Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author Interview with Morgan Rhodes, Author of the Falling Kingdom Series



Hello & welcome to today's author spotlight. I am so thrilled to have Morgan Rhodes on the blog today! I love her Falling Kingdom series. You've not yet read it, you are missing out. Morgan's newest release, Gathering Darkness was released earlier this month, and she's taking some time out of her crazy schedule to discuss her new release with me. 


HI Morgan! Thank you for stopping by. I am so thrilled to have you on Mundie Moms. Congratulations on the release of Gathering Darkness, book three in your epic THE FALLING KINGDOM series. When it comes to writing a series, do you find it easier or more challenging to write each book? 

Thank you so much! Very happy to be here today!! 

Writing a series is how my brain works. Writing stand-alones is much harder. All that initial brainstorming you do, the character set up, and world building would need to be done again and again for a single book. For series, you do it once, then continue to finesse and grow it. And you can work with longer character arcs in a series. Every book is a challenge to write, but I prefer writing a series.

I like how each of the characters have grown and evolved with each book in the series. My feelings towards some of the characters whom I may not at first have liked as much, have surprisingly changed the more I've gotten to know them. Which of your characters has surprised you the most in terms of how much they've changed since your first draft of book one through now?


Quite honestly, I’m the most pleased by Cleo’s growth. It’s one thing to plan to have a character go from a self-involved rich girl to someone who fights for vengeance and for the chance to rule a country properly. The strength she has beneath the “golden” exterior continuously surprises me and, even though I know she’s fictional, I’m so proud of her! ;)

Please excuse my fangirl comment, but I seriously LOVE your series. You have some pretty amazing characters you've introduced me to, you've created an awesome world I wish I could crawl through my book and visit, and you've got the perfect blend of magic,  intrigue, romance, and danger. Which element of your series has been the most fun for you to create? Is there an element that has been hard to create?


Thank you! I enjoy playing in the world of Mytica and getting my characters in and out of trouble. In my previous life (or perhaps under another pen name) I was a multi-published author of paranormal romance, so gotta say that I enjoy building the romantic possibilities in the series – the more angsty the better. The most challenging, but still fun, is worldbuilding the mythology. I have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be especially since the mythology of FK has grown substantially with each book, but I prefer to think of it as complex and multi-faceted! ;)

Which of your characters would your teenage self have been friends with? 

I think me and “early” Lucia would have been friends. Even though she’s a princess, she loves books, seemed like someone who’d participate in lots of school activities, and would be a good and loyal friend. However, “later” Lucia, after she’s discovered her magic, I’m not quite so sure about. Oh, and I’d also love to be friends with Nic. He’s just so easy-going and funny.

As a reader, what is one of your all-time favorite fantasy reads?

My mind always goes to Harry Potter when it comes to favorite books. But an early fantasy novel that inspired my own fantasy writing would be Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon, and also his Gunslinger series.

If you could choose any one of your favorite fictional characters and write them into your series, who would you pick and why?

I’d like to send Dimitri Belikov to Mytica. I think he could be a bit help to Jonas in taking down King Gaius and look good doing it.

Inquiring minds are eager to know, do you have any upcoming signings or book related events we can put on our calendars?

Two events that are currently confirmed are the NoVaTeen Book Festival in Arlington, VA on March 7th and YALLWest in Santa Monica, CA on April 11th. I should also have a couple more dates in March to announce soon. Can’t wait to get out there and meet some of my awesome readers!

Thank you Morgan!
 If you haven't already, I highly recommend picking up Gathering Darkness. You can check out my review for Gathering Darkness, as well as Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring. This series would make the perfect Christmas / holiday gift. It's one of my all time favorite YA series.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the king that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.

Follow Morgan Rhodes on TumblrTwitter, and Instagram

ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS



Published by: Razorbill
To Be Released on: December 9th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Find your favorite book retailer HERE
Add it to Goodreads

ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS 

The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred. THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory. THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that everyone he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved?


