Thursday, December 19, 2013

BETRAYAL RELEASE!


I am a bit late posting this here, but Betrayal, Book Two of the Priestess Trilogy is no available! 
Follow one of the links below to get your copy today!


Amazon:  Kindle  |   Paperback
Barnes & Noble:    |  Nookbook
Smashwords:  Various ebook formats
CreateSpace: Paperback

Haven't read book one, Defiance, yet? You can enter to win one of two signed print copies!
There are several ways to enter and you aren't limited to just one!

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giveaway

Tis the Season for a giveaway!
Enter to win one of two signed copies of 
Defiance, Book One of the Priestess Trilogy!

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.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Writer's Block: The Lingering Curse

I was asked once to do an article about writing. This is what I came up with, though I do not know if the article was ever used or not:

While I have always found it easy to write about worlds and characters that I can envision in my mind, I suddenly found myself at a loss when asked to write about writing. For days I sat with my laptop, watching the cursor blinking before me. I would start typing something, and then quickly began hitting the backspace button. I would type again and then once more found my finger hitting backspace.

Yes, I found I suffered from a terrible affliction that every writer faces at least once: writer’s block. We all have our ways of dealing with it; denial, the destruction of innocent paper, procrastination, and sobbing among a few things…yes there is definitely sobbing involved.  You find yourself hitting backspace, typing, deleting, and repeating over and over in a horrible cycle that you fear will never end. It can be quite terrible when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.

When I find writers block lurking before me, I try and distract myself with other things, such as drawing the characters from my book with the hopes that drawing them will get me back into the flow of things. In truth, one character in particular from my current book series, The Chronicles of Midgard, has the tendency to not only drive me into writers block, but also taunt me in my dreams: Ril. He is by far the hardest character for me to write, yet has become one of the most loved by the readers. He is arrogant, cocky, sometimes a comedian, and other times downright cold. He was meant to be a secondary character, but has managed to worm his way into the main group.

Sometimes drawing doesn’t even help with writers block. It is during those times I lose hours upon hours playing a video game. I’ll sit down with the intention of only playing for an hour or so, enough time to distract me from writing, but the next thing I know the sun is going down and my son is getting ready for bed. My husband likes to pick on me for the all the hours I can manage to lose myself in a virtual world.

Writers block can indeed be a terrible thing which has no cure. It will always be there, watching from the shadows, waiting to strike at any moment. The best words that I can offer in dealing with writers block are: don’t let it get to you. If your invisible friends refuse to talk to you, ignore them and work on something else. They’ll get jealous that your attention is no longer on them and before you know it, your inspiration will have returned.

Give the Gift of Reading!

The holiday's are swiftly approaching. Have you thought about what you'll give the book lovers in your life? Journey into fantasy and adventure with The Priestess Trilogy and The Chronicles of Midgard!


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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Countdown: 3!

Her eyes drifted to the serpentine woad marking on his wrist; a symbol Milidh druids bore. Druids were the keepers of knowledge, passers of judgment, and council to the sons of Míl. Odhrán did not speak of his marking and she did not press him to tell her. However Shiovra could not help but wonder just what the Milidh man she had chosen to trust was keeping from her.

~Betrayal, Book Two of the Priestess Trilogy


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Countdown!



The priestess looked up at the star-filled sky. “The chieftain of Dún Fiáin upheld his word and sent warriors 
to help protect this village. It is time for me to uphold mine.”

~Shiovra
Betrayal, Book Two of The Priestess Trilogy

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Love for Defiance!

The book blog tour has ended for Defiance. Several wonderful blogs shared links and reviews as 
well as a song list and interviews.  In celebration, I thought I would share some of the reviews
 that have been posted posted on Goodreads:

" The characters are varied, they’re heroic, flawed, brave, some were a combination of all traits,
even Shiovra with her reaction to, and actions with Odhrán, was imperfect and that fact made 
each of them more believable and realistic."
~ Jane
 

"The reader is introduced to an intriguing place of magic and battle. Cunning enemies and a vast 
detailed landscape. Several secrets remain hidden and I am anxious to read the next book, Betrayal."
~ M.A. Bronson
 

 "What I loved most about this story was the way Sasina created a world you could get lost in. 
Her imagery was detailed and painted Tara as a fantastical place that I could envision 
in my mind through her writing."
~ T.M. Smith

 

  "I wasn't sure exactly what to expcet when I first began Defiance, but needless to say I am glad I picked it up. From the first page I was able to walk in the land with the characters and that is something some books lack in the beginning."
~ Lindsey
 

"It was absolutely fascinating to travel with Shiovra, and the men and women in her life. 
The details to this story are phenomenal and makes the story worth following."
~ Kj Partridge
 

              "The story line was great and very addictive> I felt the author painted a beautiful 
                picture in my mind with all the details, but not too many details that it bored me."
  ~ Black Words-White Pages

To read the full reviews, please visit: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16003685-defiance



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.


