by Jeri Smith-Ready
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pocket Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416551768
Date: 13 May 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ciara Griffin desperately needs a summer internship at a radio station. She's down to her last chance, WMMP, and gets the job in sales. They give her a ton of books on rock and roll, the DJs dress to their era of music, and her immediate supervisor refuses to work there nights and is always sharpening pencils. Then she finds a booklet tucked into the rock and roll books: "The Truth About Vampires". It's beginning to look like WMMP is weirdness central, but she needs this job. From official release/information:
Product Description: Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, '60s psychedelia, '80s goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station -- and the link it provides to their original Life Times -- the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and undeath.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands the station as "WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll." In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs' vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around -- next to Ciara's complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the "gimmick" enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren't so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher -- and the perils graver -- than any con game Ciara's ever played....