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Giveaway and Will I Write More PTL Books

August 17, 2017 at 12:19 PMKatie McGarry

 

Hi everyone, There is a Goodreads Giveaway for advance reviewer copies of Say You'll Remember Me! To enter click here.

 

For the 5th Anniversary of the Pushing the Limits series, I invited readers to ask me questions. I've been slowly responding to them since. :-)  Today I tacked the question: will you continue Beth & Ryan's story or any other books in the Pushing the Limits series. You can see my answer by clicking here

 

 

 

 

Say You'll Remember Me (release date January 31, 2018)

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn't commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. 

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means. 

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life. 

But sometimes love can breach all barriers. 

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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Pushing the Limits 5th Birthday

July 24, 2017 at 6:50 AMKatie McGarry

Happy 5th Birthday Pushing the Limits!

Five years ago, on July 31st, my very first novel, Pushing the Limits was published! To celebrate, I'm giving away the print editions of the Pushing the Limits series, the Thunder Road series and an advanced reviewer copy of my newest novel that will be released in January, Say You'll Remember Me. Scroll down to enter. Open internationally.  


Pushing the Limits:

So wrong for each other…AND YET SO RIGHT. 

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. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.  

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. 

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Say You'll Remember Me: 

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn't commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. 

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means. 

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life. 

But sometimes love can breach all barriers. 

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

 

 

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Why I Write Strong Female Characters

March 8, 2017 at 9:11 AMKatie McGarry

I was excited when I started my first full time job out of college. After spending years being paid minimum wage, which was then around $4.25 an hour, I was thrilled to have my first salaried position. I had health insurance, dental, five days paid vacation and I liked what I did.

This, in my eyes, was a win. Until…

Until one day when at the fax machine and handling an intense negotiation for a client, two male colleagues who were in management walked up and decided to include me in their conversation.

“Katie, why do women get upset about marriage vows?”

I was newly engaged at the time. Me: “I don’t understand what you mean.”

Management Guy: “Some women get upset because the marriage vow clearly states to obey your husband. When you get married, aren’t you going to do exactly what your husband tells you to do?”

I snort laughed because I thought he was joking. The snide way he said obey made me think he was about to whistle and call me over like a dog.  He wasn’t using the word in the love and honor and cherish way. He meant it in every negative way possible.

It only took me about a second to realize that they were very serious. I sobered up and announced that I wasn’t a dog to obey. The management guy became very angry and explained that “obeying” was a woman’s job and that women should only work until they are married.

I was young, and I remember being red-faced with tears in my eyes, and how my stomach bottomed out to the point I felt sick. This was a person in a position of authority over me, and I felt helpless and powerless.

A year later, I felt sick again when a male younger than me, with less experience than me, was hired for a position beneath my own and was paid more than me. I was then sickened again when within a few months, he was promoted over me. Once again, with less experience and less business knowledge than me.

I was sick to death of men having conversations with my breasts instead of my brains. I was sick to death of men speaking to my fiancé as to what my future plans were instead of talking to me (though they were shocked when my fiancé told them I could speak for myself). I was sick to death of doing more work for less pay and men taking the credit for what I did. Within a year of working there, I was mentally and physically exhausted and my soul was dying.

Honestly, I’ve thought about this experience and thousands of others I’ve had over the years because I’m watching as my daughter is growing into a woman and while some things have changed, there are many things that haven’t.

For my daughter, I write. I wrote the Pushing the Limits series. I wrote the Thunder Road series. I write stories where girls are free to ask questions about themselves and their bodies. I write stories that show girls can save themselves. I write stories where boys treat girls with respect. Specifically, for my daughter, I wrote Long Way Home. I wrote about a girl raised in a male dominated world and how she, through standing strong and owning her voice, becomes one of the most powerful people in the book.

I did this because I do believe society can change. I do believe that women should receive equal pay for equal work. I do believe that women should be given the same opportunities as men. I do believe that there are many men who feel the same way I do, and I know this is true because I’m married to one of these men.

