The Dark Lands
(Angelbound Origins #6)
"This YA paranormal fantasy series is cute, compulsively readable and above all fun." - The Nocturnal Library Blog Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life--she's now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn't suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens. Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace. Now it's up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker's disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a new criminal called the Viper took Walker in order to release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and bloodthirsty killer. Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have only twenty four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Lucifer's mysterious past with Myla's father threatens the very future of the after-realms. "I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound." - Mean Who You Are Blog Angelbound Origins In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said. 1. Angelbound 2. Scala 3. Acca 4. Thrax 5. The Dark Lands 6. The Brutal Time (Fall 2019) 7. Armageddon (already here, long story!) 8. Quasi Redux (Fall 2020) Angelbound Offspring The next generation takes on Heaven, Hell, and everything in between 1. Maxon 2. Portia 3. Zinnia (Summer 2019) 4. Kaps (Summer 2020) 5. Huntress (Summer 2021) Angelbound Lincoln Angelbound Origins as told by Prince Lincoln 1. Duty Bound 2. Lincoln 3. Tricksters Also From Christina Bauer - Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance - Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love - Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens Don't Miss Out Get your FREE copy of Christina's novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https: //tinyurl.com/bauersbooks ***Not available in stores***
I know. This is supposed to be a series for the YA audience, but guess what? Lots of us older people like these fantasies too. And this is one of the more imaginative series with some interesting concepts about Heaven and Hell – or not Heaven and not Hell, and how you get there and all the worlds that lie beneath us and the people – or not quite people – who live there.
One of the things I most like about Myla is her tail.
Now we all now know that we have brain cells in our stomachs – and that ‘gut’ feeling really is our brain – or part of it, as it processes what we have seen and heard. Now Myla has her tail. Which has a brain of its own. It behaves autonomously. It waves at people. It gets angry. It is cheeky. It is fun.
I am enjoying this series immensely and find the writing amusing and light and the stories interesting.
Keep going Christine! Looking forward to reading Rhodes – the latest book in the Offspring series – #4. Review to come in December.
Myla Lewis loves kicking demon ass. Sadly, now that she’s the Great Scala as well as Queen of the demon hunting thrax, there’s no time to battle baddies. Sure, it’s great to rule alongside her main squeeze Lincoln―and their baby Maxon is adorbs―but what about some demon killing fun? Then Myla gets a chance to fight tons of evildoers, but it’s in the worst way imaginable. All the thrax disappear, except for Lincoln. Even sweet baby Maxon vanishes.With the demon hunters gone, the worldwide population of big bads goes berserk. Talk about a nightmare. Turns out, the evil archangel Lucifer left behind another magickal trinket that’s causing trouble. This time, Lucifer’s signet ring has changed the past, preventing the thrax from ever organizing in the first place. To bring back the thrax and their son, Myla and Lincoln must travel back in history―to the era called the Brutal Time―and try to convince the pre-thrax peoples to team up. Trouble is, these folks already have a powerful leader, the Red Scourge, and that creep doesn’t want his people hunting down demons. Nope. The Red Scourge has only one goal. Kill Myla and Lincoln, fast.
Brutal Time is the latest in this series and it involves Myla and Lincoln travelling back in time to meet King Arthur.
Now I have always liked the concept of a King Arthur and his Round Table, Camelot and the Knights and so thought it was really cool that here we see the reality of the person on which the concept – ideal – was based. A smelly, drunk, rather nasty man, who made sure he was ‘bigged’ up by his bard!
I thought it was a shame that more was not made of King Arthur and his Knights and that the whole time with Merlin and Nimue was downplayed and really formed quite a short piece in the book. For me this spoilt it, and made the book a 4 star rather than a 5 – which it could have been.
I enjoy this series and the author’s writing and we get some good and unusual themes and additions. I would have also liked to see more time spent with Myla and Lincoln and their interactions. These are the things that make the story for me.
