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May 18th, 2015

devilyouknow-coverCongratulations to Trish Doller, whose forthcoming novel The Devil You Know just got a rave review from VOYA:

This suspenseful contemporary tale delivers the believable adventure story of an eighteen-year-old who embarks on a rebellious quest and finds romance and danger in the Florida Everglades. Arcadia, or Cadie, is overwhelmed by her responsibilities since her mother died. She needs a weekend off from her dysfunctional family life and finds much more than she intended at a campfire party. The adventure turns deadly when she takes a road trip with two irresistible cousins and falls hard for one of them. Their family history is mythic in its rivalry, with many clues scattered along the path like breadcrumbs.

The writing is compelling and gripping as readers sit on the edges of their seats hoping Cadie will emerge safely. The trip is a metaphor for the transition from adolescence to adulthood in many ways. The sexual awakening of the protagonist is well written, though perhaps more appropriate for older teens (and many adults), and would translate well into a successful film. The author acknowledges the influence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Ice Palace on her story. Teens will identify with Cadie’s quest for independence and the unintended consequences that result. The tension builds, and readers know crocodiles lie in wait, but for whom readers must wait an excruciatingly long while to discover. Cadie is torn between the love for her young brother and her father, and resentment over the burden she must bear. Falling in love proves dangerous as well. The story has a satisfying conclusion, leaving room for a sequel or two. This is a highly recommended purchase for medium to large public library collections.

Do feel free to send Trish a cheer on Twitter or on Tumblr!

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DONTVOTEFORMEfinalAnother lovely review for Don’t Vote for Me by Krista Van Dolzer, from Publishers Weekly:

Seventh-grade band geek David Grainger and his two best friends are social zeros at Shepard’s Vale Middle School, unlike classmate Veronica Pritchard-Pratt, who is on her way to another unchallenged victory as class president. When David makes an impromptu speech about Veronica not representing class interests, Veronica goads him into running against her. Then, much to David’s dismay, the two political rivals are chosen to play a duet together at an upcoming school recital. Veronica turns out to be more complicated than David realized, and he gradually comes to understand her better and wonder who really will be the better class president. While the lessons David learns about the sometimes hidden reasons behind people’s actions are a bit on the nose (“For some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me that Veronica’s life wouldn’t be perfect, that it wouldn’t be like mine”), Van Dolzer (The Sound of Life and Everything) keeps the tone light between David’s wry observations, amusing friends, and the goofy predicaments he falls into.

Please join me in sending congrats to Krista!

15 May 2015

News

2014-09 final cover DEFIANTCongratulations to Karina Sumner-Smith – her second fantasy DEFIANT, is available today!

DEFIANT is the second book in her epic TOWERS trilogy and follows RADIANT which was named Top 10 SF/F/H (science fiction/ fantasy/ horror) of 2014 by Publishers Weekly.

Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms and New York Times bestselling author of SPELLFIRE, THE HERALD, etc. read RADIANT and said, “This beautifully-written page turner is topnotch. A world that comes alive, rich and magical; characters you want to spend time with; a heroine to root for; trust, friendship, and belonging – – RADIANT has it all! Fantasy not your cup of tea? You should read this one anyway; it deserves space on every bookshelf. Where’s the next one?”

To answer Ed, Voila! Here is the next one…
DEFIANT
Once, Xhea’s wants were simple: enough to eat, safety in the underground, and the hit of bright payment to transform her gray-cast world into color. But in the aftermath of her rescue of the Radiant ghost Shai, she realizes the life she had known is gone forever.

In the two months since her fall from the City, Xhea has hidden in skyscraper Edren, sheltered and attempting to heal. But soon even she must face the troubling truth that she might never walk again. Shai, ever faithful, has stayed by her side—but the ghost’s very presence has sent untold fortunes into Edren’s coffers and dangerously unbalanced the Lower City’s political balance.

War is brewing. Beyond Edren’s walls, the other skyscrapers have heard tell of the Radiant ghost and the power she holds; rumors, too, speak of the girl who sees ghosts who might be the key to controlling that power. Soon, assassins stalk the skyscrapers’ darkened corridors while armies gather in the streets. But Shai’s magic is not the only prize—nor the only power that could change everything. At last, Xhea begins to learn of her strange dark magic, and why even whispers of its presence are enough to make the Lower City elite tremble in fear.

Together, Xhea and Shai may have the power to stop a war—or become a weapon great enough to bring the City to its knees. That is, if the magic doesn’t destroy them first.

Congratulations Karina! Happy reading everyone!
Feel free to stop by her website to check out these books:
www.karinasumnersmith.com

or say hi and congrats on twitter @ksumnersmith
Cheers!

