Hi, folks! Please join me in welcoming a friend of mine, Shari Elder! Shari and I have been friends for a few years and often share writing information. Today we're sharing details of her brand new book!
WHO IS SHARI ELDER?
By day, Shari Elder saves cities. By night, she builds them—on Saturn’s rings, under a lilac bush, in a coral reef – then packs them full of shifters, vampires, Olympian gods, extra-terrestrials or whatever else comes into her head. In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom, since she cannot resist writing a happy ending, especially for those who have given up on ever getting one. Now that's satisfaction.
Raised on science fiction and fantasy, fueled by coffee and red wine, Shari writes early in the morning, late at night, and in between crises at home. She lives, contentedly albeit crazily, with her teen-age daughter, teen-age dog, and the elderly cat who rules the roost.
THE STORY BLURB
On the night of the full moon, any male shifter can call the Trials to race against Talia Orion, alpha of the united wolf-eagle clans. Clan law requires Talia to marry the winner of the Trials, a grueling twenty-mile marathon through dangerous, rugged terrain. The product of an unhappy, political alliance masquerading as a marriage, Talia trains obsessively to ensure she avoids her parents’ fate. Her newest vampire trainer, Hayden Mitchell, makes her powerful even as he knocks down her defenses, and finds his way, first, into her bed then into her heart.
Hayden has loved Talia since the first moment he saw her. As the destined ruler of the vampire clan, he has another agenda – to politically unite Talia’s clans with his own—what Talia fears most, and will never forgive him for.
ALEXA:What was the first story you remember writing?SHARI: For a High School English writing assignment, I wrote what I thought was a masterpiece about General Strep’s defeat at the hand of the anti-bodies. Yes, it’s a story about what happens when you get strep throat. Creating non-human characters, building the world, organizing the plot – it was a total thrill, and what turned me on to writing. Even though it took me a great many years to embrace that side of me, I can point to it as the start of it all.
ALEXA:What’s the best birthday present you ever received?SHARI: One year on my birthday, while I was out shopping, my darling daughter decided to surprise me. I walked into a house filled with posters, each saying something quite wonderful, such as I love you, Mom, Best Writer Ever, Best Mom Ever Sleeps here (hung over my bed), and You’re so pretty. The posters were interspersed with cut out and colored hearts in varied sizes. In addition to all of this, she gave me a hand-made coupon books full of free back scratches, do my laundry coupons, and perfect kid for a day passes. Best birthday ever.
ALEXA:What three things are, at this moment, in Talia’s, your heroine, purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (whatever she carries)?SHARI: She has a phone, a back-up charger, and a scrunchie in her zipped workout jacket pocket. Since Talia is an Alpha shifter, who trains almost obsessively to remain strong, fast and agile, she does not carry a purse or bag. The only things she really needs is a good mobile phone, to stay in continuous contact with her clan. The phone also provides her with a camera and music among other key apps she’ll need during the day in various duties. She has the back-up charger to ensure she can always use the phone, and a scrunchie to pull her long hair back during a workout.
ALEXA:What is your favorite trait about Hayden, your hero in Shifter Trials?SHARI: He has a special place in his heart for children. As one of his roles as heir apparent to the vampire clan leadership, he trains their disabled children, which are common in this world. When he was young, he was smaller and weaker, so he knows what it’s like to be pushed around simply for what he was.
ALEXA:Who’s your favorite villain?SHARI: Hans Gruber from the film Die Hard. Suave, sophisticated, great dresser, charming, dropped a great one-liner, yet was pure evil. RIP Alan Rickman. We miss you.
ALEXA:What’s your favorite fairy tale?SHARI: Mulan, the Chinese warrior heroine made into a Disney princess movie. She is one of my favorites because she takes the future in her own hands. As much as I like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White among others, it feels like they are being rescued. In Mulan, she rebels against her traditional role, and in doing so, because a heroine and rescues herself and others.
ALEXA:What’s the last show you binge watched?SHARI: Doc Martin. It’s a British comedy-drama starring Martin Clunes and Caroline Katz with a host of eccentric characters in a small port town in Cornwall. It’s a cross between House (grumpy, anti-social doctor, exceptional diagnostician) and Northern Exposure (classically trained physician in small, quirky town, not fitting in and not really wanting to). I can’t wait for them to make the next season.
ALEXA:I LOVE Doc Martin! What’s your favorite rerun?SHARI: There’s more than one, but there is a theme. I adore science fiction series. I can always watch Star Trek and Dr. Who reruns. No sell buy date. They always work.
ALEXA:What’s up next for you, Shari?SHARI: I am finishing up a science fiction romance novel at the moment, called Race to Redemption. Here’s a quick summary.
Terran Alliancestorm racingchampion Elaina Carteret has it all—wealth, celebrity, respect and a god-of-a-fiancee—until betrayal and tragedy sends her into exile. Resurfacing as Lainie Carter, a medical transport driver on the isolated desert planet ofRanhar, her rule-bending approach to her job infuriates the med facility director, Dr. Erik Hansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
ALEXA’S GOTTA ASK, SHARI’S GOTTA ANSWER:WHAT’S THE MOST ROMANTIC THING ANYONE’S EVER DONE FOR YOU?
This remains one of my most special and most poignant memories. When I was in college, I fell in love for the first time. We could not spend our first winter holiday together because my grandmother was taking my sister and me to Mexico for a special trip over Christmas break, arriving back home on December 30. When we returned home from the airport when the trip ended, there was a giant box in my driveway addressed to me. My boyfriend had driven to our house from another state and packed himself in the box to surprise me. He didn’t want us to be separated for our first New Year’s eve together. It was an amazing gesture, and I feel extremely grateful someone would have done that for me.
ALEXA:Okay, thanks so much for joining us today, Shari! Folks, Shari has a question for you and she will giveawaya Shifter Trial coffee mug to TWO commenters!
SHARI: What stories aren’t being written that you want to read?
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