February 21st, 2018

A huge round of congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse whose short story, “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™”, has been nominated for a Nebula Award!

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” was originally published last summer in Apex Magazine – you can read the entire story here: Apex Magazine

Since then, this short story was the 2017 Apex Magazine Reader’s Choice Winner and was also nominated to the Locus Recommended Reading List.

Rebecca’s debut novel, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, comes out June 2018 from Saga Press – thank you readers and reviewers for sharing in all this exciting buzz!

Congratulations Rebecca – we’ll be cheering for you at the awards ceremony in May!

Learn more about “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” and TRAIL OF LIGHTNING and all of Rebecca’s upcoming books and short stories on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

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Congratulations to Karen Fortunati – her brilliant debut young adult novel, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO, is available today in paperback!

An ABA Indies Introduce Title Pick!
New York Public Library Best Book for Teens!
Winner of the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Best Book in the Young Reader category

Originally published in October 2016, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO gathered stunning reviews and won readers’ hearts.

“An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness.” –Kirkus

“Recommend to readers who enjoy realistic fiction, want to learn more about bipolar disorder, or have a similar disorder.”— School Library Journal

“This book absolutely floored me. It tore me apart and rebuilt me, in the best possible way. It is by far the best depiction of depression that I’ve read in a very long time. 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)

Check out Karen’s Discussion Guide on her website: Discuss

Learn more about THE WEIGHT OF ZERO at

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati

20 February 2018


Congratulations to Emily Ecton, whose fabulous middle grade contemporary adventure THE AMBROSE DECEPTION releases today!!

Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.

With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment.

Two of the middle grades novels I imprinted on hardest as a kid were THE WESTING GAME and FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL D. FRANKWEILER. When I read this manuscript, I got the exact same vibe, and I can’t wait for other readers to feel the same sense of adventure in the big city, and discover a puzzle that they can solve, just by being smart and paying attention to the world around them.

Grab a copy today wherever books are sold!!

And send Emily a note on Twitter, where she’s @emilystuff.

13 February 2018


“[A] solid romantic thriller… Well-drawn characters and a satisfying resolution…” – Publishers Weekly

THE LUCKY ONES is masterfully crafted with a rich setting and complex characters, an immensely satisfying read that kept me flipping the pages and guessing until the end. I highly recommend.” — Kerry Lonsdale, WSJ Bestselling Author

Congratulations to Tiffany Reisz on today’s release of THE LUCKY ONES!

They called themselves “the lucky ones”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

Learn more about Tiffany’s books on her website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

13 February 2018


Please help me welcome my newest client – Young Adult author, Erin Cotter. Her smartly-written manuscript was a 2017 PitchWars finalist.

I fell in love with this YA contemporary romance that’s reminiscent of ELEANOR AND PARK and knew I had to help find it a home right away. It’s insightful and hilarious with a dynamic relationship between two main characters, Albert and Rosa, as they struggle to find a way to save one of the last African American businesses in East Austin – Rosa’s Gran’s bakery, Honey Buns – from a money-hungry developer who just happens to be Albert’s father.

Erin is an author and scholar living in Austin, Texas. When she’s not writing YA fiction, she’s working on her PhD in American Literature and Silent Film. On the rare occasions she’s not doing either of those things, she can be found snuggling with her cats and dog, eating tacos, and searching for the elusive Golden-cheeked Warbler in the Texas Hill Country.

Once again, welcome, Erin! We’re so happy to have you on team KT!

If you’d like to connect with Erin, you can follow her on Twitter!


8 February 2018


Congratulations to John E. Stith on today’s sale of audiobook rights for MANHATTAN TRANSFER and REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS to Tantor Media!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
Hugo Honorable Mention MANHATTAN TRANSFER and Nebula finalist John E. Stith’s REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS, to Scott Smith at Tantor, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2018, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Translation and Hollywood rights:

We’re in the process of choosing audiobook narrators right now and it’s so exciting! John has been a legend in the science fiction world for more than twenty years and these will be his first two audiobooks ever.

