Gabriel Pre-Order Blitz!




Gabriel by Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Styclar Saga

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.


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Interview


Will we get a peek at Styclar Plena in the current action of the book or are we doomed to just hear about from Gabriel's memories only?

Lol doomed you say?! I can tell you exclusively, here in this interview, that in Book3 we get to go to to third dimension, and the first dimension (Styclar-Plena) in the current action of the book ;)


I need a sneak peak! What's going to happen with Jonah? *waves #TeamJonah flag*

...Now that would be telling ;) You can, however, get a sneak peek through the Gabriel cover reveal blog tour, where I shared 6 excerpts form Book 2.


Can you describe this second book in a tweet? (140 characters)

Just when you think you know... you have no idea ;) #TheStyclarSaga #GABRIEL #NoMercy


Best gif that describes Jonah and another for Gabriel?



How much of Jonah will we see in Gabriel?

Plenty, I promise! ;) The second book may be titled GABRIEL, but it is told from Lailah's POV. The reason the book is called GABRIEL is because there is a focus on what becomes of Gabriel's 'soul' if you will. Take my word for it though, Jonah gets plenty of 'screen time' ;)


If you were FORCED (hahahahha) to help Gabriel or Jonah train to be lifeguards, who would you choose?? Obviously they will only be wearing red speedos. ;)

Sadly, I wouldn't be able to help either train to be a lifeguard as my ability in water is non-existant... That said... *has idea!* I could quite easily throw myself in and begin to drown (because that would require no acting on my part what so ever) and then they would have to jump in and save me... In fact, I think that's exactly what we should do, that way we also get to see both of the boys in red speedos.. because #HellsYes !


In 10 words or less, what can we expect from Gabriel?

A definite need to *fist pump and plenty of *face palming!

(Okay, I know that was 11, but it was close!)



What's the ONE thing about the series that you'd like readers to know that they don't know already? : )

There are elements of my own life weaved through the story telling of the entire series. When I say I gave a part of myself to these novels, I wasn't joking!


What inspired you to mix vampires and angels together?

I wanted to tell a story about light and dark, good and evil if you will, and how things are never quite what they seem....To do this for the saga, I borrowed a little here and there from my own belief system, and I was able to create new worlds and beings, but utilize existing belief or myth on which to base them. For example, the two worlds the beings emerged from were based on the concept of Heaven and Hell. I then spun that into something else entirely. I took the myths about vampires and angels etc. and tried to demonstrate how, through storytelling and game of telephone, the idea of what they are has become quite different from the truth – the truth of course being the reality of things in my books! If you want to tell a story about light and dark, preconceived notions and perception, what two better candidates than Gabriel and Jonah, an Angel and a Vampire in which to explore those very themes!


What was the most challenging part of writing Gabriel?

Lailah picks her ship! That was not an easy thing to pen! **eep**


Lailah was such a successful start to this series, people seemed to really love it! Did that make you feel additional pressure to ensure the sequel was just as good?

When people express their love for your story it always adds to the pressure of making sure you get it right, not just for your characters, not just for you, but for the reader. But there will always be instances where the reader doesn't agree with something that happens as the journey progresses, for example which ship makes it out the port! ;) I always keep the readers in mind, but ultimately I have to be true and honest to the characters and their story, even if it means that sometimes people want to throw things at you! So yes, I guess the prospect of twitter bombs being slung my way adds to the pressure!


If you had a chance to re-live your life, what would you have done differently?

Not a single thing. Every shelf I ever stacked, every customer I ever served, every diary I ever organised... in fact, every minute of every day, all the laughs and all the tears led me tohere—and here is the most wonderful place. There is a very fine balance between having ambition and gumption to go out and make your dreams a reality, trying to find the 'good times' if you like, and being able to see and know exactly when you are in them! I'm in them now.


If a celebrity was going to play Gabriel, who would it be and why?

Alex Pettyfer for sure because he's a very talented English actor... yada, yada, yada... Okay people, lets keep it real #LeSwoon .. #NuffSaid


If you had to pick ONE song that either represents you or your books, what song would you pick? (You can totally pick one for you and one for your books if you want!)

For Styclar — Imagine Dragons: Demons
For me — Boyzone: Words


Where did Gabriel and jonah come from? Any real life influences?

