Monday, April 22, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing Blog Tour

Pretty Dark Nothing
Author: Heather Reid
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013


It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.

Guest Post:

My Journey To Publication 

“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

Am I Really Going to Be a Published Author?

Yes, I really am.

Like the Woodrow Wilson quote, I have nourished and protected this dream, nursed it through bad days and after 26 years of dreaming, it’s finally come true. The dream sparked to life when I was ten. I was sitting in my 7th Grade English class. Instead of working on my spelling assignment like I was supposed to, I spent the class writing the first chapter of my first novel. I wanted to be a real writer with a real book on a real book store shelf. I imagined the smell of the freshly printed pages, and what it would feel like to hold my book in my hands. I wanted it. I spent months working and writing in my notepad. No, you can’t read it, I’ve buried the manuscript in the middle of the desert and it’s guarded by a three headed dingo. Yeah, it was that awful.

The years flew by. When you’re that young, it’s hard to hold onto a dream, hard not to get distracted. Life got in the way. So did middle school bullies, hormones, boys, and surviving high school. I channelled my angst in poetry and short stories that never saw the light of day. The idea of being a published writer became overshadowed by other goals. But no matter how much I pursued other things, writing never left my soul, it haunted me, tapped me on the shoulder every now and then to remind me that was my gift and I shouldn’t waste it.

At the age of twenty-one, I was working as a receptionist for an IT company, unhappy and lost in my life. A magazine had been left on my desk by my boss on her way into her office. Bored, I started flipping through it. I’ll never forget seeing that ad for The Institute of Children’s Literature. It spoke to me. It dared me to take a chance. I tore out the page and decided it was time to get serious. It was the first step to get myself back on the write path, of really learning the craft, learning discipline, connecting with other writers, and developing confidence so that I could achieve the goal I had set when I was a child.

That was nearly fifteen years ago. In that time I’ve written picture books, short stories, poetry, and magazine articles. Some came close to publication, but ultimately, none found a home. Then I had an idea for a YA paranormal novel which would become my debut,Pretty Dark Nothing. Writing a full length novel scared the crap out of me. I had never ventured to write anything that long before, but they story, the characters nagged at me, urged me to write. Something clicked. I knew I had finally found my voice. The words poured from me. Euphoric. I was in love with my characters. I worked hard for two years. I wrote draft after draft, polishing and working it until I thought it shined. Then I crossed my fingers and sent it out into the world. After several rejections, an editor with one of the big six asked for the full. I could hardly contain myself. This was it. It had to be. I waited nine months for a decision only to be disappointed when they ultimately passed.

I felt discouraged. I wanted to cry and scream in frustration. There had been days when I wanted to give up before, but this rejection hurt more than all the others put together. It took me awhile to pick myself up again. But I had a fire in my belly. I couldn’t let go of my dream. I started several other books, but none of them excited me as much as my first one. Pretty Dark Nothing wouldn’t let me go.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~Confucious

After three years resting in a virtual drawer, I took it out and started reworking it. It had potential, but I knew it could be better. I spent eight months rewriting the entire manuscript. I expected that rejections would come, just as they had before. And then something amazing happened.

On March 2nd 2012, all the dreaming, the rewrites, the determination paid off. I opened my e-mail to an offer. Pretty Dark Nothing, had sold in a two book deal. I couldn’t believe it. I read the e-mail over and over, pinching myself each time. Me? A two book deal? I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet. I thanked the ten year old me for setting that goal twenty-six years ago. Wow! That’s a long time to carry a dream with you. But I’m here to tell you that it can happen. If you’re willing to work at it, if you’ve got the vision, the passion, the fire in your soul for something, if you can’t imagine doing anything else in the world, your dream will come true. When you least expect it. When you feel like it’s never going to happen, just remember to pick yourself up, keep striving for your dream every single day, and don’t let anyone tell you you’ll never get there.

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.”

Author Bio:
Heather L. Reid eats mayonnaise on her fries, loves men in kilts, and met her husband playing Star Wars Galaxies online. This native Texan now lives with her Scottish hubby in North Ayrshire, Scotland, where she wanders the moors in search of Heathcliff and William Wallace.

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  1. Very pretty blog, Falling for YA! Love the background and all your bookish things! I found you through a google search as I was looking for some book blogging ideas. I am a new Indie author of contemporary YA and a newbie to the book blogging world as well and well, had to become a follower!

    feel free to check me out and any ideas you might have to make my blog a better place for people to want to visit, is always appreciated!!


  2. Congrats, Heather! I'm so proud of you and am thankful to have gotten to know you a bit on your journey toward publication. I love the quotes, especially the first. I keep my embers of hope burning every day. Enjoy this moment and every other after. You've earned each and every one.

    *hugs* Don't forget the chocolate too! ;)

  3. Thank you, Emily, for hosting me today! I appriciate it. Brian, thank you for your support as well. Good luck to everyone on the giveaway. :)

  4. I absolutely love this story! Ten-year-old you and ten-year-old me would have gotten along marvelously!

  5. Congrats on living the publishing dream, Heather.
    I look forward to reading your book.

  6. I would love to read this book based on that guest post. she's had quite a journey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. This book sounds so good! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for this giveaway!

  8. Hugehugehuge congrats to Heather for today's release!! I love the story of your journey. It reminds us all that life is not a race it's a marathon. Sometimes, especially when caught up in writing, we can forget that.

    And I can't wait for my pre-order of Pretty Dark Nothing to land on my doorstep. *waits for mailman*

  9. What a wonderful journey so far...and just imagine what's in store next! SO excited to read Pretty Dark Nothing! Congrats :)

  10. I never heard of this book before the blog tour, but when I read the review of it on Book Twirps, I said WOW that's sounds like something I would LOVE to read! Thanks for this AMAZING giveaway! :) I Can't wait to read it! :)

  11. Thank you for the giveaway :) I heard about this just today and it seems like a really interesting book. Really cool guest post too,congratulations on getting a book deal!

  12. Wow, that is some journey! I've been dreaming about being a writer probably a bit longer than Heather, but I haven't stepped forward that much in trying to make that happen. It's nice to see someone achieve their dreams and really go for it. I also hope to read this book sometime soon. :) Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

  13. Man, this books sounds so good!