Raw, powerful, the colonial frontier drew me with stirring tales of the French and Indian War, Pontiac, and Lord Dunmore’s War. My ancestors had interactions with the most feared tribe of that day, the Shawnee, including family members taken captive. Some forebears returned with tales to tell, others didn’t; no one knows what happened to them except in my imaginings.
One man captured as a child and adopted into the tribe, was later restored to his white family. He returned to the Shawnee and then journeyed back and forth between the English and Indian world, trying to keep a foot in both. Much of my writing features my early Scot-Irish forebears who settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and surrounding mountains, spreading into the Carolinas and Tennessee. The beauty of my valley and mountains inspires me.
My extensive research has been generously aided by historians, anthropologists, archeologists, colonial reenactors and the Shawnee themselves. Not to mention a mountain of reading.
This communion with the past is my motivation for the novels I create. I’m thankful that at the Wild Rose Press a good story is judged according to its merits and not the perceived popularity of the time period. I write for two different lines at the Wild Rose, historical and light paranormal, and am privileged to have fabulous editors.
So, welcome to the colonial frontier where the men fire muskets and wield tomahawks and the women are wildcats when threatened. Hear the primal howl of a wolf and the liquid spill of a mountain stream. Are those war whoops in the distance? Ever heard of bearwalking?
The Bearwalker’s Daughter A tale of the clash between peoples and young lovers caught in the middle. The Bearwalker’s Daughter is a historical romance novel interwoven with an intriguing paranormal thread, set among the clannish Scots in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. The story is similar to others of mine with a colonial frontier flavor and also features Native American characters. My passion for the past, and some of the accounts I’ve come across while researching my early American ancestors and the Shawnee Indians, is at the heart of the inspiration behind this novel.
A Handsome frontiersman, Mysterious Scotswoman, Dark Secret, Pulsing Romance…The Bearwalker’s Daughter. (A revised version of Daughter of the Wind.) Cover by my talented daughter Elise Trissel.
“I loved the plot of this story, oh and the setting was wonderful. I just can’t believe how much detail the author went into without being boring about it. Ms. Trissel is great at creating believable and lovable characters.”~Ruby Lee, reviewer with Mistress Bella Reviews
Through the Fire is an adventure romance with a The Last of the Mohicans flavor and a mystical weave. Some of the most unusual aspects of this story are based on individuals who really lived. A passionate love story set during the French and Indian War, Through the Fire has finaled in more contests than any I’ve written, including the prestigious 2008 Golden Heart®.
The French and Indian War, a Shawnee warrior, an English lady, blood vengeance, deadly pursuit, primal, powerful, passionate…THROUGH THE FIRE.
“Ms Trissel spins a very fine yarn with Through the Fire. Her vivid imagery takes you right back into the action. The colours, scents and views tickle the senses. The deep description of scenery and historical setting gave me just the right idea of what Rebecca went through, both physically and emotionally. Ms Trissel knows how to tell a wonderful tale.
A beautifully written love story, with enough dangers lurking to keep us on our toes. Perfect reading material.” ~Historicals Reviewed
The Lady and the Warrior
A short historical romance story with a The Last of the Mohican’s flavor to give readers a taste of my full-length American historical romance novels. If you like The Lady and the Warrior, chances are you will enjoy Red Bird’s Song and Through the Fire. Both have a strong Native American theme interwoven with the plot. Cover also by my highly artistic daughter Elise.
“The Lady and the Warrior is a sweet and tender romance, the kind of romance that makes readers sigh with…could it be longing? What woman wouldn’t love to be rescued by tall dark and handsome? In a short time she manages to capture the harshness of the wilderness and the wonderful intervention of fate that turns a near tragedy into a lovely tale of happily ever after… ” Five star Amazon reader review
Not to neglect my fascination with gracious old homes and the high drama of the American Revolution. I have 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, that is used by historians today. 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
Enemy of the King, a historical romance with 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 at Long and Short Reviews
Which brings me back around to my first release, Somewhere My Love, a murder mystery/ghost story romance with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia and Hamlet parallels. Somewhere My Love won the 2008 Preditors &Editors Award Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel. Most recently, it won the clash of covers contest at Embrace the Shadows blogspot.
Star-crossed lovers, flashbacks to early 18th century Virginia, ghostly, murder mystery, light paranormal romance, Gothic flavors…SOMEWHERE MY LOVE.
