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February 23, 2015 at 7:54 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone,
 
My next two weekends are packed with all sorts of fun book events! This weekend, Saturday, February 28th, I'll be at Apollycon in Philadelphia, PA.
 
Then on Saturday, March 7th, I'll be at the Austin Book Fest.
 
Giveaway! I'm giving away an advanced reviewer copy and over 13 Harelquin Teen authors have joined with me to giveaway over 20 Harlequin Teen books.
 
This giveaway includes books from:
 
Katie McGarry--an ARC of Nowhere But Here
Adi Alsaid--an ARC of Never Always Sometimes and a copy of Lets Get Lost
Karen Hopkins--copies of Temptation, Belonging, and Forever
Kady Cross--A complete set of The Steampunk Chronicles (books only, not digital shorts)
Clara Kensie--Run to You book one which was released in three installments (Run to You--First Sight, Run to You--Second Glance, Run to You--Third Charm) *digital copy
Michelle Madow--The Secret Diamond Sisters and swag
Dawn Metcalf-- Indelible and Invisible
Cara Lynn Shultz--Spellbound , Spellcaster, The Dark World
Robin Talley--The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Rinda Elliott--Sisters of Fate Trilogy-Foretold, Forecast & Foresworn *digital copy
Liz Fichera--Played
Sabrina Elkins--Stir Me Up *digital copy
Tracey Martin--Another Little Piece of My Heart *digital copy
Amalie Howard--Waterfell and Oceanborn
 
I'm also giving away to a separate winner a copy of Pushing the Limits.
 
 
 
 
* This giveaway is international. Several of the books being given away are digital copies. In order for the winner to receive the digital copies of the books, they must have the ability to receive e-books via Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble from their e-mail accounts. If the winner does not have this ability, they will receive the print books offered above, but another winner will be chosen for the digital books. 

Katie McGarry or the authors sending their books are not responsible for any lost or damaged books that may occur during shipping.  You must be fourteen years old or older to enter. If you are under eighteen, you must have parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is international. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have one week to reply to winner e-mail before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is not in any way sponsored by Facebook, Rafflecopter, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest or Tumblr. 


 
 

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Harlequin Teen Big Book Giveaway

February 13, 2015 at 11:21 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
We have a treat for you! I've gotten together with some of my fellow fabulous Harlequin Teen authors to create a new Big Book Giveaway! This giveaway includes books from:
 
Katie McGarry--an ARC of Nowhere But Here
Adi Alsaid--an ARC of Never Always Sometimes and a copy of Lets Get Lost
Karen Hopkins--copies of Temptation, Belonging, and Forever
Kady Cross--A complete set of The Steampunk Chronicles (books only, not digital shorts)
Clara Kensie--Run to You book one which was released in three installments (Run to You--First Sight, Run to You--Second Glance, Run to You--Third Charm) *digital copy
Michelle Madow--The Secret Diamond Sisters and swag
Dawn Metcalf-- Indelible and Invisible
Cara Lynn Shultz--Spellbound , Spellcaster, The Dark World
Robin Talley--The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Rinda Elliott--Sisters of Fate Trilogy-Foretold, Forecast & Foresworn *digital copy
Liz Fichera--Played
Sabrina Elkins--Stir Me Up *digital copy
Tracey Martin--Another Little Piece of My Heart *digital copy
Amalie Howard--Waterfell and Oceanborn
 
If you count that up, that's 13 Harlequin Teen authors and over 20 books! I'm also giving away to a separate winner a copy of Pushing the Limits.
 
 
 
* This giveaway is international. Several of the books being given away are digital copies. In order for the winner to receive the digital copies of the books, they must have the ability to receive e-books via Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble from their e-mail accounts. If the winner does not have this ability, they will receive the print books offered above, but another winner will be chosen for the digital books. 

Katie McGarry or the authors sending their books are not responsible for any lost or damaged books that may occur during shipping.  You must be fourteen years old or older to enter. If you are under eighteen, you must have parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is international. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have one week to reply to winner e-mail before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is not in any way sponsored by Facebook, Rafflecopter, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest or Tumblr. 

