Colleen’s #Book #Reviews: “A Ghost & His Gold,” by Roberta Eaton Cheadle, @bakeandwrite

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“After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summons a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904.

Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?

After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lie in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.”

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My Recommendation

“A Ghost and His Gold,” by Robbie Cheadle, was a pleasant surprise. The author takes us to South Africa, where Tom and Michelle Cleveland have recently purchased a house in the town of Irene. During a housewarming party and a chance encounter with a Ouija board, readers are drawn back to the era of the second Boer War where Great Britain’s army tried to regain what it lost in the first war. Somewhere along the way, the lure of gold and riches sets the stage for a ghost adventure like no other!

The Ouija board proves to be the catalyst that opens the door to the past. Michelle is the most receptive to the spirit world. When the others shrug off the temperature changes and the exploding bottles, Michelle senses the ghostly presence.

The next day, she researches the local history of the area and specifically the house they live in. Michelle makes some interesting discoveries, not only about the house but about Tom and how he lived the year before she met him. By the time Estelle (a supernatural ghost) makes her presence known, Michelle and Tom have collapsed into a paranormal hell.

Writing about ghosts can be tricky, and this author handles the paranormal aspects of the book well. Supernatural ghosts always have a past agenda to work through. They remain on the earthly plane until their personal trauma or unfinished business is resolved and they can pass into the light. Estelle, the ghost, makes Tom the target of her ire as the reader witnesses his descent into madness.

The historical aspects of the book are as well presented as the paranormal aspects. Cheadle retells the bloody horror of the Second Boer War in all its graphic detail. This history cements the different aspects of the story joining the past and the present into a cyclical supernatural event.

In the end, the story is really about family. We learn the story of the Boer farmer, Pieter, and his daughter Estelle’s tragic life. Estelle’s story is truly unforgettable. Be mindful that emotional abuse and trauma within family relationships could trigger some readers.

This book was so much more than a ghost story. It’s a complex read, dealing with many themes that mirror the present-day, including racism, rape, family issues, and much more. I struggled with my feelings throughout the book, and it felt like I had embarked on a roller coaster of emotion. However, I will not forget the characters, or what I learned about the Second Boer War or the history of Africa. I found the book to be an excellent read!

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Running Haunted,” BY AUTHOR, Effrosyni Moschoudi , @FrostieMoss

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About this Book

Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.

Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.

The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…

The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.

Kelly freaks out at first, but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…

Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?

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MY RECOMMENDATION

I read this book while in lockdown during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. It was just the thing to take my mind off the worries of the world. This author has created a heartwarming family friendly romance with a paranormal twist that you will remember long after finishing the book!

After a chance encounter, Kelly takes the housekeeping job offered by Alex. At first, Kelly does not understand what she has taken on in the management of a house, three boys, and a pug with a mind of his own, including the boy’s busy father.

Traumatized by the death of their mother, each of the boys tries to deal with their loss. Alex is suffering, as well. More than anything, this family needs to heal and move on, but circumstances haven’t allowed them to move forward.

Kelly exhibits exceptional strength of character and empathy in her assessment of what this family needs. She begins by cooking healthy food, increasing their play time and exercise, and she takes the time to listen to the boys and their problems.

One morning, shortly after Kelly’s arrival, the bewitching smell of candy floss beckons to her from inside Alex’s bedroom closet. She finds a pile of women’s clothes belonging to his late wife. But it is the colorful scarf on the top of the pile that grabs her attention.

Kelly realizes the scent isn’t real. Instead, she knows it’s the result of a special gift she inherited from her late grandmother. Kelly can communicate with the spirits of the dead. And today, she senses that by not letting go of his wife, Alex holds back her spirit from total deliverance. At least to Kelly, that’s what the smell suggests. Alex keeps his dead wife’s spirit contained within the house.

Meanwhile, Charlie the Pug has warmed up to Kelly. But it’s when the dog alerts her to issues with the boys, she begins to take notice.

One morning, Kelly finds the scarf laying on her bed, where Charlie had slept the night before. Could the dog have brought the scarf to her? Kelly knows something is happening in this house when Charlie brings her a string of pearls belonging to the boy’s mother. Could the Pug receive messages from beyond the grave? Was Alex’s dead wife trying to contact Kelly?

