Paradise Tumblr (http://eveninparadisenovel.tumblr.com/) during the month of October.

Here is the next stop for the scavenger hunt: http://laurenmorrill.com/blog/

Book Summary:

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

 

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

 

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.

 

Author Bio:

I’m a bibliophile and a library devotee.

 

I write about books, culture, travel, and the arts for the Boston Globe and teach writing at Boston University. Before moving to New England, I was a book reviews editor at School Library Journal in New York City.

 

 

HarperCollins will publish my first young adult novel, Even in Paradise, in fall 2014.

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Noah and Pushing the Limits

October 20, 2014 at 9:57 PMKatie McGarry

When I reach 10% of my pre-order goal for Breaking the Rules I will release one of the following rewritten scenes from Pushing the Limits. Vote in the comments below of which one would you like me to write:

1. The scene where Noah and Echo first kiss in the basement retold in Noah's point of view.
2. The scene where Noah shows up at the dance and gets in a fight with Luke retold in Noah's point of view.
3. The scene when Echo and Noah are reunited in the hospital, right when Echo is about to be released retold in Noah's point of view.

Remember, I will release the scene when I hit my goal so go show Echo and Noah some love and pre-order today. Also, when I hit my goal, I'm giving away an Aires necklace and a set of my books.

 

 

After we reach this goal, I will do more giveaways.
 
How can you enter? Fill out the Rafflecopter below.
When will the winners be drawn?
When I reach the 10% goal for Breaking the Rules.
Do I need to purchase/pre-order Breaking the Rules to enter?
No, there is no purchase necessary to enter, but the faster my presales go up, the faster I will draw for winners and the faster I will introduce more fun giveaways!
Is this open internationally? Yes!
Will I have to reenter when you have a new giveaway? Yes, but you'll be excited about the new fantastic giveaways.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Amazon: $4.39

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $4.74

(These were the prices as of October 21, 2014 and are subject to change)

 

 

 

 

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My Advice on Handling Reviews

October 20, 2014 at 7:57 AMKatie McGarry

 

So…I normally don’t get involved with things that I see online. I’ll read about it, educate myself, but a lot of times keep my opinion to myself because well…I’ve got a ton of other stuff I need to be doing: writing books, managing my business (because that’s what being an author is, running a small business) raising three very active children and doing my best to be a wife, family member, and friend.

But this weekend, I read about an author who got upset because someone gave her a negative review. I’ll be honest, I don’t claim to understand all of the facts of this case, but in the end the situation spiraled to the point that the author stalked this reviewer.

Stalked.

Went to her home, knocked on the door, stalked.

This is not okay.

This is not even close to okay.

This is highly disturbing.

In case anyone is wondering, it’s not okay for you to come to my house unless you are invited. I have children. I have children who I won’t name in public because I’m very protective of their privacy. I have children who I won’t show pictures of because I’m protective of their privacy. I have children whose school teachers and friends don’t even know that I’m a published author because I want my children to always have their privacy.

Privacy.

I love my readers. Love you. I love you so much that if you came into town and wanted to have coffee, I’d meet up with you. In fact, I’m doing it with a group of people who are coming down this Friday. Send me an e-mail, we’ll set up a date…

But I’m meeting them at a coffee shop away from my home because it’s okay for me, as a writer, as a human being, to have privacy.

Just like it is okay for reviewers to have privacy.

Now here is my advice to authors and soon-to-be-published authors (and I’m giving a shout out to my peeps here who are writing and dream of being a published author—I have faith in you, you can make your dreams come true!):

Warning—I’m going to cuss so if you don’t like cussing, stop reading.

Stay the fuck away from reviews. They are not for you.

Yes, the book is our baby. We love it. We care for it. It often feels like the words on the page have been written in our blood, but the moment you publish the book—it is no longer your book anymore. It belongs to the person who is reading it. They are free to have their opinion. They are free to like it or not like it. They are free to never read it and use it to stuff bras. They are free to tear out the pages and make anonymous notes out of it.

They are free to write a review. They are free to write a positive review and they are free to write a negative review.

Here is something you have to learn to deal with: not everyone will like your book.

*gasp*

Now that you are past that initial shock, I’ll say it again. Not everyone will like your book.

I love cheese. Love it. I could drench nearly everything I eat in cheese and be a very happy person. My husband hates cheese. Hates it. As in, he’ll have a gag reflex with it. Even though he has this very bad poor taste in food choices, I still love him. I love him enough that I married him and we’ve been together for over eighteen years. I love him so much that we have three children together. I love him so much that I write love stories to tell the world how much I believe in love.

But he hates cheese. Mind boggling I know, but it’s okay for him to like different things from me.

People are going to have different tastes in books. (Thank you to Beth Revis for writing a blog post at the beginning of my career that helped teach me this.)

My advice for whatever it is worth: don’t seek out reviews.

You can try to tell me that you are seeking out reviews because you need to see how your career is going. Maybe you really are doing it for this reason so I’m going to let you in on a secret—reviews are not going to make or break your career.

There are so many things that go into making or breaking your career and a few bad or great reviews isn’t going to be the magic fairy dust that makes you a best seller or causes you to never sell a book again. Go to Amazon, go to Goodreads. Check out reviews for some of your favorite books. I guarantee there will be one and/or two star reviews there.

