Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Dream Come True

As a young writer I wanted nothing more than for my books to sit alongside some of the great bestsellers in fantasy on the NYT bestseller racks in the bookstores. As I grew older and the world changed, I longed to have my books sit alongside those greats on the online bestseller lists on retail websites. Today that dream came true in a HUGE way.

In the fantasy realm of writing there are few~if any~names bigger than George R. Martin and Robert Jordan and last weekend my epic fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire, sat among them on Amazon's Epic Fantasy bestseller list. I couldn't be more honored, humbled, and utterly grateful to everyone who bought a copy this weekend and helped propel me up amidst such greats. Thank you for helping to make one of my greatest dreams come true.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Author G.P. Ching's Cover Reveal: GROUNDED

Today I'm excited to be revealing the cover of the YA Sci-Fi novel Grounded by my friend G.P. Ching. I don't recommend it just because G.P. is my friend though, I recommend it because she is an outstanding author, which has been proven by her bestselling status. Here is a bit about Grounded:

All my life I've worked to be simple, but I can't pretend anymore. Nothing about me is simple.

In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus. The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices. The experiment works but with disastrous consequences.

Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn't changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who's been her best friend since she could walk.

But when Lydia's father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave home to visit him. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Writers Road ReCap: Family Dynamics

Last week we chatted about family dynamics and ways to work it into your writing. Here are the highlights from the chat:

EbonyMcKenna Within a family, members often pulling in diff directions. Ripe for conflict. Everyone wants their own way.#writersroad

EbonyMcKenna #writersroad I love family dynamics. Makes such a fantastic change from the sometimes overused orphan trope.

@HeatherMcCorkle Betrayal is a powerful family dynamic that can shape a character and an entire novel. #WritersRoad

akabins I think as a whole we writers like to create messed up families. What does that say about us? ;) #writersroad

HeatherMcCorkle When using family dynamics in your work be careful to either stay away from cliques or make them extremely original somehow. #WritersRoad

Tina_Moss Family dynamics tend to play a significant role in my MCs' pasts and how they interact with the world around them present day. #writersroad

jbeemills I tend to prefer quirky family members that add some flavor and serve as never ending embarrassment to the MC.#writersroad

@AllisonDuke: I think its fascinating when families end up with divided loyalties. Or some are evil and some are good. #writersroad

akabins I love weird family sagas, much like Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches. So creepy and disturbing #writersroad

Yelena_Casale @HeatherMcCorkle Yes, absolutely love that dynamic! Fantastic writing in Vampire Diaries! #WritersRoad

lisagailgreen Having a good balance w/ family as a parallel is a great technique even in paranormal. I just read INDELIBLE (ARC). She did GR8 #writersroad

JaniceFoy I write what I know. I know my family.They're dysfunctional, they argue, they laugh, and they love.#WritersRoad

HeatherMcCorkle Family dynamics can give you great things to drop in, mystery to build, and things to reveal. #WritersRoad

akabins I find I draw from many things in my life, especially the death of my father. Many of my characters are dealing with loss#writersroad

mayaprasadwrite I think it's great when family members surprise each other -- your MC thinks she knows her mom, but does she really? #WritersRoad

akabins @Tina_Moss Agreed. How a person or character is raised plays a big part on how they develop and act #writersroad

HeatherMcCorkle Family and upbringing mold us into the person we become. Your characters are no different. #WritersRoad

Tina_Moss Even when family aren't present, everyone has a past. Influences from childhood define adulthood and make characters real. #writersroad

HeatherMcCorkle Knowing your character's history and family background can enrich both them and your story. #WritersRoad

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cover Reveal for the latest in the Debt Collector Serial

Today I'm thrilled to be participating in the cover reveal for the latest Debt Collector serial, Fallen by Susan Kaye Quinn. If you haven't dove into this serial yet, you're really missing out! It is an amazing dystopian tale that will leave you breathless in anticipation for the next installment. I'm devouring this fantastic story!