MANHATTAN TRANSFER was awarded a Hugo Honorable Mention and REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS was a finalist for the prestigious Nebula Award. Both are available in ebook and print and both have some exciting Hollywood news that we’ll be sharing soon.

“Considerable ingenuity…Think of it as a visually spectacular movie…and a really outstanding, imaginative, and professional production staff and special effects crew working to bring off the big set-pieces and guarantee the thrills.” — Locus Magazine (on MANHATTAN TRANSFER)

Learn more about John’s books on his website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JohnEStith

7 February 2018


“Debut author Wells scores big with a perfectly paced and gutsy romance that takes the push-pull heat of competitive flirtation to the max…The boldness with which this power couple takes on the workplace issue as a team displays egalitarian and mutually supportive strength too rarely seen in heterosexual romance.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

A huge round of congratulations to Maggie Wells on today’s release of LOVE GAME!

Our brilliant editor, Cat Clyne of Sourcebooks, sent us this email late last year, “Thank you for creating such a cool world full of memorable characters, slam-dunk feminist messaging, and sizzling sexual politics!”

That’s exactly how I feel about this amazing novel – it’s sizzling, feminist, powerful, fun!

Learn more about LOVE GAME at Maggie’s website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

6 February 2018


Congratulations to Amy Spalding, whose forthcoming YA novel THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES) just received a starred review from Kirkus! An excerpt:

Working at her favorite boutique and falling in love, a girl enjoys a lush Los Angeles summer—until things become complicated… Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc.

Sky Pony Press is publishing Amy’s latest in April, but you can enter to win a copy now (see Amy’s instagram feed for details), or, if you’ll be at ALA Midwinter this weekend, come meet her at 4pm on Saturday at Booth 1916 for a signing!

You can also preorder a copy at Indie Bound or your favorite bookstore, and send Amy congrats on Twitter at @atheames!

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship.

But really, nothing this summer is going as planned. She’s also unwittingly become friends with Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in LA; she’s struggling to prove to her mother–the city’s celebrity health nut–that she’s perfectly content with who she is; and she’s desperately trying to remain behind the scenes and off-camera where she feels she belongs, when she hangs out with Jordi, who documents her entire life in photographs.

Though crazy, summer’s been fun, and just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life anymore, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight for the first time, and it feels more like a betrayal rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

5 February 2018


Please join us is welcoming Casey McQuiston – our newest KT Literary client!

Casey came to us through the query slush pile and I’m so honored and thrilled to be working for her!

Casey’s debut novel is a joyous, hilarious story about the son of the first Madam President of the United States and how he falls in love with the Prince of England. So excited for readers to fall in love with Alex and Henry as much as I did!

Follow her debut journey here:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @casey_mcquiston

Casey is an author and journalist from the Deep South with an abiding love of Korean barbecue, outdoor naps, bright colors, and queer/marginalized stories. Since earning a degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, she’s spent most of her career in magazine publishing. When not in a writing hole, she can be found baking cheddar biscuits.

1 February 2018


Cover Reveal!

Ogle this gorgeous cover for THE LAST SUN by K.D. Edwards – a fantasy debut coming June 12 from Pyr Books!

In this debut novel and series starter, the last member of a murdered House searches for a missing nobleman, and uncovers clues about the secrets of his past.

“THE LAST SUN is a fast, fun urban fantasy in a wonderfully original world, full of slam-bang magic and interesting characters.” – Django Wexler, author of The Shadow Campaigns series

“This is a highly enjoyable read: take the witty noir of Dashiell Hammett’s THE THIN MAN, kick it to an alternate present day, add equal portions of action and magic, garnish with a sprig of romance and you have THE LAST SUN. A great recipe.” – Eric Scott Fischl, author of DR. POTTER’S MEDICINE SHOW

“An urban fantasy that has as much beauty as it has teeth.” – Scott Reintgen, author of NYXIA

Follow K.D.’s debut journey and learn more about THE LAST SUN on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @ked599999

1 February 2018


Happy release day to Rebekah Crane’s THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN. This is such a beautiful, fun, heart-felt book!

