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  • ITW Author 6:23 pm on April 17, 2018 Permalink  

    Kathleen Valenti’s debut medical mystery, Protocol, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel.

    Protocol chronicles Maggie O’Malley’s transition from freshly minted college grad to nascent pharmaceutical researcher. Maggie is determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab, but on her very first day, reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead.

    With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers that the victims on her phone are connected to each other and to her new employer. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.

    Protocol is the first book in the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series.

  • ITW Author 6:44 pm on April 10, 2018 Permalink  

    Award Winning Author, Ellen Butler, Signs Audio Book Contract 

    Award winning author, Ellen Butler, is pleased to announce she has signed an audio book contract with Tantor Media to produce her bestselling historical fiction novel, The Brass Compass. The book will be released before the end of 2018 (exact date to be announced), on iTunes, Audible, and Google Books.

    Find out more about The Brass Compass on Ellen’s Website,

  • ITW Author 5:46 pm on April 9, 2018 Permalink  

    The Old Cape Hollywood Secret – Silver Finalist 

    Award-winning author Barbara Eppich Struna is pleased to announce that THE OLD CAPE HOLLYWOOD SECRET is a FINALIST in FICTION: MYSTERY/SUSPENSE – IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 2018.

  • ITW Author 6:43 pm on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Terry Irving Writes Non-Fiction Thriller 

    ITW Member Terry Irving, author of Courier, Warrior, and The Day of the Dragonking took three years off from writing fiction to edit On the Frontlines of the Television WarTony Hirashiki’s award-winning nonfiction book about his experiences as a news cameraman in Vietnam. Legendary agent Ron Goldfarb, who got Stanley Karnow’s Vietnam: a History on bookstore shelves back in the 1970s arranged for it to be published by Casemate UK and it debuted at #1 on their Spring 2017 list. Frontlines has just been released as an Audiobook and a paperback is planned.

    Marketing was a challenge for Hirashiki’s book because of a rush to publication but ended well as we held a speaking engagement at the National Archives in Dec. 2017 with former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel and former ABC Diplomatic Correspondent Barrie Dunsmore. Taxi Dancer, Terry’s first novel in a private detective series set in 1930’s Manila should be completed by Thrillerfest 2019.

  • ITW Author 5:11 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink  


    The Pulp Factory Award nominations were announced on March 2, 2018 and I am honored to find myself and some books I worked on nominated in the following categories:

    Best Pulp NovelSnow Drive (BEN Books)

    Best Pulp Short Story: “Takedown” from The Ruby Files Vol. 2 (Airship 27 Productions)

    Best Pulp CoverThe Ruby Files Vol. 2 by Mark Wheatley (Airship 27 Productions)

    Best Pulp Interior IllustrationsThe Ruby Files Vol. 2 by Nik Poliwko (Airship 27 Productions)

    Best Pulp AnthologyThe Ruby Files Vol. 2, Ron Fortier, editor (Airship 27 Productions)

    Here is the press release and official ballot. Voting is open to the public HERE. Voting ends March 12, 2018.

    Winners will be announced at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con held April 6 – 8 in Lombard, IL.

    Congratulations to all of the nominees from the 8 different publishers in the running. Also, a big thank you to those who nominated my work and to those who will hopefully vote for it. Ha! Ha!

    Now get out there and vote for your favorites!




    Lombard, Illinois – March 2, 2018

    With April’s Windy City Pulp and Paper approaching fast, the ballot for the Tenth Annual Pulp Factory Awards – to be handed out at the conference – has just opened up for voting by the reading public.

    The ballot can be found online at

    Voters have until midnight on Monday, March 12 to select one nominee in several categories. All votes must be received via the electronic ballot via Google forms.

    Note the deadline is earlier than usual due to Windy City Pulp Con beginning on April 6.

    Shortlisted nominees in each category are as follows:

    Blackthorn: Spires of Mars – I A Watson  (White Rocket Books)

    Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle Lord – Jim Beard & Barry Reese (Airship 27)

    The Eye of Quang Chi – Fred Adams, Jr.  (Airship 27)

    Holmes and Houdini – I A Watson  (Airship 27)

    Pulp Heroes: Sanctuary Falls – Wayne Reinagel  (Knightraven Studios)

    Sentinels vol 9: Vendetta – Van Allen Plexico  (White Rocket Books)

    Snow Drive – Bobby Nash  (BEN Books)

    Tales of the Golden Dragon – Barbara Doran (Airship 27)

    Bass Reeves: Frontier Marshal vol 2 – Marco Turini (Airship 27)

    Holmes & Houdini – Chad Hardin (Airship 27)

    Jezebel Johnson: Queen of Anarchy – Rob Davis (Airship 27)

    Jezebel Johnson: Sea Witch – Laura Givens (Airship 27)

    Queensberry Justice: The Fight Card Sherlock Holmes Omnibus – Mike Fyles (Fight Card)

    The Ruby Files vol 2 – Mark Wheatley (Airship 27)

    Sentinels vol 9: Vendetta – Chris Kohler (White Rocket Books)