Here is a bit about the serial:

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages. These are the first three of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. Episode 4, Broken, releases 4/17/13. For more about the Debt Collector serial, see

Here is the fabulous cover for the latest in the serial: 

You can find it on Goodreads / Amazon / B&N 

AUTHOR BIO: Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

Author Links:
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed Up World

In a world of bad news that is only getting worse, books that help teenagers are becoming more and more important. Today I'm thrilled to be celebrating one such book, The Girl Guide by Christine Fonseca. Here is a bit about it:

Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6–8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, The Girl Guide covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world.

Already rave reviews are coming in:

"The Girl Guide is a game-changer and should be in every girl's backpack." ~ Ali Cross, author of the Desolation series

"The perfect remedy for a world obsessed with airbrushed perfection. A must read for every girl who has ever wondered what it means to be strong. Girls who can find beauty and strength within should be--and can be--the new normal, and The Girls' Guide is there to show the way." ~ Danyelle Leafty, author of The Fairy Godmother Dilemma series

"It's easy to understand, professional and relevant without being preachy, and really delves into the situations and emotions that girls out there are experiencing...I highly recommend this book."

~ Michelle McLean, author of Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers (Career Press 2011) and To Trust a Thief (Entangled Scandalous 2013)

"It's like an older sister and a mom rolled into one helpful book, all with the intent of helping me discover the best "me" there is. Definitely something I'd recommend to girls who are feeling lost...or just overwhelmed"
~ Shayna, High School Junior

"The Girl Guide is an easy-to-read, profound book that allows teenagers to understand it's the world that is different, not the teenager. I'm picky about the type of books that I introduce to my kids and I must say, this is one of the superior ones." - A Reader's Refuge

"For those parents, librarians, teachers and counselors who have teens that are struggling to find their own identity, or even that enjoy getting to know themselves better. Definitely a delicious pick!!" - Novel Nutritious

Publisher: Prufrock Press 
ISBN: 1618210270 
ISBN 13: 978-1618210272 
The Girl Guide will be gracing the shelves of B&N and other fine bookstores everywhere soon, but you can pre-order your copy today:
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I hope you'll join me in welcoming Christine. So Christine, what inspired you to write a book to help young girls find their individuality?
My first and primary focus has been my girls. I want to do anything I can to help them embrace their unique nature and grow up to be strong, vibrant women. Additionally, I have the opportunity to work with young girls every day in my role as a school psychologist. More and more I see girls struggling with identity, resiliency, and authenticity. I wanted to do something to change that. The Girl Guide is a result of that effort.

Is it challenging writing advice books like this? Do you think girls will take the advice? 
Yes, it is challenging and boy, I HOPE they are interested in the advice! I know that every quiz, worksheet, tip sheet and activity has been tested on the children I work with. I can also tell you that I conducted many focus group online and in person as I researched the book, so I am confident in the strategies presented.

Do you believe that you've found you're unique voice in this noisy world?
Some days, yes. I know that I am a unique person and definitely march to my own drummer. As the years pass, I have grown very comfortable with who I am and what my interests are. But, like anything, remaining in touch with the authentic part of our nature requires work.

What project are you working on now?
I am finishing up a new parenting book titled Quiet Kids that I am THRILLED about. After that I will be finishing Dominus, book #3 and the final installment in the Requiem Series. Then...who knows! I have some special things in the works, but nothing I can talk too much about right now.

The first chapter is available from the publisher at this link!

Additional Titles by the author include:
· Quiet Kids (Coming in October 2013, from Prufrock Press)
· Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students
· 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
· The Requiem Series: Lacrimosa, Libera Me and Dominus (coming Summer 2013)
· Transcend
· Short Stories: Dies Irae, Mea Culpa, Enigma

About Christine Fonseca

Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Using her training and expertise as an educational psychologist, Ms. Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Her titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids and delve into the often misunderstood world of giftedness and emotional intensity. May, 2013 will bring the release of the much awaited The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World, a book for girls in grades 6-9 that focuses on developing strong resiliency skills. In addition to her nonfiction titles, Ms. Fonseca is the author of several YA novels including Lacrimosa (the Requiem Series) and the critically acclaimed YA thriller, Transcend. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website –

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Friday, May 10, 2013

How Music Inspired A Story

Today I'm thrilled to welcome my good friend~and fabulous author of adult sci-fi~Jessica E. Subject over for a chat about her latest release. Take it away Jessica!

