Fire And Cinder (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #6) by Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: February 23rd 2021
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Meet the Magicorum: modern folks who are supernaturally locked into fairy tale life templates. For eighteen-year-old Elle, that role is Cinderella. Meanwhile, Agatha is her evil stepsister. Things go downhill from there…
Cinderella On The Run
Elle—never call her Cinderella—has found the love of her life in Alec Le Charme, the prince of a jewelry dynasty. But when Alec gets spirited away, Elle must ditch her Manhattan home for the perilous Faerie Lands. To save Alec, Elle must also swap her glass slippers for a flying carpet. But will switching templates from Cinderella to Aladdin snap Elle’s sanity?
Whatever. Bring on the straight jacket. Elle is one Cinderella who’s determined to save her prince, no matter what.
Evil Stepsister or Elf Queen?
Agatha always accepted her role as Elle’s evil stepsister. Then her life template changes from nasty sibling to evil elf queen. Agatha has one thought on that score. Thanks but no thanks. Agatha refuses the regal life, even though stepping away from her crown means ignoring her lifelong attraction to the elf prince, Jacoby.
Then everything changes. Agatha discovers that Elle’s life is at risk… and the only way to save her Cinderella is by teaming up with Jacoby. Trouble is, that’s a lot of togetherness. Working with Jacoby could easily end in disaster, not only for Agatha’s heart, but also for Elle and Alec’s lives.
Fairy Tales of the Magicorum
Modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance
1. Wolves and Roses
2. Moonlight and Midtown
3. Shifters and Glyphs
4. Slippers and Thieves
5. Bandits and Ball Gowns
6. Fire and Cinder
7. Fairies and Frosting
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How I Create Personalities For My Characters By Christina Bauer, Author
As part of the launch tour for my new book, FIRE AND CINDER (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum 6), the lovely folks at Rockin Book Reviews have asked me to share how I create personalities for my characters. So without further ado, here goes!
Tip #1... Pick a language base for the character OK, so I got this one from Tolkien. He used the language and history of Finland in order to inspire his version of elves. In my experience, language drives so much of a character, it isn't even funny. It gives you a way to name them, the places in their lives and their history. PRO TIP: Google Translate is awesome here. There are also about a million web sites for baby names by culture.
Tip #2... Make Pinterest boards for the character I’m a super visual writer, so I start creating characters by building boards of inspirational pics. I begin with a general idea, such as the fact that the person is a ruler or whatever. Then I pull images onto my board. This takes time because I toss the stuff that doesn’t fit and keep the pieces that do. In general, I delete about ten images for every one that works. For me, it's also important to have a general Pinterest board of cool stuff that inspires me in general. I keep those boards hidden from general viewing. 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 #3... Write Soliloquies If I’m stuck on a character, I’ll write a page-long soliloquy about their views on the world or whatever topic strikes me. It’s important that this is just something that exists… versus having all this pressure to force it into the story. Author Virginia Woolf says “I dig out beautiful caves behind my characters.” To me, I think this means you must get comfortable with creating tons of content and backstory about a character that never appears on the page. That said, I think readers can always sense when a character has that extra level of work behind them. Not sure how they can tell, but they always do!
So that's it... some of my favorite tools and tricks. Hope you found them helpful!
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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