Guest Post/Giveaway – A Soul for Chaos by Christa McHugh

Welcome to my stop of the A Soul for Chaos book tour which has been brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. Here you can read Christa McHugh Guest Post, a summary of the books and learn a little more about the Author Christa. There is a giveaway too, so check it out!! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: A Soul for Chaos
Author: Christa McHugh
Series: The Soulbearer Trilogy #2
Genre: Fantasy with strong romantic elements
Published: December 4th 2012

Book Description:

Life is dull without a little Chaos.

Trouble is more than just a nickname for Arden Soulbearer. It seems to follow her wherever she goes. And no one knows this better than her protector, Devarius Tel’Brien.

Dev thought that by moving Arden to Gravaria so she could learn how to control Loku, the chaos god whose soul inhabits her body, life would be simpler. Wrong. Not only is he continually torn between his duty and his growing feelings for the Soulbearer, but he also has to contend with the rival prince who wishes to claim her heart. Adding to his problems, a group of powerful mages have banded together to rid the world of the disembodied chaos god once and for all. Of course, that means they have to destroy Arden in the process.

Guest Post

The Elements of Magic

First confession—I’m a recovering LARPer, well versed in the nine different alignments. When I do any world-building that involves religion or deities, I tend to fall back on them. Hence why the big showdown in A Soul For Chaos is between the God of Chaos and the God of Law.

But when it comes to magic systems, I always start with the five elements—earth, air, fire, water, and spirit—and go from there.

Calling on the five elements is an essential part of most Wiccan (and other magical) rituals. A castor may have strength in one element, but they are tied to all the elements and need to be able to be in tune with them. The magic system in my Soulbearer world is relatively simple right now because my heroine, Arden, is just learning it. When she reaches the Mage’s Conclave, she’s “tested” to see where her natural abilities lie. Of course, she has a long history of accidentally setting things on fire, so I played up that element as her “strength”.

If you could use magic in any element, which one would you use and why?

About the Author:

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. Of course, that also means she’s inclined to suffer some of the same maladies that plague many southern writers like overuse of simile and metaphor, exaggeration, melodramatic writing style, and the ever-popular long-winded sentence.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

For the latest updates and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage.

Twitter: @crista_mchugh


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  1. What a hard question, they all have wonderfully awesome properties. Perhaps I would choose air for the freedom it brings :) Thank you for sharing with us and for this lovely giveaway opportunity. Would love to read A Soul for Chaos :)

  2. It was a good question, but you gave a great answer!! I would have to say fire, that would be handy!!

  3. It was a good question, but you gave a great answer!! I would have to say fire, that would be handy!!

  4. Definitely fire! I guess it's the most powerful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. It was a good question!! Great choice!!

  6. fire because some people are afraid of it


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