Q&A with Christina Bauer & Thrax Giveaway

Thrax (Angelbound Origins #4)

  • By Christina Bauer
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: 26th 2017 by Monster House Book
  • Genre: Young Adult Paranormal / Romance
  • 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?

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    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
    I’ve been writing stories in the Angelbound world for a while, and I wanted one that would highlight the awesomeness of the hero/love interest Lincoln. I felt like a cool way to do that would be to have him replaced by an evil body double. Fun times.

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?
    For me, every character—both good and evil—comes from some aspect of my life and psyche. Myla stemmed from the period of my life when my son was first diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Getting him the treatment he needed (without going bankrupt) was a battle. Now I ran across a ton of educators, therapists, and insurance workers who were awesome. But some gave me a lot of trouble, mostly because I was always pushing for more for my son and that made them do extra work. These folks fell into two excuse categories: those who said that they couldn’t help my boy because it went against some fake rule (those became ghouls in Angelbound) and folks who just tried to make me cower and go away (demons.) In the end, learned I not only did NOT cower, but I enjoyed a good fight. Myla was born.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
    Oh, I’ve absolutely been hit by writer’s block. In fact, there was a ten-year gap between my first and second published books. The turning point for me was when I met a cab driver who’d escaped from child slavery and fought SO HARD to come to America and live his dream of becoming a citizen here. This was an ah-ha moment for me. I thought “if this guy can travel half way across the world to realize his dream, what’s stopping me?” The short answer was: nothing. So I started going to conferences, networking, meeting other authors, adopting writing processes, you name it. Right now, I’m publishing four full-length novels a year.

    5. Your all time favorite book? ?
    Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

    6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
    LoTR basically kept me alive through my teens. No lie.

    7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ?
    Oh, that would be the ten years I spent working on the sequel to my first book. That is, before I tossed that entire story and started working on what became Angelbound. Sometimes the best military skill is knowing when to retreat.

    8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
    It’s been fan-FREAKING-tastic to meet readers who enjoy my particular sense of worldbuilding and creativity. There hasn’t exactly been an avalanche of female warrior heroines with tails, you know. Myla isn’t going mainstream any time soon, and I love y’all for loving her.

    9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
    When I get frustrated, I have a mantra that I repeat: “The only thing I control is how hard I work.” So hen I’m stuck, I go back and try another approach or idea. There’s no secret back door or shortcut. I’ve never been the kind of person who wins the lottery and all my problems are solved. I seem to get the ‘work your ass off to recover’ kind of problems, and that’s fine with me.

    10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
    I’ll start off answering this question by saying this: you’re going to ask me how the hell I do all this. I’ll answer that at the end. Here goes: I am a wife and partner to the amazing Matthew Bauer. In the last year, I’ve become an activist, having done PR for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. My son is a loving, bright and amazing child who happens to have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. I am a hands-on parent who takes an active role in his treatment, along with my husband. I work a full time job in high-tech marketing. I write four new full-length novels each year and record four audiobook annually. Time for the question: How the hell do I do this? First, I work my ass off. Second, I am on the autism spectrum and my mind works best when I have a ton of projects. For me, more is more.

    11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
    I read virtually every review. Negative reviews hurt, so I try to read them when I have the emotional bandwidth to process them. This is a personal decision for each author, but I like to read ‘bad’ reviews and give myself a few days to think them through. There’s usually a gem or two in there that’s super helpful. My advice to authors would be to take all critiques, but don’t let it short circuit your work.

    12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?
    THRAX is book 4 in the Angelbound Origins series. There’s a novella coming out in the spring, DUTY BOUND, which is a prequel told from Prince Lincoln’s point of view. In the fall there will be THE DARK LANDS, where Lincoln and Myla go to the ghoul homeland on a rescue mission. After that, I plan to return to the Angelbound Offspring series with stories about Myla and Lincoln’s kids. There will be dragons!

