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Sep 13

Interview: Katie McGarry, Author of Pushing the Limits + Giveaway!

Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Pub. Date: 7/31/12
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, Electronic
Giveaway Courtesy of: Media Masters Publicity

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Author Q&A:

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 manuscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it always felt 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 mythology so it made perfect sense that she would name her children after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the moment 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 unfortunately 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 people I 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 congratulatory 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.

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About the Author

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.


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Aug 27

Happy Book Birthday, The Lost Girl!

Happy Book Birthday to THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna!

No, I’m not quite back from my hiatus…but I signed up to spread the word on a fabulous book! I  read THE LOST GIRL for Common Sense Media. All I can say is…WOW! If you are looking for a fun, suspenseful read…then check out this book! But you’ve been warned, it might bring tears to your eyes because it did to me!

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.


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Dec 01

Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop: Win a Copy of Everneath, Under the Never Sky and Cute Bookmark!

I love the Holidays — from Thanksgiving to New Year’s!

I decided to mix my two favorite things together…books and the holidays!

I’m participating in the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop hosted by Kit Lit Frenzy & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

The Hop runs from Dec 2nd-6th till Midnight EST.

Rules: I recently participated in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. I had tons and tons of entries. It was insane! I’m keeping it simple this time. To enter all you have to do is leave your e-mail address in the comment section of this post, plus why you want to read these books! You do NOT have to be a follower (blog, Twitter, GR) but it’s nice if you are or want to be! I appreciate all my old and new followers!

The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only.

You MUST be 13 years or older to enter.

Winner will be selected by and contacted via e-mail.


One winner will receive…

2 ARC’s courtesy of HarperCollins:

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

and courtesy of me…

1 Hand-stamped “Once Upon a Time” Bookmark from Mrs. Kwitty’s Cottage on Etsy!

The bookmark is made of blue, brown, and green cardstock and stamped with a sweet bird on a branch with the sentiment “Once Upon a Time” and topped with a cute vintage seam lace.


Make sure to visit I AM A READER, NOT A WRITER to check out the other Book Lover’s Holiday Hop giveaways!

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Nov 12

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop Winner Announcement!

Ack! I’m so behind. I’m ready to pull out my hair. From reading books (yes, I will post some reviews soon) and scheduling tour posts and interviews to writing/revising my own YA novel to send out to agents  (goal: Jan 2012)…not to mention work….I’m ready to take a long vacation!

Anyway….so sorry for delay on this announcement, but the winner of my Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is…


I had over 300 entries! It was crazy!!

The winner was chosen via and has already been notified by e-mail.

Thanks to everyone who entered and who are now following my blog. I hope you continue to visit “That’s Swell!”

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