Calling all artists! Check out this art contest for Dating an Alien Popstar! Cash Prize!



In celebration of the release of Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, Crimson Tree Publishing and Kendra L. Saunders have teamed up for a very special contest. One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes a $50 cash prize, an eBook copy of Dating an Alien Pop Star and Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, an 8×11 print of your choice of the two pieces at the end of this post, signed by the author and artist, and a special feature on Crimson Tree Publishing’s social media pages!


Any type of fanart (digital/traditional) of YOUR INTERPRETATION of Griffin Valentino in his infamous purple sweater. This can be anything that you want, whether a full body picture, a portrait, photo manipulations, graphic art, or something completely crazy and different. The picture should be as high-res as possible, so it can be featured on CTP’s social media and shown to the world at its very best! Note: if you’re creating a photo manipulated piece, you must use photos that you own the rights to, for legal reasons.


Email your submission to with the subject line “Griffin Valentino Art Contest” before December 1st, 2016, along with your name, country of origin, and social media links.


All submissions will be handed over to our two amazing judges, comic artist Dante “Slake” Saunders, and Crimson Tree Publishing (and Griffin fangirl!) representative Melanie Newton. The submissions will be given to the judges without any personal information, to assure there will be no favoritism. The winning piece will be chosen no later than December 15th, and the winner will be notified by email.

  • You can submit more than once piece if you want.
  • This contest is international, but the cash prize will be paid via PayPal, in the equivalent of $50 USD.
  • You don’t have to have read the book to enter! Any artist can enter this contest!
  • CTP / Kendra L. Saunders has the right to share/post your picture on social media, whether you win or not, once the contest is over. CTP / Kendra has permission to use the winning picture for marketing materials. The rights to the picture still belong to you as the artist, though.

A description of Griffin Valentino for those who are unfamiliar with him/the series:

They part, briefly, for a brown-haired man wearing an oversized, fluffy purple sweater and black skinny jeans. And sunglasses. I’ve never seen an outfit like this outside of fashion magazines from the ‘90s and strange Japanese movies, especially not on a man. Even one as strangely handsome as this one.

“Ah, you’re right, she’s better than the other two we considered,” the shaggy-haired one says in a drawling English accent. He smiles at me, but his fuzzy companion just scowls.

“Ask her where David Bowie is.”

“My name is Devon London,” the shaggy-haired one says. Between the ridiculous name and his glowing, golden-kissed skin, he strikes me as a playboy billionaire on holiday. “And this is Griffin Valentino. We’d like to know where David Bowie gets his coffee.”

“David Bowie?”

“Yes, David Bowie. Where does he get his coffee?”

“I… I’m not sure, actually,” I finally say.

“This is Manhattan, is it not?” Griffin demands, pursing his pouty lips and picking at the fuzzy sleeves of his purple sweater with the precision of a full-tilt diva.

I glance between them, my tone hesitant. “Yes.”

“Then why is it so difficult for us to find out where David Bowie gets his coffee?”


Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy. Fans of Chick Lit and humorous science fiction will love this new series.

(For reference material for all those who are interested, and for all other aliens alike, grab a copy of Dating an Alien Pop Star on sale for only 99c right here and read more about the book here…)

(Fan art by Dante “Slake” Saunders for the series!)