Katie McGarry Q&A & Pushing the Limits Giveaway

We are very lucky to have with us today, 
a Q&A with Katie McGarry!  
Katie is the author of the fabulous new novel, 
Pushing the Limits!
Pushing the Limits is out today! And in honor of the release, we are hosting Katie here today, and offering up a finished hardcover copy of Pushing the Limits (US ONLY)!



To brief you, here is a bit about Katie.

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and she remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings and reality television, and is a  secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.


Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. Katie loves to visit schools and talk to teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach.

Connect with Katie twitter | facebook | web

Question and Answer with Katie

Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.
Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?
A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the man- uscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it alwaysfelt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek my- thology so it made perfect sense that she would name her chil- dren after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the mo- ment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.
Q: Which character is the most “like” you?
A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.
Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have un- fortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.
Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The peopleI grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willing- ly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and con- gratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.
Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?
A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even strang- er to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories. 
I would like to thank Katie herself (who is a doll!), Karen from MediaMasters, and HarlequinTeen for helping set up this Q&A session as well as sponsoring the giveaway!  Be sure to enter! Here is a bit about Pushing the Limits.  In case you didn’t know, this is one of my FAVORITE books of 2012 thus far.  It is emotionally gripping, and an absolute must read. 
Pick up your copy today: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | IndieBound

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. Echo and Noah couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves united by a common goal: to sneak into their court-ordered social worker’s case files in order to learn the truth about themselves and their families. What they didn’t count on is falling in love — and now 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.

Here is my review of Pushing the Limits 
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Welcome to the PARTIALS Read-A-Long!

*IMPORTANT update: we will totally be #hashtagging over on twitter!  Our HASHTAG is #PartialsReadalong use it whenever ud like!*

Its here, its here!  Mine and Margie’s Partial’s Read-A-Long has arrived!  So for all of you who are involved (and hey, there’s still time to sign up!), here is the breakdown of what we will be reading, week-to-week.

Week 1 – Part 1, read pages 1 – 134

Week 2 – Part 2, read pages 135 – 239
Week 3 – (still Part 2 ) read pages 240 – 349
Week 4 – Part 3 read pages 350 – 472 
So, everyone get reading!  Next Monday we will post our week one wrap up, and we can all discuss everything that we read!  

Here is the link to view Partials on Goodreads.

Find Dan Wells on: twitter | web

The awesome covers for book one & book two (LOVE them!)
In case you STILL want to join in the fun, sign up below!

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DISCUSSION: NEW ADULT in an Adult and Young Adult World

Let me start this off by saying, first I am going to do my best to inform you exactly what new adult is.  After that, I am going to ask you what your opinion is on it, if there’s room for it, if you’ve read any of it, etcetera. Let’s do this!

New Adult is a sub-genre.

 These books have characters which are done with high school, or above high school age.  This starts at around age 18-19.  Now upon researching popular New Adult titles so I can give some examples, I encountered a dilemma.  


You see, I thought New Adult was not only characters that were above 18, and into their early twenties, but I thought it was books in which had more cursing and a bit more sexual content.  It seems though, that a lot of the New Adult books listed simply have college-aged characters.  Lets show you what I mean.


Where She Went [Gayle Forman]
Something Like Normal [Trish Doller]
Slammed [Colleen Hoover]

These books do not have much “explicit” content, but do have the correct aged characters to qualify as young adult.  Since this then confused me, I continued researching… (like I’m doing a legit paper or something, here!) 
::AHEM, insert Wikipidea here:: 

Here’s what good ol’ Wiki has to say.  
     “New-adult Fiction or post-adolescent literature is a recent category of fiction for young adults first proposed by St. Martin’s Pressin 2011. [1] St. Martin’s Press editors wanted to address the coming-of-age that also happens in a young person’s twenties. They wanted to consider stories about young adults who were legally adults, but who were still finding their way in building a life and figuring out what it means to be an adult.” 
-Wikipedia

 So, I would really love to hear from some bloggers, as well as some New Adult authors on this.  I recently read Last Summer a New Adult Novel by Rebecca Rogers, and this novel had what I believed all New Adult was supposed to have.  Easy, by Tamara Webber is another example (strong sexual content) of what I thought New Adult would consist of. College-aged characters as well as more mature sexual content.  Perhaps I was wrong?  I mean, Wikipedia and Goodreads say I am.  


