Antonia Aquilante on The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Dreamspinner Press Guest Interview and giveaway)

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The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Chronicles of Tournai #4) by Antonia Aquilante

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Release Date: November 28, 2016

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Antonia Aquilante here today answering some of our author questions and talking about her latest fantasy release, The Sorcerer’s Guardian. Welcome,  Antonia!

Our  Interview with Antonia Aquilante

  • Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?  A memory, a myth, a place or journey, or something far more personal?

Anywhere and everywhere. It could be something I see or hear or read, a place I go, a piece of art, an experience, anything really. I think my subconscious gathers up little bits and pieces and then reveals a character or story to me. Part of the Chronicles of Tournai series came in a dream.

  • Are you a planner or a pantzer when writing a story? And  why?

More a pantser than a planner. I do some planning, mostly getting to know my characters and a general idea of where I’m starting and where I want to end up. I figure the rest out as I write. Sometimes I wish I could outline because it seems like it would be less stressful (especially when I’m in the middle of a story wondering if I have any idea what I’m doing!), but it hasn’t worked for me. I’ve had to learn to trust my writing process.

  • Contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction narratives or something else?  Does any genre draw you more than another when writing it or reading it and why does it do so?

Fantasy romance is my first love in writing. I really enjoy creating fantasy worlds that people can lose themselves in, and that I can lose myself in too. The Chronicles of Tournai is fantasy romance, and I just love the world and characters. I am currently writing a contemporary with some paranormal elements, though, which is different for me. I read widely in a variety of genres (including all the ones you’ve listed!), but fantasy is a favorite to read as well, along with paranormal and historical. I like to get swept away into another time and place in a story.

  • If you had a character you’ve written you would write differently now at this time in your writing career, who would it be and why?Can a author have favorites among their characters and do you have them?

My writing career is still fairly new, but with every story, I’m learning more. I’m sure there are things I would do differently just in the mechanics of writing, but I can’t think of a character I would really change. I’m sure an author can have favorites, but I think I would feel bad. It might be a little too much like a parent having a favorite child for me!

  • If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?

I can’t just have my Kindle? Because the best part of it is that I can have all the books with me. But, if I have to pick, I’d need books by authors on my comfort read list: Jordan L Hawk, KJ Charles, Megan Erickson, Rhys Ford, Avon Gale, Lisa Kleypas, JL Langley, Heidi Cullinan…I could keep going, but I should probably stop!

  • How early in your life did you begin writing?

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. Before I knew how to write them down, I would act them out with dolls or draw them. Then I started writing them down and never stopped.

  • Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?

I remember there were always books around. My mom is a reader, and I think I get being such a voracious reader from her. I remember her reading all the time when I was a child (now we share books). I loved Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, A Wrinkle in Time, and Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet among many others. When I was about 12, I discovered Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey and then I read my first romance novel (a Nora Roberts). I still have those much-loved copies of my favorites on my bookshelves. Some of them are falling apart from too many readings despite being careful of them.

Thank you for letting me visit today!

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Blurb

Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

 

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

M/M Fantasy Romance

Length: Novel
Series: Chronicles of Tournai

About the Author

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.

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A Lila Release Day Review: The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Chronicles of Tournai #4) by Antonia Aquilante

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

the-sorcerers-guardianSavarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

The Sorcerer’s Guardian is a slow burn romance set in the fantasy kingdom of Tournai. Savarin and Loriot were framed as possible main characters at the end of the Scholar’s Heart. Not based on their romantic possibilities, but on how well they worked together, and their service to the Crown.

That working chemistry continued in this book and their connection showed from the start—intensifying with every page. Their relationship is as complicated as the spells they are trying to understand. It’s refreshing to see a friendship developing between them, and when they finally give up into their lust, their friendship keeps them together.

I love Savarin and his prepotency. It was simply a way to protect his heart, but at the same time, it served him as a tool to hide how powerful he really is. Loriot is the perfect complement for him. He is caring, strong, and takes care of everything and everyone. In this case, Savarin and the relationship they were building together. They become a loving family, and their small touches are a reassurance they both needed.

Not only the romance is slow, but their travels. And therefore, the story’s plot. The readers get a lot of background information, about the main characters and the kingdom itself. All the characters from previous books are present, and even when this can be a stand-alone story from the romance perspective, it’s best if you read at least one of the previous books.

Overall, the story is interesting, the writing splendid, and the MCs relationship lovely. The world-build increases with every book, but stays consistent. The added layers only bring the reader deeper into their world. I’m definitively a fan of the author and the series. Now I just have to go back and read the first two books.

Anne Cain did another nice cover for this installment. It goes with the rest of the series and it shows a subdued Savarin and Loriot.

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Book Details:

ebook, 310 pages
Published: November 28, 2016, by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1634778529 (ISBN13: 9781634778527)
Edition Language: English

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Series:  Chronicles of Tournai
Book #1: The Prince’s Consort
Book #2: The Artist’s Masquerade
Book #3: The Scholar’s Heart
Book #4: The Sorcerer’s Guardian