Guest Post: What inspired Firebloods by Author Casey Hays: Jude Gallagher thought she was crazy. It all started when the boy next door made her hear music—inside her head. All the time.

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.

Guest Post by Casey Hays

What inspired you to write this book, how did you come up with the concept, and why is it a must read.

I wanted to create a paranormal romance that didn’t follow the norm. Vampires and werewolves have been so overdone that I wanted a fresh perspective on a new kind of paranormal creature. The premise is that a Bosnian scientist captured the Phoenix in the 1950s and extracted its blood to create an amalgam which he injected into human volunteers. The results were otherworldly. This book is full of fantasy, extreme love, friendship, and scenes that melt the heart. There’s a lot of tenderness mixed in with the fiery action, and anyone who is a fan of the Phoenix and the paranormal romance will find a unique take on the legend in Firebloods. Because music is an aspect of the Phoenix, I’ve uniquely written the book to read like a score of music, with flashbacks called “interludes.” These sections give us insight into Jude’s childhood at different stages in her life to bring the elements of the story full circle. This book is very dear to my heart, and I hope it becomes that for you.

About the Author

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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