Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Secret Lady,” (Ladies in Time 3 Book Series)” by Author, @BethTrissel

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

At Lavender House, Evie McIntyre is haunted by the whispers from her bedroom closet. Before she can make sense of their murmurs, the house “warbles” between times and transports her to the Civil War. Past and present have blended, and Evie wishes she’d paid more attention to history. Especially since former Confederate officer, Jack Ramsey, could use a heads up.

Torn between opposing forces, Jack struggles to defend the valley and people he loves. Meeting Evie turns his already tumultuous world upside down. Will solving the mystery of the whispers return her home, and will the handsome scout be by her side? 

Against the background of Sheridan’s Burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jack and Evie fight to save their friends and themselves – or is history carved in stone?

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Title: Secret Lady (Ladies in Time, Three Book Series)

Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel

Publication Date: January 9, 2019

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Time Travel, New Adult & College, Historical Romance

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

The last book in the “Ladies in Time” Series ends this trio on a high note. Author, Beth Trissel has created another paranormal romance unlike any other I’ve read. This book is based on the historical data native to her beloved Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where she resides.

The book opens in present-day Virginia, where Evie McIntyre lives with her grandmother in what is known as Lavender House. This house holds the distinction of being one of the only dwellings that survived the burnings by Sheridan’s troops during the Civil War.

Evie works for her Gran as a tour guide at Lavender House, usually garbed in the clothes of the Civil War era. When she begins hearing strange whispers coming from the closet in her room, she realizes the house is more unusual than she could have ever guessed.

One night, Evie falls asleep in the lounge downstairs. She awakens to find herself in a different time and place. Thank goodness for Jack Ramsey, a former Confederate officer. He finds her in the nick of time. Jack is a guide for the Unionist Underground Railroad still grappling with the effects and the brutality of the war.

Evie and Jack form an immediate connection, not realizing how deeply this union will prove to be for them. Jack is stunned to find that Evie is from the future. To protect her, he takes her to a nearby homestead which is owned by a Mennonite couple which ironically, is owned by her grandmother in the future.

This Mennonite family is like a foster family to Jack. He realizes that reputations he must preserve reputations, so he explains to his friends that Evie is his wife. The story progresses to the fateful burning of the Shenandoah Valley which is described in poignant detail. Wait until you reach the end of the book!

The house is the catalyst in this story, bringing Jack and Evie together as if to set right the wrongs of the past. The paranormal elements are delicious and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series. HERE is my review of Book One, “Somewhere My Lady.” The second book is called, “The White Lady,” and you can find my review HERE.

Author, Beth Trissel is a master storyteller. If you love romance, history, and the right amount of paranormal suspense and magic, this is the series for you!

The author gifted me with a pre-publication copy of this book without obligation. This review contains my personal opinion after choosing to read the story.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 
5
Reader Engagement: 
5
Reader Enrichment: 
5
Reader Enjoyment: 
5
Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Beth Trissel and the Ladies in Time (Three Book Series)

About the Author:

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies.

An avid gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration.

My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America and the valley. I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), and the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series).

Some of my historicals include ghosts and other paranormal elements. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter/ fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and New Adult time travel/time slip romance, Somewhere in Time, and my latest ongoing series, Ladies in Time. I also write single titles and nonfiction.

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009 
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist 
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover 
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

How to Connect with the Author:

You can find Beth on her blog a thttps://bethtrissel.wordpress.com and on her author website at BethTrissel.com.

Twitter: @BethTrissel

Facebook:  Author Beth Trissel. I met Beth on Facebook. She shares the most breathtaking photos of her gardens and the fantastic Shenandoah Valley where she makes her home. If you really want to know an author, look at the images they share. ❤

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Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Kira, Daughter of the Moon” by Author, @BethTrissel

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Logan McCutcheon returns to colonial Virginia after seven years in the hands of Shawnee Indians. But was he really a captive, as everybody thinks? He looks and fights like a warrior, and seems eager to return to those he calls friends and family.

Kira McClure has waited for Logan all those years, passing herself off as odd to keep suitors at bay–and anyone else from getting too close. Now that he’s back, he seems to be the only person capable of protecting her from the advances of Josiah Campbell and accusations of witchcraft. And to defend the settlers against a well-organized band of murderous thieves.

This is a new release of a previously published edition.
Kira, Daughter of the Moon is the sequel to Through the Fire.

