July 20th, 2016

2011-09 Jason Hough headshotCongratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough who just announced he will be writing in Star Wars Insider issue #169 (official canon material!)

“…a dream come true” is how he tells the story on his blog here.

Jason is the author of THE DARWIN ELEVATOR series as well as the epic science fiction ZERO WORLD.

“I don’t think I’ve read a more exciting sci-fi novel…This is sci-fi thriller writing at its best, I literally couldn’t put the book down…I would recommend this if you like action movies, if you like thrillers like Jason Bourne novels, or Richard Morgan-type sci-fi…I need moooooooore!”
–Felicia Day, on ZERO WORLD

Jason is at San Diego ComicCon this week – signing books on Thursday and Saturday and speaking on at least one panel. His SDCC schedule is posted here!

Follow Jason’s Star Wars news on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JasonMHough

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9780399584404_Wanderlust_EB.inddLast weekend, New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren won a prestigious RITA award for her sexy stand alone NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE. We’re still celebrating!

Today, we celebrate some more with the launch of WANDERLUST – a story of, “… sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…”

Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

“Revved up and red-hot sexy.”—Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author

“Delicious, dark, sensual prose.”—USA Today

Follow all the exciting Roni Loren news on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoniLoren

19 July 2016


2014-12 front cover final NICE GIRLS DONT RIDECongratulations to Roni Loren!

On Saturday night, Roni was awarded the highest honor in romance writing – a RITA award for Best Romance Novella for NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE!

Read an excerpt of NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE here!

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.

Check out Roni’s website here:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoniLoren

18 July 2016



“…There’s nothing for it then but to explain.
Perhaps for most of you it’s history,
But there’s a right way and a wrong way
To tell a story, and this one is epic…”


Frederick Turner is an internationally known poet, lecturer, and scholar, and Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Today marks the launch of his epic science fiction poem, APOCALYPSE, with Baen Books.

Book 1 is online NOW here at

“Fred Turner and his brilliant future-epic poem” – bestselling and award-winning author, David Brin

“I loved the blank verse, so supple and expressive; and the command of a fictional history, the epic sweep of a macro-plot along with the many interesting characters and situations at the personal level.” – bestselling and award-winning author, Kim Stanley Robinson

Fred is online here:

In October, APOCALYPSE will be available as an ebook and in print. Until then, follow on as they release a section of the poem every week via serialization. Congratulations Frederick and happy reading to all!

15 July 2016


2014-12 front cover final NICE GIRLS DONT RIDEThis week is the huge Romance Writers of America national conference and Roni Loren is up for two prestigious RITA awards. Please help us cheer for Roni on Saturday night!!!

The RITA represents the highest award of distinction in romance fiction – we’ll be watching the awards ceremony streamed live from San Diego! Follow the excitement on Roni’s website at: or on twitter at the hashtag #RWA16

NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE nominated for the RITA for Best Romance Novella.

“so damn amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it!” = Guilty Pleasures

BREAK ME DOWN nominated for the RITA for Best Erotic Romance

“4 Sexually Adventurous, Accepting Yourself, Healing & New Horizon Filled Stars!” = A Bookish Escape

Roni is a New York Times bestselling author – her next book, WANDERLUST, releases July 19.

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoniLoren

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14 July 2016


2015-03 VENUSIAN GAMBIT final coverFans of Michael Martinez’s DAEDALUS trilogy will be thrilled that THE VENUSIAN GAMBIT (Book #3) is now available in mass market paperback! That means the entire trilogy is available in trade paperback, ebook, audio and mass market – happy reading to all!

This new edition also has a delicious teaser for MAJESTIC 12: INCEPTION – Michael’s historical spy thriller fantasy releasing September 6, 2016.

“Overflowing with complexity and eloquence, the conclusion to Martinez’s Daedalus Trilogy (following The Enceladus Crisis) seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both.” = Publishers Weekly, starred review!

The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical date to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus…

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon, presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now, Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.

Follow the DAEDALUS trilogy and information on Michael’s MAJESTIC 12 series on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @mikemartinez72

13 July 2016


willandaway-coverThis week is the national Romance Writers of America conference so it’s fitting to announce the sale of Maggie Wells’s next contemporary romance novel, A BOLT FROM THE BLUE. Congratulations Maggie!!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Digital: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Author of A WILL AND A WAY Maggie Well’s A BOLT FROM THE BLUE, the third in her Worth The Wait series about a Chicago heiress and a blue color Chicago Bulls-loving hero, again to Martin Biro at Lyrical Press, for publication in 2017, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

A BOLT FROM THE BLUE is Book #3 in Maggie’s A Worth The Wait series – read Book #1, THREE LITTLE WORDS and Book #2, A WILL AND A WAY which just released last week. Happy reading and enjoy!

Follow news about Maggie’s romance novels on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

12 July 2016


margaret400pxA huge round of congrats to Margaret Rogerson who sold her debut young adult fantasy, THE GREEN WELL, today!!!

From Publishers Weekly:
Debut author Margaret Rogerson’s THE GREEN WELL about a talented artist who paints portraits for a dangerous clientele: the fair folk. When a portrait angers a fairy prince she undertakes a journey that will lead to her death or the loss of her art, unless she can use her talent in way the fair folk have never seen before, pitched as a story about learning to love while still honoring oneself, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, in a good deal, for publication in 2017, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (NA English) translation: rights@ktliterary

Film/TV: Sean Berard at APA Talent & Literary,

Follow Margaret’s debut book journey on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MarRogerson

7 July 2016


interminables-coverAn author’s debut book always feels so special – please help us congratulate and celebrate with Paige Orwin whose debut THE INTERMINABLES releases today! Extra huge thanks to our amazing publisher Angry Robot!

