October 6th, 2015

underwater-coverCongrats to Marisa Reichardt, whose debut Underwater just received two early reviews! First, from Booklist, who said “Debut author Reichardt smartly reveals the source of Morgan’s agoraphobia — a school shooting — very gradually, which, along with the sweet romance with Evan, urges the plot forward. Morgan’s… story of growth and redemption will be rewarding for readers who love character-driven novels”.

And then, from Kirkus, who called it “A moving, reflective exploration of grief, trauma, and how individuals find their paths toward resilience.” The full Booklist review will be live on October 15th, but you can read the full Kirkus review today! Please feel free to congratulate Marisa on Twitter at @youngadultish, and check out our cool new sidebar ad celebrating the pull quote!

Underwater comes out on January 12, 2016 from Farrar Straus Giroux.

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final DAEDALUS INCIDENT coverPlease help us congratulate Michael J. Martinez on his big news today!!

Press Release:
New York (Oct. 6, 2015) – Night Shade Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, announced today it has acquired three new novels – the first in the new MAJESTIC-12 series of paranormal Cold War thrillers – from Michael J. Martinez, author of the critically acclaimed Daedalus trilogy. The first MAJESTIC-12 novel, titled MJ-12: INCEPTION will be Night Shade Books’ lead title for Fall 2016, marking the beginning of a brand new historical spy-fi series following the shadowy trail of a team of paranormally empowered agents working on behalf of a top-secret government program.

“Mike broke new ground with the Daedalus trilogy, with its marriage of science fiction and Napoleonic Era space opera,” said Jason Katzman, editor at Night Shade Books. “And now he’s putting his unique, fantastical spin on the Cold War. We think this will not only appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy, but readers of espionage thrillers as well. We’re proud to offer this new series as our lead titles for the next three years.”

MJ-12: INCEPTION features the formation of the shadowy MAJESTIC-12 organization within the U.S. intelligence community to take advantage of people displaying mysterious powers. But whereas MAJESTIC-12 has long been a conspiracy theory for UFOlogists, Martinez is taking things in a very different direction.

“At the core of the MAJESTIC-12 series are a group of ordinary individuals who have manifested strange abilities for reasons unknown – and the government that wants to use them as weapons in the Cold War,” Martinez said. “In many ways, it speaks to the issues we still face in America in terms of government accountability. We don’t always put enough thought into the tools we use to further our national interests, and I think you’ll see that reflected in how the government uses the MAJESTIC agents in the books.”

“Plus, I think it’s a pretty rip-roaring spy story,” Martinez added. “It’s like crossing James Bond with the X-Men. It’s been an absolute blast to write.”

Martinez is the author of the Daedalus trilogy, a multi-genre epic that marries Napoleonic Era naval adventure with science fiction and fantasy. His debut, The Daedalus Incident, was named one of the top five SF/F novels of the year by Library Journal. Publishers Weekly gave The Venusian Gambit, the final book of the series, a starred review and said Martinez “seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both.”

His short fiction has been published online by Paizo and in the Cthulhu Fhtagn! anthology released this summer by Word Horde. His newest short story will be published this fall in Unidentified Funny Objects 4, alongside stories by Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Piers Anthony and Esther Freisner.

Adrian Garcia of Paradigm Agency will handle Film/TV negotiation for this series. And translation rights will be available via kt literary at:

Check out Michael’s website at:

and say hi and congratulations on twitter @mikemartinez72

5 October 2015


Huge thanks to Melissa Walker, author of Ashes to Ashes and Violet on the Runway, for her fabulous blurb of Amy Spalding‘s next novel The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)!


Want to know more? Check out the catalogue copy below, and hit IndieBound or your favorite bookstore to order your copy today!

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up1. I have one main goal for my senior year — early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college — and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell2.

And before Alex Powell “betrayed” me3.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff “matters.” This is my “life.” And I’m not going down without a fight.

  1. Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.
  2. I mean, I guess “everyone” knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was “famous.”
  3. Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for “The New Guy.”

