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New Audio Book–#English #Historical #Romance INTO THE LION’S HEART


One of my earlier Wild Rose Press historicals has new life. I’m psyched to announce the release of  Into the Lion’s Heart in a fabulous audio version. Narrator, Rebecca McKernan, does a brilliant job! I love her British accent, and she does the French heroine beautifully.  Poldark fans will appreciate the flavors of Poldark in the Georgian time period and setting of Into the Lion’s Heart. I read all the Poldark novels by Winston Graham ages ago and loved the first version of the television series that came out on Masterpiece Theater. Of course, I’m a big fan of the newest version with the wonderful Aidan Turner.

Into the Lion’s Heart got some awesome reviews.

2012 Reader’s Favorite Finalist
“This is a brilliant historical romance by Beth Trissel. You can feel her passion in the story, very well written and characters that you can feel. Into the Lion’s Heart will take you through a journey of love, and enough surprises to keep you hanging on. If you love a beautiful historical romance you will enjoy this story!”

Reviewer: Wanda from Romance Writers Reviews “Into The Lions Heart is a historical romance novelette that is sure to delight the fancy of those who read this genre… If you have never read any of Beth Trissel’s books, this will be a great start and make you want to read more. I have always liked her style of writing and hope she does not change. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
I simply adored INTO THE LION’S HEART by Beth Trissel. I’m not an avid reader of historical romances or even the simply sweet romances, but this tale kissed a delicate smile on my face and I have to admit, my heart melted. Not only was the writing superb and in context with the time and place, but the plot itself was very well done.

Story Blurb:
Will the English captain save a woman the French Revolution would devour when he learns the truth?

Georgian England 1789: 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.

French émigré 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.

Purchase into the Lion’s Heart in Audio at Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Lions-Heart-Love-Letters-ebook/dp/B005I63Y3

Also available at Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Into-the-Lions-Heart-Audiobook/B079NBFDK3

Historical Romance Into the Lion’s Heart On Super S*A*L*E–Beth Trissel


IntotheLionsHeartI’m best known for my Native American themed historicals and time travels, but am even more versatile than that. My often overlooked historical romance Into the Lion’s Heart is set in Georgian England (1789) at the explosion of the French Revolution.

This  novella took as much research as a full novel and I labored long and hard over it. The story kicked off the historical romance line by The Wild Rose Press called Love Letters. The idea behind the line is that a letter is responsible for bringing the hero and heroine together. Amazing how many ways this can happen. And, of course, I’m rather taken with my particular twist.

The connection I feel to the past and those who’ve gone before me, especially after doing a lot of research into family genealogy, are the ongoing inspiration behind my work. I come from a lot of well documented English, Scots, and Scots-Irish people, with a smidgen of French in the meld–a Norman knight who sailed with William the Conqueror on the Rowland side. One line of the family goes directly back to Geoffrey Chaucer, all fascinating and compelling to me. In my first English historical, I more deeply explored my British ancestry.

Captain Dalton EvansStory Blurb:
Will the English captain save a woman the French Revolution would devour when he knows the truth?
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.

2012 Reader’s Favorite Finalist
“This is a brilliant historical romance by Beth Trissel. You can feel her passion in the story, very well written and characters that you can feel. Into the Lion’s Heart will take you through a journey of love, and enough surprises to keep you hanging on. If you love a beautiful historical romance you will enjoy this story!” Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Reviewer: Wanda for Romance Writers Reviews

“Into The Lions Heart is a historical romance novelette that is sure to delight the fancy of those who read this genre… If you have never read any of Beth Trissel’s books, this will be a great start and make you want to read more. I have always liked her style of writing and hope she does not change.” Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
clipper ship“I simply adored INTO THE LION’S HEART by Beth Trissel. I’m not an avid reader of historical romances or even the simply sweet romances, but this tale kissed a delicate smile on my face and I have to admit, my heart melted. Not only was the writing superb and in context with the time and place, but the plot itself was very well done.” Five out of five stars and a Top Pick from The Romance Reviews, Reviewed by Erinne 
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***For a limited time, Into the Lion’s Heart is reduced to .99 in Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook, The Wild Rose Press, and other online booksellers.

I Finaled in the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest–Beth Trissel


Readers Favorite - Book Reviews and Award Contest

My Historical Romance Novella Into the Lion’s Heart is a 2012 finalist in the historical romance category of the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest.

