Today, I’m taking part in Vicki Leigh’s “My Worst Nightmare” blog hop, to celebrate the recent release of her young-adult, paranormal-romance/ urban-fantasy, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, which centers around seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham, a Protector of the Night, who has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears.

Rules:

  • On 11.03.14 post about your worst nightmare, and what form the clawed, red-eyed creatures would take if they fed off your fears.
  • Visit the other participants of the blog hop, and comment on their worst nightmares

At the end of the blog tour, on 11.14.14, Vicki Leigh will pick one of the participants at random and award them with a CATCH ME WHEN I FALL swag pack, including a dreamcatcher hand-made by Vicki.

My Worst Nightmare

I don’t scare easily. I watch horror movies at night with the lights off. I look at high-resolution pictures of spiders. Hell, I often relate to the bad guys and monsters in stories more than I do the protagonists.

I’m a fighter. I’m usually a stand-aloof-until-I’m-confronted type, but as my husband will tell you I don’t back down from arguments if I think there’s still a point to be argued. And I’m lucky that in my life, all of my confrontations have been verbal instead of physical (not counting wrestling matches with my brothers while growing up, of course).

So the thing I fear most? Physical weakness.

As a reader, writer, and editor of action-driven speculative fiction, I see “normal” characters put through extraordinary physical trials over and over again. And when I daydream about living in the Buffyverse or Middle Earth or Panem, I always end up feeling like one of the scrawny twelve-year-olds whose name is drawn in the Reaping. How would I, a “normal” young woman with no fighting experience or real physical endurance, compete against the Careers from District 2? I’d be dead at the Cornucopia for sure.

But it’s not just hypothetical spec fic injury that frightens me. I have nightmares about being attacked while walking under the countless bridges in my city and in my dreams, I always fight them off with well-placed hits to their vulnerable points, which I’ve learned through internet research rather than practice. But when I wake up, I remember that I can barely jog a mile, that I can barely do five repetitions bench-pressing twenty pounds on the bar. And that scares the shit out of me.

My worst nightmare is being attacked in the real world by someone twice my size, or someone so strung out on adrenaline or drugs that my attacks to their weak spots aren’t enough to make them let go. It’s being unable to outrun someone who is chasing me because my stamina is so low. It’s being unable to fight back hard enough to protect myself or the people with me.

Whatever form they took, my Nightmares would be something too big for me to fight off.

Is it healthy that fear is what motivates my new work-out routine? Ehhh, probably not. But whatever, I’m training for the zombie apocalypse.

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Participants:

Cassidie Jhones at Rebook424 – Cassidie’s Reviews | Tawney Bland Twinning for Twins

Laura Rueckert | Katie Teller at Katie’s Stories | Ayden Morgen at A.K. Morgen Writes

Sharon Bayliss | Emma Adams at From the Writer’s Nest | The Writer Diaries

Katie at Writing, Reading, and Life | Robyn Koshel at Elder Park Book Reviews

Jenny at J. Keller Ford – Fantasy Author YA Junkie | S. K. Anthony

Merisha Abbott at Blissful Book Reviews | Sarah at Ink of Blood

Amy at Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog | Zoraida Cordova at Wonderlands

Ryan Hill at Ryan Hill Writes | Christie Gibrich at A Geek In Librarian’s Clothing

Nichole Giles at Random-ish | Kayl Hughes at Kayl’s Krazy Obsession

Rebecca at Sister Sinister Speaks | Kathy Kozak at Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews

Victoria Biram at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author | Vicki Keire at Vicki Keire Writes Chelsea at To Each Their Own Reviews | Sarit at Coffee Books & Art

Jennifer Brooks at The Cubicle Escapee | Katja at Cautious

Cait Spivey | Lucy Lala at Book-A-Holic

8760a-whenifall_frontcoverAbout Catch Me When I Fall:

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

 

Find Catch Me When I Fall Online:

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

f535e-vickileigh_authorportraitcopyAbout Vicki Leigh:

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find Vicki Leigh Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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3 thoughts on “My Worst Nightmare Blog Hop

    1. Ah yes, researching fight scenes! One of the most interesting workshops I’ve ever attended was one by Jonathan Maberry on writing fight scenes. In addition to writing, he’s a martial artist and has worked as a bouncer, and his talk on fights was SO helpful to me.

      I’m lucky to have had some experience with stage fighting in my theater career, and it helps to have friends like Kisa Whipkey (a tang soo do demo team choreographer). I also discovered an organization in my home state that teaches historical fight techniques like English bare-knuckle boxing and bartitsu! I would love to take those lessons.

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