Monday, 22 July 2019

A BUNDLE OF TROUBLE Hallmark Movie Premiere

On Sunday, May 21st, A BUNDLE OF TROUBLE will make its premiere on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel! The sixth installment of the Aurora Teagarden series, which is based on its respective novel, A FOOL AND HIS HONEY by Charlaine Harris, continues the exploits of small town librarian and sleuth Aurora “Roe” Teagarden.

After agreeing to host her beau Martin’s long-lost niece and her newborn for the night, trouble begins almost immediately for when the girl disappears, the baby is found hidden in the bathtub, and Roe discovers a stranger in her linen closet, along with $10,000 cash in a diaper bag. With her usual determination, Roe sets out to crack the case, this time while playing surrogate mother to a mysteriously abandoned two-week old, and trying to avoid the ire of Lawrenceton’s new police chief.

Starring Candace Cameron Bure of Full House fame, A BUNDLE OF TROUBLE is sure to be as fun and exciting as the previous movies in the Aurora Teagarden series. Check out the preview for a peek at what’s in store for Roe! The eBook edition of A FOOL AND HIS HONEY is available from all e-retailers and makes an excellent Mother’s Day gift in anticipation of the Hallmark adaptation. Find it at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play.

All Rights Reserved an Indies Introduce Selection

Twice a year, the American Booksellers Association selects 10 adult titles and 10 children’s titles as the top US debuts in the upcoming publishing season. The ABA has just announced the Summer/Fall 2017 line-up, and we’re honored to have our very own Gregory Scott Katsoulis‘ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED on this highly selective list!

Congratulations, Greg!

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society. 

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech—rather than say anything at all—she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, first in the Word$ series, publishes August 29, 2017 from Harlequin Teen.

Shadowshaper film option takes shape

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Jose Older’s SHADOWSHAPER has been optioned for TV/film! Older’s debut YA title, SHADOWSHAPER was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and also won the 2016 International Latino Book Award. Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose has now optioned the rights through her production company, Roaring Virgin Productions.

Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down,” Rose told Variety. “At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself. Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighborhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.”

SHADOWHOUSE FALL, the highly anticipated sequel to SHADOWSHAPER, is set for release in September 2017.

Welcome Mallory O’Meara, JABberwocky’s newest non-fiction author!

[pictured above: Milicent Patrick in her “monster factory”]

If you’ve not yet had a chance to view today’s Publishers Marketplace announcement (4/26), then you might have missed the news that JABberwocky has added and sold the first book by a debut non-fiction author!

A horror filmmaker and writer living in Los Angeles, Mallory O’Meara has long been fascinated with all things that go bump in the night. One of her film idols was a mysterious woman named Milicent Patrick, who was rumored to have designed the iconic monster from the classic 1954 movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon before having her career abruptly cut short. Despite Mallory’s captivation with Milicent Patrick and her famous creature, almost nothing else was known about Milicent’s life or other work in Hollywood. That is, until Mallory took it upon herself to research the incredible life and story of Milicent Patrick.

Scheduled for hardcover publication with Hanover Square Press in Winter 2019, Mallory O’Meara’s THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON will be the first book to connect the dots of the fascinating, albeit tragic, life of Milicent Patrick and to bring to light her previously unknown contributions to the Golden Age of Cinema.

The Memory Thief heads to Fox Animation

We have some great news on the film rights front, as Bryce Moore’s THE MEMORY THIEF is headed to development as a live-action/animated movie. The Stranger Things team at Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps is working with Adaptive Books to adapt for Fox Animation.

From Variety: “21 Laps produced ‘Arrival,’ which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things,’ which won the top comedy series prizes at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild awards. 21 Laps’ credits also include the ‘Night at the Museum’ franchise, ‘Fist Fight,’ ‘Why Him?’ and ‘Table 19.'”

THE MEMORY THIEF tells the story of twins Benji and Kelly, who meet a strange old man at their local county fair, who they learn can share—and erase—other people’s memories. Benji learns the the ability to manipulate memories himself, but this power comes at a cost to his family, and to his own mind.

