Friday, August 12, 2011

Tour of Secrets!!

Hey Guys! Did you know that my friend, Heather McCorkle, is releasing her first novel, The Secret Of SpruceKnoll, this month? To celebrate the book's birthday she's doing a blog tour and contest followed by a live chat on YA Bound  August 30th with a separate giveaway. The blog tour ends August 31st. 

I'll tell you what you can win at the end of this post (YES, there are amazing prices!!).
But first, Heather will answer one personal question so that we can get to know her better!  

What is a secret hobby of yours that most of us don't know about?

Okay but you have to promise not to tell anyone. Wait, you’re telling everyone aren't you?! LOL! Okay, okay. I love martial arts, have since I was a kid. I'm a second degree (dan) black belt in Tae-kwon-do. Tournaments is one of my favorite things to participate in, though I don't get to do them much anymore since I moved away from civilization. 
I'm the middle one in this picture, yep, the one with the goofy grin. :)

(Isn't that awesome! I'm bummed that we only have one picture of Heather like that and we don't have a video of her breaking a board or something. LOL.)

And if you haven't heard about The Secret Of SpruceKnoll, here's the blurb and the OMG-AMAZING cover!! 

It's hard enough being a teenager under normal circumstances; imagine being orphaned, sent to live with an unfamiliar aunt-and learning that there really is magic in the world. 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 so-called "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 charming tricks show her being a channeler isn't all bad; in fact, it's kind of cool. But is it Aiden's abilities or Aiden's looks that Eren finds so fascinating?

As Eren and Aiden's relationship blooms, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets-and many enemies. 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 young, inexperienced Eren has the power to protect the people she has come to love.
Okay, now the prices:

1st place: 
*$50 gift certificate to B&N (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 earn extra points, but if you don’t want to, you don't have to. 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 (+1 for each blog participating in the giveaway that you follow and comment on. Winners must follow Heather's Odyssey but aren't required to follow each blog participating, you just get more points if you do!).
+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 giveaway.
+4 for Blogging about The Secret Of Spruce Knoll giveaway.
+5 for placing a link on the sidebar of your blog about the giveaway.


  1. I'm a follower of Heather's blog and can't wait to read her book. I just LOVE her cover. :D

  2. Nicely done, Moni. Heather is visiting me tomorrow. Isn't that cover gorgeous?

  3. Stina, thank you! You are such a wonderful supporter and friend. :)

    Christa, I can hardly wait for our visit! Thank you for the cover love. :)

    Monica, you're the sweetest, thanks for having me over! Your question rocked. Sorry I didn't have a picture of me breaking boards for you.

  4. That is a gorgeous cover! Makes me want to pick up my Kindle and read it now! :)

  5. Heather is a Tae-Kwon-Do black belt?! Holy heck - she never ceases to amaze me!! Go, Heather!

  6. This is one of the most eye-catching and riveting covers I’ve ever seen. Congratulations, Heather, on the release of The Secret of Spruce Knoll!

  7. YAY...double YAY for Heather! This is so exciting. Her story sounds fantastic, and her cover, wow. I'm already following Heather, and I'm tweeting now.

    Congratulations, Heather!

  8. Laura, ah, thank you!

    Krissi, I'm full of surprises. :-)

    Michelle, wow thank you!

    Julie, lol, thank you for your enthusiasm!

  9. Hi, Heather! *waves* So, a black belt, huh? That is seriously impressive! I am enjoying your blog tour so far! <3

    Great post, Monica! <3 That is a great question. I also wish we had a video of Heather breaking boards or something. :D

  10. Stina! Yeah, that cover is just awesome! :D

    Christa, really? I'm jealous! I'd love to visit you, guys, too! :D

    Heather, thanks for coming to my blog! <333 And the next time you break a board, think of me! lol

    Laura, YES!! I want to read it on my ereader now, too!

    Krissi! Hi! Yeah, Heather never ceases to amaze me too!!

    Michelle, thanks for stopping by! <3

    Julie, and here's another YAY for Heather!! :D

    Kristin! Thanks for stopping by! <3 And yes, for the next time we should demand that video, right? lol

  11. Hi Heather, hi Monica!

    Wow. You're a black belt? That's awesome. :)

  12. Hi The Golden Eagle!! Thx for stopping by! :)

  13. That's awesome that you have your black belt. I hope the tour is going well!

  14. Gorgeous cover, and great giveaway!


  15. Jessica, thanks! I've loved martial arts since I saw my first Bruce Lee movie when I was a kid. :)

    Alison, thank you!

  16. So very cool. I would love to win! I got a +6

    And Heather, you are so cool for being a black belt!

  17. Deana! If you'd like to participate, go to Heather's blog ;)

    Alison and Jessica, thanks for stopping by! :D

  18. Great post!! Nice question, too!! LOVE Heather!!