(Angelbound Offspring #3)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world.
I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now.
Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her.
It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players.
I will find out the full truth, no matter what.
An Interview with Author Christina Bauer
As part of her launch tour for ZINNIA, author Christina Bauer stopped by the Cover Contessa. Here’s the interview!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I knew this was my goal since I was six years old. In fact, I used to stand up in class and spontaneously tell stories. The nuns loved that.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
I’ve gotten faster over time. My first book was two years. This book took me about three months.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
For me, my stories all start with questions. What would happen if? How can I make this character really uncomfortable? Basically, I’m a bitch to my characters and it grows from there.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
Every day for at least six hours. The time changes depending on other factors, but I’m pretty consistent.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Not always too well. It’s hard!!! Sometimes I tell my husband “I have to go into my writer hidey hole for a few days to hit a deadline.” He and my son deserve a medal.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
At least one character needs to start off somewhere emotionally and then end up somewhere else. That sounds easy, but it’s super hard, especially when you’re writing series and the ‘fall in love’ arc is already done!
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Having my characters get hurt or lose someone they love. I have to do it, but I hate it.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written 24 so far, and I think my favorite is now ZINNIA!!!
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Zinnia. I love that she never loses her moral compass, even when things get tough. In fact, I broke my own ‘emotional arc’ rule with her. I really wanted to explore a heroine who stuck to her guns, if that makes sense. It’s a little like the Book of Job (if you’re a Bible fan) only with a happy ending!
10. Where do you write?
Starbucks. With lots of mochas. Oh, yeah!
Thanks for having me stop by! I enjoyed
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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