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If my hair gets any frizzier, I’ll shave it to the scalp. Or light it on fire.
Whichever is easier.
I stare at my reflection in the pond and run my hands through the bane of my existence. For a moment, I seem victorious, my chestnut curls wrangled into submission.
But when I drop my arms, the curls spring out, worse for
the wear. I point an unmanicured finger at the water. ‘I
hate your face.’
‘Tella,’ my mother yells from behind me, ‘what are you
looking at?’

About the book

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air.

She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying – and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain, that could win her the prize she most desires: the Cure for her brother's illness.

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Press reviews

“... Fire & Flood is a combination of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and Divergent by Veronica Roth. And it is such a great combination! This book has action, romance, mystery, adventure, hope, and much more.”


“... Fire & Flood is an engaging and really fun read, filled with action, good characterisation and high stakes. A definite recommendation from me!'”


Author notes

‘I wrote Fire & Flood after reading a young adult thriller that I adored. I wanted to emulate that break-neck pace into one of my own stories, so I came up with two central ideas to accomplish that. One: put the characters into new, terrifying environments. Two: add animal companions with supernatural abilities. The result was a race called the Brimstone Bleed, and a book called Fire & Flood. I hope you enjoy it!’

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