Vanna Smythe is the author of Protector, the first book in the Anniversary of the Veil fantasy series. She has been writing creatively since her early teens, though one could say her creative writing efforts started long before that. While still in kindergarten, she once tore up a library book to make alphabet soup, and has been fascinated with what words can do, the pictures and worlds they can create, ever since. Book two of the Anniversary of the Veil series, Decision Maker, is due out in Autumn, 2012.
Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book One) is based on two things: twin souls and the energy of love. The belief in twin souls, that is, a soul mate in the form of your one true love, existing somewhere in the world and pulling you towards them relentlessly and ceaselessly, is the underlying theme of Protector, and the entire Anniversary of the Veil series. Only, in this world that I created, the energy released when two twin souls find each other is used for purposes that are not altogether enjoyable for the pair.
In my world, for centuries, Joinings of such strong love, and the energy they release, have been used to build bridges and tall buildings, stem the flow of rivers, even change the duration and force of seasons. One thousand years ago, energy from one such pair was used to separate the world in half by a barrier only a select few can cross. On one side of this barrier, or Veil as it is called, they have continued with the forced Joinings, while on the other side, the practice was eradicated. This was achieved mainly through the means of keeping the people ignorant and under the complete control of the Priesthood. The priests rule the realm from the shadows. Among other things, they also decide who can marry whom, so as to prevent any natural Joinings of love from occurring.
Protector takes place at a time when the fate of this barrier must be judged. The decision of whether the Veil should continue to stand, or if it is time to let the world be whole again, must now be made.
Princess Issiyanna is one of a pair, called to her other half, her twin soul. She is ignorant of her true purpose, steered to go along and find her love, not knowing that a Joining waits at the end of her journey. Unbeknown to her, she is loved from a distance by Protector Kiyarran, a soldier assigned as her bodyguard and the one whose role, whose decision, could decide the fate of all.
How long can a world exist where something as natural as the energy of love, is twisted and used for artificial purposes? Will love prevail and restore the natural balance of things? What price must be paid? Answers to all these questions, and more wait at the end of the Anniversary of the Veil series.
Here are the links for Vanna Smythe and her work:
Website and Blog: www.vannasmythe.com
Twitter: @Vanna_SmytheFacebook: www.facebook.com/VannaSmytheAuthor
Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/xLusPP