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- Nalini Singh’s REBEL HARD made USA Today's Best-Selling Books list.

- Debbie Mason visited the set of Welcome to Christmas, an upcoming Hallmark movie based on her novel THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS.

QUIVER by Julia Watts received a perfect ten rating from VOYA magazine. It also was selected by The Washington Blade as one of its 9 most-anticipated Fall 2018 titles. Finally, Book Riot featured it as one of 5 Fall 2018 Queer YA books to check out.

- Booklist gave Genevieve Cogman’s THE MORTAL WORD a starred review.

- DEATH COMES TO BATH by Catherine Lloyd received a great review from Kirkus.

- TIME’S CHILDREN by D.B. Jackson and THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY 2018 (co-edited by N.K. Jemisin) were listed on B&N Blog’s “New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Quantum Heists, Violent Queens, and Timewalkers.” TIME’S CHILDREN also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

- YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST EARL by Ella Quinn made Kensington’s list of 13 Enchanting Regency Romance Books from 2018 on BookBub.

- Debby Giusti’s AMISH CHRISTMAS SECRETS made #18 on Publishers Weekly Bestsellers list.

- Unboundworlds’ list of "16 Science Fiction and Fantasy Tales of Pirates and Buccaneers" included LOST BOY by Christina Henry.

- THE SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS by Bette Lee Crosby took first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and was a runner-up for Book of the Year, while THE COMFORT OF SECRETS by Christine Nolfi took second place.

- DANGEROUSLY FIERCE by Deborah Blake was chosen as a Fresh Pick at Fresh Fiction.




Starting November 1, 2018, queries sent to the old Submissions email after will not be reviewed. Instead, we ask that you submit your query via Query Manager, as outlined on our submissions page. Before querying, please review the submission guidelines. TKA agents are currently looking for material in a wide spectrum of genres, so be sure to check the list below. Please do not query multiple TKA agents simultaneously. If the agent you queried feels your project would be better suited for one of her or his colleagues, she or he will share it. Therefore, a pass from one TKA agent is a pass from the entire team. We look forward to reading your queries!



Deidre Knight

• General fiction with romantic elements, humorous women’s fiction, Southern fiction, high-concept commercial fiction

• A historical novel about a unique culture or time period

• YA and MG of all stripes

• Prescriptive nonfiction in areas of wellness, diet, finance/investing business, gardening, cooking, pop culture, personal development, Net culture, and unusual subjects explored brilliantly

• Fantasy/women’s fiction that straddles the genres lyrically, i.e. Time Traveler’s Wife and The Night Circus

• Upmarket women’s fiction

• Suspense/thrillers


Pamela Harty

• I am looking to add new nonfiction authors. Please send me your True Crime, Lifestyle, Cooking & Diet, How-to, Pop Culture, Humor, Parenting, Narrative, and Advice/ Relationship. I am really looking forward to seeing new material.


Elaine Spencer

• I would love to see more historical women’s fiction exploring unique moments in history with a strong sense of place. Fiona Davis, Chanel Cleeton, and Ariel Lawhon are all wonderful examples of the type of story that will grab my attention.

• On the contemporary side of the women’s fiction spectrum, I want stories that will speak to readers personally—characters who will get in your head and give you reason for personal reflection. I love contemporary suburban dramadies (think Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty or even the modern classic Little Children by Perrotta). I’m also always interested in sweeping family dramas that bridge over into the commercial space, such as Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng or All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I loved The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, and This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

• I love stories with strong Southern themes. To me this means an overwhelming sense of another time (even if it’s in a contemporary novel), a place steeped in ancient traditions and family expectations, unique cultural oddities, and loveliness.

• Fictionalized stories featuring hot topics in the news, and/or from the daily realities of modern pop culture, also interest me.

• In Romance I’m looking for contemporary romantic comedies in an urban setting. I know I’m one of many, but The Hating Game has been at the top of my favorites list for a while. I also like stories featuring strong “underdog” modern heroines. In my view this can take a lot of directions: someone from a marginalized background, someone with an uncommon upbringing, a person who has overcome all the odds, etc.

• I’m a big fan of domestic suspense, but it would really have to be a stand-out in this currently crowded space to grab my attention. It must have high stakes, a sympathetic protagonist, and a unique and yet easy-to-spot hook.

• I’m also growing my list in the nonfiction space. I’m interested in narrative, prescriptive, and gift nonfiction in a vast arena spanning from true crime (think Missoula by Jon Krakauer or Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann), pop culture, motivational/self-help, how-to, female empowerment, humor (especially humorous memoir), diet, platform-driven social media brands, modern parenting, and lifestyle, to name a few.

