Birthday Bash! “The Near Witch” by Victoria Schwab

Today I am so excited to kick off an awesome week of guest posts and giveaways! It is only fitting that the very first author to post is the wonderful Victoria Schwab. She was the very first book that I featured on the site and the very first interview that I ever did. I first met Victoria at the Ash2Nash tour in August but I hadn’t read The Near Witch yet, little did I know that it had only just come out! It makes me so happy to see Victoria gaining a strong fan following and I can’t wait to read more from her future projects! Not many people know this but it is because of the Ash2Nash tour and reading Victoria own blog that I decided to open this one! So thanks for the inspiration Victoria!

I went to an all-girls southern preparatory school. It was strict, to say the least, so I stored up all my rebellion until after I was out. I was born in July, so the summer after I graduated was also the summer I turned 18. That birthday, which I’ve come to see as not a day but an entire season, will go down in my personal history as an Adventure with a capital A. I chopped off all my hair, rocking a bright red pixie cut for my actual 18th, when I jumped out of an airplane at 15,000 feet, high enough to have a full 60 seconds of freefall before the parachute opened. Not long after I hit the ground, I got a tattoo. A week later, I hopped on a plane with my best friend, and we spent almost a month backpacking around Europe. We saw Johnny Depp in London, got arrested for hitchhiking outside of Paris, drank granitas on patios in Venice, and returned to the states with a case of wanderlust that has yet to let go. It was a birthday season of as mistakes and failures as successes, but it was a time of taking chances, of taking risks, of having adventures.

You can keep up with Victoria at her blog

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.

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.

Of course I also have a present for you all! I have one SIGNED Hardcover copy of The Near Witch to give away.

Here is the RaffleCopter but you can also find all the giveaways at the end of the week listed in the Few and Far Between section of the site.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget to look at my SmileCircle! Every dollar in donations counts as an extra point as well as the 10 points you get just for donating. A potential of 11 points just for donating one dollar, although I will not complain if you would like to donate more than that.

Thanks so much for participating Victoria!


*Images and book description received from Victoria Schwabs blog page.


  1. Oooh! It would bring me GREAT JOY to have a signed copy of The Near Witch! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Happy birthday to my writing partner & Ruta Fan Site partner in crime! This sounds like a really memorable experience and makes me wish I could go back and do more of the things I always wanted to do but never did. Who knows, maybe I still will!

    I’ve got my own signed copy of The Near Witch, but I will wish all of the entrants good luck!

  3. Dana Bartelt says:

    Wow that must have been an awesome summer!

  4. Kate says:

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. Annika says:

    Good grief. All I did when I turned 18 was to buy a lottery ticket. (I also registered to vote that summer, but not ON my birthday.)

  6. Amy S. says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! I have heard great things about it.