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The Firebird’s Gift

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“Absolutely Magnificent! Mainly fantasy, with a bit of sci-fi/dystopia mixed in, ‘Beyond the Red Forest’ was amazing from start to finish…” Goodreads reviewer.

“Hayes does a perfect job creating a new world and developing the characters to a point where you can’t help but feel like you know them…The flow the author created made it easier for me to fall right in. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves books about fantastical adventures set in the somewhat distant future.” Goodreads reviewer

Beyond the Red Forest

Readers of Ann Aguirre, Sarah Maas, Veronica Roth and Kass Morgan will love this tale.

Royal blood is the key. And Zera’s is on the line.

Disposable in her father’s eyes, Zera must undertake a mission to unlock a tower on the other side of their poisoned kingdom and collect two urgently needed energy cells.

Zera’s only value is that of a biological “key.” Until her father gives her a life or death deadline. She must return before her twenty-first birthday, or he’ll shut down life support to the lower levels of the city, threatening thousands, including friends she can’t bear to lose.

Master Nikolai doesn’t relish teaching Zera self-defense, but her bodyguard, Wills, and best friend, Clara, treat her like she’s made of glass. Unlike them, Nik will be relentless because he has skin in this game and plans of his own.

A disastrous start to the mission and the appearance of Nik and Clara leave Zera wondering who she can trust.

When her hatred for the man who abused her on the training floor turns to passion, Zera must blaze new trails through the dangerous world beyond the Red Forest, a land fraught with love, friendship and betrayal.

In Beyond the Red Forest, enter a paradoxical world where the boundaries between science and mysticism no longer exist.

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“Wow, just WOW! Alex Hayes takes the reader for a ride here, and this ride is so very good.” Amazon reviewer.

“WOW! Alex really knows how to deliver a great second book. The characters continue to develop. Zera is so determined to do what is right for her people and gain her father’s respect. Her journey for the eggs is adventurous and intense. You’ll want all day to read this book as you won’t wanna out it down.” Amazon reviewer.

Before the Black Tower

She’d give her life for her people. But first, she must bury her heart.

The moment Zera learned about her mission to collect the energy cells needed to save her people, all she wanted was to do her part — and finally earn her father’s respect.

Until her father set a deadline.

She must return with the energy cells by her twenty-first birthday, or he will shut down life support to the lower levels of their biospheric city, sacrificing the many to save the few.

Already on her quest, Zera has discovered the outside world isn’t the nuclear wasteland she thought, but rather, a place of revolutionary change, spiritual connection and physical awakening.

And it is there that she surrenders to a love that can only lead to heartbreak.
Now, she stands on a canal boat headed for an ancient city on the far side of her father’s kingdom, where a black tower stands. That tower holds the only hope for her people, but what lies within is far more deadly than Zera ever imagined.
Lives will be lost, and Zera discovers she may have to sacrifice her heart and her freedom to save her people.

Note, as part of an epic series, this story ends with a cliff-hanger.

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Behind the White City

Mission successful. Hero status is within reach. But…

Zera cannot turn over the energy cells — a.k.a. firebird eggs — to her tyrannical father, after realizing he plans to hold her people hostage inside the City of Reflections.
Instead, she returns with her closest companions in secrecy, her first priority to reach the Lower Domiciles, where the poorest of her people reside, and warn them of her father’s genocidal plans.
Reaching the level where she once practiced violin, Zera is intercepted by the resistance and brought before Spider, their mysterious leader.
His not-so-subtle warning that she isn’t safe here, or anywhere in the city, is both enlightening and chilling, and it is from Spider that Zera learns her father, the king, is dead and that Clara’s father — his chief advisor — is now regent.
Zera’s concern shifts instantly to her four-year-old brother, now heir to the throne, for whom she’d give her life to protect. Arriving at the royal nursery, she faces a sight that will cut her to the core.
Spider was right. Someone wants to end the sovereignty. And Zera is next. 

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Below the Gray Mountain

Monsters come in many forms. Some with sorrows, some with storms.

After confirming her father — the king — is dead, Zera must assume the ever-increasing responsibilities of leadership.

News of threats to the women of Trilittera — the same women who risked their lives to protect her — sends Zera on a mission to the Gray Mountain to help them escape persecution.

Within the Trilittera stronghold, Wilhelmina makes preparations for her own flight.

While exploring the honeycomb of natural passageways below the Gray Mountain, she is drawn to a well in the center of a vast cavern. Fear collides with attraction, forcing her to fight the pull of the well.

