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Beneath Manhattan Skies – A Novella by Emma Meade

Hallelujah, it’s done. I started writing this novella last Christmas. It should have been ready long ago, but stuff happens in life, like procrastination. Anyway…

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Book Title: Beneath Manhattan Skies

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance (Vampires)

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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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utdmI wrote Under the Desert Moon as a standalone novel all the way back in the summer of 2007. It went through a few drafts since then, and when it was published last year, I thought that was that. Erin’s story had been told. But I started wondering how Erin would get on after high school graduation. Would her twin brother, Nick, make it out of the sleepy town of Copperfield alright? Would Erin find another guy, or would she find herself thinking of the vampire James every now and again? Well, I stopped wondering and started writing.

Beneath Manhattan Skies features a few of the characters from Under the Desert Moon, but it can be read as a standalone. It’s set in November in New York during Erin’s first year of art college.

Though originally meant to be a short and snappy 25,000 word novella to be published in ebook format only, my characters had different ideas. It now stands at 45,000 words and is almost ready to make its way in the world. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a release date in ebook format in mid November. I’ve also decided to publish it on CreateSpace, mostly so I get to hold a physical copy in my hands and admire the pretty cover!

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Xpresso Book Tours will be hosting a Cover Reveal on Friday October 25th, and I’ll post the cover on my blog the same day. Until then, it’s time to knuckle down and do some marketing work. The joys of self publishing. If anyone would like to sign up for the reveal, you can do so HERE.

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Book Review: Unholy Embrace by Neil Benson (Anyone for a Heineken?)

  I’ll start this review by saying that I smiled reading the author’s thank you to Kate Beckinsale at the start.

Frank Thornton is an architect by day and a beer guzzler by night, Heineken to be specific.  Drinking alone in a bar in New York one evening he is immediately attracted to the red-headed, voluptuous beauty Nessa and he shortly learns she is a vampire.  Frank doesn’t let this put him off and they quickly fall in love and declare themselves soulmates.  The course of love never runs smoothly, even less so between a human man and strong, 400 year old, female vampire.  A demon is stalking the streets of Manhattan and it is up to Nessa to put a stop to its carnage but how will she juggle protecting the man she loves and making her city safe?  On top of everything else, a long time enemy of Nessa’s, another vampire Narice rears her ugly head.  I had to wonder though, given Nessa’s strength, intelligence and resources, why hadn’t she taken Narice out of the picture long ago?

I wasn’t captivated by this story immediately but once the reader is taken back to the beginning of Nessa’s humble beginnings in a Hungarian village four centuries earlier, I was hooked.  Her long life’s story was interesting, following her horrific turning to becoming both a lady of society and a formidable vampire, and describing how she came to be in New York.

Both characters are likeable but I found that I couldn’t relate to the 21st century Nessa.  In the present time, we don’t really get to see beneath the surface of the powerful vampire, as the story is told mainly through Frank’s eyes, and when Nessa speaks, the language seems stilted and awkward at times, which I’m going to attribute to the fact that English is not her first language and that she comes from a different era.  Frank however jumps from the page as an ordinary guy just trying to get along in the new paranormal world he suddenly finds himself a part of.  Frank drinks a lot!  We never see him drunk but he drinks in order to reduce stress, calm his nerves and to aid sleep.  He also struggles with the fact that Nessa is the alpha in the relationship, a normal reaction but he is never chauvinistic about it.  He is an intelligent man who accepts his partner’s strengths, experience and brilliant mind.

The demon plotline comes across as an afterthought.  This is a book about Frank’s relationship with Nessa.  Anything outside of them is kept to the sidelines.  I liked reading a vampire book from a male perspective so I’m glad I had the chance to read Unholy Embrace.  That being said there were a few areas that didn’t work for me.  The building of the relationship between Frank and Nessa was lacking and Frank’s immediate belief that she’s a vampire seems improbable.  There were also some grammatical errors and I felt that the fight scenes could have been described better.  The ending was also too rushed.  One area I wish to address is that each chapter begins with a quote from a book by Thaddeus Romans, an apparent expert on supernatural creatures.  These quotes contain spoilers, revealing what’s to come in the next few pages, unfortunately removing the important element of surprise.  I ended up quickly skipping these quotes so the following chapter wouldn’t be ruined for me.

One of the highlights was the vivid New York setting and I have to admit that I did find Frank attractive.  I’m sure male readers will surely fall as quickly in love with Nessa as Frank did.  Her beauty and flaming red hair make her stand out immediately (just check out the beautiful cover).

Ultimately I found this book to be an easy, chilled-out read. ***

Check it out on Amazon HERE