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In case you missed it, here’s our interview with the legendary thriller team, Preston & Child at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! 

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Douglas Preston has published a number of solo novels, including Tyrannosaur CanyonBlasphemy, and Impact. His recent novel with Lincoln Child, Cold Vengeance, hit #1 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Lincoln Child is the author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels, including the Jeremy Logan series. Many of the collaborative novels have become bestsellers, and their first novel together, Relic, was adapted into a film.

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Looking for a great Halloween read? Check out Tamara Thorne’s classic ghost story, Haunted. Here’s what one reviewer has to say:

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“When best selling horror novelist, David Masters, together with his sixteen year old daughter, Amber, moves into Baudey House, a Victorian mansion with a violent and sordid past, it is because he is writing a book about it. Little does he know what lies in wait for him in this beautifully restored home. Beneath its pristine veneer is a corruption so foul that even David Masters, a man who does not frighten easily, is terrified.

This is a haunted house story that will keep the reader turning the pages. With a well-thought out plot, interesting characters, and spooky eroticism combined with chilling horror, it is a highly entertaining book. Fans of haunted house stories will certainly enjoy this one. I couldn’t put it down!”

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Looking for a great Halloween-themed read? Check out Tamara’s Bad Things! Here’s what one reviewer has to say:

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“In BAD THINGS by Tamara Thorne, the author combines the elements of nature folklore, Halloween, dysfunctional families, and a good bit of perverted sex to weave a dark supernatural thriller that centers on two brothers, Rick and Robin Piper (descendants of the Scottish Piper clan that has for centuries been able to see the mythical and mischievous “greenjacks” of British folklore).

The story starts out during the early seventies in the Southern California community of Santo Verde where the Pipers have lived for several generations. Though Ricky’s just a boy, he’s the only one in the family who now has the sight and is able to see the nature spirits known as greenjacks. Not even his deformed, legless twin brother, Robin, is able to see these small, ethereal beings.

Each year on All Hallows Eve, the small jacks join together to create the giant, Big Jack, out of broken limps and leaves. This hideous creature attempts to help them take over the body of any Piper child caught defenseless, or near death. Because of a Halloween prank gone terribly wrong, Robin is almost killed by Big Jack as he saves Ricky’s life. Instead of dying, however, Robin’s body becomes inhabited by one of the greenjacks, and he turns into an evil, manipulative creature whose one desire is to kill his brother.

Jump to the present as Rick-who’s now a widower with two children-decides to finally leave Las Vegas and return to his old home in California, hoping to offer his kids a better living environment. Rick’s parents (supposedly murdered by a burglar) and his brother, Robin, have long been dead. With the help of Carmen and Hector (the housekeeper and gardener for the estate), he will once again face the nightmares of his childhood and have to overcome the fears that have haunted his life for so long.

Rick will eventually have to put everything on the line in a final confrontation with Big Jack and with a murderous relative who won’t be satisfied until he’s finally dead. The power of BAD THINGS lies in the author’s ability to make the reader care for Ricky Piper as a young boy and the insurmountable obstacles that he has to face when Robin’s body is taken over by a greenjack. Rick’s fun-loving brother turns into the purest form of evil, delighting in the misery, misfortune, and death of others.

When the children’s parents are mysteriously murdered and Aunt Jade moves in with her mean, hard-drinking husband and her sleazy teenage daughter, things grow progressively worse for the young boy. It takes little time for his brother to sexually seduce the older niece, as well as the aunt, impregnating both of them with his sense of evil.

To my surprise and pleasure, this is where the author delivers the goods with full force, allowing the darkness within each of us to come out in all of its wicked manifestations. Tamara Thorne never holds back in her description of how evil and perverseness can choose to express itself. The only problem I had with the book was with Rick’s character and his inability to face the obvious.

I wanted him to have more backbone in order to deal with the situations as they arose. Fortunately, the characters of Carmen and Hector, Rick’s pre-opt transsexual friend, Dakota, and Dakota’s sister, Audrey, helped to balance out the main character’s ineptness at perceiving danger and how to deal with it. I even found myself buying the greenjacks, though I had a hard time picturing “Big Jack” in my mind. Still, some of the scenes at night with Big Jack and the little jacks were scary enough to give me goose bumps.

The author has a great way of carrying you right to the edge with anxiety whenever she puts children in danger. BAD THINGS is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone seeking something to read at night when the blinds are closed, everyone’s asleep, and strange noises are emanating from the other side of the house.

This is the kind of book that would add greatly to your unease. In fact, I liked this novel so much, that I’ve already purchased three others (ETERNITY, THE FORGOTTEN & CANDLE BAY) by Tamara Thorne to read in the near future.”

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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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The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace

Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder – and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.

“SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP hooks you with a small-town atmosphere that quickly turns ghostly cold. Beware a plethora of twists and turns …” – Michael Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks and Phantom Effect

The Cliffhouse Haunting

Posted: September 9, 2017 in books, Uncategorized
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Available in ebook and paperback now at Amazon.

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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.

What reviewers are saying about Sleep, Savannah Sleep:

“Sometime in October, when I list my absolute favorite Halloween night reads, this book will be way up on my list!  Probably #1.” – The Novel Lady

“The end of the book was shocking. To put it simply, I was shook.” – Paws and Paper

“Soap opera becomes murder mystery becomes horror novel … A couple of beautifully orchestrated 180-degree plot twists later we get to the almost-happy ending we expected from the beginning.” – Renaissance Writer

“If you’re looking for a modern gothic tale you can’t go wrong with this book … I would definitely read more from this author.” – Bibliophile Book Club

“SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP hooks you with a small-town atmosphere that quickly turns ghostly cold. Beware a plethora of twists and turns …” – Michael Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks and Phantom Effect

Coming September 25th. Available for pre-order at: https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Savannah-Alistair-Cross-ebook/dp/B074XF55JF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504742931&sr=8-1&keywords=sleep+savannah+sleep

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