Living on a farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by mountains, is stirring to the imagination. What secrets may hide in those misty ridges? Native American and mountain people lore, my love of herbs, colonial America, and wild imagination are part of the inspiration behind YA fantasy/paranormal (with romance) series, the Secret Warrior. Shawnee warrior/wolf shifters, witches, a warlock, the Star People, other shifters, characters, and creatures run through the stories set present-day in our mountains.
One of the most interesting characters in Curse of the Moon (Book 2), and The Secret Warrior Series, is Okema (Chief) of the Wapicoli and the original wolf shifter in this hidden Shawnee band. But Okema is so much more. His powers aren’t fully known. Without revealing too much, in Book 1, The Hunter’s Moon, you learn the Star People, hala’a’kwa lin’nuwech’kie (in Shawnee), gave him seven life times, and the spirit of the wolf. Plus, plus. Although the series is set modern-day, he dresses like it’s the 18th century. He hails from the colonial frontier.
‘An older warrior sat before her on a chair. He might be seventy or a hundred. She wasn’t sure. A timelessness hung about him, and a bluish-white aura.
Morgan knew at once it was an aura, even though she’d never been aware of them before.
Long snowy hair flowed over his buckskin coat to his waist. Three golden feathers fluttered from the two white braids knotted together at the top of his head. The silvery eyes in his lined face were unlike any she’d ever beheld. He wasn’t blind, though. He regarded her with the fixity of the owl. Like pools of water in the moonlight, his eyes reflected the wisdom of the ages, strength of mind, and the sadness of one who’d seen far more than he cared to…war after war, and the death of his loved ones.
Where on earth had he come from? It was as if he’d materialized out of thin air.’~
Okema is the secret warrior in the series. At his death, his powers will pass to Jackson, his grandson seven times removed. Then Jackson will become Kitch Wabi Ayapia, The Great White Wolf. Okema is also the reason Morgan is a powerful wolf, and more. She’s only beginning to realize her abilities.
‘Nuff said. Read up.
The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch–without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch’s bidding to save him.
Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?
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Book 1, The Hunter’s Moon, and Book 2, Curse of the Moon, are available from all online booksellers. Amazon link for Curse of the Moon: https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Moon-Secret-Warrior-Trissel-ebook/dp/B01DH16746