March 16th, 2018

I’m thrilled to continue the parade of good news with congrats to Amy Spalding, whose next YA novel, tentatively titled THE LAST YEAR OF JAMES AND KAT, will be published by Amulet Books in Spring 2020! From the PW Children’s Bookshelf announcement:

Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has acquired world English rights to the tentatively titled The Last Year of James and Kat by Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez and Kissing Ted Callahan). Loosely based on the structure of the musical The Last Five Years, the YA novel details in alternating timelines one of the most crushing breakups of a teenager’s life: that of childhood best friends. The book will be published in spring 2020; Kate Testerman at KT Literary negotiated the deal.

I’m so excited for you to get to meet James and Kat, two childhood best friends whose relationship falls apart over the course of their senior year of high school. Plus, as Amy says, “two points of view means TWO LOVE INTERESTS and lemme tell you THEY ARE BOTH EXTREMELY SWOONY.”

If you haven’t already, please do swing by Twitter and send Amy your favorite congratulatory gifs!

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Please help us congratulate K Arsenault Rivera on the sale of SIXTEEN SWORDS to her amazing editor at TOR!

K’s debut novel, THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER, is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for Best First Novel.

It was also an Indie Next List Top Pick!

Best Book of the Year at B&N SF/F

Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review saying, “Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.”

For the fans who have read TIGER’S DAUGHTER and are familiar with Shefali and O Shizuka – you are going to love SIXTEEN SWORDS! This is the story of their mothers.

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Author of THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER, K Arsenault Rivera’s SIXTEEN SWORDS, about a motley crew of sixteen infamous warriors who embark on a suicide mission to slay a traitorous god to Miriam Weinberg at Tor and simultaneously to Ryan Macgavin at Audible, for publication in 2018, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (world English).

Learn more on K’s website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @arsenaultrivera

16 March 2018


Huge congrats to Stephanie Perkins, whose bestselling slasher novel THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE has been optioned by Netflix with 21 Laps and James Wan producing. From the Deadline announcement:

the streaming giant beat out multiple studios to the red-hot pitch based on YA author Stephanie Perkins’ NYT bestselling novel about a young girl whose high school friends inexplicably begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. This one is similar in tone to Netflix’s Stranger Things: think 1980s and ’90s slasher movie meets a John Hughes coming-of-age tale like The Breakfast Club.

This is a match made in heaven, as far as we’re concerned. Feel free to send Steph congrats on Twitter or Instagram!

15 March 2018


I’m so so thrilled to introduce you to BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN, a debut middle grade novel by Niki Lenz being published by Random House Children’s Books in Spring 2019. Just who is Bernice? She’s the lovechild of Honey Boo-Boo and Sister Act, with a dose of The Great Gilly Hopkins. Want to know more?

Bernice Buttman is the biggest bully in the 5th grade. She loves pounding puny kids and eating cheese balls till her fingers turn orange. Her latest and greatest ambition is to attend the Hollywood Hills Stunt Camp, where she can learn to crash cars and punch people harder. All she needs are a few generous strangers to donate to the cause. She sets up a fake “Letsfundthis” website, and the cash starts flowing.

But when Bernice’s mom discovers what she’s done, she takes the money for herself and sends Bernice to live with her Aunt Josephine — who happens to be a nun. Bernice tries to make a new start in the town of Halfway, but she immediately locks horns with the school’s most perfect student, Emogene.

Determined to be more than just another bully Buttman, Bernice resolves to stay out of trouble and raise enough money to send herself to camp. But when she learns that Aunt Josephine and the nuns may lose the church if they don’t pay their debt by the end of the spring, Bernice concocts a plan that just might save the church and send her to stunt camp!

And now, without further ado, meet BERNICE!

Send Niki some love on Twitter @NikiRLenz, and feel free to add BERNICE on Goodreads. We’ll have pre-order links up soon!

8 March 2018


He’s a straight-laced single dad, she’s a free-spirit who owns an adults-only bakery. Who has a sweet tooth?

Happy Book Birthday to Maggie Wells whose EASY BAKE LOVIN’ releases today.

EASY BAKE LOVIN’ is Book #2 in Maggie’s contemporary romance PLAY DATES series – enjoy!

A straight-laced single dad just may discover he has a sweet tooth . . .

Mike Simmons had it all—until his perfect wife turned his perfectly ordered life upside down by leaving him and their two children. Now Mike’s struggling with the chaos of juggling his career as a security consultant with being a divorced single dad. It’s no surprise he’s not entirely comfortable with the anatomically correct treats their new client, Getta Piece Bakery, offers. And he doesn’t mind letting the client know it.

