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Happy 3rd Birthday Pushing the Limits

July 28, 2015 at 10:18 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Happy 3rd Book Birthday to Pushing the Limits!
 
On July 31st, it will be 3 years since Echo and Noah entered the world and forever changed my life. 
 
Also, Breaking the Rules began during this week in July:
 
Noah
My younger brother, Jacob, inherited my father’s eyes and my mother’s smile. I normally love the familiar sight on the computer screen, but today it slowly strangles me from the inside out. If my parents had survived the fire that claimed their lives three years ago, today, July twenty-seventh, would have been their nineteenth wedding anniversary.
 
 
To celebrate, I'm giving away a signed copy of Pushing the Limits, Breaking the Rules and the first book in my newest series, Nowhere But Here plus a Pushing the Limits and Breaking the Rules poster! 

The book part of the giveaway is international. If the Rafflecopter winner is from the continental US, I'll also send them the Pushing the Limits and Breaking the Rules posters. If the first winner is international, they will get the books only and the next US winner will only receive the posters. 
 

Right now the ebook version of Pushing the Limits is available for purchase at the following retailers for $3.99.
 
 
Also, the ebook version of Breaking the Rules is $4.99.
 
Amazon | BAM (for $3.49) | B&N | GooglePlay | HarlequiniBooksKobo  

 

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Book Signing

July 21, 2015 at 8:58 AMKatie McGarry

 

Book Signing! 
 
I'll be at RWA's literacy signing on Wednesday, July 22nd in NYC. This event is open to the public!
 
Details:
 
The 2015 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing will be on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis in the Westside Ballroom.

 

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Songs That Inspire

June 30, 2015 at 6:42 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone,
 
I'm excited to share the playlist for Nowhere But Here:
 
 
Playlist for Nowhere But Here
 
Theme:
“Hey Brother,” by Avicii
“Counting Stars,” by OneRepublic
“Umbrella (Travis Barker Remix),” by Rihanna
“Bezerk,” by Eminem
“Ride the Wind,” by Poison
 
 
 
Oz:
“Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons
“It’s a Great Day to be Alive,” by Travis Tritt
“It’s Time,” by Imagine Dragons
 
               
 
Emily:
“Summer Girls,” by Lfo
“Only the Good Die Young,” by Billy Joel
“Standing Still” by Jewel
 
 
Songs that helped inspire specific scenes:
·         When Emily and Oz first kiss: “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” by Luke Bryan
·         Eli toward Emily and Meg: “Let Her Go,” by Passenger and “Story of My Life,” by One Direction
·         Oz and Emily at the Pond: “Crash My Party,” by Luke Bryan
·         Oz and Emily’s conversation the first time she’s in the clubhouse: “One More Night,” by Maroon 5
·         When Oz hits someone to protect Emily: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” by Fall Out Boy
·         Eli and Meg’s relationship: “Springsteen,” by Eric Church
 
 
Oz and Emily’s future: “Right Here Waiting,” by Richard Marx

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Amazing Ebook Prices and Chasing Impossible Offer Ending Soon

June 23, 2015 at 8:34 AMKatie McGarry

Great time to buy Kindle editions of Pushing the Limits ($3.99) & Nowhere But Here ($7.49)!

                 Pushing the Limits                                                    Nowhere But Here  

Don't miss Abby and Logan's story, Chasing Impossible! Purchase Nowhere But Here in order to receive Abby and Logan's book for FREE: Chasing Impossible. This offer ends June 28, 2015.  

 

 

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Why I Write Love Stories

June 15, 2015 at 9:28 PMKatie McGarry
 
Sixteen years ago today my husband and I were married in a small church. I got dressed and waited for the ceremony to begin in one of the elementary school classrooms. I asked everyone in the room to leave because I needed time alone. Anyone who knows me well understands that I have a tough time dealing with big emotions. That for some reason, feeling too happy terrifies me and I needed time to process the overwhelming feelings going on inside me.
 
Someone brought a narrow full length mirror and I stood there looking at the girl in front of me. Tears pricked my eyes. This was me and I was getting my happily ever after and it just didn't seem possible. After so much heartache, after so many years of wondering what love really was, here I was getting married to a man that I loved and loved me in return.
 
My husband to be and I? We were young and we were broke and how on earth were we going to make it? We had to pay for the wedding ourselves and we were fine with that. I found my wedding dress on the clearance rack for $80. It was torn and dirty, but I loved it and someone loved me enough to fix the dress, resize it and she did all of that as a wedding gift to me.
 
We found someone to make our cake and she gave us a great deal, only to return the money we paid as a gift in a card.
For food at the wedding reception, we had ham sandwiches and potato chips and the person who catered the meal for us loved me and my husband so much she threw in cheese and grapes for free. And she did nearly everything at cost.
 
The people who sang at our wedding refused to take money from us for playing because I asked if when I walked up the aisle if they could play The Rose by Bette Midler. That brought tears to her eyes and she promised that would happen and would happen without payment.
 
