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The September edition of the Big Thrill is here!

This month we have an exciting line-up, including a Between the Lines interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs who talks about her life, her career, and her work on both a bestselling thriller series and a hit television show.

The September edition also kicks off a new series—International Thrills—where Layton Green and J.F. Penn will interview thriller writers from around the world. The first segment profiles Nele Neuhaus, a #1 international bestseller and one of Germany’s most popular crime writers. Fittingly, there are several other international stories this month, including the always exceptional Africa Scene and profiles on writers spanning the globe, from Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo, Japan to Manchester, England.

And, of course, we have 39 hot new releases from some of the best thriller writers on the planet, including debut novels from Matt Cook, Patrick Oster, Carrie Stuart Parks and Todd Moss.

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Author Archive: Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of Freezing Point, a science thriller nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008, and Boiling Point, about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming. Karen is also cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Backspace Writers Conferences held in New York City every year.

Visit Karen at: www.karendionne.net.

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Blurb for top spot – do not publish

Blurb for top spot – do not publish

The September edition of The Big Thrill is here! 38 new thrillers from ITW Members this month including debut novels from Barry Lancet, Carla Norton, Mary Miley, Geoffrey Girard, Misty Dietz and S.L. Menear, plus Special to the Big Thrill: Up Close and Personal with Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin, a Between the Lines interview with William Kent Krueger by Julie Kramer,  and News From South Africa by Joanne Hichens! CLICK HERE to read more!

By September 30, 2013 Read More →
2013 Thriller Award Winners!

2013 Thriller Award Winners!

During a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

They are:

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)

BEST SHORT STORY

John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)

Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest VIII Awards Banquet:

Anne Rice, ThrillerMaster

in recognition of her legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Steve Berry, Literary Silver Bullet Award

USO, Corporate Silver Bullet Award

The board of directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

By July 13, 2013 Read More →
Announcing FACE OFF – Coming June 2014!

Announcing FACE OFF – Coming June 2014!

SIMON & SCHUSTER TO PUBLISH INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS ANTHOLOGY

New York, N.Y., July 9, 2013 – In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers will pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and to be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

The stories in Face Off will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey. All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”

Senior Editor Sarah Knight acquired world rights to Face Off, the fourth anthology that ITW has published and the first with Simon & Schuster. Knight says, “This will be a treasure trove for thriller fans—it doesn’t get any better than these writers, with these characters, all in one blockbuster book.”

S&S plans to publish in June 2014, just in time to celebrate at ThrillerFest, the gathering of ITW that happens each July in New York City. Already, foreign rights have been sold to Great Britain, with more sales to come. READ MORE

By July 9, 2013 Read More →
2013 Thriller Awards Nominees

2013 Thriller Awards Nominees

ITW is proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Thriller Awards!

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Sean Chercover – THE TRINITY GAME (Thomas & Mercer)
Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)
Lisa Gardner – CATCH ME (Dutton Books)
Gregg Hurwitz – THE SURVIVOR (St. Martin’s Press)
William Landay – DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte Press)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Daniel Friedman – DON’T EVER GET OLD (Minotaur Books)
Owen Laukkanen – THE PROFESSIONALS (Putnam Adult)
Chris Pavone – THE EXPATS (Crown)
Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)
Michael Sears – BLACK FRIDAYS (Putnam Adult)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Blake Crouch – PINES (Thomas & Mercer)
Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)
Alison Gaylin – AND SHE WAS (Harper)
Alex Marwood – THE WICKED GIRLS (Penguin Books)
Michael W. Sherer – NIGHT BLIND (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST SHORT STORY

David Edgerley Gates – “The Devil to Pay” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine)
Clark Howard – “The Street Ends at the Cemetery” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Dennis Lehane – “The Consumers” (Mulholland Books)
Gordon McEachern – “The History Lesson” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Michelle Gagnon – DON’T TURN AROUND (HarperCollins)
Andrew Klavan – IF WE SURVIVE (Thomas Nelson)
Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)
Niall Leonard – CRUSHER (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
William Richter – DARK EYES (Razorbill)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Jon Land – PANDORA’S TEMPLE (Open Road E-riginal)
CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)
Alexandra Sokoloff – HUNTRESS MOON (Alexandra Sokoloff)
Allen Wyler – DEAD END DEAL (Astor + Blue Editions)
Allen Wyler – DEAD WRONG (Astor + Blue Editions)

Congratulations to all the finalists!  The 2013 Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest VIII, July 13, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City).