“Ms. Trissel has woven a wonderful story of historical love, mystery, and intrigue. Her poetic prose made for a delightful read. Her descriptions captured the essence of the home, and I felt as though I’d been transformed as a guest. I enjoyed watching Will and Julia discover their love for each other as events unfolded at the Foxleigh House. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good story, excellent writing, and a heartwarming love story.” ~Joysann, Publisher’s Weekly
~Reviewed by Jenny Gilliam for Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction
“As I read Somewhere My Love, I recalled the feelings I experienced the first time I read Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca long ago. Using deliciously eerie elements similar to that gothic romance, Beth Trissel has captured the haunting dangers, thrilling suspense and innocent passions that evoke the same tingly anticipation and heartfelt romance I so enjoyed then, and still do now.” ~ Joysann, Publishers Weekly
In my recent release, Somewhere My Lass, a suspenseful Scottish time travel, I’ve hearkened even further back to my Scottish roots. Speaking of dreams, that’s how I came by the opening to this story.
An ancient relic, a medieval crypt, a mad highlander at their throats and time fast running out. Mystery, suspense, romance, Somewhere My Lass.“Ms. Trissel masterfully blended the past and the present in order to create a lovely romance that spans centuries. I highly recommend Somewhere My Lass to anyone looking for a touching tale of love and friendship.” ~Poinsettia reviewer for Long and Short Reviews
Daughter of the Wind, Enemy of the King, Through the Fire, Somewhere My Lass and An American Rose Christmas Anthology won book of the week at Long and Short Reviews. Each of these novels, and the anthology, received fabulous reviews. Highly gratifying, but I would write my stories anyway. I will always write what I love. Otherwise, the character don’t speak to me.
Also, I’m proud that three of my novels made the top ten Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009! Enemy of the King came in third. Through the Fire tied for fourth and Daughter of the Wind came in right behind it in fifth place. For more on that click on Barbara Vey.
In addition to the next in my ‘Somewhere’ series, I’m writing sequels to Through the Fire and Enemy of the King. For starters…Kira, Daughter of the Moon, sequel to Through the Fire will be coming out later this year. Stay tuned. And A Warrior for Christmas, my colonial American holiday romance will also make its appearance later in 2012.
More recently, my first English Historical Romance INTO THE LION’S HEART, set during the French Revolution.
Into The Lion’s Heart kicked off the new historical romance line at The Wild Rose Press called Love Letters and is available in various digital formats to suit any eReader. This story has a sweet rating. The idea behind Love Letters is that a letter is responsible for bringing the hero and heroine together.
Blurb for Into the Lion’s Heart:
As the French Revolution rages, the English nobility offer sanctuary to many a refugee.
Captain Dalton Evans arrives in Dover to meet a distant cousin, expecting to see a spoiled aristocrat. Instead, he’s conquered by the simplicity of his new charge. And his best friend Thomas Archer isn’t immune to her artless charm, either.
Cecile Beaumont didn’t choose to travel across the Channel. And she certainly didn’t expect that impersonating her own mistress would introduce her to a most mesmerizing man. Now she must play out the masquerade, or risk life, freedom – and her heart.~
“Into The Lion’s Heart is a historical romance novelette that is sure to delight the fancy of those who read this genre.” Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
My ghostly Christmas romance novella, Somewhere the Bells Ring, is book three in my ‘Somewhere’ series, but you don’t have to read the others before this one.
Somewhere the Bells Ring
is set in the gracious old Virginia homeplace, circa 1816, in the Shenandoah Valley where my father was born and raised and I grew up visiting during the holidays. Nostalgia over the late 1960’s inspired the time period and the story opens during the tumultuous age of hippies, Vietnam, and some of the best darn rock music ever written. From 1968, the story flashes back to an earlier era, 1918 and the end of World War One.
Having a Marine Corps Captain Grandfather who distinguished himself in France in the thick of the fighting during The Great War and then tragically died when my father was only three definitely influenced this story. If you enjoy an intriguing mystery set in vintage America with Gothic overtones and heart-tugging romance then Somewhere the Bells Ring is for you. And did I mention the ghost?
Blurb: Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn’t so bad.
To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope–until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.
As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe–in Bailey and the ghost–before the Christmas bells ring?~
“I look forward to the next delightful story ready with Kleenex box in hand- A must read for every romance fan.” ~ Romancing the Book Reviews
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