We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of a two book middle grade series by Gerry Huntman. The first book of the series, a reissue of Guardian of the Sky Realms, will be released in January 2020, and the second book will be released in 2021.

Maree Webster—an “almost-emo” from the western suburbs of Sydney—hates school, has few friends, and is obsessed with angels and fallen angel stories. Life is boring until she decides to steal a famous painting from a small art gallery that has been haunting her dreams: swirling reds, greys and oranges of barely discernible winged figures. There, she meets a stranger who claims to know her and stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land far below. And all is not well—Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity—what makes her Maree, and more importantly, what makes her human. Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, as well as across the globe, from Sydney to Paris, from the Himalayas to Manhattan. At its heart, is a novel about transformation.

Says Tricia Reeks, “We are very excited to sign Gerry’s magical series as the first upper middle grade titles in our catalog. We think readers will fall in love with Maree and Jason’s story as much as we did.”

“I’m normally a writer of dark, adult fiction,” Gerry says, “but there’s a special place in my heart (and repertoire) for middle grade and young adult tales. I’m happy indeed that Meerkat Press has picked up my young teen novel Guardian of the Sky Realms, and looking forward to having its sequel published in 2020. It’s heartwarming to return to Maree’s universe and explore her next set of adventures. Meerkat is a specialist press that I have a great deal of respect for, knowing a number of authors published under its logo, and this adds to my anticipation to work with Tricia and her team.”

About Gerry Huntman: Gerry Huntman is a writer and publisher based in Melbourne Australia, living with his wife and young daughter. He has sold over 50 short fiction pieces, most of which are dark and for mature audiences, but he also has a love for middle grade fiction. He loves travel and gets many of his story ideas from distant lands and culture, but is equally happy with the cafe set in his hometown.

About Meerkat Press: Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry. Their books range from literary to genre fiction with quality the common denominator. Visit them online at www.meerkatpress.com.