Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Channeler’s Choice Tour Stop

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I really enjoyed The Secret of Spruce Knoll last year, so I was happy and excited to be part of the blog tour for its sequel, Channeler’s Choice. If you haven’t checked this series out yet you really should, it’s great. I have Heather here today for a quick interview & giveaway, and you’ll have a chance to check out the series!

The Books

 The Secret of Spruce Knoll

Heather McCorkle
Release date: November 15th, 2011
by Compass Press

Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. 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. Soon, 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 though.

As Eren and Aiden’s relationship develops, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets—and many dangers. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger too. Only time will tell if Eren can embrace her unwanted power and protect the only family she has left

Channeler’s Choice
Heather McCorkle
Release date: February 27th, 2012
by Compass Press

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With her parents’ murderers dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers – she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all – she has a choice.

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?

 Curious on my thoughts on book 1?
The Interview

Q. First, why don’t you tell us a bit about your Channeler series. 
There is a bit of a Mayan legend flavor behind the series though it certainly isn’t the forefront of the story. Channeler’s are tied to the fate of the world and because it is slowly dying from pollution and abuse, less and less people with their abilities are born every year. Eren and her friends must find their place in this dying world and determine what their roles will be in its future. 

Q. The second book in the series, Channeler’s Choice, revolves around Eren’s tough choice; as a writer, what is one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make? 

As a writer, deciding to go indie after parting ways with my agent was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. This manuscript (in a different incarnation) had been shopped around the publishing world and had received great feedback, fantastic feedback in some cases. It was a near miss for some, some passed because they reached their paranormal limit for the year, and some passed it up because it would compete with a book they recently bought. With such great feedback I felt confident that it could make and deserved the chance.

Q. In general, are you an indecisive person? Or do you make most decisions on a whim? 

I calculate and plan, looking at things from every angle before making a decision. Which can drive those in my life insane at times. 😉

Q. How many books do you have planned for series? 

There will be three in the channeler series, though there is a historical fantasy tie-in novel about some of Eren’s ancestors. It will be very different from the channeler series but still something that fans of the series will enjoy, I hope. 🙂
 Heather’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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.

This post was a part of:
The Channeler series also includes a novella – Born of Fire – and Heather is offering 2 ebook copies of it for giveaway. That way you can get a feel of the series.
Open internationally
Giveaway ends March 21st, 2012

The story of the night Aiden was born has never been told, until now. Fleeing the Hunter’s, Kevan and Shannon O’Reilly find their way to Spruce Knoll Colorado, assuming they’ll be safe in America. Their unborn son is special, even for a druid, or channeler as the American’s like to call their kind. But why the Hunter’s, people who are sworn to keep their kind safe, are after them is a mystery. All they know is that if they don’t outrun them they’ll be killed.

Trouble has followed them to Spruce Knoll and just when it seems it may be too late, they discover why.

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Canadian blogger, wife, mother, coffee lover, and sarcastic at heart! She has had a love for all things bookish since before Amazon and eReaders existed *le gasp*. You can also find her organizing tours and other fun things at Xpresso Book Tours.

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33 Responses to “Channeler’s Choice Tour Stop”

  1. Amy

    This series sounds really good. I had not heard of it until now. A hard decision I had to make would be with my mother. Due to unfortunate circumstances, and numerous other things I had to cut her out of my life. It’s still hard on me, but I know it was the best decision for me.

  2. Sam

    I love the sound of both books! The cover for the second one in particular is just gorgeous. 😉 I will have to check these out.

    Great interview! I think I am also the type of person to always calculate and plan.

  3. Heather

    Amy, wow that is a tough decision. I’ve been there, but thankfully not with my mother. Power to you for making the right decision even though it had to be incredibly hard. And thank you, I’m glad my novel sounds good! 🙂

    Sam, thank you. We sound like we have a bit in common. 😉

  4. Silverlight

    A tough choice that I had to make, was my decision to be a stay at home mom, and forsake my career. Would I still make the same choice again, you bet! Though difficult, I’ve grown to love being a SAHM and spending time with my children. They grow up way too fast, and I can say, I haven’t missed anything! 🙂

    Great Interview!

  5. Katie @ BlookGirl

    Great interview! 🙂 I’ve never heard of this series, but it certainly sounds interesting. I am curious about the Channelers.

