Welcome y’all to the “Shifter and Glyphs” Blog Tour hosted by Xpressotours! Here you will find all information on the book, an about the author section, followed by a guest post from the author! I’m so excited to bring this to y’all! Many happy discoveries with Xpresso!

Shifters and Glyphs
Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

“A fun romp for Twilight Fans” – School Library Journal

After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.

Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.

“Exciting and well-conceived” – Kirkus

With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most.

And that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.

“Must-read YA paranormal romance!” – USA Today

Perfect for readers who love young adult books, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, satire/comedy, paranormal romance, fairies, magic users, shapeshifters, and coming of age stories.

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Author Bio:

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. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

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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Author Guest Post

5 Key Insights On My Writing Process

By Christina Bauer, Author

I’ve written more than 15 books and sold over a million copies of those titles. As part of the launch tour for my new book, SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS, the awesome folks at Book Reviews by Steph have asked me to share some of my writing process. So without further ado, here are three key insights I’ve gained over the years!

Process Insight #1. It’s always easier to stall than write my manuscript.

Email? Let’s write them! Blog post? Have I ever got a good idea! The tricky part is, sometimes I honestly need a little cognitive break. I do a little something-something online and when I come back…BOOM! I’m ready to go. So it’s tricky to tell what’s a real time killer versus a needed intermission. In the end, I err on the break side because I’m the boss of me and I can do shit like that.

Process Insight #2. I always fight with my characters. Always.

When I outline a book, I inevitably start with a big idea about what I want to do with the character. When I actually get into things, that character fights with me to be who THEY want to be. I battle with them for awhile, and then I give in. That’s when the character stops being my idea and starts being a little entity inside my head that interacts with their environment and does their own thing…within limits. That’s when I know I can run with the manuscript. Examples:

  • I originally drafted Myla from Angelbound as Monica and wanted her to be frail and frightened. She kicked my ass on that, big time.
  • Maxon from Angelbound Offspring began as a rogue who slept and fought his way through life. He stayed that way, but he wanted his story to start later, as in after he gave up on all the rogue-ery.
  • Portia (also from Angelbound Offspring) was hella passive in the beginning. I had her as little more than a prisoner. She wanted to be a fighter, but with knowledge instead of swords. Aaaaaaaaaaand she got her way.

Process Insight #3. Pinterest is a Key Part of My Worldbuilding

I need to visualize parts of my world, and my Pinterest boards are an important part of that. This can also become a sweet time suck (see insight #1). I have more than 500 boards and 5,000 pins. No, I am not shitting you.

Process Insight #4. I write a lot of stuff that I chuck. And I mean, a lot.

I did some analysis on old drafts (see insight #1) and found out that I chuck about four chapters for every one that I keep. This is super satisfying when the battle with my main character is over (see insight #2) but not too fun in the meantime.

Insight #5. There is nothing better than being in “The Zone.”

Once the character is set and the plot is humming, I hit “The Zone.” It’s usually about three-fourths of the way through the first full draft. It’s a lovely place where the words flow. I can write on the drive-thru for Starbucks or on the Boston T. I wake up early like it’s Christmas again and I’m five years old. Once I’m up, I write until my eyes hurt from strain. Only they don’t hurt really, because the book is finally flowing and that’s awesome.

So on that happy note, I’ll close off my insights and get back to writing. Thanks so much for asking me to share my thoughts!

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Hope y’all have enjoyed this little taste of insight in Ms. Bauer’s writing process! As for the giveaway: May the odds be ever in your favor.

~Steph

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