Friday, February 16, 2018

The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato - Giveaway!

Barnes & Noble in Waterbury, Connecticut recently hosted a book signing by local author Steven Parlato. Parlato, the author of 2013's The Namesake, was on hand from 6pm to 8 pm to welcome the release of his second book, The Precious Dreadful, which was published on February 13, 2018.

Photos by Tracey Maknis

A steady line of customers kept the author busy signing books and chatting all evening. A representative from Barnes & Noble in Waterbury confirmed that the event was a sellout, with the store's entire stock of 60+ books sold. The Precious Dreadful is aimed at readers ages 14- 99 according to Simon & Schuster and is a combination of "romance and humor with elements of the paranormal". The Qwillery is pleased to offer a giveaway of one signed hardcover copy of The Precious Dreadful. See how to enter below.

The Precious Dreadful
Simon Pulse. February 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Combining romance and humor with elements of the paranormal, this is a profound novel about one teenage girl’s decision to redefine her life in the wake of supernatural events.

Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.

When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her lost childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost-girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential, a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost-girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.

About Steven

Photo by Jillian Parlato
Award-winning author and poet, Steven Parlato, has work in Freshwater, Peregrine, and other journals. Upon the release of his YA debut, The Namesake, by Merit Press in 2013, Publishers Weekly called Parlato “a name to watch.” A college English professor (with a giraffe-filled office), illustrator, and actor, Steven has played roles including the Scarecrow, Macbeth, and the Munchie Mania Guy in a Friendly’s training film. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, two teens, and a Binks-like cockapoo. Follow Steven online at and on Twitter @ParlatoWrites.

The Giveaway

What:  1 signed copy of The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato. US / CANADA ONLY

  • Send an email to theqwillery . contests @ [remove the spaces]
  • In the subject line, enter “Dreadful“ with or without the quote marks.
  • In the body of the email, please provide your name and full mailing address. The winning address is used only to mail the novel(s) and is provided The Qwillery only for that purpose. All other address information will be deleted by The Qwillery once the giveaway ends.
Who:  The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a United States or Canadian mailing address.

When:  The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on February 28, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change without any notice.*


  1. Sounds like a great book birthday with a sellout!

  2. Qwillery, thanks for this awesome post and your support! Hope the winner of the giveaway enjoys the novel! All best, Steven