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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FF–Red Riding Hood by Victoria Schwab

**Today on Dark Faerie Tales read Trinity Faegan’s take on the Princess and the Pea fable and you could win a copy of The Mephisto Covenant**


I am very honored to have debut author, Victoria Schwab, here with us today, to celebrate the release of The Near Witch!

THE NEAR WITCH is itself a fairy tale, one about a town called Near, in which a stranger appears, and the next night the children begin to disappear from their beds. This version of LRRH features both the heroine of THE NEAR WITCH, Lexi, and her little sister, Wren. In THE NEAR WITCH, Lexi races to learn the reason for the disappearances before her sister becomes the next victim. In both stories, Lexi's keen senses, when mixed with protectiveness, make her a dangerous opponent. She's also pretty good with an axe.

Lexi in Little Red Riding Hood

Wren danced in circles and swirls through the woods, spurned on by her own music, her own games.
Lexi followed close behind, watched her sister and the trees and the spaces between and the slipping light, all with slow, sweeping glances. A leaf fell here, a branch cracked there, a bird alighted and another landed, and her sister danced on, and in the dusk, Lexi saw it all.

And when the dark shape cut between the trees, she saw that, too. She knew better than to slow, or worse, to stop.

The shape grew closer, seemed to bleed into the shadows made by slipping sun. Lexi's pulse quickened. Wren danced ahead, cutting in and out of sight. Something somewhere growled, but the woods were tapering, and soon they would be home.

Her little sister broke the treeline first, skipped into the yard. Lexi kept her own steps steady, calm, but a small sigh of relief escaped when she too reached the clearing. A breath that snagged in her throat when she heard the sound behind her. Something between a whisper and a word. Meant just for her.

Mine, it said. Mine.

The word curled around her shoulders.

"Hurry on, Wren," called Lexi, managing a smile. She forced her feet forward, away from the woods and the word and the spreading dark, to the small house that waited in the last pool of light.

Mine mine mine, growled the thing at the edge of the trees.

Wren slid inside, still caught up in her own games. Lexi locked the door behind her sister, pausing only to press her hand against the wood and pray that it would hold, before she reached for the axe on the chopping block beside the porch. The axe slid free, the grooves worn to her grip. Lexi hefted the glinting blade, and turned to face the forest.



Thanks to Victoria’s publisher, I have one copy of The Near Witch to giveaway!

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.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Purchase: Amazon

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Ends September 7th, 2011.


Victoria loves fairy tales, and folklore, and books that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems. She loves writing about doors, and places between, and the cracks where reality slips into something darker, stranger, and invariably more interesting.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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56 People left their mark' :

  1. Getting axed is to obvious, so I think he transform into a human.

  2. I think he went home and took a cold, cold shower.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  3. Unfortunately due to the spooky nature of the story, I think he comes back looking for a way in!

    Thanks for the great story and I am definitely interested in this book!


  4. He was really talking about the cookies...Mine..all mine... Wait that could have been me!
    Thx for the story and giveaway!
    twinmomx5 at gmail

  5. I think he decided to bide his time. He's a stalker so he'll be patient and wait, it's what he does, he lives for the hunt.

    This book sounds truly scary and spooky, and the cover is awesome. I'd love to read it. And then maybe sleep with the lights on.


  6. i already own a copy of the book (which was abso-stinking-lutely fabulous!) but was excited to find your blog and say hello! *waves*

  7. I think he'll wait until later and coem back.

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  8. I think the wolf could possibly be the nameless boy. But the nameless boy is unaware that he turns into a wolf when the sun sets.. :)

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  9. I think the wolf is transformed into a human teenage boy when the axe pulls free.
    GFC - Victoria Sloboda

  10. I think he is hiding, biding his time for the right moment to jump out when they least suspect it.


  11. He turned into zombie wolf....lol...had to go outside the box!

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  12. +1 spread here

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  13. I think he is waiting for a time when they have let their guard down.


  14. Hi Amie ^^ Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Lol..I think to that the wolf turned around and went home to take a cold, cold shower. Of course he came back though to claim what was his ;) Thanks for the contest. Please count me in.
    +1 tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/Tanya1224/status/103933055147851776

  16. It would be really cute if the wolf smelled his fated mate and was hiding and waiting to ambush her...


  17. The wolf is a hunter--so I think the sniffs around, changes into Grandmother (like Lexi couldn't tell) and tries to get in to eat the girls, he, he, he. This is Little Red Riding Hood. Lexi is on to him :-) I'd love to win this one!


  18. I think that he changed back to his human form and confronted Lexi, unafraid of her axe. I think they fell in love and lived happily ever after...


  19. I think Lexi went out and chopped his head off, to make sure she and her sister were safe.

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  20. I think the wolf came toward the house and that Lexi met him in the clearing. I think they then had an epic battle which raged on while Wren danced inside. Then with some sweet axe work, Lexi makes mincemeat out of the wolf. No woodsman necessary.

    Loved the fable. The book looks excellent. Beautiful cover.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  21. +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Rogue237/status/103983838908264448

  22. I think he admired her decision to take him on and gave her a tense fight before he laughed and revealed himself to be a shifter. In the moonlight he made a very handsome young man who's smile still showed his coy cunning canine side.

    Thank you for the giveaway!


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  24. I agree with Barbara--I think she ends up chopping his head off

  25. I read the Near Witch so I known Lexi would have pursued the wolf and chopped his off to protect her family. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  26. I think the wolf got chopped into bits :)
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  27. I think the wolf burst into the home and cuddled on Wren's lap and Lexi shocked drops the axe.

  28. I've gotta go with the obvious: The wolf burst in and Lexi chopped it's head off! Loved the take on Little Red, though:)
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  29. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/104221785049927682

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  30. I think he stayed away, until she felt stupid for holding the ax, but showed up as her back was turned. She still killed him though.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  31. I would concur with the theory that he turned into a human. Clearly he was a werewolf all along! :D

    Thank you for the giveaway and awesome fable!


  32. Sometimes the simplest explanation is the right one: the wolf got axed. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    Great story!

    stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

  33. I think the wolf is smart enough to know when to back down. He will retreat for the moment.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  34. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/LadyVampire2u/status/104835895680708608

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  35. I am terrible at correctly fortelling the outcome but I will guess that he survives and ends up playing an important role!

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  36. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/104986013578969088

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  37. I second him going home and taking a cold shower. :) After that, cannot predict. Hehe.

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  38. I think he'll be back later!

  39. I tweeted!

  40. I think the wolf would've already left when she went back outside. Because if she is as good with that ax as Victoria say she is, I think it would be in his best interest to tuck tail and run!


  41. I think he's going to find another way in. thats wat i would do :)


  42. I think he changed into a devilishly hansom boy. All the better to seduce her with.

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  43. I think the wolf will shift into a boy she knows but never talked to. When her back is turned, he will shift back into a wolf and try to attack.

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  44. Um, eheh, I guess I'll go with the easy way and just say he got killed with that axe.


  45. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I want this book! Thanks for the chance.
    What do I think happens to the wolf?
    Well maybe he goes into hibernation until the curse can be broken?


  46. Hmm, depending on when this takes place the Near Witch gets him? but hopefully it's happier then that.

    tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/peachandblue/statuses/107884842305331200


  47. I think he'll be afraid of such a fierce girl with an axe. Or maybe not :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Dani_Nguyen/status/109283095454294016


  49. ooo I don't know. I don't think there was a wolf. I think Lexi was just paranoid. :p

    amber.hrkns at gmail dot com

  50. I think that she went to go hunt the wolf and he when he might have saw the axe, the wolf either took that as a challenge or he became sort of scared and decided it was best to try another day to get what was his.

  51. I also tweeted:

    P.S. I forgot to put my email in the comment above^^^ so here it is


  52. I can tell from Lexi's portrayal in Little Red Riding Hood that I would love to read more about her.

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  53. I think he turned human


  54. Hi i posted on Twitter thanks joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com


  55. I'm not sure what the wolf is saying is his. When he says mine, mine. He may be saying the axe is his or the girl is his, so he could just be outside watching and waiting to get whats his. lol. Thanks i seen this book and have it on my goodreads list but have not read yet. But BOY!!!! do i want to. Thanks for the contest. Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

  56. I think the wolf died being beaten to pulp by angry mobs ;))

    GFC: kimyunalesca