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Teaser for Long Way Home

September 22, 2016 at 1:39 PMKatie McGarry
Teaser for Long Way Home. Release date: January 31, 2017!

I grew up with Violet. Played in the mud with her, caught fireflies with her, even got into a few shouting matches over bad calls at kickball. But I’ll never forget the first time Violet stole my breath.

Razor, Oz and I sat on this porch, holding welcome home signs Olivia forced us to make when Violet’s mom pulled up in the minivan. We were about to start high school and Violet had spent the summer at the shore with her mom and brother. The back door to the van slid open and I felt like I had been born.

Until that moment, the world had been black and white and I had never known color. And then a vibrant explosion. Her hair was longer, a deeper red than I had remembered and the ends were curled. Her blue eyes were bright, like a calm sea and when she saw me, Violet smiled.

Smiled.

The type of smile that men drive all night in a blinding rain storm on their bike to see. The type of smile that keep men fighting brutal wars for years in the vain hope of seeing that smile again. The type of smile that made me come to my feet because if I didn’t, I’d fall to my knees.

She smiled.
 
 

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Big Book Giveaway

August 29, 2016 at 9:58 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

 

One of my dearest friends and favorite authors, Kristen Simmons, has a new book being released on September 20, 2016. To celebrate, I'm giving away an advanced reviewer copy of Metaltown and a signed set of my print books that includes Nowhere But Here, Walk the Edge, Pushing the Limits, Breaking the Rules Dare You To, Crash Into You, and Take Me On.  To enter, go the Rafflecopter below:

 

Metaltown:

Kristen Simmons's Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Katie McGarry is not responsible for any lost or damaged books or posters 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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Upcoming Travel Events

August 22, 2016 at 4:51 PMKatie McGarry
 

As many of you know, I'm a homebody.  :-)  My favorite place in the entire world is being surrounded by my husband and three kids.  With that being said, I do try to travel occasionally so I can meet some of my amazing readers!

Great news! I'm going out and about this fall to two events:
 
NOLA StoryCon!

Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.  
Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza and the JW Marriott. New Orleans, Louisiana
 
*Due to a previous family engagement, I will not be there on Friday, but I will be there on Saturday and Sunday! 
 
 
Book Signing with Kami Garcia and Melissa De La Cruz!
 
Saturday, October 8th, 7 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
 
I hope to see you there!
 

 

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OUT NOW Chasing Impossible

July 26, 2016 at 3:09 PMKatie McGarry
 
Out now: Chasing Impossible. Abby and Logan's story and the sixth full length novel in the Pushing the Limits series. 
 
 
 
 
Logan's Point of View:
 
           “Dance with me, Logan.”
That rips my attention away from the guy making a fool of himself onstage. I examine Abby and wonder what piece she just moved on the chessboard. Wouldn’t put it past Abby to sacrifice a pawn in order to kill a queen. Abby is nothing if not strategic.
“I don’t dance.” I don’t.
She slowly raises her eyebrows, and I fight the tilt of my lips. Abby doesn’t like being told no. “You’ll dart into traffic to run after a stranger’s balloon, but you won’t dance with me?”
I ran into traffic because I was curious if I could make it to the other side. The balloon made it interesting. “I don’t dance with anyone.”
“You were the one that suggested we come here.”
I shrug. I’m here because an opportunity presented itself and I’m fascinated by the new and shiny.
“Dance with me, Logan,” she says again, and I have to admit I like how her hips sway to the music. “Why else would you come here if it wasn’t to touch me on the dance floor?”
I chuckle because that caught me off guard and Abby laughs, her real laugh. It doesn’t happen often and I like when it does.

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Chasing Impossible Visiting Old Friends

July 15, 2016 at 5:37 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
First off, congrats Jenn B.! She was the winner of the Chasing Impossible Giveaway and she has already emailed to claim her prize! Thank you to all who entered. 
 
Next....
 
Why should you read Chasing Impossible? You get to visit with old friends.... Excerpt below:
 
Working as a team, the boys hand off bale of hay after bale of hay to the next guy in line until it reaches Chris and he neatly stacks it in the barn. They work under lamps hung in the rafters. They’ve been at it all day. In the fields, in the barn, picking up, stacking, never ceasing.
 
Night is just about to completely fall. There’s only a sliver of red and pink in the western sky. The rest of the world is dark. Very dark. Except for the scattered fireflies dancing across the field.
 
Logan has his shirt off, all the boys do, but it’s Logan that I can’t stop staring at. He’s gorgeous. Black hair, dark eyes, muscles that ripple with every movement. A fine sheet of sweat covers him and I’ve spent the past twenty minutes imagining caressing my fingers along the lines of his chest.
 
God, I’m attracted to the boy. But that’s not new information. My fingers brush my lips and I recall how it felt when Logan kissed me in my bed. The weight of his body over mine, the pressure of his tantalizing lips, the intoxicating smell of dark spices.
 
I’m warm, very warm, and it’s not due to the summer heat.
 
West picks up the last bale and hands it to Noah who gives it to Isaiah who hands it to Ryan who gives it to Logan who finally offers it to Chris. Each of the boys are weary, exhausted, and I don’t have the heart to ask how much they are making doing such backbreaking work. I hope it’s a financial windfall. I hope it’s enough to offset the way they sway on their dead feet.
 
