Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLE

August 8, 2012 Deadly Destinations 155

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from Gina Rosati‘s Anna Rogan on the Moon from AURACLE (published on August 7th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Gina Rosati’s Anna Rogan on the Moon from AURACLE

One Giant Step for Anna Rogan

Did you know that if you leave a footstep on the moon in 1969, it will still be there today? When I saw this factoid on the internet, I didn’t believe it, so I had to come up here to check for myself.

Yup, I’m on the moon. One of the benefits of being able to astrally project is I can go anywhere I want, so sometimes I come up here, especially on nights when my father is in one of his moods and my best friend Rei’s not around to talk to. The first time I ventured up here, I was about five years old. At that age, I had certain expectations. I expected the moon to be a bright and happy place, because that’s how it looks from Earth, so I was pretty comfuzzled when I landed on this dark, pocky dustball. I was hoping to avoid The Man in the Moon because even when I was five, he sounded kind of sketchy, but I really wanted to see that giant cow – you know, “Hey, diddle, diddle … the cow jumps over the moon”? Guess what? No cow.

At first, I felt cheated, like the moon was just a big lie. For a long time, I didn’t bother to go back because the moon paled in comparison to all the other bright and shiny things exploding all over the universe. Then a few years back, after a day of verbal fireworks and parental fail occurred at my house, I needed to get away, so I bounced up here.

It’s very quiet on the moon. We don’t get this absolute quiet on Earth, because something is always making noise there – a bird singing, a refrigerator humming, even our own heart beating. But up here on the moon, there are no birds or household appliances or bodies. All you can hear is an absolute and overwhelming silence. The earth looks sort of small and peaceful from the moon, half of it hidden in the night and the other half all green, brown, blue and swirly white clouds. It reminds me of the yin/yang symbol. And even though I’m hovering over this dark, dusty rock knowing that down there on earth, storms blow and fires burn and people hurt each other, I’m learning to find some perspective in it all … that one good friend can make all the difference, that sometimes I need to adjust my expectations, and there is truth to the saying that light shines through the cracks of life.

And hey, believe it or not, look what I found right next to the American flag – one small step for mankind!


Giveaway provided by Gina Rosati
One copy of AURACLE by Gina Rosati & swag


Published on August 7th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press


On the surface, there’s nothing special about Anna Rogan; she gets average grades, she’s not especially beautiful, and she spends most of her time just hanging out with her best friend, Rei. But Anna has a secret; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.
When there’s an accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna’s body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future of never aging, never being heard or touched, Anna turns to Rei for help. Together they search for a way to get Anna back into her body in time to stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of her murder, but they don’t take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.
A story about an out-of-body experience gone terribly wrong, Auracle by Gina Rosati is an exciting, sensual novel that explores the relationship between body and soul and the power of a single touch.

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155 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLE”

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks, Jessica – My Apocalypsies sister, Suzanne Lazear, author of INNOCENT DARKNESS, which comes out today(!!) was passing out bunches of our swag, including Auracle, because she’s just that awesome.

  1. Carla C.

    Hi Gina! I have to say, this is one of my favorite covers among this year’s summer releases — it’s just so pretty and shiny… (*.*)
    Now, my question, Anna can project out of her body, would you like to have such ability? If so, tell me the first place you would visit. 🙂
    (Thanks for the international giveaway!)

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks, Carla – I’m really happy with the cover too! I would love to be able to astrally project. There are so many interesting places here on earth (I did a ton of research for Anna’s trips) but I’d also love to go off in search of life on other planets, especially in the Pleiades star system.

  2. June

    This sounds like a really good story. What made you choose astro projection for your heroine? I am with Carla and wondering where you would project yourself if possible? A certain spot on Earth? Another planet or moon in space?

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks, June! I started getting lucid dreams/sleep paralysis when I was in college, and I’ve read that these dreams can be confused with out-of-body experiences – that’s where the idea of astral projection came from. Besides the Pleiades star system, there are so many places I’d love to see on Earth too, especially places that are tough to get to, like Macchu Picchu.

  3. sienny

    hi gina! thanks for making this open for international 🙂

  4. Natalie Cleary

    I love the sound of this!! I cant wait to read it so thanks so much for the chance and for making it International. Also I love that swag 🙂

    • Gina Rosati

      No limits that I can think of – people claim that they’ve traveled all over the universe, and into different times and through different dimensions.

