Welcome to the home of Shelley Kassian.
While exploring my website, you’ll find excerpts from my novels, an author biography, a blog, and links to my social media platform.
My novels are available in digital and trade paperback print. If you live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, they’re available in store at Chapter’s/Indigo locations and online: www.chapters.indigo.ca.
I cross the boundaries of genre fiction and I’ve written and published six novels, which include fantasy (romantasy), contemporary romance, and historical romance novels.
I consider myself a storyteller with a love for the romance genre. Largely because 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 offers, 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. I hope to revise and publish some of these books in the future. 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.
I have written two fantasy novels which take place in the medieval period. Drawn to the history of the Tudors in particular, my imagined Odin saga explores the kingdom of Velez, a dark world of romance, fantasy, mythology, and witchcraft. It seemed appropriate at the publication of my debut novel to term my genre: MedEvil Romantasy.
I really enjoyed writing the first book in this series, entitled The Scarlett Mark. 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 like 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 the other novels in this series, visit The Thurston Hotel website.
The Half Mile of Baby Blue released on May 15th, 2018. This stand-alone contemporary novel is part of the Women of Stampede series. To learn more about the other novels in the series, visit The Women of Stampede website, or join the authors and fans at our Facebook Group page, Women of Stampede Romance Novels.
A Sacrifice for Love was published in the summer of 2017. I wrote this novel years ago while attending a United church. It explores the love story of a priest and a congregant.
A Heart across the Ocean was published February 6, 2018. This book celebrates French Canadian history, in particular filles du Roi (the king’s daughters), brave women who accepted a dowry from King Louis XIV and travelled to New France to find a husband.
Sample chapters are available for current publications. To see what else is coming, this year or next, please visit Coming soon.