August 14th, 2018

“Inventive and cleverly crafted with a unique premise, Haspil’s urban fantasy is absolutely gripping.” – RT Book Reviews

Congratulations to Michael F. Haspil whose debut fantasy, GRAVEYARD SHIFT, is available today in paperback!

GRAVEYARD SHIFT released last year from TOR Books in hardcover and was immediately nominated for the prestigious Colorado Book Award for Best Science Fiction/ Fantasy.

Library Journal gave it a starred review saying, “Those who enjoy police action mixed with urban fantasy may want to try this series launch.”

And Audible produced a brilliant audiobook narrated by the amazing Michael Kramer.

If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time! Happy reading to all and congratulations to Michael! He will be at Salt Lake City ComicCon in September if you want a signed copy.

Learn more on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MichaelHaspil

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Congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse on the recent release of TRAIL OF LIGHTNING in audiobook!

Also, a huge round of thanks to Audible for casting the amazing Tanis Parenteau to narrate! Tanis is the actress who played Lacy Cousins on Designated Survivor and has appeared in Twilight Zone, House of Cards, etc.

From Tanis’s website, “Tanis was born and raised in Peace River, Alberta, Canada. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and is of Cree and Sioux descent. As a life-long athlete, Tanis was never a stranger to performance. She was a competitive figure skater for 15 years and was also cast in a local production of The Sound of Music at a young age.”

Tanis is brilliant with the narration of TRAIL OF LIGHTNING. If you are an audiobook fan (like us!), find your copy now and enjoy!

Find the audiobook on Audible here!

Learn more about TRAIL OF LIGHTNING and Rebecca’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

Follow Tanis on twitter @TanisParenteau

13 August 2018


Happy Book Birthday to Jane Kindred’s KINDLING THE DARKNESS!

KINDLING THE DARKNESS is the fifth book in Jane’s Sisters in Sin series of paranormal romance novels. Happy reading, everyone!

RT Book Reviews awarded WAKING THE SERPENT (Book #1 in the series) its Top Pick 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.”

He wants redemption…

She only knows damnation

Oliver Connery left a secret paramilitary group because he couldn’t stand the thought of torturing supernatural beings. Lucy Smok’s mission is to send infernal creatures back where they came from. When Lucy learns that Oliver has been harboring hellhounds, she wants to think of him as an enemy—and Oliver wants to think the same of her. But their feelings for each other are another story…

Check out Jane’s website for more information on the Sisters in Sin series:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaneKindred

7 August 2018


Happy Book Birthday to Maggie Wells whose A RING FOR ROSIE releases today!

A RING FOR ROSIE is the third in Maggie’s contemporary romance PLAY DATES series about a group of hot single dads and the women they meet.

As Maggie calls it, “For single parents, life is often more diapers and daycare dilemmas than dating. But for three dads going solo, a little flirting can lead to a whole lot more than a fling . . .”

Once burned, this father of twins is twice shy until he realizes the right woman is the
charm . . .

James Harper is a great dad, but a lousy judge of women—as evidenced by his twin boys’ flighty mother, who walked out when the babies were just six weeks old. He’s got fatherhood down, but dating is another story—especially when the twins’ mom shows up any time she needs something. His office manager, Rosie Herrera, is the one woman he can count on, actually talk to, flirt with, and . . . come to think of it, has he been overlooking the perfect woman all this time?

Rosie’s been in love with James since her first day on the job, but she’s certain he only sees her as a reliable employee—until one heated kiss changes everything. And then James’s ex shows up, and walks right into his life again. Determined to move on, Rosie tries to forget everything she feels about James—by doing her best to fall for someone else. But James isn’t about to make the same mistake twice. To woo Rosie this time, he needs to prove they’re made for
each other . . . forever.

Congratulations Maggie and happy reading everyone!

Learn more about Maggie’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

7 August 2018


Congratulations to Jaleigh Johnson on the glowing, beautiful review of THE DOOR TO THE LOST in yesterday’s New York Times!

