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Finished Curse of the Moon–Book 2 of YA Fantasy Romance Series, Secret Warrior!


With a zeal of  inspiration I’ve wrapped up Curse of the Moon, Book 2 in my Secret Warrior Series. Book 1, The Hunter’s Moon, is out Dec. 14th! And yes, there’s a book 3 I’ll be writing next. After that, who knows?

full moon with clouds

Landing in YA land is the best thing ever. I’m loving my fantasy romance series, set in our misty Virginia mountains, where the paranormal abounds. Actually, it does, and in the valley. Ghost stories and other strange tales I’ve come across, plus  a few odd experiences of my own, fed into the concept for this series. And then there’s the Native American twist–love that!  If anyone is drawn to check out some of my historical romances after reading The Hunter’s Moon, all the better. I’ve never been able to resist a touch–or more–of the paranormal even in them. Not to mention my time travel series, Somewhere in Time.

Back to the Secret Warrior series, I don’t have a blurb or cover yet for Curse of the Moon–stay tuned. But I will highlight The Hunter’s Moon.

SECRET WARRIOR--THE HUNTERS MOONBlurb: Seventeen year old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets.~

***Coming Dec, 14th from the Wild Rose Press to every online bookseller imaginable. These stories are novellas, not full novels, so EBook format only.

****Amazon has ALL my books in kindle and some in print. Visit my Amazon Author Page.

Secret Warrior Series, The Hunter’s Moon–YA Fantasy Romance


I’m pleased to announce I’ve signed a three book deal with The Wild Rose Press for my new YA Fantasy romance series, Secret Warrior. The first story is The Hunter’s Moon, release date to be decided. I love the cover by Debbie Taylor.

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Story Blurb:

Seventeen year old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets.~

Stay tuned.

Werewolves are HOW old?–Beth Trissel


ansbach1The answer to this fascinating question and more from the brilliant Author Jonathan Brazee, here to share his wealth of werewolf lore.  Prepare to be amazed. I am. Take it away, Jonathan!

With the modern trifecta of vampires, zombies, and werewolves, therianthropy, or shapeshifting from human to animals, perhaps has the earliest appearance in human history.  Cave paintings from 8,000 BC in what is now modern Turkey depicted werewolves, and they also appeared in the early writings such as in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian epic poem first written in about the 18th century BC.  Greeks such as Pausanius and Herodotus and Romans such as Ovid, Virgil, and Pliny the Elder wrote about them. (***Pliny the Elder was astounding–Beth interjecting here)

Over the years, the werewolf myth remained strong throughout most of Europe and the Middle East, and as Europeans reached the new world, the myth was adopted into native American cultures that already included cynanthropes (shapeshifters who change into dogs) and nagual, of shapeshifters who can change into any animals form if they wear the pelt of that animal.  In Asia, cynanthropy was the most common form of therianthropy, found in China, Timor, and India.  In Africa, were-hyenas and ailuranthropy (changing into felines, particularly lions and leopards) held sway.

werewolfattackedNo one can say for certain why this myth has been so widespread, but theories abound.  The most likely and common kernel to the myth, in my opinion, would be the need for people to explain evil and animalistic acts by others who would be either what we would now simply term serial killers or others who were deranged and were acting in an animalistic fashion.  Taken five hundred or a thousand years ago, the Florida man who stripped naked and attacked a homeless man last year, actually eating part of his face, might be easier explained not as a human attack on another, but an attack by a man who had been somehow transformed into an animal.

full moon and cloudsThe modern version of the werewolf has proven much more popular than other forms of therianthropy.  Perhaps the first modern novel about werewolves was G. W. M. Reynolds’ 1847 novel, Wagner the Wehr-Wolf, in which the concept of a werewolf changing under the full moon was first introduced.  Alexandre Dumas followed with The Wolf Leader in 1857, where the werewolf was bipedal, and the modern werewolf began to become became recognizable to what we know today.

Early mythology had the ability to shapeshift into a werewolf being caused by actions such as wearing a wolf-hide belt, drinking water from the footprint of a wolf, or drinking magic beer while reciting incantations.  It wasn’t until the 19th Century that the lycanthropy became a contagion, spread by being bitten by a werewolf.  Other aspects, such as the silver bullet aspect of killing a werewolf did not evolve until the middle of the 20th Century, probably with a 1936 account of La Bèstia de Gavaudan, a re-telling of actual wolf attacks in France during the 18th century.  In the 20th Century version, the wolf was killed by a blessed silver bullet.

Most werewolf novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries did not include vampires in the plots until the current popular literature of today.  However, linking vampires and werewolves can be said to be going back to the roots of the legends.  In medieval times, those executed for being werewolves had their bodies burned so they could not return as vampires.  In Serbian mythology, werewolves and vampires were collectively known as vulkodlak.

werewolf in londonHollywood has had a tremendous impact on the werewolf myth as we know it today.  The first werewolf motion picture was the 1913 The Werewolf, which portrayed a Navajo maiden who was able to transform into a wolf and attack white settlers.  Werewolf in films perhaps came of age with 1935’s The Werewolf of London, the first film with an anthropomorphic werewolf.  In this movie, the lead actor, Henry Hull, refused to sit for lengthy make-up sessions, so Jack Pierce, the make-up artist, had to make do with a decidedly less hairy version of a werewolf.  In 1941’s The Wolf Man, Lon Chaney, Jr. had no similar reservations, so Pierce was able to design the full mask that became the penultimate werewolf look and transformation until perhaps 1981’s The Howling became a cult classic.

For at least 10,000 years, werewolves have been part of human culture.  They have been presented in different lights and have changed over the years, but there is little doubt that they will continue to embedded in the human psyche for years to come.  The dichotomy between man and beast is just too delicious to ignore.

***Jonathan Brazee is a retired Marine colonel who has been fascinated with werewolves ever since reading Jack Williamson’s Darker Than You Think.   A frequent contributor to political science, business, and military periodicals, he has written five novels, only one being therianthropic.  Wererat tells the tale of a young man whose father is a werewolf and who mother is a weretiger, but when he finally makes his first shift, he finds out that his animal form is a rat.

He currently works in Thailand where he lives with his two (non-shapeshifting) cats, Pumpkin and Chokdee.

***Visit Jonathan Brazee’s Amazon Author Page

Battling Werewolves and Vampires?–Beth Trissel


musuclar man, werewolf, screaming, full moonA blog visitor recently inquired whether lavender would ward off vampires. No. It won’t. But if you’re plagued by them you might give the beautiful but deadly herb Aconite, also known as wolfsbane, or monkshood, a try. And then run really fast. Wolfsbane (also spelled wolf’s bane) is reputed to repel not kill werewolves and vampires. I gleaned that from this site on : How To Kill A Werewolf, Methods and Materials.

The contributor, named Buddy, recommends the following to kill a werewolf, should you need to know by the next full moon: “Silver. You’ll see this in almost any movie that you watch about werewolves – werewolf hunters are always in need of the “silver bullet” to kill the werewolf, claiming that that is the only thing that will kill it. Sometimes a silver blade is used. This method is used often in Hollywood movies and werewolf fiction, and often anything that is pure silver will work. Piercing the heart is the preferred method. (Note: Some say that silver is just a concoction of fiction and Hollywood, and that silver cannot really kill a werewolf. True or no? I don’t know.”~

But it’s certainly worth considering, I might add. Buddy goes on to recommend mercury, also known as ‘quicksilver’ so you see the connection, for dispatching a werewolf, decapitation, which in my thinking will kill most anything that needs killing, and he reminds us that werewolves when pitted against one another will destroy each other. A win, win, as I see it. So I suggest arranging a showdown at the witching hour.

If that fails, Buddy suggests doing away with the werewolf while the creature is in his human form. A debate is underway in my household as to how one can discern exactly who the werewolf is in their human form. This strikes me as important, so double-check to be certain.  Another difficulty that may arise with this approach is the attachment one might feel for an individual in his human form. I mean, who wants to kill Professor Lupin?  Whatever your scheme in dealing with werewolves, remember to keep your wolfsbane with you At All Times. A spray bottle might be best, unless you just want to douse your attacker as he (or she) is coming at you. Bear in mind the direction of the wind.

