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

20 new thrillers this month from ITW members, including debut novels from Brett J. Talley and Elizabeth Voss, plus a Between the Lines interview with New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury, and News From South Africa with 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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Coming Next Month

Coming next month: A Between the Lines interview with Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Mark Bowden and Andrew Peterson, fresh off their Operation Thriller USO Tour, plus the latest thrillers from John Lescroart, D. P. Lyle, Jon Land, Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene, Nancy J. Cohen, Shiloh Walker, Jordan Dane, Rick Mofina, Charlie Cochrane, Allan Topol, Alan Orloff, Steve Forman, T. Jefferson Parker, Nancy Bilyeau 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 deployed to the Middle East on a week-long USO tour to visit and uplift troops. The authors signed autographs, posed for photos with the troops and talked 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 keep an eye out for Andrew Peterson’s Between The Lines interview coming next month!

Monthly Giveaway

Congratulations to Gordon W. Dale, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Gordon will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including The Spy Who Left Me by Gina Robinson, Another Colorado Kill by Bob Doerr, Playing the Hand She’s Dealt by David Fingerman, Time of Death by Gary Madden, Shaman’s Blood by Anne C. Petty, In the Bleak Midwinter by M. R. Sellars, That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley, Huntress by Gus Leodas, Quest by David Wood, The Traiteur’s Ring by Jeffrey Willson, Killer Knots by Nancy J. Cohen plus a bonus signed ARC of Shear Murder and She Can Run by Melinda Leigh.

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

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 November 28 – December 4: “What was the big lesson that awaited you after you completed your first novel?” With Nancy Bilyeau, Karen Dionne and Ed Kovacs

Week of December 5 – 11: “What’s your “go to” work of fiction? The one you pick up when you’re stuck because you know it will help get your creativity flowing again? What makes that book so important to you?” TBD

Week of December 12 – 18: “What’s the one fiction/writing/craft guidebook that every writer should have, not on his or her shelf, but right there on the desk always within reach?” TBD

December 19 – 26: No Roundtable discussion – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!