Friday, May 17, 2013

Dare You To Blog Tour: Interview with Ryan + A Giveaway

Today I can barely contain my excitement over the fact that I have Ryan from Katie McGarry's upcoming release Dare You To joining me on the blog to answer a few questions. *takes deep breath* I fell in love with last year's Pushing the Limits, and like nearly everyone else, have been anxiously awaiting Beth's story. I ended up loving Dare You To as much as, if not more, than Pushing the Limits and I want to say a huge thank you to Kismet Book Touring and Katie McGarry for giving me access to Ryan ;-) Be sure and check the bottom of the post for a couple amazing giveaways as well as the full list of participating blogs. Welcome to Supernatural Snark Ryan!

Let’s say after all the events of Dare You To you are able to travel back in time to your first meeting with Beth in the line of the fast food restaurant. How would you alter your previous approach to ensure a more favorable outcome given what you’ve learned about Beth over the past several months?

Great question, but knowing Beth like I do now, I don’t think there’s anything I could have done to change our course. She doesn’t trust easily and would have been wary of me regardless of what I had done.

If Beth were asked to describe her feelings toward you after that first meeting, how scared of her answer would you be?

(Ryan chuckles) I don’t have to be terrified of her answer, because I already know. If Beth’s anything, she’s straightforward. She didn’t like me. She told me she didn’t like me and I believe she later threatened to take away my ability to have children.

Seriously though, I rattled Beth when we first met and she has a hard time admitting things like that.

You have just a few minutes alone with Isaiah and you can tell he’s in a relatively good mood. He might even humor you by answering a question or two. What do you ask him?

I don’t really have a question for him as much as I’d like to thank him. He protected Beth for years—kept her safe when her mom couldn’t or wouldn’t. For that, I’m grateful.

Beth doesn’t need to do anything special to impress you, but if she really wanted to by planning a unique date without asking you directly what you wanted to do, what are a couple of clues or hints we could give her to help her with that endeavor?

She can’t go wrong with tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game. Honestly, I like spending quiet time with Beth. She knows that. I think that’s why she sneaks over in the middle of the night to be with me.

If there was ever a moment during your courtship of Beth that you wished for the sudden arrival of a telepathic ability so you could know exactly what she was thinking, what moment would that have been?

Can I have the ability for our entire relationship? I love Beth, she’s got one hell of a poker face so I’m always trying to guess her thoughts.

Looking back though, I wish that I could have known her thoughts the night she tried to run away. I didn’t know what was going down at the time and looking back, if I had known, I could have handled things differently.

Outside of anything relating to Beth, what’s one dare you absolutely regret accepting?

Logan and I accidentally singed the upholstery of Lacy’s car once on a dare. She’s still pissed at us.

If you were to fictionalize the story of your life, what would the first line of that novel be?

Meeting Beth is the huge catalyst in my life so I’ll go with the opening: I’m not interested in second place. Never have been. Never will be.

It’s that attitude that helped me define what I want for my future and it helped with winning over Beth.

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An emotionally-charged roller coaster ride that will keep you turning the pages well into the night, DARE YOU TO tells the story of seventeen-year-old Beth Risk, who finds her life turned upside down at the beginning of her senior year. Forced to leave the mother she’s always protected and the only friends she’s ever known, Beth must start over at a new school, in a new town, with an uncle she hasn’t seen in years.

The last thing she wants is to catch the eye of the town’s golden boy, popular jock Ryan Stone, who seems determined to win her over for all the wrong reasons. But when she discovers that Ryan has secrets of his own, Beth is drawn to him despite herself. Soon she’ll have to make a choice—between the past that beckons her back, and the life she never dreamed possible.

With PUSHING THE LIMITS, Harlequin TEEN introduced a singular new voice that continues to resonate with teens and adults alike. With DARE YOU TO, Katie McGarry cements her place as a master of contemporary young adult fiction.

Releases May 28th from HarlequinTEEN

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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.

Novels by Katie McGarry:

    • Pushing the Limits (available now)
    • Crossing the Line (e-novella, available now)
    • Dare You To (available May 28th 2013)
    • Crash Into You (coming soon...)

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Thanks to the outstanding teams at HarlequinTEEN and Kismet Book Touring, I have a couple of unbelievable giveaways to share with you all today!

First up is your choice of either Pushing the Limits or Dare You To, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. THEN, in addition to your choice of books, filling out the form below also enters you to win the grand prize pack (pictured above, look at all that awesome!), so good luck everyone!

The prize pack includes:

   • 1 copy of Pushing The Limits
   • 1 copy of Dare You To
   • 1 brown leather cuff bracelet
   • 1 iPod
   • 1 iTunes gift card
   • 1 personalized Dare You To baseball jersey

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Though this is the final stop on the tour, don't forget to check out all the previous tour stops for more chances to win!

