Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME by Katie McGarry, releasing January 2018 from Harlequin Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note and interview from Katie:
I'm so excited to share with you the cover for Say You'll Remember Me (release date January 30, 2018). This book has a ton of heart, raw emotion and made me cry each and every single time I read through it. This book also warmed my heart and fixed so many broken pieces.
I hope you'll love the cover and Drix and Elle's story as much as I do!
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Drix and Elle from Say You’ll Remember Me were characters who had been bouncing around in my mind for several years, but their story didn’t fully form until protests started happening in my school district.
There was a lot of dissatisfaction happening among the parents, teachers, administration and students toward the school board and the superintendent of our district over school punishments, code of conduct and safety in our schools. As I began to dig deeper in research to understand everyone’s point of view, I came across the school-to-prison-pipeline.
Learning about the school-to-prison-pipeline struck a raw nerve for me as it brought back memories of the neighborhood I grew up in. I thought of people who had been caught up into the system at a young age and were never able to break free from the cycle.
At that point, life was breathed into Drix, Elle and Say You’ll Remember Me.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
So because the side characters sweep in and steal the show almost every time: Holiday (Drix’s half-sister) and Dominic (Drix’s best friend). Holiday has an on-fire personality and Dominic has this brooding loyalty that makes me just want to hug him. Of course, I’ll admit to having a huge crush on Axle (Drix’s older brother).
Drix and Elle are also huge favorites of mine, especially any scene where the two of them are together. Their chemistry makes my heart skip fantastic beats!
3. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The scene I’m most proud of happens at the end of the book and I can’t discuss that yet because…SPOILERS!
So my next favorite is when Drix lets Elle into his home, life and soul for the first time. Regretting many of his actions in his past, Drix is closed off and it is tough for him to open up to people. As Drix and Elle’s relationship progresses, he brings her to the garage to show her his most prized possession and what happens between them is magic!
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Writing is solitary and it can be consuming. So much of our job, whether it be marketing or promotion and even the writing, takes place with a computer.
The most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is to learn how to power down the computer and have balance in my life. Balance for me takes form of my friends, family and my faith.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The cover of Say You’ll Remember Me is absolutely beautiful! What I love the most of the cover is the magical sense of summer it conveys. Summer is a time of lazy days, reckless nights, and the type of love that forms in that mystical time where the days are long and the nights, somehow, seem to last even longer.
Drix and Elle meet at a fair midway at the beginning of the summer and their relationship takes on that magic that can only be found during secret meetings during hot summer nights.
Ready to see?
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Here it is!
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SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME
When Drix was convicted for a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But an opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program: the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabbed, and back into society. Though he didn't rob the convenience store, Drix knows this is the chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, just her name can open doors. But for Elle, the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't is maybe too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle first meet, their connection is immediate, but so are the problems. Drix is decidedly not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can cross all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix, to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle, to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.
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.
She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.
Katie loves to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, www.katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @katiemcgarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
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