To love and protect…across worlds.
Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.
Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.
With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?
I’d like to welcome fellow Lyrical author Joanne Wadsworth. Isn’t the cover of Protector1 gorgeous?? I love, love, love it! Okay, on to the questions.
Tell us a little about your current release.
Protector is about one young Earth woman who discovers she is soul-bound to a prince from another world. I love the fantasy genre, and being able to immerse myself in world-building. Protector is a young adult book where imagination and magic soar.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
My inspiration began four years ago when I envisioned the world of Magio–I drew up a huge cast of heroines and heroes, along with a scourge of villains. Each hero and heroine have their own story, and Protector is the first in a series which will have several books. The second book has just been contracted to Lyrical Press, and I’m so excited to see my dream for this series coming true.
Why did you choose this particular genre?
I simply love writing stories which are edgy and fast-paced, something YA is well-known for. Plus younger characters can be more cunning, with their personalities shining through in inspiring ways.
Tell the readers a little about you.
I call New Zealand home. Where I live we have white sand beaches for as far as the eye can see. My hubby and four kiddies love to snorkel and swim–and I’m never far away from them when they do. But mostly I write. If I’m not writing, then I’m reading. If I’m not reading, then I’m plotting my next storyline.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I was inspired by my love of reading. My mother fostered this from a very early age. When I was in middle-school, the Sweet Valley High series came out and each month my mother bought me a copy. Then in 2009 when Twilight hit the bookshelves in New Zealand, I picked up my copy and discovered a passion for the young adult genre.
What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?
Finding quiet time. My kiddies are aged 14, 12, 10 & 8, and any noise is a distraction. So once they’re off to school, I’m like a bullet heading to my office.
Any tips for new writers?
Write because it’s your passion, and never stop. Your writing will improve the harder you work at your craft. That’s the most important lesson I’ve learnt.
Any other books in the works?
I love that you asked this question. The second book in this Magio-Earth series is titled, Warrior. It’s a powerful story about a young Dralion woman who discovers she is soul-bound to a protector from the enemy nation. It’s a young adult, fantasy romance, and is contracted to Lyrical Press with a tentative release date of November 4th 2013.
How/where can readers find you?
If you’d like to experience a little of my Kiwi hospitality, you’ll find me right here: http://www.joannewadsworth.com
Davio leaned over me, all six foot four of him, his warm honey-brown hair falling forward to curl snugly around his neck, and I longed for him, just as I had during my first sighting of him in the classroom.
“What’s happening is the bond, my mate. It will become difficult for me to keep my distance both physically and emotionally unless I leave and end this now.”
My heart hitched. “You want to leave?” I swayed closer on impulse. “Is that how this bond works? We find each other and then you leave?” God preserve his people if it did.
“No, it is not. Those mated are bonded for life if we allow the link to grow. Except that would be the most unwise choice for us to take. You are, quite clearly, neither from my country nor from my world, and as such will have no allegiance to me or my people. I have no wish to join with one who does not wish to join with me in all ways. With that being the case, I will find another when the time is right. As should you,” he added solemnly.
I frowned. Hold on–did he just say he would be joining with another woman?
I bit my tongue. That was good? I should leave it at that, right?
Jeez, what was wrong with me for questioning that choice?
“I’m sorry. We just met, and you’re right. Go find your, your–” Strangely, I struggled to get the words out and finally gave up. “Well, have yourself a nice long life, and all that.” I patted his chest roughly.
That was more like me.
The clock ticked and time slowed.
He didn’t move.
“Look at me.” He tipped up my chin, directly staring at me. “This would never work.”
“I understand. It’s been pretty awful meeting you too.” I leaned back, only to feel the pressure of his hand move around my waist to the small of my back, preventing me.
I moved to grip his arm. “Okay, you were going.”
Reading romance books captivated Joanne Wadsworth as a teenager, particularly when she tucked herself into bed at night and continued to dream those stories as she slept. She’d visualize the direction, taking the hero and heroine on an adventure unparalleled to what she’d read. Today she is devoted to writing romance, bringing her imagination to life within the lines of young adult, and thrilling romantic suspense.
Born in New Zealand, Joanne works both as a writer and a financial controller, all while keeping up with her four energetic children and dreamy husband.
Visit Joanne Wadsworth at http://www.joannewadsworth.com