Friday, November 6, 2015

Liza reviews Traitor's Curse by Beth Trissel

Today, I've got Beth Trissel and her fine book, Traitor's Curse


Peep Rep: Is there a prize?

Liza: Yes, my mercenary one. Beth is offering a $30 Amazon or B/N gift card for one lucky commenter.  

Peep Rep: Me, let it be me! Oh, that's a pretty cover....

TRAITOR'S CURSE
by Beth Trissel

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BLURB:

Halifax, North Carolina, 1783.

Captain Stuart Monroe returns home from the Revolutionary War to find Thornton Hall threatened by a peacetime foe: debt. He knows the location of a treasure amassed to pay for the capture of Benedict Arnold that would restore his manor to its former glory. The catch, it's hidden in the graveyard, and coveted by old enemies.

Hettie Fairfax inherited the Sight from her Cherokee ancestors, and her otherworldly visitors warn her, and Stuart, away from the buried treasure. Half-dead from fever, she delivers a message: the treasure is cursed. But will he believe a girl half out of her mind with illness? Even when a very real enemy attempts to poison her? Stuart soon wants to marry Hettie, but she fears her "odd ways" will blemish his reputation. The spirits have their own agenda, however, and the battle against darkness tests everything the couple holds dear, including their love for each other.

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Excerpt 

Halifax, North Carolina, 1783.
Captain Stuart Monroe returns home from the Revolutionary War to find Thornton Hall threatened by a peacetime foe: debt. He knows the location of a treasure amassed to pay for the capture of Benedict Arnold that would restore his manor to its former glory. The catch, it's hidden in the graveyard, and coveted by old enemies.

Hettie Fairfax inherited the Sight from her Cherokee ancestors, and her otherworldly visitors warn her, and Stuart, away from the buried treasure. Half-dead from fever, she delivers a message: the treasure is cursed. But will he believe a girl half out of her mind with illness? Even when a very real enemy attempts to poison her? Stuart soon wants to marry Hettie, but she fears her "odd ways" will blemish his reputation. The spirits have their own agenda, however, and the bat“Turn back. A man watches you.”

Again, the warning carried from the unseen source.

What man, and how did she know Stuart was observed? He could barely discern anything.

“Who are you? Show yourself.” Uneasiness lent indignation to his demand.

Through the haze, he spotted the figure of a young female dressed all in white. A death shroud?
Pray God, it wasn’t. His gut knotted, and he stood staring at her.

Ethereal, ghostly, she seemed to float toward him, but must have walked.

Must have.

A cold shiver stood the hair on the back of his neck on end. Was she flesh and blood, or spirit? Had she crossed the divide between the two worlds?

He scarcely dared to breathe.

Still, he stood rooted to the trail. And not only from fright. Fascination. Despite fear of being haunted, an aura about her drew him.

He waited, every muscle taut, poised betwixt heaven and earth, the scent of crumbling leaves in his nose. At least, that was real.

Whiteness swirling around her, she neared.

Then he spotted it, an ivory coverlet draped over her head and around her slender shoulders pinched together in front with pale fingers.

No shroud.

The blanket reached to her ankles and trailed behind along the ground. Mist muted the flowers stitched into the cloth. This accounted for him not spotting her sooner. She’d blended in with the vapor.


Traitor’s Curse
By Beth Trissel
I love a good ghost story and this one did not disappoint. In my opinion, a ghost story needs a mystery, both good and bad humans, some paranormal beings, and a love entanglement to create an interesting story.

Traitor's Curse had everything I ask for just in the right amounts.

Stuart is attracted to Hettie from the moment he rescues her in the graveyard. What he fails to realize is that she also rescued him, for he was about to dig up a cursed grave for the great wealth hidden in the casket.

He takes her to his home so she can recover, except someone tries to kill her.

Not all dangers are paranormal. The reader will be just as confused as to whom they can trust as are the characters. But slowly, over the course of the book, the true problems become apparent, as do those who can be trusted. And while Stuart has no wish to believe in ghosts, despite Hettie being able to see his father, with time even this will change, but I’ll say no more on the topic.
5 stars for being everything a ghost story should

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her 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 her inspiration. She’s especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, she also writes time travel, paranormal romance, YA fantasy, and nonfiction.

For more on Beth visit her blog, One Writer’s Way, at: https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com



Visit Beth’s Amazon Author Page where all her books reside

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DON'T FORGET...

Beth is awarding a $30 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter.


6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and my new release, Traitor's Curse, for your exceptional review of this ghostly historical romance.

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  2. Please post your review at Amazon and wherever you like.

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  3. Great excerpt. Traitors Curse sounds like a book I'd like! Thanks!

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  4. Actually it sounds just up my reading alley. Love this type genre. Looks like it will be making my to be bought list, as soon as Santa sends me another Amazon gift card. My list grows til next GC, always books though. Hmm. Thanks for the teaser.

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