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Thriller Writers Join Authorlink on FREE Download Channel

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July 17 – July 24, 2008 Edition

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NEW YORK/DALLAS/7/17/08– ThrillerWire, the new download channel and showcase for published thriller writers was launched during the International Thriller Writers Association's ThrillerFest, July 9-12, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The Thrillerfest event drew more than 300 attendees, up 34% over the previous year, and featured a star-studded lineup of bestselling authors, including James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Brad Thor, Eric Van Lustbader, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and others.

ThrillerWire, a strategic partnership between ITW and Authorlink.com, features FREE excerpts and original stories from bestselling and debut thriller writers' latest releases–all in one convenient location for readers and fans.

In addition to excerpts, ThrillerWire includes links to other materials about the authors, such as audio/video interviews, book reviews, and websites. In some cases, writers will charge readers 99 cents per download, but most downloads will be free samples of ITW members' latest book releases. Only ITW members can post to ThrillerWire.

Three New York Times bestselling thriller writers are among the first to contribute FREE excerpts of their latest works. They are Jon Land, whose latest release is THE SEVEN SINS (Forge, June 2008); Christopher Reich, whose latest book is RULES OF DECEPTION (Doubleday, 2008) ; and James Rollins, THE LAST ORACLE, out this Summer from HarperCollins.

Jon Land has written 26 novels, fifteen of which have been national bestsellers. More than seven million copies of his books are currently in print in over twenty countries and six different languages, including German and Japanese.

Christopher Reich is the bestselling author of three other acclaimed novels, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, THE RUNNER, and THE FIRST BILLION. He lives in California with his wife and children.

James Rollins is the bestselling author of seven previous novels: SUBTERRANEAN, EXCAVATION, DEEP FATHOM, AMAZONIA, ICE HUNT, SANDSTORM, MAP OF BONES and BLACK ORDER. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and his own practice in Sacramento, California.

ThrillerWire, featured on Authorlink.com since June 1, 2008, was highlighted ThrillerFest, where David Baldacci was been designated as the 2008 recipient of ITW's Silver Bullet Award. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in the promotion and advancement of literacy.

Bestselling authors Heather Graham, Gayle Lynds, Jackie Mitchard and others are already featured on Authorlink in its premier CELEBWIRE section. THRILLERWIRE will add yet another exciting layer of excitement to the site. Founded in 2004, ITW is the only professional organization for thriller authors. Its membership is a Who's Who of thriller writers with a profile showing a remarkable 2 billion books sold worldwide. Gayle Lynds and Steve Berry are outgoing co-presidents. Other board members include Kathleen Antrim, Lee Child, David Dun, David Hewson, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, and M. Diane Vogt. Visit ITW at www.thrillerwriters.org.

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