We at JABberwocky are extremely excited to see what our publishing partners at Adaptive, and the teams at 21 Laps and Fox Animation, come up with for this fantastic book!

Visit Midnight, Texas this summer on NBC!

We’re very excited to announce we finally have a premiere date for NBC’s Midnight, Texas! On Tuesday, July 25, at 10 p.m., the latest Charlaine Harris adaptation will be hitting the small screen. Here’s a little more about to what to expect from the show for those who haven’t read the books yet:

From the visionary director of Mr. Robot and based on the hit book series from the author behind HBO’s True Blood comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong a strong and unlikely family.

Don’t worry—there’s still plenty of time to read the New York Times bestselling series before the television release!

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out now!

Dead Over Heels Hallmark Movie Premiere

Mark your calendars! On Sunday, March 19th, DEAD OVER HEELS will be making its premiere on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel! The fifth installment of the Aurora Teagarden series, and based on the book of the same title, DEAD OVER HEELS continues the (mis)adventures of small town librarian and real crime buff Aurora “Roe” Teagarden.

When the body of Roe’s nemesis, Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, falls from the sky to land in Roe’s back yard, she once more finds herself involved in a mysterious death. It isn’t long before she realizes that strange things are happening to those around her, including anonymous “gifts” appearing at her home. Suspecting that everything is somehow related, Roe has to dig up answers before someone else winds up dead.

Starring Candace Cameron Bure of Full House fame, DEAD OVER HEELS is sure to be as fun and exciting as the previous movies in the Aurora Teagarden series. Be sure to check out the preview for a taste! And as an extra spot of fun, the ebook edition of DEAD OVER HEELS is on sale tomorrow through the 20th for just $2.99 at all major e-tailers! Plenty of time to catch up with the series if you need to, or spend time again with an old favorite.

Find it at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play.

Shadowshaper named the 2017 #ReadBrave book

Congratulations to Daniel Jose Older, whose debut YA has already received considerable attention since its release in 2015, and now SHADOWSHAPER has been named the #ReadBrave book in the Saint Paul Public Library for the year of 2017! The Saint Paul library also has a monthly teen book club, called the Teens Reading Bravely Book Club. The Read Brave program chooses one YA book annually for the community of Saint Paul to read together, both adults and teens alike. The library distributes hundreds of copies of their pick to allow all participants to own a copy. Previous years’ selections include Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. SHADOWSHAPER was also a #5 New York Times bestseller and was named to several “Best Books of 2015” lists, including by the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. 

NBC will produce ‘Redliners’ based on works by Charlaine Harris!

charlaine-imageNot only has NBC picked up Charlaine Harris’s Midnight, Texas series, they will produce a new series called Redliners, based on Harris’s short story “Small Kingdoms.” The story, one of Harris’s bestselling short stories, was originally published in the November 2013 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and then was included in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014. NBC recently ordered the Redliners pilot.

Redliners mixes humor, romance, and espionage in the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Shaun Cassidy, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and David Janollari will executive produce through Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment. Hannah Ware has been cast to star as Anne DeWitt.

Charlaine Harris’s books inspired the HBO hit True Blood and Midnight, Texas is scheduled for a midseason launch. Her Aurora Teagarden series is being adapted to Hallmark TV movies starring Candace Cameron Bure; four have been released so far.


Pick up these Perennial Classics on sale for Groundhog Day






It’s Groundhog day, or that time we ask a rodent to predict the weather because the lack of sun and warmth has made us all collectively lose our minds. Or it’s that movie with Bill Murray! Or…it’s February 2nd and January is finally over. Anyway.

These five classics are on sale for only $2.99, the perfect price to add them to your digital library to read again and again (and again, and again, and again)… Sometimes the most comforting thing is falling over and over into a book you love. Pick them up at your e-tailer of choice and enjoy!