    Six Gun Terrors vol 3: The Slithering Terror – Ted Hammond (Airship 27)

    “The Adventure of the Failing Light” – I A Watson – Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective v 9 (Airship 27)

    “Takedown” – Bobby Nash – The Ruby Files vol 2 (Airship 27)

    “A Tree Falls in the Forest” – Sean Taylor – The Ruby Files vol 2 (Airship 27)

    Rob Davis – Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective vol 9  (Airship 27)

    Rob Davis – Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective vol 10  (Airship 27)

    Rob Davis – Holmes and Houdini  (Airship 27)

    Morgan Fitzsimmons – The Eye of Quang Chi  (Airship 27)

    Gary Kato – Tales of the Golden Dragon  (Airship 27)

    Javier Lugo – C.O. Jones vol 2: Skinners  (Airship 27)

    Nik Poliwko – The Ruby Files, vol 2  (Airship 27)

    Haunted Blades: Tales of the Black Musketeers – Connor MacDonald & Amanda Berthault, Eds (Pro Se)

    Queensberry Justice: The Fight Card Sherlock Holmes Omnibus – Paul Bishop, Ed (Fight Card)

    The Ruby Files, vol 2 – Ron Fortier, Ed (Airship 27)

    Restless: An Anthology of Mummy Horror – Jim Beard & John Bruening, Eds (Flinch)

    Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, vol 9 – Ron Fortier, Ed (Airship 27)

    Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, vol 10 – Ron Fortier, Ed (Airship 27)

    The Song of Heroes – Nancy Hansen, Ed (Pro Se)

    After March 12, the committee will tally all of the electronic votes and the winners will be announced at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention on Friday, April 6, 2018.

    Questions and concerns should be directed to This will insure a more prompt response than reaching out to individual committee members.

    Thank you for your interest, and looking forward to your votes!

    Vote HERE.

    Winners will be announced at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con held April 6 – 8 in Lombard, IL.

    The full ballot and link to vote can be found at and

    Congratulations to all of the nominees from the 8 different publishers in the running. Also, a big thank you to those who nominated my work and to those who will hopefully vote for it. Ha! Ha! Now get out there and vote for your favorites!

    Voting ends tonight at midnight.

  • ITW Author 10:33 pm on March 7, 2018 Permalink  

    The Torch Betrayal, the Newly Released Conor Thorn Thriller By Glenn Dyer 

    A disgraced agent. A missing battle plan. Will he find redemption or damage the Allies beyond repair?
    London, 1942. OSS Agent Conor Thorn is desperate for a second chance. After a botched mission in Tangier, Thorn knows failure is not an option. When confidential directives for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, go missing, the agent must recover the plans before the Nazis thwart the crucial mission.
    Thorn teams up with MI6 agent Emily Bright to seek out the traitor in their midst. Untangling the web of suspects leads them to Nazi sympathizers, double-crossing Soviet spies, and Vatican clergymen with motives of their own. As their mission grows more and more dangerous, Thorn and Bright have one chance to retrieve the document before it falls into enemy hands, leaving countless Allied troops in danger.

    The Torch Betrayal is a high-stakes World War II thriller inspired by true events.

    Quotes from reviews and testimonials:

    “Atmospheric and tense, with plenty of treachery and a heavy dose of history. What more could you ask for in a thriller? Take a walk on the perilous side and check this one out.”
    Steve Berry NYTimes, USA Today & Internationally Bestselling Author

    “. . . a classic spy story in the vein of John Le Carré or Daniel Silva . . .”
    BlueInk Stared Review

    The Torch Betrayal is the best mix of genre standards from a fresh voice.”
    Foreword Reviews Four Star Review

    “. . . crisp writing, plot reveals that pop like firecrackers, and cinematic excitement . . .”
    – Foreword Reviews Four Star Review

    “A well-crafted espionage tale set during World War II.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    “ . . . In this highly entertaining tale . . . Dyer has hit all the notes in the thriller genre . . .”
    IndieReader Five Star Review

    “Welcome to 1942. Glenn Dyer is your tour guide to the world of spies and betrayal in the lead-up to the Allied Invasion of North Africa. You’re in good hands, so settle back and enjoy the fireworks.”
    James R. Benn, author of The Devouring, A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery

    The Torch Betrayal is a taut and terrific World War II spy thriller, a deadly cat-and-mouse game through Allied and German back-channels. Glenn Dyer’s story keeps the reader on edge from the beginning through the gripping twists and turns, and then to the explosive ending, a tremendously successful tale of suspense.”
    James Thayer, author of House of Eight Orchids

    Watch The Torch Betrayal book trailer here.

  • ITW Author 9:23 pm on March 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, , , ,   

    William Burton McCormick’s story “Cleopatran Cocktails,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine‘s March/April issue, is offered in its entirety as a free read on their website. The EQMM editors are willing to bet you’ve never encountered a fictional crime more original than the one you’ll find in this tale!

    Read it now.

