Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.

Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.

Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.

What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!

Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.

“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.

And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.

 

 

 

COVER REVEAL – BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER by Maureen McQuerry


Good covers provide hints about what’s between the pages of a book. Great covers do so with style!

Kudos to the design team at Harper Collins/Blink YA for the design of BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, the next title by Transatlantic YA author Maureen McQuerry.

Look closely at this gorgeous jacket and you’ll see some fun clues about the story inside.

With a nod to The Brothers Grimm and inspired by the author’s family history, we’re looking forward to the release of this intriguing tale about family secrets and the long shadows they cast.

Read more about it on Maureen’s blog, here.

  • BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, Harper Collins/Blink
  • Releasing February 2019
  • For film and other rights inquiries, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

 

UNSINKABLE, pictorial memoir by Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long launches off the block today!

Every book has its own story.

Jessica Long’s pictorial memoir, UNSINKABLE launches today, but the story of this book began nearly four years ago on the final day of the 2014 Olympic Games when NBC aired an inspiring 20-minute documentary about, then, 21-year-old 12-time Paralympic gold medalist, Jessica Long.

In that moment all I knew is that this inspiring young woman had a story to tell, and I wanted to help make it happen. We couldn’t have known in the beginning what a team effort it would take to bring it to publication, but here it is, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have played a part in helping Jessica bring this book to the world.

Congratulations, Jessica, and Happy Book Birthday!! We’re proud to be on your team!

Represented by Sandra Bishop

Follow Jessica on Twitter at @JessicaLong and on Instagram @jessicatatianalong.

“Unique in its coverage of Paralympians, and inspirational on so many levels, this is a great addition for middle school collections.”—Booklist, STARRED review

“Even readers who are not sports enthusiasts will appreciate Long’s upbeat account of finding confidence in the water and in life.”–Kirkus

Among “new books for teens [which] explore the first-generation [immigrant] experience…” — Publisher’s Weekly

DEAL NEWS: BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER BY MAUREEN DOYLE MCQUERRY

Once in awhile, finding the right place for a novel is like following a trail of crumbs. We put this one away for a decade while Maureen released other novels, but this tale’s time has finally come.

BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is Maureen McQuerry’s dual narrated generational novel about a girl in 1955 San Jose who discovers there may be more to her family than meets the eye; and her Brooklyn born mother who was forced to make drastic decisions in the aftermath of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

The novel takes readers down a trail of clues and family stories until the past and present literally collide, revealing a secret that had hid in the shadows too long. A retelling of Hansel and Gretel weaves between the chapters.

David Bennett and I have our own tales to tell about the sale of this work. But that’s a story for another day. In the meantime, we’re just over the moon to share the news that this novel has found its way home, and will release in February 2019 from Harper Collins/Blink YA.

Congratulations, Maureen, from all of us at Transatlantic.

Represented by Sandra Bishop
Film inquiries contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

For more detail about the author, see Maureen’s website

SALMON SISTERS BOOK DEAL NOW ON DECK!

Salmon SistersWe are truly proud to announce that Claire Neaton & Emma Teal Laukitis — sisters, commercial fisherman, business partners and co-founders of The Salmon Sisters, are now also co-authors of a cookery and lifestyle book coming ashore in spring 2020 from Sasquatch Books.

 

Their book will feature original recipes, showcase Emma’s unique illustrations, and include stories about the sisters’ current work as commercial fisherman & their early lives growing up on a remote homestead on the edge of Alaska’s Isanotski Strait (the US mainland’s westernmost tip), with contributions from Alaskan photographer Scott Dickerson and food & nature photographer Brian Grobleski.

The Salmon Sisters’ abiding appreciation for their unique upbringing in the Aleutian Islands & their work on their family’s commercial fishing boat in the Bering Sea, combined with Sasquatch’s mission to work with the most gifted writers, chefs, naturalists, artists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest make this publishing partnership a natural fit.

Nice catch, Sasquatch! And congratulations Emma and Claire! It’s an honor to navigate this exciting project with you.

Represented by Sandra Bishop. Rights inquires: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

For a peek into Claire and Emma’s unique lifestyle, and the work they do as fisherman and advocates of sustainable fishing and wild salmon, check out this inspiring video:

Video by Camrin Dengel

THE POSITIVE PARENTING WORKBOOK, a Companion to Rebecca Eanes’ 2016 “must have/life changing” book POSITIVE PARENTING ESSENTIAL GUIDE

We’re already looking forward to the March 6th release of Rebecca Eanes’ The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection. Becky is an immensely popular blogger (994k Facebook followers and building) and trusted voice among parents looking to chart a new way of parenting by fostering greater emotional awareness, clearer communication, empowered kids, and more joy. This interactive guide was developed to accompany her 2016 “Must Have/Life Changing” book POSITIVE PARENTING: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE.