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Title: Kira, Daughter of the Moon

Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Historical

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

Author, Beth Trissel, is a master at writing unforgettable historical romance. I’ve read many of her novels and she often integrates the mystical elements of Native American lore found in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she resides. This “mysticism” never fails to draw me into the story, and this book is no different.

After seven years of living with the Shawnee Indians, Logan McCutcheon returns to Virginia, where he finds Kira McClure has grown into a beautiful young woman.

Kira and Logan grew up together, and she always held out hope that he would return to her one day. Now that he’s back, there is a problem. Kira spends most of her time fighting off all the willing suitors that plot to take her away from him.

One of the settlers, Josiah Campbell, causes trouble when he realizes that Logan and Kira plan to marry. He attempts to hunt the young woman down to make her his own. Kira employs a few of her many gifts, managing to save herself, while Josiah and his crew brand her as a witch.

Logan appears to be the only person capable of protecting her from the advances of Josiah Campbell as the accusations of witchcraft intensify around the girl.

But, Josiah Campbell isn’t finished with his evil deeds. He accuses Logan of theft ensuring that his reputation amongst the settlers is also damaged.

But, as they say, never underestimate the power of a woman. Kira has a few tricks up her sleeve, and surprisingly, so does Logan. I couldn’t put this book down. Great romance, suspense, and magic – all of my favorite things.

I enjoyed this novel and all the twists and turns which led me to a satisfying end. I was surprised to learn that this was the sequel to the book, “Through the Fire,” as I thought this novel stood well on its own.

If you love fast-paced historical romance with a touch of the paranormal, you will love this book. Just make sure to read with a light on.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 
5
Reader Engagement: 
5
Reader Enrichment: 
5
Reader Enjoyment: 
5
Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. An avid gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories.

The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America and the valley. I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), and the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series).

Some of my historicals include ghosts and other paranormal elements. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter/ fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and New Adult time travel/time slip romance, Somewhere in Time, and my latest ongoing series, Ladies in Time. I also write single titles and nonfiction.

FICTION TITLES:

(THE NATIVE AMERICAN WARRIOR SERIES)
Red Bird’s Song
Through the Fire
Kira, Daughter of the Moon
The Bearwalker’s Daughter
The Lady and the Warrior (short)

(SOMEWHERE IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere My Lass (Scottish)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Scottish)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Ghostly Christmas)

(LADIES IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Lady
The White Lady (coming soon)

(THE TRAITOR’S LEGACY SERIES)
Enemy of the King (The American Revolution and a ghost)
Traitor’s Legacy (The American Revolution)
Traitor’s Curse (Ghostly historical)

(THE SECRET WARRIOR SERIES): (YA Wolf shapeshifter fantasy romance series)
The Hunter’s Moon
Curse of the Moon
The Panther Moon
A Warrior for Christmas (holiday historical)
Into the Lion’s Heart (Georgian England and the French Revolution)

NONFICTION TITLES:
Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles (Herbal)
Shenandoah Watercolors (Gardening and Country Life)

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

How to Connect with the Author:

You can find Beth on her blog at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com.

Twitter: @BethTrissel

Facebook: Author Beth Trissel

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Bearwalker’s Daughter,” Book One, Native American Warrior Series, by Author, Beth Trissel

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Title: The Bearwalker’s Daughter, Book One in the Native American Warrior Series, 2nd Edition

Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel

Publication Date: December 27, 2013

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Westerns, New Adult & College

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Autumn 1784: Karin McNeal hasn’t grasped who she really is or her fierce birthright. A tragic secret from the past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman longing to learn more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies.

Jack McCray, the wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlock the past. Will Karin let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive kinsmen? Is it only her imagination or does someone, or something, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?”

(A revised version of romance novel Daughter of the Wind)

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I’ve been a fan of Beth Trissel’s books for several years. I haven’t read a single book of her’s that I haven’t enjoyed. In fact, this book fell off my (magical) radar until this summer when I saw her advertise it on social media. What a great find to add to my Kindle library.

Book one, “The Bearwalker’s Daughter,” is a historical romance filled with lots of great Native American lore, early American history, magic, and even some sizzling sex!

