October Online Class–#Herbal Lore–Beth Trissel


If you missed my other online classes, or want to catch the updated version, I’m giving my Herbal Lore and the Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs class in October for Hearts Through History Romance Writers. Non-members are welcome to join in. To register follow this link to their lovely site:

http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/herbal-lore-and-the-historic-medicinal-uses-of-herbs/

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(Dill and heirloom poppies from Monticello in our garden)

This workshop spans centuries of herbs and their lore from the ancients, through the British Isles, Colonial America, Native Americans, the Granny Women and the Mountain People of the Blue Ridge and Alleghenies (general Appalachia). Mountains are all around us here in the Shenandoah Valley. Participants will receive the eBook of my herbal, Plants for A Medieval Herb Garden in the British (also available in print if anyone’s interested).

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There’s so much fascinating stuff to cover, I encourage participants to download and save files for later. I also welcome discussion and questions. My aim is for my workshop to be both informative and fun.

Keep Up With New Releases–Follow Author Beth Trissel on Amazon


Just follow this link to Beth Trissel’s Author Page and click follow.

https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Trissel/e/B002BLLAJ6/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

And read away!  Some Books are also in print.

#NewRelease! Love, Betrayal, and The American Revolution–The Traitor’s Legacy Box Set!


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To say the American Revolution captivates me is almost an understatement. I’ve been intrigued by colonial America, both the frontier (think The Last of the Mohicans) and, especially, the revolution, ever since I can remember. Not only because of research into family genealogy, although that pointed me there. I’ve long been engrossed. Such a dramatic time period, so much happening on many fronts. Not dry-as-old-bones stuff, but enthralling, vivid, and vital. OK, so they wore funny looking wigs. Not all did. Thomas Jefferson wore his own hair, among others. Even so, that doesn’t negate this amazing era.

Never before, or since, has there been such a gathering of brilliant minds intent on creating a new country, unlike any in the history of civilization. The exalted list includes: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas JeffersonJames Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe and Benjamin Franklin. (This is where I casually mention my kinship to James Madison.) These men didn’t always agree, but they came together to pull off the unimaginable, with help from some courageous wives, like Abigail Adams, and countless others who played their part.

Spies, intrigue, cunning, and betrayals are all going on behind the battles. The most infamous traitor of all, Benedict Arnold, inspired book two in my Revolutionary War series and the title–Traitor’s Legacy. When I wrote award-winning historical romance novel, Enemy of the King, I didn’t realize two more novels would follow. Yes, people also fell in love back then. I have that straight from the lips of one of the historians who assisted me in my research. A little paranormal crept into the stories, as it tends to with me, but the history is there!

New Release! The Traitor’s Legacy Series Box Set with all three novels. Available from all online booksellers. The novels are also in print at Amazon and The Wild Rose Press.

In Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Traitors-Legacy-Beth-Trissel-ebook/dp/B01L5PSE1K

The Magick of Fairy Thimbles by Author Patty Koontz


Do you believe in fairies? Wee Darby and I most certainly do! Have you ever noticed a sparkle of tiny lights or gotten a quick glimpse of flickering movements from inside flower petals or beneath a cluster of wildflowers? Or even “thought” you just “might have heard” some giggling or sounds of flutes playing soft whimsical tunes, while taking a stroll by fragrant, colorful flowers, that made you smile for no reason? If so, the next time you decide to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, you might want to take a closer look . . .
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Glens of Antrim, Bluebells, Portglenone Forest, Ireland

Have you ever heard the legend of the Bluebell Fairy Thimbles – then you’re in for a grand surprise when you read about the fairies that live in the fields of bluebells, which grow wild in Ireland and Scotland.
canstockphoto14778167Wee Darby and his fairy niece, Pantera, are delighted to share a wee bit about the magical lore…The legend tells of fairies that live among the bluebells growing in charming meadows and visited by hares (rabbits).  And humans, (or Krindles, as the fairies call us from what I’ve learned from Wee Darby), should be careful not to disturb or pick these flowers – you never want to anger the fairies – as they can play tricks on you.
canstockphoto19508726 Its been told how people even believed that witches turned themselves into the hares and hid among the precious plants to keep out of sight and danger. Make sure you ask permission first – the next time you get the urge to pick the precious plants . . . .
You might be surprised at just “what” or “who”  you might find…
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Wee Darby and I are delighted you stopped by, and encourage you to please feel free to leave us comments, and let us know if you enjoy the site. We hope everyone decides to join us again in October, to help us celebrate the release of “The Magick of Wee Darby”! We have quite a few surprises coming up next month – just in time for a Fall Harvest celebration and Halloween! We promise, you won’t want to miss it….Bye for now
(A Lovely illustration of my wee Pantera, (a fairy with tiny wings, who can’t fly), on her first official visit to a pumpkin patch in America) (drawn by the talented, Elise Trissel)
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***The print book will be available from Amazon on October 1st-release date!
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Geese Do Not Make Good Publicists–Cat’s Rule


I’ve spent the summer stalking our barnyard/farm geese–an old breed that came over with the Pilgrims. I think. They’re called Pilgrim Geese. The more these squawky birds see me, the more they fuss. I’ve been nothing but kind, and sneaky. I’m doubling my efforts because they bolt at the barest rustle in the grass and click of the camera. Otherwise, I’d feature them with my books. Until I figure out how to win them over–tossing feed just scares them. Crazy lady’s throwing stuff–I’m using my feline publicists Peaches and Cream. They do a fabulous job of representing me and my growing titles. Unless Cream falls asleep in the middle of a photo shoot, which he did this time.

Typical of the geese below.