Published by Perigee, edited by Marian Lizzi. Rebecca is represented by Sandra Bishop.

 

And the CHRISTY AWARD for Historical Fiction goes to …

 

 

… Joanne Bischof, whose acclaimed historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, received yet another award — a CHRISTY, the highest honor in inspirational fiction.

 

 

The award was Presented by Karen Kingsbury at a gala in Nashville, Tennesee which also marked the 50th anniversary of the award’s namesake, the groundbreaking inspirational novel, Christy by Catherine Marshall.

Here’s what Romantic Times has to say in a rare 5-star review of this 2016 Inspirational Romance of the Year, and 2017 Christy Award winning historical romance: 

“The sights, sounds and people of a turn-of-the-century circus come alive in this novel that captivates from word one. Every sentence is pitch perfect, while the characters embed themselves soul deep. Charlie Lionheart is the hero of heroes and a reflection of the fairy tale “Beast.” He is so brilliantly multidimensional that he could easily live outside the pages. The romance between Charlie and Ella is heartachingly beautifuland the redemption organically sewn into the story’s tent flaps will linger with readers for years.”

 

 

Our warmest congratulations (again!) to Joanne. 

For rights inquiries, contact Sandra Bishop at sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

Cover Reveal and CBS Sports: All in a days work for the UNSINKABLE JESSICA LONG

Today @Jessicalong was a featured guest on @CBSSPORTS groundbreaking series WE NEED TO TALK featuring female athletes, TV & radio personalities, sports and team executives, and journalists discussing leveling the playing field in male-dominated sports.

AND a very happy author sharing the #coverreveal for her upcoming book, UNSINKABLE: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion.

#Allinadaysworkforsomepeople #whatdidyoudotoday

A HALE AND HEARTY “WELCOME ABOARD” TO THE SALMON SISTERS

We’re riding high since adding Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, aka THE SALMON SISTERS to Transatlantic’s client roster. These two young women have already lived a life dreams are made of and there’s so much more for them on the horizon. Having grown up on one of the world’s most unique and remote places — the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, they still work on their family’s boats commercial fishing for salmon and halibut in the Bering Sea.

Their love of life at sea and their deep respect for the ocean is apparent in everything they do. When they’re not fishing, they’re designing original sea inspired clothing, home goods and adventure gear for use on and off the water, marketing Wild Alaska seafood, supporting their Give Fish Project, writing, cooking, and generally advancing awareness about the importance of sustainable fisheries and the role of wild sustainable seafood in our food chain. These bold seafaring young women are two of the world’s most natural advocates for the vitality of a fisherman’s livelihood, and we are proud to represent them and their future writing and publishing endeavors.

Have a look at their beautiful writing, work, and unique merchandise at http://WWW.aksalmonsisters.com

Represented by Sandra Bishop

Photos by Scott Dickerson, Homer Alaska

DEAL NEWS: Son of a Midnight Land by Atz Kilcher of Discovery’s ALASKA THE LAST FRONTIER

Blackstone Publishing has acquired Atz Kilcher’s memoir about growing up with a hard father in a hard land. SON OF A MIDNIGHT LAND offers readers a realistic look at the emotional price this eldest of eight children paid for his father’s dream to homestead in Alaska’s remote wilderness.

Known to many as the patriarch of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-shortlisted program Alaska: The Last Frontier, Kilcher is also an artist, a writer, a musician, and the man who taught his daughter Jewel how to sing and perform.

Kilcher’s tough upbringing in the Alaskan frontier is described vividly in this memoir. His mother, a cultured Swiss woman, struggled to adapt to the family’s new way of life, far from civilization, while his father was determined to make their new life work. Atz (prounounced AHHTZ) reflects on the survival skills he took on because of this upbringing—some that served him well and others from which he later had to learn to free himself in order to become a better man and a good father to his own children.

Throughout the memoir, Kilcher’s message conveys an important revelation the junior Kilcher has come to in his later years: that his father’s harsh manner was essentially fallout from his own fear of failure; relational intimacy was a luxury he simply didn’t have time for. Letting his father off the hook sets Kilcher free to optimistically cultivate the good things—and the good land—his father worked so hard to create.

We couldn’t be happier about placing Atz’s book with Blackstone, who is making it one of their first non-fiction releases from their new print line, set to release simultaneously alongside the audio version read by the author, a natural oral storyteller.

Atz Kilcher is represented by Sandra Bishop. Contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com