Friday, December 07, 2012

Protector by Vanna Smythe Blog Tour Guest Post/Interview

Duty versus love is the one battle warrior Kae doesn’t know how to fight.

Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. But when he earns that honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie untold stores of magic. On the Realm’s side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. He’s willing to pay the price, even though it comes between him and Issa, the princess he loves.

But the Veil has weakened over a thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. If he goes after Issa, he loses everything he’s worked so hard for. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.


Crazy Weather, True Love & the Natural Balance of All Things
by Vanna Smythe

Weather has been odd these past few years. You will likely agree with that, whichever part of the world you call home.

Such odd, uncharacteristic, ominous weather is precisely the sort of thing Joinings, as described in my debut fantasy novel Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1), can prevent. In the world I created in Protector, the energy released as two who love each other truly come together, can be used for many ends. The two that make such a pair are called a Beacon and an Answer, and it is the Catalyst who releases their energy, then guides it towards the wrong that needs to be righted.

However, such an arrangement is not natural. The energy of true love is being used and abused, made to flow at the bidding of people.

The main question raised in Protector is whether true love is stronger than any of the rules imposed, stronger than over 1000 years of tradition.

Yet at the heart of the story are the characters. They are the ones who must deal with these issues and whose decisions will ultimately lead to the final answer.

There is Protector Kiyarran, or Kae, whose whole world unravels in the first few days after his biggest dream comes true. He becomes a Protector of the Realm, an elite soldier, only to find out that the secrets they kept from him are enough to make the world an entirely different place. To top it all off, out of nowhere, he now feels strong love for Princess Issiyanna.

Issiyanna, or Issa, is to wed a man she does not love. There is another whom she dreams of most every night and he is the one she loves beyond all. That is because she is a Beacon, and people have been sent to collect her.

Will natural love blossom, or will the world continue as it has for the past 1000 years? Will true love still be used as only a tool, a means to an end?

Well, I’m not going to tell you that right now. Those answers will come in the upcoming, Book 2 of the Anniversary of the Veil series, called Decision Maker, which will be available soon!

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? I would most certainly go into the past. I love the Middle Ages for some reason, though I would also love to travel back in time to the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? I’ve limited myself to writers here. This is my list: Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, George RR Martin, Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? Pen, paper and chocolate.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Mind reading.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate.

Night owl, or early bird? Night owl. I only start getting productive after 5PM.

Skittles or M&Ms? Definitely M&Ms.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. My story has love and hate, duty and honor, lies and deceit, happiness and sorrow, and more, all wrapped up in a single package.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m currently finishing book 2 of the Anniversary of the Veil series, titled Decision Maker and am planning on writing a prequel to the series in the beginning of next year.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. The most rewarding thing has to be getting mail and comments from people who have read my book and are looking forward to reading the next one.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Keep learning your craft and never stop believing that you can succeed.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A journalist.

How did you know you should become an author? Since I can remember, I just knew that I was a good writer and that one day I would write a book. Eventually I did

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? I think there’s a part of me in everyone of my characters. Though some are more like me than the others.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? To thine own self be true.

Favorite Food? Pizza.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? The Hobbit I can’t wait to go see that!

If you were a bird, which one would you be? An eagle, though I guess everyone says that

What’s your favorite season/weather? Spring. I love watching nature wake up after the long winter slumber.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? A private happy dance

Favorite places to travel? Italy and France.

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Genre – Fantasy

Rating – PG13

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