Can you believe Paper Wishes has been published for nearly a year? I know, I can’t believe it either! Granted, it’s actually the e-book’s book birthday (the physical copy wasn’t released until March 1, 2016) but that’s just semantics. 😝
To celebrate, I am releasing the second edition on February 14th. The plan right now is to release the physical copy of the second edition first, with the e-book to follow. However, if everything works out, I will release both at once! ヽ(>∀<☆)ノThe second edition is going to feel a lot more interactive and corrects things that bothered me about the edition. I also paid someone to edit it, so hopefully, the second edition is closer to perfection than its big sister is. 😂 Plus, it features artwork by one of my favorite artists, Kindcoffee! So, there’s a lot to be excited about!
In addition to the second edition being released, I am also hosting a giveaway. The prizes are pictured below, and I might even buy more before the giveaway ends. Who knows? I don’t know. I am a mystery even to myself. The prizes are:
Paper Wishes (1st Edition)
Bath and Body Works 1,000 Wishes hand sanitizer
Sailor Moon inspired long wallet
Japanese jelly and sugar star candy
Kenny & Co Share of Love Lucky Star steel bracelet (comes with omamori, as pictured)
As for now, the prizes will be sorted into three different sets:
Set 1: Kenny & Co Share of Love Bracelet
Set 2: Sailor Moon inspired long wallet & Bath and Body Works 1,000 Wishes hand sanitizer
Set 3: Japanese jelly and sugar star candy & Paper Wishes 1st Edition
How to win?
Set 1: If you’ve purchased Paper Wishes (e-book or physical), please e-mail a copy of the receipt to hello[at]spencerhoshino.com and you will be entered! One entry for every copy you’ve purchased. (^_~)
Set 2: Post a picture of your copy of Paper Wishes on social media (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) with the hashtag #paperwishesday and if possible, @ tag me (my username is spencerhoshino on Instagram and Twitter).
Set 3: “Like” my Facebook page and comment “Happy Book Birthday Paper Wishes!” anytime between now and February 16th, or if you’re already a fan on Facebook, refer your friends to like my page and have them comment who sent them!
Legalities and Stuff:
This giveaway ends on Thursday, February 16, 2016 at midnight (-10:00 Hawaii-Aleutian time). Everyone is welcome to enter. This giveaway is open to both residents of the United States (including Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. Territories) and International readers. If you are under the age of 18 you will need to receive permission from your parents because I will need your address in order to send out your prize(s). The prize(s) will be shipped within 7 days. If the winner does not reply to me (I will contact you by e-mail from hello [at] spencerhoshino [dot] com) within 48-hours with their mailing address, a new winner will be selected. If you won a previous giveaway you still qualify to enter current and future giveaways.
The winners of this giveaway were Wattpad users @acaitea and @Wandering_Souls4! Congratuations, girls!
In celebration of Paper Wishes reaching 500,000 reads on Wattpad I have decided to do a giveaway! 🙂
Two winners, who will be randomly selected from my followers, will receive a signed copy of Paper Wishes and a box of strawberry pocky. I will pick the winners on Thursday, April 7th, and send them a private message to let them know that they have won. Here’s the catch: if the prize winner doesn’t reply to my message within 24 hours or they do not have permission from their parents (if they are under the age of 18) to provide me with a mailing address, I will have to pick a new winner. 🙁
At the end of the giveaway I will announce who won on my website, if I have permission from the winners. (I don’t want to randomly mention real names or usernames if they’re not comfortable with it.) Regardless of whether I use names or not, I will post an announcement on Wattpad letting everyone know that the prizes have been claimed so that everyone isn’t left hanging.
This is open to both domestic (USA) and international readers, and the only requirement is that you’re following me on Wattpad. ❤︎ Good luck, everyone!
In celebration of Valentine’s Day and how well Paper Wishes is doing on Wattpad I’ve put together a special giveaway. This giveaway is special because I won’t announce what the prizes are until after it’s done!
You may find yourself wondering, “Why are you doing it like this?” Well, because this lovely giveaway is for Valentine’s Day my husband and I thought it would be cool to put together two different prize packs themed toward the two romantic interests from my novel, Kai and Nox. Rather than revealing what the prizes are and having everyone enter based on what item(s) they want to win, we thought it’d be cool to have people enter based on which boy they’d rather receive a Valentine’s Day gift from! ♡♡♡
Good luck to everyone who enters! ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ Thank you again to everyone who has read Paper Wishes and left thoughtful comments. You guys are the best.
