Posts made in July, 2012

Katie McGarry Q&A & Pushing the Limits Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 | 2 comments

We are very lucky to have with us today, 
a Q&A with Katie McGarry!  
Katie is the author of the fabulous new novel, 
Pushing the Limits!
Pushing the Limits is out today! And in honor of the release, we are hosting Katie here today, and offering up a finished hardcover copy of Pushing the Limits (US ONLY)!



To brief you, here is a bit about Katie.

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and she remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings and reality television, and is a  secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.


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. Katie loves to visit schools and talk to teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach.

Connect with Katie twitter | facebook | web

Question and Answer with Katie

Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.
Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?
A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the man- uscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it alwaysfelt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek my- thology so it made perfect sense that she would name her chil- dren after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the mo- ment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.
Q: Which character is the most “like” you?
A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.
Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have un- fortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.
Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The peopleI grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willing- ly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and con- gratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.
Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?
A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even strang- er to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories. 
I would like to thank Katie herself (who is a doll!), Karen from MediaMasters, and HarlequinTeen for helping set up this Q&A session as well as sponsoring the giveaway!  Be sure to enter! Here is a bit about Pushing the Limits.  In case you didn’t know, this is one of my FAVORITE books of 2012 thus far.  It is emotionally gripping, and an absolute must read. 
Pick up your copy today: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | IndieBound

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. Echo and Noah couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves united by a common goal: to sneak into their court-ordered social worker’s case files in order to learn the truth about themselves and their families. What they didn’t count on is falling in love — and now 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.

Here is my review of Pushing the Limits 
From my own review…

United States Only! Sorry Guys!

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Hello world!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 | 1 comment

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

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Welcome to the PARTIALS Read-A-Long!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 | 2 comments

*IMPORTANT update: we will totally be #hashtagging over on twitter!  Our HASHTAG is #PartialsReadalong use it whenever ud like!*

Its here, its here!  Mine and Margie’s Partial’s Read-A-Long has arrived!  So for all of you who are involved (and hey, there’s still time to sign up!), here is the breakdown of what we will be reading, week-to-week.

Week 1 – Part 1, read pages 1 – 134

Week 2 – Part 2, read pages 135 – 239
Week 3 – (still Part 2 ) read pages 240 – 349
Week 4 – Part 3 read pages 350 – 472 
So, everyone get reading!  Next Monday we will post our week one wrap up, and we can all discuss everything that we read!  

Here is the link to view Partials on Goodreads.

Find Dan Wells on: twitter | web

The awesome covers for book one & book two (LOVE them!)
In case you STILL want to join in the fun, sign up below!

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DISCUSSION: NEW ADULT in an Adult and Young Adult World

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 | 31 comments

Let me start this off by saying, first I am going to do my best to inform you exactly what new adult is.  After that, I am going to ask you what your opinion is on it, if there’s room for it, if you’ve read any of it, etcetera. Let’s do this!

New Adult is a sub-genre.

 These books have characters which are done with high school, or above high school age.  This starts at around age 18-19.  Now upon researching popular New Adult titles so I can give some examples, I encountered a dilemma.  


You see, I thought New Adult was not only characters that were above 18, and into their early twenties, but I thought it was books in which had more cursing and a bit more sexual content.  It seems though, that a lot of the New Adult books listed simply have college-aged characters.  Lets show you what I mean.


Where She Went [Gayle Forman]
Something Like Normal [Trish Doller]
Slammed [Colleen Hoover]

These books do not have much “explicit” content, but do have the correct aged characters to qualify as young adult.  Since this then confused me, I continued researching… (like I’m doing a legit paper or something, here!) 
::AHEM, insert Wikipidea here:: 

Here’s what good ol’ Wiki has to say.  
     “New-adult Fiction or post-adolescent literature is a recent category of fiction for young adults first proposed by St. Martin’s Pressin 2011. [1] St. Martin’s Press editors wanted to address the coming-of-age that also happens in a young person’s twenties. They wanted to consider stories about young adults who were legally adults, but who were still finding their way in building a life and figuring out what it means to be an adult.” 
-Wikipedia

 So, I would really love to hear from some bloggers, as well as some New Adult authors on this.  I recently read Last Summer a New Adult Novel by Rebecca Rogers, and this novel had what I believed all New Adult was supposed to have.  Easy, by Tamara Webber is another example (strong sexual content) of what I thought New Adult would consist of. College-aged characters as well as more mature sexual content.  Perhaps I was wrong?  I mean, Wikipedia and Goodreads say I am.  


Regardless of the facts, I want to know, what do you guys think?  Is New Adult a necessary genre?  According to many, it is the “ultimate crossover genre” to go from Young Adult, to Adult.  Personally, I think it is wonderful as well as absolutely necessary to have New Adult.  Within the next few years I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a New Adult section on Amazon, B&N and in some bookstores.  Its not like this is not possible,I mean come on!  


Check out some New Adult Authors here:
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Tamarra Webber
Rebecca Rogers
Jamie McGuire


Books Pictured Above:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Last Summer – Rebecca Rogers
Flat Out Love – Jessica Park
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire


Also Check Out:



Come See About Me – C.K. Kelly Martin






Now, sound off below! Let me know what you think New Adult really is, and if you think there’s room for it!


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COVER REVEAL: M.Leighton THE WILD ONES!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Who’s Excited? You should be excited!  Here we have today a very first look at the COVER for Michelle Leighton’s new novel, The Wild Ones.

Can we say, AMAZING?
This cover = sexy.  I just love it! Who’s with me!?

Here is the synopsis for The Wild Ones:
The Wild Ones
Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.
Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines.  She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses.  Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future. 
But that was before she met Patrick Henley.
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her.  He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her.  And Trick needs his job.  Desperately.  His family depends on him.
The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles.  At least the ones they know of.
When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome.  It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.
COMING AUGUST 1, 2012

Don’t try to tell me you’re not all intrigued by this one!  
Michelle is awesome and you can find her all over the place! Start here:
Make sure to check out Michelle’s other great books, and add this one to your TBR pile, ASAP!

A special thank you to Michelle for letting me be a part of the cover reveal! It has been awesome!
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