YA Paranormal Romance
Gallagher thought she was crazy.
all started when the boy next door made her hear musicâ€”inside her
head. All the time.
didnâ€™t think things could get worse. But then one hot summer, her
best friend Kane Oâ€™Reilly decides to tell her how he really feels
about her. Music inside her head? Thatâ€™s nothing compared what
only turn stranger when she and her lab partner Frankie Melmack begin
a project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krviâ€”a race of
people tied to the mythical Phoenix. Add in a neglectful mother and a
magic ring, and the insanity that defines Judeâ€™s life is pretty
surges across the Nevada desert, and the best and worst parts of Jude
Gallagherâ€™s life collide as myth meets reality. In the middle of
the chaos, she begins to hear more than just music. And she has to
just maybeâ€¦ she really is crazy after all.
Firebloods is the first book Iâ€™ve ever taken out on tour. Based on the legend of the Phoenix, this book is probably one of my favorites. All of my books are very character-driven rather than plot-driven, and this book is sort of an interactive read, where my main character, Jude Gallagher, draws readers right into the story, up close and personal. Sheâ€™s a seventeen year old girl whose father was brutally killed in a wildlife attack five years ago. Her mother has never recovered from his death, sinking into a clinical depression and staying there to this day. So Jude has fended for herself since she was 12. Sheâ€™s a gifted pianist, but she hasnâ€™t played a note since her fatherâ€™s death. But sheâ€™s full of an inner-strength she doesnâ€™t recognize, and this has allowed her to overcome her obstacles.
Enter her gang of friends: These four people are Judeâ€™s rock. Theyâ€™ve been there for her when her mother hasnâ€™t, and she wouldnâ€™t have survived without them. Letâ€™s break them down:
Kane Oâ€™Reilly is very confident, but not cocky. Heâ€™s gorgeous with distinctive dimples, jet black hair and emerald green eyes, all of which attract a lot of female attention, but Jude stole his heart ages ago over an alphabet assignment in kindergarten. Heâ€™s waiting for her to realize that she loves him. Heâ€™s into motorcycles and cooking, and he has a huge secret heâ€™s never shared with these four friends.
Jonas Cameron has known Jude since toddlerhood when their mothers commuted together during nursing school. Strong and trustworthy, athletic and kind of a little teddy bear with a wild heart, this blond-haired, blue-eyed boy is always there when Jude needs a friend. Heâ€™s really like a brother to her.
Devan Parker is Jonasâ€™s girlfriend. Sheâ€™s a cheerleader with a thing for fashion. Spontaneous, fun-loving and always ready for some excitement, sheâ€™s never afraid to speak her mind, which sometimes gets the rest of them into a bind. Her carefree attitude balances Judeâ€™s much more conservative personality.
Frankie Melmack is the genius in the bunch. Frizzy, flyaway hair and glasses, sheâ€™ll likely graduate from college within six months of graduating from high school. For all her education, sheâ€™s a firm believer in the supernatural, which is a paradox. She and Jude have been friends since 7th grade when they were thrown together as lab partners. Currently, they are working on a summer project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krvi, aka Firebloods- a race of people purportedly created with Phoenix blood. This project opens the door to a mythical world neither girl ever imagined.
We canâ€™t forget about Rylin McDowell- a red-headed, hazel-eyed Irish boy who somehow makes Jude hear music inside her head. Heâ€™s a mystery she canâ€™t quite figure out. But she will.
Hays developed a love for young adult fiction while teaching high
school English literature. She writes fantasy sci-fi and
dystopian–all with a twist of romance. She is best known for The
Arrowâ€™s Flight Series (Breeder,
The Archer, Master),
a YA Christian dystopian, which includes The
Scent of Lilac,
an Arrowâ€™s Flight Novella nominated for a RONE award for Best
Novella of 2016, and A
Heart of Flesh (the
first NA in the series). Her short story “Edge of a Promise”
is featured in the collaborative anthology PREP
Currently, she is working on two more novellas for Arrow’s Flight as
well as the Firebloods
series based on the legend of the Phoenix. Look for book 2, Scorch
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