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October 1, 2012

Blog Tour: Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade – Review and Guest Post

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Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade

presented by Dark Mind Tours!

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?

 Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade
Publication Date:  August 2012
Publisher:  Soul Fire Press

I had so much fun reading Under The Desert Moon by Emma Meade!  Although it is a rather quick read, the story found in these pages is one that is addictive and one that fans of the vampire genre would hope have happen to them one day.

In small town  Copperfield, Arizona, not much happens until a movie happens to choose their location as the spot to film a movie involving vampires.  With all the buzz about this new movie and its cast, 17 year old Erin Harris doesn’t want to be in the spotlight like the other girls in her town.  She’d rather be behind the scenes, behind her trusty camera.

Luckily for Erin, the director, Tom, has agreed to allow her to take pictures of the movie during its production, which also includes behind the scenes glimpses, attendance to the parties, and being able to rub shoulders with the stars, including the mysteriously hot and sexy leading male, James Linkin.

But from past memories, James Linkin, seems so familiar to Erin.  How familiar?  Familiar in that she swears he was a star in a T.V. show that she used to watch with her family which aired…30 years ago!  How is that even possible?  What kind of skeletons are in James’ closet, and how far will Erin go to uncover this secret?

There really isn’t too too much that I can say that won’t give away the plot of this story.  But I will say that author, Emma Meade, has certainly found a winner with story.  I’m sure I’m not giving away anything at all when I tell you that James is, of course, a vampire.  What I loved in the book was the reference to Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire where James (a vampire) stars in a movie as the leading role character who is a vampire.  Very Anne Rice indeed!

I loved reading the interactions between James and Erin.  It was very sweet and, at times, very romantic.  I know I for one used to dream of meeting my own vampire and falling in love and showing him that he can be a better “man”, etc. , etc.   This story is no exception.  Although James is already not your typical vampire, there is something about Erin that makes him want to be better!  With Emma Meade’s writing style, it isn’t hard to find yourself lost amongst the pages in this book, and watching the story unfold.

There are various plots and twists that will keep you interested in the story, and the characters are all full of personality.  There are various laugh out loud moments that will keep you entertained, and there is enough deceit and surprises mixed in that you won’t be able to tear your eyes away until the very end.

I would recommend this story to fans of vampire reads, and those who dream of snagging their very own blood sucking honey.  I hope that Emma Meade continues the story with this cast of characters.  I am dying to know what will happen next, or what could happen in their future.

Blogs & Twitter & Facebook Oh My!

 

And Goodreads, Shelfari, Pinterest, Triberr and on and on…

Overwhelmed by the sheer plethora of social network sites today?  I know I am.  Today’s writers and bloggers have many means of communicating with potential readers.  Getting your name out there and interacting online is becoming more and more necessary if you hope to establish a fanbase.

We’re not superhuman; we can’t do it all and still live our daily lives: work, eat, play and write.  Something has to give. If you’re on a dozen social network sites and finding it hard to juggle, then take a breath.  Sit down, decide which site works best for you and why, and get rid of the rest.  Spreading yourself thin is not going to help your writing career.  Number one, you will have less time to work on your brilliant novel or blog! And number two, you will have wasted a lot of your creative juices spouting witty and entertaining one liners on Twitter and Facebook and trolling the internet for pics to share on Pinterest and any of the numerous social network sites that have sprung up over the past few years.  Save these inspired snippets of your artistic self for your book or blog post.

My advice, (and take it with a pinch of salt since I am far from being an expert on social media) is to limit yourself to three or four social network sites, max, on top of your blog. Your blog/website should be where your online presence is felt the most. Your blog is your platform, your personal stage where you are free to share with the world your individual views, ideas and thoughts.  Your blog is an important vehicle for attracting potential readers.  Win fans for your blog content, and you can build up a ready-made fanbase for the release of your book.

Of all the social networking sites doing the rounds, I probably use Twitter the most. It has been a wonderful forum to meet other writers and exchange tips, as well as allowing me to tweet interesting links to other people’s blog posts.  And of course I promote my own blogs and books from time to time.  Twitter is where I have randomly found bloggers inviting others to participate in guest posts and share short stories, and is where I met many of my online pals, fellow bloggers and indie writers in the past year.  If you’re not on Twitter, check it out.  I personally think it’s up there with Facebook as being an important social network site.

