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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Writing Goals And Last Tour Stop


Well I didn't reach page 189 on my editing because I found myself writing yet another new chapter! That makes four new chapters total, and in random places throughout my manuscript. *sigh* I can't complain though, it is deepening both the characters and the plot and making the entire novel better overall. That alone is worth the extra time it is taking me. I have until January when I plan to send it off to my editor so there is no rush, which is always a good way to revise. Rushing never leads to anything good!

My new goal for the week is to get this final new chapter done (oh please let it be the last new one!) and reach 200 pages on editing by next Wednesday. It's a lofty goal I know, but I have a lot of ground to make up. And with the Tour Of Secrets ending today I should have a bit of free time on my hands. Speaking of which, today is the last day to enter the massive giveaway for the Tour Of Secrets. Drop in on the last stop of the tour at the fantastic Readergirls book blog then come back here to enter (not on this post but here). I love these ladies, they are so incredibly supportive and they review the BEST books. If you aren't following them, you need to be. The winners of the Tour Of Secrets contest will be announced next Wednesday but today is the last day to enter!

How did you do on your writing goals for the last two weeks? Have any new ones to share that you'd like me and my readers to help you stick to? Remember to check in on Twitter with me under the hashtag #writegoal at any time and I'll be happy to throw some encouragement your way!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Twitter Tuesday & Live Chat Announcement

Today's post is a two parter. Tonight I'll be over at the fabulous YA Bound blog doing a live chat all about the Tour Of Secrets. That means you can ask about myself, my writing, my novels, just about anything! And there will be a swag bag with a signed copy of The Secret of Spruce Knoll given away to one chatter during the chat so don't miss it! It starts tonight at 6pm PT. You don't need an account of any kind, you can just sign in using your name, nice and easy. Click here to join in.

And now for Twitter Tuesday! This first one is from Chuck Sambuchino about pitching to new agents:
ChuckSambuchino My first post as a Writer Unboxed contributor: Should You Pitch (and Sign With) a New Agent? The Pros and Cons: bit.ly/qP9Efu

Don't miss agent Sara Megibow's chat on Thursday!
SaraMegibow In honor of my son going back to school (finally, right?) - I'll run an #askagent here on Facebook on Thursday.... fb.me/1eNxpS5J7

Author Melissa Garrett spreads the promotional love:
MelissaGarrett_ Self-published authors, click the link for details on how to be promoted on my blog: writinghood.com/writing/exposu…

Agent Sarah LaPolla gives us title advice: 
sarahlapolla Writers: Stop naming your books "Awaken" or something similarly common, boring, and overused.The lack of creativity reflects poorly on you.

Writer's Digest brings us another great conference: 
WritersDigest Check out the Hampton Roads Writers Conference in Virginia Beach, Sept. 22-24 tinyurl.com/3qaaafp Agents in attendance taking pitches

Agent Nephele Tempest spotlights a contest:
NepheleTempest RT @gothamwriters: Call for entries: Microstyle Writing Contest - The Art of Writing Little - Entry is free bit.ly/Microstyle

Agent Vickie Motter spotlights a contest: 
Vickie_Motter RT: YA Highway: ~YA Highway First Lines Contest!~ j.mp/o5bJgsvia @AddToAny

Agent Sarah Megibow retweets author Elizabeth Craig's tweet on advances: 
SaraMegibow I ALWAYS want clients to earn out! RT @elizabethscraig An agent on advances(&whether there's such a thing as too much): rachellegardner.com/2011/08/author…

And of course I had to mention a book giveaway: 
HeatherMcCorkle Want to win a copy of GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan? I know I do:tinyurl.com/3sd292a via @DarkFaerieTales #WritersRoad #writing

That should keep you busy until tonight. Hope to see you over at YA Bound for the live chat and giveaway!



Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday's Muse~Rooftop Terrace

Though this is a rooftop in Rome, not Colorado, it inspired me for last week's new chapter that is going in my revision of Book 2. It shared enough of the elements and inspired the right mood for me. In this chapter my character comes face to face with one of her greatest fears. This chapter flowed onto the pages as fast as my pencil could write. I love it when that happens!

