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May 26th, 2017

Querying authors! This is your heads up that I’ll be closing to queries for the summer starting on June 1st. Note: this means me (Kate Testerman), and only me. Sara, Renee, and Hannah will all remain open, and we may have some great news shortly about another fab agent here you can query! IN the meantime, if you have your heart set on querying me, please do so before June 1st. If you’ve already queried me, I’ll do my best to respond to those by June 1st as well. If I have your partial or other material, I’m getting caught up now, and will hope to respond wiothint my styated timeframe of two months. If it’s been more than than, please feel free to follow-up.

As always, our most up-to-date query and submissions guidelines are on the website: http://ktliterary.com/submissions/.

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News

“Recommended for fans of graceful prose and dark eroticism akin to Anne Rice’s “Beauty” series.” – starred review, Library Journal

Congratulations to international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz on this gorgeous, glowing review from Library Journal!

THE RED releases July 11 and we just inked a big audiobook deal last week. Keep the good news rolling in and here’s to many happy readers!

Read an excerpt of THE RED here!

Library Journal review:
In this titillating tale of art and the arcane, The Red Gallery owner Mona Lisa St. James enters a naughty bargain to save her mother’s dream and receives more than she ever could have imagined. Drowning in debt after her mother’s death, Mona sees no choice but to sell the gallery, until the appearance of a handsome man holds dangerous promise. Malcolm approaches her with a devilish proposition: “carte blanche” to ravage her as he pleases in exchange for saving The Red. Mona’s lust is taken to new heights as Malcolm uses classic art to inspire playful and often sinister sexual forays. When fantasy and reality become blurred, however, will Mona be able to survive their agreement with her heart unscathed? Reisz (The Mistress) paints a deliciously deviant picture as Mona becomes a piece of living artwork for a truly insatiable patron.

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

25 May 2017

News

Congratulations to Trish Doller, whose new novel IN A PERFECT WORLD releases today from Simon Pulse.

From the jacket copy:

From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a gorgeous, hopeful, and heartbreaking novel, set in Cairo, Egypt, about the barriers we tear down for the people and places we love most.

Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

The reviews are stunning. PW praises it for “the complexities of an interfaith, intercultural romance” and calls it “a tender story that’s both realistic and hopeful.” SLJ says “heated romance simmers” and Booklist likes how it “questions and challenges stereotypes”. The Horn Book says “Doller has crafted a respectful guide for anyone interested in understanding a different culture, with a healthy dose of romance and family drama mixed in for good measure.”

Grab your copy today on IndieBound, Amazon, B&N, or at your favorite local bookstore!

And give Trish a shout on Twitter to congratulate her!

23 May 2017

Sales

A huge round of congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough on this exciting TV deal!!!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Television rights
NYT bestselling author Jason Hough’s DIRE EARTH series, including new releases INJECTION BURN and ESCAPE VELOCITY, along with a pilot titled THE IMMUNES, co-written by Mike Le and Jason M. Hough, to producer Robert Lawrence, by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group and Sara Megibow of kt literary.

INJECTION BURN releases next week from Del Rey and readers are going to love it as much as Hollywood does!

INJECTION BURN
Part one of a thrilling action-adventure sci-fi duology featuring indomitable characters, incredible worlds, and plenty of rip-roaring action and thrills!

Rescue operation—or suicide mission?

Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships known as the Swarm Blockade. No human ships have ever made it past this impenetrable wall, and Skyler knows not what to anticipate when they reach their destination.

Safe to say that the last thing he expects to find there is a second human ship led by the tough-as-nails captain, Gloria Tsandi. These two crews—and their respective captains—initially clash, but they will have to learn to work together when their mutual foe closes in around them and begins the outright destruction of their vessels—along with any hope of a return to Earth.

Learn more about the DIRE EARTH series and Jason’s other books on his website: www.jasonhough.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JasonMHough

23 May 2017

News

A huge round of congratulations to international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz on her recent audiobook deal!

We are thrilled to partner with Tantor on three upcoming erotica stories in Tiffany’s much-loved ORIGINAL SINNERS series. Book #1 – THE RED – releases this July. Read an excerpt of THE RED here!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
Tiffany Reisz’s THE RED, a standalone novel of erotica fantasy, along with MICHAEL’S WINGS and THE CHATEAU, to Scott Smith at Tantor, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2017, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Translation: rights@ktliterary.com
Hollywood: sberard@apa-agency.com

Learn more about the ORIGINAL SINNERS series as well as Tiffany’s other bestselling and award-winning books on her website: www.tiffanyreisz.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

17 May 2017

Events

As summer comes creeping closer, it’s time for another round-up of places you can look forward to finding KT Literary agents and staff in the coming months. We hope to see you there!

