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Darkness Never Dies …

Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California in the early 1800s, the manor now houses widower Eric Manning, his children, and his staff. Ravencrest stands alone, holding its memories and ghosts close to its dark heart, casting long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood, below.

Dare to Cross the Threshold …

Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror, she realizes that beauty has a dark side. Ravencrest is built on secrets, and its inhabitants seem to be keeping plenty of their own – from the handsome English butler, Grant Phister, to the power-mad administrator, Mrs. Heller, to 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 other inhabitants – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night … the ones who enter her dreams … the ones who are watching … and waiting …

Welcome to Ravencrest …

Who is the man digging in the garden beyond Belinda’s bedroom window? Who – or what – is watching her from the vents? From ghostly screams and the clutching bony fingers of death in the indoor pool, to the trio of gliding nuns in the east wing who come at Belinda with black blazing eyes, to the beckoning little girl in the red dress who died more than two centuries ago, Belinda is thrust into a world of waking nightmares where there is no distinction between the living and the dead, and there are no limits to the horrors that await. Witchcraft is afoot at Ravencrest and as unspeakable terrors begin to unfold, Belinda realizes that her beautiful new home is a keeper of tragedy, a collector of souls. And it wants to add her to its collection …

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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. 

Here it is ~ the new cover and title for the book that is soon-to-be formerly known as The Angel Alejandro. This edition focuses on the demonic villain rather than the angelic hero of the story, and the reasons for this are two-fold.


First, due to the amounts of blood, sex, and death in the book, the original cover is somewhat misleading ~ it looks more like a romance than a horror novel, and while there is plenty of romance to be had here, overall, the horror reigns supreme.


The second reason has to do with the man on the cover. That top hatted devilish fellow with the cracked (but handsome) face is Gremory Jones, aka, Mr. Jones, aka, the Dream Reaper, who survives on the power of the things you think you need, the things you long for, the things you dream of … and he’s not finished with you yet.


There’s long been talk of Gremory getting a series of his own and while that’s a ways down the line, that would technically make this book the first in that series ~ and we wanted the packaging to reflect that. I think it does.
As hard as it was to let go of the original cover (it was always my favorite) I love this new one and have to agree that it far better represents the story. If you read it, I think you’ll agree. This new edition with it’s new title and cover art will be available in the coming weeks, just in time for Halloween…

~ Alistair


I’m both excited and saddened to announce that in the coming weeks, my book, the Angel Alejandro, will be receiving a new title and cover ~ one that will more accurately convey its content. As much as I love the current packaging (it’s probably my favorite cover, in fact), Alejandro is a very dark story ~ too dark, I think, for this cover art.

This cover pretty much screams high romance, and while there is a good amount of that to be found here (under it all, Alejandro really is a love story) there’s also a lot of sex, death, and gore that isn’t being represented. In other words, I don’t want you thinking you’re getting Twilight when you’re really getting Salem’s Lot. Not that Alejandro has anything to do with vampires ~ that’s just the best comparison I could come up with on the fly and I really have to hurry because Tamara is tapping her foot, waiting for me, and she gets kinda stabby if I take too long on these things …

Anyway … I have seen the new cover and title and I have to say I love it. I’ll be sharing it with you soon but I wanted to make all the proper announcements ahead of time in hopes of minimizing confusion.

 

~ Alistair

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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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Today, at 6 pm EST, Tamara and Alistair will be chatting at the folks over at Vox Vomitus. 

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Sometimes, it’s not what goes right in the writing process, it’s what goes horribly wrong. Host and Gothic Horror novelist Jennifer Anne Gordon (with help from co-hosts author, Allison Martine and author Trisha Ridinger Mckee) chat with some of the best, and most successful authors of the day, not about what their greatest successes are, but about all the things that may have gone wrong during their first drafts, writing experiments, books read, social media rants and more. This is Vox Vomitus (word vomit).

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This Thursday, August 6th, at 8 pm EST, author Samantha Downing will be joining Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! to talk about her latest book, He Started It. 

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Samantha Downing is the author of the bestselling My Lovely Wife, nominated for the Edgar, ITW, and Macavity awards for Best Debut Novel. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel.

Her second book, He Started It, was released on July 21, 2020.

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She currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thriller.

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Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

This is a copyrighted, trademarked podcast owned solely by the Authors on the Air Global Radio, LLC.

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Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991, and since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, Eternity and The Sorority. A lifelong lover of ghost stories, she is currently working on several collaborations with Alistair Cross as well as an upcoming solo novel. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com.

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Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be out later this year. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com. 

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In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they also host the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which has featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

This Thursday, July 23rd, we’ll be talking to our favorite Gothic diva, Leanna Renee Hieber, about her latest release, A Summoning of Souls. If you’re into ghosts, crime, steampunk, and gaslamp, listen in at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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Actress, playwright and author Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her latest acclaimed series, THE SPECTRAL CITY has been a # 1 bestseller across several genres and platforms. Her newest entry is the third in the series, A Summoning of Souls.

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Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple book club editions. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire.

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Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

This is a copyrighted, trademarked podcast owned solely by the Authors on the Air Global Radio, LLC.

For more great guests, visit our Haunted Nights LIVE! page. 

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Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991, and since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, Eternity and The Sorority. A lifelong lover of ghost stories, she is currently working on several collaborations with Alistair Cross as well as an upcoming solo novel. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com.

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Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be out later this year. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com. 

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In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they also host the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which has featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

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This Thursday, July 16th, at 8 pm EST, on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’ll be talking to author and former professional wrestler, Ronald Fuller Welch (aka, the Tennessee Stud) about his novel, BRUTUS.
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Welch was born on March 3, 1948 in Dyersburg, Tn. He grew up living in several states and attended Clemson University and the University of Miami on a basketball scholarship. Afterward, he joined more than 20 other members of his family, the largest of its kind on the planet, in their chosen life style of professional wrestling. At 6′ 9″ and 260 pounds, he is a very successful business entrepreneur that created and operated four professional wrestling companies, two minor league professional hockey franchises and teams, and an ADT dealership that was at one time the 12th largest in North America. This book is the result of a one night dream that took two long years to be put on paper. This is his first book.
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Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991, and since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, Eternity and The Sorority. A lifelong lover of ghost stories, she is currently working on several collaborations with Alistair Cross as well as an upcoming solo novel. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com .
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Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be out later this year. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com .
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In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they also host the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which has featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.
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