I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of the BREAKING THE RULES Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I am a huge fan of this series by Author Katie McGarry and I cannot wait to read another story about Echo and Noah.
Of course I really, really, hope that the road trip doesn’t end in tears for either of them… or for me. But I can’t wait to find out on December 8th when it releases.
I am also super stoked to have an amazing post in which Katie McGarry is interviewed by Echo. It is actually quite an emotional interview, one which caused me to tear up and made my heart to go out to author. It’s also a total tease – I want to know what that scene is! Yes, Echo really knows how to give good interview.
This tour also includes a fab giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.
And if you’d like to know more about the book and author or the other stops on this tour, the details are all below. But first, here’s…
Echo: Hi, Katie! You and I have had conversations together for a long time, but it’s weird to know that other people are going to be seeing how we talk.
Katie: Yeah, I know, but I wouldn’t have agreed to this if I didn’t think we’d make it safely to the other side.
Echo: True…anyhow…I always smile when people who know you really well mention that they hear the real you in some of me. Do people say that about all your characters or is this a special bond we share?
Katie: For the people who know me very well, they can typically find a small portion of me in all my characters. For instance, they really hear my sarcasm in Beth from Dare You To and how my brain will often search for logical answers in Haley from Take Me On.
But yes, even though you and I have a ton of differences, you are the closest to my “voice” than any of the characters I’ve written.
Echo: Why did you decide to place so much emphasis on therapy in Pushing the Limits and then decide to keep Mrs. Collins as a constant in my life in Breaking the Rules?
Katie: This is an emotional question for me.
There was a time that I would describe my life as being stuck in the middle of a snow globe and it was constantly being shaken into a blizzard. I was on the verge between being a teen and an adult and I couldn’t seem to find my footing on solid ground.
Due to some dramatic events that had taken place during this time period, I was forced into therapy and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, but at the time, I didn’t believe it.
I had one hour sessions and I either didn’t talk to the therapist or I would give whatever answer I believed the therapist wanted to hear so that he would believe that I was “fine” (whatever fine means).
My therapist saw right through me and finally, one day, after I had a run-in from someone in my past that had caused me to consider falling back into old lifestyles, I had a therapy session that changed everything.
I was doing what I normally did—evade, not answer, or give fake answers—and then my therapist said, “I’m only going to ask one more question and is it possible for you to answer this one question honestly?”
Caught off guard that the therapist knew I had been lying, my eyes snapped to his and I agreed.
The therapist asked, “If you could have anything in the world what would it be?”
It wasn’t what I expected the therapist to ask. I was expecting a million different questions that would probe into the world I was working so hard to hide and this extremely vague question rocked me. My eyes filled up with tears and I remember the anger rumbling through me because I couldn’t keep my mouth from trembling.
“Tell me,” my therapist said.
And for the first time, I gave a completely honest answer. “If I could have anything I wish it would be six months from now.”
The therapist’s eyes widened and I could tell that wasn’t the answer he expected. “Why six months?”
“Because it won’t be now. Anything has to be better than right now.”
Because in six months there was no way the pain I was feeling in that moment would still be as horrible. There was no way my entire life would feel as hopeless as it did then.
For the first time in months, I allowed myself to cry. Tears rolled down my face and I sat and explained why my entire life was a mess and here’s the thing: the therapist listened. Never judged. Never made me feel bad—just listened.
And then, the therapist helped me figure out how I could change my life to make the six months from now be what I hoped it would be.
Therapy changed my life and I wanted to write characters whose lives were also changed by a great therapist.
Echo: So let’s go from serious to a little more fun. What was the most romantic scene for you to write for me and Noah in Breaking the Rules?
Katie: Oh, there are so many, but I have to say the rose scene is a personal favorite!
Echo: Mine too!
About Breaking the Rules
Title & Series: BREAKING THE RULES (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
Author: Katie McGarry
Release date: December 8, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
About Katie McGarry
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.
Other Books in the Series
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- PUSHING THE LIMITS – Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
- CROSSING THE LINE – Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
- DARE YOU TO – Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
- CRASH INTO YOU – Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
- TAKE ME ON – Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Other Books by the Author
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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The Tour Schedule
Dec. 1st – Book Rock Betty
Dec. 2nd – Page Turners Blog
Dec. 3rd – Fiktshun
Dec. 4th – Refracted Light Reviews
Dec. 5th – Supernatural Snark
Dec. 8th – Xpresso Reads
Dec. 9th – Bewitched Bookworms
Dec. 10th – WhoRuBlog
Dec. 11th – Swoony Boys Podcast
Dec. 12th – Mundie Moms
For more information about the posts, visit the tour page by clicking the image below.