He’ll do anything to save her. And then he’ll say goodbye…
Being framed for murder, captured, and tortured for weeks didn’t break Val. But seeing Alanna every day, knowing she didn’t love him as he loved her, surely would. So, he’ll do whatever is necessary to stop the king from executing her…then he’ll walk away. Forever.
Queen Alanna gave up everything—including her soul mate— to secure the treaty that would end the war. Now, her husband wants her dead and any chance she had for true happiness with Val is ruined.
The king’s new guards are arrayed against them, the threat of war looms large, and their enemy has the upper hand. When all is said and done, will Alanna choose to sacrifice her own happiness to save her kingdom? Or will she risk it all for a second chance at happily ever after with Val?
Official release date: 22 April 2021
What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?
“The scene I came back to again and again was where Alanna and Val finally have an honest discussion about what really happened with Ballanor. We all have scars, both physical and emotional, and trusting someone else with our pain is very difficult. I wanted to do justice to how hard that can be. I also really wanted to do justice to Val giving Alanna what she needed – watching someone you love get hurt is awful, and it takes a real strength not to wade in and start changing things, but, instead, to be able to accept their choices and love them as they are.”
What part of the book was the most fun to write?
“I think my favorite part is when Alanna recruits the Nephilim and steps out of the woods with the army behind her. It’s the first time that she starts to believe in her own strength and to make decisions for herself. It’s a massive moment in her development. (Also, I just love the Nephilim).”
What inspired the idea for your book?
“The first book in the series was about trust. This book is really about selflessness – about being willing to die for a cause, or a person, that you love.”
“In book 1, Tristan, I really wanted to make the point that evil people with power, who are allowed to behave in awful ways, create an environment that suggests it’s okay to behave in those ways. I’m thinking of real world politicians, leaders and celebrities who get away with terrible things because of their status. It sends a message to the world that those behaviors are okay, and encourages other people to behave that way. I wanted to say that it’s not okay. And I wanted to show a small group of good, honorable people fighting back.”
“In this book (book 2), I wanted the people that had been most hurt by those leaders to come out the other side and get the love and future they deserved. They had suffered, but they grew stronger as a result and their love was made even deeper by what they’d been through.”
Which of the characters do you relate to the most and why?
“Hmm… I would have to say Nim, although she plays a small role in this book. Of these main characters, probably Val. I’ve also felt that sense of disconnection, of struggling to find a place in a world that suddenly seems very different, and slowly finding the way back to realizing how much there is to be grateful for.”
How long did it take you to write this book?
“It took about 3 months to write the first draft, and then another 3-4 months for editing, beta reading and proof reading. I wrote Tristan and Val back to back, so it all became quite chaotic!”
If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?
“Yes – at the end of Val we meet a new character, Lucilla. She and Mathos have their story in book 3.”
“Mathos is finished and edited, so I’ll be starting to think about getting a cover and getting it formatted ready for release in June/July. I can’t wait for you to read it!”
How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
“My ideal reader is anyone (over the age of 18!) who loves romance set in a fantasy world. Readers who love to escape into a different reality and who enjoy suspense and adventure alongside their romance. Ultimately, I write love stories about characters who go through danger, but come out stronger, and—of course—always get their HEA.”
Jennie Lynn Roberts is becoming one of my new favorite authors. I was hooked from the first page and it is a well-written story. The characters, setting and everything about the series are amazing. Val is a masterpiece.
Val continues after everything that has happened in Tristan …
Val felt betrayed by his brothers. They didn’t believe in his innocents at first. They thought that he was part in killing their previous king. He will do anything to protect his princess against the new ruler of their kingdom. The new king wants to execute Alanna and Val will do anything to prevent that from happening.
Alanna married the new king to prevent a war. Now, the same king wants her dead and wants her to accept her fate.
Alanna has to make a difficult decision. A decision that can change her whole life.
Will Val and Alanna have a chance to true happiness?
Jennie Lynn Roberts did amazing work with the second installment in The Hawks Series. I can’t wait to read Mathos (The Hawks #3). The Hawks is turning out as one of my favorites of the year so far.
I would recommend The Hawks series to all Adult Fantasy Romance Readers.
A MUST READ
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We want to thank Jennie Lynn Roberts for answering the questions on Val (The Hawks #2).