LIGHTNING RELEASES 05/22/14 — After the success of the first two novels of the Arash series “Shadow Hunt” and “Raytara – Judgement of the Stars” the third volume “Tasagalt – Cross of the South” will be released in May 2014.

Arash, the stars of the four-book series, are new players in the world of fantasy creatures. They are descendants of the stars, more human than vampires, but powerful enough to be alluring.

The heroine of the first book, Livia, is finally one of them. Livia seems to have it all, but the search for her mother Rebecca sets disastrous events in motion, linking her inexplicably to Eamon who is evil and cruel, killing humans as well as immortal Arash in cold blood.

Suddenly it’s Livia who guards dark secrets, who hides the truth from her friends. Hurt to the core by Cassius’ infatuation for another girl which causes him to turn even against his closest friends, she alienates herself from her Arash family and becomes an outsider once again. Will she inevitably lose everything – her love, her family, her life – by defying all Arash laws? Or will her courage and impulsiveness open up unimaginable worlds before her?   

 “The Arash books started out as a story for young adults but I soon realized my adult test readers couldn’t put them down either. Many of them could identify with the heroine, Livia, and lost themselves in her love affair as well as her incredible adventures,” says Schuster. “That’s what reading is about for me: having fun, enjoying yourself, entering new worlds, and basically making you feel good.”

Elke Schuster studied Romance philology and English and American Studies in Salzburg, Venice, and London, culminating in her dissertation on ‘Machiavelli under the Perspective of Greek and Latin Historiography.’

She worked at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, doing radio features and working on the ‘Prix Ars Electronica,’ an international competition in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. Later she diversified into marketing and now owns a successful translation business (, working with customers all over the world. 

Pending series includes:

Arash Vol. 4: Jhanmar – World Travellers

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Arash, Vol. 1, Shadow Hunt and Arash Vol. 2: Raytara – Judgement of the Stars and Arash Vol. 3: Tasagalt – Cross of the South are available at Amazon

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