A lizard-shifting witch... Curse of the Moon by Beth Trissel (Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway)

I'm welcoming author Beth Trissel to my blog today to share about the inspiration for the witch in this second book to her The Secret Warrior series. Check that and the giveaway out below...

Curse of the Moon (The Secret Warrior, #2)Curse of the Moon
(The Secret Warrior #2)
by Beth Trissel
YA Paranormal, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 182 Pages
May 4th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.


The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch—without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right?

But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch's bidding to save him.

Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Inspiration for the Witch, Lilith Dubois

Hello all. Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Tressa. I’m a multi-published/multi-genre author who ventured into YA. Now, I love this genre so much I may never go back. Here’s a taste from the blurb for Curse of the Moon (Book 2, the Secret Warrior Series) a YA fantasy/paranormal (with romance) set present-day in our Virginia Mountains:

The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch—without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right?

The lizard shifting witch in the story is drawn from mountain people lore about an old woman who basks in the moonlight as a large lizard. They call her the Lizard Lady. According to the tale, she’s been spotted not that far from where we live on a farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I first heard about the Lizard Lady from late valley historian and author, John Heatwole, who interviewed valley and mountain people and recorded their accounts in his book, Shenandoah Voices. He also had a radio show, and that’s the first time I heard about The Lizard Lady. She caught my imagination, but it’s taken me about twenty years to bring her to life.

The Shenandoah Valley

In Curse of the Moon, her name is Lilith Dubois, and she lives in a ramshackle house back in the mountains. Not only is she a lizard shifter in the moonlight, she’s a witch with memorizing eyes. If you gaze into their green depths, she’ll put a spell on you that only she can break—for a price. This sort of enchantress is called a gorgon. Bad things happen if you look into their eyes. The legendary Medusa turned people to stone. Lilith just gets what she wants from them. She has two teenage daughters, Eve and Dilly, who are important in the story/series. The girls have powers of their own.

The Lizard Lady's House

The house I based Lilith’s rustic home on is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many locals know this place because they drive past it. In Curse of the Moon, you have to hike back to Lilith’s hollow or drive as near as you can in a pickup or four wheeler—rough road.

The Mountain people and Native American lore, plus my love of shifters, herbs, colonial America, and wild imagination are all part of the inspiration behind my new YA fantasy/paranormal series, The Secret Warrior.

Other Books in the Series

The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior, #1)
The Hunter's Moon
(The Secret Warrior #1)
by Beth Trissel
YA Paranormal, Fantasy
ebook, 133 Pages
December 14th 2015 by The Wild Rose Press


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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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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What do you think about a lizard-shifting witch? Have you heard any of those types of lore before? Any thoughts on the book?

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