The Protectors Blog Tour: Genre-Bending

Hey, guys! This week, the Guild of Dreams is hosting my blog tour for The Protectors, a YA Epic Fantasy series.

Basically (if you want more than just the basics, then scroll down!) this series is about a family of shape changers. The prequel novellas are more YA while the novels are upper-YA and heavier fantasy. In Promising Light, a young noble named Grace has to decide whether to help the shape changers break a curse set on their families by the Protectors.

I wanted to write a fun post for this stop (not that all my other stops aren’t fun and awesome!) so I thought, What would the books in this series be like if fantasy wasn’t the main, driving genre? What if they were. . .


The prejudice against the shape changers that drives the story would have started when a huge world war ripped apart their planet. The Protectors would blame the shape changers for the catastrophe and keep them from vital resources that could keep them alive in a world of unpredictable storms, cannibals, and only the fragments of society. Instead of a curse keeping them from having children, it would be a virus. Instead of our heroes searching for the ancient texts, they would be searching for a medical cure to keep their bloodline alive.


The Protectors would be some kind of occult force instead. Demons or something would be keeping the shape changers from having a normal life. To be honest, I’m not really sure how the horror genre works or what tropes they follow. I’ve never read a horror novel in my life and I stay away from horror movies because I’m a wussy. I’d just make it really scary, okay?


Well, there IS a lot of romance in my stories, but they don’t fall into the genre per se. I don’t assure all my characters a HEA (Happily Ever After) or even a HFN (Happy For Now). What if I did? Well, my endings would be happier. . .some of my readers would probably be happier! (But don’t worry, I don’t plan to give you a tragic ending at the end of Promising Power, Book #3) Anyways, the shape changers, the Protectors, and the curse would take a back seat. The main question would be, ‘Are Grace and Dar going to get together?’ They’d have lots of misunderstandings and mishaps, but of course, you’re sure that Dar will eventually tell Grace all of his secrets and Grace will eventually realize Dar is the one for her and not William (wait, this is starting to sound like the actual storyline. . .see what I mean?! LOTS OF ROMANCE!).

Science Fiction?

Instead of taking place on an Earth-like planet, I’d go all out. It’d be set on a completely different planet with a variety of species instead of six magical families in the human race. The Protectors would probably be colonialists coming from another planet and oppressing the different races they find. . .because, come on, you know that’s what’s going to happen if we ever find intelligent life. Instead of going to Mumbar Jungle in search of the ancient texts, our heroes would end up in a different planetary system altogether!


The question isn’t, ‘Are they going to break the curse?’ Now it’s, ‘Who cast the curse in the first place?’ And for some reason, finding the person responsible is wrapped up in actually breaking the curse. So as our heroes follow clues to who cast the curse, they are growing ever closer to a solution for our family of shape changers. They just have to get around all these smoke and mirrors that the Protectors, plus those red herrings!

Dang. These are some good ideas! But fantasy is my strength, and I’m glad I stuck with that genre. Check out the books below:

Prequel Novellas: Shifting Light, Fire and Light, The End of Light
These novellas take place 10-8 years before Promising Light (below). The first two are YA Fantasy/Romance while the third is more Fantasy/Adventure.

Shifting Light is free on B&N, Smashwords, and iTunes, and 99 cents on Amazon. Or you could enter to win all three prequel novellas below!

Read more about the prequel novellas here.

Promising Light:
Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king’s general. She hadn’t planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.

Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her—until she’s kidnapped by Dar’s family. They’re shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.

Torn between two worlds, Grace isn’t sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar’s family could die out forever. But to help them, she’ll have to leave behind everything she knows.

Promising Hope:
Spoilers! Click the cover above if you want to read the synopsis from my website.


Since this is a WordPress blog, you’ll have to follow the link to enter the giveaway for the amazing prizes 🙂

Click through for a chance to win. . .

(1) $15 Amazon Gift Card
(5) Protectors Ebook Packages (Shifting Light, Fire and Light, The End of Light, Promising Light, and Promising Hope)
(1) Protectors Paperback Package (Promising Light and Promising Hope)

Emily Ann Ward is the author of Passages, Beyond Home, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors series. One of her first stories featured a young girl whose doll came to life. The rest is history. When it comes to fiction, she writes mainly young adult, contemporary, and fantasy. She also writes nonfiction, ranging from stories of her travels to thoughts on God and the Bible. Aside from writing, she’s also a content editor for Entranced Publishing. She loves reading, traveling, sociology, religion, and Reese’s sticks. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their cats. Visit her website at