We could theme this issue The Bold Ones. For the February issue, we interviewed authors who are taking it to the next level with their work—and thanks to The Big Thrill, you find out how. Barry Eisler’s page-turner The God’s Eye View paints a picture of NSA spying that even Snowden couldn’t imagine. Marcus Sakey’s Written in Fire brings readers a White House in ruins. Barry Lancet’s Pacific Burn sets loose nightmarish dangers in Tokyo. Reed Farrel Coleman writes a story of a damaged ex-cop in a Long Island that’s definitely not the Hamptons. And Mark Alpert’s new thriller The Orion Plan creates an all-too-realistic scenario of aliens’ invading New York City.
In “Turning Point,” Gregg Hurwitz tells why he turned from writing stand-alone novels to launching a series with Orphan X. Dawn Ius, in “Trend Report,” finds out where espionage fiction is headed—perhaps not quite where you think. “International Thrills” heads to Argentina and the career of the fascinating Claudia Piñiero. And in “Africa Scene,” James Fouche reveals how much reality is in his novel’s picture of corruption in South Africa.
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- Between the Lines with Barry Eisler, interview by Josie Brown
- International Thrills: Claudia Piñiero, by Layton Green
- Africa Scene: James Fouche, by Michael Sears
- Trend Watch: Dawn Ius on the new espionage thrillers
- Turning Point: Gregg Hurwitz on launching a series
- Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman
- City of Rose by Rob Hart
- Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet
- River Road by Carol Goodman
- Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey
- The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
- White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume
- The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas
- Spoils of Victory by John A. Connell
- The Orion Plan by Mark Alpert
- A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac
- Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
- Gone Away by Elizabeth Noble
- A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere
- The King of Fear by Drew Chapman
- Wake Me Up by Justin Bog
- The Mentor by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
- No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn
- Ice Chest by J.D. Rhoades
- Known by Kendra Elliot
- Into the Fury by Kat Martin
- The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
- Forsaken by Ken Newman
- The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
- Paying for Pain by Paul McGoran
- Point of Control by L.J. Sellers
- Nemesis: Innocence Sold by Stefanie Ross
- Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea
- Todes Schuld by Laurie Stevens
- Spider Game by Christine Feehan
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Harlan Coben, Lyndsay Faye, Mark Greaney, Anthony J. Franze, James Grippando, J.A. Jance, Jeffrey Deaver, Linwood Barclay, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Linda Davies, Paige Tyler, J. Aaron Sanders, J. L. Abramo, Glen Erik Hamilton and many more!
New E-Releases from ITW Members
- The Reptilian Encounter by David M. Mannes
- Midnight Run by Lisa Marie Rice
- Fatal Truth by Misty Evans
- Tattooed As Trouble by J.L. Hammer
- Electromancer by Daco
- The Alexandrite Necklace by Daco and Robert Rotstein
- No Evil by Maynard Sims
- Crossfire: The Scales of Justice by John Hegenberger
- Three the Hard Way by Gary Phillips
- The Joe Tesla Box Set by Rebecca Cantrell
- Killer Colada by Sibel Hodge
- Yellowstone: Final Extinction by Michael Curley
- Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo
- Cause & Effect by Derek Thompson
- Low Country by James Hallan
- Sleight of Hand by Anne Marie Becker
- 3 Truths and a Lie by Lisa Gardner
- Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal by Gary Phillips
- MISSING OR MURDERED: The Disappearance of Agnes Tufverson (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers
- Logan Shoots First by Nathan Walpow
- A Deadly Gamble by Pat Mullan
- The Second Sex by Steve Attridge
- Cemetery Road by Tom Lowe
- Lost King by H.B. Moore
- No Good Deed by L. J. Martin
New Audio Books from ITW Members
- Missing or Murdered: The Disappearance of Agnes Tufverson (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers
- The Samson Option by Sharon Geyer
- Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane
- Causing Chaos by Deborah J Ledford
- The Great Chocolate Scam by Sally Berneathy
- Lost King by H.B. Moore
ThrillerFest XI: Registration is Now Open!
Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning for next July’s conference where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2016 Silver Bullet Recipient John Lescroart, and bestselling authors C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn and Walter Mosley. Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!
Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the Masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Andrew Gross, Richard Krevolin (Screen Writing) and Gayle Lynds.
CraftFest: Director D.P. Lyle, M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.
PitchFest: PitchFest is dedicated to pitching your project face-to-face to agents, editors, and producers. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for writers looking to get or change agents. Check out some success stories!
ThrillerFest: We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain. Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities. Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.
ITW’s Third Annual Online ThrillerSchool!
Starts March 14th, 2016!
Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!
Join Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, David Corbett, James Scott Bell, Peter James, Hank Phillippi Ryan and F. Paul Wilson.
In this seven-week program, which begins March 14nd, 2016, the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of online Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.
Like the past two years, the online school will fill up very quickly, so register soon. Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information.
The Thriller Roundtable
Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at The Big Thrill website, where each week a new group of authors discuss everything from what they love about writing thrillers, to what they’ve learned, and more.
Check out what’s in store for February. You won’t want to miss it!
February 1 – 7: “In developing a thriller’s tone, which matters more – sentence structure or word choice?”
February 8 – 14: NO ROUNDTABLE
February 15 – 21: “You write what you read, or so the old saying goes, as a thriller writer, do you read or write in other genres?”
February 22 – 28: “Thrillers and other forms of fiction, too, increasingly rely on multiple characters to present a narrative. Is juggling the multiple points of view more or less challenging?”
Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.
The Neverending Book Giveaway
If you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out the Neverending Book Giveaway on The Big Thrill website. Sign up for as many of the contests as you like! Just post a reply, and you’re entered!
Don’t forget to scroll down the list of contests or CLICK HERE for more contests and giveaways so you don’t miss any. (Tip: to shorten the display, click “Toggle Comment Threads.”) And because this book giveaway is “neverending,” be sure to check back often to enter the latest drawings!
Congratulations to James Ramosaea, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. James will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz, The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills, The Gaf Killer by Jerry Otis, The Samoa Seduction by Alan L. Moss, Gemini by Ronnie Allen, Still Life by DB Kennison, Broken Chain by Lisa Von Biela, No Good Deed by Allison Brennan, Paying for Pain by Paul McGoran, A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac, Known by Kendra Elliot, Orchids and Stone by Lisa Preston, A Deadly Gamble by Pat Mullan, No Place to Die by James L. Thane, Headed for Trouble by Shiloh Walker, and Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz.
All subscribers to THE BIG THRILL online magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the BIG THRILL email.