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Thursday, May 21, 2015

NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry | Blog Tour: Author Guest Post & Enter To Win #NowhereButHere

Next week a new, fantastic book will be released from one of my favorite YA authors, Katie McGarry. If you've not yet pre-ordered your copy of NOWHERE BUT HERE, you've still got time! Today I'm thrilled to be apart of the NOWHERE BUT HERE blog tour. I'm honored to have Katie McGarry on the blog today. Before I share her guest post, here's a little bit about her upcoming release:


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. 


“I may not understand a lot about all of this craziness, but I understand that Olivia loves you like you’re related to her. Like she never had a choice in loving you. But my dad did have a choice with me. He could have taken one look at me and decided he wanted nothing to do with a woman who had a child. He had a choice and there isn’t a day I don’t thank God that he chose not only Mom, but me.”
My gut twists for her. “I’ve seen your dad around you. The man is nuts about you.”
“He is, but wouldn’t it hurt him if I was curious about this side of my family? If I talked about Eli with all my friends?”
Emily turns her head so she can meet my eyes and there’s a striking honesty that almost brings me to my knees. Olivia didn’t have to love me. Neither did Cyrus or Eli or anyone else in the club, but they do.
There are so many ways to describe my newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, the first book in the Thunder Road young adult series. I like to call it Sons of Anarchy meets West Side Story and when people’s head perk up at that description, it’s fun to talk about how I hung out with a motorcycle club to do the research for this book, and to go on about motorcycle rides and quirky secondary characters and sizzling first kisses.
But when I think of NOWHERE BUT HERE, I think of a love story. Not just the love story that unfolds between teen opposites Oz and Emily, but the one that ultimately interconnects all the other characters. Because while I always tell people I’m a love story type of girl, with this book I found new aspects of love to explore.
Emily, one of the novel’s main characters, lives with her mother and her adopted dad. She has grown up believing that she was the product of a one night stand and that her biological father wanted nothing to do with her.
When news of a death causes Emily to travel to Kentucky, she finds herself staying with her biological father and his family for the summer. And the more time she spends with them, the more torn she feels. How can she care for people who so willingly threw her away? Why would she want to get to know these people when she has a dad who loves her, even when she feels he didn’t have to?
This is a very real struggle for Emily as she gets to know her biological father, her grandmother, her cousin, and the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club that’s an integral part of this side of her family.
I understand this struggle. Maybe not to the extent that Emily does, but that issue of divided loyalty, with all the guilt and curiosity it brings with it, was one that I dealt with as I was growing up.
I love my parents, very much. Like all families, we have our issues, but when we get past that, at the end of the day, there is love.
But there is this other family. People who I’m not related to but who have loved me since the moment I first walked through their door. They didn’t have to love me. Didn’t have to treat me as if I was one of their biological children, but they did treat me that way. They did love me that way and to this day, they still introduce me to others as their daughter and I introduce them as my mom and dad.
There were times I felt guilty for this. I had a family. Did it mean that I loved them less because I was allowing another family into my heart?
The answer, though it took both me and Emily some time to realize it, is no. There is always room for love.
At the end of the day, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a story about love in all its many facets. About the love between partners, the love between friends, the love between blood relations and the love between those people who may not share the same genetics but who belong to each other nonetheless. It’s about how the people we least expect can be the people who complete us. I am, after all, a love story type of girl.


There's still time to pre-order your copy of NOWHERE BUT HERE! When you do, be sure to head over to here and register to a brand new ebook from Katie!



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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.

Find Katie on: Website • Goodreads • Facebook • Twitter

Don't miss out on more amazing books by Katie McGarry!

Pushing the Limits: Goodreads | Amazon
Crossing the Line (e-novella): Goodreads | Amazon
Dare You ToGoodreads | Amazon
Crash Into YouGoodreads | Amazon
Red At Night (Harlequin More Than Words) eNovella - Free from Amazon
Take Me OnGoodreads | Amazon

Thank you to HarlequinTEEN, I have 1 finished copy of Nowhere But Here to give away on the blog today. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.
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Week 1:
5/18 - Supernatural Snark (Interview)
5/19 - Step Into Fiction (Review)
5/20 - Novel Ink (Review)
5/21 - Mundie Moms (Guest Post)
5/22 - Book Rock Betty (Kiss & Tell Post)

Week 2:
5/25 - The Irish Banana Review (Review)
5/25 - Jenuine Cupcakes (Interview)
5/27 - No BS Book Reviews (Review)
5/28 - Once Upon A Twilight (Guest Post)
5/29 - Fiction Fare (Review & Interview)

1 comment:

  1. Love this cover. It's a nice look for a new series for her.