    Thanks for piquing my interest, Giselle and Heather!

    My hard decision? Moving from my hometown in Florida, where all my memories, family and friends were, to pursue a greater life with the love of my life in Texas. I miss my family tons, but know I am better off here 🙂


  6. parawriter

    The toughest choice I had to make was to use tough love with my daughter, who had been addicted for years, coddled by her father’s family, and left her 3 children, refusing to give up drugs even for them. She eventually moved to the other side of the world, leaving them for me and her ex to raise without saying goodbye to them. Her brothers and sister were hurt as well as her father, and we are all struggling with forgiving her. Don’t know if standing up to her addictions was harder, wrestling with forgiving her, or watching the family hurting from her betrayal. But we press on.

  7. Mo

    This book sounds fantastic – Just the right mix of fantasy and magic!
    A tough change I had to make was deciding to change my career. After 10 years of successful employment in the financial industries industry, I quit my job at the height of the recession and went back to grad school to become a school psychologist. Then decided to have another child. Tough, scary decisions! Did it though!

  8. CookieMonster

    Wow, thank you so so much for this amazing giveaway! I read The Secret of Spruce Knoll and LOVED it, and I cannot WAIT to read the other books! The story line is ingenious, and the covers are also so gorgeous. 🙂 A really tough choice I had to make in life was choosing whether to live with my mom or my dad when they broke up. It was super hard because, like Eren’s choice seems to be, the final decision no matter what would change my life. I love being inspired by books, and I definitely feel that Heather McCorkle’s are perfect! Thanks again, and best of luck to all who enter. 🙂
    BTW my email is

  9. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I have to say I believe you to be extremely brave to strike out on your own after leaving your agent. That’s got to be one of the toughest decisions, especially after working so hard to get an agent in the first place. Congratulations!

  10. Julie W

    I’ve been through 2 divorces, both with children, and both were very tough decisions that I had to make. I had to do what was best for my children and me, but it was a very tough choice in both cases. I would love to win a copy of this novella because I have Spruce Knoll on my Kindle ready to read 🙂

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  11. Sarah Elizabeth

    I like the sound of this book. My tough choice was choosing to give up my career for the sake of my health. Difficult decision. sarah(dot)morton(at)gmx(dot)co(dot)uk

  12. Daydreaming_Star

    I have made a few tough choices in my life, but there is one that is actually happening in my life right now.
    I haven’t yet chosen the path I’m going to take but I have to choose where I want to go when university finishes in two months, what do I want to do with my big gaping future? A scary prospect. I have many choices ahead of me but it seems no matter the path I travel, somoene will always be let down, myself included. So, what do I do?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. manda-rae

    A hard decision. Well quitting my former job because I know it didn’t fit my personality well. It was hard leaving and not knowing where I’d end up next. That was hard. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Na

    Any decision that involves being a part from the people I love is tough. I’ve learned that sometimes tough decisions can teach you a lot as well.


  15. Krista

    My tough choice was having to quit school, I was a kid from a bad family. I had to quit high school to find a job and get out of my home at 17. Needless to say that was 15 years ago since then I received my GED, AA, and B.S in Nursing. So I made the right but hard choice at the time but still made something of myself. Took more years than it should but I did it! With the help of a supportive husband.

  16. Tabby Williams

    When I was a senior in high school I was faced with a tough decision that a lot of lower class high schoolers are faced with: take out thousands in student loans to go to college or go directly into the workforce? My parents had no saved a dime for my college education and though I did made excellent grades (I graduated 7th in my class out of like 300), I soon realized that scholarships weren’t even going to pay for half of any of my chosen schools tuition. After an entire semester debating, I decided that after high school, I would go to work and see if I could find out what truly interests me enough to pay for a college education.

    Now, nearly 5 years later, I am still working full time, but also taking several classes at my local community college working towards a business degree so I can (hopefully) open my very own bookstore one day. 🙂

  17. Jenn

    My tough choice was do what I love to do or get a meaning less job. I am a professor and it does not pay enough to cover my monthly bills, but it is my calling. I would rather enjoy my work than make money in the grind of society.

  18. Sheena-kay Graham

    The series seems well written. A tough decision would be dropping out of University both because it wasn’t the right fit for me and I was getting really depressed. My parents wre very disappointed.