Series: Pushing the Limits

Monday, December 08, 2014

Songs that Influenced Breaking the Rules + Giveaway!

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I’m a big an of the Pushing the Limits series and today I’m excited to have Katie McGarry on the blog to talk to us about this newest release, Breaking the Rules! Here’s a bit of info on this book first:

Songs that Influenced Breaking the Rules + Giveaway!Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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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.

Guest Post by Katie McGarry

Songs that influenced Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules was a very emotional journey for me to write. At the same time, there were so many wonderful, sigh worthy moments between Echo and Noah that I never wanted the story to end.

To show the extremes of emotions of the story, here are two songs that heavily influenced Breaking the Rules.

The emotional side: “Try” by P!nk

Loving isn’t always easy and neither is trusting. At times, we hurt the people we love the most, even if we don’t mean to. Echo and Noah go through this in Breaking the Rules. They have to figure each out as individuals within the couple. Echo and Noah share explosive chemistry, but at times, that passion can turn into emotional conversations that aren’t easy to have.

The sigh worthy moments: “One of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw

There is a night in Breaking the Rules that Echo and Noah will remember forever. To me, that’s what “One of Those Nights” represents—that night where something so wonderful, so fantastic happens that it changes your life. It’s that night you’ll remember every detail of until your dying breath.


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.

This post is part of the Breaking the Rules blog tour.

Monday, December 1st – Book Rock Betty
Tuesday, December 2nd – Page Turners Blog
Wednesday, December 3rd – Fiktshun
Thursday, December 4th – Refracted Light Reviews
Friday, December 5th – Supernatural Snark

Monday, December 8th – Xpresso Reads
Tuesday, December 9th – Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, December 10th – WhoRU Blog
Thursday, December 11th – Swoony Boys Podcast
Friday, December 12th – Mundie Moms




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.

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Take Me On Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!

Take Me On Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!

Posted by on 06/06/2014 • 49 Comments

Being a big fan of this series, I’m happy to welcome Katie McGarry on the blog again for the Take Me On blog tour. We’ve got an interview for you today as well as a giveaway! If you want to know my thoughts on the series you can find my reviews here!

Interview with Katie McGarry

Hi Katie! Thanks so much for dropping by the blog (again! :))! Being a big fan of the Pushing the Limits series it’s an honour to have you back to chat about Take Me On!

To start, if you were to describe Take Me On with just one word, what would it be?


And since we’re all excited to meet West, describe him in a tweet (140 characters)

I had…

Crash Into You Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!

Crash Into You Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway!

Posted by on 11/14/2013 • 45 Comments

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!

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! 🙂

Review: Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Review: Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Posted by on 11/04/2013 • 25 Comments

Isaiah has been a favorite character of mine since book 1. He’s got a badass look but the kindest heart and most gentle soul. Crash Into You, written in his POV, made me adore him even more. We get to see what’s going on in that hard-to-crack head of his. Having had a difficult childhood in the foster care system, he’s developed a rough edge, but to give a big eff you to stereotypes he’s positively one of the most generous and loyal person I know (yes I have met him in real life – be jealous! >.

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Posted by on 06/03/2013 • 20 Comments

After Pushing the Limits became one of my favorite reads of last year, I went into this one with a lot of enthusiasm and high expectations. I’m sad that I didn’t en up loving it as much, but I still quite enjoyed it and am happy that I read it. I also can see why so many are enamored by it, if I had read it at another time I might have enjoyed it much more as well. As it stands I’ve been reading a string of similarly plotted books lately so my patience for certain elements of the book has been worn thin.

Unlike with Pushing the Limits, I had a difficult time with the characters and romance in this sequel. I liked the characters okay, and the chemistry…

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted by on 07/20/2012 • 52 Comments

It’s no secret that this book has been getting insane reviews. Being the persistent black sheep that I am, I was incredibly wary of the hype it was garnering, certain that it would fail to impress me. Oh boy. Oh freaking boy!! Was I ever wrong. I loved this so hard!

Echo and Noah… Echo. Noah. Nocho?

Echo has been through an extremely distressing, life altering ordeal because of which she’s suffering post-traumatic stress, with the worst side effect being memory loss. She doesn’t remember what happened. All she has are the scars. From popular to outsider, Echo’s troubled state-of-mind is harsh and unstable. One of the best character development I’ve read, she made me a part of her. With only the span of a few pages, she had me…