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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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Breaking the Rules Blog Tour

December 3, 2014 at 2:44 PMKatie McGarry
 
Hi everyone!
 
I'm eager to announce the Kismet BREAKING THE RULES blog tour!
 
 
 
On this tour, the giveaway will be:
 
  • Four lucky people will receive one signed copy of my print books. Either PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, or TAKE ME ON
  • One person will receive a $100 Gift Card to Amazon, B&N, or iTunes as well as a zodiac necklace.

 

 

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Big Book Giveaway/Breaking the Rules Excerpt

December 1, 2014 at 10:08 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 

One week until the release of Breaking the Rules! To celebrate, I'm doing a huge book giveaway plus I'm releasing a small excerpt from Breaking the Rules. This is a personal favorite of mine because as the graphic states: Echo's got balls. 
 
Long story short of it, Echo got mad over a misunderstanding with Noah and this happened....you'll need to read Breaking the Rules to see why Echo did what she did and to find out the fun-sexy outcome of this scene!
 
 
 
 
Noah
With my knuckles, I rub the back of my head and when I inhale, the air contains a full dose of chlorine. I chuckle because what the fuck else is there to do?
“I am so sorry.” Echo stands beside me with her arms wrapped tight around her waist and stares at me with the most pathetic puppy dog eyes.
Can’t exactly be mad at someone when you’re happy they’re okay, plus this…well…Echo’s got balls. “My boxer shorts are in the filter.”
She slams her eyes shut, and I extend an arm around her shoulders, drawing her closer to me. “It’s all good, baby. No harm, no foul…assuming management hasn’t figured it out, otherwise we’ll be staying in the tent tonight.”
Every article of clothing I own is floating at the top of or has sunk to the bottom of a small indoor rectangular pool. Our voices carry in the closed-in room, and because one thing today is going right, it’s completely empty except for us.
She groans and drops her forehead into my chest. “I threw your clothes in the pool and hot tub. You have got to be angry.”
Hot tub. Hadn’t caught that one yet. Sure enough, my button-down shirt drifts at the top. “Damn.”
“I’m so sorry,” she mumbles again into the fabric of my lone dry shirt. “Are you mad?”
Am I mad? I step back from Echo and pop my neck to the right. I’m not happy, but am I mad? The filter ejects a pair of my socks. Son of a bitch.
I bend my knees, and in a swift motion sweep Echo off her feet and toss her into the pool. Water splashes up and soaks part of my shirt and jeans, but at this point, I don’t care.
I crouch by the edge and watch as Echo kicks up from the bottom. Her red hair wildly fans out in the water, and as she breaks through to the surface, it slicks back against her head. She coughs, then drags in her first gulp of air. Damn if my siren doesn’t look sexy all wet and disheveled.
“Feel better?” she half chokes out.
“I’m not mad,” I respond.
“You forgot to add anymore.”
“My bad. Anymore.”
Echo laughs, and I smile along with her.
 
 
I'm also giving away a Kindle Fire HDX 7 16 KB. To enter click here: Kindle Fire Giveaway
 
Post Update: Because of the fantastic response we've had to the Big Book Giveaway, I'm adding two more things to giveaway. What will now be given away is:
 
  • 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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Pre-order your copy of BREAKING THE RULES today:

Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

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Book Giveaway

November 30, 2014 at 6:38 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I have a special post for you today! Jennifer Armentrout's next New Adult novel, WICKED, will be released on the same day as BREAKING THE RULES: December 8, 2014. I'm unbelievably excited about reading WICKED and I know a lot of you are too!
 
So to celebrate, here is a teaser from WICKED and your chance to win a copy of WICKED! Because this is a New Adult book, you must be 18 years of age or older to enter. This is open internationally.
 
 
 
 
 
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
 
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“Are you coming or not?”
Sighing, I glanced at the helmet then back to him. A slow smile spread across his lips. “Fine.”
His eyes deepened to a forest green. “Then get on.”
I bristled at his commanding tone, switching the helmet to one arm and flipping him off with my free hand.
Ren laughed, the skin crinkling around his eyes.
“I don’t like you,” I said.
He grinned as he cocked his head back, eyeing me knowingly. “Don’t lie. I know better. You might not want to, but you like me.”
Hiding the fact that he’d been unerringly observant, I smirked at him. “You are grossly mistaken.”
“Uh-huh.” Thick lashes lowered, shielding his eyes, and then his arm shot out. He hooked his fingers through the loop in my jeans and tugged me forward. Balancing the bike with just his legs, he reached up with his other arm and curled his fingers around the nape of my neck.
My breath caught as my eyes widened. I almost dropped the helmet as he guided my head to his. Too shocked to resist, I found myself staring into his eyes, our mouths so close I could feel his warm breath dancing over my lips. He didn’t take his eyes off mine as he shifted his head. His lips brushed the curve of my cheek, and my pulse thundered with excitement and dismay. I didn’t want him to kiss me. Or did I? His breath tickled the spot just below my ear, and the muscles low in my stomach clenched. I shivered. Okay, maybe I did want him to kiss me.
Ren’s lips swept over the line of my cheek and his nose brushed mine. “I bet you have the softest pair of lips out there. And I bet you taste sweet—sweeter than one of those beignets you’ve got me addicted to.” His hand squeezed around the back of my neck. “But you got one hell of a bite—a kick to that sweetness. It’ll be rough getting in there, and you’re going to fight it every step of the way, but it’ll be smooth once I’m there.”
My eyes grew to the size of saucers. There were no words. None whatsoever.
“You like me.” Letting go, he smiled up at me, that angelic face a picture of innocence. “You just aren’t ready to admit it.”
All I could think as I gawked at him was, what an observant son of a bitch.
 

