Five things that changed in the making of Angelbound by Christina Bauer (and a giveaway)



Angelbound (Angelbound Origins #1)

By: Christina Bauer

Publisher: Monster House Books

Publication Date: December 30th, 2016


***Angelbound is now an audio book read by the author, Christina Bauer***

Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

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Fun Facts About Stuff I Changed in Angelbound

By Christina Bauer


My book, ANGELBOUND, tells the story of a part demon girl who falls in love with a part angel prince. If you aren’t familiar with the book, there’s a quick trailer right here. In any case, I’m now doing an author tour to celebrate the launch of ANGELBOUND as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes, and I’ve been asked the following question from Bibliobibuli YA:

A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before its complete.  What are some fun facts or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

This is a super question because I went through a lot of dumb crap before I finalized stuff in ANGELBOUND. So, without further ado, here are 4 things I tried in early versions that sucked so hard, I now find them funny. Hope you do, too:

  1. Armageddon started off as a small pink poodle

No, I am not kidding. I actually thought it would be awesome to have the King of Hell be a small pink poodle that talked. You know, the ‘last demon that you would have expected’ type thing? And yes, it was funny. But no, it totally didn’t work. That said, I loved the name and kept working on it until he turned out to be the badass he is today.

  1. Lincoln started off as a run-of-the-mill new world thrax 

New world thrax are demon hunters who embrace technology and live cloud-side in the US. Lincoln was part of an East Coast thrax community that was divided—and he was working to unify things—so that’s how the name Lincoln fitted in. But the more I kept writing, the more Lincoln kept having lots to do with the old world thrax, who were arguably cooler since they lived underground and were stuck in the middle ages. So finally, I gave in to the inevitable and moved him to the old world. After that, he was so cool and spicy-hawt, I felt like he wouldn’t just be some run-of-the-mill thrax, but one of the guys running the show. High Prince Lincoln was born. Let’s take a look at him….ahhhhhhh 🙂

  1. Myla was originally named Monica

And the book was titled Demonica (har har har). Unfortunately, there’s a restaurant in Boston’s North End called Monica’s, and we lived near said restaurant for about ten years. As I kept trying to write Myla as a badass fighter, I kept seeing the Monica’s logo in my mind, which is an overweight nun holding a pizza.

Needless to say, she got renamed Myla.

  1. Walker was originally an agoraphobic fairy with a foul mouth

God DAMN, but I loved that foul-mouthed fairy and she was the honorary sibling for Myla for AGES. She did not belong in Myla’s story, but I kept her in there for the longest time anyway. Then, when I was rewriting the first chapter for the millionth time, Walker literally appeared. He wasn’t in my outline, but his portal materialized in the kitchen and out stepped my favorite ghoul. I haven’t given up on the potty-mouthed pixie, however. She’s slated for a future book in the Angelbound series.

So there you have it. Four colossally bad moves (except for Monica, which was more of a word-association issue). All in all, thanks so much for asking ths question…I had a fun time answering this question! In case you think of more queries, I’m always up for reader interaction, and more information on how to contact me is listed below.

about the author

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. It is now available as an audiobook 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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