Character Bio/Promo – Always Me by Kelly Riad

Welcome to my stop on the Always Me book tour which has been brought to you by SupaGurl Tours. Here you can read a summary of the book, an excerpt and learn a little more about the author Kelly Riad. There is a tour wide giveaway running too so don’t forget to enter! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: Always Me
Author: Kelly Riad
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 31st 2011


By the summer, Tatiana “Nicky” Roman must learn to trust Xander Day if she’s ever going to discover the origin of her violent hallucinations. But centuries of being repeatedly murdered by him on July 17th are a little hard to forgive.

Over four hundred years ago, Xander thought the holy man’s prophetic words were as crazy as his eyes—that Alexander and Tatiana were destined to be together forever. But Xander misunderstood the mystic. He knows now forever meant forever taking the other’s life. If they never break the bloody curse holding them prisoners of fate, there will be only one outcome: death.

Character Bio - Xander

Name:  Alexander Douglas Day
Age: 18 - finally
Hair/Eyes:  Wavy, golden blonde/hazel
Height: 6' 1"
Likes:  Greasy food, soccer, poetry, tormenting Nicky
Vices: smokes (old habit,) hot temper, ignores rules, fights

History:  Originally born the son of an English dairy farmer under the rule of Henry VIII, Xander had once been a carefree young man, fighting with his friends and flirting with the farmers' daughters.  Despite his good intentions, Alexander has always found himself on the other side of the law.  Though he tries to be good, his passion and pride often turn to hate and would place him in the middle of rebellions and movements that aim to change the status quo--sometimes those movements have bettered the world, some proved to be misguided.  After having the misfortune of falling in love with a beautiful, spoiled princess with porcelain skin and a steely gaze, Alexander consults a mystic he encounters along the road.  That was his first encounter with destiny and the grip it can have over someone's life.  He misunderstood the mystic's prophecy that he and Tatiana would be together forever and like a lovesick puppy, naively believed a pauper could marry a princess.  Compulsive and temperamental, Alexander always acts first and thinks after.  These compulsive acts, and the ugliest traits of both Alexander and Tatiana, would lead them both to lifetimes of pain and misery. 

Without knowing what lied ahead, Xander would go on to die on a guillotine's platform, sink beneath the cold waters of a New World, and suffer as a city burns around him, each time meeting his end with Nicky at his side.

Xander has held many occupations and picked up many traits over the last few centuries.  The most useful being the skill of pick pocketing he learned from a homeless French girl while traveling with his gypsy family through the small villages of pre-World War II Austria.  Together they would help steal food for their camp and help refugees escape the Nazi grip on Europe.  Until he died and she lived on.

But fate always lead him to Nicky, the girl he loved beyond time and hate.

Character Breakdown:  Xander is most known for his passion--passion for his family, his friends, and for Nicky.  Sometimes his passion burned so bright it would get him into trouble, making him ignore how it might affect others, who he might hurt.  Along with passion, Xander has always been proud, always living the life of someone who has been given little in life with much to overcome.  He is hard-headed and jealous, especially where Nicky is concerned.  But that has kept him going, enduring death again and again, because despite the pain and blood, he will never give up on her.  

Author Bio:

Kelly Riad is an American writer who graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a degree in journalism.  Because's she's always been a lucky little brat, her life has taken her all over the world from the hot, humid streets of Hong Kong and the crowded markets of Cairo, to the cobbles of Vienna and the ruins of Rome from where she has shamelessly stolen ideas and material for her stories.

She self-published her first young adult novel, Always Me, in September 2011.  Other Novels include Return to Arèthane and Prince of Arèthane.

For more information on Kelly's young adult fiction, visit


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  1. Yay! Thanks so much for having me on your site! :)

  2. You're welcome!! Thank you so much for getting the Character Bio done so quickly!! You rock Kelly!!


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