NEW Cover for STAINED, Authors Who Recommend It, Read the 1st Chapter, and Win a signed ARC, special message wristband, $15 bookstore giftcard

I loved the old cover of STAINED–I thought it told the reader immediately what the book was about, just like SCARS did. But B&N didn’t love it, so my publisher created a new cover. And guess what? I love it even more! The new cover makes the reader curious, draws the reader closer, yet still has the emotional feel of the book. I love the purple dripping from the title, the way Sarah in STAINED has a (purple) port wine stain on her cheek, and feels stained by her birthmark and by what her abductor does. To me, the black streaks behind are like the darkness that closes in on her when she’s held prisoner, as well as like her prison itself. What do you think?


“Sometimes you have to be your own hero.”

In STAINED, Sarah, a teen with a port wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.




I’m SO happy to have some wonderful author recommendations to share with you! Some fantastic YA authors I love and respect who read STAINED and recommend it! Whooo hooo!

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!”
– April Henry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die



“A compelling, gutting, and ultimately triumphant read. You won’t want to stop turning pages — Or blink. Or breathe. — until you reach the very last one.”
-Jennifer Brown, award-winning author of Hate List


“STAINED is dark, tense and gripping; a triumph of one girl’s heart, soul and will to survive. Sarah’s strength during her descent into terror kept me reading way past bedtime!”
-Laura Wiess, critically acclaimed author of Such a Pretty Girl




Curious? Read the first chapter of STAINED!



Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope, when you read it, you’ll see Sarah’s strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.




Want to know why I wrote STAINED? Check out this video:




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5 Responses to “NEW Cover for STAINED, Authors Who Recommend It, Read the 1st Chapter, and Win a signed ARC, special message wristband, $15 bookstore giftcard”

  1. Sarah Clark Says:

    I love the first chapter. I now need the book so I can finish reading. The 1st chapter drew me in rapidly.

  2. Ann Eisenstein Says:

    I really enjoyed the first chapter and am looking forward to reading all of Stained. I love the message – one that I always feel/see in you and your writing – that Survivors are strong!

  3. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    Sarah, so glad to hear you loved the first chapter and want to keep reading! (beaming) Thank you; that’s lovely to hear.

    Ann, I’m so glad you loved the first chapter, too, and want to read Stained! And SO glad you love the message and feel it in my books, that survivors are strong. That’s important to me. Thank you!

  4. Cindy Says:

    I plan on ordering Stained for the teens at my library. I have had a lot of teens who have read scars and have really related to the story. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    I’m so glad you’ll order Stained for your library, Cindy! (beaming) And so glad that you have teens who read Scars, so know they’re not alone. It’s lovely to hear.

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