Regardless of the facts, I want to know, what do you guys think?  Is New Adult a necessary genre?  According to many, it is the “ultimate crossover genre” to go from Young Adult, to Adult.  Personally, I think it is wonderful as well as absolutely necessary to have New Adult.  Within the next few years I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a New Adult section on Amazon, B&N and in some bookstores.  Its not like this is not possible,I mean come on!  


Check out some New Adult Authors here:
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Tamarra Webber
Rebecca Rogers
Jamie McGuire


Books Pictured Above:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Last Summer – Rebecca Rogers
Flat Out Love – Jessica Park
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire


Also Check Out:



Come See About Me – C.K. Kelly Martin






Now, sound off below! Let me know what you think New Adult really is, and if you think there’s room for it!


COVER REVEAL: M.Leighton THE WILD ONES!

Who’s Excited? You should be excited!  Here we have today a very first look at the COVER for Michelle Leighton’s new novel, The Wild Ones.

Can we say, AMAZING?
This cover = sexy.  I just love it! Who’s with me!?

Here is the synopsis for The Wild Ones:
The Wild Ones
Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.
Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines.  She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses.  Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future. 
But that was before she met Patrick Henley.
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her.  He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her.  And Trick needs his job.  Desperately.  His family depends on him.
The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles.  At least the ones they know of.
When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome.  It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.
COMING AUGUST 1, 2012

Don’t try to tell me you’re not all intrigued by this one!  
Michelle is awesome and you can find her all over the place! Start here:
Make sure to check out Michelle’s other great books, and add this one to your TBR pile, ASAP!

A special thank you to Michelle for letting me be a part of the cover reveal! It has been awesome!

Top Ten Tuesday (7/24)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, participate! Its way fun 😉
This weeks topic is: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books


Usually, I post this early.  Today I worked 12 hours and had no time.  But it was eating me alive to not have a TTT post done.  So here I am, first writing it at 9:15 at night.  This is for my devotion to my blog and my readers, and my sanity. Let’s get this show on the road!  All links go to Goodreads, as per usual.

1- The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins– Honestly, who didn’t picture themselves in the arena at least once while reading Suzanne Collins’ epic trilogy?

2- Anna & The French Kiss: Stephanie Perkins– Miss Perkins knows how to paint us a lovely picture of Paris, that’s for sure! I went to the movies with Anna, did touristy things with her and St. Clare and had a flat out ball! 

3- Shatter Me: Tahereh Mafi- That prison was bleak, dark, and cold! And I felt it all.  Tahereh Mafi transported me throughout this entire novel, and it was freakin’ awesome.  

4- Where She Went: Gayle Forman– The second installment was WAY better in my eyes (second to If I Stay) for many reasons, but Where She Went took me through New York City in such a beautiful way.  I had meals with Adam while exploring the city, and felt every emotion he did.  It was amazing.  Gayle Forman, props to you.  
5-1st To Die: James Patterson- James Patterson had to make my list.  This was my first novel of his that I ever read, but let me tell you I was on a murder investigation with Lindsay Boxer and her crew.  I was in that police station and kicking ass morning til’ night.  He is SO good at painting the picture for the reader.  Ugh, James & I are always gonna  be tight! 😉

I’m not going to push it.  I don’t want to add to the list just to get to ten.  These are the ones I feel VERY strongly about.  I was sucked into their world and couldn’t get out.  This isn’t something that happens with every book!  But when it does, damn I just love it!  So you are aware, before I am asked, Harry Potter is not on my list solely because I have not read it.  I thought you should all know.  

