Melissa McShane

Biography

Melissa McShane is the author of the novels of Tremontane, beginning with SERVANT OF THE CROWN, the Extraordinaries series beginning with BURNING BRIGHT, the Last Oracle series beginning with THE BOOK OF SECRETS, and COMPANY OF STRANGERS, first in the series of the same title. She lives in Utah with her husband, four children, one niece, and three very needy cats. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, which is much more fun than anyone ought to be allowed to have.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I wrote fiction as a teen, then discovered the joys of creative literary criticism in college and did that for many years before realizing I wanted to do something else. I didn't think I wanted to write novels because I wrote one that was a huge mistake (and will never be published, ever). Then I had an idea for a novel and thought, why not? That one novel led to many more, and now I can't imagine doing anything else. And since I was 42 when I wrote that first novel, I like to tell people it's never too late to try something new.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the US, in cities ranging from Portland, Oregon to Syracuse, New York, and many points in between. This made it hard for me to keep long-term friends in an era before the internet and email, and I turned to reading as something consistent in my life. As an outgrowth of my reading, my writing reflects my love of places and people different from myself. I'm particularly interested in speculative fiction and its emphasis on other worlds. I love writing about strong, dynamic people who change their worlds, and I love writing about people who understand what it's like to be different from everyone around them.
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Where to find Melissa McShane online

Where to buy in print

Series

The Crown of Tremontane
The story of the remarkable women of the North family, rulers of the fantasy kingdom of Tremontane.
Servant of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Rider of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Agent of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Voyager of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Saga of Willow North
The story of Willow North, first North Queen of Tremontane, from her beginnings as a sneak thief to her role as guardian of the young King Felix and beyond.
Pretender to the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Guardian of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Champion of the Crown
Price: $4.99 USD.
Convergence
Sesskia, thief and secret mage, is transported from her world, where magic is forbidden, to a place where she can practice magic openly. But the two worlds are coming inexorably together, and Sesskia and her new friends must find a way to stop the convergence--and live with what happens if they fail.
The Summoned Mage
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Wandering Mage
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Unconquered Mage
Price: $4.99 USD.
Dalanine
Magic and adventure in a world very much like our own Victorian England.
The Smoke-Scented Girl
Price: $3.99 USD.
The God-Touched Man
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Voyager of the Crown
Series: The Crown of Tremontane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,360. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ageless, deathless former Queen Zara North sets sail for adventure and finds pirates, true love, and a future she never expected.
Warts and All
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,800. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fairy tales
In this collection of fairy tale retellings, follow the adventures of Chloe and her family as they fall into one story after another.
Champion of the Crown
Series: The Saga of Willow North. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,220. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Willow North challenges the false King for the Crown of Tremontane, but her true goal--to give young King Felix a chance at a real life--is complicated when none of the other candidates for King are suitable. Willow's ultimate choice will be one no one suspects, least of all her.
Guardian of the Crown
Series: The Saga of Willow North. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,870. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Willow North thought her involvement with the boy-King Felix would begin and end with getting him out of the capital and away from his murderous uncle. But bringing him to the safety of Eskandel was only the beginning of the journey. Now she must navigate the murky waters of Eskandelic politics, trying to build support that will allow him to take back his kingdom.
The Unconquered Mage
Series: Convergence. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,640. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Once a thief and secret mage, now Empress-Consort of a new empire, Sesskia's life becomes even more complicated as she and her husband prepare to face the mad God-Empress, who wants to rule the empire. Worse, magic is growing weaker and no one knows why. With catastrophe looming ever closer, Sesskia and the mages must find a way to save their world--again.
The Wandering Mage
Series: Convergence. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 127,460. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Stranded far from her friends and husband Cederic, Sesskia must travel north to find them, encountering new friends and old enemies. Though Sesskia wants only to be reunited with Cederic, she is drawn into the political conflict between two countries lying intertwined with each other, and finds within herself leadership abilities she never could have guessed.
The Summoned Mage
Series: Convergence. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 126,010. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Sesskia is magically transported to another world where magic is not only permitted, but celebrated, she wonders if she ever wants to return home. But catastrophe is coming. Her new home and the world of her birth are coming inexorably together, heralding near-total destruction for both. Sesskia must find a way to prevent the convergence and save both her worlds.
Pretender to the Crown
Series: The Saga of Willow North. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,530. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Willow North must help the young King of Tremontane escape his murderous uncle and find safety where he can attempt to regain the Crown.
The God-Touched Man
Series: Dalanine. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,130. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Piercy Faranter is assigned to chaperone a beautiful princess in disguise, a simple task--he thinks. When he and his charge are catapulted 250 years into the past, they must work together to stop a rogue magician and solve a mystery with roots a thousand years deep.
Exile of the Crown
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,360. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Zara North, former Queen of Tremontane, left her throne and her family behind to keep her secret: she cannot be killed, she cannot age, and her magic could topple the North family from the throne. As an exile in her own country, Zara finds love, sorrow, and new purpose as the years pass and the world changes around her.
Agent of the Crown
Series: The Crown of Tremontane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 136,310. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Princess Telaine North Hunter is a frivolous, fashionable socialite--or so it seems. She's actually a spy for her uncle the King. When one of her missions uncovers a smuggling ring, she's sent to the frontier town of Longbourne to pose as a common Deviser to learn the truth. As the days pass, and her ruse becomes real, she must decide who she truly is--princess, or agent of the Crown.
Rider of the Crown
Series: The Crown of Tremontane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,830. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Imogen, warrior of the Kirkellan tribes, has never wanted to be anything else. But when peacetime makes her an unwilling diplomat, Imogen discovers talents she never knew she had--as well as a forbidden attraction to the King of Tremontane. When war again threatens three countries, Imogen must decide: is she warrior, diplomat--or something greater?
Servant of the Crown
Series: The Crown of Tremontane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,840. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alison Quinn never expected a summons to serve at the court of Queen Zara--and she certainly didn't expect to fall in love with the Queen's playboy brother, Prince Anthony. But disaster drives her away, only to return when the Queen appoints her Royal Librarian. When a political crisis threatens the Library, Alison must find a way to save it...and find true love again.
The Smoke-Scented Girl
Series: Dalanine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,840. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A series of mysterious magical fires send a young magician on a quest to discover who's behind them, in the hope of using that magic to save his country. What he finds are a beautiful young woman, a thousand-year-old legend, and a challenge that will change the course of his life forever.
Emissary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,150. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A priestess of the God of Death travels to the oldest city in the world to confront a kind of ghost never seen before. If she fails to discover the truth about these spirits, it could mean disaster not only for the ghost-ridden city, but for the world.

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