Ontario Teen Book Fest 2015 Blog Tour: Spotlight on Melissa Landers


I am so pleased to be bringing you the Ontario Teen Book Fest blog tour once again! This is one of my absolute favorite events of the year and I’m honored to help promote it as much as I possibly can. There are a ton of wonderful authors this year and an equally wonderful batch of bloggers to help me spotlight them.

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When: March 21st, treat 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Colony High School
3850 E. Riverside Drive
Ontario, buy CA 91761

This event is a completely free and un-ticketed event! Priority seating WILL be given to teens, but come one, come all! There will also be giveaways and raffles at the Fest, also free! Also, keep scrolling to find a giveaway held by us bloggers!

You can visit the website, to see the full schedule of the day by visiting the official Ontario Teen Book Fest website.

Books WILL be available for purchase at the event, available from Once Upon a Time Bookstore :) They are an amazing company so definitely bring your books from home, but try and support Once Upon a Time by purchasing a book!

Its going to be an incredible event and I’m honestly counting down the days! I hope you can come along for the ride, in the days leading up to the event.  Check out the full blog tour here!

Official Blog Tour Schedule

February 28th: Spotlight on Kasie West — Adventures of a Book Junkie

March 1st: Spotlight on Melissa Landers — What A Nerd Girl Says

March 2nd: Spotlight on Anna Carey — The Reader’s Antidote

March 3rd: Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci — Nite Lite Book Reviews

March 4th: Spotlight on Debra Driza — Read Now Sleep Later

March 5th: Spotlight on Katie Finn — Fearless Kurt Reads YA

March 6th: Spotlight on Claudia Gray — A Bookish Escape

March 7th: Spotlight on Shannon Messenger — People Like Books

March 8th: Spotlight on Lauren Miller — The Thousand Lives

March 9th: Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross — Kid Lit Frenzy

March 10th: Spotlight on Brad Gottfred — Recently Acquired Obsessions

March 11th: Spotlight on Sherri Smith — Movies, Shows and Books

March 12th: Spotlight on Mary Elizabeth Summer — What A Nerd Girl Says

March 13th: Spotlight on Jessica Khoury — The Consummate Reader

March 14th: Spotlight on Maurene Goo — The Windy Pages

March 15th: Spotlight on Catherine Linka — Read Now Sleep Later

March 16th: Spotlight on Jessica Brody — The Romance Bookie

March 17th: Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil — Movies, Shows and Books

March 18th: Spotlight on Aaron Hartzler — Fangirl Feeels

March 19th: Spotlight on Michelle Levy — The Consummate Reader

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Today’s Spotlight is on the one and only:

Melissa Landers


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.

Her Website / Her Facebook / Her GoodReads / Her Twitter / Her Instagram

Her Books


Two 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.

Find Her Books at Your Local Bookstore of the Following Links:

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / iBooks / Book Depository

The Interview!


Nerd Girl: This first one is kind of typical: where did the idea for Alienated and Invaded come from? Why THIS story? 

Melissa: Right before NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2009, I was driving down the interstate thinking, “If I’m going to do this whole NaNo thing, I need a plot. What am I going to write about?” Several ideas came to mind, but I dismissed them because they were boring or cliched. Then – out of nowhere – I thought, “What if a high school senior had to host an alien exchange student?” Boom! I fell in love with the concept, and the rest is history.

Nerd Girl: Congrats on Invaded being published recently! What can we expect from you in the future?

Melissa: Right now, I’m wrapping up STARFLIGHT, a new stand-alone sci-fi romance that should release in 2016.

Just announced as well…

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Nerd Girl: What are some of the things that you strive for when you’re writing, knowing that teens are going to be reading it? 

Melissa: My process is pretty organic, meaning I don’t have any ulterior motives or anything I “strive for” while writing. I just let the story unfold.

Nerd Girl: Cara and Aelyx have easily become one of my favorite book couples! Did you have any inspiration from other fictional couples or even real life couples when creating their relationship?

Melissa: Thank you! I love their relationship, especially the way it gradually evolved from reluctant acquaintances to friends to more-than-friends. No, I didn’t find inspiration from any other couples. Aelyx and Cara are one of a kind.

Nerd Girl: What made you want to write for teens as opposed to adults? 

Melissa: Actually, I never made the choice. As stated above, my process is very organic. I had an idea to write about a teenage girl hosting an alien exchange student, and the story unfolded from there. The second book I wrote (under a pen name) was for adults. Again, not an active choice. The story ideas come to me, I write them, and then figure out who the audience is.

Nerd Girl: Because this is for the Ontario Teen Book Fest, all about the teens, what is one of your favorite memories from when you were a teen? 

Melissa: My favorite teen memory is probably my first date, which didn’t happen until I was sixteen. (My parents were strict.) The night was incredibly special, and as a bonus, it led to my first kiss and my first love. I dated that boy on and off for almost a year.

Nerd Girl: Last question, who is your fictional crush?