Gabriel and Jonah both possess qualities form my own bea :) He was a little more like Jonah when I met him (I was 16) and he's a little more like Gabriel now, but when I ask nicely he will still, from time to time, point his collar up ;)


ALSO, What do you love most about Jonah?

He's a bit rough around the edges, but give him a polish and he shines likes a diamond :)


And in case you haven't read Lailah yet. . . .



Lailah by Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Styclar Saga

The girl knows she's different. She doesn't age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.




Nikki Kelly was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki's debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

Lailah is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, Lailah had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and Lailah, the first book in the series was released October 7, 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

New Countdown Widgets

Hi! Sorry I haven't been updating the blog lately. As I mentioned in my last post, I was getting ready to go to a rehabilitation center for intensive physical therapy after having to have surgery. I did, but it doesn't just end there. It's going to be a while until things get back to normal and even then it might be a new version of the normal I had before, but even that's better then the alternative. Just trying to look ahead and stay positive.


As the title of this post implies, I have some new countdown widgets. Not one or two, but twenty! I wanted to make up for not making any for a while. The most requested one was The Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I made versions for the US and UK editions.

I also made widgets for all the Orphan Queen novellas by Jodi Meadows, which I personally hope they'll bind-up and put in print since I'll always prefer books over ebooks.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a contemporary novel coming out in August that I'm really looking forward to. It's a companion novel to My Life Next Door—one of my favourite contemporary novels.

Forever With You and Scorched are by Jennifer L. Armentrout—which is more than enough for me to be anticipating its release.

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl. I've never read anything that talks about the problems an undocumented person faces. The novel was inspired by the author's work with with Mexican immigrants in Georgia. I think that insight will add to the story.

I'm intrigued by all the upcoming releases below for one reason or another. And there are so many more to look forward to. The list grows everyday!


If there is a particular upcoming release you'd like a widget for, let me know by voting for it here. If you know anyone who is looking forward to the same book, ask them to vote for it too. The more votes for your choice the higher it gets on my to-do list and the higher the chances are it will be made.

Happy reading!

Update

Hi! Just wanted to let everyone know why the blog or even the countdown widget page hasn't been getting updated lately.

To make the story short, I ended up in the hospital having to have emergency surgery. I can't really say everything is back to normal, but it's better than it was before the surgery. Unrealistically, I thought that things would go back to normal or as close as I can get at this time when I left the hospital, but I'm forced to realize that's not going to be the case. I'll be starting physical therapy soon and hopefully that will get things back to normal as soon as possible.


I just added three new widgets for both upcoming versions of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich and Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray.


As always, you can request a widget for an upcoming book you'd like here. The more request for a certain book the higher it goes on my to-do list. Share the link to the page with everyone you know is looking forward to the same book as you and the faster the widget will be made.

Release Week Blitz: Invaded by Melissa Landers + Giveaway


I am so thrilled to help Melissa Landers with her release week launch party for INVADED! See a note from Melissa below and make sure to enter the giveaway!


Hey, fiction lovers. I'm Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series (YA sci-fi from Disney-Hyperion), and today I'm bouncing with excitement because THE SEQUEL IS FINALLY HERE!

It's been a year since we left Aelyx and Cara onboard the intergalactic transport, and INVADED begins with an emotional goodbye as they part ways—Aelyx returning to Earth to salvage the alliance, and Cara continuing to L'eihr to serve out her part of the student exchange. While they're apart, our star-crossed lovers will face assassination attempts, betrayal, crippling self-doubt, and a sadistic alien Phys Ed class. (Because there's no escaping PE, even in another galaxy.) When Aelyx and Cara finally reunite…well, let's just say it's combustive. ;-)

What do reviewers think? I'm glad you asked!

"Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders." –Booklist

"Excellent character development and integration between modern reality and science fiction. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes." –School Library Journal

"The protagonists' forced separation gives greater depth to their romance. Each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace that propels the narrative to an action-packed climax." –Kirkus

I hope you'll make tracks to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of INVADED! If you're snowed in, here are some easy links to bring the sequel right to you:


To celebrate my book birthday, I'm offering one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble and an autographed swag pack, complete with mini posters of BOTH books! This giveaway is open internationally, and due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Best of luck, and happy reading!


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio." For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

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