Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Delightful Debutantes #33 - Katie McGarry & Pushing the Limits +++ Giveaway! (US/CAN)

Please welcome author of Pushing the Limits to the blog today. If you haven't already read Katie's awesome debut, you should really get to it. It's one that's not to be missed!

Read on to find out all about Katie's path to publication, her next novel, and how long she's planning to stick around the Pushing the Limits world she's created. Added bonus - readers in the US & Canada can enter to win a copy of Pushing the Limits with thanks to Media Masters.

Can you tell me what inspired you to write Pushing the Limits and also give me a quick rundown of your path to publication?

I was actually writing another book when I stumbled across the voice of Echo. When my character broke out into “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” then later wished she would spontaneously combust, I knew I had found someone new…someone whose wit made me laugh, but whose hurt made me ache.

I write love stories so I free wrote for awhile in order to find the perfect guy for Echo—that one person who could help her with her pain. This person was Noah.

I wrote Pushing the Limits in late 2009/early 2010. I began querying agents in the late spring and signed with Kevan Lyon in early fall. We sold Pushing the Limits to Harlequin Teen several weeks later.

What is your favourite quote and/or scene from Pushing the Limits?

Echo and Noah playing pool is definitely one of my favorite scenes. I absolutely adore their banter, the sexual tension, and how Echo blows Noah out of the water with her pool playing capabilities. Of course, Noah edges unbelievably close to Echo, places his hands on her body, and…well…you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.:)

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I loved the romance between Noah and Echo in Pushing the Limits which resulted in some pretty hot scenes! What are some of your all time favourite literary romances?

I love anything by Simone Elkeles. Jennifer Echols is always a favorite. I’m also pretty fond of a certain guy in Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death.

I know that there’s so much more to Noah than those perfect abs of his, but, just for fun, what actor would you like to see cast as Noah for a movie version of Pushing the Limits?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to pick anyone to play Noah, but it is so much fun to see who my readers think should play him.

Beth was one of the characters I wanted to know more about while reading Pushing the Limits, so I was very happy to hear that your next book, Dare You To tells Beth’s story. What can we expect from that one?

Beth. What can I say? She was a very emotional character for me to write. She’s tough as nails, but she buries inside of her a ton of hurt. In Dare You To you can expect romance, old wounds resurfacing, humor, action, and a lot of kissing.

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Beyond Dare You To are you planning to explore the Pushing the Limits universe further or will you be moving on to something entirely new?

I’ve been contracted for four books with Harlequin Teen and I plan on hanging out in the Pushing the Limits universe for awhile.

What are your favourite debut novels of 2012 so far and what debuts are you excited to read in 2013?

I loved Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 and I’m excited for Liz Fichera’s Hooked.

What book are you currently reading?

I just finished Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter and loved it!

Find Katie Online: Website ||  Twitter || Facebook ||

Win a copy of Pushing the Limits!
> You must have an address in the US or Canada to enter this one.
> Winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter form on the blog and also notified by email.
> Winner will have 72 hours to reply to my email with their details. If I don't get a response in that time, I'll have to choose a new winner. (Sorry, had to implement this rule after not hearing back from winners for ages and ages!)

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  1. I keep hearing so many good reviews about this book, therefore, I'm dying to read it!

  2. deadtossedwaves7 August 2012 at 21:02

    This book is everywhere right now. Everywhere but here! Sounds stellar!

  3. I've heard SO many amazing things about Pushing the Limits! It seems like most everyone who's read it has loved it! That's interesting that Katie is contracted for four books. For some reason, I thought this was a standalone, so that's new news to me! :)

    Oh, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. Savy @ Books With BIte7 August 2012 at 22:19

    I abso loved this book! And the interview freaking rocks!

  5. Maneesha Haroon7 August 2012 at 22:30

    I have been seeing only 5 star reviews of this book and I cant wait to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  6. I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits, looking forward to Dare to You a lot! So glad to hear there's more in store in the Pushing the Limits universe too, I can't wait to see what the other books will be about. Thanks for the great post!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway, this book sounds terrific! 

  8. daisychainbooks8 August 2012 at 14:56

     It's a great read! :)

  9. daisychainbooks8 August 2012 at 14:57

     The next one is  companion novel from the POV of one of the secondary characters in Pushing the Limits. I can't wait to find out what characters the other books will focus on. :)

  10. daisychainbooks8 August 2012 at 14:57

     Thanks Savy! I loved the book too! :)

  11. daisychainbooks8 August 2012 at 14:58

     Thanks Liz! I read the first chapter of Dare to You and I'm hooked already!

  12. Sounds like a great book! I'm a big Simone Elkeles fan as well, so if the romance between Echo and Noah is anything like the romances in Simone's books than I'll love it!

  13. I didn't know about the series either. Thanks for the info. Now I'm even more ready for Pushing the Limits.

  14. "how much wood would a woodchuck..." that is awesome! a great way of grabbing your attention. 

  15. I've been hearing such amazing things about this lately and the author seems awesome. I'm dying to get my hands on it so thanks for the giveaway :)

  16. Oh, companion novels are always cool! I love that they're connected to the original book, but different, you know? :)

  17. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. daisychainbooks9 August 2012 at 16:09

     Yes, so fun! And Beth will be a great character to find out more about! :)

  19. daisychainbooks9 August 2012 at 16:10

     I think this one will be perfect for you, then! :)

  20. I'm so excited to read this book! I've heard tons of great things about it :)

  21. This is one of the best YA books that I have read in a long time...Thanks so much for the interview!

  22. Thank you for the giveaway ! I really want to read this one !

  23. I am dying to read this book! Thanks.

  24. I have heard the best things about Pushing The Limits. It is definitely a must read for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Patricia's Particularity14 August 2012 at 01:03

    This was such an amazing book! I have it on the kindle and I am very anxious to literally get my hands on a hard copy Thank you for the chance to win it!

  26. I have heard great reviews of this book.


  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm dying for this book!!!

  28. I really would love to read this book. :) Mostly because she comes from Louisville though..
    #SupportLocalAuthors . Thanks for the giveaway! :)


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