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May 15th, 2019

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

I am thrilled to welcome Laura into the kt literary family! Laura’s dark fantasy is a lyrical, feminist look into a world suffering the effects of climate change and the monstrous wrath of a Goddess betrayed by her people. Monster girls and wicked boys populate the pages of this gorgeous novel, which is perfect for fans of Princess Mononoke, V.E. Schwab, and WICKED SAINTS.

Laura Southern is a fantasy writer of all things dark, lyrical, and feminist. She earned her BA in English Literature from Baylor University in 2019. Originally from Mesquite, Texas, she’s spent time living abroad in Rome, Italy and is heading off to NYC to begin working on her MS in Publishing at New York University. When not writing, she can often be found exploring the outdoors, reading five books at once, or playing fetch with her puffy cat. Please congratulate her on twitter!
Welcome, Laura!

 

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News

Please help us celebrate with Casey McQuiston on today’s release of her debut novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE!

“30 Of The Best LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019” – Oprah Mag

“Most Anticipated Romances of 2019” – She Reads

“irresistible and delicious” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

And, if you missed the news last week, “EXCLUSIVE: In spirited bidding, Amazon Studios won an auction for the Casey McQuiston novel Red White & Royal Blue, an unexpected power couple romance. Ted Malawer is set to adapt. Berlanti Productions will produce. Amazon prevailed over bidders that includes Village Roadshow, Paramount, and Warner Bros.” – Deadline

Available now in print, ebook and audiobook! Congratulations Casey!!!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Learn more about Casey on her website: www.caseymcquiston.com

Say hi and congrats on twitter @casey_mcquiston

14 May 2019

Get to Know, News, Uncategorized

Please help me welcome my newest client, Susan Vizurraga! Her historical middle grade novel in verse, THE CURE FOR INFINITY, caught my attention during this year’s PitchWars showcase. It’s a coming of age story set in the Vietnam-era U.S. that deals with themes of social injustice, women in STEM, the budding feminist movement, and the reality of war, all told through the lens of an intelligent, insightful 12yo girl. Susan’s project was so simple, yet so profound and incredibly relevant I just knew I had to work with her. I can’t wait to find this beautiful, impactful story a home.

If you’d like to know more about Susan you can connect with her on Twitter. She’s the author of two published picture books, MISS OPAL’S AUCTION and OUR OLD HOUSE.

14 May 2019

News, Sales

Congratulations to award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse!

On May the 4th (be with you), LucusFilm announced its upcoming STAR WARS tie-in books including RESISTANCE REBORN by Rebecca.

According to the StarWars.com press release, “StarWars.com is thrilled to reveal “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” a series of books and comics connected to the highly-anticipated movie.”

From Rebecca’s website:
I am thrilled to announce that I wrote a Star War! The cumulation of many dreams and my humble contribution to the Star Wars universe we all love.

“In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Publication date is currently scheduled for November 12, 2019.

Learn more about Rebecca’s books on her website: www.rebeccaroanhorse.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

7 May 2019

Sales

Please help us celebrate with Elysia Whisler on the sale of her debut novel!

RESCUE YOU stars heroes and heroines who rescue puppies – I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with them as much as we have!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Debut author Elysia Whisler’s RESCUE YOU, pitched for fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, the story of sisters who rescue mistreated dogs and rehabilitate them into service dogs to help war veterans; part journey of self-discovery and part romance, to Margot Mallinson at Mira, for publication in fall 2020, by Sara Megibow at kt literary.

Follow Elysia’s debut journey on her website: www.elysiawhisler.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @ElysiaWhisler

3 May 2019

News

Please help us celebrate with Juno Rushdan on today’s release of her debut novel!

“Rushdan’s fast-paced, gripping debut will hold readers’ attention from start to finish.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

EVERY LAST BREATH is a romantic thriller and the first in Juno’s Final Hour series.

EVERY LAST BREATH
48 hours
2 covert operatives
1 chance to get it right

Maddox Kinkade is an expert at managing the impossible. Tasked with neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she turns to the one person capable of helping her stop the threat of pandemic in time: the love of her life, back from the dead and mad as hell at her supposed betrayal. Recruiting Cole to save millions of lives may be harder than resisting the attraction still burning between them, but Maddox will do whatever it takes…even if it destroys her.

When Maddox crashes back into Cole Matthews’ life, he wants to fight back. He wants to hate her. But the crisis is too strong to ignore, and soon the two former lovers find themselves working side-by-side in a breakneck race to stop a world-class killer with a secret that could end everything.

The clock is ticking.

Follow Juno’s debut journey on her website: www.junorushdan.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JunoRushdan

30 April 2019

Sales

Please help us celebrate with Julie E. Czerneda on her sale of A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Award-winning author Julie E. Czerneda’s A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM, set in her Night’s Edge series, to Sheila Gilbert at Daw, in an exclusive submission, for publication in December 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Julie is the Guest of Honor at ConStellation in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend – follow her adventures on twitter @julieczerneda

Check out the Night’s Edge series and all of Julie’s award-winning books on her website: www.czerneda.com

And feel free to pre-order A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM – currently scheduled for release on December 3, 2019.

25 April 2019

News

Congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse on today’s release of STORM OF LOCUSTS!

