Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Marcus from Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather Reid. Pretty Dark Sacrifice is the sequel to Pretty Dark Nothing. It is a young adult paranormal series that features demons! It will be released on July 28, 2015 by Month9books.
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A hero is defined as: 1) A person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. 2) A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. 3) The principal character in a story, play, film, etc.
Two out of three isn’t bad, right? While the PRETTY DARK series is, at the core, Quinn and Aaron’s story, it wouldn’t be the same without Marcus. As Aaron’s best friend, he adds stability in the chaos and brings much needed comic relief to a dark world. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They aren’t always the ones in the spotlight and sometimes the smallest deeds can be the most heroic. Marcus might not have special powers or psychic abilities, but he’s loyal, loving, and someone that has your back no matter what.
Interview with Marcus
DFT: Since this is the second book in the series can you start off by telling us a little bit about what happened in the first book and what part you play in the story?
Marcus: So, there’s this hot cheerleader, Quinn, who’s been acting a little crazy lately. She’s been having nightmares and seeing demons, but she’s too scared to tell anyone. Anyway, she’s totally into this sexy, washboard abs, witty, pizza loving, swimming champion. That’s me, if you had to ask. Of course she can’t come right out and tell me she wants me, but we both know she did. You can tell by the way she rolls her eyes at me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride the Marcus love machine? Right? But of course I can’t tap that, not when my best friend, Aaron, has it so bad for her. I mean, I can’t blame him. Have you seen the way she looks in that short cheerleader skirt? Anyway, what kind of friend would I be if I stole my best friend’s girl?
So, Aaron, he’s too shy to talk to her, right? So I, being the best friend that I am, show him how it’s done. A flash of my smile and a wink of my baby browns and Quinn and her lady friends are eating out of my hand. Well, her best friend, Reese, is anyway. So Reese and I are flirting, I’m about to show her my best moves, when…Bam! Quinn faints and Aaron plays hero to save her from banging her head open on the floor. But when he rushes over to her, he gets sucked into one of her evil demon nightmares. Turns out, he’s been hiding a psychic ability from everyone. He can sense emotions, but usually only if he’s touching you. But with Quinn, it’s different. He can sense her even when they’re not together. Weird, right?
So Quinn and Aaron, they have serious problems communicating. Girl has some trust issues, understandably, but Aaron isn’t any better, each hiding such deep secrets that they don’t even share with their best friends, let alone each other. I should have known they were a train wreck waiting to happen. Even with Aaron’s Spidey senses, he can’t quite put a finger on what’s up with her. And Quinn, well, she’s in an invisible war with a bunch of evil, soul-sucking demons that nobody else can see. She thinks that if she tells anyone, they will lock her up in the loony bin, and she’s probably right. And the demons, well, they’re happy to manipulate her into buying a one way ticket to crazy town so they can feed off her misery and bring more baby demons into our realm from the underworld. If only we had known all that before, she might have had a fighting chance. I wish she had trusted Aaron, or me, or at maybe even Reese.
(Marcus gets quiet and stares at the floors.)
Aaron would have believed her even if nobody else did. He could have helped her, we could have helped her. If she hadn’t felt so alone, maybe she wouldn’t have followed the demons out into the storm. Maybe she wouldn’t have slipped. If Aaron and I hadn’t split up to look for her. If I had been the one to find her instead of Aaron. If…if…if. Things might have ended differently.
I tried, I really did. That night. The water was so cold, so dark. Reese says it’s not my fault, that it wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was an accident. People call me a hero because, in the end, I saved Quinn, but it wasn’t enough. It was never enough. Can we talk about something else now?
DFT: Quinn is one of your best friends and things in her life have been pretty crazy lately. What do you think is the one thing that has helped her survive everything she has been through so far?
Marcus: Well, the demons are something nobody could have been prepared for. Trust me. I’ve seen what they can do, and the fact that she survived what they put her through, shows just how strong she really is. Now that she knows what she’s up against, she won’t back down. I’ve never seen someone so determined to protect those she loves. She’s stubborn, smart, and fierce. Those demons are about to get a taste of her revenge and I can’t wait to have a front row seat to their destruction.
DFT: You and Quinn have been friends for a long time now can you tell us one of your favorite memories spent with her?
Marcus: Quinn and I haven’t been friends for that long, really. I mean, you’re better off asking Reese about warm fuzzy memories with her. Now, if you had asked about Aaron, I would have to say hanging out in his room after one of my swim meets. You know, killing zombies, eating pizza, and messing around.
DFT: You have a goofy personality and really know how to lighten mood when necessary. Since you like to be funny I was wondering if you would tell us a good joke?
Marcus: Awww, man! My mom would kill me if I told the joke that’s going through my head right now.
(Marcus laughs and slaps his knee.)
No, I can’t tell that one.
(He tries to compose himself, then breaks out in another fit of laughter.)
Wait. No. Seriously. Okay, okay, let me think. Oh, I got one.
Man goes into a bar. Says “Bartender, gimme 15 shots of whisky -fast!” Bartender starts pouring the shots and the guy slams them down as quickly as possible. On about the 9th shot, the bartender says “Gee buddy, you sure are putting those away quick” Guy says “You would too if you had what I have” Bartender “What do you have?” Man “50 cents”
DFT: With everything that has happened lately I imagine your life has become a little hectic at times. What is one thing that has stayed consistent no matter what has happened?
Marcus: My girlfriend, Reese. I love that girl. I don’t know what I would do without her. Yeah, she rolls her eyes at my stupid jokes, but she also puts up with my crap. Plus, she looks good in a bikini.
DFT: Since this event is all about heroes can you tell us who is the one person in your life that you consider a true hero?
Marcus: (Marcus wipes a tear from his cheek.)
Sorry. Give me a minute.
(He takes a deep breath and then looks at me with such intense sadness that I almost want to cry myself)
Aaron. I’ve never met anyone as loyal and giving as Aaron. Losing his mom and baby sister in that car accident, stepping up to take care of his younger brother while his dad drank himself into oblivion, life’s been pretty tough on him. I know how dark it got for him. I think that’s why he felt so connected to Quinn, why, even in her darkest hour, he didn’t want to give up on her. He wasn’t perfect. Boy had a temper sometimes, but he was my best friend, and I love him. What he did for Quinn that night? He’s the true hero, not me.
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 working on her next novel.
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About this Book:
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.