• Beyond the above specific parameters, I love stories featuring animals (okay, starring animals!), cooking/food/wine, world travel, secret or underground societies, “clubs” of all sorts (knitting, book, widows, etc.), weddings, vacation spots, and sports-influence.


Lucienne Diver

• My list is incredibly full at the moment. Still, I can’t bring myself to stop reading anything with a unique premise, particularly involving concepts that are relevant to the sociopolitical challenges of today, and especially works from diverse voices.


Nephele Tempest

• Voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists; stories that inspire and make me think

• Mainstream/upmarket fiction with magic or other genre tropes/crossover appeal, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, or Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

• #ownvoices and diverse projects where the diversity is not necessarily the main thrust of the story

• Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, romance, and own identity

• Late 19th and early 20th century fiction set in the U.S./Europe/Latin America; dual-timeline narratives; alternate histories such as Jo Walton’s Farthing or Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars

• Would love something—could be fantasy, romance, YA, or historical fiction—featuring a hero of dubious moral fiber/antihero; think pirates, highwaymen, corporate raiders, double agents, or former spies who haven’t quite retired

• High concept/breakout romance with a strong narrative running alongside the road to HEA

• Multi-layered adventure/puzzle narrative, in the vein of Katherine Neville’s The Eight, that’s not simply a mystery novel

• YA with a dark fairytale atmosphere that’s not a direct retelling, such as Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood or Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw; contemporary high- school based stories with psychological twists; charming, sweet romance intertwined with bigger life issues; and historical fiction featuring teens taking on tasks/roles unusual for their age.

• MG featuring strong friendships or large families of siblings, neighborhood adventures, humorous misadventures, and fantasy/paranormal adventures in real- world setting—either contemporary or historical.


Melissa Jeglinski

• Thrillers with a female protagonist

• Historical fiction set during either World War I or World War II, or historical fiction about the Romanovs.

• Cozy mystery with an innovative approach—no paranormal elements.

• A humorous MG with a female detective protagonist


Travis Pennington

• I’m always looking for YA and MG with amazing voices and unique concepts.

• I’m also interested in thrillers and suspense with female protagonists.

• I don’t usually like high fantasy, but I’d love to find something in the sci-fi area that’s really high concept and well-written.

• I’ll take a look at any genre if the story takes place in unique locations with which the author has first-hand experience, particularly Asia.


Kristy Hunter

• I'm actively looking for new talent to add to my list, both debut authors and fan favorites!

• On the adult side, I’m interested in high-concept women’s fiction that features protagonists overcoming something other than divorce or the death of a child/spouse, thrillers with book-club appeal, and rom-coms with wonderful urban settings.

• For children’s, I’m seeking young adult and middle grade, and am open to most genres, including fantasy, contemporary, historical, and magical realism.

• I'd love to see more #ownvoices projects. As always, a unique voice, strong hook and a diverse cast of characters are always a must.


Janna Bonikowski

• I’m eager to find well-crafted stories with tight pacing; authentic, diverse characters (especially by #ownvoices authors); distinctive voices; and above all, big, imaginative concepts.

• I love books demonstrating the strength of women, books that make me laugh out loud, and books about socially relevant topics.

• I’m fatigued with romance and women’s fiction submissions that seem to be treading the same paths, so something unique would be fantastic.

• I’m definitely in the mood for a romantic comedy or a humorous cozy mystery with a fresh setting.

• For YA, I’d love to see suspense or mystery that is dark and twisty, or fantasies with strong worldbuilding and exciting new concepts. More than anything, I want to be surprised.




- Christina Henry's LOOKING GLASS, a brand new collection of four original novellas set in the dark and disturbing world of ALICE and RED QUEEN, to Rebecca Brewer at Berkley in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

- Audio rights for D.B. Jackson's TIME'S CHILDREN and TIME'S DEMON to Michael Olah at Dreamscape Media in a nice two- book deal by Lucienne Diver, as well as international rights to Fonix Konyvmuhely (Hungary) in a nice two-book deal by Peter Bolza at Katai & Bolza on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Karen Booth's SECRETS OF A (SOMEWHAT) SUNNY GIRL, to Daniel Totten at Tantor Media, by Melissa Jeglinski

Beth Cornelison's RANCHER'S HOSTAGE RESCUE; IN THE RANCHER'S PROTECTION, RESCUED HEARTS, COLTON'S SEARCH & RESCUE BOOK 4, and ONLINE READ IN THE MCCALL, to Patience Bloom at Harlequin in a nice five-book deal, by Lucienne Diver

Sara Ackerman's THE HIDING SEASON, a story about an unlikely cast of characters who seek sanctuary in a remote rainforest hideaway in Hawaii at the outbreak of World War II, to Margot Mallinson at Mira for publication in 2020, by Elaine Spencer