By April 1, 2013 Read More →
“Your Lucky Day!” Contest Rules

“Your Lucky Day!” Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. 1. Eligibility The “Your Lucky Day!” Contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least thirteen (13) years old as at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of ITW or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of more »

By April 12, 2012 Read More →
Protected: It’s “Your Lucky Day!” Enter for a chance to win a day pass to ThrillerFest!

Protected: It’s “Your Lucky Day!” Enter for a chance to win a day pass to ThrillerFest!

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

By April 11, 2012 Read More →
LOVE IS MURDER promo graphics

LOVE IS MURDER promo graphics

  Feel free to add any of the following graphics to your blog or website to help spread the word that LOVE IS MURDER is now available for pre-order. You can link to this announcement page on The Big Thrill website: http://tinyurl.com/6wucqoq or directly to the anthology’s catalog pages on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/7sysac6 or Barnes and Noble. http://tinyurl.com/7ealyng    

By February 14, 2012 Read More →
ThrillerFest VI – by Ian Walkley

ThrillerFest VI – by Ian Walkley

THRILLERFEST 2011 In July, I attended the International Thriller Writers’ annual ThrillerFest in New York. This was my second year attending and it was great to be reacquainted with some friends from last year as well as breathing the same air as the likes of Ken Follett, Robert Crais, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Karin Slaughter and many other famous thriller authors. Writers tend not to have the egos of actors, and their bodyguards are unarmed publicists, so even the most hallowed writer would generally be open for a chat, or at least willing to spare a moment for a kind word of encouragement to a fellow writer, even one as yet unpublished. And hearing other writers talk about how they approach writing, particularly how they more »

By July 30, 2011 Read More →
ThrillerFest 2011 – photos

ThrillerFest 2011 – photos

By July 30, 2011 Read More →
FIRST THRILLS now available as 4 mini e-books for just $2.99!

FIRST THRILLS now available as 4 mini e-books for just $2.99!

(click on each book cover to learn more)

Read the EXCLUSIVE “Between the Lines” interview with contributing authors!

By June 9, 2011 Read More →
Boiling Point by Karen Dionne

Boiling Point by Karen Dionne

In Which Allison Brennan Interviews Karen Dionne – Or Is It the Other Way Around? TO: Allison Brennan FROM: Karen Dionne Subject: Big Thrill interview Hey, Allison!  I see we both have books coming out in January – congrats! Boiling Point is my second, and Love Me to Death must be, what? Your 345th? Anyway, since I’m the managing editor of The Big Thrill, and it’s my job to assign the feature stories for the authors who have new books coming out, and it feels a little odd to assign somebody to interview me, what do you say we interview each other?  Are you up for it?

By December 29, 2010 Read More →
Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan

Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan

In Which Karen Dionne Interviews Allison Brennan – Or Is It the Other Way Around? TO: Allison Brennan FROM: Karen Dionne Subject: Big Thrill interview Hey, Allison!  I see we both have books coming out in January – congrats! Boiling Point is my second, and Love Me to Death must be, what? Your 345th? Anyway, since I’m the managing editor of The Big Thrill, and it’s my job to assign the feature stories for the authors who have new books coming out, and it feels a little odd to assign somebody to interview me, what do you say we interview each other?  Are you up for it?

By November 30, 2010 Read More →
Colby Core by Debra Webb

Colby Core by Debra Webb

In Colby Core by Debra Webb, after years in captivity, waiting for a rescuer who never came, Tessa Woods meets a mysterious stranger who’s determined to help bring down a human-trafficking ring and save the other victims…including her child. But can she put all her dreams of a merry Christmas into the hands of a handsome agent?

By November 30, 2010 Read More →
The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies by Kristina Schram

The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies by Kristina Schram

In debut author Kristina Schram’s The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies, strange things happen to fifteen-year-old Lavida Mors. Maybe that’s why her father sends her away to Portal Manor, a mysterious family estate she has never seen. Lavida quickly discovers that not everything at Portal Manor is as it seems when she stumbles across a secret passage to a hidden world–Anaedor.

By August 22, 2010 Read More →