Robin Renee Ray

Multi-genre Author


Beth Trissel Interview and Contest Giveaway!!!

Posted by robinreneeray on September 26, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Please Welcome Author,  Beth Trissel!!


Beth is not only doing this interview with us today, she is giving away THREE autographed novels from her collection. I love what it says when you first open her website: 'Stories of romance charged with danger from ages past.' Beth is a historical/light paranormal romance author, and is also intrigued with ghost stories which her home state of Virginia has the most accounts of. If holding the record for spooky tales gives her bragging rights, she's got them.


Daughter of the Wind

Autumn, 1784: A tragic secret from Karin McNeal's past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman who longs to know more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in her life among the Scot’s settled in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. Jack McCray, a wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlocking the past. Will she let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive grandfather? Is it only her imagination or does something, or someone, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?

A bearwalking Shawnee warrior, secrets from the past, a rugged frontiersman, gifted heroine, magical moonstone, love at first sight…DAUGHTER OF THE WIND


The strange awareness inside Karin grew, like a summons urging her to an untamed place.

Jack ran fading eyes over Karin. “Paca tamseh,” he said, and sagged more heavily against Grandpa.

“Indian words,” someone hissed. “I heard ‘em.”

Karin shrank back from the man, but Sarah grabbed her arm, pulling her forward with a steely grip. “Can you blame him for knowing their speech after all these years?” She jerked Karin onto her knees and they knelt by the newcomer. Loosening her grip, Sarah wrapped her arms around his neck. “My poor boy.”

Heart racing, Karin hugged the crock. She looked to her grandfather. “I never knew she had an older son.”

“Jack was eight when Shawnee captured him twenty years ago. Any son of Sarah’s is welcome in my house and the settlement,” Grandpa said with a look, daring any to object.

None did. At least, not aloud, although Karin expected there’d be plenty of talk behind their hands.

“You told me Jack was dead, Mama,” Joseph said.

“I thought he was. Praise God he’s back.”

“How did he know where to find you?” Uncle Thomas asked. “You weren’t a McNeal when he was taken.”

Neeley clucked. “Never mind that now. We’ve a wounded man who’s been welcomed home with lead shot.”

Jack fluttered his eyes and looked to Karin. His gaze drew her almost against her will. She leaned toward him. “Someone seeks you, Shequenor’s dahnaithah.”

The message rippled through her. And she knew—his was the inviting summons in the wind.



I just can't thank you enough for taking the time to join us, Beth.

Beth: Wooo hoooo! Glad to be here.

Can you tell us a little about your personal life?

Beth: I'm a farmwife, mom, grandmom of four grandbabies now, an avid gardener except when allergies run me indoors and a writer. I've been a writer since grade school.

Where did the inspiration for writing historical romance come from?

Beth: My all-consuming preoccupation with the past. 'Where history comes alive.' Ooooh chills.

Has writing always been a dream?

Beth: Dreams have inspired much of my writing. And yes, it has for many, many moons.

Do you ever use the appeal of any of the true/myth ghost stories in your works??

Beth: Sure did and have plans to do so again. I've read a lot of ghostly accounts plus had some personal experience with the paranormal and known other people who have. This does not detract from my deeply spiritual beliefs, but goes along with my being a Christian.

I've seen some of the photos that you've posted of the countryside where you live and they are amazing. Do you place your characters in any of those settings??

Beth: Yes, many of my stories are set in the Virginia mountains or countryside. I'm currently writing a time travel that will carry the reader into Scotland but the first part of the story is set in my beloved Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains are my inspiration.

Out of all the books that you've written, do you have one that stays with you more than the others?

Beth: Through the Fire is burnt into my soul, as is Red Bird's Song, also a Native American theme and not yet published. But my historical editor is reading it now. I'm an Indian nut and love NA themes.

What does your family think of you being a writer?

Beth: It's what I do and they support me. I can't imagine doing anything else with this much passion and duration.

Has your work ever interfered with your family life??

Beth: I try to put family first and then scurry back to my writing.

What's the one thing that you do to get into the mind frame of working??

Beth: I have to have the right music.

Can you tell us a little about how you came to write your first novel??

Beth: I was obsessed with the story and just had to tell it. That was Red Bird's Song, inspired by a dream I had on New Year's Eve, a propitious time to embark on a new journey, and that's what Red Bird's Song is, an action-adventure romance, a journey.

I always have to ask what your favorite part of the plot is to write: the romance, intrigue, or in your case the historical history?

Beth: All of them, but the history will always be there even in the paranormals.

Through the Fire

Blurb: At the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.

