Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Author Appreciation: Katie McGarry

I found out about Katie McGarry from the hype about Pushing the Limits. Honestly I wasn't expecting much even though everyone said the book was the best thing since sliced bread. However, I loved Pushing the Limits. It's honestly one of my top favorites and Katie McGarry has an amazing writing style I haven't read anywhere else. He characters are so absolutely amazing and I am definitely a die hard fan of Katie McGarry. She is one of those authors for me that if she has a book coming out I will put aside my other books to read it.

Check Katie out as these sites: Website/ Blog/ Goodreads/ Twitter/ Facebook

Katie McGarry's amazing books:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

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Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him….

From Her Blog:

Me and Tiffany in 1st GradeAbout Me Randomness

 * I love writing in colored ink. Pink and purple are my favorites.
 * I think I’d love writing in glitter ink more, but I’ve been unable to find those types of pens.
 * I’m crazy in love with the guy I married.
 * I discovered, when I was a child, that bees swarm when you piss them off. My parents discovered that I was not allergic to bee stings.
 * When asked what I do for a living, I answer that I’m a writer and a mom.
 * I majored in political science in college with concentrations in philosophy and history.
 * Once I graduated from college, I bought the toys that go in kid’s meals. I totally coveted the kid’s meals toys at my cubicle and never let anyone else keep one. At heart, I guess I’m still five.
 * When I was in high school, I was ranked in the top twenty in the Kentucky Tennis Association.
The day I graduated from high school
 * I never picked up a racket until I was fourteen and I only took two private lessons in my life. I had to work for two months at the K-Mart shoe department in order to pay for those lessons.
 * I wore K-Mart shoes in high school because they were cheap, cute and mainly because I got a discount.
 * I was attacked by a dog in second grade and repressed the memory. To this day, I only see snapshot images of the event and none of the images include blood.
 * I prefer cats over dogs.
Me and Tiffany in 10th Grade
 * I don’t remember meeting my best friend, Tiffany. She always had been a fixture in my life.
 * Tiffany and I shared a locker even when we didn’t have to. We also shared a dorm room in college and a basement apartment.
 * She had a dog that ate out of the garbage and dragged its butt on the floor when it walked. We used the dog to test the guys we wanted to date. The guys who petted the dog were keepers.
 * My husband petted the dog.
 * My husband is allergic to dogs.
 * The day my best friend died is one of the most devastating days of my life. I still cry over the loss.
 * I don’t like bugs.
 * Cemeteries creep me out.
 * I live one block away from a cemetery.
 * As a teenager, I read the OUTSIDERS so much that the cover fell off and almost every page in the book was dog-eared.
 * I hope one day someone will read my book so much that the cover falls off.
 * Luke 1:37
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