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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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True—Max is prone to being snarky with Darla and realizes he overstepped in this instance and hurt her feelings.
True—Max used to be homeless. He’s eaten even worse things than roasted roadkill.
Lie—Max sometimes feels jealous of the bond Pres and Parvati have established from knowing each other longer than knowing him, but he would never spy on them.
True—Pres’s dad encouraged him to play football because it fits the image he wants for his son.
True—Preston doesn’t have a lot of friends because he does hold the people around him to high standards, and most people don’t measure up.
Lie—Preston is hot, athletic, and wealthy, but he’s not much of a womanizer.
Lie—Parvati’s dad wants her to be strong, but he’s not cruel and he would never force her to watch something like this.
True—Parvati wants to be in the CIA and some of that means exposure to torture. She’s naturally curious about things like waterboarding.
True—Parvati has a personality disorder and occasionally engages in self-harming behaviors, but she’s never cut herself or anything overt because she knows the marks would eventually be discovered and a psychiatric diagnosis would negatively impact her future. « Hide Spoiler
About Liars, Inc.:
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.
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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