Thursday, March 29, 2012

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!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great Read: Clockwise

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 broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.
Buy for Kindle.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Special Project Announcement

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 púca 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 fight beside those who have betrayed them, or give over their country and save themselves. 

The big cover reveal will be next Monday with nearly a dozen of my favorite blogging buddies. If you'd like to be part of the reveal and post it on your blog, leave me a comment. Here is a teaser from the cover to hold you over:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Biggest fan Contest~Nook Simple Touch

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:

How to get points:
+1 for a review of each title on your blog (past or present)
+1 for a review of each title on Goodreads
+3 for a review of each title on Amazon
+3 for a review of each title on B&N
+2 for a review of each title on any other retail site

We only ask two things, that you please review it after you read it, and that your are honest. We're not looking for gushing reviews here (though those are wonderful and will of course count) and we're thrilled at three and four stars as well as five. Anything below three stars is a pretty universal sign that you didn't like the novel and those reviews will not count toward your points. The winner doesn't have to be a follower of our blogs but of course we'd love it if you were because we like to connect with our fans.

To enter use the entry form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 23, 2012

Angela Carlie's Book Release Celebration

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 readers.

Available now on Amazon and Smashwords.

For a limited time, you can get the first book in the series, Loramendi's Story for FREE on Amazon.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Great Reads~Eisley Jacobs: Runaway Choices

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 fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, superhero, utopian/dystopian, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts. How is THAT for an all encompassing genre? Fortunately, the face of Christian publishing is changing, and hopefully, all these genres will be split into their own sections, because I’m not sure fantasy and post-apocalyptic belong in the same genre. But I digress. RUNAWAY CHOICES is undoubtedly in the fantastical fiction genre. We have suspense, a bit of romance, some supernatural, as well as some strange apocalyptic sprinkles, all of which is why it is labeled Speculative Fiction. It starts off with the main character having conned her way onto a flight to London, and when she hits the ground, the adventure explodes. At times, almost literally. Soon after her reality spirals out of control, she meets up with the swoon-worthy Colin. The adventures they encounter from there may have you going through a sea of emotions of your own as Beck learns that running away isn’t her only choice. Knowing that I write Christian Fiction in addition to a non-Christian children’s series is bound to get some questions.

The most popular is “Are there Christian ideals in DRAGONS FOREVER?” The answer to that is easy. Yes. But these Christian ideals also hold true for people of good morals, not just Christians. Friendship, believing in yourself, love, trust, family, positive attitudes, forgiveness. Things I strive to ingrain into my kids through everyday circumstances. Things I know parents want their kids to learn regardless of their religious views. The same holds true for all of the novels I have written and continue to write. I will never ever write anything that doesn’t line up with my convictions. If I can’t stand behind it 100%, then I won’t write it. Thank you so much Heather for allowing me to come and share on your blog today!

RUNAWAY CHOICES Blurb: Everyone runs from their past; Beck has it mastered. She’s been running for so long, stopping is a foreign concept. With her conning skills and wits at the ready, she's on a plane to London, free of charge. Beck believes everything is going as planned, but when reality twists on its axis, she soon wonders whose plan? Teaming up with the gorgeous bellhop, Colin, is a no-brainer, especially when they discover their connections are anything but accidental. In their quest for answers, both are confronted with the demons of their pasts. Beck panics and does what comes naturally -- runs. However, she's not only running from herself, but from the superhuman who has made it his life's goal to track her down and either remove her from the equation or convince her to join him.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Official Book Birthday to Lacrimosa

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 ragged breath]

Heather: *hides a shudder* Okay, let's move on. It is rumored that you were in love once. A long time ago. Can you tell me about that.

[Aydan's head snaps up, his eyes narrowing on Heather. His expression hardens, as tears fill his eyes.]