  5. Dani Nguyen

    I’m pretty sure this is the first book on astral projection I’ve come across. Sounds really different & interesting. And I love that cover! Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Alyssa Susanna

    GINA WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME????? Lol that is not my question 😀
    So I think I’ve read like one book that involves astral projection, and that was not really fleshed out in the book. It’ll be interesting to see how you have written about it! Okay, here’s my real question. I’m a little confused about the names… Rei and Taylor are a bit ambiguous. Genders please? I know Anna of course 🙂
    Thank you for the cool giveaway, and congrats on the release!!!

    Alyssa <3

    • Gina Rosati

      <3 Alyssa!! Rei is a guy – his real name is Robert Reiki Ellis, but because his father's name is also Robert, they call him Rei (pronounced Ray) to avoid confusion. In my family, my father-in-law, husband and son are all named Jerry, and when we're all together and someone says, "Hey, Jerry!", they all look up, so I know about confusion. Taylor is a girl. Sometimes parents give their daughter a name that can be either male or female because they figure it will give her an advantage in the business world. And you are very welcome! xox!

  7. Chelsea Foust

    This sounds interesting, seriously! I love to read paranormal books, or books that are set/happen in a fantasy world! The cover is awesome! Nice job!

    • Gina Rosati

      Thank you, Chelsea! The designer who created this cover is Michael Yuen, and I agree, he did a phenomenal job!

  8. Nora-Adrienne Deret

    Being obsessed with all things Paranormal, this book intrigues me. When that happens I just have to own a copy… and if I can’t afford it, I try to win it. LOL

    I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have an out of body experience. Especially since mine is the size of a blimp.

  9. Carl

    What an interesting take on astral projection and some of the things that could go wrong. Certainly not an aspect that many of us have previously considered. Love the moon story. Thanks for offering a copy of your book

  10. Marie O.

    This book looks really good. And that cover is amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. kristie

    OMG! I can’t wait to read this book. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!! <3

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks, Kristie, And I know! It does feel like we’ve waiting forever! xox

  12. Pat

    Is Auracle a series? Yes, how many books? No, can you tell me anything about your next book?

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Pat, Auracle is a stand alone. I’m currently outlining a historical/fantasy/sci-fi/speculative/romance. It’s kind of like mixing Coke/RootBeer/Sprite/DrPepper/MountainDew together and shaking it all up. Whether I can pull this off without making a giant mess remains to be seen 😉

  13. Carrie V.

    Never ceases to amaze me how creative authors are. Jealous.

  14. Marie-Claude

    I’m intringue…and can’t wait to read auracle!!!

  15. Natasha

    Sounds like a really good read!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Chelsea B.

    Fantastic post! I loved it! This book sounds sooo good!

    • Gina Rosati

      Thank you Pat, Marie Claude, Natasha and Chelsea! xoxox!!

  17. Vivien

    Excellent post!! I’ve been so bloody eager to get my hands on this book for months. Do you prefer writing male or female pov?

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks Vivien! And that’s a great question … it’s easier for me to write from the female POV, but there’s no challenge in easy. I’m drafting the next book in alternate POVs, so there’ll be both the male and female first person POVs.

  18. Maria pronounced Mariah

    Auracle sounds great and the cover is beautiful!

  19. Samantha D

    Have you ever been to a creative writing workshop? If so how was your experience? If not, why not?

    • Gina Rosati

      I haven’t been to a creative writing workshop, Samantha. I took a creative writing course at Northeastern University a long time ago, which was great, with a focus on short stories. I’ve also been to writing conferences, specifically NE-SCBWI, and those are great, too. And I know and love people who lead creative writing workshops, but I’ve just never taken one.

  20. Renee

    I Love the cover, its really beautiful and the story sounds intriguing. I’ve only ever read one other story were they astral project. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  21. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  22. Kai W.

    Wow, what a great story. Paranormal problem and a crime to prevent. this book is definitely on my reading list.

  23. alicia marie

    I haven’t read thru every comment so I don’t know if you’ve already answered this or not, hopefully not! Where did the idea for Auracle come from or what were you doing when it came to you? I’ve been eying Auracle for a while and I definitely will have to read it : )

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Alicia – Christiane asked the same question just below, so I put the answer there. xox!

  24. Christiane C.

    What was you inspiration to write Auracle? Thanks for the giveaway! Love the cover 😀

  25. Christiane C.

    I just noticed my question is the same as Alicia Marie!

    • Gina Rosati

      Cool, I’ll answer both of your questions together 🙂 When I was in college, I started getting really weird dreams, which were really vivid and hard to wake up from. I did some research and came up with lucid dreams/sleep paralysis. Years later, I was reading a book by psychic Sylvia Browne, and she described my dreams, right down to the loud buzz that always accompanied them. She said this happened when you wake up in the middle of an out-of-body experience and your spirit is half in-half out of your body. I can’t astrally project, but I thought it was a great idea for a story.

