Thursday, December 14, 2017


Please welcome award-winning author and special friend, Beth Trissel. Beth is very generously giving away three e-copies of THE WHITE LADY, one each to three persons who comment today. Your comment also enters you in the Kindle Fire 7 giveaway on December 24.

Beth Trissel, Author

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

I have wonderful memories of celebrating Christmas at my father’s family homeplace in the Shenandoah Valley with my mom, dad, brothers, grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousins. The house, called Chapel Hill, is a wonderful old home that is the inspiration behind the old homes in my ‘Somewhere’ time travel series.

Chapel Hill

What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?

I love celebrating Christmas with kids, so holidays when my children were young, and now with my grandkids are very special. We do have an enthusiastic puppy, Cooper, this year who will add to the festivity. Cooper is like a kid.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

That hauntingly beautiful carol Lo How The Rose Ere Blooming is a favorite, and I love the theme song from Home Alone, Somewhere in My Memory.’

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions

We used to all go to a tree farm and cut Christmas trees. Now that many of us have allergies and purchased artificial trees, fewer are going and I miss doing that. We should just go anyway.

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

I like to sit and watch Christmas movies with daughters Elise and Alison, and the small people.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?

It’s too expensive. I would like to simplify.

What do you hope for this Christmas?

A new grandbaby safe and healthy. Daughter Alison is expecting in December.

Do you have a treasured Christmas food? If so, would you care to share the recipe?

These are old-time Mennonite molasses cookies you roll out and cut into shapes. I am gluten-intolerant so substitute alternate flour.

Mennonite Molasses Cookies

1 cup shortening, 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup dark molasses, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 cup hot water, 1 1/4 tsp. soda

Sift flour and salt together and cut in shortening as for pastry. In another bowl, combine molasses and sugar. Add egg and beat well.  Dissolve soda in hot water and add to molasses mixture.  Combine crumb and molasses mixtures and stir until well blended.

Chill dough for several hours in refrigerator.  Turn out on a lightly floured board.  Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes.  Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 until a deep rich brown. After baking these cookies will be cracked on top.  Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Do you have a Christmas book you’d like to share?

I have three novellas set at Christmas, but am featuring my newest. My November 2017 holiday romance release with The Wild Rose Press, THE WHITE LADY (Book 2 Ladies in Time) is a New Adult ghostly time travel.

I am giving away three kindles e-copies or PDF’s of THE WHITE LADY.


Avery Dunham has always been ready to follow her friend, time-traveling wizard, Ignus Burke, on incredible adventures. This time, though, she has serious misgivings. It's just one week before Christmas, but she cannot get him to change his mind. The usually cool and collected magic-wielding leader is wholly obsessed by the portrait of the White Lady whom he is bent on rescuing.

Almost as soon as they begin their journey, it becomes clear their mission is a trap.

Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.


Avery had a few queries on the tip of her tongue, like, “Are you out of your freaking skull?”
If she didn’t ask, Stan probably would. They’d graduated from high school this past June and worked part-time ‘nothing’ jobs, taking a break before college while finding their way, as Avery’s mother put it. Mostly, they were drawn to Ignus like moths to a flame, especially Avery. Not that he noticed.

If only he’d look at her the way he did the white lady. More and more, the portrait seemed to dominate his thoughts. How could a petite, okay short, girl in a sparkly pink sweater and unicorn leggings compete with this tantalizing beauty?

Avery wasn’t plain, some even referred to her as cute, but exotic didn’t describe her. Quirky, sure. She wouldn’t term her brown eyes deeply affecting, and her face wouldn’t compel men through centuries to her side. The best she could do was plead with him.
“Ignus, be reasonable. Please.”

No reply. He wore his stubborn look. Crossing his arms over a lean chest, he tilted his head to better view the femme fatale on the wall above them. The tousled brown hair covering his ears and forehead needed a trim. In his red Zombie Preparedness hoodie with a white rescue logo, gray dress pants, and white high-topped sneakers, he was the quintessential nerd. Most importantly, he was a wizard and time traveler with a passion for rescuing lost souls. His fervor for this particular lady was alarming.~

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Caroline Clemmons said...

Beth, thank you so much for sharing with readers today. You and I share some of the same memories--watching a movie with my daughters, for instance. Merry Christmas to you and Dennis and your family.

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much for having me, Caroline! I am delighted to take part and be on your lovely blog. Speaking of allergies, I was of getting shots earlier this morning. The grandbaby I spoke of is now a few days late so we are all on the edge of our seats.

Beth Trissel said...

And Merry Christmas to you and yours, Caroline!

catwoman1a said...

Beth, you are a new author to me, so this is extra special to meet you. Thank you for the chance to win.

Beth Trissel said...

Certainly. Thank you for stopping by, Sharon.

Patty Koontz said...

What a lovely post, Beth! Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas to you and your entire family. ((hugs))

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much, Patty, and to you.

Kathy Davis said...

Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

Carnola said...

Hello Beth. Chapel Hill looks beautiful, it must've been amazing celebrating Christmas there. Congratulations on your soon to come grandchild.