There’s a mystery that swirls around the birth of Karin McNeal, and when in 1784, Jack McCray finds the bonny lass, he’s bewitched by her unusual beauty. Karin is haunted by voices on the wind who seem to be calling out to her. She can’t figure out what the voices mean or why she has been chosen to hear them. The only thing she knows for certain is that her mother died shortly after her birth, and no one will tell her who her father is.

Of course, Jack knows her birthright, having been sent by Karin’s father, Shequenor, who belongs to the bear clan, a division of the Shawnee tribe, to bring his daughter home to him. However, Karin isn’t aware of that fact, and even if she were, she is so drawn to Jack that nothing could tear her from his arms. Not even the family that raised her.

Jack is part of that family too, but tragically he was taken as a child by the Shawnee tribe, to be raised as Shequenor’s brother. That put him fighting on the wrong side of the war for American Independence. As a result, he is shunned by his step-father and half-brother.

The family discord sets the story in motion as Karin and Jack declare their love for each other. Now, Jack must deal with his emotions and love for Karin as he tries to figure out how to honor her father’s wishes. If they both survive it will be a miracle!

The magical aspects of this tale are what drew me deeper into the story. I love Native American lore, and knowing this author like I do, I knew there would be some spectacular paranormal activity, and there was!

This is not only Karin and Jack’s love story, it is also the love story of Karin’s parents, finally coming full circle. This is a fabulous read that kept me enthralled for hours.

I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, “Through the Fire, book two” in the Native American Warrior Series.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Beth Trissel

About the Author:

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. A big gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America.

I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), AND the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series), colonial American Christmas romance (A Warrior for Christmas) Georgian England romance (Into the Lion’s Heart, the time and place of Poldark).

Some of my historicals have ghosts and paranormal in them. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter, fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and paranormal time travel, time slip romance to the Scottish Highlands, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW1.. (My Somewhere in Time and Ladies in Time Series.)

My nonfiction titles feature herbs, gardening, and country life. Click to visit Beth’s Amazon Page to view all her books.

FICTION TITLES:

(THE NATIVE AMERICAN WARRIOR SERIES)
Red Bird’s Song
Through the Fire
Kira, Daughter of the Moon
The Bearwalker’s Daughter
The Lady and the Warrior (short)

(SOMEWHERE IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere My Lass (Scottish)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Scottish)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Ghostly Christmas)

(LADIES IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Lady
The White Lady (coming soon)

(THE TRAITOR’S LEGACY SERIES)
Enemy of the King (The American Revolution and a ghost)
Traitor’s Legacy (The American Revolution)
Traitor’s Curse (Ghostly historical)

(THE SECRET WARRIOR SERIES): (YA Wolf shapeshifter fantasy romance series)
The Hunter’s Moon
Curse of the Moon
The Panther Moon
A Warrior for Christmas (holiday historical)
Into the Lion’s Heart (Georgian England and the French Revolution)

NONFICTION TITLES:
Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles (Herbal)
Shenandoah Watercolors (Gardening and Country Life)

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

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How to Connect with this Author:

You can find Beth on her blog at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com.

Twitter: @BethTrissel

Facebook: Author Beth Trissel

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The White Lady,” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title:  The White Lady (Ladies in Time #2)
  • Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 110 Pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075XBTY1J
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, Literature & Fiction, Fantasy, Genre Fiction

    The White Lady

    *I was given a pre-publication copy of this book by the author for review purposes*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Avery Dunham has always been ready to follow her friend, time-traveling wizard, Ignus Burke, on incredible adventures. This time, though, she has serious misgivings. It’s just one week before Christmas, but she cannot get him to change his mind. The usually cool and collected magic-wielding leader is wholly obsessed by the portrait of the White Lady whom he is bent on rescuing.

Almost as soon as they begin their journey, it becomes clear their mission is a trap.

Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Meet Ignus Burke, independently wealthy wizard and time-traveler extraordinaire who specializes in rescuing lost souls. Along with his two cohorts, Avery Dunham and Stan Guthrie, these fast friends have traveled beyond the veil of magic more times then they can count.

Currently, Ignus is fascinated with the portrait of the White Lady which hangs in the parlor of his Victorian home in historic Staunton, Virginia. There is something about the picture that has piqued his curiosity to the extent of a dangerous obsession.