Officer-Cadet by Rick Shelley: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google | iTunes

Murder and Magic by Randall Garrett: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google | iTunes

Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google | iTunes

Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google | iTunes

Deathstalker by Simon R. Green:  Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google | iTunes


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Hunted, featuring Myke Cole, premieres on CBS to 11 million viewers

JABberwocky author Myke Cole (right) stands with the rest of the Command Center intelligence team.

HUNTED, a new reality show on CBS, premiered last night after the AFC Championship Game. A total of 11.83 million viewers watched the premiere, according to Variety. The show follows nine pairs of Fugitives as they attempt to evade capture for a month while being tracked by an elite team of Command Center investigators and on-the-ground Hunters. JABberwocky’s own Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series and former military cyber expert, is part of the Command Center investigation team.

Congratulations Myke for an incredible first episode!

MGM acquires film rights to ‘Snapshot’ by Brandon Sanderson

Film rights to Brandon Sanderson’s latest novella Snapshot (forthcoming in April from Vault Books) were sold this week to MGM! A science fiction detective story, Snapshot follows Anthony Davis, a cop who must solve a horrific crime in a world where “snapshots” allow characters to relive an entire day – for the purposes of investigation, of course. Broken Road Productions and Entertainment 360 (Office Christmas Party) will produce the film.

Film rights for Sanderson’s Reckoners series has also sold to 20th Century Fox and this year DMG acquired film rights to the entire Cosmere universe, which spans many of Sanderson’s novels and short fiction. Fans will soon be able to see quite a lot of Brandon Sanderson’s stories on the big screen!

K.C. Alexander co-writes Mass Effect novels

Titan Books and BioWare will publish original novels set in the MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA universe, and the first is co-written by JABberwocky’s own K.C. Alexander!

The novels will be directly woven into the action and adventure of the game—one of the most anticipated games of 2017—and will add depth to the MASS EFFECT saga.

The series of novels begins with MASS EFFECT: NEXUS UPRISING, by Jason M. Hough and K.C. Alexander, and is scheduled for release on 28th March 2017.


Mike Grosso DRUMS Up State Reading Award

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Congratulations are in order for Mike Grosso, whose debut, I AM DRUMS, is an Illinois Reads selection for 2017!

I AM DRUMS is a contemporary middle grade novel that tells the story of twelve-year-old Sam, whose dreams of becoming a drummer come up against hard economic realities. This is the first state award for the book, and we hope it will be the first of many.

Read more about the book that Horn Book called a “pitch-perfect depiction of a preteen” here.

CERTAIN DARK THINGS a Best of 2016, NPR Streak Grows to Four

Certain Dark Things book coverCongratulations to Silvia Moreno-Garcia on CERTAIN DARK THINGS’ being named to NPR’s Best Books of 2016! This is just the latest in a string of accolades for the buzzed-about book. Earlier this fall, it’s been:

This also marks the fourth straight year in which a JABberwocky client has been named to NPR’s Best Books of the Year. Here’s a brief retrospective of NPR nominees, with links to buy the books:

2016: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, CERTAIN DARK THINGS (buy)
2015: Daniel José Older, SHADOWSHAPER (buy)
2014: Marie Brennan, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS: (buy)
2013: Marie Brennan, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS (buy)

Four more years! Four more years!

INFOMOCRACY is a Best Book of 2016

infomocracyMalka Older’s debut science-fiction novel INFOMOCRACY was listed as a best book of 2016 by Kirkus, Washington Post, and Barnes & Noble! Kirkus called it “timely and perhaps timeless” in its Best Fiction of 2016 list, and according to Barnes & Noble’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016 list, “Older’s fierce imagination and eye for detail make her future world seem entirely plausible.” In its own Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016 list, the Washington Post notes that INFOMOCRACY shows a “futuristic world with eerie parallels to current events.” It was also a “Best SF/F of 2016” on Flavorwire.

Unnerving in its poignancy in today’s political climate, INFOMOCRACY takes place twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. With power comes corruption. How do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

Get your copy here!

Six JAB eBooks on sale until November 17!

