Today I am happy to have C.D. Hersh back on the blog with an excerpt from their new release and some background on the Turning Stone Society, the thread that connects their series.
Thank you, Jessica, for hosting us on your blog today. Jessica has asked us to talk about the secret Turning Stone Society of shape shifters.
The society began in ancient Celtic times when the Fae gifted a magic bloodstone to three Celtic families with the charge to use the stone’s magic to benefit mankind. The magical bloodstone enables humans to shape shift into their alter egos, male to female, visa versa, and into an animal. The magic also provides the ability to mimic shift into any person, but there may be a cost if you do evil while mimic shifted.
The three families cut the stone into ring size pieces and mounted them in gold. The heart of the stone, which contained the most magic and the gift of immortality, was mounted in silver and given to one family to act as the Keeper of the Stone. But things didn’t go the way the Fae intended. Man’s jealousy and greed for power started a battle between the three families to control the rings and thus control the world. That battle is going on even today and is part of why our hero Owen Jordan Riley believes the only good shifter is a dead shifter.
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 two extremely powerful potential Promised Ones: 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.
In book three, Son of the Moonless Night, Owen Jordan Riley is determined to rid the world of all shape shifters, good and bad. To do so he has become a shape shifter himself. Revenge for the death of a friend motivates him, and nothing stands in his way. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with paranormal huntress Katrina Romanovski who hunts and kills creatures like him.
Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.
Amazon buy links for The Turning Stone Chronicles series:
The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):
Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):
Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):
Genre – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance
Heat Level – Sensual
“Why aren’t we going after the man who killed him?”
“What man? There’s no body to examine to determine who is guilty. The other side carried his body off, which is most unusual.”
“Probably to hide who killed him. Shouldn’t that be enough to make you go after them?”
Roc’s persuasion to love all things evil shifter had worn off Owen when Roc died almost a year ago. Owen still remembered the man’s friendship and respect. Those emotions were driving his need for revenge.
“I do not act until I have gathered the facts and analyzed the ramifications of the action I’m going to take,” Falhman said evenly.
“He was my friend, I can’t do nothing.”
“He was my son!”
Although spoken softly, Owen heard the intended bellow in Falhman’s tone.
“You will not go after another Turning Stone shifter until I command you to do so. There are forces and plans in the working you cannot possibly comprehend. I don’t want you screwing things up because you can’t control your well-intended, yet misguided, revenge. I will deal with my son’s killers in my time and in my way. Do you understand?”
Falhman waited for a response. When none came, he jabbed Owen’s wound with the needle and dragged the suture through the flesh with more force than necessary. “Obey me, Owen, or you will regret it.”
Gritting his teeth to keep from flinching under Falhman’s physical assault, Owen replied, “I understand.” But not even the threat of bodily harm would keep him from enacting revenge on those who killed his friend. Then he would go after the rest of the shifter world, good and bad. From his perspective, they all wanted to control the world in one way or another. The only good shifter, in his opinion, was a dead shifter.
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 three books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon.
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