Romancing YA - Melissa Landers

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Welcome to Romancing YA!

Big massive humongous shoutout to Hannah Reads Books for helping me organise such an amazing event! Unfortunately she is having blog problems and couldn't be a part!

Our fifth stop for the Romancing YA event, on this blog, is Melissa Landers!

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Today I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with author Melissa Landers about all things romance!

1) What inspired you to write Alienated?

It was October 2009, and I had decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). While brainstorming plots, several story ideas came to me, but I dismissed them because they were boring or they'd been done before. Then out of nowhere, I thought "What if a high school senior had to host an alien exchange student?" BAM! I fell in love with the idea, and the rest is history. 

2) Can you tell me a bit about the romance between Cara and Aelyx?

It's definitely a slow burn between these two, which is understandable considering they come from different worlds. They get off to a rough start, and then slowly become friends. The romantic feelings develop AFTER they learn mutual respect.

3) Do you think your romance, between human and alien, was easier or harder to write than a normal contemporary romance? Why?

Human-alien romance is definitely harder. There aren't as many natural obstacles to friendship or intimacy when two people share the same culture.  

4) Do you believe in love at first sight?

I believe in *attraction* at first sight, but not least not my definition of love. :)

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Alienated - Melissa Landers

Released: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
SynopsisTwo 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 she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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The Author...

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 just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.

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  1. Definitely a witch, or a vampire, but Melissa Landers' alien sounds awesome too!!

    The book sounds like it touches on a whole lot of important themes, like understanding and accepting others, giving people unlike you a chance.

    Lovely interview!! :)

    Thank you:)

  2. I'd be pretty cautious about falling in love with any paranormals. Love's tricky enough with your own species. Then again, sometimes it's not up to us who we fall in love with. Still, I'd be careful.

  3. Tough question :D
    Ali ako moram birati, nego da bi vukodlak :)
    I love theirs strength,protector,power,shifting from one form to another,yeah,I love werewolves :)
    Thanks for the wonderful post! :)

  4. A vampire.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I'd say an Angel. That would be pretty amazing :)

  6. This covered is just beautiful. I could stare at it for hours. :) I would want to be with a wizard- I have some specific ones in mind. :)

  7. An angel or a hot alien like from the new show StarCrossed on the CW. Oh man. Haha, thanks for the chance to win!

  8. A demon or a vampire from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

  9. Honestly, Melissa's take on aliens intrigues me, angels as well. :)

    OMG, I am dying to read this book!

  10. A vampire! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  11. Probably vampire or a hot alien. :) Thanks for a giveaway!

  12. An angel or an alien (;

  13. I think... an angel or an alien. Leaning more towards alien a la Daemon from Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series. ;)


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