The Soul Mate Tree Series ~ #BookTour #Excerpt #Interview

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For C.D. Hersh and Can’t Stop the Music (The Soul Mate Tree Book 2)

What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

We’ll let Catherine (the C in C.D. Hersh) answer this one, and she chooses her husband and co-author, Donald (The D in C.D. Hersh), as the someone. The sweetest thing Donald has done for her is gifting flowers. It’s not just the flowers, but the way he’s done it. He’s come home with an arm full of forsythia that he picked off the side of the road. Forsythia is one of Catherine’s favorite spring blooms. He made his construction buddies stop the truck while he picked flowers by the roadside. He took a lot of ribbing for that. Gotta love a man who’s willing to stand up to hoots of burly construction workers while he picks posies for the wife.  Another time he had a dozen roses delivered to their restaurant table one at a time by the servers. While at a writing conference he had a giant bouquet of flowers delivered to Catherine on Sweetest Day. Flowers aren’t just for special occasion either. They show up at the house just because. That’s probably why the heroes gifting flowers to the heroines in our stories shows up so much. It’s a natural part of our life.

How would you spend ten thousand bucks?

We’d take loooong vacations to our favorite spots: Disney World and Colonial Williamsburg.

Where do you get your best ideas?

For us, ideas can come from anywhere. We do a lot of brainstorming while we’re traveling on the road. Our paranormal shape shifter Turning Stone Chronicle Series started with a road sign. We eavesdrop on conversations in restaurants. It’s amazing how a single scrap of conversation, that you know nothing about, can spark a story idea. We also like taking a plot idea, like the one the editors of Soul Mate Publishing sent out for The Soul Mate Tree Collective, and saying, “What if? How can we make this work?” When we were trying to figure out a plot and setting for our book in the Collective, Can’t Stop the Music, we saw a car commercial that had a grandmother telling her granddaughter she met grandpa under this tree. Or was it that tree? The whole family ended up hugging the tree. As they left, a Woodstock sign appeared in the road. It was from that commercial that we decided to set our book, and the magical Soul Mate tree at Woodstock. No idea is too small to explore as far as we are concerned.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

Neither. Usually the title comes first for us. Then the plot. The characters don’t get fleshed out until we know where the story is going.

What does your main character do that makes him/her special?

The hero and heroine in our rock ‘n rock genre book, Can’t Stop the Music are talented musicians who are passionate about music. Can’t Stop the Music is a story filled with music references. After all, it’s set in Woodstock 1969. The heroine, who wants to be a music teacher, loves all kinds of music. The hero is into Rock and Roll at Woodstock and later carries that love into his job, with nearly disastrous results.  

Thanks for hosting us today! It’s been fun.



GENRE: Fantasy


An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds.

To some, it’s nothing more than a dream.

To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.



Jammed highways, food shortages, and rainstorms can’t stop the music when hippies Rose and Dakota hear the melody of love at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Or can it? When a jealous wannabe girlfriend and misunderstandings drive them apart, the couple loses track of one another in the massive crowd. Will they find each other again, or live lives of missed opportunities?


When they reached the makeshift bridge over the road, someone yelled, “Hey beautiful! You with the red hair.”

She looked around to see if there was anyone else with red hair. Then she glanced up and spotted two guys, one blond and the other dark-haired, leaning over the side of the bridge.

“Yeah, you,” the blond called out as he caught her gaze.

Willow halted beside her. “He’s cute. How about him?”

Rose looked away, her gaze landing on the other guy.

He jabbed his companion in the ribs. “Quit trying to pick up every girl you see.” Then he leaned farther over the rail. “Don’t pay any attention to him. He’s high.”

“So she’s not beautiful?” Willow yelled to the hippie.

She poked her friend. “Stop it, Willow, you’re making a scene.” In spite of her protest, her gaze remained on the dark-haired guy.

He rested his elbows on the rail and stared back at her. The intensity of his expression shot heat into her belly.

“I didn’t say that, just that she shouldn’t pay attention to him.” He flapped a hand at his blond buddy, then tapped his own chest with his thumb several times as if to say, ‘Choose me!’

