Gabriel Book Blitz!!!!

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About

Title: Gabriel
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Goodreads Page
Pages: 352

Synopsis:

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.

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 Book2: http://www.thestyclarsaga.com/blog-tour/

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. . . .

About

Title: Lailah
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Release Date: October 7th 2014

Goodreads Page
Pages: 416

Synopsis:

The girl is 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.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 is due for release on October 7th 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.

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Waiting-on-Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This week I’m eagerly waiting on……

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly!

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN
1250051533 (ISBN13: 9781250051530)
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From Goodreads:

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.

Doesn’t that sound awesome? If you guys haven’t read Lailah, the first installment of The Styclar Saga, I urge you to go out and get a copy! And if you have, make sure you let Nikki know just how much you’ve enjoyed her books!

Review: An Ember in the Ashes

I was so excited to read this book! And why not? The cover is gorgeous, the plot intriguing, and oh, the hype! I really enjoyed watching the book community rally around Sabaa Tahir, and quickly elevate this book to a MUST READ! But, that being said, when I finished An Ember in the Ashes I came away feeling….undecided.

Did I like the book? Absolutely.  Did it leave me with burning questions and haunt me for days after reading? Not really.

What I liked:

The Characters

Sabaa Tahir did so many things well in this book. She is a fantastically talented writer, and I look forward to more from her in the future! An Ember in the Ashes is written from the dual perspectives of Laia, a Scholar slave, and Elias, a Martial training to be an elite assassin.  Tahir moves between their stories effortlessly. The characters are so well developed, that even if the chapters weren’t labeled accordingly, there wouldn’t be any doubt who’s POV we were reading.

What I loved most was that every single character was strongly written and well fleshed out, even the secondary characters.  You walked away feeling that you knew Cook, Izzy, and Keenan just as well as Elias, Helene, or Laia.

The Commandant is scary guys. JUST SAYING.

The World Building

As a product of her environment, the world of Ember is equally as terrifying as the Commandant. The Empire Is broken into the Scholars and the Martials. The Scholars are a conquered people living under the iron rule of the Martials. The Martials train their children to be assassins, carrying out the will of the Empire. Horrifying thought, right? The only confusing part for me was that some Scholars were slaves while others lived free.  But Ember’s world is so much bigger than that.  We are briefly introduced to the land of Marinn and the Tribal deserts that boarder the empire as well.

Tahir fills Ember with vivid imagery and expertly weaves in touches of folklore and mythology until the world becomes a living breathing thing that jumps off the page.

The Romance

What I found really interesting is that Tahir didn’t fall back on the expected romantic plot devices.  Was there a love triangle? Kind of.  It was more like a quadrangle….rectangle…. diamond? Each of the main characters had more than one love interest. Elias had Helene and Laia, but Laia had Elias and Keenan.  Laia and Elias never made sense to me.  I was, and still am, firmly entrenched in Camp Helene.  She’s his girl, mark my words.  I also liked that Tahir kept it clean.

 

What I did not like:

There’s not much.  It was a rough read in terms of the wanton brutality of the Martial class.  I can’t count how many times I read the word rape.  It wasn’t a pleasant aspect of the book or the world.

Tahir did a pretty good job of tying up all the loose ends while still leaving you with a WHAT HAPPENS NEXT feeling.  There was only one part of the book that I didn’t feel was tied up in a neat little bow by the end. Midway through, we are introduced to a…..ally of the Commandants.  She calls him by a certain title and we hear a reference to him in one of the stories told to Laia.  We get the idea that this ally is the one behind the scenes, pulling the strings, yet we never really hear anything more.

All and all, I did enjoy this book.  I was very fond of Elias and Helene. Their strength and honor were very appealing to me, as was their tried and true friendship. The world had a brutal beauty that was equally horrifying and mesmerizing.  And while it didn’t necessarily leave me wanting for more, it’s solid!

 

Waiting-on-Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This week I can’t wait for:

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Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 1627792937 (ISBN13: 9781627792936)
edition languageEnglish
seriesNil #2

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

I’m super excited for another look at NIL! And the wait is almost over– Nil Unlocked releases May 12!  What books are you guys eagerly awaiting?

Top 5 Moments at C2E2

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I recently attended C2E2 in Chicago, and not only did I survive my first con, I LOVED IT!

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I wanted to share my TOP 5 moments from our day at C2E2 with all of you!

5. Entering C2E2 to the theme from Game of Thrones PLAYED LIVE! It’s those little extra touches that really made the experience for me!

4. The Cosplay. There are SO many incredibly talented and creative people out there. I could have spent all day just watching the people who came dressed as their favorite characters.

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Everyone’s favorite Princesses. These girls looked great!

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These guys were incredible!

3. THE BOOKS!

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A big THANK YOU to the fabulous people from Random House, Penguin, and Valiant Books.  I can’t wait to read them!

2. The Panels.

I got the chance to sit in on the WTF Is Going On panel, where Kristen Simmons (Article 5 trilogy, The Glass Arrow), Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker) and several other fabulous authors discussed the challenges of World Building.

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And the Geek Geek Revolution Panel, where authors like Patrick Rothfuss (The king Killer Trilogy), Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), and Naomi Novik (Temeraire Series) among others, competed in a no-holds-barred geek culture game show for the coveted title of Top Geek.  It was hilarious!

 

And finally, my Top moment at C2E2 was….

 

1. Meeting the amazing authors!

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It’s no secret I adore Kristen Simmons and her writing, so it was great fun to meet her in person!

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Patrick Rothfuss teamed up with the guys from GEMR.com to not only provide fans with an additional autograph session, but to also bring attention to Pat’s Worldbuilders charity.

Even though it was a crazy, people filled, fast paced, jam-packed experience, I had THE BEST time at C2E2!  I can’t wait to go back next year.  I’d love to hear about your Top Moments at any of the conventions you’ve been to!