Family Comes First with Antonia Aquilante + Giveaway

December 2, 2016

Family Comes First with Antonia Aquilante


Hi, everyone! I’m Antonia Aquilante here to talk with you about The Sorcerer’s Guardian, which came out on November 28th. The Sorcerer’s Guardian is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Tournai series, though it can be read as a stand-alone, as can the other books in the series. It’s the story of Savarin, a powerful sorcerer, and Loriot, captain of the royal guard, as they clash and get closer and ultimately fall in love while on a mission from the prince to solve the mystery of Tournai’s weakening magical protections.

Family makes up a large part of what I write, which probably makes sense since family has had such a big influence on me in my life. I’m part of an Italian-American family, and I grew up knowing that family comes first. For me and for so many, family isn’t just dictated by blood; it’s the family we choose in bonds of love and friendship as well. My best friend is as much as sister to me as the one I’m related to by blood, and I’m so lucky to have her. Family is the center of everything, and it helps to shape who we are. If you’ve read The Sorcerer’s Guardian, you may have noticed that I talked about a lot of this in my dedication to the book.

Since family is so important in my life, it’s no surprise that it is so important in my books too (I love reading stories with strong bonds of family and friendship too. What about you? Any favorites?). I don’t just write romances in which two people fall in love. I also write stories of love between friends and family. Sometimes I think those bonds create themselves, or at least they seem to—maybe they’re just pulled out of my subconscious and my own love for my family and friends. But then I’m not much of a planner, so lots of things seem to appear out of nowhere but, on reflection, make so much sense!

In the Chronicles of Tournai series, men fall in love and find happily ever after, but they also find family. Much of the series centers on Tournai’s royal family. The bonds between siblings and cousins who feel more like siblings than cousins, the extended family created when these men fall in love and others are drawn in, the friendships that are so close they are family too. I enjoy exploring family dynamics and how family affects the individual, many times for good but other times not as good. But even when some familial relationships aren’t very healthy, I love letting my characters build their own loving, supportive families. I find something so hopeful in it, and I want so much for my stories to bring some hope and joy to my readers.

Loriot and Savarin, the heroes of The Sorcerer’s Guardian, aren’t actually part of Tournai’s royal family, but they move on the periphery of it, Loriot as guard captain and Savarin as the sorcerer most often called on by the prince, and are trusted. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still inspired by and exploring family in the book. Both Loriot and Savarin have their own families. Loriot is quite close to his, though most of them live far away and he doesn’t get to them as often as he would like. He’s built a family in his home in Tournai’s capital with his five-year-old son and his sister and her lover to help Loriot raise him. Savarin’s family lives closer—in the same city as he does—but their relationship is strained. His family doesn’t, or perhaps can’t, understand his life. He wants to help them, to make their lives better, and he hates that they won’t let him. The differing dynamics have influenced who Loriot and Savarin are, and how they react to their growing relationship, and how Savarin reacts to Loriot’s son and the possibility of being a second father to him.

Loriot and Savarin clashing and falling in love and clashing some more as they try to integrate their lives and build a family themselves was something I really enjoyed writing. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as well.

Check out The Sorcerer’s Guardian today!


The Sorcerer's Guardian by Antonia Aquilante



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 accompany 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.


About Antonia:

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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2 Responses to “Family Comes First with Antonia Aquilante + Giveaway”

  1. Zinnia says:

    I’ve read all the Tale of Tournai books. I’m excited to read this new installment of the series.

  2. Zinnia- I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy The Sorcerer’s Guardian!

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