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  • 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.

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    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

    See more at

    “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.



  • ITW Author 7:15 pm on May 31, 2017 Permalink  

    LOCKDOWN available 6/13 

    web-feb1_LA year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school’s reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day—bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald’s bright vision…

    A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother’s history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns.

    Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal.

    Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R. King’s novel charts compelling characters on a collision course—a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.

  • ITW Author 6:58 am on May 26, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: , Eric J. Guignard,   

    New anthology release: HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 6, edited by Eric J. Guignard 

    New anthology release: +HORROR LIBRARY+, VOLUME 6, edited by Eric J. Guignard!

    Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard, Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a remarkable level of literary energy and purpose, featuring 27 brand-new horror short stories from authors such as Jeffrey Ford, Bentley Little, David Tallerman, Carole Johnstone, and John M. Floyd, amongst notable others. Whether monsters of war-ravaged winter, vengeful ghosts of the dead, murderers lurking in your shadow, or supernatural rites of diabolism, these stories were compiled to evoke emotion, share wonder, incite inspiration, and provoke more than a few grins and gasps. As always, if you’d like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you’ve found the right book!


    “For +Horror Library+ Volume 6, editor Eric J. Guignard has assembled twenty-seven startlingly original stories that offer an impressive range of themes, voices, and settings, but they all deliver the authentic, frightening goods. This one will have you reaching for the lights—over and over.”
    —Lisa Morton, multiple-Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Halloween expert

    “Top-notch horror from both well-known authors and rising stars. Highly recommended!”
    —Lucy Taylor, award-winning author of horror and erotica such as The Safety of Unknown Cities and Fatal Journeys

    Horror Library continues to deliver some of the best horror fiction collections… ”


    Author: Edited by Eric J. Guignard
    Price: $15.95 for print and $7.99 for electronic
    Publisher and Imprint: Cutting Block Books, an imprint of Farolight Publishing (Winchester, VA)
    Format: Available in TRADE PAPERBACK and ELECTRONIC media
    Paperback 13-digit ISBN: 978-0996115988
    ASIN: B06XHQK8X7
    Month of publication: April, 2017



  • ITW Author 11:14 pm on May 11, 2017 Permalink  

    Storm Shelter now available for preorder! 

    Storm Shelter is now available for preorder at  A prequel to the ITW “Best 1st Novel” nominated Type & Cross, Storm Shelter explores the horrific events that turned Dr. Persephone Smith into the tequila-swilling, burned-out criminal psychologist we loved to hate. Reserve your copy now – at discount pricing!

  • ITW Author 1:09 pm on April 11, 2017 Permalink  

    Death of a Kootch Show Girl, Book Publication 

    front cover-websize-smallDeath of a Kootch Show Girl, the first novel by author Corey Recko (Murder on the White Sands and A Spy for the Union) has been published by Black Opal Books. The novel is a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953 and its effects on a small group of carnies and local citizens.

    It’s Halloween night 1953, the last night of the carnival in rural Ohio, and a stripper turns up dead. Tom Davis, the chief of police, orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates, but there are no leads to Mary’s killer-no fingerprints on the murder weapon, no blood but Mary’s at the scene, no foreign hairs or fibers-no clues of any kind. Brian Stockton, a reporter for the local paper, hopes this will be his break into the big time, so he begins to investigate as well. But, alas, the killer’s identity eludes him, too. As tensions build, the carnies become paranoid, pointing fingers at each other. Could it be the owner, Bill Harris, the one who discovered the body? Or was it per-haps Gino Guglielmo, the man who runs the kootch show and has a nasty temper? Was it the eccentric clown, Otto Radowski, a man with dark secrets in his past and who just happens to have Mary’s cat? And how did the killer manage to commit such a violent act without leaving a single speck of evidence? Mary certainly wasn’t killed by a ghost…or was she?

    Corey Recko’s first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association’s award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review of the book concluded, “Just about everyone will find something to like in this tale of Civil War espionage that mixes in portions of heroism, intrigue, cowardice and betrayal.” Along with books, Recko has written articles on a variety of historical topics for magazines and historical journals and has become a sought after speaker (including an appearance on C-SPAN). Death of a Kootch Show Girl, a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953, is Corey Recko’s first novel.

  • ITW Author 4:54 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink
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    PoisonedTears_EbookEnter before 4/30 for a chance to win a copy of POISONED TEARS by JH Bográn

    POISONED TEARS is the latest novel from J. H. Bográn and has already garnered positive reviews and recommendations. Jon Land calls it “a splendid piece of crime noir.” Douglas Preston says it’s a first class roller-coaster ride.

    Book description:

    Retired Dallas private investigator Alan Knox dislikes New Orleans so much he won’t even drink Abita, the local beer. It all goes back to the day his knee and his promising pro football career were wrecked in a Superdome game with the Saints. But when his estranged son calls and asks for help finding a missing fiance, the guilt-ridden Texan heads for the Big Easy where he soon finds himself in trouble up to the tops of his snakeskin boots. What starts off as a missing person case turns into a hunt for a serial killer who uses exotic poisonous animals to dispatch his victims. Painfully aware he can’t go it alone, Knox joins forces with an over-the-hill journalist and an unfriendly police detective as he navigates the dark streets and seedy bars in search of his prey.

  • ITW Author 9:37 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Alternative History Noir Mystery 

    Martin Roy Hill’s alternative history noir mystery, “The Thirty-Fourth Man,” was published in the March issue of ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History. In an alternate history, Hitler won WWII. Ex-cop and former OSS spy Paul Klee is forced to work with the occupying Nazi SS. His latest assignment: Find the “Thirty-Fourth Man,” a double agent who betrayed thirty-three German spies at the beginning of the war. Klee’s Hobson’s choice: Find the missing man and turn him over to the SS, or take his place in front of a firing squad. Inspired by a true story.

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