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The Ghosts of Ravencrest by Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne continues the tradition of two authors who, when put together, create a world in which you aren’t sure if you want to belong or totally avoid.

Belinda is a chick who hates where she is in life and the opportunity to become a governess at Ravencrest is almost too good to be true. The life she encounters there is both what she hopes for and not at the same time.

As with most stories of this type there is an evil overseer of sorts, and in this case, it is Miss Cordelia Heller. Man is she a horrible person. She’s the epitome of the boss you never want. Except for the fact that she’s not really Belinda’s boss, she just thinks she is. Heller is the “house administrator”. So she feels she has more power than she truly does. Heller’s reach is unfathomable to me. She’s a genius and screw-up at the same time. I want to punch her face off. BUT I understand her need to exist for the story. I really can’t stand her.

Belinda’s friendship with Grant is one of the things I love about this book. You can see the growth in their friendship as well as Belinda’s maturity as the story goes on. Grant is easily liked and is the kind of guy most girls would love to encounter in a potentially difficult employment situation.

I enjoy the historic elements of the story. While not all horror based or real, they do play a part in the back-story and make the story feel more realistic. The authors do a good job in their world building and I appreciate that.

I recommend The Ghosts of Ravencrest to anyone who likes an exciting ghost story with characters you love to hate.” – Fang-Freakin-Tastic Book Reviews

Book 2, The Witches of Ravencrest, and book 3, Exorcism, are available now!

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The Ravencrest Saga is on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours … and there will be blood. And ghosts. And serial killers and witches. Oh, and prizes and giveaways, too!
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And the summer sales have begun! See below for prices and dates of sales!
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Book #1, The Ghosts of Ravencrest– $2.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 6th – July 13th
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Book #2, The Witches of Ravencrest – $1.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 13th – July 19th
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Book #3, Exorcism – $0.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 20th – July 26th

After a short hiatus from THE RAVENCREST SAGA to finish our respective solo novels, we’ve returned to that haunted mansion high in the hills of Devilswood, California, with the latest serialized installment in the series. We call this one RETRIBUTION, and you can get it now at Amazon. Here’s a little more about it:
 
The night Father Antonio DeVargas blessed Ravencrest Manor, no one could have foreseen the consequences…
 
One of Ravencrest’s own is found murdered in Our Lady of Sorrows, and with the victim is a sinister crucifix that leads Father Antonio on a deadly crusade…
 
The haunting in the old poolhouse intensifies as the specter of Henry Manning and his satanic servant begin laying deadly traps…
 
Maid Justine Chambers’ appetites and belly are burgeoning in impossible ways as she realizes the baby she carries is anything but heaven-sent…
 
Meanwhile, governess Belinda Moorland is furious when her mysterious boss, Eric Manning, refuses to heed her warnings about using the haunted poolhouse for an upcoming charity event, so when handsome race car driver, Nathan Aubry, asks her out, she accepts – if only to spite Eric.

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Until next time, we wish you sweet, sweet screams …

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Desecration, installment #3 in the Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is available now at Amazon! 

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A ghostly pool party is in full swing; maid Justine Chambers is hiding a dangerous secret; and governess Belinda Moorland and her partner in all things spectral, butler Grant Phister, realize they’re up against more than a mere evil spirit this time.

The Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is first released in serialized installments in eBook. To catch up on the story, you can get the first and second full-length volumes, THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST and THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST at Amazon, as well as the first two EXORCISM installments, BEGOTTEN and INCUBUS.

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Incubus, the second installment of the serialized The Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is available now at Amazon! 

In the dead of night, Justine Chambers, housemaid, succumbs to the carnal demands of a spectral night visitor, realizing too late that the unholy union has sparked a new and terrifying descent into darkness – a darkness so deep and deadly that it will put everyone at Ravencrest Manor in mortal danger.

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For more of The Ravencrest Saga, check out the first two full-length novels, The Ghosts of Ravencrest and The Witches of Ravencrest as well as Begotten, the first installment in the latest Ravencrest volume!

Praise for The Ravencrest Saga: 

“The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”
-Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage.

“Ghostly secrets abound. Tortured spirits wander the hallways. Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time. Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future …Run, do not walk, to get The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest.”
— Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural

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The first serialized installment of of the book 3 in the Ravencrest Saga is coming soon.
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“Midnight. The witching hour. Watery echoes in an empty building. The grand indoor pool at Ravencrest Manor babbles and gurgles as chlorine-scented water pumps, flowing like cool blood in veins and arteries. The moon, full and high above the arched glass ceiling, shines its light into the cobalt pool, casting splintered rays across the water, picking up golden highlights as it hits the constellations, the planets, and their moons set into the bottom of the pool.
The statues surrounding the water are alive with moonlight and reflection. Poseidon, enthroned at one end, frowns over his Kingdom, alabaster eyes flickering with moonbeams. Across the long spanse of water, a jovial Dionysus is surrounded by his Maenads, who shimmer and shimmy in the moving glow of the moon.
Elsewhere, all along the blue-and-star-tiled floor bordering the plunge, marble sylphs and nymphs watch from the shadows. Where the pool narrows to a river, turning and weaving like a snake behind the main body of water, only to return again, a clutch of Muses titters at anyone brave enough to venture so far from the main room.
A phantasmic sound. A spring and thunk from the tall diving board that obscures the darkened dressing rooms beyond. Then a splash as someone dives in, and somehow, water explodes into the air. The sound ebbs and flows with movement.
But if no human ear is present to hear it, no eye to see it, can these sights and sounds be real? Or are they merely tricks of light and sound, magic courtesy of Mother Nature?
Something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant.
And then, music, faint but unmistakable, rises and echoes. Eddie Cantor. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie. Oh, oh what a girl.
Laughter. The sounds of a party, of voices, of glasses clinking.
A cloud passes before the moon, and the stage goes dark and silent but for the gurgle of water. No statue moves. The music is ended, if it was ever there at all. And then…
Chanting, soft and sinister, from somewhere nearby. An echo. Malignant minor-keyed singing – something reminiscent of the Dies Irae, but warped rather than tragic, disturbing rather than sorrowful. Day of Wrath and Doom Impending. We welcome your darkness; we bathe in your shadows.
The cloud passes, moonlight filters through the arched glass once more. The water is still now; there is nothing except, perhaps, the faint agonizing sound of a scream.”
Get the previous books in THE RAVENCREST SAGA:
The Ghosts of Ravencrest:
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Witches of Ravencrest: (available for $0.99 in eBook April2 – April 9)
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