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Read A Romance Month

August 25, 2014 at 5:08 PMKatie McGarry

August is Read a Romance month and I am so honored to be linked to this amazing month of blog posts thanks to Lori Foster! You can read Lori's post for Read a Romance Month here. Thank you, Lori! Make sure to check out the giveaway below!

I’m often asked why I write young adult fiction and sometimes the follow up question is “Why do you write romance?”

I’ll explain that I am a love story type of girl and that the first book that hooked me on reading was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. While I loved the entire story, I always wished that Pony Boy and Cherry would have ended up together.

That’s me—I’m a sucker for the kiss at the end.

But if you want me to be truly honest—I write romance for a very personal reason.

When I was a teen, I faced some very tough circumstances. Some things are hardships that most of us have to endure as a rite of passage into adulthood. Other things, no one should have to face.

Books for me turned into a refuge, a place in the storm. I scoured through them, desperate to find some sort of shred of myself in these characters and I was almost manic in the desire to see that these characters survived—that there was hope.

I write love stories because I do crave the hope that is synonymous with romance, but I’m also writing the books that teen me needed.

I write books that show…

The guys worth falling in love with will open doors for you. They will respect you. They will call when they say and they will walk up to the front door because that’s what you asked them to do.

They will back off if you give the slightest indication that you aren’t ready for a kiss or ready to go further because they understand that it’s your body and not theirs.

Guys worth falling for are kind, especially in the small moments that matter. They pet the puppy even when they are allergic to dogs because it makes you smile. They miss their favorite team play a game because you need a shoulder to cry on. They are loyal and strong and have integrity.

No guy is perfect. Read any of my male characters and you’ll agree that they are flawed, but when they love, they love with their whole hearts. Do I write fiction? Yes. Do I believe that there are men as described above in the real world? Yes. I know this because I married one.

I write teen romance because it’s never too early for my own daughter to set the bar high of who she will be dating over the next couple of years and for when she decides to get serious and date someone for marriage. I want her to date and someday marry a man like her father. Someone who is loyal and strong, has integrity, and loves with his whole heart.

Questions:

1 - Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

When I was a teen, I went down to a lake in central Kentucky. We drove the boat to the place my friends called “The Big Rock.” We anchored, swam over, climbed the rocks, and then jumped. It absolutely terrified me, but it was also extremely exciting!  I used this experience for inspiration for a scene in my upcoming novel, Breaking the Rules (December 8, 2014).

2 - Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been telling stories in my head. I finally gained the courage to write my first one about six years ago. My first story was absolutely awful, but I loved writing so much that I tried again. I kept writing and learning the craft of writing. Eventually, I wrote Pushing the Limits, which is the first novel of mine that was published.

 
3 - Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

As I mentioned in the blog post above, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders changed my life. It was the first book I stayed up all night to read and it hooked me into reading.

 

Love a good YA romance? Here are some recommendations:

Simone Elkeles—I absolutely love the Perfect Chemistry series

Sabrina Elkins—Stir Me Up is a fantastic novel

Jennifer Armentrout—The White Hot Kiss series is just that—white hot!

                   

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Bio:

Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, and BREAKING THE RULES and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT.

 

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Book Signing

August 19, 2014 at 6:35 AMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
Fantastic news! The audio rights for TAKE ME ON have been sold! Woo hoo! I can't wait to listen to West and Haley's story! Keep checking my website and other social media accounts for updates on the release date. No confirmation yet, but I'm hoping it will be this fall.

And in the other news, I'll be signing and on a book panel in Versailles, KY on Saturday, September 6th at 2:00 pm at the Main Library.  Here is the address: 115 N Main St. Versailles, KY. I hope to see you there!

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Breaking the Rules ebook

August 10, 2014 at 8:32 PMKatie McGarry

I’m so excited to share that the ebook preorder link for my new full length Echo and Noah novel, BREAKING THE RULES, is now live on e-tailers!

Amazon: $3.82

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.39

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $3.82

(These were the prices as of August 12, 2014 and can change.)

You might recall that this is the sequel to PUSHING THE LIMITS, and tells the story of Echo and Noah’s summer-after-graduation road trip. And I have good news: due to popular demand, my publisher has moved up the release date to December 8th, 2014. That means you’ll get more Echo and Noah three weeks sooner than anticipated! I hope this news makes you as happy as it made me. And did you notice the great low price?

Print readers, you might have noticed that the paperback preorder link for BREAKING THE RULES is no longer available. That’s because my publisher has decided to make BREAKING THE RULES an ebook exclusive for the time being—but please keep checking my website for updates about when the paperback will be available.

If you’ve already preordered the paperback, I have something special just for you! Please click here for details.

I’m so grateful to my fans for your ongoing support of the Pushing the Limits series. It’s because of you that Echo and Noah got to embark on their summer adventure. I hope you’ll laugh and cry while reading BREAKING THE RULES as much as I did while writing it.

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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!
 

Purchase your copy of TAKE ME ON at the following retailers:
Amazon|Barnes&Nobles|BAM|BookDepository|GooglePlay|Harlequin|iBooks|Kobo

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:
Amazon|Barnes&Nobles|BAM|BookDepository|GooglePlay|Harlequin|iBooks|Kobo

 

 

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