Thursday, January 26, 2012

How To Date an Alien Review

High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?

It was just destiny for me to read this book.  Magan says it was written in the stars.  (tee hee)  Magan sent me an email asking me to review her book and then I won it from a giveaway on somebody else's blog.  See what I mean?  It was meant to be.

First off, I have to tell you that I love this cover.  I think it fits this book perfectly.  It's fun, light and you just know you will have some good romance coming.

I loved Alex.  She is such a normal girl, wearing glasses and toting a few extra pounds.  She blogs and she is working hard to get into a great college.  Her normal is perfectly juxtaposed with Ace, who is anything but normal.

Ah, Ace.  <sigh>  Oh, sorry.  Ahem.  Ace is awesome.  You should really read the book so you can sigh too.  He is heroic and super strong and hot too.  Well, he's cold.  But, he's hot.  You need to read it.

I had a really good time reading this romance.  It was all the things I look for in a good, happy, light chick book.  I loved the interesting take on aliens and even some of the deeper messages about prejudices and judging others to quickly.  I'm so happy I got to read this book.  

For all those who are interested, there was some infrequent, mild swearing in this book.

I had the chance to ask Magan a few questions.  Check this out!

Magan, thank you so much for agreeing to answer a few questions and for offering up a copy of your book to one lucky winner. I love sharing books with people. Especially ones I really enjoyed.

Obviously, your book is about aliens. Are you a Sci-Fi junkie? All Star Trek and such?

Truth be told, I'm deathly afraid of aliens. Maybe that is why the book was so easy to write because they scared the beejeesus out of me, so I tried to make them un scary. That being said, I still can't get enough of Fact or Faked Paranormal files and old Star Trek re-runs from the Shatner days. I may have nightmares, but I can't look away! 

Tell me about your inspiration for Ace. He's all kinds of alien hot and super swoon worthy! Seriously?! Yum.

It's kind of a funny story. Ace first ended up in my mind as just a squirelly guy with spiked hair, so I asked my good friend, Rachel, for some inspiration. She said she thought Adam Lambert kind of looked like an alien and intrigued and frightened her at the same time. Thus, my Adam Lambert obsession began.

YES, I do realize that he is gay, but if you've ever watched his video "For Your Entertainment" it will have you pretending he is a little bit of a straight alien.

Tell me about your ideal writing environment.

My life is all kinds of crazy. I finished up writing How to Date an Alien while pregnant and continued my edits while working full-time and an infant on my lap. The only time I really get to write is at work on my lunch hour or at night when I go to bed. The best way I work is without distraction. I put on my headphones, turn off the internet, and crank out a few thousand words. 

If you could put a theme song to your book, what would it be? 

There are so many that portray this book perfectly. The biggest one is probably ET by Katy Perry, as soon as that song came out I had so many people messaging me and saying "I think this is about your book!" Secretly, the other theme song is "If I had you" by Adam Lambert because there is a thin side between the dark side and the light side. 

I love the cover for your book. I think it fits your story perfectly. How did that come about?

I actually had a completely different idea, then I met with my friend and fellow DarkSide writer, GP Ching, and she said I should look for a cartoony background like HP Mallory. I contacted my cover artist Cassandra Marshall and said that I wanted something like HP Mallory, gave her a synopsis and she came up with the AWESOME cover. I couldn't have done it better myself! 

Are you working on another book?

In April I have a book that I co-wrote with a friend called "Life, Life, & Lemons," coming out. It is a contemporary YA about a girl whose dad gets laid off and she is forced to move from her sprawling brick home to a two bedroom apartment across town. Just when things start to get better in her new life, a dark secret from her old life comes to the surface and may destroy everything she has worked so hard to forget. It's a love story about overcoming obstacles and when to say 'screw the lemons and bail.'

I'm also hoping to have the second book in the My Alien Romance series out this June, titled "How to Break Up with an Alien." I do have a wonderful cover and I will be revealing that along with the synopsis shortly. Let's just say that not everything can always be perfect in a human and alien relationship.

Thanks for having me :) 


  1. Thanks for the giveaway!

    It's funny, I've never heard anyone say that Adam Lambert looks like an alien, LOL :)

    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

  2. I saw this book on Goodreads and thought "I'll have to keep an eye out for it".:)

  3. The book sounds really interesting. I'll be adding it to my to-reads list.

  4. Sounds like a great read. deanna_boocock (at)

  5. Sounds like a very enjoyable read. I love the sci-fi theme. it is so refreshing to have a teen romance focus on something other than vampiresand/or werewolves. I like them but it is nice to get something different offered every once in awhile.


  6. I love Adams music but I guess he does a bit. Great post! Thanks so much for the chance to read this. I bet its fantastic!!

    mary_reiss @

  7. Looks like a fun interesting read.

  8. This sounds like a cool book. I would love to win it.


  9. +JMJ+

    It sounds like a cute read, and I'd give it a chance if I ran into it because I recently caught Men in Black again and loved it. =) But I'm afraid that Magan Vernon's Adam Lambert crush is a bit offputting! LOL! I think that if I read it, I'll picture someone else as Ace. ;-)


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