July Lightning by Shannon A. Thompson blitz & International Giveaway! (ends 5/11/17)

May 2, 2017

July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4)
by Shannon A. Thompson

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: May 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.

Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

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Everyone in the Pits called the fifteen-year-old Skeleton, for obvious reasons. Supposedly, the bad blood had been born a normal, healthy baby boy, but, over time, his skin unraveled and revealed pieces of bone. Somehow, defying all science, the boy continued to live. The last time I’d seen him, his right arm and chin showed bone, but now, half his face and all his fingers had contorted to the haunting shape. Even Adam cringed.

“You here to fight?” Skeleton asked, eyeing both Adam and me.

I attempted to answer, but Adam shouted over me. “You work here?”

The betrayal Adam felt was one I would never comprehend, even if I wanted to. Adam was a bad blood. To see a fellow bad blood protect the Pits that killed his kind went beyond my human pain. I volunteered to fight. Bad bloods often didn’t. Moments like this reminded me why Kuthun slapped me when I told him I wished I was a bad blood. Just because I sympathized with them and loved them, lived with them and listened to them, did not mean I would ever be one. I could never feel the same emotions Adam did, and Adam couldn’t comprehend mine.

“The humans aren’t the only ones who see value in bad blood.” Skeleton egged Adam on, and Adam fell for it.

“You mean, your blood.”

The boy’s bony fingers rattled against the door. “Of course,” he said, then smiled. The addition of teeth only made the bony boy look worse.

“You’re one of us,” Adam snapped. “How could you—”

I stepped in front of my cousin. Thankfully, my actions stopped him. “We’re here to talk to Connelly,” I said.

The lanky, crass kid looked me over and stepped aside, but as we passed, he gave in to temptation. “If you need a tag for the bad blood, let me know.”

Adam knocked the boy out cold before I could stop him. That was how fast his powers worked. And, for once, I didn’t feel the need to reprimand him.

“You know you have to fight if you hurt the workers,” I said.

“No one will know,” Adam said as he strode past me. “You’re good at keeping secrets, right?”

Top Ten Bad Bloods You’ll Meet In The New Duology

If you’ve read the first duology in the Bad Bloods universe, then you already know
how crazy, wild, and wonderful a bad blood can be. (Book 1 is free across all
platforms right now.) But if you don’t know what a bad blood is, a bad blood is a
person with hindering abilities. Think X-Men, but the powers come with serious
ramifications. Want an example? In the latest duology, Violet is a fourteen-year- old
girl who can turn into a shadow…but she often loses herself to darkness and time, so
she struggles to form back into a person. Because of her shadowy nature, she also
has a hard time identifying as individual rather than simply following anyone she
latches onto…like a shadow.
Here are the top ten bad bloods you’ll meet for the first time in the new Bad Bloods
duology, July Thunder and July Lightning. Check out the Pinterest board for more
1. Levi (13): He’s described as a seedy sailor, with curly blond hair and skin
that…glows. He might be closer to an eel. And his powers include cleaning
2. Kuthun (18): A love interest in the book, Kuthun sees the strings of
fate…even the strings of those who have died long ago.
3. Kat (15): Between her night vision, her sharpened claws, and her black-
white-red hair, Kat might as well be a calico cat. Even cats mistook her and
sheltered her from a young age.
4. Skeleton (15): Skeleton works in the Pits, an underground fighting ring, but
his name should be taken literally. He’s slowly defying all science by turning
into a skeleton…and remaining alive.
5. Nuo (17): Nuo grew up with our protagonist Caleb, but her powers can make
you repeat, repeat, repeat until whatever action you’re doing kills you.
6. Hanna (16): She might be bald, but she can grow anyone else’s hair. And dye
it, too.
7. Ellen (9): She glows like a lighthouse, but after burning her own eyes, she
cannot see the night she turns into day.
8. Plato (7): Plato might have a glass heart…because he can turn sand into glass
right before your eyes.
9. Yasir (15): Do you like jewels? This is your guy. He can change anything into
a gem…including his own eye, which is now a sapphire.
10. Britney (8?): Her age is a mystery for a reason. Her powers, too. Revealing
either could kill us all.
July Thunder
Releases April 10, 2017!
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July Lightning
Releases May 1, 2017!
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Author Bio:

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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  • Anne May 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for this intriguing feature and giveaway.

  • Margaret Appel May 3, 2017 at 1:54 am

    The blurb & excerpt for July Lightning (Bad Blood) sound fascinating. This is a new series to me & already sounds really good! The covers for books 1 & 2 are good too! Violet’s eyes are definitely arresting!

    • LAWonder10 May 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Than you, Margaret, for that insight and our support!
      Lu Ann