28 September 2015


underwater-coverI’m delighted to share the news that Marisa Reichardt’s debut YA novel Underwater (FSG, January 2016) has been selected for the Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce New Voices list! From the American Booksellers Association website, “The crop of Winter/Spring Indies Introduce titles include adult fiction and nonfiction, middle grade, and YA publishing between January and June 2016, chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S. as the top upcoming debuts.” Bookseller Will Walton of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, said, “This book, called UNDERWATER, has actual resuscitative powers.”

Thank you, indie booksellers! We also received a lovely blurb for bookseller Kaitlin Mills at Joseph Beth in Kentucky, who called Underwater “A flawless, honest, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book! Once I started reading this, I literally could not put it down. I cannot praise this book highly enough for how it handled its difficult subjects and themes. I wanted to cry for and cheer for these characters from the beginning to the end.”

To pre-order your copy, check it out on IndieBound, or your favorite bookstore.

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something “right.” But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive-first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. “Underwater” is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

28 September 2015


courier-coverPlease help us congratulate Gerald Brandt on his sale of two more books to DAW Books!!

Gerald’s debut THE COURIER hits shelves March 1, 2016.

Hugo Award-winning author of QUANTUM NIGHT, Robert J. Sawyer said, “Gerald Brandt’s The Courier is a stunning debut: a fast-paced cyberpunky story of a future Los Angeles with a kick-ass heroine you’ll never forget. A terrific book from a distinctive new voice; I’m looking forward to many more books from this author.”

Very excited that the next two books in the series have already been inked! Congratulations Gerald!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Author of THE COURIER, Gerald Brandt’s THE OPERATIVE and THE REBEL, the next two in his series about a young woman fighting a corrupt corporate-run world to save herself and the man she loves, to Sheila Gilbert at Daw, in a two-book deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

Stop by Gerald’s website to check out his conference schedule and news:

And say hi and congrats on twitter @GeraldBrandt

25 September 2015


SummerDays+Nights_finalhighresAs Stephanie Perkins shared on her blog yesterday, we have a gorgeous cover for her new anthology, Summer Days & Summer Nights. I’m so proud to be a part of this book, which I think will absolutely capture hearts in the same way her critically acclaimed holiday anthology My True Love Gave to Me did last year.

We hope you’ll check it out! The full selection of pre-order links are up on Stephanie’s post. Cheers!

Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom.

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

25 September 2015


storminateacup-coverWe are thrilled to announce that Amber Benson – the actress who played Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer – will do us the honor of narrating Emmie Mears‘s urban fantasy series for audio book!

Emmie’s amazing series starts with STORM IN A TEACUP called “witty and engaging” by New York Times bestselling author Ellie Ann and “fresh-as-a-crisply-starched-shirt” by Midwest Book Review. The series continues with ANY PORT IN A STORM and Book #3, TAKEN BY STORM, which hits bookshelves on December 1, 2015.

All three books will be narrated by Amber and all three books will be available on December 1 via Audible. We couldn’t be more excited!

Check out Emmie’s books on her website:

Follow her on twitter @EmmieMears

Start the series with STORM IN A TEACUP:
Mediator Ayala Storme handles PR by day and kills demons by night. 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 in human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is, until one of the creatures saves her life. Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock while trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first…

Congratulations Emmie! And a huge welcome to the AYALA STORME series family to Amber! Thank you – I can’t wait to hear the amazing narration on these incredible books!

22 September 2015


hexomancy-coverPlease help us celebrate with Michael R. Underwood whose urban fantasy phenomenon continues with today’s release of HEXOMANCY – the fourth adventure in his series about heroine Ree Reyes and her ability to use pop cultural icons to battle evil.

And, FTW…there’s a 20-sided die on the cover! ’nuff said

Joe’s Geek Fest gave HEXOMANCY this glowing review, “While the series started out as a fun, light, albeit cool, geeked-out, pop-culture fueled adventure novel, it continued to grow to a full-fledged adventure series driven as much by the characters who people the stories as the geek references. So while the impetus of the series was superpowers based on geekiness (and what geek doesn’t dream of that world), it grew into a series where world-building became more of the stage on which the characters act and their relationships wax and wane…Come for the geeky world and fun storyline, stay for the fabulous characters, relationships, and action. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series; I simply loved Hexomancy. I commend it for your reading pleasure.”

Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.

Stop by Michael’s website to learn more about this amazing series:

And say hi and congrats on twitter @MikeRUnderwood


14 September 2015


exile-coverPlease help us congratulate Betsy Dornbusch on the sale of her epic fantasy, ENEMY, to Skyhorse Publishing!

From Publishers Weekly:
Jason Katzman at Skyhorse Publishing took world rights to Betsy Dornbusch’s epic fantasy book Enemy, in a deal brokered by Sara Megibow at KT Literary. The novel is the final installment in the author’s Seven Eyes trilogy; the previous titles in the series were published by the now-shuttered Night Shade Books. Seven Eyes, Megibow said, follows an illegitimate king “returned home to rally forces against an invasion led by a vengeful god.” Enemy is set for a 2016 release.

Book #1 in the SEVEN EYES trilogy is available now in hard cover and paperback. Award-winning SF/F author Carol Berg said, “Betsy Dornbusch’s Exile is a non-stop adventure with a fascinating world and some terrific magic.”

Book #2 in the series, EMISSARY, release this spring with a gorgeous paperback edition coming early next year. Kirkus listed EMISSARY as one of the “Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror reads for April.”

Stop by twitter to say congratulations to Betsy @betsydornbusch

And check out her website for more information on this amazing series:


8 September 2015


PeddlersRoadFinalThis is just a week of good news! Congratulations to Matthew Cody, whose new novel The Peddler’s Road, the first in a new trilogy called The Secrets of the Pied Piper, just got a great PW review!

In this first book in the Secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy, Cody (Villainous) seeks to answer some of the mysteries surrounding the famous legend. Did it actually happen? Who was this enigmatic piper? And what became of the children he led away? The book opens with 10-year-old Carter and his older sister, Max, reacting very differently to their trip to the German town of Hamelin, where their father is researching the folktale. Despite his clubfoot, Carter wants to explore with his sister, while Max would rather sulk and dye her hair pink. After the siblings are magically transported to an enchanted island where the long-missing children from the tale still live, they must embark on a perilous journey to fulfill a prophecy in hopes of returning everyone home. Shifting among various characters’ perspectives, this engaging story introduces a world filled with human-size rats, magicians, kobolds, elves, ghosts, and more. Cody weaves an inventive fantasy that spans time and space in its exploration of the lighter and darker sides of magic. Ages 8–12. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (Oct.)

Sweet! And did you see that fabulous blurb on the cover from Adam Gidwitz? “The Peddler’s Road begins as a creepy fairy tale-mystery and then explodes into a wild fantasy adventure… Cody has begun what promises to be an epic trilogy.

Please join me in congratulating Matt on Twitter!

27 August 2015


Congrats to Susan Adrian, author of Tunnel Vision, whose next book, the middle grade magical realism novel NUTCRACKED, just sold to Random House Children’s Books!

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I love this story, which is reminiscent of classic middle grade novels like Ballet Shoes and features amazing family dynamics like Hilary McKay’s Casson family stories. Here’s how I originally pitched it — I look forward to sharing more information with you about this title as we get closer to pub!

Since her grandfather first took her to see The Nutcracker, Georgie has wished to be cast as Clara in her ballet company’s annual Christmas production, but when it actually happens, it’s not at all as she’d hoped. Her best friend won’t talk to her, her grandfather is in the hospital, and every time she holds her teacher’s antique nutcracker in her arms while she dances, she goes somewhere else. Somewhere dangerous. Somewhere with massive Christmas trees, a three-headed mouse king, and row of toy soldiers bigger than her. With advice from a new friend, and a chance to mend bridges with her BFF, can she help the Nutcracker prince break the spell before the curtain goes up?

Please join me in congratulating Susan on Twitter!

26 August 2015


sound-coverThanks to everyone who entered our Back to School Giveaway last week. Winners are being notified, and books are ready to be mailed! As promised, I have another giveaway ready to go, this one open to everyone in the US.

My office was still in boxes when this review came out, so first of all, please join me in congratulating Alexandra Duncan on the starred Kirkus review of Sound, the companion book to her Andre Norton Award-nominated debut Salvage.

On a research mission to deep space, a girl makes bold and terrifying choices.

