July Lightning: Bad Bloods Series Book #4 by Shannon A. Thompson – Author and Character Interviews


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


  • 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 water.
  • Kuthun (18): A love interest in the book, Kuthun sees the strings of fate…even the strings of those who have died long ago.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hanna (16): She might be bald, but she can grow anyone else’s hair. And dye it, too.
  • Ellen (9): She glows like a lighthouse, but after burning her own eyes, she cannot see the night she turns into day.
  • Plato (7): Plato might have a glass heart…because he can turn sand into glass right before your eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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! AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboSmashwordsGoodreads

July Lightning Releases May 1, 2017! Amazon, Barnes & NobleiBooksKoboSmashwordsGoodreads 

Character Interview with Caleb & Violet from Bad Bloods

Today we’re talking to Caleb and Violet from the Bad Bloods universe by best-selling young adult author Shannon A. Thompson. For those who don’t know, Bad Bloods is a generational duology series, which basically means every two books will be told by different characters. Each set also focuses on a new political movement. July Thunder (4/10) and July Lightning (5/1) is set in 2090, so it will deal with the aftermath of the first duology (November Rain and November Snow). It will focus on the wall separating the Highlands and the outskirts. If you haven’t started this series yet, don’t worry! November Rain (book 1) is free across all platforms. For more information, visit www.ShannonAThompson.com.

But now, our interview with Caleb and Violet.

Interviewer (I): Let’s start with something fun. What’s your favorite food?

Violet (V): Pie. Cupcakes. Anything with chocolate. I have a huge sweet tooth.

Caleb (C): Seafood. But that’s because I like fishing.

V: And the island.

C: Ha. Yes, and my island.

I: An island off the coast of Vendona plays a huge role in this new duology. Not only is it undiscovered territory for Bad Bloods readers, but it’s unknown to most Vendona citizens as well. Am I correct?

C: Yes. My island is off the gulf of Eastern Vendona, a largely frowned upon place even in the outskirts. Vendona is a…complicated place. Not only is it isolated from the rest of the world—unless you’re rich, of course—it also has barricades within itself. The outskirts is separated by cardinal directions, though there’s no physical barrier.

V: But there are also physical barriers in Vendona. There’s a fence in Shadow Alley—my infamous spot—that cuts off most of Western Vendona after the Western Flock was massacred thirteen years ago. And the whole city is separated into two main parts—the Highlands and the outskirts. A steel wall is placed in between them.

I: The ten-story wall that separates the Highlands and the outskirts is center to your tale. Why?

V: Well, most people want it taken down. And with Marion Lachance’s help, even Highlanders are beginning to protest the barrier. It’s outdated.

C: Or never should’ve happened in the first place.

V: That, too.

I: So how do you two get involved with the movement to pull the wall down?

C: I wouldn’t put it that way…but it was more or less an accident.

V: Almost everything in Vendona is.

C: (nods) It’s easy to get caught up in everything, even when it’s completely out of your control. The best thing you can do is try to survive.

V: And do the right thing.

C: (frowning) The right thing isn’t always what I agree on, because the right thing often takes sacrifice. Vendona will take everything from you if it can. I won’t let that happen.

I: Sounds like you two have different ideas about what is right and wrong.

V: I think we just have different approaches.

C: I think I’d argue anything she says.

V: (glare)

C: (smirk) But she’s probably right.

I: So, tell us about one another. What was your initial reaction of the other?

C: (soft laughter) Violet was…terrifying as she was beautiful.

V: Caleb was an ass.

I: Ha. Okay. Well, in celebration of July Lightning, how about a quick lightning round?

Favorite clothing item:

V: My new black leather boots.

C: Button-up shirts.

Favorite weather:

V: Nighttime?

C: That’s not weather.

V: Then calm nighttime. Kind of windy. Enough to fly on.

C: (sigh) I like storms. Most of the time.

Favorite color:

V: Black

C: Violet.

V: (glare) You’re just saying that because it’s my name.

C: No, seriously. I love the color violet.

V: Whatever. (but smiling)

Favorite art:

V: I’m a painter.

C: I’m a musician.

Biggest fear:

V: Losing myself.

C: Losing my loved ones.

I: If there is anything you want readers to take away from this story, what is it?

V: To step out of your comfort zone. I spent most of my life in shadows. Learning to live in the spotlight is another challenge entirely. Well worth the adventure.

