November 5th, 2018

“Reisz (the Original Sinners series) ignites Kentucky with the blazingly erotic adventures of a man who’s desperate to express his kinky urges for the first time.” – Publishers Weekly

Congratulations to Tiffany Reisz on today’s release of PICTURE PERFECT COWBOY!

In addition to print and ebook, Tantor Audio has produced an amazing audiobook, narrated by the brilliant Alexandria Wilde! Check it out here!

Jason “Still” Waters’ life looks perfect from the outside—money, fame, and the words “World Champion Bull-Rider” after his name. But Jason has a secret, one he never planned on telling anybody…until he meets Simone. She’s the kinky girl of his dreams…and his conservative family’s worst nightmare.

Learn more about Tiffany’s books online at:

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“Top-Notch Thriller from John E. Stith” – Kingdom Books

Congratulations to John E. Stith on today’s release of PUSHBACK!

John is a Nebula Award-nominated science fiction author and PUSHBACK is his first straight thriller. Author Mark Stevens says, “John Stith’s PUSHBACK is a fast-paced ride that gives new definition to the term ‘bad week.’

Dave, an investment counselor with PTSD, survives a blowout that kills his fiancee, Allison.

A year later, Dave has found unexpected happiness with Cathy. At Dave’s very-small-high-school reunion, Dave is stunned that he doesn’t recognize anyone there. Cathy, who was previously victimized by a con man, breaks it off. Late that night, Dave gets a text: “How does it feel to be so quickly forgotten?” Apparently, someone close to Allison is angry that he has moved on so “soon.”

Dave’s PTSD symptoms make him avoid conflict at almost any cost, so he hopes this will pass. It doesn’t. The harassment escalates. And now, someone is trying to kill him.

Dave’s only choices are to flee or stay and fight. Has somebody picked on the wrong guy?

Check out John’s science fiction backlist and learn more about PUSHBACK on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @johnestith

1 November 2018


Happy Book Birthday to Wen Baragrey whose debut middle grade novel, WHAT GOES UP, releases today from Random House Children’s Books!

“A quirky, fun story set in a town filled with unique and amusing characters. Recommended to fans of Carl Hiaasen.” – School Library Journal

“A quirky, heartwarming story of family and friendship.” – Kirkus

WHAT GOES UP is the perfect middle grade novel for kids from weird families – Just Like Mine! (no kidding – check out twitter for the story of my dad and the banjo).

What goes up . . . comes down on Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow’s roof! Will a rogue NASA satellite crush her house before Robyn can set things right?

Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow (yes, that’s actually her name) has a target on her roof. Well, not a real one, but everything seems to land there: paper airplanes, lost kites, socks, cats, and once even a skydiver! In the town of Calliope, Robyn and her magnet roof are famous–for being weird. That wasn’t such a big deal . . . until now!

A rogue NASA satellite is falling out of orbit and is going to hit Earth. NASA says it will probably land in the ocean, but Robyn knows better–that satellite is headed for her roof. To make matters worse, Robyn discovers that she doesn’t just have a fairy middle name. When her class reads A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she learns that Robin Goodfellow is a fairy! Which means if the satellite flattens her, everyone will laugh at her name in the news stories. Robyn realizes what she needs to do: find her long-lost dad so he can help her change her name and protect her from the satellite!

Both surprising and relatable, this middle-grade novel will have readers wishing they could move to the small town of Calliope, laugh with the larger-than-life characters, and race against the clock to save Robyn from NASA’s mistake.

Learn more about Wen and her books online:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @WenBaragrey

30 October 2018



Congratulations to Gerald Brandt on the sale of his new science fiction trilogy to DAW Books!

From Publishers Marketplace:
International bestselling author Gerald Brandt’s THREADER ORIGINS, Book One of the Quantum Empirica series, in which a young man is the victim of his father’s string theory experiment, to Sheila Gilbert at DAW Books, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow at kt literary.

Gerald is the author of the cyberpunk San Angeles series that launched in 2016 with THE COURIER.

The Barnes & Noble SF/F blog said, “THE COURIER brings cyberpunk roaring back to life!”

Learn more about the San Angeles trilogy, Gerald and the upcoming Quantum Empirica series on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @GeraldBrandt

25 October 2018


Happy Book Birthday to Maggie Wells and DOUBLE PLAY!

