Sunday, July 6, 2008

I want to share

If you're like me, then you're always on the lookout for great new authors. Last year, a group of debut authors got together and created The Killer Year. Authors in the group included Toni McGee Causey, Bill Cameron, Marcus Sakey, and JT Ellison, to name a few.

I was on The Killer Year website each month checking out the new releases and adding titles to my to buy list. Then, the whole thing culminated with a short story collection edited by Lee Child. And that was it. Most of the authors have their second titles hitting shelves, but there's no new Killer Year group. If you've not read any of the Killer Year authors, you're really missing out. If you have read them, then you were probably hoping for a 2008 crew as well.

I did find a new resource, though, and that's what I wanted to share with you here. If you read thrillers, then you've probably heard of the International Thriller Writers organization. If not, check them out here. A couple of years ago, a collection entitled Thriller hit the shelves. This marked the beginning of the ITW and their annual Thrillerfest (wish I could go!). This year, I discovered a link to a debut authors page. Through this, I have found some great new titles that I think you should all check out.

I should also add that it was through ITW that I discovered the Bookbitch. Now I'm lucky enough to be a contributor to her site (yay!) which helps to feed my addiction to books! Check out Stacy's monthly giveaways, and you'll find the Thriller shelf of the month. Each month, one person walks away with the entire thriller shelf. How freaking cool is that?

See, you learn something new everyday! Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (pictured above) is just one of the titles being given away this month. I started reading this evening and it's super good - a reporter is given a major scoop when a retiring cop drops a file in her lap. The file contains two reports, two murder victims named Susan, each murdered on the same day one year apart.

You'll also find Kelli Stanley's debut, Nox Dormienda, a Roman noir mystery, and Brad Thor's controversial title, The Last Patriot (I should blog about that one another time), amongst others. Check it out, enter to win, and in the meantime hit up your local bookstore for other ITW debuts.


Cheryl said...

Cool. I will have to check the site out. Iknow about ITW.

Liz said...

(My apologies if you get two responses -- my computer hiccuped!) Thanks for the suggestion of authors to take a look at -- I always ove having new possibilities. And I'd not heard of the "thrillers" group, but will check that out after I finish here.

Here's another thriller to try, Death in Small Doses, by Bernard Steele, who's a naturalized US citizen, by the way. He spent nearly 20 years in law enforcement, and his book covers the forces of good (the DEA) battling against the Jihadists, who are of course the forces of evil. Lots of action, quick-paced plot and danger, in the form of radioactive materials.