Scintillate Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to the next stop of Tracy Clark's Scintillate tour and boy, do we have a fun post for you -- we got to interview Cora, the main character in the story!

Here's the synopsis:
A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

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Knowing that Cora can see auras, we were curious about SO many things, but we managed to narrow down our curiosity to a few, non-spoilery, getting-to-know-you questions:

PTB: Tell our readers one reason to read your story?
Cora: Read Scintillate if you’ve ever wondered why your body shouts signals about people—good and bad—and to find out the secret that’s been kept from me and the rest of humanity.

PTB: So many things happen to you so quickly when we first meet you. For example, the bookstore owner of Say Chi’s, Faye, warns you that there are people who want to find someone like you. What did you think when she tells you that and begs you to stay away from her?
Cora: I always knew I was different, but after the hospital, I could see the difference. Faye confirmed what I feared, that my difference was dangerous. When she asked me to stay away, I felt confusion and humiliation. I couldn’t help what I was. I wanted answers, and instead, I got a slamming door.

PTB: Cora, we love your Dad, but he is super protective, what would you say to him if you could tell him everything?
Cora: Dad, it’s always been you and me. I know you tried your hardest to be my everything because I didn’t have a mom. But you’re not being honest with me. I know that in my heart. I feel it and see it in your aura. It’s only making me pull from the safety of your shelter to seek answers on my own. If you were straight with me, if you trusted me enough to handle the truth, maybe we could solve this together. As it is, I feel I have no choice but to find answers on my own.

PTB: I know our readers will fall in love with the Very Irritating Popular (VIP), rockstar/poet/so-very-swoony Finn. Can you tell us why, perhaps, we shouldn't?
Cora: You want me to warn you off from Finn? I’d like to tell you that if you saw people the way I do, you’d be wary of anyone who carries secrets in their aura. But then, you’d never trust a soul. We ALL have secrets. I certainly do. I see beyond those yellow bubbles of fear Finn carries in his aura, to who he really is. Finn is soulful, sweet, and sexy. I met Finn and an internal cog clicked into place.

PTB: I have to admit that I wish I could see people's auras, so I have to ask, what color is Page Turners Blog's aura?
Cora: I wish you could see what I see. You may be more intuitive than you realize because whether it’s subconscious or not—your mascot has Scintilla energy! Look. See how the silver, starry aura emanates and rises up from her as she reads!? I know the feeling… when I’m reading a book I love, it’s like it become a part of me and then flows out to those around me. Page Turners Blog has its share of yellow, an intellectual, friendly color. That’s mixed with rose, for wholeheartedness, which you give to the book community.

Cora (and Tracy!) thank you so much for answering our questions, especially that last one. We're feeling very in tune with you especially now that you caught our aura on our very own blog banner! Yes, that's us -- wrapped up in our latest read, literally. As for you and Finn, I think we heard that "click" when we read your very first meeting. There's a chemistry between you guys that everyone will see as soon as they meet you two.

1 prize pack of a key necklace and a signed copy of Scintillate. (US Only)
3 paperbacks of Scintillate (US Only)
3 eBooks of Scintillate (International)

There are more chances to win the giveaway and lots of opportunities to read guest posts, interviews and reviews of Scinitllate during the tour managed by Rockstar Book Tours. Have you checked out the other posts, yet?

2/10/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review
2/10/2014- Cyndyrene- Review
2/10/2014- Stephanie Keyes- Guest Post
2/11/2014- BiblioJunkies- Review
2/11/2014- Fire and Ice- Interview
2/11/2014- Mom With A Kindle- Guest Post
2/12/2014- Curse of the Bibliophile- Review
2/12/2014- Such a Novel Idea- Interview
2/12/2014- Mythical Books- Excerpt
2/13/2014- The Girl Bookaholic- Review
2/13/2014- Sabrina's Paranormal Palace - Review
2/13/2014- Library of a Book Witch- Excerpt
2/14/2014- Fiddle Fadle - Review
2/14/2014- Books Are Magic- Review
2/14/2014- Page Turners Blog- Interview

Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.

Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.

Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.



  1. That is a great interview! Not sure I would want to see people's auroa's. I might be scared by what I see. Can't wait to read this, it is sitting on my kindle waiting for me to dive in!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  2. Nice interview

  3. Thank you so much for having "us" on the blog! Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Sounds like a really good book!


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