Last year, we met up with Helena and Malena, a local author duo who used crowdsourcing to publish their book. Watching it come to fruition and assisting with their launch is like sending a kid off to college. There may even have been tears. Check out a little about Sparked, see all the goodies we had at the launch, and enter to win your own copy below!
Here’s what you’ll find in Sparked:
- A story of sisters and so much more
- A whole lots of character building and cast of main and supporting characters who you won’t soon forget
- An apocalypse
- Twists, turns, and thrills!
- A cute love story
- A plot that keeps you guessing all the way till the end
Helena and Malena prepping for their packed launch event!
Mmmmm look at this spread! Malena made those delicious shortbread cookies shaped like the Aero trailer Sparked starts in.
— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) October 4, 2017
Helena and Malena discuss how their cover and publishing story are intertwined.
by Helena Echlin, Malena Watrous
Published: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.
About Helena and Malena:
Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)
We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books? Website | Twitter