November 20th, 2014

SttGP1 smallWith countless small rugrats running around the house (ok, three. Four if you count the puppy), I find anthologies are perfect to dive into when I just have a few short moments and I want to read something polished. And so I’m delighted to share that KT Literary client Elizabeth Briggs will have a piece in the excerpt collection Skip to The Good Part: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes. From the blurb:

Skip to the Good Part: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

The collection features a British alpha who wants to turn a good girl bad, a woman realizing her impetuous marriage to a stripper isn’t all bad, a bad boy boxer who could use a large dose of sexual healing, a carnie who has found new and inventive uses for fun house mirrors, and a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart.

This excerpt collection features 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. Each scene in this 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling.

You’re sure to discover a new favorite.

Liz’s excerpt from her novella More Than Exes is the one mentioned above, about the rocker and the girl who got away. If you love the excerpt in the anothology (out today, and only $0.99!), check out the full story in More Than Exes.

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FINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyKrista shared this news on her blog the other day, but I’m so pleased with it, I wanted to shout about it, too. As Krista writes, it’s a tough road for a debut author looking for early word of mouth on her work, and even if an author loves a story, they may not be able to blurb, for one reason or another. Which makes Tricia Springstubb‘s early praise for The Sound of Life and Everything even more meaningful.

Krista Van Dolzer gives us a treasure in Ella Mae Higbee, a think-for-yourself, do-it-yourself heroine sure to win hearts. Like most of us, Ella Mae believes she knows the difference between right and wrong, until life and truth prove to be much more complicated. This is a story brimming with empathy, humor, forgiveness, and wisdom about what it means to be truly, fully human.

The release date is May 5th, 2015, but feel free to pre-order today!

19 November 2014


thumb_RedButterflyCongratulation to A.L. Sonnichsen, whose first review for her debut Red Butterfly is in, and it’s a STAR from Kirkus!

Set against the backdrop of China’s one-child policy, this emotional debut novel-in-verse reveals how one girl refuses to be left behind. Eleven-year-old Kara lives a sheltered life in Tianjin with Mama, an elderly, American, non-Chinese woman. Mama rarely goes out and refuses to send Kara to school like other Chinese kids. With money tight and a “daddy” who lives in Montana, Kara begins to question why they can’t go live with him. When Kara’s neighbor Zhang Laoshi tells her about being abandoned as a baby, Kara suspects that her hand, “with two short nubs / instead of fingers,” is at the root of her woes. “This is why my birth mother / didn’t keep me, / why she decided to try again / for someone better.” Piece by piece, she discovers a shocking secret about why they must hide. Soon, an accident during a visit from Jody, Mama’s older daughter, sets into motion a roller-coaster adoption process. Kara must make unthinkable choices and painstakingly claim with whom she belongs. Sonnichsen draws upon firsthand experiences in volunteering to improve China’s orphanages and adopting her own Chinese daughter. With spare, fluid language, she creates the endearing, authentic, nuanced emotions of a girl stuck between two worlds and brings to light a foundling’s hope and determination. An adoption story that’s rich in family complexities and that readers won’t abandon. (author’s note) (Verse/fiction. 8-12)

Pre-order your copy now!

18 November 2014


Savage CompToday, I’m delighted to help boost the signal for a fabulous giveaway that KT Literary client Alexandra Duncan is hosting on her blog. As she writes:

The tradition in my family during the holidays (for those of us old enough not to be toy-crazy) is to make charitable donations in another person’s name, or buy them a gift from a fair trade shop, like Ten Thousand Villages. I want to extend this tradition to you guys this year, so I’m holding a giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will not only win a copy of Salvage, but will also get some fair trade gifts and have $50 donated in their name to the 501 c3 charity of their choice.

Head over to Alexa’s blog to enter, and stay tuned for a upcoming 12 Days of Christmas giveaway here, to be announced soon!

17 November 2014


Thumb_TunnelVisionFinalThe great reviews for Susan Adrian‘s debut Tunnel Vision just keep pouring in! Here’s another, this time from Booklist:

Jake Lukin is a normal 18-year-old senior—awaiting college acceptance, on the tennis team, with good friends and maybe even a new romance—when he blows it all. During a party, he “tunnels” to impress Rachel, unintentionally revealing to DARPA that he has the ability to find people by handling an object that they have touched. Agents swarm, first allowing him to stay in school and with his family, while occasionally tunneling to find kidnap victims or terrorists. Eventually he is secreted underground, becoming more and more isolated but determined to escape and lead a normal life. Adrian has crafted a tension-packed spy novel about a likable teen with a special power and his equally likable family and friends. Twists of plot, kids outsmarting the bad guys, and a relatively low-tech but fascinating superpower ratchet up the action to a bizarre conclusion that begs a sequel. With a grandfather that would make Richard Peck or Joan Bauer proud, and government goons, male and female, who morph between good and evil with a single look or comment, this is a must-read.

I’m excited to share some more good news for Susan soon. Stay tuned!

14 November 2014


IslaCongrats to Stephanie Perkins, and to Isla and the Happily Ever After, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Amazon! Woooooooo!

Also on Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, Steph lists her favorite reads of the year.

And on Mashable, Steph reveals a book that greatly inspired her own writing.

