ITW is delighted
to host an online conference to stoke your writing fires and keep those
dreams alive during the winter months. We’re excited to include Master
Class, Practice PitchFest, and the brand new Thriller MBA. You’ll learn
about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, including
the opportunity of breaking down Thriller MBA to focus on your own
topics of special interest.
Winter Thrills Master Class - $399
ITW's bestselling thriller writers will meet with you virtually in a small class format to discuss the craft of writing—YOUR writing.
Winter Thrills Master Class will be held via Zoom with one instructor in a private Zoom room with up to 10 attendees. The traditional full-day class will be broken into two four-hour sessions.
You'll need to submit a ten-page writing sample and a completed form to participate in this session. More information will be sent in an email you'll receive after you register.
also includes the following exciting and informative sessions:
Practice PitchFest - $30 each session
(Zoom) Practice PitchFest offers an opportunity to hone your pitch for
either an in-person meeting with an agent or for the creation of a fabulous
logline in your query letter. Qualified ITW authors will work with you
in a one-on-one virtual meeting that will leave you feeling energized
to pitch to agents and editors.
Thriller MBA - $299 (All inclusive;à la carte pricing
(Vimeo) The ITW team has created a powerful line-up of authors, agents,
editors, and other professionals to teach you about the different
elements of publishing. Their insights will be incredibly helpful as
you navigate the publishing world, and they will be helpful for
aspiring writers as well as established authors.
When you sign up for Thriller MBA (or purchase the individual Query
Critiques session), we'll invite you to submit your query letter. A
panel consisting of agents and editors will provide immediate and
constructive feedback. The moderator will read a query letter out loud
and feature the letter on the screen (eliminating any personal
information). The expert panelists will raise their hands when they
would stop reading if this letter landed on their desk. When all the
experts’ hands have been raised, the moderator will initiate a
discussion to learn why each agent/editor stopped at their chosen
moment. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of what makes a
successful query letter, priceless information for when you are
Due to the pandemic this year, International Thriller Writers has canceled the
in-person ThrillerFest Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The
health and safety of attendees is ITW's top priority. But we have fantastic news! We are offering a virtual conference so attendees
can remain safe in the comfort of their homes yet still participate in the learning
and camaraderie that is the hallmark of the annual conference of the
International Thriller Writers. No travel, no hotel stay, but an even more
extensive array of bestselling ITW authors who can help you polish your
thrillers and top drawer New York agents and editors to whom you can pitch—
along with attractive prices! Check out the incredible events ThrillerFest is offering
and REGISTER NOW!
I'm pleased to show off the new cinematic book trailer for Dark Time, 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.
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The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather by Tomb Guard sentinels. Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Myer, Virginia.
Yet Trump didn't want to get wet in a light rain Saturday and stayed warm and dry inside the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris rather than honor American soldiers who died in WWI at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Learn about the cemetery in the video below.
Then he skipped town on Sunday as the Paris Peace Forum was about to start. The Peace Forum is a global gathering of leaders dedicated to international cooperation and multilateralism.
Our president is, among many other failings, not a patriot.
fifteen minute session with a top acquiring
editor or agent to get instant feedback on
your query letter or first two pages
of your manuscript. The writer will be
assigned a time during CraftFest or
ThrillerFest. Up to two consultations may
be purchased when registering for any
Workshop: Presented by the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
(ATF). Add authenticity to your thrillers!
The pre-conference ATF Workshop is a
limited attendance event on the day before
the main elements of the ThrillerFest
conference. Space is limited and has
previously sold out quickly. The workshop
will be held at the Grand Hyatt. Master Class:This one-day intensive
writing program allows your instructor
to focus on your craft
and your story. Everyone is
welcome, from beginning writers to
well-established authors. Teachers for
Master Class 2019 include top-selling
members of ITW who will work with you
in a small class
setting. Instructors this year will
Blackwood, David Corbett<, Karen Dionne, Robert Dugoni, Steven James ,D.P. Lyle, Gayle Lynds, Donald Maass, and F. Paul
Wilson. Space is limited, so sign up
CraftFest:Learn the craft of thriller
writing from the best in the genre!
