Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crash Into You Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!

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I’ve got the wonderful Katie McGarry on the blog today for an interview as part of the Crash Into You blog tour. I’m very excited to have her over, I love this series! You can read my review of Crash Into You here if you missed it!

Crash Into You Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!Crash into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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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.

Interview with Katie McGarry

HI Katie! I’m so happy to have you over! I’m a big fan of this series – Crash Into You being my favorite so far actually! 🙂 <3 Isaiah! So I'm wondering, which of your swoon worthy fictional boys was your favorite to write thus far?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite!

Noah, from Pushing the Limits, was just so smooth to write. He had this way about him that was seamless at times. And his love for his younger brothers always wound its way into my heart.

Writing Ryan in Dare You To always made me melt. He’s one of the rare good guys in life and does really romantic things like buys roses and collects rain in a bottle to give to the girl he loves.

But Isaiah…oh, Isaiah. That boy just makes me happy. I have a huge crush on him. I always have since Pushing the Limits. He’s strong, he’s loyal, and he has a heart of gold. All of that is in this totally hot package of tattoos, muscles, and earrings. How can you not love Isaiah?

You’re a master at passion filled romances, what’s your secret to giving characters chemistry? Is that something that just comes natural to you?

Conflict is my secret to chemistry! I love writing characters that are attracted to one another, but don’t want to be.

Isaiah is a foster kid scraping to get by. Rachel belongs to one of the wealthiest families in the state. Her family will not be happy with him showing up on their doorstep. For Isaiah, he’s not interested in being with someone whose friends and family will continually put him down.

But Isaiah and Rachel are drawn to each other and they fight it. He shouldn’t want to kiss her. She shouldn’t want to kiss him. And when they do kiss? It’s fireworks!

What was the funnest part of writing Crash Into You?

One of the best parts of writing Crash Into You was the research! I hung out at a local (legal) drag way in order to understand cars, drag racing, and my characters. Everyone there was so friendly. Definitely one of the best experiences of my life!

Do you have a favorite quote in this book?

This is from Isaiah: “I’ve sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn’t wanted, where I never belonged. Now, when you aren’t with me, I look east and know that one of those lights represents you, and I don’t feel alone anymore.”

Are any parts/characters in your books based on real life or is it all purely imagination?

I put a teeny, tiny shred of myself into all of my characters. The emotions behind the characters are definitely real. Sometimes I base scenes after real life experiences, but they are so morphed that I wouldn’t call them “real” anymore.

I think we’re all dying to know – how many books are you planning for this series?

After Crash Into You releases on November 26th, my next book will be Take Me On (scheduled to be released in May 2014). Take Me On will follow West. He’s Rachel’s brother and a character you will meet in Crash Into You.

To be honest, I don’t know the answer as to how many specific books will be in the Pushing the Limits series, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve written so far.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next! 🙂

About the Author

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.

Contact her via her website,, at Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

This post is part of the Crash Into You blog tour.

Tuesday, November 5th – Fiktshun

Thursday, November 7th – Swoon Boys Podcast 

Tuesday, November 12th – Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, November 13th –  Harlequin Blog

Thursday, November 14th – Xpresso Reads

Tuesday, November 19th – Supernatural Snark 

Thursday, November 21st –  Paper Riot



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45 Responses to “Crash Into You Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!”

  1. Nancy L.R.

    Love the interview! This is one of my all time favorite series and the male characters just make me swoon! I seriously cannot wait to read Isaiah’s story, he’s been my favorite since Pushing the Limits.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Michelle @ Book Briefs

    I am so with Katie, I think conflict is great for super chemistry. I am a huge fan of the unresolved sexual tension. H-O-T. I have only read pushing the limits but I loved it so much that I went for a re-read with it. Which is huge for me since my TBR pile controls my life.

    Great interview Giselle!

  3. Christina R.

    LOVE Isaiah’s quote!!

    I hope we get a lot of West in Crash INto YOu – he sounds like an interesting guy.