 

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Echo and Noah's First Make Out Scene

November 28, 2014 at 11:28 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone,
 
Because we met my second pre-order goal for BREAKING THE RULES, I rewrote Echo and Noah's first make-out scene in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view!
 
Don't forget to enter the third pre-order giveaway that includes:
 
1. One Kindle Fire HDX 7 16 GB
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. Abby--I will write the first chapter of a book I'd very much love to write someday. I’ll give you the first chapter of Abby. Please don’t read anything more into this. I’m not promising a book for Abby, but I will give you this first chapter if we meet my pre-order goal.
 
To enter this giveaway, click here.
 
And don't forget that Echo & Noah's story continues in Breaking the Rules on December 8, 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

(These are the prices as of November 28, 2014 and are subject to change.)
 
 


In my next newsletter that I'll be sending out the week of December 1st: the deleted beginning of TAKE ME ON where West & Isaiah come face to face after the accident. Sign up here.
 
On Saturday, December 6, 2014,  I'll be signing at Romancing the Holidays Book Signing from 1 - 3pm at Barnes&Nobles - The Streets of Westchester (9455 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH). I hope to see you there!

 

 

Noah 

 

 

Echo walked down the stairs to the basement and she immediately begun to rub her arms for warmth when she stepped onto the concrete. I followed her slowly, giving her time to absorb where I lived. So far, she’d handle my world extremely well and if I gave her a few minutes, I had no doubt she’d soak this in just fine, too.

Echo slipped her fingers into her jeans pockets and glanced around, but then zeroed in on the wooden beams of the open and unfinished ceiling.

 “What do you think?” I asked.

“It’s…ah…cozy.” Echo shrank into herself as if she was terrified of what monsters might be popping out of the shadows.

I swept her hair behind her shoulder and placed a kiss on the nape of my neck. Damn, she tasted good. Goosebumps formed on her skin and my lips touched her ear when I whispered, “Liar.”

Before she could overthink the situation, I hooked a finger into her back belt loop and tugged her toward the bed. She came, willingly, and if she was fine with going this far, then hopefully she’d be fine going a little farther. I slipped my arm around her waist then pulled her down onto the bed beside me.

Her red curls tumbled around her and with that soft smile on her lips, parts of me that had felt dead for the past couple of years were being resurrected back to life. Echo Emerson was a gift, a sexy gift, and the way her sweater had ridden up and exposed her flat stomach was a tangible reminder.

I propped himself up on his elbow. “Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to see you on this bed?”

“Nope.”

Unable to resist, I began to trace circles around her belly button and my mind was already five steps ahead. My lips on hers, our shirts off, her warmth surrounding me….

“Noah?” Echo whispered.

“Yes?” 

“When did you start smoking pot?”

I placed my palm on her stomach and practically groaned with how badly I wanted to taste that tempting tummy, but Echo was the kind of girl who needed time. I was going to be the guy who gave it. “You’re going to make me work for this.”

She nodded at me with wide eyes, yet her skin was flushed—the type of flush that meant she enjoyed being near me.

I kicked off my shoes and maneuvered up the bed to the pillows. “Come on.” 

Echo took her time taking off her boots and her hands shook slightly as she lined them neatly on the floor the next to the bed. She acted like a gazelle terrified to get a drink from the watering hole and while her instincts were dead on about how much I wanted to devour her, I hated that she felt nervous.

She crawled up to join me, but instead of laying down beside me, she sat curtain rod straight with her back against the wall. No. This wasn’t how this was going to happen. “Don’t do that, Echo.”

Echo ran her fingers through her hair and her voice trembled. “Do what?”

I snatched her hand and rubbed my fingers over her skin as a promise. She was safe. Here. With me. Always. “Be scared of me.”

If lying down would be too much, I’d move, but as I shifted up, she slid down and rested her head on my shoulder. I briefly closed my eyes. Damn, I could sit like this, with her beside me and my hand holding hers, forever.

“I’m not scared of you,” she said.

“What are you afraid of?”

“You answer my question first.”