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.
Angelbound Offspring Book 2
Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
Monster House Books
(25 Jun. 2019)
Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon.
To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis.
Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield.
This time, it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires.
This for me, was more of a novella in length and thus was
not long enough to include sufficient originality. It was less complex in
storyline than the original novel. Also, author, Brits (males) do not end every
sentence with ‘luv’. I know because my
husband calls me this, but only a few times a day, not every time he speaks to
Breaking the Lore
(Inspector Paris Mystery Book 1)
supernatural, magic, detective
15th April 2019
A magical, mischievous mystery perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Ben Aaronovitch
How do you stop a demon invasion... when you don’t believe in magic?
Inspector Nick Paris is a man of logic and whisky. So staring down at the crucified form of a murder victim who is fifteen centimetres tall leaves the seasoned detective at a loss… and the dead fairy is only the beginning. Suddenly the inspector is offering political asylum to dwarves, consulting with witches, getting tactical advice from elves and taking orders from a chain-smoking talking crow who, technically, outranks him. With the fate of both the human and magic worlds in his hands Nick will have to leave logic behind and embrace his inner mystic to solve the crime and stop an army of demons from invading Manchester!
And the novel looks like:
Discovering fairies at the bottom of the garden is supposed
to be good luck. Except when the fairy has been crucified. Two pieces of wood
shoved into the ground, one tiny form fastened on to them. Sometimes, thought
Inspector Nick Paris, being a cop could be the worst job in the world. And
sometimes it was bloody amazing.
‘Well?’ he asked. ‘What do you
Williams the pathologist lay on the
grass, examining the scene. He shuffled round and peered up at the detective.
‘I’m not sure what to make of it,’
he replied. ‘I’ve never seen anything like this.’
‘You think I have?’
‘Maybe, Boss,’ said a voice over
Paris’s shoulder. ‘We do get to see some mighty weird stuff. Remember I told
you about those talking fish?’
‘Bonetti,’ said Paris. ‘That was Finding Nemo.’
For the umpteenth time, Paris cursed
the process of allocating sergeants, and wondered how the hell he’d been
assigned this one. Life could be a right pain. Still, considering the grisly
sight in front of him, it had to be better than the alternative.
‘Anyway,’ he continued, ‘we’re not
in Hollywood. This is Manchester, for God’s sake! The leafy suburbs, granted,
but your archetypal northern industrial city. Things like this just don’t
happen here. Mind you, things like this probably don’t happen anywhere. Help me
out, Jack. Is it even real?’
Williams pushed his glasses back on
his nose, then pointed at the grass.
‘We’ve got what appears to be
blood,’ he said. ‘There’s also bruising around the wounds. Hence the answer is:
yes and no.’ He clambered to his feet, brushing the soil from his trousers.
‘“Real” – yes. “It” – no. Most definitely a “she”.’
Paris crouched down to survey the
scene once more. The two sticks were in the ground in an X shape, with one
wrist and the opposite ankle attached to each. The petite head drooped forward,
golden hair obscuring the face. Over the shoulders rose silver wings,
glistening in the early morning sun. Below the head he could see a body covered
by a pale blue dress. A body that was clearly female, with a sensational, albeit
‘Can’t argue with you,’ he said.
‘Living doll. Well, a dead one. But she can’t be a fairy, because they don’t
exist. So what are we dealing with? Freak of nature? Genetic mutation?’
‘Maybe,’ said Bonetti, ‘she really
is a fairy. Or a woman who got stuck in a washing machine.’
Paris looked up into his assistant’s
permanently vacant face, sitting on top of the solid, rugby player’s torso. He
had to admit, a good person to have around if they ever got into a fight. Plus
a reasonable enough chauffeur. Apart from that, though, about as much use as
the Gobi Desert white-water rafting team.
‘A washing machine?’
‘Happened to me, Boss. One of my
shirts shrunk when we put it in extra hot.’
