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January 18th, 2018

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News

I’m a day late, but still sincere in wishing Maureen Johnson a (belated) happy book birthday for TRULY DEVIOUS!

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

The reviews have poured in for this one, with raves from Bookish — “Maureen Johnson’s private school thriller will keep readers up late into the night until they’ve solved the case.”; Hypable — “Riddles, cryptic messages, and puzzles abound to make Truly Devious an absorbing and thrilling whodunit fit for all ages. A cliffhanger of an ending leaves readers breathless in anticipation of the sequel, with many more twists and turns to come over the three books in the series.”; as well as coverage inHello Giggles, BookRiot, USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog, and the usual trades, including Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and a starred Publishers Weekly.

Grab your copy now!

17 January 2018

News

Last Friday, debut author Rebecca Roanhorse was interviewed by Barnes & Noble for an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming fantasy TRAIL OF LIGHTNING.

Congratulations Rebecca and thanks to Saga/ Simon & Schuster and B&N for this juicy press release!

“Debut Author Rebecca Roanhorse Answers 5 Questions About Her Apocalyptic Native American Fantasy Trail of Lightning” – B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Read the entire B&N article here!

Tommy Arnold, the cover artist, worked with the Saga Art Director Nick Sciacca and my wonderful editor Joe Monti to pull off a brilliant cover. I love it. As far as the characters go, I knew that I didn’t want any of the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans. No feathers, no braids (Navajos don’t traditionally braid their hair, anyway), nothing pseudo-mystical. If anything, I wanted a more of a rock n’ roll vibe—which is why, if you look closely at Kai (the character in the truck) he’s wearing an AC/DC shirt. It was even more important to me that the characters be recognizably Navajo, which is one of the reasons Maggie is wearing Ké Ntsaaí, which are traditional Navajo women’s moccasins. I think they go great with her leather jacket and her big knife.

Follow Rebecca’s debut journey on her website: www.rebeccaroanhorse.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

16 January 2018

News

Congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Margaret Rogerson – her debut young adult fantasy AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS sold to Indonesia this week!

“A funny, action-packed, and sweet romance sure to appeal to fans of Holly Black, Diana Wynne Jones, and Sarah J. Maas.” – School Library Journal, starred review

From Publishers Marketplace:
Indonesian rights to New York Times bestselling Margaret Rogerson’s debut AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, to Penerbit Haru, in a nice deal, by Rebecca Mancini at Rights Mix, on behalf of Sara Megibow of kt literary.

Check out more about AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS on Margaret’s website: www.margaretrogerson.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MarRogerson

10 January 2018

News

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

I am so excited to welcome Rebecca into kt literary family. Her speculative YA takes the reader across the empty Nevada desert to a small, impossible town broadcasting a message that couldn’t possibly exist. It’s a spooky tale that takes us into that strange little desert town and helps a girl find the true heart of the trauma in her past. It had me absolutely captivated from page one.

Rebecca Mahoney is a 2017 Emerging Writer Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. She writes young adult and middle grade fiction, and spins oceanic folklore with her cowriter Alex Brown on the original, independent audio drama, The Bridge Podcast. She studied Creative Writing at Brandeis alongside Japanese language and literature, and spent three years in the world of US-Japan relations in Washington DC, where she learned formal Japanese, spent a memorable evening in a diplomatic entourage, and poured a lot of coffee. (These days, she only pours coffee if you ask nicely.)

She currently works in academia, and spends her spare time cursing sailors at sea.

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

 

9 January 2018

News

Happy New Year and Happy Book Birthday to New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren!

“Unforgettable” – Kirkus, starred review

“Phenomenal. Gets my highest recommendation!” — Lorelei James, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY
It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

Read chapter one here: roniloren.com/the-ones-who-got-away

Learn more about the series and Roni’s books on her website: www.roniloren.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @roniloren

2 January 2018

Slushpile

I’m typing this on Christmas Eve, ready to cue Die Hard up on the TV and settle in for some holiday viewing, all of our presents already wrapped and nestled under the tree. But perhaps YOU still have some shopping to do. If so, I can happily suggest three fabulous seasonal reads for your last minute gift-giving! For middle grade readers, NUTCRACKED by Susan Adrian explores the magic of the Nutcracker ballet story. For contemporary YA fans, the perennial classic LET IT SNOW by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle ties three stories together in a teen Love, Actually (without the problematic parts). And for YA fans of fantasy and contemporary romance, try MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins, for all your holiday needs — from Hanukkah through Christmas and onto New Year’s Eve.

