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  • ITW Author 7:15 pm on January 6, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , #bestselling, , dystopian, itw, , the final reality,   

    New Science Fiction/Dystopian Thriller: The Final Reality 

    The Final Reality by Stephen Martino

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    Please check out my newest science fiction/dystopian thriller, The Final Reality:

    The brilliant doctor and inventor, Alex Pella, finds himself racing against the unstoppable ambition of Jules Windsor, a megalomaniac with global ambitions. When Jules begins to uncover the powerful, long-forgotten technology behind the world’s massive megalithic structures, he sets into motion the same cascade of events that once destroyed the ancient civilization that built them. As the planet heads toward an apocalyptical upheaval not seen since biblical times, Alex and his team know they must stop Jules before it is too late.

    What readers had to say:

    “Absolutely Brilliant!” Ken McWilliams, Amazon Reader
    “Stephen Martino has led us into a sumptuous feast of the imagination!” Howard Lipman
    “It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end.” Piaris

    Available on Amazon:


  • ITW Author 8:24 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Murder in the One Percent 

    Someone comes to the party with murder in his heart and poison in his pocket.

       When old friends gather for a weekend retreat at a country mansion, no one anticipates how all their lives will be changed—or that one of them will turn up dead. Remote and serene, the Campbells’ horse farm is the perfect setting for a lavish party. The guests, all members of the country’s elite wealthiest one percent, several of them politically connected as well, indulge in all the delights befitting their station—gourmet food, the finest wines, Cuban cigars—but greed, lust, and jealousy insinuate themselves into the party.
    Playboy and former Secretary of the Treasury, Preston Phillips, brings his new trophy wife to the party, unaware that his first love, the woman he jilted at the altar years ago, will be there, enchanting him once more with her timeless beauty. A snowstorm, an accident, and an illicit rendezvous later, the dynamics crackle with tension.
    When Detective Oliver Parrott is charged with solving the untimely killing of one of America’s leading financial wizards, he realizes this will be the case to make—or break—his career.

    Murder in the One Percent RELEASES February 17, 2018 from Black Opal Books. For reviews, tour schedule, and more, see

  • ITW Author 11:31 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink  

    February 2018 – High Treason 

    By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

    High Treason

    HIGH TREASON  Releases February 2018

    When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised – and none too happy – when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

    Kord and Monica must quickly put aside inter-agency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit – plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince – or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?


    DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

    Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

    DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

    DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

    DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook:, Twitter: or any of the social media platforms listed at

  • ITW Author 6:14 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Martin Roy Hill’s latest Linus Schag, NCIS, thriller, THE BUTCHER’S BILL, was named the 2017 Best Mystery/Suspense Novel by the Best Independent Book Awards.

  • ITW Author 3:27 pm on November 21, 2017 Permalink  

    New Member’m so excited to be a new member of ITW and to announce the release of my first novel, The Blackbird’s Song, which was released on the 18th.

  • ITW Author 2:09 pm on October 26, 2017 Permalink  

    Spinetingler Magazine Joins Down & Out Books 

    Spinetingler Magazine announces that it will begin regular publication of a print magazine. The long-running eZine will continue to publish web content between print issues. The first print issue will be published in November 2017 by Down & Out Books.


    “As is true in life, the events of the past have a tendency to influence our actions in the future,” said Sandra Ruttan, co-editor of Spinetingler Magazine. “It is the support of our readers that has enabled us to return with this print edition. With their continued support we hope to be able to continue to bring exceptional short fiction and features to you for years to come.”


    “I am a life-long fan of short crime fiction,” said Eric Campbell, publisher of Down & Out Books. “And when Sandra and Jack Getze, her co-editor, approached me about putting out a print edition of Spinetingler Magazine, I didn’t hesitate. The variety of features and quality of stories is exceptional.”


    The Fall 2017 edition of Spinetingler Magazine will feature original stories by Tracy Falenwolfe, Karin Montin, Jennifer Soosar, BV Lawson, Nick Kolakowski, David Rachels, and more. There are author snapshots of Con Lehane, Rusty Barnes, Mindy Tarquini, and others. Book features and reviews fill out the magazine’s pages.


    About Spinetingler Magazine: Founded in 2005 by K. Robert Einarson and Sandra Ruttan, the ezine ( was later acquired by Jack Getze and transitioned to an ongoing publication format online.


    About Down & Out Books: Celebrating six years as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the magazine, or to request an interview with the editors or publisher, contact

  • ITW Author 1:21 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink  

    A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert is a SIBA Okra Pick for Fall 2017 

    Victoria Gilbert’s A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery, the first book in her new cozy mystery series, has been chosen as a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) “Okra Pick” for Fall 2017.

    More info. at the SIBA site:

  • ITW Author 3:37 pm on October 5, 2017 Permalink  

    “The Old Cape Hollywood Secret” Awarded Honorable Mention – Hollywood Book Festival 

    ITW International Award Winning Author Barbara Eppich Struna has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Genre Based Fiction at The Hollywood Book Festival 2017 for her third suspenseful historical fiction, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret. 