 
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Abby's Chapter

February 10, 2015 at 7:06 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Today's the day! Today's the day! Today's the day I release Abby's chapter in thanks for the pre-orders of Breaking the Rules. Now I know after you read this I'm going to have people ask: are you going to write Abby's story? For now, this is all I can say--stay tuned.
 
Just a few housekeeping items:
 
I'm participating in Goodreads Romance Week. Have a question for me? Find out how you can ask it here.
 
Librarians, Booksellers, and Bloggers: Would you like a Nowhere But Here packet that will include fun swag? If so, click here and please fill out this form.  To my readers: I'll have fun swag for you soon! Stay tuned!
 
Do you have a favorite quote from Breaking the Rules? If so, let me know in the comments below. I'll be making ribbon bookmarks soon. 
 
Here is Abby's Chapter:
 
 
Abby
“I’m going to kiss him tonight.” From the back of the club, I point at the hot guy playing electric guitar on stage. He has gorgeous brown hair that’s a little longer than most guys wear it and a body made for sin.
Sitting beside me, my best friend Rachel squints through the haze of dry ice and dancing beams of light, and when she spots my prey, her mouth pops open. Rachel’s the anti me with her blond hair and blue eyes and this is her first time at a club. I’m dark hair and dark eyes and continuously walk the line of selling my soul.
It’s Sunday and we’re at one of those teen nights for the local bar. This for her is wild. This for me is tame. But kissing the guy who obviously can play a guitar in a way that causes me to blush can make this evening worthwhile.
“It’s either that or kissing Logan,” I say over the pounding beat of the drums and she laughs. She thinks I’m kidding, but I’m not. Talk about another guy built for sin, but I’ve been warned off of him by several friends of ours that I respect. Logan’s my type of crazy, but he’s also the type I can easily mess up in the wrong ways.
I’m not interested in jacking up anyone’s life other than my own. At least not the lives of the people I care about. Anyone else is fair game.
Rachel brushes away the strands of her hair sticking to her face. We’ve danced tonight, her and I. Not much, but enough that it’s worn Rachel out. An accident a few months back killed her stamina, and for a time her ability to walk, but she’s on her feet again and loved the idea of dancing and I love her enough to make her happy.
Next week, Rachel, Logan and I will start our senior year of high school and thanks to a custody battle that left Logan having to choose between two people who actually care enough to pay for lawyers to fight over him, he’s now attending school with Rachel and me. We only have a week left until life returns to completely complicated and chaotic.  
Another glance at my cell and I scan the crowded room. Isaiah, Logan, and Rachel’s older brother, West, left a few minutes ago to bring Isaiah’s car around and they’re taking too long. I was banking on the four of them leaving by eleven-thirty, but West coming with us bought Rachel another half hour of time. Damn brother doing some damn interfering. She needs to leave because I have an appointment and I don’t like mixing my friends with my clients.
“Stay the night with me.” Rachel rests her water bottle on the seat beside her. “We’ll pick up tacos and maybe some queso on the way home.”
My eyes snap to hers at the mention of queso and I hate that my stomach rumbles. “I can’t.”
“Why not?”
She knows why not. “I told you, there’s a boy up there that needs to be kissed. Just think how lonely he’ll be when no one kisses him on his upcoming break. It’s seriously a tough sacrifice on my part, but someone needs to boost his ego. No one wants to watch a sad and broken guitar player unless they’re a hipster at a coffee shop.”
Lying, for me, is easier than telling the truth. Plus, I’d rather live in a world where I was going to kiss the boy instead of crucifying my soul.
“If you’re going to kiss a boy, I’d prefer for you to kiss Logan.”
I laugh, but it fades when I notice she’s not laughing or smiling with me. At times, Rachel’s too serious for my taste. “Let’s do tacos tomorrow. I’ll buy.”
I won’t. I’ll con West or Isaiah into buying, but I’ll still take credit for the tacos because that’s how I roll.
“Logan’s a great guy, and even I notice how he looks at you.”
Logan looks at me like he also really likes queso, but he deserves better than what I have to offer. My cell buzzes and Isaiah informs me he’s outside and ready to leave. Thank freaking Jesus. “Let’s go before the boys stalk in here looking for you and ruin my chances with guitar boy.”
Before she can say anything else, I grab her hand and lead her through the crowd. A few times I turn in her direction and encourage her to dance with the beat. Rachel doesn’t mind using her body for the purpose of music and neither do I. My body is meant to be used, I just wish sometimes I used it a little less.
At school, a lot of people call me names, say that I’m evil, label me a slut and even a killer. Maybe it’s all true. Maybe it’s not. Regardless, I don’t have time to overthink anyone’s thoughts or judgments.
People who live in the luxury of a steady paycheck and food in their bellies get too caught up in right and wrong, good and bad, heroes and villains, even truth and lies. As if we’re all either one or the other.  As if we all have a choice. As if I have a choice. But I don’t believe in choices. I believe in survival.
The moment we step outside, the heat of the August night hits us in a way that reminds me why I love being awake after midnight. It’s like walking into a warm bath surrounded by starlight. I was made for warm weather. Maybe that’s because I often feel emotionally cold.
Isaiah’s Mustang growls in front of the club and Logan hops out of the passenger side and moves the seat forward so I can enter the back. He eyes me like he thinks I’ll slide in. “Come eat with us, Abby. I’m buying.”
I tilt my head and he adds, “For everyone.”
I toss a glare into the backseat where West is sitting. If he told them that I only eat when his boss decides to share his lunch or dinner I will publicly castrate him. Because West doesn’t cower, not even to me, he meets my eyes and shakes his head that he’s kept my secret. Not sure if that makes me feel better or worse.
“Tomorrow,” I say and pivot to the club.
Seconds before I’m about to step back in, a strong hand catches my wrist and Logan’s blue eyes bore into mine. “Doesn’t have to be tacos. It doesn’t have to be food at all. Just leave with us.”
Logan’s one of the good guys and my heart honestly twists with the silent expectation he has that I can be one of the good people, too. He’s a poor soul who believes I have a choice and that’s the reason why I won’t kiss him.
I look over at the car and see three other people who also believe I’m more than what I am. Three other people who see the world in black and white. What they want from me isn’t possible.
I fix my tank top over my jeans and straighten as if to pretend I’m just as tall as Logan. I’m no longer the Abby I wish I could be, I’m the Abby the streets have taught me that I am.
A shadow crosses over his face as I permit Logan to meet the girl the rest of the world is scared of. I hate this, but sometimes even I get tired of lying. “You need to go and I need to work. Don’t stop me again.”
“Doesn’t have to be like this,” he says like I expect of him. Even with jacked up parents, in the end, he gets to choose the hand that’s dealt to him.
Unfortunately for me… “It does.”
This time, Logan doesn’t stop me and a little part of the Abby I wish I could be dies as he lets me go.
 
