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May 24th, 2016

2011_JaneKindred_125x188Please help us celebrate with Jane Kindred whose paranormal romance WAKING THE SERPENT sold to Harlequin Nocturne!

Jane is a multi published author in erotic paranormal and fantasy romance. Her entire DEMONS OF ELYSIUM Russian-inspired M/M fantasy romance series was listed as Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014. And MASTER OF THE GAME (DEMONS Book #3) was a Top Pick at RT Book Reviews where it was reviewed as “complex and wickedly decadent dark fantasy.”

WAKING THE SERPENT launches an entirely new series in a brand new world filled with ghosts, witches and magic.

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Jane Kindred’s WAKING THE SERPENT, about a heroine who speaks to ghosts and a hero who is haunted by them, to Ann Leslie Tuttle and Kayla King at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (World).

Check out more of Jane’s books on her website: www.janekindred.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaneKindred

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News

ReleaseDay
Congratulations to editor Stephanie Perkins, whose new anthology SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS releases today! I’ll let Steph describe it herself:

Summer Days and Summer Nights DOES NOT contain: terrorist attacks, mass shootings, hate laws, internet trolls, or election coverage.

If you are interested in reading about any of those items, please click over to your favorite news feed. But if the twenty-four hour news cycle is stressing you out, may I offer … an alternative.

A break.

A reading vacation.

My latest anthology DOES contain: a cliff jump into the ocean, a spirited theme park revue, an extravagant hedge maze, a mysterious sea monster, a motorcycle ride with a sexy stranger, a box of Chicago’s finest pastries, a plush Cthulhu dressed like Strawberry Shortcake, a ridiculous powder-blue uniform, a map of perfect moments, a camping trip with new friends, an intense pop-a-shot competition, and a love potion.

I am so proud of these stories, and I am so proud of these authors. We worked hard to bring you something intelligent and light and fun and overflowing with kindness and friendship and romance and love.

And hope. This book contains a lot of hope.

Read this if the world seems frightening, and your well of hope is running low. Read this and discover yourself smiling again. Read this and have a simply fantastic summer.

Reviewers are loving this collection, with four starred reviews already received. Grab a copy today, and find out for yourself what SUMMER has to offer!

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Images above from Stephanie’s Tumblr, Leigh Bardugo, Parnassus Next, and Booksandlala. Composite by me.
17 May 2016

Events

IMG_7185Book Expo America is a huge publishing trade show – very prestigious, exciting and energetic. The event was last week in Chicago and we were thrilled to celebrate with Derek Sullivan as his debut contemporary young adult novel released in paperback!

BIGGIE is the story of an overweight boy who tries out for the baseball team to impress a girl. The Horn Book review said, “…hits all the right notes in this coming-of-age story with an endearing underdog protagonist.”

Publishers Weekly said, “Thoughtful and witty, Biggie tells a story full of physical and emotional highs and lows as debut author Sullivan empathetically addresses topics of self-esteem and finding healthier, happier versions of oneself (and what that even means).”

BIGGIE originally released in 2015 in hard cover and this paperback release was extra exciting because the publisher, Albert Whitman Teen, hosted Derek for book signings and a book party.

Congratulations Derek and happy reading to all!

Follow Derek online at: www.derekesullivan.com

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @DerekESullivan

BIGGIE
Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of his hometown’s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.

2015-11 final paperback cover BIGGIE

16 May 2016

News

2014-03 final cover THE ENCELADUS CRISISThe second book in Michael J. Martinez’s science fiction mash-up series is now available in mass market paperback!!

THE ENCELADUS CRISIS picks up where Book #1, THE DAEDALUS INCIDENT, leaves off – with an adventure that spans worlds and rides sailing ships through space.

GeekDad says, “Martinez delivers again — wooden sailing ships battling it out in space, Earth astronauts discovering an ancient alien temple on one of Saturn’s moons, and an evil alien warlord preparing a takeover of two worlds…This is something new and unique and completely entertaining. Hard science fiction in one corner and Alchemy in the other.”

Michael talks about this re-packagaing and release on his blog here!

Follow the DAEDALUS adventures and be prepared for the release of his epic, historical, paranormal spy-thriller series, THE MAJESTIC 12, this fall: www.michaeljmartinez.net

Say hi on twitter @mikemartinez72

Enjoy!!!

THE ENCELADUS CRISIS
Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complication when she arrives aboard the survey ship, Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. Back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions, but there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard the HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

11 May 2016

News

WeightofZero_front cover new12.inddHuge congratulations to debut author Karen Fortuanti whose contemporary young adult THE WEIGHT OF ZERO was just named to the 2016 Book Expo America (BEA) YA Book Buzz List!

