Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cradled by Christina Bauer - Book Tour + Giveaway

Christina Bauer
(Beholder #4.5)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
An Epilogue Novella
At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.

• Cursed

• Concealed

• Cherished

• Crowned

• Cradled

My Top 5 Favorite YA Heroines, Medieval Style
By Christina Bauer, Author

The lovely folks at Jazzy Book reviews have asked me to list my top 10 favorite YA heroines…And to celebrate the launch of my new book CRADLED (Beholder Series Book 5), I’ve decided to focus said list on YA heroines of the medieval kickass variety. Here goes!

Lord of the Rings fans know Eowyn as the badass chick who takes down the evil Nazgul king. Their interaction goes a little something like this:
LORD OF THE NAZGUL: Don’t even try to hurt me. No living man may injure me. Nyah. Bleh.
EOWYN: But I am no living man. You look upon a kick-ass chick, you patriarchal dipshit. [KILLS HIM]
What I love about JRR Tolkien’s medieval kick-ass chicks are that they always win in the end and act fabulous while doing so.

I can still remember the moment thirteen-year-old me read the passage in Lord of the Rings where Galadriel is tempted by ultimate power of the one ring. If Galadriel takes it, then “All shall love me and despair.” What a great line!!! Galadriel then refuses the ring, which is one of the most heroic things in the history of ever. After reading that part, I sat straight up in bed and was like damn, I want to write something like that too!

I heart Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass Series, and its heroine, Celaena Sardothien. The books are set in a nice medieval world with lots of dungeons and hidden royalty. And our heroine knows how to be sassy. Go her!

For my next heroine, I’m switching gears to a real person. Eleanor of Acquitaine was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and a host of medieval English kings. FUN FACT: Did you know that King Richard  spent all of 10 months of his rule I England? The guy was off hanging in France or on Crusade and his mother Eleanor actually ran the freaking country for 15 years. And that was after her husband locked her up for a decade because she led too many civil wars against him. But hubby died and she took his throne. Now that’s badass.

Another real person. Another total badass. In medieval Spain, some dipshit tried to steal Isabella’s throne and she bitch-slapped him down with political and military smartassness.  My heroine.

So there you have it, my favorite heroines, both real and fictional, medieval style. There are a ton more real medieval ladies I could write about, too. It was a great era for kick-ass warrior queens. But perhaps that’s a post I’ll save for my next book. Thanks for reading!

Author Bio:
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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