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The best and worst parts of Jude Gallagher’s life collide as myth meets reality

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Firebloods
by
Casey Hays
Genre:
YA Paranormal Romance
326
pages
 
Jude
Gallagher thought she was crazy.

 

 

It
all started when the boy next door made her hear music—inside her
head. All the time.

 

 

It
was torture.

 

 

She
didn’t think things could get worse. But then one hot summer, her
best friend Kane O’Reilly decides to tell her how he really feels
about her. Music inside her head? That’s nothing compared what
happens next.

 

 

Things
only turn stranger when she and her lab partner Frankie Melmack begin
a project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krvi—a race of
people tied to the mythical Phoenix. Add in a neglectful mother and a
magic ring, and the insanity that defines Jude’s life is pretty
well complete.

 

 

Heat
surges across the Nevada desert, and the best and worst parts of Jude
Gallagher’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
wonder…

 

 

Maybe…
just maybe… she really is crazy after all.

Firebloods is the first book I’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. She’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. She’s a gifted pianist, but she hasn’t played a note since her father’s death. But she’s full of an inner-strength she doesn’t recognize, and this has allowed her to overcome her obstacles.

Enter her gang of friends: These four people are Jude’s rock. They’ve been there for her when her mother hasn’t, and she wouldn’t have survived without them. Let’s break them down:

Kane O’Reilly is very confident, but not cocky. He’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. He’s waiting for her to realize that she loves him. He’s into motorcycles and cooking, and he has a huge secret he’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. He’s really like a brother to her.

Devan Parker is Jonas’s girlfriend. She’s a cheerleader with a thing for fashion. Spontaneous, fun-loving and always ready for some excitement, she’s never afraid to speak her mind, which sometimes gets the rest of them into a bind. Her carefree attitude balances Jude’s much more conservative personality.

Frankie Melmack is the genius in the bunch. Frizzy, flyaway hair and glasses, she’ll likely graduate from college within six months of graduating from high school. For all her education, she’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 can’t forget about Rylin McDowell- a red-headed, hazel-eyed Irish boy who somehow makes Jude hear music inside her head. He’s a mystery she can’t quite figure out. But she will.

 

 

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Casey
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
Arrow’s Flight Series (
Breeder,
The Archer, Master
),
a YA Christian dystopian, which includes
The
Scent of Lilac
,
an Arrow’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
FOR DOOM
.
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
Song
,
this spring.

 

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Sometimes a flooded kitchen isn’t the unluckiest thing to happen to you

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Spirits
in the Water

 

Elements
of Untethered Realms Book 4


Genre:
Fantasy Anthology


Authors:

 

Catherine
Stine, Gwen Gardner, Jeff Chapman, M. Pax, Angela Brown, River
Fairchild, Simon Kewin, Christine Rains, Meradeth Houston, M.
Gerrick, Cherie Reich
 

 

A
haunted journey on a riverboat, water sprites borne of pennies,
preternatural creatures, ancient serpents, and the Lady of the Lake
lurk in dark waters. Raging storms and magical rainbow fountains.
Water is spectacularly beautiful but also treacherous.
Spirits
in the Water

is an anthology of eleven magical tales by Untethered Realms, masters
of fantasy & sci-fi. Take a haunted journey on a riverboat, meet
water sprites borne of pennies, preternatural creatures, ancient
serpents, and the Lady of the Lake who lurks in dark waters.
Experience raging storms and magical rainbow fountains. Water is
spectacularly beautiful but also treacherous. This is the last in the
Elements series. Get them all!
 

 

 


Gwen
Gardner
 gives
us 
Shake,
Rattle and Row
.


Harlow
Grayson has the chance to rid herself of a pesky ghost but she must
first brave a haunted riverboat and recover a family heirloom. What
she finds might be more than she can handle.

 

 

Jeff
Chapman
 offers The
Water Wight
.

 

When
a drowned girl changes her mind about suicide, Merliss and her
associates face a fearsome, preternatural creature.

 

 

M.
Pax
 presents The
Wallows
.

 

Evernee
Weems wants to escape this world in the worst way. Her daughter needs
everything, the rent is being raised, Evernee’s job barely pays
minimum wage, and she has little hope for better. Inside a puddle is
a different reality. She jumps in, happy to trade her problems for a
life in which worries don’t exist. Or do they?

 

 

Angela
Brown
 gives
us 
Extraordinary.

 

Puberty
hits Angelique like a gut punch and brings about a change, forcing an
unexpected revelation about her past. All seems well until a vicious
storm tears through her Texas community, and Angelique learns there
are worse things than a little change.

 

 

River
Fairchild
 presents You
Can’t Go Home Again
.

 

A
young woman, filled with regret about the past, goes on a journey and
discovers more than she bargained for.

 

 

Simon
Kewin
 offers
us 
The
Waters, Dividing the Land
.