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out What's New From @FierceReads and @SwoonReads in 2015


There's only a couple weeks left in 2014, and I'm already counting down the weeks for the 2014 new releases.. Here's a look at what's coming from @FierceReads and @SwoonReads in 2015!



A contemporary romance?! I'm sold! I can't wait to read this one, which hits shelves on 1/6/15. Find out more about THE BOY NEXT DOOR



I love this cover! This is on my list of highly anticipated books for 2015. Thankfully this book will be out soon, and I don't have much longer to wait. You can pick it up on 1/6/15. Find out more about SAVE ME



Emily has a new book coming out next year! Read an excerpt of SWEET and get more info about the book HERE!



Anna Banks has a new release hitting shelves in 2015. Get your first look at JOYRIDE.



Speaking of 2015 titles, stop by FierceReads and enter to win these titles! Get the details here

Don't miss the latest news from Fierce Reads. Be sure to follow them on Facebook.

A Little Something For the New Adult Readers

Here on Mundie Moms we love our YA books. Sometimes I like to cross over, and share a few of the recent spotlights from our other blogs. Today's spotlight is for a couple of New Adult books that I've recently featured on our Grown Up Book Reviews blog. These are NA (New Adult) books, and can contain some mature content not suitable for younger readers. 




 Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. 

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul. 

I loved this book, though that shouldn't really surprise anyone. I love all of Jennifer's books, both YA, NA and Adult. They're all fabulous, and have that perfect blend of snark and character chemistry that always leaves me wanting more. 
Check out my review here. Check out the release day blitz here


SAVE ME by Jennifer Elliott; Waiting on Wednesday #233


By: Jenny Elliott
Published by: Swoon Reads
To Be Released on: January 6th, 2015
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?


There's a few reasons why this book is on my WOW list. First, the cover! I LOVE this cover! That is one heck of a beautiful cover. Two, DEBUT AUTHOR! I love supporting debut authors. Three, this book is set in my home state of OREGON! Yep, I'm a sucker for a book set in the NorthWest. Really aside from the cover, I was sold on thrilling romance. I can not wait to get my hands on this one! Maybe Santa can work some magic and delivery this book to me in time for Christmas.

What book are you waiting on?

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Snippet

Simon and Isabelle by flylikepav

We cannot believe that there is already a snippet from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! Oh, how we've missed Simon:
Simon could barely believe any of his new memories, but the idea that Isabelle Lightwood had been his girlfriend seemed more unbelievable than the fact vampires were real and Simon had been one.

Cassie Clare on Shadowhunter Economics


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Cassie answered a number of questions on twitter tonight including an interesting one on Shadowhunter economics:

Q. Hi, Cassie!! I want to say that I love your books. I am hoping to read the Bane Chronicles soon. I do have a question, though. How do the shadowhunters pay for everything? Like how do they pay for clothing and food when they don’t have an actual income. Mundanes can’t exactly pay them for doing a job that they don’t know is happening. I was wondering that. Thanks!!!! — mirandaohara 

Cassie: Shadowhunters do have an income! Because indeed, some mundanes know about them. And pay them for the work they do. Jace first mentions it in City of Bones:

“They’d be hidden, usually around the altar. Kept for our use in case of emergencies.”
“And this is what, some kind of deal you have with the Catholic Church?”
“Not specifically…. Shadowhunters cleave to no single religion, and in turn all religions assist us in our battle.”


Jace discusses his salary, or the salary he feels entitled to anyway, in City of Ashes

Luke looked as if he weren’t sure about that. “Where will you go? How will you live?”
Jace’s eyes glittered. “I’m seventeen. Practically an adult. Any adult Shadowhunter is entitled to—”
“Any adult. But you’re not one. You can’t draw a salary from the Clave because you’re too young.”

