Author Archive: ITW
International Thriller Writers Inc represents professional authors from around the world. Learn more about them, their work, and the sources from which they draw their inspiration at the Official ITW Organization Website.
From award-winning writer, R. Barri Flowers, and bestselling author of the heartfelt relationship novel, Forever Sweethearts, comes a compelling contemporary novelette: Kaanapali Beach Paradise. Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolves around the anticipated grand opening of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the newest luxury resort on this three-mile long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore. Ben Crawford is a multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel. A widower, his 19-year-old daughter, Leigh, is his pride and joy. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining it would come back to haunt more »
A Kangaroo’s Pouch is a humorous, rhyming book of colorful illustrations for beginning and young readers by bestselling children’s book author R. Barri Flowers. It is about the female kangaroo and what her pouch is for. The book should delight young audiences with the many playful things that could be kept in the kangaroo’s pouch, before finally getting to what the pouch is actually for.
ABC’S of Earth’s Creatures is a fun alphabet and rhyming book of illustrations for early and beginning readers to learn about some amazing animals on land, in the water, and way up in the sky. It is the first in an exciting new children’s picture book series from R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of teen and young adult fiction, which is sure to engage your preschoolers and young children.
St. James Pastor Mary Beth is beginning to heal from the loss of her husband when the charming son of a recently departed parishioner asks for her help. She finds he wants more from her than help as she watches her life spiral out of control. HEATER is available from Amazon. ***** Katherine Thomas began her career in Good Housekeeping’s promotion department. She moved into editorial at McCall’s You-Do-It Home Decorating and Industrial Photography magazines, and later sold her soul to work in public relations for large international and regional companies. She’s currently at work on her second mystery, Plum Heights, and her flash fiction “Bang” appeared in Issue #14 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
Do you plot, plan, and outline? Or, do you just go where your characters lead you? This week, ITW Members Bruce Desilva, Jean Heller, Mark Petry, Simon Wood, H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, Vincent Zandri, Colin Campbell, Graham Smith, Gary Haynes, Brian Pinkerton, Kevin Egan, J. L. Merrow, Alex Dolan and Ellen Kirschman will discuss why some authors are plotters and others are pantsers.
Hot. Dark. Dangerous. Get TWISTED–a sexy romantic suspense novel from New York Times & USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden. Ex-FBI Agent Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control. With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes—or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion… not someone else’s orders. Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: You’re next. Now Emma and Dean must team up to more »
The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest repository of Shakespeareana and English Renaissance books, manuscripts, and objects d’art. Nobody alive knows the library better than Special Police Officer Lt. Norman Blalock; he’s been guarding it for 25 years. That’s why he is the perfect candidate to pull off an inside job and heist from the library’s underground bank vault a priceless artifact that can rock the foundation of English Literature… “In the time-honored tradition of noir fiction, Quintin Peterson doesn’t shy away from exploring the lengths to which people will go to feed their greed. In his world, things are seldom what they seem. They’re generally much, much worse – but a heck of a lot of fun to read.” –Karen Lyon, The Hill more »
The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns is a collection of gritty, violent and blackly comic short stories and flash fiction from Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton. The Gumshoe itself is the short, sharp story of Peter Ord, a divorced teacher who decides to become a private detective in fading ‘one-whore-town’ somewhere in the north-east of England. Dark farce and tragicomedy ensue. ‘packed with jokes, puns and whiplash humour, whether it is spawned by character, setting, dialogue or just because a word can become entertaining with a simple twist in a sentence’ ‘as dark as it is funny’