The White Lady is a portrait of a pale brunette beauty dressed in filmy white. Her age and the time frame of when the painting was completed is shrouded in mystery. So, one day, when Ignus announces to his friends that “The White Lady needs my help,” his declaration is met with skepticism from his friends. Avery is concerned that Ignus has taken his obsession too far. She knows something is off about the whole ordeal. It’s not just womanly intuition either because even Stan has noticed how preoccupied Ignus is with the painting.

The Victorian mansion that is owned by Ignus’ family seems to hold the key to finding out more about the portrait. Ignus can pick up on the energy from the past which swirls about the house and the antiques that were left behind by the previous occupants. To make matters worse, Ignus’ father, who disappeared years ago is somehow connected to the otherworldly allure the White Lady holds over Ignus. And yet, there’s much more family history to unravel and discover.

The adventure begins when the trio scatters caution to the wind by traveling back in time to when the trouble first started with the White Lady.

Fans of Doctor Who will love this adult paranormal time-traveling adventure. Beth Trissel is the master of paranormal fantasy by creating characters you can’t help but love as they are thrust into situations that only the gifted can solve. There’s something for everyone – ghosts, an ancient evil, and even the beginnings of a young romance that blossoms between the pages of the story.

The author shared some exciting facts about the White Lady tradition from her research. Beth Trissel said,

“It (the story) was inspired by the ghostly white lady or white woman lore I’m familiar with in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains, and farther afield. After researching, I discovered this lore is widespread in American and the UK and dates back centuries. It’s a paranormal ‘thing.'”

I loved this book because it was so unusual and creative. It was a fun read that moved as quickly as the spectral magic that danced on each page. I couldn’t help thinking what a fun Christmas gift this book would make as the setting in the novel takes place just days before the holiday begins. The
White Lady is the perfect book to curl up with under a mound of blankets on a snowy afternoon. Enjoy! ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies



Author, Beth Trissel

About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. A big gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America.

I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), AND the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series), colonial American Christmas romance (A Warrior for Christmas) Georgian England romance (Into the Lion’s Heart, the time and place of Poldark).

Some of my historicals have ghosts and paranormal in them. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter, fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and paranormal time travel, time slip romance to the Scottish Highlands, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW1.. (My Somewhere in Time and Ladies in Time Series.)

My nonfiction titles feature herbs, gardening, and country life. Click to visit Beth’s Amazon Page to view all her books.

FICTION TITLES:

(THE NATIVE AMERICAN WARRIOR SERIES)
Red Bird’s Song
Through the Fire
Kira, Daughter of the Moon
The Bearwalker’s Daughter
The Lady and the Warrior (short)

(SOMEWHERE IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere My Lass (Scottish)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Scottish)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Ghostly Christmas)

(LADIES IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Lady
The White Lady (coming soon)

(THE TRAITOR’S LEGACY SERIES)
Enemy of the King (The American Revolution and a ghost)
Traitor’s Legacy (The American Revolution)
Traitor’s Curse (Ghostly historical)

(THE SECRET WARRIOR SERIES): (YA Wolf shapeshifter fantasy romance series)
The Hunter’s Moon
Curse of the Moon
The Panther Moon
A Warrior for Christmas (holiday historical)
Into the Lion’s Heart (Georgian England and the French Revolution)

NONFICTION TITLES:
Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles (Herbal)
Shenandoah Watercolors (Gardening and Country Life)

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

How to Contact this Author:

You can find Beth on her blog at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com and on her author website at BethTrissel.com.

Twitter @BethTrissel

Facebook  Author Beth Trissel. I met Beth on Facebook. She shares the most breathtaking photos of her gardens and the fantastic Shenandoah Valley where she makes her home. If you really want to know an author, look at the images they share. ❤

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Panther Moon, Book 3 in the Secret Warrior Series,” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title:  The Panther Moon, Book 3 in The Secret Warrior Series
  • Author: Beth Trissel
  • File Size:  468 KB
  • Print Length: 202 Pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JXZG1SC
  • ISBN-10: 1509209964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509209965
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Teens, YA Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Werewolves & Shifters, Fantasy

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review which follows*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire.

But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his Panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren’t real – are they?

When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

In this last installment of the Secret Warrior Series, Morgan continues to grow in power as the Seventh Morcant. The tribe has accepted her as their co-leader along with Jackson, her soul mate and future leader of the tribe. Morgan is essential to the survival of the Wapicoli Tribe because Okema, the ancient and magical Chief has disappeared taking his magic with him. The conflict between the warring factions is imminent, and the wolf pack needs all the help they can get.