Yesterday I finished reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank and today I'm singing it's praises all over the internet with glowing reviews. This is a must read, and that's something I don't say very often. I laughed, I cried, I laughed so hard I cried. If you enjoy compelling characters, a good mystery, romance, and a touch of paranormal then you have to read this. It is one of the best books I have read so far this year, seriously. I'm already buying copies as gifts! Next up is Born To Be A Dragon by Eisley Jacobs, the first middle grade novel I've read in a long time. I've been looking forward to it so much!

As for music, I'm loving the soundtrack to Sucker Punch. The entire soundtrack is by female artists who rock. Gotta love the girl power. ;) What inspired you last week? A great read, or great music perhaps?

Today on the Tour Of Secrets I'm at author and good friend Krissi Dallas's blog giving away a secret about my main character. I hope you'll stop by not only to find out the secret and get more points for the giveaway but to meet Krissi. She is an amazing person who I'm honored to be friends with.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tour Of Secrets Stop~Amie Kaufman

Today I'm visiting Australia~well virtually at least~to stop by my good writer friend Amie Kaufman's blog. Amie writes sci-fi, fantasy, and is represented by Tracey Adams. On top of that she's incredibly sweet and supportive, and has a killer blog. Today she asks me to a reveal a secret about something I did that I wish I hadn't. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Today's Tour Of Secrets Stop

Today's stop on the Tour Of Secrets is at my writer bud Erica Chapman's blog. She is a sweet and supportive lady that I'm happy to call a friend. And she asked a fun secret about my main character that you won't want to miss! I hope you'll stop by her blog to find out what it is and say hi!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Writers' Platform Building Campaign

If you've been around the blogosphere you may have heard about writer Rachael Harrie's Writers' Platform Building Campaign. If not then you're in for a treat that involves not only a great opportunity to build your platform, but a fabulous lady. The Campaign is all about bringing writers together across the blogosphere to get to know and support one another. This is Rachael's third year conducting the campaign and bringing writers together to fight back the stigma that writing is a lonely profession. In my book that kind of makes her a bit of a hero.

Don't be mistaken, this isn't just about building a platform and promoting one's self. This is about meeting like minded people, bonding, and building lasting friendships to help shield us and prepare us to take on the industry. Writers from all over are coming together in Rachael's campaign to meet and support one another. There are genre groups, regional groups, there will be contests, and writing challenges. Next to WriteOnCon, this is the biggest online get together of writers that I have seen in a long time. You don't want to miss out on this! To join in the fun check out this post over at Rach Writes, but hurry, it's only open to join until the 31st of August.

On the Tour Of Secrets today I'm at my writer bud Kristen Yard's blog. She is so fun and energetic if you don't already know her then you've got to meet her! I hope you'll stop by to learn who my secret idol is and for a chance for more points in the giveaway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~8~22


Start stretching, it was a good week on Twitter! This first one is from agent Vickie Motter about query letters: 
@Vickie_Motter #queries If you are going to personalize your query, add details. We both love the same books (such as?) You love my blog (fav post?)



Writer Lisa Green brings us this great tweet about writer Angela Ackerman's post on blog tips: 
@lisagailgreen AWESOME blogging tips! via @angelaackerman The Bookshelf Muse: Blogging Tip: 3 Fast Fixes  thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2011/08/bloggi

 
If you write YA and are looking for a good competition check this tweet from writer Julie Musil out: 
@juliemusil Writer's Digest YA competition bit.ly/qUQqdJ #amwriting #YA 

 
Writer Monica B.W. brings us a tweet about an agent judged contest: 
@Monica_BW Looky here, Pitch Contest with agent Mandy Hubbard! we-do-write.blogspot.com/2011/08/pitch-on @DorothyDreyer's blog!