Hone your thriller writing skills on
many topics to provide you with
the tools needed to take your writing
to the next level. Special
feature: CareerFest! Now that you've
written that sparkling manuscript,
where do you go from there? You
don't want to miss
it! PitchFest: Face-to-face pitching with
fifty-plus top agents and acquiring
editors who are actively looking for
new thriller writer clients. Don't
miss this exceptional opportunity.
Purchase an admittance package that
includes PitchFest. ThrillerFest:Spotlight guests,
extraordinary programming, author book
camaraderie. Includes the
ThrillerFest Grand Opening Reception
on Thursday evening, July 11th. Thriller Awards Banquet:John Sandford will
receive his 2019 ThrillerMaster Lifetime
Achievement award. 2018 Silver Bullet Award
James Rollins will present the 2019 Silver
Bullet Award. All
Thriller Award Winners will be announced.
Fun, entertainment, and before and after
1 of 50 free ebooks of DARK TIME: Mortal Path Book One by @DakotaBanks! Yes, 50! No purchase needed. Limited time Amazon Giveaway of this supernatural action thriller. “Sometimes you just need a kick-ass former demon’s slave
to tackle life’s problems. Especially one wielding a whip sword….Not to be
missed!” – James Rollins
What if a woman sells her soul to a demon and 300 years later wants
The compelling story of Maliha Crayne begins in the 17th century when she's ripped
from her husband's arms and unjustly set afire as a witch. Saved from the
flames by a Sumerian demon, she becomes the Black Ghost, his Ageless assassin
gifted with otherworldly skills and superbly trained in martial arts. Centuries
pass before she finds a way out of the life she hates. Setting her feet on the Mortal Path, Maliha must save as many people as she's killed as the demon's creature, or face his horrible wrath – forever. The odds aren't in her favor.
"A breakneck ride through worlds visible and
invisible — who knew the ancient Sumerians were this thrilling?" – Joseph Finder, Top 10 NYT Bestselling Author "Seductive, sophisticated, and imaginative. Dakota Banks is firing on all cylinders!" - Steve Berry, NYT and #1 Internationally Best Selling Author
"Dark Time has the flavor of an action thriller urban fantasy novel. The historical aspects and ties to Sumerian legends particularly intrigued me. Maliha has the typical earmarks of an urban
fantasy heroine—tough and independent—but there is something else to her. As
young-looking, agile and into high tech as she may be, Maliha comes across as a
much older soul. It's easy to believe she is 300+ years old. And I really liked
that about her." – Musings of a Bookish
about Dark Time
"Fans of the supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne and her quest to save her soul." – Publishers Weekly
"Readers who like their paranormal
romantic suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting
plots, and deadly heroines will devour Banks’ clever and compelling Mortal Path
series.” – Lisa
Gardner, #1 NYT Bestselling
Author "Deliverance is a gut-kick of a read, with
non-stop action and as inventive a world as I’ve ever seen. Maliha Crayne, not
a character to be trifled with, could give other Urban Fantasy heroines a
pointed lesson in real ass-kicking." – Vicki Pettersson, NYT Bestselling Author
ThrillerFest is held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Don't wait - take advantage of early registration rates. Master CraftFest and the ATF Workshop are standalone events, so you can attend those without attending any other part of the conference. PitchFest has to be combined in a package with Master CraftFest, CraftFest, or ThrillerFest; it's not available as a standalone event.
The Tracking Board Launch Pad Manuscript Competition provides a way for novelists to get exposure to film and TV sources for adaptation of their books. That's so difficult to obtain if you don't already have a high-powered Hollywood agent.
If your novel is showcased in a prestigious site such as Launch Pad, competition judges will be looking at your book. That's the position Dark Time finds itself in this week, having survived the Top 75 and Top 50 lists and landing on the Top 25! I'm eager for the release of the Top 10 list, but thrilled to have gotten this far.😄
If you're missing any of the series (or the whole series!), now's a good time to warm up your Kindle or other e-reader. How can you resist those covers?
