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Enter to Win Signed Copy of Timothy Jay Smith’s ‘The Fourth Courier’ and More!

Prolific novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Timothy Jay Smith is back again with his newest novel, The Fourth Courier, a fast-paced thriller that takes you to the darkest corners of post-Cold War Poland.

The Fourth Courier is rife with suspense. This thrilling plot includes a series of grizzly murders, international crimes, nuclear threats, incessant greed, and more!


Enter To Win 'The Fourth Courier' Themed Set (Contest on Hive.co)


Enter our amazing giveaway for a chance to:

-Own your very own piece of the Berlin Wall

-Stock up your summer reading list with a SIGNED copy of Timothy Jay Smith’s espionage thriller, The Fourth Courier.

-Upgrade your aesthetic with a beautiful, vintage army surplus messenger bag

-Splurge on the Amazon market with a $25 gift card


#1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Goolrick calls The Fourth Courier “a furious, riveting ride. His writing is humane, precise, relentlessly exciting. I dare you to read the opening and not want to race to the finish in one tightly held breath.”

Publishers Weekly says that The Fourth Courier features “sharply drawn characters, rich dialogue, and a clever conclusion that bodes well for any sequel.” Booklist notes how “Smith skillfully bridges police procedural and espionage fiction, crafting a show-stealing sense of place and realistically pairing the threats of underworld crime and destabilized regimes.” Timothy Jay Smith is a proud member of the LGBTQ community, who is passionate about exploring these themes in his work, which has garnered him countless accolades. His book Fire on the Island was the winner of the 2017 Gold Medal in the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. Smith also won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his debut work, A Vision of Angels.  Smith has also been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for short fiction, and his screenplays have won numerous international competitions, as well as founding the Smith Prize for Political Theater.


Don’t miss your chance to win The Fourth Courier plus these amazing prizes. Enter now!


Enter To Win 'The Fourth Courier' Themed Set (Contest on Hive.co)



Check Out This Unique Opportunity to Talk to George R.R. Martin, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter and More!

Attention fans of all things mystery, thriller and crime. It’s nearly time for Thrillerfest! Thrillerfest is the annual conference of International Thriller Writers, and this year’s line up is jaw-droppingly good, with names as astronomically huge as George R.R. Martin, Lee Child, Lisa Gardiner, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs and Megan Abbott. 




Thrillerfest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, and is open to the public. You can expect numerous panels hosted by and featuring your favorite thriller writers, as well as workshops like the ATF workshop, Master CraftFest and CraftFest, or you can take your unpublished manuscript to PitchFest, and pitch it to publishers and agents! Check out some of the highlights below! 


ATF Workshop

This workshop will be hosted by Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms, who will discuss their careers on the frontlines, investigating firearms trafficking, arson, explosives trafficking and more! Check out the full schedule here



Join a stellar group of teachers on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at ITW’s Master CraftFest, a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. It’s an intense but extremely helpful day. Each class, which is limited to ten students, will allow you to work with a bestselling author on your manuscript in progress.

Our instructors this year include: Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Robert Dugoni, Meg Gardiner, Andrew Gross, Steven James, D.P. Lyle, Gayle Lynds, Donald Maass and F. Paul Wilson.



The original vision of CraftFest and Master CraftFest was to create exceptional, one-of a-kind schools for teaching the craft of thriller writing. Our mission was to provide students with the tools needed to take their writing to the next level and to help each reach their individual career goals. For over a decade now we have worked to fulfill this vision. 2017 was yet again a great success. Now, we are preparing our 2018 line up of teachers and classes.

As always, CraftFest will have 4 tracks that will run all day Wednesday July 11th and for two hours on the morning of Thursday July 12th. Many of your favorites will return and other exceptional teachers will be added as we continue to evolve and improve.



PitchFest is designed to put authors and agents together for the purpose of pitching projects. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for those writers looking to get or change agents. And where better to have this event than in the heart of publishing, New York City?

PitchFest is set up like a speed-dating event. You pitch your novel to an agent for a few minutes, get the agent’s reaction, and then move on to a different agent.


This year their spotlight guests include George R.R. Martin, James Rollins, Lee Child, Lisa Gardiner, and Megan Abbott


Check out the full schedule here! And don’t miss your chance to win tickets to Thrillerfest valued at $450, front row seats to George RR Martin, and meet him after his panel! 


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Join the Revolution! Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to Los Angeles to Attend a Taping of ‘Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler’!