She didn’t waste time hitting hard with the difficult questions. I stretched my arm around her shoulder and let my head rest next to hers. “I was a lot like Luke my freshman year—the basketball star, the guy who dated all the right girls and had all the right friends…I tried to remain that person my sophomore year, but no matter how hard I tried, I kept failing. I couldn’t stay on a sports team because I couldn’t afford the equipment or my foster parents would make it impossible for me to make practices or games. Finally, I got tired of working so hard to fail, so I quit. One day a guy asked me if I wanted a hit, so…”

I took it. I accepted the joint. I took a hit and I welcomed the numb that followed.

“I’ll never smoke pot or do drugs,” Echo said. “I don’t want to do anything that messes with the mind. It’s a delicate thing.”

My heart ached for her. Her mother. Echo was always being chased by a demon and that demon was her mother. I turned my head, kissed her hair and inhaled her sweet signature scent. I didn’t know how to tell her that I’d be here for her. That I didn’t care what her past contained, that I only cared about now.

“If you’re going to try to get custody of your brothers,” she hedged, “aren’t you scared they’re going to do a drug test at some point? I mean, if I was the judge, I would.”

That stopped me cold. My brothers. Custody. Drug tests. Damn.  “I guess you’re right.”

Echo leaned forward and her eyes met mine. “I don’t care that you smoke pot. I mean, I’m not going to join you and I’d prefer to hang out with you when you’re sober, but I’m not looking to change you.”

The sincerity of her words rang true and something within me moved. Her statement was real and raw and I’d spent the past three years with people who were trying to change me, telling me that everything about me was wrong and this girl…this perfect girl was telling me that she’d take me exactly how I was. That she’d take me broken.

I shook my head so that my hair fell into my eyes and scratched at the stubble on my face to hide the emotions brewing inside me. “Why didn’t you go to Hoffman?”

“Because my father thinks art is as evil as the devil himself.”

But she had talent. “That makes no sense.”

“My mom was an artist. He associates her talent with her behavior.”

I tugged on a curl, hoping to lighten her mood. “You’re not crazy.”

Her lips twitched as she attempted to smile, but the expression fell quickly. “My mom came off her meds because they inhibited her creativity. For every painting my mom accomplished, I could tell you the timeframe of her manic episode. Like when I turned nine and instead of taking the time to sing happy birthday, she painted the Parthenon on our living room wall. You can’t blame my dad for wanting to protect me from becoming someone who could do this.”

She held out her sleeved arms as if that was all the justification needed for how he treated her…or an acceptance of how the world treated her.

  I reached for her arms, but she snapped them away. Anger rumbled through me. All she saw when she looked at herself was the scars. She never saw what I did. She never saw the beautiful person inside and out.

Some scars—they weren’t ugly. They were proof that we had survived.

I pressed my lips together and with a deep breath, yanked off my shirt, revealing to Echo a secret few knew.

Her sharp intake of air was like a knife to my soul. “Oh God, Noah.”

Some of my foster homes were shit. Full of people who knew how to play the game in front of the right people, how to pretend to be decent, but at the end of the day they were worse than Satan. I was younger then. I was weaker and I swore I’d never be weak again.

Echo reached out as if to touch the cigar burn on my arm, but then withdrew as if she was terrified her caress could harm me.  But she couldn’t. I didn’t believe Echo could ever cause intentional harm.

“It’s okay,” I said. “You can touch it. It stopped hurting a few days after it happened. It won’t bite your fingers off. It’s a scar. Nothing more. Nothing less.”

Echo placed her fingers over her mouth. “What happened?”

“Foster parent number one. My fault. I decided to go hero and keep him from beating his biological kid.” The kid still got hurt and I lost my brothers in the process, something I had to live with day and night for years. The system fucking sucked.

“And this—” I touched the top of my tattoo on my other arm “—is from where I used my body to protect Tyler and Jacob from debris falling in the fire.”

We were almost out of the house. I’d held a passed out Tyler in one arm and a crying Jacob in the other. The ceiling gave. Fire rained down around us and I’d enfolded my brothers into me, taking the burn, taking the heat….taking the pain.

I shook my head to rid myself of the memory, of thoughts of those I couldn’t save, of the two brothers I’d failed to take care of since.

Echo reached out again, but this time, she didn’t shrink back. She brushed her finger along the one-inch wide scar that ran down the middle of my cross tattoo.

“It’s a beautiful tribute to them,” she said and a heaviness unfurled in my chest. On my bicep was a single rose weaved through the black Celtic cross and on each tip of the cross was the name of my mother, my father, and my brothers. I wanted to remember them. Even in the haze I brought onto myself with the pot Echo had called me on, I never wanted to forget.

They weren’t here right now, but Echo was and I showed her this part of me for a reason. I took her hand tracing my tattoo and kissed her fingers. “Yes, it is. My parents would be proud of each scar.”

Her eyes snapped to mine. “I didn’t mean…the…I meant the…tattoo.”

Time to get it through her head that I didn’t care about her scars.  “I know. I showed you mine, now it’s time you showed me yours.”