And Will and Jem are even more explicit that mundane institutions pay the Nephilim in Clockwork Prince: 


They were in a large stone-bound room with vaulted ceilings. The floor appeared to be brick, and there was an altar at one end of the room. “We’re in the Pyx Chamber,” he said. “Used to be a treasury. Boxes of gold and silver all along the walls.”
“A Shadowhunter treasury?” Tessa was thoroughly puzzled.
“No, the British royal treasury—thus the thick walls and doors,” said Jem. “But we Shadowhunters have always had access.” He smiled at her expression. “Monarchies down through the ages have tithed to the Nephilim, in secret, to keep their kingdoms safe from demons.”
“Not in America,” said Tessa with spirit. “We haven’t got a monarchy—”
“You’ve got a branch of government that deals with Nephilim, never fear,” said Will, crossing the floor to the altar. “It used to be the Department of War, but now there’s a branch of the Department of Justice—” (13)

There’s a lot more in the Codex, and it’s mentioned in passing in other books as well: the Nephilim collect money from in-the-know-mundanes. The Clave keeps the money and pays individual Shadowhunters, though some do get rich selling confiscated items and spoils. (Spoils: covered in Clockwork Prince and also the Codex.) Hope that helps!

Shadowhunters don’t have their own currency. They have credits that can be drawn against, or use almost any world currency. The Nephilim acquire mundane currency in a few different ways. They have access to it via co-existence with humans all over the world. In a tight spot they could sell valuables at a pawn shop or flea market in whatever region they need currency for, like Jocelyn does in City of Bones:


"She showed me the amulet she had taken from the pile of bones; in the flea market at Clignancourt she sold it, and with that money purchased an airplane ticket." (396)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #13 - Ten Books I've Read This Year

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

Hello and welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is 10 Books I've Read This Year. Where has this year gone!?!? I still have a stack of books I'm trying to get to as I want to include them in this year's 2014 list happening at the end of December. Sadly I'm running out of time. *cries* This is the first year since starting Mundie Moms that I've read under 200 YA books. It's been a busy year. That just means there are more books for me to read in 2015.

Check out 10 of my favorite 2014 Reads: 




  1. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
  2. White Hot Kiss | Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 
  4. Illusions of Fate by Kirsten White
  5. Talon by Julie Kagawa
  6. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  7. Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  8. On The Fence by Kasie West 
  9. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  10. Compulsion by Martina Boone
  11. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
    Honorable mentions:
    1. Defy by Sara B. Larson
    2. Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
    3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    4. Run To You by Clare Kensie
    5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

    What are some of your YA favorite reads of 2014? 

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner; Blog Tour: Making The Cover, A Behind The Scenes Look and ENTER TO WIN



    Hello & welcome to today's THIS SHATTERED WORLD blog tour stop. I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour, hosted by Midnight Gardens. Today's stop is a behind on the scenes / making of the cover. First, here's a little bit about the book. 


    By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
    Published by: Disney Hyperion 
    To Be Released On: December 23rd, 2014
    Series: Starbound Trilogy Book #2
    Purchase the Book: Autographed copies IndieBound B&N BAM Amazon


    Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
    Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
    Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
    Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
    The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

    I love book covers, and I'm always fascinated with finding out how covers are created. Today I'm so thrilled to share with you a behind the scenes look at how they created the cover for This Shattered World. Before I share today's Q&A with the cover designer, I've got pictures!!! *Click on each image to enlarge*





    Behind the Scenes with TSW Cover
    Designer Whitney Manger!


    Hi Whitney! So excited to chat with you again, this time about the cover design of This Shattered World. We can’t wait to hear about your creative process for the design of this book, and thank you so much for sharing these awesome behind-the-scenes pictures! (Readers, do not miss the ab-tastic close-up of Flynn!)


    Q: When a new book comes across your desk, how do you begin to dream up potential covers?


