Imagining vampires at the heart of the social struggles of 1920s, MOONSHINE blends dramatic historical fiction with a lively mythology teeming beneath 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) her weakness for his dark, inhuman charm.
"I hope Zephyr Hollis's adventures have only begun. I want more!"--Emma Bull, author of WAR FOR THE OAKS
“A rip roaring romp through a fascinating period in history and a thoroughly enjoyable read…a winner!”-Karen Chance, author of THE CASSANDRA PALMER SERIES
"A page-turning delight, with bicycles and enchanted blades, drug wars and settlement evening schools, romance and heartbreak. Move over, Buffy and Anita, and make room for Zephyr Hollis!"--Sarah Smith, author of THE VANISHED CHILD
Alaya Johnson is a recent Columbia graduate, and denizen of New York City.