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Read the stories that were featured in the November edition of The Big Thrill.

28 new thrillers this month from ITW members, including first-time author Rochelle Staab, plus Special to the Big Thrill Doug Preston and Amanda Knox, and News From South Africa by Mike Nicol!

Print the Big Thrill list and head on down to your favorite bookstore, or download your selections to your electronic e-reader, and enjoy a month’s worth of great reading from your friends at the International Thriller Writers.

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Click on a book title to read the feature story

Coming Next Month

Coming next month: the latest thrillers from J.Sydney Jones, Michael Parker, Leighton Gage, Ed Kovacs, Raymond Khoury, Scott Nicholson, Allison Brennan, F. Paul Wilson, Michael Haskins, Boyd Morrison, Carole Nelson Douglas and more. It’s gonna be a thriller!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

ThrillerFest VII Registration Is Now Open!

ThrillerFest VII Early Bird registration is now available, but these rates are only for short time, so please sign up soon for another unforgettable conference.  We have a fabulous line-up of special guests this year, including:

  • 2012 ThrillerMaster Jack Higgins
  • 2011 ThrillerMaster R.L. Stine
  • Spotlight Guest Lee Child
  • Spotlight Guest John Sandford
  • Spotlight Guest Catherine Coulter
  • 2012 True Crime Award Recipient Ann Rule
  • 2012 Silver Bullet Award Recipient Richard North Patterson
  • 2011 Silver Bullet Award Recipient Karin Slaughter

We have something for everyone, whether you’re an aspiring author, a fan, an industry professional, or an ITW author. Some of the highlights include:

CraftFest:  This section of the conference is ideal if you’re looking to hone your writing skills. Every year, CraftFest is growing in numbers and spaces are limited. If you are keen on hearing the writing secrets of NYT bestsellers, please sign up soon so you don’t miss out.

AgentFest:  If you’d like to pitch your novel to the best literary agents in the business, this is the event for you. Last year, we had over 60 agents attending AgentFest. So far, we have had five people sign with top agencies. Their success stories will be posted on the website shortly.

ThrillerFest:  This year, we’ll have counterterrorism expert David Major joining us to share his experiences of working at The White House and the FBI. For more information on David, please visit

Banquet:  Please join us at the annual Saturday night banquet for the presentation of the Thriller Awards and other entertainment.

Volunteers are an integral part of the ThrillerFest experience. We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to assist us, please send an email to Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.

Please drop by the new ThrillerFest Facebook page and say hello! Then “like” us, and help spread the word!

Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. If we can answer any questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime. We look forward to seeing you next July 11-14 in NYC!

If you prefer to mail your registration, you can download and print the appropriate registrations forms here:

ITW Author-Member Registration

ITW Associate-Member and Thriller Fan Registration

The Neverending Book Giveaway

The Neverending Book GiveawayIf 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!

2011 Operation Thriller USO Tour

In Fall 2011, ITW members Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Mark Bowden, and Andrew Peterson will deploy to the Middle East on a week-long USO tour to visit and uplift troops. The authors will sign autographs, pose for photos with the troops and talk about their books, movies, television series and writing.

The tour, conceived of and organized by Andy Harp, and entitled Operation Thriller, is the second USO Operation Thriller tour. Last year, authors David Morrell, Douglas Preston, James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Andy Harp kicked off the tour with a special visit to Washington, D.C., where the group visited with troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. The group then flew to the Persian Gulf, visiting five bases in Kuwait and Iraq, where they talked fiction, inspired service men and women, spread cheer and, most importantly, showed their heartfelt gratitude.

Read more about last year’s tour here, and find links to what the authors had to say about their experiences.

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 what inspires them, who their favorite characters are, what advice they’d offer the next generation of thriller authors, and more.

Week of October 31 – November 6: “Writing a novel is not an easy thing—especially if you’ve never written one before. What moved you to write your first novel? Is that still what moves you today?” With Camille Minichino, Ed Kovacs, Gina Robinson, Yvonne Anderson, Beth Groundwater and George Ebey

Week of November 7 – 13: “What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to someone who has story burning inside him or her, but has yet to type ‘Chapter One’ at the top of a blank computer screen?” C.C. Harrison, TBD

Week of November 14 – 20: “Is there something about writing a thriller that makes it different from writing other types of fiction? Or, do the same rules of fiction apply across the board?” TBD

Week of November 28 – December 4: “What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your first novel?” TBD

Monthly Giveaway

Congratulations to Susan Philpott, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Susan will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Reckoning for the Dead by Jordan Dane, Hominid by John C. Boland, Miss McGuire is Missing by Eileen Robertson, Resuscitation by D.M. Annechino, Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau, Black Diamond by John F. Dobbyn, Lethal Remedy by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., Against the Storm by Kat Martin, If You Hear Her Now by Shiloh Walker, Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble by Peggy Webb and a bonus book, The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson.

All subscribers to THE BIG THRILL webzine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the BIG THRILL email.

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