Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade
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?
About the Author
Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade
Nothing ever happened in this rundown town, not since the last mine had closed a decade ago.
, was dusty, quiet and
old-fashioned. It took months for the
latest movie to make it to The Oracle theatre where Copperfield,
worked part-time, but it was the easiest job in the world. It got Erin out of the house she shared with
her brothers and angry, alcoholic father, put money in her savings account, and
most importantly, Erin got to see movies free.
It was escapism. For a couple of hours she could lose herself in another world, imagining herself as the beautiful heroine.
waiting for the day she would learn she wasn’t her father’s daughter. That her
mother had embarked on some secret affair with a handsome, rich man, and it was
only a matter of time before he discovered her existence and introduced Erin to his world.
Sighing, she rested her chin in her hand. A cool summer breeze ruffled the curtains and lifted the strands of her bangs, tickling
forehead. She hated this tomb-like town,
but had to admit that at night, Copperfield was beautiful. The desert gleamed beneath a full moon, and
the scent of vegetation from the garden was spicy and fragrant. Erin
breathed it deeply.
A cloud at that moment obscured the moon, and the hairs on her arms lifted. The breeze died down suddenly and she straightened up. She felt distinctly peculiar. Was there a storm coming?
The door to her bedroom sprang inwards. Startled,
turned to shout at whichever brother had disturbed her peace. It was Nick, her twin.
“Do you mind?”
Nick’s sea-blue eyes gleamed. They were just like
Erin’s. “You’re never going to believe this, Sis,
“A crew from
is in town. Copperfield’s the location for some scary
“Are you kidding?”
said, jumping off her bed.
“They’re all in Casey’s right now. The whole town’s there.” Nick was practically hopping with excitement.
“Oh, my God,”
said. “Why Copperfield? What kind of scary movie?” Slasher
or ghost story? she wondered. She
preferred the latter.
Nick shrugged. “Let’s go find out.”
“Hey, where you kids going?” her father's slurred voice demanded.
“Out,” she said, and slammed the door hard.
Casey’s diner was busier than
Erin had ever seen
it. Several waitresses were scooting
across the shiny tiles in red and white roller skates that matched their
uniforms. Every booth in the place was
taken. Customers were eating their
hamburgers and fries standing at the counter.
She paused inside, inhaling sharply. Her eyes were drawn immediately to the young man sitting at the biggest booth, furthest in the back. His presence radiated charm, charisma and self-assurance.
couldn’t help but notice the dusky brown of his eyes tinged with flecks of
green, and the easy curve of his lips. He looked so familiar, but she couldn’t
“Hey,” she poked Nick. “You know his name?” She watched him laugh heartily with his companions and lean back against the leather seat in complete ease.
Nick shook his head. “Don’t recognize him.”
“I’ve seen him in some TV show before. I think,”
added uncertainly. This was going to bug
“He’s the lead actor,” Nick said. “I heard people talking about him when he got off the bus earlier.”
“Sure. The crew’s just been here for hours, sugar. It’s one of those scary movies. Copperfield’s a real cheap place to shoot, I guess. That gorgeous boy over there,” she nodded in the direction of the young man
had been drawn to. “Name is James
Linkin. He’s going to play the bad boy.”
“He ordered a hot dog from me just before you got here,” Mrs. Casey said. She chuckled. “He’s a little charmer from what I’ve seen so far.”
“What kind of bad boy?”
asked. Her stomach was fluttering. It hadn’t done that since she’d watched Brad
Pitt in Legends of the Fall last
summer in The Oracle. She’d been forced
to throw a Brad weekend there for one of the most popular girls at school,
Lyndsey Mason, her older brother’s girlfriend.
Now looking at James, she believed him to be even more handsome.
Erin marveled at her racing hormones. She usually wasn’t as silly as the other
girls in school, or so she liked to think. She risked another look at him. Dark hair with sunny tints when the light
caught it right, pale skin, strong jaw, slender build…
“Vampire, I think,” Mrs. Casey’s voice broke
Erin’s train of thought. “It's going to be some kind of horror romance.”