Feb 2, 2016

The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior #1) by Beth Trissel


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. 


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Published: December 14th, 2015

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...


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“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” -  Mark Twain

Unless, of course, you’re a werewolf and forced to reveal your dark side at least once a month. This accounts for werewolves on the prowl, skulking in shadows, or perched on precipices howling at the great globe in the night sky. And then there’s the whole biting thing. Unlike vampires, a werewolf isn’t interested in draining your blood, just tearing you apart. Another option, they may ‘turn you’ in the process of a partial attack. A third alternative—and the one I prefer—they battle to control the inner beast and the blinding force of the moon, growing stronger as a result. A fierce exercise in character building.

Werewolf fiction and legends differ regarding the moon and its effects. Some hold with the traditional theme that a werewolf turns during the full moon and appears normal the rest of the month. This can make it extremely difficult to identify who that individual is, rather important if they’ve killed half the village, town, or metropolis. ‘Were’ lore runs the gamut from the distant past to present day. Other concepts behind werewolves contend they can shift at will, but especially during the full moon. However the various tales go, the ancient orb is vital to all. No moon. No werewolves. It’s the source of power and all-consuming control for those compelled by its rays.

In YA fantasy romance The Hunter’s Moon, (Book 1 Secret Warrior Series) my werewolf mythos are unique and stem from the hala’a’kwa lin’nuwech’kie, Shawnee for ‘Star People’. Yes, Sister Moon is essential to the story, and wields an irresistible force on those affected at her zenith, apart from the one able to resist the tidal pull. The ability to control ones behavior varies from werewolf to werewolf. The secret warrior in the series is the origin of my werewolf line and has more power than any. Other shifters also play a vital role in the series. Because of the Native American thread woven throughout, each month has a NA moon name, and various moons have different effects on the characters. In October, the hunter’s moon exerts the strongest influence of the entire year. The draw of this moon is especially challenging for the heroine, Morgan Daniel. 

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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