I’m headed to Book Expo tomorrow to celebrate with the Delacorte team in person – thank you to our reviewers for this tremendous honor!

From the Shelf Awareness Press Release:
Karen Fortunati’s novel The Weight of Zero, about a 17-year-old girl named Catherine who struggles with bipolar disorder, is another Indies Introduce selection and will be available October 11 from Delacorte Press. Zero is what Catherine calls the crushing depression that her bipolar disorder inflicts on her. Zero has driven Catherine to attempt suicide once, and as she waits for Zero’s inevitable return, she begins to plan for another one. But gradually her family, friends and a new course of treatment start to show her that life may be worth living. Hermans of Oblong Books and Music said The Weight of Zero “looks fabulous.”

THE WEIGHT OF ZERO releases October 11, 2016 – follow Karen’s book launch on her website at www.karenfortunati.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati

9 May 2016

Behind The Book

2016-05-02 final frton cover INTERMINABLES Credit is %22Cover by Will Staehle%22Thanks to Barnes & Noble for their exciting article on THE INTERMINABLES by Paige Orwin – her debut urban fantasy coming July 2016 from Angry Robot!

Just today, B&N did a cover reveal with this very kind review, “If there’s one thing we love more than great sci-fi/fantasy cover art, it’s great sci-fi/fantasy cover art designed by Will Staehle.” The reporter goes on to say, “This July, Angry Robot Books will publish The Interminables, the near-future fantasy debut of Paige Orwin, who was inspired to start writing when her favorite online video game was shut down in late 2012. (Sounds like our kind of people).”

Read the entire B&N article here!

Angry Robot also launched a cover reveal that includes an excerpt of the book plus a blog post by Paige:

It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace. Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan — the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost — have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts.

Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…

Read the entire Angry Robot article here!

And read the excerpt from THE INTERMINABLES here.

Follow Paige’s book launch on her website: www.paigeorwin.com

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @PaigeOrwin

6 May 2016

Events

SaraMegibow_byKateTestermanOn Monday May 16 I will be speaking at the Barnes & Noble in Glendale, CO:

10:00am MST
Barnes & Noble
960 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246

In addition to selling books, managing careers, reading slush pile – we occasionally do publishing outreach. Kate, Renee and I have presented at conferences, writers groups, libraries, universities. This time, I will be speaking to high school seniors about publishing and we have permission to open the event to the public. There is no charge, however we ask attendees not to bring in outside food or drink (there is a Starbucks onsite for coffee and snack emergencies). In addition, if your To Be Read list has been piling up, I would encourage people to shop at this B&N as thanks for hosting us at no charge.

Spread the word! If you are in/near Denver, join us! The title of the presentation is “Laptop To Bookstore – The Process of Publishing A Book.” There will be time for Q&A and I will have business cards and submission information for aspiring authors.

If you have questions, feel free to send me a note on twitter @SaraMegibow

5 May 2016

News, Uncategorized

WeightofZero_front cover new12.inddA huge round of congratulations to debut author Karen Fortunati and her team at Delacorte/ Penguin Random House – THE WEIGHT OF ZERO has been named to the prestigious ABA Indies Introduce list!

ABA Indies Introduce, “…Do what indies do best—find and showcase undiscovered authors and compelling books. Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Summer/Fall 2016 debuts.”

“…I spent the last half of the book in grateful tears, filled with a deep recognition that gave me hope for life and love for Catherine. I cannot express enough what this book meant to me. Read it. It’ll change you.” —Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

Congratulations!!!

THE WEIGHT OF ZERO (October 11, 2016)
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt.

Being bipolar is forever. It never goes away. The med du jour might work right now, but Zero will be back for her. It’s only a matter of time.

And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list.

The bucket list, the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment all begin to lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place, and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.

This is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.

Watch Karen’s website for information on book tours, giveaways, events and the excitement of book launch: www.karenfortunati.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati

3 May 2016

News

flipthislove-coverPlease help us congratulate Maggie Wells on the release of FLIP THIS LOVE – the second in her contemporary romance COASTAL HEAT series!

Epilogue Book Blog gives FLIP THIS LOVE this amazing review, “Flip This Love by Maggie Wells strikes the perfect balance between smart and steamy. Add in two truly likeable main characters, as witty and accomplished as they are outwardly attractive, and we’ve got another winner on our hands from the Coastal Heat series!”

Huge congratulations Maggie! We’re so excited to share more COASTAL HEAT books with readers! Cheers!

