Today I’m interviewing Soul Mate Publishing’s C.D. Hersh about “The Mercenary and the Shifters Turning Stone Chronicles!”
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: We’ve been writing together for a little over 19 years (wow, just realized how long that is), starting out with skits and plays for our church. We moved on to romance books because of one Catherine suggested Donald read. While reading he said that the male characters did not act or sound like men and he thought we could write them better.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: An interesting question since our road started on a “road” in New York. In 2009 we began working on the first book in The Turning Stone Chronicles Series while Donald was traveling for work. To pass the time on the road we started brainstorming plot ideas and came up with The Turning Stone Chronicles series based on a road sign in New York state. In 2013, after the first book was finished, we pitched it to Debbie Gilbert, of Soul Mate Publishing, at a conference over breakfast. She asked for the manuscript and how many books in the series. A month later we got an email with an offer for a contract.
Q: What advise would you give an aspiring author?
A: No matter what genre you want to write in you have to learn the craft. Find out what organizations are out there that represent the genre you want to write in and go to the conferences or meetings. Get together with other writers of the same cloth and help each other but you ultimately have to make your own decisions on your work. Looking at the writing of others will help you grow as a writer. Last you should just keep writing. Get the ideas out on paper or in the computer so you can share them. And never give up.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A: Our paranormal romance, urban fantasy The Mercenary and the Shifters is the fourth book in The Turning Stone Chronicles Series. The heroine, Fiona Kayler is in over her head when she decides to become a shifter. The hero, Michael Corritore, finds himself pulled between two women as he tries to fulfill a promise to an ex-military buddy.
When mercenary soldier Michael Corritore answers a desperate call from an ex-military buddy, he finds himself in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient war between two shape shifter factions, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing … him.
Shape shifter Fiona Kayler will do anything to keep the shipping company her father left her, including getting in bed with the enemy. But when she believes the man trying to steal her company is involved with kidnapping her nephew, she must choose between family, fortune, and love. The problem is … she wants all three.
Opening the book again, she found the Gaelic incantation in her mother’s journal. To fight shifters, and keep control of the company, she had to become a shifter. Fear or no fear.
She traced her finger down the page to an entry below the incantation.
It hurts, her mother had written. Hurts as if you’re having a heart attack. But you’re not. It’s the magic loosing itself into your body. When the pain stops, the transformation will be complete. Then the hard work of learning how to use the ring begins.
You must find a mentor as soon as possible. Great power corrupts greatly, and once you experience the abilities shifting gives you, you must learn to control the ring. If you don’t, remaining on the side of good is difficult.
Drawing a shaky breath, Fiona read the incantation aloud. “Fear bean beathach tri an aon.”
Warmth spread across her left ring finger where the magic ring rested, and a tingle ran up her arm. Fiona glanced at the Turning Stone ring. The red lines in the dark-green bloodstone cabochon writhed and swirled, forming a circle, and another, and another. The circles spun, finally interlocking in a circular Celtic knot. The stone glowed softly as the three red circles pulsed.
Suddenly, the tingling in her arm intensified then shot to her torso. Fiona grabbed her chest as a bolt of pain knifed her heart.
“It’s just the magic,” she groaned to reassure herself. “I am not having a heart attack.”
Even though her mother’s journal entry had prepared her, terror gripped Fiona as wave after wave of stabbing pain shot through her. She tried to breathe the ache away, but her breath came fast and panicked. Another jolt pierced her like a shock of electricity, doubling her over so fast she pitched from the chair.
Then, as quickly as it had come, the pain left.
Fiona stared at the ring as the three circles slithered into nondescript lines running through the bloodstone. Except for the fact she now lay on the floor, everything remained as it had been.
For a moment, she sat motionless on the thick carpet, tuning her senses inward. Looking for some sign she had changed. But she found nothing to indicate she was now different.
But she was. Her mother’s journal said so.
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 four books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a Christmas novella, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow, with seven other authors.
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