Here Comes a Thriller: Book Cover Award Winners

Images that will intrigue you, disturb you, and give you nightmares. 

The East Texas Writers Guild is proud to announce the top three winners in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest for thrillers.

Linda Pirtle, president of ETWG, pointed out that entries were submitted from across the United States from California to New Jersey, as well as from Great Britain, Australia, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. It was indeed an international contest.”

Entries were judged by a team of artists and designers in the Dallas area.

Here are the top three winners for thrillers:

First Place

Kiss the Girls and Make Them die

Kelly Marshall, Washington State

Cover Design: Jay Aheer

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die is the third book in the Winston and Strom Novels. One reviewer points out: “Kelly Marshall writes compelling mysteries and dares you to come along for a ride you will never forget. Tension traps you immediately, then the intensity is strangled with fear.

In Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, I found myself walking the same dark streets where a serial killer walked, the same deadly streets where the lives of beautiful girls can fall without warning into the frightening chill of a nightmare that ends only when they take their final breaths.

Detectives know a murderer will strike again, and time, like life itself, is a precious commodity that is quickly running out. Each new sundown may be someone’s last.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die is a haunting, terrifying journey, and I dare you to breathe during the final fifty pages.

Second Place

Redemption Lake

Susan Clayton-Goldner, Grant’s Pass, Oregon

Cover Design: Elle J Rossi

Tucson, Arizona – Eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison is harboring two terrible secrets: his involvement in the drowning death of his 12-year-old cousin, and a night of drunken sex with his best friend’s mother, Crystal, whom he finds dead in a bathtub of blood. Guilt forces Matt to act on impulse and hide his involvement with Crystal.

Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is hiding something. But as the investigation progresses, Radhauser’s attention is focused on Matt’s father. Matt’s world closes in when his father is arrested for Crystal’s murder, and Travis breaks off their friendship.

Despite his father’s guilty plea, Matt knows his dad is innocent and only trying to protect his son. Devastated and bent on self-destruction, Matt heads for the lake where his cousin died—the only place he believes can truly free him.

Are some secrets better left buried?

Third Place

Levant Mirage

Oliver F. Chase, New Orleans

The son of a Syrian War Hero and an American jet setting mother finds himself embroiled in a thousand years of competing religious beliefs.

Returning home in disgrace after America’s bloodiest day in the nation’s longest war, his commanders shunt Adam Michaels to the backwaters of military embarrassment.

When his secret PhD thesis is unwittingly revealed, Adam becomes the most feared and hated man in the terrorist world.

He rallies unlikely allies and overcomes conspiracies in the highest levels of his own government becoming the epicenter to a planet in its death throes.

With a billion lives hanging in the balance, one man must make a choice that few will understand or forgive.

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