Spotlight: BENEATH MANHATTAN SKIES by Emma Meade

Happy Tuesday!!!

…better yet, happy almost Turkey Day (no classes!!! (yet I still have assignments…))!

Today, I have the honor of spotlighting a new novella by Emma Meade, whose YA novel, Under the Desert Moon, won me over with its “light and fun read that took a new spin on the vampire/paranormal scene.”

This has to be one of my favorite covers of the year. Seriously, I love the blues and the city backdrop…gorgeous!

Book Blurb

November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

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About the Author

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

 Author Links:

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“My father wouldn’t be so understanding.” Erin frowned, not liking to think about her dad. “Did she have a boy or girl?” Erin shrugged in apology for not remembering.

“A boy. I feel sorry for my sister. She was surrounded by us growing up.”

“I’m sure it wasn’t that bad. She had a cool big brother.” She groaned inwardly. Why did she have to say that?

Tommy looked at her. Erin thought she saw a hint of a smile hovering around his lips. Where the hell was Sadie with the drinks? That girl was in big trouble for setting this up. A blush rose in Erin’s cheeks. She was grateful for the dim lighting in the bar.

“So, I’m cool, am I?” Tommy said after a moment, smiling easily again.

The tension alleviated and Erin breathed normally. “I thought you might have noticed that. You have a motorcycle. That automatically puts you in the cool club.”

“I’d like to take you out on the bike.”

And the hard-to-breathe thing started again.

Whimsically Yours,



The Incomplete Guide to Preternatural Creatures: Introduction

Hi Readers,

I LOVE writing, (I know you’re thinking, duh) well I also LOVE all things seemingly “unnatural”.  A while back, (via Goodreads) as a purely fun project — that might turn into a full-fledged Adult Urban Fantasy series on day — I began writing this guide to preternatural creates.  Why?  Because  we read about them everywhere, different myths, stories, legends, etc…about the same creature so why not (have a little/lot of fun) and create and end all, be all (incomplete) guide to these creatures.  I’ll stop my yapping and let the genius, Dr. P. C. Howard take it over from here 😉


Dear Readers,

You have in your hands one of my precious guides to the preternatural world.  DO NOT LOSE IT.  In it you can find information about creatures you have only dreamed about (why I don’t know), these include vampires, werewolves, fairies, and even some creatures you’ve never heard about.  The information presented in this guide is, no matter what you may hear from others, very real indeed.  So if you even want to stand a chance against these creatures, should you ever meet one (hopefully you don’t), I highly suggest you start reading now.

Yours truly,

Dr. P. C. Howard, Preternatural Expert

-P.S. Be sure to check back every Tuesday for updates as I am constantly expanding this guide.  And as a special sneak peak, for your benefit more than mine since these creatures are always rapidly evolving, I suggest you check out Chapter One: Vampires (otherwise known as The Big Kahuna, Vampyres & Homo Immortus) which will be revealed at 3pm EST.

Also should you fear that you need to know about a certain creature ASAP, you may comment below this post asking me to include a chapter in my book.

–P. C.

Writer’s Block?

writers block

Writer’s Block aka The Enemy.  Does it truly exist, and if so how do we defeat it?

Currently I think I’m having a writer’s block of sorts, or maybe a creativity block would be a better term.  It’s as if writing, editing, revising and eventually completing my first manuscript has drained the life out of me.  I can’t write.  I ‘m having the hardest time coming up with new story ideas as well as finishing my WIPs (work-in-progress).

Any advice? What do you do to come up with new story ideas and/or to motivate yourself to finish WIPs?

Whimsically Yours,


P.S. Speaking of draining…did you know vampires exist???

^if you ever need a laugh this should do the trick 🙂

P.P.S. Check back tomorrow for The Weekly Fashionista: Holiday Edition


Interview with YA Author Emma Meade

Meet Emma!

Hi Patrice. Thanks for having me here today. My name is Emma Meade. I live in Cork, Ireland and I spend a big chunk of my waking hours reading and writing paranormal fiction.  Oh, and drinking lots and lots of tea.

What is your favorite place to write?

The couch. All I need really is my laptop and someplace quiet to sit.

What is the first story you remember writing?

I think it was about an alien abduction in primary school. No doubt I must have been watching The X-Files.

If you could be any character from a book, movie, play, or musical who would it be and why?

I’d love to be Buffy, for a week or so.  Having a taste of what it’s like to be a slayer and getting to be a part of the Scoobies and hanging out in the library at Sunnydale High with Giles and the rest of the gang would  be so cool.

When & why did you start writing?

I’ve been writing short stories since primary school. I’ve no idea why I started. I suppose I’ve always had an active imagination and putting stories down on paper helped me release a bit of steam and creativity.

How do you overcome “writer’s block” ? 

Read a book, watch a film, go for a walk, or if I’m really in the mood to push through, I will just keep writing, even if I feel the words I’m putting down aren’t very good. Sometimes you can break through by sticking with it.

Are you a full time writer?

I wish I was a full time writer. Until that huge publishing deal and a fabulous advance comes through, I’ll continue to juggle writing with a full time job.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. I drink at least three cups of Barry’s tea a day, more when I’m writing. It’s an Irish brand.

If you could have breakfast with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat?

Probably River Phoenix. Growing up, Stand by Me was one of my favourite films.  I think he had such potential to be a wonderful actor and died way too soon. I’ve watched him in interviews and he comes across as warm, intelligent and down to earth. He was a musician too, which makes him all the more attractive. The character, Noah Phoenix in Under the Desert Moon is my little tribute to River.  I’d eat an Irish fry with him.

What is the next book you want to write?

I’m working on an adult, vampire tale called Night Whispers. It’s the follow up to Night Sighs, a short story collection I published in November 2011.

Last words???

Thanks for having me here today, Patrice. I enjoyed answering these questions and I hope people will check out what Erin is up to in Under the Desert Moon.

Thanks for letting me interview you, I’m a huge Buffy fan myself 🙂  Best of luck with your writing!

Whimsically Yours,


Under the Desert Moon

by: Emma Meade

Book Blurb

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

Owl Rating:

Under The Desert Moon was a light and fun read that took new spin on the vampire/paranormal scene.  The main character Erin is mature and while “panicky” or doubtful at times knows how to keep her calm.  From the moment James meets her he has a sort of instant attraction to her but she instead of falling instantly in love with him she acknowledged her attraction to him yet took the time to evaluate things.  By not putting up with his arrogance and not letting his celebrity status affect her, Erin instantly became my kind of girl.

The book also has lots of adventure and that mixed with the romance makes for an exciting read.  But not all is happy in this book, in a mere 211 pages, Meade manages to pack in some very real life issues.  Erin’s father is an alcoholic and she dreams of the day when she and her brother Nick can escape him and the small town of Copperfield they live in.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting a story that mixes real life issues with a sweet, fun, and adventurous vampire/human relationship.

Oh and P.S.  I love the cover art 🙂

**This is a 100% honest review, I received the book from the author**