Saturday, August 20, 2011

Heather McCorkle - The Tour of Secrets

If you've been following Heather's Blog Tour, then you know the drill. :) Scroll down to find out the next secret about Heather.  If you've just stumbled upon this page, then Welcome!  You must check this out!

I am so excited to be apart of Heather McCorkle's Tour of Secrets blog tour for her debut novel The Secret of Spruce Knoll. She's running a fabulous contest to kick off her new release due out on August 15. Heather will also be having a live chat on YA BOUND scheduled for August 30 with a seperate give away as well.

Heather’s official bio:

I am an author of young adult fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Helping other writers and supporting fabulous authors is my passion. When I’m not writing or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog four days a week, and Monday night’s on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat with my good friend TS Tate.

Heather’s debut novel is a young adult urban fantasy. Don't you just love this cover!!

The Blurb:

Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”~a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.

Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they~and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad.

I can’t wait to read this book!!!  I already know I'm going to have to fight off my two teenage daughters to be first. LOL Isn't that a rule? Mom's get first dibs in everything, right?

Secret Time!

Tell us Heather, do you have an interesting writing quirk?   Like a favorite shirt, or slippers you wear to boost that creative spark?  Maybe it's music or lighting a candle? 

I do have an interesting writing secret. Whenever I'm stuck (I don't want to say the foul words writer's block. It's like Voldemort, if you say it, you may bring it on...) there is one thing that almost always works. I take a shower. No seriously! I have no idea why it works but it does. My very best writing ideas, plot breakthroughs, character developments, all come to me when I'm in the shower. 

Here's what you can win by entering the contest:

1st place:

*$50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble (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

The Rules: You can just be a follower of Heather's Odyssey and leave a comment on her post 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 of Heather's Odyssey and commenting. (Must follow for the contest.)
+1 for each blog participating in the giveaway that you follow and comment on.
+2 for adding The Secret Of Spruce Knoll to your To-Read shelf on Goodreads or Shelfari.
+3 for tweeting or posting on Facebook about the giveway.
+4 for Blogging about The Secret Of Spruce Knoll giveaway.
+5 for placing a link on the sidebar of your blog about the giveaway.

To enter this great contest click here:
The contest ends August 31!

Wishing everyone the best of luck!

Thanks so much Heather! Hope tons of readers discover your wonderful book! :)


The Golden Eagle said...

I get ideas in all kinds of strange places, from walking to washing dishes; and I did read somewhere that the Science Fiction writer Douglas Adams took a bath whenever he was stuck. :)

Lorelei said...

I guess I'm the first one here?
I think it has to do with our subconcsious goiing into some relaxed mode in the shower/bath. It works for me too!

Heather said...

Golden Eagle, washing dishes, wow, I wish that worked for me! I had no idea Douglas Adams took a bath when he was stuck, how cool!

Lorelei, that makes a lot of sense! Thanks for visiting. :)

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Interesting!! I will have to try that out! I have to agree with Lorelei, for me, it occurs when I am trying to go to sleep!!!

Heather said...

Saba, that happens to me too! I keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand just for that purpose. But then my cat usually takes the pen and hides it!

Jessica Subject said...

I totally understand what you mean. I have worked out so many plots in the shower. Yet my hubby complains I take too long of showers. It's a hazard of the job. LOL

Used to happen when I went to bed, but now I'm just too tired at that time of day that my creative side turns off.

Aik said...

I usually have a vague outline of my story before writing it. So, writer's block is rare for me, but it still occurs sometimes.

Melissa said...

Yes, thanks for visiting today! :) These are all very interesting and I'm taking notes! LOL For me, it's long car trips that help me work through a difficult scene, especially when I'm the one driving. Kind of scary, I know. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Heather, Hi, Melissa,

Sorry for turning up late... crazy weekend. A shower? Hmmm. I wished that worked for me. I get my best ideas power walking. It clears my head and the ideas jump into my mind.

Nice to meet you Melissa.

Karlene Petitt said...

Heather! Showers work for me too! My best ideas come with (warm) water pouring on my head first thing in the morning. Yeah! Do you sing too? Or is that another secret?

Thank you Melissa for honoring a great woman!