  • ITW Author 11:17 pm on February 12, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , , , ethan carr thriller, , , , , , thriller boxed set   

    Ethan Carr Thrillers boxed set now available on Kindle 

    Bryan Cassiday’s boxed set Streets with No Name:  Ethan Carr Thriller Series is now available on Amazon Kindle.  The boxed set includes four complete and unabridged Ethan Carr thrillers:  Countdown to Death, Dying to BreatheWipeout, and Force of Impact.

    Plagued with guilt, ex-cop turned PI, Ethan Carr uncovers rampant corruption among the rich and famous and not so famous in sun-drenched Los Angeles.

  • ITW Author 11:07 pm on February 12, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , horror anthology, horror collection, horror stories, horror thriller, ,   

    Unhinged by Bryan Cassiday is now available in paperback 

    Bryan Cassiday’s new collection of his horror stories Unhinged:  Tales of Madness and Horror is now available in paperback at Amazon.

    Unhinged consists of ten stories that plumb the subterranean depths of the human mind to uncover the horrors that lie within. These stories plunge you into a world of murder, mayhem, and psychosis where anything goes and your worst nightmare could be lurking around the next corner in the guise of something as innocuous looking as a ventriloquist’s dummy, where even an insane asylum offers no refuge.

  • ITW Author 3:30 pm on February 8, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , , , senkaku islands, technothriller, unit 731   

    Science thriller now in audiobook 

    Just released in audiobook: The Han Agent, a science-themed thriller by Amy Rogers.

    For a limited time, available for only $8.99 through CDBaby
    In the 1930s, Japanese scientists in China committed heinous crimes in their quest for the ultimate biological weapon. The war ended. Their mission did not.

    Eighty years later, Japanese-American scientist Amika Nakamura won’t let rules stand between her and scientific glory. When the ambitious young virologist defies a ban on the genetic manipulation of influenza, she’s expelled from the university. Desperate to save her career, she accepts a position with a pharmaceutical company in Tokyo. Soon after, a visit to a disputed island entangles her in a high-profile geopolitical struggle between Japan and China. Applying her singular expertise with bird flu in a risky experiment may be the only way out. Little does she know that Japanese ultra-nationalists and a legacy of unpunished war crimes lurk in the shadows, manipulating people, politics, and science.

    But DNA doesn’t lie. Amika uncovers a shocking truth: a deadly virus is about to put the “gene” in genocide.

    Praise for THE HAN AGENT:

    “Amy Rogers’s latest medical thriller is as exciting as it is frighteningly realistic. It could be tomorrow’s headline. Here is a story fraught with tension, and threaded through with scientific accuracy and speculation that will leave you stunned.”—James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sigma Force series

    “In a stunning ‘what-if’ author-scientist Amy Rogers resurrects the idea of Unit 731, Japan’s notorious wartime biological weapons division, weaving together a diabolical tale of science, genocide, and modern-day bio-terror. Sobering, suspenseful, and absolutely chilling.”—Barry Lancet, award-winning author of The Spy Across the Table and Tokyo Kill

    “In the gripping thriller The Han Agent by Amy Rogers, World War II-era history, ultranationalism, and biological genocide intertwine. The Han Agent is a surefire genre hit, fast-paced and full of elements of mystery and adventure. Science fiction hounds in particular will dig the information about DNA sequencing, virus detection, and how plagues can spread.” —Foreword Reviews magazine

    The Han Agent will get your heart pounding and your blood boiling. Putting huge swaths of humanity in its crosshairs, this pressure cooker of a thriller portrays with chilling realism how individuals can use specialized scientific knowledge for good or evil.”—J.E. Fishman, bestselling author of Primacy and the Bomb Squad NYC series

  • ITW Author 4:30 pm on February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    FLASHPOINT, my latest spy novel, in now available. 

    Book 5 – After London suffers a coordinated terror attack, Thomas Bladen questions everything – his future with Miranda, his Surveillance Support Unit job and his clandestine role as a Spy Chaser. But his troubles are just beginning.

    When the Unit comes under MI5’s control and two senior SSU staff disappear, his search for answers is blocked at every turn. A missing handgun and the reappearance of old adversaries forces him into uneasy alliances and hard choices. What he discovers could change the rules forever.

    The series:


  • ITW Author 3:58 pm on February 5, 2018 Permalink  

    New Thriller Novel – With a Twist. 

    Debut thriller novel, The Sacrifice by author Donna Collins, hit the scene this week, but it’s a thriller like no thriller before it – with a touch of horror and pinch of humor thrown into the mix. And it’s certainly proving a hit with the readers.

    So, the question is…who would you sacrifice to get what you wanted?

    When Cornish nurse Eliza Hamilton is mugged on her way home from work late one evening, the mysterious Roman Holbrook appears out of the darkness and fights off her strange attacker. He quickly disappears into the night before the police arrive, leaving a semi-conscious Eliza questioning if he was, in fact, a figment of her imagination.

    That is until he shows up on her doorstep one rainy night – and all hell breaks loose again.

    But is this man her hero or does he have a more sinister motive for wanting her kept alive?


    The Sacrifice is available to buy now on Amazon. For news, official trailers, competitions, and more see



  • 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

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