Sunday, March 24, 2013

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The protagonist in my novel, Starseed, is a hybrid—half human, half extraterrestrial. Sadly, there aren’t many YA alien books, and an even greater lack of YA main-characterfemale aliens. I’m weary of the guys with the superpowers wowing the human female. So I created a female alien who comes to know her own powers. 

Because of the lack of female YA book alien protagonists, I split this Top Tens into a Top Five YA Female Book Aliens and a Top Five Movie Female Aliens

May the Force be with you.

Top Five YA Female Book Aliens

1) KAILA GUIDRY. Starseed  (Liz Gruder). Sixteen-year-old Kaila was raised on Earth, but has been telepathic since birth. When she meets and falls in love with Jordyn Stryker, who was not born on Earth, he and his fellow “hive” aliens entice Kaila to learn and explore all her alien powers—with a price. 

2) WANDERER. The Host. (Stephenie Meyer). Wanderer is a parasitic type of alien who resides in a female host body. Her host, Melanie, hasn’t lost her consciousness, so Wanderer learns much about being human and emotion. Note: Movie releasing end of March. I love alien movies!

3) ISABEL EVANS. Roswell. (Melinda Metz). A Roswell alien put into sleep stasis and later awakened, Isabel can stare at a photo and enter that person’s dreams or “dream walk.” When Isabel is afraid that human Maria will betray her after she knows she’s an alien, Isabel dream walks into Maria’s head. Maria doesn’t talk and earns Isabel’s trust.

4) PRISCILLA SNOWDEN. Starseed (Liz Gruder). Priscilla Snowden is a higher-dimensional extraterrestrial who comes to high school to help. Just as on Earth, there are benevolent and malevolent aliens and Priscilla radiates goodness. When the high school is invaded by malevolent aliens, Priscilla reaches out to Kaila, a human hybrid, who is forced to choose between Earth and her star family.

5) NUMBER SIXI Am Number Four series. (Pittacus Lore). Six is the sixth member of the Loric Garde. These aliens’ powers are called “legacies” and Six’s are element control, telekinesis, and invisibility. Six plays a larger role in the second book of the series.

Top Five Female Movie Aliens

1) BORG QUEEN. Star Trek: First Contact. Bless Star Trek. Lots of female aliens, but the Borg Queen wins. The Borg Queen is the focal point within the Borg collective, a group of cybernetic aliens with a group mind. Key phrase: “Resistance is Futile.” She seeks to “assimilate” other species into hers—the Borg.  I loved the Borg concept so much I named the wicked teacher who protects the alien student “hive” in Starseed “Mrs. Bourg.”

2) PRINCESS NEYTIRIAvatar. Neytiri is the princess of her clan the The Oyacmaca, and part of the Na'vi tribe. Neytiri runs, climbs, rides and is adept with a bow and arrow. Her wisdom, moral strength, and love for Jake Sully earn her high female alien status.

3) SILSpecies. Sil means business. Sil doesn’t play. With super-human strength and intelligence, Sil’s main objective is to mate and create alien offspring. (Sounds like Saturday night on Earth...) Though she appears like a beautiful human, she can morph into this tentacled creature. I sort of like that and wish I could morph at key moments....

4) PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA OF ALDERAAN.  Star Wars. A princess who was a leader in the Rebel Alliance, a former member of the Imperial Senate, Leia never faltered in her quest for peace, democracy and freedom. (Note: some argue that Leia is a human, but we’ll claim her as an alien).

5) SERLEENAMen in Black II. Upon arrival on Earth, Serleena shapeshifts into an attractive human female. When a man grabs Serleena, intending to have his way with her, Serleena eats him alive, head first. As she digests him in her belly, she licks her fingers. A fun female MIB alien antagonist with an appetite.


--Liz Gruder
Starseed (available in print and eBook)
by Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth or her star family.
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On Feb 16, 2013, at 7:56 PM, Kathy wrote:

Author: Liz Gruder
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013


Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.

Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.


"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews

"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"

"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"


Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.

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