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Dust up: A Book Review

Complicated fun and bizarre plot elements give a nicely humorous storyline for this witch-based story. Starting with initial paragraph where her mother transports into her living room with her luggage, a cat, and a brown envelope, and announces that she has just killed her husband – our narrator’s father!

Of course, this turns out not be as literal as it could have been.

Ma and Pa were 2 halves of a Magic Act – which of course was more magical than they let on. They had been together for many years touring and bringing baby along too – both were beautiful, glamourise and natural show business actors. They had a manager named Murray who did most of the actual child rearing for Serenissima (AKA Sandra) our narrator. Who much preferred to be living outside of the chaotic life of her parents.

And then Pa has a mid-life crisis and decides that Ma is getting too old for the act and he would prefer a younger partner. Which is of course the start of the shenanigans that occur, especially around the knives! And the ghosts and….

Fun and light with a show business element.

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Foxes are cunning

For a blog by this author please see post on 10th November.

  • This is a New world building. Foxes are prized when first generation, especially females, as they are harbingers of new magic being formed – and thus possibilities of strength and power in their offspring, which leads to strength and power in their families. Wealth is kept within the family, which is usually controlled by the Matron. 4 quadrants in the USA – roughly NSEW; and each quadrant is an area on its own with its own magic abilities. And society. To move between quadrants is not easy for people as often it makes them sick – sometimes too sick to pass through; some can do so but their magic changes ability as they do. Eg an ability to control one power becomes an ability to change into another – and for shape shifters it can be in a different form – so a bird could become an elk! Fox shifters are even rarer than those hybrids with just the ears and tails.
    • I thought that this book told a good story and was well plotted. I enjoyed reading it more than some of this author’s other stories. I loved the idea o someone having a foxes’ tail and ears constantly and the way the tail needed so much attention. I thought that the story line had plenty of potential for future books in the series as we find out just what new magic is available in this world and how the character’s arcs develop. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
    • Tulsa. Storm Alley. In the United States, there are two regions with a disproportionately high frequency of tornadoes. Florida is one and “Tornado Alley” in the south-central United States   and as we can see from the maps below, Tulsa is actually within Tornado Alley in the real world. Oklahoma had 149 Tornadoes in 2019, the most on record. And on the 2nd June Tulsa had 8 twisters, the most on record. 2020 was a better year with only 34 between January and May.
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Quasi? Apparently but not really.

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How excited are you for this interview?

So freaking excited, I can’t even tell you. The Bouncing Tigger Reads is the BEST!!!

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
My Angelbound book series is set in the after-realms, an imaginary place that includes Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and some other stuff. I grew up Roman Catholic and always asked the nuns fun questions such as, what’s it like in Purgatory? Needless to say, I didn’t get all the answers I wanted. When I got to be an adult, I figured I’d ‘fill in the blanks’ and Angelbound was born.

What appealed to you about it?

I have a nasty habit of filling in backstory on stuff. It’s a lot of asking questions in my head… and then answering them while I’m driving around or whatever. For Angelbound, I was like, who are all the archangels and archdemons as people? What if Purgatory isn’t fire and suffering but more of a nasty strip mall? Things like that. Living inside my head is a very strange place to be.

I also fell in love with writing the heroine, Myla. Every character is a part of me, both the good and so-called bad. In terms of Myla, she’s a side of me that’s irreverent and full of energy. It’s a blast to put her on the page!

Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

What’s different about my stuff:

-I write my books in the first person voice, so it’s like the character is sitting next to you and dictating their life.

-I use pop culture references, f-bombs and make up my own words and phrases (shitburger is a new one I’m using in QUASI REDUX. You’re welcome.)
-There’s always lots of action and mind-bending imaginary situations

-You’re either obsessed with my work or you think I’m super annoying

-Aaaaaaaaand that’s about all I can think of right now. Thanks for having me stop by!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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 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. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks 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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Carnivals are usually noisy not silent

The next in the series about the cats and dragons and…

So off the whole crew go in a rather special ship through a wormhole and into their world’s equivalent of Venice. A city built on canals and islands but the canals aren’t smelly (wow – not like Venice in reality then, especially in August) and the city is going to hold its Carnivale – see Venice’s Carnivale – which not only has masked balls but artwork and sculpture and…

And everyone needs a mask – even the cats – and when dusk falls they find out why they not only need the masks but also why they need to have hotel rooms, and not just for the banquet.

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Adventures befall them all as they try to help the small sprites and ethereal creatures that power the magic that runs the city (and as they realise the ship too). Take down one, take down all. And disaster comes close as there are monsters out there in the night.

A rollicking tale of trial and tribulation and terrors which follows nicely on from previous adventures. And yes, cats can fly too… I’m sure mine would love to as they find climbing fences a lot of effort!

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Our own mini Tiger or great ginger cat! Oh, and he is very chatty too, but not in English…

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Why is humour often grave?

Part of a long series with bodies….

This was a good length and so it was long enough to complete a story in one book. No need for a sequel here and I enjoyed reading through whole.

Just a couple of minor grouches from me though – 1. For me it seemed there was too much emphasis on the Aramaic pantheon; and 2. I got seriously confused at times when the characters were explaining all the different relationships within the angelic host and others. This just needed to be simplified down for those not familiar with this pantheon and the way angels and their various families are linked.

I had not realised, until I looked it up, that angels are common to many religions including Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. Of course Medieval scholars managed to make it all very complicated and to have many different choirs of angels and thrones etc but the one thing that most agree on is that Azrael holds a rather benevolent role as the angel of death, wherein he acts as a psychopomp, responsible for transporting the souls of the deceased after death. I have come across the concept of a psychopomp before in Christine Bauer’s work so this was at least familiar to me. But of course, each religion has a different take on angels – names, roles and hierarchy too.

I’m glad that I didn’t give up though. As I found that the story kept me interested and I loved the Mausoleum and graveyard. Anwen was an interesting heroine and I loved her chats with the dead and the loved the way the dead behaved too.

A different world again – but as the angels and others keep hinting – each world that the universe  builds lasts only a time – and then is destroyed for some reason and another world appears and magic appears in this new world at some point too. But each world acquires its magic at a different point in its history. Some characters in these stories live through multiple worlds – often by sleeping for long periods. Interesting thought and philosophy.

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