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June 24th, 2016

courierfinal-coverGerald Brandt’s debut cyberpunk THE COURIER spent two weeks on the bestseller list in Canada and hit the Locus bestseller list here in the US at the beginning of the month. Please help us celebrate this week’s release of THE COURIER in audiobook!

Narrated by Ali Ahn and James Colby, THE COURIER is a fast-paced science fiction adventure reminiscent of Blade Runner. A huge thanks to Recorded Books for their fantastic work on this project!

THE COURIER
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help.

But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen.

Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets. Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand.

Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it’s only a matter of time until Miller’s resources and their luck run out….

Read more about THE COURIER and Gerald’s San Angeles series on his website: www.geraldbrandt.com

Book #2 in the series, THE OPERATIVE, releases on November 1, 2016.

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @GeraldBrandt

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Slightly shoe-obsessed YA and MG superagent Kate Testerman (aka Daphne Unfeasible) blogs about her books and authors, answers your questions, and talks about publishing industry gossip. , subscribe to this blog, or check out her Writer's Resources.

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News

2016-03 EYE OF THE STORM final front coverCongratulations to Emmie Mears whose EYE OF THE STORM releases today!

EYE OF THE STORM is Book #4 in Emmie’s fabulous urban fantasy series – follow the adventures of Ayala Storme on Emmie’s website here: www.emmiemears.com

In addition to print and ebook, these books are available in audiobook. We’re excited to be working with Audible and TV star Amber Benson (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer) and happy to share a free audio clip provided by Audible:

LISTEN HERE Audio Clip

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.

Say hi and congratulations to Emmie on twitter @EmmieMears

Read Emmie’s amazing blog post, “When It’s Personal. When It’s Political.

21 June 2016

Events

DCC-Blue_600x600If you’re a local nerd, or a nerd about writing, come see Sara and I this Friday at Denver Comic Con! We’re on a panel together at 2:15pm in Room 506/507 called Ask A Literary Agent. Come see us, and, as the box says, ask us anything! Bring your questions about querying an agent, traditional publishing, self publishing, hybrid publishing, subsidiary rights like translation, graphic novel adaptations, and film & TV rights, or anything else you can think of related to writing and publishing your book.

DCC has a great programming schedule, including an entire track on writing and for authors, which you can find here. KT Literary client Betsy Dornbusch also has an extensive speaking schedule, including panels on Writing Characters That Don’t Conform, and Dealing with Discouragement in Writing & Publishing. Her full schedule can be found here.

Friend of the blog Sara Ryan is a featured guest at DCC, and also has some great panels I can recommend, on LGBT Comics and Genderbending in Writing. Check out her full schedule! My friend Jenn Prosser, an amazing teacher and nerd, is also speaking with Sara on a panel on How Educators and Librarians Can Collaborate to Use Comics in the Classroom.

And if you’re a cosplay nerd, you can also find me on stage at the Shindig Saturday with my family as the crew of the Serenity. Yes, even my two-year-old. It will be epic!

15 June 2016

News

Congratulations to Amy Spalding, whose e-only novella Love & Music (And Missing Ted Callahan) releases today from NOVL. Want to know more?

A hilarious and romantic novella sequel to Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys).

This is it. This is the day Riley Jean Crowe-Ellerman officially becomes a ROCK STAR.

It’s summer, school’s out, and Riley’s band The Gold Diggers is playing their first music festival halfway across the country. It’s the most exciting day ever, except for one small detail: Riley’s boyfriend Ted is away at a Young Leaders summer program and can’t be there to witness this momentous occasion.

Riley hasn’t seen Ted in three whole weeks–she misses his perfectly floppy hair, his kissable lips–and when he sends her a cryptic text that just says, “I’m so sorry,” Riley starts to get nervous. TED! WHAT ARE YOU SORRY FOR?! But there’s no response.

Suddenly the best day of Riley’s life might become the worst. Is this the end of Riley and Ted Callahan? Or can love and music keep them together?