Details: This giveaway ends on Friday, February 5, 2016 at midnight (-10:00 Hawaii-Aleutian time). Everyone is welcome to enter. This giveaway is open to both residents of the United States (including Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. Territories) and International readers. If you are under the age of 18 you will need to receive permission from your parents because I will need your address in order to send out your prize(s). The prize(s) will be shipped within 7 days of the contest’s end. If the winner(s) do not contact me by e-mail (hello [at] spencerhoshino [dot] com) within 48-hours with their mailing address, (a) new winner(s) will be selected. If you’ve won a previous giveaway you still qualify to enter current and future giveaways.
Oh, one last thing, if you can’t decide who you’d rather receive a gift from, Kai or Nox, feel free to enter both giveaways! Just be aware, if you win one it negates your chance to win the other. There will be two DIFFERENT winners total.
SHQ: Welcome back, Spencer and Readers, to part two of “In Which I Interview Myself”. SHA: It’s nice to be back. I hope you don’t have any hard hitting questions for me. *breaks out into cold sweat* SHQ: You can breath – this interview is mostly a fluff piece anyway. 😉 SHA: Phew!
SHQ: Okay, here’s something that’s been bugging readers… why doesn’t Nox have any hobbies or interests outside of Vilvian? SHA: I didn’t realize that was something that was problematic until it was brought up. Part of it goes back to what I said in our first interview – that he doesn’t know anything but her, so he doesn’t know any better but another part of it is that I simply didn’t think to make him his own person. This is rectified in the revised version of Paper Wishes where he accepts that he can’t be with her while they work, and tries to make his own friends and gain his own hobbies outside of what she’s interested in.
SHQ: That’s great! What kind of interests does Nox have now? SHA: It’s expressed in passing because it’s something he does when he’s not around Vilvian, but he’s learned how to play the guitar! Pretty cool, huh?
SHQ: Yeah, that is pretty cool! Wouldn’t it be great if learning how to play a musical instrument was as easy as writing about it? *laugh* SHA: Definitely! I’m not musically inclined. It’s terrible. Really terrible. On a side note, my husband is (he took band in Intermediate school) and I keep telling him he has until our fifteenth anniversary to learn how to play the violin for me. Hehe.
SHQ: Going back to your response to my first question… you’ve revised Paper Wishes? SHA: Oh, yes. Definitely. I spent about two weeks digging through it, removing scenes and adding some. I thought I was done but I received this really detailed critique of the version on Swoon that made me go, “Hm..” so I’ve re-opened the document and started going through it again.
SHQ: Interesting! Do you mind if I ask what your favorite scene in the revised version is? SHA: Ahhhh… that’s a tough one. There are quite a few new scenes, and even a new character (who I absolutely adore and makes me swoon.) Jeez, I feel the pressure here. Um… I guess if I had to pick one scene that was my favorite, there’s one where Vilvian, Nox, Jez, and Tsubasa (the new character) have lunch together and the scene is punny and even when I think about it now I can’t help but to laugh.
SHQ: Can you give us any more details? SHA: Er… better not to, I think, then no one will want to read my revised novel. Ha..ha..ha.. *wringing hands*
SHQ: *tapping pencil on notepad* Did you hear that Pepsi changed the main ingredient in Diet Pepsi? SHA: *indignant* YES! WHY WOULD THEY MESS WITH PERFECTION? W-wait, how is that related to Paper Wishes?
SHQ: It’s not, I just wanted your opinion. (Mwahahaha!) SHA: Are we running short on questions?
SHQ: *sheepish* Yeah, I spent the last couple of months trying to think of more questions but I couldn’t think of anything. Today’s questions were created on the fly. Haha. SHA: *facepalm* Okay, maybe we should end the interview now.
SHQ: Okay, so… that’s all for now, people! Spencer is there anything else you’d like to add? SHA: Yes! I’ve been posting the revised version of Paper Wishes to Wattpad. If you have the chance to read it, please vote! Thank you!
Congratulations to the winner of the giveaway: Nikki!
I have contacted you by e-mail to arrange collection of the prizes. Remember, you will have 48-hours to reply before a new winner is picked.
