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Roberto to the Dark Tower Came by Tom Epperson

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Meerkat Press is excited to announce the acquisition of worldwide English rights to Tom Epperson’s new novel, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came, from Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, for publication in May 2018.  The novel is about a young left-wing South American journalist who receives an ominous phone call: leave the country in ten days, or die. Roberto has every intention of leaving, as soon as he follows a lead on a major story developing in the jungle. The book follows him on his perilous journey into the heart of darkness in pursuit of his story.  Unknowingly, Roberto is headed toward a confrontation with an evil darker than he  could possibly have imagined.

Tom Epperson is a native of Malvern, Arkansas. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, then headed west with his boyhood friend Billy Bob Thornton to pursue a career in show business. Epperson’s co-written the scripts for One False Move, A Family Thing, The Gift, A Gun, a Car, a Blonde, and Jayne Mansfield’s Car. His book The Kind One was nominated in 2009 for both the Edgar Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, Sailor, was published in 2012. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stefani, 3 pampered cats, and a frisky dog.

Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry. Our books range from literary to genre fiction with quality the common denominator.

Photo of Tom Epperson by Jilly Wendell
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The Year of the Knife Cover Reveal

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The waiting is over! We are excited to unveil the cover for The Year of the Knife, by G.D. Penman!

About The Year of the Knife
 – Sully is an agent of the British Empire who is not afraid to use her magic skills to crack a case. But she may need more than magic to track a serial killer across New Amsterdam and the American colonies, since the killer is controlling its victims’ bodies with a powerful magic of its own.

About G.D. Penman – G.D. Penman writes fantasy fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. By day he is a writer for hire, by night he stares at the ceiling and makes up stories. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. He is a time traveller, but only forward, and only slowly. Once upon a time he was the editor of Forgotten Worlds Magazine and Amphetamine Press. His short fiction can be found in Phantasmacore and Three Lobed Burning Eye. His literary criticism can be found online at BookWitty. If you have ever read a story with queer people and Kaiju, it was probably his.



Behind the Mask Goodreads Giveaway

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We’re giving away print ARCs to 5 lucky winners, so be sure to enter the giveaway by 3/25!

Behind the Mask by Tricia Reeks

Behind the Mask

stories by Kelly Link, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Lavie Tidhar, Keith Rosson, and more

Giveaway ends March 25, 2017.

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Retrograde Cover Revealed!

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Cover revealed: Kat Hausler’s, Retrograde. With stunning art by Laurel Hausler, we think it’s a winner 🙂

About Retrograde: On a warm summer day in Berlin, Helena Schmidt is hit by a truck while crossing the street. She awakens to the loving face of her husband, Joachim. In addition to a few broken bones, she realizes she can’t remember anything about the accident or even the last few years leading up to it. Retrograde amnesia the doctors call it and assure her that with time, she should regain her memory. At loose ends after another botched relationship, Joachim Schmidt doesn’t intend to lie to his estranged wife, Helena. But when he realizes that she doesn’t remember their separation, he can’t bring himself to tell her. So he does what any rational man would do: he takes her home and pretends they were never apart. As the lies accumulate, Helena senses something isn’t quite right—that her husband is hiding something. When the outside world encroaches, Helena must face an unsettling truth and decide what the past will mean for their future.

About Kat Hausler: Originally from Virginia, Kat Hausler is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was the recipient of a Baumeister Fellowship. Her work has been published by 34th Parallel, Inkspill Magazine, All Things That Matter Press, Rozlyn Press, and BlazeVOX. Her novel Retrograde, which will be published by Meerkat Press in September 2017, was long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition. She works as a translator in Berlin.


The Mercy of the Tide Release Day!

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Stoked. Ecstatic. Delighted. Excited. Thrilled. Those are just a few words to describe how HAPPY we are that The Mercy of the Tide release day is finally here! Keith Rosson’s debut novel has been getting wonderful feedback from the press and consumers alike. We hope that you stop by your local bookstore or library and pick up a copy soon, or use the link below to buy now. We’ll be in Portland, Oregon on Saturday 2/25/17 for a book launch at Mother Foucault’s, where we’ll be giving away t-shirts and one signed masterpiece (our words) by the artist/author that just begs to be framed. Since unveiling the complete “masterpiece” would be a huge spoiler, we’ll just give you a peek for now.



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The Mercy of the Tide Sweepstakes!

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Week 1 Winner Announced – Kat Kunz
Week 2 Winner Announced – Shawn Porter
Week 3 Winner Announced – Erin Casey
Week 4 Winner Announced – Peter Shepherd

Congratulations to our winners!

Week 1 we’ll be giving away a first edition of The Mercy of the Tide, signed by the author. Weeks 2 thru 4, we’ll be giving away 3 gorgeous original illustrations of scenes from the book, signed by Author and artist, Keith Rosson. The two smaller illustrations are shown in the Sweepstakes banner, and the third more detailed larger illustration of Sheriff Dobbs is shown above left! Next drawing 2/6!

  • 1/30/17 – Paperback signed by the Author – KAT KUNZ
  • 2/6/17 – Small illustration (Trina & Sam) signed by the Artist – SHAWN PORTER
  • 2/13/17 – Small illustration (Deputy Hayslip) signed by the Artist – ERIN CASEY
  • 2/20/17 – Large illustration (Sheriff Dobbs) signed by the Artist – PETER SHEPHERD

Learn more about The Mercy of the Tide.


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Foreword Reviews 5/5 Hearts for The Mercy of the Tide

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A 5 out of 5 hearts Foreword Review of Keith Rosson’s The Mercy of the Tide has these Meerkats dancing for joy! It is just too cool when someone else feels as strongly about this book as we do.

An exquisitely honed, beautifully written novel. . . . Audiences will relish uncovering the mysterious goings-on that permeate a small town in Keith Rosson’s chilling The Mercy of the Tide.  –Foreword Reviews

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Meerkat Press to publish new YA fantasy by Leander Watts

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Meerkat Press is excited to announce the acquisition of worldwide English rights to Meet Me in the Strange, a contemporary YA fantasy by Leander Watts, from Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists. The book is scheduled for release in March 2018.

In Meet Me in the Strange, Davi tries to help his new friend, Anna Z, escape a cruel and controlling brother, and the teens end up running away to follow the tour of their rock idol, the otherworldly Django Conn. The story is set in a weird and wonderful retro-futuristic city of glam-girls and glister-boys and a strange phenomenon that Anna Z calls the “Alien Drift.”

An avid musician, Leander Watts has played and sung for decades in a wide variety of bands. His interests range from garage rock to skronky jazz, from baroque organ to Appalachian gospel. The first rock concert he attended was David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. He teaches writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo (his alma mater). Leander Watts is the author of Stonecutter, Wild Ride to Heaven, Ten Thousand Charms, and Beautiful City of the Dead.



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We are excited to reveal the cover of Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s exciting YA/NA epic fantasy adventure!

Wings Unseen, coming August 2017

The Meduan and Lanserim ways of life are as compatible as oil and water. But when an invisible threat consumes both countries, leaving husks of human skin in its wake, Lansera’s Prince Janto and his fiancé, Serra, must learn to work together with Vesperi, a Meduan who possesses the only weapon that can save them.