Monday, August 5, 2013

Thrill Me! Win books & swag from ThrillerFest 2013

I think some of you know that I go to ThrillerFest, the annual conference of the writers group International Thriller Writers (ITW), most years. It is a marvelous writer's conference and you don't have to take my word for it--you can read about it on Forbes and Time Out NY and other places.

This year's event was an extra special one. There was magic in the air. I don't know why it was; maybe it had something to do with Anne Rice and her son Christopher. They both have books coming out in October on the same days, did you know? I was lucky enough to be on a panel with Christopher and found out we're published by the same imprint at Simon & Schuster--Gallery!

I wanted to share the fun of ThrillerFest by giving away a couple books. One is "Playing Tyler" written by TL Costa, one of this year's class of debut authors. Tons of buzz about this book. "When is a game not a game? Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again. Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, that’s probably not going to get him into college. Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around. That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames."

The second book I'm giving away is "The Wicked Girls" by Alex Marwood. This was a giveaway in the conference bag. I've heard great things about this book, too. "Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives - and families - to protect, will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?"


The last prize is the conference bag itself, a black nylon drawstring backpack from 5.11 Tactical, which makes clothing for police and security forces. A one-of-a-kind conference bag, that's for sure!


All this makes for a unique prize pack, I'm sure you'll agree. All you have to do is enter from the list of options below. The contest is open to the US only this time around, folks.

August 13: WE HAVE A WINNER! CONGRATS TO AMBER B. FOR WINNING THE THRILL ME PACK


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9 comments:

  1. I'd like to enter, but the widget won't let me! :(

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    1. Sorry about that Scott--I adjusted the timing on the widget and it's live now!

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  2. Wow, so cool! Sounds like a great Conference. Wouldn't mind winning one of those books. :)

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  3. I want to enter (and win) the contest!

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  4. Great contest! Please throw my name in the hat!

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  5. I am unable to enter this contest...help

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    1. Hi Marjorie, what seems to be the problem? Want to write me at alma@almakatsu.com?

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