Release Week Blitz & Giveaway: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

 

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Trailer:

EXCERPT:

From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

 

Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout 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.

 

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Stacking the Shelves (#28): My Birthday & RT Book Lovers Edition

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Meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve received/purchased either physical or e-book.

I have A LOT to show you guys this week! But HEY! Been a while right? ;) Well, hopefully this makes up for my absence. :) I was doing really good up until my birthday- where I got $150 to spend ($50 to Half Price Books and $100 to Amazon), so all but 1 book are in this haul! (still waiting on 1 more… ugh). Then, there’s my RT Book Lovers Convention haul from last Saturday….. ;) I got a lot! So why don’t I start showing you the goodies?

What my lovely friends Cassie (@allthebookishfeels on IG) & Monica (@nightreads on IG) sent me!

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I swear, these 2 know me so well. :) I’m spoiled! Love my friends!!! Can’t wait to meet both these girls someday!

What I did with the $150 I got for my birthday (excluding 1 book which I’m STILL waiting on!)

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The 4th picture is what I bought with my $50 Half Price Books gift card. :) The rest are what I ordered from Amazon, and again, excluding one book which I still haven’t received! The one book I have the most issues with is the copy of The 100. The most obvious detail is there’s NO DUST JACKET! I was too excited with this money that I failed to pay attention to the description. Whoops! Hopefully I can still return it, I’m not okay with no dust jacket. ;)

The damage done at RT last Saturday in Dallas:

I came home with 45 books total, but 12 are books I brought from home to get signed. I don’t think I included the 3 that weren’t signed…

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These are the 12 books I brought from home to be signed. Below are the signatures plus some extra books I picked up at the convention that were signed.

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These are the remaining 33 books I picked up! I honestly got a huge majority of these from my lovely friend, Ashlynn (@bookishqueen on IG) who I spent the majority of the day with! (& including my younger sister, Kamryn @wanderlustreader on IG)

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My Epic Reads tote bag I got during the Teen Day Party later in the night! The authors that attended this event that I could hunt down, I got their signatures. :) See who you can make out on the bag!!

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And of course, what’s a book convention without the mounds of swag right? :) I didn’t realize how much I came home with until the next day when I went through everything! I didn’t think I picked up that much and this picture DOES NOT do the size of this pile justice! I honestly gave up trying to make it look all pretty because I had sooo much swag!

 

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Of course I have to show you one of the highlights of the day… Getting to do a photo-booth session with Kiera Cass! This is now the second time meeting her and I honestly adore her to pieces! She’s the sweetest, funniest, most outgoing author there. She was the most involved with all the readers (at least from what I saw!). She is just the sweetest person!

2015-05-17 13.37.09 Lastly, I can’t forget to show you all the totes I came home with. :)

Ohh! I can’t forget my pictures with some authors! :D

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Morgan Matson (author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Second Chance Summer and others)

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Richelle Mead!!! (I’m sure you know, but author of the AMAZING series, Vampire Academy!)

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The author I was the MOST stoked about finally getting meet, JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT! I don’t need to list her books, if you follow me and keep up with my posts, you probably know how HUGE of a fan I am of her!) :D11282226_1596957617210609_1628707270_n

Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After)

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Colleen Hoover (author of Ugly Love, the Slammed trilogy and others!)

RT Book Lovers Convention was the best day so far this year! I had an absolute blast! I didn’t expect how it ended up turning out. This was my first convention and only having attended a handful of signings in the past. So, I was kind of unprepared for the event. I missed A LOT of awesome authors at the event and didn’t think to bring at least more books or something for authors to sign instead of books. Thanks to the Epic Reads tote I got later in the day, I was able to get some signatures from authors I didn’t bring books for. Had I thought of that at the beginning of the day during the massive signing, I would have brought something at least! But nonetheless, it was an absolute amazing experience that I think every reader should do at least once in their life! It’s fun to hang out with authors and get to spend the day with them. At signings you don’t normally get this kind of one-on-one time with authors like you do at conventions! I’m so grateful to all the publishing companies, the people who put together RT, the authors attended and just everyone that made this day possible! It was absolutely worth the $30 I spent to attend this event. Yes, your reading that correctly. Only $30 to get and experience all this! I’m sure I was an absolute fangirl at some points, especially during the Teen Day Party! I was running around like a madman finding authors for signatures. But, it was so worth it. :) We all fangirl and know what it’s like to act that way! ;) I hope someday in the future RT comes back closer like they did this year! Also, hopefully I can attend some other conventions that are hosted here in Texas in the future! I will definitely attend more of these in the future and not just RT’s convention!

Well, that’s it! I’ll see you guys later! :)

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Bookish Confessions (#17): I’m Coming Back in 2 Weeks!

book confessionsHey guys! Long time, no see, eh? Sorry, this semester was nothing like I expected! I became more busy than I ever imagined! I did not have any reading time up until about a week ago. My finals are the second week in May, which is why I’m posting this. Once I’m done with finals, my blog will become more active again! I’m attending RT Book Lovers Convention May 16th which I will be doing a blog post over as well as a book haul for my birthday once I get all the books! (It was actually yesterday. :) )

But yes, I’m just going to keep this short and sweet and I’ll update you guys more when I have more time to write a formal blog post. I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t disappeared or anything. ;)

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