Legends tell of large cats defending the principality of Tournai, but such creatures have been lost to time.
Or have they?
Prince Philip inherited the throne at a young age, and since then, his life has centered around ruling his country and resisting those pressuring him to take a wife and conceive an heir—forcing him to hide his attraction to men. When kind-hearted Amory is offered to the prince in exchange for more time for Amory’s father to complete a commission, both Philip and Amory are horrified. But Philip agrees to keep Amory at the palace, where they gradually become friends, then lovers. For the first time in his life, Philip is free to share not only his heart, but the magical shape-shifting ability that runs in the royal bloodline.
Neither Amory nor Philip imagined falling in love, and they certainly don’t expect the lengths those who oppose their relationship will go to keep them apart—maybe even resorting to murder.
The Prince’s Consort
by Antonia Aquilante
M/M Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Length: Novel (290 pages)
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Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Somewhere in between, but much closer to a pantser. I don’t outline, but I do make some notes before I start writing. I need to know who my characters are before I write anything. Other than that, I generally know where I’m starting and where I want to end up, maybe a few scenes along the way. The rest I find out as I go along. Sometimes I wish I could a plotter. It seems like it might save me some anxiety if I had the whole story plotted out start to finish, but I just can’t write like that.
What’s the process of your writing?
Well, I already said I’m not a plotter. I start by making notes, and I make them by hand. Each book has its own notebook (and since I have a thing for stationary, they all tend to be pretty journals). There’s something about putting pen to paper that gets my creativity flowing in a way hitting computer keys doesn’t so I work by hand at first. I spend some time writing everything I know about my characters and the story. I jot down notes for scenes or dialogue that might have come to me already. Sometimes I even write out a scene or two. Then I pull out my laptop and really start writing. I always start at the beginning, but I’ve never written a whole book in order. I skip around, writing the scenes that I see and then put everything together. It’s stressful every time because I’m sure it’s never going to come together, but it does and it works for me.
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
I find it so difficult to say goodbye to characters and worlds, both as a writer and as a reader, which might be why everything I write seems to turn into a series. I like to spend time in the worlds I create. New characters always pop up wanting stories of their own, and I love revisiting old characters while getting to know the new ones. I do have ideas for a couple of stand-alone stories, so I’ll have to force myself to say goodbye when I get around to writing those (if they don’t turn themselves into series too...).
What are you working on next?
The second Tournai book, The Artist’s Masquerade, will be out in December or January. I’m revising the third Tournai book and getting it ready to submit to Dreamspinner now and then I’ll start on the fourth Tournai story. After that, maybe one of those stand-alone stories. We’ll see.
What was your most extravagant purchase?
Leaving aside my car and my laptop, which were the most expensive things I’ve ever bought but were also necessary items, it would have to be a pair of designer shoes I bought at my 30th birthday. My friend and I went shopping together in New York. Both of us bought shoes, and we called them milestone birthday shoes. I still cringe a little if I think about what they cost, but I don’t regret the purchase. My friend and I had a great day in the city, and it’s a wonderful memory. And the shoes really are fabulous.
What place would you like to visit most and why?
I have a list! It’s a really long list that includes a lot of places I’ve never been and many I’d like to visit again. The pyramids in Egypt, Istanbul, the south of France, Scotland, Ireland, Wales...so many places I haven’t been. I’d love to go back to Italy, which I fell in love with, and also to the Greek Isles and Paris. There’s so much art and history and culture to discover and learn. And food - I’d go back to Italy for the pasta, wine, and gelato alone.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina for a long time. I took lessons for years, and I still love dance. I remember wanting to be a teacher. By the time I was twelve, though, I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
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 and the New Jersey Romance Writers.
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