BookExpo America (Hannah)
New York, NY
May 31-June 2, 2017
http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Home/

RWA Desert Dreams Conference(Renee)
Phoenix, AZ
June 3, 2017
http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams

Denver ComicCon – Ask An Agent panel with the full contingent of KT Literary agents!
Denver, CO
June 30-July 2, 2017
http://popcultureclassroom.org/denvercomiccon

SCBWI Annual Summer Conference (Kate)
Los Angeles, CA
July 7-10, 2017
https://www.scbwi.org/events/46th-annual-summer-conference-in-los-angeles-la17/

Regis University MFA program (Sara)
Denver, CO
July 29, 2017
http://www.regis.edu/CCLS/Academics/Degrees-and-Programs/Graduate-Programs/MFA-Creative-Writing.aspx

Ghost Town Writers Retreat (Sara)
Georgetown, CO
August 4, 2017
http://ghosttownwritersretreat.com

Flathead River Writers Conference (Kate)
Kalispell, MT
September 23-24, 2017
http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/default.asp

Arapahoe County Library – How to Get an Agent Seminar (Hilary)
Centennial, CO
October 21, 2017 at Koelbel Library
October 26, 2017 at Smoky Hill Library
https://arapahoelibraries.org/

Sirens Conference (Sara)
Vail, CO
October 26-29, 2017
https://www.sirensconference.org

World Fantasy (Sara)
San Antonio, TX
November 2-5, 2017
http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

15 May 2017

News

“A must-have choice for all middle grade shelves” – starred review, School Library Journal

A huge round of congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jaleigh Johnson on this glowing review!

School Library Journal goes on to say, “The author’s endearing, STEAM-loving heroine and magical hero hit all the right buttons for middle grade readers. Stella is resourceful and clever yet kind and caring.”

THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS releases June 13, 2017 from Delacorte / Penguin Random House and stars a brave young alchemist who stows away on an exploration airship. This book is perfect for anyone who loved C.S. Lewis’s VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER!

THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS
Stella Glass dreams of exploring worlds beyond her home of Solace, but when her famous parents are sent on a historic mission to the Uncharted Lands, it’s simply too dangerous for her to join them. By order of the king, she is left behind.

Missing out on the excitement is one thing, but Stella is devastated at the thought of her parents flying into the unknown. So she takes matters into her own hands. Instead of staying with family as planned, she steals away and—right before takeoff—sneaks aboard the airship.

But Stella isn’t the only stowaway.

In the cargo bay is a boy who is also desperate to get to the Uncharted Lands. And someone else who’s determined to keep the ship from making it there at all. . . .

Jaleigh wrote a wonderful piece about the Chamelins and Sarnuns in her books – two of the mysterious creatures that help form the amazing world of Solace. Read the article here!

Find out more about Jaleigh Johnson, her book tour and the other books set in this magical world on her website: www.jaleighjohnson.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaleighJohnson

15 May 2017

Sales

Please help us congratulate Jane Kindred on her sale of three more amazing paranormal romances to Harlequin Nocturne!

Book #1 in the Sisters in Sin series, WAKING THE SERPENT was a Top Pick at RT Book Reviews saying, “This is an exciting book that includes interesting Aztec mythology and plenty of non-stop action Additionally, the sexual tension between Rafe and Phoebe is on fire, and the descriptions used to describe the paranormal elements of Phoebe’s medium abilities are quite good. Definitely a keeper.”

Book #2 in the series, BEWITCHING THE DRAGON, released just this week!

Congratulations to Jane, our amazing editor Kayla King and to all our happy readers for making this series such a huge success!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Author of BEWITCHING THE DRAGON, Jane Kindred’s THE DRAGON’S HUNT, about an immortal Viking cursed to lead the Wild Hunt and the tattoo artist who reads the tapestry of fate in the ink on his skin, to Kayla King at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

Check out Jane’s books and news on her website: www.janekindred.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaneKindred

11 May 2017

News

A huge round of congratulations to Jane Kindred on today’s release of BEWITCHING THE DRAGON – another amazing paranormal romance in her Sisters In Sin series!!!

RT Book Reviews gave the first book (WAKING THE SERPENT) its Top Pick. For fans of J.R. Ward’s BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series, you’ll love BEWITCHING THE DRAGON!

BEWITCHING THE DRAGON
One Night with a Dragon…

Ione Carlisle worked hard to be accepted by the Sedona Covent, but now everything is falling apart. Especially when she lets loose for a wild night on the town and ends up with the one man she should be avoiding at all costs—the man who came to Sedona to fire her. He ignites in her a carnal need that she can’t and won’t ignore…

Buttoned-up assayer Dev Gideon’s loyalty to the Leadership Council should be reason enough to resist Ione. Never mind that she stirs the ancient demon secretly bound within him. But their blood connection is undeniable. And now Dev must risk his reputation, and his soul, to save Ione from a vigilante intent on destroying her and the entire Covent, even if it means unleashing the monster inside.

Learn more about Jane’s books at her website: www.janekindred.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaneKindred

9 May 2017

News

An elf! An orc! A heist!!!

