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Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.
At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.
So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!
Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.
Five Things You Don’t Know About Elea, the Heroine of CROWNED
By Christina Bauer
I’ve been asked my the lovely folks at Brooke Blogs to share five things you don’t know about Elea, the heroine of my latest book, CROWNED (Beholder #4). So without further ado, here goes:
5. Elea is short for Eleanor
I’m a big history fan and there are a lot of cool Eleanors in the past. I’m thinking Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Unfortunately, growing up I also had a cleaning woman named Eleanor who was a figure of not some small angst. My mother was bi-polar (truth) and when she’d get in a mood, she and Eleanor would hang in the kitchen, drink tea, and talk about how I and my siblings sucked. (more truth). I’m not sure Eleanor really hated us kids so much as liked the big tip my mother gave after any of these sessions, but I still had some torn feelings about the name Eleanor. So, I made up Elea (ah-LAY-ahh). Extra geek bonus that the pronunciation has Princess Leia’s name in it!
4. Elea was originally trapped in a dungeon-well at the opening of CURSED (Book 1)
I tried to make it work, but it was just too SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. It was also dark as hell. Eventually, I put Elea on her farm and that was much better for everyone.
3. All the stuff that happens in CROWNED? I had that shizz planned out FOR-EV-ER
This kills me because I can’t keep Christmas presents a secret for more than an hour or two, so waiting YEARS for all these major reveals? KILLING ME!
2. I felt bad for what I did to Elea and Rowan in CROWNED
If you haven’t read the book yet, I won’t go into spoilers, but I really did feel guilty putting so many hardships on those two. So much so in fact, that I couldn’t start writing the book for almost a week. Which is crazy because these are fake people in my head.
1. If I get enough fan messages, I may write more for Beholder
Officially, CROWNED is the last in the series, but there are some areas left to explore for Elea and Rowan (and Phillipe and Veronique!) So if you want more Beholder, let me know!
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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