YA Spotlight: SPARKED by Helena Echlin and Malena Waltrous


by Helena Echlin and Malena Waltros

YA Supernatural Thriller

Release date: October 3, 2017

About the novel: Sparked is a gripping mystery with supernatural twists, which portrays the complex relationship between sisters. Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from the tiny bedroom of their Airstream trailer. A nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her hippie mom. Meanwhile, other girls in their small town begin sparking powers—the same mean girls who’ve bullied her since grade school. What if Laurel has to work with them to save her sister—not to mention the rest of the world?


Sparked was the winner of the 2016 Inkshares fantasy fiction contest, sponsored by Geek & Sundry.

Praise for Sparked:

“A rush of missing sisters, supernatural powers, breathless crushes, ancient prophecies and deadly secrets revealed at glamorous parties…spooky and fun!” —Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

“Suspenseful, atmospheric, and romantic—Sparked transported me.” —Lauren Kate, author of the New York Times-bestselling Fallen series

“Sparked is a masterful mélange of action, the supernatural, and teen romance. Every character is unique and every twist is unexpected. The story, told with wit and candor, just kept accelerating until its rip-roaring ending. I tore through this book.” —Katie Crouch, author of New York Times bestseller Girls in Trucks and The Magnolia League series

“Sparked is that rare thing – a gripping mystery with psychological depth. I was riveted from the beginning and hooked to the satisfying end.” —Erica Lorraine Scheidt, author of Uses for Boys

About the authors:

Blog_Sparked_authorsHelena Echlin, a native of the UK, is the author of the novel Gone (Random House UK, 2002) and for five years wrote “Table Manners,” an etiquette advice column for CHOW, the online food and drink magazine. She has also written on topics from belly-button reshaping to cardio strip tease for publications such as the GuardianThe Times, and The Sunday Telegraph in the UK, and Yoga Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle in the US. She lives in Berkeley, California and teaches fiction-writing for Stanford.

Malena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me (Harper Perennial, 2010). She spent her adolescence in Oregon, which inspired the book’s setting. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and helped to found the Online Writers’ Certificate, Stanford’s two-year online novel-writing program. She teaches fiction-writing for Stanford as well as working on her own fiction, and has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times. She lives in San Francisco.

What is Inkshares?
Inkshares (www.inkshares.com) is an Oakland-based publisher that uses crowd-funding to subsidize the initial publication costs.

Upcoming Events
Reading, Barnes & Noble, Eugene, Oregon, Oct. 26, 6 PM

Contact info
Helena and Malena: sparkedwriters@gmail.com
Publicist: angela@inkshares.com (Angela Melamud)

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