Jackson grows as a character in this volume, and the reader begins to understand the formidable task he has ahead of him. Doubts cloud his direction, but through Morgan’s love and understanding, they agree to share the burden of managing the tribe together. I liked that both characters had doubts about their abilities. It made them human and believable at the same time.

This series, and particularly this final book is filled with fast action and quick dialogue. There’s the Panteras to worry about, and the coyote shifters are a constant threat. Throw in a few vampires, and you’ve got all the excitement a wolf-girl can handle. If Morgan can summon all the blue magic she needs in time to do battle, the tribe has a chance.

The relationship between Morgan and her brother, Jimmy reminded me of the banter between my kids long ago. This is another thing I enjoy about this author’s style of writing. She breathes life into fantastical creatures and characters that will leave you wanting more.

If you haven’t read the first two books, I would suggest backtracking to read them. The ancient culture of the Wapicoli Tribe and the historical tidbits found throughout this book and the series are some of my favorites, and you will need this background information to follow the events that unfold in the final volume. I do wonder if the series will expand to include further adventures into the lives of Morgan and Jackson and the Wapicoli Tribe. I sure hope so.

This is a supernatural fantasy for young adults, but I’ve got to tell you I enjoyed it more than The Twilight series. I loved the wolf pack and the sense of family portrayed in this novel. Yet, it was the Native American mythology that I loved best.

I’ve added The Panther Moon to my “Me Time,” category for favorite summer read in paranormal fantasy. Read my review of Book One, The Hunter’s Moon, and Book Two, Curse of the Moon. Then, read the series. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

five fairies


Author, Beth Trissel

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, YA fantasy romance, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.”

A Message From the Author:

 

“The Secret Warrior Series was inspired by my love of history, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans.  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery lends itself well to creating the characters and setting for The Hunter’s Moon, and the stories that will follow as the series unfolds. Some of the characters and creatures are based on lore I’ve learned over the years. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing.”

❤ CONNECT WITH BETH TRISSEL ❤

Her blog is the happening place at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/ or her author website at BethTrissel.com.

You can find Beth on Twitter @BethTrissel or on Facebook at Author Beth Trissel.

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Curse of the Moon, The Secret Warrior Series, Book 2” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title:  Curse of the Moon, The Secret Warrior Series, Book 2
  • Author: Beth Trissel
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length:  143 Pages
  • Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DH16746
  • ISBN-10: 1509207597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509207596
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literature, Fiction, Teen & Young Adult, Paranormal & Urban, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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    *I was given a copy of this book by the author as a gift in exchange for an honest review, which follows.*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“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?”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The second installment of the Secret Warrior Series finds Morgan learning to deal with her newfound werewolf abilities and the realization that what has happened to her is larger than life. Her responsibilities are enormous, and she must become the leader of the pack along with Jackson, her soul mate.

I must note that it is best to read Book One, The Hunter’s Moon, (click the link to read my review) first because the author delves right into the action and you will not want to miss any of this exciting tale.

As Morgan’s body gets used to the change, she is overcome by a series disease called “wandering wolf.” If the wolf side of her takes over entirely without the human aspect of her personality remaining, Morgan will have succumbed to the disease and would no longer be of any use to the wolf pack or the Wapicoli tribe.

However, the cure comes with a hefty price. Morgan must find Lilith, the lizard witch to get the elixir that will cure her. While there, Morgan’s younger brother Jimmy, runs afoul of Lilith. She casts a spell on him that now also needs a cure, or by the next full moon, he will walk off a cliff to his death. To break the lizard witch’s spell, Morgan is blackmailed into getting what Lilith desires most.

This book also develops the characters in greater depth, and the reader is drawn into Morgan and Jackson’s burgeoning love for each other. Also, the tribe bonds with a common goal of saving Jimmy from his curse. At the same time, many alliances, good and bad, are made in preparation for the coming war between the Panteras and the wolf pack.

If you enjoy your fantasy laced with a bit of the paranormal, you will love this book and the entire series. Mysterious ghostly beings, shapeshifters, witchcraft, ancient Native American creatures, and even aliens from other planets all coalesce around a story steeped in age-old American history and ancient folklore. I was in fantasy reading heaven!

