A new contemporary YA with a twist... Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (Interview & #Giveaway)

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Only a Breath Apart
By Katie McGarry
YA Contemporary
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 365 Pages
January 22nd 2019 by Tor Teen


Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart. 

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in 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, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


“Katie McGarry knows what YA is, how it works, and what it can do better than anyone, but she always takes it one step further.” ―Hypable

"Fair warning: Picture-perfect Scarlett and misunderstood Jesse will have you in your feels." ―Girls' Life Magazine

“Beyond a haunted teen romance is a beautiful, moving exploration of domestic violence, forgiveness, and self-love. ...Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“McGarry ably captures the feeling of desperately wanting to come home to a friendship that has radically changed. The novel manages to tackle domestic violence in a way that never feels clichéd, and the romance is sure to win over even the most cynical reader. This is a story you’ll want to read slowly, just to be able to stay with the characters for a moment longer.” ―Booklist

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love.” ―Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Powerful, emotional, and ultimately hopeful. An unforgettable story that will leave its mark on your heart.” ―C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author

“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

“Meticulously weaves a fragile love story through a minefield of loss, broken trust, and familial curses both real and imagined. Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful.” ―Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

“A painful, beautiful, and utterly magical story about the family you’re born into versus the family you choose.” ―Trish Doller, author of In a Perfect World

“A touching tale of love and fate straight from the heartland.” ―Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

“Scarlett and Jesse’s story will stay in your heart long after you finish the book.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author

“Southern Gothic at its finest, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date!” ―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe

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Q: Would you tell us a little more about the main characters from ONLY A BREATH APART?

A: Scarlett and Jesse were childhood best friends until something happened right before high school that tore them apart. Now, Scarlett, the girl everyone believes has the picture perfect life, and Jesse, the boy everyone in their small town says is cursed, must work together to achieve their goals for their senior year.

Q: What inspired this paranormal/fantasy twist on your usual contemporary stories with Jesse supposedly being cursed and Scarlett being psychic?

A: A few years ago, as a gift, a friend of mine took me to a psychic reading. I didn’t really believe in psychics, but this psychic knew things about me that I have never told anyone. Things that were so private, no one else would have known. That experience had me thinking—what is real in the real world? How many of us have had experiences we can’t explain and how does that fit into the contemporary world? I decided to explore these questions in Only a Breath Apart.

Q: What did you find most challenging about writing ONLY A BREATH APART compared to your other books?

A: It took me several years to work up the courage to write Scarlett’s story. She has a father who is abusive towards her mother, and it was extremely hard to write Scarlett’s story and her pain. But it did feel fantastic to write her arc, to see her grow and to be by her side as she found her inner strength.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the book’s cover?

A: I love this cover! It is reflective of my favorite moment in the book where Jesse proves to Scarlett that his land “breathes,” and it also is the moment where they first kiss!

Q: What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

A: I love how I played with the mystical while writing a contemporary story.

Q: What are you working on next?

A: I’m working on last minute tweaks to my next novel, Echoes Between Us!

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, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.  


Tour-Wide Giveaway

- 5 Winners will receive a Copy of ONLY A BREATH APART by Katie McGarry.
- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends July 8, 2019

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