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Alexa Williams is a social activist and sleuth. She stars in Sherry Knowlton's "Dead of" series: Dead of Autumn, Dead of Summer, and now, Dead of Spring. Each book combines a major social issue, multiple murders, multiple lovers (or at least love interests) and last but not least, exotic travel.

 

Lee Child has Jack Reacher. Michael Connelly has Harry Bosch. Walter Mosley has Easy Rawlins. Patricia Cornwell has Kay Scarpetta.

And Michael Niemann has Valentin Vermuelen. 

Harper Collins Children’s Books has finally approved the manuscript for R.L. Stine’s middle grade anthology Scream and Scream Again!, and my story, Kamikaze Iguanas, is included!  

The formal announcement:

I'm starting 2017 with a snoopy dance!

Two of my short mystery stories will appear in anthologies this spring. The first is "The Drive-by" in Busted! Arresting Stories From the Beat by Level Best Books on April 25, 2017. Check out the list of writers: I'm in very good company!

The second is "The New Score" in Fish Out of Water,  the latest Guppy Anthology put together by Sisters in Crime, edited by Ramona Defelice Long and published by Wildside Press. Due sometime this spring.

The first chapter of Nina Sadowsky's JUST FALL starts with a woman in a hotel room and a handsome, young man on the bed who just happens to be dead.

With a knife in his stomach.

Cover for The Tapestry

The Panel: MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE OR WWII? Historical Thrillers”, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from1:00 pm - 1:50 pm.

Moderator: Nancy Bilyeau has written a thriller trilogy set in the 16th century: THE CROWN, THE CHALICE, and THE TAPESTRY, published by Touchstone/S&S. She is also the editor of The Big Thrill, the online magazine of the ITW.

Thrillerfest is the year conference for the International Thriller Writers Association. It takes place every year in New York City. I attended last year for the first time as a Debut Author with my book The Saffron Crocus, and I was one of nearly two dozen  honored at the Debut Author breakfast, presided over by Steve Berry. This year I attended the breakfast for Debut Authors Kim Alexander, Flynn Berry, Matthew Betley, J.L. Delozier, Lisa Hall, Elena Hartwell, L.S. Hawker, Cheryl Hollon, Karen Katchur, Mark Leggatt, Nina Mansfield, Nadine Nettmann, Michael Ransom, Robert Rapoza, Brendan Rielly, Emily Ross, Nina Sadowsky, Janelle Samara, Amy Stuart, Radha Vatsal and Tim Washburn. In my capacity as organizer of the Fearless Bloggers for ITW (a blog tour for Debut Authors managed by volunteers) I’ve gotten to know some of these fine authors. Keep reading and you will get to know them too.

Thrillerfest is the yearly conference of the International Thriller Writers association. It takes place the second week of July every year; this year it's July 5-9. That includes an FBI workshop, Craftfest, MasterCraft Fest, Pitchfest, and the Thrillerfest Conference itself.

So, this is unusual. Established playwright Elena Hartwell has moved from plays to novels. Mystery novels, of course. Her debut book is One Dead, Two to Go, published in April, 2016 by Camel Press.