Monday, October 19, 2015

Portia by Christina Bauer with Author Interview and Giveaway

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Title: Portia
Series: Angelbound Offspring
Vol or Book #: 2portia gif
Author: Christina Bauer
Audience: Adult 18+
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Format: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Cover by: Art by Ana Cruz, Graphics by Paddy Donnelly
Editor: Ink Monster LLC
Pages: 250 pages
ISBN: 9780990635246
ASIN: B00W2A9Q0G
Date Published: 10-27-15

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Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires.
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Chapter One

I am so late.
My heart beats at double speed while I rush up the staircase to the Ryder mansion. After pulling open the fancy wooden door, I step inside a large and empty foyer. Well, it’s almost empty.
The President of Purgatory is waiting for me. Not good.
Even worse, her mouth is pressed into a thin and frustrated line. No question why she’s unhappy. My lecture on Magic Across The After-Realms should’ve started twenty minutes ago.
“Portia, you’re finally here,” she sighs. “We were getting frantic.”
The President’s known for being tough on crime, graft, and well, everything really. But she’s also my grandmother. When it comes to family, Gram’s a softie who worries like crazy. I should know, being a softie myself. I give her a quick peck on the cheek. “So sorry, Gram. I got caught up.”
Gram’s tail sways warily over her right shoulder. No shock, there. Every quasi-demon in Purgatory has a tail. Gram’s variety is long and black with an arrowhead-shaped end and a mind of its own. Currently, that mind totally suspects that I’m up to something.
Good suspicion, actually.
“What are you working on this time?” asks Gram. “Is it dangerous magic? Please tell me you’re being safe.”
“No, it’s not dangerous at all,” I say.
Which isn’t entirely true.
My cheeks redden with guilt, but I can’t exactly admit that I was up all night trying to track Void demons by casting spells with an enchanted canopic jar. It’s super-tricky stuff. I could’ve ended up with a Void demon in my living room, and I’m not what you call battle-hardy.

Angels with Attitude - Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book ?

Portia is far more patient than I am. I have serious anger management issues when compared to her. I would have freaked out on everyone early on and never met Tempest. 

What was your inspiration behind this book? 

Portia came into being because one of the characters, Tempest, wouldn’t get out of my head. He started showing up in a book I wrote called Scala (I had to cut him from it) and after that, he kept showing up in other scenes. I was like, hey now! You are who and why do you keep crashing these parties? Finally, I gave him a book and he calmed down.

Why did you become a writer?

I started telling ‘my stories’ as soon as I could talk. By the time I hit first grade, the nuns had to set aside story hour for me at the end of the day so I wouldn’t interrupt class anymore! To this day, stories are going on in my head all the time. My Aunt was a writer, so she steered me in that direction from an early age. Guess I was lucky she didn’t work in an asylum, because I sometimes wonder where my behavior could have sent me otherwise!

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

I love J R R Tolkien. He created the entire sword and sorcery fantasy genre as a backstory for the languages he was inventing while being a smarty pants at Oxford. That’s some serious geek cred. 

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series? 

It’s the only way to fly, at least when it comes to fantasy. You spend so much of your first book establishing the world, it’s only in books 2 or 3 you can really work up a head of steam. 

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Right now, I’d date Tempest in a heartbeat. I always get a girl crush on my leading guys. 

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I read paranormal romance or fantasy romance. I like regular romance as well, but there has to be some strong world building so you get to know a sub-group or something that you’d never otherwise meet. I also love when there is an elaborate backstory that plays out over multiple books. Again, that’s something you’re more likely to find in paranormal or fantasy.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?

Hell, yes! Especially in fantasy, readers become part of your extended universe. I read every review and take it to heart. I love getting ideas and requests for new books. Bring it on!

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
I ball my eyes out. That’s how I know I’ve nailed it.

Did you have a Cover Designer?

We work with a number of folks at Ink Monster. It’s a great team!

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush? 

Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice. End of story.

Do just re-read your favorite books? 

Not very often, actually. It’s such a powerful experience for me the first time. 

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do? 

Hell, yes! I read a book a day and go through terrible slumps. There is nothing more depressing than the inability to find a good book…and nothing better than finding a new author I love with a ton of unread novels! 

What is the funniest book you ever read?

Without Feathers by Woody Allen. Classic. 

Questions? Comments?
CBauer (at) inkmonster.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer
Twitter: @CB_Bauer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Christina_Bauer

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Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. An avowed girl geek, Christina loves creating immersive fantasy worlds with action, adventure, romance, and kick-ass female protagonists. As part of her work in Ink Monster, Christina has co-developed the ‘Heroine’s Journey,’ a blueprint for telling female myths inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and golden retriever Ruby.
 
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