Anyway, til the next time, see ya !  Oh, and since I’m wired from being overtired from a 12 hour work day, tweet me, comment me, whatever, I’ll be answering til the wee hours of the mornin’!




AUTHOR Interview/Giveaway – Rebecca Rogers!

We are VERY fortunate to have Rebecca Rogers, author of the Silver Moon Series 
and Last Summer here with us today.

Hey Rebecca, it is wonderful to have you here with us today! 
Thank you so much for agreeing to an author interview!

Firstly, after looking around your website (which is awesome, by the way) I see that you went the self-publishing route. How has that been for you?
It’s been great! I was a little apprehensive at first because of the stigma self-publishing receives from the general public, but I think times are changing, and it’s becoming easier for writers to achieve their dreams, especially in the new digital era. I’m glad I took the plunge, because I’ll never have to ask myself, “What if?”

I also see that Last Summer was very different than anything else you have written. Where did you get the idea for this novel?
Originally, Last Summer was going to be a paranormal book in which a girl finds a ghost in an abandoned cottage. Creepy, right? Later, I decided I wanted to branch out from paranormal books and try contemporary. So, instead of finding a ghost, the main character finds a ghost of a boy. I added the drug addiction and homelessness, and voila! The idea for Last Summer was born. 🙂

Before I read Last Summer, you informed me it is not YA, it is New Adult. What made you want to try out the New Adult genre?
I wanted to see how far I could push the envelope with a book. All of my previously published novels had a minimal amount of language, sex, and violence, but with Last Summer, I didn’t want there to be any boundaries. I knew that if I wrote a book with drug addiction as a main theme, I wanted it to be raw and edgy. Also, considering the ages of the main characters, they were slightly too old for Young Adult, yet too young and less mature for Adult. Thank goodness someone dubbed a genre titled “New Adult”; otherwise, I might still be questioning what genre Last Summer fits into.

Did you have to research much to write about addiction as in depth as you did in Last Summer? That was some pretty heavy stuff!
I did, actually. I’ve only watched a few episodes of Intervention here and there, and I could see how tough it is for someone to give up their addiction. I know it doesn’t happen overnight, but at the same time, I couldn’t pack years worth of addiction into a novel; it would never end! So I lessened the length of time Logan (one of the main characters) actually used drugs, hoping he could hop off that wagon sooner than, say, drug addicts who have been using for years and years. I researched what the symptoms were for withdrawal, but really, it depends on the person, what drug they’re addicted to, and how long they’ve been using their drug of choice as to how severe their symptoms become once they stopped. It was very tricky finding a balance, and I’m sure plenty of people will disagree with the way I wrote it.

I love that on your website, you not only promote yourself, but others as well, but reviewing other books. What are some of your favorites?
Thank you! I love reading; it helps with writing, too. 😉
I’ve read so many great books, it’s tough to choose just a few. Some of the best YA books I’ve enjoyed so far this year are Red Heart Tattooby Lurlene McDaniel, Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. They’re definitely worth a read.

Continuing on that note, let’s hear it! Top three favorite authors, and top three writing inspirations:
Tolkien and Rowling are my top authors. I wish I had the ability to dive into their imaginations for one day, just to see what it’s like to be that gifted. They’re very inspiring, along with authors such as R.L. Stine, Annette Curtis Klause, and Lois Duncan, whose books I read growing up. I think they’re what inspired me to press forward with my writing.

What do you have coming up next? And what is your favorite TYPE of book to write?
I plan on finishing the Silver Moon series. I have the prequel lined up for release in late September, and I plan on releasing the final book the beginning of next year.
My favorite type of book to write would have to be paranormal. I just love dark and eerie books; there’s something otherworldly about them.

