3/11/2013

Aura Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Aura
Author: Rebecca Lynn Talley
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: November 9th 2012 by DuBon Publishing
Buy It: Amazon

"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.

EXCERPT

Erin walked down the hall so I strolled over to the parking lot only to find the reporter guy waiting by my car. As I got closer, my pulse quickened. I’d never been interviewed before, and the idea terrified me—I didn’t want to sound like a loser. 

He stood straighter when he noticed me. “Hi.” His voice was like warm honey.

“Hi.”

“I’m Alec.”

I gave a slight nod. “Crystal.”

We stood in silence for a few moments. I tried to persuade my nerves to settle down, but they sizzled throughout my body. I mentally yelled at myself for noticing how attractive he was in his dark jeans and gray t-shirt. A t-shirt that hugged his biceps. And his pecs.

I tilted my head to the right. “This is my car.”

He smiled and my stomach flipped. “I know. I wanted to meet you.”

I cleared my throat. “For your article on the play? You’re a reporter for the school paper, right?” 

“Um, yeah.” He jerked his head to the side and knocked his wavy, black hair away from his forehead. 

“Is that why you’ve been following me?” I didn’t want to stare, but I’d never seen such blue eyes before. Cobalt blue. And there was more. His eyes were so clear, so full of depth. Mesmerizing. 

“I wondered if we could talk for a little while.”

I tore my gaze from his and glanced at my watch. “Right now?” I told my heart to calm down—after all, he was a reporter. That was all. Whatever I felt was nerves, nothing else.  Definitely not attraction. At. All. 

“If now works for you.” 

He peered at me, as if searching my soul. His eyes were hypnotic. So much so that I didn’t notice when someone walked up.

“What’s going on here?” Nate demanded.

I took a few steps back, trying to distance myself from Alec and his eyes, dark lashes, strong jaw, and full lips. Especially the full lips. His lips? What am I thinking? Why am I noticing this guy at all? Focus on Nate—my boyfriend. My. Boyfriend.  I turned to face Nate. 

“Nothing.” My voice sounded weak.

Nate moved toward Alec. “Doesn’t look like nothing.” Alec didn’t step back, even though Nate was a few inches taller and more intimidating with his narrowed eyes and clenched jaw. 

I pulled at Nate’s arm. “It’s nothing. He’s a reporter from the school paper. He wants to interview me about the play.” Nate’s jealousy fascinated me. I’d never seen him, or any other guy, act this way over me. Of course, it wasn’t like guys had ever flocked to me. A gangly, awkward, invisible girl wasn’t exactly a guy magnet. And yet, here were two guys arguing about talking to me. Me. So weird.

Nate looked Alec up and down. “The school paper? Is that right?”

Alec nodded, keeping his gaze fixed on Nate. Unflinching. “I wanted to talk to her for a few minutes, if you don’t mind.” Sarcasm lingered over his words. 

Nate frowned. “We have plans.”

“We do?” I asked.

“Yeah.” He didn’t even glance at me.

“I must’ve forgotten.” I gave a faint smile. We had no plans, but I didn’t want to embarrass Nate in front of Alec by saying so. I felt like a useless ragdoll tossed between two snarling dogs, unable to do anything but watch.

Nate stepped next to me and glued himself to my side. “She’ll have to talk to you later.”

“Is that what you want to do?” Alec asked me.

I swallowed hard, trying to keep my gaze away from his eyes. “Yeah.”

“You got a problem with your hearing?” Nate snapped. I could see a vein starting to bulge in his neck, and I was scared he might punch Alec. And for no good reason. What was going on? With Nate? With the Alec guy? Was I in an alternate reality?

Alec glared at Nate without blinking.

“I can answer your questions later,” I said, hoping Nate would back down and we could leave. I hated scenes—especially when I didn’t even understand why there was a scene at all.

“When?” Alec’s gaze captured mine, and time stopped for a moment. My cheeks throbbed. I wanted to look away, but I was powerless to do anything but stare at him.

“Crystal?” Nate said, breaking the spell.

I shifted my attention back to him. “It’s only an interview, Nate. No big deal. Right?” I said, refusing to chance interlocking my eyes with Alec’s again.

“Right.” Alec’s voice slid into my ears, warming them.

I yanked at Nate’s arm. “Come on.” 

“I don’t like this,” Nate said as we walked toward his truck

“You’re overreacting.” I noted the irony of our reversed roles—I was the reigning queen of overreactions.
“And you actually believe everyone only has good intentions. That guy’s after you.”

I reached up and touched Nate’s cheek. “He’s doing an article. Nothing else. No need to worry.” I tried to convince myself of the same thing, but the crackling at the edge of my mind told me there was much more. 

I followed Nate toward his truck, but couldn’t help glancing over my shoulder. Alec was still watching us.

REVIEWS

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 future....at least I hope there are more to come!
~KindleQueen

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


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About the author
Rebecca Lynn Talley

Rebecca 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.

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