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



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  3. susan margaret says:

    tweeted! It looks great!

    charmtime at gmail dot com

  4. susan margaret says:

    tweeted again!

    charmtime at gmail dot com

  5. Precious says:

    Hi Cheryl! You’re going to bring changes and hope to lots of teens through your new novel. Let’s face it, abuse is a big problem. My mom works against it. And I’ve seen abused teens, as well as how it ruined their lives. So, I really appreciate Scars.

    I blogged about it here, along with the book description:

    And tweeted it here:

    I’m happy to spread the word. 🙂
    Take care! And thank you so much for the opportunity to win! First prize is so great. Ebooks hurt my eyes.


    • Precious, thank you (hugging you). I’m so glad your mom works against abuse. I’m sorry you’ve seen abused teens–but glad that you recognized it. Thank you for helping to spread the word about Scars!

  6. Connie Black says:

    I am following you on Twitter and tweeted your link:
    Best of luck to you!!
    epblack at zoominternet dot net

  7. Shellie Wetrick says:

    looks like a great book ,cant wait

  8. susan margaret says:


    charmtime at gmail dot com

  9. susan margaret says:

    tweeted about your video!

    charmtime at gmail dot com

  10. susan margaret says:

    tweeted !

    charmtime at gmail dot com

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

  12. Jacqueline Signorelli says:

    I’m a follower

  13. Gianna says:

    I emailed friends and BCCd you 🙂

  14. Lily Kwan says:

    I posted a tweet about the contest at

  15. Buddy Garrett says:

    I emailed using the book url.

  16. Melissa says:

    Hi Cheryl – I found the book trailer for Scars really moving, so I felt like I NEEDED to spread the message. I emailed a link to the trailer to 10 people (and bcc’d you). I RT’d one of your posts:
    I added the trailer to my blog:
    And I wrote a tweet that links to the trailer on my site:

    Would love to win this prize!

  17. hanumanthu says:

    I posted SCARS trailer on my orkut ..
    and placed at scraps also
    I twitted at

    and I will email this all my friends and my groups also..
    Will pray to god as to win this prize

  18. Nice to be visiting your blog again, it might be months for me. Properly this post that i’ve been waited for such a long time. I need this post to finish my work in the college, and it has same topic with your post. Many thanks, great write about.

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  20. I haven’t read too many abuse/self-harm-related books, but out of the very few I know this is by far the best. It started off perfectly and really dropped you in the midst of all the drama and heartache.

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