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Be sure to check back here on 25 June when I will be posting about one of my favourite authors – Lee Child!!






Anticipation mounts as those who dare to scare plot their return for


ThrillerFest VII July 11-14, 2012 

The Big Apple once again sets the scene for the thrills, chills, murder, and mayhem as the International Thriller Writers’ (ITW) ThrillerFest VII—the world’s largest event for fiction’s most popular genre—returns July 11-14, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.


“Whether you are a fan, an aspiring writer, a bestselling author, a librarian or an industry professional, we promise to keep you in suspense for four fun-filled days,” says ThrillerFest Executive Director Kimberley Howe.


Jack Higgins, the genius behind The Eagle Has Landed, one of the best-selling thrillers of all time, will continue to make fans and industry professionals scream in anticipation as this year’s ThrillerMaster. Higgins’s work has been published in 38-languages worldwide, The White House Connection and Day of Reckoning are just a few titles that have become international sensations.


Thrill-seekers can expect a spine-tingling experience while at ThrillerFest. The pulse-pounding event will welcome special guests Lee Child, John Sandford, and Catherine Coulter.


  • Lee Child is the author of the Killing Floor, which was an instant success and went onto become a series that has flourished in sales with each added installment.  
  • Catherine Coulter’s first novel was written to pass time, but became the starting point of a booming business of writing suspense thrillers and historical romances. To date, she has written 67 novels, 62 of which have hit the New York Times bestseller list.
  • John Sandford is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of 31 published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times bestseller lists.


Legendary Ann Rule, author of the definitive true-crime account, The Stranger Beside Me, is this year’s beneficiary of The True Thriller Award. R.L. Stine, the 2011 ThrillerMaster recipient and creator of Goosebumps, and Karin Slaughter, international bestseller and winner of the Silver Bullet Award, will also return for the 2012 festivities.


Students of the art of suspense have the opportunity to hone their skills during CraftFest and “speed-date” with some of the top agents in the business during AgentFest.


To cap off an adrenaline-filled week, ThrillerFest culminates with the 2012 ITW Thriller Awards Banquet, during which Richard North Patterson will receive the acclaimed Silver Bullet Award. The awards for best novel, best debut novel and best short story will also be revealed.


“ThrillerFest just seems to get better each year,” says CraftFest Director and ITW VP of National Events Dr. D.P. Lyle. “It offers many great panels, networking opportunities, and an incredible awards banquet, all wrapped in a warm and receptive atmosphere.”


The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of over 1,300 authors in twenty-two countries with over three billion books in print. To make a reservation for the fear inspired four-day adventure, please visit www.ThrillerFest.com.


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Many thanks to Dennis McDougal and his assistant Richard Ryan for the latest book to join my bookshelves, Dennis McDougal’s The Candlestickmaker.  Thanks, Dennis and Richard! 

Rub a dub dub
Three men in a tub
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker
The candlestickmaker
And all of them lost at sea.

Aboard the spy ship U.S.S. Argosy in the war-tossed waters off the coast of Vietnam, three young American sailors form an unlikely bond. Each has fled an America they were raised to love but somehow no longer understand. When forced to choose whether to face combat or stay and fight the war in the streets, they sign up for a war that reflects the conflict that raged inside each of them. The one thing of which they were certain was that the only people in the world they could depend on were each other.

As their friendship deepens in the bars and brothels from Hong Kong to Subic Bay, Ernie Brigham and his companions slowly become aware of a dark secret aboard the U.S.S. Argosy. Upon their return to the America they left behind, they are changed at best, lost and damaged at worst, but ultimately sobered by a war that never should have been fought.

In the tradition of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”, Denis Johnson’s “Tree of Smoke”, and Philip Caputo’s “A Rumor of War”, “The Candlestickmaker” recalls a Vietnam that seared disenchantment into a post World War II generation who learned to question authority at all levels. A coming-of-age story bookended by revelations that shatter readers’ illusions about patriotism, government, and the nature of modern warfare, “The Candlestickmaker” takes readers on a voyage that will guarantee they never read the Mother Goose nursery rhyme to their children in quite the same way again.

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Many thanks to Shalini Boland for providing me with a copy of Hidden – thanks, Shalini!

Don’t forget to visit Shalini’s author profile by clicking here  

 Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series) is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern England to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia. The novel begins in gritty urban reality, but soon descends into horror, romance and historical adventure.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune and a house with a cellar full of danger. Eighteen-year-old Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

 Their lives entwine, but someone is watching and waiting. The story ramps up to an explosive ending.

Hidden is now available both as an ebook and in paperback:



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