I feel like we’ve been building toward this idea for a really long time.
It began years ago with a short story called Of Swine and Roses. It’s a story of girl from a world where magic is a normal, every-day thing and her disastrous date. There was something oddly compelling about the worldbuilding we did for that short. Magic exists in the world, magic is hereditary, and family business often revolves around the family magic. Imagine that you a pyrokinetic, a fire mage who can create heat and flame out of nothing. Let’s say you become a glass maker. You’re able to precisely apply just enough of the right kind of heat to create beautiful glass pieces. Your children are pyrokinetics too. Perhaps they follow in your footsteps or perhaps they choose to go into metallurgy or enlist in military forces and become a combat operative.
It’s such a simple idea but it allows for so much flexibility and conflict. It lends itself to a vibrant, fresh world.
We left the story alone and moved on to other ideas. Then came the world of Kinsmen, two science fiction stories that combined romance and enhanced human beings. They lived on a different planet and their families ran it, the way mafia families had once ran New York.
Now we finally come to BURN FOR ME. It grew out of those previous stories and we can’t wait to share it with you. It’s a story of a woman who exists in a world very much like our own, except this world revolves around Houses, magic dynasties. They own corporations, they dominate politics, and they feud to each other. It’s a story of over the top adventure, flashy magic, and unlikely romance between Nevada Baylor, who knows when people lie to her and Mad Rogan, the billionaire-mage who wields almost god-like power.
It’s funny and and romantic and it was so much fun to write. We’re thrilled to work with Avon on it and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.