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THE BAD SEED by William March is horror at its finest.
Rhoda Penmark is an eight year old little girl. She’s smart, precocious, cunning, and cute. She’s also a psychopath. This novel raises issues about the origins of “evil,” (is it inherited or is it learned?) and sent more than one chill up my spine.
I was as riveted by little Rhoda’s twisted antics (when things don’t go her way, very bad things happen) as I was by her mother’s dawning horror as she realizes who – or rather, what – her daughter really is. Highly recommended to lovers of horror and psychological thrillers.
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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.”
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To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we’re going to do things a little differently.

It’s been said that the lives of fictional characters begin before the author uncovers them – and that they go on once the book is completed. We try to keep that in mind by occasionally checking in on the casts of our previous books, and what better time to see how the folks are doing on Morning Glory Circle – where our thriller, MOTHER, is set – than Thanksgiving! In honor of MOTHER’s $0.99 sale in ebook now through November 28th, we thought it would be interesting to stroll through the neighborhood and find out what some of the residents are most grateful for this year.

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  1. Priscilla Martin, aka Mother, is grateful she has six years’ worth of frozen turkeys in her freezer. She won’t have to buy one this year. And everyone said they wouldn’t come in handy …
  1. Her daughter, Claire, is grateful she thought of claiming to be a vegetarian for the time being.
  1. Claire’s husband, Jason, is thankful that Prissy Martin has given them a place to stay. He’ll be sorry he ever met the woman before long …. but for now, he’s just happy to have a home … foolish, foolish man …
  1. The local priest, Father Andy, is grateful that he’s dining with the Vandercooths. They bought a fresh turkey. He’s always gotten a bad feeling from Prissy Martin … and food poisoning.
  1. Frederick Martin, Priscilla’s invalid husband, is glad she forgot to feed him. Very glad indeed. Fred’s feeding times are extremely unpleasant for him …
  1. Coastal Eddie Fortune is grateful that he doesn’t have to interview Priscilla Martin.
  1. The vampires of Crimson Cove and Candle Bay are also grateful that they don’t have to see Priscilla. Hell, they don’t even want to bite her. If there’s anything worse than Mother, it’s an eternal Mother …
  1. Priscilla’s neighbor, Phyllis Stine, is secretly thankful that her sister, Constance Welling, was killed in THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING a while back. She never did like that attention-seeking little bitch.
  1. Little Noble Creed, who has only heard of Prissy Martin, is grateful for the pins he found in his mother’s sewing box. He’s sticking them in a voodoo doll named Mother.
  1. Timothy Martin, Priscilla’s firstborn, is grateful he’s dead and will not have to endure another holiday at Mother’s house.

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And the folks in MOTHER aren’t the only thankful ones. Here’s OUR list of things we’re grateful for!

  1. We are both grateful that we don’t have to spend the day with relatives who want to argue politics.
  1. We are grateful that our Thanksgiving dinners are very small affairs. As introverts, we believe in dining at home. Alone. Away from other people’s children.
  1. Tamara is grateful that her husband likes to cook. If she had to do it, she’d make a pot of chili because if it can’t be made in one pot or pan, it can’t be made.
  1. Alistair is grateful for enchiladas – which are so much better than dry-ass turkey and that disgusting jiggly cranberry “sauce” that looks like a blood clot having a bad day.  
  1. We are thankful to all the cute cat pictures on the internet for lowering our blood pressure.
  1. Tamara’s husband is grateful he only roasts a breast, not a whole bird. Because he tried boning a turkey once and found it rather unpleasant. And there was an embarrassing injury.
  1. We are grateful we don’t have to sit through boring-ass football games on Thanksgiving.
  1. We are grateful to Netflix for running plenty of cheesy horror movies to go with the holiday meal.
  1. We are both grateful for our kitties – the family we share our feasts with. They don’t get drunk, they don’t whine, and don’t care who won the election. Sometimes they throw up in the string bean casserole, but we weren’t going to eat that shit anyway.
  1.  We are grateful we don’t have to have Thanksgiving dinner at MOTHER’S house. Oh, are we grateful. We can’t say why in mixed company, but if you pick up a copy, you’ll understand soon enough.

And speaking of MOTHER, be sure to get your copy for $0.99 at Amazon today through the 28th.

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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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Family is forever. And ever and ever and ever . . . 
MOTHER, a psychological thriller from THORNE & CROSS, is coming soon.

MOTHER

MOTHER

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 …
Nothing escapes Prissy’s watchful eye, nothing 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.
 
Home is Where the Terror Is …
Jason Holbrook loves his wife. He’s heard Claire’s stories about Priscilla, but now it seems Mother has mended her ways, and as he uncovers a cache of vile family secrets, he begins to wonder who the real monster is. Lives are in danger – and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy him … and will forever change his definition of “Mother.”