The French and Indian War, a Shawnee warrior, an English lady, blood vengeance, deadly pursuit, primal, powerful, passionate…THROUGH THE FIRE


For a moment, he simply looked at her. What lay behind those penetrating eyes?

Shoka held out the cup. “Drink this.”

Did he mean to help her? Rebecca had heard hideous stories of warriors’ brutality, but also occasionally of their mercy. She tried to sit, moaning at the effect this movement had on her aching body. She sank back down.

He slid a corded arm beneath her shoulders and gently raised her head. Encouraged by his unexpected aid, she sipped, grimacing at the bitterness. The vile taste permeated her mouth.

Weren’t deadly herbs acrid? Dear Lord. Had he tricked her into downing a fatal brew? She eyed him accusingly. “’Tis poison.”

He arched one black brow. “No. It’s good medicine. Will make your pain less.”

Unconvinced, she clamped her mouth together.

“I will drink. See?” he said, and took a swallow.

She parted her lips just wide enough to argue. “It may take more than a mouthful to kill.”

He regarded her through narrowing eyes. “You dare much.”

Though she knew he felt her tremble, she met his piercing gaze. If he were testing her, she wouldn’t waver.

His sharp expression softened. “Yet you have courage.”



Which brings me to the question... do you spend a great deal of time on research?

Beth: I am a compulsive nut when it comes to research and never satisfied that I've done enough.

Your covers are wonderful and tell a story of their own. Are you involved in the graphics of their design?

Beth: Yes, the cover artists take my ideas and bring them to glorious life.

I know your family's history goes way back in Virginia. Can you give us a little information about that?

Beth: My English Scots-Irish forebears were among the earliest colonists in America and the first settlers in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Research into family genealogy inspired much of my work.

Now I have to ask about the level of heat when it comes to your novels. Starting from a one to five, where would your romance heat level sit?

Beth: The Wild Rose rates my novels as spicy because I have love scenes but they are tastefully done yet scintillating, and not erotic so I would rate them from sweet to highly sensual. I suppose somewhere in the mid range of your choices. Readers who enjoy really hot love scenes will not fall all over mine, but I tell an intriguing tale with lots of romance.

Here is a personal question. Has writing romance helped or hindered you relationships in any way? I had to ask!

Beth: Helped, I draw inspiration from actually being in love with my husband who was my high school sweetheart. :)

I know your fans can reach you at:, are there other places they can look you up to learn a bit more about you and your books?

Beth: My blog:

Is there anything that you would like to ask those who will be leaving a comment today?

Beth: Would you like to see more historical romance set in the Colonial American time period?

I just can't thank you enough for joining us, Beth, and I could keep asking you questions all day. We would all like to thank you for sharing and sending out three books to three lucky winners. We would be so honored to have you as a guest again! Would that be possible?

Beth: But of course.

Enemy of the King

1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.

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.

Excerpt for Enemy of the King:

Annoyance thrust through him like molten steel. “Oh, for heaven’s sake. So now you’re not speaking to me?”

Meriwether got to her feet in a rustle of silk and addressed Neal with a regal tilt of her chin. “I should like to freshen up. Ensign Gamble, would you be so good as to direct me?”

Jeremiah stood shirtless, in leather breeches and riding boots. A shaft of sunlight played over her father’s sword hanging at his side and the dazzling glow of her gown. “You’re speaking to him?” he demanded.

Neal shot him a triumphant grin.

“Ensign Gamble is otherwise engaged,” Jeremiah said coldly.

“I am at the lady’s service.”

Jeremiah shook his head, ready to rip Neal’s from his arrogant neck. “I shall escort Miss Steele.”

“I do not require your services, Captain Jordan.”

“Oh for the love of—” He’d had more than enough. “You are dependent on me for everything. Your very life.”

“Until I reach Bobby.”

Outrage rifled through him. “After last night! Are you out of your mind?”

“Bobby will make Ferguson see I’m innocent!”

Jeremiah grasped her slender shoulders and bent toward her speaking in a low growl. “You are not innocent. You fired on an officer of the crown, and you are not going to the British. It’s too risky by half and damn disloyal to me.”

Her lip quivered, but she didn’t shrink from him. “I’m a Tory, remember?”

“When you pulled that trigger, you joined the Patriots.”



I would like everyone to thank Beth for taking time out of her busy day. I hope you have enjoyed the interview along with the excerpts to her novels. Please feel free to ask Beth anything concerning her life as an author. All you have to do to get into the triple drawing is leave a comment, even if it's just saying hello. Don't forget that Beth will also be signing another novel that will go into our Halloween Hat in October. One person from today's interview will be placed in the hat, and three of you will win an intriguing novel.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  Look for Beth on her sites, but also here again next month, with more excerpts and a few unanswered questions? I will be posting her work throughout the month of October!