12 May 2015

Behind The Book

twoofhearts-coverTWO OF HEARTS by Christina Lee released this week – a sexy contemporary romance about Dakota Nakos – a Native American woman whose former lover returns home to help solve the mystery of her father’s murder. Christina wrote a wonderful letter to readers about writing diversity and I wanted to share it here. Thank you Christina!

www.christinalee.net
on twitter @Christina_Lee04

Dear Reader,

We can probably all agree that there needs to be more diversity in romance novels. Probably all novels in general. Having said that, writing about diverse characters in books can feel daunting for an author. It can be tricky and scary to take on the challenge, because we desperately want to get it right.

This is my second time writing about the Nakos family and this Native American community. The first time was in WHISPER TO ME, a book in my New Adult series. But what makes this experience different is that the nature of the plot required me to take an additional amount of time to consider all options and points of view. I immersed myself deeply in the culture through dozens of hours of research.

Even still, there was much more to learn and discover. All of it awe-inspiring and devastating and beautiful.

But as this book goes out into the world, I remember what one of my sources said. That within each culture, gender, age, or socioeconomic status, there are differences—in opinions and traditions and mindsets. And unless you’ve actually lived in the community or culture you are writing about, you won’t inherently know it. You can only try your best in your interpretation of it. That’s what I’ve aimed to do here.

Still, any mistakes or misinterpretations are my own. I painstakingly tried my best to create a story that I hope you will thoroughly enjoy.

Author Christina Lee

7 May 2015

News

FINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyIt’s a happy, busy day at KT Literary, with FOUR book birthdays being celebrated today! Our final heartfelt congrats go to Krista Van Dolzer, for her debut The Sound of Life and Everything. Krista’s received lovely reviews for TSoLaE from Publishers Weekly, Voya, School Library Journal, and just this week from Booklist, who wrote:

It’s 1952, but Ella Mae’s aunt still grieves the loss of her son at Iwo Jima. That grief drives her to donate Robby’s dog tags (still with blood spatters) to Dr. Franks, who claims to be able to bring Robby back. But when the experiment goes awry and a young Japanese soldier is cloned instead, 11-year-old Ella Mae suddenly finds herself in the midst of prejudices and a search for truth that she had not even known existed. Studded with references to real scientific journeys taking place, particularly the race to isolate DNA, this novel humanizes science—both its wonders and its flaws—and the result is a remarkable effort that explores stereotypes, family, and friendships that transcend the 1950s. With a voice reminiscent of Calpurnia Tate, Ella Mae’s questioning mind and outspoken nature will win readers.

For more information, stop by Krista’s blog or order your copy today!

All About The Sound of Life and Everything

A fascinating speculative historical fiction debut set in 1950s California–perfect for fans of “When You Reach Me.”

Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on “Dragnet.” So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin back to life from blood on his dog tags, Ella Mae is skeptical–until he steps out of a bio-pod right before her eyes.

But the boy is not her cousin–he’s Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and despised. When her aunt refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae and her Mama take him home instead. Determined to do what’s right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches Takuma English and defends him from the reverend’s talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when his memories start to resurface, Ella Mae learns some shocking truths about her own family and more importantly, what it means to love.

5 May 2015

News

twoofhearts-coverCongratulations to Christina Lee and Happy Book Birthday to TWO OF HEARTS!

Christina is the brilliant author of the contemporary new adult BETWEEN BREATHS series. TWO OF HEARTS is the launch of a brand new series in a brand new genre.

“Lee blends modern Native American culture with romantic suspense in this satisfying story about the Nakos family…Heretofore a popular new adult e-book author, Lee expands her reach in this sexy, enjoyable read.” –Booklist

TWO OF HEARTS
From the author of the Between Breaths novels comes a gripping adult romance about finding yourself while taking a second chance at your first love…

Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional –not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.

Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.

Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.

Congratulations Christina and here’s to many happy readers!
Stop by the website to check out Christina’s books at www.christinalee.net
or say hi and congrats on twitter @Christina_Lee04

Cheers!

5 May 2015

News

somekindofnormal-coverCongratulations to Juliana Stone and Happy Book Birthday to SOME KIND OF NORMAL!

This is Juliana’s second beautiful, emotional young adult novel and was just today named a “Must Read Romance” at USA Today!