Friday, July 19, 2013

DEFIANCE Blog Tour!


Check out Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy, #1) as it tours around these wonderful blogs!
Be sure to visit all the blogs and read reviews, interviews and even enter a chance to win a signed print copy!

 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Welcome changes

I would like to take a moment to share how much The Priestess Trilogy has changed since switching publishers. Not only has the story been revamped for the re-release and two of the titles changed, but the covers have been beautifully updated by fellow author T.L. Shreffler. (to learn more about T.L. Shreffler, please visit her website).

The Priestess Trilogy is set in ancient Ireland (also known as Éire in the series) and centers around the trials faced by Shiovra, High Priestess of the village Tara.

"High Priestess Shiovra will do all that is necessary to protect her village of Tara; even seek aid from the Milidh, an enemy clan born or war and vengeance. At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her. Hunted and attacked, Shiovra meets each challenge with DEFIANCE.

Yet it is soon discovered that not all is as it appears. Shiovra learns the truth about Odhrán while one of her own kin turns on her. Loyalty is questioned and enemy ranks face BETRAYAL.

As tensions escalate over control of the land known as Éire, the village of Tara is ripped apart as kin and clan turn on one another. Enemies become allies and the choice Shiovra makes will ultimately engulf the life she has known in irreversible ECLIPSE."




Currently, I have a select few copies of Defiance left from my book signing. If you would like a signed and dedicated copy of your own, please email me at mmsasina@gmail.com  Copies will be sold for $10 each (price includes shipping) and payments can be made via Paypal to the Celtceres@aol.com address. To learn more about The Priestess Trilogy and the characters within please click [The Priestess Trilogy] tab.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The book signing is over, but I have some left over if you want a signed and dedicated print copy. It will be first come, first serve. The cost will be $8 + shipping. If you are interested, please message me at mmsasina@gmail.com. There are 7 copies of Falls the Shadow available and 8 copies of Defiance available. Each book will also come with bookmarks, a postcard, and brochure.





Sunday, June 9, 2013

Meet the Author/ Book Signing!

 Northeastern Ohio fans! I will be doing a book signing on Medina's Historic Square Friday June 21st from 10 am to 2 pm! Come celebrate reading with the "Reading Riot" hosted by the Medina County District Library and Project: LEARN of Medina! There will be children's activities, book clubs, author signings & book sales! I will be selling copies of Falls the Shadow and Defiance for only $7 (regular price $9.99 plus shipping) as well as giving away bookmarks, postcards, and brochures! If you have any questions, you can ask me on facebook or email me at mmsasina@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Medina is located south of Cleveland and west of Akron. Take I-71 to State Route 18. Go west on Route 18, turn off on Jefferson Street, turn left on Liberty street to Medina's Historic Square.


***In case of rain, the even will be moved to the Medina County District Library***



Monday, May 27, 2013

News


Betrayal, book two of the Priestess Trilogy, will be re-released soon, so keep an eye out for its arrival. Book three, Eclipse, will follow shortly after, as well as The Priestess: The Complete Collection which will be all three books in one and only available in print format.

Fans of the Chronicles of Midgard Series: I have begun work on book three, Opening of Lost Doors, which will be released late this year of early next year, official date TBA. I would also like to announce that when the fifth (and final) book of the series has been released, I will also be offering  The Chronicles of Midgard Compendium: a comprehensive guide into the world, history, races, and characters of the series. It will be a full color, detailed look into the series, complete with spoilers, and feature artwork from the contest as well. Perfect for fans of the series and gamers alike.

Other news:
Upcoming WIP's:
Rogue's Dance is a fantasy novel set in a world filled with elves, dwarves, magic, and battles. Rogue's Dance follows the trials faced by the gnomish thief Esla after being caught not only red-handed, but betrayed by her mentor. Full of danger and an unusual assortment of traveling companions.