If you weren’t a writer, Rebecca, what would you be doing?
Probably sitting behind a desk somewhere. I was a legal secretary for six years before I quit to write full-time. It wasn’t a dream job, but it definitely paid the bills. 😉

Any plans you want to tell us about coming up in the next year or so?
I’ll be finishing up the Silver Moon series, and then I’ll start two new series to be released hopefully next year. I have one or two more standalones in mind, as well. 🙂

When you’re not writing, what do you love to do?
Read, read, read, or watch TV. I’m also shamelessly addicted to reality television. Don’t judge! 😛

Rebecca, thank you so much for being here today, and also for giving our readers a chance to win LAST SUMMER! You are super awesome and I can’t wait to dive into some more of your books! Last Summer was so different, and raw. I just fell in love with it. Despite the heavy subject matter, I thought it was a breath of fresh air from the typical contemporary. (Although those are nice sometimes as well!) I think the New Adult genre is going to begin to explode, I personally love it! Anyway, thank you again and I hope to have you back here soon!
Thank you so much for having me, Cass! 😀

Rebecca can be found a few places, find her:

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Its Monday: What Are You Reading!?

Hosted by Book Journey.  Join in the fun!
I read:
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Last Summer by Rebecca Rogers
Created:
Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge
Completed:
100 Follower Giveaway (Delirium)
Prepping for the Partials Read-A-Long (& was re-tweeted by DAN WELLS himself!)

I will read books.  Haha.  Exact books not yet decided 😉
I was featured at Book Soulmates!  I was the Blog Soulmate! Check it out here
Rebecca Rogers Interview/Giveaway-Review of Last Summer by Rebecca Rogers (Tuesday)
-Cover Reveal for M. Leighton’s new book The Wild Ones (Wednesday)
-Review of This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (Thursday)
Questions for the readers:
Do you want me to get a Facebook like page?
Does anyone know where I can get bookmarks designed and printed to include in giveaway packs?
What are you reading? Leave it in the comments!

A Bit About the Hosts

The Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge Presents to you…
A bit about our hosts: 

Cass- I’m Cassie and I’m 27 and the head of this here event! I read some adult fiction, mostly mystery and suspense and tons of YA! I’m well aware that I fear sci-fi and fantasy, so I’m attempting to change that this fall!  I’m twitter obsessed and a blog-a-holic.  I read book blogs all day! Its crazy!  I hope we can all accomplish our goals during this challenge! You can find me here, on Goodreads and Twitter.

Danie– I’m Danie and I blog at Booktacular. I read mostly YA and mystery/suspense/thriller novels, and not very many romance (whether it’s PNR, historical, etc). I think I’m going to try to change that for the challenge. I can be found on twitter usually ALL. THE. TIME. – even if I’m not tweeting, I’m reading what other people are writing about! My handle on there is @booktacular. You can also contact me on Goodreads or by email.


Alexa- I’m the head figure of the blog Pages of Forbidden Love, the one who originally started it all. I’m a 22 year old college student majoring in Nuclear Medicine. My first love is YA and my second will always be Adult Romance. Ever since starting the blog I have expanded to try manga, urban fantasy, sci-fi and even some audio books. I love the blogging community because I get to talk about my favorite hobby with people who feel the same way. You can find her on twitter as pageoflovealexa.


Loretta- Hi I’m Loretta. I’m 26, and reading is my thing! I am Zombie Crazy! I love coffee & shoes! I am a Mom of 2. Wife of 1, who dreams of Harlin on a regular! I also am the owner of Between the Pages and can be found on Twitter Facebook , and Goodreads . 


Soon we will be telling you all some books we plan on reading for the challenge.  In the meantime, compile some books you would like to read for the Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge!  And make sure to join in the fun and sign up here!

PREVIEWS!: Coming Soon ON THE BLOG

Do yourself a favor everyone and check out this video!
It will be your go-to-guide of what’s gonna be happening on the blog the next few months!

Interview with Rebecca Rogers & Giveaway of LAST SUMMER!
Blogger Interview with Amber of MMSAI!

FALL INTO
AUTUMN READING CHALLENGE!
Hosts (so far)
Loretta @ Between the Pages
Danie @ Booktacular

Remember, the aim of the challenge is to read outside your norm! Interest? Comment me~!