Set in the historical town of Nafplio, Greece, Effrosyni Moschoudi writes about the beloved places that bring personality to her characters. “Running Haunted” will leave you believing in the power of love.

This book is listed on Amazon with an introductory price of $.99! Grab it now before the price increases.

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About the Author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantic at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens, but her mind forever drifts to her beloved island of Corfu.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there as a youngster, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in kindle and paperback format.

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Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: https://effrosyniwrites.com/

TWITTER: @FrostieMoss

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/efrosini.moschoudi

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Breaking – Northern Witch Book 3,” BY AUTHOR, K.S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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Mark thought being a witch would be easy, but it has ruined everything.

Now, he has to fight for his friends and the guy that he loves.

Which would be challenging enough, without school being a living nightmare; more demons than he can handle; and witches that have strayed from the light.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

My review of book one, “Winter Trials” is HERE. My review of book two, “Awaken” is HERE.

As the story advances, “The Breaking,” is the third book in the Northern Witch series, and it enters a darker, more sinister phase.

Not only does Mark have to deal with the demon inside of Damien, he also has to deal with an additional peril. After his friends want nothing more to do with him, Mark’s befriended by a demon named Eadric, he somehow summoned from the past; as if he didn’t have enough problems!

Inside of Eadric lives the demon Silvaticus, who would like to exact his revenge on the demon named Robert who is living inside of Damien. The next thing Mark knows, he’s in the middle of a blood feud between the demons.

Hoping to protect Mark, Damien believes he’s caused Mark’s pain, so he runs away to London. Bereft without his partner, Mark follows Damien and runs into more than he expected when he collides with the London Witches Coven who embraces the darkest kind of magic. Obviously, Mark is over his head in the magical department. He’s just too weak to handle these unknown threats.

Nana and the coven have failed to prepare Mark for these additional hazards. It’s almost as if they are hiding certain knowledge from him he could really use now when he needs it most.

I love all the obstacles K.S. Marsden throws at these characters. I have a feeling Mark will come into his magical powers in the next book. I wonder if Nana and the coven are prepared?

Many thanks to the author for the gift of this book. I chose to write a review because I love the writing and the characters. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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About the Author

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Cusp of Night,” BY AUTHOR, Mae Clair, @MaeClair1

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Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.   

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .

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MY RECOMMENDATION

After surviving a car accident that nearly killed her, Maya Sinclair moves to Hodes Hill, Pennsylvania. She decides to rent an old brownstone close to where Charlotte Hode was murdered over a century ago.

Maya is still haunted by the time she spent in the Aether, hovering between life and death in a reality where souls with unfinished business lingered. Now, she finds her perceptions altered, opening the doors to her own clairvoyance.

It doesn’t take long for the house to connect with its new occupant. When the clock reaches, 2:22 am known as the cusp of night, terrifying noises explode from the walls of the house. Eventually, Maya recognizes a figure from the Aether… what could it mean?

In a city where the people refuse to let go of the past, the night of the annually celebrated Fiend Festival finally arrives. The townsfolk dress up in costumes to resemble the terrifying creature that murdered Charlotte Hode all those years before. However, this year is different. Something is out there, and it’s killed again!

It turns out that Hode’s Hill sponsored the spiritualist movement of the Nineteenth century in the form of the Blue Lady, a blue-skinned spiritualist who perpetrated a scam against unsuspecting townsfolk. Now, she uses Maya’s sensitivity to the Aether to carry out her task.

Clair skillfully incorporates the tragic story of Lucy Strick, the Blue Lady, with that of Maya Sinclair bringing the past into the future in a story that was so riveting I couldn’t it put this book down.

The author also displays a rare command over language that’s unique. Her vivid descriptions and settings put me in the story, as if I’d experienced the events myself. I’ll never look at my watch at 2:22 am again!

Maya Sinclair is the type of heroine I like the most. She’s flawed, but in a way that makes her seem multidimensional and very human. This town is full of characters, which makes the story even more realistic. The Hode family contains some despicable figures, but Collin Hode teams up with Maya to help solve the mystery of the blue lady.

If I could give this book a rating over five stars, I would. I rarely say that, but this series is exceptional. I’m already reading the second book (End of Day) in the series and have purchased the third book, (Eventide) as well.

