I loved the first book, so when I had the chance to be part of the launch for Gabriel, I grabbed at the chance! Read on to learn about these books and then enter the giveaway for your chance to win Signed Hardcover copies of both Lailah and Gabriel, provided by the author herself!
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
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.
Check out the Styclar Wattpad page for preview chapters of Gabriel!
What did you do on your research trip to France?
Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle’s barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story from the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real – you could even go and visit them all yourself!
Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah?
The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual ‘writing’ part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/the ending/a specific character etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it’s all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!
What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel)?
Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah’s POV – The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist – suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! 😉 Oh, and also, did I mention… #NoMercy 😉
Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way?
Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little piece of me, whether intentional or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah’s plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.
What are you currently reading?
I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!!!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have a story to tell, don’t stop until it’s told… and Never.Ever.Give.Up
How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?
A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL, Ruadhan tells Lailah ‘You only fail, if you never try.’ That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today… I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing – about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message… Even down to the mythology in the story — it’s all based loosely on my own belief system (you’ll see plenty more of that in Book 2 and especially in Book 3).
And if you haven’t read Lailah yet. . . .
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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.
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).
From the author herself: LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6 months, 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 released 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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Went to Geek Girl Con (GGC) in Seattle over the weekend, where I filmed the Fierce Reads panel. I bought the book Lailah by Nikki Kelly the day before the panel, as I’d seen bloggers gush over it and thought it was the perfect time to pick it up since she was there for signing. Also had my copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer for signing that I brought with me. The video for that will go up soon, which I guess would count as the start of booktubing…though I can’t promise when the next book related video will go up after that, since there’s a lot of content I want to do.
I played a few games, and got a free copy of Zoo Tycoon for the Xbox 360. EMP (Experience Music Project) had indie games available to play, a sample of games that will be showcased in an upcoming exhibit at the museum. I enjoyed Monument Valley, but it’s too short for the price, I feel. $4 mobile games should have more than 10 levels. Still well done though. Wasn’t interested in Gone Home and didn’t play Broken Age (it was usually being played, and when it wasn’t, I had to move on). I didn’t get a chance to play in the Ubisoft-sponsored console area, though I did see others play Child of Light.
Also saw a really cool card game with a board called Phoenix Covenant (described as MTG meets Chess). Currently it is a Kickstarter. Would definitely buy this game if they succeed! Would be perfect for hubby and I (it’s a 2-player game, though apparently there are to be different modes of play that allow up to 4).
Overall I had a great time as always. This is one of my favorite cons; it’s also the first one I ever attended. It was my third year going, as I was not able to attend the first (regrettably, as I missed meeting Scott Westerfeld that year).
Stay tuned for reviews; they’ll be written and posted this week. I know I’ve been really busy lately, but soon that will be changing.