Looking forward to hearing back from you! 🙂
Hello, everyone! I’m so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read, review, and rate Paper Wishes on Swoon Reads that I wanted to do a giveaway. 😀 Entering is easy – just use the rafflecopter widget below to comment on any blog entry I’ve posted or tweet about the giveaway. (Super duper easy, right?)
The prizes are as follows:
Jar filled with 143 lucky stars (143 because I LOVE YOU GUYS!)
and “Velvet” by Temple West
I am not affiliated with Temple West or Swoon Reads… I just really enjoyed Velvet, and purchased multiple copies. 😉 #FanGirlProblems
The giveaway starts on 8-13-2015 at 12AM HST and ends on 9-13-2015 at 12AM HST. Entries are limited to residents of the United States. If the selected winner resides outside of the US, a new winner will be chosen. Winners will have 48-hours to contact me with their shipping address.
I thought about doing this post in the middle of the night (read as: 3am) and since no bad ideas exist after midnight* I thought, “Sure, why not go for it?” So I present it here in all it’s glory. You get to know a little bit** about me and why I wrote Paper Wishes!
SHQ: Spencer Hoshino Question
SHA: Spencer Hoshino Answer
*This is an arbitrary thing that I’ve made up just now. Please don’t take it seriously. m(_ _)m
** Probably too much.
SHQ: Hi, Spencer! How are you doing today?
SHA: Hi, Spencer! I’m doing great, thanks for asking – a little hungry, but I’ll survive. Haha.
SHQ: Your manuscript, Paper Wishes, is up on Swoon Reads right now. What inspired you to write it?
SHA: Well, if you had asked me a few days ago I would have said something like, “This story has been living in my head since back when I was working as a bookseller at Borders…” but yesterday I was listening to music, and the song Moments by Hamasaki Ayumi came on and I had this moment of, like, clarity, where I remembered how it actually got started. Back when I was about… I don’t know, maybe eighteen or nineteen? I started this web comic called “Yume/夢”, which is the Japanese word for dream, and it was basically inspired by that song.
SHQ: What was it about the song that inspired you?
SHA: Just the lyrics and theme of the song overall, I guess. Ayumi is quite a lyricist. When I decided to expand on the story, going from a comic to a novel, I changed the title a couple of times – Paper Wishes being the most recent. The story line was revamped a couple of times, too. Actually, someone mentioned that Paper Wishes read like a manga… It’s funny now that I think about it, because I didn’t realize that’s actually how it started out!
SHQ: Do you mind if I ask a few questions relating to comments you’ve received?
SHA: Not at all! *experiences intense feelings of anxiety*
SHQ: Thanks. So… Kai is such a likable character. Why would Vilvian need anyone but him? It seems a little unbelievable that she’d have such a great friend and not realize that he was head over heels in love with her.
SHA:*nervous laughter* Um, well, my reasoning was that they’d been so close for so long (read as: since birth) that Vilvian couldn’t read into the obvious signs that he had feelings for her. I mean, they’re naturally very tactile with each other, so short of Kai french kissing her suddenly or professing his undying love for her, I don’t think she would have known.
SHQ: Okay, speaking of them being close, we “get” that they’re BFFs but he’s only two years older than her. Why would Vilv’s mom give him guardianship over her?
SHA: Vilv’s mom is very open-minded and wanted to do what was right by her daughter, not by what society would have found acceptable. Sure, it’s an uncommon situation, but certainly not an impossible one. Kai is very honorable and had the motivation and means to support Vilvian until she became a legal adult. Because Kai is so close to Vilv, not only in terms of age, but emotionally, that Maya (Vilvian’s mom) knew that he would always do right by her, whereas his parents (work-a-holic father, overly maternal mother) might not have.
SHQ: Why is Nox so needy?
SHA: I struggled with this when I was writing, because that type of, um, obsession, I guess, is only complimentary up to a point before it gets creepy and frustrating. The thing is, Nox is so used to being with Vilvian 24/7, just hanging out in her subconscious until it’s time for her to dream, that he’s floundering in the real world, especially when they have to be apart. I think he gradually starts to come into his own by the end of the book, but no matter how well he acclimates to being real, he’ll always feel more comfortable being around her than not.
SHQ: Going back to Kai for a minute – don’t you think it’s pretty unbelievable that he was so accepting of Nox and the whole backstory?
