Posts Tagged ‘Gothic’

EXORCISM, book three of The Ravencrest Saga, is available for pre-order in ebook at Amazon! Order it now and it’ll be delivered to your Kindle on Valentine’s Day – because nothing says I LOVE YOU like demons, ghosts, and kinky sex! The paperback will be available on the same day.

And if you haven’t caught up with the ghoulish goings-on at Ravencrest Manor, books one and two – THE GHOST OF RAVENCRESTand THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST – are available in ebook and paperback at Amazon as well.

That said, here’s a little more about EXORCISM:

The Devil Comes to Ravencrest …

The Jazz Age 

In the 1920s, Henry Manning ruled Ravencrest with an iron fist. He held debauched parties that would have inspired Jay Gatsby himself. From the Manning fortune to a beautiful wife – the silent film star known as the White Violet – Henry had it all … including a loyal cult that worshipped the demon Forneus. 

Deal with the Devil

Violet lost her life putting a stop to the demented perversions that Henry and his demonic familiar visited upon Ravencrest …  but now that evil has returned. 

The Soulless Child 

In the night, an innocent maid is seduced by a demon lover. A child is born, but it is not of this earth. Father Antonio DeVargas is summoned as ghostly parties light up the old poolhouse and phantom screams rip open the night. Meanwhile, the White Violet wanders the halls of Ravencrest warning the inhabitants of death and disaster to come.

And the current master of Ravencrest, Eric Manning, is decidedly not himself …

Excerpt:

Midnight. The witching hour. Watery echoes in an empty building. The grand Greek Pool at Ravencrest Manor babbles and gurgles as chlorine-scented water flows 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. 

A spring and thunk from the tall diving board, then 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 things be real? Or are they merely tricks of light and sound, magic courtesy of Mother Nature? 

Soft golden lamps flicker to life. And then, music, faint but unmistakable, rises and echoes. Eddie Cantor. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie.

Laughter. The sounds of a party, of voices, of champagne glasses clinking.

Then something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant.

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Aaaaand … here it is! The new cover art for book 2 of The Ravencrest Saga!

“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 Ravencrest Saga. 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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So here’s what happened: When Tamara and I began writing Ravencrest, we weren’t thinking in terms of a series. We didn’t know if we’d enjoy it or if it would go over well enough with readers to justify continuing.

As it turned out, we absolutely loved writing it (and still do) and it was not only accepted by readers but quickly became our bestselling work.

So naturally, a series was in order – and because there’s so much going on at Ravencrest Manor, continuing the tale was an easy, natural thing to do. We were happy to keep going with it.

But excited as we were to dig back into it, tne thing we didn’t think about was the book covers and by the time we started on book #3, we realized the first and second book covers didn’t have a whole lot in common with each other. We loved the art on both of them but they just didn’t quite “match” as much as we thought they should.

So we had them redone. This is the cover for book 1, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and tomorrow I’ll share the cover for book 2!

Happy reading!

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Our gothic horror novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest (book 1 in the Ravencrest Saga) is on sale for $0.99 in #ebook at Amazon today through the 20th!

THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST

(Book 1 in The Ravencrest Saga)

Ravencrest Manor casts long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood, below. It holds its memories – and its ghosts – close to its dark heart.

When governess Belinda Moorland arrives at Ravencrest to tutor Eric Manning’s children, it’s the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, but she soon learns that not only is it built on secrets, but its inhabitants keep plenty of their own – from the elegant English butler to the power-mad administrator, to handsome millionaire 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 others – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night … the ones who enter her dreams … the ones who are watching … and waiting … 

Ghostly screams echo as bony fingers clutch at her in the indoor pool. The spirit of a long-dead child calls to her. A trio of gibbering nuns haunts her, their mad black eyes blazing. Ravencrest is a house of spirits and Belinda is thrust into a world of waking nightmares where there is no distinction between the living and the dead.

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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, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage

Book 2 in the Ravencrest Saga, THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST, is also available at Amazon.

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Rebecca is just as wonderful now as it was the first time I read it as a teen. The tale is the very definition of “Gothic,” and the lush, detailed writing is elegant and romantic in the true sense of the word.

The first name of our narrator is never given, she is simply the second Mrs. DeWinter. Young and inexperienced, she is shy and terribly afraid of nearly everything – the antithesis of the modern heroine. She does not want to offend or rock the boat, but when she comes up against the most horrifying housekeeper in Gothic history – Mrs. Danvers – she begins to find her backbone.

Our heroine’s growth is perfectly done. But what I love most is the spirit of Rebecca herself. The descriptions of how Manderley is her house, that she is all around, are breathtakingly eerie. When Mrs. Danvers speaks of her, she becomes a true ghost. Is the housekeeper a player of Gaslight’s Mr. Manningham’s caliber, or does Rebecca truly walk the halls? To me, the answer is secondary to the beautiful atmospheric writing.

I’m already looking forward to wandering down the halls of Manderley again one day.

 

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Gretchen is a thriller that will also appeal to lovers of horror. It’s told primarily from the point of view of Lucy, a teen who has spent her life on the run with her mother. Lucy has always been resigned to her fate – changing states, changing schools, keeping secrets – but now she’s beginning to rebel.

As the book begins, Lucy and her mother relocate to house in the country outside a small town. Their new landlord, a concert pianist, and his daughter, Gretchen, welcome them, and despite their eccentricities, Lucy wants to stay. From there, the eccentricities and Lucy’s discomfort grow, and the story – a fascinating mystery – unfolds.

The pages of this tight and twisted tale flew by – I could hardly turn them fast enough. Highly recommended.

For more: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/tamara-thorne?list=reviews

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THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR may be Anne Rivers Siddons one and only scary stories, but it is far and above one of the best spooky tales ever told. I’ve read it twice already and know I’ll go back to it whenever I need a good, solid, creepy fix. THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR has it all: unforgettable characters, an unpredictable plot, and an ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming!’ ending that will give your goosebumps goosebumps. Highly recommended to lovers of gothics of all variety.

For more: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/alistair-cross?list=reviews