Echo shook her head so violently that her curls bounced.  “It’s not the same. You’re strong. You helped people. I…I trusted the wrong person and then I go all pathetic and don’t remember a thing. Anyhow, you’re a guy. Scars on guys are, like, sexy. Scars on girls…that’s just…ugly.”

Ugly? Did she just call herself ugly? “Fuck that. There is no shame in trusting your mother. She fucked up. Not you. And as for that pathetic bullshit – fuck that too. You are not pathetic. You had the guts to return to school and continue to live your life like nothing happened. Me? I lost it all and flushed anything left of me down the damn toilet. Now that’s pathetic.”

I released her hand and tried to move faster than the fucked-up thoughts going on in her head. I wrapped my arms around her waist and laid her flat on the bed. My entire world stilled at how gorgeous she was with all that red hair sprawled around her and those green eyes staring up at me.  

“Baby, no one would ever make the mistake of using the word ugly with you. Especially with me around. Everything about you is beautiful and sexy as hell.”

Echo turned her head as if she couldn’t look me in the eye. “There’s more.”

Shocking the hell out of me, she grabbed the hem of her sweater and yanked it over her head. A wave of lust hit me when I spotted a black lace bra, but then I turned into stone as she twisted, revealing another scar. A long one. A thin one. One that caused me to want to break someone’s bones.

On impulse, I touched it, wishing that the caress could heal her, could undo the past that fucking haunted us both. But the world didn’t work that way. Not for us. Never for us.  “I’m sorry, baby.”

  “No one else knows, Noah. Not even Lila.”

I nodded, but she didn’t see. Nodded because that statement said more than she ever had before. She was trusting me. Just like I was trusting her. Yeah, I was fucked because I was definitely falling in love.

Unable to resist, I kissed her scar as I slid my hand over the scars on her arm. “You’re beautiful.”

More than beautiful, and she was slowly becoming my air to breathe. Echo tensed and to prove to her that these scars were a part of her that I accepted, just like she accepted me, I lifted her arm and kept eye contact as I trailed a line of kisses along the raised skin.

Her green eyes began to smolder and her chest rose and fell at a faster rate. My own blood began to heat and if she didn’t give me permission soon, I was going to combust. “Kiss me.”

Echo closed the gap between us and pressed her lips to mine. All my resolve disappeared and my hands had a mind of their own. They raced to tunnel through her hair, to caress her face, to skim along her back, and when Echo pressed her soft body to mine, I took a risk and touched her breasts.

She gasped for air, wound herself tighter to me, and began to explore. Her fingers curved over my muscles, sweetly along my spine, and when her hands began to wander lower, my mouth left hers and I kissed along her neck.

And I continued down, to places that I had yet to visit with Echo, but had dreamed of multiple times. In response, Echo arched her back and the blood pounded in my veins.

More. The need was for more. For her to consume me. For her warmth to be the only sense in the world. For her voice to be the only sound. For her heart to beat right with mine.

With a touch to her thigh, Echo whispered my name and that single utterance rocked me.

 “I love how you smell,” I whispered as kissed my way back to her earlobe. “I love how beautiful you are.”

Echo guided my head back to hers, reclaiming my lips and hooked a leg around mine. We began a rhythm. One that was fast, one that was constant, one that caused us to kiss each other deeper and longer.  

She broke away and whispered, “I love you.”

I blinked and ran her words over again in my mind. She loved me. Echo loved me. An ache and a joy rushed through me and I should have told her. I should have fucking told her how I loved her back, but the words became caught in my throat.

I caressed her cheek once, then again. “Make love to me, Echo. I’ve never made love.”

Her mouth slacked. “But…”

I cut her off with a kiss, not wanting to hear the sins of my past fall from her lips. “Yes, but never love. Just girls who didn’t mean anything. You…” My tongue teased her bottom lip, and she began to melt back into me again.  “…are everything. I got tested over winter break and I’m clean and I’ve got protection.”

Because I thought of this. I thought of us making love and, in case it happened, I wanted to be prepared. I reached over to the side of the bed and pulled out a condom.

Echo paled out and I kissed her lips in an attempt to see if this was something she wanted to do with me.

“And since break?” she asked.

“There’s been no one,” I said against her lips. “I met you soon after and I could never think of touching anyone else.”

Echo laced her fingers in my hair and eased my head to hers, but the moment I placed my hand near her jeans, her hands snapped to my chest. “Please. Wait. Noah…” She paused as if she was choking. “I’m a virgin.”

Holy hell. “But you were with Luke.” And his reputation was worse than mine.

A smile grew on her lips and I found myself speechless. As if my mind couldn’t turn the wheel.

“That’s why we broke up. I wasn’t ready.”

Because he pushed her and Echo was the type of girl who definitely needed time. Time that I could give. I shifted my body off of hers and tucked her close to me. Parts of me that I thought I had lost became found when she laid her head on my chest.

“I’m glad you told me.” I ran my fingers through her hair. “This needs to be right for you and I’ll wait, for as long as you need.”

