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Tomorrow night’s the night…

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Join us as we interview horror author Michael Aronovitz at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern.

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Michael Aronovitz’s debut collection Seven Deadly Pleasures was published by Hippocampus Press in 2009, and his newest novel Alice Walks is presently available in collectable cloth hard cover through Centipede Press and trade paperback through Dark Renaissance Books.

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Aronovitz’s second collection The Voices in Our Heads was released by Horrified Press in February of 2014, and Hippocampus will publish Aronovitz’s second novel, The Witch of the Wood, this coming December or January. Aronovitz’s first young adult novel titled Becky’s Kiss will be published by Vinspire Press in late 2015.

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Aronovitz’s short story “The Girl Between the Slats” appeared in S.T. Joshi’s acclaimed anthology Searchers After Horror last Spring, and his short ghost story “How Bria Died” was featured in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011.

Thorne and Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Be there if you dare…

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We commute from our beds to our offices without burning gas or having to dress to impress anyone but our kitties.  We have “water cooler” talk over Skype and morning beverages; a bit of gossip, reviews of last night’s movies, and bitching about getting up so early to get to work. Then we spend about ten minutes checking our social sites, followed by half an hour on marketing and radio. Then we go to our desks in the Cloud and get to the good stuff: writing. It’s what gives us the discipline to get up early even though we both really hate mornings.

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Usually, all goes well, but not always. On days we just aren’t feeling it, we often go deep into research. But most days, we write so hard that one minute it’s 8 am and the next it’s 6 pm. And once in a while – very rarely because discipline is at the heart of what we are doing – we give ourselves a day off. If one of us takes it off, so does the other: the office is closed. And that’s the way we like it.

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Unless we’re on a major writing jag – one of those times when time goes by unnoticed and lunch is entirely forgotten – we do take breaks. There’s a ten-minute one where we visit social sites in the afternoon, but the ones that we love – and need – are our other water cooler moments.  It’s about laughing, getting those happy chemicals pumping through the brain. It’s about relaxing. We play games, tell jokes, and misbehave. One of the joys of our collaboration – the reason we write together in our office in the Cloud even when we’re doing our solo work – is that we energize one another. We make each other laugh. It’s important to us.

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And rules are important: no outside drama can touch us; no psychic vampires are allowed. What is allowed is laughter and jokes and merriment. And work. Lots and lots of work. It feels good. Last week, an hour before the first airing of our new horror-themed radio show, Haunted Nights LIVE!, we found ourselves a little anxious and made up a new game we call Bad Libs, wherein we take a section of one of our works and remove and replace words in the grand Mad-Libs tradition. It was so much fun that we’re going to blog some Bad-Libs soon and we’ll share the best answers you send us.

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We’re both aware of how fortunate we are. But we also know we’ve worked hard for it. Very hard. Six – and sometimes seven – days a week, eight to twelve hours a day for over two years. This year alone, we’ve completed two novels as well as turned out several installments in our serialized gothic tale, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. And the hard work has paid off, allowing us both to contribute significantly to our household budgets enough to write full-time. You almost always start out having to juggle family, writing, and a full-time job, but if you’re consistent, determined, and writing is your priority, you’ll get to where you want to be. That’s the thing: if you want to be a full-time writer, you have to earn it. No excuses. Writing comes first: it is a job, not a hobby. We don’t let anyone interrupt our day and, you know what?  Only when you take yourself and your work this seriously, will anyone else give your work the respect it deserves.

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In 2015, we plan to keep writing, completing at least one more collaboration, a solo project each, as well as the regular continuations of the Ravencrest installments. We’ve learned that it takes a lot of hard work and ambition to become a full-time writer, but that it can be done if your intent is strong enough.

Watch out 2016, have we got plans for you!

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Today Tamara Thorne is doing a reading from The Ghosts of Ravencrest at 3:00 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. While she’s doing that, I’ll be working on the next extra-creepy photo shoot for the series’ upcoming covers and e-posters. In the meantime, you can read an interview with Ravencrest’s governess herself, Belinda Moorland, at Marie Lavender’s Writing in the Modern Age!
If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows yet, go to Amazon now and pick it up, or click on the picture below.

Welcome to Ravencrest… where there is no line between the living and the dead…

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Q.L. Pearce began her career as a writer and editor with Lowell House /Roxbury Press in Los Angeles. She has written more than one hundred and fifty books for children, including: Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs, Artificial Intelligence, Mysterious Disappearances, Ghost Hunters, Red Bird Sings, and film tie-in books for the Fox animated film Titan AE and the Universal animated series Land Before Time. She is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson gold medal, the Moonbeam Children’s Book gold medal, the Eureka silver medal and several of her titles are included in the California Collections. Q believes strongly in the value of scary books for young readers. When asked what qualifies her as an expert in this area she replies, “I was a child once. That was very scary.”

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Join us next week, November 6th at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! at 9:00 eastern for the show! Be sure to give us a like on Facebook!

Threshold

Darkness Never Dies…

Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California over a thirty-year period in the 1800s, the manor now houses widower Eric Manning, his children, and his staff. Ravencrest stands alone, holding its memories and ghosts close to its dark heart, casting long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood below.

Dare to Cross the Threshold…

Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror, she realizes that beauty has a dark side. Ravencrest is built on secrets, and its inhabitants seem to be keeping plenty of their own – from the handsome English butler, Grant Phister, to the power-mad administrator, Mrs. Heller, to Eric Manning himself, who watches her with dark, fathomless eyes. But Belinda soon realizes that the living who dwell in Ravencrest have nothing on the other inhabitants – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night … the ones who enter her dreams … the ones who are watching … and waiting …

 Home is Where the Horror is…

Welcome to Ravencrest, magnificent by day, terrifying by night.

Welcome to Ravencrest, home of sordid secrets and ghastly scandals from the past.

Welcome to Ravencrest, where there is no line between the living and the dead.

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“In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have created a world that is dark, opulent, and smoldering with the promise of scares and seduction. You’ll be able to feel the slide of the satin sheets, taste the fizz of champagne, and hear the footsteps on the stairs.”

-Sylvia Shults, author of Double Double Love and Trouble

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