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YA Spooktacular: The Corn Stalker + Giveaway

Welcome to another stop for the second annual YASpooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books.

This year, there are three stories written by some of your favorite authors that will be posted throughout the week. Each story is a choose your adventure, where you get to decide what path to send the character down. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die, and sometimes you fall into a pit of no return.

There are also some TRICKS or TREATS scattered throughout the story, where you can enter to win prizes and get bonus points toward the prize packs. The prize pack for The Corn Stalker: Story #3 will be up tomorrow! On Halloween day, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click the banner, or either of the links above, to see a full list of the YASpooktacular prize packs!

I am so super excited to welcome…

Victoria E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

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. She’s an excellent baker and once dressed up like a cupcake in a vlog.

Victoria’s debut novel, The Near Witch, was released earlier this year by Disney*Hyperion. She’s hard at work editing her next novel, The Archived.

You can find Victoria on Twitter, on her website, on her blog, on Goodreads and you can order The Near Witch at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository.

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Head over to Page Turners blog – by clicking the banner below – to start the story from the beginning!

I reached out, hands shaking as I rolled the body toward me, bracing myself for Kara’s braids and her wide blue eyes, but this girl’s eyes were empty. Literally. It wasn’t a girl, or even a body, not really, just a prop. The orange hoodie, Kara’s favorite, came from our school. Hundreds had them. I felt like an idiot as my heart hammered in my chest. It’s a game. The whole point is to scare you. My breath escaped in a curse as I got up, forgetting my ankle. I gasped in pain, and reached to brace myself on a corn stalk, but instead my hand came down on something––someone––warm. I turned to find Kara, eyes wide and alive and filled with anger.

The front of her hoodie was splattered with blackish stuff, but aside from looking mad, she seemed okay.

“I want to go home,” she said.

“Me too,” I said, trying to keep the fear from my voice.

Another scream cut through the air, and Kara tightened her grip on my sleeve. Most of the noise––all of it, in fact––seemed to come from behind us, from the coils of path that ran back toward the outer edge of the maze. The route ahead, the one that ran into the center spot, was silent and dark.

“Come on,” I said, tangling my fingers with hers.

We didn’t run. We crept, cringing every time our shoes cracked over already broken stalks of corn, holding our breath as we made our way deeper into the quiet as if quiet meant safe. The voices, the far-off screams, and even the whistling on the wind all seemed to bleed away as we reached the center of the maze, a circle where the corn was gone and the ground was flat, and nothing could hide.

Two lights shone in the square, each directed onto a sign.

The first sign said TO SAFETY, and pointed back into the maze, the way we’d come. The second sign said TO DANGER, but it pointed down a straight stretch that led directly out. I could see the cars in the lot from here.

“Come on,” said Kara, heading right for the straight road. I pulled her back.

“But what about the signs?”

“It’s just a stupid game,” she said, “And I’m so done playing.” She tugged free of my grip and stepped up to the path marked TO DANGER. “I’m going,” she said. “Are you coming with me, or not?”

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If I follow Kara down the straight path, marked TO DANGER, go to A Beautiful Madness.

If I leave Kara and go back the way I came, marked TO SAFETY, go to A Tale of Many Reviews.

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On October 29th, you can enter the Story Three Prize Pack by going to Escape from Reality.

And on October 31st, head over to Wicked Awesome Books and Frenzy of Noise to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.

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 This stop on the YASpooktacular tour has a giveaway TREAT.

Click on the button below to be taken to the form where you can enter to win a $25 eGiftcard from Amazon.

Giveaway is International and is open until Midnight EST on October 31st.

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I just have to say a huge thank you to Danielle and Nikki for for inviting me to be a part of this seriously awesome event. I don’t know how they managed to get all of these moving parts together, but participating has been super easy and extremely fun!

And I feel incredibly lucky to have Victoria Schwab’s piece of the story on the blog because she is such an amazing author and her book The Near Witch is a definite favorite!

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