Friday, December 5, 2014

Breaking the Rules Blog Tour: Letter from Katie McGarry + Giveaway


I'm ridiculously excited today to welcome author Katie McGarry back to the blog as part of the promotional tour for her newest release, Breaking the Rules. I fell madly in love with Echo and Noah (as so many did) back when I read Pushing the Limits, and I'm so thrilled Katie decided to give readers a chance to revisit the two of them. I have the pleasure of sharing with you today a very special letter from Katie to Echo and Noah, and I hope all of you are as moved by it as I was.

Dear Echo and Noah,
 

I want you to be happy.
 

I’m not sure I’ve written truer words. I want your happiness so much that at times it hurts. Why is this so important to me? Because combine the both of you together and you have me.
 

Not all of me, but parts of me. The parts that have been bleeding for so long that I wasn’t sure healing was even possible anymore.
 

All three of us understand what it means to hurt, to lose, to grieve, and to be let down. We don’t trust easily and we don’t love easily, but when we do trust and when we do love, we do it unconditionally and to a fault.
 

We would literally hand the clothes off our body, give our last dime to the people we love. But the truth is, because at times we are so closed off, we often have a very limited amount of people who we let completely in and, sometimes, that’s sad.
 

I should use “was” instead of “is”. It was sad because we’re healing. All three of us are. You two are learning not only how to love and trust each other and how to let other people into your world, but you are also teaching me how to love and trust beyond my normal scope.
 

You’re teaching me that there is room for forgiveness. You’re teaching me that it’s possible to set up boundaries with some people in your life, yet still have a relationship. You’re teaching me that it’s okay to take all the passion that’s inside me and let it soar into the world.
 

The two of you have made me brave and you’ve helped me figure out who I really am. You’ve made me comfortable in my own skin and you’ve made me see the talents that I always downplayed. You’ve made me feel like a teenager all over again with my husband and damn my heart still skips a beat when he smiles at me.
 

I love the two of you and I want your happiness. This is the reason why I wrote Breaking the Rules. It’s why I couldn’t keep it a short story and instead let it flow into a full length novel.
 

I wanted your happiness. No, I demanded your happiness and I can’t wait for everyone else to read how you two find yourselves and each other.
 
Love you forever,

Katie
 *Jenny wipes away tear* I couldn't love Echo, Noah or Katie more!

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BREAKING THE RULES


A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.


Don't miss out on more amazing books by Katie McGarry!
Pushing the Limits: Goodreads | Amazon
Crossing the Line (e-novella): Goodreads | Amazon
Dare You To: Goodreads | Amazon
Crash Into You: Goodreads | Amazon
Red At Night (Harlequin More Than Words) eNovella - Free from Amazon
Take Me On: Goodreads | Amazon

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KATIE MCGARRY


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

Katie is the author of the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and an RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel.

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. The most memorable moments for Katie are when she speaks to groups of teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach. Katie would love to hear from her readers.



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GIVEAWAY
 

Katie is generously offering up a number of different prizes for this tour:

  • Four lucky winners will each receive ONE signed copy of Katie’s print books: Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You and Take Me On
  • One grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon, B&N or iTunes as well as a zodiac necklace.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure and check out the rest of the participating blogs for more unique content from Katie!

39 comments:

  1. What a beautiful letter! I miss these guys.

    Confession: I had a total airhead moment. When I saw the letter was to Echo and Noah from Katie .... I tried to remember what character "Katie" was. D'oh! Then my brain started functioning. LOL.

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    1. Wasn't it? I love this series so much!!

      And your airhead moment made me snort. I have those moments ALL the time:)

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  2. I must admit, I really really need to re-read these books, and I would love to do so with physical copies. Katie is such a beautiful writer, and I love all her characters.

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    1. I agree Marie, I think it's time I did a re-read of this series as well!

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  3. This was beautiful! I cannot wait to read conclusion to their story.

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    1. I love Echo and Noah so much Glass!

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  4. Aw that is such a sweet letter! I absolutely love Echo and Noah--probably my most favourite couple out of all of Katie's book so far. They have just stuck with me through these past two years.

    Thanks for sharing, Jenny! <33

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    1. I feel the exact same way Melanie! Though Rachel and Isaiah definitely gave them a run for their money:)

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  5. What an amazing letter! I still haven't started reading these books but I feel like I need to start sooner than later so I can meet Echo and Noah!

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    1. I think you will LOVE them Pili! Love. Them.

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  6. Oh it just wants me to read PTL all over again. It been a long time and if I want to read this one straight away then I must. I can't to actually see the development of their relationship. It's been so nice to see glimpses though in other books of hers. Great post, Jenny! :D

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    1. I really need to read Pushing the Limits again too Emma. It's been too long and I think a binge read is in order:)

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  7. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I love Katie McGarry's books and can't wait to read her latest.

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    1. She's definitely an auto-buy author for me Christina!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I'm at work reading that letter and it brought me to tears...I had to go hide out in the bathroom!

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  9. Character interviews are typically my favourite type of tour post, but this letter takes the cake. It's so moving, and heartfelt! Also, it made me feel better about my unhealthy addiction to swooning over fictional men.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. RIGHT? Letters are my new favorite thing. I can't stop reading this one:)

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  10. What an absolutely beautiful letter! I so need to start this series.

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  11. I fell in love with Echo and Noah in Pushing the Limits so this is exciting news! I'm happy to hear writing their characters was cathartic for Katie. Life is always a work in progress. :) Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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    1. Can't wait to see what you think of the rest of their story Rachel!

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  12. Oh this is beautiful! Jen i'm so incredibly happy that you posted this note here today because it was beautiful! Katie's words made me tear up! I can't wait for this book!

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    1. Same here Lily! I love this letter, these characters, and Katie so much:)

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  13. One of these days I'll pick up Pushing the Limits! Sounds like such a great series!

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    1. I hope you do Melissa! It's fantastic:)

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  14. Aww! That was a beautiful letter. Katie really loves these babies so much. :)
    I'm really excited to revisit them next week! :) Hopefully, there won't be too much drama between them!
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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    1. At least we know everything will work out in the end Nick. Katie won't leave us hanging, nor will she kill anyone off ;-)

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  15. With this book I'll only be 2 behind. :) I enjoy this series so much and I really love that letter!!

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    1. Woo hoo! Getting caught up will be fun:)

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  16. That letter definitely got me to tear up! I'm excited to read about Echo and Noah again!

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  17. A full length novel? HOORAY! I fell in love with Noah and Echo and can't wait to read more about them.

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    1. YAY!!! I'm glad you love them too:)

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  18. AW!! *hands you a tissue* That's so sweet! Katie's just so awesome and it shines through in this letter.

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  19. i love katie's book...i want to collected them all...such good books with beautiful cover..
    thx u for the chance of win :)

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