Thursday, July 26, 2012

Giveaway : Pushing The Limits


That's right, folks! Thanks to the very awesome Karen at MM Publicity, I am giving away a copy of PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry. If you loved PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles, then you need to get your hands on this book ASAP. Before we start the giveaway, let's do a little Q&A with the author.

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.

If Katie's Q&A didn't entice you, maybe the book trailer will:



Just to let you know, Noah is very, very, VERY swoon-worthy. Just saying.

And now, onto the giveaway. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This is only open to US and CA participants and ends August 26th. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

*Special thanks to Karen at MM Publicity, Katie McGarry, and Harlequin Teen*

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46 comments:

  1. Why am I excited for this book? Who wouldn't be excited for this book! It looks like an awesome contemporary read. And Noah seems very swoon worthy ;)

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  2. I read the ARC of Pushing the Limits and I would love to have a finished copy for my high school library. I know my students would really love this book!

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  3. I've heard so many great reviews from this novel! I'm just excited to get pulled into it! I love great reads :)

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  4. I'm so excited for this book! I loved Simone Elkeles book, and if this is anything like it I will absolutely adore it. Plus, it sounds as though it will be really exciting, with action, romance, and great characters. And who doesn't love a book with a swoon-worthy guy!

    Thanks!

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  5. I'm excited to read the story. I have to know how it ends.

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  6. Yeah! I have heard great things about it!

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  7. Yeah! I have heard great things about it!

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  8. the book seems so awesome just from reading reviews and the summary! Can't wait

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  9. Just reading Simone Elkeles' blurb on the cover makes me really want to read this book! I love Elkeles and I'm sure to love this book as well!

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

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  10. I read the book on my kindle. It would be nice to have a physical copy.

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  11. I've been hearing nothing but amazing things about this book:)
    -JennyC

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  12. I keep wondering about the mysterious event that happened to Echo in the past. I bet it's a shocker. Thanks!

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  13. I loved this book so much!! Great interview.

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  14. I'm excited about it because I have heard only awesome things about it and I want to read it and see for myself how great it is : )

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  15. I've read a ton of great reviews and it looks amazing!

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  16. I really, really loved this book. It's a really sweet story, and the characters are so real! Thanks for the giveaway!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  17. Ugh! The romance, the mystery, the characters.... What's not to like?

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  18. I'm excited to read the book becauase i keep hearing so much buzz about it.

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  19. I have heard so many great things about this book! I have to read it for myself. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  20. Because I have read all these glowing reviews. And that means I want to be with everyone else writing a glowing review!

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  21. I love dual narration books and I happen to know that this one is wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I loved this book! It was such a good read and it was nice to take a break from the paranormal stuff1
    Great blog!
    Amy
    http://teenyreader.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I can't wait to read this book!!!! I've heard there are a lot of GREAT scenes between Echo and Noah... and how about those names!!! When did contemp get so great!? I used to dislike contemp, because my head is always stuck in fantasy and paranormal, but hey. After Beautiful Disaster, and Easy, contemp is gaining ground for me. I MUST read this book at some point. Thanks for the giveaway!!!! :)

    Alyssa Susanna

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  24. I have heard a ton about this book and I like what I hear! >.< Looking forward to reading this highly rated and "exquisite" novel. Thank you for posting a giveaway!

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  25. book looks amazing i would love to read it!

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  26. Everyone I know who read an ARC of this loved it and sobbed half the time they were reading it, lol!

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  27. All the great reviews this book has been getting is making me excited~!

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  28. I've heard wonderful things about this book. I can't wait to read it!

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  29. I just finished Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry at one this morning, it was one of those books you just couldn't put down. I've been waiting forever for this book to come out and it exceeded my expectations. I'm can't wait for Beth's story!

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  30. I've been seeing this book everywhere so I know it is a must read. Plus the cover is hot :)

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  31. forgot to post why i was excited, whoops: well because it sounds like this book has everything, mystery, romance, secrets, problems, and bad boys :D

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  32. I have heard so many great things about this book! I'm dying to get my hands on a copy! =)

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  33. I'm excited! It sounds so...dark and twisty. And dark and twisty things are almost always addicting.

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  34. I have been hearing only great things about this book and I cant wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  35. I've been seeing this book all over the blogs, and it's caught my interest. I liked Perfect Chemistry, so I'm hoping I'll like this one too!

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  36. I am sooo exciting about Pushing the limits because everyone talk about this books ! Plus, I really love the cover ! Thank you for the giveaway !

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  37. I am very excited to read this book. I keep seeing great things about it and now I must own.

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  38. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and it's been awhile since I've read a YA contemporary so I would LOVE to give this one a try.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  39. I've already read this book so I am most excited about re-reading it a thousand times because that is how much I loved this book :)

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  40. I've heard really great things about pushing the limits, it sounds amazing!

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  41. There's been so much positive buzz surrounding Pushing The Limits, plus that cover ROCKS!!! I can't wait to read it! <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  42. Love the story line and can't wait to read

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  43. Well, it's a freaking AMAZING book.

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