All of the links above go to Kindle editions of the books, so you can buy the book, and have it magically appear on the lucky reader’s device. But of course, you can also buy hard copies at your favorite local bookstore, or shop for digital editions wherever you prefer.

The point, I think, is in choosing to give someone a book. Picking out a story that you love, that you think they may love, and being able to share it with a friend or family member. That’s the true spirit of the season here at KT Literary, and I hope it is for you as well.

Merry merry and happy holidays to all of you. I’m eternally grateful for an amazing team of agents here, for Sara, Renee, Hannah, and Hilary, and for the authors and clients who make our work not just possible, but joyful.

We’ll be closed all next week to dive into our reading piles, and look forward to seeking and finding even more great books in 2018.

24 December 2017

News

Please help us welcome our newest KT Literary client, science fiction author John E. Stith!

John and I spoke together on a panel about Hollywood Deals For Science Fiction Novels at Denver ComicCon 2017 – it was fabulous! He is a Nebula and Hugo-nominated author with some of the most recognizable and prestigious SF novels on the shelves.

From John’s biography:
Stith’s work varies a bit, but often his books combine strong and intelligent male and female characters, suspense/mystery, humor, and big science-fiction ideas. Much of his work is categorized as “hard SF,” meaning it’s thoroughly researched and significant effort is made to play fair with the rules of science. On a line drawn from space opera (essentially westerns set in space) to ultra-hard SF such as Robert Forward’s, some of Stith’s work is close to the hard SF end, but nearer writers like Larry Niven and the ENDER’S GAME portion of Orson Scott Card’s spectrum.

He’s a member of Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, past Contracts Committee Chair), Mystery Writers of America (MWA, past regional VP), the Writers Guild of America (WGA), International Thriller Writers, Mensa, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW), and Colorado Authors’ League (CAL).

Welcome aboard, John! We’re thrilled to be working with you!

Check out John’s website: www.neverend.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @johnestith

22 December 2017

Bloggy bits

I’m sharing with you my top five favorite reads of 2017! It was a year of some amazing books, but the ones I loved the most are:

  1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
  2. FROSTBLOOD by my dear friend, Elly Blake
  3. A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE by William Alexander
  4. CROSSING EBENEZER CREEK by Tonya Bolden
  5. THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE by Emma Donoghue

And of course I spent most of 2017 reading tons of equally amazing submissions – keep ’em coming in 2018! Happy Holidays!

21 December 2017

News

“And now the moment you have been waiting for: My Favorite Book of the Year”

Huge, huge congratulations to K Arsenault Rivera whose THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER won, “The Waterfall Award for Paul Weimer’s Favorite Book of the Year“!

“Epic Fantasy, a fantastic debut novel that uses letters and second-person narration skillfully to tell the tale. Fantasy beyond the great wall of Europe, a Chinese/Mongolian flavored Epic fantasy that is also a love story between two women that blossoms and changes as they grow into their power. Skillful use of information and revelation to tell a fantastic story. Gorgeous, evocative prose. This is the kind of epic fantasy that I’ve hoped to see more of for years.” – Paul Weimer

Also, a big shout out of congratulations to Michael J. Martinez whose MAJESTIC 12: SHADOWS won, “Best Sequel”

“MJ-12: Shadows by Mike Martinez is the sequel to his MJ-12: Inception. In a world (hear that in movie-guy voice) where mysterious objects at the end of WWII have imbued people with out-and-out superpowers, what do you do with such individuals?

Easy: You recruit them by various governments, primarily the Soviet Union and the USA, to become covert assets. The first novel set up the premise and showed us the origin of the Majestic program. In this second volume we get new agents, new troubles, new wrinkles, and an absolutely fascinating close-to-the-historical truth of the very weird and unbelievable events of the CIA in Syria in the 1950s. I confirmed with the author in conversation that he went for secret history of agents at the margins of very real and fantastic events. I wound up learning a lot in the midst of a strong story with deep themes of sexism, racism, oppression and much more. It’s a pleasure to see an author like Martinez go from strength to strength in this newest series.” – Paul Weimer

Go Team!

