PITCH DARK Blog Tour
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.
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.
Hello, my name is Courtney Alameda and I may have the world’s most adorable writing desk. Even though I write science fiction and fantasy with a horror slant, I cherish all things cute and aim to keep my creative space inviting and cozy.
No. 1: Computer. What writer would be complete without her trusty computer (or notebook, for the old school kids)? I alternate between a Mac Mini desktop and a Macbook Air for travel. My desktop currently has a photo of Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome, which is featured prominently in my new novel, PITCH DARK. Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the world, and this year, I plan to fulfill a lifelong goal to hike to its summit!
No. 2: Accountability. I’ve used a sticker calendar to keep myself accountable to my writing for many years now. This idea came from Victoria Schwab (insert link: http://veschwab.tumblr.com/post/98837019198/on-the-star-sticker-method-a-lot-of-people-have); I highly recommend it to anyone pursuing an artistic career of any kind, but it’s particularly well-suited for writers.
No. 3: My Caffeine of Choice! Dr. Pepper, because I don’t drink coffee. When writers joke that they’re superpower is turning caffeine into words, they’re only partially kidding.
No. 4: Inspiration. This is a framed interior page from the comic B*TCH PLANET by Kelly Sue DeConnick, one of my heroes. When I told her I was a writer who wanted to get into comics, she signed it, “Courtney—GIVE ‘EM HELL.” Whenever the going gets rough, I look at this and smile.
No. 5: Fidget Toy. I’m an anxious person, so I’ve started leaving a container of some sort of putty on my desk (there’s even a lump of it sitting on my calendar in this photo). I also play with it while I’m plotting or blocking out a scene—it’s surprising how much it reduces my anxiety while I’m working!
No. 6: Lucky Charms. These are omamori, or Shinto amulets, from the Fushimi Inari and Seimei Shrines in Kyoto, Japan. I’m currently working on a novel set in Kyoto (SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS with Valynne Maetani); and I purchased these while visiting the country on a research trip. Both are for good luck!
There’s also a ceramic Lucky Cat (maneki-neko) bell here, which I purchased from the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco the week my debut novel, SHUTTER, was released.
No. 7: Mementos. This little fox dish has three important things in it: my grandmother’s old rosary, the silver bullets my husband buys me each Christmas, and a military challenge coin that was given to me by a friend. Writing can be a lonely profession, and these little mementos remind me that I have a lot of wonderful people in my life.
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!