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Cover Reveal: THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

It may be fall but this gorgeous cover has us eager for summer! Add THE LAST RESORT (Simon and Schuster Canada, Graydon House) by Marissa Stapley to your reading list for June 2019.

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyFrom bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second.But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, The Last Resort is a propulsive read about all the big truths we hide, even from ourselves.

Deal News from Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

We are thrilled to share the following deals that Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood accepted at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week!

Polish rights to RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky to Wizard Media Limited by Book/Lab in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Complex Chinese rights to I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid to Faces by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

French rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Presses de la Cite by the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood

“Washington Voices Award” to Maureen McQuerry at 2018 Washington State Book Awards


Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet

We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.

This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”


The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the 2018 Haackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Congratulations to three Transatlantic authors on this year’s Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award shortlist – Rachelle Delaney‘s THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES (Penguin Random House Canada), Melanie Florence‘s HE WHO DREAMS (Orca Book Publishers) and Sarah Elton‘s MEATLESS? (Owlkids), we’ll be rooting for you all!

This literary program is designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year the Hackmatack Selection Committee nominates renowned Canadian books for young readers to the Hackmatack shortlist. Thousands of children in grades four to six read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites.

For the full shortlist and more about the program, please visit:

DEAL NEWS: PING by Ani Castillo

Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to three works by debut author-illustrator Ani Castillo, launching with PING, a picture book that movingly and humorously explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Publication is planned for Fall 2019, the deal was brokered by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency.

In the era of social media, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of personal connection will strike a chord with readers of all ages

With the visual ingenuity of Press Here and the emotional resonance of What Do you Do with a Problem? this picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Using an imaginative visual metaphor to bring to life how we send out (ping!) and receive (pong!) communications, feelings, and ideas, Ani Castillo’s words and pictures combine to create an empowering, inspiring message for anyone who has experienced fear of meeting new people, sharing opinions, and expressing emotion. Fans of Peter Reynolds and Todd Parr will appreciate this positive message delivered in an artful, child-friendly package.