Jules Bennett's BASTARD BILLIONAIRES series, about a set of brothers who are unaware of their relation until they each try to take down their moonshine mogul father, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, in a three- book deal for publication in 2020, by Elaine Spencer

- RITA Award winner Ann Aguirre's THE LEOPARD KING, THE DEMON PRINCE, THE WOLF LORD, THE SHADOW WARRIOR, THE WAR PRIEST, and JAGUAR KNIGHT—all six books in the Ars Numina paranormal romance series—to Ryan MacGavin at Audible, in a nice multibook deal, by Lucienne Diver

- N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, THE OBELISK GATE, and THE STONE SKY, to Mondadori (Italy), in a nice, three-book deal by Maura Solinas at Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver; and to Tanapaev (Estonia) in a very nice two-book deal by Whitney Lee at The Fielding Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

Ramez Naam's CRUX and APEX, to Panama (Turkey), in a nice two-book deal by Fusun Kayi at Kayi Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

Kalayna Price's seventh and final book in the ALEX CRAFT series, which stars a grave witch and follows the 2019 release of GRAVE DESTINY, to Jessica Wade at Ace for publication in spring 2020, by Lucienne Diver

- David Coe's CHILDREN OF AMARID, THE OUTLANDERS, and EAGLE-SAGE—his complete the LonTobyn Chronicles series—to Michael Olah at Dreamscape Media in a nice three-book deal, by Lucienne Diver

- Hailey Edwards's BAYOU BORN and BONE DRIVEN, to MxM Bookmark (France) in a nice two-book deal by Anne Lenclud at Lenclud Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

Hailey Edwards's HOW TO SAVE AN UNDEAD LIFE, HOW TO CLAIM AN UNDEAD SOUL, HOW TO BREAK AN UNDEAD HEART, and HOW TO DANCE AN UNDEAD WALTZ, to MxM Bookmark (France) in a nice four-book deal by Anne Lenclud at Lenclud Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

Nalini Singh's ARCHANGEL'S PROPHECY to J'ai Lu (France) by Anne Lenclud at Lenclud Literary Agency on behalf of Elaine Spencer

- ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY and RUNAWAY ROYALS, two new novellas in the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole (winner of the 2018 ALA RUSA Award for Romance of the Year), as well as three contemporary romantic comedies in a spinoff series about modern-day royalty trying to escape the pressures of their daily lives, to Erika Tsang at Avon in a very nice five-book deal, by Lucienne Diver

Chloe Neill's THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA, pitched as Pride and Prejudice meets a magical Master and Commander—a high-seas fantasy featuring an orphan girl-turned-captain trained to navigate a world permeated by magic—to Jessica Wade of Berkley, in an exclusive, very nice two-book deal, by Lucienne Diver

Debut author Loriel Ryon's INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS, in which two sisters and their friends must venture through the mysterious grass sprouting in the desert in order to bring their dying grandmother to the last pecan tree on their land and unravel the secrets behind their family's complicated and magical past, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books for publication in spring 2020, by Kristy Hunter

- Brenda Minton's SAVING CHRISTMAS, a special Christmas novella celebrating love during the holiday season, to Melissa Endlich at Harlequin Love Inspired, in a nice deal, for publication in late 2019 by Melissa Jeglinski

- Brenda Minton's MERCY RANCH series, continuing with additional titles set on a ranch created to help wounded warriors with the most inspiring outcomes, to Melissa Endlich at Harlequin Love Inspired, in a nice multi-book deal for publication in late 2019, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Steven Harper's untitled novel, in which a troubled teen is forced to deal with the emotional aftermath of his assault and the possibility that his boyfriend killed someone in his name, to Lynn West at Dreamspinner Press in a nice deal, by Travis Pennington



Karen Chance


Karen Chance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cassie Palmer series and the Midnight’s Daughter series. She has lived in France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.



Shadow and Ice (Gods of War)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowKnox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

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Archangel's Prophecy (A Guild Hunter Novel Book 11)

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Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

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Dead Ringer

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A gripping thriller by Kate Kessler (author of the Audrey Harte novels), in which an FBI agent becomes entwined in a missing persons case that directly connects to a horrific event from her past.