 
Editor Martha Mihalick, Molly O'Neill, and agent Holly Root do a vlog for WriteOnCon. NOT to be missed: 
@MarthaMihalick Hey! I vlogged w/ the fab @hroot & @molly_oneill for #WriteOnCon. Questions answered! Advice given! bit.ly/oqi9kS 

 
Great advice from WriteOnCon participant: 

@WriteOnCon Emily Meehan, "amp up your online presence. make friends. but good friends. and don't say anything you will want to take back!"

 
Agent Kate Schafer Testerman on querying: 
@WriteOnCon Are You Ready to Query? Agent Kate Schafer Testerman (@DaphneUn) helps you decide: bit.ly/mUnY0u #WriteOnCon 



Agent Ginger Clark brings us this tweet about fantasy covers: 
@Ginger_Clark Everyone in SF/fantasy publishing: read @paulgoatallen's piece today on the new look in urban fantasy covers. bit.ly/pkBUQR 



Agent Gina Panettieri talks about book pricing: 
@ginapanettieri Where is your best price point as an author? Is Amazon Short-Changing Authors? – inReads inreads.com/blog/2011/08/1… 



I couldn't let a week go by without mentioning another book giveaway! 
@HeatherMcCorkle Win the book of your choice from Lydia Kang's blog:tinyurl.com/3mflb5g

 
Agent Vickie Motter brings us a great resource: 
@Vickie_Motter Do you read Literary Agents Daily? Great resource for top stories that you might be missing  paper.li/KRJuchem/13118@KRJuchem 

 
Author Elizabeth Craig talks about blog pages: 
@elizabethscraig Why Your Blog's "About" Page Matters: bit.ly/qqN17z #promotip 

 
Writer Derek Flynn brings us this great post on subjects: 

@derekf03 Derek Flynn “Writers don’t choose their subjects, their subjects choose them.” From my blog post, “Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark”: bit.ly/oVBC45 



Editor Anica Rissi does a chat for WriteOnCon with agents Natalie Fischer and Kathleen Ortiz: 
@editrixanica Anica Mrose Rissi If you missed last night's @writeoncon live Q&A with Natalie Fischer, Kathleen Ortiz, & me, here's the transcript: writeoncon.com/2011/08/live-p… 



Agent Marisa Corvisiero talks about understanding one's publishing contract: 
@mcorvisiero Marisa A. Corvisiero The Importance of Understanding Your Publishing Contract http://t.co/NmAUMFb



That should keep you busy for a while! Don't forget to drop by my latest stop on the Tour Of Secrets at author Anne Riley's blog! You'll get to learn what my secret guilty pleasure movie is...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday's Muse~Snowy Colorado


Writing about winter in the middle of summer can be challenging but very fun. It's a great way to not only escape the heat, but to appreciate it a bit as well. Since the temperatures here stayed between eighty and ninety (which really isn't bad for this time of year) I welcomed the chance to imagine a cooler climate. This chapter is all about finding motivation from the right place, something my character is having a bit of trouble with at this stage.

I'm reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank and last week it made me laugh so hard I cried. This book is fantastic! If you enjoy a great mystery with a dash of magic, romance, and humor then this is a must read. I'm loving it! Denise has made me a fan for life.

Do you write about different seasons other than the one you're experiencing? If so, what do you do to get motivated for the scene? Read any books that made you laugh out loud recently? Don't forget to visit me today for the Tour Of Secrets stop on author Kristie Cook's blog! It's a secret about Aiden...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Today's Stop On The Tour Of Secrets

Today I'm over at my friend Michelle's blog for the Tour Of Secrets, giving up a writing secret. Michelle is a 5th grade teacher from Omaha Nebraska (go Cornhuskers!). She is super supportive and a lot of fun. You can usually find the two of us chatting it up on Twitter. I hope you'll stop by to learn my secret, get extra points for the giveaway by commenting, and to meet Michelle!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tour Of Secrets Stop~Melissa Ohnoutka