 

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Breaking the Rules Preorder Giveaway Number Three

November 21, 2014 at 10:37 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Exciting news! We way surpassed our 25% goal of my pre-order target! Because of that, I will soon rewrite the first kiss in the basement between Echo and Noah from Pushing the Limits in Noah's point of view.

Now, I am doing a third pre-order giveaway. When we hit one hundred percent (100%) 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. One Kindle Fire HDX 7 16 GB
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. Abby--I will write the first chapter of a book I'd very much love to write someday. I’ll give you the first chapter of Abby. Please don’t read anything more into this. I’m not promising a book for Abby, but I will give you this first chapter if we meet my pre-order goal.
 
 
How can you enter? Fill out the Rafflecopter below.
When will the winners be drawn? When I reach the 100% 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 write Abby’s first chapter!
Is this open internationally? Yes!
 
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.

"Echo and Noah stole my heart - and my breath - again. Bravo, Ms. McGarry, for another gripping, romantic ride." ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Tammara Webber

"As they try to put to rest a past that still haunts them I became more deeply attached to Noah and Echo than ever. The connection between them has only grown more intense—their chemistry is explosive! Highly emotional and hugely inspiring… I had an ache in my chest as I turned each page, willing these beautiful characters to find themselves and their happy ending." ~ New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young of On Dublin Street

Remember, I will only be drawing for the giveaway and releasing Abby’s first chapter once I reach my pre-order goal for Breaking the Rules! Show Echo and Noah some love and pre-order your copy today!

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Amazon: $4.74

B&N: $4.99

BAM: $2.99

Kobo: $4.99

iBooks: $4.99
 
 

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Breaking the Rules Questions

November 19, 2014 at 1:00 PMKatie McGarry

Hi everyone!

I'm getting a lot of questions about Breaking the Rules (Echo & Noah #2) so I thought I would answer some of them here:
 
1. Breaking the Rules is a full length novel. I know it is sometimes labeled as 1.5 but I think that's because it is a continuation of Pushing the Limits and it takes place between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Honestly, up to that point, it may have been the longest book I have written. So yeah...you'll have a lot of Echo & Noah to enjoy.
 
2. Breaking the Rules is being released in North America as an e-book exclusive. I also *believe* that it is initially being released as an e-book exclusive in Australia and the UK. I also *believe* that Australia and UK readers will have print copies available soon. I do not know when the print version of Breaking the Rules will be available in North America. I have been told though when it is printed, that it will be the paperback version.
 
I understand that a lot of you don't read e-books and I also understand that a lot of you would like a hardback to complete your set. I want you to know that I do hear you and my heart aches for you, because, let's be honest, I have the best readers in the world...but you have to understand that there are a lot of decisions made that are beyond my scope.
 
3. There will not be advance reviewer copies for Breaking the Rules, nor will it be on Netgalley. Sorry, guys.
 
4. The release date is December 8, 2014 not December 30, 2014. My publisher switched the dates a few months ago and I'm excited we get to share Echo & Noah's story earlier.
 
5. I love Breaking the Rules. Love it. Echo and Noah always have a way of breaking me down and then building me back up again. They have the most amazing love. The kind that tackles the hard stuff and still shines through in the end. I can't wait for you guys to read this amazing story.
 
Remember...I'm giving away the following when we hit twenty-five percent (25%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):
 
1. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view.
 
If you would like to enter the giveaway and also read the dance/fight scene from Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view click here.
 
I love you all and thank you so much for your support!
 
 
 
 

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Amazing News and Giveaway

November 10, 2014 at 9:09 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Amazing news! Best selling author Tammara Webber read Echo and Noah's second full length novel, BREAKING THE RULES, and this is what she had to say:
Echo and Noah stole my heart - and my breath - again. Bravo, Ms. McGarry, for another gripping, romantic ride. ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Tammara Webber
 
Thanks to your votes, TAKE ME ON made it to the semi-final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014. Please help West and Haley make it to the finals by voting here.
 
Woo hoo! This absolutely made my day!
I'm giving away the following when we hit twenty-five percent (25%) of my goal for pre-orders for Breaking the Rules (there is no purchase necessary to enter or win; this isn't a contest):
 
1. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view.
 
If you would like to enter the giveaway and also read the dance/fight scene from Pushing the Limits from Noah's point of view click here.

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Breaking the Rules Preorder Giveaway Round 2

November 4, 2014 at 9:21 PMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
Exciting news! We reached our 10% goal of my pre-order target! Because of that, I have drawn the winners for the previous giveaway (congrats Nancy L. and Em) and...drum roll please...I have rewritten the fight at the dance from Pushing the Limits in Noah's point of view. Scroll down to read the scene!
 
Now, I am doing a second pre-order giveaway. When we hit twenty-five percent (25%) 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. One $100 Gift Card to the online bookstore of choice (the store must offer digital gift cards)
2. One signed copy of Pushing the Limits
3. One audio book of Take Me On
4. I will rewrite the first time Echo and Noah kiss in the basement in Pushing the Limits from Noah'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 25% 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.
 
