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The July edition of the Big Thrill is here!

28 new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Teri Anne Stanley and Wendy Tyson, plus new nonfiction from Steven Philip Jones. Don't miss the Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci; a Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne; a second Special to the Big Thrill: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet; and don't forget to visit the Africa Scene with Annamaria Alfieri.

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The July 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The July 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

We’re kicking off the month of July with twenty-eight new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Teri Anne Stanley and Wendy Tyson, plus new nonfiction from Steven Philip Jones. Don’t miss the Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci; a Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne; a second Special to the Big Thrill: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet; and don’t forget to visit the Africa Scene with Annamaria Alfieri. Hot off the press: Click on the book title below to read the feature story or click here to scroll through all of this month’s articles. more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING Novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne

Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING Novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne

What It’s Like to Write a Television Tie-In Novel by Karen Dionne There are two broad categories of television and movie tie-ins. A novelization is a retelling of the show or movie. An original novel based on the show uses the show’s characters, but the story is the author’s. Neither are fan fiction, since tie-in authors are hired by the license holders to write their books. Well-known tie-in writers include Kingsley Amis, Raymond Benson, Lawrence Block, Orson Scott Card, Leslie Charteris, Arthur C. Clarke, Max Allan Collins, Ian Fleming, Jonathan Maberry, David Morrell, and Robert B. Parker to name just a few. Tie-in books are published by major publishing companies, sell tens of millions of copies worldwide, and regularly appear on the New York Times, more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
The Widow James by Bobbye Terry

The Widow James by Bobbye Terry

By Christina Ironstone Maybe you know her as Bobbye Terry, or Daryn Cross, or Terry Campbell. Either way, you know her writing is sizzling, with a dollop of humor and a side of macabre details. You could call Bobbye Terry a talented multi-tasking master, and you would be right. She worked as a hospital and hospice administrator and as a writer for national and international magazines. She wrote various articles for over ten years before she made the jump and started writing fiction. Bobbye has a knack for character development; her characters capture true-to-life emotions and reactions. Her new novel, THE WIDOW JAMES, is no different. It features a strong female lead named Lindsay “Lindy” Deane James. She’s searching for answers in Lynchburg, Virginia, determined more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Industry Focus:  A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet

Special to the Big Thrill: Industry Focus: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet

By Barry Lancet Lovers of thrillers and mysteries will find Sarah Knight’s pedigree of more than passing interest. During her long career at several major publishing houses, Knight has worked with a star-studded array of writers, including James Lee Burke, Stephen Hunter, Jeffery Deaver, Taylor Stevens, and Gillian Flynn, among many others. Before she moved over to Simon & Schuster to work with the house’s stable of bestselling crime writers, Knight plied the editorial waters of Scribner, Henry Holt, and, most recently, Random House, where she was fortunate to edit Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES and then pick up a little property called GONE GIRL—only to accept a job offer from S&S soon after. She still finds leaving behind that future bestseller painful to recall. While more »

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Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth

Beautiful. Bright. And possibly, deadly… This is all Ronnie Lake knows about her potential sister-in-law, Juliana. But she’s determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover before he throws away his happiness, fortune, and quite possibly, his life. Who is this mysterious woman with two lives-and how deep does her deception go? As a divorced, downsized, 50-something, Ronnie finds herself becoming an “accidental detective” in order to get to the bottom of things. There are unexplained hang-ups when the phone rings. A disturbing package and sketchy characters appear at her wealthy family’s estate outside New York City. It all pushes Ronnie to step out of her privileged life and into a sinister world of mystery and suspense where people will do more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt by Bobby Nash

Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt by Bobby Nash

GHOST GAL NOW HAUNTING ON KINDLE! Raven’s Head Press has released Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt, a novel by Bobby Nash for immediate purchase as an ebook for the Kindle on Amazon. About GHOST GAL: THE WILD HUNT– Alexandra Holzer is just your average young paranormal investigator out to show an early 1960s New York City she knows a thing or two about ghosts. Join Alex’s alter ego, GHOST GAL, and her fiancé, Joshua Demerest as they do battle with a very ancient ghost and his pals who have a score to settle with her famed father, ghost hunter, Hans Holzer. Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt by Bobby Nash is the first book in a series of new horror/adventures novels from more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
The Alternative Gambit by Steve DeWinter