He said, ‘Let’s be clear: there are two things that I want to come out of this. First, I want to be sure I’m being followed. Secondly, I want to know by whom. Do we understand each other?’ How difficult could this case be? Private investigator Sam Dyke soon learns, however, that Frank Wallace, the client, hasn’t revealed the whole truth. And in the world of secret intelligence in which Wallace has earned his living for the last forty years, it’s probable the truth has rarely seen the light of day. Dyke travels into London and out of his comfort zone, soon finding himself tangled in a web of deceit in which Government Intelligence services, mysterious blondes, private security firms and vintage Blues music are more »
A contemporary British thriller – with a nod to Raymond Chandler and Harlan Coben – combining action, intrigue and dark humour. Thomas Bladen has been living a double-life for two years. He’s a civil service photographer, working in London, but the Surveillance Support Unit also assists other government departments. The SSU is staffed by ex-forces personnel, careerists and Thomas. He has an eye for details that other people miss and a talent for finding trouble – a combination that was never going to bring him an easy life. When he uncovers a web of deceit and treachery that puts the only woman he’s ever loved in danger, it’s time to come out of the shadows and to come out fighting. “This book is an excellent more »
Some say “the best revenge is living well.” Not the people in these stories! 13 crime, action, and noir tales of ice cold retribution and burning two-fisted fury. It contains a Jay Desmarteaux tale that was only available in Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia, a story from the final issue of HARDBOILED, and more. A trip into the cool cruel world of criminals, ronin, veterans, bluesmen, bullies, hot-rodders, and the wronged screaming for vengeance. “hardcore-clean writing delivered at warp speed.” –Andrew Vachss, author of SIGNWAVE and the Burke series OUR LADY OF VENGEANCE is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. ***** Thomas Pluck writes unflinching fiction with heart. He is the author of Blade of Dishonor, Steel Heart: 10 Tales of more »
A relentless FBI profiler hunts a vicious killer. When old evidence turns up on a fresh corpse, ASAC Lincoln Frazer is determined it won’t delay the execution of a convicted serial killer. But when more young women are brutally slain, it becomes clear–this new killer is intimately familiar with the old murders. A dedicated emergency physician hides a dark secret. Former Army Captain Dr. Isadora Campbell helped her mother conceal a terrible crime. After her mother’s death, Izzy resigned her commission and returned to the Outer Banks to raise her rebellious teenage sister. But it doesn’t take long for Izzy to suspect that someone knows exactly what she did, all those years ago. If they work together, maybe no one else will die.
Assistant DA, Jenna James took an oath to uphold the law, administer justice, deter crime and ensure the safety of the community. Her job isn’t easy, but it has always been black and white—criminals versus victims. Now she is the victim, and the very system she’s fought to uphold is suddenly corrupt, the lines between good and bad are blurred and her world has turned upside down. She’s always known that world existed—a world of power so immense that a single phone call can result in people disappearing or political offices being vacated, a world where doctors are available at a moment’s notice. She’s never been part of that world—never wanted to be. The body count is rising, and unless she finds proof beyond a more »
Former navy SEAL Joe Harris nearly died—twice—on a medevac helo after being blown up by an IED. He’s not moving too great these days, but if there was ever a woman designed to jump-start a man’s hormones, it would be his new neighbor. Meeting Isabel—loving Isabel—brought Joe back to life. Isabel Delvaux came from one of America’s foremost political dynasties, until the greatest terrorist attack since 9/11 killed her entire family. She barely survived the Washington Massacre, only to become prey for rabid reporters. Fleeing to Portland and changing her name was a way out, a way to start over. The only way. She knows she’s safe with Joe Harris. Not just because he’s big and strong, not just because he’s part of a security more »
“Everything’s going to be okay.”“What if it’s not?”Suddenly, she turned. For a split second she halted, her head inclined. “Naomi, what is it?” She whisked back to face Eva. “There’s somebody in the house… ” Eva is horrified when she witnesses an attack on her best friend. She calls an ambulance and forces herself to flee Hampton, fearing for her own safety. DCI Helen Lavery leads the investigation into the murder. With no leads, no further witnesses and no sign of forced entry, the murder enquiry begins. Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. But as Helen inches towards solving the case, her past becomes caught up in her present.
Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she’s trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over. Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. Still someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, and Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. No longer knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure more »
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men working under the radar of most governments. If you have a problem no one else can handle, they can help. A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn’t stop his enemies from coming after him–or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law’s best friend … a woman from Nick’s past. One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she’s abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first “customer” arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come more »
The first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy ex-military men… and the women who rescue their hearts. Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn’t planning on being a hero. Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with more personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing more than peace and a chance to rebuild his life. But when Anna Mercado’s crazy ex shows up wielding a baseball bat, Leland can’t ignore his instinct to help. And after her son is kidnapped, Leland agrees to deliver the ransom into dangerous territory south of the border. Anna has no choice but to go with this stranger she’s just met if she ever wants to see her son again. But more »
Syrian-American, Lydia Fadoul, has spent a year waiting for her fiance’ to return from war in Iraq, only to discover that he is broken by trauma and the devastating effects of PTSD. Just when he finally agrees to seek help, he takes his own life and leaves behind a story of murder, betrayal, and mystery. In her second, contemporary fiction novel since Budapest, Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a fast-paced literary tale about the rumors we believe and the prejudices we create in order to protect our hearts from the truth. “All This Time…. what an amazing story- I was drawn in from the start and hated to put it down. Bold and full of risks- all of which pay off. A whirlwhind of emotion and action, more »
A paranormal thriller set in 1920s. At first Nick Weaver thinks he and seventeen-year-old Angelica have it made. He will write the scenario for a film based on Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” and Angelica will star in it. He slowly realizes that the man behind the film means to seduce Angelica and control her life. That man, Van Alexander, claims to have sold his soul to the devil. Once people start to disappear, Nick is afraid Alexander is the devil himself and he, Nick, has sold his soul too.
Andi’s new job brings with it the scent of smoke no one else in the building can smell. Stranger still are the voices that accompany the smoke. She doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on—does she have a brain tumor or is she going crazy? One voice suggest she seek out Father Riley at St. Gemma’s Church, and still another voice asks for help. That determines it for Andi. She heads to church. She and Father Riley soon determine the source of the smoke and realize the person belonging to the voice asking for help may have been murdered. Father Riley turns to homicide Jack Harmon for assistance. Despite repeated warnings from the detective to stay clear of the investigation, Andi doesn’t let go. How can more »
Back in the fray, only this time it’s as a private contractor. Mike Reardon and his buddies are hired to free a couple of American’s held captive by a Taliban mullah, and, as usual, it’s duck, dodge and kick ass when everyone in the country wants a piece of you. Don’t miss this high action adventure by renowned author L. J. Martin. No. 6 in The Repairman series, each book stands alone. JUDGE, JURY, DESERT FURY is available from Amazon. ***** L. J. Martin is the author of forty works of both fiction and non-fiction from Bantam, Avon, Pinnacle and his own Wolfpack Publishing. He lives in Montana with his wife, NYT bestselling romantic suspense author Kat Martin. He’s been a horse wrangler, cook as more »
Old lovers reunite to find sparks rekindled while searching for a missing baby the world thinks is already dead. Can they find the missing infant before he really does die? HARMONIZED is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million. “This series is the perfect mix of paranormal, suspense and romance.” SnS Reviews ***** Award-winning author of the Tidewater series, Mary Behre writes stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection. Mary tries not to take herself too seriously, often claiming she’s the lone female in a house full of males and the undisputed queen of her domain. She says she even has the glittery tiara to prove it!
BLACKLINE – the first ‘Jack Tate’ Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds novella. While vacationing in Camden, Maine, former SAS trooper Jack Tate is accused of a high profile assassination. Hours later, after another shooting, the Camden PD reluctantly realise that Tate is the wrong man. Upon finally returning to his hotel, Tate overhears a group of guests speaking Russian. They seem to be discussing a military mission, but who are they and what is the event they mention? With his suspicions rising and unable to sleep, Tate tries to call a contact—but the power goes out…