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Author Tip from T.J. Klune + News + New Releases




THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin was mentioned in People as one of Amazon’s Best Books of March. She also discussed race, gentrification and the power of fiction to bring people together in an exclusive interview with Time.

LOVE HARD by Nalini Singh made the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books List.

Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST KING made the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books List, and one of her fans wrote an article about readers coming together to get each other copies of the novel.

N.K. Jemisin’s EMERGENCY SKIN won the Audie for Science Fiction.

T.J. Klune's THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA was featured in The Wall Street Journal as well as The Free Lance Star in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. T.J. also did an article at about “5 SFF Cats We Love.” Be sure to check out his interview with The Nerd Daily.

AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES by Cate Glass and GIRLS ON THE LINE by Aimie K. Runyan are both finalists for the 2020 Colorado Book Award. AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES also made’s list of Crimes, Capers, and Gentleman Thieves: 5 Must-Read SFF Heist Novels.

The finalists for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, which were announced exclusively in Oprah Magazine, included ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY by Alyssa Cole.

Smart Bitches had an exclusive cover reveal for Alyssa Cole’s upcoming thriller WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING.

Nalini Singh’s LOVE HARD and Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST KING made Amazon’s list of Best Romances for March.

Gena Showalter’s THE EVIL QUEEN was the most checked-out Young Adult novel at the Houston Public Library in British Columbia last year.

Sarah J. Maas recommended Nalini Singh's A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE on The Today Show.

School Library Journal gave Loriel Ryon’s INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS a great review.

Bookriot’s 20 Books About Forbidden Romances included SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh and WHEELS UP by Annabeth Albert.

Six authors, including T.J. Klune and Emma Lord, weighed in on fanfiction, tropes, and the books that were inspired by them at The Young Folks


T.J. Klune is the Lambda-Award-winning author of THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA. Learn more about him at


T.J. Klune's Tip

One thing many writers hear (especially when they're first starting out) is that they need to write every day. While I believe this advice comes from a good place, it's not without its faults. There will be days when you race through the pages, the words pouring from your fingertips onto the screen. And while wonderful, it's not realistic to keep that up every single day. There will be days when the dreaded writer's block sets in, and nothing comes out.

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten was to avoid forcing yourself through those harder writing days. You're not a failure if you have to stop and take a step back, giving yourself a break and room to breathe. The story will be there waiting for you, and if you allow yourself to get a bit of distance--even if just for a day or so--you'll be able to come back stronger than ever.  



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- Gena Showalter's untitled books, to Michele Bidelspach at HQN in a two-book deal, by Deidre Knight

- Kelly Powell's MAGIC DARK AND STRANGE, to Daniel Totten at Tantor Media, by Kristy Hunter

- Rachel Caine's ASH AND QUILL, SMOKE AND IRON, and SWORD AND PEN, to Artemis (Turkey) in a nice three-book deal, by Fusun Kayi at Kayi Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Ann Aguirre's STRANGE LOVE and LOVE CODE, to Tantor Media in a two-book deal, by Lucienne Diver

- Cathryn Fox's THE BURBS AND THE BEES, a small-town romance in which things get a little sticky when a rich city girl with something to prove inherits an apple orchard in suburban Nova Scotia and finds the honey farmer next door hell-bent on sending her home, to Candace Havens at Amara Next, by Elaine Spencer

- Active shooter expert, former FBI executive, and author of the FBI's research on mass shootings Katherine Schweit's STOP THE KILLING: A GUIDEBOOK TO UNDERSTAND AND PREVENT ACTIVE SHOOTERS, which explores data-driven best practices for law enforcement, schools, and businesses while dispelling myths about guns, shooters "snapping," and 20-year-old video game players, to Kathryn Knigge at Rowman & Littlefield, by Elaine Spencer