Aydan: This was a mistake. [he gets up to leave] I have to go. Now. [Aydan walks out without another word]

Christine: Sorry Heather, Aydan's having a hard day. He doesn't like talking about her. It's too hard. His descent into evil happened because of the love he harbored or her - a love he wasn't supposed to feel. Ever. Maybe it's best if we leave it this way and let the readers decide about Aydan. I would just like to say, though, that for all his bravado and whatnot, he has been my favorite character to write to date.

Heather: Sounds good. Let Aydan know that I didn't mean to cross any lines with him. [fear forms in her eyes]

Christine: Don't worry, Heather. He isn't on the hunt much these days - at least, I "think" he isn't it... 
There you go, a brief intro to Aydan. For more from him, be sure to check out Gretchen McNeil's blog today for the world premiere reading of chapter two of LACRIMOSA

And don't forget the giveaway:

You can enter up to twice daily (through the tour and my blog).

And there's more - continue to collect the daily clues to enter the EPIC grand prize giveaway that includes books, swag and a special surprise.

Today's clue - REVENGE

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great Read by Michelle Muto

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 afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

First Chapter Teaser:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for they are with me.
   I repeated my version of the psalm as I watched the ribbon of blood drift from my wrist. I’d hoped it would be a distraction—something to stop me from wondering what my sister’s dying thoughts had been. Exhaling slowly, I let the emptiness consume me.
   Jordan had kept my secrets and I had kept hers. In the end, it came down to just one secret between us that took her life. Now, it would take mine. I should have said something, but nothing I said or did now could bring her back or make anyone understand what she meant to me.
   Are you here, Jordan? Are you with me? Tell me about heaven...
   I told myself Jordan was gone, never coming back, but her memories continued to haunt me. I had no idea if there even was an afterlife. If God existed, I was convinced he had given up on me. Not once did I sense he’d heard a single one of my prayers. I wasn’t asking for the world—I only wanted to know if my sister was safe and at peace. What was so hard about that?
   She should still be here. It wasn’t fair.
   I’d been the difficult one—much more than Jordan. For a while, I’d even gotten into drugs. Mom and Dad had worried I’d get Jordan into drugs, too. But I wouldn’t. Not ever. Besides, that part of my life had been over long before Jordan’s death. A small gargoyle tattoo on my left shoulder was all that remained of my previous lifestyle.
   Mom and Dad started treating me differently after Jordan’s funeral two months ago. She and I were twins, so I understood how hard it was for them to look at me and not see her. Sometimes, they wouldn’t look at me at all. Mom went to the psychiatrist, but no one asked if I needed to talk to someone about what happened. No one asked if I needed sleeping pills or antidepressants. Yeah, sure. Don’t give the former addict pills of any sort.
   Not one person saw the all-consuming suffering that gnawed at my soul. Why couldn’t anyone see? Jordan had been more than my sister—she’d been my Samson, my strength. I would have done anything for her, and yet, I’d failed her. I wasn’t the one who’d killed her, but I might as well have been. How could I ever live with that? My heart had a stillness to it since her death.
   I shall fear no evil.
   I couldn’t very well recite the first part of Psalm 23 because it said I shall not want, and I did want. I wanted to go back in time. I wanted my sister back. Clearly, goodness and mercy were never going to be part of my life ever again. In my mind, I saw myself walking through the iron gates of hell with demons cackling gleefully all around.
   I didn’t want to die. Not really. I was just tired and didn’t know of another way to stop the pain. Doctors removed a bad appendix. Dentists pulled rotten teeth. What was I supposed to do when my very essence hurt, when the cancer I’d come to call depression made every decent memory agonizingly unbearable?
   Before I’d gotten down to cutting my wrist (I managed to only cut one), I’d taken a few swigs of Dad’s tequila—the good kind he kept in the basement freezer. I’d used another swig or two to chase down the remainder of Mom’s sleeping pills in the event I failed to hit an artery or vein. Then I’d set the bottle on the ledge of the tub in case I needed further liquid encouragement. Instead of using a knife or a razor, I attached a cutting blade to my Dad’s Dremel. The Dremel was faster, I reasoned. More efficient.