“In a world called Talhaven, magic is used somewhat like electricity, after having been imported by the Vorans, mysterious wizards from another dimension, via a wormhole that one day self-destructed.” – NYTimes

Jaleigh is a New York Times bestselling author and THE DOOR TO THE LOST is a stand alone fantasy novel for middle grade readers that released just this summer from Delacorte/ Penguin Random House.

“The refreshing heart of this fun, exciting story, though, is friendship. When we meet Rook and Drift, both refugees from Vora, they are already the best of friends.” – NYTimes

THE DOOR TO THE LOST is about friendship. It’s also about overcoming prejudice and being a refugee. Read the entire review here!

Learn more about Jaleigh and her books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaleighJohnson

6 August 2018


Join us!

Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Saturday August 4

from the Tattered Cover website:
Author Rebecca Roanhorse will discuss and sign Trail of Lightning ($27.99 Saga Press), the first book of the new science fiction Sixth World series.

“Roanhorse vividly depicts Navajo land, legends, and culture in her marvelous fantasy debut, which launches the Sixth World series.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Check out Rebecca’s website for more information on TRAIL OF LIGHTNING and for future events:

Say hi on twitter @RoanhorseBex

3 August 2018


Please help us give a warm welcome to kt literary’s newest client, Leigh Stanfield!

I am so excited to welcome Leigh into the kt literary family. Her contemporary adult fantasy took me on a wild ride through magical New Orleans, with witches, zombies, and the strange, elusive King of Strays. Her writing style blends noir, Southern magic and an underworld one can only dream up in NoLa, creating an intoxicating book that you won’t be able to put down.

Leigh Stanfield is a full-time law student moonlighting as a dirt-smudged gardener, amateur baker, and writer of oddball characters with that good ol’ Southern twang. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her two adorkable shelter pups and Chitter the hummingbird, self-appointed guardian of the deck plants.

You can find her on Twitter – feel free to drop her a line and say congrats!


1 August 2018


Mr. LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow, Roots and Star Trek hosts a brilliant podcast called LeVar Burton Reads.

The home page of his podcast says, “The Best Short Fiction, Handpicked by the World’s Greatest Storyteller.”

This month, Mr. Burton chose to read Rebecca Roanhorse’s Nebula Award-winning short story, “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience (TM)”

On her blog, Rebecca says, “I have the distinct and mind-blowing honor of having LeVar Burton (yes, THE LeVar Burton) read my story story, “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” on his podcast. This is a #lifegoal achieved. Even if you’ve read the story, what he does with it, how he brings it alive, is amazing.”

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience (TM)” was originally published in Apex Magazine. Read the original here!

Listen to Mr. Burton’s podcast here!

Check out Rebecca’s website here:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex and @levarburton

25 July 2018


Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Honeybourn on today’s release of WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS!!

What people are saying:

“A quick, enjoyable romance with an entertaining side portion of monster. Readers who like their high-school drama with apocalyptic stakes will eat this up.” —Booklist

“Despite the dark topic, the tone is light and Shelby’s first-person narration is comical. … A rapid-paced read with plenty of action.” —School Library Journal

“A cute, fast, easy read that will have you smiling and rooting for the good guy. Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans will enjoy this demon hunter tale, as much as anyone who enjoys—a fun version of—The Exorcism of Emily Rose. … If you’re looking for a book that is fun and uplifting, with a tickle of a teenage romance, then this is a good pick!” —Dani the Bookaholic

About the book:

Some people have school spirit. Shelby Black has real ones.

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.

Learn more about Jennifer’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @Honeybourn!

17 July 2018


Let’s talk about sex, baby!

Next week is the National Romance Writers of America Conference and it’s here in Denver.

To celebrate, Boulder Bookstore has invited us to present a Romance Writers Panel on Wednesday July 18th.

Join us!
Wednesday July 18, 2018
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO

Literary agent Sara Megibow and authors Aliza Mann, Angelina M. Lopez, Roni Loren, Tiffany Reisz, L. Penelope and Maggie Wells.

12 July 2018


I’m thrilled to welcome YA author, feminist, history lover, avid reader, gardener, Pitch Wars YA mentor, and consummate museum goer Jamie Pacton to the KT Literary team! Jamie wowed me with her feminist fantasy novel, reminiscent of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, then blew my mind with her contemporary story of girl power at a Medieval Times-like restaurant. I can’t wait to share these manuscripts with the world!

