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THE ASSASSINS: A Great New Thriller From Gayle Lynds

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Buy his book now!!

My friend Gayle Lynds has a terrific new international thriller out – THE ASSASSINS.  Nelson DeMille says he was hooked on page one.  “Six master assassins – each a legend in the dark corners of global espionage – band together to steal a fortune from the middle of a war zone.” Add one retired U.S. army spy, and the Associated Press heralds the result as “treachery, double crosses, and a treasure straight from history that add up to a thrilling novel.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1U4D3rj

B&N: http://bit.ly/1Jpbq6w

iBooks: http://apple.co/1HvC3J

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Writing

 

RUN TO GROUND Promotion/Sale at iBooks

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My third Dub Walker thriller RUN TO GROUND is on sale for a limited time as part of an iBooks promotion. Along with some other excellent books.

Check it out: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMultiRoom?fcId=1013640691&mt=11&ls=1

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Writing

 

CraftFest Classes and ThrillerFest Panels on CD and MP3

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If you missed this year’s ThrillerFest and CraftFest, or maybe you were there but missed some of the classes and panels you wanted to experience, all is not lost. CDs and MP3s of each class and panel are available.

Check it out: http://vwtapes.com/internationalthrillerwriters.aspx

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Writing

 

ITW’s 2015 Honorees

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2015 Thriller Award Winners

Nelson DeMille, ThrillerMaster

Kathy Reichs, Literary Silver Bullet Award

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Megan Abbott – THE FEVER (Little, Brown and Company)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Laura McHugh – THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD (Spiegel & Grau)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Vincent Zandri – MOONLIGHT WEEPS (Down & Out Books)

BEST SHORT STORY

Tim L. Williams – “The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Elle Cosimano – NEARLY GONE (Kathy Dawson Books)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

C.J. Lyons – HARD FALL (Legacy Books)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Writing

 

Writer’s Digest Thriller Online Writing Conference coming June 19 & 20

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The Writer’s Digest Thriller Online Writing Conference is coming Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2015

My Class: VOICE: Whose Story Is It? is Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m. PDT

Info and Registration: http://bit.ly/1FyI2H3

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Writing

 

Crows Are Very Giving Creatures

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Crows are clever, smart, and natural-born scavengers. They tend to collect objects that catch their eye—usually things that shine or reflect. Eight-year-old Gabi Mann knows this all too well. Crows seem to love her Seattle backyard garden and bring her all sorts of interesting objects.

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In my Dub Walker thriller series, I visited Dub with a pair of crows, Kramden and Norton, who bring him stuff all the time.

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From STRESS FRACTURE:

As T-Tommy fed fresh fettuccine into a pot of boiling water, he said, “Your birds are

attacking your ex.”

My birds were Kramden and Norton. Two crows that I had rescued from a neighbor’s

pine tree after their mother disappeared. Probably killed by a hunter. Dropper feedings, then mushed-up worms and grains, and they grew into annoying young adults. That’s when I opened the walk-in cage I had built for them and let them take to the sky. They now roamed all over the county with others of their kind but managed at least one visit a day here. Usually for food or to bring some shiny object they had picked up. Crows are natural thieves and love anything with a gloss to it. Norton was the best thief; Kramden was the fat one. And the noisy one.

I looked out the window. Kramden hung his head over Claire’s computer screen as she

worked the keyboard. Norton stood to one side, eyeing her.

“She can handle them.”

She did. She scratched Kramden’s head and gave Norton a cracker from the tray of

cheeses and crackers I had prepared earlier. Norton snatched it and bounced across the table and out into the yard. Kramden followed and a squabble erupted. Once they devoured the cracker, they swirled into the sky, still going at each other, and headed west, their silhouettes starkly black against the red-orange sky, their cawing echoing off the trees. Time for them to find a roosting spot.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Cool & Odd-Mostly Odd, Writing

 

ITW’s Best First Sentence Contest

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Are you an ITW member or are you going to ThrillerFest this July?

If so, submit your best first sentence for a chance to win a critique from one of our Master CraftFest instructors. Details:

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity!

Deadline May 31, 2015

Enter The Best First Sentence Contest for a chance to win a critique of 10 pages of your work from one of the Master CraftFest teachers.

Imagine having Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, Lorenzo Carcaterra, David Corbett, Steven James, D.P. Lyle, MD, or Gayle Lynds reading your work! All you need to do is craft your very best first sentence and email it to bestfirstsentence@gmail.com. You have seven chances to win, since each teacher makes his or her own choice. To qualify to enter, you need to be attending ThrillerFest or you need to be an ITW member. You can only enter once. Winners will be announced at the CraftFest Luncheon on July 8, 2015.

See the winners of last year’s contest at http://thrillerfest.com/best-first-sentence-contest/. Get inspired, then get those entries in—the deadline’s almost here!

Warmest regards,

Kimberley Howe
Executive Director, ThrillerFest

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Writing

 
 
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