    Thank you:)

  4. Isalys

    What a great interview! I cannot wait to meet Isaiah! I loved Noah but there was just something about Isaiah that draws you and pulls you to him! I’m so glad he gets his HEA ♥

  5. Janine Carlos

    I love the interview!!, i love Katie’s Books because i can really feel the conflict in the story and it is so unique not like any other book with cheating and blablabla… Her books are like a breath of fresh air from the typical books 🙂 i super love Isian he is so dreamy!!,

  6. Jenni

    Very cool that this one deals with drag racing, and the research that went into the element sounds fun! I really wish that this series worked better for me, so many people love it. Definitely the black sheep here.

  7. Viki S.

    I loved the interview. I always wonder about authors putting themselves into characters. Thanks for the info :).

  8. Raquel Romero

    I loved LOVED LOVED the Isaiah’s quote in the interview. I loved Noah and Ryan, but I agree with Katy, hunky, tattooed guys are hot!

  9. Texas Book Lover

    Great interview! I loved the first two books and have no doubt that I will love Crash Into You as well. Going to the drag races sounds like it was a lot of fun! I keep hearing about West so I am excited to meet him too…but mainly I just want Isaiah!

  10. Savannah

    I have yet to read this book because Chayse has not given it back to me! I’m going to hunt the guy down and demand the book back! I need to read it!!

  11. Tammy

    I didn’t love Isaiah in Dare You To because I was all about Ryan Stone so I look forward to giving Isaiah all my attention.

  12. Michele Piedrahita

    I Love reading!!! but i love reading about cute guys and amazing love stories!!!! Go Katie McGarry Keep writing and i promise ill keep reading

  13. Aman

    I love what Katie said about having a conflict to make a romance more passionate. That’s so true! In every contemp I read, I want the characters to fight or separate just to realize that they are meant to be, and it might sound like a cliched plotline, but it works all the time! I read Crash Into You last week and loved it. Though it’s not my favorite in the series (that title goes to Dare You To!), but I did love seeing Isaiah get his life together and find a happy ending. Great interview!

  14. Jessica @ That Girl Readsj

    I have to say I loved the quote Katie shared:

    “I’ve sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn’t wanted, where I never belonged. Now, when you aren’t with me, I look east and know that one of those lights represents you, and I don’t feel alone anymore.”

  15. Vivien

    I’m so in love with this series!!! GAH. Seriously. I cannot wait to get my copy and I’m SO ready for book 4 😀

  16. Andrea @ Bookish

    Ryan made me swoon too. Seriously though, how could he not? The “our rain” scene alone was enough for me to melt into my own puddle.

    I love all of her characters – they just seem so real. They go through real life issues, not just trying to stop the world from ending, so it’s very easy to relate to them and envision her books actually happening. Maybe not everybody finding the love of their life, but that’s why we read her books aren’t they? Because everybody deserves to find the love of their life!

  17. Rose's Book Corner

    I just started this series and I’m already loving it! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books!! Also, Katie is such an amazing person. I got the meet her a couple months ago and even though I hadn’t read her books yet, she was so sweet and kind.

  18. Danica Cannon (@danitronmc)

    I kind of like that not even Katie knows how many books she’ll end up writing in the series. I LOVE all that are already out, and it seems like some characters that show up in her novels end up needing their own stories to be heard. As far as I’m concerned, I hope this sort of domino effect of characters compelling themselves into having their own story written continues. But, if this series does end at any point (NOOO!), I know that Katie will continue to write riveting and all-consuming stories, and I’ll look forward to those just as much as I get THRILLED for these.

  19. Tatiana

    So happy the book is coming out this month can’t wait. I liked all the inside info Katie talked about.Also Isaiah is just a dreamboat.

  20. Jayne

    Katie is an AMAZING AMAZING author. I especially love Noah and Echo:) and I can’t wait for Crash Into You! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Meghan Stith

    I like Katie’s books because she always creates something endearing and relatable in her characters.

  22. Holly

    I’m so glad Isaiah has his own story. He left me heartbroken in Dare You To. I can’t wait for this to be released.

  23. Britany

    I loved Katies other books and Ive been eyeing this one for a while! I heard so many good things about it! I love your blog!