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Kitty Peaches, below, is excited to tell you historical/paranormal romance novel, Traitor’s Curse is .99 in kindle through 9/09. It’s book 3 in The Traitor’s Legacy Series, but written to stand alone.

Kindle Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Traitors-Curse-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B0165WGROE

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The Magick of Wee Darby is almost here!


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Check out Wee Darby’s surprise – his very own book!  We can’t wait for everyone to meet his friend, Kalista, a miniature dragon, and a fairy named Pantera.  You’ll have to read the story to find out more about Merlin and a few other of their magical friends.  I’ll be posting the release date soon!cover_full trim_All images are copyrighted and protected.

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Romance, Intrigue, Spies–The American Revolution and .99 Sale!


The American Revolution captivates me and is the focus of my Traitor’s Legacy Series, beginning with award-winning historical romance novel, Enemy of the King. Before touching on the series, I’m shouting out a .99 kindle sale on book 3, Traitor’s Curse. The sale will run from August 26 through September 8, and extends to other major online booksellers.

Inspiration behind the series: I have ancestors who fought on both sides of that sweeping conflict, including a British general. 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.  

Stick around for a wild ride into Carolina Back County and the battle between Patriots and Tories. Our hero is the former and our heroine the latter.  Both of them bear names that belonged to my ancestors.

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Releasing as a box set in mid-September! Pre-order yours at Amazon now: https://www.amazon.com/Traitors-Legacy-Beth-Trissel-ebook/dp/B01L5PSE1K
This exciting series in a convenient and economical set! How cool is that?
Enemy of the King, an award-winning historical romance novel with a paranormal element, is my version of The Patriot. A big fan of Daphne Du Maurier since my teens, I was also influenced by her mystery/ghost story, Rebecca. Our Virginia home place, circa 1816, and other early homes left deep impressions on me. I’ve long harbored suspicions that those who’ve gone before us are not always entirely gone.  Most of all, I’m a Southern Virginia author, and it shows.

1780 South Carolina, spies and intrigue, a vindictive ghost, the battle of King’s Mountain, Patriots and Tories, pounding adventure, pulsing romance…ENEMY OF THE KING.

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Enemy of the King. Not only are the characters memorable and the setting beautifully described, but the action is riveting and the romance between Meri and Jeremiah is tender. I highly recommend Enemy of the King to anyone who loves a well crafted historical romance.” ~Poinsettia Long and Short Reviews

*Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009 
*2010 Best Romance Novel List at Buzzle!

“An amazing and vibrant look into the American Revolution…this sexy historical is a must read!” ~Coffee Time Romance And More

“I love historical romances. They are one of my favorites and anymore when I think of a historical I think of Beth Trissel.”~Reviewed by Bella Wolfe, You Gotta Read Reviews

“Beth Trissel is a skilled storyteller and scene-builder. She immediately plunges the reader into  action and excitement with a vivid sense of time and place.” ~Historical Romance Author Kris Kennedy ( for Enemy of the King)

TRAITOR’S LEGACY–Sequel to ENEMY OF THE KING

(The Traitor’s Legacy Series)

Mystery, intrigue, spies, a coded letter, and stirring romance fill the pages of Traitor’s Legacy. Bringing history to life.

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1781. On opposite sides of the War of Independence, British Captain Jacob Vaughan and Claire Monroe find themselves thrust together by chance and expediency.

Captain Vaughan comes to a stately North Carolina manor to catch a spy. Instead, he finds himself in bedlam: the head of the household is an old man ravaged by madness, the one sane male of the family is the very man he is hunting, and the household is overseen by his beguiling sister Claire.

Torn between duty, love, and allegiances, yearning desperately for peace, will Captain Vaughan and Claire Monroe forge a peace of their own against the vagaries of war and the betrayal of false friends?

Historical Romance Novel TRAITOR’S CURSE (SEQUEL TO TRAITOR’S LEGACY in the Traitor’s Legacy Series)

traitors curseGhostly, Gothic, historical romance novel, Traitor’s Curse, the sequel to Traitor’s Legacy, and the third novel in the series, came out in print and eBook autumn 2015 from The Wild Rose Press.

Set in historic Halifax, NC, on the heels of the American Revolution, Traitor’s Curse builds on the central theme in Traitor’s Legacy. Both novels center around the hidden treasure collected by a band of Patriots to bribe a Loyalist into revealing the whereabouts of the infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold, the man they badly wanted to hang. Although America’s most wanted ultimately fled to England, the treasure remained in Halifax where the haunting mystery in Traitor’s Curse unfolds.

While the historical aspects of that era are authentically depicted in the story, intriguing paranormal elements are also interwoven; among them, a ghost. Other possibilities for his presence in the home are suggested, so choose as you will. It’s kind of a mind game, but significant clues are given for the discerning reader. Bear in mind that the author believes in ghosts and cursed treasure.~

“The supernatural interventions mixed with foreshadowing are well done and believable, whether or not the reader doubts the ghostly possibilities and curses, they work well in the story … and do keep the reader turning the pages. The rapidly developing love story carries with it some inner turmoil in matters of belief and trust, but the gripping external conflicts are laced with danger and evil intent. The story draws the readers into the midst of the fray. And keeps them there.

I readily recommend this novel, “Traitor’s Curse” to anyone who wants to settle into a captivating read created by Beth Trissel, as she weaves her knowledge of the South, herbs and history into this enjoyable love story.” ~Marion Spicer

“A wonderfully spun novel that will keep a reader engaged till the end.” ~Stephanie Lodes for InD’tale
Won Creme de la Cover monthly contest
Nominated for Reader’s Choice at The Romance Review

***Traitor’s Curse is .99 in Kindle from August 26 through September 8. The sale extends to other major online booksellers.