Monday, March 4, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Aura (Rebecca Lynn Talley)

"I half-turned to her and shrugged, still processing what I'd seen, or at least what I thought I'd seen, in Ms. Neal's eyes—like they weren't hers. Obviously, they were her eyes, but it looked like she'd plucked them from someone else's head. A dead someone else's head."In the fight between good and evil, Light is your only weapon.Crystal Scott finally feels like a normal teenager. She has a lead in the high school play, a best friend, and a gorgeous boyfriend. With prom only a few days away, Crystal’s ordinary life seems perfect.Endowed with great Light because of her virtuous choices and her inherent gifts, Crystal’s aura has become visible to those with the ability to see auras. Unfortunately, her power has also attracted the attention of demons intent on destroying all Light.When Vincent Crandall, the human host for a powerful demon, discovers that Crystal’s Light is strong enough to disrupt the connection between demons and their hosts, he realizes she may be able to sever the connection altogether. Determined to stop her from interfering with his plans to rule the world, he sends operatives to neutralize her Light.After the operatives fail to disable Crystal, Vincent decides he must harness her power for himself. He kidnaps her parents, and Crystal is thrust into battle against a demon army she didn’t even know existed. With the help of a mysterious young man and his mother, Crystal must learn to use the power within her before Vincent kills her parents and exploits her Light.

Author Rebecca Lynn TalleyRebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children.Rebecca is the author of a children's picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children's chapter book, Gabby's Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children's stories and articles for both print and online magazines.When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.

Who is your favorite character from a novel and Why?

My favorite character is Katniss Everdeen. I love how she willingly sacrificed herself for her sister. She lived in a society that was hard and she had to grow up fast, but she still had compassion. One of my favorite parts of "The Hunger Games" is how Katniss helps and has compassion for Rue. She knows this game is to the death, but she still cares for Rue. And the scene where she puts flowers around Rue after she dies just tugs at my heart. Even with all the death and darkness around her, Katniss hangs on to her humanity.

Katniss was her own person. Even though the Capitol seemed to rule every part of the people's lives, Katniss maintained her own identity. She acted, she wasn't acted upon--even in the game. She didn't let fate control her, but rather she took control of her own fate. She was smart and strong and she didn't let the possibility of dying paralyze her. She was able to stay strong despite her adverse circumstances.

It's easy to give up in adverse circumstances, but she didn't. She kept fighting even though it seemed hopeless. Characters like Katniss teach us to be strong in spite of our circumstances. We cannot always choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react. We can choose to give up or to fight. We can live life on our own terms. And we can still have compassion and love for those around us, just as Katniss did.

Katniss Everdeen is a poignant example of fierce love for her family, refusal to give in to her circumstances, and the ability to retain her compassion even in the worst of situations. That's why she's my favorite character.

Rebecca Talley
Fiction Inspired by Life


This YA urban fantasy is fantastic! The story grabbed me from the start and kept me enthralled until the end! I love books that keep me thinking about the characters and events and possibilities even after putting them down...Aura is one of those books! Rebecca Lynn Talley has created characters you care about in a world begging for the special gifts they possess. I love the premise of Aura and imagine I'll be enjoying many more Light vs. Demon novels in the least I hope there are more to come!

I loved the clasic good VS evil in Aura. I loved that Crystal made the conscious choice to be good inspite of feelings and doubts. I also loved the idea of demons posessing somone who had made dark choices, or greedy bargains. The book is clean and well handled inspite of the serious subject matter.Well done.
~C. Michelle Jefferies

This is one of those books that you hope will become widespread enough to make a positive impact in this world. Personally, I think this is a book every teenager should read and I will definitely be passing it along to my own kids. Thank you, Rebecca, for writing a beautiful story with a wonderful message! I hope you keep at it because now I want a sequel!
~Rachael Anderson

Aura sucked me in from the first page. The book is intense and well-written. I loved that Crystal is innocent and makes a conscious choice to stay that way in the face of intense pressure. I would recommend Aura to young adults on up.
~Cami Checketts

Wonderful, wonderful message. Probably the most solid moral message I’ve ever read in contemporary literature, but without being too heavy or feeling like a lecture. You could almost look at it like an allegory, I think, representing real life with fictional symbols. I’m trying to explain without giving anything away, and I think I’m doing a bad job. Anyway, I have four boys, but if I had a girl, I would definitely have her read it. The story is imaginative and creative, Crystal is a strong but believable heroine, caught up in high school cares and not realizing her own potential or the battle that is waged around and for her. I thought at times it was a bit predictable, and that the first half of the book drug a little. It probably could have been told quicker or perhaps made a little more interesting. But all in all, I enjoyed it. The story kept me going and the characters were sweet and compelling.
~May Abbey

Wow! I got this book for free and LOVED it! I can't wait to read any follow up books! (There WILL be follow up books, right?) In this story Crystal is full of light, thanks to making good choices, and she has to figure out how to keep the light in the midst of high school where temptation runs rampant and where she just wants to be an average girl! I like that things never went too far, and I felt like it was very well-written, with rounded out characters!
~Tamera Westhoff

Blog Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 3.21.13

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Aura Blog Tour Schedule

March 4th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Interview
Free Ebooks Daily - Interview
A Dream Within A Dream - Excerpt
Falling For YA - Spotlight
Curling Up With A Good Book - Guest Post
Musings of a Blogder - Review

March 5th
Spellbindings - Review
Getting Your Read On - Review
Fall Into Books - Spotlight
Love. Pray. Read - Excerpt
Blkosiner's Book Blog - Guest Post
Margay Leah Justice - Review

March 6th
Heather's Book Chatter - Guest Post
My Book A Day - Review
Classy Me Books - Excerpt
Suzy Turner, YA Author - Spotlight
Pika Pages - Interview
Vonnie's Reading Corner - Review
SMI Book Club - Review

March 7th
Ever and Ever Sight - Review
Joyous Reads - Review
Walking on Bookshelves - Review
Me and Reading - Review
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys - Guest Post
Passion and Life - Excerpt
Lisa's Book Lair - Review & Tens List

March 8th
Clean Teen Reads - Excerpt
Min Reads and Reviews - Review
Of Thoughts and Words - Guest Post
Book Sake - Excerpt
The Cover Contessa - Review & Interview

March 9th
Crazy Four Books - Review & Interview
Whatever You Can Still Betray - Spotlight
Book- Marks the Spot - Excerpt
Sitting with a Book - Guest Post
Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways - Interview

March 10th
Pieces of Whimsy - Excerpt
Cuzinlogic - Interview
Mythical Books - Review
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch - Spotlight

March 11th
Musings of a Writer - Review
What's Beyond Forks - Review & Guest Post
Sab the Book Eater - Excerpt
Sweeping Me - Spotlight
Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews - Character Interview

March 12th
Jinky is Reading - Review
Juliababyjen's Reading Room - Review
Books and their Worldly Realm - Excerpt
Immerse in a World of Fiction - Review
Fire & Ice - Review

March 13th
Oh, The Books You'll Read! - Review
Books are Magic - Review
Bookworm Lisa - Review
Blood, Sweat and Books - Review
Book Club Sisters - Review & Tens List

March 14th
Paulette's Papers - Excerpt
Books and Needlepoint - Review
Delirious About Books - Spotlight
Susan Heim on Writing - Excerpt
Peace From Pieces - Interview

March 15th
Lori's Reading Corner - Guest Post
Why Not? Because I Said So!! - Review & Tens List
Reviews A La Tiffany - Spotlight
A Casual Reader's Blog - Excerpt
InkSplasher - Review

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