Paige talks about writing THE INTERMINABLES:
“The Interminables began as a lifeboat.

There once was a superhero MMO called City of Heroes, and it shut down for good two years ago, stranding thousands upon thousands of characters in the digital aether.

Most players said goodbye and moved on. I didn’t. I couldn’t. It seemed criminal. I was too attached to these people—they were people by the end, to me and others—and I decided, well, I’ll just write a book then, and they can continue to have adventures there. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Yes, I’ll just write a book.”

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…

Follow Paige’s book launch on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @PaigeOrwin

5 July 2016


2015-12 final WILL AND A WAY coverA huge round of cheers to Maggie Wells whose A WILL AND A WAY, the second in her A Worth The Wait contemporary romance series, releases today!

Harlequin Junkie reviewed Maggie’s FLIP THIS LOVE by saying, “This is sweet romance at its finest.” I agree! Happy reading to all!

What’s a nice widow like you doing in a place like this?….
Consummate ladies man Will Tarrant has made it to middle age without walking down the aisle. People think he’s anti-marriage, but he knows he just hasn’t met the right woman yet. Then he lays eyes on Southern Belle Betty Asher–in the neighborhood pub of all places. She’s new in town, perfectly gorgeous–and a perfect lady. But can Will be a perfect gentleman?…

With small town life and her cheating late husband behind her, Betty is looking forward to big city adventure. When she captures the attention of the local heartthrob, she even indulges in some hot and heavy flirtation. After all, it isn’t everyday she gets to play the merry widow. She assumes their acquaintance will end there, until a job interview lands her in Will’s office–and in his arms once more. Despite their irresistible attraction, Betty’s enjoying her freedom, while Will’s finally ready to put a ring on it. Now he’ll just have to convince her that nothing could be sweeter than being tied down–with him. . .

Follow Maggie and her exciting book releases on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

5 July 2016


SpencerEllsworth200Please help us welcome our newest client, science fiction and fantasy author Spencer Ellsworth!

Spencer has the distinction of being the first client I’ve met and signed at a conference – we met in person at the recent Cascade Writers Conference just outside Seattle, WA. What a pleasure!

From his bio:
Spencer Ellsworth lives in Bellingham with his wife and three children. He works as a teacher and administrator at Northwest Indian College, plays bass in the band Pawnbroker, and writes his little brain out. Find his short fiction now or forthcoming at Lightspeed Magazine,, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and many others.

I’m thrilled to be working with this talented author – please visit Spencer’s website and watch for upcoming excitement at:

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @spencimus

Welcome aboard!!

29 June 2016


devilyouknow_final_rgbCongrats are also due today to Trish Doller, whose novel The Devil You Know is now available in paperback! If you missed it in hardcover, pick up up now for summer beach reading, or bring it along on your next road trip. From the jacket blurb:

From critically-acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a powerful new psychological page-turner perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Sara Zarr.

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants “adventure.” Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it’s just the risk she’s been craving–the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

A “Perfect Ten, ” this “dark thriller” is “compelling and gripping” with “a heap of sexy” and a “Hitchcockian conclusion.” Check out the blurbs in the below gif, and pick up your copy today at IndieBound, Amazon, B&N, or your favorite store.


28 June 2016


Lindsay Henry HeadshotPlease join me in welcoming Lindsay Henry to the kt literary family!

Lindsay is a talented writer with a long, exciting career ahead of her. She writes honest, moving YA stories with real-life issues and swoony romance. Though I wasn’t looking for another YA contemporary book, I loved her manuscript so much, I had to offer to represent it! It’s the kind of story that sticks with you, and I can’t wait to share it with you. I anticipate many, many books in her future!

She is a prolific blogger, writing for sites like Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and The Huffington Post. Find her on Twitter, oozing charm and humor.

28 June 2016


bourbon-coverInternationally bestselling author…

winner of the prestigious RITA award

winner of the important Lambda Literary Award

with over 1,000,000 copies of her books sold around the world…

Please help us celebrate with Tiffany Reisz as her newest book, THE BOURBON THIEF, hits shelves today!

Already chosen as an Indie Next pick, Booklist says about THE BOURBON THIEF, “Reisz fills the narrative with rich historic details; memorable, if vile, characters; and enough surprises to keep the plot moving and readers hooked until the final drop of bourbon is spilled.”

From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.

USA Today interviewed Tiffany about THE BOURBON THIEF here!

Follow Tiffany on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

And happy reading to all!

28 June 2016


almost-closed-for-summerI’m slightly behind my stated response time on queries, but I wanted to send along an update. I’ve read and responded to all queries sent prior to May 24th, and will be working on getting caught up to the present quickly. As of July 1st, I — and I alone — will close to queries through Labor Day. I want to spend the summer catching up on reading for fun, and staying on top of client reading, which, as always, takes a priority over queries. Please note: KT Literary is not closed to queries entirely. Sara and Renee remain open, and where there is overlap in our interests, I invite you to try them first. I look forward to reopening in September, and telling you all about the great books I’ve read.

Our current submissions guidelines, as always, are posted here.

27 June 2016