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 pre-order goal for Breaking the Rules! Show Echo and Noah some love and pre-order your copy today!
 
 
 
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Noah
(The dance scene retold from Noah’s point of view.)
I’d lost my fucking mind and from the perplexed glance the teacher who accepted my three bucks to enter this dance gave me, she was thinking the same thing.
Bass from a hip hop song pounded out of the darkened gym and a shadowed group of swaying bodies hung out in the center. Occasionally the colored lights would hit them and I strained to see if any of the girls in the sequined dresses was Echo, but I came up short.
Dancing—would Echo do it? The girl who called me out on my shit would. Bet that girl could move like no one I’d seen before.
I scanned the people standing on the sidelines and my jaw twitched. A few feet from me, he was touching her. That overgrown ape Luke Manning was holding Echo’s hand and leading her toward the bathrooms.
A wave of anger rippled through me. She chose to be here with him. With a fist through my hair I turned away. I was a fucking moron for coming here. An idiot that needed his brain rewired.
“Where are you going?” Echo’s upset voice caused me to freeze in my tracks.
“I told you, the locker room,” Luke answered.
A glance over my shoulder. She yanked her hand away and that anger brewing within me stilled, but a new dangerous undertow was quickly rolling in to take its place. What the fuck did he do to upset her?
“What happened to dancing?” she asked. “And then talking?”
“Yeah, sure, whatever. Later,” Luke shrugged her off. “We’re getting to the bottom of the barrel with our supplies. If I don’t go in now, I’ll miss my chance.”
My little nymph leaned into him, eyes blaring with anger. “Yes, you will.”
Good girl, not taking Manning’s shit.
A high like the one off a good joint coursed through me when the asshole misread Echo. His eyes lit up and when he kissed her cheek, I looked away to keep from tackling his ass.
“I knew you’d understand.” Then Manning walked away.
Echo collapsed against the doorframe, her arms hugging her stomach. I watched her, waiting for tears, waiting for her heartache, but all I spotted was disappointment.
Normal.
She craved normal. To go to a dance. To act eighteen and not forty-four. To not have the weight of the world on her shoulders. To have someone understand and love her.
To have normal.
She craved it…and so did I.
Echo came here with him. She chose to be with him, but I also screwed up every opening she gave to me.
Normal. Was I even fucking capable of it anymore?
With a sigh, I forced myself to find out. “I told you that you deserved better.” I left the shadows and walked into the light.
Any doubt I had in coming to this dance disappeared as her face brightened.  “Noah?”
Echo was gorgeous in blue. She would have been gorgeous in anything, but the way that dress clung to her every curve and ended mid-thigh—I sucked in a deep breath. Damn, this girl owned me.
“Echo, you look…” Because she was too beautiful to not appreciate again, my eyes wandered the length of her body and then slowly back up. “Appetizing.”
She laughed. The type of laugh that caused me to smile with her. The type that caused people to look and be jealous because they weren’t a part of that contagious laughter.
“Like chicken wing appetizing or succulent hamburger appetizing?” she teased.
The memory of the night I suggested her expression resembled that of having an orgasm when she bit into the hamburger sprang to mind. I stepped closer to her, purposely invading her personal space. “Appetizing as in your boyfriend’s a moron to leave you alone.”
“He’s not my boyfriend,” she said.
“Good. Because I was going to ask you to dance.”
A slow song started. Echo had given me chances before—at the arcade, in her garage. She told me what she needed, dared me to get past my shit, and each time, I turned her away. But not anymore. She wanted this dance, I’d give her this dance. I’d try to give her the world if she’d let me.
Right there, between the entrance of the gym and the locker room, I wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her close. Her scent hit me first and I briefly nuzzled my nose into her hair, enjoying the sweet smell. In return Echo slid her arms to my neck, letting her gloved fingers skim my skin.
“I thought you didn’t do dances.” Echo locked those dazzling green eyes on me.
“I don’t. And, this afternoon, I had no intention of coming here.”  The words needed to explain…the emotions raging inside me…got hung up in my throat. This…coming here…it meant something and she meant something and the urge was to run away, but…“This dance seemed so damn important to you. And you…you’re important to me.”
An ache pushed through me. She was more than important. With each day that passed she was becoming more and admitting this…it gave her power—power to hurt me, but when I glanced down into those soft eyes I didn’t spot a potential landmine…I found peace.
“Echo, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because I don’t know. I don’t hold hands in the hallway or sit at anyone else’s lunch table. But I swear…on my brothers that you’ll never be a joke to me and you’ll be much more than a girl in the back seat of my car.”
Echo’s perfect mouth dropped open and a small sound barely escaped. My heart beat with each second of silence. It was too much. My words were too much, but then she lifted her fingers from my neck and they tunneled into my hair.
