Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Curse of the Moon by Beth Trissel + Giveaway


Please help me welcome Beth Trissel, author of Curse of the Moon! She's here to share a bit more about her new novel.


Greetings all. Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Kimberly. I’m a multi-genre, multi-published author in historical, ghostly, and time travel romance, and nonfiction. My latest venture is YA. I love this genre so much, I may never go back to anything else. Curse of the Moon (Book 2, the Secret Warrior Series) is a YA fantasy/paranormal (with romance) set present-day in our Virginia Mountains. On a clear day, I can see the Alleghenies from our farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The Blue Ridge Mountains lie to our east. Those hazy ridges hide a lot of secrets, as you shall discover.



Native American and mountain people lore, my love of herbs, fascination with colonial America, and wild imagination are part of the inspiration behind the Secret Warrior Series. Shawnee warrior/wolf shifters, witches, a warlock, the Star People, and other characters and creatures run through the series and this story. One of the most unusual creatures I’ve brought to life is the thunderbird, a mythological bird based on Native American lore. There are people, of course, who insist the bird is real. Check out YouTube, or MonsterQuest.



Since I couldn’t conclusively prove its existence, I took characteristics from Native American lore and added a few of my own, like it hunts only at dusk and during storms. The legendary bird gets its name from the belief that the beating of its great wings account for the booms of thunder and its flashing red eyes are the lighting.


Pretty darn awesome. Likely, the thunderbird derives from NA respect for the bald eagle and is a greatly exaggerated version of the eagle. Thunderbirds are often carved at the top of totem poles. I featured a big territorial male in book 1, The Hunter’s Moon. The bird comes up again in book 2 in the form of an incubating egg.

What could be better than hatching and training a thunderbird yourself? It’s the Native American dragon. Thunderbirds are said to be intelligent, powerful, and wrathful, so you definitely want one on your side. In Curse of the Moon, Morgan’s younger brother, Jimmy, plans to train and fly on a thunderbird. He’s a fearless kid.

Story Blurb:

The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch--without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch's bidding to save him. 

Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?

Snippet from Curse of the Moon:

Sympathy crinkled his dark eyes. “We’ll think of something. Don’t worry.”
“Wish I shared your confidence.” She dropped her hand and grasped her fork. “I’m not totally freaked out yet, but getting there. Fast.”
“You’ll be all right.” His encouraging smile showed his dimples and enhanced his appeal.
“But I can’t seem to remain fully human.”
He took a sip of fragrant coffee from the blue pottery mug. “Technically, you’re not.”

***For fun: If you could shift into an animal, what one would you choose?


For more on me, my blog is the happening place: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/

Follow The Secret Warrior Series on FB at: https://www.facebook.com/BethTrissel2YAFantasySeries/   

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethTrissel




Series: The Secret Warrior #2
Release date: May 4th 2016
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Purchase: Amazon



Synopsis via Goodreads:

The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch--without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? 

But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch's bidding to save him. 

Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?




About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.





35 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and Curse of the Moon.

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for the great guest post :)

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  2. Those pictures got my attention, that's some beautiful country. I'd love to read the book.

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    1. Thanks Sonya. It's very beautiful in the valley and mountains. I hope you will read the book.

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    2. I love the pictures-- gorgeous landscape like that soothes my nerves :)

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  3. Great book. All of Beth's are :)

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    1. Added this series to my TBR list- couldn't resist!

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  4. I love the story blurb...yes, what could go wrong? lol Easy peasy!

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  5. i haven't started this series yet butthe covers aloen make me want to they are so gorgeous! ( and teh blurb picked my interest as well) so definitively in the future

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    1. I love the colors on this cover- very bright and pretty.

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  6. Sounds like a great read. I love the cover.

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    1. I'm adding this cover to my Pinterest list. It really caught my eye :)

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    2. Thanks! It's a striking cover.

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  7. this sounds like a great book, good luck and thanks for hosting this

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  8. I love the cover, it's very eye catching and beautiful.

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