Sunday, June 25, 2017

BOOK BLAST GIVEAWAY: This is How it Happened

Hi lovely bookish peeps :) It's Book Blast time and I'm giving away the first finished copy of my newest contemporary novel, THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED.

About two-thirds of the book takes place in Springdale, Utah, near or in Zion National Park, one of my favorite places on Earth.

View of Zion Canyon and the Virgin River from Scout Lookout.

This is the view behind the Zion Human History Museum. When I visited,
an artist was back there painting it, which I totally understand.

Here’s more about the story:

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


Here's what ALA Booklist thought about the novel:



Enter to win a finished copy of THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by filling out the Rafflecopter below. The comment question is about the best book you’ve read in 2017, so don’t be shy—share the love :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want a sneak peek? You can read the first four chapters of the book here.

I'm giving away a second finished copy of This is How it Happened with this Book Blast on Instagram. Check my feed (@pstokesbooks) after 2pm Pacific on June 26th for another chance to win. Both contests are international. Both contests end on July 7, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer 2017 Pre-Order Incentives!

Are you planning to buy THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED, VICARIOUS, or FEROCIOUS? If so, you might want to order early and take advantage of one or more of these awesome pre-order incentives :D Three books = three different sexy giveaways, plus a bonus grand prize giveaway for one lucky reader who pre-orders multiple titles!


THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED:
Everyone who orders a new hardcover, e-book, or international paperback edition, from any store or website, by July 16th (so yes, if you ordered last week or 6 months ago it counts) is eligible to receive 2 signed bookmarks, a signed bookplate, a round sticker, and a magnet. Buying an ARC from e*Bay or a marketplace seller does not count. Please don't buy ARCs in general, and especially not this ARC because I'll be unpinning the link to the missing page after release.



VICARIOUS:
Everyone who orders a new e-book or paperback edition, from any store or website, by August 13th is eligible to receive 2 signed bookmarks, a signed bookplate (it's signed--you just can't tell in this picture), a sticker, and a magnet. Buying an ARC or used book from e*Bay or a marketplace seller does not count. Buying a hardcover technically does not count, because I ran a giveaway for the hardcover last year. However, if you decide you want to get a Vicarious hardcover to match your Ferocious hardcover and you really want the swag, send me your proof of purchase and if I have leftover swag I will hook you up.



FEROCIOUS:
Everyone who orders a new hardcover or e-book, from any store or website, by August 13th is eligible to receive 2 signed bookmarks, a signed bookplate (it's signed--you just can't tell in this picture), 2 stickers, and a magnet. Again, ARCs do not count. Please don't buy and sell ARCs.



All pre-order incentives are international. In order to get your free goodies, you need to email your mailing address to pstokesbooks [at] gmail [dot] com subject: [insert title] pre-order by the deadline listed for the book you bought, and include a photo, scan, or screenshot of your order confirmation or receipt. Lovely international peeps: It helps me a ton if you type out your address on multiple lines like my super-clueless self should address the envelope. Also, don't forget to include your postal code if that's something you're not used to using. Please allow four to six weeks for arrival.


MEGA BONUS SWAG PACK:
If you pre-order at least two of my three summer 2017 releases, you will be entered to win the super-swag deluxe prize, which includes:

from THE ART OF LAINEY: a postcard signed by the characters + two pin buttons
from LIARS, INC.: a black T-shirt, size 2XL
from GATU: a set of five blank inside notecards + envelopes
from TIHIH: a pad of desert sky at night sticky notes
from VICARIOUS: a notebook featuring both covers
plus surprise bonus gifts, which might include swag from other authors and/or mystery gifts/gift cards!





To be eligible for the bonus, either order multiple books on the same receipt or be sure to tell me in your second pre-order email that you also pre-ordered an earlier title. I don't want to miss anyone :)

If you ordered the paperback of GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE, that book is not eligible to be used for the deluxe prize contest, but I am still giving away signed bookplates and cute swag to anyone who makes a new order of the book in June. Click here for that info.

Questions?? As usual, put 'em in the comments :)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Early Order Incentive: Girl Against the Universe Paperback


Are you planning to buy Girl Against the Universe? Everyone who pre-orders/orders a paperback of the novel (or makes a new order for the hardcover or e-book) during the month of June is eligible to receive a signed bookplate, a magnet, and a fun postcard drawn by Aila from Happy Indulgence books. Offer is international. Offer good while supplies last.


Did you buy your copy of GATU outside of the promo window? Email me your receipt/proof of order if you really, really want the swag and I'll hook you up if I have any left over.


In order to get your free goodies, you need to email your mailing address to pstokesbooks [at] gmail [dot] com subject: GATU pre-order, and include a photo, scan, or screenshot of your order confirmation or receipt. Lovely international peeps: It helps me a ton if you type out your address on multiple lines like my super-clueless self should address the envelope. Also, don't forget to include your postal code if that's something you're not used to using. Please allow four to six weeks for arrival.

Wanna try before you buy? Click here to read the beginning of Girl Against the Universe.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Girl Against the Universe: Seven Days Seven Giveaways Winners



Hi :) Before I get to the winners, just a quick update on my do-it-yourself MFA program. I am still working through the course of study I designed for myself, but I started a new nursing job and a new volunteer job in April/May, and I'm also trying to promote four books (2 paperbacks, 2 new hardcovers) that are releasing in June-July-August while revising one book for 2018, drafting a hopeful 2019, and working through the self-publishing process for a book that's releasing this fall.




