Posts Tagged ‘Mother’

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“Warning to sensitive readers: this book is not for the faint of heart. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here thinking this is a safe little side trip into the shadows…these shadows have teeth, and think you would taste good with ketchup.

This book blew my mind. It was fantastic. One part Misery, one part Sharp Objects, another part Peyton Place, with a dash of Steel Magnolias and the Stepford Wives thrown in for good measure. This book was both bone-chilling and impossible to put down.

The last thing that Claire wants to do is to go back to her mother’s home, despite the desperate financial situation that has driven her and her husband, Jason, to this point. Claire is pregnant, and Jason has just been diagnosed with epilepsy, which has effectively killed his career as a pilot. The job that he is offered (thanks to Prissy, Claire’s mom) seems like a godsend. Just a few months, he tells her. Hold out for just a few months and we will be able to move. Claire reluctantly agrees, but keeps her guard up around her mother. Prissy puts on a good show for Jason, and soon has him convinced that Claire has over exaggerated and is being unduly harsh to her mother.

Boy, is he in for a shock.

When Claire reveals just the tip of the iceberg that is Prissy’s crazy, Jason is thrown for a loop. The fact that Claire’s disabled father is held hostage in the house is disturbing, but when Claire is injured herself Prissy insists on taking charge of her care. After all, she is a nurse…. As I said, Jason and Claire only know the tip of the iceberg. When Claire’s repressed memories begin to surface, they leave her wondering just what is real and what is her imagination. This goes far beyond rooms piled with useless junk, and the undying need to mind everyone else’s business. When Prissy’s need for control really decides to kick up its skirts and dance, everyone suffers.

I loved this book. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any wackier, any darker, or any more screwed up, I was granted a peek into a level of nuts I never have seen before. Calling this a psychological thriller is like calling a hydrogen bomb a bottle rocket! I could rave on about it for another few paragraphs, but all I can really say about it is GO READ IT! It’s so worth it!”

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A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. 
Sometimes it’s Worse …
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”

On sale 4/17 – 4/24 for $0.99: http://tinyurl.com/ke8gu2l
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“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”
-Andrew Neiderman, Author of The Devil’s Advocate and the V.C. Andrews novels
 

Today only, the complete novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, is just 99 cents on Amazon.  This novel is the first in our series, The Ravencrest Saga. The sale celebrates the first two episodes of the next novel in the series, The Witches of Ravencrest which, like The Ghosts of Ravencrest, is being released first as a serial novel. WoR #1: Grave Expectations and WoR #2: Dead of the Night are now both available.

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When Tamara and Alistair began The Ghosts of Ravencrest, they were thinking of going heavy on paranormal erotica. By the third installment, they were too in love with the story – and it was growing by leaps and bounds – to try to push the erotic aspects so they went back and toned them down slightly when they released the full novel. (But when you read the chapter called Awakening, you’ll see that it’s still a sizzler. Seriously, they’ve had several letters from readers saying it cured their non-orgasmic woes.)

As The Ghosts of Ravencrest progressed, their mutual love of the Gothic came to the fore. By the fourth installment they had travelled back in history to meet several of the ancestors who haunt Ravencrest during the present day.

 

The Ravencrest Saga is the tale of Belinda Moorland, a young woman who takes a position as governess to handsome millionaire Eric Manning’s two children. Within the halls of Ravencrest – the mansion was brought over stone by stone from England to the California coast in the early nineteenth century – Belinda encounters much more than ghosts, from the seemingly evil Mrs. Heller to the mysterious and knowing head butler, Grant Phister. But it is Eric Manning himself who captivates Belinda.

Secrets lurk within Ravencrest’s historic halls; secrets that have been buried for years but are coming to life around Belinda. The nightly erotic visits from Thomas Manning – he’s been dead for centuries – terrify and excite Belinda. When Mrs. Heller sends the governess into the old east wing for school supplies, Belinda encounters the most horrifying entities she’s ever seen … and she will have to face them again in order to save a tiny spirit in a red dress who has been searching for her parents for centuries.

As time goes on, Grant reveals a few of his secrets to Belinda and she and Eric Manning begin taking morning swims in the ornate indoor pool together … until something unspeakable happens…  Belinda learns more of the secrets of Ravencrest, about the hidden abilities within herself, and falls hard for Eric Manning. But is love enough to conquer the ghosts and other creatures that walk the corridors of Ravencrest? It’s time to find out!

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the new Thorne & Cross thriller, MOTHER

 

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Here’s what New York Times bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD, Jay Bonansinga, has to say about the new Thorne & Cross thriller, MOTHER. MOTHER is available now at Amazon.

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In honor of Mother’s release, we’ve put together a list of the songs referenced throughout the novel. We found that music helps define our characters and we hear lots of it as our characters stroll Morning Glory Circle. Some are surprising – who knew the Portendorfers were metalheads? Some music plays, some is hummed, some are chapter titles, one is a doorbell … and some tunes are associated with nightmares and other horrors, but all are pertinent to the story.

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Mother is available now on Amazon.

American Pie – Don McLean
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod

Barracuda – Heart
Big Shot – Billy Joel
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
Close to You – The Carpenters
Colorado Rocky Mountain High – John Denver

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree – Andrews Sisters

Fever – Peggy Lee
The Fishin’ Hole (Andy Griffith Show Theme) – Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer
Fun, Fun, Fun – Beach Boys

Hello – Adele
How Great Thou Art – Carl Gustav Boberg

I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I Put a Spell On You – Bette Midler
In-N-Out Burger Theme
Invisible – Clay Aiken

Jupiter Symphony – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Little Boxes (Made of Ticky-Tacky) – Pete Seeger

Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Magic Man – Heart
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Misty – Johnny Mathis

One Way or Another – Blondie

Pleasant Valley Sunday – Monkees
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

Rocky Raccoon – Beatles
Row, Row, Row Your Boat – Traditional
Run for Your Life – Beatles

Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac
Stand by Me – Ben E. King
The Star-Spangled Banner – Francis Scott Key
Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra
Strawberry Fields Forever – Beatles
Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen

Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall and His Orchestra, 1932
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Tiny Dancer – Elton John

We are Marching to Pretoria – The Weavers
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Witchy Woman – Eagles

 

Tomorrow’s the big day. MOTHER will be available to buy! Links to follow.
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“Mother is a thriller in the truest sense of the word. What begins with a walk through a nice neighborhood in a nice town quickly becomes a chilling and unnerving descent into madness that is harder and harder to escape. Because I wear a fitness tracker I have scientific proof that the finale is a wild ride. Although I was curled up on the couch reading, Mother caused my heart rate to go up ten points! I’ll never look at a neighborhood block party the same way.”
-Q.L. Pearce, bestselling author of Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs
“Mother is about as disturbing as one can get. Thorne and Cross are seriously twisted individuals that know how to horrify and entertain at the same time.
-Fang-Freakin-Tastic Reviews
“A delightfully sinister walk up the shadowed staircase to the room Mother arranged especially for you. So, what’s in the cupboard? What’s she hiding in the basement? Inside the garage? Under the floorboards? With Mother, Thorne and Cross reanimate the “familiar,” leading you down a path of familial treachery that gets midnight-dark all too quickly.”
– Michael Aronovitz – author of Phantom Effect