HUNTER’S MOON…a new YA release from Beth Trissel

Please join me in welcoming Beth Trissel with her latest release, HUNTER’S MOON (Book 1, Secret Warrior Series).
HUNTER’S MOON is Beth’s first venture into the young adult genre. An award-winning, multi-published author in historical, paranormal, and time travel romance, Beth’s new series was inspired in part by her teenage nieces and younger daughter. Per Beth, “We’ve watched a lot of YA movies and TV programs together and had book discussions, during which they urged me to take the plunge.”


Seventeen year old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets.

Here is an excerpt from HUNTER’S MOON:

“Should we stay, or go while the smoke lasts?” The cloth muffled her voice.
“You can hardly walk.”
She couldn’t argue that point. Neither could they wait to be found. “The Panteras won’t give up until we’re dead.”
“Maybe they think we are,” he argued under his breath.
She suspected Mateo would demand a body, even a charred one. Make that two. She and Jimmy didn’t have much choice, though, other than to crouch in dread while the fire crackled.
“Next birthday, I want an AK-47.” He nudged her. “Look.”
She fixed her blurry gaze on what appeared to be a black wolf emerging from the trees. The creature was larger than she’d thought wolves were, and she’d understood none remained in these mountains. They were all farther north or west. Somewhere else.
Apparently, she was misinformed.
Judging by its size, she guessed this was a male. He stopped before their hideout. Eyes the color of red coals surveyed them before he turned and darted down the trail she’d spotted.
“Holy cow, Batboy. Did you see that?” she whispered.
Jimmy didn’t reply. He prodded her again.
She stared at the big brown and gray wolf that took the black one’s place. Where on earth had he come from?
The beast turned its furry head at her and Jimmy. His eyes shone with a luminous light, like fireflies…

More fun facts about HUNTER’S MOON from Beth…
“I pondered the concept behind Secret Warrior for years as it gradually took shape in my mind. My love of history, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans is at the heart of the series. 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 YA fantasy romance, The Hunter’s Moon, and the stories that will follow. Some of the characters and creatures are based on lore I’ve learned. 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. Next in the series is Curse of the Moon (release date TBD). I purposefully kept these stories to novella length so they would come out faster, which means eBook format only.”
The Secret Warrior series is published by The Wild Rose Press.


Author Beth Trissel

And more about Beth….
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by 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. In addition to young adult fantasy romance, I also write historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction.

Beth’s blog, One Writer’s Way:
Beth’s Amazon Author Page

From the Boroughs’ Newsletter

Life has kept me super busy…between a fairly new job in which I’m currently doing four roles, preparations (shopping, packing, etc) for The Daughter’s departure to University, and various visits to the physiotherapist for a shoulder injury…so I’m a little behind on my posts.

This week’s post is courtesy of Boroughs Publishing Group’s monthly newsletter, where I had a piece in their INSPIRED section

Real Life

They say to write what you know. In some cases, this could mean what you like to read and a genre that you are familiar with. In other cases, it could mean drawing on your life experiences. There are three things – three beings – that inspired me to write YA Romance: Lauryn, Kathryn and Victoria…my daughter and two stepdaughters.

Familiar? I have definitely read my share of YA. Life experience? Our girls are 18, 19 and 21, and many eons ago, I, too, was an idealistic, fantasy-fueled teen.

Strawberry Summer It is difficult as a mom not to sound preachy. In Strawberry Summer, one of the young teens gets really drunk. Underage drinking? Never! We’d like to think it’s never our own children, but it happens, even if it is only a friend or schoolmate.

Strawberry Summer

And while most young teens aren’t forced to choose a society based on personality or fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic world, the struggles and challenges a teenage girl faces – from a new school, to her changing looks, to young love – are enormous. Even if only to her.

I like to think my heroines are strong and confident young women. They follow their heads as well as their hearts. When they say “no” they mean “no,” and when they say “yes” it is the right thing to do.

In the end, what I really hope is that my stories inspire dreams and fuel imaginations. After all, everyone deserves a happily ever after.
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It’s Muse Monday

It’s MUSE MONDAY at Brenda Whiteside’s and I’m sharing with her where I got the idea for my new release, STRAWBERRY SUMMER.
We’d love for you to stop by:

Strawberry Summer