Wednesday 26 September 2012

Book Tour - Under The Desert Moon

Title: Under The Desert Moon
Author: Emma Meade
Publisher: Soul Fire Press
Release Date: 29 Aug 2012

17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?

My Review
I was asked to fill in for today's blog tour and I'm glad I did, this was a little treasure of a book. Some parts of it were slightly predictable and cliche, but overall I actually enjoyed reading it.
Erin is 17 and counting the days until she can escape from her boring life in Copperfield, until a film crew moves in and she sparks up a connection with the star. I still like a good vampire story and this didn't disappoint, typical vampire falls in love with a human girl conflict plot line, but it's actually done quite well and manages to remain fresh throughout. 
At just 211 pages this book is actually very short but there is a lot packed into those pages and everyone of them counts. This book includes adventure, passion, murder, fighting, relationships, photography and filming and a little bit of alcoholism. It may sound like it's fitting too much in, but it all slots in together.
I liked Erin, she has a cool head on her shoulders and is mature for her age, of course she has her moments of doubt and panic but she doesn't shy away from epectations or confrontations, she's actually quite kick butt by the end of the book.
James himself was actually quite arrogant and I wasn't sure I would like him, but as he gets to know Erin you seem him change and become someone you can't help but route for.
I loved the setting for the book, it was very atmospheric and I could imagine the whole thing, which is what I like in a book.
For a nice new take on the whole Vampire scene and for a nice lazy day easy read, this would be perfect. 

My Rating

  About Emma Meade
Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She has a BA in English and History from University College Cork and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway.When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found at the cinema checking out the latest movie releases or sipping rosé or drinking Barry’s tea in her backyard with family and friends. Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon reruns of Buffy are some of her favorite ways of escaping reality.

Publisher: Soul Fire Press  


James raised his eyes finally.  “I’m sorry, Erin.  I didn’t mean to-” he paused, searching for the right word, “unnerve you.”
“You didn’t,” Erin replied automatically, but in actuality she was feeling distinctly unnerved, disturbed even.  Those eyes, so strange, almost trance-like.  Her earlier giddiness had completed evaporated. 
“Are you sure?” James persisted.
Erin was quiet for a moment, thoughtful.  “Oh my God,” she burst out loudly.
James had been leaning towards her slowly but now froze.  “What?” he asked uncertainly, seeking to make contact again with her eyes.
“I’ve seen you before,” Erin said.  “You looked so familiar to me in Casey’s Diner the other night.” 
James only looked at her blankly. 
“But that’s impossible,” she said.
“What is?”  James’ tone was straining for a detached, almost bored air, but there was an underlying edge of anxiety.
Erin looked straight into his eyes without him having to urge her this time.  “There’s this old TV show I watched with my mom when I was a kid.  They showed re-runs on cable from time to time.”
She noticed how his knuckles clasped tightly.
 “It was a sitcom, and the older kid in it, the college hero of the family-” Erin paused.  “He looks like you, James.”
Silence.  Then James stood and laughed, but it was forced sounding, and somewhat off balanced.  He stared down at her.  “They say everyone has a double, Erin.”
Erin rose to meet his gaze.  She stepped closer to him.  “I haven’t seen it in years but the resemblance is-”   What was the word?  “Uncanny.”
“Uncanny,” James repeated dully.
“Yes,” Erin whispered.  “My mom had a crush on that guy.”
“Did she?”  James smiled, and his tone was warm again.  “I’ll have to catch this show sometime, check out the resemblance,” he said, confident and at ease once more.
“I don’t think they run it anymore,” Erin said, studying him.
James shrugged.  “Don’t dwell on it kid.”  He slapped her on the shoulder like they were old pals.
His touch was cool and she quickly moved back from him.  James’ hand hovered in the air for a moment, seemingly undecided about what to do next.  He put it back in his pocket. 
Those eyes, Erin thought again.  Like a cat, a big cat, a panther.
  James stepped back from her now.  “Got to mingle inside some more,” he said, backing further away.
Erin nodded, and watched him slink gracefully inside the warehouse.  She was thinking of that television show.  They didn’t show that program these days, but her mother had bought it on video.  Where were those tapes? 
Erin sat back down and switched on the camera.  Even if she could find them, she didn’t have a VCR anymore.  Did anyone in Copperfield own one? 
The photo of his eyes loomed up at her.  She’d add it to her Sight collection.  Animal eyes, watchful, predatory, and waiting.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Becky.

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

This was a great read...I really enjoyed Under The Desert Moon as well as Author Emma Meades Night Sighs...and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Meades works!

Great post! Thanks for sharing:)