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?


“[An] appealing love story that provides romantics with many swoon-worthy moments.” Publishers Weekly

“Using the device of Clementine’s amnesia, Crane explores themes of freedom and self-determination…Readers will respond to [Clementine’s] testing of new waters. A light exploration of existential themes.” Kirkus Reviews

“[R]eaders glimpse a new side of Ireland. Clementine is a resilient heroine…The book ultimately rewards…” Booklist

“This quickly paced work will be enjoyed by teens interested in independence, love, self-discovery, and drama.” School Library Journal

“Crane’s contemporary YA offers a light take on heavy issues…a charming Irish setting with a sweet romance and brooding hero…” —RT Book Reviews

“First love, starting over, finding herself—the story is hopeful and romantic.” Denver Life

Pick it up on Amazon today!

30 January 2018


“Wells scores big with a perfectly paced and gutsy romance that takes the push-pull heat of competitive flirtation to the max.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review!

Congratulations to author Maggie Wells on the exciting reviews pouring in for LOVE GAME!

“Maggie Wells starts her Love Games series with a bang. This is a diverse novel complete with a titillating love story that is against the rules.” – RT Book reviews, 4stars!

“This is definitely a romance that sports fans should take a big bite of–and come back for seconds. With a humbled alpha hero and a no nonsense heroine, and themes about second chances and unexpected love, there’s plenty here to enjoy.” – Shelly Ellis, author of BEST KEPT SECRETS

“Thank you for creating such a cool world full of memorable characters, slam-dunk feminist messaging, and sizzling sexual politics!” – Maggie’s editor, Cat Clyne of Sourcebooks Casablanca

LOVE GAME is Book #1 in a brand new contemporary romance series. Learn more about Maggie’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

19 January 2018


I’m a day late, but still sincere in wishing Maureen Johnson a (belated) happy book birthday for TRULY DEVIOUS!

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

The reviews have poured in for this one, with raves from Bookish — “Maureen Johnson’s private school thriller will keep readers up late into the night until they’ve solved the case.”; Hypable — “Riddles, cryptic messages, and puzzles abound to make Truly Devious an absorbing and thrilling whodunit fit for all ages. A cliffhanger of an ending leaves readers breathless in anticipation of the sequel, with many more twists and turns to come over the three books in the series.”; as well as coverage inHello Giggles, BookRiot, USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog, and the usual trades, including Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and a starred Publishers Weekly.

Grab your copy now!

17 January 2018


Last Friday, debut author Rebecca Roanhorse was interviewed by Barnes & Noble for an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming fantasy TRAIL OF LIGHTNING.

Congratulations Rebecca and thanks to Saga/ Simon & Schuster and B&N for this juicy press release!

“Debut Author Rebecca Roanhorse Answers 5 Questions About Her Apocalyptic Native American Fantasy Trail of Lightning” – B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Read the entire B&N article here!

Tommy Arnold, the cover artist, worked with the Saga Art Director Nick Sciacca and my wonderful editor Joe Monti to pull off a brilliant cover. I love it. As far as the characters go, I knew that I didn’t want any of the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans. No feathers, no braids (Navajos don’t traditionally braid their hair, anyway), nothing pseudo-mystical. If anything, I wanted a more of a rock n’ roll vibe—which is why, if you look closely at Kai (the character in the truck) he’s wearing an AC/DC shirt. It was even more important to me that the characters be recognizably Navajo, which is one of the reasons Maggie is wearing Ké Ntsaaí, which are traditional Navajo women’s moccasins. I think they go great with her leather jacket and her big knife.

Follow Rebecca’s debut journey on her website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

16 January 2018