April 17th, 2019

Huge congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough on his sale of two GEARS OF WAR books!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
New York Times bestselling author Jason Hough’s GEARS OF WAR, to Steve Saffel at Titan Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Learn more about Jason’s books on his website:

Say hi and congrats on twitter @JasonMHough

It’s pronounced “Huff” by the way.

Congratulations Jason!

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I was in Bologna when the news broke, but I’m so thrilled to officially congratulate Jamie Pacton on the same of two contemporary YA novels to Page Street Publishing! From PW:

Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired Jamie Pacton’s debut novel The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, along with a second standalone. Pitched as Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale, the book stars 17-year-old “serving wench” Kit, who hopes to dismantle the gender restrictions on becoming a knight at her uncle’s cheesy medieval-themed restaurant, earning the promotion she needs to afford her dream college. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Kate Testerman at KT Literary brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

If you haven’t already, send Jamie all your congrats on Twitter at @jamiepacton!

16 April 2019


“An otherworldly, titillating endeavor. Highly recommended for fans of the author and for readers seeking luscious erotica with more than a touch of magical realism.” – Library Journal, starred review

Congratulations to USA Today bestselling author Tiffany Reisz on today’s release of THE ROSE!

“Ancient Greece invades England as Rita Award winner Reisz (Picture Perfect Cowboy) transmutes spicy mythological tales into sensual fantasies and erotic romance featuring young escort agency madam Lady Lia Godwick and seductive sex worker Augustine Bowman.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bestselling author Tiffany Reisz returns with an imaginative tale of lust and magic, and the dangers unleashed when the two are combined…

On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.

But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…

Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.

Learn more about Tiffany’s books on her website:

Happy reading, everyone!

16 April 2019


Congratulations to author Casey McQuiston whose debut novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE has been optioned for film!

From the press release announced at Deadline Hollywood, “In spirited bidding, Amazon Studios won an auction for the Casey McQuiston novel Red White & Royal Blue, an unexpected power couple romance. Ted Malawer is set to adapt. Berlanti Productions will produce. Amazon prevailed over bidders that includes Village Roadshow, Paramount, and Warner Bros.”

RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE comes out from St. Martin’s Griffin/ Macmillan on May 14, 2019 – we’re so excited to celebrate with our readers!

Learn more about Casey’s debut journey on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @casey_mcquiston


What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius?his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

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12 April 2019


An international playboy finds true love…

“captivating and charming” – Publishers Weekly

Ashton Lyle is a man in control. His rules are simple:
Hard work.
No deviation.
And lucky for him no one is able to resist his mega-watt smile, dazzling wit, sexy British accent, and ability to manipulate any situation in business . . . and in bed.
That is, until he meets a woman with rules of her own.

Terra Ellis is a self-made woman who knows what she wants.
A successful entrepreneur, she has worked hard to cultivate an impeccable image.
A tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband has reinforced her drive but it has also made her question serious relationships.
After all, a busy woman has no time for romance.
That is, until Terra meets a man who sees through her façade.

Ashton and Terra are about to discover that some rules were made to be broken. . . .

Congratulate Aliza on twitter @AlizaMannAuthor
Learn more about BREAKING HIS RULES on Aliza’s website:
2 April 2019

News, Sales

Please help me congratulate client Henry Clark on his recent deal with Little Brown!

Here’s the post from PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Deirdre Jones at Little, Brown has acquired Seven Minutes of Magic by Henry Clark, author of What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World. In the quirky adventure with an environmental twist, three children discover the secret of magic—that it can only be done during seven separate minutes each day—and must use their newfound knowledge to save not only their world but also a mysterious, magical land in peril. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Hilary Harwell at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Henry is the author of THE BOOK THAT PROVES THAT TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS and WHAT WE FOUND IN THE SOFA AND HOW IT SAVED THE WORLD. You can check out his website and follow him on Twitter to learn more about him and his hilarious stories!

29 March 2019


Congratulations to Niki Lenz, whose debut novel BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN was released today!

Bernice Buttman is the biggest bully in the 5th grade. She loves pounding puny kids and eating cheese balls till her fingers turn orange. Her latest and greatest ambition is to attend the Hollywood Hills Stunt Camp, where she can learn to crash cars and punch people harder. All she needs are a few generous strangers to donate to the cause. She sets up a fake “Letsfundthis” website, and the cash starts flowing.

But when Bernice’s mom discovers what she’s done, she takes the money for herself and sends Bernice to live with her Aunt Josephine- who happens to be a nun. Bernice tries to make a new start in the town of Halfway, but she immediately locks horns with the school’s most perfect student, Emogene. If Bernice can’t stay out of trouble and manage to raise a whole ton of money, she can kiss her stunt camp dreams goodbye.

Publishers Weekly said “Bernice’s sometimes harsh home conditions and how they contribute to her unkind ways are sensitively portrayed and well balanced with humor and Bernice’s spirited narration.”

And Kirkus Reviews said “Bernice is pragmatic, complex, and compelling, and she has a heart of gold. Yay for Bernice”!

You can grab a copy today at Indie Bound, Amazon, B&N, or wherever you like to buy books! And feel free to show Niki some love on Twitter at @NikiRLenz!

26 March 2019


Congratulations to USA Today bestselling author Tiffany Reisz –

PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY has been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for Best Erotic Romance!

From the RWA (Romance Writers of America) website, “The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.”

Winners will be announced this summer at the National RWA convention in NYC. We’ll be cheering for you, Tiffany!

