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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: ALIENATED by Melissa Landers

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?"

He shrugged. “That’s not how we show affection.”



“Too bad,” she said over the top of her mug. “You don’t know what you’re missing.”

“Not much, I imagine. I researched it, and it sounds bizarre to me.”

Cara smiled to herself. “Not if you’re doing it right. Nothing’s hotter than a good kiss.”

“Nothing except sh’ellam. It always leads to more.”

“So does an amazing kiss.”

The challenge in her eyes prompted him to say something he probably shouldn’t have. “Care to put it to a test?”

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
Author Bio:

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   

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  1. I love it!! It's so unique and fascinating and beautiful!

  2. This cover is beautiful and intriguing. Even if I didn't already know how amazing ALIENATED is...this cover would make me want to read it! Congrats, Melissa! :D

  3. I love it! That split-universe thing is brilliant!

  4. Gorgeous, Melissa! You lucked out with that cover.

  5. What Lydia said! And look out those sparkly stars in between their two worlds. I'm a total sucker for sparkles. Congrats, Melissa!

  6. Thanks, everyone! Like I said, I really love the colors and the vibrancy. And an extra-special thanks to the awesome ladies at YA Highway for hosting my reveal. You rock!

  7. WOW! That is a seriously gorgeous cover!

  8. This cover would definitely make me stop and pick up at a book store. Awesome!

  9. OMG! Love the cover! Love the excerpt! I can't wait to read this!

  10. LOVE the excerpt! Can NOT wait to read this. The cover is amazing! Congrats, Melissa!

  11. It's GORGEOUS, Melissa!! Congrats!!

  12. Beautiful!

    I cannot *WAIT* to read this book. All the best.

  13. Love it! So want to read it! Christy Newton

  14. A-Licks? Why? What does he lick? Wait, I didn't think I want to know--at least, not right now. I just ate. Good cover choice, and I'm glad they added the guy to the cover too. Can't wait to read it! Congrats!!!

  15. This sounds (and looks) great. I am such a sucker for alien romances.

  16. lol, Christine, you dirty-minded girl!

    Thanks for all the cover love, ladies. :)

  17. That's such a beautiful cover! The book sounds amazing, can't wait to read it :)

  18. LOVE your cover, Melissa! It's so gorgeous! :-D

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  20. Really love the colors of that cover!

  21. I love the split cover! It's going to stand out on bookshelves for sure!

  22. The cover looks amazing! Very colorful and eye-catching!!

  23. Gorgeous! And such a great premise! Can't wait to check it out!

  24. That excerpt! Awesome! I'm a sucker for alien love (no pun intended there), so I'll definitely be reading this. Great cover, too! I like the planets facing each other that way.

  25. Okay, did a few of those things but I do not TWIT and will not but by golly, I will get more people to read her books!!

  26. Thanks, everyone! I'm so glad you like it. :)

  27. Adore the cover, and the synopsis is great! Can't wait to read it. =)

  28. Oh my gosh, i'm so late in finding this but wow! just wow! great cover and awesome description. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy :)

  29. Wow, I am most definitely REALLY looking forward to this one! It seems like you've created a fantastic story here!

  30. I hope I win this one so I can review it on my blog ( It looks amazing.

  31. Thanks, everyone. I'm glad you love it as much as I do!

  32. I'm waaaay too excited to wait till 2014 to get this book! I hope luck's on my side this time :) Totally getting it if luck abandon me!


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