C: To be honest, open. To embrace connection with others when you’re used to closing yourself off.

I: Great answers. Thank you for talking with us tonight!


To learn more about Violet and Caleb and the wall separating their city, check out the latest duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

July Thunder: Releases April 10, 2017! AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboSmashwordsGoodreads                

  July Lightning: Releases May 1, 2017! Amazon, Barnes &NobleiBooksKoboSmashwordsGoodreads


Author Interview with Shannon A. Thompson, Best-Selling YA Author of Bad Bloods: Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, poet, and blogger. Her best-selling paranormal romance series, the Timely Death trilogy, released in 2015, but now, she’s continuing the Bad Bloods series—a generational duology series set in Vendona of 2090. July Thunder (4/10) and July Lightning (5/1) is the newest duology in the universe, and she’s here to talk about what inspired the books, who is telling the books, and more!

Interviewer (I): Tell us first. What is a bad blood?

Author Shannon A. Thompson (SAT): A bad blood is a person with hindering abilities. Think of X-Men, but every power comes with a fault or punishment. Violet, for instance, can turn into a shadow, but she often loses herself for long periods of time and has a hard time re-solidifying as a human. She also struggles with what it means to be independent when she’s used to following others…like a shadow.

(I): Violet is one of the main characters in the upcoming duology, but she was also in the first duology. Correct?

SAT: Yes! Violet was a member of the Northern Flock. For those who don’t know, Bad Bloods is a generational duology series, which basically means every two books will be told by different characters. Each set also focuses on a new political movement.

I: What was the first duology about?

SAT: The first set—November Rain and November Snow—was told by Daniel and Serena, while focusing on an election, which decides whether bad bloods should have the right to live again. (Note: November Rain is current free across all platforms.)

November Rain FREE: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKoboSmashwordsGoodreads


I: Will we see old characters in the new set?

SAT: Yes. But you might see old characters in a new light because of the viewpoints of my protagonists.

I: Will there be new characters? Tell us about them.

SAT: Most of the characters in JT and JL will be new. Some of my favorite bad bloods you’ll meet are Skeleton—who is slowly morphing into a Skeleton—and Kat, who might as well be a calico.

I: Oh! Sounds interesting! Tell us more about the new duology.

SAT: This duology—July Thunder and July Lightning—will be told by Violet and Caleb, while focusing on the wall separating the Highlands and the outskirts.

I: What are Violet and Caleb like?

SAT: Violet is stubborn but willing to learn. Caleb is a heartfelt musician. Both of them are struggling with their families and identities in different but similar ways. Those struggles bring them together pretty quickly, but for a good reason. They’ll need one another during such a tense political situation.

I: Let’s talk about this wall. What inspired the idea of a wall separating a city and trying to take it down?

SAT: The Bad Blood series very much follows history. JT/JL were largely inspired by the Berlin Wall. That being said, I highly suggest anyone interested in the topic to research the Berlin Wall. It’s so much more than what I learned in school, and it’s such an important historic event to understand—especially in our current political environment.

I: Your books definitely focus more on the political aspects than most dystopian books. Why did you choose to do this?

SAT:  I wouldn’t say they focus more or less than other dystopian books. But the reason I emphasize the movements so much is because I want to show how politics affect those who often have no say in the final decisions, especially the young.

I: How young are your characters?

SAT: My characters span from as young as 4 years old to 70. There’s some debate about my protagonists’ actual ages, but by all appearances, they are 14 (Violet) and 16 (Caleb). You’ll learn their literal ages while reading.

I: So there’s some mystery?

SAT: Yes. Along with their ages, their timelines are just as interwoven and important as time is to the Bad Bloods series. Each set only takes place in one month, so the ideal reading situation would be to read each chapter the day it happens. That way, you can feel how fast the world is changing along with the characters.

I: Is there a message you want readers to take away from this series?

SAT: I want readers to take away whatever they want to take away from the books. Interpretation is up to them. But I hope readers enjoy Violet and Caleb’s story—and find hope, love, heartbreak, and everything in between.

I: Thank you for talking with us today!  


For anyone interested in reading more about Shannon A. Thompson and her books, visit www.ShannonAThompson.com. She also loves coffee and cats.



ShannonAuthor 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 http://www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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