Bridge of the Gods
A Generation Son Chronicle
by C.J. Rose Genre: Fantasy
Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luther figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?
The Generation Son Chronicles Official Companion Cookbook
Let your taste buds come along on a ride through some of the most classic to the old world recipes. These recipes follow the character of the Generation Son Chronicles series as well as some of the favorites from the people involved with the books.
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (drained)
1/3 cup tahini
½ cup roasted red peppers (diced)
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
In a food processor, combine garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon juice. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add roasted peppers and basil; process until the peppers are finely chopped, and mixture looks even in color. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer hummus to small bowl, cover and chill until you are ready to serve. Upon serving, add extra peppers to the center.
C. J. Rose lives in Central Illinois. Originally from just south of Chicago, Rose is not married and has no children. The passion for writing took root in high school where she began writing song lyrics and poetry. On top of literature, Rose has a keen love for all things nerdy and sci-fi. On a quiet night, you can find her curled up with an episode or Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, and more. C. J. also belongs to a theatre organization located in her town. The devotion to musicals and theatre has led her to be a part of over 10 shows as an actress, and over 20 as a staff person. Lastly, because she wasn't busy enough, C. J. has her own bow company where she sells hair bows, bowties, scarves, lip balms, key fobs and more.
When it comes to her writing, it was an itch that needed to be scratched. While working on a cookbook, and reading her typical fantasy fiction novel, the idea came to her. She took the love of all the books she has read and turned then into a novel of her own. Published by Burning Horse Media in 2014, Generation Son: Bridge of the Gods was born. Selling over 100 copies in the first month. In 2015, Rose finished penning the second novel in the series; To Rescue a King. Being new to the game, Rose has struggled to do most of it on her own. One thing she vows, is to never give up.
The focus of the novel series is to not only bring her fantasy and ideas to life, but take those stories and make them a fun learning experience for the younger generation.
What is something unique/quirky about you? I like weird smells like cigars and gasoline. I also have a hard time being around other people with a Type A personality.
What are some of your pet peeves? People who don’t message back. Another big one is someone who can’t clean up after themselves.
Where were you born/grew up at? I was born in a town just south of Chicago called Blue Island.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? Trying to catch up on every show imaginable while veggies with as many snacks as possible, lying next to someone special.
What are you passionate about these days? Wanting to grow as a person. Wanting to better myself. Gaining ground with my series.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Watch DC and Marvel tv shows lol
Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Caring, Stubborn, Determined, Forgetful, Eager
When did you first consider yourself a writer? In high school I used to write song lyrics and poetry so I would have to say then.
Do you have a favorite movie? Scarface
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? Uh… All of them lol
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? Peacock
What inspired you to write this book? I used to hate reading in high school. I even took a novels class my senior year to see if that made a difference.
What can we expect from you in the future? Currently, I am working on promoting book 1, the cookbook, getting ready to have the editor review book 2, and proofreading book 3. I would love to begin making them into screen plays once they are all released.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Bridge of the Gods? When I wrote the book, I decided to put a character glossary in it as well. I know that some people don’t know a whole lot about the Greek Gods, and I wanted them to have the advantage. The 2 main characters are Luthor and Gwen. Luthor-A quiet and typical teenager. His best friend Gwen is by his side no matter what. On Luthor's 18th birthday, his life changes more than he will know. On this day, he will find out that his destiny is already decided for him. Gwen- Luthor’s best friend and the love of his life. She fights beside him and does her best to keep him in line. She has her own set of powers that include transformation, archery, and visions of the past.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? I have always had a love for Greek Mythology. When I wrote the book, I wanted to feature some of the minor gods as well since the big names always get the attention. You will see characters like Hestia, the goddess of the hearth, and the 3 goddesses of springtime growth, as well as some unnamed minor gods.
Where did you come up with the names in the story? I came up with the name of the story from the plot of the book.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? I think bringing the characters to life and being able to tell the story from a new angle.