SHA: I know I’m going to come across as pompous but… no, because the story falls within the paranormal/fantasy romance genre. Unbelievable things are going to happen. I’d like to think that I’ve written Vilv’s character as having a strong moral compass and being pretty forthright, and I think when you’re known for your honesty, people are less likely to doubt what you say – especially if one of those people was your longtime BFF. In actuality, I’ve said some pretty unbelievable things to my BFF that would make a regular person go, “Huh?” I’m not saying that she wouldn’t blanch a little at me telling her that my new BF was actually a celestial being, but I think she’d probably get over it in like, 0.0001 seconds, and ask me how she could make her dream BF a reality, too. Haha. (I have a really great BFF. Everyone should have someone like her in their life. 🙂 )
(On a side note, just because he doesn’t verbalize his doubt, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any. As his creator, I reckon that Kai is just too polite to say anything about it.)
SHQ: Nox and Vilvian are pretty loved up, huh?
SHA: Yeah, they are! But it’s early days, so I’d be disappointed if they weren’t. During the first year of dating my then-boyfriend (now-husband), we were so cutesy that it was disgusting. I’d get excited about holding his hand, and I remember there was this one time he came to visit me when I was working at Baskin Robbins and I couldn’t stop smiling – it was this huge shit-eating grin, and I absolutely couldn’t control it. One of the customers made a comment like, “I’d smile, too.” 😉
SHQ: Like you say, it’s early days, so why did he jump the gun and propose by the end of the first book?
SHA: When you know, you know. You know? I mean, I started dating my husband back when I was in high school (hence me working at Baskin Robbins) and pretty early on, maybe a month or two in, he made this comment about how we’d definitely get married someday and how even though he couldn’t afford a ring then, he’d like to make a compromise. The compromise was basically something like, if he bought me ten stuffed animals, it meant we were totally engaged and going to get married. He fulfilled the quota in a month or less. (For those wondering, he proposed “for real” about three years later. An indeterminate number of stuffed animals, promise ring, engagement ring, and wedding ring later… we’re going into almost 12 years of togetherness, and four years of marriage.)
SHQ: Do you think your characters spend too extravagantly on each other? Who does that?
SHA: I know it might seem like they throw their money around, but it’s only because they enjoy buying gifts for their friends. Kai and Nox can afford it, because they have money. Other characters like Vilvian and Nikki need to save up or give gifts in other ways (like Nikki decorating the Paper Wishes shop.) An old best friend of mine, who I’ve lost touch with for more than ten years now, had this saying that was like, “Friends come first, even before myself.” and I really took that to heart. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on my close friends, even if I had to scrimp and save to do it, because I think they deserve whatever it is I’m buying for them, and because, selfishly, their happiness feeds my own.
SHQ: Which Paper Wishes character can you relate to the most?
SHA: Vilvian. She just lost her mom to cancer, and has no family to speak of. I, too, lost my mom recently… less than a year ago. It’s very fresh to me, so when I wrote about the dark period Vilvian went through, it was something I was living through, and had lived through in the past. The truth is, I’m an only child and my family isn’t very close – all the family members I was very close to have passed on, with the exception of a handful of cousins, so if I wasn’t married with children, I’d be very alone (in terms of family.) Like Vilvian, I also struggle with my feelings (particularly the negative ones) and have a difficult time expressing them to my loved ones, instead usually opting to keep them to myself.
SHQ: Which Paper wishes character do you relate to the least?
SHA: Hm… I’m going to have to say Kai, because I don’t think I’m that selfless.
SHQ: Should we continue this interview at a later time?
SHA: Yes, because I’m totally running out of questions to ask myself! LOL See you in episode 2, guys!
I think that anyone who has a story in their heart has a “dream cast” in mind, in the event that their story is ever: 1. published; 2. successful; 3. turned into a movie. (In that order. ◡‿◡ ♡)
Paper Wishes is a long way from getting published (although, hopefully if it’s well received by Swoon Readers, it will be considered for publication) but if it was ever to become a movie, my dream cast would look something like this:
Kiki Sukezane as Vilvian Matsunaga
Sophie Oda as Vilvian Matsunaga
Jenna Ushkowitz as Nikki
Shay Mitchell as Jezabel
Gregg Sulkin as Nox Bright
and Harry Shum, Jr. as Kai Suzuki
Godfrey Gao as Tsubasa
I might be biased since I’m the one who mentally assembled the cast, but I think this might be the most attractive movie cast in the history of all movies. (♡‿♡) (Plus, Godfrey Gao. I mean, I just can’t with him. He’s too perfect!)