Monday, August 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway: Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather L. Reid

Welcome to me stop in PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE by Heather L. Reid Blog Tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter. Today on my stop we have an Excerpt + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!!


Title: Pretty Dark Sacrifice
(Pretty Dark Nothing #2)
Publication date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Heather L. Reid

It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace.

Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron's memorial, convincing her he’s still alive.

When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife.

If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment.

All it will cost is her blood.

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TOPIC: The path at becoming an author.

‘We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.’
~Woodrow Wilson~

My love of words started like most writers I know. It started with a story. In this case, the stories came from the imagination of my great-aunt, Delia. She weaved magical tales to send me to sleep. She wasn’t a writer, she never wrote any of her stories on paper, and she read to me too, but I loved her stories best. Neither of us knew she was giving me the greatest gift of all, the gift of storytelling. I’ve always loved books, spending countless hours in libraries and bookstores devouring stories. At the age of four I started dictating stories to my mother who would illustrate them for me. By the age of nine, I was writing plays for friends and binding my own picture books with cardboard and string. At eleven I started my first novel. (No, you can’t read it. It’s buried in a deep dark hole somewhere in the Tasmanian Outback and guarded by a three-headed dingo.) I told my parents I wanted to be published by the age of sixteen. I also told them I wanted to be Wonder Woman, Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, a Broadway star, and an archaeologist. Those dreams faded. I never did get that invisible jet, but the dream of being a writer stayed with me.

After college I decided to stop dreaming and start doing. I joined the Society of Children’s book Writers and Illustrators, joined a writer’s group, read books on writing, went to conferences, workshops, and most importantly, I started writing every day.

After cutting my teeth writing short stories, poems, magazine articles, and even a play or two that never saw the light of day, an idea that would later become Pretty Dark Nothing started to germinate. Writing a full length novel scared the crap out of me. I had never ventured to write anything that long before, but the story, the characters nagged at me, urged me to write. When I started writing it, something clicked; I knew I had found my voice. The words poured from me and it was euphoric. I was in love. I worked and polished and sent it out into the world. I had a lot of positive feedback and a close call with one of the big six, but rejection and disappointment were the only outcome. At the time, we’re talking late 90’s, horror was a dead genre and YA didn’t have a big market share either, so YA horror was a tough sell.

I felt discouraged. I wanted to cry and scream in frustration, and in all honesty, I gave up. I quit. I put Pretty Dark Nothing in a drawer and turned my back on it. I tried to write other novels but Pretty Dark Nothing was a fire that refused to die. Finally I relented and took another look at the manuscript.

‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’ ~Confucious

It had potential, but needed to be torn apart. I rewrote and rewrote and worked it till it shined. And then I sent it out into the world again. I sent it out with the expectation that rejections would come, just as they had before. And then something amazing happened. On March 22nd, 2012, I opened my e-mail to the offer of a two book deal from Month9Books

Like the Woodrow Wilson quote, I nourished and protected my dream, nursed it through bad days and after 26 years, I became a published author. That’s a long time to carry a dream with you.

It’s been four years since signing my publishing deal with Month9Books and over two years since the release of my debut, Pretty Dark Nothing. Time has flown by in a streak of edits, cover reveals, book tours and school visits. And now, it’s time for my second novel, Pretty Dark Sacrifice, to make its way into the world. Every day thank my ten year old self for setting that goal all those years ago. Achieving what you want doesn’t always happen overnight. It takes work, vision, passion, determination, persistence, and most of all it takes patients.

So in the words of Henry David Thoreau – ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.’


Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing new tales of fantasy and horror.

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Giveaway Information: 
Contest ends August 21, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Pretty Dark Sacrifice (Pretty Dark Nothing #2) by Heather L. Reid (INT)


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