Story Blurb:

Blurb: 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.~

“A brilliant historical romance by Beth Trissel. You can feel her passion in the story, very well written and characters that you can feel. Into the Lion’s Heart will take you through a journey of love, and enough surprises to keep you hanging on. If you love a beautiful historical romance you will enjoy this story!” 5 out of 5 stars  Reviewer: Wanda from Romance Writers Reviews

INTO THE LION’S HEART is available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook, the Wild Rose Press, and other online booksellers.

At KMN Books With English Historical Romance Into the Lion’s Heart


The gracious Karen Michelle Nutt has an interview with me and is hosting a giveaway of my English historical romance set during the French Revolution Into the Lion’s Heart on her excellent blog.  So pop in and say hello.  I will choose a winner from those who leave me a comment at: KMN Books

(Runs through Saturday Feb. 11th)

“Into The Lions Heart is a historical romance novelette that is sure to delight the fancy of those who read this genre… If you have never read any of Beth Trissel’s books, this will be a great start and make you want to read more. I have always liked her style of writing and hope she does not change. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite

My First English Historical Romance


Due out sometime early summer, Into the Lion’s Heart will open the new series The Wild Rose Press is debuting called Love Letters.  Authors were invited to participate and my story will launch the series, so I’m doubly honored.  The premise behind this theme is that a letter must be the cause of bringing–or throwing–the hero and heroine together.  At 20,000 to 25,000 words the stories will be an easy but satisfying read.  However, I did as much research for Into The Lion’s Heart as I would a full novel.

The connection I feel to the past and those who’ve gone before me, especially after doing a lot of research into family genealogy, are the ongoing inspiration behind my work.  I come from a lot of well documented English/Scots-Irish people, with a smidgen of French in the meld (a Norman knight who sailed with William the Conqueror).  One line of the family goes directly back to Geoffrey Chaucer, all fascinating and compelling to me.  In my first English historical, I more deeply explored my British ancestry.

Into the Lion’s Heart opens with the hero, Captain Dalton Evans–fought in the American Revolution–journeying to Dover to meet the ship carrying a distant cousin, Mademoiselle Sophia Devereux, who’s fleeing the French Revolution. Only he resents the French, partly because of their aid to the Americans during the war and some of the Frenchmen he fought during that lost cause, plus he thinks French aristocrats are arrogant.  The young woman he rescues from the sinking ship is nothing like he expects and rocks his world.

Wry, witty, war-hardened Dalton isn’t looking for love, just trying to survive on his newly inherited estate in Cornwall and provide for his eccentric aunt, part of his inheritance, while doing a little rum smuggling on the side.  Losing the American colonies was a bitter pill and he’s wistful to return to active military service, but the unique young woman he recovers from the ship turns everything he thinks he wants on its head.  Used to comprising battle strategies and planning campaigns,  he’s challenged to the extreme by the unexpected, overwhelming emotions he has for Sophia, whom he suspects isn’t who she claims to be.  Deeply masculine, gruff on the exterior, he doesn’t realize the depths of feeling he’s capable of.

Blurb:

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.~

Excerpt:

Choking on the brine, she thrashed to right herself. Dalton spat saltwater from his mouth and fought to regain his seat while pulling her up with him. Not his most dignified effort. She was the devil to get hold of—kept slipping away. He grabbed her again, only to be knocked back down and rolled with her in the swill on the bottom of the boat.

Damn and blast! Tom and another man hoisted them upright in the prow.

“Thanks,” Dalton grunted, biting his tongue in the presence of a lady. “All right?” he shouted at her, and shifted her securely onto the seat beside him.

Oui!” she sputtered when she’d recovered her breath.

She shook all overmust be chilled to the bone. They’d be fortunate if she didn’t catch her death, probably bruised too from tossing about in the skiff. The sooner she was safely housed indoors by a toasty hearth, the better.

Keeping an arm around the sodden woman, he peered into a striking pair of charcoal-gray eyes set above a pert nose and framed by fine dark brows.

She parted trembling, bluish lips. “Merci Monsieur—Que Dieu vous bénisLes saints bénis nous en préservent,” she stammered, thanking, blessing him, and calling on the saints.

Dalton was tempted to call on them himself, but her outpouring took him by surprise.

Not content with acknowledging his aid, she turned to Tom, crouched on her other side, and blurted similar gratitudenearly incoherent in the tumult raging around them. Tom gave a nod through gritted teeth then bent his head over the boat and heaved the contents of his volatile stomach.

She tilted her head at Dalton, eyes crinkled in sympathy. “Mal de mer,” she said, using the French for seasick.~

Stay tuned for the release date. 🙂