‘I see,’ said Paris, as patiently as
he could manage. ‘And did it grow wings at the same time?’
‘No, Boss. Our machine’s too old for
any of them fancy settings.’
Paris contemplated life with Bonetti
as his sergeant. The alternative didn’t seem so bad after all.
‘Right,’ he said, turning back
towards Williams. ‘Any suggestions which actually come from Planet Earth? Or
anything else you want to tell me?’
‘I can’t give you a definitive cause
of death until we get back to the lab,’ replied the pathologist. ‘I can tell
you I don’t appreciate working in a circus.’
Paris raised his head. Shouting
voices rumbled down from the house, hidden from view by a thick privet hedge.
‘There you go,’ he said. ‘I’ve
always wondered why these people with great big gardens split them into
different sections. Now I know. It’s to stop the media from seeing the bodies.’
He looked back at Williams, who
frowned at him.
‘Bound to happen,’ said Paris. ‘You
know how fast the papers pick up on the slightest hint of a story. Then someone
reports finding a murdered fairy? Just be glad my guys are holding them back.
Besides, we’ve kept it down to three camera crews and half a dozen reporters; I
think we’ve done pretty well.’
Williams tutted. ‘You’re enjoying
this, aren’t you?’ he asked.
‘I never enjoy finding the victims.
Even when they’re fifteen centimetres tall. But I do like interesting cases.’
‘Indeed. You’ve certainly got one
‘Boss,’ said Bonetti. ‘Do we tell
the press anything?’
‘Do we hell!’ replied Paris. ‘Say
it’s a hoax. I’m sure Jack can whip up whatever you need.’
‘Of course,’ said Williams. ‘Give
you time to whip up the killer, I suppose.’
‘Yeah. Only that won’t even be the
hard part. That’ll be dealing with the lawyers.’
‘What do you mean?’
Paris stared up at him. ‘How do you
kill somebody who doesn’t exist?’
Andy Redsmith was
born in Liverpool and grew up in Runcorn. For university he moved the enormous
distance to Salford and has lived in Manchester ever since. He says the people
there are great, but we don’t talk about football.
He worked for many years as a project
manager in the computing industry, a job which really is every bit as exciting
as it sounds. Eventually the call of writing became too hard to ignore and he
went off to do that instead. Over the years in IT he worked with some very
clever people and some complete weirdos, none of whom bear any resemblance to
the characters in his books. Honest.
He has a wonderful wife, a great son, and a loft full of old Marvel comics. One day he’ll get round to selling them. That’s the comics, not the family.
contemporary fiction, romance, fantasy, angels, demons
Monster House books
26 Feb 2019
When it comes to fighting demons, Prince Lincoln is the greatest warrior in the history of his people, the thrax. Now Lincoln faces his hardest fight yet...and it's not on a traditional battlefield. Lincoln is falling in love. And the girl is part demon. Between a fated dance at the Ryder mansion...a life-changing walk through a hedgerow maze...and a massive battle with none other than the King of Hell...Lincoln realizes that he wants to share his life with Myla Lewis, the part-demon girl who has captured his heart. However, an evil thrax noble--the powerful Earl of Acca--is prepared to do anything to stop Lincoln and Myla from having a future.
I am very fond of this version of world building and love the idea of demons getting loose and causing illnesses etc – but being invisible to the human eye. And that the Thrax and others like human ice-cream and films. The Ghouls are creepy and the monsters are very imaginative. Don’t read these books if you get nightmares as they will inhabit them! I have now read all the books so far published in the series and found them enjoyable, but I thought that of all of them Armageddon was rather slow in tension building. The story of Lincoln finally comes out now – his background and how he courted Myla from his perspective and then we learn about how Maxon got his night terrors in Armageddon. Better to have read Armageddon before Maxon but this author does not produce books in chronological order so a bit tricky… However, if you can manage to sort out the storyline in your own mind, then do read the books as they are published.