I am a huge fan of tales of the supernatural, and this was by far one of the best written and most entertaining young adult tales I have read. I am loving this series! The writing was sharp and clear with descriptions that you could see and feel. What more could you ask for?

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Author, Beth Trissel

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, YA fantasy romance, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

From the Author:

“The Secret Warrior Series was inspired by my love of history, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans.  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery lends itself well to creating the characters and setting for The Hunter’s Moon, and the stories that will follow as the series unfolds. Some of the characters and creatures are based on lore I’ve learned over the years. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing.”

Her blog is the happening place at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/ or her author website at BethTrissel.com.

You can find Beth on Twitter @BethTrissel or on Facebook at Author Beth Trissel.

Thanks for stopping by to meet Beth and learn about her exciting book, Curse of the Moon.

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Somewhere My Lady,” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title: Somewhere My Lady, Book 1 in the Lady of Time Series
  • Amazon Author: Beth Trissel
  • File Size:  2109 KB
  • Print Length:  162 Pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071VTNC7V
  • Formats: Paperback and Pre-release Price:
  • Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Time Travel, Romance, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal Romance

    *I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author for review purposes*

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Lorna Randolph is hired for the summer at Harrison Hall in Virginia, where Revolutionary-War reenactors provide guided tours of the elegant old home. She doesn’t expect to receive a note and a kiss from a handsome young man who then vanishes into the mist.

Harrison Hall itself has plans for Lorna – and for Hart Harrison, her momentary suitor and its 18th-century heir. Past and present are bound by pledges of love, and modern science melds with old skills and history as Harrison Hall takes Lorna and Hart through time in a race to solve a mystery and save Hart’s life before the Midsummer Ball.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Close your eyes and pretend it’s June 2017. You are standing in front of Harrison Hall, an eighteenth-century brick mansion on the James River, in Virginia. Are you there? Good. Now, meet Lorna Randolph, a young woman who has recently graduated from high school and who is about to embark on an incredible adventure, even though she doesn’t know it. Lorna has taken a job at the historic Harrison Hall, and her life will never be the same.

An early arrival has brought her to the front door of the stately mansion where the vaguely familiar strains of a song draw her into the building. The minute she touches the door knob a zap of energy jolts through her. A couple, totally in character from the period slowly dances to the haunting melody Lorna heard from outside. In the dark interior, men and women suddenly appear as if an eighteenth-century painting had sprung to life. Slowly the figures dance for Lorna. When they turn sideways, Lorna realizes she can partially see through their forms!

One young man catches Lorna’s attention, and something about him holds her spellbound. When he asks her to dance she accepts. After a few pirouettes around the grand hall, the man hands her a note and tells her, “I’ve been waiting for you…”

Do you have goosebumps yet? Somewhere My Lady is a fun supernatural romance that will have you slipping in and out of the past and future as if you were a spirit yourself. There is an exciting mystery to be solved about this young man and Lorna. Their romance from long ago was cut short far too soon and when the past and present collide the truth about their relationship will surprise you.

I was introduced to Beth Trissel’s writing through her young adult fantasy series, Secret Warrior: The Hunter’s Moon, book 1. (Click on the link to read my review of book 1). I will be reviewing Curse of the Moon, book 2; and The Panther Moon, book 3, in future reviews, so stay tuned.

This was a quick read I couldn’t put down. I finished the story in two nights of reading. Beth Trissel creates characters that are believable even though they find themselves in mystical realities. The touches of history appealed to me and drew me into the setting of the book. The descriptions are delicious and make you feel like you are standing in the middle of Harrison Hall fully dressed in the garb of the period.

Somewhere My Lady releases in July 2017 and would be a great novel to take on a vacation where you could read while relaxing on the beach or at the pool. Top it off with a tropical cocktail, and you have the makings of a beautiful day. I’ve added this book to my Me Time category for paranormal romances because I found the writing and the storytelling to be superb.

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MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars



Author, Beth Trissel

About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. 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. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. And I love a good ghost story. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and nonfiction.

2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

More about ghostly time travel romance novel – Somewhere My Love: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/more-about-ghostly-time-travel-romance-novel-somewhere-my-love/ (Renamed to Somewhere My Lady)

Here’s where you can find Beth

Blog: One Writer’s Way: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/

Facebook: Author Beth Trissel: https://www.facebook.com/bctrissel/

Twitter: @Beth Trissel: https://twitter.com/BethTrissel

Pinterest: Beth Trissel: https://www.pinterest.com/bctrissel/

All of Beth’s Books to date:
https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/my-books-to-date/

Thanks for stopping by to meet Beth! Gotta go… so many books, so little time.


