19 February 2012

We’re happy to welcome back Jennifer L. Armentrout to the blog just days before the release of her Lux series prequel, SHADOWS (available on February 21st from Entangled Publishing). If you are new to the Lux series, check out Julia’s swooning review of the first book, OBSIDIAN and it’s ultimate bad boy hero Daemon. SHADOWS features a brand new bad boy to fall for: Daemon’s twin brother Dawson.  If you are thinking these otherworldly alphas are vampires, think again.  One look at the description and my former obsession with Jason Behr from Roswell came back with a vengeance.  Want to find out for yourself?  Check out the giveaway below where three of you will win a copy of the first Lux novel, OBSIDIAN!

Why are aliens better than vampires, weres, and other creatures that go bump in the night?

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Like any lover of the paranormal genre, I love me some vamps, shifters, and other spooky supernatural creatures, but sometimes people forget that aliens are really just another ‘otherworldly’ creature and not just for the sci-fi lovers out there, but also the paranormal ones.  So here is my list to why (completely bias) aliens are better than normal supernatural creatures:

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Onyx (Lux, #2)


  1. Aliens aren’t in every book you read. There’s something fresh and new about them.
  2. Aliens can have a whole array of extraordinary abilities not limited to what you already know due to existing myths. Aliens can pretty much do anything you want.
  3. Aliens are from outer space, not a cave or woods or Transylvania. How cool is that?
  4. Aliens, at least mine, can be extremely beautiful to see in their “true” skin. Something exotic and definitely not of this world.
  5. Aliens are probably going to be way more intelligent than us. So the villains are bigger and badder. Smarter. Also, when you’re dealing with an alien race, enemies are going to be everyone. Not just a rogue shifter eating humans or whatever, but the stakes are high. There’s exposure, government agencies, other aliens, humans freaking out, etc.
  6. And aliens can be sexy, too. Not the giant brain eating bug kind of aliens, but some aliens can give an alpha vamp male a run for his money. *Cough* Daemon. *Cough*

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

    Disclaimer: I love vamps, shifters, weres, angels, gods, etc. I write about them too. Heh.

About the Author

Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Rogers.
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Book Details

SHADOWS by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Shadows (Lux, #0.5)
Available on February 21, 2012 by Entangled Publishing.


The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

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Obsidian (Lux, #1)
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  1. They are more unique! And their super powers could be endless and much more exciting :-)

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. They might have different abilities than a vamp or werewolf. The possiblities are greater for different and unique powers.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  3. Aliens would be more intelligent, after all, they did figure out a way to get to Earth.

  4. Aliens wouldn't need to drink blood in order to survive, and they wouldn't be ruled by the lunar cycle. It would be a little refreshing.

  5. Hi! Maybe with some interesting superpowers that vamps or werewolves can't have : like be able to stand the sun, able to fly,... And with alien you can visit different world??? LOL Thanks for this chance!

  6. I think aliens would have more powers and would be smarter. Tore923@aol.com

  7. None of those territorial tendencies, can take you to other worlds for vacation :) thanks for the give away.

  8. Their abilities aren't limited like the abilities of a vampire or werewolf.

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  10. NOTHING is better than weres/shifters :D

  11. I hadn't really thought about aliens being the Alpha hero - could be interesting.



  12. I definitely agree with the unlimited abilities. They can do whatever you want since there are no rules!

  13. Aliens haven't really been touched upon much and the possibilities are limitless. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

  14. I have not read alot about Aliens but maybe they will have more powers!
    Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

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  16. Can you think of a way an alien hero might be better than a vamp/were?

    yes an alien can't nessarly die regeneration anyone?

  17. The alien will likely have all of their powers available during the day time...

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  18. As a big Science Fiction fan I've always loved me some Aliens :D

    Thanks for the giveaway - the books sound good.

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  19. They have different abilities and a higher intelligence.

  20. Excellent guest post! Aliens will always trump Vampires in the genre, and with someone as smoking hot as Daemon, who could resist?! I still stand by my review "I AM NUMBER FOUR has serious competition" with the Lux series!

