Blog Tour + Excerpt +Giveaway: Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

Welcome to our tour stop on the Sparked Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Today we are hosting Helena Echling & Malena Watrous' next standalone book.  Make sure you check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway! 
Enjoy and good luck!

Title: Sparked
Authors: Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous 
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

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.


This chapter takes us into the point of view of Peyton Andersen, a huge gossip, and one of the “mean girls” who have bullied Laurel since grade school. Peyton is the daughter of a powerful pastor, who is furious because she recently lied to him, and went to a party where she got drunk and disgraced him. In this scene, which takes place not long after that party, at one of her church youth group meetings, she starts hearing intriguing whispers coming from around the room—although no one’s lips seem to be moving. The gossip in her seizes the chance to get the dirt on a prissy girl her father idolizes… 

I wish I’d waited. 

At first Peyton couldn’t tell where this whisper was coming from. She scanned the refreshments table, where Hanna was arranging her M&M’s cookies on a platter. 

Why did I listen when Remy said that he loved me? 

Was that Hanna? It sounded like her voice, whispering. But her thin lips hadn’t moved that Peyton could see, and no one else seemed to have heard a thing. 

I was so stupid to let him pressure me. He hasn’t even texted in weeks. 

Yep. That was Hanna, no question. And Remy was the name of their camp counselor. He was cute but borderline pervy, always giving the girls back rubs, letting his fingers wander and linger. In fact, he was the same counselor that Peyton had claimed to have lost her virginity to. She was sick to death of being the pastor’s daughter—no guy dared to touch her with a ten-foot pole, lest her father bring the brimstone of his sermons to bear on them. When she’d spread the rumor about how willing she was to give it up to Remy, she’d hoped a few guys would be enticed enough to forget who her father was. But so far there were no takers. She still couldn’t believe the way Jasper had brushed her off. She scratched at her birthmark, but this only made it itchier. 

It seemed so real at the time, but obviously I meant nothing to him. 

That squeaky whisper again! Had Hanna—the blessed virgin—actually done what Peyton had only pretended to? No. Way. Besides, she was standing by herself. 

How did that guy get in my bed on Friday night? Where the hell did Mei go? 

This deeper whisper came from her left, where Stu was standing with his shoulders hunched up by his ears like he was trying to simulate his football padding. 

The room spun as Peyton clenched her fists and squeezed her eyes shut, wishing she could do the same to her ears. Schizophrenics heard voices. Wasn’t this the first sign of a mental breakdown? She dashed to the bathroom, locking the door and peering at herself in the mirror. Her cheek was covered with claw marks, cross-hatching her birthmark—it was horrifying. She wished she’d listened to her mother for once and brought her concealer with her. She looked like a crazy person.

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

Week One:
10/2/2017- Literary MeanderingsInterview
10/2/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview

10/3/2017- BookHoundsGuest Post
10/3/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview

10/4/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
10/4/2017- Rachel's Book ReviewsReview

10/5/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
10/5/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

10/6/2017- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt
10/6/2017- BibliobakesReview

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Margie's Must ReadsGuest Post
10/9/2017- YA Book MadnessReview

10/10/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview
10/10/2017- The Best Books EverReview

10/11/2017- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderLaunch Coverage
10/11/2017- the bookdragonReview

10/12/2017- YA and WineInterview
10/12/2017- The Autumn BookshelfReview

10/13/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt

10/13/2017- NerdophilesReview


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