Today on the Tour Of Secrets stop I'm over at the talented author, Melissa Ohnoutka's blog. Melissa is a Texas born mom who writes about the tough subject of human trafficking. Her novel Faithful Deceptions both stunned and entranced me. It is a must read. The generous soul that she is though, she has taken time out of her own marketing craziness to help me celebrate my debut. So be sure to stop by not only to find out my secret to breaking writer's block, but also to meet a fabulous lady, then come back here to enter! Did I mention she has great links to help out writers?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Medical Feature

Sorry peeps, no Creature Feature today. I hate to disappoint but during the week I had some personal things come up that preventing me from having enough time at the computer to research and write a feature for today. Don't worry, all is well on the personal front, it's just been hectic this week. I'll make it up to you next week with an outstanding creature, I promise!

So if I'm fine what the heck is with the post title? Glad you asked. ;) Today on the Tour Of Secrets I'm over at my good friend Lydia Kang's blog, who also happens to be a doctor. If you don't know Lydia and her blog then you're in for a treat because she and her blog are must follows! This one is a full out interview with a lot of fun questions you won't want to miss.

By the way, I want to send out a big welcome to my new followers. I look forward to getting to know each of you more, and hope to keep you entertained and informed.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tour Of Secrets Stop

Today on the Tour Of Secrets I'm stopping by author Elle Strauss's blog. Elle is a gracious host and a sweet person. I hope you'll stop by not only to learn another secret about me and to get more points for the giveaway, but to get to know Elle a bit too!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Write Goal

My writing (editing) goals kind of got blown out of the water when I realized I had to add another new chapter to my WIP, and then another, and then another. So three new chapters later I'm back to almost the same page I was at during the beginning of last week. But it was worth it because I have three new chapters that deepen my character development and enhance the plot twists. Yay!

But now it's time to get back into the game and set a write goal for myself for the week. I'm on page 164 of editing my sequel. My goal is to finish the 3rd new chapter, get it entered into the document, then get another 25 pages edited, taking me to page 189. My fingers are crossed that I can pull it off amidst the crazy fun that is my Tour Of Secrets. Speaking of which, today you can find me over at Elizabeth's blog, Liz Writes Books. More points for the contest are to be had over there, and of course another secret. Trust me, you want to know this secret. ;)

So what are your write goals for the week? Did you meet your goals for last week or has summer sucked away all your time (much like me)?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Query Tips, Conferences, And Contests

Amidst the craziness of debuting I managed to snag a few great tweets for you. Here is one from my writer friend Tori Scott about Amazon entering the publishing realm:
@ToriScott All Eyes on Amazon Publishing: tinyurl.com/4ykrzsj #writetip

Agent Vickie Motter brings a great opportunity to our attention:
@Vickie_Motter RT: Inaugural Seattle Publishing Salon for Writers: wp.me/pRGY1-pr

Agent Sarah LaPolla gives us a bit of query advice:
@sarahlapolla Writers, stop sending pre-queries & "Do you rep this?" emails. They waste everyone's time. Just query. Worst that happens is it's a no.

Writer Monica B.W. announces another agent-judged contest on her blog!
@Monica_BW Psst, Tweeps, by the end of the month I'm having another agent-judged contest on my blog!! Details + interview coming next Monday! :D

Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest gives us valuable highlights from the Willamette Writers Conference:
@JaneFriedman 3 invaluable takeaways for writers from the Willamette Writers Conference: http://ow.ly/5ZgjB #wwcon11

Agent Sarah LaPolla gives us fair warning:
@sarahlapolla Writers: Please check sites like Absolute Write and Writer's Beware before signing with an agent. I've been seeing some awful, scary things.

