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june_web_past_issuesRead the stories that were featured in the June edition of The Big Thrill.

What better way to start the summer than with Brad Meltzer and The Big Thrill’s Between the Lines interview with this jack-of-all-trades who talks about life as a bestselling author, acclaimed screen writer, popular television host, philanthropist, and all around great guy.

Speaking of philanthropy and amazing writers, you won’t want to miss our Special about Sweet Dreams, a box-set featuring thirteen thrillers by some of the biggest names in the business all of whom donated their stories to help bestseller Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

Were that not enough, this month’s other Specials include Gary Phillips’s piece, The Black Mask of Crime Fiction, about how comic-book-heroes have influenced thrillers. And just in time for next month’s ThrillerFest X, Kimberley Howe celebrates the tenth anniversary of the conference by interviewing the ten iconic authors who have received the ThrillerMaster Award, including this year’s ThrillerMaster, Nelson DeMille.

Our International Thrills segment returns with Quentin Bates’s report on the Shetland Islands’ first crime fiction festival. And on the Africa Scene Joanne Hichens interviews Karin Brynard.

Let’s not forget interviews with Joseph Finder, J. T. Ellison, Kate White, and more than 40 ITW authors about their incredible new releases.

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Gayle Lynds, Kay Kendall, Jenny Milchman, Carla Norton, Grant Blackwood, Alexandra Sokoloff, James Grippando, Tom Young, Lori Rader-Day, Mark Alpert, David Sakmyster, Nancy Cole Silverman, Clare Mackintosh, Russell James, Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Anna Lee Huber, Vicki Pettersson, Eileen Magill, Lori Roy, Manda Scott, Winter Austin, Ronnie Allen, A. C. Fuller, Steve P. Vincent and many more!

New E-Releases from ITW Members

New Audio Books from ITW Members

ThrillerFest X – Register Today!


ThrillerFest X – July 7th – 11th, Grand Hyatt, NYC.

Check out the Thrillerfest website, registration now available!

In 2015 we’ll be honoring:

  • 2015 ThrillerMaster Nelson DeMille
  • 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow
  • 2015 Silver Bullet Recipient Kathy Reichs
  • 2014 Silver Bullet Recipient Brenda Novak
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Mark Billingham
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Charlaine Harris
  • 2015 Spotlight guest Greg Iles

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Master CraftFest
  • CraftFest
  • PitchFest
  • CareerFest
  • ThrillerFest
  • Thriller Awards Banquet

Want to learn more about ThrillerFest? Read a recap of the last ThrillerFest, ThrillerFest IX: Celebrating Ten Years of Innovation by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze.

The Thriller Roundtable

Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at TheBigThrill 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 June!

June 1 – 7: “How do you choose your character’s names?”
June 8 – 14: “What steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher’s choice of a cover?”
June 15 – 21: “Readers of thrillers appreciate realism. How much can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers or personality traits?”
June 22 – 28: “Finding a mentor, what should you look for in one?”
June 29 – July 5: NO ROUNDTABLE

Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.

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 Becky Jacoby, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Becky will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak, EXXXIT by Svea Tornow, Backfire by Elizabeth Goddard, Hemophage by Stephen M. DeBock, The Euthanist by Alex Dolan, Black Wood by SJI Holliday, See Also Murder by Larry D. Sweazy, The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green, Broken by Cynthia Eden, Steam, Smoke & Mirrors by Colin Edmonds, Lethal Code by Thomas Waite, Trident Code by Thomas Waite, Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, Critical Vulnerability and Chilling Effect by Melissa F. Miller.

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