I blinked with the teasing touch. She licked her lips and every cell in my body vibrated to life. Echo gently applied pressure to my head and I definitely had an answer to the silent question on her face. I wanted Echo, she wanted me, and it was time we finally stopped playing games and declared both of us too far gone to turn back.
“Get away from my girl, Hutchins.”  
Whiplash. A spike of anger at being so close and yanked away by the asshole who had caused her pain. I grabbed Echo’s hand, moved us into the hallway and tucked her safely behind me.  “She’s not yours.”
Manning’s face reddened and he fisted his hands. A few of his asshole friends stumbled out of the locker room. Their laughter faded the moment they spotted me and then my hand holding onto Echo. That’s right, she chose me.
Manning stared over my shoulder. “Come here, Echo.”
Did he just call her like she was a dog?
“We should talk. In the gym.” Echo inched toward the gym. She could go, but there was no way I was leaving. Not when he thought she was property to be owned.
One of the ape’s loser friends stepped up beside him. “It’s not cool to be up on another man’s girl.”
Echo gently squeezed my hand. “Noah.”
The movement tugged on my heart, but this was a confrontation that had been building for weeks. Manning craved this fight. I could taste it, and the only way I was backing down was if the world exploded around us. “Why don’t you go on in? I’ll be there in a few.”
“Um, no,” she answered. “Not without everyone else.”
“Yeah, go, Echo.”  Luke wobbled as he stepped in my direction. Great, the bastard was blitzed.
I relaxed my stance. I hated him, but I wasn’t interested in pounding a guy who couldn’t handle me sober. Right as I was about to open my mouth, Manning picked up speed and he collided into me, causing my back to slam into the wall.
“No!” Echo yelled.
His fist came fast, ramming right in my jaw, and pain throbbed at my lip. A metallic taste entered my mouth and what had been fury before calmed into a slow, dangerous anger. Luke Manning was fucking dead.
Manning swung back and I took the opening, driving my fist into his stomach, and when he doubled over, I pushed him away.  He stumbled on his feet, reminding me how drunk the asshole was. Such a waste. Such a fucking waste.
I wiped the blood from my lip. “Come on, man. You don’t want to do this.”
“I warned you to stay away from her,” Luke yelled and he threw himself at me again.
But this time, I saw him coming and went for his stomach again. He groaned, his knees went weak and I shoved him to the ground.  “Stay down, Manning.”
He glared up at me, his cheeks hot with embarrassment and hatred. Not only was I taking his girl, I was tearing apart his pride. But this fight was over. I knew it, he knew it, and it was going to kill him to admit defeat.
Manning staggered up and my fists tightened at my side as I prepared for round three. He raced forward, my guard went up. Movement out of the corner of my eye stopped my heart. Echo. I reached out to grab her, but I was too late. Luke collided with Echo.
“Echo!” My world went into slow motion. Echo collapsed to the floor, resembling a broken rag doll.
“Jesus...Jesus, I hurt her.” Luke raked a hand through his hair and began to tremble. He inched toward her, lowering like he was going to touch her. That wasn’t going to fucking happen.
I grabbed his arm and yanked him back, my eyes burning into his. “Get away from her, asshole.”
She was too still, too pale. Her cheek lay against the floor and her knees were pulled into her chest. Fear pulsed through my body. Not her. I couldn’t lose her too. I brushed my fingers along her cheek then lifted her red curls away from her face. “Echo? Are you okay?”
She sucked in a deep breath and some of that fear began to lift away. I took her hand in mine and then took a deep intake of air myself when she squeezed my fingers. She trusted me. Even though all the shit I’d put her through, she trusted me.  
“I’ve got you,” I whispered. “I promise.”
“What’s going on out here?”
Echo moaned and my eyes snapped shut. Damn, not what we needed. Mrs. Collins raced into the hallway, her heels clicking with each step. “Echo? Echo!”
She crouched down beside her and placed her fingers on her forehead. Echo blinked her eyes repeatedly and I sat back on the floor in relief, but still kept hold of her hand.
“Are you okay?” Mrs. Collins asked Echo.
“Yes,” she whispered as if every cell in her body was in pain. Echo gingerly picked her head up off the floor. I immediately laid my hands on her back and helped her into a sitting position. She looked like she was going to fall over again.
“What happened?” Mrs. Collins scanned the hallway, narrowly missing how Manning’s piss ass friends bailed on him. Guys like that are worthless. Eventually her eyes fell to my mouth. “Noah, you’re bleeding.”
I wiped at the corner of my mouth and, sure enough, she was right. “Yes, ma’am.”
“You’re Luke, correct?”
“Yes.” Manning sat at Echo’s feet and looked dazed as hell. Fuck, I probably rang his bell a little too hard and his parents were going to sue me.
Mrs. Collins sighed heavily, shaking her head. “I’m not going to like this at all, am I?”
“Nope,” I answered.
“I tripped,” Echo said and I had to bite back a laugh. My little siren knew how to lie.
Mrs. Collins’ lips tightened into a thin line. “And Noah’s mouth?”
“Me too.”
She regarded Manning like he was an alien. “And the nice bruise forming on your jaw is from?”