And of course I bring you another great book giveaway (okay it's not from me, it's from Carolina Valdez Miller, cause she rocks!):
@HeatherMcCorkle Enter to win a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer & Possess from @Cvaldezmiller! tinyurl.com/42w2kvz #WritersRoad #writing

Writer Jolina Joy bring us this tweet of agent advice:
@Jolina_Joy An agent explains what you should bring to a conference:bit.ly/njQqi4 @RachelleGardner @elizabethscraig #writing #amwriting #writetip

Agent Vickie Motter announces the genres she's looking for:
@Vickie_Motter #queries Along with YA fantasy and scifi, I would LOVE a YA romance--good summer sort of read, along the lines of Sarah Dessen

There should be something in there for just about everyone. Enjoy! And let me know if I've missed any great tweets! Today on the Tour Of Secrets you can find me at author Eisley Jacobs blog. Stop by to learn another secret and get more points for the giveaway! I'm also over at the Wolfy Chicks blog with YA authors Kitty Keswick and Judith Graves for an interview on the side!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday's Muse~Icy River


Last week I worked on another new chapter that's going into Channeler novel #2. I'm kind of surprised by how much new material I'm putting in to this one, but in a good way. The inspiration that's coming to me will make the novel richer and the characters deeper so I'm happy. Already I love the story more! It didn't hurt that I got to look to this chilly picture for inspiration while the temperatures have been in the eighties and nineties here. In this chapter Eren learns a tough lesson and faces and even tougher truth.

I just finished reading Gone by Michael Grant and loved it. It's not a novel for everyone as it is very dark, but that made it right up my alley. In fact, I haven't read enough dark stuff lately so I devoured this book. They weren't kidding when they compared it to 'if Stephen King had written Lord of The Flies.' Now I'm getting my adult paranormal fix by reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank.

As for music, I'm enjoying the latest Dropkick Murphy's cd, a lot. But then, I'm a huge Dropkick Murphy's fan. How about you peeps, what inspired you last week?

Today's Tour of Secrets stop is at freelance editor TS Tate's blog. Stop by to learn another secret and to get more points for the giveaway!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Today's Tour Of Secrets Stop

Today's Tour Of Secrets stop is over at the Wattpad blog! If you aren't
sure what Wattpad is then you've GOT to check it out! It's an amazing community of writers who come together to share their work, get feedback, and support each other. The community is near and dear to my heart, click on the link to find out why and to get more points for the giveaway!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tour Of Secrets Stop

Today's Tour Of Secrets stop is over at my good friend's blog, Christa Writes. Christa is repped by Sarah LaPolla of the Curtis Brown agency, is a publicist with Entangled publishing, and is a fantastic and fun person on top of all that. If you don't already follow her be sure to check this stop out. And of course you'll be able to get another point if you follow Christa Writes and comment on the tour stop there!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tour Of Secrets Stop: In Time

Today's stop on the Tour Of Secrets is over at In Time with Michael Di Gesu. Be sure to stop by to find out the next secret and to rack up another entry/point for the contest! Michael is a blogger friend that has been wonderfully supportive during my entire journey. If you don't already follow him you'll love his blog!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Giveaways Galore


I have a lot of fun links for you today, tons of books to win and bit of great advice thrown in for good measure. This first one is a giveaway of a great book you don't want to miss:
@HeatherMcCorkle Want to win A Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep? Enter here:  tinyurl.com/3vn55rn Giveaway by @DarkFaerieTales

Agent Weronika Janczuk brings us this tweet from agent Kelly Sonack about a career in publishing:
@KSonnack by WeronikaJanczuk  Great blog post by @literaticat on the path to a career in publishing and GREAT comments from everyone: tinyurl.com/3nhud8n
 
Looking for a good adult urban fantasy novel to win? Look no further: 
@HeatherMcCorkle Love urban fantasy? Then be sure to enter to win a book by Kelly Meding: tinyurl.com/3dpbnbv brought to us by @DarkFaerieTales

Fine Print Literary bring us this tweet by Delilah Dawson about an available literary internship:
@FinePrintLit by DelilahSDawson  We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2011 internship! Please retweet! http://ow.ly/5UnsY
 
Looking for another good adult urban fantasy novel to win? Look no further: 
@HeatherMcCorkle Enter to win a novel by Erica Hayes: tinyurl.com/3bjd28t Cause who can resist gangster fairies?! Via @DarkFaerieTales #writing #WritersRoad
 
