Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Destiny Unveiled

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour for Destiny Unveiled, the sequel to Destiny by Laura Deluca!

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.


Guest Post by Laura Deluca:

       There are tons of books out there written about witches, but there is something that makes my books a little different than the other paranormal novels out there.  I have been studying witchcraft, in the form of Wicca, for almost ten years. I am, in fact, a witch myself. I practice with a group of women, much like Gabriella’s mother, and I use the knowledge born from experience to add a little realism into the fantasy of my stories. 
     Now, I’m not saying that everything that happens in Destiny is completely realistic. Far from it. The Destiny series is fiction, after all, and meant to be fun and entertaining.  But I do strive to add real elements of Wicca into the mix. The rituals performed often use symbolism that any pagan would recognize. The ritual tools, the way the sacred space is set up, and even the wording of the spells, are all very realistic.  Only some of the results are exaggerated. Unfortunately, I haven’t met any real witches that can touch the ground and make a flower grow out of the snow or make a cut vanish with just the touch of their hand.  But even the healing aspects of the story are based off of real energy healing. I have been practicing Reiki, which is a form of energy healing, for the last four years.  In this practice, we lay our hands on our patrons and allow the energy of the universe to run through us, into the patient.  Results aren’t as spectacular as those in Destiny, but it always leaves people feeling more energized and definitely eases pain. 
     So much of the Destiny books are drawn from my own spiritual experiences with witchcraft, which is indeed a timeless tradition.  One of my fellow pagans, radio personality Raven Moonshadow, summed it up best in her review of Destiny.  “This is her (Laura’s) first young adult novel and I was really impressed with how closely she kept within the actual concepts of the earth-based religions. I think having a book like this written by someone who follows the religion herself is a huge boost to the published work. The fact that she kept most elements as close to reality without delving into "Hollywood" stereotypes is a testament not only to her as a writer, but also to honoring her own religion, showing the respect that any religion would deserve.” 
     Raven’s review made me so happy, because this is exactly what I was trying to achieve. Destiny is a book inspired by Wicca, and written out of my respect and love for this most sacred of paths. But don’t worry. I managed to pull all this off without getting preachy, and I definitely maintain the fun elements that any fantasy novel needs to be a success.  In the Destiny series, you’ll find love, suspense, and shocking revelations you’ll never see coming. So, if you want to read a book about witches, read a book written BY a witch. Get yourself a copy of Destiny and/or Destiny Unveiled.    

Buy Laura Deluca's Books.
          


About Laura:
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.  She loves writing young adult novels, because it keeps her young at heart. She is the author of three published works including Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, and Phantom, and has several more projects in the works.




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Here is the Book Trailer for the first book in the series, Destiny.

50 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing my books on your blog!

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  2. I love reading about what authors have in mind for their books/stories.

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  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! My daughter reads so often and goes through book after book. I think she'd love these to read. Keeping my fingers crossed

    Sandy VanHoey

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  4. Destiny Unveiled you really seem to have a phsycal tie to the material you write about which almost always makes for an interesting read

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  7. I've read Destiny (ebook) and loved it. Can't wait to read Destiny Unveiled!

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  8. What a great giveaway These books sound great. Can't wait to read them. Thank you for the contest

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  9. I have heard about these books and my daughter is the big reader and I'm sure she'll be reading these as well. Can't wait to see the others you are working on also.

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  10. Would love to read the book, I have fanned the author, pinned the book, sounds like an awesome read!
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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read these booksk!

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  12. I loved Destiny and am very excited to read Destiny Unveiled!

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  13. Awesome giveaway, thank you (: This books sounds really good and I can´t wait to read it! (:

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  14. I really look forward to reading Destiny and Destiny Unveiled.
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  15. I cant believe how many of these Laura is giving away. I enter as many as I can find and add it to my daily priority giveaways

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  16. The turtle is adorable! I am always looking for new books to read. Thanks for posting reviews. <3

    Katie Wurn
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  17. This book looks interesting can't wait to start to read. Nice giveaway.
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  18. I would love to win this book, I have been entering as many as i can

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  19. I have had an interest in Wicca for some time, leading me to read and study many books about it. I think a book written by a real wicca would definitely have a legitimate feel to it and I would love to read this

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  20. Life is what you make of it, so be sure to make a lot.

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  21. The book trailer is fabulous and makes this book all the more intriguing

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  22. Not only is Laura a great Author, she also hosts a wonderful blog, New Age Mama, which i try to visit everyday

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  23. I am very proud to know a wonderful author!!! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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  24. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Thank you for having this giveaway. I love reading, and trying a new author would be great!

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  27. Thank you for this giveaway! Looks like something I would love to read.

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  28. I love learning about the authors and their stories especially since I am an author too so we can relate

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  29. These books sound great!! Would love to read them!!

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  30. i love to read and i can't wait to read these
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  31. Thank you, for the give away. I look forward to reading this book in the future.

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  32. Reading is all I do, I would love this! Thank you!
    (Virginia Rowell)

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  33. I would love to have these books. The covers look amazing! :D

    Thank you I appreciate that chance to win.

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  34. These books sound great. Thanks

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  35. I love to read anything I can get my hands on. These sound great and wouldn't go to waste.

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  36. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

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    Aranda Gibbs

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  37. Would luv the chance to read these books & share them with my granddaughter who also loves to read. We both luv books that are suspenseful and filled with surprises, and to have a "signed copy" how awesome !! good luck & thnks 4 the chance ! jpsizors@live.com

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  38. i would love to read these books! thanks for the chance to win. either way,ill have to check them out

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  39. Congratz to the author on getting books published! Hopefully all goes well.

    -Natalia R.

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  40. I just found your blog, I am a reading junkie and these books sound like amazing reads! TY for sharing with us readers :)

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  41. I am always interested in trying authors I have not read,great giveaway!

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  42. would love love love this! I am addicted to this genre ... and I always have my nose in a good book!

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