   It would have been easier to OD, I suppose. But I felt closer to my sister this way, to suffer as she’d suffered.
   I recited the line from Psalms 23 again. It had become my personal mantra.
   The words resonated in my parents’ oversized bathroom. I’d chosen theirs because the Jacuzzi tub was larger than the tub in the hall bathroom. Jordan and I used to take bubble baths together in this same tub when we were little.
   Innocence felt like a lifetime ago. I searched the bathroom for bubble bath but came up short. Soap might have made the laceration hurt more so it was probably just as well. Besides, the crimson streaming from my wrist like watercolor on silk was oddly mesmerizing.
   The loneliness inside proved unrelenting, and the line from the psalms made me feel better. I prayed for the agony inside me to stop. I argued with God. Pleaded. But after all was said and done, I just wanted the darkness to call me home.
   I tried not to think of who would find my body or who’d read the note I’d left. I blamed myself not only for failing Jordan, but for failing my parents, too.
   My lifeline to this existence continued to bleed out into the warm water. Killing myself had been harder than I’d imagined. I hadn’t anticipated the searing fire racing through my veins. I reached for the tequila with my good arm but couldn’t quite manage. Tears welled in my eyes.
   Part of me foolishly felt Jordan was here. The other part feared she wasn’t.
   Give me a sign, Sis. Just one.
   I imagined seeing my parents at my funeral—their gaunt faces, red-eyed and sleepless. How could I do this to them? Wasn’t the devastation of losing one child enough?
   No. Stop. A voice in my head screamed. Don’t do this. Don’t. Please...
   I shifted my body, attempted to get my uncooperative legs under me. I could see the phone on my parents’ nightstand. I could make it that far. Had to. The voice was right. I didn’t want to do this. I felt disorientated, dizzy. Darkness crept along the edges of my vision. Focusing became difficult. A sweeping shadow of black caught my attention. Someone stood in the bathroom—not my sister. A man. Had I managed to call 911? I couldn’t remember getting out of the tub. And why’d I get back in? Did I use a towel?
   Mom is going to be pissed when she sees the blood I’ve tracked all over the bedroom carpet.
   “I’m sorry,” I told the man in black.
   “It’s okay, Keely. Don’t be afraid.” Not my father’s voice. It was softer, with a hint of sorrow. Distant. Fleeting. Later, I’d feel embarrassed about this, but for now I was safe from the nothing I’d almost become. My teeth clattered from the chill. My eyelids fluttered in time with my breaths. The tub water had turned the color of port wine. The ribbons, the pretty, red watercolor ribbons were gone.
   Dull gray clouded my sight.
   A voice whispered to me, and my consciousness floated to the surface again.
   “—okay, Keely.”
   Cold. So cold.
   “I’m right here.”
   There was no fear in me as the man bent forward, his face inches from mine. He was my father’s age, and yet strangely older. His eyes were, almost iridescent. The irises were rimmed in a fine line of black, and the creases etched at the corners reminded me of sunbeams as he gave me a weak smile. The oddly. Dressed. Paramedic. A warm hand reached into the water and cradled mine. My fingers clutched his. I sighed, feeling myself floating, drifting. Light—high and intense exploded before me. No! Too much. Too much! I shuddered and labored to catch my breath, but it wouldn’t come.
   Finally, the comfort of darkness rose to greet me.

Where to buy/download sample chapters:

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Channeler's Choice Tour Contest Winners

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.)

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 Irae (novella combination by Heather McCorkle and Christine Fonseca released through Compass Press)
And of course, Channeler’s Choice swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc.)

is... Denise Zaky!

Congratulations ladies! If you didn't win and more importantly if you don't have an ereader yet, then you’ll definitely want to stay tuned for a HUGE giveaway that starts March 26th. Hint, if you're a fan and haven't reviewed my books yet, now is a good time. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Author Interview~Judith Graves

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 / ancient dream demon comes a calling and feeds off fear – what better place to attack than the insecurity riddled halls of Redgrave High?

