Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Character Interview + Contest: Ryan from Dare You To

One of my favorite books of last year was Katie McGarry's debut Pushing the Limits... so naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the companion, Dare You To, which focuses on Beth and Ryan's story. It is, as I expected, wrenching and amazing and endearing. So to celebrate the upcoming release of another fantastic novel, I've got an interview with Ryan (holy cow, he makes me melty!), and a chance for you to win an ARC of this must-read book!! So let's get to it!

Describe yourself in three words.

Baseball, loyal, and writing.

What's the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?

How Beth is. She’s had a rough couple of weeks and while she tries to act like everything that’s gone down isn’t bothering her, I know it is.

So Beth is, admittedly, pretty volatile at times. What's the best and worst thing about that?

Ryan chuckles. Nuclear grade plutonium is more stable than she can be at times. But seriously: when Beth loves—she loves. When she feels—she feels. She’ll call me out on my crap faster than anyone I know and she’d stand up for me or any of our friends in a heartbeat.

But when Beth hurts, it’s hard for her to let anyone help her. She’s working on it though. With Beth, I can’t push her. I have to let her ask for my help. The good part is—she’s asking for help faster than she used to.

Your first meeting with Beth doesn't go so well for you. If you could change it, would you?

No. I love how we met. She was one hundred percent her and I was one hundred percent me. If the two of us are anything, it’s all or nothing.

What's it like to kiss Beth?

Have you ever been with someone and you know the moment you walk away that you’ve left your heart behind because they now own it? That’s what it’s like with Beth. Her lips are soft and she’s so damn tiny. When her body is tucked close to mine and we kiss—I no longer feel like a part of me is missing—I feel whole.

Boxers or briefs?


What's the weirdest dream you've had that you remember?

I had a dream that Beth played short stop while I pitched during the World Series. She kept asking if the game was over yet. In case you’re wondering, Beth doesn’t play ball.

What kind of cookie would you describe yourself as?

Do you realize that no matter how I answer, Beth’s going to ride me over this? The moment I give one type of cookie, she’ll drop that cookie into every conversation we have just to see how long it’ll take me to lose my mind. Because I enjoy my sanity, I think I’ll skip this one.

Thank you, Ryan, for stopping in and tolerating my ridiculous questions!

Now for YOUR chance to win an ARC of this book (trust me, you want this yesterday):

Fill out THIS form to enter.

This contest is US only, and ends April 10.

No entries will be accepted through the comments, but you should totally leave one anyway.


  1. I can't wait to get to know Beth even more - I love her prickly attitude. And Ryan sounds interesting, to say the least. :) Thanks for sharing the interview, Kari!

  2. I got this from netgalley and thought it was AMAZING! xx