By: Celine | October 29, 2014 | (56) Comments

YA Midnight Reads
Guest Post by Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc.Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Genres: Mystery, YA
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It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies 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 a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. 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? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

Hey everyone! We’re totally stoked (sorry) to have Paula here on the blog today. You may remember The Art of Lainey, which Melanie and I (Celine) reviewed together and loved! You might be surprised because this is Halloween Week and The Art of Lainey was mostly cute and fluffy, but Paula actually has another book coming out next year that you may have heard of. I mean, I’ve been fangirling about that for a while now, because obviously it’s going to be amazing. Either way, I’m going to stop my rambling now and temporarily give the blog to Paula *bows*.

A Guest Post by Paula Stokes

Hi guys! So YA Midnight Reads invited me to be part of their Halloween event to promote LIARS, INC., my March 2015 murder mystery. LIARS isn’t a super-gory horror story, but it definitely has some heart-pounding moments, as well as dark, creepy scenes in cemeteries and secluded cabins. I think the scariest part of the book is probably how easy it might be to commit a crime and pin it on someone else. Either that or the reasoning behind how everything plays out. In the real world, people sometimes do bad things just because they’re on drugs or off their medication, but the killer in LIARS has Reasons, and even though I don’t condone this person’s actions, part of me kind of understands where they’re coming from.

Enough of my rambling 😉 Just in time for Halloween, the main characters of LIARS, INC. have joined me today to share their favorite scary movies. Watch at your own risk!

Max Cantrell

Age 18. Loner, slacker, surfer.

I don’t know. I find a lot of horror movies to be lame. The old school ones from the 80s are scary, but the bad hair and clothes make them feel cheesy. I think my favorite scary films are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously, like SHAUN OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIELAND. Oh, and any of the Wayans brothers spoofs—those always make me laugh my ass off.

 PrestonDeWitt

Age 18. Rich kid, running back, gambler.

My favorite scary movie is SAW. Not the more recent ones—those are weak—but the first couple. I like them because of the way the killer punishes shitty people who kind of deserve it, and how he always gives them a chance to save themselves, even though most of them aren’t brave enough to even try. I’m not exactly a saint myself, but I think I’ve got guts. Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to wake up in a horror movie someday.

Parvati Amos

Age 17. Newspaper columnist, martial artist, wannabe spy.

Two movies that scare the crap out of me are CANDYMAN and THE RING. I freak out during the ones where there’s a rule like “don’t do this thing or you’ll die.” I have what might be called “impulse control issues” and if you tell me not to watch a video or not to say “Candyman” three times while looking into a mirror, I’m going to obsess about it until I convince myself I have to do it. CANDYMAN is especially freaky with the fire and the voodoo stuff and that scene where she wakes up covered in someone else’s blood. *shudder* I need to go look at kitten pictures now.

 Amanda Cantrell

Age 11. Fifth-grader, cupcake lover, TV watcher.

Okay, you are not allowed to tell my mom I’ve watched these movies, but my two favorites are SE7EN and THE BONE COLLECTOR. They’re both kind of old, but we don’t have cable so the only movies I get to see are ones my parents get from the library. Or sometimes stuff I can find for free on the internet. These are my favorites because they both focus heavily on forensics to solve the crimes. When I grow up, I’m going to be a forensic psychologist or a CSI tech.

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What do you think? Do you agree with my characters’ picks? What are your must-see scary movies? Oh, and would you like to score an ARC of LIARS, INC. in your trick-or-treat bag this year? It’s way better than those crappy wrapped orange and black toffees or that little box of raisins you get from your vegan neighbor. Details below on how you can win. Happy haunted holidays!

Giveaway

 

Le Rules:

1. YA Midnight Reads and Paula Stokes are not responsible for any lost items.

2. This giveaway is international.

3. No cheating! We will find out, and we will disqualify you.

4. The winner has 48 hours to respond once the email has been send.

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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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56 Responses to Guest Post by Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc.

  1. Being the huge murder mystery lover that I am, I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. I haven’t read a good one in a while, so hopefully when I get round to reading it, my socks will be blown off with it’s frabjousness. 😉 I really enjoyed Paula’s Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy so looking forward to this beauty! 🙂

    Lovely post, Celine and Paula!
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  2. I heard a lot of positive things about this one already and I can’t wait to read it myself!
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  3. Chenise J. says:

    I absolutely loved The Art of Lainey and this mystery sounds even more up my alley!

  4. Pili says:

    I don’t want many scary movies myself cause I’m a rather big wuss, so like Max I prefer movies that can be mostly funny! Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland… I love those!
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  5. Hilary Leung says:

    I felt this chill run down my entire body at the blurb! A business for liars to flourish…I guess it’s not so different from the other institutions in the world.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!

    • Celine says:

      It sounds like it has all the right ingredients for a scary and thrilling read! And yes, I guess you’re right. Kinda scary to think about, isn’t it?