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Reply Diane Brents
1:03 AM on September 29, 2009 
hey robin. your very welcome. srry took so long to get on here.. this is pretty cool
Reply Robin Renee
11:13 PM on September 28, 2009 
Diane Brents says...
hello. i love this sight and im a good friend of robin!! this site ROCKS!!

That you so much Diane, I am so happy to have you join the website! I plan on adding some of your work on here as well...
Reply Diane Brents
10:06 PM on September 28, 2009 
hello. i love this sight and im a good friend of robin!! this site ROCKS!!
Reply robinreneeray
3:52 AM on September 27, 2009 
Hey peeps... This contest is officially closed. Thanks again Beth for doing this interview and giveaway... you ROCK! And thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented... the winners will be drawn sometime Sunday afternoon and posted shortly after... as always, ROCK ON!!!!
Reply Beth Trissel
8:15 PM on September 26, 2009 
Thanks alll. I am very glad to be here today.
Reply Beth Trissel
8:13 PM on September 26, 2009 
loretta canton says...
Great interview. I love the excerpts.
Thanks Loretta. I loved writing them.
Thanks Loretta. I loved writing them.

loretta canton
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Reply Beth Trissel
8:11 PM on September 26, 2009 
loretta canton says...
Great interview. I love the excerpts.

Thanks Loretta. I loved writing them.

loretta canton
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Reply loretta canton
7:17 PM on September 26, 2009 
Great interview. I love the excerpts.

loretta canton
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Reply Kysha
7:11 PM on September 26, 2009 
Hi everyone! I know I don't qualify to win either, but just wanted to thank Beth for doing this wonderful interview and being so generous for the giveaway :D
Reply bctrissel
5:44 PM on September 26, 2009 
StacyTucker says...
I really enjoyed the interview and these books looks exceptionally good. I hope I get the chance to read all of them. Thanks. Stacy

Thanks Stacy. I hope yo do too. you might ask your local library to order my books in. Just a thought.
Reply StacyTucker
4:49 PM on September 26, 2009 
I really enjoyed the interview and these books looks exceptionally good. I hope I get the chance to read all of them. Thanks. Stacy
Reply bctrissel
3:21 PM on September 26, 2009 
Ani says...
Hi Robin, wonderful interview. Beth, great writer and great excerpts, stories that takes the reader on an adventure throught the past and history of Virginia, love it.

Thanks Ari. I'm a big fan of my home state Virginia, and also of the Carolinas, just next door.
Reply Ani
3:06 PM on September 26, 2009 
Hi Robin, wonderful interview. Beth, great writer and great excerpts, stories that takes the reader on an adventure throught the past and history of Virginia, love it.
Reply bctrissel
2:46 PM on September 26, 2009 
Joy says...
Thanks Beth for your time. The interview was great and the excerpts were intriguing. I am interested in reading more. I always wanted to be an author, but find I don't have the discipline to finish once I've started. Congrats on your books!

Thanks so much, Jeanette. I would be honored to be added to such a long term collection.
Reply bctrissel
2:44 PM on September 26, 2009 
Joy says...
Thanks Beth for your time. The interview was great and the excerpts were intriguing. I am interested in reading more. I always wanted to be an author, but find I don't have the discipline to finish once I've started. Congrats on your books!

Thanks Joy. Being an author is an all-consuming journey of blood sweat and tears, so if you don't absolutely have to undertake this quest, don't. Just read.
Reply bctrissel
2:43 PM on September 26, 2009 
Christie says...
Great interview! The book covers are beautiful and book descriptions are interesting. :-)

Thanks so much, Christie. The cover artist for these novels is the very talented Rae Monet.
Reply bctrissel
2:39 PM on September 26, 2009 
Thanks Lori. I am definitely Real. :)
Reply Lori
2:35 PM on September 26, 2009 
Hi Beth! I love that you love to write with a historical feel, but that you're very Real yourself. The interview was great and I feel I know you much better now. Thanks and Keep On Writing.
Reply bctrissel
1:35 PM on September 26, 2009 
Thank you so very much, Robert. I do not think E-books will replace print but are becoming more and more of a viable, easily transportable option with the many E-readers on the market. I enjoy both digital and print, but as my publisher is primarily interested in the E-book market I am actively promoting it. :)
Reply Robert Coburn
1:24 PM on September 26, 2009 
Hello Beth!
I absolutely love your work. You speak to me on myspace and your advice has given me so much more confidence and i look up to you.
Do you think eBooks will replace physical ones? Which do you prefer, as your novels are in both forms?
I love to read many different genres and I love to write. You gave me that little confidence i needed to pursue writing.Thank you.