"Mortal Path is a novel to be savored for both its edge of suspense
and the pure joy of its storytelling. Part immortal, all human, Maliha
is a heroine who will leave readers breathless and craving more. Not to
be missed."- James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of
Bones and Black Order
"Maliha Crayne, not a character to be trifled with, could give other
Urban Fantasy heroines a pointed lesson in real ass-kicking." - Vicki
Pettersson, author of the bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series
"A breakneck ride through worlds visible and invisible - who knew the ancient Sumerians were this thrilling?" - Joseph Finder, NYT bestselling author of Buried Secrets
"Chilling, thrilling, and a page turner!" - Heather Graham, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Killing Edge
"Dakota Banks delivers everything I love in suspense fiction: great
characters who jump from the page; a smart, layered plot, and pacing
that screams. This is the kind of book that makes you look forward to a
rainy day." - John Gilstrap, author of Nathan's Run and Damage Control
who like their paranormal suspense novels to feature nonstop
action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour Banks' clever
and compelling Mortal Path series." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love You More
"Fans of supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne's quest to save her soul." - Publishers Weekly
and I'm delighted to have my book Burning Rose included!
Yes, that's me, Shirley Kennett - my real name. Here is some information about the book. It's a stand-alone.
An environmental journalist stumbles into the deadly world of mega-corporations Burning Rose
is a gripping mystery from Shirley Kennett, author of the beloved PJ
Gray series. The story follows Casey Washington, a freelance journalist
with environmental convictions. When she lands a rare interview with
Robert Gunner, CEO of World Power, a company building a controversial
dam in the Amazon rainforest, she anticipates a personal triumph—only to
have the story go terribly awry. Heads of other big corporations start
dying in gruesome fashion, at the hands of a mysterious group known as
“The Six.” Washington’s investigative instinct kicks in but her search
is not made any easier by her improbable attraction to the reclusive CEO
Gunner. Burning Rose is an eco-thriller full of puzzles and high-gear action with global consequences.
“Kennett writes with pace and clarity. If you’re hungry for vivid characters . . . your ship has come in!” —Kirkus Reviews
Kennett has Hawaii-based freelance journalist Casey Washington
grappling with a mysterious troupe called The Six— whose members have
names like Wrongful Death and who seem to be behind a spate of CEO
murders—and her own lonely heart.” —Publishers Weekly
of action keeps the characters on their toes as they travel the world.
The exciting conclusion in the South American jungle leaves Casey with
far more than an exclusive story. Readers who enjoy a good puzzle with
pieces that never quite fit will have fun with this suspenseful
tightly woven, intricately complex and fascinating to follow the
various plots that Kennett has successfully created. The finish of this
book is dramatic and wonderfully satisfying. If you enjoy thrillers, Burning Rose, as the back cover says, showcases ‘Shirley Kennett at the top of her game.’ Unforgettable!” —Book Reader’s Heaven
"Talk about exotic characters!
There are some in this book that will be giving me the heebie-jeebies
for a long time. Most of the characters have a dark side, so that you
can't decide whether they are good guys or bad guys right away. Imagination rules the day here. You
have to grab on and not let go until the last page. The pace is
breakneck and the stakes are high. This is an absorbing, very different
read. It's like the author just went on a romp, and if you want to keep
up, you'll have to turn the pages fast." ***** Amazon review
Every year, for the month of May, New York Times and USA Today Best selling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes. Her very first auction ran in 2005. It started small but has grown every year by leaps and bounds, and has raised over $2 million for research.
The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest
online event for diabetes research in the world. Each year, with the
help of generous donors—which include some of the biggest and
brightest stars in publishing, like Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks,
Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Connelly and John
Grisham—Brenda offers up over 2400 fabulous items, creating a
shopper’s paradise. But the auction is more than your every day
charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in—a real community. Shoppers
quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers.
Authors, there's still time to donate!To make a donation or
for more information, email Brenda's assistant, Anna, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I've been a donor to this auction for several years, and this year my item this year is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The auction starts MAY 1ST and runs for a month. Check it out, and bid on my item! But don't bid on the item I have picked out ... I want that one all to myself. :)
is here! For those of you still coping with snow, rest assured that
Spring arrived on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT, even if it hasn't shown
its fair face in your location yet. Time for a spring fling!
