October 10th, 2018

I am very excited to announce that Michelle Ruiz Keil has been added to the line up of amazing writers for SoHo Teen’s upcoming anthology edited by Sangu Mandanna entitled COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES, an anthology centered around interracial relationships and the complicated, rewarding and humorous dynamics between friends, family and first loves, featuring notable authors like Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lori Lee, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Eric Smith, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, NYT bestsellers Samira Ahmed and Adam Silvera, and now, Michelle! Congrats, Michelle, we are incredibly excited!

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“Two women, both raised with the knowledge that they were bound by prophecy to save their homeland, are reunited after eight years. Wives O-Shizuka and Barsalai Shefali find that distance can exist between two hearts bound to each other.” – Library Journal

Congratulations to K Arsenault Rivera whose second epic fantasy novel, THE PHOENIX EMPRESS, releases today!

Book #1 in the Ascendant series, THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER, was listed as a Best Fantasy Book of 2017 at Fantasy Faction, B&N SF/F, Skiffy & Fanty, Reviewer’s Choice and was an ABA October 2017 Indie Next Top Pick!

Once they were the heirs to a prophecy that predicted two women would save an empire.

Now Shefali is dying?and her wife is unaware of the coming tragedy. Shizuka is too busy trying to reunite a fractured empire and right the wrongs of her ancestors.

As the Imperial Army gathers against a demonic invasion, Shizuka must do all she can with an empire on the brink of civil war.

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @ArsenaultRivera

9 October 2018


Please help us congratulate Sarah Morgenthaler on the sale of her debut novel, THE TOURIST TRAP, in a three-book deal to Cat Clyne at Sourcebooks Casablanca!


THE TOURIST TRAP is a romantic comedy filled with love, humor and the quirkiness of a small Alaskan town.

Sarah’s initial query was a slush pile find and I was immediately blown away by the level of character development, emotional complexity and charm in her writing. She is a two time finalist for the prestigious Golden Heart Award and I know readers will love her books as much as I do!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Debut author and two-time Golden Heart finalist Sarah Morgenthaler’s THE TOURIST TRAP, the first in a series of modern-day Northern Exposure-style romantic comedies about a small quirky Alaskan town overrun by moose-crazed tourists, and the owner of the local diner who falls for one of them despite his better judgment, to Cat Clyne at Sourcebooks Casablanca, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary

Learn more about her books online:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @SEMorgenthaler

2 October 2018


Happy Book Birthday to Julie E. Czerneda whose SEARCH IMAGE releases today from DAW Books!

SEARCH IMAGE is the start of a new series by Julie called the Webshifter Library series. But, the main protagonist is anything but new…

Julie is a former biologist and her science fiction novels (and fantasy novels too!) are packed with biology, science and the natural world. From a recent blog post, Julie explains Esen – the main character in SEARCH IMAGE – as, “A blob of blue, shaped like a teardrop. Who happens to be a semi-immortal shapeshifter. Who has really good intentions…but is working on her life skills.”

Read the entire post at The Little Red Reviewer here.

– available today in hard cover and ebook and coming very soon in audiobook (narrated by the amazing team of Luck Christian Bell and Daniel Thomas May.)

The first book in the Web Shifter’s Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien and member of an ancient yet endangered race, who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe.

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 and her wonderful books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @julieczerneda

2 October 2018


I’m thrilled to share the announcement that we’ve sold North American rights to The Bold Type creator Sarah Watson’s YA novel MOST LIKELY to Pam Gruber at Poppy/Little Brown, with British Commonwealth rights going to Linas Alsenas at Scholastic UK. The details:

As Sarah said on Twitter yesterday, “It’s so perfect that my book is being announced on National Register to Vote day since it’s about the high school days of a girl who grows up to be president. Celebrate with me by registering to vote!”

Send Sarah your congrats on Twitter at @SarahWatson42, and stay tuned for more exciting news about this project.

26 September 2018


Congratulations to Margaret Rogerson whose debut young adult fantasy, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, is included on the ABA Indie Next List…again!

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS releases in paperback today so if you’ve not gobbled up your copy yet, now’s the time!

From the ABA website, “Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the October 2018 Indie Next List flier.”

In 2017, RAVENS was an Indie Next Top Ten Top Pick and it hit the New York Times bestseller list immediately upon release.