Alyce is an urban fantasy set in the big city. Alyce Thorne discovers her everyday mundane life is about to change with the coming of a storm. Magic meets modern day life in this tale of a woman trying to find her way back home.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


The voting is done and here are the winners in the Chronicles of Midgard art contest!
Though there were not many entries, we considered all the entries to be quite amazing. Thank you everyone who entered! All art will be featured in the upcoming Chronicles of Midgard Compendium, which is slated for release late 2015/early 2016. And now for the winners!

FIRST PLACE

Maeja Ragnarr and Ril'Hounithra
by Debbie
http://lildebbie.deviantart.com/
Digital Painting

SECOND PLACE
Amena Evenwood
by Kristina Toxicpanda 
Kristina's website: http://t00xicpanda.deviantart.com/ 
Digital Painting

THIRD PLACE
Amena Evenwood
by Monica Stricker
Websites: http://www.harmonyartphotography.com/harmonyartphotography/Home.html
http://www.harmonyartphotography.com/harmonyartphotography/Home.html
Acrylic Painting
   
HONORABLE MENTION
Amena Evenwood
by Sarah Maxine  
Website: http://love-believe.deviantart.com/ 
Water color painting

RUNNERS UP
1. Mjrn by Rachel A. Weed  http://thewhiteshark.deviantart.com/  
2. Ril'Hounithra bRay Gardner
3. Ril'Hounithra by DireWolfwere  http://direwolfwere.deviantart.com/
4. Ril'Hounithra by J.R. Nau
5. Linkyn by Orion, son of author Melissa Sasina

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Art Contest Closed

The Chronicles of Midgard Art Contest has ended. Winners will be announced on May 15th. 
Good luck to everyone who entered!

Also, Falls the Shadow, Book One of the Chronicles of Midgard will be on tour July8th-July 14th, 
so save the date and check out Jewel Blog Tours
 

As well as Defiance, Book One of the Priestess Trilogy, which will be on tour July 21st-27th at 

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ART CONTEST COUNT DOWN


Just a reminder to all who want to enter, the art contest for The Chronicles of Midgard ends May 1st! FREE TO ENTER! No need to have read the books! All art mediums welcomes, even photo-manipulations! Just submit an artwork of one of more of the following characters: Ril, Maeja, Connor, Linkyn, Amena, Severus, or Ilivarra. For complete rules, list of prizes, and character
 descriptions and reference art, click the tab above that says "ART CONTEST" 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Volcrian's Hunt Cover Reveal


Title: Volcrian's Hunt (Book 3 of The Cat's Eye Chronicles)
Author: T. L. Shreffler (www.tlshreffler.com)
Release date: September 30th, 2013
Discover the World: www.catseyechronicles.com

Synopsis

A cursed plague is spreading across the land. Crops are rotting. People are dying in the streets. Sora, with the help of her magical Cat's Eye necklace, is the only one who can stop it.
She must travel overseas to the Lost Isles, a place of legend and mystery. Only there can she destroy the bloodmage, Volcrian, putting an end to the curse. She is accompanied by Crash, a lethal assassin who once threatened—and saved—her life. But Sora is beginning to question her dark companion. He seems to be carrying a secret; a hidden past that could endanger them all.
Meanwhile, they are hunted by an underground society known as the Shade. For centuries, the Shade has waited for the perfect opportunity to step into the light. Now they are perilously close to resurrecting a Dark God and unleashing a wave of unimaginable destruction. They only need to collect the three sacred weapons, and Sora has already found two....

About the Author

T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, fantasy, romance, iced tea, long walks, philosophy and thrift store shopping. She recently graduated with a BA in Badass (Creative Writing) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tlshreffler
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5138153.T_L_Shreffler
Website: www.tlshreffler.com
Email: therunawaypen@gmail.com


Volcrian's Hunt (Cat's Eye, #3)
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I would like to take a moment to introduce a good friend I have known for a long time. Monica Stricker is an amazing photographer and and pretty good artist to-boot. Five years ago she created Harmony Art Photography and since then she has traveled across the country photographing and creating merchandise for national acts. Her photos have been used for ads and magazines and are even currently featured on many band websites. Please, give her a look. Check out her stuff and like her on facebook!

HARMONY ART PHOTOGRAPHY




Monday, February 18, 2013

Betrayal

The final editing process of Betrayal has fallen behind in schedule and due to such will be slightly delayed in it's re-release (which had been announced for February 24, 2013). I'm terribly sorry about the delay and will make an announcement promptly as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience.