Thursday 29 September 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway - The Panther Moon by Beth Trissel

The Panther Moon
Author: Beth Trissel
Series: The Secret Warrior #3
Release Date: September 30th, 2016
Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Book Description:
Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire.

But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren't real – are they?

When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders.

Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?

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The creative pursuit of what might be has taken me on amazing and unexpected journeys. If someone told me several years ago that I would create a Young Adult fantasy romance series with wolf shifters and other fantastical creatures and characters, I would’ve been mightily surprised. I began fiction writing in historical romance. Then ghosts appeared, and ‘The door to nowhere' opened--a portal in time--and a bearwalking Shawnee Warrior growled to life. Add some magic, a dash of sci-fi/fantasy, and the next thing I know, I'm on the engrossing path to Wapicoli Lodge. Given all of this, I must admit the seeds of The Secret Warrior Series were sown long before I undertook this supernatural adventure.

These writing journeys remind me of the wonderful quote from The Lord of the Rings: “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

I never know where I may be swept off to in my imagination. Undertaking a new series in a new genre is definitely a potentially dangerous business. I've entered uncharted territory. Whether or not this series meets with approval, I have loved every step of the journey. If you enjoy the stories, please leave them a kind review, and yes, you need to read them in order.

I can't share the third book in the series, The Panther Moon, without touching on the series itself, and the whys behind it. Passion, knowledge, and various influences lie at the heart of The Secret Warrior Series. My love of history, mystery, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans ignited a wildfire of ideas. Some episodes of Monster Quest drew my attention to how many supposed creatures inhabit the Alleghenies--including werewolves and space aliens. The series Grimm explores the hidden world among us...These all deepened my pondering.

On an autumn drive into the Allegheny Mountains, it struck me how easily anything could hide in these rugged ridges. And Fort Valley, called Hidden Valley in The Secret Warrior Series, is tucked in the Massanutten Mountain Range, truly off the beaten path. Getting back there involved the most hair-raising drive over a mountain I've ever experienced--depicted in the beginning of The Hunter's Moon (Book 1, The Secret Warrior Series). The ascent is so steep, I was certain our pickup would flip over backwards. The curves are also a nightmare. But it was an inspiring trek, one I never would have written the story without. Those of you who fear the wilderness is disappearing, it's still out there. Trust me.

Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery was perfect creating the characters and setting for this series. Some characters are based on lore I've learned over the years—lore some folk swear is true. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing. Out of the mist. Even though the series is fantasy, a great deal of research went into it. Everything I write, whether fantasy, paranormal, time travel, or straight historical, has its roots in the well-researched past.

In Book 1, The Hunter’s Moon, 17-year-old Morgan Daniel begins this journey much as I did, in ignorance. She must learn about the strange world she’s entered, and the bizarre, but vital, role she’s destined to play. The meeting between her and alpha shifter Jackson Wapicoli sets off sparks, but when the curse she’s lived her entire life unaware of is revealed, the learning curve is mind-blowing. Good thing Morgan has guts and a lot of support. And then there's the prophecy...

About the Author
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

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  1. Lovely guest post, Beth. Thanks for participating CBY :)

  2. The book description sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and guest post too.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway and guest post. It's great that you were so inspired by nature and I like the fact that you were able to explore a new genre through this.

  4. This looks like an intriguing read!

  5. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

  6. The secret Warrior series sounds great ♡ thank you

  7. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Can this book be read stand a lone or should we need to read the previous books?

  9. Pretty cover - looks really interesting.

  10. Looks like a great book. Love the cover.

  11. sound like a magical great story.can't wait to read it.

  12. I love the cover and can't wait to read more.

  13. The book sounds great and the cover is lovely.