In which I celebrate the paperback release of The Near Witch

Today some cool book things are happening for one of my favorite 2011 releases. First, today is the release day for the paperback of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. Second, to celebrate its release, “The Ash-Born Boy” is posted over at Disney*Hyperion’s website!

What, you might ask, is “The Ash-Born Boy”?

It’s a free story Victoria wrote as a thank-you to her fans to answer a simple question: “Who was Cole before he came to Near?”

Now, if you’ve already read The Near Witch, “The Ash-Born Boy” is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole.

And if you haven’t read The Near Witch yet, don’t worry, “The Ash-Born Boy” won’t spoil anything!

So basically, either way, you should go read Cole’s story ;)

And if you want to wait and read The Near Witch first, don’t worry! Cole’s story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion’s website, and if it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be free.

There’s more!

Cole’s story isn’t the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the back of the paperback you’ll find the first chapter of Victoria’s new book, The Archived, which doesn’t come out until January 2013.

So what are you waiting for?

Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at “The Ash-Born Boy,” and don’t forget to buy/order/pick up your own paperback copy of The Near Witch!

Want to know more?

Read my review of The Near Witch.

Check out my interview with Victoria Schwab.