Free-spirited and spunky, baker extraordinaire Georgie Walters is about as far from a soccer mom type as you can get. She owes a lot of her success to the bachelorettes who have a special appreciation for her creations. But as Mike stands in her tiny shop nervous, but clearly intrigued, Georgie has to admit the guy is beautiful when he’s wound up tight. In fact, she finds she can’t resist getting a rise out of him. When she hires him to take care of her security needs—she gets so much more in the bargain. Now, her challenge is to teach him to look beyond the candy coating to all the warmth she has inside . . .

Find out more about Maggie’s PLAY DATES series as well as her other books online:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MaggieWells1

6 March 2018


Please help us give a warm welcome to kt literary’s newest client, Adaora Ngozi Osimiri-Lewis, mastermind and founder of the gorgeous website and Instagram, GOTH IN THE RAW!

I am so excited to welcome Adaora to kt literary family. Adaora is a young Goth Nigerian-American business mogul/entrepreneur, model, animal and human rights activist, philanthropist, alternative/goth musician, Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director of Fantome Magazine (formerly Prysm Magazine), health advocate, private chef and CEO/Founder/Mastermind of Goth In The Raw. With her unique take and innovation on raw vegan/vegan recipes by immersing her style, artistic delivery, herself and her adoration of the dark alternative Goth subculture that she has been a part of since a young age – she delivers something that no one has seen before – where health and the dark collide. A vegan of 22+ years, she shares her love of food, heritage, health and a world that may not be known to most. Her fans have nicknamed her “The Morticia of the Vegan World” and “Vegan Afro-Goth Queen”. An active speaker, she talks about not only veganism and its benefits on health, but also sheds light on areas such as anti-inclusivity and misconceptions in the vegan community. Through her work, she aims to enlighten, encourage and defy stereotypes….and does it in all her Gothic glory. Adaora currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her vegan family: two beautiful little gothlings, and wonderful husband, Matthew.

Please give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter and give her a warm welcome!


1 March 2018


Congratulations to Jessie Hilb whose debut THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE is out today. Run–don’t walk–to your nearest bookseller and pick up a copy. If you love lyrical writing and moving coming-of-age tales, you will love this book. Here’s Jessie talking about her book!


Check out her blog and her twitter account. And make sure you pick up a copy of THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE wherever books are sold. Indiebound, Amazon, B&N

27 February 2018


“The conclusion to Spencer Ellsworth’s Starfire trilogy begins with a jolt and maintains a frenetic pace that doesn’t let up until the story reaches its close.” – RT Book Reviews

Congratulations to Spencer Ellsworth whose MEMORY’S BLADE releases today!

MEMORY’S BLADE is the final installment of Spencer’s debut space opera trilogy. “Gritty. It usually means rough and tumble. Spencer Ellsworth has done that, but here, the word gritty also means tangible. Starfire feels real. Jaqi feels real, and man, is she full of grit.” – author Mary Robinette Kowal

Find out more about Spencer’s STARFIRE trilogy on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @spencimus

Happy reading everyone!

At the heart of the Dark Zone, a duel for the universe rages.

In an ancient Jorian temple, Jaqi faces John Starfire, the new ruler of the Empire. He has set all the worlds aflame in his quest to destroy humankind. Jaqi has sworn to stop him. Problem is, Jaqi isn’t much of a fighter.

Meanwhile, the sun-eating cosmic spiders, the Shir, have moved out of the Dark Zone and are consuming the galaxy. Araskar knows that he must hold them back, but to do that, he has to give himself over to the Resistance, under the command of John Starfire’s wife. And she wants him dead more than she wants the stars to live.

If Jaqi and Araskar can fight their way out, they can use a secret at the heart of the Dark Zone to free the galaxy, and end John Starfire’s new tyranny. They lose, and every star in the sky will go dark.

27 February 2018


“With sharp wit and an eye for detail, Allmon builds a fascinating, complex world where anything can happen. An epilogue hints at both romantic happiness and future adventures for JT and Austin, and readers will fervently hope for much more to come.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review for THE GLAMOUR THIEVES

And now we get to celebrate the “more to come…”

Congratulations to Don Allmon whose APOCALYPSE ALLEY hits shelves today!

APOCALYPSE ALLEY is the second book in Don’s Blue Unicorn series. Cyberpunk fantasy! Fast bikes! Smooching! Find out more on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @dallmon

Home from a six-month assignment to war-torn East Asia, genetically engineered supersoldier Noah “Comet” Wu just wants to kick back, share a beer, and talk shit with his best friend, JT. But JT’s home has been shot up like a war zone, and his friend has gone missing.
Comet’s only lead is a smart-mouthed criminal he finds amid the mess. His name’s Buzz Howdy. He’s a con man and a hacker and deserves to be in jail. Or in handcuffs, at least. The only thing the two have in common is JT. Unless you count the steamy glances they’re sneaking at one another. They have those in common too. But that just makes Comet all the more wary.