Deciding exactly how I wanted to format the dream sequences was the most challenging aspect of writing Second Skin. The opening scene – one of Eryn’s nightmares - is set in italics. Yet when I progressed with the tale I realized I couldn’t keep distinguishing dreams this way as I wanted the reader to be sucked into the dream realm with Eryn. The goal was for the reader to question what was actually occurring and what were horrific fabrications. In order to do that, I had to lose the convenience of italics and rely on my storytelling skills (such as they are…lol…) to convey reality or dream, as well as Eryn’s decreasing ability to tell the difference.

A dream realm, this sounds intriguing! With two hot boys like Alec and Wade vying for her attention I can't imagine how Eryn will ever choose. What was it like to write about such complex relationships?

Judith: Alec and Wade act as physical manifestations of Eryn’s dual nature. Alec – human, of the Earth, solid and of the light. Wade – inhuman, of the Unknown, unstable, and of the dark. The more she discovers about herself, the more she is drawn to one or the other. The endgame of their triangle may come down to a simple question - will she choose good over evil? But what Eryn is really asking of herself is what kind of creature will SHE become? Good? Evil?

She’s discovering life isn’t so black and white - the villain can be heroic, and vise versa. That knowledge leaves the field wide open.

That kind of gives me the shivers. Truth time, team Alec or team Wade (I'm totally team Alec)?

Judith: Lol…no spoilers here! Although I will hint there may be a latecomer to the race for Eryn’s heart. You’ll have to read Second Skin to see how that plays out.

Such a tease! What do you have in store for us after Second Skin?

Judith: Skin of My Teeth, the third book in the SKINNED series, is due out at the end of 2013 and the fourth book, Hour of the Wolf is in the works. I’m also thrilled to announce a rather daring publication experiment. Leap Books is releasing (ETA 2014) the first novel of my steampunk, ghosthunter series, STRANGEWAYS, as a six part e-serial – a new episode published every two months. Each episode of the novel, Strangeways Versus The Blood Brothers, will be compiled into a single paperback at the end of the year.

This is an exciting concept as the steampunk genre mixes Victorian settings and alternate histories with science fiction/fantasy elements – and in my series – the paranormal to boot. ;)

You can check out the introductory tale to STRANGEWAYS, Strangeways Versus The Wraith in the SPIRITED anthology, a collection of thirteen ghost stories told by authors the likes of Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Kitty Keswick, Dawn Dalton, Halli Dee Lilburn, and more!

Proceeds from SPIRITED go to 826 National, a literacy-based charity.

Here’s the trailer.

Oh wow, that is some trailer! And four books as well as another series?! I'm pumped now! Any closing thoughts?

Judith: Thanks for hanging with me! Don’t forget to drop by my blog to read the answers Heather provided for my interview with HER.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Writing Tip & Giveaway

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 atmosphere call upon the five senses in your descriptions, for a lighter one draw more upon dialogue.

Do you have any writing tips for me this week?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday's Muse~Cliffs And Postcards

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?

Friday, March 9, 2012

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!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Writing Goal~Elusive Chapter

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 Fonseca's blog for an interview and the whole gang from Channeler's Choice is over at Kristie Cook's blog telling everyone what the toughest choice they've ever had to make was.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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, go to them.

Do you use pictures, art or music to inspire you?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday's Muse~Paperback Release

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 fiction yet, you're really missing out. But you're in luck, Compass Press just released a paperback version of her novella and mine titled, Born Of Fire & Dies Irae. This is the online image, the cover is actually Dies Irae and the back cover is Born Of Fire. It turned out looking amazing and I'm honored to have my channeler novella beside such a talented author as Christine. It's currently available on Amazon and should be hitting B&N soon (they're always fashionably late to the party). If you'd like to win a copy be sure to click on the right sidebar link for the Channeler's Choice giveaway, it's part of the prize packages!

What inspired you last week?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cover Reveal for Grasping at Eternity

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 erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

Add it to your Goodreads lists here. And keep up with Karen at her blog. Breathtaking cover, isn't it?!