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web_past_issuesRead the stories that were featured in the May edition of The Big Thrill.

33 new thrillers this month from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Scofield, Gary Kriss, Dennis HetzelRobert WaltonMichael Niemann and Samuel W. Gailey, plus new nonfiction from Steven James, a Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman, and a Special to the Big Thrill: Screenplay vs. Novel Writing by Terry Hayes.

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Meg Gardiner, Kate White, Tom Wither, Linda Fairstein, Chuck Greaves, Erica Wright, Robert Rotstein, James W. Ziskin, Allen Zadoff, Sheila Lowe, Shiloh Walker, Ridley Pearson and many more!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

New Audio Books from ITW Members

ThrillerFest IX – Registration Now Open!

ThrillerFest IXThrillerFest IX – July 8th – 12th, Grand Hyatt, NYC.

This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry.

With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!

Best First Sentence Contest

To celebrate our first year of Master CraftFest, a one-day intensive retreat on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, we are running a special event called the Best First Sentence Contest. All you need to do is send your VERY best first sentence (for a novel) along with your name, email address, and phone number to for a chance to win a critique of 10 pages of your work.

Five winners will be selected, and the Master CraftFest teachers—Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell—along with CraftFest Director, D.P. Lyle, MD will be choosing their favorite sentences and critiquing ten pages of the winners’ work. This is an incredible opportunity for feedback, whether you are an aspiring writer or a seasoned author.

Visit The ThrillerFest Website for more information.

Register Online Today!

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

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.

Here’s what’s in store for May:

May 5 – 11:  How do you separate the author from your characters?
May 12 – 18:  Anti-heroes are popular on television. What are the secrets to making a popular anti-hero?
May 19 – 25:  What happens when Hollywood calls?
May 26 – June 1:  Setting Limits: At what point does a book require a map, a list of characters, a genealogical diagram? Can a plot get too intricate?

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!

Monthly Giveaway

Congratulations to Meg Dobson, the winner of this month’s Big Thrill giveaway. Meg will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Courier by Ted Irving, The Flame Keepers by J. Gregory Smith, Eat What You Kill by Ted Scofield, Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, Warriors by Ted Bell, Far Gone by Laura Griffin, False Sight by Dan Krokos, Body Slam by Rex Burns and Waking the Dead by Heather Graham.

All subscribers to the Big Thrill magazine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Big Thrill email.