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  • ITW Author 9:13 pm on February 4, 2020 Permalink
    Tags: Best of 2019, Bianca Goddard mystery, Mary Lawrence, Suspense Magazine, The Alchemist of Lost Souls   

    The Alchemist of Lost Souls 

    Suspense Magazine named The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence a “Best Historical Mystery of 2019”. This is the second time a Bianca Goddard Mystery has made the list.

  • ITW Author 9:21 pm on December 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Revenge in Barcelona, by Kathryn Lane 

    Third novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series. Available on Amazon or

    Nikki Garcia, former international fraud auditor turned private investigator, escapes to Spain to avoid death threats on her last assignment in Mexico. A week later, Nikki and her fiancé, Eduardo, find themselves caught up in a terrorist attack at one of Barcelona’s major tourist attractions. As events unravel, Nikki discovers she is being stalked, worse, she may have been the target of the deadly bombing. To find out who has plotted against her, they consider international connections to people she encountered in her past investigations in Latin America. Weaving their way through Barcelona in an attempt to get facts, Nikki and Eduardo further endanger their lives upon discovering a series of suspects, from flamenco dancers to foreign nationals. Will they be able to outsmart the would-be assassin’s attempts on Nikki’s life?

  • ITW Author 2:48 am on September 4, 2019 Permalink
    Tags: , Espionage thriller, Mossad Thriller, ,   

    Vengeance (Tip of the Spear series, Book 2) 

    Gold Medal Winner of the Readers’ Favorite Award for Fiction – Thriller – Terrorist.

    Vengeance is a sexy thriller teeming with romantic suspense. A well-researched tale, scary in its possibility, packed with excitement, it will leave you breathlessly turning pages.  Layla Wallace Hassani is living her dream, curating a major art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. She has it all, a fabulous career, the perfect marriage and the perfect child. She’s madly in love with her husband Cyrus Hassani, a Mossad agent, and lives in Tel Aviv with their four-year-old daughter Cerise. Her life takes a disastrous turn when she’s kidnapped by Iranian terrorists during the bombing of a restaurant in Manhattan. Chained to a bed in a remote location, Layla is a pawn in a deadly game. She’s the bait to lure Cyrus to his death.

    Driven by vengeance and a love that knows no bounds, Cyrus will do anything to rescue his wife and stop the terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear facility. Teaming up with the FBI, he’s the only man capable of stopping a bombing that would result in the deaths of millions of people. Filled with vengeance, stopping the terrorists is his goal, but saving Layla is his mission.

    Layla knows her Superman, Cyrus, is coming to save her. She also knows, unbeknownst to him, that by doing so it will mean the death of their child. Caught in a mousetrap, she struggles to find a way out of her deadly situation and to fend off the sexual advances of the kidnapper terrorist who’s fallen for her.

    Layla must make a choice, save her child or sacrifice herself and her marriage. The clock is ticking.

  • ITW Author 5:24 pm on August 22, 2019 Permalink  

    Rick Treon signs two-book deal with Fawkes Press 

    Rick Treon

    International Thriller Writers member Rick Treon has signed a contract with Fawkes Press to publish two novels in a new upmarket thriller series, according to Treon and Publisher Jodi Thompson.

    The first novel, titled Let the Guilty Pay, is scheduled for release in July 2020. Fawkes Press also purchased the world English rights to a second book in the series.

    The two-book deal was announced Wednesday in premier trade publication Publishers Marketplace.

    “I’m thrilled to be working with the team at Fawkes Press, not only to publish Let the Guilty Pay but to develop a series around these characters,” Treon said.

    According to the announcement, Let the Guilty Pay is about “a struggling crime writer working the oilfields of Texas (who) discovers the power of truth and the price of redemption when he is linked to two brutal murders decades apart.”

    The novel’s original manuscript — under the working title Helpers — was named a thriller finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas 2019 Manuscript Contest.

    Treon is a member of the ITW’s 2018-2019 Debut Authors class and participated in the Debut Authors breakfast in July at ThrillerFest XIV.

    Treon will also be participating in the new authors breakfast at Bouchercon 2019 from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Dallas.

    Let the Guilty Pay will be Treon’s second novel when it is released next year. His first, Deep Background, was published in December 2018 by Black Rose Writing.

    Fawkes Press is based in Fort Worth. Its nonfiction title, Spoiler Alert: You’re Gonna Die, was a silver-medal winner at the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards).

