Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Interview♥Excerpts♥Giveaway: Highland Home by Shari Richardson


Blurbs for Highland Home
Mourning Sun
I should have known when he walked into my life that things would never be the same. Hadn't I dreamed of him and the things he'd done before I was born? If only he weren't so fascinating, so beautiful, so much more than any other guy. Maybe then I could walk away.
Mairin Cote is a magnet for weird. Her dreams come true, she can see auras and her mother is in love with an angel. Now the monsters are finding her too. Vampires, demigods and werepanthers have flocked to this small town girl who must find a way to keep her family safe, love the man of her dreams, and navigate the shark-infested waters of Highland Home High School.
Captured Sun
My first kiss was going to be my last, but it was worth it. His cool lips, his sweet taste, they were my salvation. I would never regret it, no matter what happened.
Mairin Cote thought loving a vampire was hard, but losing him to others of his kind was worse. When the death toll in East Hampton points to a rampaging vampire, the vampires and werepanthers must form an uneasy alliance to stop the destruction. To save the love of her life, Mairin must decide if living life without Mathias is worth risking an eternity with him.
Seven Days
The pain was sharp and deep, but it was nothing compared to the anguish in Xavier's eyes. I wanted to tell him I would be okay, but the words wouldn't come. The pain kept them at bay and even if I could have spoken, I knew the words would be a lie.
Kerry Cote has a pretty normal life for a teenager. Of course normal is a relative term. Her sister dates a vampire and her boyfriend turns furry once a month, but that's not the problem. It isn't until she meets the father of the man she loves that her whole existence narrows to a mere seven days.
Banished Sun
Eternity. How many times since Mathias came into my life had I considered it? Had I not taken risks that would have left us together for eternity? What I hadn't expected was to have the choice taken from us. Vampires are independent creatures and the old ones definitely don't like being bound to a human. When an ancient vampire comes to Highland Home bent on Mairin's destruction so he can free himself from his bond to her, Mathias is forced to choose between what he is and who he wishes to be.
Nine Lives
I felt a familiar ripple and knew it was too late for me. I saw her, so tiny, so perfect and I knew that I could die content. When Xavier admitted his love for me, I was complete.
Kerry Cote's story may sound familiar, but it's not. Sure there are a lot of unmarried, pregnant teenagers in the world, but how many of them know the child they carry is a miracle? How many have a vampire body guard? How many are alone because the mother of us all and the father of all vampires has a jealous daughter who covets the baby's father? Kerry must survive to bring her child into the world, for if she fails, humanity may not survive.
Interview
 Where do you call home? 
I live and work in York, PA. Though I lived in North Carolina for twelve years, this part of PA has been home for me since I was three.
What is your book about?
The Highland Home Series is an epic saga encompassing the lives of several families. It’s more than just the love stories of those people. It includes what becomes the battle between good and evil.
Do you have plans for a new book? 
Definitely. With the release of Nine Lives, I still have one more book in the HIghland Home Series and several other, non-related books in the works.
What inspired you to write your book? 
The Highland Home Series started as a possible collaborative work with a friend. The friend didn’t have time to work on it and I couldn’t hold the story back, so I wrote the rough drafts of the first six books over the course of a few months. I’ve been working on improving those drafts ever since.
Would you like to be contacted by readers to do book reviews?
Absolutely. Readers are encouraged to contact me any time at sharirichardson@astralplanepublishing.com
How did you come up with the title and cover design? 
The covers of the Highland Home Series are inspired by the characters. I was very lucky to have found some excellent stock photos of models who fit my images of the characters. From there, I’ve kept the covers simple so the stories can speak for themselves.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life? 
Oh absolutely. Many of my friends and family would easily recognize themselves and me in these characters.
Is there an author that you would really like to meet?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet several of the authors I most enjoy, but I would still love to meet Stephen King someday.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcovers?
As much as I love the feel of a book, I must admit the geek in me adores eBooks. I love the fact that I can whip out my phone or iPod and read any time.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
A better question might be “which books have you only read once.” I usually reread books, sometimes several times.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Water for Elephants. It was an amusing way to spend two hours in the theatre and the book differed very little from the film, making reading the book after seeing the film redundant rather than revealing.
What books are you currently reading? 
I have several books open on my ereader programs right now. I’m rereading The Stand right now.
What book do you know that you will never read?
James Patterson, Big Bad Wolf. I love the Alex Cross books, but after reading about two chapters of that one, I put it down and never picked it up again. I’ve read books that came after it in the series and haven’t missed it yet.
Do you have a book trailer?
I have one for each of the currently available books. They’re on my Youtube channel.
Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Write. Don’t listen to the internal editor when it tells you that you can’t write and don’t let anything stop you from putting the words down.
Where can your readers follow you?  My blog:
http://www.Astralplanepublishing.com

My book's facebook page:

Excerpts

Chapter 1 from Midnight Sun
The young woman sat beside the bed, holding the boy's hand. Her lips moved in silent prayer, pausing only when he moved restlessly and moaned.
"Mathias?" Her voice was soft but rich.
He moaned again, but didn't wake. The young woman began to pray once again.
"Kathryn!" Mathias sat upright, searching the room with blind eyes. "Kathryn, run. Don't look back, just go!"

Chapter 1 from Captured Sun
The alley was dark and dank. The stench of alcohol and decay overpowered the other less pleasant scent which rode the air. Death, whether it was new or ancient, had an unmistakable smell and death waited in the shadows.
The young man walked slowly. His steps wove in and out of the tumbled garbage cans and boxes behind the bars and restaurants. He whistled briefly, a nameless tune with little difference from one note to another. His glassy eyes looked into the shadows he passed, but did not see. Music thumped loudly when one of the doors on the main street opened, disgorging a raucous group of men. The young man turned to watch the others and missed the movement which brought his death.



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1 comment:

  1. Wow!The entire series??
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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