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April 23rd, 2015

QUIRES finalCongratulations to USA Today bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara! We are thrilled and excited to announce the sale of three more historical romances to Loveswept/ Penguin Random House! Currently scheduled to launch in early 2016, readers are going to love these feisty sisters and their crazy old father! Cheers!

From Publishers Weekly:
DIGITAL: FICTION: WOMEN’S/ROMANCE
USA Today bestselling author of WHAT A LADY REQUIRES, Ashlyn Macnamara’s next historical romance trilogy, about the three daughters of an addlepated duke who thwart their father’s plans to marry them to nobility before he dies, to Junessa Viloria at Loveswept, in a three book deal, for publication in 2016, by Sara Megibow at kt literary. (World)
rkind@penguinrandomhouse.com

Please stop by Ashlyn’s website to check out her books: www.ashlynmacnamara.net

On say congrats on twitter @ashlyn_mac

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thumb_devilyouknowFINALI’m delighted to share another great review we just received for The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, from School Library Journal:

Cadie, 18, lives in a tiny Floridian town with her widowed dad and kid brother. She’s spent the last couple years pining for an adventure to take her away from her boring home. When two cute cousins, Matt and Noah, show up at a campfire party, Cadie is so strongly attracted to Noah that it thrills and scares her. The next day, the guys invite her and her old friend to join them on their road trip. Even though they’re not much more than strangers, Cadie just can’t say no. What the teen thought was going to be a sexy and temporary getaway slowly turns out to be a dangerous, terrifying, and deadly experience. Doller gives readers a smart, strong, yet wounded lead in Cadie. Although her decisions put her in an incredible dangerous situation, her choices don’t seem anything but natural. The spark between Noah and Cadie is delicious, and the slow build of darkness throughout the story is the kind of terrifying that teens will enjoy. Fans of Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Scholastic, 2010) should be sure to put Devil on their to-read list. VERDICT This dark thriller features a strong female lead and a heap of sexy; a must-buy for readers looking for a healthy dose of drama.

Feel free to send Trish congrats on Twitter!

22 April 2015

Slushpile

ShutUp,Take3There’s been a lot of discussion lately online and elsewhere that the only useful thing an author can do after the release of their book, particularly their first book, is shut up and work on the next one. A lot of this conversation centered around author Delilah Dawson’s post entitled Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work, but I’m afraid most readers of that post never saw her follow-up the next day, Wait, Keep Talking: Author Self-Promo That Actually Works. And I think you have to see both posts together to truly get the point.

Fact: rampant self-promotion on social media is a bore. Your followers hate it, you hate it, it doesn’t sell books.

But you know what does sell books? Genuine enthusiasm. Excitement. Buzz. You can’t manufacture that, but you can work at it. Want an example?

KT Lit author Susan Adrian‘s debut novel Tunnel Vision came out from St. Martin’s Griffin in January. Since then, she has done over a dozen events with nearly 30 other authors, debut and established, with further events scheduled from East Coast to West Coast, with multiple stops in the middle. Each is an opportunity to connect with readers and sell another book. She’s not constantly tweeting a link to buy her book. She’s sharing information about events, fangirling about some of the other authors she’s appearing with, and talking about favorite tv shows, from Chuck to Supernatural.

Should I tell her to shut up and write? No, of course not. First of all, that’s totally not my style. Even if I am eager to read the sequel to Tunnel Vision, Susan’s online presence informs her followers about her as a person, not just as a writer, and that’s enticing.

Next example: Maureen Johnson. MJ’s third novel in the Shades of London series, The Shadow Cabinet, came out in February, and she had to cancel her tour due to ill health. We have multiple books still under contract to be published, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to tell one of Time Magazine’s Top Twitter Feeds of 2011 and one of Mashable’s Most Interesting Twitter Users to Follow to shut up and get back to work writing her novel. Her online persona sells books. No, it’s not a one-to-one follower to book buyer ratio, but her social media presence (she would massacre me if I called it her “brand”) informs followers of her work as a YA writer, and sells books. Period.