Join the Revolution! Enter for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend a taping of Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler! You and a guest of your choosing could win a three-day/two-night trip to Los Angeles including hotel and airfare, as well as attending a taping of Unapologetic, the companion program to AMC’s new adaptation of Dietland, as well as a $500 prepaid gift card to get you around! Click here to learn more about the show!



Sweepstakes! Enter For a Chance to Win a Trip to Los Angeles to Attend the Taping of 'Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler'! (Contest on Hive.co)



Based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Dietland is a wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire about Plum Kettle, a ghost-writer for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths. Plum finds herself in the middle of two warring factions—one sisterhood who may be responsible for the attacks on male harassers, and the other which preaches female empowerment. She straddles these two groups, trying to make sense of the changing world and her part in it.


Unapologetic with Aisha Taylor, a companion talk show to AMC’s new series Dietland, is an unscripted series hosted by Tyler, from Criminal Minds and Archer fame. The show will air live on Mondays, immediately following AMC’s new original series Dietland. The first episode of Unapologetic with
Aisha Tyler
 will air on Monday, June 4 at 11:00 pm after two back-to-back episodes of Dietland,
and will then move to its regular weekly time slot of 10:00 pm ET the following week.

Unlike a conventional after show confined to the companion series itself, Unapologetic will feature Tyler
leading a topical discussion around the broader, female-centric issues and themes that Dietland
explores. Tyler will be talking with celebrity fans, series actors and producers, as well as relevant
journalists, writers, comedians and other tastemakers.


Dietland is an incredibly well-timed series that focuses on a multitude of critical issues facing
women today.




*Travel and hotel provided by AMC Networks *Email entries shared with AMC Networks


Sweepstakes! Win a Trip to ThrillerFest and MEET George R. R. Martin!

Enter for a chance to win an extraordinarily thrilling prize package to ThrillerFest, courtesy of ThrillerFest and the International Thriller Writers. So what exactly is so thrilling about this contest? Well, you and one guest of your choosing could win:


  • Round trip tickets to New York City.
  • Two nights at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown.
  • Complementary tickets to ThrillerFest, valued at $450!
  • Front row seating for George R. R. Martin’s panel.
  • A meet and greet with George R. R. Martin after his panel!


As much as we’d love for everyone to win, that’s just not realistic, but we can offer you 10% off ThrillerFest tickets of your own!


Sweepstakes! Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to ThrillerFest! (Contest on Hive.co)


Learn more about ThrillerFest here, and take 10% off ThrillerFest tickets using this link!


Thrillerfest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction.


An array of impressive names, including Clive Cussler, Lee Child, James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, David Morrell, Ken Follett, and R.L. Stine, can be foudn in the halls of the Grand Hyatt every July.


International Thriller Writers


ITW represents professional thriller authors from around the world. The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This includes, but isn’t limited to, subjects such as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas.


ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.”


Nine of the Best #DressLikeABook Photos!

The nonprofit organization Electric Literature, which works to make literature relevant, accessible, and inclusive, has just released a new contest under the hashtag #DressLikeABook.


The contest is simple: dress like the cover of a book, win a free tote bag that says READ MORE WOMEN. An exciting enough prize and a fun enough competition; people from the farthest depths of Instagram have been avidly posting their best book cover attempts.


Here are nine of the best:





















It’s #FuckFashionFriday because my oldest friend in the world, Sofija Stefanovic (and she is very old), has written a BOOK! ???Miss Ex-Yugoslavia is a collection of funny and sad stories about growing up in Australia while the country we were born in fell apart. Apparently, even though we are the oldest of friends, I didn’t make it into the book, but there is a hilarious story about my mother and her unfortunate encounter with an Ozzie cop. The magnificent memoir is available in the US, Australia and on @amazon. Also, @electricliterature has started a very geeky competition – #DressLikeABook. Dress as your favorite book cover and tag them for a chance to win some lovely stuff. #Literacy #Yellow #ReadABook #MissExYugoslavia #Yugoslavia #Jugoslavija

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My very loose interpretation of the Handmaids uniform. . . Currently (re)reading: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood . . I wanted to reread this before I started the series (I have yet to watch a single episode. I know, I know…). When I first read it, I liked it but didn’t love it, but i was also in one of those reading moods where the words just seemed to wash over me instead of fully absorbing it. Here’s hoping Round 2 fares better ??‍♀️ . . #thehandmaidstale #margaretatwood #womenwriters #feministliterature #currentlyreading #reread #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookaddict #bookaddicted #bookaholic #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #booksofinstagram #igreads #igbooks #instareads #instabooks #humpday #red #DressLikeABook

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