Monday, April 29th – Bewitched Bookworms – Excerpt & Song
Tuesday, April 30th - Harlequin Blog
Wednesday, May 1sh – The Irish Banana 
Thursday, May 2nd – Review - Tyngas Reviews
Friday, May 3rd – Evie Bookish 

Monday, May 6th - YA – Bibliophile
Tuesday, May 7th – Review - Realm of Fiction
Wednesday, May 8th – Book Swarm 
Thursday, May 9th – Review - Book Nook
Friday, May 10th –  Alice Marvels
Monday, May 13th -  Xpresso Reads
Tuesday, May 14th – Review - Chapter by Chapter 
Wednesday, May 15th – Book and A Latte 
Thursday, May 16th – Review - Blog Girl 
Friday, May 17th – Supernatural Snark 


  1. Ahha!!!! I LOVE love love this Interview so freaking much! But.. I also love Ryan so very much! And I love you, just to close the circle!

  2. This interview has me even more excited (if that's possible!!!)

    I just finished Pushing the Limits (literally - JUST FINISHED and wrote and published my review!) And oh m gosh, it blew me over!!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  3. Loved the both the books already. Although I didn't like the first much, I absolutely loved the second one. Hats off, Katie!

    And I love YA because they are fun and well, hot.

    Vidya @ Books Are Magic

  4. Ahh Ryan! *sigh* He is such a great boy and I loved his character. Thank you Jenny for this interview cause it was great to hear some of his thoughts. Still I'm a bit jealous as you were close to him. ;) I hope you enjoyed it. Great interview Jenny :)

  5. Oh my gosh Ryan is so sweet!!! Why Have I not picked up Dare to You yet? His answers are so perfect. I like how he's so appreciative of others who have helped Beth and he honestly seems like such a decent guy. Thanks for letting us get to know Ryan more Jenny. I absolutely adored this post! :)

  6. *sigh* This just makes me miss Ryan! and I love his answer to the last question. That's one of the things I admire in him, he always want to be the best, always go for the win! Just like I said from my review of the book - Ryan's winning attitude is what saves Beth.

  7. Ohh, that boy is killing me! He is just too adorable and sweet. I love how dedicated he is to everything, and how he was able to draw Beth out and make her stop being afraid.
    It's awesome that he wouldn't change anything about how they met, it says a lot about how happy he is with their relationship. :)
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  8. Excellent interview Jenny and Ryan! Love all the questiosn and answers! Especially the one about the line about what his autobiography's first line would be!

  9. Strong women and men that don't feel threatened by them as they are confident and secure in themselves.

  10. What a great interview! I keep reading all these great reviews and interviews...I am so ready to read this book!

  11. I really loved the first book!!! So I cant wait to read this one :)

  12. I love how they portray relevant issues of young adolescents and at the same time show how they try to resolve them, and mature in the process.

  13. I love YA novels because of all the emotions & romance.

  14. I agree with the others, great review! I haven't even read the first book in this series yet but not for lack of ambition, I just haven't been able to squeeze them in yet but I think I am going to make a better effort to get them in by the end of summer!

    Have a great weekend!!

  15. Jenny you always come up with such creative questions that make for a compelling interview. Great work!!

  16. Oh, Jenny. Oh, Jenny... - OMG, I'm totally flashing back that as a child I played with a doll/figurine set called Oh Jenny!. I'm not making this up! I'm ... Hold on.

    OK! Go here. Like the last 30 seconds is a commercial for it:

    Now that THAT'S outta the way, I was lamenting that you didn't ask Ryan the most crucial question of all: Should his relationship with Beth implode, how do I go about snagging him for myself?

    I mean, help a friend out, Jenny. Sheesh. ;)

  17. This interview made me love Ryan even more. He's just SO AWESOME.

  18. Oh Ryan! *squeezes* Send him my way, won't you, Jenny? ;) I loved Ryan's character in this book (and I was pretty determined to hate him at first as I adored Isaiah so much!). I wish we had another book about the two of them together, but I can't wait to see what Crash Into You will be like. Fantastic interview!

  19. YA gives my daughters and I something to talk about. One daughter likes the paranormal ones and the other likes the drama ones.

  20. Oh, this just made me love Ryan more. I wish we'd get to have another book with the 4 couples together after Crash into You.

