Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly Book Blitz


Title: Gabriel

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #2 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 

Release Date: October 27th 2015

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Pages: 352 


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.


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 Book 3 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 Book 2:

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 to here—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. . . . 


Title: Lailah

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).

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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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Holding You by Kelly Elliott Blog Tour: Character Interview and Review

Lauren Reynolds wanted only two things in life—to run her father’s horse breeding business and Colt Matthews. Fearing Colt would take her position within the family business, she tried to push him far away from her heart.

When life could no longer keep Lauren and Colt apart, their two worlds became one. Every second of every moment, they spent together. Their love bloomed into something neither of them imagined—a bond so strong Lauren and Colt believed nothing would ever stand in their way.

However, life threw a cruel twist into Colt and Lauren’s planned happily ever after. Will fate let them live out the life they dreamed of, or will one of them be left alone, lost and angry?
“I’ll spend forever holding you … even if it’s only in my memory.”

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5 out of 5 Stars

Kelly Elliott just has a way of making me feel at home when I read her books. No matter where I am, the words take me away to my home in the country. Kelly's books make me feel calm, peaceful, and whole. When I heard I was going to be a part of this blog tour I about almost had a heart attack. Then when I saw that I had the character interview I think I passed out and lost 5 seconds of my life. I am still beyond excited just writing this review for having the privilege of being on this tour.

So let me tell you a little bit about the amazing Colt. We have seen Colt (Ellie and Gunner's son) in the past books of the Love Wanted in Texas Series. He has always been lovingly staring at Lauren, always wanting her. I know for sure that he is the son of Gunner because Colt one-upped his dad in the romance department. Man that boy can swoon a girl. I have no idea how Lauren could have avoided him for so long. He always loved Lauren from a distance. He tired to be with her but things never worked out for them in the past books.

Now Lauren is a cutie! She says "oh my glitter!" a lot and it grew on me after some time. It's funny that she says that but then follows it with a bunch of curse words. Her sayings are also cute and sweet. I loved the one she told to her mom. I was cracking up haha. As a matter of fact I still am. This is what she said, "That's why he is the pop to my cherry." It was funny to watch that between Jessie and Lauren. It shows how close they are.

There will always be one character that will always try to put off the relationship. Ugh it is frustrating some times because after all that they have seen in the past you would think that they would have learned from all their parents' and friends' experience. I am just glad that Lauren made the move to pursue Colt at Luke and Libby's wedding.

From then on their relationship is sickeningly sweet, something I think Grace would say. They are so perfect for each other and Colt continues to swoon Lauren with all this actions and words. I loved watching their relationship play out. The scene with Mr. Snuggles was one of my favorites because these girls always know who they are going to marry at such young ages.

I love being able to look at the other characters lives. I especially love Grace and her appearances. Also, I love that little tutorial Grace had! That was one of my favorite scenes all time! I couldn't stop laughing the whole time! Grace makes me laugh but she made me feel extremely sad for her in this book. It hurt to know she was hurting so much because of Noah. That little sneak peak at the end of this book was torture! I have been waiting for their story since the very beginning when Noah and Grace bumped into each other. I am ready Finding You! September can't come any faster.

**Character Interview**

Hey everyone! I am Tanya from T & G Book Boutique and I am beyond excited to have this chance to interview Lauren and Colt.

Tanya: Don’t tell the others but you are lucky to have Colt in your life Lauren, he is the most romantic man ever! No offense to the other guys but Colt you melted my heart with the things you did and said to Lauren.

What is the most romantic thing Colt has done for you Lauren?

Blushing, Lauren peeks at Colt through her eyelashes.

“Hmm, gosh he has done so many romantic things for me. I’d have to say the time he filled one of the stalls in my father’s barn with white lights and sat on top of my new horse, Romeo, and declared he would forever love me more than Romeo. It was something so simple, yet made me feel so very special.”

Tanya: Lauren, at Libby and Luke’s wedding, what made you finally decide to go to Colt? Would you change anything?

Shaking her head, Lauren takes a deep breath before talking.

“Tired of fighting my feelings for Colt was one of the main reasons. I was watching all of my friends around me get their happily ever after, and I was finished with putting my on hold because of my own fears and insecurities. Would I change anything? No. I believe everything we do in this life happens for a reason. The choices we make whether good or bad, lead us ultimately down the road that makes us the person we are today.”

Tanya: This question is for both of you. What is the most important thing to have in your relationship?

Colt: “Love.”

Lauren: “Totally. If you don’t have love … what do you have?”

Tanya:  What is your favorite thing about each other?

Colt and Lauren both look at each other and smile.

Colt: “I love Lauren’s smile. It can brighten the darkest day. The moment she smiles at me I know nothing in that moment could ever get better than this.”

Lauren: “Oh my glitter. That’s a hard one. I have so many things that are my favorites. His smile, those baby blues, and the way he holds me in his arm. His compassion for other people. I’ve never met anyone who takes every single persons feelings into account.”

Tanya: Lauren, tell me why horses and being a part of your daddy’s business is so important?

“Oh my gosh, it’s my entire life. From the time I can remember, I’ve loved horses. Being around them, working with them, learning about them. Watching my father work while I grew up, I think I knew from a very early age I wanted to be a part of Daddy’s business. It’s a huge part of who I am.”

Tanya: Colt, did you always know that you didn’t want to be a part of your dad’s business but instead be a part of Scott’s? Why?

“I love the cattle ranch with all my heart, but horses have always been my thing. Kind of like what Lauren said, I can remember being little and I was supposed to be helping my father with the cattle. Instead I was over with the horses, pulling open their mouths and trying to see what their teeth looked like. Placing my ear to a pregnant mares stomach and trying to see if I could ‘hear’ anything. Horses have always fascinated me.”

Tanya: Colt, being at the hospital, what were your thoughts and fears?

Colt glances over to Lauren and takes her hand. “That I would lose Lauren. That was my biggest fear.”

Tanya: Lauren, did you like the sudden trip to Vegas or did you regret not having your friends there?

Smiling, Lauren shakes her head.

Lauren: No, no regrets at all. Colt and I followed our hearts. When you follow your heart I don’t think you will ever have regrets. Our friends completely understood our reason and supported us.”

*Grace walks in after snooping on Lauren’s answer*

Grace: “Would have been nice to have been there though. Just sayin’. I mean I was the one who gave you that little push in the first place that got you and Mr. Lover Boy together.”

Tanya: Grace! Just the person I was hoping would be bold enough to interfere! I am sure all of us are dying to know more about you and Noah. Care to share anything about your little misunderstanding with him?

Letting out a chuckle, Grace shook her head while pointing her finger at Tanya.
Grace: “Oh no you don’t. Nope. You’re not getting anything out of me!”

Tanya: Aww man! At least I tried. So, Lauren and Colt, I have two last questions for you.

What is your favorite memory of each other and what do you expect your future to be like?

Colt and Lauren gaze at each other as they both smile.

Colt: The first time Lauren told me she loved me. It was probably the best day of my life.

Lauren: The first kiss. The first time Colt kissed me, truly kissed me and filled my body with passion and love. I knew my life would never be the same.

Leaning over, Colt gently kisses Lauren on the lips and whispers, “I love you.”

Pulling back from each other, Lauren lets out a giggle.

Lauren: “I’m thinking our future is going to be filled with lots of laughing.”

Colt: “And lot’s of kissing!”

Laughing, Lauren nods her head. “And probably a baby…”

Colt: “Or two.”


Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!
She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.
In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write. 
One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Twitter: @author_kelly

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