Learn more about K’s books on her website: www.karsenaultrivera.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @ArsenaultRivera

Learn more about Michael’s books on his website: www.michaeljmartinez.net
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @mikemartinez72

20 December 2017

Slushpile

On this eighth day of Christmas, I’m looking back at three shows I’ve loved this year that I wish were books!

Number One for me is: Stranger Things! I loved the nostalgia of season one, and season two delivered in new and awesome ways. I adore the darkness of the show juxtaposed with the trials and tribulations of being a kid. I also loved exploring Eleven’s backstory and her growth from child into young, angsty teen. Whether adult, MG, or YA, I would devour Stranger Things in book form as readily as I did the show.

Number Two is: The Bold Type! I adored the girl power and sisterhood of this show. Was it realistic? Not entirely, no. Of course not. But the idea of these young women exploring their sexuality, their adulthood, and their friendships while breaking free of traditional gender roles rather than adhering to them, was very nice to see.

Number Three: American Gods! Okay, okay, I know this one is technically cheating because American Gods IS already a brilliant book by Neil Gaiman. But the novel was written decades ago at this point, and our need for diverse stories is greater than ever. What I love about American Gods is, it’s a story about immigrants, and how they built and continue to build America. It’s a love letter to people of all cultures, and is at times so achingly beautiful it’s almost difficult to watch. But the novel was written before our society, as it is now, came to be. And a lot has happened this past year that makes the TV show even more necessary. I would love to see an American Gods for the readers of today.

While there are many more worthy TV shows out there right now (we really are in a golden age of television, aren’t we?), these are my personal picks for the Eighth Day of Christmas, 2017! Happy Holidays, and while you enjoy the amazing books and shows available to us right now, I hope you are as inspired as I am!

19 December 2017

News

“Unforgettable” – Kirkus, starred review

Congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren on this glowing, starred review from Kirkus:

“Every page is packed with tension…Liv and Finn’s romance—wary, hesitant, and incredibly patient—is a soothing balm for the characters and reader alike. With the issue of gun violence at the forefront, this isn’t an easy story, but every word, scene, and bit of dialogue is thoughtfully crafted. Unforgettable; have some tissues handy.”

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY releases from Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 2, 2018. This is the launch of a brand new series – filled with heat, passion, emotion – we can’t wait for you all to fall in love with these books!

Learn more about THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY on Roni’s website: www.roniloren.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @roniloren

18 December 2017

News

Finalist for Best Gay Debut!
Finalist for Best Gay Book!
Finalist for Best Gay Paranormal Romance!

Huge huge huge congratulations to debut author Don Allmon whose THE GLAMOUR THIEVES rocked the 2017 Rainbow Awards!

“A cyberpunk sensibility, intense action, and flagrant sensuality make a potent mix in Allmon’s swoonworthy debut erotic romance, with sexual encounters that echo the heat of its fantastical near-future Arizona setting.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GLAMOUR THIEVES is available now and Book #2 – APOCALYPSE ALLEY – releases in early 2018.

Check out Don’s website for more juicy details: www.donallmon.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @dallmon

14 December 2017

News

Jessie Hilb’s stunning debut releases in February of 2018. I read the first page of this book at a conference in front of a room full of people, leaned into my mic and said, “whoever wrote this, please make sure we meet before the weekend is through.” And the rest is history! The first pages can be read here. Jessie writes with heart and honesty and I can’t wait for people to read this book! Here are a few reviews:

 

Be sure to check out Jessie’s blog or follow her on Facebook and Twitter! And, if you can, pick up a copy of THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE, coming from Clarion February 27, 2018. Preorder on Indiebound, Target, Barnes and Noble, or wherever books are sold!

13 December 2017

News

Need a last minute holiday gift? You can pre-order a signed copy of Maureen Johnson‘s forthcoming novel TRULY DEVIOUS from Books of Wonder in NYC or Blue Willow in Houston, and then click here to download a certificate to print out instead of having to wrap a book! Everybody wins!

TRULY DEVIOUS was chosen for the Kids Indie Next Winter list, is an official selection of the Junior Library Guild, received a starred PW review, and has already sold in 9 foreign markets!

12 December 2017