The Alternative Gambit by Steve DeWinter

Free at Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Google From bestselling author Steve DeWinter comes an exciting action-adventure series. “This is THE must-read action-adventure series for all thriller readers!” “Keeps you turning the page!” “I didn’t want to put it down!” A shadow organization is planning to replace the President of the United States with someone they control. But there is someone who can stop them. If they want to succeed, she must be the first to die. Staying alive, is her number one skill. Her second best skill? Returning the favor. Season One – Episode 1 All Melissa wanted was to be left alone. But on the same night a secret group sets their plan to replace a world leader in motion, she is targeted for more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth

Beautiful. Bright. And possibly, deadly… This is all Ronnie Lake knows about her potential sister-in-law, Juliana. But she’s determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover before he throws away his happiness, fortune, and quite possibly, his life. Who is this mysterious woman with two lives-and how deep does her deception go? As a divorced, downsized, 50-something, Ronnie finds herself becoming an “accidental detective” in order to get to the bottom of things. There are unexplained hang-ups when the phone rings. A disturbing package and sketchy characters appear at her wealthy family’s estate outside New York City. It all pushes Ronnie to step out of her privileged life and into a sinister world of mystery and suspense where people will do more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Killer Evidence Legal Thrillers 4-Book Bundle: State’s Evidence\Persuasive Evidence\Justice Served\Fractured Trust by R. Barri Flowers

Killer Evidence Legal Thrillers 4-Book Bundle: State’s Evidence\Persuasive Evidence\Justice Served\Fractured Trust by R. Barri Flowers

Killer Evidence Legal Thrillers 4-Book Bundle contains four full length legal suspense thriller novels by award winning criminologist and bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers, including State’s Evidence, Persuasive Evidence, Justice Served, and Fractured Trust; as well as excerpts from the author’s upcoming legal thriller, Exposed Evidence. State’s Evidence: A Beverly Mendoza Legal Thriller Assistant District Attorney Beverly Mendoza appears to have an open and shut case when she prosecutes Rafael Santiago for the murder of a judge and the sexual assault of his wife in Eagles Landing, a town in Northern California. Santiago was recently released from prison and had a grudge against the judge. But her case against the suspect is put in jeopardy when career criminal Manuel Gonzalez, arrested for the murder more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Serial Killer Thrillers 5-Book Bundle: Before He Kills Again\Dark Streets of Whitechapel\Justice Served\Killer in The Woods\Murder in Maui by R. Barri Flowers

Serial Killer Thrillers 5-Book Bundle: Before He Kills Again\Dark Streets of Whitechapel\Justice Served\Killer in The Woods\Murder in Maui by R. Barri Flowers

Serial Killer Thrillers 5-Book Bundle contains five full length thriller novels by award winning criminologist and bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers, including Before He Kills Again, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, Justice Served, Killer in the Woods, and Murder in Maui. Before He Kills Again (A Veronica Vasquez Thriller) FBI psychologist and criminal profiler Veronica Vasquez returns to her hometown of Portland, Oregon, to assist lead homicide detective Bryan Waldicott in apprehending a ruthless serial killer dubbed “The Rose Killer,” who kills beautiful women in pairs, leaving a rose on top of each corpse. When she begins to suspect that the new husband of her estranged sister Alexandra could be the crazed killer, Veronica pursues that delicate angle and, in the process, becomes a target more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Arcanum by GM Kern

Arcanum by GM Kern

Arcanum is the First Book in The Redemption of the Guardians Series He was always special…too special. Seven years ago they murdered his family and took him. Something ominous occurred in the black void that is his memory and it has changed him. THEY want him back and are coming with a vengeance. Shawn Mitchell woke up from a coma, his last memory is that of the murder of his family and of his own kidnapping seven years ago. A catastrophic event propels Shawn into a quest for answers as he and his friends race against time to discover what was done to him before his special abilities take over and alert THEM of his whereabouts. Arcanum – Firestarter meets The Dead Zone meets the more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Whatever The Cost by J.T. Brannan

