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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)

The Shadowhunters Series Executive Producer and Script Writer, Ed Decter Joins Twitter!

The Shadowhunters Series executive producer and script writer, Ed Decter joins Twitter! Shadowhunter series fans are huge online supporters of the cast and crew of the series. We've loved how the cast and crew have reached out to fans, as much as we've reached to them. Now fans have the chance to reach out to Ed.

*Image source: Ed's Twitter account*

Cassandra Clare shared the exciting news this morning on Twitter that Ed had joined Twitter. Ed is in charge of all the story decisions for the series. There have been a lot of questions and comments about the series directed at Cassandra Clare, whom as we know, sadly doesn't have much to any say in the The Shadowhunters series. Fans can now direct their questions and comments pertaining to the storyline and script to Ed at @EDecter

*Image source: Ed's Twitter account*

Check out the images that are found on Ed's Twitter account. We've got our first glimpse of Jace and Clary! I'm loving the Shadowhunter images. Don't forget to follow @ShadowhuntersTV to stay in the know with all the latest happenings with the casting, on set visits, and much, much more.

Books Aren't Dangerous: Support First Book | Thoughtful Thursday #BooksArentDangerous

Here on Mundie Moms we are passionate about reading, and getting books into the hands of young readers, (as well as readers who are young at heart). Last week I posted about an awesome campaign, called BOOKS AREN'T DANGEROUS #BooksArentDangerous. Authors Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, along with their publisher, The NOVL have teamed with First Book to get books into the hands of those who need them. From May 12th-26th, readers are asked to post a picture of yourself with a book that saved your life, or one you'd recommend reading. For every book that is posted, a book will be matched to donate to First Books.

It’s super easy! Here’s how to participate (per my previous post):

  • During the two weeks of May 12-May 26 hashtag #BooksArentDangerous & post your photo with a book.
  • The book can be one that mattered to you, one you wish you’d had, or a current read you would recommend.

  • You can post on facebook, instagram, twitter, or tumblr.

In addition, authors, readers, teachers, librarians, bloggers, and bookseller friends are encouraged to take this opportunity to donate books to underfunded local school libraries. If you do, please post those pics too, and we’ll be reposting at

Kids can get involved too! Readers of all ages can get involved. It's a great opportunity for parents and kids to spend some time going through their own bookshelves, and donate the gently used books they don't read anymore. Not only is this a great opportunity to spend time together, you're doing a service, and volunteering your time to help others out. You can go through your books, package them up, and ship them out to First Book. Not to mention, you've just done some spring cleaning, and made room for more books on your bookshelves. If you do send a box of books, it's not too expensive to do so. You can send them media mail or fill up a flat rate box. 

If you'd rather donate financially, you can do so here. 97% of ALL donates provide new books for children in need (per First Book's site).

The right book at the right time can be life changing. Help put books in the hands of young readers in need. From May 12 – 26, post a picture of yourself with a book that saved or changed your life—or even just one you'd recommend—with the hashtag: #booksarentdangerous

For every picture posted, up to 5,000, The NOVL will donate a book to First Book, to help underfunded schools and libraries. Here's an example of some of the pictures below. 

Pets can get involved to! Check out Spike, and his book:

(Picture of Spike used with permission from Kami Garcia)

Grab your favorite book, or a current, or one you'd recommend to other readers, and snap a picture of yourself or with your fur baby and post it. Don't forget to use #BooksArentDangerous with it.