As YA author of Beasts and Savages (Which, by the way, is doing a one-time stint on Kindle Unlimited right now), I’m always excited when I get to highlight books and authors of Young Adult/New Adult genre.
This week, a new NA romantic fantasy hit the Amazon shelves. Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas is a book full of romance, action, and magic. Becky, or Thya, as she’s know in Tisnia, is an executive that is taken from her home on Earth and told that not only is she the princess of a magical land, but she is expected to marry Kovon, son of warlard Darthon so that peace will prevail over her homeland. Thya is more strong willed than her council expected, falls in love with a member of her council, and must find another way to end a war.
Not only have I had the chance to read and review it (see my 5-star review here), but I got the exclusive first interview with the main character, Becky (Thya), herself!
Now that we know a little a little bit about Illusional Reality and Becky’s story, let’s get on with the interview:
Emma: Hello, Becky! Welcome to Words from Emma Woods.
Becky: Glad to be here.
Emma: Becky, back before, when you were a marketing exec, did you feel like there was something off with your world?
Becky: Nay, we partake in war, murders there are many strange and evil people. Regrettably, this is the norm. I had not notion that Tsinia existed. I was adopted and I loved my adopted parents greatly and I did not search for my birth mother. Now I know I would never have located her.
Emma: In your magical world, your “real” world, do you have an official title?
Becky: My title is Princess Thya, ruler of Tsinia, guardian of the changelings. My Kinsmen address me as Lady or Thya.
Emma: When Salco rescued you, what was your first reaction to him?
Becky: *smiles* Salco has a gentle temperate as do most of my kinsmen. He has intelligent eyes. I did not deliberate. I was frightened and this stranger was prepared to aid me. I trusted him wholeheartedly.
Emma: When you learned that you were to be betrothed to Darthorn’s son, how did it make you feel? This is on the surface, before you knew everything.
Becky: *laughs sarcastically* Ha! How would you have reacted? I was just informed of who I was, where I originated and how superior my parents were. I did not knowledge of this Kovon & Darthorn and the Darkeye. Yet to be told that my future had been mapped out and I was to wed Kovon, was enough. Not one will ever command me.
Emma: Why is the counsel of Tsinia so certain that a union between you and Kovon will create peace?
Becky: The Tsinians have existed by the codes and Oracle’s so when my coming was prophesied, they were uncertain how I would aid them. So it was the council that formed the absurd contract with Darthorn. They were convinced this was the true path.
Emma: The people of your land are trying to forget the destruction at bay. What types of things did they do to feed this delusion to themselves?
Becky: They knew that conclusion was close but they had not sadness or fear as the prophesy spoke of a Ganty that would deliver them and save them. *shakes head*
Emma: Let’s be girls and talk clothes for minutes. Which outfit do you prefer: Becky the professional, or Becky from the magical world, the fiancée of Kovon?
Becky: *Thya splutters in her water glass and coughs* Fiancé to Kovon! *mysterious wind blows here hair*I was never his fiancé and I command you not to mention his name again or this interview will be concluded. *becomes relaxed again and breathes deeply * Yes. I prefer the garments in Tsinia. They are cool, flowing and elegant. The Tsinians dress in basic sensible but somewhat dull attire, save there is a feast or celebration then you will see my Kinsmen in their finery.
Emma: Okay… um, let’s talk about your life on Earth. Do you ever miss being plain old marketing exec Becky? If so, what you miss about it?
Becky: *Life was simple, worries and stress were naught compared to my reality. What I miss the most is the laughter of children. *head bows down to the floor*
Emma: We all tell little white lies. What’s the best (or worst) little white lie you told?
Becky: *Head comes up, big smile * Too many on earth. *looks sad again* If you are hiding the truth from someone so it will not hurt them and remove their faith, is that a black or a white lie? That is the lie that will remain a secret.
Emma: I’d like to conclude this interview with my favorite question. So, I understand that there is a mystery man who you have a certain… fondness for. Without giving too much away, can you tell us what you find attractive in him?
Becky: Where do you get your information from? Although tis not a secret * tears well in eyes* he is kind, with haunting blue eyes and his smile so tender and sweet. He understood me more than any other. He was commanding and bossy at times but all with good reason. We will conclude. Pardon, Do you have a tissue?
Quite a character, isn’t she? This interview is the first stop of Karina Kantas’ Blog Tour. If you’d like to know more about Illusional Reality, Karina Kantas, and the wonderful world of Tisnia, check out Karina’s Facebook page, Amazon author profile, and Blog Tour list.