Whatever The Cost by J.T. Brannan

A follow-up to the Amazon bestselling Mark Cole thriller STOP AT NOTHING. A Chinese cargo ship is hijacked off the coast of Indonesia by ruthless pirates; North Korea is involved in a covert plan to reunify the country by taking control of the South; and in Saudi Arabia, a terrifying new terrorist group has emerged that threatens to destabilize the entire world. Adrift and psychologically damaged after the brutal murder of his family, ex-covert operative Mark Cole stumbles across a clue which might lead him to the hijacked ship. Realizing that it offers the opportunity to give him a purpose in life, Cole sets out to find the ship in a bid to earn redemption for his past. From a gun market in the ancient more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Transylvanica High Series Bundle: Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter\Out For Blood by R. Barri Flowers

Transylvanica High Series Bundle: Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter\Out For Blood by R. Barri Flowers

Transylvanica High Series Bundle is the full length first two novels of the bestselling teen vampire series, including Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter and Out for Blood. In Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter, Kula Lockhart learns at age sixteen that she is the half-human daughter of the powerful Count Dracula. As she comes to grips with this while attending Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan, Kula must also deal with a vampire killer on the prowl, a pesky and powerful cheerleader vamp, and a romance with a handsome human named Eriq Pratt. A totally original concept on an old theme. Fans of True Blood, Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Academy will certainly find this a compelling read. In Out For Blood, Kula Lockhart, faces new challenges more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
Murder in Hawaii Mysteries 3-Book Bundle: Murder in Maui\Murder in Honolulu\Seduced to Kill in Kauai by R. Barri Flowers

Murder in Hawaii Mysteries 3-Book Bundle: Murder in Maui\Murder in Honolulu\Seduced to Kill in Kauai by R. Barri Flowers

Murder in Hawaii Mysteries 3-Book Bundle contains three full length bestselling suspense thriller novels by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers, including Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, and Seduced to Kill in Kauai. Murder in Maui: A Leila Kahana Mystery is a police procedural medical mystery novel set in the lush, deceptively idyllic tropical paradise of Hawaii. Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana and partner Detective Sergeant Blake Seymour investigate the execution-style murder of two prominent doctors in an upscale condominium. As they interview suspects and collect evidence, more doctors are murdered, making it clear to all that they have a ruthless and determined serial killer on their hands. Murder in Honolulu: A Skye Delaney Mystery is a private investigator more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
The Sex Slave Murders True Crime Bundle: Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego\Fred & Rosemary West\Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka by R. Barri Flowers

The Sex Slave Murders True Crime Bundle: Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego\Fred & Rosemary West\Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka by R. Barri Flowers

The Sex Slave Murders True Crime Bundle: Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego\Fred & Rose West\Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka contains one full length bestselling true crime book and two true crime short stories. The Sex Slave Murders: The True Story of Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego chronicles the kidnapping, rape, sex slave fantasies, brutality, and serial murder of husband and wife, Gerald and Charlene Gallego, in California, Nevada, and Oregon, killing ten, including a pregnant woman, and destroying many lives in the process before the killer couple was finally brought to justice and pitted against each other in riveting trials in two states. The Sex Slave Murders 2: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred & Rosemary West (A True Crime Short) recounts more »

By June 29, 2014 Read More →
River City by Doc Macomber

River City by Doc Macomber

A River Patrol Deputy starts out looking for an errant hunter on an idyllic Pacific Northwest island, but changes direction when he discovers a string of juvenile murders. “Doc understands the seamier side of life. His characters are complex, loaded with contradictions and wholly believable.” – Dan Schilling, Former Special Ops Commander, Co-author, The Battle of Mogadishu “An intriguing read that will hold your attention as investigators come up against dead ends and lies…where people aren’t always what they seem. A fun read and something different by a talented author.” – Murder and Mayhem

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Locked and Loaded by Charlie Flowers

Locked and Loaded by Charlie Flowers

Meet Rizwan Sabir. A former al-Qaeda operative, he was lifted by Counter-Terrorism Command – and now battles his old comrades. In ‘Locked and Loaded’, the first three best-selling Riz Sabir thrillers are collected together for the first time. HARD KILL London. The city is reeling from a series of deadly attacks by a new radical terrorist group. Working above the law and below government radars, Riz must lead a dangerous double life with the help of Holly “Bang-Bang” Kirpachi, a Burlesque dancer and internet hacker with a talent for breaking codes – and bones. With time running out, Riz must put his life on the line to identify the terrorists. And silence them forever – before he is silenced himself. DANGER CLOSE According to confidential more »

