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This week we’re discussing romance and thrillers. Join ITW Members Bernard Maestas, David M. Salkin, Alex Shaw, L.R. Nicolello, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Colin Campbell, Alan L. Moss and K. A. Laity as they discuss their favorite romantic thrillers.
From the award winning and bestselling romance writer Devon Vaughn Archer comes the heartfelt relationship audio novel, TO FIND THAT LOVE AGAIN. After tragically losing his wife and daughter in a car accident, writer-photographer Richard Lowry loses his will to do what he does best, becoming a recluse at his house on the famed 17-Mile Drive on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Single mother Janine Henderson, an editor at Richard’s New York City publisher, is assigned the task of bringing him back into the fold, with two books left in his contract. The two begin to connect beyond their professional association and personal misfortunes as they seek to find that true love again. Fans of such magical tales as BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, EDEN BURNING, ON MYSTIC more »
In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor. Thirty-five years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened. Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn’t get that memo.… The small town of Hulis is hiding a killer secret.… In The Bleak Midwinter is based on the short teaser novella Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan’s 1975 abduction, and the present-day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event. SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a seven-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately more »
The USS Gerald R. Ford is America’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier, an incredible mobile weapons platform that can spread US influence across the globe. But just as she is about to enter joint exercises with the Chinese navy, there is a military coup which results in a new Chinese government led by the megalomaniacal General Wu, who immediately orders the launch of the feared ‘Eastern Wind’ anti-ship missile. The strike leaves the US carrier crippled in the middle of the East China Sea, her crew of thousands held hostage by further missile strikes. The US military is unable to respond, leaving China free to attack and reclaim Taiwan, with Japan also in their sights. Due to the threat of nuclear reprisals, US President more »
Getting sent to Decadence, a hedonistic Caribbean resort, sounds like a plum assignment—until Saxby Cole finds out he’s to investigate a heinous scheme where innocent women are being drugged and prostituted to resort guests. When Jennessy Shaw’s boyfriend dumps her right before their vacation, she goes to Decadence alone to explore her wild side. By the end of the first night, she’s not sure she has one. Which is why it’s so shocking when she wakes in a sexier-than-sin stranger’s room with no memory of the night before. Sax would love nothing more than to send this sweet beauty home, but no way is Jennessy bailing. Not only does she find the scheme horrendous, now it’s personal. Jennessy turns out to be a valuable partner more »
Book 9 in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin mystery series.With hotels in downtown filled to capacity months in advance, real estate agent Savannah Martin decides to pick up some extra money renting out her empty East Nashville apartment. She’s living with her boyfriend, and the place is just sitting there, begging to be put to use.But when her latest tenant ends up dead—strangled in Savannah’s bed by what might have been a paying customer—the promise of easy money quickly turns sour.As the hunt for the killer leads to their shared hometown of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Savannah’s boyfriend, TBI agent Rafe Collier, is tapped to help with the investigation. But a familiarity with the town and the people in it isn’t necessarily a benefit when the more »
Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager. That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge. BLAMED is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Everyone has a secret. Peter Marlow has spent his life living a lie. And when he finds himself in Harlsden, after accidentally looting a safe, all he wants to do is lay low and disappear. But a chance encounter, out by the lake, changes everything. Soon he’s thinking the impossible about all the things he’s denied himself – stablity, love and a future. There’s only one obstacle standing in his way – a husband who deserves no mercy. When Evelyn Jarrowby offers him the spare room above her grocery store, Peter is drawn into a web of deceit and half-truths, and offered the chance to get closer to Sally Fletcher. But her husband, Dan Fletcher, is not the sort of man you can reason with: more »
Josh Rosen is a recurring character in the Lynn Dayton thriller series. This story about Josh and his grandmother was inspired by a former neighbor who was a Holocaust survivor. From the author: I worked on this story over a period of years. I kept setting it aside because it didn’t fit the narrative arc and pace of my thrillers. I recently found several versions of it and revised it again to be a stand-alone short story. While we are supposed to be somewhat immune to our own works particularly after countless revisions, the last paragraph of “Josh Rosen and Bubbe” can still bring tears to my eyes. JOSH ROSEN AND BUBBE is available from Amazon. ***** STRIKE PRICE, Starks’ second Lynn Dayton thriller, won more »
