SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN WINS 2019 INSPY HISTORICAL NOVEL OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Joanne Bishof, whose title SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is awarded INSPY’s 2019 historical novel of the year.

“Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a thoroughly breathtaking novel. Bischof’s writing style is achingly beautiful and utterly immersive, [with] a lyrical quality that is quietly profound. Carefully detailed, descriptive, insightful, and moving, this remarkable story is certainly one to be savored.” ~ INSPY Award Judges.

SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is the first of a two book set published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Harper Collins. The follow up title, DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN SHORES released in March, 2019.

Joanne is also a Christy and Carol Award-winner, known for beautifully layered and emotionally moving stories about the human condition that stir questions of faith and inspire hope.

Joanne Bischof 

We are honored to represent Joanne and are looking forward to watching her body of work — and her list of awards and accolades continue to grow.

https://joannebischof.com/
Posted by Sandra Bishop

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to WITHIN THESE LINES by Stephanie Morrill

Book Launch Day is here, along with our best wishes to Stephanie Morrill for the release of WITHIN THESE LINES, a Junior Library Guild GOLD STANDARD book, published by Harper Collins/Blink YA Books.

The dimensional characters in this timeless tale portray a time in US history when fear and hatred overshadow logic.

Taichi and Evalina thought that keeping their interracial relationship under wraps was difficult enough — but, when 1942 headlines of the San Francisco News announce “First Japanese Ready to Leave Coast,” and Taichi and his family are soon forced into containment at Manzanar Relocation Center, both families are exposed to something truly sinister — the degrading treatment of Japanese American citizens contained against their will.

Fueled by Taichi’s courage, determined Evalina faces down her own fears, risks her own family’s reputation, and becomes a voice who dares to educate the ignorant and expose the hypocrisy of those who are complicit in denying American citizens due process.

“Morrill produces a historical novel that blends devastating true events with lifelike fictional characters as it brings history to life.”
~ Booklist

“… the author’s extensive research helps to create a rich and engaging atmosphere that will transport readers.”
~ School Library Journal

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.”
~ Publishers Weekly

“Precise in its history, intimate in detail, … sensitively written novel brings to life a shameful era of American injustice.”
~ Janet Taylor Lisle, ALA notable author and Newbery Honor author

“Within These Lines is a moving story of love, hope, and family set against the dark history of Japanese internment in America. This book had me captivated!”
~ Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author

Stephanie Morrill is the author of 1920’s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the author of several contemporary young adult series. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.

One of Barnes & Noble’s “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”Releases Today: BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER

We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.

Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.

But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?

After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.

But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.

As it turned out the timing of this book’s release is just right: librarians are now asking for more historical YA, Barnes & Noble called it one of their “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”, and it has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu swept through New York; the aftermath of which inspired Maureen to write this book.

Our fondest congratulations to Maureen on today’s release of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. We are proud to been part of the journey to finding this stunning book its publishing home.

 

Harper Collins Blink YA

Guest Post on Teen Librarian Toolbox

High Marks on Goodreads

Maureen McQuerry’s Website

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

WELCOME ADDITION TO OUR NONFICTION CLIENT ROSTER … Lowey Bundy Sichol

A warm welcome to Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of entertaining & informative biographies for all ages.

Lowey’s first series, a set of business biographies for kids called “From and Idea to …” kicks off in February with subsequent titles to release throughout 2019 featuring Disney, Google, and LEGO.

Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College. Her MBA case studies have been read by business school students across the globe and are included in the internationally best-selling marketing book Marketing Management by Philip Kotler & Kevin Lane Keller.

We are excited to add Lowey and her unique work to Transatlantic’s client roster and looking forward to developing new books together for nonfiction readers of all ages who are interested in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and top figures in sports and the arts.

Lowey lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and two dogs whose sneaky shenanigans are often caught on Instagram.

www.LoweyBundySichol.com

Lowey is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquiries, write sandra@transatlanticagency.com

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 Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof Has Finaled in 18th Annual Christy Awards!

We are so proud to represent the rights to Joanne Bischof‘s much heralded historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART which has just finaled in its category for the 18th annual CHRISTY AWARDS™

After many declines declaring it was too outside the conventions of its category at the time, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART was ultimately self published in the US by the author.

Now, it is also available in audio (Blackstone) and German (Brunnen Verlag) and is currently under consideration for film,  and with several Transatlantic International co-agents. We just love that this beautiful dark horse of a story is beginning to find its way in the world in earnest.

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

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

A hale and hearty new client welcome to voice artist, Gail Shalan!

Gail Shalan is a talented professional story-teller who loves narrating audiobooks from her professionally equipped home studio in New England.

In 2015, Gail was selected as one of Audible’s ACX University Up-and-Coming Narrators. She holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and has trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Dame Judi Dench’s Mountview Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company.

In addition to narrating audiobooks, Gail also adores acting Shakespeare and telling new stories—from local Boston premieres, to touring premieres at the NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Gail is currently at work narrating the award winning The Lady & The Lionheart for Blackstone Audio; Gail’s second title with Transatlantic author, Joanne Bischof.

Gail is represented by Sandra Bishop.

The Lady and the Lionheart Wins the 2016 RT BOOK REVIEWS Reviewers’ Choice Awards

We are proud to share that THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART by Joanne Bischof has won the 2016 RT BOOK REVIEWS Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Inspirational Romance! Congratulations to Joanne on this great achievement!

The Awards Ceremony will be held in Atlanta on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7 – 9pm.

Please visit the following link for further information about the award and the full list of winners: www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/135351/announcing-2016-rt-reviewers-choice-and-career-achievement-awards-winners.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.