Manning absently rubbed his jaw as he stared down at Echo. “I got into a fight earlier tonight.”
“But not here, right?”
“No, not here.”
Mrs. Collins closed her eyes and sighed again. A small amount of nervous adrenaline entered my system. She was either going to nail us and I’d be suspended or she’d set us free. Finally, she reopened them. “Luke, why don’t you return to the dance? I’d like to speak with Echo and Noah.”
Manning continued to stare at Echo like he didn’t hear a damn thing Mrs. Collins said. I opened my mouth to ask him what the hell was wrong with him, but then there was a click in my head. The ape wasn’t just looking at Echo, he was staring at her arms.
The bastard—he’d never seen the scars before and he was doing a shit job of hiding his reaction. As fast as I could, I grabbed the glove that had dropped down Echo’s arm and slipped it back up.
“Keep staring, Manning,” I mumbled. “And you and I will be having a talk.” And this time, I wouldn’t be offering to let him walk.
I wrapped my fingers around Echo’s arm, over her scars, and glared at the bastard. Echo was beautiful. It was the people who surrounded her that were ugly. 
“Echo,” Luke said. “I’ll be waiting.”
His eyes flicked back to Echo’s arms, the disgust swimming on his face. Barely keeping a straight line, the ape left the hallway and entered the gym.
Mrs. Collins sat on the floor beside Echo and kicked off her heels. “Guess I’ll need to dry clean this dress. I hoped to avoid it. I have a habit of forgetting my clothes there and they end up chucking them.” She pulled a tissue from the purse hanging on her wrist. “Here, Noah. No need to bleed all over the place.”
I’d never understand the head shrink. Guess she wasn’t going to nail me to the wall for fighting, like any other adult before her would have done. I settled against the wall, and drew Echo into me. She sat between my legs, her back resting against my chest.
I accepted Mrs. Collins’ tissue, but then forgot all about the blood pooling at the corner of my mouth when Echo laid her head on my shoulder. Damn, I had no idea holding a girl could feel so good…so right.
“So, Noah, Echo’s the coat girl.” Mrs. Collins asked.
I had to chuckle. “Yeah.”
“Echo, is your father aware of this relationship?”
“Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t know about it?”
“Yes.” Mrs. Collins’ mouth twitched in humor, then she sobered up. “I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t. So much for my intuitive powers. Anyhow, let’s get the two of you to the nurse’s office. She’s here tonight in case of sudden illness or accidents.”
“No,” Echo and I answered at the same time.
“I’m fine,” I said.
“Me, too,” Echo added. “Fine, I mean.”
“All right.” Mrs. Collins collected her shoes and lifted herself off the floor. “I expect the two of you to remain professional in your tutoring sessions. I’ve been extremely pleased with your attendance and progress reports from your teachers, Noah. I see a negative change and I’ll be in the middle before the two of you can say group therapy. Am I making myself clear?”
We both mumbled something, then watched as she walked into the darkened gym.
I didn’t know why I came here tonight, what I was expecting, but ending up in a fight then holding Echo on a dirty floor—that wasn’t it. I lowered my head and inhaled her unique scent. No, it was the last thing I could have imagined, but it was exactly where I wanted to be. “Truth, Echo. Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.” Echo shifted closer to me, placing the soft and warm skin of her neck just a centimeter from my lips. I slightly moved my head, skimming her neck, fantasizing about opening my mouth and placing a real kiss there. A kiss that could cause both of us to fall over this edge we had been dangling on for weeks.  
“Noah?” Echo’s voice was just the right amount of innocent and sexy and my arms tightened around her waist in response.
“Yes?”
“I need to talk to Luke.”
A bucket of frigid water might as well have been poured over my head. I stood, taking Echo up with me. “One-time offer, Echo. You and me, but you’ve gotta dump the ape. I’ll wait outside. You’ve got twenty minutes.”
And I hoped she made the right decision and it involved her leaving the dance with me.

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TAKE ME ON and BREAKING THE RULES

November 4, 2014 at 9:51 AMKatie McGarry
Hi everyone!
 
I have exciting news! TAKE ME ON is a Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014! This is the third year in a row that one of my books has been nominated in this category.
 
Now, I need your help. Please click here and help TAKE ME ON make it to the next round! West, Haley, and myself thank you!
 
Can you believe that it is a little over a month until BREAKING THE RULES will be released? Would you like to help promote Echo and Noah's upcoming release? If so, there are several different ways.
 
One is to sign up for the BREAKING THE RULES blog tour with Kismet Book Touring. You can sign up here.
 
Now, the following is a way that everyone can help! Inkslinger will be running a release day launch and everyone who signs up will be a part of the fun! If you would like to help spread the word and celebrate the release of Echo and Noah's continuing full length novel, BREAKING THE RULES, you can sign up here.
 
 
 
Amazon: $4.74

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iBooks: $4.99
 
 

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