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Beautiful Things by Jennifer Loring

Beautiful Things by Jennifer Loring

Mitzi Weinhaus is the talentless daughter of two Munich Kabarett stars. One night, in an underground club that has so far escaped Nazi detection, she meets the enigmatic singer Giselle, who offers her the chance to be a hero. All Mitzi has to do is infiltrate the notorious Dachau death camp, but she won’t have to do it alone.Teamed up with the mysterious Wolfrik, for whom she develops an alarming attraction, Mitzi soon finds herself ensnared in a world of secret societies, super-soldiers, monsters, and gods. Double-crossed on all sides, it is up to her to save her parents from certain death–and to save her heart from one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

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The Last Spy by Bob Reiss

The Last Spy by Bob Reiss

In this Washinghton Post best-seller, who would guess that that Ash, David or Corinna are different than any of Washington’s other successful citizens. Ash, a prizewinning reporter for the Washington Post, is as famous as the people whose secrets he turns into headlines. David, a former Undersecretary of State, has friends in high places. His lover Corinna is a Justice Department lawyer so beautiful that her legal adversaries sometimes overlook her brilliance in the courtroom.Who could know that these three movers and shakers began their lives not on American soil, but far behind Soviet borders, in an ingeniously designed mockup of an American town.  Bred to be spies, they’ve moved for 15 years in Washington, honing their parts, never arousing suspicion.Now, thousands of miles away, more »

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June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

June 23 – 29: “How do your reading and writing habits change in the summer?”

Summer is upon us! This week we ask ITW Members Cat Connor, Susan Israel, Kate White, Kym Brunner, Tim Waggoner and Amy Lignor how their reading and writing habits change in the summer?

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June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

June 16 – 22: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

This week we turn to editorial advice and ask ITW Members Meg Gardiner, Kate White, Sheila Lowe, Tom Wither, Kym Brunner, Ridley Pearson, Tim Waggoner, Kathrin Lange, Amy Lignor and Neil Plakcy: “How has an editor’s advice helped with your story?”

By June 15, 2014 37 Comments Read More →
Strange Faces by Linda Hall

Strange Faces by Linda Hall

From experienced and award winning author Linda Hall comes Strange Faces, a collection of seven stories that will take you to a place where killers can linger in your backyard but where magic can sometimes change everything. The voyage begins with Pickers and Choosers, and with a group of young dumpster foragers who witness a murder. Or do they? And why now, after twenty-seven years is the terrible memory resurfacing? In A Nice Cup of Something Hot we meet Mrs. Wilkers, a divorced woman obsessed with her ex-husband, his new wife, and ultimately with death and murder. The connection between siblings plays a key role in two of the stories. We Are Brothers is about very different twins. Weather Ladies attempts to answer the question, more »

By June 13, 2014 Read More →
Heinous (The Faces of Evil) by Debra Webb

Heinous (The Faces of Evil) by Debra Webb

The body count is rising. The serial killer obsessed with Birmingham’s Deputy Chief Jess Harris is getting closer, and he knows Jess’s secret. Can she protect the child she carries and the people she loves from Eric Spears and his followers?The body farm discovered in a small Alabama town has many buried secrets. Is the truth about Jess’s past buried there too? Will learning what really happened to her mother and father help Jess stop the killer determined to have her? Only three more levels in the Faces of Evil series! Don’t miss this one! “Debra Webb is a master storyteller.” Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestseller

By June 13, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Casablanca by Dan Pollock

Countdown to Casablanca by Dan Pollock

A ruthless Axis agent code-named Sirocco and an American linguist turned amateur spy find themselves on a collision course with destiny in romantic and exotic World War II Casablanca.Roosevelt and Churchill are coming to Casablanca. So are Eisenhower and Patton, Montgomery and DeGaulle. For ten days, the entire Allied High Command will be gathered in one place—to plan the invasion of Fortress Europe.Learning of the secret conference through an Abwehr intercept, Hitler launches an audacious counterstrike — with one demonic blow he will take out the assembled Allied chieftains and turn the tide of war back in favor of the Reich. “Dan Pollock is a bright new force in #adventure writing.” ~Clive Cussler “Dan Pollock is a writer of talent and drive” ~Len Deighton

By June 13, 2014 Read More →