Silver’s #Book Reviews – “The Hunter’s Moon,” by Beth Trissel

  • Title:  The Hunter’s Moon, Book One of the “Secret Warrior Series”
  • Author: Beth Trissel
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017OCROM8
  • Formats:  Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for a
candid review which follows*

Running for Their Lives!

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Daniel and her younger brother Jimmy are forced into hiding as members in a witness protection program while concealing themselves from a gang called the Panteras. Witnesses to a gang-style murder Morgan and Jimmy attempt to live under the radar with the help of their aunt.

When the Panteras hunt them down once again, Morgan and Jimmy flee with Morgan driving her decrepit vehicle into the mountains of Virginia. Following the detailed instructions their aunt has given them in the event they are forced to run once again, their escape route leads them into unknown territory.

Desperate to survive and protect Jimmy, Morgan feels an overpowering urge to pull off the road at a specific gap in the forest even though the Panteras are in hot pursuit. Morgan crashes her ancient vehicle as the Panteras give chase with assault rifles at the ready. With no time to lose, the kids run from their burning vehicle and hide in the woods.

Morgan Meets her True Destiny

Suddenly a black wolf emerges from the trees. Soon, another wolf appears. Morgan and Jimmy hear the sounds of fighting deep in the woods. Finally, all is silent.

When a young Native American man named Jackson appears, Morgan and Jimmy are plunged into solving the mystery surrounding an ancient prophecy that Morgan finds she is bound to. Her destiny is clear. On her seventeenth birthday, Morgan is forced to come to grips with her ancient blood curse as a she-werewolf!

Recommendation:

If you love fantasy and paranormal activity this book has it all. Mysterious ghostly beings, shape-shifters, witchcraft, ancient Native American creatures, including aliens from other planets all coalesce around a story steeped in age-old American history and primeval folklore. I was in fantasy reading heaven!

I am a huge fan of stories about werewolves and this was by far one of the best written and most interesting young adult tales I have read. The writing was sharp and clear with descriptions that you could see and feel.

Be prepared to slip into another world as you are introduced to the Warrior Clan of the Wapicoli, a group of Native American shape-shifters who live under the control of an old warrior and mystical being called Okema. It is then that Morgan learns the Wapicoli have a special connection to wolves. I especially loved the blending of Native American lore and mythology which was liberally sprinkled throughout the novel giving the story a distinct link to the past.

I enjoyed all of the characters and could envision Morgan grappling with the reality of her blood heritage. The little brother Jimmy is a fascinating study of a young boy. Jimmy is in many ways gifted in all the things that Morgan is not. At times, I wondered if he was taking care of his sister instead of the other way around. Morgan is the typical teenage girl who is forced to accept her destiny. I loved the banter between the siblings.

All in all, this was a page-turner I did not want to end. Beth Trissel weaves her love of history, paranormal activity, and YA fantasy into a storyline that will haunt your thoughts every full moon. From what I could tell, I found a bit of the author between these pages as she shares her knowledge of gardening and her love for animals which she skillfully wove between the pages of this book.

For Beth Trissel, The Hunter’s Moon is the first in her series of YA paranormal suspense thrillers under the subtitle of the “Secret Warrior Series.” The next in the series is called, “Curse of the Moon,” which has a publication date of May 4, 2016. The book is available for pre-order now. It’s not quick enough for me!

Sorry, I have to run! These pre-order copies run out fast! There’s no time to lose!

My Rating:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4.5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5
out of 5 stars


Meet Beth Trissel:

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, YA fantasy romance, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

From the Author:

“The Secret Warrior Series was inspired by my love of history, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans.  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery lends itself well to creating the characters and setting for The Hunter’s Moon, and the stories that will follow as the series unfolds. Some of the characters and creatures are based on lore I’ve learned over the years. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing.  A great deal of research and intuition went into writing The Hunter’s Moon. I hope you will enjoy it and the stories yet to come. Next in the series, Curse of the Moon.”

Her blog is the happening place at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/ or her author website at BethTrissel.com

You can find Beth through her Twitter @BethTrissel or on Facebook at Author Beth Trissel.

Thanks for stopping by,