SCARS book trailer and contest! Win a Sony Digital Reader, $100 bookstore gift card, & more

Enter to win a Sony Digital Reader, a $100, $50, or $25 gift card to (or any online bookstore) plus a copy of SCARS just for sharing the SCARS book trailer! You can also get 5 bonus entries for every copy of SCARS that you purchase. Read on for details.


I am SO excited about my novel SCARS coming out! It took me 10 years to get it published. I felt so alone and had so much shame for many years about using self-harm to cope with the abuse. I know it would have helped me to know I wasn’t alone. I hope, through SCARS, that more people will know they’re not alone, and that people who haven’t used self-harm to cope might gain a bit more compassion, as well as enjoy a good read.

I created this contest to celebrate SCARS’ release. I hope you’ll enjoy watching the book trailer, and that you’ll want to let others know about it. To entice you to do that, AND to help me spread the word about SCARS, I’ve created this contest. I hope you’ll join me, and have fun!

From Booklist:
The scars that crisscross 15-year-old Kendra’s arms are not for public consumption. Her cutting is kept secret from her parents, her friends, and even her beloved therapist. But things change when she meets Meghan, a classmate whose promiscuity with boys belies her budding romantic interest in Kendra. Like other books and movies on this topic, Kendra’s story isn’t really about cutting—she was sexually abused between the ages of 2 and 12, and the resulting trauma has blocked out her rapist’s identity. What sets Rainfield’s story apart is the stalking element: her rapist is still hounding her, giving her frightening reminders that she will be killed if she tells anyone the truth. Sophisticated readers may very well roll their eyes at melodramatic clichés (“It’s only my utility knife that releases the screams inside me”) but that same sense of overwhelming emotion might appeal to teens wrestling with similar issues. The book becomes most enjoyable near the end, when it makes an implausible hairpin turn into the realm of psychothriller. Rainfield’s closing research guide is unusually extensive. Grades 8-11. –Daniel Kraus

The Prizes:

Grand Prize:
one lucky winner will receive:

  • a Sony Digital Reader;
  • a $15 gift card to an online bookstore of their choice:,,,,,, etc,
  • AND a signed copy of SCARS.

First Prize:
one lucky winner will receive:
  • a $100 gift certificate to an online bookstore of their choice:,,,,,, etc,
  • AND a signed copy of SCARS.

Second Prize:
one lucky winner will receive:

  • $50 gift certificate to an online bookstore of their choice:,,,,,, etc.;
  • AND a signed copy of SCARS.

Third Prize:
one lucky winner will receive:

  • a $25 gift certificate to an online bookstore of their choice:,,,,,, etc.;
  • AND a signed copy of SCARS.

Here are the rules:

To gain an entry into the contest:

1) Share the SCARS book trailer with a friend or others online–through email, Twitter, linking to it or embedding it on your blog, etc. (The link to the video is:

2) Leave a comment on this post telling me where you linked it. Please include a link to each of your posts, and include your email address if it’s not linked to your comment.

3) If you email my video to a friend/friends, please send me a copy at–you can CC (carbon copy) or BCC (blind carbon copy) me, or just send it to me. You get one entry for every friend you send it to. Please make sure that if you send it to a friend you write a personal note, and that you’re not spamming your friend. I hope it’s something you’d send any way.

You get one entry for posting a link to the SCARS book trailer, and for each time you post a link to the trailer in a different place. That means that if you post a link to the trailer on your blog and on Twitter, you’ll have two entries. You’ll also get one entry for every friend you email the video to.

Some places you can post the videos or links to the videos: your blog; your site; Twitter; Facebook; LiveJournal; MySpace; GoodReads; LibraryThing; message boards…wherever you like, as long as it’s not spamming.

For 5 additional entries into the contest:

Purchase a copy of SCARS.

1a) You also get 5 entries for every copy of SCARS that you purchase (or pre-order). Email me a copy of the receipt or order, and you’ve got those bonus entries.

Contest closes midnight, April 24th, 2010. Contest open worldwide.

Winners will be randomly chosen through Winners will be announced here on my blog.

Thank you for celebrating with me, and for helping to spread the word about SCARS.

And thank you to Pam Bachorz, author of Candor, from whom I got the inspiration for this contest.

Some contest sites that I listed my contest at:

Contest Alley Sweepstakes- FREE listing of Sweepstakes, Instant Win Games, Freebies & More!

CashNet Sweepstakes

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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83 Responses to SCARS book trailer and contest! Win a Sony Digital Reader, $100 bookstore gift card, & more

  1. Rida Allen says:

    Retweeted your contest on my twitter.
    Good luck with your book!

  2. Hello Cheryl,

    Congratulations on the launch of your book!

    I’ve posted the tailer on my blog at and I sent a tweet for people to view my blog to see the trailer.

    All the best,
    Madeline (a.k.a. Auntie Flamingo)

  3. Cheryl. I’m posting a link to your trailer on my Facebook page. It looks like a great and important book. I’m still eager to read your fantasy book too.

  4. Becky Howell says:

    Retweeted and added you! Best of luck, can’t wait to read it!

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  6. Ashley says:

    Hi Cheryl,
    Congrats again on your book, I’m very excited for you. What a great accomplishment 🙂

    I’ve posted a link to your book trailer via Twitter (@AshleyTenille)

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  8. The Ms. S says:

    Great video trailer and perfect music. Best wishes for much success!

