Monday, February 1, 2016

Romance A-Z Antonia Aquilanti

As the first-born son of the Duke of Tournai and cousin to the prince, Cathal has always tried to fulfill his duty to family and country, including following through with an arranged marriage to Velia, cousin to the emperor of Ardunn. But it’s Velia’s companion, Flavia, who fascinates Cathal. Cathal doesn’t know that Flavia is really Flavian, a man masquerading as a woman to escape Ardunn, a restrictive place in which Flavian’s preference for men is forbidden.

Even when Cathal discovers Flavian’s true gender, he cannot fight his attraction to him. Flavian is intrigued by Cathal, but Cathal is still betrothed to Velia, and Flavian worries Cathal is more taken with his feminine illusion than the man beneath it. While both men battle their longings for each other, spies from Ardunn infiltrate the capital, attempting to uncover Tournai’s weaknesses. They are also searching for Flavian, who possesses a magical Talent that allows him to see the truth of a person just by painting their portrait—a skill invaluable to Ardunn’s emperor.
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R - Tell us the most Romantic thing you have ever done for that special someone.

I don't have a special someone right now, so I'm letting my characters make all the romantic gestures.
O - What’s the Oddest gift you’ve received on Valentine’s Day. What’s the Oddest gift you’ve given. 

I can't remember anything truly odd that I've ever given someone or received. Some silly little things but nothing really strange. Someone did give a pair of Valentine's sock with hearts on them once, which is probably a bit odd but they were cute and warm!
M - You’re Making dinner for that special someone and want to impress them, what do you Make?

Pasta or risotto probably. I love to cook for people. Most of my favorite dishes to make (and eat!) are Italian, and risotto always seems impressive. I'd have to make something for dessert too. Chocolate swirl cheesecake sounds perfect.
A - After the holiday has passed, what little things do you do to keep the Romance in a relationship?

I'm a believer that all sorts of little, everyday things can be romantic, or you can have little, romantic moments everyday, anyway. I think it's all about remembering to take the time and pay attention.
N - When getting a gift from a lover for Valentine’s Day, do you hope it’s Naughty or Nice? 

I'm a romantic so I'm a sucker for the nice, sweet gifts. But I wouldn't turn down naughty...
C – Candy and flowers are the number one gifts given on Valentine’s Day. You’ve waited until the last minute and both gifts are sold out, what is your back up gift idea? 

I would probably bake a decadent treat of some sort. Maybe something chocolatey to make up for the candy. Who doesn't love homemade baked goods?
E – The neck seems to be a very popular Erogenous zone.  What spot on your body drives you crazy?

It's the neck for me too.

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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