Monday, October 24, 2011

YASpooktacular: The Pond in the Forest (Story #1)

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 Story #1: The Pond in the Forest will be up tomorrow! On Halloween day, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click the banner above to see a full list of the YASpooktacular prize packs!

The author we are hosting is Zoraida Cordova. Check out her bio below:

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. Her debut novel, The Vicious Deep, comes out in April 2012 from Sourcebooks. She's currently working on book #2.

You can find Zoraida online:

Twitter / Blog / Goodreads / Amazon

The beginning of this story starts at Pure Imagination. You can pick it up at the beginning by clicking on the banner!

She shouldn’t have trusted Brian, Laura thought. Did she really think a boy like Brian would fall for a girl who looks like her? She knew better. Her mom had always warned her not to trust beautiful boys.

In the silence broken by the creature’s stealthy steps, she felt around for something. A stick. A sword. A shrinking potion. Those things could happen, right? But there was only torched wood that crumbled under her feet.

“You’re not a screamer,” the creature growled. He crouched down, enjoying the way he made her body tense. She didn’t notice anything about his face other than his eyes, like pools of swirling lava. She grabbed at the ground for support but came away with a handful of ash. Laura couldn’t breathe. In a swift motion, Laura threw her fistfuls of ashes into his eyes. She saw the open door, light flooding in as if there were a sun waiting outside. Laura ran.

The forest was still. She didn’t know where she was running but something inside her just said RUN. What was this place? A familiar smell filled her lungs—dew and honey and cinnamon. A memory was blooming in her mind. She stopped to catch her breath. Her chest was burning. Did that thing touch her? She held onto a nearby tree to stop from shaking. That’s when she heard the snap of twigs behind her.

When she whipped around there he was—another beautiful boy. Everything about him was dark—his clothes and his hair spilling in damp waves over his shoulders. Even the black pools of his eyes. He panted like he’d been running after her.

“Get away from me,” Laura said, taking a step back. Stupid move. Stupid.

The man waved his hand at the tree and the root sprung up and tripped her. “Don’t be afraid.”The slick ground was permeating through her pants. Laura said, “You just tripped me.”

“I’m sorry. But, I’ve been searching for you since you were stolen from our realm. The human boy brought you as an offering for killing our sister, not knowing what you are. Who you are.”

She took his hand. She couldn’t not. She was magnetized to him. The sensation in her chest grew where a golden light was pulsing.

“What’s happening? Who are you?”

He drew her close and she breathed him in—cinnamon, honey—

“I’m Raven, king of this realm. And you are my lost queen.”


You should start over and see if you can save Laura from this fate. (

We are also hosting a TREAT! 

Click HERE to enter to win a Mermaid Prize Pack!


  1. Nooooo! A dead end! Lol. Guess I've got to start over. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh lol
    I've got to start over AGAIN - you guys are evil ;D

    Lucky Laura!

  3. Starting over now...ah! This is my second dead end!

  4. Well, that's kind of a happy ending for

  5. At least she didn't die this time! lol

  6. Well not a bad ending for a dead end. She actually got off pretty easy in this ending.

  7. This is fun! Thanks for the giveaway! I love mermaids :)

  8. I am confused. This seems to be the happiest of the endings I guess?



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