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Friday, May 8, 2009

Guest Blogger - Beth Trissel on The Battle of King's Mountain

I am happy to have guest author, Beth Trissel with us here today! And to top it off, today is the release of her book, Enemy of the King. I have had the pleasure of reading this novel, and it is FANTASTIC! Today Beth is going to tell us about the battle of King's Mountain. Enjoy!

Take it away Beth...
Years ago as I was researching my early American Scots-Irish forebears I often came across references to a battle fought during the Revolution called King’s Mountain. The name alone drew me. I vowed to go back later and research it more in depth and uncovered fascinating fodder for the imagination.

I learned about the gallant, ill-fated British Major Patrick Ferguson who lost his life and Loyalist army atop that Carolina Mountain called King’s back in the fall of 1780. Ferguson is buried there beneath a stone cairn, possibly along with his mistress who also fell that day. He had two, both called Virginia. But it’s believed one mistress made her escape on a horse by betraying his whereabouts to the advancing Patriots.

Speaking of which, I discovered the hardy, sometimes downright mean Overmountain men of Scots heritage didn’t take kindly to Ferguson’s warning that they desist from rebellion or he’d bring fire and sword upon them and hang all their leaders––all these enemies of the King!

‘Book title,’ I said to self. And Enemy of the King sounds much cooler than The Patriot. So I began what came to be my version of that famous movie, though I started my novel before it even came out. I’ve invested years of research into the high drama and romance of the Revolution. I don’t regret a moment and am seeking like-minded persons to share in this passion with me. That has an unfortunate e-Harmony ring to it.

But I digress, (often). Needless to say, the Battle of King’s Mountain, a mega conflict that altered the course of a nation, plays a prominent role in this fast-paced Historical Romance. And, being drawn to mysterious old homes and the notion that those who’ve gone before us are not always gone, I included a paranormal element.

So, step into the elegant parlor of Pleasant Grove, an eighteenth century Georgian plantation built high on the bluff above the Santee River. Admire the elegant lines of this gracious brick home and its exquisite d├ęcor. Stroll out into the expansive garden between fragrant borders of lavender and rosemary. Bask beneath the moss-hung branches of an enormous live oak, then saunter back indoors to dress for a candlelight dinner in the sumptuous dining room. But don’t plan on a lengthy stay, you’re about to be snatched away for a wild ride into Carolina back country.

Jeremiah Jordan is a Patriot and Meriwether Steele a Tory. She risks a traitor’s death if she fights for the one she loves.


Enemy of the King is coming to the Wild Rose Press May 8th.

About Beth:
I’m a historical/light paranormal romance author with the Wild Rose Press. I have four releases out with more to follow. My fascination with Colonial America, particularly stirring tales of the frontier and the Shawnee Indians, is an early and abiding one. My English, Scot-Irish ancestors had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. These accounts inspired my passion. Intrigued with all things Celtic, much of my writing features these early Scot-Irish forebears who settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and surrounding mountains, spreading into Tennessee and the Carolinas.

This absorption with Colonial America also extends to the high drama of the Revolution. My ancestors fought and loved on both sides of that sweeping conflict. My research into the Southern face of the war was partly inspired by my great-great-great grandfather, Sam Houston, uncle of the famous Sam, who kept a journal of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781, that is used by historians today.
Moreover, I am ever intrigued by ghost stories, and Virginia has more tales than any other state. I find myself asking if the folk who’ve gone before us are truly gone, or do some still have unfinished business in this realm? And what of the young lovers whose time was tragically cut short, do they somehow find a way? Love conquers all, so I answer ‘yes.’

I am a member of Romance Writers of America, Virginia Romance Writers, Celtic Heart Romance Writers, the Golden Network, For the Heart Romance Writers... Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley with children and multiple animals. The beauty of the valley and uniqueness of rural life has led me to write a collection of atmospheric personal essays compiled into a work of nonfiction. Virginia is my inspiration.


Ashley Ludwig said...

Beth, I feel like a cyber stalker. You're everywhere lately! :)

Anyway, I love your writing style. Interesting info on your family history. As a historical lover, I'm thrilled for your continued writing success.


Tracey O'Hara said...

The mansion sounds beautiful and I can almost smell the lavander. This sounds like a fantastic book and another to add to by TBB digital read pile.

Pixies Rule!!!!

Barbara Monajem said...

Fascinating stuff. Beth, you've really piqued my interest in this era of history. Thanks!

Beth Trissel said...

I'm delighted with your enthusiasm both for the story and the time period.

Lisa Marie Wilkinson said...

Great interview! Your background story regarding the setting of the novel really hooked me. I'm going to have to move "Enemy of the King" to the top of my wish list!

Congratulations on your wonderful success. You deserve it.

Lisa Marie

debjulienne said...

Fabulous interview, wonderful stories, great detail...man girl, you got it all..keep up the good work.

Eliza Knight said...

Thanks so much for being here Beth! Fascinating article!

Beth Trissel said...

Loving it here! Thanks for having me and doing such a superb job with this post.

Chicks of Characterization said...

This book sounds awesome! Great post ladies!

Caffey said...

Hi Beth! I so love learning the history that comes along with the books! I have mostly learned from reading my historical romances! Sometimes I find something I didn't know of and look it up and can be taken so far that I spend too much time reading about it, but its fun to do! This I've never read in a romance before with the Battle Of King's Mountain. Putting this on my wishlist! Thanks for all the great info!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks Caffey. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Oh, I know about Kings Mountain. A couple of my ancestors fought there, one dying from his wounds. I have several books about this battle and the men who fought there. We visited the sight one year and it was so awesome. Must check out your book to add to my collection. (I have the rough draft of a ya novel waiting for me to finish, someday.)



Beth Trissel said...

Very kewl, Beverly. Thanks for sharing that. Visiting the battlefield was a moving experience for me.