Who designed your book covers? The cover was designed a talented lady who is part of my publishing team named Nicole.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Every time I look at it I think of things that I could add or take out, but the more I think about that decision, the more I shy away from it. I feel that we always second guess ourselves, and at some point we have to just say “It’s ok.”
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? Tom Holland. I think he is absolutely adorable.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers? A lot of people like to compare the first book to the Percy Jackson series. There are similarities but in general this version is quite a bit different. As well, the second and third books are not based on the Greek Gods as I wanted to change it up a bit for each one.
What is your favorite part of this book and why? Any time that Gwen puts Luthor in his place is my favorite parts. I wanted to not only portray a boy learning about who he is, I wanted a girl who is strong and focused.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? I would want to spend the day with Hestia. I think that she is feisty, and people take her for granted. I would leave the day up to her because I am sure she would have her own agenda.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
-Anyone who struggles with who they are as a person and what their destiny may have in store for them would find this interesting… I hope. It also goes through the struggles of realizing what you can and can’t do as a person.No matter what, I want my readers to have a feeling of self-worth after reading it.
Have you written any other books that are not published? I do have 2 more books in the series. Book 2 (To Rescue a King)-France, 1633; a time when ladies wore tight corsets, men’s boots came to their knees, and weaponry was a common accessory. In book 2 To Rescue a King, Come along with Luthor and Gwen as they travel back to a world here hygiene wasn’t the greatest, but parties were incredible. Fresh off the battle with Hera, Luthor finds himself teaming up with four of history’s most loyal and trusted men. With a new team of heroes, it’s a race to the finish in order to save the one true king. Book 3 (To Bring Him Home)-In the final installment of the Generation Son series, Luthor finds himself venturing to the one place he would never expect... Camelot. Here he will see the true nature of his destiny and what it means to be the Traveler. With every moment that passes, he will second guess every decision, and reconsider his future options. No matter what the outcome, he will have Gwen by his side and his knights of the round table.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be? Funny enough, my book does have a candle... or three. I have developed scents for book 1 and plan to do the same for books 2 and 3.The three scents I have for book 1 are Ambrosia which is a strawberry, cherry, citrus, Nectar, which is a woodsy citrus, and Chocolate Buttercream.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors? I don’t have a list of top 10, but I do have a few that I like to read; Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, Shakespeare
What book do you think everyone should read? Anything by the above authors.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? I like to build a character list as part of the outlining process. That helps me develop the story better. They may not always have name, but I know who they are as a character.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? The research depends on the story line. For book 1, I did a lot of research on the gods. I wanted to make sure that the information was as accurate as possible when it came to who they were.
Do you see writing as a career? To be honest, not really. I started it as a fun project, but I am not doing it to gain fame or fortune. If it comes, that is fantastic, but if not, I am ok with that too.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre? I used to read a lot more before I started writing. Once I began my own series that has taken up a lot of my time. When it comes to the genre, my favorite if fantasy fiction, but I do like some others.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why? For me, I like to write in silence. It does not have to complete deafening silence, but I cannot concentrate when there is a lot of noise like people, the tv, etc.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time? I write one book at a time, but once they are all written, I do tend to go back and make changes or edit at the same time.
Pen or type writer or computer? I choose to do it both ways. Sometimes I start by writing the outline by pen. Once I get that far, I will start typing it out in more detail, then type out the story.
A day in the life of the author? Sadly, I do not have the ability to be a full time write, so a normal day starts with my day job. I am a support tech for an insurance software company. Then it is usually of to the theatre for one show or another. After that it is home to watch some tv, and to bed. Somewhere in there, I try to get some writing done.
Advice they would give new authors? Don’t give up. You will get a lot of no’s or you may get a lot of yesses. Either way, keep going. The first thing you need to do it write for yourself, then you can worry about everyone else.
What makes a good story? Plot and character are the two main things that I feel make a good story. If you plot has no real direction, and your characters are not as developed as they could be, you can lose your readers attention.
What is your writing Kryptonite? Self Doubt!
How long on average does it take you to write a book? The first book took me about a year to write, then another to get all the editing done before I felt comfortable enough to print.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Without a doubt. I have gotten it more times that I can count.
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