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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: Thrax by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer



Let's welcome author Christina Bauer to Full Moon Bites! Read on below for our interview, more on her novel Thrax, and a GIVEAWAY!


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Christina Bauer: I am a mom, publisher, marketer and all-around smart ass.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Christina Bauer: Dear Readers: I love you guys. Seriously.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Christina Bauer: I raise an amazing and loving child who happens to be on the autism spectrum. I work in high-tech-marketing. I run my own publishing company and have two authors signed. I spend time with my husband, who is the best man in the universe. And yeah, I drink a lot of coffee.

Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?
Christina Bauer: Outline.

Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?
Christina Bauer: JRR Tolkien. Lord of the Rings, baby!

How do you market your book(s)?
Christina Bauer: My distributor Inscribe Digital does a lot of this for me. They have direct relationships with the retailers.

Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?
Christina Bauer: Puh-lease. I’d free the captives, diffuse the bomb, and then have sex with the hot captain…in that order. Roll credits!

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Christina Bauer: Founding my first publishing company as a joint partnership was a lot of fun. Disbanding it was not. Now, I’m the sole owner of Monster House Books and it’s working a lot better for everyone involved.

I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Christina Bauer: The stories in your head cannot be told by anyone else. You have an obligation to set them free.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
Christina Bauer: I knew around the age of six that I wanted to be a writer. My aunt was a published author and pretty much my hero.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Christina Bauer: Myla’s awesome husband Lincoln gets replaced by a douchebag body double. Myla goes to rescue her man.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
Christina Bauer: Characters

What was the inspiration for this novel?
Christina Bauer: For THRAX, I wanted to highlight how amazing Lincoln is. Replacing him with his opposite seemed like a good way to do that. The rest fell out from there.

Where can we purchase this book?
Christina Bauer: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, GooglePlay and Kobo.

Can we expect more novels from you in 2017/2018?
Christina Bauer: Oh, yes. Right now, I’m publishing four full novels a year.

Are you working on anything at the moment?
Christina Bauer: 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.

Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Christina Bauer: Wild Blood (Cyborg Shifters #1) by Naomi Lucas. As the title promises, Lucas does some very cool stuff by combining cyborgs and the traditional shifter genre. Thumbs up!

Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?
Christina Bauer: I tried to get published by mainstream means. That didn’t work, so I went solo. It was the right fit for me, as I’ve moved more than a half-million ebooks, both free and paid.

Do you think you may ever go into another genre?
Christina Bauer: 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 have been rattling around my head.

How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?
Christina Bauer: Um, if you know me, you’re probably in one of my books. Not that I’d ever admit that to you.

Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?
Christina Bauer: 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!

Why this genre(s)?
Christina Bauer: 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.

What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Christina Bauer: Every word is a struggle. No way to sugar coat it.

Can you tell us some of your latest news?
Christina Bauer: My October release, WOLVES & ROSES, will be my first one with major print distribution through Barnes & Noble. So exciting!

Where do you see yourself at in five years—writing wise?
Christina Bauer: Still writing and having fun. It’s a pretty simple vision J

What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
Christina Bauer: The fun part is sharing the work with others when it’s done. Thank you, readers!

Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?
Christina Bauer: Every writer sucks, hard, and for a long time. Work past that and you’re golden. Being terrible is a natural part of the process.

Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just cannot?
Christina Bauer: I like contemporary romance when it’s really fantasy, if you know what I mean. I can’t write it, though, because I always end up throwing elves and shit in there.

If you could live in the world you have created, would you? If not, why not?
Christina Bauer: Probably not. My worlds are pretty rough places, by and large.

If you are self-published, why did you decide to take this route of publishing?

Christina Bauer: I tried the traditional route and it didn’t work for me, so I said screw it and published on my own. It’s been a great fit, probably because I’m a control freak.

What are some of the pro’s and con’s of self-publishing verses being published by a publisher in your opinion?
Christina Bauer: I don’t want to diss anyone, so I’ll describe what my publishing company does rather than what others don’t. At Monster House Books, we work in a collaborative way to help you build up your readership and long-term strategy. We also promote the hell out of your work. I only take on one new author/year because you get a lot of love from yours truly.

Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us?
Christina Bauer: I’m doing a nationwide tour in November for my new shifter fairy tale series! You can RSVP here: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/wolves-roses-book-launch-tour

Random Quickies!

Pepsi or coke?
Christina Bauer: Coke

Favorite kind of chocolate?
Christina Bauer: Milk

Cats or dogs?
Christina Bauer: Dogs, although to be fair, I am allergic to cats.

Do you read more than you write?
Christina Bauer: Probably. I read 3-5 books/week.

Favorite movie?
Christina Bauer: Lawrence of Arabia

Favorite book to movie?
Christina Bauer: First Harry Potter was good.

Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)
Christina Bauer: JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

Hardback/Paperback or eReader?
Christina Bauer: eReader

Why do you like eReaders more?
Christina Bauer: I read so many books, my life would be an episode of hoarders if I read in paperback.

Favorite color?
Christina Bauer: These days, it’s purple

Do you own a laptop or desktop computer?
Christina Bauer: Laptop.

If a laptop, what kind do you own and would you recommend it to other authors?
Christina Bauer: MacBook Air. I totally recommend it if you write in coffee shops like me. You can lug it around without getting a hernia. 


Thrax
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins #4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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?


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.
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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