In silence, they gather their things and I have no doubt they’re heading for the cabin. West walks past and blows me a kiss. I flip him off. Isaiah’s my friend. Noah’s close to being a friend. West is what I would imagine it is like to have an annoying older brother.
 
Chris tosses his shirt over his shoulder and drinks from an almost empty gallon jug.
 
“Hey, Chris,” I say as everyone starts to leave.
 
He pauses by me, giving the rest of the guys enough space to ease past and us enough privacy that I can ask while not feeling like a fool. “If I’m stuck here, I want to help.”
 
Chris sizes me up and I bristle with his assessment. I’m too small and not strong enough. It’s written all over his face. I could hang for a bit with them though, but I’m not stupid enough to think I could hang with them the entire time. But still, I could help.
 
“Can you drive the tractor? I feel like an idiot being on there with them working their asses off and nobody will switch with me.”
 
I bite my bottom lip. The answer is no. I barely know how to drive, let alone drive a tractor, but I’m bored and I hate feeling useless. “Sure.”
 
“Good. Thanks.” He glances over his shoulder at Logan. “Do me a favor and give Logan a break. I can understand why you’re mad, but…”
 
The glare I give him causes Chris to not finish his statement. 
 
“Just give him a break.”
 

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Giveaway to Celebrate Chasing Impossible

July 5, 2016 at 7:28 AMKatie McGarry

To celebrate the release of Abby and Logan's story, Chasing Impossible (the 6th full length novel in the Pushing the Limits series), I'm giving away the following (scroll down to enter):

One signed copy each of--

Walk the Edge

Nowhere But Here

Pushing the Limits

Breaking the Rules

Dare You To

Crash Into You

Take Me On

Plus one poster each of Walk the Edge and Take Me On

This giveaway is international. Katie McGarry is not responsible for any lost or damaged books or posters 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.  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.

ABOUT CHASING IMPOSSIBLE

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

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Happy Book Birthday Chasing Impossible

July 1, 2016 at 8:30 AMKatie McGarry

 

Happy Book Birthday Chasing Impossible!

This is the sixth full length novel in the Pushing the Limits series and I can't wait for you to read Abby and Logan's story!

Tough and independent, seventeen-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It's common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby's suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arm's length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he's tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

**Available as an ebook only.

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Cover Reveal Help Requested

June 24, 2016 at 2:40 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone,

If you would like to help reveal the cover, cover copy and title for the third book in the Thunder Road series, please fill out this form.

Thank you,

 

Katie

 

 

 

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Chasing Impossible Available July 1st

June 23, 2016 at 4:04 PMKatie McGarry

Abby and Logan's story, Chasing Impossible, will be available in a week and one day, July 1st!

This is the sixth full length novel in the Pushing the Limits series and I can't wait for you to read their story!

Synopsis:

Available by popular demand, the latest installment of the beloved, award-winning Pushing the Limits series Tough and independent, seventeen-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It's common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby's suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arm's length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he's tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

**Available as an ebook only.

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Thank You

May 19, 2016 at 3:15 PMKatie McGarry
My life has been forever changed and it is for the better.
 
This past fall, I began mentoring 10 students in writing at a local high school. One that wasn't too far from the high school I went to as a teen.
I took this project on because I had promised myself when I was younger if I ever made anything out of myself, I would give back what a few precious adults had given to me.
 
This was supposed to be me giving to them. Instead, I'm the one that walked away changed.
 
I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes because I fell in love with each of these teens. From the start of the year until now, I spent time with them. I taught them what I new about writing, read their work, discussed their writing with them, encouraged them and tried to show them how to improve on their craft.
 
I expected talent, but I'll be honest--I ended up blown away with how exceptional their writing was. The amount of heart and emotion in these stories, their complex ideas, their hopes, their dreams...their stories touched me and my heart.
 
Sadly enough, at some point when you get published, writing starts to become numbers instead of words. How much you made in an advance, how many books you sold your first week, how many books you sold over several months, how many books in you got in a contract, how many books have been sold over seas, how many, how many, how many.
 
And these things are important. Being published is a business. If I don't sell books, neither me nor my publisher get paid and if we don't get paid, then my publisher probably won't want to purchase any more books from me so all of the sudden the term "how many" becomes a big deal.
 
But being with these students reminded me of a time when I never asked the question "how many?" Instead, they reminded me of the pure and simple joy of storytelling. They reminded me that I am a storyteller at heart.
 
This year, I laughed with these fantastic teens and I even cried with some of them. I watched as they struggled up mountains, and whenever I could, I would try to be the hand that helped them up. The suck part? There are some mountains we have to climb on our own and, whether they knew it or not, I prayed for each and every single one of them as I watched them on their ascent.
 
I don't know how teachers do it. I don't know how teachers year after year pour themselves into their students and then on the last day watch them walk away.
 
The students I spent time with know that even though the last day has arrived, even though some of them are graduating, that my door is always open, but I have no idea if I'll hear from any of them again and because of this, on the way home, I cried.
 
I'm so incredibly proud of each and every single one of them. Proud of who they are, proud that they were courageous enough to share their talent with me, proud that they were able to learn from constructive criticism, proud that they supported each other, proud that they are each the amazing individual that God made them to be.
 
To my Valley students--I love you. Remember what I told you today. What happens now is by your choice. No one else can sit in that chair and write your story. Only you can do it. There are no excuses. You are each so talented and I believe in every single one of you.
 
May God bless you and carry you close until we meet again,
 
Katie
 

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