DOUBLE PLAY is the third in Maggie’s Love Game series – the sex-positive, feminist contemporary romance that we love!

LOVE GAME (Book #1 in the series) earned this amazing starred review from Publishers Weekly, “The boldness with which this power couple takes on the workplace issue as a team displays egalitarian and mutually supportive strength too rarely seen in heterosexual romance.”

She knows what she wants, and how to get it.

Avery Preston knows her mind. The Women’s Studies and Literature professor is latest in a long line of feminist firebrands determined to break the mold at Wolcott University. When her biological clock tells her it’s time to bust a move, Avery does what she does best—she takes care of business all by herself. Or, so she thinks….

Dominic Mann is happy with his life just as it is
The widowed baseball coach is content, and sees no point in changing his lineup this late in the game. Still, a man would have to be dead not to notice a live wire like Avery Preston. But a one night stand was all either of them wanted.

There’s only one complication.

The clinic where Avery was inseminated has been hacked. Now, she not only knows who the father is, but she knows the father. In the biblical sense. Avery shows up on Dom’s doorstep with a bun in the oven, a bellyful of ethical righteousness, and the absolute conviction that she doesn’t need him, and soon, the two of them are caught in a rundown between their hearts and their heads.

Learn more about the Love Games series and Maggie’s other books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @maggiewells1

25 October 2018


“Dornbusch (the Seven Eyes series) packs a series’ worth of fanaticism and revenge into this intense novel set in a neo-medieval, postapocalyptic Colorado.” – Publishers Weekly

Congratulations to Betsy Dornbusch on today’s release of SILVER SCAR from Talos/ Skyhorse Publishing!

When Trinidad was twelve, his Wiccan parents blew themselves up in an ecoterr attack that killed several Christians. Orphaned and disillusioned, he fled his home—and his best friend Castile—to soldier for the powerful Christian church inside the walled city of Boulder, Colorado. Fostered by a loving priest and trained by a godless warrior, Trinidad learned the brutal art of balancing faith and war. He is the perfect archwarden, disciplined and devout. But when his Bishop turns up with a silver scar she claims is proof of angelic orders to crusade, Trinidad alone knows her story is a lie. The silver is from a mystical, ancient graveyard called the Barren—a place of healing reached only by Wiccan magic, a place that could turn Christianity on its head.

Accusing her outright is treason and gaining proof means committing heresy, both of which is a death sentence for an archwarden. Instead, torn between the lure of powerful magic, his love for Castile, and his vows to defend the Church, Trinidad secretly conspires with a violent tribe of ancestor-worshipers and a Wiccan coven to stop the crusade. But as everyone he trusts is mired in betrayal and bent on vengeance, he soon realizes no amount of righteousness can stop the slaughter of thousands.

“…A serious approach to faith and genuine grappling over personal history and responsibility add significant depth to the brisk action of this spellbinding saga.” – Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Betsy’s books on her website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @betsydornbusch

23 October 2018


On November 1, 2018, John E. Stith’s PUSHBACK will celebrate its book release.

PUSHBACK is a suspense novel that #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon calls, “A lovely, twisty thriller that moves like a roller coaster.”

Congratulation to John on today’s announcement that PUSHBACK will also be available in audiobook!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Audio rights
Nebula Award nominee John Stith’s PUSHBACK, in which a man doesn’t recognize anyone at his high school reunion and realizes that someone is coming after him for more than just his memories, to Ryan McGavin at Audible, for publication in November 2018, by Sara Megibow at KT Literary.

Learn more about John’s books and the upcoming release of PUSHBACK on his website:

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @johnestith

19 October 2018


Please help us congratulate Simon Jimenez on the sale of THE VANISHED BIRDS!!

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

Simon Jimenez’s THE VANISHED BIRDS, about a ship captain who takes in a mysterious child who fell from the sky—and who may have society-shattering powers, to Sarah Peed at Del Rey, in a pre-empt, by Hannah Fergesen at kt literary.

I took on Simon’s gorgeous, diverse debut this summer and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Sarah Peed at Del Rey pre-empted World English rights for Simon’s novel, THE VANISHED BIRDS, pitched as for fans of N.K. Jemisin and Ted Chiang, along with glowing praise from the entire Del Rey team. I cannot wait for the world to read this incredibly human, lush, and all around astounding novel in 2020.

Congratulations, Simon!!!

17 October 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!

10 October 2018


“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