  9. That’s quite an emotional trailer, Cheryl.

    My best wishes for success with this book!

  10. Cheryl, this looks like an awesome and emotional book. It’s definitely going on my list of books to read. I blogged about it here:

  11. You know I love this book! The trailer just makes it all the more powerful. Beautifully done. I have tweeted the video and also put it on my Facebook page.

  12. Laura Evans says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    I’ve e-mailed several of my friends with the book trailer url. I did use the tiny url to change it to a shorter url.

    Good luck with your book launch!


  13. Allison says:

    thanks so much for the contest! I twittered your trailer here: (or @inconceivably)

  14. Amanda says:

    Congrats! I am exited and I have sent it out as an email. Please let me know if you recieved it. One of the emails was deleted and I didn’t know about it so just don’t count that one.

    Also facebook…

    And Twitter…

    Thank you for the contest and I look forward to reading your book!


  15. kelsey says:

    Wow! 10 years waiting to get your book published. That is HUGE perseverance! Congratulations!

    Thank you so much for the GREAT contest. I posted the trailer and specs in a blog post:

    I tweeted with a link to the video:

    I also sent the video in an email to one of my friends. and I carbon copied your email address.

  16. Hey Cheryl! Very awesome contest… and this book is definitely worth all this!

    I’ve sent out a few emails… telling my friends who would be interested so hopefully you got those. =)

    I also Twittered it: or

    I also blogged it:

    Good luck with getting your book out there! =D

  17. Bianca Flatman says:

    WOW. congrats on getting your book published-must be a great feeling!!!

    Thankyou for organising such a great contest, whether or not i win, i am still getting your book!

    I tweeted here:

    I also emailed video to a friend and emailed you.

    thankyou so much, ill enjoy reading it when i do, and goodluck with SCARS!! =)

  18. Lesley Cheah says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    I sent the link of your trailer as well as a short jacket blurb to two people whom I think will be very interested in your book. I’ve Cced the email to you.

    Good luck with your book!


  19. Suzanne says:

    Hi, Cheryl,

    I posted your trailer at the National Writing for Children Center – in the right sidebar –

    Can’t wait to read the book and I hope you’ll email my program director for Book Bites for Kids to schedule an interview on my show on blogtalkradio.

  20. Sara says:

    Congrats on the book and I can’t wait to read it! =)

    Blog post -


  21. Kelli M says:

    Hey I posted the video on facebook!!/profile.php?id=8319776

    There’s the link, so sign me up please 🙂

  22. Thank you so much, everyone, for your encouragement and support. I’m so glad you’ve all entered the contest, and are helping me spread the word about Scars! You’re all wonderful! And good luck to you all.

  23. janflora says:

    wow! what a great contest 🙂 I still need to get my copy, have to request at local indie shop 🙂 but I tweeted the trailer 🙂

  24. I posted it on the Making Daughters Safe Again facebook page! Best of luck.

  25. Hi, Cheryl! I tweeted your trailer link; posted it on my Facebook, and blogged about it with the trailer & links on both my websites, and
    AND I bought your book so I’ll e-mail you the receipt. 🙂
    Best of luck! I’m taking notes on what all you’re doing!

  26. Donna S says:

    Congrats on getting your book published.

    I posted the trailer here:

  27. Sherry S. says:

    Scars sounds like a wonderful book, can’t wait to read it!

    I tweeted the link for the book trailer.

    Thanks so much!


  28. janflora says:

    I started a discussion on the GoodReads page and left a link to the trailer too.
    There are already a few great reviews 🙂

  29. june says:

    I’m so excited for you Cheryl and wish you much success with your new book. I’m doing my part to make that happen.

    I embeded your booktailer on my blog:

    and tweeted about it:

    june (at) writingisablessing (dot) com

  30. Karen says:

    I’ve put a preview post on my GHHS Library blogincluding the embedded trailer:
    I’m excited to read your book. The trailer is great. I have some students who I know will benefit from this book and I’m glad to see it published.

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  32. Hi Cheryl,
    I applaud your bravery in writing this novel, and congratulate you on it being published! I tweeted about the book on my Twitter page at and also posted to my Facebook page,

    Thank you and I will let you know if I’m able to post more for you.

    Congrats again!

  33. Shelia Goss says:

    I linked to the book trailer via twitter.

  34. Here is the URL to the posting I put on our class Ning site, RAW INcK (Reading and Writing in Kentuckiana).

  35. Brodie says:

    Wow, SCARS sounds like an incredible novel. It’s so brave of you to speak out and write what is surely to be a heartwrenching and inspiring novel. Kudos to you and I wish you all the success!!

    And amazing contest! I linked your trailer here –


  36. Edmond Leung says:

    Pick me, your next winner!. I love to win the Sony reader and the gift card. Starving artist here desperately needs them.

  37. heather crawford says:

    would love to win this…..

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  39. Sue says:

    I think SCARS is an interesting book I hope I win this package.

  40. susan wiener says:

    I love the cover and title of your book. Much good luck!

  41. Nina bergeron says:

    looks like a good book would love to read it.

  42. Bill says:

    interesting items

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