At Loooong Last!

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted an update, but the time is right. Although The Precious Dreadful has been out just under five months, next Thursday is kind of momentous. My protagonist, Teddi Alder, celebrates a birthday on July 26th, which just happens to be the birthday of my talented niece, Stacey. Coincidence? I think not! The shared birth date was my way to honor Stacey, one of my early readers.

I thought it would be nice to celebrate both of these awesome young women, Stacey and Teddi, with a giveaway. In honor of their big day, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of Stacey’s CDs (She sings like an angel! Follow her on Instagram: @stacey_sings) along with some Precious Dreadful swag to three entrants. I’m posting across most social media platforms, and I’d love for you to take part—and to share!

Here are the different ways you can participate. You could opt for just one, but heck, why not do all of them? Each one will earn you an entry, upping your chance to win a prize.

Start by leaving me a comment here (easy-peasy); that’ll earn you an entry!

If you’ve been meaning to buy the book, now’s a great time, because if you email me at with proof of purchase, you’ll earn two entries in the contest! If you’ve read the novel, post a review on Goodreads, Barnes &, or Amazon to earn an entry in the contest—and let me know. You can email me at

On Facebook, sharing my post will also get you entered (Be sure to tag me!).

Same for Twitter, tweet to me, @parlatowrites and use the hashtag #thepreciousdreadful to be entered. Or retweet me to earn an entry.

For Instagram, I’d love for you to post a selfie with the book and tag me @stevenparlato using #thepreciousdreadful hashtag.

Every entry received by midnight on Wednesday, July 25th will earn you another chance to win. Everyone is eligible, and I’ll announce three winners on Thursday, July 26th, to celebrate Teddi’s (16th!) and Stacey’s big day.

Thanks in advance for your support. I look forward to hearing from you!

All best,



  1. This sounds great! Count me in. 🙂

  2. Tracey Genua says

    Steve thanks for signing my copy of your book “The Precious Dreadful. “

  3. If you haven’t read this book, buy it and read it now! For those who know Steve as a poet, you will be delighted to find that rich, poetic voice in this novel, along with delightful humor, darkness, and all that makes life a complicated mystery.

  4. Suellyn Callaghan says

    Steve, What a delightful idea to give Teddi Stacey’s birthday. I am sure she loved it and was honored. I know I would be. Much success with all of your writing. You are an amazing writer. I look forward to hearing your poems each week!!!

    • Suellyn, Thank you so much for this lovely comment, which means a lot coming from such a courageous and gifted poet! Yes, Stacey was one of my early readers, so I thought it was a neat little tribute. She approved! Thanks again for taking part in the giveaway!
      All best, Steve

  5. I know Steve’s masterful and authentic poetic voice, which fills the heart and head with his wise sensitivity, acute observations, and focused awareness. I’m eager to read “The Precious Dreadful.”

  6. Carol, I am so touched by this beautiful message, especially coming from you, whose poetic voice is one of gentle power and subtle beauty. Thanks so much for this comment and for taking part in the giveaway.
    All best, Steve

  7. The giveaway has now ended, and the random number generator has spoken. Winners are: Carol C, Christopher G, and Kate F! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

    All best,


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