The following quote is from: http://www.werewolves.com/destruction-wolfsbane/

“As its name clearly shows us, this plant isn’t so wolf friendly; it is a very deadly poison. When mixed with bait and devoured by a wolf, or even put on arrowheads, knives, swords…etc. and then fired or stabbed into the animal’s body, this toxin is fatal.”~

Poor wolves.

There seems to be much disagreement as to whether wolfsbane is solely a repellent or may also kill werewolves or cause an individual to become one, or may actually heal werewolves.  I feel a case could be made either way all depending on how much wolf’s bane is used and in what manner the poison is dispensed, and what lore you adhere to. *Also, what the lore the werewolf adheres to.  It may be that the scent is noxious to them.  Woops, my mistake if they like it and draw near. Unless, that’s what you desired in the first place as part of your ploy in luring said werewolf to its certain destruction. Let me know how that works for you.

As to vampires and wolf’s bane, there isn’t a lot I could find on this.  But The Vampire Book says: “Aconite also known as Wolf’s bane was believed by the ancient Greeks to have arisen in the mouths of Cerberus (a three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades) while under the influence of Hecate, the goddess of magic and the underworld.

It later was noted as one of the ingredients of the ointment that witches put on their body in order to fly off to their sabbats. In Dracula (Spanish 1931), aconite was substituted for garlic as the primary plant used to repel the vampire.”~

*I took a poll among authors who write dark paranormal romance and this is their feedback:

From vampire author Tony-Paul de VissageWolfsbane is a very deadly poison.  Even handling the damp seeds can give off a toxic alhaloid which can be absorbed through the skin. Like garlic and holy water, wolfsbane is supposed to have an adverse effect on vampires and was used in the 1931 Dracula to keep vampires from entering houses although there is no mention of this in the novel itself.  I’d guess it’s more of an inconvenience than anything else.  Nothing short of decapitation, a stake through the heart, or being burned, will completely destroy a vampire.

From author Barbara Edwards: Wolfsbane is a deadly plant with absolutely beautiful spikes of blue flowers. The leaves and roots need special handling to prevent harm.  The poisonous sap can be absorbed through the skin or in an liquid dose. Aconite, the distilled wolfsbane can kill within minutes. It’s deadly to anyone, not just werewolves.

From The Magical HerbalFolklore says planting wolfsbane at the door will repel the beast. Although Lon Chaney popularized the full-moon as a trigger for werewolves, they have the ability to change at will. The folklore says wolfsbane can cure a werewolf, but first he must die from its effect.

From author Linda Nightingale: In Greek mythologyMedea attempted to poison Theseus with a cup of wine poisoned with wolfsbane. In the folklore archives of the University of California at Berkeley, a recorded testimony of an immigrant from eastern Germany states that wolfsbane and silver knives were placed under mattresses and cribs to repel werewolves and vampires.

In Vampire WarsAconitum or Wolfsbane is ascribed with supernatural powers in the mythology of werewolves and vampires, often used to deter, poison or even kill werewolves, and to a lesser extent, vampires.  In other folklore, aconite was said to transform a person into a werewolf if it is worn, smelled, or eaten.

From author Masha Hollhttp://mashaholl.com: Wolfsbane is aconite, but not all aconite is Wolfsbane (or monkshood). The European variety, although poisonous enough to be deadly, is not as toxic as the Asian variety, and yet even the Asian variety has been used in healing medicine for centuries as well as in the preparation of poisons. Aconite can trigger hallucinations.

The actual, historical, and verified use of aconite in medicine is probably (almost certainly) at the basis of its connection with werewolves, as is the legend that it was created (or given is poisonous qualities) from the slobber of Cerberus during Hercules’ fight with the dog of hell.

From author Terry Spear, Author of Heart of the Wolf series:  “Wolfsbane/Wolfbane is a flowering plant or herb, purple, yellow, pink, or white, in color, known as Aconitum, that in literature has been used in a number of different ways in reference to werewolves. Ironically, in some literature, wolfsbane can kill the werewolf, in others, it changes a human into a werewolf, in even others, it keeps the human part of the werewolf equation from turning into his wolf form. Which goes to show that authors use wolfsbane for whatever happens to suit their werewolf story best. And here when I went to research it, I thought wolfsbane kept the werewolf from shifting into his beastly form. So beware, depending on what tale you read, wolfsbane might have the opposite effect from what you had always believed!”

