Thursday, 21 November 2019

The Veiled Threat by Sophia Menesini + #Giveaway + Excerpt

The Veiled Threat (The Veiled Duchess Series Book 1) by Sophia Menesini
Published in America on the 30th June 2019.

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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.


 “Tattle tail,” Shea whispers, but her one good eye is glued to the impossible vision in front of her. 
Where she was expecting a black hole where her left eye used to be, she sees it still intact. 
Her eyelid is there as well as if magic has stitched it back together. There’s a long gash that stops right above her brow and below her upper cheekbone. But what shocks her is the color, her normal vibrant green has completely bled away and in its place is pure white. No pupil, just white. 
It’s unnerving, yet, Shea is mesmerized by the fact that in forty-eight hours after an impossible injury her body has healed itself to extraordinary lengths. 
“Caen!” Jo shouts again. 
The doors to the bedchamber fly open and in storms Caen with Nol directly behind him. 
“What’s wrong?”
 Jo points to Shea who has since broken her transfixion on her new appearance and is back to struggling to get her boots on. 
“How are you-“ Nol starts but Caen cuts him off.
“So the first thing you do after being pardoned is chain the future queen of Arethusa to the bed?” 
“When you put it like that it makes it sound dirty,” Shea winks, smirking over at Jo who rolls her eyes in exasperation. 
“Caen, she shouldn’t be up,” Jo demands. 
But Caen is already helping. 
“You need me to carry you?” Caen asks. 
“I’m going to try walking first.” 
“Don’t worry your majesty, I’ll make sure she gets plenty of rest,” Nol tells Jo, bowing while also staring at Shea curiously. 
Shea slips on her last boot and Caen reaches out his hand to help her when she sees her gold sword at his waist. 
“My sword,” Shea coos, “you really do always come back to me.”  
Shea caresses it. 
“Don’t do that when it’s attached to me,” Caen exclaims. 
“Sorry,” Shea mutters and clears her throat. She’s about to limp out of the room when Jo calls after her. 
Shea turns back to her with a smirk, “Yes my love?” 
“You really want to do this?” 
“I really do." 
Jo looks up at the ceiling of the bedchamber as if weighing her options and then she stares Shea down from under her eyelashes, “One last kiss for the road, darling?” 
“Oh I don’t think so, it’ll give you something to look forward to,” Shea curtsies the best she can and Jo laughs in frustration. 
They’re down the hall as quick as they can be as Jo’s last scream echoes after them.  

Meet the Author 

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 her blog, updates, and other entertainment at her website

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Open internationally until the 28th November.

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    1. I do too! Especially the use of colour with the red sails against the cloudy sky

  2. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  3. I like the cover and it sounds really exciting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. The gorgeous cover art really caught my eye :-)

  4. I am not too original here but I really love the cover.

    1. It definitely looks like this cover is a winner!

  5. Thank you for telling me about this book

  6. Ithas been a long time since I read a book with a female pirate. It sounds quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I just finished reading Roaring Girls which mentions two real female pirates in the past. I wonder if they inspired this story?

  7. It is a genre that I love to read

    1. Then The Veiled Threat is a perfect book for you!

  8. Sounds fabulous thank you my daughter who's just turned 21 would love this
    Thank you Anthony Green

  9. Thanks for the great competition and prize. Good luck everyone.