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Expanding Our Horizons

Since our founding in July 2018, our focus has been on finding and sharing stories we love. Both of us founders rated speculative fiction as a favorite genre, so we began by publishing exactly that. In the last year and a half, we’ve grown exponentially, immersed ourselves in the industry, and developed a loyal readership. We’re excited to announce that as part of our strategic planning, we’ll now be expanding beyond the scope of speculative fiction to other genres we are equally passionate about.

Kyanite Publishing will now actively seek out stories in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres.

We will also be pursuing non-fiction titles in the near future.

Sam Hendricks

Sam Hendricks, Publisher

I’m thrilled about this expansion and I look forward to seeing our catalog–essentially, our identity–grow and change as we do. I’ve always had an eclectic taste in books, and some of my first favorites were thrillers. I love stories that can keep me awake at night, speed reading just to get to the end, and there’s a robust market for thrillers that can bend genres and offer fresh takes on the old tropes. Mysteries were also some of the first books to line my shelves. I love every kind of mystery, especially noir and police procedurals. Last but not least, I’m enamored with non-fiction. I’m always game for educational texts in subjects I’m interested in (like geology, history, mythology, and anthropology) and biographies. I think there’s a good chance we’ll focus on just a few sub-genres of non-fiction that best fit our wheelhouse and readership–but more on that later.

B.K. Bass

B.K. Bass, Editor-in-Chief

As a life-long student of history, one of my favorite genres has been historical fiction; be it in the form of the printed word or on film. To me, there’s nothing quite as exciting as taking a step back in time and—for a moment—experiencing what life was like in another era. Also, as one who is constantly striving to learn more about not only history, but all aspects of our universe, non-fiction books have been the lifeblood of my continuing education. While I love reading for entertainment, I feel there’s nothing more rewarding than reading for education. That’s why we’ve already been publishing a variety of non-fiction articles via the Kyanite Press Online. We strongly value the importance of education and sharing knowledge with the world, so we feel it is an important step that we grow our catalog to include more novel-length non-fiction as well. 

Our readership knows we’ve already published quite a few mysteries and thrillers that just so happened to be speculative in nature. From B.K.’s own Night Shift to Jonathan Lazar’s Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery, we’ve been entertained and intrigued. Now, we’re opening the door for more of these gripping stories whether they have a speculative element or not.

“I’m an author. When can I submit my work in these genres?”

We will have an open window in March of 2020, specifically seeking out works in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres. We will not be accepting non-fiction submissions yet, but keep an eye out for more news on that front soon.

We appreciate you reading this announcement and sharing it with anyone you think would benefit from the information. We’ll be revealing more details soon, including a “manuscript wish list” with specific sub-genres we’re most likely to love. 

Sincerely,

Sam & B.K.

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Now Available: Kyanite Press Vol. 2, Issue 1

This issue: Thrilling tales of high fantasy!

Join us as we explore ten different realms of magic, adventure, and
excitement! From exploring ancient ruins to save a sickly child in The
Hand That Holds to the classic sword and sorcery action of The Iron
Sorcerer, this issue proves that high fantasy can provide a platform for
a variety of entertaining, exciting, and thoughtful stories.

A new beginning to a beloved franchise.
Five novelettes, five short stories, ten amazing authors.
Almost 100,000 words, four times as many as our previous regular issues.

Over 200 pages of fantasy adventures!

Get your copy now!

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Farewell, good friend.

Our great friend and co-founder Sophia LeRoux is stepping down to spend more time on other personal and professional endeavors. We would like to take a moment to thank Sophia for everything she’s done along the way, and we wish her the best of luck in all her pursuits!

From the beginning, Sophia has been a key part of the vision of Kyanite Publishing. Her graphic design and layout skills have helped shape our company image and products. We have her to thank for everything from our logos to our book covers.

More than this, she has been a true friend. Sam, Sarah, and B.K. will always treasure the time spent working with Sophia, and look forward to further collaborations in the future. For now, Sophia, good luck in all you do! Continue to be a wonderful, warm-hearted individual!

