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Eren Is Interviewed

Today Eren, from The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, dropped in on book blogger Ashley over at What's Your Story for a special interview. To get an in-depth look at Eren that you won't find anywhere else, I hope you'll stop by.  Eren will be dropping in at What's Your Story to check comments and answer question so now is the time to ask if you have any for her. Hope to see you there!

Great Read: Clockwise

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For today's, my good friend, and fabulous author, Elle Strauss, has released a new cover for her time-travel young adult novel, Clockwise. And I just had to share it with you. If you haven't read this book yet, trust me, you've got to! Check it out: A teenage time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward. Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward. Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness? When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is br

Special Project Announcement

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It seemed appropriate to reveal my special project to you on Teaser Tuesday. I needed to wait for the excitement of the Channeler's Choice tour to dim, yet here we are swept up into the mega contest of awesome (i.e. the Nook giveaway) so it seems my plans have gone awry. Nevertheless, my publisher says I may now announce the special project and I decided not to wait. My young adult historical fantasy about the last of the druids in ancient Ireland, To Ride A Púca , is releasing this May from Compass Press! It is a tie-in novel to the channeler series, but it isn't officially a part of it. I'm so excited because this is a novel that was written from the depths of my soul. Here is a bit about it: They say to ride a p ú ca changes your life forever. That doesn’t sound so bad to Neala. Her kind are hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, or be slaughtered.  But when an old enemy threatens her country like never before, the druids will have to decide; rise up and fig

Biggest fan Contest~Nook Simple Touch

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To celebrate the release of my second book, Channeler's Choice , and Christine Fonseca's first full length fiction novel, Lacrimosa , we're doing a massive giveaway. It's a 'biggest fan' giveaway that will reward those who have enjoyed my novels and Christine's, and have taken the time to review them. The 1st place winner will receive a Nook Simple Touch! Second Place: Signed hardback of Lacrimosa (on Christine's blog the second place prize will be a signed copy of Channeler's Choice) Signed paperback of the novella combo Born Of Fire & Dies Irae Swag pack Third Place: Signed paperback of the novella combo Born Of Fire & Dies Irae Swag pack What to do: Be a fan and read and review any of the following books: The Secret Of Spruce Knoll  ( Compass Press version) Born Of Fire Channeler's Choice Dies Irae Lacrimosa How to get points: +1 for a review of each title on your blog (past or present)

Angela Carlie's Book Release Celebration

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I know it's the off Friday for Creature Features but I have a creature feature from a different author to share with you! The second book in the Lords of Shifters series, Spider Wars, is now available! I recently discovered this series by author Angela Carlie and was pleasantly surprised by it (despite the fact that I'm totally creeped out by the cover of book 2... or perhaps because of it ;). Here is a bit about it: What happens when a species is tired of being stomped on? Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back? This novel is meant for mature reader

Great Reads~Eisley Jacobs: Runaway Choices

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Today as I'm neck-deep in my special project, I invited my good friend~and author~ Eisley Jacobs over for a guest post. Eisley: First of all, I want to say thank you to Heather for allowing me this opportunity to stop by the blog. Not only is Heather a fabulous writer, but she is also an amazing person who has inspired many. I’m so privileged to know her and call her my friend. So why am I here? Well, mostly to talk about my new novel RUNAWAY CHOICES . Some of you may know I’m the author of a middle grade children’s series called DRAGONS FOREVER (Born to be a Dragon and Blink of a Dragon), but some people are shocked to find out I write for adults as well. Sometimes, topics just hit me, and I run with them, which is really how RUNAWAY CHOICES was born. RUNAWAY CHOICES is considered Christian Speculative Fiction and… what? What was that? You aren’t sure what that term means? Well, welcome to the club. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantast

Happy Official Book Birthday to Lacrimosa

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From Christine : I am so excited to be here with Heather today, celebrating the release of LACRIMOSA. Heather is featuring a special interview with Aydan. Take it away Heather: Heather: Welcome, Aydan. To start, why don't you tell us a little about yourself: Aydan: As Christine mentioned earlier this week, I am a member of Azza's army  - an UnHoly. I'm the best at what I do, the best at procuring souls for my master, Azza, and the best at maintaining order  among  the dark creatures. Heather :  So you're evil, then. That's all. Pure Evil?   Aydan: [swallows hard]  Yes. Well, no. Shoot, that is a harder question for me than it seems. [swallows again while opening and closing his fists several times] I am evil. And I am bound to Azza and all that he stands for. But it is not the sum-total of me. At least not yet. Heather: So there is more to you? Tell me about that. [Aydan opens his mouth to speak, only to slam it shut. He closes his eyes and releases a

