October 24, 2011

YA Spooktacular: Shannon Delany

This is an event hosted by Wicked Awesome Books and Frenzy of Noise. My story is part of Story Number One. For those who don't know, this is a chose your own adventure type activity where many different authors write a part in the story and send it on to the next person.


Laura dropped her weight back onto her right foot and, holding the poker like a baseball bat, swung with all her might. Too bad she sucked at sports. His hand shot up to intercept her strike and the blow skimmed his head. Surprised, he stumbled and lost his balance on the uneven floor. He scuttled backwards, his hood falling away from his face for the length of a single heartbeat . A heartbeat was all it took. Laura hissed and nearly dropped the poker, her eyes wide. With a sweep of one hand he pulled the hood up again and the memory of what she’d seen whisked away with the light that had briefly touched his strange face. Laura let out a shuddering breath and returned to the most threatening pose she could manage. “You’re not going to hurt anyone,” she said. “What you are going to do is take me to Brian. I kicked your butt—I’m going to kick his next.” He slowly drew himself up to his full height, his glittering silver eyes focused on the poker she still brandished. “Up the stairs,” she said, motioning with the tip of the poker. He climbed the stairs haltingly, one hand tracing along the wall and the other extended toward Laura to keep her at bay. At the top of the stairs the air only thickened. Laura heaved down a breath but it felt more like drinking than breathing. The walls were pocked with large indentations, rusty bars running the distance from ceiling to floor. Cages. Inside the cages Laura saw the flicker of movement as shadows slipped across shadows in the grim and manipulated hollows of the cavern dwelling. He was keeping something else captive like her.

If Laura demands he give her the keys to release what’s in the cages, go to The Reading Fever.

If Laura heads for freedom and ignores the cages, go to Stories to Be.

Author Bio: Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.She then sold the the rights to St. Martin’s Press and is now the author of five novels: 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals, Beasts and BFFs (prequel) and Destiny and Deception, which releases January 2012.

You can find Shannon on Twitter, on her blog, on Goodreads and you can order her books here:

Wasn't that fun! I can't wait to hear the rest of the story! I'm really sitting on the edge of my seat! Besides hosting a part of the story I'm also hosting a Trick or Treat (something to get you an extra entry in the grand prize pack to be announced on long with it. Details below.
mine is a:

Yes, a comment challenge! It's pretty simple. You have to comment on EVERY blog's post in this story (including this one, ;-) ). Then once you're all done, come back her and fill out this form. It will give you an extra entry in the grand prize pack and an entry to win a copy of The Waking (Spirits of the Noh & Dreams of the Dead) by Thomas Randall. Now, on your mark, get set, comment!


  1. Hey I think you've got the 2 links confused!

    If I'm not wrong 'If Laura demands he give her the keys to release what’s in the cages', you're supposed to go to [[Stories to Be]] and 'If Laura heads for freedom and ignores the cages', you're supposed to go to [[The Reading Fever]].

    Do check? ;)

  2. Ching- I don't think so, but I'll look into that. Thanks though.

  3. Ooh, creepy! Can't wait to see what happens next! Actually, I guess I know what happens on my blog. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This is so much fun, I love seeing what's going to happen as the story progresses!!! :D

  5. She did well overpowering him there, that surprised me.

  6. What's gonna happen! Next, please!

  7. Penolope- This was creepy! I can't wait to find out what was next either!
    M.A.D.- It is! The story is rocking!
    Sablelexi- She did!

  8. This story keeps getting better and better! Thanks!

  9. Desilula- It does! I'm really enjoying it!

  10. Wondering what these shadows are already!!

  11. hey about the comments on all the parts of the story do you mean every single one or the paths that we choose?

  12. This outcome may be worse then the last. =)

  13. Randomgirl- Me too! You don't have to comment on them all, just the ones you did.
    Orchid- It might *insert dramatic music here*.

  14. Thanks for the clarification above, I wasn't quite sure. I'm loving this choose your own adventure story.

  15. This story is awesome. I'm glad she is fighting back.

  16. Personally, I'd get the heck out of Dodge, but since it's just a story, think I'll see what's in the cages...

  17. Nicole- No problem! I am too :-)
    Lisa- Me too!
    Caitlin- It is! Fight the power ;-)
    Kristin- Me too, with my tail between by legs!

  18. Oh, Great!!!Your article is very good.
    Read more: Để có thông tin mới nhất trong ngày mời bạn truy cập tại thoi trang cập nhật liên tục 24/24h. Mọi thông tin chi tiết xin liên hệ tin tuc mới nhất.

    Great review! I think the same! :) Ms. Alice


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