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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!

 

 

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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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Monica Murphy and Breaking the Rules

September 30, 2014 at 6:45 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I have fantastic news! Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series read and loved Echo and Noah's next full length novel, Breaking the Rules!
 
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
 
I am happy dancing! This is a huge honor for me and I can't wait for everyone to read Echo and Noah's continuing story.
 

Breaking the Rules is available for pre-order at:

Amazon: $3.82

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.39

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $3.82

(These prices are subject to change.)

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ARC Giveaway

September 20, 2014 at 11:46 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

Today is very special to me for several reasons. The first is that I have finally been given permission to share with you the title of my new series that will be released in Spring 2015. This series follows teens who are raised in a motorcycle club. I can't wait until you read this new series and to tell you about all the fun and crazy research that went into these characters I have grown to love.

So are you ready? Drum roll please...

The title of the first book in my teen motorcycle club series is....Nowhere But Here

So exciting! To help celebrate, I have contacted some other writers who also have new books coming out over the next several months and we have put together a fantastic giveaway for you.  Enter below for a chance to win:



Captive by Aimee Carter (November 25, 2014):

Okay, guys...seriously on this. If you're like me and have read Pawn, you are dying to know what is going to happen to Kitty. I'm tempted to enter this giveaway just to win this ARC for myself (I'm kidding, but I am pre-ordering).  :-)

The Fall by Bethany Griffin (October 7, 2014):

 I've read a draft of this. Not only do I love the beautiful writing, this book is also haunting! I had a difficult time going to sleep at night after reading certain scenes of this!

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (February 10, 2015):

 I read an early draft of this book over a year ago and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about it. Very few books stick with me and this one has. The world Kristen has created in this novel is raw and springs off the page. I felt this character's emotions so much that I think of her as a living, breathing person.

 Take Me On by Katie McGarry:

 I am including a signed hardback copy of Take Me On, the fourth book in the Pushing the Limits series.

Also included in the giveaway is a Breaking the Rules poster!

And included in the giveaway is Pawn by Aimee Carter, Three by Kristen Simmons, and a Breaking the Rules poster!
 
Let's sum this up. This giveaway includes: ARCs of Captive, The Fall, and Glass Arrow plus Take Me On, Pawn, Three and a Breaking the Rules poster.

This giveaway is international!

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Breaking the Rules Cover Reveal Coming Soon

September 16, 2014 at 7:25 AMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

It's finally here! The Breaking the Rules cover reveal will take place on Thursday, September 18th at 9:00 am over at Goodreads!

You will be able to see the cover over on my Goodreads Blog or at the Breaking the Rules Goodreads page.

Breaking the Rules is available for pre-order at:

Amazon: $3.82

B&N: $4.49

BAM: $4.49

Kobo: $4.39

iBooks: $4.99

Google Play: $3.82

(These prices were as of September 15, 2014 and are subject to change.)

You can read the first chapter here!

Who is ready for more Echo and Noah?

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Apollycon

September 9, 2014 at 6:09 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I've got some epic news! I will be joining Jennifer Armentrout and a ton of other fantastic writers at Apollycon! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this and I'm also totally fan-girling as many of my favorite authors will be there.

So here are the details:
 
When:
February 28th, 2015
Philadelphia, PA
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
Details:
Public Signing
(Free to all ages)
 
Now, you must go here ApollyCon - The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Party to reserve a ticket for the signing.
 
 
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ApollyCon - The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout Releas...
  It's time to partay!  You're invited to celebrate with author Jennifer L. Armentrout on February 28th, 2015 the release of her new adult novel, THE RETURN. A spin...
 
Preview by Yahoo
 
 
 
You say you want more? Well, there is more! You can also purchase a ticket to attend the After Party! To read more details about the signing and the after party check out Jennifer Armentrout's post here.
 
I hope to see some of you there!

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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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