Monday, 13 August 2012

Blog Tour: Pushing The Limits - Katie McGarry

I absolutely loved Katie McGarry's debut novel Pushing the Limits so I was thrilled to take part in the blog tour to celebrate it's UK release. If you haven't already read it then I'd highly recommend you get hold of a copy soon, the romance between Echo and Noah is delightful and will definitely appeal to fans of Simone Elkele's Perfect Chemistry series. You can read my review of Pushing the Limits here or read about the book and watch the trailer below:

They say be a good girl, get good grades, be popular.

They know nothing about me.

I can't remember the night that changed my life. The night I went from the top of the pyramid to loner freak. And my family are determined to keep it that way.

They said therapy was supposed to help.

They didn't expect Noah.

Noah is the dangerous boy my parents warned me about. But the only one who'll listen. The only one who'll help me find the truth.

I know every kiss, every promise, every touch is forbidden.

But what if finding your destiny means breaking all the rules?

A brave and powerful novel about loss, change and growing up, but most of all love.

Visit Katie McGarry's website for more information

I'm thrilled to welcome Katie McGarry to the blog today to talk about the music that inspired Pushing the Limits. Please make sure you give her a warm welcome!


Music & A Pushing the Limits playlist

Are there any songs that influenced you when writing the book? If were to put together a soundtrack for Pushing the Limits what would you include?

Katie - “Push” by Matchbox Twenty helped influence the book. Echo and Noah never push each other physically, but they are always pushing the other in the area of trust. As in, you can trust me, but can I trust you?

I did put together a playlist for Pushing the Limits and the entire playlist can be viewed on my website: A couple of the songs on the list are “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “Hey Soul Sister” by Train, “Down” by Jay Sean, and “Paint” by Roxette.

After reading a draft of Pushing the Limits, my sister-in-law, Angela, was inspired to write “Can You.” This song is from Echo’s point of view and it is absolutely gorgeous. You can check out a sample of the song on my website.

Are there songs that you associate with any particular scenes?

Katie - “Undone (The sweater song)” by Weezer—This song inspired the moment between Noah and Echo at the party.

“Crash Into Me” by The Dave Matthews Band—I listened to this song whenever I needed to write a kiss between Echo and Noah.

“Free” by Zac Brown Band—This song represents everything I wanted Echo and Noah to have gained by the end of the story. If you’re curious as to what happened between them the summer after the story ends, just listen to this song.


Thanks so much for stopping by Katie - Pushing the Limits is one of my favourite books of 2012 so far and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the sequel Dare You To!

What do you think of Katie's song choices? If you've already read the book are there any other songs that it made you think of while you were reading?

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour, you can find the details on the banner below:


  1. Pushing the Limits is one of my favourite books of this year too!

  2. It's such a fab book isn't it Lyndsey! I can't wait to read the next one :o) I'm glad you enjoyed it too!



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