Blogoversary Day 2!
Today's host is author Laura DeLuca, who is offering us the possibility to know more about her and about her novels. Laura is also offering to one reader the possibility to win an eCopy of Destiny and Destiny Unveiled!
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Interview with Laura DeLuca
Author of Destiny and Destiny Unveiled
1. Describe yourself in one sentence.
I am a quirky, imaginative, spiritual mom of four who loves to write books.
2. When did you realize you had the passion for writing?
I was writing for as long as I can remember. Back in grade school I used to make the other kids act out plays I wrote in the schoolyard. I finished my first YA novel, Player, when I was only sixteen and that novel was just tweaked a bit and published this year.
3. Can you tell us a little about your YA books, Destiny and Destiny Unveiled?
The Destiny series was another book I started when I was in my teens, but I got stuck about 70% through and put in aside for 20 years. Once I started studying Wicca, I finally knew how the first story would end. Shortly after I finished it, one of my coven sisters gave me the idea for the second book.
4. Name one thing you love and one thing you hate about your books.
I love when someone gets the underlying message that I was trying to send. I hate the advertising—tweeting, facebook, pinterest etc. I would rather be spending that time writing but it’s the only way to get your work seen.
5. I saw you have written a lot of books, is there a character you became more attached to while writing?
I am definitely attached to Lord Justyn from the Dark Musicals Series. Even though I just finished the series, he still haunts my dreams.
6. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I was born wanting to write, but Christopher Pike was my inspiration to write in the YA genre. He is one of my favorite authors and will always be an inspiration.
6. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
My best experience was having a 16 year old girl email me on face book and tell me I inspired her to become a writer. I wrote a similar note to Christopher Pike when I was her age, and it gave me the feeling of coming full circle.
7. What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
You’ll have to read the Dark Musicals series to find that out.
9. Give us an inspirational quote.
This one my favorite quotes from Destiny Unveiled: “Monte, look out at the ocean. It’s vast and eternal, and it sustains life, as we know it. Imagine for a minute that the ocean is the essence of creation, the collective essence of divinity that every living being is a part of. Now look at the waves. Each one rises, shifting away from the collective, taking on a life of its own. The same way each soul rises to take on a physical body and live out their lives. Each wave, like each soul, is unique. Some are strong and powerful. Some are small, and need to be carried by others to reach their destination. Some carry the life giving forces of nature, and some bring nothing but destruction, like a tidal wave that annihilates everything in its path. But in the end, when its time is over, the wave is welcomed back into the collective. It’s accepted without question or judgment, back into the whole. Our souls are like those waves. No matter what choices we’ve made in our lives, whether we were good or evil, the Goddess welcomes us back into the fold of Her arms because we’re all Her children, and She loves every one of us. Equally and unconditionally, as only a mother can. We may need to make amends in our next life for our mistakes, but we aren’t lost. We’re never lost when we have Her to guide us. So no matter what choices he made,” Gabriella finished, “I believe that Adam will be all right.”
by Laura DeLuca
Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn't remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her mother's death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick…even if it kills her. Her mother's spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pushes away. Desperate to save her daughter, the spirit finds a male witch–one that just happens to be in love with Gabriella. Darron is more than willing to help but the two young witches will have way more to battle than just an evil warlock. There are overbearing jocks and petty rich girls who get tempers flaring and often set Gabrielle and Darron at odds.
There is more to the story than Gabrielle and Darron could even imagine. There are terrible secrets to be revealed, battles to be waged, and lives will be lost. Only after Gabrielle and Darron both come to terms with who they really are, and open themselves up to the true meaning of magick, can they have any hope of fulfilling their destiny.
by Laura DeLuca
Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella's help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches. Gabriella's coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.