Pitch Dark Blog tour

Hey Everyone! As you can see, I am participating in a blog tour hosted by ROCK STAR BOOK TOURS for the book, Angel of Death. They have kindly provided me with a copy of this book to review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way.

The blog post will have the following format if you are interested!

  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author
  • Book Tour Schedule

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win (US Only)
  • 3 winners will receive a finished copy of PITCH DARK & Swag    

Book Links:

Title: Pitch Dark
Author: Courtney Alameda
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: 20 February 2018
Source: Rock Star Book Tours
Format: eBook
Pages: 384
Reading Timeline: 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. 

Book Excerpt:
After the crash, the Conquistador’s smarthull melded itself to the terrarium ship, creating a tight seam . . . or so I hope. The closer I get to the big ship, the stronger the gravity becomes. The first phosphorescent arrow painted on the floor glows near the maw of the John Muir, left behind by Mami’s crew. The path tilts down at a twenty-degree angle, the arrow pointing into the ship’s throaty, unbroken shadows.

I creep toward the tunnel, careful of my bare feet and the crash debris, nocking an arrow. With each step, pain stabs into the wound on my thigh. A breeze whooshes by me, eager to escape into the Conquistador and beyond that, space. It’s so cold, the air plucks my skin and leaves gooseflesh in its wake. It smells peppery, like carbon and blood. The scent wakens some primal knowledge in me, one telling me to run. Leave this place. But I can’t. As Dad would say, quoting some old poet, the only way out is through.

The light strangles where the ships meet, the fascia of one of the John Muir’s tunnels ripped away. Inside, the floor drops about two meters. The big ship’s viscera hang from the ceiling, ducts and tubes and cords, now barely contained by an arched support beam. The metal walls wear rust, but otherwise stand bare. Shipbuilders didn’t start using the sensitive nanoparticle paint until about two hundred years ago, so it’s what I expected from an Exodus-era craft.

At the bottom, three human-shaped lumps lie in ponds of blood. Guts blister out of abdomens. Chunks of bone lay scattered about like jagged, broken glass. One man’s been decapitated, his head resting on its ear a few feet away. Their flight suits, while shredded, bear both the rearing Cruz lion and the Panamerican flag. Their faces are too ravaged to recognize, especially since they lie deep in the darkness.

Nothing moves. My breath snags on a skipped heartbeat.

Blinking back tears, I lift some tubing aside and ease down into the tunnel below. My bow’s bottom edge rattles against the shorn metal lip of the ship. I land inside the John Muir with a whump, then creep around the bodies and gore on the floor.

“What did this to you?” I ask them.

About the Author:

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.

Book 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

Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


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