Mystery writer-turned-sleuth Joe Wilder returns in a plot that soars from the glittering heights of Manhattan society to the darkest depths of the human heart. Sixteen years ago, the beautiful and wealthy Laura Masterson was front-page news—as the victim of the most notorious murder/suicide to hit New York’s social elite. Now, Laura’s daughter Emma is the very image of her mother, with the sort of beauty that lights up a room. With a new husband and a baby on the way, Emma wants out of the spotlight. But when two attempts are made on her life, she turns to Joe Wilder to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. it’s up to Joe to keep Emma from following in her mother’s footsteps–a legacy of deception and more »
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE… Two teenagers meet and flirt in the online chatroom, “Cyberdate.com,” where virtual romance can lead to actual danger… A troubled young woman escapes from a mental facility to hunt down the ex-lover who put her there, intent on showing him “The Method In Her Madness”… A group of children around a campfire tell the “Rural Legend” of a fictitious local serial killer–who may be more real than they think… Two Mob hit men take a midnight drive out of Las Vegas, “Rolling The Bones” in the trunk of their car toward a fateful desert confrontation… A one-eyed Obeah woman in the Virgin Islands serves her special “Jumbie Tea” to a young tourist couple, and all hell breaks loose–literally. Collected here for more »
“I’ve been trying to imagine the murder scene. It probably went something like this…” So begins the chronicle of Joseph Wilder, a struggling New York City writer whose approach to criminal evil is strictly literary—until a trip to his hometown in the Virgin Islands becomes his first case as a detective. When he receives an urgent message asking him to return to St. Thomas, Joe goes home immediately. His oldest friend’s father, a judge with political ambitions, has been brutally murdered, and his friend is suspected of the crime. Back among family and childhood acquaintances, Joe soon learns that everyone he knows had reasons for wanting the judge dead, and someone he knows has made it happen. When he tries to untangle the web of more »
In Tom Savage’s chilling novel of suspense, an ambitious reporter is beckoned to an island paradise for the story of a lifetime. But this scoop might just be the death of her. Fifty years ago, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, two teenagers born to privilege were convicted of slaughtering their parents in cold blood. Today the men are free and a Hollywood movie has been made about the murders. For Karen Tyler, an eager New York journalist, the case is irresistible. She has been invited to the Virgin Islands for an interview that’s too good to pass up . . . and sounds too good to be true. Karen packs her bikini and her digital recorder and follows an ingeniously designed trail that more »
Roma Nova – the last remnant of the Roman Empire that has survived into the 21st century – is at peace. Carina Mitela, the heir of a leading family, but choosing the life of an officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces, is not so sure. She senses danger crawling towards her when she encounters a strangely self-possessed member of the unit hosting their exchange exercise in Britain. When a blackmailing letter arrives from a woman claiming to be her husband Conrad’s lost daughter and Conrad tries to shut Carina out, she knows the threat is real. Trying to resolve a young man’s indiscretion twenty-five years before turns into a nightmare that not only threatens to destroy all the Mitelae but also attacks the core more »
Meaningful Conversations is a hybrid Noir novel that tackles the modern world and its most tabooed addictions and mythologies. Its protagonist, cellist Bertrand Mavers, is the best adjusted serial killer you will ever meet. His therapist, Otto Wall, calls him the sanest man he knows. What he actually is will surprise and astonish you. span style=”color: #222222;”>The narrator of Meaningful Conversations is a brilliant mix of Artaud, de Sade, and the narrators of Ellis’ American Psycho and Kosinski’s Steps. He’s in analysis, but he has taken his own temperature. He may be febrile, but he’s a scream. Richard Godwin continues to mix contemporary genres with elegance and power. —Professor Jay Gertzman.Dark, rich language that paints a deliciously delirious Ballardian Giallo.—Paul D. Brazill author of A more »
In this fast-paced and thought-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic “Adam” and “Eve” whose descendants will go on to populate the world. When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a mysteriously deserted village with a prowling sentry that looks like a gargoyle, and narrow escape with the help of fellow teen Eleanor Terrell. The two are hurtled into a grim series of challenges by an alien race called the Xu, which are considering a Reset of human history because of our poor planetary stewardship. If Adam and Eve are murdered, will another couple, or another more »
We’ve covered weather, descriptions, and settings. This week we cover food, as ITW Members M.C. Grant, Rob Brunet, Alex Shaw, Karen Traviss, Eric Red, Mauro Azzano, Robert Boeder, Rex Burns, Colin Campbell, Tom Wither and Alan Jacobson discuss the role of “food” in contemporary thrillers. Is there room to eat amidst all the chasing?
