It’s Antonia Aquilante’s turn today!
- Due to a magical curse, for the rest of your life you can read only one genre of books. Which genre will it be? Romance! For once, I can answer a question like this easily. Romance includes everything and anything with a guaranteed happily every after too. I really need that comfort in my life. Wait. I don’t have to narrow it down to a subgenre, do I? Because I don’t think I can do that…
- What hobby do you wish you could take up? I’d love to learn how to knit. I see people making such wonderful things, and I’d love to do that. I’m not sure I’d be any good at it, but I should probably find the time to try.
- Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with? Tough question, but I’m choosing the Obamas. Which I know, they’re two people, so I guess I’m technically cheating, but it’s my made-up dinner party, so I’m going with it.
- If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? I’d never heard of Post Secret until this interview, and then I totally fell down the rabbit hole reading them! Too funny! Hmm, I’m not sure. I do have a royal family with a pretty big secret that someone might be tempted to reveal if it couldn’t be traced back to them. Alexander, maybe. He has a mischievous side.
- Which house did the sorting hat put you in? Hufflepuff. I expected Ravenclaw, but I always get Hufflepuff, and I can understand it too.
- Describe a beloved item of clothing owned by one of your characters. Amory treasures the clothes he married Philip in because of the memories attached. They’re white and embroidered in the traditional style of wedding clothes in Tournai.
- If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why? Well, all of my published books are set in the same world, so no matter what I picked I would be able to explore Tournai, which would be so exciting. If I have to pick one, maybe The Dragon’s Devotion because then I would get to see the dragon fly.
Corentin is a scholar with a secret—his magical Talent allows him to turn into a dragon, and he isn’t alone in that ability. Long ago, dragons were hunted fiercely, until they went into hiding, becoming things of legend. Corentin has traveled the world with one aim—to protect his people and keep their secret safe. Drawn to the principality of Tournai by news of someone close to discovering that secret, he hopes to avert suspicion. His attraction to the too-serious Bastien isn’t convenient for his purpose, but it isn’t something he can ignore either.
Lord Bastien, Earl of Ardesia, inherited his title unexpectedly when his parents were killed in a sailing accident along with the parents of his cousin, Prince Philip. Since then, Bastien has devoted his life to the obligations of his family and estate—so much so, that it has caused tension between him and his siblings. His world is further shaken when he receives an anonymous letter informing him that the tragic boating accident may, in fact, have been murder. Bastien throws himself into investigating whether the allegations are true and finding out who killed his parents.
As Corentin and Bastien become closer, the mystery of Bastien’s parents’ death draws him further into danger. Corentin feels compelled to protect Bastien, but the threat is closer than they know. Now, Corentin must decide whether preserving his secret—and potentially his people’s safety—is more important than saving the man he loves.
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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 e-books , 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 Antonia 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.
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