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Title: The Sorcerer’s Guardian
Author: Antonia Aquilante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 11/28/2016

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.

Recent Release Spotlight with Antonia Aquilante

We are here today to talk about The Sorcerer’s Guardian.  What can you tell us about it?

The Sorcerer’s Guardian is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Tournai series. It’s the story of Savarin and Loriot as they set out on a mission from the prince to restore Tournai’s magical protections and end up clashing then falling in love along the way.

Please tell us more about our main characters.

Savarin is the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai. He’s arrogant and intimidating but very good at what he does. He’s also very alone, both because of his Talent and how people react to it and because of things in his past he wants to hide. Loriot is captain of the royal guard and devoted to his duty. He’s loyal and protective both of the royal family and of his own, whom he tries to keep separated from his work. Loriot and Savarin have worked together before but never alone for so long, and that proximity brings attraction and other feelings to the surface, despite how strongly Savarin feels that he doesn’t need a protector.

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?

The Chronicles of Tournai series is a fantasy romance series. Each book has its own complete plot and romance, so you can jump in anywhere (though obviously I hope you’ll want to read the whole series!). And each has romance, magic, royal intrigue, and a happily ever after.

What about The Sorcerer’s Guardian makes you the proudest?

Can I say the whole thing? The Sorcerer’s Guardian is a little different from the previous books in the series because it takes us farther from the palace and the royal family and focuses on two men who are a little older and very much not royalty. They were so much fun to write. It also delves into more into the magic of the world, which I really enjoyed doing.

What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

Loriot and Savarin have their happily ever after, but they’ll still appear in other books in the series. The fifth book in the series, which is written, is about Bastien, a rather uptight cousin to the prince, and Corentin, a mysterious visiting scholar. If you’ve read the previous books in the series, you’ve briefly met each of them.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Don’t give up. Don’t stop writing or learning to make your writing better. Don’t stop reading everything out there because it’s so important to your writing too. Don’t stop trying even when the rejections get you down.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

That one of my books helped them get through a hard time. It made me cry, and I was so humbled and happy that something I wrote could do that for them.

What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

Usually characters come to me first, and everything else follows from there. Character is so important in everything I write so it’s really the center. Both main characters in The Sorcerer’s Guardian were supporting characters in previous books in the series. The more I saw of them, the more I knew they had stories I wanted to tell

Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?

So many! It’s getting them to wait patiently that’s the problem. Apparently I need to write a lot faster!

How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?

Sometimes a name will just come to me attached to the character, but not very often. I spend so much time choosing names. I want them to really fit the chacters. I search through baby name books and name websites looking for just the right name for each character, even minor characters. I don’t often change a name once I’ve decided on it, and if I do, it’s usually because I realized it didn’t fit the character in the first place.

If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?

I would be Belle. I mean…the library and the gold ball gown and the Beast is pretty adorable. I’ve always loved Belle. I loved that she loves books so much. Really, what reader doesn’t want Belle’s library?

If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?

JK Rowling, though I would have to get a lot of fangirling out of the way before I could ask her for writing advice! Her worldbuilding is just fantastic. I would love to ask her about it.

If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

I think I would be a cat. They get to sleep a lot, and when they want attention—someone to play with them or cuddle or feed them—they can have that. When they want to be left alone, they just walk away. Sometimes they swat at you first, of course. It doesn’t sound like a bad life.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Daring Fate by Megan Erickson, which is a really fantastic shifter story. After that I’m not sure. My to-be-read is enormous! Pretty soon I’ll be reading all the holiday romances. I make myself wait until after Thanksgiving for those, though.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Folded
  • Cinnamon or maple? Cinnamon
  • Favorite Color? Purple
  • Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis
  • Spring or Fall? Fall
  • Sushi or pasta? Pasta, always pasta
  • Windows or Mac? Mac
  • Hats or Fascinators? Depends on the outfit!

What are you working on?  What is next?

The fifth Chronicles of Tournai book is written, and at the beginning of next year, I’m planning to start writing the sixth, which is the story of Maxen and someone you’ll meet in book five. I’m looking forward to writing it. Right now I’m working on something completely different, a contemporary romance with paranormal elements. It’s a little strange to be writing something so different, but I’m enjoying it too.

Links

The Sorcerer’s Guardian on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

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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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