Despite their mutual distrust, they’ll have to work together to rescue JT before a cyborg assassin gets to him first. Racing down a miserable stretch of road called Apocalypse Alley, they must dodge radioactive spiders, a killer Buick, and rampaging cannibals. They also try to dodge each other. That last bit doesn’t work out so well.

26 February 2018


A huge round of congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse whose short story, “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™”, has been nominated for a Nebula Award!

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” was originally published last summer in Apex Magazine – you can read the entire story here: Apex Magazine

Since then, this short story was the 2017 Apex Magazine Reader’s Choice Winner and was also nominated to the Locus Recommended Reading List.

Rebecca’s debut novel, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, comes out June 2018 from Saga Press – thank you readers and reviewers for sharing in all this exciting buzz!

Congratulations Rebecca – we’ll be cheering for you at the awards ceremony in May!

Learn more about “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” and TRAIL OF LIGHTNING and all of Rebecca’s upcoming books and short stories on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

21 February 2018


Congratulations to Karen Fortunati – her brilliant debut young adult novel, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO, is available today in paperback!

An ABA Indies Introduce Title Pick!
New York Public Library Best Book for Teens!
Winner of the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Best Book in the Young Reader category

Originally published in October 2016, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO gathered stunning reviews and won readers’ hearts.

“An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness.” –Kirkus

“Recommend to readers who enjoy realistic fiction, want to learn more about bipolar disorder, or have a similar disorder.”— School Library Journal

“This book absolutely floored me. It tore me apart and rebuilt me, in the best possible way. It is by far the best depiction of depression that I’ve read in a very long time. 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)

Check out Karen’s Discussion Guide on her website: Discuss

Learn more about THE WEIGHT OF ZERO at

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati

20 February 2018


Congratulations to Emily Ecton, whose fabulous middle grade contemporary adventure THE AMBROSE DECEPTION releases today!!

Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.

With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment.

Two of the middle grades novels I imprinted on hardest as a kid were THE WESTING GAME and FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL D. FRANKWEILER. When I read this manuscript, I got the exact same vibe, and I can’t wait for other readers to feel the same sense of adventure in the big city, and discover a puzzle that they can solve, just by being smart and paying attention to the world around them.

Grab a copy today wherever books are sold!!

And send Emily a note on Twitter, where she’s @emilystuff.

13 February 2018


“[A] solid romantic thriller… Well-drawn characters and a satisfying resolution…” – Publishers Weekly

THE LUCKY ONES is masterfully crafted with a rich setting and complex characters, an immensely satisfying read that kept me flipping the pages and guessing until the end. I highly recommend.” — Kerry Lonsdale, WSJ Bestselling Author

Congratulations to Tiffany Reisz on today’s release of THE LUCKY ONES!

They called themselves “the lucky ones”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

Learn more about Tiffany’s books on her website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz

13 February 2018


Please help me welcome my newest client – Young Adult author, Erin Cotter. Her smartly-written manuscript was a 2017 PitchWars finalist.

I fell in love with this YA contemporary romance that’s reminiscent of ELEANOR AND PARK and knew I had to help find it a home right away. It’s insightful and hilarious with a dynamic relationship between two main characters, Albert and Rosa, as they struggle to find a way to save one of the last African American businesses in East Austin – Rosa’s Gran’s bakery, Honey Buns – from a money-hungry developer who just happens to be Albert’s father.

Erin is an author and scholar living in Austin, Texas. When she’s not writing YA fiction, she’s working on her PhD in American Literature and Silent Film. On the rare occasions she’s not doing either of those things, she can be found snuggling with her cats and dog, eating tacos, and searching for the elusive Golden-cheeked Warbler in the Texas Hill Country.

Once again, welcome, Erin! We’re so happy to have you on team KT!

If you’d like to connect with Erin, you can follow her on Twitter!


8 February 2018


Congratulations to John E. Stith on today’s sale of audiobook rights for MANHATTAN TRANSFER and REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS to Tantor Media!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
Hugo Honorable Mention MANHATTAN TRANSFER and Nebula finalist John E. Stith’s REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS, to Scott Smith at Tantor, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2018, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Translation and Hollywood rights:

We’re in the process of choosing audiobook narrators right now and it’s so exciting! John has been a legend in the science fiction world for more than twenty years and these will be his first two audiobooks ever.

MANHATTAN TRANSFER was awarded a Hugo Honorable Mention and REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS was a finalist for the prestigious Nebula Award. Both are available in ebook and print and both have some exciting Hollywood news that we’ll be sharing soon.

“Considerable ingenuity…Think of it as a visually spectacular movie…and a really outstanding, imaginative, and professional production staff and special effects crew working to bring off the big set-pieces and guarantee the thrills.” — Locus Magazine (on MANHATTAN TRANSFER)

Learn more about John’s books on his website:
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JohnEStith

7 February 2018