  6. Tanja says:

    I have heard so much about her first book but I had no idea she was the author of this one too! I mean they seem so different and I love that. I will look forward to Liars, INC for sure as it seems like a really interesting story. Also I love the guest post and even though I haven’t seen any of these they seem scary. Great post 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Apparently Paula writes in all kinds of different genres, haha. This does seem different and original! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it before 🙂

  7. Lily says:

    AHHH Paula knows how much I loved The Art of Lainey and I’ve practically had this book on my TBR since it was first announced! I can’t wait for it and I’ve already heard such good things about it1
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  8. So many classic scary movies up there. I have pretty much seen them all. Saw gave me the creeps and Seven was just downright wrong. I can’t wait to read this one.
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  9. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014, so I am so happy to see a guest post here! I think it’s so clever how Paula was able to give each of her characters a favorite horror movie; definitely a good sign in terms of character development for the novel! And thank you for the generous giveaway as well! <3
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    • Celine says:

      Same!! I can’t wait for this one 🙂 And yes, obviously Paula knows what she’s doing here, haha.

      The giveaway is all thanks to Paula 🙂 (Also I kinda wish I could enter it myself, haha)

  10. They sound like SUCH awesomely cool characters. Particularly Amanda. Anyone who’s only 11 and already knows their life goals as well as those life goals being something as awesome as forensics….I just have to admire her, okay?!
    I don’t really like horror movies. >_< Horror books = yes. Horror movies = no. I just watched Gone Girl and that was waaaaay enough horror for me. As a kid, Jumunji used to freak me out. WHO ARE WE KIDDING? It still kind of does. 😉
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    • Celine says:

      Haha, if only I’d known MY life goals when I was eleven (*cough* or now *cough*). And SAMMEEEE. I cannot handle horror movies. I CANNOT. They creep me out and I’m not lying when I say I won’t be able to sleep for a week at least after watching a horror movie. Also, I’m not sure what Jumanji is but I don’t think I really want to find out *shudders*

  11. Sarah says:

    I read The Art of Lainey and adored it and I’ve been wanting to read creepier books lately and Liars, INC sounds so awesome. Mystery books have always been my favorite, so I’m really excited about this book. I know I’m going to read it.

  12. Yani says:

    I’d love to read murder-mystery books! Liars, Inc. would be perfect for my 2015 reads. Yay! Thank you so much for introducing me another Paula Stokes book. 🙂
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  13. You always do such wonderful giveaways! Thank you! 🙂
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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! Eeek, I’ve been wanting to read this one ever since I saw the cover. The concept and characters sound great. 😀
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  15. Not entering because I have an e-ARC but must say that I’m super excited about this book. It sounds right up my dark-and-spooky alley!
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  16. Aw, I love Paula!!! I can’t WAIT to read this. I’m hoping to get to it soon, it’s been taunting me on my Kindle XD
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  17. I loved The Art of Lainey, I’m super excited about this one!
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  18. Carmel says:

    Any book with the word LIAR in it, I have to read!!! I love reading a great mystery read. (Especially if it’s from the POV of the culprit!) Thank you Celine and Melanie for doing an international giveaway!
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  19. Danielle D says:

    I love the idea of this book, I highly enjoy the psychological thriller kind of books and movies. Looking forward to this book, think I’ve had this on my TBR since August.

  20. Ashley C says:

    I want to read this SO badly. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Valerie says:

    I had no idea Paula Stokes had another book! That’s awesome! I love the idea of selling lies, AND OF COURSE MAX gets into huge trouble. Hahaha this reminds me of Dangerous Girls!

    Hmmm, scary movies. I don’t really like them. BUT I did like The Ring. It was really good and also scary. But when it comes to scary movies, I usually stick to Halloween ones like The Addams Family and Nightmare before Christmas 😀
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  22. Lori says:

    I love the cover! This book sounds so intriguing, and that’s no lie;)

  23. I love that this post gave us more insight into the characters in the book! I have been intrigued by this book from the moment I heard about it during YASH and this was such a fun way to learn even more about it! I saw The Ring but I don’t even remember it, so I must not have found it that scary haha! And I did watch Zombieland, again don’t remember it that well. Clearly, I need to get on to watching more scary movies like the characters of Liars, INC have!

  24. Not that I *just* want to read this one because of the cover, but I have to admit that it looks pretty awesome, with a fascinating premise to match. Combined with a murder mystery, I’m really looking forward to reading this one!
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  26. karin says:

    I heard great things about this book!plus the guest post was really interesting , thanks 🙂

  27. Sara says:

    I am probably gonna regret this but their is no harm in giving yourself or a mate a good scare once in a while unless of course if its onyl very mild….

  28. Brittany T says:

    Ohh im really excited to check this book out!!Thanks!!

  29. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, I can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!
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  30. Brittany T says:

    Ohh i am pretty excited for this book!! By pretty i am mean super!! I’m so into murder mysteries lately… Thanks for this chance to win it!
    ~Britt
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  31. To be completely honest, I have never seen this book before. Thank the stars that I came across this post otherwise I could have missed out on it! Liars, Inc. has made it to my must-read-as-soon-as-possible list! I need a change of scene and murder mystery would be perfect. Ah, thank you SO much for the chance to win it!!!

    The interviews were so interesting – most of the movies I have never heard of (obviously I need to get out more). If I ever do watch them, though, I probably need to join Parvati and look at kitten pictures 😉
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  32. Sushma says:

    Sounds like a tense thriller,right in my wheelhouse and love the cover of the book!

  33. Ashfa says:

    This book sounds amazing and the cover, wow, love it!!!Haven’t read any of Paula’s books yet and this one looks like a good one to start with.

  34. I’m so excited to read this one! I loved The Art of Lainey. 🙂
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  35. I read The Art of Lainey and adored it and I’ve been wanting to read creepier books lately and Liars, INC sounds so awesome.

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