Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Angelbound Audiobook by Christina Bauer

Title: Angelbound
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Audiobook Release Date: December 30, 2016

***Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the
audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes
& Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only
$1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound
ACCA, which was only released a few months ago***

*Now an audio book!*

Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.

***Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the
audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes
& Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only
$1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound
ACCA, which was only released a few months ago***

My book, ANGELBOUND, tells the story of a part demon girl who falls in love with a part angel prince. If you aren’t familiar with the book, there’s a quick trailer right here. In any case, I’m now doing an author tour to celebrate the launch of ANGELBOUND as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes, and I’ve been asked to answer some questions by the awesome folks at PADME. Here goes!

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
Without question, the book that brought me to the fantasy genre was LORD OF THE RINGS by JRR Tolkien. I adored his combination of character, plot and world building.

When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
To answer that question, I need to give a little context on my non-writing life. For years, my day job has been high-tech marketing for software companies. So, I’ve seen first hand what artists can do with the right process and software to support them (and yes, I truly believe that a good software developer is an artist!) As a result, I leverage a three-step development methodology for my work:

  • I use the beat sheet system developed by Blake Snyder. This helps me create an outline for the story. I only write series, so I do beat sheets for at least five books before I start on book one. It’s the only way I can make sure I don’t write myself into a corner. 

  • I create Pinterest boards for all my main characters, places and powers. This is a really critical part of the process for me. Reading fills my head in important ways—and I read a book/day on average—but getting fresh visuals is an awesome way to break out of the mold.

  • Once it’s time to write, I use Scrivener as my writing software. Some people love Microsoft Word, but I like to move chapters around and “cutting and pasting” makes me dizzy. Scrivener is a tool specifically for writing novels, and I love it. 

Of these three stages, my absolute favorite is creating Pinterest boards. I can do this for hours. Often, I go so quickly that Pinterest sometimes kicks me out because it thinks I’m a bot!

When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I love good world building, so I can read about anything from firefighters or football players, so long as the author has done his or her homework and I can get inside another world. More often, I end up focusing on paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi though, since those genres value unique world building as a prerequisite.

That said, I’m also a sucker for a strong voice in a book… And I get positively head over heels if that voice is snarky. I love it EVEN MORE when an author takes a risk and builds an auditory internal world. For example, think about Looney Tunes. Now there’s a series of cartoons written in the 1940’s that still feel fresh and vibrant today, even though they have their own vocabulary and idiom (“Hoboken? Oh, I’m dying again!”) It shouldn’t work, but it does because there’s a unique voice to the entire series that’s consistent and fun.

If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
I’d love to write with Tolkien, but I fear I’d just sit there and stare at him in awe without getting anything done.

Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
Both. I wanted to be a writer since I was a child, but I kept putting it off. Somewhere around y 40th birthday, I realized that I wasn’t getting any less dead, you know what I mean? If this was going to happen, I needed to make it a priority. My journey had begun.

So, thanks so much for the opportunity to answered these thoughtful questions; I certainly enjoyed the journey of writing responses to them. If you think of more queries, please know that I’m always up for reader interaction, and more information on how to contact me is listed below.

Author Bio:
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. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

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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