From author Colleen Love: Names for Wolf’s Bane: Aconite, Cupid’s Car, Dumbledore’s Delight, Leopard’s Bane, Monkshood, Storm Hat, Thor’s Hat, Wolf’s Hat, Friar’s Cap:

Gender: Feminine, Planet: Saturn, Element: Water, Deity: Hecate, Powers: Protection, Invisibility

Magical Uses: Wolf’s bane is added to protection sachets, especially to guard against vampires and werewolves. This is quite fitting, since wolf’s bane is used by werewolves to cure themselves. The seed, wrapped in a lizard’s skin and carried, allows you to become invisible at will. Do not eat or rub any part of this plant on the skin; it is virulently poisonous.~

Clearly, more research is needed, but we are having enough trouble with coyotes and I am not brave enough to tackle the realm of werewolves.  Feedback, please, from those of you who dare go forth and do battle with this powerful creature.  And God bless you in your quest.

***Royalty free images except for Professor Lupin and An American Werewolf in London (The Movie)

Wolfsbane and Werewolves


In a former post, I discussed the beautiful but deadly herb Aconite, or wolfsbane (sometimes spelled wolf’s bane), also known as monkshood.  In this post I’m dwelling on its wolfsbane component as werewolves and the herb are linked in lore.

Regarding werewolves, wolfsbane is reputed to repel not kill werewolves and vampires.  I gleaned that from this site on : How To Kill A Werewolf, Methods and Materials.

The contributor,  named Buddy,  recommends the following to kill a werewolf, should you need to know by the next full moon:Silver. You’ll see this in almost any movie that you watch about werewolves – werewolf hunters are always in need of the “silver bullet” to kill the werewolf, claiming that that is the only thing that will kill it. Sometimes a silver blade is used.  This method is used often in hollywood movies and werewolf fiction, and often anything that is pure silver will work. Piercing the heart is the preferred method. (Note: Some say that silver is just a concoction of fiction and hollywood, and that silver cannot really kill a werewolf.  True or no? I don’t know.”

But it’s certainly worth considering, I might add.  Buddy goes on to recommend mercury, also known as ‘quicksilver’ so you see the connection, for dispatching a werewolf, decapitation, which in my thinking will kill most anything that needs killing, and he reminds us that werewolves when pitted against one another will destroy each other.  A win, win, as I see it.  So I suggest arranging a showdown at the witching hour.

If that fails, Buddy suggests doing away with the werewolf while the creature is in his human form.  A debate is underway in my household as to how one can discern exactly who the werewolf is in their human form.  This strikes me as important, so double-check to be certain.  Another difficulty that may arise with this approach is the attachment one might feel for an individual in his human form.  I mean, who wants to kill Professor Lupin?  Whatever your scheme in dealing with werewolves, remember to keep your wolf’s bane with you At All Times.

The following quote is from: http://www.werewolves.com/destruction-wolfsbane/

“As its name clearly shows us, this plant isn’t so wolf friendly; it is a very deadly poison. When mixed with bait and devoured by a wolf, or even put on arrowheads, knives, swords…etc. and then fired or stabbed into the animal’s body, this toxin is fatal.”~

Poor wolves.

There seems to be much disagreement as to whether wolf’s bane is solely a repellent or may also kill werewolves or cause an individual to become one, or may actually heal werewolves.  I feel a case could be made either way all depending on how much wolf’s bane is used and in what manner the poison is dispensed, and what lore you adhere to.  *Also, what the lore the werewolf adheres to.   It may be that the scent is noxious to them.  Woops, my mistake if they like it and draw near.  Unless, that’s what you desired in the first place as part of your ploy in luring said werewolf to its certain destruction.  Let me know how that works for you.

As to vampires and wolf’s bane, there isn’t a lot I could find on this.  But The Vampire Book says: “Aconite also known as Wolf’s bane was believed by the ancient Greeks to have arisen in the mouths of Cerberus (a three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades) while under the influence of Hecate, the goddess of magic and the underworld.

