Wednesday 12 December 2012

Let It Snow Books: Interview with Katie McGarry + Giveaway

Welcome to Day 3 of Let it Snow Books 2012, where for the next three weeks you have the chance to read some really fun holiday posts from some of your favorite authors, both here and at Ex Libris.

Today, we welcome author Katie McGarry here at Books to Brighten your Mood with a festive post and you will have the chance to win a copy of Pushing the Limits, which was a refreshingly emotional story about two young people who manage to overcome any obstacles and find love.
And here's a small preview of my previously posted review of Pushing the Limits:

Pushing the Limits is worth all the early buzz is getting and then some more... It's simply that good a book! It's the kind of book that you just have to read it, reach the last page and then... Read the rest of the review here.

Hello Katie and welcome to Let it Snow Books event! We are very excited to have you here today!
Since this whole event is about the Best Books we read in 2012, could you share with us some of your favorite titles you read this year?
Katie: I have absolutely loved Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, and Article 5 by Kristen Simmons.

What makes you feel that Christmas time is finally here?
Katie: The decorations and the excited light in my children’s eyes. I absolutely love the bouncing happiness of my children when we put up the tree and how they race home from school to see who can plug the Christmas tree lights in first.

Christmas/the holidays wouldn't be the real deal without...
Katie: My family. My husband and my children mean the world to me.

Is there anything special you usually do for the holidays?
Katie: There is a couple who I consider my second family. They raised me as much as
my own parents did. They own a farm outside of the city and every year we visit
them on Christmas Eve. No matter the weather, we all go out to the barn and gather around a manager with all the farm animals and listen to “my dad” read the Christmas story. It’s a tradition I hope we always continue.

Do you have any favorite holiday themed stories (movies or books)?
Katie: I love The Griswold’s Christmas Vacation movie. It cracks me up every year.

Could you share with us your favorite holiday meal/dessert/candy?
Katie: Any dish with cheese. My husband and two of my children aren’t fans of cheese
(gasp) so I don’t often serve meals that include it. I get so excited when I visit other people around the holidays and can indulge in all things cheese!

Do you prefer an angel or a star on top of your tree?
Katie: Star

Let’s say you have the chance to spend the holidays with a fictional character,
who would that be and what would you be doing?
Katie: Sorry, I know it’s cheating, but I would love to spend the holidays with Echo, Noah, Isaiah, and Beth from Pushing the Limits. I love each of them so much and I would love to give them a home for Christmas.

We all love Christmas holidays, but I was wondering if there’s anything about
them that you find annoying?
Katie: Christmas shopping. I’m not a fan of shopping to begin with. Combine that with my general dislike of large crowds and that’s a recipe for a panic attack.

What would you ask Santa to bring you this year?
Katie: Taylor Swift tickets for my daughter. She’s dying to go to her first concert ever
and those tickets are impossible to nail down.

Thank you Katie for stopping by here today and Happy Holidays!

About the author

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, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Visit Katie

About the Book:
Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series:Pushing the Limits #1)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 392 pages
Release Date: July 31st 2012
Purchase Info: Book Depository, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Katie has generously offered a signed copy of Pushing the Limits if the winner is from US or a copy from Book Depository if the winner is international.All giveaways end on January 5th.

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  1. Nice interview and great giveaway!

    I prefer a star on top. I guess I'm old school.

  2. Thank you for the interview and giveaway, i'm all for the star, i don't mind angel but we always put the star that has been in our family for generation
    happy holidays

  3. I star. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. I like Angels... But we have Tinkerbell this yr because my daughter loves Tinkerbell...

  5. I prefer star, although I had an angel as well. :)

  6. A Star :)
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  7. We always put a star to the tree :)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway, I prefer to put a big giant shiny star on top of my Christmas tree :D

  9. Angel- I'm not particularly religious, they're just prettier.

  10. Angels are prettier and a star you can use at any occasion:)

  11. I prefer star, i like angel to be hang as like she is flying

  12. no preference. I've had both in the past :)

  13. No contest -- stars belong on top! I see an angel in my boyfriend ;)

  14. A star! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoy stars on top of the tree better, but when we do put a tree topper up, it's usually an angel.

  16. I've always liked stars more on trees, it just looks better and it reminds me of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  17. I don't actually celebrate Christmas, but whenever I put up a Christmas Tree, it has to be a star :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  18. I prefer a star on top of the Christmas tree. I love stars so much I still have glow-in-the-dark stars stuck on my ceiling and I'm a mother now! :)

  19. Both are equally cute, I can't decide! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  20. I like a star, but my sister always insists on putting an angel Minnie Mouse on our family's tree, so I get stuck with that :P

  21. Star. I always loved stars.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway :)

  22. I love stars and the many shapes and colors they come in!!

  23. No stars or angels here in Holland, we use something called a "piek".

  24. I prefer Stars! they're so beautiful!

  25. Star, because they're less of a hassle to deal with.

  26. Definitely a star :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Stars all the way. We had an angel growing up but it was old, cracked and faded. There was a missing eye and it looked like she had been on fire previously. It creeped me out to no end, which has spread to all angels.

    The Doctor Who fans have an additional reason not to dig angels. =)

  28. Definitely a star!

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  29. I prefer a star, but not entirely bothered. Merry Christmas! :)

  30. I prefer a star between the two choices.

  31. An angel! Thank you for posting! :D

  32. I have to say star since it's what we have!

  33. It has to be an Angel on the top of the tree.

  34. Star-It looks cooler and not much of a hassle it right?

    Happy Holidays! :)

  35. I love Star on the top of Christmas tree, even though i didn't celebrated it ^^

  36. I prefer an angel on top of the tree :)

  37. Maybe an angel? Something to look up to? But I do like stars too

    raffle name: Nikki O

  38. Star definitely! Besides an angel is kind or religious...

  39. I prefer the star


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