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TAKE ME ON Blog Tour: West and Haley Character Interviews + Giveaway

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I am soooo excited to be today’s stop on the TAKE ME ON Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I have loved every single book in this series and with each new release I don’t think I could love the new story any more than the last. But I do.

Haley and West’s story is amazing. And sad. And heartbreaking. And nerve-wracking. And beautiful. And romantic.

And its awesomeness is not just because of the love story.

I can’t wait for everyone to read this fourth full-length book in the series and meet Haley and get to know West a whole lot better. I can’t wait to see what you think when that certain thing comes to light. And, no, I will not reveal what that is. I will just say that it was something that literally made my jaw drop.

Katie McGarry is a brilliant writer. The stories she crafts are filled with passion and emotion. The characters she creates are so very real. Their backgrounds, the situations they are faced with, the hurdles they have to overcome, and the connections they make with each other, pull you right in, keep you glued to the page, make you feel invested in the outcome, and ensure that you’ll never want to say goodbye.

TAKE ME ON does all of that. And it puts you on even more of an emotional roller coaster with everything that Haley and West have to go through. This is a story that I totally expected to fall madly in love with. What I did not expect was a story as heartrending as it was. I did not expect to love Haley and West as much as I did. I did not expect to be as surprised as I was by a story this far along into a series.

But enough about what I think. If you have read it you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, then you must read it. It’s a book you will definitely want to devour in one sitting.

But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about West and Haley first, I’ve asked each of them a few questions for my stop today. And if you’d like to know more about TAKE ME ON or any of the other books in this series, their details are below. There are also links to places to find the very amazing author online.

And there’s also an awesome giveaway for the chance to win a copy of the book and to be entered into the grand prize tour-wide giveaway.

But first let me introduce West and Haley….


The Interviews

West…

Q. It seems you have a bit of a reputation around school when it comes to girls. Are the rumors true? Is the reputation well-deserved?

(West pulls at the collar of his shirt) Yeah, before Haley I was dating someone different every week. Parties, girls, getting high and trashed, that was my thing. I deserve every name a girl wants to call me, but after the past few months, I cleaned up my act.

I’m definitely a one girl guy now. My heart belongs to Haley.

Q. You may be easygoing, but you also are known to enjoy a fight. Just how many fights have you gotten into lately? What is it about fighting that you’re drawn to? And what makes walking away such a challenge?

I got into enough fights that I was expelled from school.

Whenever some guy called me out or when my anger got the best of me, I would go into this dangerous zone. I possess no fear. The only thing I can think about is righting whatever I feel is wronged.

Haley’s taught me a lot about what it means to be strong and that the biggest part of being a man is knowing when to walk away and knowing when to stay and fight.

Q. What was your first impression of Haley when you met her? And did you ever imagine that she’d be a girl worth fighting for?

First impression of Haley? The girl is a walking, talking inferno and I wanted to be burned by her flames. It was obvious from day one that Haley is definitely worth fighting for.

Q. Why did you choose to keep a secret from Haley about who you are?

Haley has a lot of problems and on the night we met, I got wrapped up into some of those problems. We had enough stacked against us that she didn’t need to deal with the mess I had going on at home.

Q. What did you think about Rachel and Isaiah when you first found out about them? What do you think about the two of them being together now? And can you tell us what’s been going on with them lately?

I couldn’t stand the thought of Isaiah anywhere near Rachel. In my mind, he was some street thug who was leading Rachel down a dangerous path. He’s proved to me over the past few months how much he loves her. What’s impressive is how he’s been able to shove past his dislike of me in order to help me out.

Rachel and Isaiah have a long road in front of them, but I think they love each other enough to make it.

…Haley

Q. If you had to describe yourself to someone who never met you, what would you say?

I’m a fighter—a kick boxer and someone who stands strong for the people she loves.

Q. What did you think about West Young when you first met him? Has your impression of him changed since you got to know him?

When I first met West, I thought he was cocky. We’ve been together for a bit and I still think he’s cocky, but he’s my type of cocky. West is the best type of guy—the type that has heart.

Q. Did you really think that you’d be able to keep things “all business” between the two of you? Or did you know that was impossible from the start?

Yes, I really thought I could keep things strictly business between us. I had absolutely no intentions of West and me ever getting emotionally involved, but he was determined and well…it’s hard to not fall for him.

Q. What has it been like, getting back into the ring to train West when you never never thought that life was a permanent part of your past?

It was terrifying to step back into the ring again and it was even more terrifying stepping into it with someone like West. I had a lot of emotional baggage when it came to the ring and guys and it was tough to tackle both issues, but I’m glad that I did.


About Take Me On

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Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 544
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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About Katie McGarry

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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.

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

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Other Books in the Series

Pushing the LimitsTitle: PUSHING THE LIMITS (Pushing the Limits #1)
Release date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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Crossing the LineTitle: CROSSING THE LINE (Pushing the Limits #1.1)
Release date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 67
Formats: eBook

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Description…

Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.


Dare You ToTitle: DARE YOU TO (Pushing the Limits #2)
Release date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

The Trailer


Crash Into YouTitle: CRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3)
Release date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

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.

To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.


Title: BREAKING THE RULES (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
Release date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Formats: Paperback

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON

Description…

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.


Also by Katie McGarry

Red at NightTitle: RED AT NIGHT
Release date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Pages: 84
Formats: eBook

**Currently a free download**

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Description…

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He’s a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah’s friends. Once he’s sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won’t have time for her anymore. Too bad she’s already fallen for him.


The Giveaway

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This tour includes a couple of very awesome giveaways…

  • Each tour stop has one copy of TAKE ME ON up for grabs.
  • And there will be one winner for the very amazing grand prize package from HarlequinTEEN.

Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Monday, May 26th – Bewitched Bookworms – Author Interview

Wednesday, May 28th – Book Rock Betty – Guest Post

Friday, May 30th – The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger – Author Interview

Week Two

Monday, June 2nd – Fiktshun – Character Interview

Tuesday, June 3rd – Harlequin Blog – Author Interviews Her Editor

Wednesday, June 4th – A Book and a Latte – Guest Post

Friday, June 6th – Xpresso Reads – Author Interview

 

To check out the blog tour page for TAKE ME ON, click the Kismet Book Touring banner below.

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