“A purely joyous reading experience. Roanhorse’s latest is a killer.” – Kirkus

STORM OF LOCUSTS is the second book in Rebecca’s Sixth World series. Barnes & Noble called Book #1 (TRAIL OF LIGHTNING), one of, “the Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Debut Novels Ever Written.”

STORM OF LOCUSTS
Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there will challenge everything they’ve come to know in this action-packed sequel to Trail of Lightning.

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

Learn more about the Sixth World series on Rebecca’s website: www.rebeccaroanhorse.com

23 April 2019

Sales

Huge congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough on his sale of two GEARS OF WAR books!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
New York Times bestselling author Jason Hough’s GEARS OF WAR, to Steve Saffel at Titan Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Learn more about Jason’s books on his website: www.jasonhough.com

Say hi and congrats on twitter @JasonMHough

It’s pronounced “Huff” by the way.

Congratulations Jason!

17 April 2019

Sales

I was in Bologna when the news broke, but I’m so thrilled to officially congratulate Jamie Pacton on the same of two contemporary YA novels to Page Street Publishing! From PW:

Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired Jamie Pacton’s debut novel The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, along with a second standalone. Pitched as Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale, the book stars 17-year-old “serving wench” Kit, who hopes to dismantle the gender restrictions on becoming a knight at her uncle’s cheesy medieval-themed restaurant, earning the promotion she needs to afford her dream college. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Kate Testerman at KT Literary brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

If you haven’t already, send Jamie all your congrats on Twitter at @jamiepacton!

16 April 2019

News

“An otherworldly, titillating endeavor. Highly recommended for fans of the author and for readers seeking luscious erotica with more than a touch of magical realism.” – Library Journal, starred review

Congratulations to USA Today bestselling author Tiffany Reisz on today’s release of THE ROSE!

“Ancient Greece invades England as Rita Award winner Reisz (Picture Perfect Cowboy) transmutes spicy mythological tales into sensual fantasies and erotic romance featuring young escort agency madam Lady Lia Godwick and seductive sex worker Augustine Bowman.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE ROSE
Bestselling author Tiffany Reisz returns with an imaginative tale of lust and magic, and the dangers unleashed when the two are combined…

On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.

But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…

Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.

Learn more about Tiffany’s books on her website: www.tiffanyreisz.com

Happy reading, everyone!

16 April 2019

Sales

Congratulations to author Casey McQuiston whose debut novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE has been optioned for film!

From the press release announced at Deadline Hollywood, “In spirited bidding, Amazon Studios won an auction for the Casey McQuiston novel Red White & Royal Blue, an unexpected power couple romance. Ted Malawer is set to adapt. Berlanti Productions will produce. Amazon prevailed over bidders that includes Village Roadshow, Paramount, and Warner Bros.”

RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE comes out from St. Martin’s Griffin/ Macmillan on May 14, 2019 – we’re so excited to celebrate with our readers!

Learn more about Casey’s debut journey on her website: www.caseymcquiston.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @casey_mcquiston

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius?his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Oprah Magazine, “30 Of The Best LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019”

12 April 2019

News

An international playboy finds true love…

“captivating and charming” – Publishers Weekly

Ashton Lyle is a man in control. His rules are simple:
Discipline.
Hard work.
No deviation.
And lucky for him no one is able to resist his mega-watt smile, dazzling wit, sexy British accent, and ability to manipulate any situation in business . . . and in bed.
That is, until he meets a woman with rules of her own.

Terra Ellis is a self-made woman who knows what she wants.
A successful entrepreneur, she has worked hard to cultivate an impeccable image.
A tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband has reinforced her drive but it has also made her question serious relationships.
After all, a busy woman has no time for romance.
That is, until Terra meets a man who sees through her façade.

Ashton and Terra are about to discover that some rules were made to be broken. . . .

Congratulate Aliza on twitter @AlizaMannAuthor
Learn more about BREAKING HIS RULES on Aliza’s website: www.alizamannauthor.com
2 April 2019

News, Sales

Please help me congratulate client Henry Clark on his recent deal with Little Brown!

Here’s the post from PW Children’s Bookshelf:

Deirdre Jones at Little, Brown has acquired Seven Minutes of Magic by Henry Clark, author of What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World. In the quirky adventure with an environmental twist, three children discover the secret of magic—that it can only be done during seven separate minutes each day—and must use their newfound knowledge to save not only their world but also a mysterious, magical land in peril. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Hilary Harwell at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Henry is the author of THE BOOK THAT PROVES THAT TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS and WHAT WE FOUND IN THE SOFA AND HOW IT SAVED THE WORLD. You can check out his website and follow him on Twitter to learn more about him and his hilarious stories!

29 March 2019

News

Congratulations to Niki Lenz, whose debut novel BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN was released today!

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. If Bernice can’t stay out of trouble and manage to raise a whole ton of money, she can kiss her stunt camp dreams goodbye.

Publishers Weekly said “Bernice’s sometimes harsh home conditions and how they contribute to her unkind ways are sensitively portrayed and well balanced with humor and Bernice’s spirited narration.”

And Kirkus Reviews said “Bernice is pragmatic, complex, and compelling, and she has a heart of gold. Yay for Bernice”!

You can grab a copy today at Indie Bound, Amazon, B&N, or wherever you like to buy books! And feel free to show Niki some love on Twitter at @NikiRLenz!

26 March 2019