Last night, I wrote this in my work in progress:  “If someone doesn’t start speaking up, even in the smallest of ways, life will never change.”

I’m speaking up. Twenty years ago, I wasn’t brave enough to truly stand up for myself to management. Now, I’m a writer and I’m doing my best to write strong female characters who do stand up for themselves. If you are a man—stand up for us. If you are a woman—stand up for yourself and for all of us. I believe in you. You are strong and you can take on the world. 

 

 

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3 Free Bonus Scenes

February 5, 2017 at 1:41 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone! The three free bonus scenes have been emailed!

If you purchased Long Way Home and you did not receive your bonus scenes, please do the following:

*Email me at admin@katielmcgarry.com

*Please include in the email your proof of Long Way Home purchase. This would be your receipt/order confirmation number.

Thank you so much to all my readers who have supported Long Way Home and me over the years. I can't tell you how much this support has meant to me! I hope you enjoy Long Way Home and the bonus scenes that include Isaiah and Rachel, Eli and Meg, and Beth and her Uncle Scott!

If you would like to purchase Long Way Home, here are the links, and you are more than welcomed to send me the proof of purchase to receive the 3 bonus scenes.

Amazon | Anderson's Bookshop | B&N | BAM | GooglePlay | iBooks | kobo

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Long Way Home Giveaway and Book Birthday

January 31, 2017 at 11:25 AMKatie McGarry

Happy Book Birthday Long Way Home!!!

The wait is finally over and so many readers are falling in love with Chevy and Violet! RT Magazine has called Long Way Home "a wild, wonderful read!"

To celebrate, I'm giving away signed copies of the Thunder Road series (Long Way Home, Walk the Edge, Nowhere But Here) and the Pushing the Limits series (Pushing the Limits, Breaking the Rules, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On) plus posters of Long Way Home, Walk the Edge and Nowhere But Here. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below!

Open internationally. Must be 14 years of age or older to enter. If you are under the age of 18, you must have parents' permission to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

Long Way Home Description:

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving 

It's the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it's up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she's known and loved her whole life. 

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she's forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror and what she thinks she wants. Which means reevaluating everything: love, family, friends…and forgiveness. 

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she's strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

Purchase Long Way Home today:

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FREE Long Way Home Swag

December 28, 2016 at 2:26 PMKatie McGarry

Hi Everyone!

FREE! Long Way Home ribbons, post cards and bookmarks! While supplies last and open internationally. Choose between two ribbons:

"Loving him was easy. It's life that's hard." ~ Violet

"I've got you, Violet." ~ Chevy

Hurry! Once supplies are gone this offer ends! To receive these ribbons, click here.

 

 

Preorder Long Way Home and receive 3 FREE bonus scenes from beloved Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road characters. 

*Rachel and Isaiah from Crash Into You in the Future

*Find out how Meg and Eli from Nowhere But Here First Met

*Be in Beth's Uncle Scott's Point of View from Dare You To

To receive your bonus scenes, preorder Long Way Home from any retailer/etailer then fill out the following form:

US/Canada: Click Here

International: Click Here

Would you like a signed copy of Long Way Home? Preorder Long Way Home from Anderson's Bookshop and you will receive an autographed copy of the book upon release. PLUS the first 50 people who preorder Long Way Home will receive a Long Way Home poster! Go here to preorder your copy from Anderson's: Click Here

Want to read a preview of Long Way Home? Click Here

Preorder your copy of Long Way Home now at the following retailers/etailers:

Amazon  Anderson's Bookshop  B&N  BAM  GooglePlay  iBooks  Kobo

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Teaser Tuesday

December 21, 2016 at 12:29 AMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
Teaser Tuesday!
 
The following is a tidbit from one of the bonus scenes you'll receive if you register your preorder of Long Way Home! 
 
