TITLE: Royal Spy (Fate of Eyrinthia #2)
GENRE: YA Fantasy Romance
RELEASE DAY: May 20, 2021
A DECOY recruited to be a spy.
A PRINCE compelled to become an assassin.
A SERJAH pressured by an unwanted crown.
A WORLD covered in shadows.
Mere months ago, Clare was just a kitchen maid. Now, she is a decoy for Princess Serene and a novice spy, caught in the royal family's web of secrets. While journeying to Mortise to finalize the princess’s betrothal to Serjah Desfan, Clare lives for the stolen moments she has with Bennick, the bodyguard who is quickly claiming her heart. But when a notorious assassin is hired to kill her, Clare’s life and the alliance hang in the balance.
In Ryden, Grayson prepares to leave for Mortise with his brother, Liam. Their orders are to ignite a war between their enemies, and Grayson has been tasked with assassinating Princess Serene. It may cost his soul, but he is ready to comply, as long as he gets something in return: freedom for Mia, the girl he loves. But the more time he spends with his brother, the more he begins to wonder if Liam is what Grayson wishes he had the courage to be . . . a traitor.
Desfan feels trapped. By his disapproving council, his impending marriage to a stranger, and the imminent arrival of enemy princes who may not want the peace they profess. When a dangerous drug threatens his people, Desfan jumps at the chance to rely on his swords instead of politics. But his investigation uncovers more than he bargained for—a plot that may destroy Mortise from within.
Eyrinthia hovers on the edge of war. Spies. Rebels. Traitors. All must choose a side.
Author Guest Post: Characters, Ask the Author
Venn: I’m very excited about this. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us, Heather!
Heather: You’re welcome! I’m actually looking forward to this as well. I've never done anything like this before with my characters.
Venn: We’ll each ask you one question. I’ll go first. Why do you enjoy torturing your characters so much?
Heather: Oh. Wow. Well . . . I mean, I wouldn’t say I enjoy it. I really just write down the story as I discover it. And, you know, conflict sort of drives a story, and it gives depth and purpose to characters and their backstory.
Venn: No need to get defensive, I just wanted to start this session with a deep question. Clare, would you like to go next?
Clare: Yes, thank you. Heather, how did you come up with the idea of writing about a decoy?
Heather: I wanted to write a story with royals, but I wanted a unique perspective. So I thought, “Why not a decoy? And why not have the decoy be forced into it?” Sorry about that, Clare.
Serene: What qualifies you to write about royalty?
Heather: Aside from reading a lot of books and having a vast imagination? Absolutely nothing. Your Highness. *Belated Curtsy*
Venn: I have another question. Can I ask another?
Heather: Uh, sure. You're the moderator.
Venn: I am, aren't I? Who would you choose for a roommate: The Poison Queen, King Henri, or Prince Peter?
Heather: Hilarious, Venn. Well, let’s see . . . Queen Iris gives me the absolute creeps, and she’d poison me. So, no. Henri is pure evil, but so is Peter, and in the end, I feel like Henri is less volatile, so . . . If I had to choose one of them, I’d probably choose Henri. But I would be looking for new lodgings immediately.
Grayson: I think that would be wise.
Bennick: Can I go now, Venn?
Venn: Oh, by all means.
Bennick: Heather, what is--
Heather: Could you actually say that again? I’ve never heard you say my name, and I kind of love it.
Bennick: Um, sure. Heather, what is your favorite type of scene to write?
Heather: That’s a hard one! I enjoy any scene with dialogue. Especially witty banter. But I also love the romantic tension scenes; the fingers brushing, the deep looks, the easing in for a kiss . . . *sigh* Where was I? Oh! I also love writing the AH-HA moments. The scene in which the twist unfolds, and all the foreshadowing clicks into place. Those are super fun.
Mia: As you know, I’m quite artistic. I was just wondering if you are artistic as well?
Heather: I wish! But no. My creative talents lie in writing. Even my doodles are pretty sad looking. You and I both enjoy reading, though, so we have that in common!
Venn: I’ve got another question!
Bennick: Really, Venn?
Venn: *Grins* Heather, who would you pick for your bodyguard?
Heather: Hmm, that’s actually a great question. I think you all have different merits, but if I could only choose one--
Venn: You can’t pick Grayson. He’s a prince, not a bodyguard.
Heather: I was totally going to say Grayson.
Venn: I know. I could see it in your eyes.
Heather: Fine. If not Grayson, then I would pick Bennick.
Venn: But . . . why not me?
Bennick: Venn. Stop.
Venn: Fine. Grayson, do you have a question for Heather?
Grayson: Yes. How do you come up with all your character names? There are far too many people in your head . . .
Heather: I actually love naming characters. Sometimes a name just falls into place (like yours, Grayson) and sometimes I have a sense of the letter that name should start with, or a basic sound, and I start exploring names from there. (That’s what happened with you, Clare.) If I can’t find a name I like, I make one up (Bennick, I’m looking at you). And sometimes I try to take into account the meaning of the name. (Serene, your name is rather ironic, don’t you think?)
Venn: All right, Serjah Desfan.
Serene: Wait, he’s here? Where? I still haven’t met him, and I’m supposed to marry him.
Venn: We’re keeping you separated, to keep the storyline from becoming muddied.
Serene: Oh. That makes sense.
Desfan: My question is simple . . . Why wasn’t I in book one? I could have totally been in book one.
Heather: Actually, in earlier drafts, you were in book one. But the book was too long, and I felt it would be better to delay your entrance into the story. That way, readers could speculate about you and you could make a grand appearance.
Desfan: I suppose that makes sense. Thank you.
Venn: Well, I think that’s everyone. Oh, wait. Wilf! You've been so quiet, I forgot you were here.
Wilf: . . . You said Bennick mandated this.
Venn: I said I asked him to mandate this.
Wilf: . . .
Venn: . . . So. Wilf. Do you have a question for Heather?
Wilf: How many fates-blasted books will there be in this series?
Wilf: . . . Wonderful.
Venn: Well, I think that's everyone. Except I do have one last question.
Heather: I'm really not surprised by that.
Venn: If you could live in any of the four kingdoms, which would you choose?
Heather: Hmm…. I love the mountains in Ryden, but I love the culture in Mortise. And they don't have a creepy ruling family. No offense, Grayson.
Grayson: Absolutely none taken.
Heather: Final answer for now: Mortise.
Venn: Thank you again for joining us, Heather!
Heather: It really was my pleasure. Thank you all, and see you in Royal Spy!
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About the story:
Bennick is a royal bodyguard, prepared for anything—except Clare Ellington. THE DECOY AND THE BODYGUARD follows Bennick and Clare during their first day together, but from Bennick’s POV. Of course, things go terribly wrong . . .
Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she's not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in the wilds of Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.