Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ten Facts about The My Alien Romance Series by Magan Vernon (plus giveaway)

There are a lot of random facts over the internet that have been posted about the alien series, like the origin of Ace’s name and Calta, and even the pop star that Ace’s looks are based off of, but here are ten facts that aren’t as widely known!

Ten Facts about The My Alien Romance Series

1.) Every single alien name comes from a philosopher, mostly Italian. I needed to come up with alien names and didn’t want to just make them up, so I Wiki’ed philosopher names and went down the list. All the council members are philosophers and Simone is named for one of the few female philosophers I could find.

2.) Two of the characters from the first book, who returned for the third, weren’t ever supposed to return. I actually had a review for the first book that didn’t see their purpose and then I thought “Oh, well lets give them an even greater purpose!”

3.) Brody wasn’t supposed to be a character. In the first draft of book 2, it was just Simone. Then after I read it, it really fell flat and kind of short, then I thought “what if my high school crush came back and wanted me after I was in a serious relationship?” Thus Brody was born.

4.) I have never ever been to Flagstaff, Az. In hindsight, I should have made up a university because it was actually really hard to write a place I’d never been, but was a real place. I had to do a lot of research and rely on my editor (who actually lived there at one point).

5.) I write coffee shops so well because I worked in a coffee shop for a year in college. Before I worked there I honestly didn’t even know what all the fancy coffee drinks were and now I’m fluent in coffee and figured Alex should be as well.

6.) Originally there was going to be a whole fourth installment that was novella-length and told from Ace’s POV with a wedding. I hated planning my own wedding and the story just kept falling flat so it was scraped. I may post some of it on a future blog, but otherwise it would have just been a lot of grumbling.

7.) Ace was originally named Mac and was supposed to be a squirelly, nerdy guy. He didn’t make for a few attractive or swoonworthy hero, so soon he was replaced by the Ace we all know and love.

8.) There have been a few cheers and a few complaints about the theme of marriage equality in the third book, but if people read the first book, it was hinted A LOT about racism and marriage equality, the whole scene with Malcolm and Alex talking about how they wouldn’t have been able to be together in the 60’s kind of spurred the idea. I really pushed the racism theme in the second book, but no one ever seems to comment on that. People think racism is black and white, there is also brown, yellow, and olive and I wanted to show the olive side.

9.) Monte and Malcolm are my favorite characters to write of the whole series. I know Monte is kind of skeevy, but there is something about writing him that just makes me laugh. Malcolm has a deeper side that is shown in the first book and by the third book I just loved to have him try and be buddies with Ace. If I could somehow put them on their own reality TV show together, I would.

10.) I’m not a big Dustin Hoffman fan. I really wanted Ace to say something sexy to Alex in the first book and the first thing that popped into my head was “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?” From there it sparked a whole obsession for Alex. I’m actually more of a Richard Geere fan which is shown in the second book when I quote Officer and a Gentleman, multiple times.

Awkward teenage girl, Alex Bianchi, finds love when she takes an internship at Circe Operations Center.


Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard, 
especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien. 
Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn’t excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems. 

As Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.

Alex’s interstellar relationship has finally been sealed in the eyes of the human world, so now she can move on to her next step: college. 

With Ace by her side and a new piece of jewelry on her finger, she thinks she is ready for anything. Well, almost anything.
Her new roommate holds a dangerous link to her past that Alex isn't sure if she can handle. Then there is the whole alien fianc├ę thing. Every time she tries to get closer to Ace, he seems to pull further away. Top that off with a full summer class load and a few more alien attacks and it’s just another day for Alex. 

Except this time she isn’t sure if marrying an alien will be the happy ending she’s hoping for.

**While the first two alien books were mildly tame, this book is a little different. I'm not saying it's Fifty Shades or anything, but Alex is eighteen, she's going off to college and she's been with her alien boyfriend for a year; there is guranteed to be some heat. I'm recommending this for upper YA/New Adult readers.**

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman. You can find her online at

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