Now, more about my new romance and very unique heroine. 

A beautiful Scots-Irish healer in the rugged Alleghenies finds herself accused of witchcraft. With the terror of the French and Indian War fresh in her mind, can Kira love a white warrior?

1765––The recent Indian wars are over (for now) and an uneasy truce in place. Free-spirited Kira is at odds with the superstitious Scots-Irish in the settlement and rumor spreads that she may be a witch. Her imagination runs to fairy rings, the little people, and haints (something that’s there but ain’t). She's happiest out among the trees where she can hide from her painful past and any warriors who might again appear. A gifted healer with a menagerie of wild creatures, she's in the forest releasing a tame crow when her little beagle sounds the alarm. She peers warily from the leaves at the handsome young stranger. His buckskin breechclout and moccasins are more in keeping with a warrior's than any frontiersmen she knows and there's a stealth in his manner that reminds her of the way Indians pass through the trees. Yet he's not a warrior. Unless, he’s a renegade. This is the set up for the story, but there’s a great deal more behind it, and especially, Kira, the most unique heroine I’ve ever written.
Not only does Kira have a tame crow she’s nursed back to health, but a number of wild animals under her care in what she calls her nursery, a protected nook in the woods close to the homestead where she lives with the Houston family who took her in after her parent’s death (relatives of the hero, Logan McCutcheon). Some of her Kira’s babies ride in pockets she’s sewn inside her cloak for that purpose. Her guardian, particularly his wife, aren’t happy about hosting her creatures and banish the talkative crow, the reason she’s in the woods releasing him when she spots the potential threat.
Besides my love of animals, two books influenced this aspect of Kira’s character, one was a children’s book my youngest daughter brought home from the school library in fifth grade. I wish I could recall the title and maybe a helpful reader will because I’d love to locate a copy. I only remember it’s a true story about a family who took in injured and orphaned animals and I was much impressed by their talking crows. The second book, The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley, is a remarkable journal first written in crayon by an amazing girl, and later laboriously pierced back together after her sister shredded the pages. Sadly, Opal suffered from schizophrenia in an era when little was known about treatment, but her relationship with nature is the most outstanding I’ve ever come across.
When I first wrote Kira, Daughter of the Moon, I simply entitled the novel Kira, because she’s very much her own person. But she evolves into a much stronger young woman as a result of Logan’s return to her life, and that aspect of Kira is influenced by the Native Americans he counts as friends who give her the name, Daughter of the Moon.
***Kira, Daughter of the Moon is available in print and various ebook formats from The Wild Rose Press, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble’s NookbookAll Romance eBooks, and other online booksellers. Although written to stand alone, Kira, Daughter of the Moon is the sequel to my award-winning historical romance novel Through the Fire

12 comments

  1. Mary Ricksen // November 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM  

    I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!! Good luck sweetie! Sell a ton!

  2. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM  

    hoo dah and thanks.

  3. Autumn Jordon // November 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM  

    Beth, This sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it. And love that cover. Wishing you mega sales.

  4. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM  

    Thanks so much Autumn. If it does as well as Red Bird's Song I will be thrilled.

  5. Patrice // November 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM  

    Happy, happy release day! Such a beautiful book. Hope you sell a ton!

  6. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM  

    Thanks so much, Patrice.

  7. Judy // November 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM  

    Beth, your stories are always so interesting. And, as usual, I LOVE your book cover. I'm guessing your daughter did it for you. Great!!

  8. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM  

    Thanks Judy. Actually Rae Monet did this one as it's published by the Wild Rose Press.

  9. Nightingale // November 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

    Even if I weren't familiar with your writing, the cover and the title would tease me to the buy link.

  10. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM  

    Thanks Linda. I hope it lures many a reader to give it a go.

  11. Mary Marvella // November 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM  

    Beth, this one is another must read! Great blog, too!

  12. Beth Trissel // November 2, 2012 at 9:32 PM  

    Thanks so much MM!