 
 
 

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Cover

February 3, 2015 at 7:15 AMKatie McGarry

 

NOWHERE BUT HERE cover!!! Release date: May 26, 2015

Read an excerpt by downloading #BuzzBooks2015.

 

 Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

 

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NOWHERE BUT HERE

January 27, 2015 at 7:38 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Lots of exciting things happening!

First--Thank you for your votes! Take Me On was named YABC Choice Award 2014 Best Teen Contemporary!
 

Second-- An excerpt from NOWHERE BUT HERE is included in Buzz Books 2015 Spring/Summer and it's free! Click here and get it now!
 
 
 
 
 Third--The cover reveal for NOWHERE BUT HERE is this week! Stay tuned for the reveal on Thursday, January 29th! In the meantime, here are some exclusive photos of the cover shoot:
 
 
 You can see more photos at Harlequin Teen's Facebook page.

 

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TAKE ME ON Needs Your Vote

January 12, 2015 at 7:38 AMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone,
 
Take Me On was nominated for Best Young Adult Contemporary for 2014 in the YABC Choice Awards. Please help West and Haley and vote here.
 
Also, I am giving away a signed printed version of Breaking the Rules, a Breaking the Rules poster, and Aires' dog tags.  This is open internationally.   

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Breaking the Rules Giveaway

January 2, 2015 at 12:41 PMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
I received something amazing in the mail--2 print copies of the Australian edition of Breaking the Rules.
 
I'm not sure I can find words for what it feels like to hold a copy of a book I wrote, especially this book. It takes a lot of hard work to write a book. More hours, weeks, months and years than anyone can comprehend. It's not only the time it takes to write a book, but the amount of myself and emotion I put into the book as well. My written words, they are a part of my soul and I've chosen to share that part with you, my readers. 
 