    A: The process always starts with reading the manuscript. While I’m reading, I note passages that I find inspiring -- either visually or ones that capture the tone of the story. Then I meet with the editor to talk about what we what we want to convey on the cover -- is it a thriller? Romance? Sci-fi? Does it have humor, or is it very serious and dark? Who is the audience? What other books will it be shelved with?


    We discuss what we want to convey on the cover, and specific cover concepts we want to explore. Then, I get to work, and really let myself explore lots of directions. Some covers begin with a thumbnail sketch. Others are born out of imagery exploration or a second read through the manuscript. Or further discussion with the editor and my art director. When I design, I need several house of solo time to really focus! Sometimes it’s really intense, but when you reach a break-through it’s thrilling. Some covers just come to me within the initial designs -- but that’s rare! I find design inspiration everywhere -- movies, movie posters, Anthropologie catalogs, magazines, book covers, trips to museums and bookstores.


    Q: Is this process any different for a sequel when you’ve already designed the cover for the first book?


    A: It’s different in that you already have a formula established, so you don’t go through the process of coming up with lots of cover ideas. You need to make sure the sequel cover is different from the first book, but complementary so they can create a strong look together. So it needs to be beautiful on its own and next to its companion.


    Q: We were so thrilled when we saw the models for Flynn and Jubilee. How does the design and photography team at Hyperion find such picture-perfect (pardon our pun!) people to represent the characters?


    A: Once we have a tight cover comp that has been approved by everyone in-house (and by authors), we do a casting for models, working directly with the photographer. The photographer usually coordinates with the model agencies to find models that match the physical descriptions of the characters (with some leeway). At the casting, we meet several models and discuss their experience (it often helps if they’ve done book covers), and we select the models that have the right look. It’s also really important that the model is open-minded and easy to work with, especially for The Starbound covers, which are very physical!


    Q: Were you on-set for the photo shoot? What was that like? How closely did you work with photographer Tom Corbett?


    A: Always. In tandem with the photographer, I set up and manage the photoshoot as well as work with the stylist to create the look -- clothing, hair, and makeup. For This Shattered World, the jumpsuit was custom-made. The green dress on the cover of These Broken Stars was also custom-made. On set, we work with the photographer in terms of getting the right kinds of shots, poses and lighting we want, but it’s the photographer is works his/her genius to capture the perfect shot. We look at the shots on screen several times throughout the shoot to make sure we’re on the right track. It’s such a great and energized collaboration. Tom is an incredible photographer to work with.

    Thank you so much, Whitney! The covers of these books always draw so many compliments, and it’s such great fun to share what you do with the world!

    *Thank you to Midnight Gardens Blog Tours for the guest post questions & answers

    About The Authors


    Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.
    Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufmanand @MeaganSpoonerThis Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag!) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.

    The Pre-Order Campaign 


    Check it out! Pre-Order your signed copy from Books of Wonder & find out what else you'll receive with your book, HERE

    ENTER TO WIN

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    Tour Schedule:
    Monday, December 8          The Midnight Garden    Secrets of Starbound: Characters       
    Tuesday, December 9         The Book Smugglers    Making an Audiobook
    Wednesday, December 10  Ivy Book Bindings        Secrets of Starbound: Science and Settings
    Thursday, December 11       Cuddlebuggery             How Amie & Meagan Met
    Friday, December 12            Little Book Owl             Video Interview
    Monday, December 15         Mundie Moms               Shooting the Cover
    Tuesday, December 16        Xpresso Reads             Starbound Inspirations
    Wednesday, December 17   A Book Utopia               Video: Your New Book Boyfriend
    Thursday, December 18       Supernatural Snark       Q & A
    Friday, December 19            Love is Not a Triangle   Gender in Science Fiction

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Exciting News for Fans of FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell


    There's exciting news for FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, fans! Yesterday it was announced that on May 12th, 2015 fans of the book will be able to pick up the special edition! Check out Rainbow's announcement below:


    Hey! I’ve got some Fangirl news!

