Monday, 9 November 2015

Blog Tour: Guest Post: The Priestess Trilogy by Melissa Sasina

The Priestess Trilogy # 1
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre-  Fantasy/Romance

Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy. At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin. Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.


The Priestess Trilogy # 2
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre- Fantasy/ Romance

Shiovra, High Priestess of the village Tara, is set to wed one considered the enemy for the sake of her clan. Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Shiovra decides her fate and faces the truth about Odhrán. Still hunted by both the Milidh clan and her own kin, she learns that not all enemies are quite what they seem. Loyalty is brought into question and power lost within enemy ranks in what shall ultimately lead to one thing: BETRAYAL.


The Priestess Trilogy # 3
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre- Fantasy/ Romance

Tensions escalate between two clans, threatening their fragile peace. On one side stand the Túath, on the other the Milidh. The prize: control of the land of Éire. Yet amidst this brewing conflict, another more dangerous threat looms. The village of Tara is ripped apart, not by war, but by the seed of betrayal as the priestess' own kinswoman, Gráinne, conspires to seize control. Enemies shall become allies and Shiovra is faced with a difficult choice, one that will ultimately engulf her world in an irreversible ECLIPSE.


Your writing process

Hmm….my writing process? It’s a quite a mess, really, ha ha. First off, I have a journal that I jot ideas down into when I think of them. When I decide to begin writing a book, I try and develop the world and characters first, organizing my notes in either a notebook or a binder so I can keep track of everything. Unfortunately, sometimes I write down new twists or further notes on scraps of paper or post-it notes that occasionally get misplaced. Then I spend sometimes hours frantically searching for them. I start of with a basic “this is what I want to happen” outline. Nothing too detailed because I found out that the more you write a character, the more in line with their personality you get. Sometimes things don’t quite go as is initially planned. Many characters go through multiple revisions before I finally decide on exactly how I want them. This could be anything from a name change to their whole look and personality. When I actually start the book, I try to keep track of what happens in each chapter, so if I have to reference back to something for some reason, I can find it easier. I also take notes of any changes I might make as the book progresses. Each author has their own process and I know mine isn’t always the best, but it’s what works with me. :)

About the Author

Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. In her youth she would write short stories and add artwork to them. While in high school, she decided to change her career path from graphic art to writing, though she still enjoys drawing up a random picture or two, usually of her characters. During her younger school years, she won a Young Authors Honorable Mention for a short story she had written. She has also won a few Visual Arts awards during her school years and upon graduation from High School, she was given a President’s award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The first book she began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. Completed in 2008, the book was separated into a trilogy and published in 2010. After undergoing heavy revisions, the trilogy was re-released beginning in 2012 and completed in 2015. Melissa still lives in Ohio with her husband, son, cat Trinity, and ferret Rope.

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