“This story of strength, courage, and discovery by two teens grappling with uncertainty over how to surmount larger-than-life obstacles is heartfelt, revealing, and self-defining…Stone writes with a focused, compassionate hand, offering the perfect book for readers looking for complex and mature themes mixed into a solidly crafted story about stepping into adulthood.” –starred review, Booklist

SOME KIND OF NORMAL
What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor–those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

Congratulations Juliana!
Please stop by the website at www.julianastone.com to check out her books
And say hi and congratulations on twitter @Juliana_Stone

Cheers!

5 May 2015

News

2015-03 VENUSIAN GAMBIT final coverCongratulations to Michael Martinez and Happy Book Birthday to THE VENUSIAN GAMBIT!

Michael launched his epic swashbuckling space adventure mashup trilogy in 2013 with THE DAEDALUS INCIDENT. Since then, his books have been named Best Science Fiction of the Year by Library Journal and Top Science Fiction of the Year at Geeky BuzzFeed. THE VENUSIAN GAMBIT is the final installment of this exciting series – enjoy!

“Overflowing with complexity and eloquence, the conclusion to Martinez’s Daedalus Trilogy (following The Enceladus Crisis) seamlessly blends popular elements from science fiction and fantasy, producing a work that raises the bar for both…He skillfully handles the intricacies of characterization and the many moving parts, building to the trilogy’s utterly satisfying and quite epic finale.” — starred review, Publishers Weekly

THE VENUSIAN GAMBIT
The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical date to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus…

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon, presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now, Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.

Congratulations Michael!
Check out these books on his website: www.michaeljmartinez.net
and say hi and congratulations on twitter @mikemartinez72

Cheers!

5 May 2015

Sales

Tiffany Reisz headshotCongratulations to Tiffany Reisz on the sale of ANGEL’S SHARE to MIRA Books!

Tiffany’s ORIGINAL SINNERS series is an international bestselling, RITA-nominated and Romantic Times Best Erotica of the Year sensation. Bestselling author Damon Suede says, “Impeccable, radiant, twisted, witty… Tiffany Reisz is a savage miracle, a white tiger loose in the lamb folds of BDSM romance.”

In 2016 we’re leaving the ORIGINAL SINNERS world (for now!) to publish a brand new, stand alone novel called ANGEL’S SHARE.

Announced today on Publishers Weekly!

Tiffany Reisz’s THE ANGEL’S SHARE, pitched as The Thirteenth Tale done Tiffany Reisz-style; a story of revenge, betrayal, lust and bourbon inspired by real events in Kentucky history, and the forbidden affair between the woman who stands to inherit a family fortune and the illegitimate son who should have been the rightful heir, again to Susan Swinwood for MIRA Books, in a significant deal,for publication in 2016, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Film co-agent: Eddie Gamarra of The Gotham Group, eddie@gotham-group.com

Congratulations Tiffany!
Stop by Tiffany’s website or say hi and cheers on twitter @tiffanyreisz

-Sara

4 May 2015

Events

SaraMegibow_byKateTestermanNext week I will be presenting a workshop on publishing to the senior class of a local high school. The Barnes & Noble in Glendale, CO has been kind enough to open their store to us and I’d like to invite anyone who might be interested in attending.

Monday May 11, 2015
9am to roughly 11am
Barnes & Noble
960 S. Colorado Blvd,
Glendale, CO
80246
no charge

There is no weblink for the event and no place to RSVP. If you want to come, feel free to do so! We’re not on the store’s Events Page because it’s private but I will be there at 9am near the Nook center with a bunch of chairs and high schoolers. The students’ questions on publishing are always interesting and I think the students would benefit from hearing questions from the community. My only request is – since there is no charge to attend the event – please consider making a purchase from this B&N on that day. Don’t bring in outside food or drink and if you can’t figure out what to buy, feel free to donate a book or two to the high school.

Sincerely,
Sara

4 May 2015

Sales

QUIRES finalCongratulations to USA Today bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara! We are thrilled and excited to announce the sale of three more historical romances to Loveswept/ Penguin Random House! Currently scheduled to launch in early 2016, readers are going to love these feisty sisters and their crazy old father! Cheers!

From Publishers Weekly:
DIGITAL: FICTION: WOMEN’S/ROMANCE
USA Today bestselling author of WHAT A LADY REQUIRES, Ashlyn Macnamara’s next historical romance trilogy, about the three daughters of an addlepated duke who thwart their father’s plans to marry them to nobility before he dies, to Junessa Viloria at Loveswept, in a three book deal, for publication in 2016, by Sara Megibow at kt literary. (World)
rkind@penguinrandomhouse.com

Please stop by Ashlyn’s website to check out her books: www.ashlynmacnamara.net

On say congrats on twitter @ashlyn_mac

23 April 2015