    On May 12, 2015, you can get a Fangirl special edition featuring gorgeous fan art and an excerpt from my upcoming Simon Snow novel, Carry On.

    BUT WAIT! Why are there three colors?

    Because Barnes & Noble gets berry pink; Indigo Chapters gets yellow; and Amazon and other retailers gets bubblegum pink. 

    (I feel both EXCITED and SORRY about these color options, because if I was interested in a special edition, the choice would make me crazy.)

    The fan art featured in the Fangirl special edition is by some of my favorite Tumblr (and everywhere else) artists: Simini BlockerLily WilliamsLeela Wagner and Valeria Bogado.

    (Something that makes me happy: This is a book about a fan writer, featuring fan art, including canon inspired by fictional fan fiction. haHAha.)

    Other details:
    • It’s a hardcover!
    • There’s a ribbon bookmark!
    • And also exclusive Q&As!

    Preorder now at B&NIndigoAmazon. OR GO INDIE. 

    And thank you to everyone who has already read and purchased and made Fangirl fan works. That enthusiasm is the reason my publisher went ahead with this edition!

    Choices, choices, choices.... Hmmm which color cover do I get? Which color cover will you be picking up?

    INSURGENT MOVIE TRAILER! Check It Out! #INSURGENT



    It's finally here! The movie does not hit theaters until March 20th, 2015, but yesterday's release of the INSURGENT movie trailer caused quite a buzz on social media. Check out the trailer below, and let me know what you think. 



    Holy INSURGENT! That was awesome! I can not wait to see this movie. 

    Here's a little more about the movie, via the press release:

    Racing against time, Tris and Four must find out what her family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why some will do anything to stop them. Get in on the action and be amazed by the star-studded cast, which includes Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Academy Award® Winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, and more. You'll want to be sure to join them on this adventure when THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT hits theaters nationwide in 2D, RealD, and Digital 3D on MARCH 20, 2015!

    BuzzFeed's 17 Best YA Book Cover Designs of 2014

    If you love book covers, you're in for a treat. BuzzFeed recently shared  a list of the 17 Best Cover Designs of 2014. I'm not sure how they narrowed down this list, because there have been some pretty amazing covers released this year. Here are a few of my favorites from the list:



    What are some of your favorite cover designs from this year? Check out the full list here.

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry; Blog Tour: Guest Post & Enter To Win!


    Hello and welcome today's BREAKING THE RULES blog tour stop. I am so thrilled to have Katie McGarry stop by the blog today. Before I share her guest post, here's a little bit about her newest release. 

    breaking-the-rules


    By: Katie McGarry
    Published by: Harlequin Teen
    Released on: December 9th, 2014
    Series: Pushing The Limits #1.5
    Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | 
    Add it to Goodreads

    About BREAKING THE RULES 


    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.


    Guest Post From Katie McGarry

    I got chills the first time I heard “Glass” by Thompson Square. This song, almost word per word, describes Echo and Noah’s relationship perfectly, especially at the beginning of Breaking the Rules.

    The song talks about how fragile we are as human beings—that we are glass. We can be something so beautiful that you can see all the wonderful things on the inside and, on the flip side, we can also see all the pain and hurt.

    What happens when we become glass with someone and let them in? Do we become beams of sun shining through or will we shatter?
    This is exactly how Echo feels in Breaking the Rules. She loves Noah, immensely so, but can their love survive in the real world? She wants Noah to be so much more than the fling everyone is warning her that he is—she wants them to be a forever type of relationship.
    But she’s already been through hell and, now, as Noah and Echo are reaching the end of their trip, she has to face the demons that still haunt her in Kentucky. Echo loves Noah and Noah loves Echo. Read Breaking the Rules to see how their love overcomes this emotional journey.




    About Katie McGarry


    Katie McGarry 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 full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

    Find Katie via: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest

    Novels by Katie McGarry

    The Giveaway



    Katie is generously offering up a number of different prizes for this tour:

    • 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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