Monday, September 10, 2012

Promo and Giveaway: Nine Lives (Highland Home #5) by Shari Richardson

Quite honestly, I hadn't heard of Shari Richardson before recently and I'm glad I get to be a part of this promo for her books. Her first book in Highland Home series was published a year and a half ago and is called Mourning Sun. It's a story about vampires, angels and different supernatural creatures. It's mainly targeted to young adults since the story takes place in a high school. The cover arts are fantastic and if I hadn't heared about these books via this event and would have had the chance to see them before, I would have definitely taken another look and would have wanted to find out what these books are about. Let's take a look shall we?

By clicking on the books you get direct links to Goodreads with the exception of the fift cover which links to Amazon. There are five books in this series and the fifth book is set to release September 10, 2012.

Highland Home Series

So.. Now that you've seen these awesome covers (love the first and the fifth, by the way) and they've got you interested, I've got an excerpt to chare with you. It's intriguing, mysterious and worth spending a few minutes of your preecious time.

The first chapter of Mourning Sun (Highland Home #1) by Shari Richardson

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!"
"Mathias, my love, I'm right here." She helped him lay back, smoothing her hand over his fevered brow. "Rest, my darling. You'll be well soon."
Mathias lay down, tossing restlessly. From time to time, he would whisper "Kathryn," before slipping farther into unconsciousness. Each time he spoke her name, Kathryn kissed Mathias and resumed her prayers.
Hours passed, but Kathryn, consumed by the life that drained from the man she loved, didn't notice the light draining from the day. She prayed. She held Mathias' hand. She soothed him when he was restless. Outside the window, the sun sank into the horizon. The sound of waves crashing against the shore slipped into the silence that now filled the room.
As the last of the light left the room, Kathryn rose  to light a candle. When she returned to her place by his bedside, she set the candle on the table and leaned down to see Mathias better in the flickering light. She put her hand upon his chest and then sat by his side and lay her ear against his still chest.
"No," she whispered, curling her hand into a fist on his chest. "Oh Mathias, I can't live without you." Tears slipped down her cheeks as  she closed her eyes and let the grief take her.
Mathias' eyes snapped open. Had she been watching, Kathryn would have seen that warm, dark eyes of his life were gone, replaced by pools of deepest, coldest black. He reached for Kathryn's hand where it lay on his chest, pulling it up to his lips.
"Mathias?" Kathryn blinked away her tears. Her eyes opened wide in disbelief, but there was no fear in her gaze, only the love she had for this beautiful boy.
Mathias licked his lips and ran his nose along the length of Kathryn's arm. She stayed frozen by his side, mesmerized by his gaze, which never flickered from her own. Even after his teeth sank easily into the warm flesh at the bend of her elbow, Kathryn never flinched. The room filled with a wet sucking, disrupted only by Kathryn's one brief gasp. Mathias lovingly cradled her arm against his lips as he drank, insensitive to the monstrosity of his act.
When Kathryn lay pale and still, Mathias blinked slowly.  He looked down at the beautiful, pale and cold woman whose glassy eyes were riveted on his face. He brushed his hand along her cheek, lovingly caressing her face as he had done so often in life. It was only when she didn't smile and ask for his kiss that understanding slowly dawned in his gaze and he screamed.
"Kathryn, my love, my heart, my sun. What have I done?" His hands pulled at his face, drawing it into a gruesome mask of pain and anguish.
Lifting her body with infinite care, Mathias lay Kathryn on the bed from which he had so recently risen to this new and monstrous life. He closed her eyes and kissed her pale lips lovingly.  "I will mourn you for eternity," he whispered before he threw himself out the window.


My eyes snapped open, my heart galloping along as though I'd just run a marathon. The last image of the young man's anguished face, hauntingly beautiful in his pain, lingered in my mind.
"Mairin, are you okay?" my mom called from the hall outside my bedroom.
"Yeah Mom," I said. "Just a weird dream."
Mom stepped into my room and sat with me on my bed. "Want to tell me about it?"
I shook my head. I wasn't sure how to explain what I'd just dreamed. I knew from the clothes the two people had been wearing that the dream wasn't one of my premonitions, but I had no explanation for who Mathias and Kathryn were or why I would be dreaming about them.
"I think I've been reading too many romance novels." I said, laughing and trying to ease my mother's anxiety. "This one was set in the 1920s I think. Just a boy and a girl. Nothing to worry about."
Mom kissed my forehead. She always worried when my dreams woke me, even when they weren't nightmares or premonitions. "Think you'll go back to sleep tonight?"
"Probably. It wasn't really a bad one." Unless you counted murder as bad, I added silently
"You need to sleep more, baby. Tomorrow's the first day of school and you'll want to be on the ball."
"I'm fine, Mom. Really. It was just weird, not scary and definitely not a premonition."
OK, so that was a lie. Watching that boy drain the life out of his love made my stomach somersault with horror, but I didn't feel like explaining that to my mom in the middle of the night. Despite what he'd done, Mathias didn't strike me as evil or sinister. His obvious grief over what he'd done in my dream hinted at a deeper, purer soul than the act would seem to allow for.
"Okay, okay, I can take a hint. Sleep well, baby. I love you."
"I love you, too, Mom."
I curled onto my side, clutching my pillow after Mom went back to her room where her partner Tawnya was probably waiting for a report of my dream. I knew sleep should have been a dim hope after the dream I'd had, but strangely I didn't feel frightened or threatened by this dream. There was something so compelling about Mathias that I found myself hoping he would be waiting for me when sleep claimed me once again. I closed my eyes, whispering his name and willing him to come to me. When he appeared, waiting at the edge of darkness  where dreams live, I reached for him.
Okay, now that you've read the first chapter I know what you're thinking: "How come I haven't heard of this book before???" Yes, I'm thinking exactly the same thoughts and I will definitely add it to my TBR pile on GR, read it and give this book a rocking review so that others can find this series as well. After you've given this series a chance, whether your loved it or not, speak your mind and express your thoughts so the word can be spread in as many ways as possible. 

Further on, in a few days you can read an interview with Shari and get to know her a little better (note: interviewing was not done by me).

Now off to the giveaway. It's INTL and the prize is AWESOME!!!

Giveaway: (1) eBook copy of each of the five Highland Home Novels (complete series)

Yes, you read that correctly! If you were to be the winner, you get ALL these books. Thanks to Shari Richardson for giving away her precious books.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Not only for participating in the blitz and blog tour celebrating the release of Nine Lives, but for the very kind words you had for me and Mairin and Mathias. My grin right now is enormous!

    As for the giveaway...remember, dear readers, you get each of the five books in whatever eBook format you wish. Fall in love with Highland Home and join the journey!

    Shari Richardson

  2. =) You're welcome! It's really my pleasure. I'm sad I hadn't heard of these books before this event, but I'm glad I got the chance. The first chapter definitely got my attention and as soon as I'm done with some of the books on my TBR pile, I'll definitely give this series a try :) Thank you for this awesome giveaway and hope you will get the success you deserve :)

    Oh, and thank you for stopping by and commenting, readers love when an author communicates with them via any social media in addition to signings and different live events. Thank you!

  3. Mathius was in love with Kathryn and became a vampire