Last Call for Submissions for the Spring 2017 Wicked Ink Books Anthology

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Hello lovelies–are you a writer who writes speculative fiction, sci-fi, or fantasy? If so, it’s not too late to enter your short story for consideration for our Spring 2017 Anthology. We are looking for a few additional stories to include, along with the 7 Wicked Ink Authors. Our 2016 anthology focused on the concept of time, and for next year, we’re looking for speculative fiction stories based on a song. Music has always been a huge influence for me, and certain songs have influenced my novels (i.e. Center of the Sun by Conjure One for BURN OUT), so this is an exciting theme for me. I already have my song picked out and the outline for my story (no, I’m not telling), and can’t wait to read yours! The full submission guidelines are here, so read carefully, but basics are that the stories must be between 8-10K words in length, you should not include actual song lyrics or write a literal interpretation of a song, and the deadline is midnight on August 31, 2016. Let us know if you have questions, and get writing! 🙂

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 is Here!


Hi Scavengers! I’m Kristi Helvig, your hostess for this stage of the hunt and I’m so excited to be part of Team Pink:

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Make sure to read this whole post, and then enter to win an extra bonus prize by commenting below!

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: Enter by Sunday, April 3rd, at noon Pacific time.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by March 31st, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I’m so excited to be hosting the lovely Amy Rolland on this hunt:

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A. Lynden Rolland is a former high school English teacher, and she enjoys visiting classrooms, camps, and book clubs to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t chasing her young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Her debut novel, Of Breakable Things, was published in 2014. The sequel, Of Delicate Pieces, released last fall. You can connect with A. Lynden Rolland online through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, or Tumblr.

I loved Amy’s debut novel, Of Breakable Things, and am so excited for this awesome sequel, Of Delicate Pieces, which is on my TBR list!

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From Amy:

Hello hunters! I hope you’re having fun with the bonus material and adding tons of books to your TBR piles! The book I’m featuring is Of Delicate Pieces, part two of my supernatural series!
When I was writing the sequel to Of Breakable Things, I wanted the reader to see more of the mind-bending magic of the afterworld. My characters live in a place where walls can breathe, where objects have personalities, and where reality is distorted. It’s beautifully haunting, but the difference between the first book and the second is that Alex, the main character, finally begins to see the imperfections. It’s the afterlife but it’s not heaven, and spirits are not angels. They’ve done horrible things which have affected the foundation of the society they’ve established.

The afterworld is its own character in the series, and my Pinterest board gives readers a taste of what I see when I’m writing.

Follow Amy’s board Of Breakable Things/ Of Delicate Pieces on Pinterest.

Thanks for being on the hunt, Amy–and those Pinterest pics are eerie and awesome! Aside from being a talented author, Amy is also super nice and recently added a sweet baby girl to her family. Hmmm…I wonder if she’ll end up with 7 children someday?


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Leave a comment below and enter to win a signed copy of the new speculative fiction anthology, TICK TOCK: 7 Tales of Time from Wicked Ink Books which just released 3/28/16. It features 7 sci-fi/fantasy authors, including yours truly, and shows how everything can change in a second…a minute…an hour. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winning comment so good luck!

Make sure to continue on the hunt by visiting author Julia Embry next! Good luck to all!


YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 Announcement

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 Announcement


It’s coming. . . March 29th – April 3rd, 2016. It’s the YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016! You have the chance to win lots of amazing books!

Now that the authors have signed up to participate in this exciting event, we’ve put them into teams of 20 by color. There are nine teams total this round!

Check out the teams below to see which teams your favorite authors will be on and what their featured book will be.

It’s getting close folks!



