The Turning Stone Chronicles – Not a Normal World
Recently I had the chance to have Catherine and Donald Hersh, husband & wife writing team that make up pseudonym C.D.Hersh come visit my blog. I am excited to share this with you. Today there are going to talk about their book Blood Brothers, which is number two for The Turning Stone Chronicles. Catherine and Donald, welcome and take it away.
Ryan Jo, thanks so much for having us with you today. You mentioned you’d be interested in an explanation of the series. It just so happens a few weeks ago we created a series blurb for The Turning Stone Chronicles.
Three ancient Celtic families.
A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift.
A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind,
and a battle, that is going on even today,
to control the world.
Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself
and bring peace to our world?
Book one of the series, The Promised One, is about the discovery of the good shape-shifter faction’s most recent Promised One, a shape-shifter savior who will bring the two warring factions together. When book two, Blood Brothers, opens, the Keeper of the Stone has just discovered not one potential Promised One, but two: Rhys Temple and Alexi Jordan. Never in the history of The Turning Stone society has such a discovery been made, calling into question the interpretation of the prophesy about the Promised One. Shape-shifter Delaney Ramsey is called in to help the Keeper of the Stone mentor his new protégés. Unbeknownst to him, the rogue kingpin, Falhman, and his henchwoman Sylvia Jordan Riley have discovered Rhys, too. And so the battle begins.
We have five books planned for the series and possibly a prequel or two. If there is enough interest and we are not tired of the characters after five books.
The timing of the books’ release is not set in stone. We have edits on book three waiting for us as soon as our blog tour is over. So we expect that it will be out some time next year. Book four is in the detailed planning stage where we create the scene outlines and weave the plots together. Book five plots keep changing because we are still adding interesting twists, depending upon what our characters do in book four. We tend to plot heavily, yet leave room for our characters and the elusive muse to take us to unexpected places.
Speaking of the unexpected, our shifters are not the run-of-the-mill shape shifters. Normally, when one thinks about shape shifters, human to animal is what comes to mind. Curses and the power of the moon are also commonly used to cause uncontrolled shifting. Our shifters control their shape shifting via the magic they obtain from the power of the ancient bloodstone given to the original three families by Celtic druids. This stone has been cut into a finite number of rings. Each has a magic inscription inside, that when read releases the magic that begins the shape-shifting process.
This shifting is based on the fact that all of us have three states of personality: Id, Ego, and Super-ego. For purposes of our world this translates into three levels of shifting. Of course this takes some training, which all shifters are not privy to. Our shape-shifting world is filled with shifters who have achieved various levels of shape-shifting skill.
- Mimic shifting – This is the lowest level of shifter skill and doesn’t require training. By looking at or envisioning a person, a shifter can take the form of that individual. All shifters can mimic shift as this is the basic skill.
- Alter-ego shifting – This is the second level of shifter skill that is obtained after some training. Male shifters can access their feminine side and shift into their female alter-ego. Vice versa for females.
- Animal shifting – This is the third level of shifter skill obtained after much training. The shifter does not know what their animal ego is until they reach this skill level.
Each of these levels have their own issues, problems, and benefits. Here is an excerpt from book one, The Promised One that shows mimic shifting. This shifter does not know what the power of the ring is yet. He gets quite a surprise.
There had been nothing in the mugging, nothing in the car, and now he had the cops on his tail. The memory of him lying on the ground—his trim beard, chiseled face, and hairy, muscled body—flooded into Shaw’s mind. He shook his head trying to clear the image, but it wouldn’t go away.
A spasm shot through his chest and he stumbled. Gotta hide. Get out of here. He swung into an alley. The pain ripped his chest in half. Unable to move, he collapsed against a building. I’m done for now.
Drawing his knees to his chest, he hid his face against them. Maybe the cop wouldn’t come down this alley. He held his breath, cursing the day he’d killed Baron Jordan. As he stilled, the hand wearing the ring he’d stolen tingled. The tingling spread through his whole body.
Am I having another heart attack? Probably just as well. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in jail.
Something jabbed him in the shoulder.
“Hey, you. Look at me.”
The crackle of the police radio told him a cop stood in front of him. Shaw raised his head, his heart racing frantically.
The cop eyed him then scanned the alley. “Sorry. I thought you were someone else. Anybody come into this alley?”
Blood roared in Shaw’s ears. Had he heard right?
The cop raised his voice a notch and repeated the question.
The stupid pig didn’t recognize him. He shook his head.
The cop peered closer. “Are you okay? You’re a little pale.”
He nodded, wiped his hand over his mouth, and then over his chin. Dumbfounded, he repeated the motion.
He had a beard! Where had that come from?
We thought you should really get to meet the main characters in Blood Brothers, too, so here is an extra excerpt introducing the hero and heroine of this story:
Harry Williams paused at the entrance to Alexi’s ER room, hand hovering over the doorknob, uncertain when he heard the voices inside. Did she have company? He peeked in through a crack in the window curtain. The only people he recognized were Alexi and Rhys. He moved from the door, planning to return later.
“Captain,” Rhys called as he opened the door. “Come in.”
“I’m not intruding?”
“No. Alexi will be glad to see you.”
Harry stepped into the room. Going immediately to her bedside, he set the small vase of flowers he’d brought on the nightstand. “Didn’t know what kind you liked.”
Retrieving the vase, she held the flowers to her nose and inhaled. “These are gorgeous, Captain. Thank you.”
Tubes stuck into his favorite homicide detective’s arms. She seemed so helpless hooked to the equipment. Not at all like the fearless woman he knew. “You going to be okay?”
“I’ve got to stay in for a few days, but then I should be fine.”
He glared at Rhys. “How did you let her get mauled by a panther?”
“She ran in ahead of me … like she always does.”
“Headstrong woman,” Harry said to Alexi.
“That’s what makes me so good,” she replied with a smile that lit her drawn face. Alexi directed his attention toward the older man. “This is Eli McCraigen, an old friend of Baron’s, and this,” she said, pointing to the woman, “is Delaney Ramsey. Our boss, Captain Harry Williams.”
Giving Eli a cursory nod, Harry then turned toward Delaney. A pair of turquoise eyes shown out of a china doll face, with the slightest hint of a middle age crease around her cupid bow mouth. A minute past before he found his voice. “Ms. Delaney, nice to meet you,” he said with a squeak. He hadn’t jumped octaves like that since his teenage acne cleared.
Smiling, her face lit. Amused, no doubt, by him. His gaze swept over her. She had a body a man could lose himself in. When she caught him enjoying the view, she blushed and returned the favor.
The once-over caused him to respond faster than he thought possible. A woman had not made him react like that in a long time. Women were a distraction. One he’d only dallied with occasionally since his wife left him. They all ran the minute they heard he was a career cop.
Title – Blood Brothers, The Turning Stone Chronicles
Author – C.D. Hersh
Genre – Paranormal Suspense Romance
Heat Level – Sensual
Release Date: October 29, 2014
When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.
The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.
Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.
Amazon buy link for Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles): not available till 10/29/14
Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.
Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers became available October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.
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Well, I’m about breathless from all that excitement and information. This series sounds absolutely wonderful. Catherine and Donald, thank you so much for both of you to come visit on my blog, share your world and introduce us to your characters. I wish you both many sales and great success with the Chronicles.