FLIP THIS LOVE
Nothing draws a magnate like a steel magnolia…
Harley Cade is back in town-and the former bad boy is downright irresistible now that he’s donned a hard hat and set to work restoring the South’s finest homes to their former grandeur. While wealth may have gained Harley entry into high society, it’s going to take a lot more than a fat bank account to win the lovely Laney Tarrington.

Laney isn’t open to giving the self-made magnate a second chance-no matter how much she needs him. With her family fortune gone, Laney finally has to stand on her own two feet. The last person she’d ever lean on is Harley, the man who left her behind with nothing more than memories of the passion they once shared….

With the attraction still burning hot between them, Harley isn’t above seduction-or secretly buying Laney’s bankrupted family’s estate. After all, he no longer has to prove himself to anyone, least of all the daughter of Mobile, Alabama’s most prestigious family. But will pride keep Harley from gaining the biggest prize of all-a place in Laney’s heart?

Check out more of Maggie’s books on her website: www.maggie-wells.com

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

2 May 2016

News

Summer Days and Summer NightsStephanie Perkins is on a roll, having just received the fourth starred review for SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, matching the number received for her first anthology. Booklist writes,

As she did with My True Love Gave to Me (2014), Perkins once again collects 12 romances from a bevy of best-selling YA authors. This time, though, she switches seasons. Cozy fireplace tales begone: these stories are all about summer loving. The shared theme might seem limiting, but this is a far cry from formulaic, as the stories range widely in genre and tone, often with surprising depth. From the truly fantastical (Leigh Bardugo’s “Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail”) to sci-fi (Veronica Roth’s “Inertia”) to the requisite summer-camp story (Jennifer E. Smith’s “A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong”), love in its many forms — straight and gay, beginning, rekindled, and ending — is examined here. Other notables include Libba Bray’s “Last Stand at the Cinegore,” where, on the closing night of a movie theater where Kevin works with his crush, a horror movie becomes startlingly real; Tim Federle’s “Souvenirs,” where two boys who met working at an amusement park for the summer approach their previously designated breakup day; and Jon Skovron’s contemporary Regency spoof, “Love Is the Last Resort,” where workers at an upscale resort meddle in their patrons’ love lives. Really, though, there’s not a false note in the whole thing. These big-name authors deliver a collection that scorches as surely as any day in the sun.

Please join me in congratulating all the authors, and pre-order a copy today at Amazon, B&N, the iBookstore, or your favorite local indie!

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29 April 2016

Sales

thumb_RCHeadshotCongratulations to KT Literary client Rebekah Crane on the announcement of her new book’s sale to Skyscape!

Rebekah Crane’s THE ODDS OF LOVING GROVER CLEVELAND, pitched as reading like “The Breakfast Club” at a summer camp for psychologically at-risk teens, to Jason Kirk at Skyscape, for publication in November 2016, by Renee Nyen at kt literary (World).

And an equally hearty congrats to Renee, for her first official sale as an agent. We’re so thrilled for both of them. Please join me in congratulating Rebekah and Renee on Twitter!

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28 April 2016

Events

storminateacup-coverJoin us!

6pm EDT on Tuesday April 19
Author Emmie Mears and TV star Amber Benson will be hosting a twitter chat at the hashtag #ChatStorme

Amber is our brilliant narrator for the audiobooks of Emmie’s AYALA STORME urban fantasy series. Audible is the amazing audiobook publisher and we’re honored and thrilled with all the hard work they’ve done behind the scenes for these books!

Book #1 in the series was STORM IN A TEACUP which raced up the charts both at Amazon and at Audible. ANY PORT IN A STORM (Book #2) and TAKEN BY STORM (Book #3) released last December to critical acclaim and amazing sales. Book #4, EYE OF THE STORM, was just announced last week and will release June 21.

Amber and Emmie will chat, answer questions and do a giveaway of some of these amazing audiobooks. Join in at #ChatStorme tomorrow to giggle, ask and win!

More info on #ChatStorme is posted here, on Emmie’s blog!

STORM IN A TEACUP
Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is, until one of them saves her life. Dodging the Mediators and the demons alike, Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock and trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first…

And follow both women on twitter: @EmmieMears and @amber_benson

18 April 2016

News

SummerDaysNight_Animated_Frames_V2Congrats again to Stephanie Perkins, and the authors of the stories in her new anthology, SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS. They just received their third pre-publication starred review! School Library Journal joins Publishers Weekly and Kirkus in loving this collection, which they called “a sizzling must-have that will be too hot to keep on shelves.” And further:

The stories are by turns bittersweet, unexpected, and unapologetically hopeful, and themes of endurance, bravery, and determination emerge as the teens navigate issues such as broken families, ending relationships, life after high school, and identity.