One of the points I loved in Delilah’s post was a tip about the face you show the world online, and I wish everyone would read it. A quote:

If you compare yourself to other writers and their success, you’re spending time on something you can’t control. If you’re on social media, grumbling about her deal or his hitting list or her new agent or that last form rejection, you’re not working toward getting those things yourself. Being negative solves nothing. Being negative does not attract people and readers and new opportunities. Emailing an agent to tell them why they’re wrong does not make them want to work with you. Staring at Amazon numbers or composing pithy blog comments does not make you a better writer or a better person. Do you think GRRM is Googling himself and arguing with people who don’t like his books right now? Nope. He’s writing. And/or rolling around in an iron throne filled with money.

How is this self-promo? Because showing your negative side to the publishing world is the opposite of self-promo. It is actively damaging your reputation and your career. Maintaining a professional, courteous, and positive attitude is a big part of connecting with readers online.

I pride myself on my optimism as a person and as an agent, and this speaks to me. Put your best face out there, whether it’s your whole self, or an online version, and do what makes you comfortable. That sells books. And isn’t that why we’re here?

Photo above by Flickr user Daniela Vladimirova, used under Creative Commons license.
21 April 2015

News

thereyoustand-coverPlease help me congratulate and celebrate with Christina Lee – her first M/M romance hits the shelves today. Happy Book Birthday to THERE YOU STAND!

Christina has taken the time to write a short FAQ about writing gay romance. Read her post here.

Thanks Christina and happy reading to all!

THERE YOU STAND by Christina Lee
From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male/male romance about the silent, inked up skateboarder and the tattoo artist who unravels him piece by piece…

Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York–so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can’t help but arouse Cory’s curiosity.

As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery–and Cory’s falling fast and hard under his spell. Against his better judgment to steer clear.

The rumors of Jude’s past overshadow him–whispers of prison and an unmentionable secret that’s kept him in the protective shadows of a local motorcycle club. As Cory probes deeper, he wonders how much he really wants to know. Especially since Jude has awakened something inside him that has been buried too long–and has him feeling completely alive for the first time in forever…

Check out her website at www.christinalee.net
or say hi on twitter @christina_lee04

21 April 2015

News

2014-12 front cover final NICE GIRLS DONT RIDE“Sweet, sexy, charming, funny, and just plain fantastic” –Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Please help me celebrate with Roni Loren – her sexy contemporary novella NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE is available today! Read an excerpt here.

NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE by Roni Loren
In this erotically charged novella by the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me, Nothing Between Us, and Not Until You two strangers take an asphalt-burning ride into the wildest night of their lives…

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal–he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

Congratulations Roni and happy reading to all!
Stop by Roni’s website to say cheers: www.roniloren.com
or say hi on twitter @roniloren

21 April 2015

News

MaggieWells200Please help me welcome Maggie Wells to the KT Literary team!

Maggie is a contemporary romance author and came to me via a slush pile query just this month. I’m so excited that she accepted my offer of representation – I can’t wait to share her amazing books with everyone!

Visit Maggie’s website at www.maggie-wells.com

and say hi on twitter @MaggieWells1

Welcome aboard!

20 April 2015

News

Ghost PlanetCongratulations to JA Stone on the recent launch of GHOST PLANET – the sequel to her amazing illustrated space adventure LOST BOY!

Storybird is an online writing and reading tool designed for integration into school classrooms. We have young readers and writers all over the world who fell in love with Archer and Dash in LOST BOY and we’re thrilled to work with Storybird again on its sequel. If you haven’t seen the Storybird site yet, stop by today. Children use Storybird to design their own poetry and short stories and couple it with beautiful, beautiful art. You’ll giggle and be amazed (and even tear up) to see what students have created.

Check out Storybird today and feel free to share with your kids’ teachers:
www.storybird.com

GHOST PLANET by JA Stone – illustrated by the amazing Claudio Cerri.
Join Archer and his friends as they race against time to figure out the puzzle that is Ghost Planet!

Read the opening chapter of GHOST PLANET here.