    13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
    This October, I’m releasing WOLVES & ROSES, which is a fairy tale shifter book that’s part of the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum Series. November will see the launch of CROWNED, which is the forth and final installment of my epic fantasy series Beholder. In the Spring, I launch Dimension Drift, an urban fantasy series that’s like 1984 and Divergent, only the heroine kicks ass, topples governments, and absolutely has a HEA.

    14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ?
    I own and run my own publishing company (oops, forgot to list that above.) I currently have two authors/series under contract.

    15. What would you say was the toughest part? ?
    Nothing. Being in charge of your own destiny is awesome.

    16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? ?
    Always. Finding great talent in these areas is critical.

    17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros? ?
    I choose authors based on a combination of their work ethic and writing skills. Looking at an isolated manuscript isn’t enough for today’s market. Publishing is a marathon, not a sprint!

    18. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? ?
    These days, it takes me about three months to complete a book.

    19. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? ?
    I was pleased to be accepted by a major distributor, Inscribe Digital (now part of IPG) and they take care of all that because they have direct relationships with all the retailers. It’s a full time job!

    20. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? ?
    Meh. Looking in the rear view mirror doesn’t help me much. I get stuck too easily.

    21. If you were to recommend one article, blog, post, or book to someone hoping to self-pub, what would it be? ?
    Read the blog on Inscribe Digital. They really know their stuff and write on a wide variety of topics.

    22. In retrospect, what was the toughest part of self-pubbing? Was it the part that you thought would be toughest before embarking on this adventure? ?
    The toughest part was also the most fun: figuring out what and when to publish in order to drive a predictable revenue stream.

    23. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ?

    Fun facts: :

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
    A magic wand to do my hair in new and interesting ways every morning. Otherwise, it’s me and my ponytail holder for the rest of my hopefully-long life.

    2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
    How To Get The Fuck Off This Fucking Isolated Island

    3. Name your favorite fruit. ?

    4. Coffee or tea? ?
    5. Favorite season? ?

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?
    I was a Brownie (pre girlscout). I got kicked out for talking too much.

    8. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
    Eggs bennie. Too bad eating it every day will put me in an early grave, so I avoid it.

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
    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. Thumbs up!

    10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
    I collect random junk that I think I’ll make into other stuff someday. Like string. Drives my husband batty. “What are we doing with this pile of old cardboard?!”

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
    These days, it’s purple.

    12. Drama or comedy? ?

    13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?
    “The darkness surrounds me, it does not become me.”

    14. Cats or dogs? ?
    Dogs. But to be fair, I’m allergic to cats.

    15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
    Can I nap some more? I’m a mom and workaholic.

    16. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
    ‘Feel it still’ by Portugal The Man.

    17. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
    I still want the magic wand for my hair, but maybe it would be cool if it did my make-up too. I have the desire to be more of a girly-girl, I just lack the time and motivation.

    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?
    ‘Mars Needs Women’ trope books.

    2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?
    My son. I’d love to understand him better.

    3. Your oldest memory is… ?
    Not a fun one. Moving on.

    4. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ?
    Having a smart mouth.

    5. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
    The DMV. You should see my list of unpaid parking tickets. Yipes.

    6. Your favorite part of a date is… ?
    First kiss, hands down.

    7. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ?
    God. Bible. I have lot of questions.

    8. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
    Getting detention in high school. See note above about having a smart mouth.

    9. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
    Can make me laugh so hard, I pee my pants a little.

    10. The one thing you could/can never get over is… ?
    People who hurt someone else because it’s easier for them.

    11. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ?
    Flight would be nice. Or laser vision. It’s a toss-up really.

    12. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
    My boy Max. He radiates positive energy.

    13. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… ?
    My grandmother made me go bra shopping at thirteen and tried on the bras over my clothes. The sales ladies were laughing so hard, they hid under the counter.

    14. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
    My husband and son.


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    About the Author & Links:

    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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