Monday, 3 November 2014

My Worst Nightmare Blog Hop

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 centres 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.

  • 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 [prize].

My worst nightmare

Without a doubt, my most terrifying dream experience was the first time I had sleep paralysis. I'm prone to bouts of insomnia when I'm stressed, and when I was at school, it reached peak level during exams. So, naturally, when I actually managed to sleep, my subconscious decided to freak me out...

The night before a major exam, I couldn't sleep until around four in the morning. When I did, I almost immediately fell into a bizarre dream in which I was sitting in the middle of a crowded room and suddenly couldn't move. At all. I sort of fell onto the floor, which sounds ridiculous, but it was really frightening - because nobody noticed! I was lying in the middle of this crowded room, unable to move, and couldn't even open my mouth to say I was stuck. And then, in the corner of my eye, I saw the door open. A shadowy figure stood in the doorway, and I couldn't turn my head to see clearly. But this awful feeling came over me, like something horrible was about to happen, and this figure was coming towards me...

I woke up then, but I still couldn't move. It was like I was still stuck in the dream, but I knew I was awake - I just couldn't move a muscle. I was so freaked out, I wondered if I was dead! I'd have screamed the house down, but I was totally numb and couldn't even open my mouth.

Eventually, I started getting sensation back in my fingers and toes. I think it took about twenty minutes to be able to completely move again - and yes, I was awake the whole time. Talk about scary! It goes without saying that I didn't go back to sleep after that... though I did, by some miracle, pass the exam. Yikes!

It was a year before I found out that what I'd had was actually sleep paralysis - from other people who'd had the same thing happen. It's rare, like lucid dreaming, but at least it proved I wasn't crazy. :P And I knew I had to use it in a book - I could recall every second of the experience! I got my chance when I wrote Darkness Watching. Reality does occasionally overlap with fiction, and this was a particularly vivid memory! Only in Ashlyn's case, there might be a sinister force behind the nightmare...

As for what form the nightmare would take? Well, the demons are partly based on it. They're invisible most of the time, because there's nothing more frightening than a monster you can't see... except the shadows moving in the corners of your eyes...


About 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:

About 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.
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  1. Wow. I said it before, but that sounds like a really scary experience! I can't imagine.

    1. It was so weird, too! But it did inspire my book, so I guess I can't complain now. :P