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August 23rd – August 30th, SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP will be on sale in eBook for $0.99 at Amazon!

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The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace

Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder – and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.

Praise for SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP

“I really enjoyed Sleep, Savannah, Sleep — a spooky, suspenseful tale that delves with insight into the dynamics of small towns and grieving families. It is sure to please fans of both crime fiction and horror – and anyone who appreciates a good story. Alistair Cross’s deft narration and well-drawn characters will pull you in, and the pages will turn as if by magic. – Margaret Lucke, author of Snow Angel and House of Whispers
 
“Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.” – HorrorAddicts
 
“I read the last few pages with my jaw on the floor.” – Romi Reads
 
“Sometime in October, when I list my absolute favorite Halloween night reads, this book will be way up on my list! Probably #1.” – The Novel Lady
 
“The end of the book was shocking. To put it simply, I was shook.” – Paws and Paper
 
“Love this story, and of course, I expected to, since it was written by Cross. Cross has a talent for giving great stories while scaring the hell out of the reader. Love it!” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
 
“Soap opera becomes murder mystery becomes horror novel … A couple of beautifully orchestrated 180-degree plot twists later we get to the almost-happy ending we expected from the beginning.” – Renaissance Writer
 
“From the word go, the book had me in its captivating world … I was blown over by the story!” – Book Vue
 
“Alistair Cross has a way with words and it shows … a wonderful novel to read late at night with only a small light on next to you.” – Mystery Sequels
 
“If you’re looking for a modern gothic tale you can’t go wrong with this book … I would definitely read more from this author.” – Bibliophile Book Club
 
“SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP hooks you with a small-town atmosphere that quickly turns ghostly cold. Beware a plethora of twists and turns …” – Michael Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks and Phantom Effect
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When the Blue Lady Walks…
 
Since 1887, Cliffhouse Lodge has been famous for its luxurious accommodations, fine dining… and its ghosts. Overlooking Blue Lady Lake, nestled among tall pines, Cliffhouse has just been renovated by its owners, Teddy and Adam Bellamy, and their daughter, Sara.
 
Cliffhouse has not always been a place of rest and respite, though. Over the years it has served many vices, from rum-running to prostitution – and although the cat house has been replaced by a miniature golf course and carousel, Cliffhouse retains its dark history; darkest during the Roaring Twenties, when a serial killer called the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town, and a phantom, the Blue Lady, was said to walk when murder was imminent.
 
Death Walks With Her…
 
Now, there’s a new killer on the loose, and the Blue Lady sightings have returned. The Bellamys are losing maids, and guests are being tormented by disembodied whispers, wet phantom footprints, and the blood-chilling shrieks of mad laughter that echo through the halls of Cliffhouse in the dead of night.
 
The little mountain town of Cliffside is the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer… and the Blue Lady. Police Chief Jackson Ballou has bodies piling up, and between the murders and the mysteries, he can hardly pursue his romance with Polly Owen. And Sara Bellamy may lose her true love before they even have their first kiss.
 
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“Jason Crandall needed to make a new start, he worked in Los Angeles as a Marketing executive for years. Sadly his wife died leaving him as a widower with an 18-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter. He decided to start his new life in Shadow Springs by becoming a massage therapist. Shadow Springs seems like a nice little town but before long before cracks start to form in the town’s illusion of normalcy and secrets come to light.

First Jason has to deal with a jealous husband of one of his clients but life gets more complicated as the beautiful Savannah Sturgess goes missing. Jason starts to have horrible visions that make him doubt his sanity and some people are looking at him as a suspect in the disappearance. Everyone in town has their own set of secrets, but the biggest secret is what happened to Savannah and why won’t the dead rest in peace?

Sleep Savannah Sleep by Alistair Cross is a book that works on several levels. It’s a murder mystery, horror novel and ghost story with the perfect setting of a small mysterious town. The first half of the book takes its time making us feel empathy for the characters. By the time strange things happen in the second half you’re totally hooked and wanting to see what happens next.

The detail put into each character makes them come to life and while they are shown one way, to begin with you see other sides to them as the story moves along. Savannah, in the beginning, is seen as the town whore but when we get into why she is the way she is, she becomes a sympathetic character. Also, Flynn Garvey who is Savannah’s boyfriend has no personality in the beginning, but later we dig a little deeper and find he has a secret and there is more depth to him than we thought. Even the character of Tabitha Cooper who is not in the story much is someone you feel for. She is seen as a crazy old witch, but in reality is very different than others see her. All of the characters present an image to the outside world but if you scratch the surface a little they show another side. You care about these people because you can relate to them and that makes things even scarier when odd things start to happen.

The best part of this book was when Jason is questioning his sanity. You see him as just a guy dealing with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his kids to the best of his abilities but as he is having visions that make no sense his life quickly unravels. The feeling of losing your mind when you know people are dependent on you is the worst kind of fear and Jason is also dealing with ghosts from his past. In Sleep Savannah Sleep the horror doesn’t come from what you see, it comes from what you don’t see. This is an old school horror novel that preys on your emotions rather than showing you horrific imagery, though it does that too. Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.”

– David’s Haunted Library at Horroraddicts.net

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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.”
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“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.

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