    Shadows comes out two days before my birthday, so I'm really looking forward to reading it!
    A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

  21. An alien hero might be better than a vamp/were hero because he can have all kinds of different powers that we don't know about, and he can be even more dangerous to whatever is threatening our heroine.

  22. Hmm. I think an alien hero could be better than a Vamp/Ware because in theory he is not dead/need blood to survive, and he also will not change into an animal?

  23. They probably don't have to worry about the sun.

  24. An alien might be fascinated by humans and treasure our differences more.

  25. Lots more abilities and probably less weaknesses! Thanks for the giveaway =]

    The Cait Files

  26. Vamps and weres have pretty well defined strenghts and weaknesses. An alien could have endless possibilities.

  27. I would say Four from I am Number Four would be.

  28. Aliens are more out of this world that vamps will ever be. :p

  29. I think with aliens the possibilites are limitless. with vamps/weres you are limited in many ways. I love me some aliens. I am adding this to my tbb list.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  30. He could help the girl escape her enemy quickly by flying away in his spaceship!

  31. Use extraterrestrial powers to amaze love interest.

    mromero2012 AT gmail DOT com

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  33. You wouldn't have to worry about an alien not being able to go out in sunlight or having to sleep in a coffin :-)

  34. they have cool spaceships with lights and like music...oh wait isn't that Close Encounters of the Third Kind..still cool!

  35. I have to admit I never thought of aliens as sexy but you definitely changed my mind with those covers and your reasons! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Aliens for the most part don't have many weaknesses like a vampire or werewolf might..I'm sure they have extra special abilities in the bedroom too...LOL

  36. Because an author can give an alien hero/heroine ANY powers and abilities they want to! When authors give vamps and shifters really "out there" powers, we readers get a bit suspicious. But an alien can be from any planet, with any type of society, and ANY abilities!! :)

  37. Well, they are living breathing creatures and they don't turn into a dog sooooo yeah I would count that as better lol!

  38. An alien hero has the element of surprise. Vampires's strengths and weaknesses are common knowledge for the most part, whereas an alien isn't.

  39. How can an alien be better than a vamp.... Aliens can come out and play in the sunlight and they are just so darned exotic! As much as I love vampires, I have to say they have nothing on aliens!

  40. Incredibly intelligent. Tend to possess various superpowers. More highly evolved than your garden-variety earthling. Often have the ability to assume human form, making hiding in plain sight considerably easier.
    Awesome weaponry, and not afraid to use it.... But check it... wait for it... What about an alien vampire... LOVE IT! The biggest disadvantage that aliens have is they never fight a home game, always someone else's planet...

  41. Hmm...I would think that with alien's, you can give them whatever ability/weapon's you want.

    But, who's to say that Vamps/Were's couldn't be descendents of some long ago alien?? ;)

  42. To my mind, aliens aren't bound to Earth by any means so they are much more interesting and invincible enemies. Simply don't care if the planet's destroyed since they have their own. And that makes story more interesting!

    Moreover, they aren't as typical as werewofves or vampires, I haven't read any paranormal "cosmo-story" yet.


  43. What is it with these widgets? They never open. I KNOW there is a question. And aliens!

    eearhart at cruzio dot com

  44. I like them because they can be anything you want them to be. They aren't as common and i love that. They could go anywhere in space also and take me with them! HaHa!

  45. Doesn't have to be afraid of blood and can help when someone is hurt easier.

  46. Great giveaway. In my mind vampires still beat out aliens.

  47. We know what kind of abilities vampires and werewolves have. But aliens? Aliens can have unexpected, unknown powers. That is why they could be awesomer than vampires and werewolves. Plus, they are less cliche than vampires and werewolves :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Alyssa Sooklal

  48. I'm not sure what kind of powers aliens have. It could be anything. They probably don't have to control part of themselves, bloodlust/animal.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  49. Easy, aliens don't have to drink blood and avoid sunlight. They don't have to go furry once every month. And they got technology so advances they can pretty much PWN humans.

  50. There are no boundaries with what an alien can do!! Lore has already been established for vamps and weres so it's hard to come up with anything new! Your alien hero and even be an alien vamp/were hybrid!! And besides, they're NOT dead and they're NOT furry ;)

  51. Different yes, better Im still not convinced.



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