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Shelley Kassian visiting the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn at Hever castle.

Welcome to the home of Shelley Kassian. Thank you for visiting my website.

While exploring, you’ll find my novels, an author biography, a travel blog and links to my social media platforms.

I’ve included a sample chapter from the first book in the Odin Saga, The Scarlett Mark, which is available at Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble; in eBook and trade paperback print. If you live in Calgary, Canada, you can purchase The Scarlett Mark and The Ebony Queen at Indigo: in store at my local book store Chapter’s Shawnessy or at the kiosk, and online: www.chapters.indigo.ca.

I’m a genre mixer who has chosen to specialize my writings in the fictional medieval period. Drawn to the history of the Tudors in particular, my imagined saga explores the kingdom of Velez, a dark world of romance, fantasy, mythology, and witchcraft. It seemed appropriate at the publication of my first novel to term my genre: MedEvil Romantasy.

I have called myself an author for many years and in that capacity have been driven to write romance. Largely due to the fact that romantic stories explore a hero and heroine’s love for each other, eventually delivering a happily-ever-after ending. I appreciate all elements that life brings, both good and bad, but ‘love’ motivates a huge part of my spiritual being. Thus, I have always enjoyed a romantic read with strong characters facing true to life circumstances.

I have several historical romance manuscripts to my credit and I have written Christian inspirational romance, too. However, my words have also been found in newsletters for both public schools and the workplace, and articles in writing organizations where I have been a member, such as the Alberta Romance Writers Association, and the Calgary association of Romance Writers of America, where I am the current past president.

George R.R. Martin is my favorite fantasy author, and he has inspired new threads to twist their way into my current project: The Odin Saga.

The Scarlett Mark and The Ebony Queen at Chapter’s Shawnessy on a local interest end cap

I really enjoyed writing the first book in this series, entitled The Scarlett Mark, which is set in the MedEvil kingdom of Velez! The story maintains a historical feel but reflects anything that real life gives birth to. I like the creative possibilities that a fantasy world offers. My characters live in a kingdom where real life frightens, thrills and even darkens likes the approaching night. Characters die and yet still live! Live and yet still die! And while a romantic element exists in this world, I love the horror weaved throughout the plot. But no worries, love always finds a way to bring light!

Recent publishing credits include a contemporary romance novel entitled A Lasting Harmony, which was published in collaboration with eleven other authors. To learn more about my book and the other novels in the series, visit The Thurston Hotel website.

I’m excited to announce that I’ve just published a historical romance novel entitled: A Sacrifice for Love.  The eBook is available on Amazon and KOBO, and the Print book is available through Indigo in Canada, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble in the USA.

To see what else is coming this year or next, please visit Coming soon.

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