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Friday, December 8, 2017

Beauty. Romance. Power. - Crowned (Beholder, #4) by Christina Bauer

"Come join Elea on this magical journey to saving the ones she loves. Join her from the start with Cursed then on to Concealed and after that is Cherished and for her last journey there is Crowned. Let Elea take you on the most amazing magical journey of a lifetime. " - Nancy, Goodreads


Published: November 28th, 2017

Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.

At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.

So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!

Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.

Rules for writing YA Fantasy

As part of my launch tour for my new book CROWNED, the lovely folks at Mythical Books blog have asked me to list out my rules for writing YA Fantasy. So without further ado, here are my top ten:

1. If I mention something (a key, god, monster) that becomes important later, then I need to set it up at least two times earlier in the book. And it can’t be an obvious drop in, either. I need to tie it to another character point or emotion so it doesn’t stand out.

2. If I create a new world or people, then I need to create the history back to at least three generations. I also assign a language base to the group. For example, the Creation Casters in CROWNED have a language base of Swahili.

3. Check in ‘inside the character’s head’ every three paragraphs or so

4. Feels! More feels!

5. Data dumps need to be 3-5 sentences tops

6. Set each scene with as many of the five senses as possible

7. Use longer words with more assonance for slower scenes. To build up action scenes, use shorter words with consonants and more onomatopoeia. POW!

8. Voice is key. Every key character deserves one.

9. Read shizz aloud. Then read it aloud again.

10. Have fun. Launch time is almost here!

So there’s my list! Thanks for the chance to submit to your blog and I look forward to seeing you at my next launch!

About the author:
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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