Great Read by Michelle Muto

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I've decided to start a new feature on the blog called Great Reads. I love books and though I'm not a reviewer, I want to share some of my favs with you. So every now and then you'll see a Great Read feature here on my blog to spread the word about fantastic books. Have you heard about the haunting new novel by Michelle Muto called Don't Fear The Reaper? Oh my gosh, if you haven't, you've got to check it out. It's everything I love in a novel, dark, rich, and absolutely gripping. Michelle was kind enough to send the first chapter over for me to share with you peeps. Here is a bit about it first: Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the

Channeler's Choice Tour Contest Winners

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Thank you to everyone who participated in and followed along the Channeler's Choice blog tour. Now, for the winners of the Channeler's Choice blog tour giveaway! And keep reading for a hint at a HUGE giveaway coming in two weeks. Winner of Prize Pack #1 An eBook of Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper An eBook of Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’t have a copy yet, or a paperback if you don't have an reader) A paperback of Born Of Fire & Dies Irae (novella combination by Heather McCorkle and Christine Fonseca released through Compass Press) And of course, Channeler’s Choice swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc.) is... Saba Negash ! Winner of Prize Pack #2 An eBook of Beautiful Demons & Inner Demons by Sarra Cannon An eBook of Bound by C.K. Bryant An eBook of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (if you don’t have a copy yet, or a paperback if you don't have an ereader) A paperback of Born Of Fire & Dies

Author Interview~Judith Graves

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Today for the Channeler's Choice tour I'm over at author Judith Graves' site , and author Christine Fonseca's site. I hope you'll stop by and say hi. Now on to the fun! I'm so excited for Second Skin! As you know I've been eagerly waiting for it since I finished book 1, Under My Skin, last year. Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate it's release! Judith: Aww…thanks, Heather! You’ve been such a great support over the last few years and are a model of how authors helping authors should be our focus – as it’s our strength. She's humble and sweet. You've got to love that peeps! From the way Under My Skin ends, I'm guessing Eryn comes into her own a bit more in Second Skin. Can you tell us what the most difficult part of writing book 2 was? Judith: Eryn steps up to the plate in Second Skin, she doesn’t have much choice if she wants to save the souls of the humans residing in Redgrave. The creature of the week, a night mare / anc

Wednesday Writing Goal~New Chapter & Interview/Giveaway

Last week my writing goal was to finish the chapter I was working on and start another new one I need to add to my work in progress. And I made it! But just by the skin of my teeth. Wait, what exactly does that mean? Hmmm, I may have to Google that. How did all of you do on your goals for last week? In side news, Giselle over at Xpresso Reads (one of my favorite review sites) has interviewed me and put together a lovely post for the Channeler's Choice blog tour. I love the header she made, it's GORGEOUS. Seriously, you have to click here even if only to see the header. But I hope you'll stick around to read the interview and leave me a comment over there because I'm giving away two copies of BORN OF FIRE to two people who comment at Xpresso Reads! :)

Tuesday Writing Tip & Giveaway

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Today for for the Channeler's Choice tour I'm over at author Laura Pauling's blog where I'm giving away two eBook copies of Born Of Fire so be sure to stop by and enter! Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the Born Of Fire giveaway entry. Author Karen Amanda Hooper is also giving me a shout out on her blog and I hope you'll stop by there and say hi as well.  Atmosphere can make your novel exceptional or it can make it forgettable. How much you put in depends on what kind of reading experience you want your readers to have. A little can go a long way, as is often the case in some genre fiction, or more may be necessary, such as with fantasy or literary fiction. To be well informed in what is common for your genre you need to be well read in your genre. Of course you can always be original, but beware that such a tactic must be done exceptionally well to be well received. Writing Tip: Beware of the atmosphere you’re setting in your novel. For a richer at

Monday's Muse~Cliffs And Postcards

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Today for the Channeler's Choice blog tour I'm over at author RaShelle Workman's place talking about a day in the life of an indie author.  As I’m working on yet another new chapter for my special project, this picture inspired me. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty intense chapter. It’s unfolding nicely, carrying me along on a wild ride. I love it when that happens! On a side note, I’m launching a fun new mission that I hope you’ll participate in. For lack of a better hook I’m calling it the Post Card Mission. I’ve created some lovely postcards for The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, both to spread the word about the book and its mission to help save endangered species. If you are able to hand out postcards to your local book stores, libraries, or even high schools, please leave me a comment with your email and I’ll contact you. Five, ten, or twenty, no amount is too small because every little bit helps. What inspired you last week? How is your writing coming along?

