Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't Stop the Music by C.D. Hersh (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

by C.D. Hersh


GENRE:   Fantasy



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.”




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

ABOUT 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 books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate ChristmasCollection, with seven other authors.

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.




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My review:

3.75 of 5 stars

Can’t Stop the Music by C.D. Hersh is Book 2 in the ‘Soul Mate Tree’ series and features Rosemary Sterling who ALMOST has a life-changing encounter at Woodstock but still manages to enjoy both listening to and making music while soaking up the ambience. A mystical encounter with an otherworldly tree gives her a souvenir to treasure until the promise she is given comes to fruition. When the man who captured her attention at Woodstock comes into her life again, Rosemary must decide whether to have the courage to break out of her rut, but the man’s secrets may destroy their fledgling relationship before it has time to truly take root in their lives.

This story provides a view of the remarkable Woodstock celebration that encompassed so many lives and altered the way folks looked at the world and celebrated music. I think the authors did a great job of evoking the time period and the breadth of attitudes that reflected the differing priorities of various strata of society. One has to be prepared to suspend disbelief with respect to a couple of elements and to be prepared to relax and enjoy this somewhat meandering tale that channels the laid-back culture of the sixties then juxtaposes it with the complications and stresses of modern life. Some of the twists and turns were a little forced for me, but I definitely was tempted to walk around making the peace sign and chanting, “make love not war” after reading this story.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

  2. Enjoyed reading the review today. Question to the authors: Did you actually experience Woodstock for yourselves or just research it for the book? I know how old I am and how old I was at that time and you guys look much younger than mre...

    1. Thanks for the compliment. Guess we take a good picture. While we didn't attend Woodstock69, several friends did so you could say we did research but got something from them. That was our era of music.

  3. Thanks for sharing your review, I enjoyed reading it.

  4. This sounds like fun & I LOVE the cover.

  5. I love when music is incorporated into a book in this way. It sounds like a fun read.

    1. We had fun putting the references in plus listening to the old tunes once again to be sure we remembered them correctly. Thanks for commenting.