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Available 4.15.24

Alaya Johnson

A city of others at the heart of the 1920's, complete with bittersweet romance and lively mythology teeming beneath the gritty New York City streets.

St. Martin's Press
May 2010
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Featuring: Zephyr Hollis; Amir
288 pages
ISBN: 0312648065
EAN: 9780312648060
Trade Size
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Fantasy Urban

Imagining vampires at the heart of the social struggles of 1920s, Moonshine blends a tempestuous romance with dramatic historical fiction, populated by a lively mythology inhabiting the gritty New York City streets

Zephyr Hollis is an underfed, overzealous social activist who teaches night school to the underprivileged of the Lower East Side. Strapped for cash, Zephyr agrees to help a student, the mysterious Amir, who proposes she use her charity worker cover to bring down a notorious vampire mob boss. What he doesn’t tell her is why. Soon enough she’s tutoring a child criminal with an angelic voice, dodging vampires high on a new blood-based street drug, and trying to determine the real reason behind Amir’s request—not to mention attempting to resist (often unsuccessfully) his dark, inhuman charm.

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41 comments posted.

Re: Moonshine

I have to pick this one up. It has so many good elements!
(M Bell 6:54am July 20, 2010)

Best friends! How wonderful to have!
Marjorie Carmony 7:44am July 20, 2010)

this sounds like a great read thanks
April Strength 9:01am July 20, 2010)

Your book sounds great. Like you, I do love a good sidekick! Thanks for visiting.
G S Moch 9:44am July 20, 2010)

sounds like a must read here
Debbi Shaw 12:00pm July 20, 2010)

I enjoy secondary characters who actually have a good ending too.
Diane Sadler 12:09pm July 20, 2010)

I do like it when the chicks aren't all catty with one another but are there to show earnest support & friendship!
Jessica Badeaux 12:31pm July 20, 2010)

I love good secondary characters, female or male. If written well they can help take a book from just being good to being exceptional. I especially love good family dynamics in a book. with family members being supportive of the main characters. Since I am very close to my family I really enjoy that in a book.
Cherie Japp 12:49pm July 20, 2010)

I would love to to read your book, it sounds wonderful!! Thanks
Crystal Christensen 12:52pm July 20, 2010)

I think the reason that we all love when the main character has a BFF to help them is becouse we need that BFF to talk to, help us through lifes hard times, so when the heroine has one she is more real to the reader thus we love them
Vickie Hightower 12:58pm July 20, 2010)

I love a support cast... have secondary characters in a book that add more to the story...
Colleen Conklin 1:37pm July 20, 2010)

Everybody needs somebody sometimes...
Bethany Cardone 1:50pm July 20, 2010)

Sidekick is a sweet name for a buddy who you can depend on for clothes, advice and may march alongside you.
Alyson Widen 2:09pm July 20, 2010)

It is so important to have friends to talk to no matter what is going on in your life. Female friends will support you, fight for you, defend you and always be there for you.
Brenda Hill 2:47pm July 20, 2010)

You are so right. Good characters can
not exist in a vacuum. They need
more that the villain to make their
personality come across. Friends or
sidekicks bring out the different sides
of their personality and tell the reader
who this character really is.
Like the excerpt. We all need friends
like this.
Patricia Barraclough 3:24pm July 20, 2010)

I agree with you about the sidekicks. I like the relationships between the friends as well as the lovers.
Julie Swaney 3:37pm July 20, 2010)

I appreciate sidekicks usually as comic relief.
Vikki Parman 4:03pm July 20, 2010)

congrat on the book and hope you
do more and then i hope i get to read and blog about it
Desiree Reilly 4:24pm July 20, 2010)

Sounds like a great book! And your right, there's not enough books that show close girl bonds! Suzanne Brockmann usually works in some good friendships.
Kelli Jo Calvert 4:53pm July 20, 2010)

I enjoy the supporting characters because they help add a little spice to the story by getting away with things that the leads could not.
Leni Kaye 5:34pm July 20, 2010)

Your remarks about the sidekick are right on target. The female friends help keep us centered as a person and are not afraid to give us advice even if it's not exactly what we want to hear at the time (like yes you are having a bad hair day and why are you wearing that it makes your butt look fat). I think men (or a lot of them anyway) expect women to be catty to each other because they just don't get the concept of best friends who commit to a friendship as deeply as most women do and this does seem to be missing from a lot of the romance novels I read. So add your sidekick and add some humor to just about any situation.
Vickie McCarter 6:00pm July 20, 2010)

I love a good sidekick! Some of
the best books I've read have
the most interesting and fun
sidekicks in them.
Margay Roberge 6:04pm July 20, 2010)

My sidekick just so happens to be my older sister. We are pretty close since when I was growing up everyone thought we were twins. I love when a sidekick is added to a story. It's even better if the next book (if it's a series) turns out to be that sidekick's story (don't wanna leave them out).
BTW - the cover for Moonshine is fabulous:) Adding it to my TBR pile right now!
Yadira Alonzo 6:42pm July 20, 2010)

Great sounding book. I must read it!
Cheryl Lynne 6:44pm July 20, 2010)

The 'hero & heroine' need someone to bounce off against. An important component the sidekick.
Mary Preston 7:05pm July 20, 2010)

Side kicks--friends. Same thing! Thanks
Yvonne Butler 7:16pm July 20, 2010)

Who else can you zing or who
can zing you, if not your best
pal or your sister?
Patricia Cochran 7:24pm July 20, 2010)

Moonshine sounds like a must read. It's nice to have your support system always ready to listen to and help you.
Cathy Phillips 8:28pm July 20, 2010)

I totally agree with you. You can't beat having a good sidekick in a book!! The banter brings refreshing levity to the read, and doesn't take a thing away from the storyline. In many cases in enhances it. If the book is anything close to the piece that you wrote, it'll be a good read!! Thanks!!
Peggy Roberson 10:09pm July 20, 2010)

It is always good to have a sidekick. They are the ones who always know how to make you laugh. They basically your best friends.
Kai Wong 10:20pm July 20, 2010)

You're right! Stephanie Plum wouldn't be anywhere as interesting without Lula!! In fact, I sometimes find myself enjoying Lula more than anyone else in that series!

Sidekicks/BFFs/Sisters/whatever you want to call them can sometimes be the only thing that helps you make it through the day. I know - I've been there in the last week or so, and wouldn't have made it through without them.


Lynn Rettig 12:10pm July 21, 2010)

The women having friends is truly something that's missing in most books.
Cathie Veres 12:21pm July 21, 2010)

Friends add a lot to a story as they do in actual life.
Gladys Paradowski 2:55am July 21, 2010)

there is no substitute for a great sidekick!
Mary Lynn Hayes 10:47am July 21, 2010)

It's nice to see the sidekicks getting some recognition!
Chantel Williams 1:46pm July 21, 2010)

Yes it's the friendships and relationships that characters have with other people that really make them interesting. And it's those same things that are the most inportant in real life.
Sarah Dewbery 4:23pm July 21, 2010)

Friends and sidekicks really round out a character.
S Tieh 6:53pm July 21, 2010)

Sidekicks help bring out the main character and the story and are sometimes just a chance to just be fun with a character.
Pam Howell 8:35pm July 21, 2010)

Great sidekicks help make a
reading experience more unique.
Jacqueline Cook 8:42pm July 21, 2010)

We all make it through life with the help
of friends and family, it makes sense to
have sidekicks in books too.
Sue Ahn 3:54am July 22, 2010)

Sidekicks and friends are always great in stories, they help add to the story.
Brenda Rupp 10:40pm July 23, 2010)

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