When it was time for the wedding, my father came to get me and as I stood outside the chapel doors I kept asking my husband's sister (a bridesmaid) if Dave was there because I was so scared that he would change his mind.
 
She laughed at me and told me there was no way he'd ever change his mind. "Have you seen how he looks at you?"
 
Finally, she went up the aisle, my father squeezed my hand and we were next. The moment the door opened, the entire church stood and in a perfect synchronization, the part of the song of The Rose reached the climax and I was greeted by the sweet harmony of: When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong.
 
And there he was, down near the alter, smiling, waiting on me was Dave. He loved me and I loved him and we monetarily had nothing, but we were so rich in not only our love, but the love of everyone in that church that my heart swelled.
 
The moment my father placed my hand in Dave's, the rest of the song played out: Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies a seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose.
 
I write love stories because of my husband. I love you, Dave. Forever. Let's go for 16 more.
 

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Respect the Rules Respect the Club Tour

June 8, 2015 at 9:30 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Have you followed along with the "Respect the Rules. Respect the Club." tour for Nowhere But Here? 
 
Click on the links below and find out ten rules of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club plus register to win a signed Nowhere But Here and a Reign of Terror T-shirt! 
 

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Abby and Logan

June 2, 2015 at 6:37 AMKatie McGarry
Fantastic news! 
 
Harlequin Teen extended the deadline to receive Abby and Logan's full length novel, Chasing Impossible! If you purchase Nowhere But Here by June 28, 2015 and register your purchase here then you will receive Chasing Impossible on July 1st for FREE! This includes books purchased at bookstores! Just take a pic of your receipt and register.
 
 

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Release

May 25, 2015 at 10:40 PMKatie McGarry
 
 
NOWHERE BUT HERE releases on May 26, 2015! This is the first book in the Thunder Road series and readers are falling in love with Oz and Emily!  

"McGarry...creates a story that readers will not want to put down...This novel will be enjoyed by teens looking for a romantic and thrilling escape." ~ Library School Journal 

 "The core relationship sizzles and sparks with every glance and touch..." ~ Publisher's Weekly

“Tantalizing secrets and larger-than-life characters leap off the page in McGarry’s new Thunder Road series…With quirky secondary characters who will capture your heart and a remarkable twist, McGarry will leave you desperate for the next installment!”  ~ RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK for June 

 

To celebrate the release of NOWHERE BUT HERE I'm giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7 and a signed set of my books that includes NOWHERE BUT HERE. To enter this drawing go here.

Read the first three chapters of NOWHERE BUT HERE:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

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Description of NOWHERE BUT HERE:

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 into 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 Giveaway

May 11, 2015 at 1:09 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!!!
 
Nowhere But Here released on May 26, 2015 and I'm so excited for you guys to meet Oz, Emily, and the Reign of Terror! To celebrate, I'm giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7 and a signed set of my books that includes Nowhere But Here.

Order Nowhere But Here from any of the following retailers
 
 
Description of Nowhere But Here:
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 
 
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 into 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. 
 
Katie McGarry is 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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Oz and Emily Have Chemistry!

May 11, 2015 at 12:12 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone! 
 
Only two more weeks until the release of Nowhere But Here! While I'm so excited for you to read Oz and Emily's story, time is running out for you to preorder Nowhere But Here and then register to receive Abby and Logan's full length novel, Chasing Impossible for FREE! Please go here for more details of this offer.
 
Oz and Emily from Nowhere But Here--they have some awesome chemistry, but they start out the book hating each other so they fight this attraction. They were such fun characters to write and I hope you'll enjoy this short excerpt. 
 
Preorder Nowhere But Here
 
 
 
Watch out Twitter! I'll be part of the #TwitterFiction Festival on Tuesday, May 12th at 4 PM EST. 
 
From Oz's Point of View:
 
    A car engine starts and I silently curse. Olivia left Emily alone. Not even a few hours into my first job for the club and I’m already failing. I stalk over to the door, grab the handle, yank it open—and my body rocks as someone runs into me.
My arm snaps out to catch the form and my other hand lands on the hilt of my knife. One breath in and my mind conjures up images of beaches and sand castles and seagulls eating my lunch. It’s a great smell. It’s a calming smell….I glance down at wide-eyed Emily. Every time I peer into those dark brown eyes a part of me is lost. I better stop look­ing or I’ll start losing pieces I’ll miss.
“Sorry.” Ah hell, Emily’s voice is all soft and please-kiss-me breathless. “Olivia left and she told me to help you find her glasses.”
A tickling sensation on my chest and that’s when I notice her palms flat against me. She must have been trying to break her impending fall. One of her fingers moves and lightning licks up my veins. Her scent wraps around me and my fin­gers twitch with the desire to slide them through that thick silky hair.
Damn, I’m attracted to her, and by the way her body subtly shifts in my direction, she’s feeling it, too. I imagine pushing her away. I need to push her away, but my body is not listen­ing to my brain.
 
 
 
    
 
 
 

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