Today we have a guest post from author Melissa Landers, who is kind enough to share the cover of her forthcoming debut with us! There's also an international giveaway for a signed ARC of her novel ALIENATED, which will run through midnight on April 13th.
Hey, YA lovers! I’m sci-fi author Melissa Landers, and I’m over-the-moon (ha ha) with excitement to share the cover for ALIENATED, which releases February 4, 2014 from Disney Hyperion. This is the story of Cara Sweeny, a fiercely-competitive valedictorian who gets more than she bargains for when she agrees to host the first interplanetary exchange student, the infuriating-but-gorgeous Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr (one syllable, rhymes with dare).
So without further ado…
Isn’t that stunning?
From the beginning, I begged and begged Hyperion to put a cute boy on the cover, otherwise readers might hear “alien” and immediately think “tentacles.” And holy hotness, did they ever hook me up! I love the models they selected to represent Aelyx and Cara. And just look at them all kicked back, chillaxing on their respective planets. They have no clue I’m about to unleash a heap of chaos into their lives. ::maniacal laugh::
Another aspect I like about this cover is the marked differences between the terrain on Earth and L’eihr. Color plays an important role in the beginning of the book. The spectrum on L’eihr is muted, so Aelyx struggles to adjust to Earth’s vibrancy when he first arrives for the exchange. This cover does a great job contrasting the neutral tones of his world with the vividness of ours. Well done, Hyperion team! (Consisting of photographer Michael Flores and cover designers Alison Chamberlain and Marci Senders.)
Just for fun, here’s a teensy excerpt from Aelyx’s point of view:
"What?" She glanced up from her tea, her eyes like saucers. "You've never kissed a girl?"
I’d love to hear what you think, readers. And I’d extra-super love it if you’d add ALIENATED to your Goodreads shelf.
To celebrate my cover reveal, I’m giving away a signed ARC to one lucky winner, and yes, the giveaway is open internationally. If you’re a resident of Earth, you can win this book! Good luck, and happy reading!
Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy loves, but for the future of her planet.
|photo credit: Susan A Abt Photography|
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 and writes contemporary romance as Macy Beckett. For more information, or just to say hello, visit her at melissa-landers.com.
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