To a dedicated reader, that means books. What, you were expecting
shopping for frilly, pastel Spring clothing and new shoes or packs of
garden seeds? Hah! We readers have our priorities straight!
I participate in a group blog called Supernatural Underground. We are a terrific group of authors who focus primarily on the paranormal genre. I'm pleased to be in such outstanding company! There are often giveaways on SU. I'm going to introduce all of us quickly,
in alphabetical order. Click on our names to visit our web sites and
follow us on Twitter with the links after our names. Get to know us better!
Amanda Arista (@pantherista) was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi,
lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to
travel. The summer of second grade, she read every book in the young
adult section of the library. So she started making up her own stories
and hasn’t stopped since. She writes the DIARIES OF AN URBAN PANTHER series.
writes the Mortal Path dark urban fantasies, paranormal thrillers with a
splash of romance. With Ancient Sumerian mythology brought forward to
the present, a three-hundred-year-old woman tries to redeem her soul by
saving as many lives as she's taken. The third book in the series,
DELIVERANCE, won the
2012 USA Best Book Award for Fantasy. As Shirley Kennett, she writes
suspense thrillers in the PJ Gray series. As D.B. Ayers, she's published HONOR'S JOURNEY, a middle grade historical novel.
(@ThePoetTrees) is the
winner of the prestigious 2011 Norma K. Hemming
Award for Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Themes (Race, class,
gender, sexuality, disability, etc.) for her debut novel, DIAMOND EYES,
and for her second, HINDSIGHT. She's the first to ever win the award
twice. As Anita Bell, she writes children's books, and was the first
author to win an International “CrimeStoppers Award" for a children's
Merrie Destefano(@MerrieDestefano) writes edgy urban fantasy: Vampires and fairy tales, Bladerunner
meets Jim Butcher. AFTERLIFE (where everyone gets nine lives) and FEAST
(edgy urban romance) leave you wanting more. Her first book of short
stories, WAITING FOR MIDNIGHT, is highly satisfying, and the title tells
all. She writes for Young Adults too, and can teach you how to draw
Jocelynn Drake (@JocelynnDrake)
is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Days series and
The Asylum Tales. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard,
frowning at her monitor,
or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her
cats, Harley and Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the
TV while playing a video game.
Kim Falconer (@kimfalconer), a bestselling SF/Fantasy author, writes the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption series, epic stories that seamlessly mingle science
and technology with sociology, environmentalism, philosophy, and magic.Astrology has been a
part of her life for over 30 years and she teaches and consults in this
field. Born in Santa Cruz, California, she lives and writes in the
far eastern coast of Australia, sharing her dwelling with two black
cats and a pair of Torresian crows. (!)
Leigh Fallon (@Leigh_Fallon) was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland
and moved to Cork in her 20s. Her debut paranormal romance in the Carrier series was discovered on Inkpop, a
website for writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, book one of the in
the series, CARRIER OF THE MARK, hit the coveted top five spot and was
reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some
hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal with HarperTeen. The second book in the trilogy is SHADOW OF THE MARK.
Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) is the New York Times, USA Today,
international bestselling author of vampire stories in the Night
Huntress series, Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny
series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have
sold to eighteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina
with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a
sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from
writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her
husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car.
Colleen Gleason (@colleengleason), a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres – most of
them with some sort of supernatural element. From vampire hunters in
Regency England to dystopian romance (as Joss Ware), Colleen has run the
gamut. Her most recent release is ROARING MIDNIGHT, a spin-off of the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire
Chronicles, in which she brings the vampire-hunting family to Roaring
Helen Lowe (@helenl0we)
is a Fantasy/Science Fiction author, poet, interviewer and blogger. She
won the prestigious Gemmell Morningstar Award for THE HEIR OF NIGHT, the
first novel in her The Wall of Night epic fantasy series. THE GATHERING
OF THE LOST, the second in the series, was described as a "a
classic right up there with the likes of George RR Martin's A SONG OF
ICE AND FIRE" by SF Site. Helen has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award
for Excellence in SciFi-Fantasy: for her YA novel THORNSPELL and for
THE HEIR OF NIGHT.
