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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Blog Tour- PITCH DARK by Courtney Alameda An Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for PITCH DARK by Courtney Alameda ! 

I have an excerpt from the book to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of SECRETS IN HER SCARS? Check it out!

Author: Courtney Alameda
Pub. Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads
Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space. 

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir. 

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves. 

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear. 

Now on to the excerpt!

As I limp through the bulkhead, I hear my mother’s voice echoing through the bridge: 
“. . . Find us.”

“Mami?” I call out, my spirits lifting. I hurry past the bulkhead. My hopes shatter like little sugar skulls when I see a projection of my mother shooting out of a portaScreen node placed on the floor, and not the woman in the flesh.

Mami’s image stands about as tall as she does in life, a compact five feet, five inches. I still remember the day I grew taller than her, and she grumbled about me taking after my father. Her bright aureole of bleached-blond curls glows like a saint’s halo in the portaScreen’s light. Mami looks bloodied, but the fierce cast of her eyes hasn’t changed a bit.

She survived the crash. Tears press against my eyes and I don’t bother to blink them away.

Beyond her, darkness looms. The Conquistador is wrenched open like an old tin can. 

The bridge is busted, entire shears of metal are bent up like teeth in a prehistoric shark’s mouth, or rolled up in crazy spirals like snail shells. The Conquistador hit the John Muir so hard, the ships have merged together.

“Attention all crew and staff,” Mami’s projection says, straightening a bit. “For reasons we’re currently still investigating, the Conquistador has crashed and is presumed to be unsalvageable. Due to the failure of our bioware systems, those of you who didn’t make it into an emergency pod remain unaccounted for

Mami’s voice wobbles. She presses the back of her hand against her mouth, composing herself. I’ve never seen her even teeter on the brink of losing her composure, not once in my life.

“No, Mami,” I say to her image, taking a step toward her. It takes all my courage to suppress the fear rising through my chest. “Don’t tell me you left me here, alone.”

After a long moment, she composes herself. “I’ve taken the sixty-odd survivors into the John Muir, as the ship appears to have viable life support. Follow us. We’ll be marking our path every five meters with phosphorescent paint. We’ve left some supplies, including flashlights and shortwave radios.” Her image gestures to a now-empty box, which means I wasn’t the only crew member to be left behind. It was probably full of things Dad kept “on hand” because old-world tech could be useful in emergencies. But people like usprepared, professional, and practicedarent supposed to have emergencies.

My lip quivers.

I couldn’t be left behind, my family doesn’t leave people behind.


About Courtney:

A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and hailed as a "standout in the genre" by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novels include the science fiction/horror mashup, PITCH DARK (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends 2018), and SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, an urban fantasy set in Japan. (Co-authored with Valynne Maetani. HarperTeen 2018).

Courtney holds a degree in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five-pound cat with a giant personality. 

Member HWA, SFWA, SCBWI; and SDCC Creative Professional.

Giveaway Details: International

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of PITCH DARK & pin with a quote that’s important to the story, US Only.

Ends on March 6th at Midnight EST!

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
2/19/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
2/19/2018- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview

2/20/2018- The Blonde BookwormReview
2/20/2018- BookHounds YaGuest Post

2/21/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
2/21/2018- Literary MeanderingsExcerpt

2/22/2018- Howling LibrariesReview
2/22/2018- YA Books CentralInterview

2/23/2018- The OWL Book Review BlogReview
2/23/2018- Pretty Deadly ReviewsReview

Week Two:
2/26/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
2/26/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview

2/27/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
2/27/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview

2/28/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
2/28/2018- A Dream Within A DreamInterview

3/1/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
3/1/2018- The Cover ContessaExcerpt

3/2/2018- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview
3/2/2018- AbooktropolisReview

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