Eric Lindstrom
Kate Karyus Quinn
Leah Bobet
Emily Hainsworth
Sarah Ahiers
Sara B. Larson
Alyxandra Harvey
Brendan Reichs
Cate Dean
Julie Eshbaugh
Joy Preble
Ava Jae
Marissa Kennerson
Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Tobie Easton
Jodie Andrefski
Brynn Chapman
Lea Nolan
Emily Ross
Vicki L. Weavil



Colleen Houck
Jessica Brody
Roshani Chokshi
Matthew Phillion
Livia Blackburne
Christine Fonseca
Patty Blount
Lori M. Lee
Lisa Maxwell
Gina Damico
Sarvenaz Tash
Heather Young-Nichols
Lisa Amowitz
Amalie Howard
Pintip Dunn
Carly Anne West
Julie Reece
Dhonielle Clayton
Deirdre Riordan Hall
Brenda Drake



Dax Varley
Jenny Perinovic
Jessie Costin
Robert L. Slater
Sarah Neeve
Tanya Lisle
Katie Hayoz
L.A. Starkey
Michelle Madow
Stacy Claflin
Clara Stone
Kimberly G. Giarrantano
Marilyn Peake
Rachel Shane
T. H. Hernandez
Janet Lee Carey
Jennifer M. Eaton
Melisa Giorgio
Cheyanne Young
Lisa T. Cresswell


Paula Stokes
Kathy MacMillan
Sarah Jude
Elle Cosimano
C.J. Redwine
Maria E. Andreu
Kathryn Holmes
Daw Kurtagich
Leah Konen
Marieke Nijkamp
Yvonne Ventresca
Melissa Gorzelanczyk
K.C. Held
Sarah J. Schmitt
Rin Chupeco
Amy Christine Parker
Kimberly Sabatini
Austin Aslan
Amy Evans
E. Katherine Kottaras


Stephanie Keyes
Julia Ember
Christopher Mannino
Nina Rossing
Kristi Helvig
Dorothy Dreyer
Dawn Rae Miller
Emily Skrutskie
Catrina Burgess
Karen Kincy
Angela Myron
Kat Ellis
Chanda Stafford
Jessica L. Brooks
Kat Stiles
Amy McNulty
Phillip W. Simpson
Michelle K. Pickett
A. Lynden Rolland
Gillian Bronte Adams


Faye Bird
Robin Constantine
Amy Allgeyer
Jolene Perry
Meredith Moore
Natasha Sinel
Caroline T. Patti
Erin E. Moulton
Jennifer Brody
Jenny Martin
Joe Beernink
Joshua McCune
Jennifer DiGiovanni
Kate Elliott
Beck Nicholas
Kassy Tayler
Lori Goldstein
Nina Berry
Michelle Levy
Debra Dockter


Amy Plum
LH Nicole
Beth Revis
Joshua David Bellin
Kelly Hashway
Victoria Scott
Becky Wallace
Rita Arens
Vicki Leigh
Michelle Andreani/Mindi Scott
Lisa T. Bergren
Kay Honeyman
Lucy D. Briand
Evangeline Denmark
Jeff Garvin
Madeline Dyer
Christina Farley
Kimberly Derting
T. A. Maclagan
Everly Frost


Ripley Patton
Hilary Thompson
Eliza Tilton
Delfy Hall
Annie Cosby
Michael Alan Peck
Dale Furse
Gerard O’Neill
Melanie Hooyenga
Anne Zoelle
A. G. Henley
Deidre Mapstone
Ty Drago
CK Dawn
Lisa Voisin
Kimberly Loth
Jessica Hawke
Meredith Zeitlin
B. Kristin McMichael
Shonna Slayton


Adi Rule
Leo Hunt
Melanie McFarlane
Tera Lynn Childs
Wendy Higgins
Krystal Wade
Sharon Biggs Waller
Kady Cross
Lyne Matson
Liz Braswell
Cynthia Hand/Jodi Meadows/Brodi Ashton
Patricia B. Tighe
Dawn Ius
Darren Groth
Sarah Tomp
Amy K. Nichols
Emil Sher
Alexandra Sirowy
Brianna R. Shrum
Ilsa J. Bick

So authors and readers,

SAVE THE DATE March 29- April 3, 2016!

For more information go to