First of all, thank you, Heather for hosting me on your wonderful blog!
Hello, everyone! I’m Jessica Subject, and I write science fiction romance and contemporary romance. Just last week, I released my first indie title, Alien Adoration. It is the first in a trilogy titled Alien Next Door.

Now, this story all started when I was cleaning the wreck room, listening to music on my phone. The song ‘Spaceman’ by Bif Naked came on, and the following lyrics really stuck in my mind:

Spaceman, oh spaceman!

Come rescue me from this!
Calling all aliens!
Come rescue me!

Here, I imagine the heroine secretly calling for help from a not-so-perfect life.

Remember that night at my window
When I waved at you?
I must have been only five, or so,
But I never forgot you.

I really did see a little girl staring out her window, waving at an alien. This scene is in the story.

I wonder why you choose those others
And you never come to call on me.
When I'm the one who's waiting for you
I really need you - please pick me!

This is how Rachel feels about her sexy next door neighbor. He’s a bit of a playboy. Or so she thinks.

I see your face on television, almost every day
In magazines and on the big screen
Close yet far away

Now, this part can be interpreted as being two parts of the story. First of all, we see aliens in magazines, on television, and in movies. But there is also a scene near the end of the story that comes from this part of the song.
So, as you can imagine, I listened to Spaceman a lot while writing this story. Some of the other songs on the Alien Adoration playlist are:

Back In Time by Pitbull
Before You by Chantal Kreviazuk
E.T. by Katy Perry
I Could Get Used To This by The Veronicas
I Do Not Hook Up by Kelly Clarkson
We Found Love by Rihanna

Buy Links:

And there's a Giveaway!!

Jessica Subject will be giving away a $25 Amazon e-gift certificate at the end of the Alien Adoration tour. Plus, three other winners will receive Alien Adoration swag packages. No purchase necessary. Contest is international. As Jessica's books contain erotic elements, you must be 18 years of age or older. Just sign in to Rafflecopter with Facebook or your email address on any post during the tour to be entered. Odds of winning are dependent upon how many people enter during the tour. Good luck!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Conclusion to an Epic Series

I'm excited to share the trailer for Christine Fonseca's up coming release, Dominus. If you haven't read the other novels and novellas in Christine's Requiem series, you are really missing out. They are enthralling, dramatic, and pretty much all-consuming. Dominus is the final novel in the series and I can hardly wait for it's release. Check out the book trailer and you'll see why:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Release day to The Forgotten Ones

I'm thrilled to announce the release of a fabulous new book by an outstanding author. The Forgotten Ones, book one of The Danaan Trilogy is now available exclusively on Amazon! Here is a bit about it:

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Maybe it's just my love of all things Irish, but doesn't that sound completely enthralling? Here is a bit about the talented Laura Howard:

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How Spring Relates to Writing

It's May! This is one of my favorite times of the year, time to pull out the gardening gloves, amend the soil, and plant new things. Ironically, I'm also starting a new novel right now so the timing and atmosphere couldn't be more perfect for me. And many of those practices transfer over into writing as well. I have my favorite tools (writing utensils, computer, pictures and music for inspiration) and I'm ready to mix up my writing skills with fresh ones learned to start this new project. That wonderful feeling of starting something fresh and new while fueled with the excitement of what is to come is much the same as well.

Then of course there is mother's day this month, another great opportunity to combine my love of living things and books. Books and potted flowers are one of my favorite gifts to give the moms in my life. Both are gifts that keep on giving. Gotta love that!

Spring is in the air! Are you writing anything new?