Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire.
But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren’t real – are they?
When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?
Author Beth Trissel shares some of her thoughts on creating the series:
YA fantasy romance/shifter series, The Secret Warrior, simmered on the back burner of my mind for years before I wrote a word. On an autumn drive into the Allegheny Mountains it struck me how easily anything could hide in these rugged ridges, and probably does. Some episodes of Monster Quest drew my attention to the creatures that supposedly inhabit the Alleghenies, including werewolves and space aliens. The series Grimm explores the hidden world among us. These all deepened my pondering.
Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery lends itself well to creating the characters for the series. Some are based on lore I’ve learned. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing–out of the mist. The mountain setting is unusual for an urban fantasy, but it works well with wolves and Native Americans. Fort Valley, called Hidden Valley in the series, is tucked in the Massanutten Mountain Range (to our east) truly off the beaten path. Getting back there involved the most hair-raising drive over a mountain I’ve ever experienced–depicted in The Hunter’s Moon (Book 1). I enjoy shifter movies and shows, like Teen Wolf, but didn’t decide to write my own variation on the theme until urged by my teenage nieces and younger daughter.
In The Secret Warrior series, I’ve drawn on my knowledge of colonial America, Native Americans, particularly the Shawnee, mountain people lore, and my fascination with fantasy and the paranormal. This is my first young adult series, but I’m an award-winning, multi-published author in historical, paranormal, and time travel romance–the meld I bring to the stories. History enters into whatever I write. When settlers first came to the Shenandoah Valley in the early/mid 1700’s, my Scots-Irish ancestors among them, Shawnee were living near the present day town of Winchester. They also hunted in the valley, a thoroughfare for Native Americans going north or south, but were soon evicted and war broke out. In The Secret Warrior Series, I have a fictitious Shawnee band remain in the mountains as guardians of the forest. I’ve placed them in the ridges surrounding Fort Valley. The scattered people who dwell there would be surprised to learn who and what are hidden in those woods—according to my series.
Despite the fantasy, a great deal of research and intuition went into The Secret Warrior Series. Jim Great Elk Waters, Shawnee Elder and Pipecarrier, assisted with the language. The series is published by The Wild Rose Press.
Romance grows and mystery deepens as an unlikely but close-knit pack of friends share supernatural adventures.