    • Gina Rosati

      I love your name … I want to name a character Fiery Na now!!

  26. Sofija Kapranova

    Congradulation on the release! And the cover is so beautiful. I’d love to win this book. But even if I don’t, I will still read it!

  27. Jessica Tan

    Interesting introduction! Look forward to reading the book!

  28. Kristia

    Thank you for the international giveaway! It sounds very interesting, I have it on my TBR list 🙂

  29. Jasmyn

    I wish I could astral project to the moon! That woul be so much fun.

    • Gina Rosati

      Wouldn’t it? I have an entire list of places I’d love to astrally project to, but I’m not nearly as talented as Anna.

  30. Melliane

    I confess I didn’t know this book but it sounds very intriguing and I love the cover. I’m curious to learn more about it. thanks!

  31. Aneeqah

    This sounds so good!! I am now doubly excited to read Auracle. It sounds beyond amazing!! <3 And Gina is so nice on Twitter. Definitely excited to read this! =)

    I've got a question for Gina: is Auracle a standalone, or is it going to be part of a series? I've heard many different things. Thanks! <3

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Aneeqah ~ Thank you!! Auracle sold as a standalone, and right now, there are no plans for a sequel. I’d love to write a companion novel from Callie’s POV, but that’s way up in the air. Right now, I’m outlining something in the historical/fantasy genre. xox!!

  32. debbie johnson

    WOW!! This book sounds fantastic and I would love to win a copy.

  33. Mickie T

    Being blocked out of your own body sounds horrifying! Interesting to read about – and I’m looking forward to reading the book – but not something I’d like to happen to me. I’m interested in the title. It’s similar to Oracle – maybe it’s a mixture of aura and oracle?

    • Gina Rosati

      When Anna is out of her body, she can see each person’s aura – the colorful energy field that surrounds each person. She’s figured how to tell what a person’s mood and even their intent is based on these colors. The title “Aura” sounded flat, and I liked the sound of the word Auracle – it combined the word ‘aura’ with ‘magical’ and ‘mystical’. I tried spelling it Auracal, but I didn’t like the way it looked as much.

  34. Lili

    This book’s cover is so gorgeous! It also has a unique theme that I haven’t come across in YA literature before which is the whole projecting out of her body thing. GAH I want this book so bad!

  35. Braiden

    Hi Gina! Was it difficult writing about astral projection and what was one thing you had to remember about it while writing Auracle?

    BTW I can’t wait to read it! And the cover is lovely.

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Braiden,

      I thought writing about astral projection was more fun than difficult, but there was a certain level of world building involved and I had to remember to stick to the rules of the world I had built. One of the things is that nobody can hear Anna when she is out of her body, so I had to figure out ways that she could communicate. And thank you, thank you! I love the cover, too!

  36. Kae

    Yes? Can’t wait for your next book! I whole mix and shake and a complicated (hopefully not mess) smoothie that tells your future! Have fun!!!

  37. Liss Martz

    Hi, Gina! I have your book on my tbr list. I have a question! What was the hardest thing of writing this book?
    I think we all love your cover, and since my favorite colour is blue, I’m in love with it!

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Liss – Great question! The hardest thing was keeping track of all the little details … when I wrote the first draft of Auracle, I didn’t do a good job keeping track of what day of the week it was, or what the weather was or what people were wearing, so when it came time to edit, I had to go back and make sure I didn’t contradict myself. These are things I never even considered when I set out to write a full-length novel.

      And thank you – blue is my favorite color too, so I’m thrilled with the cover! xox!

  38. Gabbie

    That is awesome! So there isn’t any drawbacks to Anna projecting so far away?? Dark and Dusty, I’d still like to see the moon up close 🙂

    • Gina Rosati

      The wonder of astral projection is that your spirit can go anywhere. I didn’t get into the different dimensions in Auracle, but I’ve talked to people who say they can astrally project, and they say they’ve traveled to different dimensions (apparently the 4th dimension is very negative and should be avoided.) If I could astrally project, I’d go looking for other intelligent life in the universe – can you imagine how cool that would be?

