Oh My Shelves welcomes author Antonia Aquilante to the blog with the release of her latest book in the Chronicles of Tournai series, The Scholar’s Heart – out today from Dreamspinner Press – and to talk a bit about libraries, why both she and Etan love them, as well as offering a wonderful giveaway.
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Thank you so much to Oh My Shelves for hosting me today! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about libraries. I love libraries – but then I love most places that are filled with books! Which is probably not surprising since I’m such a book lover and a reader in addition to being a writer. There are books in every room of my home. My first job in high school was shelving books in my town’s library, and I thought it was the best after-school job. I got to be surrounded by books the whole time, and I was always finding new things to read. (I promise I shelved books too.)
Etan shares my love of libraries and books. He’s a scholar and a reader, and he feels most at home surrounded by books. Even as a child, he preferred a book to some of his brothers’ more athletic pastimes. His favorite place, the place where he feels most at home, in Tournai’s royal palace is the library. Which meant I got to design my dream library in the palace library, and make it as amazing a library as I could. I thought of all the fantastic libraries I’ve seen (Belle’s library in Beauty and the Beast, anyone?), and then let my imagination run wild. I wanted a beautiful place filled with all the books you could imagine, with bookshelves soaring to the ceiling in some places and quiet, cozy reading nooks tucked away elsewhere. I wanted a treasure trove of a library that would be every book lover’s dream, and would still be the place Etan goes to feel safe and comfortable.
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The Scholar’s Heart by Antonia Aquilante
Series: Chronicles of Tournai, Book Three
Release Date: May 30, 2016
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Youngest son of a royal duke, Etan is a scholar at heart who juggles his work for the prince with his studies of the history and legends of Tournai, something of particular interest to him because he shares the magical Talent that runs in the royal bloodline. Etan’s peaceful world turns upside down when his best friend—the man he secretly loves—unexpectedly marries a woman. Though Tristan values his friendship with Etan and has always been attracted to him, he is a dutiful son, raised to shoulder responsibility for the family business one day. That day comes far sooner than anticipated, and he makes a deathbed promise to his father to marry the woman his father chose and become head of the company and family.
A year later, Tristan is a widower with an infant daughter and a mother who demands he marry again quickly—something Tristan resists. Circumstances throw Etan and Tristan together, and even as they succumb to the desires they’ve always harbored, Etan battles his feelings, wary of being cast aside again. When Tristan’s daughter is kidnapped, Etan and Tristan must come together to find her, find the person responsible, and support each other through the ordeal… and maybe beyond.