Don Allmon is a debut author whose first book – GLAMOUR THIEVES – releases August 28, 2017. Love Bytes LGBTQ Book Reviews did us the honor of hosting the exclusive cover reveal (and giveaway!) for Don so we can now share this beauty with the world!!

Without further ado…

Exclusive Cover Reveal & Giveaway at Love Bytes LGBTQ Book Reviews!!!

GLAMOUR THIEVES
JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.

Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.

Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.

Follow Don’s debut publishing adventure on his website: www.donallmon.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @dallmon

A huge round of thank you to Riptide Publishing who has been an absolute dream-come-true publishing partner!

5 May 2017

News

A huge round of congratulations to author Margaret Rogerson whose debut young adult fantasy AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS was named to the prestigious Indies Introduce list!!!

From the American Bookseller Association website, Indies Introduce is a carefully curated list highlighting the 10 best books of the season. Independent bookstores now know the hottest books publishing in the coming season and can read and hand sell these books to our fabulous readers. So thrilled to have AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS chosen for this honor!

Check out the Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season here!

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS – releasing September 26, 2017 from Margaret K. McElderry Books/ Simon & Schuster

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Follow Margaret’s debut journey on her website: www.margaretrogerson.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MarRogerson

4 May 2017

News

Congratulations to Trish Doller, whose new novel IN A PERFECT WORLD releases this month from Simon Pulse. We’ve already received amazing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, and VOYA:

“With humor, sensitivity, and empathy, Doller conveys the complexities of an interfaith, intercultural romance…a tender story that’s both realistic and hopeful.”
~Publishers Weekly

“Readers will connect with Caroline’s experiences in a distinct and fascinating place, and the heated romance simmers. Fans of romance set in far-off places will not be disappointed.”
~School Library Journal

“Doller paints a vivid picture of an expat-teen’s life in Cairo: part fascination, part fear, and a little bit of guilt. With detailed descriptions of popular and less familiar tourist spots; mouthwatering descriptions of Koshary, ful, Gebna makleyah, and other foods; and a bit of Egyptian Arabic, this is the perfect tour guide disguised as a YA novel.
~VOYA

“The novel is ultimately told from an outsider’s perspective, but it questions and challenges stereotypes more often than it reinforces them. Together, Caroline and Adam go to great lengths fighting not only for each other but also for their dreams.”
~Booklist

“Doller has crafted a respectful guide for anyone interested in understanding a different culture, with a healthy dose of romance and family drama mixed in for good measure.”
~Horn Book

From the jacket copy:

From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a gorgeous, hopeful, and heartbreaking novel, set in Cairo, Egypt, about the barriers we tear down for the people and places we love most.

Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

Pre-order your copy today on IndieBound, Amazon, B&N, or at your favorite local bookstore!

3 May 2017

News

Please send a huge welcome to romance author Aliza Mann – we’re thrilled to welcome her to the kt literary family!!!

Last year, I attended a wonderful conference in Detroit hosted by the Greater Detroit chapter of Romance Writers of America. I met amazing women, talked about fabulous books and spent time in one of my favorite parts of the country (I love Detroit! was raised in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit was our city). Aliza Mann was one of the hostesses that weekend and it was wonderful getting to know her.

Fast forward a year. In March 2017, I went back to Detroit to take part in the Michigan Writing Workshop and Aliza was there in the lobby with a big smile on her face. After this conference, she sent me a submission – a delicious, fun, sexy paranormal romance that we’re calling Blaze meets Bridget Jones Diary – the rest is history!

It’s my honor to be representing Aliza – not only because I’ve now met her in person and think she’s amazing, but because she is a brilliantly talented author whose work I can’t wait to get out to readers!

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @AlizaMannAuthor

Check out her website and follow along our publishing journey at: www.alizamannauthor.com

Welcome aboard, Aliza!

2 May 2017

News

This week is the huge RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta, GA and we’re thrilled to share news that was just announced – ONE HOT DECEMBER by international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz won the prestigious RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Series Romance!

From the RT Book Reviews website, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award represents, “the best titles of 2016!”

The award ceremony is this coming Friday – congratulations Tiffany! We’ll all be cheering for you!

ONE HOT DECEMBER
Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica “Flash” Redding’s playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.

Only Ian Asher isn’t letting Flash get away quite so easily. He’s not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together.

Learn more about Tiffany’s Men At Work series as well as all her other books on her website: www.tiffanyreisz.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

1 May 2017

News

A huge round of congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jaleigh Johnson whose middle grade fantasy THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY was named to the prestigious Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books list!

“Fierce battles are tempered with humor, and Piper is a heroine to fall in love with: smart, brave, kind, and mechanically inclined to boot!” – School Library Journal, starred review!

Read an excerpt from THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY here!

From the SSYRA website:
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. The SSYRA committee is comprised of 20 qualified school librarians located throughout the state of Florida, subdivided into two committees- grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.

Learn more about Jaleigh’s books on her website: www.jaleighjohnson.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaleighJohnson

24 April 2017