Meanwhile, named Isla “This Year’s #1 Teen Romance Book”. Woot!

Tired of links yet? You have through today to enter to win a copy of My True Love Gave to Me and an adorable cookie cutter. Enter! Win!

13 November 2014


Last weekend, Renee and I took off to the mountains with two of our clients to celebrate the third official KT Literary retreat. And a good time was had by all! There was food and drinks, hot tubs and stargazing, reading and writing, plotting and critiquing. Though it was a smaller group than in previous years, we came back feeling refreshed and re-energized, and eager for next year! Here’s a few of my favorite shots.

Renee Nyen, Rebekah Crane, Susan Adrian, and Kate Testerman

Renee Nyen, Rebekah Crane, Susan Adrian, and Kate Testerman

Rebekah and Susan on a post-lunch walk

Rebekah and Susan on a post-lunch walk

Pink Mountains at Sunset

Pink Mountains at Sunset

12 November 2014


Screenshot 2014-11-11 15.39.57Congrats to Liz and Wendy!! I look forward to sharing lots more great news about FUTURE SHOCK and its sequel in the the future (heh).

(If the image isn’t clear, you can click through to PW for the official announcement!)

11 November 2014


You may have already seen this great news on Twitter, but I’m delighted to share it here officially! From author Matthew Cody‘s newsletter:

“In the year of Our Lord 1284, 130 children were led out of town into a mountain . . . and there they disappeared.”

I’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, but I’ve finally gotten the go-ahead from the good folks at Random House to give you all a sneak peek at the brand new series I’ll be launching next year. THE SECRETS OF THE PIED PIPER will be a fantasy trilogy, and the above cover that you should be drooling over is by the wonderful Craig Phillips, who is also providing interior illustrations.

Here’s a little about Book One: THE PEDDLER’S ROAD —

It is said that in the 13th Century, in a village called Hamelin, a Piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again.

Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin, with their father…until they also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.

No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.

I hope you all will join me next year to begin the adventure!

What cover, you may ask? This one!


Check out Matt’s newsletter for more spooky information about Hamelin and his new trilogy!

6 November 2014


Thumb_TunnelVisionFinalCongrats also to Susan Adrian, whose debut Tunnel Vision got two great new reviews. From Publishers Weekly:

Government surveillance. Psychic abilities. Family secrets. All 18-year-old Jacob Lukin wants is a girlfriend and acceptance to Stanford, but when he makes the mistake of “tunneling” (psychically identifying a person’s location through an object) at a party, he gets caught in a string of lies that ends in a shadowy government agency he can’t shake. The deeper Jacob falls into the agency’s clutches, the more dangerous he becomes—to himself and others. Only Jacob’s grandfather, himself a wanted man, understands what is happening to him. As they plot their escape, Jacob and his grandfather uncover an even greater threat to Jacob’s well-being. Debut author Adrian offers a refreshing spin on the suspenseful spy novel with brisk scenes, adrenaline-fueled cliffhangers, and a sympathetic protagonist. Though the motives of the main characters become muddled by the end, and Adrian’s descriptive passages are typical, there is much to savor in this thriller. It comes as no surprise that Adrian introduces the whiff of a sequel in the final pages. Ages 13–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (Jan.)

And from School Library Journal:

Jake Lukin has a secret talent: if he holds an object that belongs to a person, he can instantaneously “tunnel” to that person—envisioning them physically, pinpointing their location, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel. After Jake reveals his skill at a high school party, he quickly finds himself on the run from government agents who would harness his talents for their own purposes. This YA novel is a heart-racing thriller set at full throttle from the opening page, and it never decelerates. Fans of Cory Doctorow and Anthony Horowitz will consume this title with a passion and will excitedly anticipate a sequel.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

5 November 2014


Thumb_ShadowCabinet3We’re reorganizing the office today in preparation for new carpet, so everything’s getting picked up and moved around, which is a fantastic opportunity to go through and get rid of stuff and things and clutter. Even electronic things are getting filed and put away in the right place, like this fabulous starred review of The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, from Kirkus:

Transplanted Southerner Rory must once again save London, but this time her foes aren’t all completely dead.Upon a less-than-graceful exit from Wexford, her posh London boarding school, Rory is now on the run with the Shades, a clandestine band of police who attend to supernatural phenomena. Stephen, a member of the Shades (and her last kiss), hangs in a precarious state between life and death. With her amplified abilities to both see the dead and possess the power of a mystical stone, Rory could help Stephen. Unfortunately, Jane, a crazed occultist and Rory’s ex-therapist, wants to harness Rory’s powers and use them to perform the Rites of Demeter in hopes of defeating death and resurrecting two powerful magicians. Rory’s London is one where death is but tenuously separated from life, and she must use her abilities to save not only her own friends, but now the city at large. This deftly plotted and richly developed third installment skillfully weaves together the plotlines from its predecessors, creating a carefully and engrossingly built world. Moving away from what could have easily been a predictable, cookie-cutter ghost-busting template in every book, the series has gracefully evolved into a heady mix of ghost story, myth, conspiracies and history.Creepy, tense and wonderful: Don’t expect to put this down once it’s begun—but be sure to begin with The Name of the Star (2011). (Supernatural thriller. 13-18)

5 November 2014