We’ve decided to put some books on sale from $0.99-2.99 that highlight some of the wonderful books in our eBook program. All of these titles feature kickass heroines, LGBTQ, people of color, or disabled characters. Pick them up now at your e-tailer of choice!


Daniel José Older‘s anthology SALSA NOCTURNA deluxe edition includes two new stories that weren’t in the original, one previously unpublished, and a new introduction by the author. A fantastic anthology in the Bone Street Rumba series, featuring a diverse cast of characters.

Buy it now for $0.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Tanya Huff’s GATE OF DARKNESS, CIRCLE OF LIGHT tells the story of a fight against encroaching darkness by a developmentally handicapped young woman, a street musician with no idea of his potential, a bag-lady who’s tired of picking up the pieces, and an adept of the light.

Buy it now for $0.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Also by Tanya Huff, SWAN’S BRAID: AND OTHER TALES OF TERIZAN is an anthology of stories about the thief Terizan. In these five tales, mercenary captains, murderous royal families, ghosts, gods, and wizards prove that while it may not always be lonely at the top, it’s definitely annoying. Good thing half a dozen gods owe Terizan a favour.

Buy it now for $0.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Sarah Ash’s SONGSPINNERS is the story of a young rebel composer who flees from persecution in his country after being disabled by horrible burns that leave him unable to write. He meets Orial, a young woman whose unique gift helps him write down his music in the hopes that it will help his countrymen overthrow their oppressors. But there is a price on the young composer’s head, and it’s not long before fanatical agents of the brutal regime come to silence him forever.

Buy it now for $0.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Simon R. Green‘s Hawk and Fisher are legends, and for good reason. In THE GUARDS OF HAVEN, only two things stand between Haven’s law abiding citizens and the city’s notoriously dangerous criminal element: Hawk and Fisher. As Captains of the Haven City Guard, Hawk and Fisher deliver justice, root out corruption, and fight crime with a deadly combination of sharp steel and even sharper instincts. But it isn’t easy. A volatile mix of natural and supernatural violence, Haven is a terrible place to be after dark…and not much better during daylight.

Buy it now for $2.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Michael Schiefelbein’s VAMPIRE VOW was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. The story of Victor Decimus, a man who was once a ruthless officer in the Roman Legion—but all his power couldn’t make Jesus of Nazareth love him the way he wanted to be loved. Seeking solace and escape, he finds release with a seer who is something more than human. Turned into a vampire, Victor is filled with rage and a lust for revenge.The Midwest Book Review called it, “a literate, compelling, and original contribution to the horror fantasy genre, and strongly recommended, especially compelling reading for vampire buffs.”

Buy it now for $0.99:
Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

Jabberwocks on the Goodreads Choice Award shortlist!



Four books by two different JABberwocky authors have been shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards! THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson and AGE OF MYTH by Michael J. Sullivan are both contenders for the Best Fantasy award. Also by Brandon Sanderson, CALAMITY (the third book in the Reckoners trilogy) is shortlisted for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction and ALCATRAZ: THE DARK TALENT is in contention for the Best Middle Grade and Children’s Book.  Congratulations Brandon and Michael!

Vote for your favorites here!

Silvia Moreno-Garcia wins World Fantasy Award!

Congratulations are in order to Silvia Moreno-Garcia, as her SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS just she-walks-in-shadowswon the 2016 World Fantasy Award for best anthology! The anthology compiles stories by women who delve into Lovecraftian depths to write women who are monsters and mothers, heroes and devourers.

“What I love more than anything about this collection, and which I think blows out of the water that Lovecraftian fiction belongs to a certain niche, is the varied settings, characters and mythical interweaving into such a variety of cultures of this collection,” wrote SQ Magazine about SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS.

Silvia’s debut SIGNAL TO NOISE also won the Copper Cylinder Award this year and was a finalist for both the 2016 Locus Awards and Aurora Awards. Her eagerly anticipated second novel, CERTAIN DARK THINGS, was released this October.


Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Cosmere’ universe to be adapted to the screen!

