The Veiled Threat by Sophia Menesini Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway @MenesiniSophia

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The Veiled Threat
by Sophia Menesini
Genre: NA Fantasy/LGBT
Release date: July 2019

Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor's final score, she's retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end... Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can't refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea's entire world storms on the horizon. She'll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike. Something's coming and Shea is at the center of it.

How Do You Go About Developing The Romance?
Joana was pretty much in my head since the conception of Shea. When I first sat down with that character sheet I thought wouldn’t it be cool if the pirate had a lover in port but not just any lover, someone who understood what it was like to have people’s lives in your hands and a responsibility and the only person I could think of would be a crown prince or princess. When I was writing Shea’s character I knew she was bisexual but I didn’t know if I wanted to make Jo, Joana or Joseph. I finally decided on Joana after writing a few test runs. The chemistry felt right. Plus I had this idea for Arethusa and a matriarchal queendom and I wanted these two women to collide and fall in love. And they did, they really did for me, and it was beautiful. As far as developing the romance, I had scenes that didn’t make it into the book that were moments between the two characters, scenarios that I placed Jo and Shea into so that I could get a taste of who they were and how they react to each other. But this book is so beyond just the one romance, the relationships range from platonic to romantic to vengeful some all in one relationship. Jo and Shea was a romantic development but not throughout the entire book. I went about developing them the same way I developed Shea and Aster’s relationship, and Caen and Shea’s and even Shea and Ceto. I had planning sessions where I would turn on the voice recorder on my phone and just improv conversations between any of the characters. I needed to find their individual voices so that I could combine them eventually as one without losing their personalities or their opinions.

About the Author
The Storyteller with Salt Water in Her Veins
Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.
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