Interview with Nikki Kelly, author of Lailah + Giveaway


The release of Lailah by Nikki Kelly is almost here! To mark the moment, other bloggers and I are posting an interview with Nikki today – which includes the chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Lailah, tote bag and swag. But first, the synopsis...

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.


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"An extraordinarily imaginative look into the realms of good, evil, and all that comes in between. Lailah will have you gripped until the very end." -Brittany, Please Feed the Bookworm

“Lailah: Original. Swoonworthy. Captivating. Lailah will make you have all the FEELS, and you’ll find yourself flailing for Book #2, Gabriel!” -Andrew, Endlessly Reading

“Lailah is a fast-paced read that will keep you hooked from cover to cover." -Jess, The Book Bratz

“Lailah is paranormal romance like you have never read before. With its hauntingly beautiful writing it will have you craving for more!” -Dana, Dana Square

“AHHHHHHHH! (in a good way)” - Ri, Hiver & CafĂ©

“Dark. Sexy. Intriguing. Filled with twists and turns and set on a beautiful backdrop, Lailah is sure to enchant and haunt you from the start.” -Rachel, A Perfection Called Books


Q&A with Nikki Kelly!

What inspired you to write Lailah?

As all the best stories start... 'I had a dream!' Seriously, that's what happened. I dreamed of Lailah, and the thought of her simply wouldn't leave me.


If you could only have one book with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

The Lord of the Rings (I'm taking the box set – I don't care what you say!) First, they are some of my favorite books of all time.

Second, because I would be reminded that there are worse places to be than stuck on a desert island, such as Mordor, and at least I don't have the worry of Orcs and the Nazgul.


Who are your favorite YA authors?

Lori Goldstein

Leigh Bardugo

Jessica Brody

Gennifer Albin

Marissa Meyer

Stephenie Meyer

Charlaine Harris

Mary E. Pearson

Ann Aguirre

Veronica Roth

... the list could go on and on and on...


What book introduced you to YA?

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)—Charlaine Harris


How do you write SwoonWorthy moments?

With plenty of swoon ;)

Okay... if you want to get really technical...

When writing a swoon-worthy moment, I think about the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch – and I incorporate them into the descriptive language, which helps build the scene. I try to keep an ambiguity around 'will they, won't they' when writing these moments, building them up, only to knock them down again, ready for the next round!


Do you have any traditions you do before you sit and write?

Boil the kettle...

Brew a teapot...

Put my headphones on, and gear myself up for a long writing stretch!


You're watching TV; what TV show are you watching?

I tend to watch Netflix and almost always re-runs of The Office (American version).

If I switch on the TV, it's likely that I will be watching The Big Bang Theory.


Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend? (No cheating!!!)

That's such an unfair question.

A—I have many!

B—the top spot on that list changes on a book by book basis!

Right now I am loving Tobias from Divergent, having just read the first book! Strong, rugged and brooding... *Le Sigh* *Le Swoon* and, yes, *fans oneself*!


What inspires you most to write? (Songs, dreams, surroundings..etc.)

Lailah came to me in a dream and stayed with me, so I'd say dreams inspire me most. But when it comes to the writing process, I would find it far more difficult to get in the mood to write an action scene, for example, without first playing the 'Rocky' soundtrack! Music is SO important.


Why did you decide to write YA?

The best advice I ever received about writing was to 'write what you know, and write what you love.' For me that was YA Fantasy with some uber-swoon thrown in!


What books would you recommend to readers who enjoyed your book?

Lailah is a YA Paranormal Romance / Fantasy, so I'd probably recommend other YA PNR novels… Oh and I have thrown in a few of my fave YA's that aren't necessarily PNR!

Mortal Instruments—Cassandra Clare

Sookie Stackhouse Novels—Charlaine Harris

The Vampire Diaries—L. J. Smith

Unremembered Trilogy—Jessica Brody

Becoming Jinn (Spring '15)—Lori Goldstein

Divergent—Veronica Roth


Styclar Street Team!


The Styclar Street Team is essentially bloggers and readers who are fans of the story, and wish to declare and spread their love for Styclar!


MEMBERS

Want to become a member of the Styclar Street Team? We'd love to have you!

If you've read Lailah, enjoyed the story, and want to get involved, simply take a selfie with your copy of the book, and tweet it with the following hashtag: #StyclarStreetTeam

Be sure to also email the photo direct to Nikki — nikki@thestyclarsaga.com and your awesome selfie will be uploaded to the Street Team page of The Styclar Saga website!

Check out the page to grab buttons for your site, find out about how you can participate in the latest spreading the Styclar word activities' and enter special giveaways!




Nikki's going on the Fierce Reads Tour in October! Want to meet her? Check out the stops here!


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).






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Summerfall: A Winterspell Novella by Claire Legrand

Summerfall: A Winterspell Novella by Claire Legrand
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Winterspell
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In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love.

Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.

Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.

Their love could save the kingdom of Cane—or shatter it forever.

This entrancing tale sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen, and the journey of a lifetime for a human girl named Clara...

Rinka is a faery, but unlike her kind, humans intrigue her. She's been learning everything she can about them since she was a child. It seems like there is war on the horizon between the faeries and humans. Rinka wants to do whatever she can to prevent that.

When Rinka isn't selected — like she expected she would be because of her vast knowledge about humans — to be part of the delegation invited to King Alban's court to help keep the peace between the two kingdoms, she goes against her father's wishes.

When she arrives at the the capital, Rinka and the delegates are met with fear and wariness. She had hoped the humans would be as delighted to learn more about her, as she is to learn about them, but that isn't the case at all. Then she meets a human that is immediately awed by her. This is what Rinka has been wanting — a human as intrigued by her as she as always been by them. A human who she finds out is the king himself, Alban.

I liked Rinka from the beginning. Her father has kept her close since she's his only child, which is why their is an innocent to Rinka. She genuinely wants the best for not just her kind, but everybody and willingly goes into a dangerous situation to achieve that goal.

Alban is a young king who — like Rinka — wants to do everything possible to prevent a war between their kinds. He never excepted to fall for Rinka – something which could ignite the war they're trying to prevent if discovered.

Summerfall is an amazing prequel. It's the story of forbidden love and political intrigue with a magical twist that adds a riveting insight into the world of Winterspell while setting the stage perfectly for the events to follow.

Book Trailer: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios


Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.


Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Now in hiding on the dark caravan—the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters' every command—she'd give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle. Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna's revolution and Nalia's sworn enemy. He promises to release Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother. There's just one catch: for Raif's unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle . . . and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him.






When Heather Demetrios isn't traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut young adult novel, Something Real. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means.

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