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  • 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!” –

  • ITW Author 3:59 pm on December 5, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , Agora Books, Chantelle Aimée Osman, , Diversity, , Jason Pinter, , Polis Books,   

    Tori Eldridge’s Debut Novel to Co-Launch Agora Books 

    THE NINJA DAUGHTER by Tori Eldridge—one of three debut novels launching Polis Books’ new imprint, Agora Books, in Fall 2019—is a crime mystery about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja who takes on the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, domestic abuse, sex traffickers, and her own Hong Kong mother to save two desperate women and an innocent child from a violent LA Metro land grab scheme. Los Angeles author Tori Eldridge draws from her own Chinese-Norwegian heritage and authentic Ninjutsu mastery to write this gritty thriller.

    From Publishers Weekly:

    “In an effort to find works by new and diverse authors, independent publishing house Polis Books is launching Agora Books, a diversity-focused imprint devoted to crime and noir fiction.

    Polis Books founder Jason Pinter said the new imprint will launch with three titles in fall 2019, and eventually publish six to 10 titles a year.

    The new imprint will be directed by Chantelle Aimée Osman, who has been named editor of Agora Books. Osman is the former editor-in-chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine, cohost of the Crime Fiction podcast, and the author of a variety of short fiction and nonfiction works.

    Pinter said Osman will acquire “about 75% of the Agora list and I’ll do the rest.”

    The first three titles to be released from Agora in 2019 will be Three-Fifths by John Vercher, the story of a biracial man who discovers a childhood friend has become a neo-nazi; Remember by Patricia Smith, a novel about woman forced to reconcile with a painful past; and The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge, the tale of a woman who dedicates herself to becoming a modern day ninja after the murder of her sister…”

    Follow the link to read the entire Publishers Weekly announcement:

    Polis Books Launches Diversity-Focused Crime Imprint

  • ITW Author 8:17 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink
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    Rumor has it that Moonstone Books’ The Avenger Double Feature paperback by authors Chuck Miller and Bobby Nash hits comic book retail stores today. If you’re out and about and your comic shop or local bookstore has a copy on hand, snap a photo and tag me and your shop in it. I want to give a shout out to all the cool stores carrying the book.

    If your store doesn’t have it, and you’re interested, paperback and hardcover are available at the publisher’s website.
    Paperback ($11.99):
    Hardcover ($21.99):

    FROM THE CREATORS OF DOC SAVAGE & THE SHADOW comes Two NEW thrillers for the price of one!

    His family was taken from him by crime, and to make matters worse, no one believed him. He was forced into an insane asylum. He escaped. His facial muscles were paralyzed by the tragedy, so he could press his face into any position to adopt any guise. On that day, The AVENGER was born!

    THE AVENGER DOUBLE FEATURE includes two brand new novels in one book by authors Chuck Miller and Bobby Nash.

    In Chuck Miller’s “FACES OF DEATH,” a distraught woman comes to the Richard Benson with a story about the ghost of a vicious mass murderer, he and Nellie Gray find themselves targeted by a ruthless killer. Has the fiend really come from beyond the grave? And will he take the Avenger and Nellie back with him? Written by Chuck Miller.

    In Bobby Nash’s “BLACKWATER,” we learn that Black Water is a secret worth killing for, a prize worth any price to claim. To most, it is a myth, but for the leaders of the Tartarus Legion, it is an obsession.


  • ITW Author 11:07 am on November 7, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: louise rose-innes, munro crane, , , romantic thriller kindle books, ,   

    UNDERCURRENT – A Gripping Romantic Thriller

    UNDERCURRENT, the first book in the P.I. Munro Crane romantic thrillers by Amazon Bestselling author Louise Rose-Innes is now available for pre-order, and out 12 November 2018.

    Crane’s first case turns deadly…

    A chance meeting with the man who saved his life in Afghanistan five years ago sends Private Investigator, Munro Crane, on a seemingly mundane mission – to spy on his client’s beautiful wife.

    It soon becomes clear that Sarah is up to something, but it’s not what her husband thinks. Why does she disappear for hours on end? Where does she go? Is she really having an affair, or is it something altogether more sinister?

    As Crane uncovers the reason for Sarah’s suspicious behavior, he’s plunged into a confusing world of manipulation and betrayal. When things turn deadly, he’s forced to question his loyalty and how far he’ll go in pursuit of the truth.

    Undercurrent is the first book in the P.I. Munro Crane romantic thriller series. If you like fast-paced adventure, intriguing mystery, gripping suspense and a liberal dose of sizzling romance, then you’ll love this first installment in Louise Rose-Innes’ page-turning series.

    Find out more…

  • ITW Author 11:34 am on November 6, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: , , , colt ryder, jt brannan, , , urban, violent   

    New Colt Ryder Thriller Out for Christmas! 

    A new action thriller from bestselling author J.T. Brannan is due for release on December 25th – The Thousand Dollar Christmas!

    Colt Ryder – the Thousand Dollar Man, a near-mythical figure who travels America, helping those who nobody else will help – is finally allowing himself some time to relax, and finds himself in New York City with his loyal dog, Kane, for the Christmas celebrations.

    But he finds that trouble never leaves him alone for long – for while he is enjoying the decorations at Macy’s on Christmas Eve, the department store is overrun by armed criminals. The exits are sealed, thousands of customers are taken hostage, and nobody knows what they want – are they thieves or terrorists?

    Colt Ryder doesn’t know, and he doesn’t care – they’ve spoiled his vacation and, one way or another, he’s going to make them pay.

    THE THOUSAND DOLLAR CHRISTMAS is an action-filled, adrenaline-fueled slice of holiday fun, and will ensure you never look at Christmas the same way again!

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