20 April 2015

News

thumb_devilyouknowFINALThanks to Booklist for this fabulous review of The Devil You Know by Trish Doller:

Arcadia grew up fast when her mother died. She cares for her younger brother, works at the family grocery store, and fills in as the head of the household when her dad just can’t do it. Now she is 18, and the summer is calling to her in the form of a campout with old friends and a few very hot strangers, including the cousins Noah and Matt, who are road tripping in their late grandmother’s 1969 Cougar. Cadie effortlessly pulls Noah into a heady fling that gets deadly serious when they leave town together. Cadie is strong, confident, secure in her sexuality, and totally in control . . . until she isn’t. The best weekend ever quickly takes a 180. Mounting clues lead Cadie to fear for her life and a growing uncertainty over which of the dashing cousins to trust: charming Matt or reformed bad-boy Noah. As the stakes increase and the opportunities for escape deep in the Everglades narrow, the Hitchcockian conclusion is swift and satisfying.

Pre-order a copy today at IndieBound, Amazon, B&N, or your local independent bookstore, or add it on GoodReads!

17 April 2015

News

2014-07 final WHAT A LADY DEMANDS front coverPlease help me congratulate Ashlyn Macnamara – WHAT A LADY DEMANDS, an historical romance novel and the second in her ETON BOYS trilogy, just hit the USA Today bestseller list for the first time!!!

Woo HOOOOO!
Cheers!

Send her a congrats on twitter @ashlyn_mac or on her website www.ashlynmacnamara.net

WHAT A LADY DEMANDS
Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

“Loads of scandalous kisses and lusty embraces” –Heroes and Heartbreakers

So excited for you Ashlyn – congratulations and here’s to many, many happy readers!

16 April 2015

News

250HeadmasterTHE HEADMASTER by Tiffany Reisz was nominated for the prestigious RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance: Short. A huge round of congratulations to Tiffany for this honor!

This week, THE HEADMASTER has been re-released in a special stand-alone edition! I promise not to give away any spoilers but if the hairs on the back of your neck don’t stand up at least twice while reading this story, I will personally eat my shoe. Really.

Congratulations Tiffany and happy reading everyone!

THE HEADMASTER by Tiffany Reisz
A fever dream of desires fulfilled.

Nestled in the shadow of the Appalachians is where Gwen Ashby stumbles upon the William Marshall Academy, and she’s given a trial position as a literature teacher. The gothic boarding school seems trapped in time yet it feels like home the moment Gwen arrives.

She’s charmed by the lovely buildings, bewitched by the eager students…and utterly seduced by the headmaster. Edwin Yorke is noble, handsome and infuriatingly proper. But his tweedy exterior and courtly manners conceal a raw sensual power that Gwen longs to unleash.

It’s strangely thrilling to be the only woman on campus—save one other. An eerie white-clad figure roams the grounds by night. She never speaks. She leaves no trace. But this ghostly blight on Gwen’s new dream life is the key to the Marshall Academy’s mysterious allure.

Read an excerpt here.

Visit Tiffany’s website at www.tiffanyreisz.com or say hi on twitter @tiffanyreisz

16 April 2015

News

DONTVOTEFORMEfinalGood news is flying fast and furious around here lately! Kirkus just gave Krista Van Dolzer‘s second novel, Don’t Vote for Me (Sourcebooks, August 2015) a stunning review!:

An impulsive comment regarding the upcoming election for class president propels 12-year-old David into the candidate’s spot. When he learns that current president and reigning popular girl Veronica is going to run uncontested yet again, self-proclaimed band geek and trumpet player David takes a stand. However, as David contemplates his campaign, he and Veronica are invited to perform a duet at their school recital. Through their practice sessions, David discovers that Veronica’s life is not as ideal as he perceived. Subsequent encounters with Veronica’s parents illuminate her complicated, challenging family life. While David enters the election seeking to change things, the biggest change occurs within him after a series of revelations challenges David’s assumptions about Veronica, as well as another student in the popular group. Van Dolzer alternates the humor of David’s election-race antics with introspective moments focusing on his changing perceptions of Veronica’s situation. David’s narrative is a blend of candor and wry humor, conveying his earnestness beneath his uncertainty and bluster. His growing understanding of Veronica’s struggle to achieve her dreams in music and life contributes to his increasing ambivalence about the election. Ultimately, David’s emerging maturity is honestly won and will resonate with readers. A comic romp that’s also an enlightening quest for increased awareness and self-understanding. (Fiction. 11-14)

Congrats to Krista!

15 April 2015