Inspiration with Heather McCorkle (and a giveaway)

I am so excited to be part of Heather McCorkle's celebration of her latest book, TO RIDE A PUCA. I was fortunate enough to read the story early, and let me tell you this is one sexy and exciting read. You can see my review here.

Anyway, today I thought I'd bring a new interview with Heather. Be sure to read it through as she is giving away a book she likes on her blog (I am pretty partial to it too ;) ) and I will be giving away a digital copy of TO RIDE A PUCA at the end of the blog post. WOO HOO!!! But first, a little interview with Heather:

Christine: What inspired this story?

Heather: Promise not to call the people in the white coats? I’m not telling you until you promise. Okay, I was taking a bath (hey what can I say, something about water inspires me) and I may or may not have fallen asleep (that works to keep the white coats away, right?) when I heard a young woman’s voice. She wanted to tell me her story. I remember hearing her tell it as I watched  a horrible scene unfold; burning villages, a great battle, an entire race of people fighting for their way of life (k, I was most likely asleep at this point. ;). When I awoke, I immediately grabbed a notebook and pen and started jotting things down. I knew I HAD to tell this woman’s tale.

Christine: How long did this novel take you to write?

Heather: Surprisingly, a few years. I was desperate to do the woman’s story justice so I let it percolate and did an extensive amount of research to make sure I got things right. I also started learning to speak Irish, which you’ll find sprinkled throughout the novel (and um, no, it is not just English with an accent. It used to be called Gaelic but the Irish don’t like to call it that anymore). I have a long ways to go to become fluent, but I hope to be there someday!

Christine: What are you doing for today's tour stops?
Heather: Well, today I’m dropping by your blog to celebrate the release of my young adult historical fantasy about the last of the druids in ancient Ireland, To Ride A Puca. Though parts of it were heartbreaking to write, this one was a labor of love that will always hold a special place in my heart. Before I get to the goodies I brought, here is a bit about the book:

Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.
Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.
Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?
Disclaimer: This novel contains some violence and difficult subject matter. It is recommended for mature YA and up.

Available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe Book Depository and other retail sites.

Now - the goodies: 

I’ll be giving away great prizes, a new one, every week for the next two weeks. This week I’m thrilled to be giving away a signed hardback of LACRIMOSA by Christine Fonseca. This book is unique among angel stories and once you read it, you will never look at angels and demons the same again. It is one of my favorite books, trust me you’ll love it! The contest will be open until June 10th, the winner to be announced on the 11th. Stop by my blog to enter.
Thanks Heather! I am THRILLED that you loved LACRIMOSA. You already know how much I loved TO RIDE A PUCA. 
Okay, now it's time for my special giveaway! Complete the Rafflecopter form below and you could win a copy of TO RIDE A PUCA for yourself. I will be giving away 1 ebook. Contest ends tomorrow at midnight.
And be sure to come back tomorrow for another exciting giveaway. What a fun week!


  1. Awesome interview Christine & Heather. I loved learning how the idea for this story came to Heather. Loved the book too.

    1. Aw, thanks! Glad you enjoyed hearing about how the story was born.

  2. What an interesting interview, you two! I'm enchanted by Heather's story, and I'd love a copy of Lacrimosa to go with my sparkly lip gloss. :-) Haven't forgotten your generous giveaway of Everneath, Christine. It's almost at the top of my TBR pile!

    1. Thank you so much! Definitely stop by my blog to enter to win Lacrimosa! It's a special edition hardback you won't want to miss out on. And I loved her sparkly lip gloss!!!

  3. Great interview. Thank you Christine and Heather. The title is catchy and the content sounds interesting. Enjoyed reading about how the story came to be. Now I need to win the book and find out all about it! Will be trying for Lacrismo also. Been wanting to hold that shiny cover in my hands:)

    laura thomas

    1. Thank you Laura! Best of luck in the giveaways!

  4. What a great way to get a book idea! Sounds like the novel is quite edgy (love that!). Great interview. :)

    1. Thanks Alleged! I love edgy too!

  5. I knew To Ride a Puca held a special place in your heart, Heather, but it's interesting to learn that you were willing to dedicated an immense amount of time, research and energy into getting it just right. I suppose I can't blame you for wanting to give it proper justice.

    Thanks, Christine, for having Heather stop by. :-)

    1. Yep, historical can be a challenge, especially when the time frame is around the 1100's. Not a lot was recorded back then! While it was work, it was a labor of love.


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