 

Hyrn
the horned god of the woodlands is learning the meaning of fear.
Death magic blights the land, threatening everyone and everything. To
save what he can from spreading corruption, he turns to the ancient
river serpents, but they’ve grown old and distant and may not hear
his call at all.

 

 

Christine
Rains
 gives
us 
Frozen.

 

A
necromancer is on the frozen moon of Saturn where the dead do
scream.

 

 

Meradeth
Houston
 presents The
Flood
.

 

Sometimes
a flooded kitchen isn’t the unluckiest thing to happen to
you.

 

 

Catherine
Stine
 offers Maizy
of Bellagio
.

 

April
still searches for her mother who vanished nineteen years ago from
the fountain at Hotel Bellagio in Vegas. Can Maizy, a water sprite
who works the fountain’s pink colors, begin to help the three
generations of eccentric women tortured by this tragedy?

 

 

M.
Gerrick
 gives
us 
The
One Who Would Wield the Sword
.

 

Nikka
is supposed to be nothing more than dragon bait so a real dragon
hunter can do his job, but the Lady in the Lake has other plans for
her.

 

 

Cherie
Reich
 presents The
Folding Point
.

 

Aimee’s
fight against those who banned paper magics has begun.

 

 

 

From
USA Today, Amazon bestselling, and popular science fiction and
fantasy authors comes 
Spirits
in the Water
,
a supernatural anthology of eleven thrilling tales. 
Spirits
in the Water
 is
the fourth, long-awaited 
Elements story
collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

 

 

 

 
 
Elements
of Untethered Realms series

 

Twisted
Earths
 
October 2014


Mayhem
in the Air
 
October 2015


Ghosts
of Fire
 
October 2016

 

Spirits
in the Water
 
October 2017

 

Untethered Realms is
celebrating the release of Spirits in the Water, book 4 and the last
in their Elements series! As part of this celebration, book 1,
Twisted Earths goes FREE!
Angela Brown is a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi
and chocolate/chocolate covered deliciousness. Steampunk, fantasy,
and paranormal to contemporary fill her growing library of books.
Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life
stays busy. Angela’s favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may
never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing,
there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Find out more at
publishness.blogspot.com.
Jeff Chapman writes software by day and
speculative fiction when he should be sleeping. Many cups of dark hot
chocolate power his nighttime imagination. His tales range from
fantasy to horror, and they don’t all end badly. He lives with his
wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf
space. Learn more at www.jeffchapmanbooks.com.
River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a
dry sense of humor, and is owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy
world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about
it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for
very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories?
Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of
tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can
find your way down the rabbit hole.
Gwen Gardner writes clean, cozy and quirky
mysteries and don’t be surprised if you meet a few ghosties along
the way.
Since ghosts feature prominently in her books, she
has a secret desire to meet one face to face—but will run screaming
for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing
the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for
an adventure and anything involving chocolate, not necessarily in
that order. For more about her books go to www.gwengardner.com.
M. Gerrick is the author of The War of Six
Crowns
and a variety of other stories (as Misha Gerrick). She was
born and raised in South Africa, and currently lives on an apple farm
with a small menagerie of animals. You can find her at
www.youtube.com/channel/UCFRZK0eX_vgzbF7jM91N8DA.
Meradeth Houston likes to write about the
real world, just with a big twist—maybe people can time travel or
fly or aliens are real. It makes things a little more interesting.
She is an anthropology professor by day, spending hours in a lab
studying dead people’s DNA. Currently, she resides in Montana,
where she wishes a beach were just a little closer. You can find more
about her recent adventures here: meradethhouston.com.
Simon Kewin was born and raised on the misty
Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea, but he now lives in the
English countryside with his wife and their daughters. He is the
author of over a hundred published short stories, and his works have
appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex,
and many more. His cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and his
Cloven Land fantasy trilogy were published not so long ago,
and his clockpunky novel Engn is to be published by Curiosity
Quills Press in 2018. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.
M. Pax is author of the space opera adventure
series, The Backworlds, and the urban fantasy series, The
Rifters
. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her.
She blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at
Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and enjoys
exploring the quirky corners of Oregon with her husband. Find out
more at mpaxauthor.com.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and
geek mom. She has four degrees, which help nothing with motherhood,
but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not reading
or writing, she’s playing games with friends or watching cheesy
movies on Syfy Channel. She has one novel and several novellas and
short stories published. Find out more at christinerains.net.
Cherie Reich owns more books than she can
ever read and thinks up more ideas than she can ever write, but that
doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying to complete her goals, even
if it means curbing her TV addiction. A library assistant living in
Virginia, she writes speculative fiction. Her books include the
paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare, the
fantasy short story collection People of Foxwick and Their
Neighbors
, and the fantasy series The Fate Challenges. For
more information about her books, visit smarturl.it/CReichWebsite.
Catherine Stine is
a USA Today bestselling author, whose novels span the range
from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. She thinks of
writing as painting with words and as conjuring magic from the ether.
Catherine hails from Philadelphia and lives in NYC. Find out more at
www.catherinestine.com.
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