Does he want me to pay attention to him? Her heart thumped in rhythm to his jabbing thumb.

“Take that one,” Willow whispered. “He’s the real cutie.”


[su_note note_color=”#d6dee3″ text_color=”#000000″]C.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

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.

The first four books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate Christmas Collection, with seven authors. Their standalone novella, Can’t Stop The Music, is in the Soul Mate Tree collection with twelve other authors from various genres.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

You can connect with and follow C.D. Hersh at their website, Facebook, Amazon Author PageTwitter, & Goodreads[/su_note]


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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

181 comments on “The Soul Mate Tree Series ~ #BookTour #Excerpt #Interview

  1. Good SAGE singers rehearsal today. Then bought new windshield wipers for all the rain that’s coming this week.

  2. Great concert tonight. I love live music.

  3. Good time at the swimming pool today. Do you swim?

  4. Where do you go for date night?

  5. Very good to be home and had a good night’s sleep in my own bed.

  6. Tonight I sleep in my own bed. It’s always better.

  7. My last night house/dog sitting. Tomorrow my own bed.

  8. Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. Went to two concerts today, afternoon and evening. Do you attend concerts?

  10. Still dog sitting, but we did get to see the sun today for our walks.

  11. Busy dog sitting. SNOWING right now. 70 degrees for Mother’s Day. Crazy weather.

  12. sounds like a fun one

  13. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  14. May the 4th be with you!

  15. Happy Friday!

  16. Don’t you have writing to do instead of answering silly questions?

    • Sarah L – yes but right now hard to do. Catherine is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery so not able to make much progress and engaging with someone who is hopefully interested in our writing is important.
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  17. Happy May Day!

  18. Sigh. Yesterday 70 degrees. Tonight, snow. bleh.

  19. Met the puppy I’ll be house sitting for next week. Sweet dog.

  20. The concert was very fun. Saw lots of old friends.

  21. Going to a concert for a group I used to sing with.

  22. Gardens tour and then swimming

  23. Tomorrow is a quiet day at home.

  24. Great time at the botanic gardens giving a tour to some people from Arizona.

  25. How do you come up with your art work?

  26. 40 degrees and gloomy today. But 60 tomorrow and 70s the rest of the week.

  27. Happy Earth Day!

  28. Love the two authors, as a couple. This one sounds good for my teen goddaughter. Thanks.

  29. Happy Easter!

  30. Shopped at the thrift store today: 2 blouses and 1 pair of jeans for $12.

  31. Just a quiet day at home.

  32. A lovely Spring day.

  33. Busy tomorrow, sneaking this comment in early.

  34. Going to the botanic gardens tomorrow.

  35. Mesmerizing cover

  36. My crab apple tree is budding out.

  37. OK, I’m running out of questions to ask.

  38. Are you enjoying Spring where you live?

    • Sara L – yes we are. The weeds in the garden and pathways are growing up and until the Easter drama is finished we’ll not be able to get to them. How about you? Like spring?
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  39. Do you ever read more than one book at at time?

  40. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

  41. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

  42. Describe your perfect book hero or heroine?!?

  43. We had 80 degrees today and a Blizzard tomorrow. Do you get crazy weather where you live?

  44. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

    • Teresa – we both have written since we were teens but our co-operative writing began when we were asked to submit a interactive script for a Christmas presentation at our church. We discovered we liked writing together and made a good team.
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  45. What book couldn’t you put down?

    • Sarah L – Donald hasn’t had any recently but will stay up if at 95% or better when bed time comes. Catherine only remembers reading straight through was by Linda Bennett Pennell and was the second book in her series Miami Days Havana Nights.
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  46. What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

  47. Question for the author … What are your favorite literary journals?

  48. What usually sparks an idea for a book?

  49. Question for the Author … How do you select the names of your characters?

    • Teresa – selection of character names comes from several methods. We watch movie credits for interesting names, sometimes we choose based on the way they sound, or based on era of story. For Can’t Stop the Music we chose a flower name for our heroine as that was popular then.
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  50. How long does it take to write a book?

