Book covers for Endgame by Aisha Tritle, Around the Dark Dial by J.D. Sanderson, Remnants created by Stephen Coghlan and edited by B.K. Bass, Dead Town(Book Two in the Dead Trilogy) by Anthony D. Redden, and Night Life (Book Two in the Night Trilogy) by B.K. Bass will be revealed. Pre-orders will be opened during the reveal, and the party will include games, giveaways, and even more news!
In fall 2019, we invited authors to submit their speculative fiction manuscripts with or without representation. The acquisitions committee reviewed those manuscripts and made final recommendations, resulting in a wave of offers. True to our mission, most offers were made to authors already published with us, including A.R. Vagnetti, Michael D. Nadeau, Jonathan Lazar, Joseph Kassabian, Crystal L. Kirkham, Aisha Tritle, and Chad D. Christy.
FULL LIST OF NEW ACQUISITIONS
The “Storm” series by A.R. Vagnetti. The first book in the series, “Forgotten Storm,” was acquired in 2018 and published in 2019. Described as “steamier than expected” with “amazing worldbuilding,” the series will continue with “Forbidden Storm,” scheduled for publication in summer 2020.
“The Lythinall Saga” by Michael D. Nadeau. The first book, “The Darkness Returns,” was acquired in 2018 and published in 2019. Endorsed by Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms, this epic fantasy series has won fans internationally. The second book in the saga, “The Darkness Within,” is scheduled for publication in summer 2020.
The “Case Files of Zachariah Lars” series by Jonathan Lazar. The first book in the series, “Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery,” was acquired in 2018 and published in 2019. Future plans for the fantasy detective include both novellas and novels. The next installment, “Zachariah Lars and the Time Travel Conundrum,” is scheduled for publication in fall 2020.
The “Galaxy on Fire” trilogy by Joseph Kassabian. The first book in the trilogy, “Citizen of Earth,” was acquired in 2018 and published in 2019. The second book in the trilogy, “The Great Traitor,” is scheduled for publication in summer 2020. Robyn Bennis, author of the Signal Airship series, said: “Half Old Man’s War and half Matterhorn, Citizen of Earth is a twisty, turny adventure filled with sass and action.” Kassabian is known for his sharp humor and war commentary.
“Falling Light” by Crystal L. Kirkham. This fantasy romance novel is scheduled for publication in 2021. Crystal L. Kirkham is the author of “Feathers and Fae” and several other works.
“Endgame” by Aisha Tritle is a science fiction novelette scheduled for publication on February 14, 2020. Kyanite Publishing LLC will also publish Tritle’s science fiction novel “Life2” in 2020.
“Ales, Agents, and Alchemy” by Jabe Stafford is a fantasy thriller scheduled to be published in 2021. It is the first book in the series. Jabe Stafford has also contributed to the “Kyanite Press: Journal of Speculative Fiction.”
“The Dark Corners of Eschos” by Chad D. Christy is a cosmic horror novella set in the same world as his forthcoming novel “Through the Blind,” both of which will be published in 2020, along with a science fiction novelette titled “Worlds.”
“Dead Town” by Anthony D. Redden. The second book in the “Dead Trilogy”, set for publication in 2020.
“Around the Dark Dial” by J.D. Sanderson. This science fiction, short story collection will be published in 2020.
The next open invitation for submissions will be in March 2020, though it will be limited to a small subset of genres (details to follow). More acquisitions are expected throughout the year.
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, 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, 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.
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
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
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!
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.
What if we lived in a world where the government could assess your mental health, without any criminal activity or precursor, and commit you to a facility against your will? That’s the future Majanka Verstraete explores in Murder in Mind, led by a protagonist who’s been institutionalized after watching her parents murder. If you’re interested in science fiction, psychological thrillers, and/or dystopian futures, you may find yourself devouring this phenomenal story in one sitting.
You can purchase Murder in Mind directly from us, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers. You can also request a copy at your local bookstore, you’ll just need the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-949645-50-7 and the paperback ISBN is 978-1-949645-49-1.
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Our chat with Michael D. Nadeau, author of The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One begins now! Thank you for hanging out with us on your big day! What else do you have planned to celebrate your release?
Michael: I’m having a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble (Manchester, NH) with some other authors (a lot more famous than myself I might add) and generally having a great day handing out coloring pages to kids there as well!