    Charlie @ Letter Trails

  21. EPIC interview as usual!!!!! I LOOOOOVE, ADORED, OBSESSED OVER Pushing the Limits... But I didn't love Dare You To nearly as much. :(

  22. I didn't think I could adore Ryan anymore than I already do, but after reading this, my crush has gotten even stronger. "He protected Beth for years—kept her safe when her mom couldn’t or wouldn’t. For that, I’m grateful." *swoons* There is no love between those guys, so this is especially touching. Ryan is such a force of stability and goodness in Beth's life, and I hope he sticks around for a long time. Love these questions, and Ryan's answers are REALLY making me wish I had time to re-read this. Fantastic interview! :-)

  23. I"m actually not really a fan of most YAs, but I absolutely loved Pushing the LImits. I can't wait to read Dare You To.

  24. I LOVE YA's. They're fun to read and always super cute and romantic :)

  25. Awesome interview...I really need to give this author a go!

  26. Jenny, thank you so much for the epic giveaway and great post! I;m super excited to read this book.

  27. I love this interview with Ryan and thanks for the giveaway! I love contemporary books because the romance and the character development is always described well.
    -Cali W.

  28. Because they make me fall in love over and over and over again. :D

  29. *taps foot* I tell ya, Ryan... you ticked me off for half of the book. I was hoping Beth would kick your arse. In a way I guess she did, and you did make it up to me... uh her. You also rocked it with what you would have said to Isaiah. Okay, forgiven. :D

  30. The slow burning romance! Cannot wait to start reading this series during the summer.

  31. Oh my gosh, I love this!!! Ryan is ador and the book was amazing!!! Great post!!! :)

  32. Having telepathy would be beneficial for anyone in a relationship, don't you think Jenny for reading Kevin's thoughts? I am so excited to read this one. I have it coming up in the next two weeks and I can't wait. Have a wonderful weekend!

  33. I like the romance. It seems more real life!! thanks for the giveaway!!

  34. I can't wait to read this one! This is a wonderful interview, I loved getting to know Ryan better. I often enjoy romance in YA contemporary novels just because it doesn't annoy me as much. ;)

  35. So excited to read Dare You To and so excited to meet Ryan!

  36. Fantastic interview, Jenny! I loved Ryan's responses and his relationship with Beth is just so sweet. Thanks for sharing, dear! :)

  37. I love the love story, the teen angst and the drama. I think it's realatable to most people and that the characters are great!

  38. I didn't think it was possible to fall more in love with Ryan and you did exactly that with your interview, Jenny! :)

  39. What I love most about YA contemporaries is reading about first love and getting to experience it again vicariously through the characters.

  40. Oh my stars, Jenny! You got to interview Ryan?!! Jealous!! Here's a perfect example of a good-guy that's incredibly HOT!! I just loved this boy! Your interviews rock, Jenny. I need to take notes! I freeze when I'm faced with coming up with questions. I can't wait for Isaiah's story next. I don't know if you read the teaser at the end of this one, but boy does it sound amazing! Lovely post, my dear! Oh, and thanks for the giveaway! I read this off Netgalley and of course I have to have a hardcopy for my shelf! :)

  41. I love contemporary YA. The stories deal with current issues that young adults are facing today. I can also recommend this genre to my nephews and nieces and my friends’ children without worrying about the contents.

  42. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love how unique and dramatic they are :)


  44. I love that things that happen to characters can happen in real life.

  45. I love the romance and the characters.

  46. Wow--you liked DtY MORE than PtL? That's a rousing recommendation.

    Cincinnati Reds tickets? I love Ryan already!

  47. Such a fun interview! I really liked Dare You To as well and the character of Ryan was sooo swoon-worthy! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  48. I read a lot of paranormal books and sometimes I just need a break from the supernatural; I've really got into contemporary YA books because of that. Now, I read them even when I don't need a break. :)

  49. Wonderful interview, Jenny! I love the sound of Dare You To, and despite the fact that I put off reading Pushing the Limits foreverrrr, once I finally read it, I was obsessed. In fact, I credit it in large part for my newfound respect for contemps.

  50. I like that they are about an interesting time of our lives! We are just trying to figure ourselves out at this time in our lives!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. "I’m not interested in second place. Never have been. Never will be." Oh, great quote. I think that's terrific attitude to have in life actually.

  52. Yay, Jenny!!! I'm so glad you had Ryan and Katie on the blog. I fell in love with Pushing the Limits last year and I've been dying to get my hands on Dare You To. I couldn't be any more excited now that I know you loved DYT just as much as PTL. Wonderful interview!

  53. Great interview with Ryan! I can't wait to read the novel!

  54. I love the amazing romance, of course! :)

  55. I keep going back and forth between Ryan and Noah as my favourite. Going by this I kind of love Ryan. He's so sweet.

    Great interview,

    Sara @ Just Another Story

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