America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid—and brought the land of the free to its knees. As widespread panic and violence ravage the country, its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums…and vow an apocalyptic reckoning. A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company—and former top NSA operative—who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s frantic efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, much closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren—including Lana’s daughter—and race more »
Desolate Maine shores… Murder… And peace slipping away on the outgoing tide… For Em Ridge, having a billionaire’s daughter go overboard is not the best way to start her first ever job as yacht delivery captain of a state of the art sailboat. Her crew on this trip of a lifetime include two close sailing friends, an unknown young man who can’t even seem to tie a bowline despite his impressive sailing resume, plus the owner’s unruly daughter. It’s this girl who seems to taunt Em with knowledge of Em’s late husband. Almost two years ago Em buried her husband, her soulmate, her sailing buddy, and with him she buried a secret, a secret which, on this trip, threatens to surface. As hours on the more »
When a sailor dies under unusual circumstances, Raiford goes undercover on the high seasThe Rossi family received only a handful of letters after their son shipped out on the supertanker Aurora Victorious. The first dispatches were from Harold himself, describing the blend of tedium and excitement that defined life onboard the ship. The last communication came from the ship’s owners: four brief sentences informing them that their son had died and been buried at sea. Desperate to know more, the Rossis turn to James and Julie Raiford, the father-daughter detective team behind the Touchstone Agency. As the Raifords soon learn, work on the open sea is dangerous—and asking questions can be deadly.When the shipping company stonewalls the investigation, James joins the Aurora Victorious as an electronics officer, and more »
What happens when the world discovers a real vampire? Rather than staying hidden and being hunted down by the torch-bearing hordes, he becomes a media sensation, especially when it’s revealed he is the last of his species. First, however, there is the small matter of attacks on nine people – all of whom have fang marks on their necks and a loss of two pints of blood. Dragul Mangorian is arrested and put on trial for attempted murder. In the ‘vampire trial’, sensationally reported by media around the globe, Mangorian’s lawyer Al Hamblyn gets his client acquitted. Now free in a world where the Kardashians are famous for being famous, Mangorian becomes a global star as the host of TV’s #1 late night talk show, more »
Against impossible odds, a young woman embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the murderer of her father. Her path collides with agent Kevin Lone, who is on a mission to infiltrate a deadly North Korean spy ring that seeks nothing less than the destruction of the government of the United States. The fast-moving plot is complicated by a mysterious activist who has threatened to set off a bomb in Washington, D.C. The suspense builds to a shattering climax when Lone must confront the mysterious Avita and her deadly accomplices. Inspired by true events, this upmarket commercial thriller expertly mixes multiple voices, suspense, deception, and murder in a fast-paced format. AVITA DOESN’T LOVE YOU is available from Whiskey Creek Press. ***** Thomas Hauck is a more »
One Disappearance Had Been Enough To Last Her A Lifetime… In the summer of 1976, Aurora Gray’s teen world was turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Two years later, she unexpectedly finds Gideon’s journal and sees it’s been written in again. Recently. By him. There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages and Aurora’s determined to follow them. She confides in the only person she can trust: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s brother. The two set out on a road trip of discovery and danger—the mystery they uncover forever changing the course of their lives. …But Now It Was Happening Again Decades later, in 2014, Aurora receives a terrifying phone call that her adult son is missing. This more »
In the year 2060—after decades of war, famine and financial collapse—individual nations ceased to exist, borders were blurred, different currencies were abandoned, and the new world order was complete. The dominion of the Global Alliance, ruled by the heads of the Five Families, had begun. Now, over a century later, the power of the Global Alliance is absolute. Every aspect of daily life brings the Families more power and more profit. Though there are internal struggles within the Families, the world is enjoying history’s longest stretch of peace. Even crime is nearly non-existent—due to the SID chip implanted in every citizen at birth. Banking and shopping are now controlled through the simple swipe of a hand, and the world’s citizens are pacified in a haze more »