Us: That’s right! We wish we could be there to support you. We will be in spirit! 🙂
Michael: I could use a good couple of ghosts there with me to keep things light – LOL.
Us: Getting right into it, here’s a question submitted by Sam Hendricks. “The characters in The Darkness Returns are so real, and the world is so lived in, that at times I forgot I wasn’t really there with them. How long did it take you to build such a realistic world?”
Michael: I’ve been building worlds for so long in our weekly games that it just kind of happened without much thought. Steal a piece from this adventure, a castle from that one and it just fell into place. So really if you fall in love with Lythinall, you’re actually playing in all of our games and worlds reimagined in book form. Kind of surreal now that I think of it.
Us: That’s actually very surprising. Everything fits together so well, I would never have imagined it came together like that!
Michael: All I had to do was draw a rough map and it was like…”Oh yeah, I’ll use that piece here, and OH that story with the faeries I sent to my friend Kevin would fit there…”
Us: Your answers to that last question apply to this one as well, so maybe you can expand on it. This is a question submitted by one of your editors, B.K. Bass. “I know you’ve done a lot of tabletop roleplay gaming. How did that influence your writing and worldbuilding?”
Michael: It’s a huge influence. That’s how I started to tell stories after all. Once I started running games and realized I had to come up with details for the players I kind of found my little piece of heaven. It was like breathing clean air after living in smog. It was so much fun to create taverns and cities that sometimes that’s all we did, and when I learned to create Gods and pantheons, along with entire worlds…well let’s just say we went through our fair share of burning them down as well. And the fun part is that even my wife played. That’s who Shyi is in the beginning of the book. My beloved Shyi was her character. We had so much fun that writing just came as part of the deal. I started even writing short stories for my friends for gifts and such.
Us: That’s amazing. Speaking of characters, here’s a question submitted by another one of your editors, Sarah LaChance. ” If you had to pick only one of your characters to have a drink with, who would it be and why?”
Michael: Wow… Ok, I would have to say Karsis. Even though he is the personification of my oldest character, mixed with all the sarcasm I have bottled up inside of me at any three moments, I would love to just talk shop with him and see what trouble we could get into… epic.
Us: The Darkness Returns is the first novel in the series. Without giving away any spoilers, what’s next? Is the whole series already written? Do you have a plan for how many there will be? Will you ever open the world and let others write in it?
Michael: LOL! Well yes, the main story is all written so don’t worry I won’t let anyone hang. The next book is The Darkness Within where we see the rest of the Companions of Everknight and everyone meets in that great city. Then I have a set of short stories based on side characters and tertiary characters. explaining some of the little things in the other books. Then we move on to the finale, The Darkness Falls. War, bad guys, and a finish that gave me goosebumps and tears. I honestly can’t freaking wait for all of you to see it, and I have plans to pull a Star Wars thing. Go back and tell the companions stories and then jump back forward to the Kings messengers as well, maybe expand to the other nations around Lythinall.
*We’ll try and keep this updated as new questions are posted on Twitter (July 12th, 2019).
DK Marie: What inspired you to write The Darkness Returns?
Michael: Besides the role-playing? Well, I was telling a friend to find a job that included the things he liked to do and he turned it back on me saying that I haven’t done that. So I took a step back and said, “Shit he’s right.” So I decided to try my hand at a fully fledged story. Viola!
*Author Michael D. Nadeau will appear for a live interview on Twitter at 1:00 PM ET. Follow us there to read the transcript!
*Meet Michael and score a signed book at the Manchester, NH Barnes and Noble from 5-7pm! The event is also a benefit/book drive for the Manchester Public Library and will feature other authors.
You can order the book directly from us, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through other online retailers. Prefer to support your local independent bookstore? They’ll order in a copy at your request, all you need is the title and author name or ISBN, which is 978-1-949645-60-6 for the hardcover and 978-1-949645-61-3 for the paperback.
Thanks for supporting this talented author and our growing small business!
Our semi-annual sale continues today with 20% off pre-orders of The Darkness Returns by Michael D. Nadeau.
Our Collector’s Pass, a membership which grants unlimited access to all our eBooks throughout the twelve-month term — including The Darkness Returns — is still on sale through the 7th of July for only $39!
We’ll have a new one-day offer for you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!
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