You think every best seller has a perfect five star rating? You would be mistaken.

Let’s go ahead and get this out: don’t live your life wondering if people like you or your writing. That’s when you start living your life by committee and that’s when you become bland and boring. This is not just for writers. This is a life lesson.

God made you special. He made you and then broke the mold. Be different. Be daring. Ignore the haters, embrace the people who love you, and realize you are never going to make everyone happy. It’s impossible to make everyone happy and you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to do this.

Here’s the truth—I don’t know everything. I don’t claim to. But I have been in this business for a few years and I have published a couple of books.

Some authors don’t read any of their reviews. That’s cool and I totally respect them for that.

Do I read reviews? I don’t seek them out, but I do read the ones people send me or tweet at me and I’ll thank them for reading the book. Even if it’s a crappy review. Why? Hey, out of the millions of books out there—they freaking read my book. My book. They could have chosen anything else and they chose mine. That’s a win in my opinion. Learn how to take the win. Life’s too damn short to be worrying all the damn time.

Some people are going to like you. Some aren’t. Some people are going to like your books. Some aren’t. Somebody is going to say something great about you: take the win. Somebody is going to say something awful about you: ignore it.

Above all, do not engage.

Did you hear me? Do not engage.

Have you ever thought that the reason they send you a bad message is because they are looking for you to give them attention? You want to piss them off? Ignore them. Do not engage. Besides making you a crazy person and making you bitter and angry all the time, what benefit do you get from engaging with people who don’t like you or your books?

Do you think you are going to plead your case and then they will change their minds?

Yeah, no, I’d say odds are that’s not going to happen.

Now let me throw in a public service announcement: Are you feeling threatened by someone online? Then you contact the freaking police. Involve your publisher and/or law enforcement. You don’t take care of this yourself and you sure as hell don’t stalk this person and go to their house.

Are you feeling mentally depleted by someone online? Are you feeling bullied by them? Block them, contact the social media site and inform them, and then you talk to someone. A friend, a family member, a counselor.

Do not allow someone else to have power over you.

Here’s the thing: publishing is a tough business.

I’ll say it again, publishing is a tough business. I have possibly cried more since publishing a book than during some of the roughest parts of my life (and for those of you who have read my books, you can imagine how rough some of those times were). Writing and publishing a book is like ripping out your heart and asking people to take care of it.

So why do I do it?

Because this is what God put me on this planet to do. It is who I am wired to be. And while there are people who don’t like my books, there are people who do like them.

Why do I continue to write if it is a tough business?

Because more than once I have held in my arms a crying teenager who told me that my books spoke to them. That they are teens who are facing very real adult problems and that they had no hope and they felt very, very alone. They told me my books gave them hope and that they no longer felt alone.

Books are powerful. Books—they are knowledge, they are hope. When you find yourself in that dark place as a writer remember the following—there will be someone out there who will read your book and like it. Your book—it can change someone’s life. Focus on that. Take the win. Never let anyone else define who you are as a writer, a human being, and a child of the universe.

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Breaking the Rules Pre-release Celebration

October 10, 2014 at 2:07 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone,

Today I am starting what I hope will be several giveaways over the next few weeks. On December 8, 2014, Breaking the Rules (Echo & Noah #2) will be released as an e-book exclusive. Breaking the Rules is a full length novel!

Now, I'm looking for your help to help make Echo and Noah a huge success! There are different milestones I hope to reach before the release on December 8th and you can help!

I have a certain pre-order target for Breaking the Rules I would love to hit before the book releases. I'm going to break down this goal into percentages and each time we hit a certain goal, I will do a giveaway!

First goal: 10% of my target

When we hit ten percent (10%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules, I will giveaway the following rewards (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):

1. A necklace of the constellation Aires

  2. Signed paperbacks of Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, and Crash Into You plus a signed hardback of Take Me On

 

3. I will rewrite a fan favorite Pushing the Limits scene from the opposite character's point of view.

 

After we reach this goal, I will do more giveaways.

How can you enter? Fill out the Rafflecopter below.
When will the winners be drawn?
When I reach the 10% goal for Breaking the Rules.
Do I need to purchase/pre-order Breaking the Rules to enter?
No, there is no purchase necessary to enter, but the faster my presales go up, the faster I will draw for winners and the faster I will introduce more fun giveaways!
Is this open internationally? Yes!
Will I have to reenter when you have a new giveaway? Yes, but you'll be excited about the new fantastic giveaways.

Amazon: $4.39

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.39

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $4.74

(These were the prices as of October 14, 2014 and can change)

BREAKING THE RULES is amazing, heartbreaking, sexy and sweet--Katie McGarry as usual blew me away. ~ Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling author of the ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series.

 

 Remember, I will only be drawing for the giveaway and releasing the rewritten Pushing the Limits scene once I reach my first pre-order goal for Breaking the Rules! Show Echo and Noah some love and pre-order your copy today!

 

 

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

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Echoes of Scotland Street

October 4, 2014 at 12:50 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I've been given the fantastic opportunity to give away not one, but two copies of New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young's new novel, Echoes of Scotland Street!  Here is a description:

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.
 
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.
 
As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…

Now, this is an adult novel and, because of that, in order to enter the giveaway, you must be eighteen years old or older. This is an international giveaway.
 

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