The Veiled Threat
(The Veiled Duchess #1)
Publication date: June 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
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.
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Why did you choose to write LGBTQ+ romance? (Why not another genre?)
Because a woman is who I imagined for Shea’s other half, I didn’t go into it thinking, oh, I want to make a statement or because it has to have an LGBTQ+ relationship. Princess Joana was just who I imagined would be the perfect match for Captain Shea Lara. I don’t think of it as a romance story; I think of it as a fantasy adventure that happens to have romances in it. A common problem among romance novels is that the two people involved can tend to lose each other in the other person, and I didn’t want that. I wanted their love to be this constant, almost struggle because they couldn’t afford to give into one another. Shea has her ship, her crew, her vengeance; her need to set her people free. And Jo has her queendom and her people and her father to think of, so it’s this constant who can give what and still retain who they are and what they love about each other. As I’ve mentioned a few times in blog posts and on Instagram, Jo is the main antagonist of The Veiled Threat. She is continuously working against Shea’s wants and needs because she is angry with her at first and then ultimately because she loves her, and she wants her to make the right decision in her eyes. One of my favorite quotes from the book is in the last chapter when Jo asks her to stay, and Shea says well you couldn’t do the same for me. But their romance will always be a win or loss; someone has to lose something to win their love. But to answer your original question, I didn’t choose to write an LGBTQ+ romance, it evolved that way naturally, and as you’ll see in the second book, Jo isn’t the only contender. I introduce a new character by the name of Beck, the Governor of Oceanus’s son, and when they meet, it’s been a year since Shea and Jo have seen each other. He’s a competitor, but he also knows that the bond Shea and Jo share he might not be able to compete with, so you see him struggling to find out what his role in Shea’s life will be, the lover or something different and with Jo’s permission even. If people think I pushed limits in the first book, wait till you see what awaits you all in the sequel.
Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel and the first book in The Veiled Duchess Series. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.
You can find my blog, updates, and other entertainment at my website: http://www.sophiamenesini.com
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