You can follow Jamie on Twitter at @JamiePacton or on Facebook, or check out her website!

Welcome, Jamie!!

11 July 2018


Happy (almost) Independence Day! In that spirit of freedom, we are partially closing to queries through the end of August. Or at least, Kate and Hilary are closing to queries. Renee remains closed, although Sara and Hannah will continue to consider your amazing work. Full details are available on our submissions page.

While we announced this partial closure a few days ago, I’m a little behind in posting it, so I will aim to read and respond to all queries received through the end of the day today, July 3rd. Anything received by me or Hilary after that point will be deleted unread.

I can’t wait to use this time to get caught up on my beach reading! I have a pile of great books on my TBR, including LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber, FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang, and CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo. And I keep adding new ones everyday! What’s on your summer reading list?

3 July 2018


Please join us in congratulating New York Times bestselling author Jaleigh Johnson on today’s release of THE DOOR TO THE LOST!

“The exquisite worldbuilding will please steadfast fans of Johnson’s other Solace books…Your new favorite fantasy.” – Kirkus, starred review

There was no warning the day magic died in Talhaven. It happened with a giant explosion and the arrival of a skyship full of children, all with magic running through their veins and no memory of home.

Rook and Drift are two of those children, and ever since that day, they’ve been on the run, magical refugees in a world that doesn’t trust magic. Because magic doesn’t die right away–it decays, twists, and poisons all that it touches. And now it’s beginning to poison people.

Try as they might, Rook and Drift can’t remember anything about their lives before Talhaven. But it’s beginning to look like they’re the only ones who can save their adopted world . . . if that world doesn’t destroy them first.

THE DOOR TO THE LOST is a fantasy adventure story for middle grade readers and the introduction to a brand new world unique from Jaleigh’s previous novels. It’s the perfect summer read for tweens filled with themes of friendship and overcoming prejudice.

Learn more about Jaleigh’s New York Times bestselling books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JaleighJohnson

3 July 2018


Please help us congratulate Rebecca Roanhorse on the release of her debut novel, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING!

“Roanhorse vividly depicts Navajo land, legends, and culture in her marvelous fantasy debut.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ultimately, “Trail of Lightning” made me want nothing so much as a television show. Someone please cancel “Supernatural” already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the next volume.” – New York Times Book Review

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

Learn more about Rebecca on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

26 June 2018


Please help us congratulate Julie Czerneda on the sale of MIRAGE and SPECTRUM, the next two exciting science fiction novels in her Web Shifter’s Library series!

Julie is an award-winning and international bestselling author. #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris recently posted this blurb about Julie’s books, “Charming, complicated, with magic and without, their adventures are compelling and edge-of-the-seat exciting.”

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Award-winning author Julie Czerneda’s MIRAGE and SPECTRUM, the sequels to October 2018’s SEARCH IMAGE of the Web Shifter’s Library series, to Sheila Gilbert at DAW Books, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2020, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

SEARCH IMAGE is the first in the Web Shifter’s Library series and it releases October 2, 2018 from DAW Books.

Esen’s back! And the dear little blob is in trouble, again.

Things began so well. She and her Human friend Paul Ragem are ready to celebrate the first anniversary of their greatest accomplishment, the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture, by welcoming his family back. He hopes. Having mourned his supposed death years ago, understandably, feelings are bent.

Instead, they’ve unexpected guests, starting with an old acquaintance. Paul’s father has gone missing under dire circumstances.

Before he can convince Esen to help him search, a friend shows up to use the Library. A crisis on Dokeci Na is about to explode into violence. To stop it, Evan Gooseberry needs answers. Unfortunately, the artifact he brought in trade holds its own distracting secret. A touch of very familiar blue. Web-flesh.

The race is on. Paul, to find his father. Esen, to search for a mysterious legacy while helping Evan avert an extinction. What none of them realize is the price of success will be the most terrible choice of all.

Learn more about Julie on her website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @julieczerneda

20 June 2018