“An ideal pick for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Learn more about Margaret and her books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MarRogerson

25 September 2018


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

I am beyond excited to welcome Simon into the kt literary family. Simon’s literary science fiction debut will leave you breathless. With lush, lyrical prose and an elegantly woven narrative, Simon’s story about a young boy with an incredible ability and the captain of a rundown ship who comes to love him as his best friend, his guardian, his mother, will break your heart and mend it just as deftly. In the tradition of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, with a representative cast of characters, the novel asks what purpose is worth devoting an entire life to, and what worth means, for how we spend such limited time.

Having recently finished earned his MFA, Simon Jimenez now lives in Philadelphia, where he is a personal assistant to a Mid-Century Modern furniture dealer. His short fiction has appeared in Canyon Voices, and 100 Word Story’s anthology of flash fiction, Nothing Short Of. When he’s not breaking his back hauling credenzas up ten flights of stairs, he’s binging on Filipino food and Miyazaki films.

Simon doesn’t use social media for the time being, so please consider congratulating him through me on twitter!

5 September 2018


Please help us congratulate Michael J. Martinez on today’s release of MAJESTIC 12: ENDGAME!

This is the last book in Michael’s intense Majestic 12 series of historical paranormal thrillers. We originally pitched the series as James Bond meets X-Men and readers agree!

“A smart look at a Cold War in many ways even colder and scarier and deadlier than the one we barely survived.”
New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove

A Cold War fought by superhuman agents reaches a boiling point in the thrilling finale to the MAJESTIC-12 historical thriller/superhero mash-up series from Michael J. Martinez.

Josef Stalin is dead. In the aftermath, the Soviet Union is thrown into crisis, giving former secret police chief Laverentiy Beria exactly the opening he needs. Beria’s plan is to secretly place his country’s Variants?ordinary people mysteriously embued with strange, superhuman powers?into the very highest levels of leadership, where he can use them to stage a government coup and seize control of the USSR.

America’s response comes from its intelligence communities, including the American Variants recruited for the top-secret MAJESTIC-12 program, who are suddenly thrown into their most dangerous and important assignment yet. From the halls of the Kremlin to the battlefields of Korea, superpowered covert agents face off to determine the future of the planet?a future their very existence may ultimately threaten.

Learn more about Michael’s books and the MJ12 series on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @mikemartinez72

4 September 2018



From today’s Publishers Marketplace:

Former reviewer for Fantasy Faction Dan Hanks’s PANIC STATIONS, pitched as Ghostbusters meets Stranger Things, a mix of fantasy and horror in which a small English town is cursed and only a group of meddling kids and their knowledge of the 1980s can save it, to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world English).

Huge congratulations to Dan – a debut author and someone I have known around the industry for years!

PANIC STATIONS came to me through the query slush pile and the mix of nostalgia and horror are just brilliant! Dan is a debut author and I’m so proud and honored to be working with him and Don on this book.

Learn more about Dan on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @dan_hanks

21 August 2018


Huge congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse!

Last night, winners of the prestigious Hugo Awards were announced at WorldCon 76 in San José, CA.

Rebecca won the Hugo for Best Short Story for “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience TM”

She also won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer!

Congratulations, Rebecca, and thank you to all our readers and supporters!

“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience TM” was originally published in Apex Magazine. Read it here.

The amazing LeVar Burton narrated this short story on his podcast just last month. Listen to the podcast here.

Learn more about Rebecca’s short stories, novellas and novels on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

20 August 2018


Please help us give a warm welcome to kt literary’s newest client, Samantha San Miguel!

I am beyond excited to welcome Samantha into the kt literary family. Her historical middle grade adventure set in the late 1800’s follows a young boy with debilitating to asthma to the lush jungles of Florida with his mother and brother, and the unlikely Grand Hotel there promising rest and relaxation. Here he learns about a curse that is hurting local sea creatures and meets a handful of unique and whimsical characters: the daughters of the hotel’s owner, a snide animal poacher, circus performers, and a family of octopi that are more than what they seem. This book is full of adventure, whip-smart prose, hilarious dialogue, and characters you won’t want to leave when the last page is turned. I fell in love pretty much instantly.

Samantha San Miguel usually goes by “Sam,” although “Samwise the Stouthearted” is always acceptable. Growing up in South Florida with the ocean on one side and Indian River Lagoon on the other gave her an enduring fascination for wildlife, especially the kind that can eat you. Author by day, critical care nurse by night, she loves listening to her patients tell stories at 2AM. You can find her online at

16 August 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

14 August 2018


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