Friday, May 29, 2009

Beth Trissel Heats Up The Blog Spotlight

Author Bio:

I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we live on a farm in the lovely Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with assorted children and animals. The valley and the mountains are my inspiration.
As of 2008, I’m a Wild Rose Press author of historical and light paranormal romance and a Golden Heart ® Finalist. My first release, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, a murder mystery/ghost story romance with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia, won first place in the 2008 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel and received a stellar review at Publisher’s Weekly.
My fascination with the colonial frontier and the Shawnee Indians is an early and abiding one. My English, Scot-Irish ancestors had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. Intrigued with all things Celtic, much of my writing features the Scot-Irish who settled the valley and spread into the surrounding mountains and the Carolinas.
This absorption with early America also extends to the high drama of the Revolution and ancestors who fought and loved on both sides of that sweeping conflict. My research into the Southern face of the war was partly inspired by my great great great grandfather, Sam Houston, uncle of the famous Sam, who kept a journal of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781, used by historians today. ENEMY OF THE KING grew out of my passionate interest in the Revolution.
I’ve researched extensively and consulted with members of the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band to ensure authenticity of the Native American aspects in my work. THROUGH THE FIRE is set in the colonial American frontier with a strong THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS flavor.
My light paranormal release, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND, is a suspenseful historical romance set among the clannish Scots-Irish in the Alleghenies two years after the revolution. The Celtic flavor of these early Scots is a unique twist on stories set in the Old Country with an intriguing paranormal element in the form of a 'bear walking' Shawnee warrior and a mystical necklace. The Ohio Shawnee confided this ancient belief/practice of bear walking to me and they are long known for their belief in the power of amulets.

At the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent--or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.

For a moment, he simply looked at her. What lay behind those penetrating eyes?
Shoka held out the cup. “Drink this.”
Did he mean to help her? Rebecca had heard hideous stories of warriors' brutality, but also
occasionally of their mercy. She tried to sit, moaning at the effect this movement had on her
aching body. She sank back down.
He slid a corded arm beneath her shoulders and gently raised her head. Encouraged by his
unexpected aid, she sipped, grimacing at the bitterness. The vile taste permeated her mouth.
Weren't deadly herbs acrid? Dear Lord. Had he tricked her into downing a fatal brew?
She eyed him accusingly. “'Tis poison.”
He arched one black brow. “No. It's good medicine. Will make your pain less.”
Unconvinced, she clamped her mouth together.
“I will drink. See?” he said, and took a swallow.
She parted her lips just wide enough to argue. “It may take more than a mouthful to kill.”
He regarded her through narrowing eyes. “You dare much.”
Though she knew he felt her tremble, she met his piercing gaze. If he were testing her, she
wouldn't waver.
His sharp expression softened. “Yet you have courage.”
THROUGH THE FIRE is available in digital download and print at The Wild Rose Press: http://thewildrosepress.com/
Also at out at Amazon and other online booksellers. Local bookstores can order it in.
For more on my work please visit:

I MARRIED MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART TOO! Thanks Beth for being in the Spotlight, and be sure to check out Beth Trissel’s works!


Julie Robinson said...

what a fascinating family history! No wonder you love to do research about the time period and peoples then and then incorporate this into your story. Through the Fire sounds like a fantastic read. I'll have to run over and get it now!

Julie Robinson said...

Oh, BTW, Congrats! I see you're in the top 10 at TWRP.

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much, Julie. All that family history has greatly inspired me. :)

Margaret Tanner said...

Great article for a great book.
Best of luck with it.