And speaking of Facebook, if you haven’t set up a Facebook fan page, do it now. It’s simple to create.  You can use your current Facebook account to set it up.  This fan page can be your author or blog page.  Join Facebook groups once you are set up.  I’m part of the Authors Critique and Vampire Lovers groups.  Like Twitter, you’ll meet a lot of like-minded people in these groups who will be happy to post links to your blog posts, book releases and even critique your work before publication.  The indie writing community is one of the friendliest around.  Be willing to help others and you’ll get it back in spades.

I’m also on Goodreads.  My take is that you should join either Goodreads or Shelfari. Have a look at both and decide which one better suits you.  It’s fun to talk to other avid readers on Goodreads and it’s easy and convenient to keep track of the books you want to read, and post reviews of the ones you have enjoyed, and maybe even the ones you haven’t!

I lasted an hour on Pinterest before I decided I was completely overwhelmed.  I’m sure my account is still up but lying idle.  From reading my Twitter timeline, I gather many people love Pinterest; they appreciate the ease of posting pics and graphics and creating their own drawing boards meant to inspire.  Try it for yourself.  Maybe it will be right up your alley.

I also tried Triberr for a month, but after joining three of four tribes and having something like forty tribemates and as many blog posts to approve and Tweet daily, I left.  I didn’t have time to read each post every single day, and it didn’t feel quite right to Tweet a link to a post I hadn’t even read myself.  Then I felt guilty if I didn’t Tweet someone’s post.  Also, I began to see my timeline filled up with obvious Triberr tweets and knew that many of my own followers would see something similar in their timelines because of me.  When a timeline appears to be filled with nothing but links saying via @blahblahblah, it can get annoying, fast.  So that was it for my Triberr adventure. Some of my Twitter friends love Triberr, and again, it’s a case of each to his/her own.

So, I’m curious. What are you favourite social network sites, and which ones do you detest?

You can find me on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook.

About the Author:

Author of Nights Sighs and Under the Desert Moon.

Emma Meade writes paranormal fiction.
She lives in rainy Ireland and loves all things supernatural. Stephen King’s The Stand is one of her most loved books. 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.
She is not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make her top ten movie list but wishes to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.

Writing supernatural stories & watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

Connect with Emma:

Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

Available for Purchase:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

 

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7 Comments

  1. Emma Meade
    10/1/2012

    Thanks for this.
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  2. […] Dark Mind Book Tour of Under the Desert Moon kicked off today with a review & guest post over at Chapter by Chapter where I talk Twitter, blogging, Facebook & […]

  3. Under The Desert Moon was a great story that I too couldn’t put down until I made it to the end. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I also enjoyed Emma Meades Night Sighs and look forward to the next in that series:)

    This is a great post, very helpful…I too find it overwhelming at times with trying to write and also handle the social media sites. I have a blog, and I also have a radio segment on blogtalk…on top of that I have 3 social media sites that I frequent.
    Twitter
    Goodreads
    FaceBook

    I believe I am most active with Twitter because the quick, tweets fit easier into my lifestyle. I also enjoy Goodreads, because above all else I LOVE books!
    FaceBook, I used mainly to post pics, and articles, too be honest I havent utilized it as much as I should and I will check into the fan page…

    I too have a hard time with my Pintrest acct.
    I do use Triberr…but I believe I am one guilty of filling my timeline up…I get very click happy!:O)

    Thanks great post, I really enjoed it!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I’ll definitely need to check out her Night Sighs series! Thanks for stopping by Michelle.

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    Emma Meade Reply:

    Michelle, I’m the same with Facebook. Don’t update it half as much as I should.
    Thanks for stopping by here.
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  4. Barbara
    10/1/2012

    Great review, MaryAnn! I haven’t read vampire stories in a long time so I’m gorging myself on them for my “pleasure” reads now with no pressure to review. What a beautiful cover it has too (I’m very shallow). lol

    Emma, I love your guest post. Oddly, it’s Twitter that I’ve found myself giving up. I used to spend a couple of hours there keeping up with relationships and that’s just too much for me now. I have so much blog work that it’s better if I spend my time reading, writing or blog hopping than being on Twitter. I email a LOT. :)
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    Emma Meade Reply:

    Hi Barbara,
    Different strokes for different folks. Totally agree, your best time is spent writing and on your own blog and visiting blogs you love.
    It can all get a little overwhelming at times.
    Emma Meade recently posted..Book Review: A Vision of Green by L.H Cosway (Stunning mix of Fantasy, Folklore, Paranormal & Romance)My Profile

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