Echo and Noah--they mean a lot to me. I gave them so many of my hurts and I desperately need them to have their happy-ever-after. If they can make it, maybe I can make it in this harsh world, too. 
 
A few years ago, I wrote Pushing the Limits and I was so honored when I was granted a publishing contract. Never in a million years did I think Echo and Noah's story would touch so many lives. Never did I imagine that my publishing career would take off like it did. 
 
I need to give a thank you for where it is due--to you, my readers. It is because of you I get to continue to write my stories. As a thank you, I'm giving away one of my two print copies of Breaking the Rules, Aires' Dog Tags, and a Breaking the Rules poster.
 
This is open internationally.
 

Thank you so much for your love and support. I have the best readers ever! 

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Breaking the Rules Playlist

December 24, 2014 at 10:56 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Breaking the Rules was released on December 8th and I am so excited to share more of Echo and Noah 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 Breaking the Rules!

Theme:

 

 “Can’t Hold Us” (feat Ray Dalton) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

“Try” by P!nk

 

“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses

 

“One of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw

 

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii

 

 Noah:

 

“Why Don’t You & I” (feat. Alex Band of the Calling) by Santana

 

“It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars

 

“Some Nights” by Fun.

 

“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

 

 Echo:

 

“The Game of Love” (feat. Michelle Branch) by Santana

 

“Glass” by Thompson Square

 

“Wide Awake” by Katy Perry

 

“We Belong” by Pat Benatar

 

 Songs for Specific Scenes:

 

Echo and Noah play in Colorado Springs: “We Owned the Night” by Lady Antebellum

 

When Noah meets the priest: “Something to Believe In” by Poison

 

Noah at the police station: “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

 

The night after the party: “Just Give Me a Reason” (feat. Nate Ruess) by P!nk

 

When Noah goes to the church: “From the Inside Out (Live)” by Hillsong UNITED

 

Noah goes after Echo: “Highway Don’t Care” (feat.Taylor Swift) by Tim McGraw

 

 Song to describe Echo and Noah’s future:

 

“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts

 

“Home” by Phillip Phillips

 

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SALE on Pushing the Limits

December 23, 2014 at 8:13 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Sale! The e-book version of Pushing the Limits is now on sale for $2.99! Before Echo and Noah were Breaking the Rules, they were Pushing the Limits. Read the story that started it all! Don't forget that Echo and Noah's continuing story, Breaking the Rules, is now available and Amazon dropped the price of Breaking the Rules to $3.49! 
 
PTL available at the following retailers for only $2.99:
 
 
Order your copy of Breaking the Rules today:
 
 
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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BREAKING THE RULES Book Birthday

December 7, 2014 at 9:24 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Today is the day! Echo and Noah’s second full length novel, BREAKING THE RULES, has officially been released!!!!
  
I can’t tell you how much all of your support means to me. I hope that you enjoy Echo and Noah’s continuing story and that you fall in love with them all over again.
 
 
  
 
 
Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

(These are the prices as of December 7, 2014 and are subject to change.)
 
 
 
 
To celebrate, I’m doing a huge giveaway:
 
  • All the books in the Big Book Giveaway
  • One Take Me On Poster
  • One Breaking the Rules Poster
I've gotten together with some author friends of mine and created a fantastically big book giveaway. All of these books will be given away to one person. This is open internationally.
 
Katie McGarry: (signed copies) Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On
Gena Showalter: (signed copies) Alice in Zombieland, Through the Zombieglass, Queen of Zombie Hearts
Huntley Fitzpatrick: (signed copy) What I Thought was True
Julie Kagawa: (signed copy) Talon
Kristen Simmons: (signed copy) Article 5
Julie Cross: (signed copy) Letters To Nowhere, Whatever Life Throws at You
Joy Hensley: (signed copy) Rites of Passage
Sabrina Elkins: Digital copy of Stir Me Up
Colette Ballard: Running on Empty
Kelly Creagh: (signed copy) Nevermore
Bethany Griffin: (signed copy) The Fall
Karen Hopkins: Temptation, Belonging, Forever
Aimee Carter: Pawn
The Louisville Story Program: Our Shawnee
 
 
 
 
 

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