So, long story short, I absolutely plan to meet my overall reading, writing, education, and community goals for the DIYMFA program, but I've had to cut back for May so I'm going to wait and do an official update in June or July, once things slow down for me a little bit :)

Now for the winners! Names below. All books have been ordered or mailed.


Day 1: Winner of the #MentalHealthBooks Instagram challenge is Marie

Day 2: Winner of the #InspirationalQuotes Twitter/IG contest is Kaitlyn

Day 3: Winner of the Twitter #Haiku contest is Maria M

Day 4: Winner of the Twitter/IG #Happy book contest is Irma J.

Day 5: Winner of the fears and strategies contest is Sarah R

Day 6: Winner of the Twitter/IG #LuckyCharms contest is Khae

Day 7: Winner of the GATU promo Rafflecopter is Adik

Day 7: Winner of the bonus Rafflecopter is Khayzelle


Other recent winners: 

Winner of The Art of Lainey is Sandra

Winner of any book (via the Liars, Inc. RT contest) is Denise


I just want to say a huge thank you to my amazing blog hosts and to all of the people who entered the contests. The winners were chosen randomly via Rafflecopter or random.org, but I had a lot of fun going through all the posts :)

If you didn't win and you're sad about that, I highly recommend joining my newsletter :) I only send out 8-10 issues a year so it's not overly spammy, and almost every issue has an exclusive international contest. Another perk of newsletter subscription is that if you win one of my books that you already have or don't want in a newsletter giveaway, I will let you substitute in a different one of my books that you'd prefer. Newsletters also contain writing/editing tips and book recommendations. And subscribers get first crack at participating in blog tours, book blasts, and other ways you can earn awesome swag.

Speaking of awesome swag, if you're planning to order Girl Against the Universe, This is How it Happened, Vicarious, or Ferocious in the next couple of months, I'll be running a pre-order signed swag giveaway for all of those books, with a larger prize that anyone who pre-orders two books will be eligible to enter to win. Here's the first incentive, for people who buy the Girl Against the Universe paperback. Stay tuned for more!


Random kitty pic: Happiness is a fresh haircut and a big bed ;)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Girl Against the Universe: Seven Days Seven Giveaways Blog Tour


Hi everyone! Girl Against the Universe releases in paperback on June 6, 2017 and I’m so excited about that I decided to do an entire blog tour of giveaways to celebrate! In the story, main character Maguire creates a list of seven challenges to help her overcome her fears. This week, I posted seven fun challenges for you around the blogosphere, which are also seven chances to win a shiny GATU paperback :D

Some of the contests require you to have a Twitter or Instagram account, but others just require you to leave a blog comment. These contests are all international, but due to shipping costs, US winners will receive signed copies sent by me and INT winners will receive their books from Wordery or The Book Depository, with signed bookplates mailed separately.

All contests will end on May 31, 2017. All winners will be contacted via Instagram, Twitter, or email as well as posted on my blog in early June. If you’re going to enter a Twitter or Instagram challenge, be sure your account is set to public during the contest period so I will be able to see your entries and contact you if you win. 

My editor and I updated the sales copy for the book to help it better reflect the mental health and therapy components, as opposed to making it sound romance-centric. Here's the new description:


From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about a girl coping with PTSD and the boy who wants to help her move on from the past. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen or Jenny Han.

Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she's around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash--and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. 

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it's best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.


If GATU were a gif, it would be this one :)

Ready to start winning? I tried to create challenges that not only promoted GATU's paperback release, but were also fun to complete and benefited the literary community. After all, who doesn't need recommendations for thoughtfully written mental health novels? Who couldn't use an inspirational quote or a fun haiku to brighten their day? You can enter one contest or all seven. I'm not expecting more than ten entries for most of these, so if you want a free signed copy of the novel, this is an excellent chance to score one. Note: if you already have a copy, these make great gifts :D


Challenge #1:
Bookstagram a mental health novel you felt was well done.
Requires Instagram. Read blog post for full details.

Challenge #2:
Tweet or Instagram one of your favorite inspirational quotes
Requires Twitter or Instagram (but not both.) Read blog post for full details.


Challenge #3:
Write a haiku about luck, tennis, dolphins, or burritos :)
Requires a blog comment or Twitter (but not both.) Read blog post for full details.


Challenge #4: 
Share a book that made you feel happy or empowered after reading.
Requires Instagram or Twitter (but not both.) Read blog post for full details.


Challenge #5: 
Make like Maguire and share one of your own fears, plus two strategies for working on it. Requires blog comment. Read blog post for full details.

Challenge #6:
Share the luck! Or your lucky charms anyway :)
Requires Instagram or Twitter (but not both.) Read blog post for full details.


Here's one of my good luck charms with my next release :)


Which brings us to:



Challenge #7:
Share the first six challenges.
Today's challenge is an easy-breezy Rafflecopter, with points for tweeting and retweeting.


Below it is a bonus Rafflecopter because I promised a bonus giveaway with this tour. Remember, all challenges go until the end of the month, so there's still plenty of time to enter as many times as you want :) 

Questions? Put 'em in the comments.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

DOUBLE BONUS GIVEAWAY: Don't miss a chance to win a copy of The Art of Lainey too :)