Today I’m welcoming CD Hersh, whose new urban fantasy/paranormal romance suspense genre bender is out! Can you tell us a little about this book, and the series?
The Turning Stone Chronicles is planned six book series. The three main characters involved in the love triangle in this book are shape shifter Fiona Kayler, soldier of fortune Michael Corritore, and shape shifter Mary Kate McCraigen, who is related to the Keeper of the Stone, Eli McCraigen. The villain that we love to hate, Falhman, has a big role in this book, too. We had a lot of fun getting into the POV of this evil shape shifter. And of course, the hero and heroine of The Promised One, Rhys and Alexi Temple are in this book. You will get to see Mary Kate, Eli, the Temples, Falhman, and some interesting new shape shifters in the next book in the series. We can’t wait to watch this one unfold.
This fourth installment of the TURNING STONE CHRONICLES, brings to life Fiona Kayler, Rhys’ sister, story a year after the last book. This book also continues with Alexi’s and Rhys’ story to become the long awaited bringers of peace to the Turning Stone Society and introduces their baby born in the interim.
A mercenary soldier lands in the middle of a double kidnapping, an ancient shape shifter war, and two female shape shifters after the same thing … him.
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.
“My home is perfectly safe. It’s my business I’m concerned about.”
Fiona crossed her arms over her chest, her body language closing off to further suggestions. Mike followed her motions. As he did, he spotted a red dot on her chest. The dot wiggled.
“Get down!” Mike shouted as he dove for Fiona.
They hit the floor as the pottery on the raised fireplace hearth exploded, sending shards across the room. Mike shoved Fiona behind the nearest chair then scrambled across the rug to the blown-out window. Removing his gun from his back-of-the-waist holster, he peered over the windowsill. Seeing no one in the driveway, he swiveled around to check on Fiona. The red laser point danced around the room, searching for a target.
Mike followed the trajectory of the beam. The shot came from across the street in something high. He remembered seeing a tree house in the yard across the road from the mansion.
“Who lives across from you?” he asked.
“No one right now. The house is for sale.”
“I didn’t see a ‘For Sale’ sign.”
“We’re in an exclusive neighborhood. The HOA forbids sale signs.” Another shot rang out.
Mike whirled around in time to see Fiona’s head sticking out from behind the chair. The image of her head reflected in the fireplace mirror. “He’s using the mirror to target us. Do these curtains close?”
“Yes. The cord’s on the other side of the window.”
“I’m going to crawl under the window and close them. He’ll probably see my reflection in the mirror and start shooting, so stay hidden. As soon as the curtains close, crawl to the window as fast as you can and follow the wall to the entryway. Then get the hell out of the front of the house. Got it?”
“Got it.” Fiona’s voice quavered up the scale.
“Scared, but okay.”
As Mike crawled along the floor, a volley of shots rang out. The remainder of the pottery displayed on the hearth shattered. When he reached the other side of the window, he yanked the drapery cord. The curtains billowed closed.
“Now, Fiona!” he shouted.
As she belly crawled across the floor, Mike held his breath. Bullets sprayed the room, punching through the heavy draperies, the shots veering from floor to ceiling.
Don’t ricochet! he commanded.
Fiona reached the cover of the exterior wall, and he let his breath out in a whoosh.
When she came within arm’s reach, he grabbed her hand and yanked her the rest of the way across the room and into the entry.
“Do you have a panic room?”
She nodded, her eyes filled with fear. “In the basement, behind the trophy wall.”
“Get in it, and don’t come out until I tell you to.”
“Where are you going?”
“To get the SOB who’s trying to kill you.”
Other Books in 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):
Wow! How did you come to write this story?
The Mercenary and the Shifters came about because, a secondary character in the prior book in the series, insisted she get her own story written. We had only planned for her brief appearance in book 3, Son of the Moonless Night, but she didn’t let that happen. We ended up replotting this book and remaining books in the series because of this character’s interference. We even have written another whole blog post about this topic at http://wp.me/prBca-4H1.
Do you have other projects in progress?
We are working on other projects as we work on The Turning Stone Chronicles series. We’ve just finished the first draft of a novella, Can’t Stop the Music, which is part of a multi-author collaboration coming out next year from Soul Mate Publishing. One surprising or interesting fact about yourself. Not only are we authors but we are playwrights and have directed skits for our church. Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to tell us about yourself or your writing? We’ve also written music and have written a musical, but some of the songs are not completely scored. Now that we’re writing full-time, we can’t find time to finish the musical.
Congratulations on your multiple releases and your success! Thanks for stopping by.
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 holiday anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow.
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