Melissa: I have a fickle heart when it comes to literary crushes. With so many amazing book boyfriends out there, who can choose just one? Not this gal!


Two Prizes, Two Winners!

Each winner will receive an official Ontario Teen Book Fest poster signed by ALL attending authors!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Show Us Your Nerd!

Because, illness as always, order I like subjecting myself to blog torture, I have created yet another segment for this blog.

But this time, it will take very little work from me, and more work from YOU, so I’m really excited about it! I want to feature you guys, and I thought Fan of the Week was the way to do it but it just wasn’t working out the way I wanted it too.

So I decided to do something different. We all represent our nerd in different ways. Some of us plaster posters on our walls, build the best book collection possible or tattoo it on their skins. Some cosplay as their favorite characters or write on blogs or deck out their car or camp out in the streets or go to conventions around the world. Some start collections or write fan fiction. There are so many ways to express our nerd, and I want to see it all.

Just to give you a little example of this, I’m going to share MY nerd today!

First off, my tattoos :)

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I have nine fandom tattoos, ten in all. (My Something Corporate tattoo could also be represented as a fandom tattoo, as music is totally a fandom but…we’ll leave that one out for now). I have my Deathly Hallows, my wrist tattoos “Wit Beyond Measure” and “Man’s Greatest Treasure”. I have my “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”, my Rebel Alliance and “Always” tattoos. I have my fearless rune, my fearless Circular Gallifreyan tattoo. I have my Divergent ravens and my Vampire Academy molnija.

Harry Potter, Stars Wars, Mortal Instruments, Doctor Who, Divergent, and Vampire Academy, all represented on my skin because of what they mean to me. I would write more but there is a Nerd Ink post that will be posted TOMORROW, so you can read more about them then!

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I don’t own bookshelves. I know. I should. But I just don’t. I don’t have the room. But I’m addicted to buying books and so I there are books EVERYWHERE in my room. Also in large tubs in my backyard. When you come stumbling into my room, you are bound to run into books everywhere. I’m pretty sure my family wants to kill me but I won’t stop. Haha. Its an addiction that I most definitely glad to have.

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My dolls/pillows. The Hermione and Ron dolls in the back were made by my darling friends in the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. The four dolls (Amy Pond…who is missing her jacket somehow, The 11th Doctor, Magnus Bane and Luna Lovegood) are all made by my mom. I love the Magnus one because its also signed by Cassandra Clare, Godfrey Gao, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, Harald Zwart, Kevin Zegers, and Robbie Sheehan.

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This one is so hard to see haha but you can see part of my movie and TV collection. Its so small so far, but I’m working on it :) I have some of my favorite movies and I’m getting some TV shows like Doctor Who and Glee and Game of Thrones, so it just has been some slow going. Doing my best to make it bigger.

The next way I show my nerd is to plaster my walls :)

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You can see my picture with Cassandra Clare, when I interviewed her. I was able to see her later, so I got the picture signed. I have a poster of the new Harry Potter artwork, signed by the new artist, Kazu Kibuishi. The Magnus Bane picture is signed by Godfrey Gao and my friend Erin from That One Geek Girl got it for me while she was at Comic Con. The penguin “artwork” is something my aunt got me for Christmas because she knows how obsessive I am about penguins.

The Clockwork Princess poster was given to me by Cassie herself so I treasure that one deeply.

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This wall is kind of nuts. I switch it out once in awhile, depending on the new posters I get. The Doctor Who and Vampire Academy posters are all brand new so I just put them up. The City of Bones, Catching Fire, and Vampire Academy posters are all signed by cast members :) My Something Corporate shirt is also signed by the band members too so there’s that. The big ol’ calendar on the wall is the calendar I use to keep up with book events and book releases and movie premieres and just my blog in general.

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A close up picture from what you saw above. You can also see my Tangled artwork, and my BooBoo Stewart autograph that Katie from Better in Black got for me.

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Its hard to see but the top frame is a signed photo of Draco Malfoy signed by Tom Felton. He was a BLAST to meet, and I’m glad I was able to. The smaller picture in the frame is a picture of Luna Lovegood signed by Evanna Lynch that my dear friend Kathleen got for me.

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My fandom jewelry. I honestly am not a fan of jewelry (unless its that oh-so-special ring on that oh-so-special finger haha), but I do like this sort of stuff. I’ve only got Doctor Who and Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices themed stuff but I’m sure I’ll get more as time goes on haha.

I was going to show you guys my car, because I have a personalized license plate, and license plate frames, and a TON of fandom stickers all over the car. Unfortunately though, I could not find the picture collage I made of it on my computer and I’m just too lazy to go outside and take new  pictures. You guys will see it eventually, I hope haha.


I hope you all enjoyed seeing my nerd!

Now its YOUR turn to show off yours!

Send in your pictures of your posters or your car, your tattoos, your cosplay, whatever you do to show off your nerd, and we’ll share it on the blog. Each person will have their own featured post so send it in. You can send it in at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail dot com.

I can’t wait to see!