Little does Wilhelmina realizes, the opening is connected to her familiar — a rare and ancient creature who holds the key to the salvation of their kingdom.

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Artis

An idiot prince on a suicide mission.

What makes her think she can keep him alive?

After a wild boar nearly kills him, Max wakes to find his savior is an unsophisticated woman living alone in the forests of his father’s poisoned kingdom.

The girl tells him to rest, but Max won’t listen. He’s hellbent on completing his urgent mission to the old city and proving his worth to the king.

Artis doesn’t know what to make of the hot-headed man who spent three nights in her bed. He’s rude and impatient. And he doesn’t want her help.

But she knows he won’t survive without it.

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Prisoner Zero

She is Prisoner Zero. And she’s making her escape.

A lost security badge in hand, Prisoner Zero seizes her chance to escape through the hidden corridors that sprawl the City of Reflections. While dodging capture, she falls under the spell of the most tantalizing music she’s ever heard.

Like a child seduced by the Pied Piper, she follows the delicate strains of a violin, in search of its mysterious owner. But the music draws her down to the most dangerous region of the city and into the sphere of those with the power to change her destiny.

Will she resist the magical lure of the violinist? Or will she find herself held captive forever? 

Firebird’s Gift Boxed Set

Readers of Ann Aguirre, Veronica Roth and Kass Morgan will love these tales.

This 4-Story Box Set Includes:

Artis (A Prequel Novella)

He’s an idiot prince on a suicide mission. What makes her think she can keep him alive?
After a wild boar nearly kills him, Max wakes to find his savior is an unsophisticated woman living alone in the forests of his father’s poisoned kingdom.
The girl tells him to rest, but Max won’t listen. He’s hellbent on completing his urgent mission to the old city and proving his worth to the king.
Artis doesn’t know what to make of the hot-headed man who spent three nights in her bed. He’s rude and impatient. And he doesn’t want her help.
But she knows he won’t survive without it.

Prisoner Zero (A Exclusive Short Story)
She is Prisoner Zero. And she’s making her escape…
A lost security badge in hand, Prisoner Zero seizes her chance to escape through the hidden corridors that sprawl the City of Reflections. While dodging capture, she falls under the spell of the most tantalizing music she’s ever heard.
Like a child seduced by the Pied Piper, she follows the delicate strains of a violin, in search of its mysterious owner. But the music draws her down to the most dangerous region of the city and into the sphere of those with the power to change her destiny.
Will she resist the magical lure of the violinist? Or will she find herself held captive forever?

Beyond the Red Forest (Book 1)
Royal blood is the key, and Zera’s is on the line.
Disposable in her father’s eyes, Zera must undertake a mission to unlock a tower on the other side of their poisoned kingdom and collect two urgently needed energy cells.
Zera’s only value is that of a biological “key.” Until her father gives her a life or death deadline. She must return before her twenty-first birthday, or he’ll shut down life support to the lower levels of the city, threatening thousands, including friends she can’t bear to lose.
Master Nikolai doesn’t relish teaching Zera self-defense, but her bodyguard, Wills, and best friend, Clara, treat her like she’s made of glass. Unlike them, Nik will be relentless because he has skin in this game and plans of his own.
A disastrous start to the mission and the appearance of Nik and Clara leave Zera wondering who she can trust.
When her hatred for the man who abused her on the training floor turns to passion, Zera must blaze new trails through the dangerous world beyond the Red Forest, a land fraught with love, friendship and betrayal.

Before the Black Tower (Book 2)
She’d give her life for her people, but first, she must bury her heart.
The moment Zera learned about her mission to collect the energy cells needed to save her people, all she wanted was to do her part — and finally earn her father’s respect.
Until her father set a deadline.
She must return with the energy cells by her twenty-first birthday, or he will shut down life support to the lower levels of their biospheric city, sacrificing the many to save the few.
Already on her quest, Zera has discovered the outside world isn’t the nuclear wasteland she thought, but rather, a place of revolutionary change, spiritual connection and physical awakening.
And it is there that she surrenders to a love that can only lead to heartbreak.
Now, she stands on a canal boat headed for an ancient city on the far side of her father’s kingdom, where a black tower stands. That tower holds the only hope for her people, but what lies within is far more deadly than Zera ever imagined.
Lives will be lost, and Zera discovers she may have to sacrifice her heart and her freedom to save her people.

In the Firebird’s Gift, you'll enter a paradoxical world where the boundaries between science and mysticism no longer exist.

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