Monday, February 27, 2012
CHANNELER'S CHOICE, by Heather McCorkle (AND giveaway!!)
Heather: Hello! *waves* I'm excited to be here first, and before we talk about Channeler's Choice, want to first tell everyone that, in celebration, I'd love to give away an eBook copy of Karlene Petitt's Flight for Control to one lucky commenter and follower of the Critique Sisters Corner. This giveaway will run between now and Sunday, the winner to be announced here next Monday. Also, I'd like to invite everyone to stop by my Heather's Odyssey blog for a chance to win even more books! http://heathermccorkle.blogspot.com
Linda: Wow. That's great, and I know Karlene will be thrilled, too, not to mention the lucky winners from your Heather's Odyssey blog. :-)
On to your own great news, n the first book in your series, The Secret of Spruce Knoll, we found out that your protagonist, a girl named Eren, is a channeler. In fact she found out she was a channeler after her parents died and she had to move to a remote town and live with an aunt. Plus, she met this gorgeous guy, Aiden, there, who is also a channeler (and a heartthrob). And there's a powerful connection between channelers and the Earth and keeping the planet alive. Those are just some of the high points of the first book. With that background, so many questions come to mind about what might happen in your second book!
From this beautiful cover on Channeler's Choice, I'm guessing that Eren and Aiden are still together (whew!). I'm hoping they're not only getting to know each other better, but still working together to develop their powers. What is it that they're up against in this book?
Heather: The stakes are raised for them in this novel, in more ways than one. Now not only do they have to figure out how to be a couple and if they're meant to be, but they have to figure out how to be leaders of their kind. And a threat looms, possibly a new one, possibly an old one as well.
Linda: Coming of age in more ways than one. This definitely sounds like a powerful story. I'm guessing, too, from the title, that there's a dilemma Eren is going to face, besides anything personal with Aiden. If that's not the 'threat' you mentioned, can you tell us anything about that?
Heather: Well, since it's on the back cover I suppose I can. ;) *SPOILER ALERT* Eren discovers that she doesn't have to be a channeler after all. She has a choice to make.
Linda: Oooh, I love that! Tough choices in life about which road to take, especially if a choice is really challenging and difficult but you know it's important--those are gripping dilemmas that we can all relate to. Back to the personal between Eren and Aiden (you see where my mind keeps going)—is there something major in this story that could tear them apart? Can you tell us a little about that?
Heather: There is at least one new threat. Another girl has her eyes on Aiden and she's determined to get him at all costs.
Linda: Uh, oh. But I'll bet she doesn't really know what she's up against. Can't wait to see how Eren and Aiden handle that! (men can be so challenging!)
This is such a great idea for a series, Heather. Young lovers with huge responsibilities way beyond their years, the fate of the Earth in their hands; the protagonist a young woman who has to not only lead the way for the other channelers, but find herself, while all this is going on. Do you remember the moment when the idea formed in your mind? What was that like?
Heather: It was instantaneous. I was watching a show on the receding polar ice caps and Eren hit me, fully formed, purpose, needs, desires. It was pretty amazing. I wish it always happened like that!
Linda: Wow, that is wonderful. I love it when that kind of inspiration strikes, and you just know. Thank you so much for sharing all this tantalizing info. I can't wait to get my hands on Channeler's Choice!
Heather: Thank you so much for hosting me and for being the first stop along my tour. It only seems right since you've been such a huge part of this journey. ;)
Linda: So glad you made a stop with us! And that is fantastic about your generous giveaway. Thank you.
When you head over to Heather's Odyssey, everyone, you can order a copy of Channeler's Choice there, too, besides checking out the other giveaways. Enjoy!