Thursday, January 24, 2019

Blog Tour Excerpt: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), order your copy of ONLY A BREATH APART now!



They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


Evangeline fans herself. “That boy is hot.”
Hot isn’t exactly the word I would use for him. Hot somehow feels…lacking. Hot is for some boy in our gym class who has recently grown facial hair. Jess Lachlin is no boy. He has fire-red hair, a sun kissed tan from all the hours working on his land, deep green eyes and a body made to handle rough, rugged days.
I might have been ignoring Jesse for years, but I’ve seen him. Every girl in this school has gone out of her way to drive or walk along one of the country roads to watch Jesse as he works his land. Living across the street, I’ve had a front-row view. His shirt off, drenched in sweat, muscles rippling as he moves, the way he sometimes pauses in his front yard and looks across the road as if he knows I’m watching. A fluttering in my chest and then—
“Would you date him?” Evangeline asks.
“No.” Camila’s answer is swift. “And it’s not like he dates anyone. Except for his friends, the boy is a recluse.”
“Why wouldn’t you?” The kneejerk question surprises even me when it pops out of my mouth. Camila and Evangeline look at me as if those were the first words I’d ever spoken. If I could hide under the circulation desk without making this moment worse, I would.
“Besides the fact he’s cursed and anyone a Lachlin falls in love with drops dead?” Camila walks toward me and Evangeline follows. Camila watches me with more curiosity than I care for, but it’s nice that she’s moving the conversation in my direction. “Jesse’s a train wreck, and he taints anyone in his vicinity. Dating him would be a social, emotional and literal death sentence.”
I’m familiar with the curse, and it’s no truer than Glory and her prophesies. “That sounds melodramatic.”
“It’s not.” Camila has a swear-to-God seriousness to her. “Mom and Dad had Bible study at our house last night, and Pastor Hughes came. Everyone thought I was in the basement, but I went to the kitchen for something to drink, and I heard Pastor Hughes ask everyone what they knew about Jesse.”
Eavesdropping. How Camila.
“Did you know that before Veronica started hanging with Jesse that she was on track to be a concert pianist?” Camila says.
“Seriously?” Evangeline tilts her head in disbelief, and I’ll admit to putting down my cell.
“Seriously. And Leo Wheeling was a star soccer player, predicted to be the first freshman to play varsity for our high school, and then he started hanging out with Jesse.”
Faint middle school memories of hearing Leo’s name over the announcements regarding soccer emerge in my mind.
“Then someone said that before Nazareth Kravitz moved here, he had taken the ACT in the seventh grade and received a perfect score. He moved here, met Jesse and the rest is history.”
Nazareth sleeps through most of our classes, that is, when he bothers showing for school.
I nibble on my bottom lip as I’m not sure how much I like the Jesse-is-the-devil enthusiasm. I may share the opinion, but that doesn’t mean anyone else should.
“Of course, then there’s Jesse himself. Drinking, drugs.”
“The fights,” Evangeline pipes in.
“Don’t forget the suspensions—”
“And he’s been arrested!” Evangeline finishes Camila’s statement like the two share a brain. Her eyes sparkle like that precious piece of scandalous gossip was just too good not to spread.
“The boy is a walking disaster,” Camila continues. “Anyone who hangs out with him wants to become a loser. It doesn’t matter he’s going to be a millionaire once he sells his grandmother’s land. Anyone who spends time with Jesse is asking for hurt.”
And death.”