- N.K. Jemisin's THE SHADOWED SUN, to Fanucci (Italy) in a nice deal, by Maura Solinas at Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- N. K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME, to Minumin (Republic of Korea), by Duran Kim at Duran Kim Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME, to Ithaki (Turkey) in a nice deal, by Fusun Kayi at Kayi Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Karen Whiddon's book four in the Colton 911 continuity, to Patience Bloom at Harlequin, by Lucienne Diver

- N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME, to Host (Czech Republic) in a nice deal, by Kristin Olson at Kristin Olson Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver


The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy Book 1)

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"A glorious fantasy."--Neil Gaiman

Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s breakout contemporary fantasy

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

Love Hard (Hard Play Book 3)

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh brings you the next sizzling story in her Hard Play contemporary romance series…

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.

The Highland Rogue (Lords of the Highlands Book 7)

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A courageous Highlander falls for a strong-willed lass on the treacherous high seas in this action-packed Scottish romance.

After a vicious attack on his ship, Sir Kennan Cameron washes ashore on a deserted Scottish island, nearly dead. But he soon finds he's not as alone as he thought. Kennan knows he can't stay on the island, but neither can he leave the brave and bonny lass who has nursed him back to health -- even if she is from a rival clan.

Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World

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Seventy-year-old Matthew Werner, who suffers from a debilitating case of Not Normal, doesn't know that nearly everyone on earth has died. He only knows that, out in the world, something terrible is happening – something he's not willing to discover. So he barricades himself inside and tries to stay ignorant. That is, until twelve-year-old Ruby Sterling shows up at his doorstep, all alone.

Hookup: A Steamy Workplace Romance

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Enemies make the best lovers when an angry ballerina and a brash billionaire face off in New York Times bestselling author Anne Marsh’s latest hot-as-hades DARE novel!

If billionaire Max O’Reilly doesn’t take my video off his hookup app, I’ll destroy more than his high-end laptop. But this computer genius is no geek. He’s all tanned skin and hard muscle and knowing looks. And my man picker must be broken beyond repair, because I can’t help responding to his cocky grin.

True Dreams (Storms of New England)

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True "TJ" Bannister, haunted by his past, abandons the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to live a peaceful life as a bookstore owner on Cape Cod. The reformed bad boy thinks no "nice" girl will ever see beyond his tormented soul.

Innocent Sara Storm barges into TJ's shop, and his life, with her sunshine personality. Her dream is to be a singer—she's come to Cape Cod to further her goal at a local concert venue and escape comparisons with her successful siblings.

The Cowboy's Unexpected Baby (Triple Creek Cowboys Book 2)

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From bachelorhood to fatherhood…in an instant!

First comes baby, then comes…love?Now this cowboy is in over his head.

Rancher and lawyer Garrett Cole wants a family—eventually. Until he finds a sweet newborn abandoned on his doorstep. If it weren’t for Abby Scott, the social worker temporarily working in his office, he’d be lost. But when their attraction grows deeper, can this cowboy dad risk his heart on a woman who might not be in town for good?

Falsely Accused (FBI: Special Crimes Unit Book 5)

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Proving her innocence

means running for her life.

Framed for her foster brother’s murder, FBI special agent Wren Santino must clear her name—but someone’s dead set on stopping her from finding the truth. Her estranged childhood friend, Titus Anderson, comes to her aid…but standing by her puts him in the killer’s crosshairs, too. And unraveling a conspiracy may be the only way for either of them to survive.

Hotter on Ice: A Scorching Hot Romance (Blackmore, Inc. Book 4)

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Alya Petrova is ready to move on from her past with a red-hot fling in Sweden…and her sexy bodyguard Henning Fischer knows exactly what she needs!

Model Alya Petrova is finally going to meet the man who has kept her safe from afar for the past three years. She’s been offered the photoshoot of a lifetime at the exclusive Icehotel in Sweden, but thanks to her dangerous ex, she needs a bodyguard when she’s traveling. Who better than sexy surveillance specialist Henning Fischer?