Friday, December 28, 2012

A Beautiful Scots-Irish Healer and A White Warrior--Beth Trissel

The Rugged Alleghenies, A White Warrior, Beautiful Scots-Irish Healer, Unrequited Love—Requited, Charges of Witchcraft, Vindictive Ghost, Lost Treasure, Murderous Thieves, Deadly Pursuit, Hangman’s Noose Waiting…Kira, Daughter of the Moon

Can a beautiful Scots-Irish healer suspected of witchcraft and a renegade white warrior find love together and avoid the hangman’s noose in the Virginia Colonial frontier?

It’s a tough match with the terror of the French and Indian War still fresh in Kira’s mind, and a badass enemy and his cronies after Logan. That Logan’s old nemesis also desires Kira only makes matters that much more complicated.  But if any man is equal to the challenge, it’s Logan, and Kira has a few secret weapons of her own.

In this historical romance novel, the unique heroine, Kira McClure, is her own person at a time when women were expected to conform to societal expectations. Keeping her mouth shut, marrying young (19 was considered old for a virgin) and aligning herself to a man from a family her guardians approve (clan loyalties and resentments lingered) is not what Kira has in mind. Outspoken, independent, and odd, even intentionally so to keep unwanted suitors at bay, she hopes her girlhood crush, Shawnee captive Logan McCutcheon, will return. Plus she’s haunted by her Irish Catholic mother’s mistreatment by Protestant Scot’s settlers. Her wariness of others reaches a fever-pitch when it comes to Indian attacks. Terrified beyond all reason, according to her guardian, she has a series of hiding places near the homestead and in the surrounding woods. A nature lover, she’s also a gifted healer which sets her apart from others in the close-knit community. To some, Kira’s an angel, to others a suspected witch. And that dark cloud grows.

Logan McCutcheon first appears in historical romance novel Through the Fire as the teenage cousin of the heroine, Rebecca Elliot. Taken captive and adopted by a powerful warrior, he’s last seen reluctantly accepting his fate and yearning for freedom. Missed by his aunt (not so much by his cantankerous uncle) he returns to the settlement to discover Kira up a tree—literally. 

Taken in by his relations after she’s orphaned, Kira frustrates the Houston family at every turn in their efforts to bring her up respectably. Aunt Alice turns to Logan in desperation because he was ‘always so good with the lass.’ But Kira isn’t keen on the idea. She suspects this skilled frontiersman is actually a renegade who may betray her and the community to the Indians. Who Logan is and why he’s returned is a mystery, gradually revealed. Handsome, witty, he’s one of the most likable heroes I’ve ever written, apart from that McCutcheon temper, of course.

Logan McCutcheon returns to colonial Virginia after seven years in the hands of Shawnee Indians. But was he really a captive, as everybody thinks? He looks and fights like a warrior, and seems eager to return to those he calls friends and family.

Kira McClure has waited for Logan all those years, passing herself off as odd to keep suitors at bay––and anyone else from getting too close.  Now that he's back, he seems to be the only person capable of protecting her from the advances of Josiah Campbell and accusations of witchcraft.  And to defend the settlers against a well-organized band of murderous thieves.

Kira, Daughter of the Moon is available in print and kindle at Amazon, in print and various eBook formats at The Wild Rose Press, in Nookbook, and from other online booksellers. 

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