    “What starts off as a light and breezy caper, quickly turns into a dark and gripping thriller. The creepy villain, who has a taste for beautiful women and keeps a secret room lined with shoe-boxes by date and year,will keep you from sleeping until you finish!”
    …Popular Thriller Writer, Ray Anderson, Author of The Trail and Sierra

    Struna’s Blog

  • ITW Author 3:27 pm on October 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Author Struna wins 5 STAR Review for “The Old Cape Hollywood Secret” 

    “The Old Cape Hollywood Secret” by Barbara Eppich Struna is an edge of your seat thrilling murder mystery. Maggie Foster and her cousin, Gertie, leave their small town of Cape Cod to seek their fortune in Hollywoodland in 1947. One of the girls disappears, never to be heard from again until Jim, in the present day, happens to dig up a body that seems to have been buried for a long time. What happened to the young girls? How did they get mixed up in a rich man’s story of a precious ring and a pearl-studded pouch? Are old photographs and a few leads enough to unravel the ugly truth? Will Nancy, who is an amateur when it comes to dealing with criminals, be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together?

    What an enthralling read! The Old Cape Hollywood Secret by Barbara Eppich Struna had me hanging onto every single word and page from start to finish. The shift between the past and the present day scenarios is swift, smooth, and helps the reader in connecting the dots without actually guessing the entire plot. The connections and loose ends are beautifully tied up towards the end. The story gives an insight into what greed, power, and control are all about. The story covers a period of over fifty plus years, and sends a message that no criminal can commit the perfect crime and the dead can rise again to tell their stories. All the characters are perfectly fleshed out and, hopefully, we get to read more about Nancy and Stephen’s new adventures. Awesome work!

    Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers’ Favorite


  • ITW Author 6:01 pm on September 22, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: , cozy mysteries,   

    Facials Can Be Fatal Wins Gold Medal 

    Facials Can Be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen is a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Fiction – Southern genre. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 18 at the Regency Hotel Miami.

    Facials Can Be Fatal





    Salon sleuth Marla Vail is determined to peel back the truth about a deadly facial at her new day spa. “A fun cozy read with mystery, family drama and romance.” Published by Five Star. For more details, go to


  • ITW Author 3:36 pm on September 11, 2017 Permalink  

    Author Receives 5-Star Review for The Falcon’s Revenge 

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    “J. E. Holling has written a terrorist thriller that is nothing short of a masterpiece.”

    What has a war orphan, a terrorist organization and an F-16 fighter jet got in common? The answer is the motive, method and means for revenge… Mr. Holling’s debut novel, The Falcon’s Revenge, was released on March 1, 2017. Since then many of his friends and family enjoyed reading his book.

    Shortly after its release Holling submitted the book to, an online review site. When asked why, Holling replied, “I was interested in getting an independent and unbiased review of my book. Friends and family are not exactly unbiased. uses volunteer readers to review books, so I submitted The Falcon’s Revenge and held my breath.”

    Well, that breeze you felt was Mr. Holling exhaling. The reviewer gave The Falcon’s Revenge a 5-star rating, the highest possible. Here’s what the reviewer said:

    The Falcon’s Revenge: An Aviation-Based Thriller by J. E. Holling is a hypnotic thriller that features the quest for revenge, terrorism, and political intrigue, a page-turner that will be hard to put down…”

    “J. E. Holling has written a terrorist thriller that is nothing short of a masterpiece. The villain is well-crafted, a bad guy who is given a powerful motive and the means to carry out a deadly mission. The plot is very gripping and, from the first page, the reader is already absorbed into the dynamics of the story. The Falcon’s Revenge: An Aviation-Based Thriller has a fascinating and colorful setting, offers a compelling story with strong characters, and explores elements of radical beliefs and how the weak fall prey to them. Each page is loaded with action and intrigue and there is no way to part with the story until its satisfying end.”

    When asked for his initial reaction after getting the results, Mr. Holling said, “The review blew my mind!” He went on to say, “I am grateful for the kind words and the positive review. I posted the complete review on my Facebook author’s page. The downside is I’ve set a high bar for myself as I work my way through composing the sequel.”

    About J. E. Holling: The Falcons Revenge is J. E. Holling’s debut novel. The aviation theme of his novel is not a surprise considering Holling’s background. He held positions in Engineering, Program Management, Aviation Safety and the Military. His first fiction novel draws on these lifelong interests and experiences. Technical writing was always a big part of his work. Now he turns those long honed skills to the task of telling a compelling story. A story that could be tomorrows headline. Mr. Holling is married, lives in New Jersey and has two grown children. He looks forward to an active life as a storyteller.

    Follow Mr. Holling at:

  • ITW Author 4:04 pm on August 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Death of a Scam Artist by Mike Befeler released 

    Mike Befeler’s mystery novel, Death of a Scam Artist (ISBN 978-1-893035-38-6), has been published.

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    In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder.

