Today I’m discussing writing, thrillers and No Remorse at It’s Raining Books:
Book signing at Morayfield today. Sold out of copies of No Remorse, which was great. Again, second only to Fifty Shades of Grey, which outsold No Remorse about three to one, much more than other stores I have done signings at. Is the book continuing to grow in sales? Or are people at Morayfield obsessed with sex? Regardless, it is great to see so many people coming into bookstores to buy a book, many of whom are not regular readers. Keep it up, guys.
Thanks to Terri, Darren and Tan for being such wonderful hosts at Collins Morayfield. I had a really enjoyable day.
Article by Andrew Kaufman in Crime Fiction Collective blog. See here: http://paper.li/ianjwalkley/1342932181
Collins Bookstore at Morayfield will host a booksigning for No Remorse this Saturday, 28 July at 10am. Hope to see you there!
ThrillerFest VII is over, and what a fabulous event it was! If you weren’t able to attend, or if you did, but missed some of the panels — or if you’d like to listen to what your favorite speakers have to say, go to the official ITW website to download recordings. See the full details in today’s edition of The Thriller Reader.
Wow! Absolutely full on from the first page to the last!
Lee McCloud (Mac) is a Delta Force operator, soon to become `ex’! He led an unauthorised mission with volunteers from his Delta unit to rescue his god-daughter, Sophia and her best friend Danni, who’d been kidnapped in Tijuana, Mexico. But things went horribly wrong, and they were hauled up before the authorities, each facing jail time, with Sophia and Danni still missing, and the chances of finding them getting slimmer by the day.
When an alternative was put to Mac and his friends so they could escape jail time, but no longer be in the Army, they reluctantly agreed, but Mac vowed to keep looking for Sophia, for however long it took to find her. He had been witness to his little sister Cynthia’s abduction when he was only fourteen years old, and he had never forgiven himself for not saving her. So he wasn’t going to let Sophia and her Mum, Elena and Dad, Bob, down.
When Mac was teamed with Tally, a computer whiz who could hack into terrorists’ bank accounts, and relieve them of their ill-gotten gains, along with other members of a secret organisation, he kept his Delta team close as well. Scotty, a British SAS soldier, along with Jog and Freckle continued in their hunt for Sophia and Danni. But the situation became extremely tense when they found themselves on a collision course with exiled Saudi, Sheik Khalid, and his henchman, Ziad. The luxury liner Princess Aliya, owned by Khalid was creating problems as well.
A dreadful plan had come to light, one that could ultimately affect the instability of the world; could the horrors get any worse? Would Mac and Tally be in time….was Sophia still alive? And what was Khalid involved in? The death toll was mounting daily, and Mac realized time was rapidly running out!
This absolute `edge of your seat’ thriller had me riveted, with the incredible twists and turns leaving me stunned! The intense action, mixed with intrigue and heart-stopping terror, along with the beautiful countries the action takes place in, leaves me in no doubt about the huge success of this debut novel by Aussie author, Ian Walkley!
I have put together an online daily paper which assembles items of interest off the web for readers, such as book reviews, publishing news, blog articles and tweets about thriller books.
You can check out the paper here: http://paper.li/ianjwalkley/1342932181
Thrillerfest 2012 is the International Thriller Writers annual conference, held each year in New York, in July. This year featured Lee Child giving a seminar on why the rules of “Show Don’t Tell” for writers are mostly wrong. I caught up with Lee during a book signing session. A terrific guy.
A slight disappointment (understatement) was when another conference attendee took my conference bag by mistake. It had two signed copies of Lee Child books. Hopefully, they’ll realize and send them on, as they are endorsed specifically to me. Other than that I have learnt heaps and met some other great writing heroes of mine, and have strong possibility of gaining an agent and publisher.