Thursday, February 22, 2018

{Blog Tour} PITCH DARK by Courtney Alameda—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Pitch Dark
by Courtney Alameda


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.

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Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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I reach out to touch the tunnel wall. My hand shakes. The metal surface feels like sandpaper to touch. Rust sloughs off under my fingertips. Maybe Mami believes in me, but my confidence comes up short when walking into the darkness, alone. Mami has a lion’s heart and the survival experience to handle a situation like this. As for me, my heart beats like a rabbit’s.
A thousand bad things could hide in that darkness: monsters who kill with a scream. Crash debris that could bite into my bare feet. I could wander forever and never find my parents. Or I might stumble over their corpses. I suppose the crew will have to come back to the Conquistador at some point, but standing still will probably get me killed. Even if the monsters don’t find me first, the plunging temperature and thinning air supply will. Survival means moving forward.
“Okay,” I whisper to myself. Fortune and glory, Laura. “Just take a single step”—and I do—“there, that wasn’t hard. Now another, está bien.”
I talk myself into the darkness. My voice gets quieter as the shadows draw me in, wrapping themselves around me, shutting out all visual stimuli. They silence me. The light at the tunnel opening fades into a small bruise on the darkness. I reach Mami’s second arrow  and keep walking, my hand striking a tunnel support strut every ten meters or so. For every two or three struts I pass, I’m rewarded with another arrow, eating into the darkness.
Reaching out, I run my fingers over the paint. It turns to dust under my fingers, long dry.
Está bien, it’s okay. I’m okay, I’m okay, I tell myself.
My footsteps whisper off the walls. The ship groans as if it aches, and far away, a scream cuts through the tunnels. I freeze, but I can’t know if the sound’s organic, human, or otherwise. Taps and knocks echo from inside the walls and underfoot. Every few seconds, the floor shudders. The temperature climbs the farther I descend into the ship.
Without warning, the wall stops. My hand shoots into empty space and I freeze. Gasp. A weak cross breeze tumbles over my exposed skin, tugging at the loose hairs at the nape of my neck. I’m in an intersection between tunnels, I think. I scramble back a step, heart pounding until my hand finds the wall again, my lifeline.
If I get lost in this darkness, Ill never find my parents. Ill never get out. Ill die here.


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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.



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