Congrats to all!! You can pre-order the book at Amazon, B&N, the iBookstore, or your favorite local indie!

I can’t wait for the earnest conversations about which story is your favorite. With an amazing list of authors — Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith — it’s a great opportunity to both dive into a new world by a favorite author, and maybe discover someone new!

And check out the adorable gif of the cover above!

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14 April 2016

Ask Daphne!

by Doug DunderdaleI got a great question from a young author, and wanted to share it, and my answer, with all of you, in the hopes that it would be helpful. Tyler writes:

I’m 13 and was wondering what it would take to get my book checked out. It is YA and I believe it will be good when finished… I’m not sure when that will be because I have school and I work on my book in my free time. Thank you for your time and for reading this.

First of all, the most important bit of advice for any querying author is to finish the book. Having the intention to write is a great start, but finishing the book is what separates aspiring writers from actual writers. After that, the best way to improve your writing is to share it with others for critique. Check with teachers, librarians, or your local SCBWI chapter for critique groups, or find some like-minded friends and start your own! Work with them to help improve each other’s manuscript, and when you think it’s the best you can make it, then you can think about querying agents.

How to find the right agent to query is another post entirely, but once you have that list, work on creating a killer query. Ideally, it should include the hook, the book, and the cook.

The hook: Your short and sweet summary or elevator pitch. If someone asks you what your book is about, and you spend five minutes describing characters and setting, rambling all about, that’s not the hook. The hook should be concise and exciting, and like a shiny lure, “hook” an agent’s attention. To help write your own, think of some of your favorite books, and consider what one sentence you would use to describe them to someone you wanted to convince to read them. For instance, “An expert hunter, Katniss volunteers as tribute in a game played to the death in order to save her little sister’s life.” (The Hunger Games) Or, “An orphaned boy learns he’s a wizard when he receives his invitation to Hogwarts, makes new friends, and accepts the prophecy that he alone can defeat He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named.” (Harry Potter) You can try it with movies and tv shows, too. Just be aware of the difference between tagline (like “In space, no one can hear you scream.”) and hook, which gives a bit more information.

The book: A slightly longer description of the book, including at least three of the following elements: protagonist, antagonist, plot or conflict, setting, and voice. You don’t need to tell everything that happens, but ask yourself where the main character is when the story starts, and what happens to change their life or set them on a new path, and who else is involved. Consider the back cover copy of some of the books on your own shelves (or the flap copy on hardcovers), and use that as a model for writing your own summary. You want to tell just enough to interest the agent or editor in reading more.

The cook: That’s you. A short bio of the writer, with any relevant writing credits. If you don’t have any, that’s fine. “This is my first novel” is plenty, too.

Most the agents I know find clients through their query piles, so the best way to get your book checked out by one of them is with a killer query letter, and a manuscript that lives up to the hype. Good luck!

Photo above by Flickr user Doug Dunderdale, used under a Creative Commons license.
13 April 2016

News

2016-03 EYE OF THE STORM final front coverPlease help us celebrate with Emmie Mears whose fourth book in her urban fantasy AYALA STORME series has sold to Audible for audiobook production!

EYE OF THE STORM releases this June and will be narrated (again!) by the amazing TV star Amber Benson – we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thanks to Audible and to Amber for their tremendous support of this series!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
Author of STORM IN A TEACUP, Emmie Mears’s EYE OF THE STORM, the fourth book in her urban fantasy series about a powerful Mediator in her final war against the demons threatening Earth, to Lee Jarit at Audible, narrated by TV star Amber Benson, in a nice deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

EYE OF THE STORM
Earth teeters on the edge of a razor sharp blade.

With the Summit on barely-unified tenterhooks and hellkin bubbling into Earth with no sun to stop them, Ayala Storme has her hard-won family, an uncertain new love, and a team of allies — half of whom have betrayed her in the past.

When the cities of North America begin to fall to demon hordes, Ayala has to fight her way back into Nashville in a desperate hope to save her city. With the witches trying to find the original source of the imbalance that allows hellkin a tie to Earth and the Mediators ready to draw their swords every time they see a shade, time is ticking away.

The witches are working as fast as they can, but what they find may shake the foundations of everything Ayala has ever known — and the answers needed to salvage what’s left of Earth may only lie beyond Earth itself, in the sixth hell.

The battles are over. It’s time for the war.

Check out this series on Emmie’s website at: www.emmiemears.com

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @EmmieMears

Congratulations Emmie!

12 April 2016