How about a great young adult fantasy novel to win: 
@HeatherMcCorkle Win one of Andrea Cremer's novels: tinyurl.com/3onr92t And learn more about her character with this fun giveaway via @DarkFaerieTales
 
My very first author interview, and it's on one of my favorite author's sites (cue fangirl squeal): 
@judithgraves Featured author interview with @HeatherMcCorkle and her YA fantasy debut SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL on my blog today:  bit.ly/ncw9i9
 
An SCBWI you tube interview with agent Jill Corcoran: 
@JillCorcoran Jill Corcoran Books: SCBWI YOUTUBE INTERVIEW WITH ME:)  jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/2011/08/scbwi-…
 
Here's another intriguing sounding adult urban fantasy to win:  
@HeatherMcCorkle Body of Sin by Eve Silver: "Egyptian mythology, action, adventure and sizzling romance." Enter to win: tinyurl.com/43knzmr
 
This is one short story you've got to read! It will leave you wanting the novel, trust me! 
@HeatherMcCorkle Read a haunting tale of Bluebeard's brides and enter to win a copy of Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey: tinyurl.com/3kpy4ze
 
Agent Ginger Clark gives us a bit of sage advice: 
@Ginger_Clark Authors: please read and know and respect the field or genre you're writing in. 


Another great giveaway brought to us courtesy of the fabulous book blogger Dark Faerie Tales (which if you aren't following her blog, you should be!):  
@HeatherMcCorkle Want to win a novel that's a mixture of dystopian and paranormal? I know I do! Enter here: tinyurl.com/3lhx22o from @DarkFaerieTales
 
Here's a book giveaway of one of my favorite adult paranormal novels! 
@HeatherMcCorkle Enter to win a copy of @Kristiecookauth 's novels!  tinyurl.com/3evwmjc cause they rock and you WANT them. ;) #WritersRoad #writing 

Best of luck to all of you in the giveaways! The second stop on my Tour Of Secrets is over on Flight To Success today. Check it out to rack up more points for the giveaway. Remember to come back and enter on my link on the right sidebar though! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Monday's Muse~Tall Trees


This picture that I took while at a writer's retreat in Big Sur inspired me last week for a new chapter that I'm putting into the novel I'm working on. The idea for the chapter struck me while I was on a walk~ironically in a place where there are no trees for miles. It's one of those chapters that is integral to one of my character's development, a chapter that the novel could not do without, and it wasn't in the first draft, or the second, or third, heck all the way to the sixth draft.

Such late revelations by our muses are why I think it's so important to give your novel time to develop. Though there is plenty of desire, there is no need to rush the process and be in a hurry to get it out there. I'm glad this one has had time to simmer and grow stronger. It's starting to feel like it will be outstanding when I'm done (fingers crossed).

On a side note, today is the launch of my Tour Of Secrets to celebrate the upcoming debut of my YA urban fantasy, The Secret of Spruce Knoll (which should be available everywhere August 15th). To visit the first stop along the tour (and rack up your first point/entry for the giveaway) click here. Over the weekend I made a few other fun stops as well. On Dark Faerie Tales yesterday I participated in Fantastic Fables. Be sure to check it out to get a special sneak peak at a short story based on the love interest of my main character from The Secret of Spruce Knoll, and to enter to win a copy of the novel (this is a separate giveaway from my tour)! Then check out my good friend and fabulous author Judith Graves' site where she did an exclusive first interview with me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tour of Secrets Prizes & Rules~Enter Here!

