What Inspired Me To Write WOLVES AND ROSES
By Christina Bauer, Author
The amazing folks at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures have asked me to share what inspired me to write my upcoming young adult shifter fairy tale, WOLVES AND ROSES. Here goes!
I write quirky books. Right now, there’s my ANGELBOUND series in which a part-demon girl fights evil souls in Purgatory’s arena. She has a snarky attitude and tail. Not really a trend yet in YA. My BEHOLDER series is classic epic fantasy with a heroine who channels death magick. And again, YA Necromancer heroines aren’t exactly sweeping the nation.
So, I won’t lie. When I started writing WOLVES AND ROSES, I planned to sell out. I was about to pen a traditional adult werewolf romance. You know the kind of book with a chesty guy in the book cover who has a ton of tribal tattoos and sweaty skin? That’s the one. No more quirky, I told myself. Mainstream.
Then, I sat down to write WOLVES AND ROSES. The first scene came out of my head like this: There’s Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Red Riding Hood…They’re in a basement in Midtown Manhattan…And they’re in a teen therapy group for girl who have failed their fairy tale life template. Not what I was planning at all.
But then, I thought “this is too weird not to exist.” So I wrote it. And I had a blast on every page. Once I finished the book, I was pretty sure my distributor would tell me to stick it. When they don’t like a title, you get the whole “wow, that’s interesting…we’ll see what retailers think.” It’s a nice way of saying they can’t sell it.
That didn’t happen with WOLEVS AND ROSES.
Instead, my disti pitched the book to Barnes & Noble and other major retailers. I’ve been amazed by the positive response so far. I keep waiting for everyone to say “just kidding” and pan it, but it hasn’t happened yet! We’ll see when the launch happens. Maybe weird is becoming mainstream, who knows?
The Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series continues with the novella MOONLIGHT AND MIDTOWN (spring 2018) and well as the full novel SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS (Fall 2018). Eight full novels are planned in total.
WOLVES AND ROSES,
SERIES: Book 1 in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum Series
GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
AVAILABILITY: On iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and GooglePlay
FORMAT: eBook (also print and audiobook)
LIST PRICE: $6.99 (eBook)
About WOLVES AND ROSES
“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?
All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.
But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.
FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
Book 1: Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
Book 1.5: Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
Book 2: Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)
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.
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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