Publishers Weekly called PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY, “blazingly erotic.”

Learn more on Tiffany’s website:

22 March 2019

News, Sales

Please help us congratulate Jennifer Gruenke on the sale of her debut YA fantasy, OF SILVER AND SHADOW!

From PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Kelsy Thompson at Flux has bought Jennifer Gruenke‘s debut novel, Of Silver and Shadow, a YA high fantasy set in the magical world of Denfell, where Ren, a silver wielder in hiding, strikes a deal with a broody rebel plotting to overthrow the king. Publication is set for spring 2020; Hilary Harwell at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

From her spitfire pit-fighting protagonist, Ren, to the story’s enchanting world-building and tight pacing, readers will be glued to the pages from start to finish. I’m so thrilled to have found it the perfect home with Flux. Congratulations, Jennifer!

21 March 2019


Congratulations to Stephanie Perkins! Deadline just announced that Patrick Brice will direct the Netflix adaptation of THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, with filming due to begin in October. If you love scary movies, this one is going to be killer.

14 March 2019

News, Sales

Please help us congratulate Samantha San Miguel on the sale of SPINELESS!!

From PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Rachael Stein at Sterling Children’s Books has acquired Spineless, a middle grade debut by Samantha San Miguel that follows Algie Emsworth, whose asthma takes him from 19th-century London to a health resort in the jungles of Florida. An aspiring naturalist, Algie longs for adventure—but between a supposed curse, reckless poachers, and the possible discovery of a fabled cryptid, this trip might be more than he bargained for. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

SPINELESS delves into a world I’ve never seen before in fiction: the sprawling, lush, and, astoundingly, historically accurate grand hotels of Florida’s jungles during the 19th century. The mystery and magic of this world comes through on every page, and I cannot wait for the world to experience the world Samantha has created and the characters who navigate it.

Congratulations, Samantha!!!

13 March 2019


Please help me give a warm KT Literary welcome to my newest client, Barrie Summy. I was fortunate enough to connect with Barrie via a referral from one of Kate’s clients, and when I picked up her fabulous, tightly plotted middle grade magical realism story I couldn’t put it down. Here’s the pitch:

Eleven-year-old trivia buff Leah Carter buys a misshapen miniature plastic elephant from the 99 Cent Store on a trip to visit her Dad in Phoenix. When she discovers it shoots her into other people’s dreams, she thinks she’s found the solution to all her problems. She can convince her ex-best friend to quit hanging out with mean girl Natalie. She can persuade the other kids at school she’s nice and non-violent and friend-worthy, and that the whole broken-leg incident with Natalie was one big misunderstanding. That is, until the magic starts wearing off, and Leah has to find the courage to confront the ex-best friend, fix her tattered relationship with her dad, and land a coveted spot in the Triviamania school competition all on her own.

Barrie Summy amassed student loans and earned degrees in French, Canadian Literature, and Speech/Language Pathology before realizing she wanted to write middle-grade mysteries. She is the author of The Disappearance of Emily H.and the I So Don’t Do mystery series. Barrie lives in Southern California with her husband. She is a fan of their four children, licorice and veiled chameleons. She is not a fan of cooked carrots.




26 February 2019


I’m thrilled to welcome Heather Truett to the KT Literary family as my newest client. I fell in love with her YA novel in verse and just knew I had to work with her! Here’s the pitch:

When Airy Bull’s ex-boyfriend goes off to college and gets “woke” about feminism, he publically apologizes for raping her when she was 16. Airy isn’t sure what the biggest problem with this is… the fact that he never raped her or that this is how her current boyfriend found out she isn’t a virgin. Airy will have to convince new guy Sam to forgive her for lying to him while navigating gossip and confusion sparked by her ex’s faux-pology.

Heather is a writer, a mother, and a somewhat heretical pastor’s wife. Her credits include: The Mom Egg, Vine Leaves Literary, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Panoply Zine, and the Young Adult Review Network. Heather is currently a senior at the University of Memphis, double-majoring in English (Creative Writing) and Spanish.

You can follow her on Twitter, or learn more about her here! Welcome, Heather!

20 February 2019


Huge congratulations to Angelina M. Lopez on her first book deal!

I met Angelina years ago at an RWA event (Romance Writers of America). It’s been such a delight to reconnect through THE BILLIONAIRE’S PRINCE – I’m so excited for readers to get their hands on these books!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Debut author Angelina M. Lopez’s THE BILLIONAIRE’S PRINCE, an enemies-to-lovers story about a billionaire businesswoman who makes a baby deal with a prince who runs a struggling vineyard, and the outrageous dates and steamy chemistry that make them both reevaluate the meaning of intimacy, to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world English).

Follow Angelina’s debut journey on her website:

Say hi and congrats on twitter @AngelinaMLo

13 February 2019


Congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse on yesterday’s announcement…

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING is a finalist for the prestigious Compton Crook/ Stephen Tall Award!

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society announces this award in honor of the “best first SF/ fantasy/ horror novel of the year” See the entire list of finalists here!

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING has also been honored as:

“Best Books of 2018” at NPR

“One of the 50 Greatest Science Fiction/ Fantasy Debuts Ever Written” by B&N

“Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018” by The Verge

“Best Science Fiction/ Fantasy Books of 2018” by Library Journal

“Best Books of 2018” by Kirkus

And Rebecca won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for this novel!

Huge congratulations Rebecca!

Learn more about TRAIL OF LIGHTNING and its sequel, STORM OF LOCUSTS (coming in April 2019) on her website:

12 February 2019