I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Thrax the fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series. I have an author interview with Christina Bauer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.
I’ve read the first book in the series and intend to continue it, here are links to the first three books for those who want to jump in!
Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.
The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.
Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.
There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?
Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.
Tell us a bit about Thrax
THRAX is the story of what happens when you’re a kick-ass demon chick with a totally awesome and supportive hottie prince of a hubby…but that sweet guy gets replaced by a douchebag body double. You go find your man.
How does it feel to follow characters through a series like this?
It’s been a fun journey to bring Myla and Lincoln through meeting each other and into love and marriage. To set some context, I’m a big fan of reading myths from other cultures, and it struck me how all our Western stories end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ while Eastern cultures tend to BEGIN with stuff like ‘And so Rama and Sita were married.’ That’s a totally different perspective, and I wanted to explore it as a writer. Turns out, that’s not so easy, in part because there isn’t a huge canon of Western literature in this area to draw from. In the case of THRAX, it’s about the personal growth that can happen after you’re married, in this case with Myla.
Where do you come up with your ideas?
I’m super careful about all the storytelling that I consume. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the saying goes! I’m a very visual writer, so use Pinterest boards a lot: https://www.pinterest.com/bauermonster/. I love movies, and I get a lot of great material from there. And of course, I read about a three-five books a week on average. I work very hard to find authors with fresh ideas, and when I run across someone awesome, I review them on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1740882?shelf=read
After that? It’s just a lot of hard work. Fortunately, I also seem to have an imagination that doesn’t seem to function like everyone else’s. That’s something that was a huge disadvantage for me for a long time (curse you, standardized testing!) but these days, it seems to be paying off.
Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?
THRAX had a few classic tunes that I kept going back to. Queen’s Find Somebody to Love is featured heavily in the book, so I listed to that non-stop for days.
I also really got into the version of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This which was done for the Wrinkle in Time trailer. For me, this song encapsulated Myla’s point of view in the beginning of the book: everyone says this is supposed to be awesome, but she knows it isn’t right.
What is your writing process?
It all starts when I come up with a question. In this case, it was “what if Lincoln got replaced by an evil body double?” After that, I ask a lot more questions: “Who would want to do that to Lincoln? Why? What do they stand to gain?” I’ve written twenty-plus notebooks filled with the full world of Angelbound. I’d created Ethan a long time ago and tossed him because he didn’t work for the story. So, it was great to bring him in here.
Once I have the bones of the idea, then I write an outline to share with my editor (you’re a goddess, GIE!). From there, I start writing and that’s where the fun begins! I got half-way through THRAX before a certain special character showed up (his name starts with I) and damn that was AWESOME!
So you know, something that’s REALLY helped with my process is all the support I get from readers. When I was writing THRAX, I was like ‘what? This is way out there!’ But I know you guys dig innovative stuff, so I went with it, and I’ve been really happy with the early response.
Why YA Fantasy novels? What drew you to the genre?
Like many writers for young adults, I had a pretty sucktastic youth. So part of me is always trapped in that age range, for good and bad. When I was a teen, the Lord of the Rings really helped me survive. Literally. In particular, I loved how Frodo was just a regular guy who was given a horrible burden, but our hobbit hero never gave up. That meant a lot to me. As a result, I write YA Fantasy because I imprinted on it, more or less.
Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Tolkien, naturally. Edith Hamilton also wrote a great book on Greco Roman Mythology that inspires me quite a lot. Hamilton has a gift for making tales of gods and goddesses come alive! I also had a copy of the original Grimm’s Brother’s Fairy Tales, aka the pre-Disney stuff. Loved that too.
If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Does science fiction count? I know it gets lumped in with fantasy a lot, but I have some ideas about a kick-ass space ship captain that’s been rattling around my head.
What book have you most recently read?
I just finished Wild Blood (Cyborg Shifters #1) by Naomi Lucas. As the title promises, Lucas does some very cool stuff by combining cyborgs with the traditional shifter genre that I really enjoyed. Thumbs up!
What book do you most wish you had written?
Oh, I definitely wish I had the ability to create entire languages like Tolkien did, do it would have to say my dream book to write is the Lord of the Rings. Damn, but Tolkien was super-smart. Plus, he wrote much of LoTR as a series of letters to his sons who were fighting in WWII (Tolkien himself fought in WWI), and that spirit of trying to encourage someone else to persevere comes through so clearly. Truly beautiful.
Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.
Thank YOU for asking me such awesome and personalized questions! I love it when bloggers take the time to really dig into my work and process!
About Christina Bauer
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
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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Series: Angelbound Origins #4
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
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