The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, the winners will be announced Wednesday September 7th! Good luck everyone!
My young adult urban fantasy, The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, is releasing this month! To celebrate its birthday I'm doing a blog tour and contest followed by a live chat on YA Bound  August 30th with a separate giveaway. The blog tour and contest begins next Monday and ends August 31st. Here's what you can win:

1st place: 
*$50 gift certificate to B&N (or the Book Depository if you're over seas). 
*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Special swag bag

2nd place: 
*Swag bag filled with:
*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
*Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 
*Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 
*A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young 

3rd place: 
*Autographed copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll 
*Swag bag

You can earn extra points, but if you don’t want to, you don't have to. You can just be a follower of Heather's Odyssey and leave a comment saying you'd like to enter to win. But if you want extra points/entries here's how you can get them:
+1 for being a follower and commenting (+1 for each blog participating in the giveaway that you follow and comment on. Winners must follow Heather's Odyssey but aren't required to follow each blog participating, you just get more points if you do! Possible 23 points).
+2 for tweeting and/or posting on Facebook about the giveaway (4 points if you do both).
+3 for adding The Secret Of Spruce Knoll to your To-Read shelf on Goodreads or Shelfari.
+4 for Blogging about The Secret Of Spruce Knoll giveaway.
+5 for placing a link on the sidebar of your blog about the giveaway.

For the stops along the blog tour where you can earn extra entries click on my News/Events page. Don't forget to list in your comment what (if anything) you are doing for extra points and total them up! You're welcome to come back at the end of the blog tour and leave your comment then if you'd like so you can hit all the stops and rack up the points. You must post your comment here with your total points by August 31st to be entered.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Giveaways, Pitching, Agents

The craziness of organizing a blog tour kept me away from Twitter a lot last week so I'm sorry to say I don't have many links for you. I did find a few though! This first is a chance to win a few great books: 
@HeatherMcCorkle Enter to win three excellent books: tinyurl.com/3ar2pld from the wonderful @AnneRiley ! #WritersRoad #writing

If you're querying, or plan to be soon, this might help!
@WritersDigest Writer's Digest Read the query that got YA writer @karstenknight his agent. (His book WILDEFIRE comes out today.) http://tinyurl.com/2czdbqp via @kid_lit

Another chance to win an excellent book, this one from Catherine Fisher:

@HeatherMcCorkle  Want to win a great book by Catherine Fisher? Of course you do! tinyurl.com/3rjkzgu Giveaway by @DarkFaerieTales

If you're planning on pitching you'll want to read this:

@JaneFriedman  The Basic Pitch Formula for Novelists: http://ow.ly/5R4dz [great advice from #mww11]

Agent Marissa Corvisiero makes an exciting new announcement:

@mcorvisiero Marisa A. Corvisiero Welcome to the Literary Powerhouse Consulting page. We are here to help you with any and all of your literary... http://fb.me/Y9eLU3bT

Agent Jill Corcoran gives us her take on agents representing self-published authors:
@JillCorcoran MY TAKE ON AGENTING + EPUBBING http://nblo.gs/l4aTr

Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest brings us this eye-opining link:
@JaneFriedman The print world ends not with a bang, but with price increase after price increase. Must-read: http://ow.ly/5QWFU

At least your fingers won't cramp up from all the clicking this week! If I missed any great tweets let me know. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my tour and giveaway announcement!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday's Muse~Aiden Lookalike


Last week it took a very compelling picture to peel my eyes off my cover, so I had to pull out the big guns with this one. This is an inspiration for my main character's love interest, Aiden. Just an inspiration mind you, so please feel free to develop your own mental picture when (if) you read The Secret of Spruce Knoll. My vision of Aiden isn't exactly like this hot fella anyhow, but it was definitely close enough. ;) I'm editing the second book and this picture kept me uh... focused amidst all the chaos of organizing a blog tour, ordering swag, and getting ready for my launch (smoothes back remaining hair…).

Since we missed a week (and sorry, we'll miss another since I have an announcement this Wednesday), tell me how you all did on your Wednesday Write Goals! And share new ones! That way if you need to give your muse a little kick in the pants this week you'll have help from me and my peeps! Despite my muse being totally scatter brained, I reached my editing goal! I'd love to get another fifty pages edited by our next Wednesday Write Goal check-in (August 10th I think). How about you peeps? Any goals? What inspired you last week?