Fall titles … It’s almost time …


It’s gonna be a busy fall for reading. Check out this selection of books coming out over the next few months. Which one will you read first?

The People are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, by Jared Yates Sexton, 8/15/2017

Country Grit, by Scottie Jones, 9/5/2017

A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies, by Paul Lewis and Ken Lamug, 10/10/2017

This Book is Not for You, by Daniel Hoyt, 11/7/2017

The Art of Misdiagnosis, by Gayle Brandeis, 11/14/2017

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, by James Han Mattson, 12/1/2017


Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby  #booksweRreading


A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all…

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems… (from the Publisher)

Why are we reading Rosemary’s Baby?

It never occurred to me to pick up Rosemary’s Baby and I always assumed the movie was the final word on a novel which wasn’t very successful.

You know what happens when you assume?

I picked up Rosemary’s Baby at Hub City Book Shop in Spartanburg, SC simply because it was recommended by a staff member in the shop. I’m so glad! This fiftieth anniversary edition has a fantastic foreword by David Morrell that illuminates the book’s importance at the time it was published, and now.

Critical Praise for Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby

“Suspense is beautifully intertwined with everyday incidents; the delicate line between belief and disbelief is faultlessly drawn.”
– The New York Times

“A succession of solid and quite legitimate surprises. The suspense is admirably sustained.”
– The New Yorker

“A darkly brilliant tale of modern devilry that induces the reader to believe the unbelievable. I believed it and was altogether enthralled.”
– Truman Capote


Jacket art for Dzanc Fiction Prize 

As if winning the Dzanc Book Prize for Fiction wasn’t already the coolest thing ever, they went even further by awarding The Stuart Agency client Daniel A. Hoyt with a phenomenal cover designed by Steven Seighman

About This Book Is Not For You by Daniel A. Hoyt

Utilizing an innovative mash-up of genres, including pulp fiction, dark comedy, and metafiction, Hoyt’s novel charts the actions of a 19-year-old punk, who is set to help blow up a building but at the last minute, steals the dynamite instead. Though averting destruction, he inherits an entirely different brand of trouble, one that forces him to examine his own dark past: his history of violence, his abandonment as a baby, and his struggles with alcoholism.

Follow Daniel A. Hoyt on Twitter: @dan_hoyt

World, Chase Me Down – I Still Remember the Query Letter

World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

wcmdcoverAndrew Hilleman’s debut novel World, Chase Me Down will be released by Penguin Books on January 24 and y’all better get ready!

World, Chase Me Down is a rousing, suspenseful book based on the forgotten true story of Pat Crowe, a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history.

Michael Punke, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Revenant said this about it:

“A rollicking great read that careens between funny and poignant, intimate and epic, action-packed and romantic. And like the best historical fiction, its themes are as contemporary as breaking news.”

I’m beyond excited about this book and for the accolades Andrew has already received.

Andrew queried me with World, Chase Me Down on January 15, 2015, captivating me with his his pitch for this truly Nebraskan story. The book had a different title then (and a lot more words) but Pat Crowe is still Pat Crowe and I can’t wait for the world to meet him!

A specific line from Andrew’s query letter was particularly moving two years ago and, proving a good author’s prophetic vision, it’s even more relevant today.

About his manuscript, Andrew said this:

“It’s a story that’s necessary today, reflective of our times. This is history that matters to us now in a very urgent way. I would be honored if you took a close look.”

I’m glad I took a close look, Andy. I’m very glad.

Cover Art for James Han Mattson’s debut novel

mattson-thelostprayersofrickygraves-23576-cv-ft-v1We’ve been waiting a couple of months to show off the stunning art work for James Han Mattson’s debut novel The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves which will be published by Little A this fall.

Here it finally is!

Thank you to genius designer Joan Wong for her heartbreaking imagining of how a stranger might have seen Ricky Graves and the world he inhabited, and for reminding us how little we know about someone by keeping them at arm’s length.

We are floored by this jacket.

About the book:

In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.

A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky’s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky’s vengeful spirit. Ricky’s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky’s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend’s cries for help.

For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they’re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky’s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most…before it’s gone from their lives.