Review and Interview for Under The Desert Moon

Good morning folks! Well we have a new stop in here today, for Under The Desert Moon, by Emma Meade, with a review and interview! So sit back, grab your coffee, and enjoy the post! 😉

Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She loves vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track). 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 short stories and watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

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Hello Emma, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!
Hi Miranda, thanks a million for having me here today.
Your newest novel, Under the Desert Moon, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?
I’d love to. Erin Harris is a typical small town girl, dreaming of the day she finishes high school and can make her own way in the world, far away from the people she has grown up with and the little town of Copperfield, Arizona. Out of the blue, a movie crew arrives to shoot a vampire film, and Erin gets a job on set as a photographer. She finds herself drawn to the drop dead gorgeous, lead actor, James Linkin and sparks fly between them. But James is no ordinary guy. He’s hiding something, and Erin is determined to discover his secret.

So what inspired this novel?
I’ve always loved YA, supernatural novels, especially stories featuring a human/non-human romance, so I just had to go and write my own book. Like Erin, I spent many of my teen years daydreaming out windows, imagining myself in a different place and longing for the freedom that comes once you leave secondary school. Erin is a strong character and I wanted to write about an independent girl readers could relate to, one who understands that it’s great to fall in love and experience a relationship, but also wisely knows not to hang all your hopes and dreams on one man, especially at the tender age of seventeen.

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?
I read across many genres but I am always drawn to novels with a supernatural slant and review them frequently on my blog: Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction. Reality can be a tad boring at times, so what better way to escape the monotony of daily life than by spending time in an exciting world of urban fantasy filled with magical creatures of the night. I’m telling everyone to look out for an amazing author, L.H. Cosway who wrote Tegan’s Blood and Tegan’s Return. Her vampire novels are some of the best I’ve read in years. I see big things happening for this woman.

If your book was made into a film, who would play your main characters, and why?
What a dream come true that would be. For Erin, I imagine a younger Amber Tamblyn, the way she was in her Joan of Arcadia days. Amber has a down-to-earth, no nonsense air about her. Erin is quite an ordinary girl, but she has spirit and an inner strength, and I think Amber could portray her well. For James, it’s a tough one. I’ve said before that I’d like to see Will Estes from Blue Bloods try his hand at playing a bad boy, but I’d really like an unknown to take on the role of James.
What advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?
Enjoy the experience, but do your homework. Research self-publishing before you hit the publish button. Buy a book like Catherine Ryan Howard’s Self-Printed and follow her instructions. Before you even think of publishing, make sure you have written a good book. Edit as much as you can, send it to beta readers who do not know you and can therefore give you an honest critique, edit it again, and hire a professional editor. Find a cover designer to create the artwork, then it’s time to tackle the formatting of your book for ebook and paperback and decide what distribution company you’re going to go with: Lulu, Amazon, Smashwords etc. Take your time. I know sometimes us writers are simply itching to put our book out there, but do your novel justice, and get it right.
What is the best part of publishing yourself?
If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Alex from Night Sighs and Night Whispers. She’s a smart, independent vampire with a rock star for a boyfriend and she gets to travel wherever she pleases. Life is good for Alex, filled with adventures and a sizzling romance. To walk in her shoes for twenty fours would be a thrill.

Where can we find your novels?
Well, Under the Desert Moon is my first novel to make it into print, and you can find it in all the usual online bookstores. I have one other book, a collection of short stories, Night Sighs that is also available online. Though it should be noted that Night Sighs is for adult eyes only.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m working on two novels at the moment. One is a follow up to Night Sighs called Night Whispers and the other is a tale of love, witches and small town life.
You can find out more about Emma Meade on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Thank you for being here, Emma, any parting words?
Thanks for being a lovely host, Miranda. I’ll have to stop by again for another chat and a cup of tea. 

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?
Purchase links:

Barnes and Noble
Amazon
Soul Fire Press

Good Points

I loved how this book, first of all, drew me in from the first page with its fantastic descriptions. The author has a very unique voice, and this comes across. Her storyline was also unique, and very different from the large majority of vampire novels that are currently published. I also liked that her vampires were not quite the modern type floating around pages now, but they lent something of the old vampires to themselves. The dialogue was well written out and evenly-paced, drawing the reader in just little bit by little bit, until you were eager for more in the next chapter. I also loved that the romance between the two main characters was not insta-love, or perfect in any way. It had its problems, and this made it a little more realistic.

Bad Points

While the dialogue was good, I would have liked to have seen a little of it cut down in places. And there was a lot of being told what was there, rather than shown. It would have been nice to have been given those few pointers in showing, and leave my imagination to do the rest, but this wasn’t hugely noticable.

Overall

This was a fantastic read, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a new vampire novel where the relationship is just a tad more believable, and the vampire is likewise. I thought this was a great read, and I would definitely pick it up again, and pour through its pages.

I give this book……4/5 Stars!

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