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Happy Publication Day to “Feathers and Fae” by Crystal L. Kirkham!

It’s a beautiful day here at Kyanite headquarters because we’re celebrating the release of Feathers and Fae by Crystal L. Kirkham!

Help us spread the word by sharing our Feathers and Fae posts on social media, and/or participating in the different giveaways we have on each platform!

Twitter

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Facebook

Or, better yet, grab yourself a copy from any of the major booksellers or directly from us and leave a review when you finish!

We appreciate your support and we look forward to providing you with more tall tales!

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Happy Publication Day to Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery

It’s Friday, and that means we’ve got another delicious, fantastical story for you to consume this weekend! Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery by Jonathan Lazar is a wild, witty, and gripping novella. You can purchase directly from us here!


Synopsis:

Present Day: Saint Louis, Missouri, New World. Zachariah Lars—former Magi Police Officer turned Private Investigator—takes the cases that the Magi won’t touch. When Zachariah is visited by High Princess Mahtab of the African high elves, she tells him someone wants to assassinate her.

Zachariah must piece together the mystery of not only this stunningly beautiful African high elf, but also who is behind the assassination attempts on her life. He only has three days to accomplish the task. Mystery, intrigue, humor, magic, and foul language abound in this series by Jonathan M. Lazar.


Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Noir

Length: Novella

Formats: eBook and Paperback

ISBNs: eBook [978-1-949645-81-1];  Paperback [978-1-949645-80-4]

Retailers: Direct, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Target, IndieBound and more. Available by special order at your favorite local bookstore or library.

Help us spread the word by sharing the book with your fantasy-loving friends and family. It makes a great gift, and so would sharing this on social media, adding it to your list(s) on Goodreads, and leaving a review!


Jonathan Lazar was born in 1985 to the greatest generation that there is: the Nintendo Generation! The eldest of three male siblings, Jonathan is the only creative one. His brothers inherited the sports genes. Originally from the Chicago area, he has lived in Michigan, middle-of-nowhere Illinois, Saint Louis, and currently Tucson. When he’s not writing fantasy or science fiction; he draws, cooks, bakes, and stuffs his face full of sushi or pizza that he has made. He shares two Siamese cats with his husband, whom he met in college.  Or rather – he would say – the Siamese cats (Ping and Pong) share them.

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Free Books in Exchange for Honest Reviews

Did you know we give books away to bibliophiles who will read and review them?

All you have to do is email sam@kyanitepublishing.com with your selections and you’ll be one step closer to fantastical book mail.

Please share this information with your book-loving friends and family. There’s no deadline, and all our titles are eligible. You can view available and upcoming books on our website.

Thanks for supporting our growing small press and our incredibly talented authors!

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New Kyanite Press Online Article!

“Do you know what a sentence is?” I write in a comment on a young writer’s work.

He replies, “Five to ten for possession?”

In The Sentences of Writing, author Stephen Coghlan takes us back to school in a tongue-in-cheek breakdown of sentence structure and paragraphs.

Read the full article here!

Also, stop by the Kyanite Press Online homepage for many other great articles, some short fiction, and links to all kinds of interesting stories from around the web.

New link just added! Can science fiction save us from bad technology? The authors at The Conversation think so, especially after watching the new short film Slaughterbots!

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Launching Today: She Cried Wolf by Phebe Yawson

She Cried Wolf by Phebe Yawson launches today! This exciting contemporary fantasy mixes elements of the paranormal and the fantastic with a family drama that will tug at your heart from beginning till end. Embark on an unexpected journey filled with terror, tension, and the triumph of love in the face of pure evil.

Not just anyone can be The Alpha, and she never expected to be anything but human.

She Cried Wolf

by Phebe Yawson

Tyese is known for being reserved and quiet, but when she accidentally peels back the facade from her family secrets she must rise up to lead her friends and family in a war against an ancient evil. While fighting for the future of all she holds dear, she must also battle ghosts from her past and her changing identity. Not just anyone can be The Alpha, and she never expected to be anything but human.

Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy

Length: Novella, 218 pages

Retailers:

Amazon // Kobo // Barnes & Noble // Target // IndieBound // Direct

*You can also request a copy from your local independent bookstore or library!

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Launching Today: It Starts with a Kiss by J.L. Peridot

Continuing our month of romance and intrigue, It Starts with a Kiss by J.L. Peridot is out today!

We acquired this steamy, science fiction romance back in the summer of 2018. A year may seem like a long time for book production, but we used every day of it to create and market the final result. Now we’re launching it, and we need your help!

You can purchase a copy from us, AmazonKoboBarnes & Noble, Target, or IndieBound.

You can request a copy from your local library or independent bookstore.

You can add it to your list(s) on Goodreads.

You can share our posts on social media.

If you have a social media presence or blog, you can contact us for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

We appreciate your help more than we can possibly say. We’re a small business and we’re still growing-thanks to you! Every single act of support enables us to continue to bring wildly entertaining, thought-provoking titles to readers who will love them. Stories transform lives.

Learn more about author J.L. Peridot here on her website.

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An Interview with A.R. Vagnetti

Forgotten Storm, a steamy, paranormal romance novel by A.R. Vagnetti is out today! You can purchase it directly from us, as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Target, IndieBound, and from your local independent bookstore and library by requesting a copy!

Want to learn more about this amazing book and its author? Check out an interview between A.R. and Kyanite Publishing co-founder Sam Hendricks that took place on Twitter this past week (below)!

Sam: Where did you get the inspiration for Forgotten Storm?

A.R.: I’ve always been an avid reader of anything romance, but paranormal romance was my passion. Vampires in particular. Over the years, I felt the vampire mythology shifted. Vampires could walk in the sun, eat food, they couldn’t teleport or use persuasion. They stopped feeding on humans and some even sparkled. I itched to write stories depicting the vampires I fell in love with; strong Alpha males with all the weaknesses and strengths inherent to a vampire.

Did you outline Forgotten Storm before writing it, or did you “fly by the seat of your pants” and come up with the plot as you went?

I’m a huge proponent of outlining. Now, that’s not to say I stick to it once I start writing, but I need that framework or starting point. Once creativity starts flowing, and the characters become living breathing beings to me, they control the direction they wish to go. That certainly happened with Forgotten Storm. Nicole and Logan shaped every element of the story.

Early readers are saying this is super steamy, but it also has an action-packed, fully developed dark fantasy plot that appeals to non-romance readers, too. How did you balance the two?

I wanted Forgotten Storm to be about more than just sex. I wanted suspense, intrigue, surprises, appealing side characters. &, of course, sex. What would a PNR be without hot steamy sex, but I didn’t want it to drive the story. I wanted Nicole’s world to be substantial, her conflict real. I hope I achieved that.

The romance in Forgotten Storm is laced with themes of power, control, and submission. Tell us a little more about that, and how it defines the relationship between the main characters.

Wow. That’s a tough question. For Nicole, she used physical pain to control her emotional pain. It helped her deal with the chaos in her mind, the trauma of her past. She is a fierce, courageous, strong willed woman. A fighter. In her day to day life, she demands complete control. Except for this one area. But Logan teaches her there’s a beautiful balance between pain and pleasure when it’s with someone you love and trust. I strived to show this power play as strong, NOT weak. Because Nicole is anything but weak or submissive. I needed those elements to be depicted in an environment of love, passion, and strength.

Forgotten Storm is the first in a series. Without giving much away, can you tell us what to expect from the next book? Is it already written? What about the rest of the series?

Book 2 is already written, just going through its final polishing stages, but the main focus shifts to another couple present in Forgotten Storm. In fact, many characters continue on through the series. But… some don’t. Book 3 I’m currently writing, and book 4 plays through my mind constantly, demanding to be written. Without revealing too much, I think of all the books in this series, book 4 will be my most challenging to write.


Read the full interview with audience questions here on Twitter!