Today I’d like to welcome, not one but two authors! The writing husband and wife duo that publishes under the name of C.D. Hersh. Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourselves.
We are a husband and wife writing team who have been married for 44 years. We met in high school, got married in college, started writing plays and dramas for our church about 17 years ago, and paranormal romance about 7 years ago. We like to travel, go to movies, and just hang out together.
What genre/genres do you write?
Romance is our genre, but we like to write in the subgenre paranormal romance. We also have several book ideas that are time slip/travel and a couple of mystery romances.
Whatever became of your very first book?
Our very first book, The Promised One, book one of The Turning Stone Chronicles was published in 2013 on its first time out. Our second book in the series, Blood Brother, was just released. Both were released by Soul Mate Publishing.
What inspired you to write Blood Brothers?
It’s the second book in the series that continues the overarching story of Alexi and Rhys, yet features two new main characters. The inspiration for the series was the fact we wanted to write something a little different from the normal shape shifter werewolf books.
Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why?
Depends on who you ask. Donald has final say for the male POV and Catherine controls the female POV. So since Catherine does the first draft, after extensive plot discussions, she would probably say the heroine.
What can you tell us about your world building? What makes your world stand out?
As we developed the book concept we decided that we wanted something different than the normal were-shape shifters. In reality, we can thank Donald’s psychology courses for the idea of the various forms of shifting. One of the psyche theories is that we all have three parts to our psyche, commonly called id, ego and super-ego. We added a twist to that theory using male, female, and animal egos, and a magic ring that could tap the various forms.
What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?
Favorite movie for both of us is “The Lake House.”
If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?
Current time as we like the amenities.
What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?
Donald said Catherine’s not going to reveal this!
What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?
For Catherine that would be England, Ireland, and Scotland. For Donald the Grand Canyon.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?
For Donald he would enjoy talking with Benjamin Franklin. Catherine wants someone who knows how to survive, so she wants Daniel Boone.
Quick Quiz (answer all)
- Cake or Chips – yes for both of us.
- Steak or Veggie Burger – steak again both of us.
- Chocolates or Roses – chocolates for Catherine, Donald abstains.
- Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Catherine abstains and Donald’s not saying.
- And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys – Cowboys as vampires give Catherine nightmares. Donald is not fond of them either, in spite of the fact we write paranormal.
The Turning Stone Chronicles
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.
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.
The telephone jangling pulled Delaney Ramsey out of a deep sleep. Moving the digital clock on the nightstand closer to her, she squinted at the bright green numbers. Three a.m. She fumbled for the receiver.
“If you’re calling at this ungodly hour, someone better be dead,” she mumbled into the phone.
“Delaney, ’tis Eli McCraigen.”
Sitting up, she pulled the duvet cover with her. Why was the Keeper of the Stone calling her? “What’s wrong, Eli?”
“Dinna worry yerself. ’Tis good news.”
Slumping against the headboard, she yawned, the adrenalin draining away with his words. “If it’s such good news, why couldn’t you wait until tomorrow?”
“I need ye tae call a special meeting o’ the council before they get away from the city.”
“Nay, only the senior council. I’ve a new Promised One tae present.”
“Why wasn’t he presented last night at Samhain?”
“He hadnae committed tae the cause, and he dinna have a ring until minutes before midnight.”
“This is highly irregular, Eli. I don’t know if I can get the council to agree.”
“Ye have tae. He’s a verra special man.”
“A Promised One who hasn’t even had his ring more than a few hours. That’s unheard of. How can you expect someone like that to pass even one proof test?”
“He’s already shown me two–and they’re not the paltry tests most Promised Ones have failed. He has the elusive, legendary powers, and he did them using the power of other shifters’ rings.”
She snapped awake. “Other shifters’ rings? Whose?”
“Mine, Alexi Jordan’s and Sylvia Jordan’s.”
Delaney switched the light on, knocking her reading glasses to the floor with the motion. Great. She’d just bought them. Leaning over the edge of the bed, she retrieved the glasses and put them on. “Sylvia Jordan Riley?”
“’Tis that what the she-witch is calling herself now?”
“Seems so. Her name has come across my desk in her official capacity with Homeland Security.”
“That’s the other thing I need from ye. Sylvia’s butting intae Rhys’ and Alexi’s jobs and personal lives. I’m pretty certain she knows what he is, too. I need reinforcements.”
In all the years she’d known Eli, he’d never asked for assistance. And he comes to me now. At the worst possible time. “I’m honored you’d think of me, but I can’t do more than call the council for you. Ask one of them to get your reinforcements.”
“Fine, the council can arrange that, but I need ye on a more personal mission.”
“I’m in the middle of something very important and time consuming. I can’t help.”
“Dinna ye know who’s asking ye, lassie?”
She knew all right. The most powerful man in the entire Turning Stone Society. She was crazy to even consider refusing him. Her position on the council rested on his say so. However, finding her daughter meant more to her than anything else. “Normally I’d be willing to die for you, Eli, but–”
“Let’s pray dying won’t be what we’ll be needing. But I could be putting ye in a verra dangerous position.”
That did it. No way could she help if it might cost her life. Not now. Not until she found Lila. “I’m sorry. I can’t.”
“I need ye, Delaney. Come tae University Hospital and see me. I’m in ER.”
“ER? Are you all right?”
“We had a little run-in with a panther.”
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About the Authors:
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 is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.
Genre – Paranormal Suspense Romance
Heat Level – Sensual
Release Date: October 29, 2014