 
Isaiah
The smoke alarm goes off, and I curse under my breath. I turn away from the pancakes cooking on the electric griddle on the island, and my eyes burn from the smoke rising from the beginning grease fire. I snatch the handle of the pan, and another curse word Rachel has begged me not to say in the house falls from my mouth as I burn the hell out of my hand. I drop the pan, grab a towel, and push the same pan full of bacon off the burner.  A few slaps of the towel on the stove top and the fire is extinguished.
A squeal from upstairs causes me to lower my head. Rachel is going to kill me.
“Fire!” my five-year-old daughter yells. “We have to run! Stop! Drop! And Roll!”
Getting Ariel to stay still long enough to get her hair brushed on a normal day is like herding stray cats who have rabies. The fire alarm going off is only going to make life for my beautiful wife more complicated.
I head over to the fire alarm, reach up and push the button. The ear-piercing beeping ends and in its place are Ariel’s complaints that having her hair brushed is killing her. No kidding here—she makes moaning noises and declares she’s about to die. The edges of my mouth tilt up as Rachel says, “You’ll live.”

    Patient. Rachel is always patient. Not a day goes by I don’t count my blessings that she and Ariel are in my life.

 
 For more details of how to register your pre-order of Long Way Home to receive the bonus scenes, go here.

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Pushing the Limits Box Set Sale $4.99

December 15, 2016 at 8:45 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Sale!

Nook Christmas Bundle Promo! Pushing the Limits Volume 1 (Pushing the Limits, Crossing the Line, Dare You To, and Crash Into You) is on sale for $4.99! This bundle is also on sale over at Amazon Kindle for $4.99!

This is a FANTASTIC deal!

For B&N go here.

For Amazon go here.

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Long Way Home Advance Reviewer Copy Giveaway

December 13, 2016 at 8:40 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

LONG WAY HOME will be released on January 31, 2017! To celebrate the impending release, I'm giving away an Advanced Reviewer Copy of LONG WAY HOME, a LONG WAY HOME poster plus signed copies of Pushing the Limits, Breaking the Rules, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On, Nowhere But Here and Walk the Edge!  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open Internationally.

 

Preorder LONG WAY HOME and receive 3 bonus scenes for FREE!
*Rachel and Isaiah from Crash Into You in the Future
*Find out how Eli and Meg from Nowhere But Here First Met
*Be in Beth's Uncle Scott's Mind from Dare You To

To receive your bonus scenes, preorder Long Way Home from any retailer/etailer then fill out the following form:

US/Canada: https://wyng.com/campaign/820152

International: Go Here

Want to read a preview of LONG WAY HOME for FREE? Go click here

Would you like a signed copy of LONG WAY HOME?  Pre-order LONG WAY HOME from Anderson's Bookshop and you will receive an autographed copy of the book upon release. PLUS--the first 50 people who pre-order LONG WAY HOME will receive a LONG WAY HOME poster! Go here to pre-order your copy from Anderson's: Go Here

Pre-order your copy now at the following retailers:

Amazon  Anderson's Bookshop  B&N  BAM  GooglePlay  iBooks  Kobo

 

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Preorder LONG WAY HOME and receive 3 bonus scenes for FREE

December 6, 2016 at 7:00 AMKatie McGarry
 
Hi Everyone!
 
Exciting news! If you pre-order LONG WAY HOME you will receive 3 bonus scenes for FREE! 

*Rachel and Isaiah from Crash Into You in the Future
*Find out how Eli and Meg from Nowhere But Here First Met
*Be in Beth's Uncle Scott's Mind from Dare You To
 
To receive your bonus scenes, preorder Long Way Home from any retailer/etailer then fill out this form.
 
If you want to read the first portion of Long Way Home for free go here.
 
If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Long Way Home go here. (the first 50 people to order will receive a Long Way Home poster!)
 
 
***International Readers--I am currently working to find out how I can get you these bonus stories for free with your pre-order. Please stay tuned!!!

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving
 
It's the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it's up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club including Chevy, the boy she's known and loved her whole life.
 
But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she's forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror and what she thinks she wants. Which means reevaluating everything: love, family, friends and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted and if she's strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
 

  Preorder your copy now at any of the following retailers:

 Amazon | Anderson's Bookshops | B&N | BAM | GooglePlay | iTunes | kobo

 
 

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