(Angelbound Origins #1.5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: February 24th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
***Experience the events of Angelbound from Prince Lincoln’s point of view…And then enjoy an all-new part of his story!***When it comes to fighting demons, Prince Lincoln is the greatest warrior in the history of his people, the thrax. Now Lincoln faces his hardest fight yet…and it’s not on a traditional battlefield.
Lincoln is falling in love. And the girl is part demon.
Between a fated dance at the Ryder mansion…a life-changing walk through a hedgerow maze…and a massive battle with none other than the King of Hell…Lincoln realizes that he wants to share his life with Myla Lewis, the part-demon girl who has captured his heart. However, an evil thrax noble—the powerful Earl of Acca—is prepared to do anything to stop Lincoln and Myla from having a future.
But Lincoln won’t give up on his Myla. Ever.
To fight Aldred, Lincoln works to create a different kind of marriage—an Alliance of the lesser thrax houses against Acca. Sadly, just as Lincoln starts to makes some progress, the nobles who’ve joined his Alliance begin to vanish. Is Aldred behind the disappearances, or is someone else vying for power? When Lincoln discovers the truth, it upends his entire world, threatening his future with Myla in ways no one could ever have imagined.
“I absolutely love Christina Bauer’s style, full of action, intense scenes, and characters that will test one’s imaginations to the max!” – Tome Tender Book Blog
Christina Bauer is the author of more than fifteen books that combine fantasy, romance, and kickass chicks. We caught up with her on her launch tour for her new book, LINCOLN, the latest addition to her Angelbound Origins series.
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I pretty much always wanted to be a storyteller. Even in first grade, I’d just stand up in class and start telling things I made up. The nuns loved that, by the way!
Over time, I got sick of hearing people tell me it was impossible to make a living as writer, so I began lying and saying I wanted to be a nurse. Everyone seemed almost creepily happy with that change, so I secretly decided I wanted to write stories about chicks who kick ass in battle.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
It’s changed over time. When I first started writing, it took me two years to finish a 40,000 book. Now, I can do a 90,000 book in three months. The more I write, the more I can write, if that makes sense.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I go through short periods of time where I brainstorm a bunch of ideas and create inspiration boards for them on Pinterest. Then I wait. Some take a while to percolate. Others sort of raise their hand and say I’m ready now! When that happens, I take the Pinterest boards out of stealth mode and get to work. I have about five or six ideas in my secret Pinterest queue right now, in addition to my four active series: Dimension Drift, Magicorum, Angelbound, and Dimension Drift.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I write five full novels each year, so I’m basically chained to my computer all day long. It’s hard work, but I love what I do.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Not sure I do a super-awesome job, actually. I can get really caught up in my mental worlds so that even if I’m beside you physically, my mind is off planning dragon lore or whatever. It’s something that I have to keep an open dialogue about with my family and friends. Otherwise, I’ll just disappear into my head, which isn’t really a great choice over the long haul
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
Personally, I enjoy stories with lots of action and feels. I also follow the Save the Cat model by Blake Snyder. It’s actually a format for writing movie scripts, but I think it works well for novels too. I don’t always follow this format, but I find that for me, it’s good to have some rules. Then I can make smarter choices about when to break them.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Early on in my career, I was writing nine chapters for every one I kept, so at that point, the hardest part was being patient. Now fifteen-plus books later, I write much more cleanly. Now, the hardest thing is digging deep into my soul and putting that on the page. I believe readers know when you’re really opening up and that’s just hard to do, period.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
LINCOLN marks my ninteenth published book and my fifth major series. Picking a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child. Not possible!
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Well, since I don’t have a favorite books or characters, I will say this: I just love writing in the voice of Myla from Angelbound. Being inside her head is simply too much fun. When I don’t do it for a while, I always find a way to go back.
10. Where do you write?
I spend an awful lot of time in Starbucks or on my favorite spot on the living room couch. Most recently, Monster House Books has gotten new office space so I’ve also been there quite a lot.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
In the end, I’m too much of a control freak to be satisfied with a traditional publishing model. I’ve been really happy with founding my own publishing company, Monster House Books.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
I used to discuss my writing all the time, but now I leave it alone and just try to be very present in the space where I’m at, whether it’s with a friend, family member, or coworker. My world building is pretty intense and can quickly overwhelm others, so I save that part of myself to share with folks like you.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I enjoy reading, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Here’s my advice: in the beginning, you’re going to suck. Hard. Everyone does. Honestly. Even Shakespeare was a literary pile of dung when he started out. Stick with it, work hard, and it will pay off in the end. The stories in your mind can only be brought to life by your pen. Respect that truth.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
JRR Tolkien is my all time favorite author. His Lord of the Rings series helped me survive being a teenager, giving me a light break from some pretty harsh realities. Today I hope my work can do that for others as well.
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
Over the years, I’ve learned that—for me—no one is a tougher editor than I am. I’ve had to step back from helping other writers because it was pulling too much energy from my own work. I use outside editors for proofreading and so on, but at this point, I just kick my own ass all the time!
17. Are you working on anything now?
Right now, I’m working on THE BRUTAL TIME, which is another adventure for Myla and Lincoln from the Angelbound Origins series. After that, I do some more work on my Dimension Drift books, which are an adventure that’s set in a dystopian future. I’ve got another Angelbound Offspring book in the works called ZINNIA (due out the summer of 2019) which focuses on Myla and Lincoln’s grandchildren. And finally, there’s Book Three of my Fairy Tales of the Magicorum Series which releases this fall. It’s called SLIPPERS AND THIEVES, and it’s a new twist on Cinderella. Fun!
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
1 - my son, 2 – my husband, 3 – chocolate mochas, 4 – chocolate shakes (seeing a pattern here), 5 – finished manuscripts
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
1 – negative reviews, 2 – type-os, 3 – man colds, 4 – boy colds, 5 – mom colds (lo! another trend!)
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
I’d like to visit Bali because here’s how it would work in my fantasy travel scenario: the flight would be like twenty minutes long and I could stay in a 5-star hotel for free. I’d figure out the book part later. Bali!
Thanks for asking me to participate in this interview—it was a TON of fun and I hope to chat again during my next book launch!
To find out more about Christina Bauer, please visit her website at www.bauersbooks.com
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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