BLOG TOUR INTERVIEW: Destiny Unveiled by Laura DeLuca

Destiny Unveiled

by Laura DeLuca

Destiny Series, Book 2

Book Description

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.
Excerpt from Destiny Unveiled

Darron was on the roof of a large building, elevated dizzyingly high over the road below. Other skyscrapers bordered it, but it was by far the largest building in the general area, standing several stories higher than it’s neighbors. The few cars that dotted the street below looked like insects. Above him, the moon shone full, round, and red in the night sky. It was an autumn moon, a blood moon. By the light of that moon, Darron was able to see the practiced movements of six black-cloaked figures, who swayed to the steady beat of an invisible drum. Their shapes were obscure in the pale light, and it was impossible to determine if they were men or women because the dark, hooded robes they wore hid their features from view.

There was an altar erected in the center of a circle that was outlined in black charcoal. On that altar sat the normal tools of ritual: a black tipped dagger, a silver chalice, an incense burner, and multiple black candles. Darron owned similar items. They weren’t frightening in themselves. But the altar, like the people who lingered around it, was outlined by a shimmering black aura. The vibrations they relayed were no less than evil. Their presence made Darron shudder. He watched in horror, as a silent and unwelcome spectator to the forbidden rights.

Four of the cloaked figures took up the elemental corners, preparing to call the Guardians. The Guardians answered their call, unable to ignore the summons because magick can’t be divided into good and evil. It’s both because nature is both, harsh and devastating yet beautiful and gentle as the need arises. It was just as easy for the dark witches to harness the destructive forces of nature as it was for Darron and his coven to call upon its life giving magick. Good or evil was in the heart of its master, not in the magick that was wielded.

A fifth cloaked figure, the apparent leader of the group, stood in the center of the circle with the dagger raised high above his head. The sixth and final coven member groveled at the feet of the leader, his head lowered in acquiescence. The hood of his cloak hid his face though he was no more than a few feet away from Darron.

“Brother and sisters,” the leader proclaimed, his accented voice heavy with his foreboding presence. “Tonight in the wake of the blood moon, we come together to bring a new brother into our fold. He has completed the required tasks and proven himself worthy to join us in our work.”

“So mote it be!”

The four other cloaked figures cried out in perfect unison. Their hands were raised to the sky in honor of the blood moon.

The leader picked up the chalice from the altar. He followed the path of the circle to all of the elemental corners, stopping at each of the robed coven members in turn. Each offered their willing hands to their leader, palm outward. Each welcomed the point of the black edged dagger as it dug into their open palms without so much as a gasp of pain. The high priest cut a clean line down the centers of the palms of his disciples, and they all squeezed their fingers against the open wound to allow the blood to drip into the waiting chalice.

After collecting the offering from his followers, the leader returned to the center of the circle and the waiting initiate. With one quick motion, he sliced open his own palm. He held his hand over the cup, letting his blood drip slowly into the chalice, until the wound miraculously healed before Darron’s startled eyes. When the chalice was full, he carried it to the eager initiate who took the cup firmly into his hands and tilted it towards his lips.

“As this blood makes you one with our flesh, so your soul follows to become one with the darkness,” the English voice intoned.

As the initiate drained the last of the liquid in the chalice, his hood fell away, revealing a blonde ponytail pulled back over a pale white face, made even paler by the outline of bright red blood around his lips. Darron watched in stunned, horrified silence as his own face turned to meet his gaze. Eyes turned as black as coals stared back at Darron with a grim smile of satisfaction.

“Rise Darron,” the leader commanded. And as he spoke, he lifted the hood from his head. Rise brother of the Dark Coven.”

 

My Interview with Laura DeLuca

1.  Tell us a little about yourself.

In addition to being a young adult author, I am also a mom to four great kids, own a restaurant, and run a product review blog called New Age Mama. I live at the Jersey Shore, and I love spending the summer on the beach. It’s the best place to write.


2.  What made you want to become a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I was actually told by a physic that the talent stems from a previous life.

3.  Who or what gives you inspiration?
Most of story ideas originate from dreams. Other details come from personal experiences and the people around me.  And of course, I draw inspiration from my Wiccan beliefs, especially for books like Destiny.

4.  Tell us about The Destiny Series.
 Destiny & Destiny Unveiled are fantasy novels. The magic and danger in them make them exciting, but the characters are very real, every day people. Gabby struggles with accepting her powers, while her friend Monte has to come to terms with his sexuality. The action is tempered by real relationships and characters you’ll want to get to know better.  For those who practice Wicca,  even though some elements of magic are exaggerated to make the story exciting, you’ll find many elements of the book have a firm basis in reality.

5.  What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Right now, the hardest part is finding the time. With four kids and a restaurant, there’s not much time during the day. More often than not, I fall asleep at my keyboard.

6.  What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
I like to  burn incense while I’m writing. It helps to clear my mind

7.  What are some of your favorite books?
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. And anything written by my idol, Christopher Pike.

8.  Are your characters based on anyone you know? 
Actually, many of my characters are based off people I know, at least initially. Along the way, they tend to develop their own quirks and personality traits. In Destiny Unveiled, Donna Brown is named after my best friend and coven sister because she inspired the story.

9.  What, if anything, are you working on right now? 
I am currently working on a fantasy novel called Morrigan. Morrigan is a teenage witch who has been shuffled from one foster home to another all her life.  Now she is about to discover she is a princess from the mystical land of Tír Na NÓg. The handsome werewolf Filtiarn guides her through countless perils to find her mother, Ceridwyn, and grandmother, Hecate. Only together can they complete the magical triad and save their world.

10.  Why do you love writing? 
I love to write because it allows me to experience magic and adventure on a completely different level.  That feeling you get when you’re reading a book is enhanced 100 fold when you’re the writer. There’s no other feeling like it in the world. 
Amazon Link –Buy Destiny Unveiled


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About Carrie

A SAHM who loves her life :)

Posted on June 11, 2012, in book tour, books, interview, reading. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing my book on your blog!

  2. Carrie-Just wondering, are you reviewing my book? The bewitching blog tour schedule has you down for a review, but I thought maybe that was just a type-o. Thanks again either way!

    Laura

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