Kristin Miller (@KM_Miller) is the New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author who writes the dark and sexy Vampires of Crimson Bay
series featuring a blood war between vampires and shape-shifters and the
Seattle Wolf Pack series, with her latest release GONE WITH THE WOLF.
In addition to paranormal romance, she also writes contemporary and
historical romance and romantic suspense.
Nicole Murphy (@nicole_r_murphy)
has been a primary school teacher, bookstore owner, journalist and
checkout chick. Her urban
fantasy trilogy Dream of Asarlai's last book is ROGUE GADDA. As
Elizabeth Dunk she writes contemporary romance. As a journalist, Nicole
has won awards for her writing; she has also had more than two dozen
short stories published, the most recent in BLOODSTONES, an anthology of
urban fantasy. Nicole lives her love of science fiction and fantasy
through her involvement with the Conflux science fiction conventions. As
Elizabeth Dunk, she writes contemporary romance. She lives with her
husband in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia.
Pamela Palmer (@Pamela_Palmer) is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including the Vamp City, Feral Warriors, and The Esri
series. When Pamela's initial career goal of captaining star ships
failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for
adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need
to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of
Jaime Rush (@Jamierush) is the New York Times
bestselling author of The Hidden series about humans with the essence
of gods who walk the knife’s
edge between the glamour of Miami and a place filled with dark magick
and dangerous beauty. She also writes the Offspring series: Dangerous
outcasts with extraordinary psychic powers who must band together to
fight an enemy out to destroy them. As Tina Wainscott, she has published
eighteen romance novels, mostly suspense and many with a touch of
Sparks (@KerrelynSparks) is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance Love at Stake series, which has hit
as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA
Today list. Her most recent release is THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON
TATTOO. She also writes historical romances. She lives in the Greater
Houston area with her husband, children,
house full of garlic. So far, there are
vampires in her family. Werewolves are
Wasn't that a blast?! You followed all of us on Twitter, right? Right? You might find a New-to-You author among us who could turn into one of your favorites. Check us out!
Open Road Integrated Media is celebrating genre-breaking female mystery authors this month with a special sale. Learn about these writing pioneers and snag some ebook deals. Shirley Kennett, my alter ego, is in some exceptional company here. I'll have to tell her to keep up the good work!
Gray Matter, first in the PJ Gray series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book format. “Kennett is a writer of rare skill, and Gray Matter is a deftly plotted novel bristling with suspense. A rip-roaring good read!” —John Lutz, author of Single White Female and many other outstanding mysteries
“Fans of Patricia Cornwell’s work will be hooked on this heart-stopping and harrowing thriller. The finely drawn characters in Gray Matter are both complex and terrifyingly convincing. Rated Excellent.” —Romantic Times
Check out my post about the fourth book in the Mortal Path series, Bloodletting, on the Supernatural Underground Blog. You can win this terrific Mortal Path Swag Bag (tote bag, three signed paperbacks, calculator, bookmarks, magnets, and pens) just by commenting on Supernatural Underground.
The last day to enter is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. International entries welcome, but an international winner will receive a $35 Amazon Gift Card rather than the swag bag. Go for it!
Author DB Ayers (a very close friend of mine, so close we have the same fingerprints) has released an indie book for kids. As with any indie book, promo is a tough go. Accumulating reviews on Amazon is an important first step, one that ♥you♥ can help accomplish. Doesn't that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling? If you haven't done your random act of kindness for the day, well ...
Have kids? Know anyone with kids? Ever been a kid? You can have a free review copy of Honor's Journey, suggested for boys and girls ages 9-12+.
R.L. Stine says it's "a terrific read," and if you know anything about kids, you know who R.L. Stine is.
Set in the 1700s, Honor's Journey is the story of the love Native
American twins (boy and girl) Hawk and Fox have for the only two horses their tribe
owns, and what happens when their father makes a peace treaty that gives
away one of the horses—and pledges Fox as the future bride of another
chief’s cruel son. Full of action, adventure, and emotional involvement, and sure to please both boys and girls.
Click here to get your free review copy, your choice of Kindle, Nook, or PDF.