Zinnia (Angelbound Offspring #3) by Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books | Publication date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world.
I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now.
Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her.
It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players.
I will find out the full truth, no matter what.
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Q. What are some Tips, Tricks and Tools you use to keep your life organized so you can accomplish all you have to do?
A. My Favourite Tips, Tricks and Tools for Writing By Christina Bauer, Author
As part of the launch tour for my new release, ZINNIA, the lovely folks at Rockin’ Book Reviews have asked me to write a post on my fav tips and tricks for writing. Happy to share!
Tip #1... Make Pinterest boards for key characters and places
It's also important to have a Pinterest board of cool stuff that you find inspiring in general. For me, that board is hidden. My public boards are here. Sarah J Maas has some cool boards that you may want to check out as well.
PRO TIP: Visit Pinterest if you haven't already.
Tip #2... Pick a language base for the groups of people in your world
I write fantasy and so this is a huge one for me! I learned this particular trick from Tolkien. Language drives so much of a world, it isn't even funny. How a character speaks gives you a structure for their name and the places around them. Plus, it can also help inspire their history as well. In Angelbound, the Thrax were partially based on ancient Roman gladiators, so their language was Latin. In Maxon, the Elementals were based on the Finnish language. There were also elements of the Kalevala myth in there too, which is a Finnish classic.
PRO TIP: Google Translate is awesome here. There are also about a million web sites for baby names by culture.
Tip #3... Use a writing tool like Scrivener
This allows you to organize research, move chapters around easily, and in general be a badass. You won't realize how much you've been craving it until you give it a try. I put all my 'world bibles' (lists of names, places and descriptions) in here, too.
PRO TIP: Check out Scrivener here.
So that's it...my favorite tools and tricks. Hope you found them helpful! Thanks for having me stop by and I hope to visit on a future book 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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