Feature News & Tour Stop

Today is an off day for the Creature Features (I'm doing them every other Friday now), but I wanted to let you know that something exciting is brewing for the Creature Features. It isn't my special project, though it will be soon, and it will involve a collaboration with a good friend. I can't say yet as the contract isn't signed, but soon, soon... Today for the Channeler's Choice tour, my good friend (and fabulous new author) Karlene Petitt is giving me a shout out over on the Critique Sisters' Blog . I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Today's Channeler's Choice Tour Stops

Today for the Channeler's Choice I'm over at my friend (and fabulous author) Jessie Harrell's blog for a one-on-one author interview. I talk about my inspiration and a bit about the Special Project so I hope you'll stop by and say hi! And don't forget to click on the link on the right sidebar to enter the Channeler's Choice tour giveaway.

Wednesday Writing Goal~Elusive Chapter

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My goal was to finish a chapter I need to add in to my editing project that has been eluding me. Though I got half way through, I wasn't able to finish it. Between preparing to celebrate the launch of Lacrimosa by the fabulous Christine Fonseca , celebrating my own launch for Channeler's Choice , working on two cover designs, and trying to edit my own special project, I'm about tapped out. I've got a great vacation and writer's retreat coming up at the end of May and I'm really looking forward to the down time and recharging that it will give me. Until then, I shall keep plugging away. On a side note, OMG, Channeler's Choice is #1 on the Goodreads YA Cover Lust list ! I'm so totally humbled and honored that I don't even know how to begin to say thank you to everyone who has voted for it. You peeps are the best. Today the Channeler's Choice tour stops are special. Luke (delicious bad guy from the channeler novels) is over at Christine Fons

Tuesday Writing Tip

First, for today's stop on the Channeler's Choice blog tour, I'm over at Candace's Book Blog . I hope you'll drop by. Candace's blog is one of my favorite places to hand out and get fantastic book recommendations. Now on to today's writing tip. Inspiration is a huge part of writing, and more importantly, preventing writer's block. I love to find pictures of people that I feel look like my character and use them as background on my computer. But, as many of you know, there is this new website called Pinterest where you can do that online. In fact, you can 'pin' pictures of anything that interest you on your page. Sounds pretty cool doesn't it? You won't find me on it thought because the last thing I need is another time suck. Of course I say that now, but I may cave eventually. Writing Tip: Find pictures, art, or music, that inspires you and makes you think about your characters or the world/setting of your book. When you're stuck

Monday's Muse~Paperback Release

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One of my inspirations last week was my good friend (and fabulous author) Laura Pauling who is revealing the cover of her upcoming book due out May 7th called A Spy Like Me. Why would that inspire me? Well, for one because she's a fantastic author and I'm dying to read this novel. But reason #2 is that I designed the cover! To check it out click on over to YA Confidential , then come back to let me know what you think! Today for the Channeler's Choice tour Fane is interviewed over at author Lisa Nowak's blog. You won't want to miss that! And author Trisha Wolfe is giving me a shout out. Thanks ladies! Two winners have already grabbed books from the Channeler's Choice 'on the side' tour giveaways from lovely authors and bloggers who are giving away books to help me celebrate. So be sure you're checking out the tour stops! Last week my inspiration was this the fabulous Christine Fonseca's writing. If you haven't read Christine's fict

Cover Reveal for Grasping at Eternity

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Before I get to my super exciting news that I have to share with you peeps today, you can find me over at my good friend and author Yelena Casale's blog today for the Channeler's Choice tour where she is interviewing me and I'm dishing out the good stuff. If you don't follow Yelena already, trust me you want to! My good friend and author of the fabulous Tangled Tides (which you may recall me raving about its brilliance), Karen Amanda Hooper, has a new book coming out this spring, Grasping at Eternity . Today she's revealing the cover and I guarantee it will knock your socks off. Here's a bit about Grasping at Eternity: X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release: Grasping at Eternity (Book 1 of The Kindrily series) expected to release May of 2012.    Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories. Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she er