  • ITW Author 3:03 pm on August 5, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: , cozy mystery, female sleuths, mystery series   

    Finalist in RPLA Competition 

    Facials Can Be Fatal (#13 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen is a Finalist in the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. Winners will be announced at the Florida Writers Association annual conference Oct. 19-22 at Altamonte Springs, FL

    Salon sleuth Marla Vail is determined to peel back the truth about a deadly facial at her new day spa. “A fun cozy read with mystery, family drama and some romance.” This title is available from Five Star in hardcover and digital editions.

    Facials Can Be Fatal





  • ITW Author 4:28 pm on July 31, 2017 Permalink  

    AUGUST 15TH, 2017 From a thriller talent… 

    AUGUST 15TH, 2017

    From a thriller talent “who really knows and loves this rugged territory” (New York Times)


    A Clyde Barr Novel

    By Erik Storey

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    “Nail-biting . . . Readers will have a hard time putting this thriller down.”

    —Publishers Weekly

    “[Features] a fantasy figure of immortal appeal: the loner who rides into a towna-promise-to-kill-smaller_hr in trouble, rescues the folks by pulverizing the troublemakers, and leaves, much to the disappointment of the townsfolk . . . Entertaining . . . especially for those who come for the action.”


    “One of the summer’s best mystery novels . . . A Sam Peckinpah via Peter Fonda motorcycle western, but with drones . . . [Storey] gives a high-country nod to the influence of legendary Florida mystery writer John D. MacDonald.”

    —Outside magazine

    “If you loved Erik Storey’s debut novel Nothing Short of Dying as much as I did, then you’re already hooked on this author, and it won’t take much to convince you to read A Promise to Kill. Clyde Barr, Storey’s iconic American hero-drifter, is saddled up and back. Barr never looks for trouble, but trouble is all around him in the rough country he travels, and Barr does not ride away from trouble—or evil. A Promise to Kill promises intense, edge-of-the-seat excitement to anyone who picks it up.”

    —Nelson DeMille,

    New York Times bestselling author of The Lion’s Game and Nightfall

     “Not just good but great. A Promise to Kill delivers on the promise of Story’s debut novel by showing protagonist Clyde Barr confronting even more insurmountable odds, and making the bad guys wish they’d stayed home. The Clyde Barr thrillers are my favorites, and Erik Storey is my favorite thriller writer. There’s not even a close second.”
    —Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike and Cry Father and coauthor of New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir Satan Is Real

  • ITW Author 7:35 pm on July 19, 2017 Permalink  

    Marissa Garner’s Wanted (FBI Heat) is a finalist in the published division of the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense contest. Learn more about Wanted (FBI Heat) at and


  • ITW Author 2:56 pm on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tie-In Mystery to Lizzie Borden Murders! 

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    C.A. (Christine) Verstraete, author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, (Imajin Books) adds a new dimension to the real-life Lizzie Borden murder mystery with her new short mystery also set in Fall River, MA.

      The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River, lets the Borden’s doctor and neighbor share his side of the story following the gruesome murders. August 4th marks the 125th anniversary of the 1892 Borden murders.

    The short supernatural-flavored mystery (141 pages) is on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. (Pre-order, releases 8/4.)  Coming in print.   Author website:

    About The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River:

    Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

    Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

    Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.

  • ITW Author 9:20 am on July 17, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: assassin, bounty hunter, , MWD dogs, politics, Supreme Court, Tourette Syndrome   

    New ITW Author Signs Deal 

    English and foreign language rights for Chris Bauer’s JANE’S BABY, a political conspiracy thriller, sold to Intrigue Publishing May 2017. A bounty-hunting retired Marine and his military working dogs chase a religious assassin bent on the removal of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. JANE’S BABY, which releases April 2018, posits an answer to the question Whatever happened to Jane Roe’s baby? Chris Bauer is represented by Jessica Faust, Bookends LLC.

  • ITW Author 9:01 pm on June 24, 2017 Permalink  

    Parent Teacher Association — Released 

    Psychological suspense novel Parent Teacher Association by Debut Author Jennifer Soosar is now available! Published by Black Opal Books.

    A troubled teacher. An aggressive parent. A town’s deadly secret.

    Get it on Amazon

    View the book trailer


    See you at ThrillerFest!

  • ITW Author 11:13 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink  

    A BLACK SAIL wins Best Mystery in Next Generation awards 

    A_Black_SailA BLACK SAIL, book three in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery Series, won Best Mystery in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The novel is also a Finalist in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards and received a starred review from Library Journal.

  • ITW Author 8:17 pm on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    WENDIGO Released 

    Algonquin legend tells of the Wendigo, an evil spirit sent to punish mankind. It can possess a person and turn them into a monstrous creature consumed by a need to eat human flesh. For John
    Bear the Wendigo was merely a scary story his grandfather used to tell him. That is, until a man is found dead in the deep northern woods of Maine, butchered like an animal and with his heart missing. And the only tracks they can find are massive footprints that couldn’t possibly be human. Now, John is sure that what is stalking the inhabitants of their remote outpost is a Wendigo, even if no one else believes it. He must stop a monster he once thought was nothing more than a tale to scare children.



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