Paula Stokes

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Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She's petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant's trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with Great White sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.

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Paula Stokes First, stop calling yourself an aspiring writer. If you write, you're a writer.

Second, read. No, read way more than you currently do. Reading is the …more
First, stop calling yourself an aspiring writer. If you write, you're a writer.

Second, read. No, read way more than you currently do. Reading is the second-best way to learn how to write. Obviously, writing is the best way. It takes most people a couple of practice books to get good enough to even think about publication. If your first book doesn’t sell, you are not a failure. You are human. Human is good. Books by robots would probably suck. Be sure to read On Writing by Stephen King (yes, even if you don’t like horror and think Stephen King is kind of a freak) and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (yes, even if you've never heard of Anne Lamott).

Don't compare yourself to others. Don't be in a hurry to get published--the best thing for your career is for your first book to be really, really polished and excellent. Don't expect to get famous (but blurb me if you do, ha! :D) And finally, never forget why you started writing in the first place.(less)
Paula Stokes Great question! Since this is Goodreads, I'm going to limit myself to fictional couples in books, not movies or TV shows (but for other media it is ab…moreGreat question! Since this is Goodreads, I'm going to limit myself to fictional couples in books, not movies or TV shows (but for other media it is absolutely Veronica and Logan.)

My fave couple is Ziri and Liraz from Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Reasons why include:

1. They are both incredible characters on their own. I absolutely adored both of them before they got together, although for very different reasons.

2. They make each other better when they're together, and the way they're written makes me feel each of their highs and lows like they are my friends. (I wish they were my friends.)

3. I'm not going to be specific because I don't want to spoil any part of those amazing novels, but Liraz and Ziri's storyline is epic. "Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined. Bloodshed" kind of epic!
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Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt



Hi hi! Once again it's time for the YA Scavenger Hunt!!! YASH gives you a chance to check out scads of fun bonus material and enter to win lots of books and other fun prizes. If you're new to the hunt, confused about how to play, or you get stuck somewhere, check this site for instructions on how to hunt. The hunt starts at noon Pacific (so 3:00 pm Eastern) on March 31 and runs through noon Pa Read more of this blog post »
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Stronger Than Words by Paula Stokes
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Hi reader-peeps. Thank you to the Goodreads fairy who added this book for me :)

Three major things inspired this book: First, I started doing volunteer work with the Portland homeless community and realized that the reasons people become homeless are
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Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey
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The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young
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I went into this expecting "P.S. I Love You meets Since You've Been Gone" (which sounded pretty damn good) but the story turned out to be so much more than that. Young does a great job of giving Sasha (who dies near the beginning) a voice and a perso ...more
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Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo
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I bought this book because I met the author at an event and she seemed really nice and also because Antarctica. I'm a total sucker for books set in faraway places, especially ones with penguins. Oh yes, there are penguins.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
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The psychology of this one drew me in. I also appreciated the working-class main character who found herself doing some things she wasn't proud of in order to survive. It's so easy for people of privilege to judge others who make what they see as "ba ...more
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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
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I liked this even better than FINAL GIRLS. Bonus points for another interestingly flawed female main character and all the art-related stuff. Again, the story might have gone one twist too far for me, but I accept that I am in the minority when it co ...more
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I have the attention span of a gnat, so anytime a book holds my attention to the point where I try to read it straight through, it gets all the stars from me. The prose was evocative without being overwrought and the main character was flawed in inte ...more
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Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes
Hidden Pieces
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FOR EARLY REVIEWERS:

As usual, I made a lot of little tweaks to the ARC, however they're almost all cosmetic, deleting word echoes, removing repetitive passages, clarifying the timeline, adding in a couple of transitions, and strengthening a couple o
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“When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.”
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Which August New Release would you like to read in September?

Books were randomly chosen from Goodreads' "Most Popular Books Published In August" list.

** Write-ins are allowed. If you do so, please include title, author and series name.

Wild Embrace (Psy-Changeling, #15.5) by Nalini Singh
Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling Anthology)
 
  3 votes, 27.3%

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff
Nevernightby Jay Kristoff
(The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
 
  3 votes, 27.3%

 
  3 votes, 27.3%

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
(Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
 
  1 vote, 9.1%

Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed, #14) by Lara Adrian
Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian
(Midnight Breed, #14)
 
  1 vote, 9.1%

The Sight (Devil's Isle, #2) by Chloe Neill
The Sight by Chloe Neill
(Devil's Isle, #2)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, #2) by Kate Elliott
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
(Court of Fives #2)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Vicarious (Vicarious, #1) by Paula Stokes
Vicarious by Paula Stokes
(Vicarious #1)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2) by Rachel Vincent
The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent
(The Stars Never Rise, #2)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon
(Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5)
 
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message 12: by Paula

Paula Stokes :)

Eric wrote: "Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.
Eric"



message 11: by Eric

Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.
Eric


message 10: by Paula

Paula Stokes No problem. I <3 snow! Thanks for being part of such a great audience.


message 9: by Kari

Kari It was really great meeting you tonight! I had a blast. Thank you for traveling to snowy CT. I think I am even more excited for Belladonna's release than I was before.


message 8: by Kath

Kath Thank you for accepting my friend request :) compare books soon?


message 7: by Lucinda (last edited Oct 09, 2013 08:56AM)

Lucinda Dear Paula,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 6: by Jay

Jay Thank you for accepting my friend request. I'm looking forward to reading "Venom" as soon as I can get my hands on it. I also really enjoyed the way you spoke about various books at the Halloween night library event... I had to add some of them to my "want to read" list. Thanks!


Νόρα Yes!They are the best!!!!!!!!!
I love them!!!!!!!!
They bring the best books in Greece.I can't wait to read your book!!!!! :)


message 4: by Paula

Paula Stokes Nora--well, thanks to Platypus Pub--the BEST Greek publisher--you should soon be able to buy VENOM in Greece :)


message 3: by Νόρα (last edited Nov 04, 2012 09:14PM)

Νόρα Thank you for accepting my friend request!!!!!
I have really high hopes for this book.It sounded INCREDIBLE!!!!!Amazing cover!!!!!!!


message 2: by Paula

Paula Stokes Thanks Jenna! I just finished writing book #2. I think you will like Belladonna even better than VENOM :)


message 1: by Jenna

Jenna Friebel Hello, Fiona! Just wanted to let you know that I can't wait to get my hands on Venom. It sounds fabulous (and what a gorgeous cover)!


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