We’re excited to announce that DMG Entertainment has bought the film and licensing rights to Brandon Sanderson’s “Cosmere” way-of-kings-hi-resuniverse in one of the largest literary deals of the year! Though his books unfold in different worlds and time periods, the “Cosmere” universe links most of Sanderson’s writing through an intricate system of magic. “Sanderson’s library of present and future material provides one of the greatest story and character universes ever created,” said Dan Mintz, DMG founder.

The first movie in production is THE WAY OF KINGS, which is the first book in Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. Screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (veterans of the “Saw” films) will adapt the book. Mintz will produce the film and Sanderson will serve as an executive producer. DMG is simultaneously adapting the first book in Sanderson’s Mistborn series, THE FINAL EMPIRE.

“The people at DMG aren’t just producers or financiers. They’re fans,” Sanderson said. “From the first moment we met, I knew they understood my vision and goals for the Cosmere, and I’ve been excited to work with them in bringing their vision for the universe to the screen.”



Watch the official trailer for Midnight, Texas

From Niels Arden Oplev (the visionary director of Mr. Robot) and Charlaine Harris, the author behind HBO’s True Blood, comes a new series based on her best-selling trilogy Midnight, Texas. NBC held an exclusive viewing of the pilot episode at New York Comic Con earlier this month, and you can now watch the official trailer! The cast of the new show were excited to work on what they called “True Blood in the Lone Star State.” Midnight, Texas will premiere in early 2017 on NBC.

ALL THE LITTLE LIARS rises on the New York Times bestseller list!

New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s latest release, ALL THE LITTLall-little-liars-roughE LIARS, was #19 on the New York Times bestseller list for the week of October 8th. Thirteen years after the release of POPPY DONE TO DEATH, the previous Aurora Teagarden book, Aurora is back with a new mystery in ALL THE LITTLE LIARS. Harris’s well-loved heroine is thrilled to be pregnant, but then her 15-year-old brother and three other children vanish, and a dead body is found at their last known location. Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive. ALL THE LITTLE LIARS was also #25 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover bestseller list and was #69 on the USA Today bestseller list. The cozy mystery series was also picked up by Hallmark for a series of TV movie adaptations. The fourth Aurora Teagarden movie, The Julius House, premieres this Sunday the 16th!

A Burst of Sunshine for Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Congratulations to award-winning author Silvia Moreno-Garcia on her new honorific—SIGNAL TO NOISE is the recipient of the Copper Cylinder Award (as seen here at left)!

The Copper Cylinder Award is presented every year by the Sunburst Award Society. From the Society’s page:

The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year. It derives its name from what is considered the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James De Mille (1833-1880). All winners of the Copper Cylinder receive a unique, handcrafted copper cylinder trophy.

Way to go, Silvia! Time to commission that trophy case. . .

Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett optioned for film by New Harlem

We are excited to announce that Spike Seldin and Hans Futterman of New Harlem Partnership have acquired the filmthe-warded-man-us rights to Peter V. Brett’s THE WARDED MAN, the first book in the bestselling Demon Cycle series.

THE WARDED MAN (also called THE PAINTED MAN in the UK edition) has been published in 25 territories. Peter V. Brett will adapt the screenplay.

THE WARDED MAN takes place in a distant future, where demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity have terrorized the night for hundreds of years, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

Seldin’s producing credits include “The A-Team,” and he is also the president of Atlas Comics.

Futterman told Variety, “Peter has created a fresh and new look at humanity’s future, and has very quickly established himself as one of the hottest new talents in the sci-fi/fantasy genre.”

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

ellery-queen-symposiumWe are excited to announce the upcoming exhibition on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine at Columbia University’s Butler Library! The exhibition will kick off with the EQMM 75th Anniversary Symposium on September 30. This is shaping up to be a great event!

We are proud to represent Ellery Queen and we’re proud to have had a long and enjoyable relationship with Janet Hutchings, the current EQMM editor, who also first acquired Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series when she was at Walker.

The symposium is open to the public and will be held in the Butler Library, Room 203, on September 30, beginning at 2 p.m. The exhibition will be open from September 26 through December 23.