Guest Author: Shari Richardson

Where do you live?
I have lived all over the world, though recently I have moved to Highland Home to be near my immortal son, Mathias Auer.

Tell us about your world.
My world is one where I am the hunter and humans the prey. I have fought my way to the upper echelons of my community and I refuse to allow any human to stop me from being what I am.

Tell us about your life.
I was changed nearly seven hundred years ago by the mother of all vampires, Serina. She held me close to her for several centuries until I bored her, at which time she allowed me to leave. I wandered aimlessly for many years until I came upon a young vampire cowering in the sewers beneath Highland Home. I took him under my wing and taught him how to live among the humans–in the light.

Tell us about your friends.
I have few friends. Vampires do not do well with others of our kind. We are too competitive.

Do you consider yourself to be a Good Guy or Bad Guy or Neither?
I am what I am. Vampires are not the fluffy nice guys your fiction would have you believe. If consuming prey makes me a bad guy, then that is what I am.

Do you enjoy the position you’ve been given or would you prefer someone else’s?
I would not be anyone but who I am.

What is your role or objective in the story?
I believe it is my objective to remove the human influence from my son’s life and allow him to live as he should–as a vampire.

Do you think you can attain your objective?
I have been unsuccessful thus far, but I still have hope.

Will you have to change anything about yourself in order to attain your objective?
Not at all.

What obstacles are in the way of your achieving the objective for your story?
My son believes himself in love with that silly human girl. It is his love for her that will stop me from helping him become the vampire he should be.

How do you think you might overcome those obstacles?
I do. There are always ways to separate those who believe themselves in love.

Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
I have not been caught, though I am certain your human laws would consider me a murderer.

Are you a romantic? What do you consider a perfect date?
Absolutely not. My perfect date is one which does not scream.

Do you believe in an afterlife? Reincarnation? Good vs Evil? Supreme Power?
I believe if there were a God, he has long since forgotten I exist. Though some of the things I have seen in Highland Home seem to point to His existence.

When can readers buy your book and read your story?
You can find my story in Eternal Sun, Mourning Sun, Captured Sun and Banished Sun. All are available. I will also be in Two Suns which will be available in the summer of 2013.

Does your Creator have a website or blog that might have more information about you or your story?
Certainly. http://www.astralplanepublishing.com

 
Nine Lives: The Fifth Highland Home Novel
Shari Richardson
Highland Home, Book 5
 
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Astral Plane Publishing
 
Date of Publication:  September 2012
ISBN: 978-1461070092
 
 
Book Description:
 
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.

 
 
 
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.
 
 


 
 
About the Author:
 
Shari Richardson holds a master’s degree in English Education and has spent much of her life teaching students the joy of reading and writing. Her love of writing began when she was in elementary school and has carried through her entire adult life. Shari lives in Pennsylvania with her two Chihuahuas.
 
Website: www.astralplanepublishing.com
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shari-Richardson