It later was noted as one of the ingredients of the ointment that witches put on their body in order to fly off to their sabbats. In Dracula (Spanish 1931), aconite was substituted for garlic as the primary plant used to repel the vampire.”~

*I took a poll among authors who write dark paranormal romance and this is their feedback:

From vampire author Tony-Paul de Vissage: Wolfsbane is a very deadly poison.  Even handling the damp seeds can give off a toxic alhaloid which can be absorbed through the skin. Like garlic and holy water, wolfsbane is supposed to have an adverse effect on vampires and was used in the 1931 Dracula to keep vampires from entering houses although there is no mention of this in the novel itself.  I’d guess it’s more of an inconvenience than anything else.  Nothing short of decapitation, a stake through the heart, or being burned, will completely destroy a vampire.

From author Barbara Edwards: Wolfsbane is a deadly plant with absolutely beautiful spikes of blue flowers. The leaves and roots need special handling to prevent harm.  The poisonous sap can be absorbed through the skin or in an liquid dose. Aconite, the distilled wolfsbane can kill within minutes. It’s deadly to anyone, not just werewolves.

From The Magical Herbal: Folklore says planting wolfsbane at the door will repel the beast. Although Lon Chaney popularized the full-moon as a trigger for werewolves, they have the ability to change at will. The folklore says wolfsbane can cure a werewolf, but first he must die from its effect.

From author Linda Nightingale: In Greek mythology, Medea attempted to poison Theseus with a cup of wine poisoned with wolfsbane. In the folklore archives of the University of California at Berkeley, a recorded testimony of an immigrant from eastern Germany states that wolfsbane and silver knives were placed under mattresses and cribs to repel werewolves and vampires.

In Vampire Wars, Aconitum or Wolfsbane is ascribed with supernatural powers in the mythology of werewolves and vampires, often used to deter, poison or even kill werewolves, and to a lesser extent, vampires.  In other folklore, aconite was said to transform a person into a werewolf if it is worn, smelled, or eaten.

From author Masha Holl, http://mashaholl.com: Wolfsbane is aconite, but not all aconite is Wolfsbane (or monkshood). The European variety, although poisonous enough to be deadly, is not as toxic as the Asian variety, and yet even the Asian variety has been used in healing medicine for centuries as well as in the preparation of poisons. Aconite can trigger hallucinations.

The actual, historical, and verified use of aconite in medicine is probably (almost certainly) at the basis of its connection with werewolves, as is the legend that it was created (or given is poisonous qualities) from the slobber of Cerberus during Hercules’ fight with the dog of hell.

From author Terry Spear, Author of Heart of the Wolf series:  “Wolfsbane/Wolfbane is a flowering plant or herb, purple, yellow, pink, or white, in color, known as Aconitum, that in literature has been used in a number of different ways in reference to werewolves. Ironically, in some literature, wolfsbane can kill the werewolf, in others, it changes a human into a werewolf, in even others, it keeps the human part of the werewolf equation from turning into his wolf form. Which goes to show that authors use wolfsbane for whatever happens to suit their werewolf story best. And here when I went to research it, I thought wolfsbane kept the werewolf from shifting into his beastly form. So beware, depending on what tale you read, wolfsbane might have the opposite effect from what you had always believed!”

From author Colleen Love: Names for Wolf’s Bane: Aconite, Cupid’s Car, Dumbledore’s Delight, Leopard’s Bane, Monkshood, Storm Hat, Thor’s Hat, Wolf’s Hat, Friar’s Cap:

Gender: Feminine, Planet: Saturn, Element: Water, Deity: Hecate, Powers: Protection, Invisibility

Magical Uses: Wolf’s bane is added to protection sachets, especially to guard against vampires and werewolves. This is quite fitting, since wolf’s bane is used by werewolves to cure themselves. The seed, wrapped in a lizard’s skin and carried, allows you to become invisible at will. Do not eat or rub any part of this plant on the skin; it is virulently poisonous.~

Clearly, more research is needed, but we are having enough trouble with coyotes and I am not brave enough to tackle the realm of werewolves.  Feedback, please, from those of you who dare go forth and do battle with this powerful creature.  And God bless you in your quest.

***Royalty free images except for Professor Lupin and An American Werewolf in London (The Movie)