  51. Do you write more in bad weather or sunshine?

  52. Where do you like to live?

  53. What author do you most like to read?

  54. What authors do you most admire?

  55. Intriguing cover

  56. How many books do you read in a year?

  57. Do you listen to music when you write?

    • Sarah L – don’t normally listen to music when writing. However, for this book listened to a lot of the sixties music.

  58. Do you have any pets?

  59. I can not wait to start this series.

  60. Do you write every day?

    • Sarah L – we don’t write every day. When writing a book we write all day but other days we talk ideas or plot. Thanks for the question.

  61. The series sounds incredible.

    • Jodi – we think that it’s very good. Thanks for commenting.

  62. When did you start writing?

  63. This sounds like a great series! I love the vivid covers too!

  64. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  65. Thanks for the introduction to this author.

    • Steph – always fun to find new readers.

  66. sounds like a fun one

    • Daniel – we had fun writing it.

  67. How long ago did you come up with the idea for your book?

  68. Thanks for hosting the Soul Mate Tree Collective. Each book is a beautiful story of love helped along a bit by the tree. If you like books where opposites attract my book Never Give up on Love is number 7 in the series

    • Maggie – this tour is going to be fun.

  69. Lovely duo and lovely stories, both fictional and real!
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  70. Have you ever read a book more than once?

  71. Thanks for hosting! I love the flower stories!! As author of ONCE UPON A LADY in the series, it is wonderful to learn more tidbits about my fellow authors 🙂

  72. Thank you for the host. I really enjoyed this book and working with C.D.Hersh on this project.

  73. What a creative mind it took to create these books!! Wow!!

  74. Sounds so good!

  75. Entertaining interview!!

  76. What a fascinating series! Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

    • BookLady – we found the concept unique also. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for stopping by.

  77. So many good stories in this series, we hope everyone will check them out! I’m Cheryl, the other half of CiCi Cordelia and author of Realm of the Dragon. We hope you continue to follow our fun tour and meet all the talented authors!
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  78. I like the covers, so colorful. Sounds like a great series.

    • Susan – we like the covers as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  79. I liked reading about where your ideas come from.

    • Jana – Thanks. Every authors idea generates from various places.

  80. Enjoyed the interview very much! Good luck!
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    • Tema – the interview was fun. Thanks for commenting.

  81. LOVE your writing style and of course your books.:)

    • Sloane – Thanks. We really appreciate you coming by.

  82. Thank you for hosting. I loved writing my story, “The Trail to Love,” for this collective. The idea of a tree connecting soul mates was unique. Whenever I tell people about it, they want to purchase all the books.

    • Tina – Thanks for stopping by. Like you we hope lots of people read and enjoy the books.

  83. Catherine and Donald, you two are the sweetest! Lovers writing love stories warms my heart.

    • Gina – aww Thanks.
      Our mto is:
      Two Hearts Creating Everlasting Love Stories

  84. Angel – Thanks for hosting us and sharing about Can’t Stop the Music and the Soul Mate Tree Box Set.

  85. Thanks for hosting The Soul Mate Tree Tour, Angela! Very much appreciated and I hope your subscribers enjoy hearing about the books. C.D. Hersh’s contribution to the series was just the most fun to read and really took me back. I’m Char Chaffin, one-half of series contributing author CiCi Cordelia and one of the masterminds behind the series. 🙂

    Enjoy the read!

  86. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it!

    • Victoria – Thanks for stopping by.

  87. Sounds like a good read.

    • Rita – readers liked it. It has a lot of four and five star reviews. Thanks for commenting.

  88. Beautiful covers!!! Sounds like a great series!!! Shared on my socials!??

    • Kathy – so glad you love the cover. Thanks for all the shares and promo.

  89. The series sounds amazing, and I’m looking forward to read it.

  90. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

    • James – thanks for coming by. This year is Woodstock 50th anniversary and would be a good time to read Can’t Stop the Music which starts at Woodstock69. You can relive the groovy times or discover them through our book.
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  91. Thanks for hosting!