  39. xlacrimax

    The cover of Auracle is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a while o.o

    • Gina Rosati

      Thank you! The cover designer is the mega-talented Michael Yuen 🙂

  40. Caty R

    I actually won an ARC of this a few months ago. I really liked this book and I have already loaned it to a couple of people but I would love to give this book as a gift for my friend.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Gina Rosati

      Huzzah for winning ARCs! I’m so glad you enjoyed Auracle, Caty! Good luck with this contest … sometimes lightning does strike twice 🙂

  41. Imel Cullen

    I haven’t read Auracle but I want to read that, I’m curious about story and this giveaway sounds great^^
    thanks for giveaway^^

  42. Sariah

    Sounds like a great read. I am really liking the cover, really catches my eye. Thanks for the chance.

  43. Erika

    Love the unique concept of astral projections! Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Brandy

    Have you ever wanted to be able to astral project or do you think the risk would be to much? Thanks for the giveaway

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Brandy, I’d love to be able to astrally project! I read a book by psychic Sylvia Browne and she says there’s no risk of a rogue spirit possessing someone’s body, but being the overly cautious person that I am, I always think of the worst possible scenario.

  45. whitewolfreads

    Auracle sounds interesting and having a story that focuses on astral projection is unique. I’m especially curious about all of the places Anna travels to and of course I want to read more about Rei.

    • Gina Rosati

      I got a little carried away with Anna’s travels in the first few drafts and in the final draft, I narrowed it down to only a few places that wouldn’t drag the story down. And yes, Rei was a fun character to write <3

  46. Danielle B!

    This book sounds so good and the cover is AMAZING! I’m definitely adding it to my TBR.

    • Gina Rosati

      Lots of things inspired Auracle. The astral projection inspiration came from dozens of episodes of lucid dreams/sleep paralysis that started when I was in college – when I was trying to figure out what they were, one source suggested astral projection, which sounded very fascinating (I can’t astrally project – I tried.)

      Other things that inspired me was my son’s love for anime, manga and Japanese culture, my daughter’s food allergies, my father’s alcoholism, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, and a reminder that life is short, and if I wanted to write a book, I’d better get writing.

  47. Rachel Chan

    Absolutely love the cover, I’ve heard really good things about this book, especially about Rei, who sounds amazing!

    • Gina Rosati

      Hi Heather, As far as ideas for my stories, I start with a character and a concept (in Auracle’s case, it was Anna and astral projection), and I add in bits and pieces I get from different places – weird dreams, a hike to a waterfall, time I spend with teens (I have two kids), the consistency of oatmeal … stuff like that. Then it’s like putting together a puzzle.

  48. Myra White

    Haven’t heard about this book before, but the cover looks good and the blurby/description sounds really good, so I’ll just have to add it to my TBR pile!

    • Gina Rosati

      Thanks, Myra 🙂 I actually stacked my TBR books into one pile, and it’s taller than I am.

  49. Jolene A

    I’ve heard great things about this book, can’t wait to read it!

  50. Sarah R.

    This looks so absolutely fantastic I can’t stand it.
    Now, for a question. A lot of people have asked things that I intended to ask, so I hope this hasn’t already been posted: If you could choose a character from Auracle that you would like most to know in real life, who would it be?

    • Gina Rosati

      Callie. A lot of each character’s backstory never makes it into the book, but Callie is all kinds of awesome – funny, outspoken, and her parents own an upscale Mediterranean restaurant down by the lake, so she’s a fabulous cook, too. I’d love to get to know her a little better and let her know I think she and Seth would make a good couple <3

  51. Francesca

    Wow I have this book in my wish list, I really like the story but I just love, love, love this cover, it’s amazing! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  52. Natasha Areena

    Aah.. I gain new knowledge by reading this post that IF you leave a footstep on the moon in 1969, it will still be there today. AWESOME !

    • Gina Rosati

      I know – isn’t that footstep on the moon thing weird? It’s kind of boggling how much trivia I have stored up in my head, but I can’t ever remember where I’ve left my glasses 8)

    • Gina Rosati

      I called it Auracle for a couple of different reasons – first is because Anna can see a person’s aura when she’s out of her body. In the first few drafts, there was a heavy fantasy element (fairies, gnomes, talking trees, all of which were cut), and Anna’s element was wind, which in Latin is “aura” (Rei’s element is earth, which is terra). And finally, I liked the way Auracle looked and sounded – my editor and I played with some other titles, but we couldn’t find one we liked more than Auracle.

  53. Ileana A.

    I almost miss this oneee!!!
    Auracle is one of those books that your’re dying to read since the first time you laid your eyes in it! I’m really looking forward to read! Hopefully I’d have the chance. Fingers crossed!

  54. Bethie

    How cool is that! Having your spirit travel all over. Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to read it.