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The summer sales have begun! All three books in our gothic horror series, The Ravencrest Saga, will be on sale throughout the month of July in ebook. If you’re into ghosts, witches, serial killers, and all things gothic, dark, and unspeakable, welcome to Ravencrest Manor, where the darkness never dies …
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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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Here’s what folks are saying …

“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

“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 Ghosts of Ravencrest. 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

” … filled with delicious gothic delights … it has the ghosts, but there is much more. There are witches and spells, misshapen creatures, and statues that come to life. The Ravencrest mansion has a wing that is locked away – for there are strange things afoot in this side of the building. There is an interesting staff of characters; a charming and witty butler, and evil and jealous administrator, an innocent governess, who is the main protagonist of the story. Well thought out story, excellently executed.” – Dan Cheely, The Books of Daniel 

 

Get your copies of the Ravencrest Saga now!

 

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Book #1, The Ghosts of Ravencrest – $2.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 6th – July 13th – Available at: https://amzn.to/2NHycjj
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Book #2, The Witches of Ravencrest – $1.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 13th – July 19th – Available at: https://amzn.to/2NFZZR2
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Book #3, Exorcism – $0.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 20th – July 26th – Available at: https://amzn.to/2BouKHN 

About the Authors

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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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The Ravencrest Saga is on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours … and there will be blood. And ghosts. And serial killers and witches. Oh, and prizes and giveaways, too!
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And the summer sales have begun! See below for prices and dates of sales!
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Book #1, The Ghosts of Ravencrest– $2.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 6th – July 13th
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Book #2, The Witches of Ravencrest – $1.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 13th – July 19th
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Book #3, Exorcism – $0.99 in Amazon US and UK, July 20th – July 26th

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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Thursday, December 5th, at 8 pm EST, we’ll be chatting with author and associate movie producer. Listen in any time at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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Joshua A.H. Harris is a writer, father, and recovering environmental attorney. He grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, served in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, and currently lives in the Bay Area. Joshua holds degrees from Brown University, UC Davis, and San Francisco State University. His writings have appeared in the East Bay Times, Gravitas (Pub House Books), Berkeley Times, and Ars Poetica. In 2014, he wrote Out of the Fog, a serialized novel released one chapter per week over the course of a calendar year (available at outofthefogjh.blogspot.com). In 2017, Joshua became an associate editor for La Vil: Stories from the Streets of Port-au-Prince, Voice of Witness (San Francisco). More recently, he wrote and published Common Sense 2019: A Bipartisan Call to Take Back Our Government, a political pamphlet that addresses the fundamental problem of money in politics. Joshua is also an associate producer of the following movies: Night Comes On (2018) starring Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall; House of Tomorrow (2017), starring Asa Butterfield; Lucky (2017), starring Harry Dean Stanton; and Columbus (2017), starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey.

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Audrey Rose by Frank De Felitta is a fascinating, horror-ific tale of love, loss, and … reincarnation. I’ve read it three times now and despite its very 1970s vibe, it puts me – and keeps me – under its spell each time. 

This novel impresses me on a few levels:

As a writer, I admire De Felitta’s masterful execution; he not only has a way with words but with pacing, character development, and setting – not to mention, he knows how to dig deep, to mine the emotions of his readers in ways a lot of authors either aren’t able to or don’t dare to. 

As a reader, Audrey Rose impresses me with its ability to not only keep me turning pages but to creep into my thoughts during the day (and night) when I should be focused on other things; when I’m reading this book, I resent anything that interrupts me. Not only that, this story makes me ponder the possibility of deeper things – and I’m a sucker for anything that opens the mind.   

In short, this is one of my all-time favorite novels and I recommend it to anyone with a penchant for the dramatic, the mysterious, the dark, the frightening … and even the sweet and tender.

Five full stars.

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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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When literary writer Thad Beaumont’s cover is blown and the world finds out he’s been moonlighting as a crime writer under the pseudonym, George Stark, blackmail promptly ensues. Rather than caving to the blackmailer’s demands, Thad Beaumont decides to go public – and kill off George Stark himself. That’s when the pseudonym takes on a life of his own and begins an angry murderous spree …

The Dark Half exhibits King’s many artistic gifts: Excellent characters, unforgettable horror, witty dialogue, and the kind of plot that keeps you turning page after page. You can’t help but get the feeling that King was taking a little revenge of his own with this book – and that only adds to the intrigue. Writers and readers alike will love this book.

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I didn’t mean to read The Institute so fast. I meant to make it last, but with King, that’s usually impossible. I was eager to read this book because it’s vintage King. There’s a good whiff of Firestarter in the book simply because of setting and subject matter, but the story is handled quite differently. In Firestarter, certain bad guys, like Rainbird, really stood out to me, but here, they’re more of a troop, but each is well drawn and memorable in true King style.

The kids are well-drawn as well and very easy to tell apart. What The Institute has in common with the novel, It, is simply that it features a group of kids drawn together to fight for themselves. These kids are misfits for the most part and this plays out in wonderful ways.

Our primary hero is a super-intelligent boy named Luke. When I was near the half-way point in the book I was beginning to wonder if things were going to get more interesting. (Not that it wasn’t interesting, but I wanted a change of scenery.) There’s no need to worry. There’s more. Lots more.

The book explodes into a long climax mid-way and all the details carefully planted in the first half come into play. It becomes impossible to set the book down. And it all leads to a terrific and satisfying ending. The Institute is going to make a terrific movie one day. I can’t wait to see it.

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In A is for Alibi, private investigator (and in my opinion, one of the best characters ever written) Kinsey Millhone, is hired by a woman named Nikki Fife to re-investigate the murder of her husband – a murder that she, Nikki, was imprisoned for.

I love this entire series and A is for Alibi is just as strong as those that follow. It’s action-packed, smart, funny and – most important of all – it will keep mystery-lovers guessing and turning pages at top speed to find out whodunit.

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

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The Secret Life of the Movies is a colorful and entertaining treat for movie lovers. It includes little known trivia from movies ranging from the silent era to brand new films. There are lots of movies of every type included and I was especially pleased to see my favorite genre – horror – well represented.

From the well-known fact that Halloween’s Michael Meyers mask was a spray-painted Halloween mask of Captain Kirk to the little known fact that when Harold Lloyd famously hung from the arm of the clock on a skyscraper (well, 9 stories up in actuality) he was really hanging on with only his left hand – he wore a glove over his mostly missing right hand – the book is a wealth of trivia.

This is the kind of book that makes a perfect gift for movie lovers. It would be great on a coffee table or perfect as bathroom reading. It’s written with humor and is quite entertaining.