Friday, August 19, 2011

Debut of Month - All About The Near Witch + Giveaway ( Int'l)

Okay this was meant to be posted yesterday but Blogger backfired on me....so so so so sorry!!!!
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Debut - The Near Witch
Author - Victoria Schwab
Genre - Fairytale
Release Date - August 2nd 2011
Available - The Book Depository

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.


But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.


The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.


As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

The Insider's Scoop

The origin of The Near Witch...



This book was born out of two sentences dreamed up six months apart.


I was a college student, taking a variety of poetry and short fiction classes in addition to my required ones, and because I was a bit over-scheduled, I would try to do my creative writing work walking to and from class.


One day I was power-walking to school, and thought up the line, "There are no strangers in the town of Near." I liked it, its oddness, but I was in poetry and couldn't really use it, so I put it aside.


Six months later, I was sitting at the desk in my senior apartment, and a different line popped into my head: "The wind on the moors is a tricky thing." I immediately remembered that first line, and knew that the two went together. When I paired them up, I was left with questions. What was Near? Where was it? Why kind of place would have such a name? And no strangers? And what did that mean, about the wind?


The questions got tangled, weedlike, and just like weeds, they spread until the story, and answering those questions, became all I could think about.

My first book, a lovely, but bad thing, had been on submission for seven months, and hadn't sold, so I sat down in the coffee shop at the corner of campus every night from 9pm to 11pm, and wrote. I had to check out of senior studio (I was a Communication Design major) to do it, and go straight back after, but over the course of that spring, The Near Witch took shape. By graduation it was done. By late summer, it was sold.

~Giveaway~



Okay Lovlies! Victoria ( our super awesome debutante) has kindly offered ONE (1) Finished Copy of The Near Witch to one lucky reader! It's open to anyone who lives anywhere that Book Depository ships. Please leave a comment on this post or Victoria's first post as it's compulsory. Please read the rules of entry below -

Rules of Entry -

- Must Leave a Comment on this post or HERE
- Open to Everyone who lives where Book Depository Ships
- Must be 13
- Must fill out this FORM
- Ends 9/9 2011

Badass Bookie xx

69 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to read this book.

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  2. This book sounds wonderful, and I love the story behind it.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway and making it International! Near witch is on my wish list!

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  4. I read The Near Witch months ago yet I can recall those two quotes clearly. Among my favourite lines from the book!

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  5. I've been looking forward to this one :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I absolutely LOVED the Near Witch! (was lucky enough to get an egalley through NetGalley)

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  7. Awesome giveaway! I can't wait to read The Near Witch!!

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  8. I cant wait to read this book!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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  9. Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

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  10. This sounds really good, love the mysterious story behind. Thanks a lot for this giveaway:)

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  11. Thanks so much for the giveaway! The Near Witch sounds SO good!!! :)

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  12. The Near Witch has a beautiful cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  13. Thank you so much for this great giveaway! This book sounds really great (:

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  14. Thanks for this giveaway! I can't wait to read this :D

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  15. I love to read how a novel is slowly coming to life with just a few sentences. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Carina

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  16. Thanks for this giveaway! I adored this novel and really want to get my hands on a print copy! My bookshelf looks so lost without it :P *boots galley away* Shoo!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this one, I've been trying to win it for ages.

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  18. Awesome! This book is in my wishlist right now :D
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway ^^

    Alaiel

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  19. Thanks for the contest. I've heard such great things about this book.

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  20. Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  21. Such a great story! I love the image of it growing like weeds! :-D

    Awesome giveaway, thanks so much!

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  22. This book sounds amazing! I've heard great things. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  23. It's actually the "insider's scoop" of the inspiration for The Near Witch that makes me want to read it. :) One of my friends heard it at Ash 2 Nash and passed it on, and I think it's pretty fascinating.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  25. It's interesting to see how an idea of a novel was first thought up! It's so cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. This one sounds great! I'd like to get it (:
    Thank you for the giveaway:D

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  27. Both of those sentences are powerful in and of themselves. I imagine the book is awesome!

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  28. Thanks for this giveaway! I've been after tis read for such a long time!

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  29. This book sounds interesting - I've been lusting for it for a while, so thank you for the chance to win it!

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  30. Great origin story. You make it sound so easy! Can't wait to read this one.

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  31. The book sounds wonderful!!Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  32. I'm dying to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kelsey d.

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  33. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. I have seen so many positive reviews for this and it looks amazing. Thanks for the chance at winning a copy!

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  34. That's such an awesome story. :D And it definitely makes me want to read The Near Witch even more...and I already wanted to read it lots! haha
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :D

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  35. wonderful giveaway! thank you! :)))

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  36. How awesome to see the inside workings of an author's mind.

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been dying to read this book :)

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  38. This book looks good. Thanks for the giveaway.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. This book looks so good. I tried to access it off Netgalley, but they denied my request :'(
    Thanks for a chance to win it though =D

    rachybee101@live.com.au

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  40. Thank you so much for this international giveaway!
    I really want to read The Near Witch!

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  41. WHat a beautiful cover! It sounds very good! thanks for the chance!

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  42. I've been seeing a lot about this novel around the blogosphere and can't wait to read it!

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  43. This book looks very interesting! And that beautiful cover.. :)

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  44. One of the books that I'd like to read very much. Thanks for the chance!

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  45. WOW!! I can not wait to read this book! Thank you so much for making this international !

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  46. Two sentences for a concept pretty cool.

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  47. I love how she came up with this book!

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Victoria's blog and all my friends say this book is awesome.

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  49. It's really cool to see how the idea of this book formed. It sounds amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  50. I've been following Victoria on twitter and I am very curious about this book!

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  51. Interesting story about how she came up with The Near Witch!

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  52. Ooh, I've heard a lot of good things about this one, great giveaway, thank you! :)

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  53. I really want to read this bool. thanks the story sound great.

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  54. Thank you, Lisa! I've been dying for this one!

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  55. I love hearing about how stories come to be. They're like DVD extras! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  56. I am looking forward to reading this book!

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  57. I am so excited about this book! This is on my Can't Wait to Read wishlist for '11!

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  58. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks.

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  59. Thank you for the international giveaway. Lovely story about her book, how two lines can change someones life.

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  60. This book looks lovely! Can't wait to read.

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  61. I've been hearing such good things about this book and I really need to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

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  64. I've heard this book is amazing and I'm dying to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. I love the origin of The Near Witch with 2 different sentences! That's awesome to be inspired to write the book with lines that pop into your head! I still need to get The Near Witch b/c it sounds so awesome!

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  66. Thank you for this givewaway, everyone seems to love it! And thank you for the Insider's Scoop!

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