Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Hello my lovelies! I'm super excited today because C.D. Hersh is stopping by for a visit. They're chatting about a fascinating topic that I touch on in my fantasy series and would love to learn more about.
Shifters, auras, and kickass heroines, I'm totally in! I hope you enjoy their post as much as I have.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Tameri, thanks so much for having us on your blog today. We’re going to talk about auric reading, one of the skills higher level shifters in our books possess. Use of this skill nearly caused us to paint ourselves into a writing corner.
For those who don’t know what an aura is, it is an energy field that appears around the body that reflects the life energies of the person. Proponents of auras believe you can teach yourself to see the auras of people around you. Different colors seen in the aura indicate basic health, emotions, and mental activity of the person. Many people feel you have a basic color that reflects your dominant personality. Others believe the aura is more complex and constantly changing.
For our series we took the two colors in the magic bloodstone ring, green and red, and used those as ring aura colors to indicate that a person is a shifter and has a ring. A mostly green aura would indicate the person was a good Turning Stone member shifter. A red aura with black in it indicates a rogue shifter. Other auric colors seen in a shifter’s aura show the emotional and mental activity of the individual.
When we thought of this idea we thought it was pretty cool. Alexi, our heroine in book one, could spot the bad guys, shifter and non-shifter, with a simple scan of their auras. This was a handy skill for a homicide detective to possess. Auric reading made it easy to hunt the villain and keep the good guys and bad guys sorted. Our shifters have no problem with scanning one another, other non-shifters, or even using their auric powers to determine the truthfulness of passions played out in relationships.
But as we began plotting the books further, we realized auric reading could present quite a problem. How could you lie to a high-level shifter who could read your aura and tell whether or not you were being truthful? Secrets, which are important to the story, would be impossible to hide and maintain.
However, our characters came up with a way to mask their auras if they were skilled. Just like a accomplished liar can beat a polygraph machine, our characters can conceal their feelings by shutting down their emotions and hide their lies by telling enough truth to cover the deception. However, they have to be quick about it, because every time a rogue shifter faces off with a good shifter there is a lot of auric scanning going on.
Take a look at this scene from book two, Blood Brothers, to see what we mean.
Delaney’s gaze lifted from her desk as Sylvia closed the office door behind her. Sylvia scanned her. Muddy blue and gray flashed along the red edges of Delaney’s predominately green aura. She’s afraid. Afraid of what? Something about Alexi? Or is she scared of me?
As Sylvia watched, Delaney’s aura changed, the blue and gray dispersing as her eyes darkened. Delaney had caught her scanning her aura and closed off her thoughts. There’d be no further auric information gathered.
Rotating toward Captain Williams, Sylvia said, “Such a shame. She was so young.”
Delaney snorted. Williams and Sylvia directed their attention at her. “Sorry,” Delaney said. “Something caught in my throat.”
She knew something, otherwise why the reaction? “When is the visitation? Will it be after the autopsy?”
The metal drawer rattled as Delaney grabbed the handle, nearly rising off her chair. “Autopsy?” she asked. “Why would you think she needs an autopsy?”
“Unexpected deaths often have autopsies,” Sylvia said with a shrug. “She was far too young for a heart attack. Besides, people die all the time from hospital negligence. I’d think the family would want to know what killed her.”
Here's the super cool blurb for the book:
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.
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.
Where you can find CD:
Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI
Seriously, that bio is one of the cutest love stories I've ever read! Thank you so much for being on the blog today. Best of sales with the new release!
And here's one for the readers ~ if you could have a superpower like reading auras, what would you do with your ability? Help people, or help yourself? Find a way to eat cookies and not gain weight? That would be an awesome super power! Not very practical, though, but fun to consider.