  • ITW Author 3:36 pm on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

    CSCO: First Station The Making of a Clandestine Service Case Officer 

    I’m very excited to announce the release of my debut novel, a global espionage action/adventure, Book One of the CSCO Chronicles:

    [please find me at: ]

    Ben Daniels is a freshly-minted CIA Case Officer and the Central European capital of Prague is fertile grounds for the trade of espionage…

    … a coup plot with dire global consequences…

    … a new, bleeding edge missile system aimed at our top fighter pilots and aircraft…

    … a bone-crunching run-in with the KGB…

    … export of advanced weapons to an arch enemy threatening to set the Middle East aflame…

    … the saber-toothed fangs of war-trained Dobermans and Shepherds…

    … a pissed off Chief of Station intent on relieving Ben for cause…

    … TOP SECRET sources and tradecraft…

    … in a new, codeword-level cover program, Ben has to deal with the dangers of internal politics as well as external threats to his physical health. Although unqualified, he gets sucked into high-stakes operations with appalling consequences, it’s all he can do just to stay alive, much less sane.

    The world of clandestine subterfuge brings both successes and failures; either way the Case Officers who ply its shadows never go unscathed. What remains of Ben after his breakneck trek determined to thwart his enemies?

  • ITW Author 3:58 am on June 19, 2019 Permalink

    Sheila Lowe’s Beyond the Veil series re-introduces Jessica Mack, the young woman who woke on a train with amnesia in What She Saw. Now, five years later, the voices she’s been trying to deny insist on being heard.

    Guided by the voices to a seance, Jessica joins forces with Sage Boles, a man with a mysterious past, to search for a missing four-year-old.

  • ITW Author 10:17 pm on June 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    John Farrow news. 

    An honor landed on my doorstep today. The Writers’ Union of Canada “in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the Union and to the lives of Canadian writers” has bestowed upon me a Life Membership. Much appreciated. This follows a recent honorary doctorate, of Divinity, so I guess it’s a time-of-life thing.

    Two new thrillers are on the way. Ball Park (Severn House) comes out in late July, 2019, in the UK, and in late October in the US and Canada. Roar Back (Severn House) comes out in January in the UK, and in May in the US and Canada.

  • ITW Author 4:31 pm on June 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Douglas J. Wood’s DARK DATA exposes the internet’s privacy’s illusion 


    Control, Alt, Delete

    “This is a very contemporary and cautionary tale about what could very well happen when financial terrorists join forces with radical terrorists. This book is certainly one of the most well-researched of the new dystopian novels and a real page-turner to the surprising end.” -Booklife

    Prolific author and recent Independent Press Award-winner Douglas J. Wood will be releasing his sixth book, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete (Original Trade Paperback/Hardback, ISBN 978-1-7335253-1-2/978-1-7335253-2-9, $16.99/$25.99) this August 13th.

    In his new thriller, Wood transports readers to a world where privacy is just an illusion and using data for the targeted advertising and marketing we see today is nothing compared to what is truly possible. Experts Wood interviewed while writing DARK DATA warn that the reality of this books’ scenes could be just one “click”, “share,” “tweet,” or “like” away.

    DARK DATA is not only a thrilling novel, but also serves as a cautionary tale that sheds light on the dangers of social media and the mystery that is the Selfish Ledger. Involving questionable characters in positions high and low, Wood brilliantly portrays what could happen if the wrong people control information that has the potential to destroy us all.

    About the Author

    Douglas J. Wood is the author of the award-winning Samantha Harrison political trilogy. In 2018 he published his memoir, Asshole Attorney: Musings, Memories and Missteps in a 40 Year Career. A partner at Reed Smith LLP, he has over four decades of experience in the practice of entertainment and media law, allowing him to frequently impart knowledge gained from his career into his books. He and his wife live in New Jersey. To learn more about Doug, you can visit his website here.


  • ITW Author 1:24 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink  

    Dangerous Alliance – 2018 CIBAs First in Category Global Thriller Books Award Winner 

    Dangerous Alliance was recently recognized by the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs) as one of seven First in Category award winners for  the 2018 Global Thriller Book Awards for Lab Lit & High Stakes Thriller Novels.







    The Kurdish Connection finished as a semi-finalist in the same competition. Needless to say, I’m thrilled! Both are available across the Amazon network.



  • ITW Author 9:44 pm on May 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cinematic book trailers, Dakota Banks, Dark Time, Mortal Path, Motion Tank, trailers   

    I’m pleased to show off the new cinematic book trailer for Dark Time by Dakota Banks, the first book in the Mortal Path series. I’d love to see Mortal Path as a TV series and I’m working toward that, with a screenplay named “Bound by Blood” as the pilot episode and this trailer to help stir up interest. Maliha’s story is captivating and I think it’s binge-worthy, too! Wish me luck.

    Dark Time Trailer

    View Trailer – Top quality cinematic book trailers by Motion Tank

    Dakota Banks

  • ITW Author 3:44 pm on May 7, 2019 Permalink
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    CONDUITS Re-released by LVP Publications 

    Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts to quell the pain, she thought she had left the worst behind her. But her boyfriend’s sudden death and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State send her into a spiral of madness that lands her in a psychiatric ward.

    Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth of her older sister’s brutal murder and, unable to distinguish between nightmare and waking any longer, the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

    Cover art by Kealan Patrick Burke

    Available in hardback and paperback through your local indie bookstore at
    Barnes and Noble

  • ITW Author 2:15 pm on April 21, 2019 Permalink  

    BOOKSTR selects 5 LGBTQ books to honor Stonewall’s 50th anniversary 

    Included among them is my thriller, The Fourth Courier.

  • ITW Author 8:20 pm on April 4, 2019 Permalink
    Tags: award nominations. Leslie Budewitz,   

    Short Story Award nominations! 

    Delighted to announce two short story award nominations!

    My first historical short, “All God’s Sparrows,” set in Montana Territory in 1885 and featuring a real-life figure named “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May-June 2018), and is nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Read it on my website, A second Stagecoach Mary story, “Miss Starr’s Goodbye,” will appear in Alfred Hitchcock in the fall of 2019.
    “With My Eyes” appeared in Suspense Magazine (Jan-Feb 2018), and features a young Seattle banker who meets a Greek woman and sees what he wants to see. It’s nominated for a 2018 Derringer Award, given by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, in the “long story” category. It’s the second story inspired by our long-ago Greek honeymoon. The first, “The End of the Mani,” appeared in Alfred Hitchcock in 2006; read the reprint from Kings River Life, June 12, 2012) or listen to me read it on this AHMM podcast.
    Leslie Budewitz
  • ITW Author 4:08 pm on March 11, 2019 Permalink  

    BROKEN PLACES up for a Lefty Award! 

    My debut novel, Broken Places, a Chicago mystery, is up for a Lefty at Left Coast Crime! So jazzed.




  • ITW Author 4:36 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink  

    Four book deal 

    Chris Bauer, author of political thriller JANE’S BABY, closed a four book deal with Severn River Publishing. HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, A Blessid Trauma Thriller, about crime scene cleaners and bareknuckle boxing, will release April/May 2019. Horror novel SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD, EPIC Awards 2010 runner up for best in eBook horror, will re-release summer 2019. DIRTY POOL, A Lethal Women Thriller, will release late 2019. A to-be-named follow-up to HIDING AMONG THE DEAD will release in 2020.

  • ITW Author 4:04 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink  

    New member, old writer… 

    ITW just accepted me for membership! What an honor! I’ve been writing mysteries, thrillers, and sci-fi for a while, though (even the sci-fi has thriller components). I’d also like to announce my post-apocalyptic thriller The Last Humans, coming soon from Black Opal Books. Am looking forward to meeting some ITW members too!

  • ITW Author 12:36 am on January 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    VANOPS: THE LOST POWER, by Avanti Centrae, wins two awards 

    Avanti Centrae’s international thriller VANOPS: THE LOST POWER took home a Genre Grand Prize blue ribbon at the recent Chanticleer International Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Hollywood Book Festival. 

    “A high-stakes, daring adventure charged with suspense and mystery!” ~Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling author of the Deadwood Mystery series

    Click here to download the first six chapters.

  • ITW Author 7:14 pm on January 5, 2019 Permalink  

    You Only Live Once Wins Silver in The Reader’s Favorite Awards 

    Author Haris Orkin won the silver medal  in the action category for his debut novel,  YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.



  • ITW Author 3:48 pm on January 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Announcing the release of Hemlock Needle 

    Hemlock Needle, the second Maeve Malloy mystery, will be released by Level Best Books on January 22, 2019.

    In Anchorage, Alaska, Yup’ik Eskimo chief financial officer and single mother, Esther Fancyboy, walks out of a party and into a blizzard. She is never seen again, leaving behind a seven-year-old son, Evan. The local cops say she’ll come home when she’s done partying, but family friend Maeve Malloy doesn’t think it’s that simple. She goes looking for Esther just as she’s getting bad news of her own, a career-ending accusation. When Esther’s body turns up in a snow berm and a witness is shot to death in front of Maeve, she suspects Evan might be in danger. Maeve must race against time to save the boy–along with her career, and maybe her life.

    Riveting, authentic and completely engaging. The deeply talented Keenan Powell nails the unforgiving Alaska setting and fascinating culture with a knowing affection, and her smart and compassionate  Maeve Malloy is terrific. Perfectly paced and consistently surprising–Hemlock Needle is a winner! – Hank Phillippi Ryan  Nationally best-selling author of TRUST ME

    Hemlock Needle

  • ITW Author 3:49 am on December 8, 2018 Permalink  

    The Rigel Affair Gets Another 5-Stars! 

    The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick gets a 5-Star Editorial Review from Literary Titan! “Hedrick is handing readers a perfect blend of Historical Fiction and Romance – 5 Stars!” –

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