A Scots-Irish Healer in the Alleghenies Finds Herself Accused of Witchcraft–Beth Trissel

Can she entrust her future to him, or will fear keep her locked in the past?

1765—Full-blown spring has finally come to the hazy ridges of the Allegheny Mountains and the clannish Scots-Irish settled here can relax a bit. The recent Indian wars are over and an uneasy truce in place. Free-spirited Kira is at odds with the superstitious community and rumor is spreading that she may be a witch.

Her imagination runs to fairy rings, the ‘little people,’and ‘haints.’ She’s happiest out among the trees where she can hide from her painful past and any warriors who might again appear. A gifted healer with a menagerie of wild creatures, she’s in the woods releasing a tame crow when her little beagle sounds the alarm. She peers warily from the leaves at the handsome young stranger. His buckskin breechclout and moccasins are more in keeping with a warrior’s than any frontiersmen she knows and there’s a stealth in his manner that reminds her of the way Indians pass through the trees. Yet he’s not a warrior. Shafts of sunlight play over the reddish-brown hair falling to his well-muscled shoulders. Chills prickle down her spine. Is he some sort of renegade come to spy out their settlement? 

The spring of 1765 comes hard on the heels of the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s War. Settlements all along the colonial frontier have felt the wrath of tribes allied under Chief Pontiac. Many settlers have fled the mountains. The hardy Scots in Kira’s clan are holding on, but she’s badly shaken by the turbulent times—more so than most and with good reason. 

Set among the superstitious Scots in the rugged Alleghenies, Kira, Daughter of the Moon is an adventurous historical romance novel with a blend of Celtic and Native American flavors.

***Kira, Daughter of the Moon is available in print and various ebook formats from The Wild Rose Press, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook, and will make its way to other online booksellers.


‘The Rugged Alleghenies, A White Warrior, Beautiful Scots-Irish Healer, Unrequited Love—Requited, Charges of Witchcraft, Vindictive Ghost, Lost Treasure, Murderous Thieves, Deadly Pursuit, Hangman’s Noose Waiting…Kira, Daughter of the Moon’

13 responses to “A Scots-Irish Healer in the Alleghenies Finds Herself Accused of Witchcraft–Beth Trissel

  1. Can’t wait to read this, Beth. You are great writer. We share some of the same Scots-Irish and Indian ancestry. I don’t mean same family, but same ethnic groups.


  2. The two parts of my heritage, Celtic and Native American. I love stories that incorporate them. The Alleghenies and the Smokies are a hotbed of lore and legends. There is such a feeling of the past here. I look forward to reading KIRA, DAUGHTER OF THE MOON.


  3. Is a Kindle edition coming out for this book? I want to read it. I always get angry when I hear what happened to Grace Sherwood even though it happened over 300 years ago.I thought it was fantastic that Governor Kaine pardoned her during the Jamestown 400th Anniversary celebration. Her neighbor wanted her land so he made the accusation of witchcraft.

    I understand that male physicians were some of the biggest accusers. they had no more training than the female healers, but they couldn’t stand the competition. Grace was accused by a neighbor who wanted her land. They tried to drown her in a part of Virginia Beach called Witchduck. She new how to swim.

    Norfolk’s Hermitage Museum had a picture of a woman being burned at the stake while the drooling crowd looked on. Whatever place I stood in the room she was looking directly in my eyes. It was such a sad picture. The next time I visited I was told the picture was in storage. The third time the docents had never heard of it.


    • Yes, in kindle very soon. I’ll put out the word. I agree, outrageous and fascinating history. By the time, Kira Daughter of the Wind takes place Virginia did not prosecute suspected witches legally, but they came under a lot of scrutiny and persecution from wary neighbors, fear, prejudice, shunning, that sort of thing. Some women actually tried to gain power over fearful people by threatening to hex them or whatever.


    • Also, I forgot to add, as fearful as people were of witches, they were scared out of their wits by suspected warlocks. Not a subject I covered in this book, though. Stuck to the witch thing.


  4. That sounds so good. I love the cover. Always look forward to your books.
    Sue B


  5. Looking forward to it!


  6. Love the mixture of Native American and Celtic cultures. A lot of people don’t know that the Celts had a lot of Tribal flavors way back when and like the Native Americans, the Celts have a strong foundation in Mother Earth. What a brilliant concept, Beth. We can’t wait to read. 🙂


    • Thanks Inion. This is my early American heritage. Research into my Scots-Irish ancestors and their interaction with, and at times, clash with, Native Americans greatly influenced this and many of my other stories.


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