Miyole forged her papers to work on the Ranganathan, a 128,000-acre research-and-development ship. She’s 16, not the required 18, but she’s always wanted to travel into space and was impatient to leave Mumbai, where she was taunted as “the darkest” and “the exotic outlier” because she’s Haitian, not Indian. Onboard, she bioengineers bees and butterflies to pollinate terraformed planets. Then life takes a sharp turn: pirates attack a nearby spacecraft, and Miyole meets a girl named Cassia. Making the stunning decision to steal a shuttle so she and Cassia can pursue the pirates who kidnapped Cassia’s brother, Miyole pilots them into deep space. As they bargain with unsavory dealers, visit a frozen moon’s underwater settlements, and discover horrifying things, Miyole battles post-traumatic stress from an early-life catastrophe, including flashbacks that will be especially meaningful to readers who saw that tragedy unfold in Salvage (2014). Connections among her personal history, her ancestral history (the real-life Haitian Revolution; the science-fictional destruction, centuries ago, of Haiti by floods), and the atrocities she discovers in deep space are meaningful and well-wrought, as is the portrayal of Miyole’s tender and bumpy romance with Cassia.

Unpredictable plot, vivid settings, and a queer, dark-skinned black girl as a protagonist in far-future science fiction: essential.

And I’m thrilled to share Alexa’s awesome book trailer as well. Check it:

And so to celebrate, this week I’m giving away THREE set of books and swag — each winner will receive a galley of Sound along with a hardcover copy of Salvage. Already read Salvage? No worries! Give the copy to a friend and get ‘em hooked, while you read Sound before it’s released in September!

Want one more tease? Oh, all right…

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To enter, leave a comment and let us know your favorite scifi book, tv show, or movie! I will do my best not to be swayed by people who respond with Firefly or Serenity, although either is, of course, the correct answer. To ensure my lack of bias, winners will be chosen by a random number generator.

24 August 2015


Kristie Letter headshotPlease help us welcome Kristie Letter to KT Literary!

Kristie came to us the old-fashioned way – a slush pile query – with a beautiful, literary, contemporary young adult retelling of Snow White. We can’t wait to share her book with the world!

Please say hello on twitter @kristieletter

Kristie Betts Letter is an award-winning high school teacher who writes for young adults when not in direct conversation with them. She’s published a guide to teaching reading and short stories in The Massachusetts Review, Washington Square, The North Dakota Quarterly, et al.

Cheers! Welcome!

21 August 2015


OFFSIDE coverA huge congratulations to USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone whose BARKER TRIPLETS trilogy sold audio rights to Audible this week!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone’s Barker Triplets contemporary romance trilogy including OFFSIDE, COLLIDE, CONCEAL, and the BARKER FAMILY CHRISTMAS, each following three sisters who live in a small town, wreak havoc and fall in love, to Lee Jarit at Audible, in a nice deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.

“Juliana Stone’s contemporary romance is a wonderfully entertaining and, at times, heart-wrenching read.”
— Cocktails and Books

“I loved this book! Can’t wait for more from Juliana Stone!”
— Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Can’t Buy Me Love

Read an excerpt of OFFSIDE, Book #1 in the BARKER TRIPLETS trilogy!

Check out Juliana’s website for information on the rest of the trilogy as well as on her other fabulous books:

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @Juliana_Stone

20 August 2015


NewOfficeSara and I are happily settled into our new office, with bookshelves assembled and loaded with copies of all of our fabulous authors’ books. So many copies, in fact, that we’re giving some away! In the spirit of Back to School, we’re preparing two special boxes for two amazing teachers or librarians out there: one full of middle grade galleys and finished copies (and maybe some sweet swag), and another of young adult galleys and books (and maybe swag).

Want to be in the running to grab a box? Leave a comment below with some information about you — if you’re a teacher or librarian, what grade(s) and/or subject(s), plus your favorite story about a student and a book.

Sara and I will go through all of the comments and pick a winner for the boxes on Friday, August 21st Monday, August 24th, so get those comments in! And please share this post with any other teachers or librarians you know, so we can help to get even more kids reading some great books!

Edited to add: US only, please. Sorry!

19 August 2015