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Katie McGarry’s ONLY A BREATH APART – Review and Excerpt Tour Schedule:
 January 21st
@booksniffer7 – Review
Bickering Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Book Ballistic – Excerpt
Book Hoarder Mom – Review
Celindareyesblog – Excerpt
Do You Dog-ear? – Review and Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Excerpt

January 22nd
Beyourselfbebhaltair – Review and Excerpt
Booknerd1107 – Review
CeliaMoontown – Review and Excerpt
Crazy Chaotic Book Babes – Review and Excerpt
Echoing Books – Excerpt
GataLeitora – Excerpt
Its a mun thing – Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
Stellar Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
The Romance Reviews – Excerpt
Words Are Life – Review and Excerpt

January 23rd
A Novel Glimpse – Review
Bewitching bibliophile – Review and Excerpt
Book Freak – Review
Books Are My Life – Review and Excerpt
Bookworm Misfit – Excerpt
ClaryNathanWill – Excerpt
Craves the Angst Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Latteandbook – Review and Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review and Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review and Excerpt
Velarisreads – Excerpt

January 24th
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review and Excerpt
Avid Reads – Excerpt
Bookishly Nerdy – Review and Excerpt
Dazzled by Books – Review and Excerpt
Kick Back & Review – Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Excerpt
Tale Out Loud – Excerpt
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Excerpt
The Start of Something New – Review and Excerpt

January 25th
A Literary Perusal – Review and Excerpt
Abellafairytale – Excerpt
Book Bite Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Boundless Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Confessions of a Wordaholic – Review and Excerpt
Fandomly Bookish – Excerpt
Girl Plus Books – Review
Kaidans Seduction – Excerpt
The Book Branch – Excerpt
The Book Trollop – Review and Excerpt
VoxLibris – Review and Excerpt

January 26th
Ali's Bookshelf – Review and Excerpt
Beauty and Lace – Excerpt
Blunt Book Blog – Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review and Excerpt
Bookish Intoxication Writes – Review and Excerpt
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers – Review and Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Jesssiereads – Excerpt
Little Read Riding Hood – Review and Excerpt
Madison’s Library – Review and Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review and Excerpt

January 27th
As the Book Ends – Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review
Books 4 Girls – Review and Excerpt
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review and Excerpt
Chasing Faerytales – Review
K&M Sultry Reads – Excerpt
K's Korner – Excerpt
Less Reality More Books – Review and Excerpt
Poetry law and something more – Review and Excerpt
Roxy's Reviews – Excerpt

January 28th
Aaly and The Books – Review
A Book Fanatic Obsession – Review and Excerpt
Book Reader Addicts – Review and Excerpt
Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review and Excerpt
Contagious Reads – Review and Excerpt
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Escape 2 Fiction – Review and Excerpt
Midnight Book Girl – Excerpt
PBC – Excerpt
Rad Babes Read – Review and Excerpt
The Book Hookup – Review and Excerpt
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
We Live and Breathe Books – Review and Excerpt

January 29th
A Gingerly Review – Review and Excerpt
Bangor belle books – Excerpt
Becky on Books – Review and Excerpt
Books & Tea – Review and Excerpt
Chapter by Chapter – Review and Excerpt
Echosreviews – Excerpt
GotToReadThoseBooks – Excerpt
Kindle and Me – Review and Excerpt
Lita's Book Blog – Excerpt
Margay Leah Justice – Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review and Excerpt

January 30th
Book Reader Chronicles – Review and Excerpt
Buttermybooks – Review
Ficwishes – Review and Excerpt
Geeky Reading – Excerpt
Little Bookworm Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review and Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review and Excerpt
The Butterfly Reads – Excerpt
The Writing Finch – Excerpt
YA Bibliophile – Review and Excerpt

January 31st
BookCrushin – Review and Excerpt
Little Lovely Books – Review and Excerpt
Margaux – Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Excerpt
Nerdy Soul – Review and Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Excerpt
The Bookish Introvert – Review and Excerpt

February 1st
Alotabooks13 – Review and Excerpt
Caitlin's World – Review and Excerpt
CJR The Brit – Review
Hedwig Reads – Excerpt
Literary misfit – Excerpt
Readers Retreats – Excerpt
The Reading Faery – Review
Total Book Geek – Excerpt
Twirling Book Princess – Review and Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
Whoo Gives A Hoot – Excerpt
YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt

Katie McGarry Bio:
Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.      

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