Eighteen years ago, FBI Agent Rachel Ward's mirror twin, Hannah, was taken by the Gemini killer, a serial killer who delights in sending photos of his victims to their twins. Rachel assumes her sister has been dead for years, but she's never stopped hunting the monster who took her. Now, another twin has been taken, and when the case reopens, Rachel is assigned as an agent. But her relentless hunt for the killer may drive her to her breaking point.
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Time's Children (Islevale Book 1)

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Fifteen year-old Tobias Doljan, a Walker trained to travel through time, is called to serve at the court of Daerjen. The sovereign, Mearlan IV, wants him to Walk back fourteen years, to prevent a devastating war which will destroy all of Islevale. Even though the journey will double Tobias' age, he agrees. But he arrives to discover Mearlan has already been assassinated, and his court destroyed. The only survivor is the infant princess, Sofya. Still a boy inside his newly adult body, Tobias must find a way to protect the princess from assassins, and build himself a future... in the past.

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The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance (Harmony Harbor Book 7)

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With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn't expecting a holly jolly Christmas. Instead, her heart feels about three sizes too small. That is until her high school sweetheart Connor Gallagher returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But just when she starts dreaming of kissing under the mistletoe, he announces that he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race....
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The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky

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This special boxed set includes the New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin's complete, two-time Hugo award-winning Broken Earth Trilogy.

This is the way the world ends. For the last time.

A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
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Venom: Lethal Protector Prose Novel

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The first of Titan's new series of original Marvel novels, starring Spider-Man's arch foe Venom in his anti-hero role as the Lethal Protector.


At first they seek to squash their arch-foe Spider-Man. After repeated attempts, Venom reaches an uneasy truce with the web-spinner. Brock leaves New York and heads west to San Francisco, the city of his birth, eager to put trouble behind him.

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A Year of Extraordinary Moments (A Magnolia Grove Novel)

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From USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby comes a heartwarming novel about letting go of the past to make way for a brighter future.

Tracy Briggs has finally gotten her act together. She’s focusing on her own life and helping her hearing-impaired son learn to talk. With her sister married and exploring a new career, Tracy has begun to run the family’s magazine business and feels her life is pretty much perfect. That is, until her son’s deadbeat dad shows up in Magnolia Grove asking for a second chance.

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The Little Book of Cat Magic: Spells, Charms & Tales

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Find the Purrfect Spells and Charms for You and Your Feline Friends

Deepen the bond between you and your cats as you practice magic together. This wonderful and witchy book is filled with a wide variety of spells, enchantments, and recipes that will improve the life you share with them. From finding and naming a new cat to working with a feline as a familiar, The Little Book of Cat Magic has something for everyone who loves cats and magic.

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Quiver: A Novel

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowLibby is the oldest child of six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the "quiverfull" lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God allows because children are like arrows in the quiver of "God's righteous warriors." Meanwhile, her new neighbor, Zo is a gender fluid teen whose feminist, socialist, vegetarian family recently relocated from the city in search of a less stressful life. Zo and hir family are as far to the left ideologically as Libby's family is to the right, and yet Libby and Zo, who are the same age, feel a connection that leads them to friendship—a friendship that seems doomed from the start because of their families' differences. 

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Muffin Top (The Hartigans Book 2)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowThe only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.

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After Always

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowLydia Li’s life ended when Tristan died. At least, that’s how it felt. Sure, they had problems and he could be a little…intense…at times, but he’d loved her. He was the Romeo to her Juliet… And now he was gone.

When her parents get her to agree to a summer across the country with a music teacher who runs an inn, Lydia agrees. But it’s different than what she expected. There’s something else there. Something that feels a lot like Tristan. But that’s impossible, right?

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Witch Hunter

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He trusts no one. She trusts him.

When a name appears on Dave Carter’s skin, he goes hunting. It’s his job to find and kill witches who transgress natural law. He can’t believe that sweet, naive empath Sully Timmerman is the murderer he’s seeking. Is she dangerous, in danger, or both? Dave wants to protect her, but he can’t protect his own heart. And he might not even want to…

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Rancher's Deadly Reunion (The McCall Adventure Ranch Book 2012)

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The prodigal cowgirl returns home…and straight into danger

Introducing the McCall Adventure Ranch miniseries!

When Piper McCall heads home, she runs smack into ranch hand Brady Summers, the man she left behind. Years later, the sparks between them burn as brightly as ever, but dark secrets—like the identity of his orphaned nephew—linger. And when Piper’s life is threatened, neither she nor Brady will ever be the same again.

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Be with Me (Return to Haven Book 2)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowThree best friends are starting over in the cozy town of Haven, Georgia, where revamping the local airport brings dreams of love and family within reach . . .
Since moving to Haven to help out her closest friends, Melanie Ramsey has begun to reclaim her strength after a difficult divorce. Through Mel’s Motivational Blog, she’s inspiring other women too. Then a wild, one-night fling with Haven’s gorgeous deputy leaves her shaken, stirred—and pregnant.  But Melanie’s not giving up her newfound independence for another powerful man. Not even one as upstanding and intriguing as 
Tanner Roark . . .

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