If you love mystery and suspense with a healthy helping of the paranormal, you won’t want to miss this series. The first book in the series is the normal price, but the subsequent books are only $.99 each, an excellent value!

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About the Author

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections. 

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats. 

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How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: MaeClair.com

TWITTER: @MaeClair1

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “James: Witch Hunter,” & “Sophie: Witch Hunter,” BY AUTHOR, K. S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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~Prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy~

James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university.
His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe’en.

A girl’s murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

The Witch Hunter Series is: The Shadow Rises, The Shadow Reigns, The Shadow Falls, which I’ve read and reviewed. The stories revolve around the evil witches who sacrifice humans to increase their own powers. In this world, witches are evil and hunted down by the MMC (Malleus Maleficarum Council), a secret witch hunting organization tasked with neutralizing the threat from the witches.

James is a prequel to K.S. Marsden’s Witch-Hunter series. This book does a deeper dive into the main characters and their motivations. The background information helped me understand some decisions the characters made later in the subsequent novels.

After Yorkshire born James entered university, he is introduced to the snobby Hunter Astley. To his dismay, Hunter becomes his roommate. Soon, the boys find themselves facing off in the Rugby club where James notices Hunter has unusual physical abilities.

By the time Halloween rolls around, James follows Hunter to a warehouse where he witnesses a murder. This single event thrusts James into the heart of the witch hunter organization.

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About Sophie: Witch Hunter

Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life. From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.
We highly recommend you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch.

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My Recommendation:

Sophie: Witch Hunter is the second prequel in the Witch Hunter series. In this book, the reader learns how Sophie evolves from a self-centered teen with uncontrollable witchy powers into the supremely evil Shadow Witch.

As Sophie gains more control of her powers she closes off the human side of her personality. She makes the choice to betray friends and lovers, all to move forward with her plan to cripple the organization that has persecuted her witch-kind for generations.

For me, James’ prequel was more important to the story line. Sophie’s evil was preordained in the series and other than the addition of a few facts about the Wiccans, Sophie’s prequel didn’t fill in much more pertinent information.

With that being said, both books are worth reading to gain further insight into the characters and the series. I read them both in one week. Many thanks to K. S. Marsden for the complimentary reader’s copies.

If you love paranormal fiction like I do, you will find that this was a most unusual series. There is something here for everyone: love, relationships, betrayal, magic, battles, and the hunt for the truth.

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About the Author

Author, K.S. Marsden, James: Witch Hunter, Sophie: Witch Hunter

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

Find her at http://www.ksmarsden.comAmazon Author Page

How to Connect with the Author

Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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COLLEEN’S 2019 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Red Eyes in the Darkness, A Short Story” BY AUTHOR, D. L. Finn, @dlfinnauthor

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What happens when you’re living the good life after retirement and your world suddenly turns upside down? Will and Cass Henderson learn the truth after a family member is murdered, but no one believes them because they’re the prime suspects. The Hendersons have a red-eyed killer in the family, and they’re next on its kill list.

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

Longer short stories seem to be all the rage now on Amazon. However, the shortness of the story did not detract from the storytelling.

This is my first D. L. Finn story, and I know it won’t be my last. There’s enough suspense and supernatural activity in this book to keep a reader glued to the edge of their seat all the way through to the end.

The story opens with Cass and Will fighting off an intruder in their home. That night, they learn the truth about who murdered Cass’ sister.

Initially accused of her murder, the two were eventually released from custody. But that doesn’t repair the destroyed relationships with family and friends. They struggle to come to grips with the smear campaign propagated against them.

The couple takes their newfound information to the police. The murderer is well known, and the sheriff scoffs at the truth, refusing to believe the couple.

Just when it seems all hope has expired and their own death’s imminent, a white feather magically appears to land in Cass’ lap. Has an angel come to their rescue?

“Red Eyes in the Darkness,” is a fast-paced quick read that gives the reader a glimpse of the delicate balance between the good and evil between this world and the next. The book is also priced right at only $.99!

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About the Author:

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA.

She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed.

Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

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Blog: Author, D. L. Finn

Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

Facebook: d.l.finn.writer

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

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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: 
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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

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

Twitter: @BethTrissel

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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

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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.”

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.”

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

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072017_1900_AuthorSpotl15.pngThanks for stopping by. Until next time… ❤