Grab it on Amazon, B&N, the iBookstore, or your favorite retail site. And let me know — what was your best summer music festival experience?

14 June 2016

News

courierfinal-coverHuge congratulations to debut science fiction author Gerald Brandt whose cyberpunk thriller THE COURIER hit the Locus Bestseller List last week!

THE COURIER was on Winnipeg’s bestseller list for two weeks right after release and now this! Huge congratulations Gerald!

Barnes & Noble says, “The Courier Brings Cyberpunk Roaring Back to Life!

THE COURIER
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help.

But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen.

Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets. Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand.

Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it’s only a matter of time until Miller’s resources and their luck run out….

Check out news and upcoming book information on Gerald’s website at: www.geraldbrandt.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @GeraldBrandt

13 June 2016

Sales

A-Hall-Of-Keys-and-No-Doors---Emmie-Mears-FC_WebHuge congratulations to Emmie Mears whose first stand alone fantasy, A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS, sold audiobook rights to Audible today!

Author and TV star Amber Benson of Buffy The Vampire Slayer will narrate A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS which is scheduled for publication on September 6, 2016.

From Publishers Marketplace:
June 8, 2016
Audio Rights
Author of EYE OF THE STORM, Emmie Mears’s A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS, a stand alone novel about a young woman haunted by the memory of her deceased brother and by family trinkets that change her life at a touch, to Lee Jarit at Audible, to be narrated by TV star Amber Benson of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in a nice deal, for publication in 2016, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS
Ella Keyes thought the death of her twin brother Stuart was the last time she’d let life surprise her. She’s up for tenure at her university, she escaped a doomed engagement, and her fluffy cat knows exactly when to expect her home every day. But when her grandmother passes and leaves Ella her house, Ella discovers that the third floor corridor of keys is more than just a family pun. The seemingly-unremarkable keys don’t unlock any doors in the house, but each time Ella touches one, something in her life shifts. Her life’s carefully-grown roots are ripped out of their soil. Flowers bloom in the middle of a Buffalo winter. A blind date with the wrong person ends up being just maybe the right one. Her grandmother’s batty twin sister turns up every day searching for something even she doesn’t know how to identify, and Ella’s parents refuse to return her calls.

Worse, she finds trinkets from Stuart everywhere she goes, ghosts of a game they used to play. The leash she’s kept on life’s surprises for three years has snapped, and Ella will have to learn that the road to peace starts with letting go of control and that sometimes the best family you have is the family you build.

In a moving blog post and cover reveal, Emmie writes, “I wrote this book in 2013, a little over a year after my beloved cousin passed away suddenly in a car accident barely a month after my grandma died. Because of that, it’s a very, very personal book. It’s about grief, and it’s about control, and it’s about chaos. It’s also about love and family and how those we love never really leave us. It’s a book about accepting ourselves, accepting what life throws at us, and forging new paths when the ones we’ve chosen get irrevocably altered. It’s a quieter book than the Ayala Storme series, but I hope you’ll love it as much as I do. And there are non-tragic lesbians and bi folks in it, so I count that in the plus column. (Yes, queer folks ARE allowed to have HEAs. WHO’D’VE THUNK.)”

Follow Emmie’s book news at the website: www.emmiemears.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @EmmieMears

8 June 2016

News

2015-11-13 Zero World mass market comp coverNew York Times bestselling author Jason Hough’s epic science fiction adventure ZERO WORLD is available in paperback today! Join the masses and read (or read again) and please join us in celebrating with Jason!

“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

“This massive brick of a science fiction thriller smashes The Bourne Identity together with The End of Eternity to create a thrilling action rampage that confirms Hough (the Dire Earth Cycle) as an important new voice in genre fiction.” —starred Publishers Weekly review

“a first-rate sci-fi thriller.” — “Must Read Speculative Fiction” at Kirkus

ZERO WORLD
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.

Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.

Check out Jason’s website at: www.jasonhough.com

And say hi and congratulations on twitter @JasonMHough

31 May 2016

Uncategorized

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

24 May 2016

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