Two Truths and a Lie with the Characters of LIARS, INC.

Posted February 23, 2015 by Debby in Giveaways, Guest Posts / 27 Comments


Today I’m really excited to have Paula Stokes, the fabulous author of The Art of Lainey, on the blog, bringing you a little game to introduce the characters of her upcoming March release, Liars, Inc.. Take it away, Paula!

Two Truths and a Lie with the Characters
of LIARS, INC.

Paula: As you might have guessed, Max, Preston, and Parvati are all experienced liars. They each have secrets that they’re hiding, many of which you’ll discover if you read LIARS, INC. Here they share with you some of their secret truths that didn’t make it into the book, along with one lie each.

Guess all three of the lies correctly in the comments, and you could win a signed hardcover of LIARS, INC. (US) or a Book Depository order plus a signed bookplate (INT). How do you separate the fact from the fiction? Your gut, mostly. Reader’s intuition. You might have a tiny advantage if you’ve read the ARC, but you can glean most of the same information if you read some of the blog posts I’ve written about the book in the past few months.

Be sure to input a valid email address when commenting if you want to be eligible to win. This contest will run for two weeks, ending on March 9th. We’ll pick a random winner from among whoever correctly identifies the most lies.

maxMAX
  • Last year I told my adoptive mom, Darla, that she was stupid to want to adopt more kids after Amanda and me.
  • I once ate part of a squirrel that someone had found in the road and roasted over a fire.
  • When Preston and Parvati went to Homecoming together, I spied on them from outside the school with a pair of binoculars.
prestonPRESTON
  • I started playing football because of my dad’s political career. He said it was the kind of thing the son of a senator should do.
  • I don’t have very many close friends because most people let me down eventually.
  • I once dated two girls who were roommates at Bristol Academy for over a month without either of them finding out.
parvatiPARVATI
  • Last winter when I went hunting with my dad, he shot a deer but only wounded it. Then he made me watch while he broke its neck.
  • I asked one of my friends to waterboard me because I wanted to know what it felt like.
  • Sometimes I engage in undetectable self-harming behaviors, like excessive exercise or reckless sparring in karate class.
The answers will be revealed on March 9th!


UPDATE: Contest is over! Here are the answers!

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About Liars, Inc.:

Liars IncLiars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen on March 24th, 2015

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
For more info, check out the official LIARS, INC. website!

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About Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of THE ART OF LAINEY, INFINITE REPEAT, LIARS INC., and several other forthcoming YA novels. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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27 responses to “Two Truths and a Lie with the Characters of LIARS, INC.

  1. Kathy L.

    Oh I can’t wait to read Liars, INC.! I loved Paula Stokes Art of Lainey and I’m interested to see if she writes mysteries as good as she writes swoons. Alright I think Max lied about the squirrel, Preston lied about the two girls, and Parvati lied about the deer.

  2. Stephanie

    I love this challenge!! So fun and apropos. And I want this book so badly, I even went and stalked Goodreads reviews. I got nothin’, so this all based on what I think two rich kids and a former homeless kid would do.

    Max’s lie telling his mom she’s stupid, Preston’s is the dating two girls, and Parvati’s is the deer.

  3. Chubby Bookworm

    What a fun contest!

    My guesses are….

    Max – calling his adoptive mom stupid

    Preston – Dating the 2 girls

    Parvati – undetectable self harming behaviors

  4. Diana Terrado

    Okay, here’s what my gut is telling me (fingers crossed).
    Max lied about the spying, Preston lied about dating two girls and Parvati about the deer.
    Thank you so much! And I’m really very excited for the release of Liars Inc. I have a feeling it’s going to be really awesome <3

  5. Gavin Chua

    Here is my guess
    Max lied about “I once ate part of a squirrel that someone had found in the road and roasted over a fire.”
    Preston lied about “I don’t have very many close friends because most people let me down eventually.”
    Parvati lied about “I asked one of my friends to waterboard me because I wanted to know what it felt like.”

  6. Wow, okay, these were really really hard. Like you said, I just went with my instincts. Things brings me back to the few times I’ve played this game. 🙂

    Okay…
    I think Max lied about the telling his adoptive mom she was stupid.
    I think Preston lied about dating two roommates at once.
    I think Parvati lied about the deer incident.

    Thanks for the giveaway! This was really fun and creative.
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  7. Ryan

    this is probably one of the coolest ways to give away a book that I’ve seen in a very long time, so much fun! 🙂

    I’m going to guess that Max was lying about the squirrel, Preston was lying about his reason for playing football, and Parvati lied about the water boarding.

  8. Christina R.

    Max: I once ate part of a squirrel that someone had found in the road and roasted over a fire.

    Preston: I once dated two girls who were roommates at Bristol Academy for over a month without either of them finding out.

    Parvati: Last winter when I went hunting with my dad, he shot a deer but only wounded it. Then he made me watch while he broke its neck.

    thank you so very much 🙂

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  9. Bridget Howard

    This is way fun!!! I think Max lied about calling his mom stupid, I think Preston lied about football and I think Parvati lied about the waterboard.

  10. Chelsea Thomas

    I love this idea for a giveaway, it’s so unique. I’m go into guess that Max lied about the squirrel, Preston lied about playing football and Parvati lied about the waterboarding.

  11. Ann

    Here are my guesses:

    Max lied about telling his mom she was stupid
    Preston lied about playing football
    Parvati liked about the waterboarding

  12. Whoa this is a hard one. Okay so I guess that:

    Max lied about–I once ate part of a squirrel that someone had found in the road and roasted over a fire.

    Preston didn’t–I once dated two girls who were roommates at Bristol Academy for over a month without either of them finding out.

    And Parvati wasn’t there(bec Abigail of Hannibal was)–Last winter when I went hunting with my dad, he shot a deer but only wounded it. Then he made me watch while he broke its neck.

    Hope to win! Thanks! 🙂

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com
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  13. Glenda S. Hefty

    I’m not a good guesser but here goes: Max lied about the squirrel, Preston the two girls, and Parvati about the deer.

  14. Neira

    Uh, okay, let’s see…

    Max lied about telling his mother she’s stupid, Preston lied about football, Parvati lied about her father.

  15. Angelica M.

    This is a mind boggling game to guess the lies when they’re like almost ‘not lies’. Haha! I read it thrice just to identify which part of each are the lie. >..<

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