Clockwork Igni (Angelbound Origins, #9)
by Christina Bauer
Publication date: September 21st 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: As Queen of Antrum, I rule an underground realm of demon hunters who love finding new caves. Hey, it’s boring down here; I’m glad they all have a hobby. Per usual, I try to act interested about their latest discovery, but all I hear is blah blah blah new cavern blah blah blah Forbidden Tombs blah blah blah massive bronze pyramids blah blah blah creepy ticking sounds. It’s a little odd, but I’m not worried.
Suddenly, the Forbidden Tombs burst through the ground in my home realm of Purgatory. Bronze pyramids smash through abandoned buildings and highways, making rush hour a nightmare. Even worse, the metal structures attract tiny lightning bolts called igni, which are my very special supernatural buddies. Within minutes, every last igni gets stolen away.
Now. I’m. Pissed.
Whoever hides inside those pyramids? Time to dust off your mummies and shine up your sarcophagi. Because my husband, Lincoln, and I are breaking in and kicking ass.
In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said.
5. The Dark Lands
6. The Brutal Time
8. Quasi Redux
9. Clockwork Igni
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My Secret Cheat Sheet-O-Writing By Christina Bauer, author
As part of the launch for my latest book, CLOCKWORK IGNI, the lovely folks at Rockin’ Book Reviews have asked me to share some of my process for creating visual and engaging scenes. As fate would have it, I keep a list! Please take a look at my personal cheat sheet, take what you like, and leave the rest…
· Character must start off somewhere emotionally and end up somewhere else.
· Stories must be in first person and have an active storyline.
· Use a “ticking clock” plot device to increase tension and stakes and put a time limit on the protagonist as she works to resolve a conflict.
· There must be clear romance in the story.
· Physical attributes of the space or scene should go in Chapter One and within two paragraphs of every chapter if the scene changes. Physical attributes of the main characters should be described in Chapter One, preferably on the first page.
· If the book is part of a series, a quick recap of previous books in the series should be made in Chapter One.
· In Chapter One
o There should be action or dialogue by the third paragraph. If you can get it in there, put it in the first sentence. Ideally, Chapter One ends with the heroine on the move.
o Set up something to make the heroine likable. (e.g., she helps a kid; if the heroine is with her partner, put in something to show their relationship like cuddles, etc.)
o The heroine’s emotional arc should be established.
· By Chapter Four (ideally earlier), we must know five things:
o Who’s the good guy?
o Who’s the love interest?
o Who’s the bad guy?
o What’s at stake?
o What’s the ticking clock?
- The heroine must have an emotional (internal) arc with a physical (external) arc to complement it.
· A bad guy needs to die (or be defeated in some very clear manner) at the end. No cliffhangers!
· Follow the feels rule. Every three paragraphs, the character must talk about their feelings. For a romantic scene, it’s one out of every three sentences.
· Action scenes, in order to make them feel intense, should have shorter sentences and more consonants (ie, chop, cut, crack, gut, etc).
· Romantic scenes should have longer sentences and assonance. Make it sound more poetic.
· The word “is” is my enemy. Try to use it as little as possible.
· Repetition is limited to 75 times in the whole book. You can love the phrase “bedroom eyes,” but you can only use it in the book 75 times.
· Data dumps must be at most 5 sentences. More than that, and the reader feels overwhelmed by the amount of information being dumped on them. No more than 3 data dumps per chapter.
· Every chapter, ask yourself: could the plot in this chapter have been shown versus told? For instance, when describing magic, instead of simply TELLING the reader that magic is happening, we SHOW the heroine experiencing magic—what it looks like AND what it feels like.
· Character voices must be unique. Make a style sheet that helps you flesh out each individual voice. (For example, Character A is more peppy and happy, while Character B is more realistic and the voice of reason).
· The heroine should visit the Shire before she leaves on the quest (yes, I’m a Lord of the Rings fan). In other words, she has to go home, say her goodbyes (or just reminisce, if she’s sneaking off), and then head off on her quest. In other words, get a “before” shot of the heroine. Readers need to see her (and who she is) before she leads everyone on the grand adventure. We see Dorothy in Kansas before we see her in Oz, for instance. This may help the reader form a more emotional connection with the character because it shows she’s human.
Hope you enjoyed my list and I look forward to seeing you on a future tour!
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
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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