2009 Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best BooksThe French and Indian War, a Shawnee warrior, an English lady, blood vengeance, deadly pursuit, primal, powerful, passionate… THROUGH THE FIREAt the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man. Excerpt:For a moment, he simply looked at her. What lay behind those penetrating eyes?Shoka held out the cup. “Drink this.”Did he mean to help her? Rebecca had heard hideous stories of warriors’ brutality, but also occasionally of their mercy. She tried to sit, moaning at the effect this movement had on her aching body. She sank back down.He slid a corded arm beneath her shoulders and gently raised her head. Encouraged by his unexpected aid, she sipped, grimacing at the bitterness. The vile taste permeated her mouth. Weren’t deadly herbs acrid?Dear Lord. Had he tricked her into downing a fatal brew? She eyed him accusingly. “’Tis poison.”He arched one black brow. “No. It’s good medicine. Will make your pain less.” Unconvinced, she clamped her mouth together.“I will drink. See?” he said, and took a swallow.She parted her lips just wide enough to argue. “It may take more than a mouthful to kill.”He regarded her through narrowing eyes. “You dare much.”Though she knew he felt her tremble, she met his piercing gaze. If he were testing her, she wouldn’t waver. His sharp expression softened. “Yet you have courage.”~“Through the Fire is full of interesting characters, beautifully described scenery, and vivid action sequences. It is a must read for any fan of historical romance.” ~Poinsettia, reviewer with Long and Short Reviews Hear the primal howl of a wolf, the liquid spill of a mountain stream. Welcome to the colonial frontier where the men fire muskets and wield tomahawks and the women are wildcats when threatened. The year is 1758, the height of the French and Indian War. Passions run deep in the raging battle to possess a continent, its wealth and furs. Both the French and English count powerful Indian tribes as their allies. The Iroquois League, Shawnee, and others bring age-old rivalries to the conflict—above all the ardent desire to hold onto what is theirs. Who will live, and who will fall?From Reviewer Sheila at Two Lips for Through the Fire!“Ms. Trissel has captured the time period wonderfully. As Rebecca and Kate travel in the wilderness, though beautiful, many dangers lurk for the unsuspecting sisters. Away from the gentility they grew up around, the people they meet as they travel to their uncle in the wilderness are rougher and more focused on survival regardless of which side they belong. I love historical novels because they take me to times and places that I cannot visit and Through the Fire is no different. As I read I am transported back to the mid-1700’s on the American frontier as Britain and France maneuver to control the American continent. I can see how each side feels they are right and the other side the aggressor. I watch how the natives take sides based on promises made but not kept. I felt I was there through Ms. Trissel’s descriptions and settings.”*Available in print and digital download from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.
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