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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
 

To celebrate October, Halloween, and last week’s show at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! with vampire author extraordinaire, Laurell K. Hamilton, THE CRIMSON CORSET is on sale at Amazon for just $0.99 in ebook, now through October 6th.

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“Alistair Cross’ new novel THE CRIMSON CORSET … is taut and elegantly written taking us into the realms where the erotic and the horrific meet. Reminiscent of the work of Sheridan Le Fanu (CARMILLA, UNCLE SILAS) in its hothouse, almost Victorian intensity, it tells a multi-leveled story of misalliance and mixed motives. The language is darkly lyrical, and the tale is compelling. Read it; you’ll be glad you did.” – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of the Saint-Germain Cycle

“This drop-deadly tale of seduction and terror will leave you begging to be fanged … ” – Tamara Thorne, international bestselling author of HAUNTED and MOONFALL

“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s got more hooks than a day boat out of San Pedro Harbor!”  – QL Pearce, bestselling author of SCARY STORIES FOR SLEEP-OVERS

by Tamara Thorne

My books often start with a dream, and that’s how Eternity – on sale now for .99 cents  – began.

One night I dreamed I was driving in the mountains. They were tall and green, the ground dotted with melting snow, the road a twisting asphalt ribbon spinning out through the shadows and sunlight. The incline was so steep that sometimes the car felt like it was going to tip over backward. And then my destination came into view.

The town lay in a little valley in the shadow of a tall mountain called Icehouse. Quaintly beautiful, it was exactly as I would later describe in it the novel – a huge green park surrounded by businesses. I kept driving as the road dipped toward downtown Eternity. As I neared, I saw a big blue house with white trim with a sign out front that said, “Dimple’s Boarding House.”

Next thing you know, I’m inside and an older couple named Dimples were introducing me to their guests. Among them was Elvis Presley – and he was looking healthy. The Dimples went on to warn me that when I explored the town’s local landmark, Little Stonehenge, I should watch out for a sanitarium escapee named Jim Morrison who, unlike Elvis, was a pretender, an escapee from Shady Pines Sanitarium.

I don’t remember much else from the dream, but those images were so vivid that I wrote them down and immediately began playing with the idea that would become Eternity.

The plot didn’t take long to put together because I was ready to write another book about serial killers and I really wanted an excuse to study Jack the Ripper in detail. I’d long been a fan of Ripper entertainment; my very favorite was and is a 1988 two-part miniseries starring Michael Caine as Chief Inspector Abberline. In this version, the royal physician, Sir William Gull, is the Ripper, which is patently absurd – but it’s the thought that counts and it’s a great movie. (Gull has been named as the Ripper numerous times, but in reality he wouldn’t have been physically able to carry out the crimes.)

I delved deep into Ripper lore and used it throughout Eternity; my Ripper was one of the original suspects and while I make no claims to know who the Ripper actually was, my suspect fit perfectly with my story.

The prologue opens with a tour guide discovering Sheriff Frank Lawson (cousin to John Lawson of Moonfall) dismembered on Icehouse Mountain, in the prehistoric stone circle known as Little Stonehenge. It’s rumored to be some sort of portal, sort of a wormhole with other connections on earth (Stonehenge, Sedona, and many more) that sometimes deposits strangers in Eternity. Most people think it’s nothing but tourist hype. . .  

Soon, former Los Angeles police detective Zach Tully drives north to take over as  as Eternity’s Sheriff. He has delusions of Mayberry when he arrives which are quickly dashed. Tully, a man haunted by the murder of his family by the Backdoor Killer – the serial killer that got away – is burned out and thinks Eternity’s quiet is the answer. Instead, he is immediately beset by citizens telling him about Bigfoot, UFOs, sanitarium escapees, and claims that Ambrose Bierce is their mayor and Amelia Earhart is the postmistress.

Tully can handle all that, but then the murders begin in earnest. There’s no rhyme or reason to the gruesome homicides but Tully knows he’s up against a serial killer for the ages.

As a side note, my collaborator, Alistair Cross, and I are currently working on a sequel to my novel, Candle Bay. It takes place in Eternity, when my vampires – and several of Alistair’s vampires from his book, The Crimson Corset,  are taking a road trip there for a vampire family reunion. Look for more action in Eternity later this year! And right now you can get Eternity for .99 cents on Amazon. 

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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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
MOTHER is coming … and for those who are looking forward to meeting her, here are the other folks you’ll meet. We give you … (drum roll) … the full cast!
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The Players
**Repeat Offenders (characters who have made appearances in other Thorne & Cross novels)
 
CLAIRE HOLBROOK, web designer
JASON HOLBROOK, flight instructor
 
Residents of Morning Glory Circle
PRISCILLA MARTIN, mother to Claire and Timothy
TIMOTHY JACOB MARTIN, Priscilla’s son, (deceased)
FREDERICK MARTIN, Priscilla’s husband, Claire’s father, brother to Franklin Martin
BARBARA (BABS) VANDERCOOTH, friend to Priscilla
CARL VANDERCOOTH, her husband
AIDA PORTENDORFER, neighbor, friend
STAN PORTENDORFER, her husband, retired
HANK LOWELL, neighbor, owner of motorcycle shop
CRYSTAL LOWELL, his wife
PHYLLIS STINE, neighbor
CLYDE STINE, her husband, retired
GENEVA-MARIE COLLINS, neighbor
BURKE COLLINS, furniture store owner and husband to Geneva-Marie
CHRIS COLLINS, their son
BARRY COLLINS, their son
LANCE (ACE) ETHERIDGE, neighbor, editor of the Snapdragon Daily
IRIS ETHERIDGE, neighbor, his daughter
CANDY SACHS, neighbor
MILTON SACHS, neighbor, attorney, husband to Candy
BILLY SACHS, their son
RODDY CROCKER, neighbor, police officer
BETTYANNE CROCKER, his wife
EARL DEAN, neighbor, owner of candy store
EARLENE DEAN, his wife
DELPHINE DEAN, their daughter
DAPHENE DEAN, their daughter
DUANE PRUITT, neighbor, contractor
JERRY PARK, neighbor, Duane’s husband
NELLIE DUNWORTH, neighbor
BERTIE DUNWORTH, neighbor and Nellie’s sister
 
The Church
ANDREW PIKE, priest
DAVE FLANNIGAN, retired priest and friend to Andrew
MABEL THOMPSON, church organist
FATHER PHILIP, Andy’s assistant
 
Ladies Auxiliary
MARY BELL, Ladies Auxiliary member
LIZZIE KNUDSEN, Ladies Auxiliary member
MRS. HANNAH DEXTER, Ladies Auxiliary member
JANE, Ladies Auxiliary member
 
Airport
PAUL SCHUYLER, pilot, owner of flight school
BRIDGET, flight school secretary
 
The Doctors
STEPHANIE BANKS, psychiatrist, ex-girlfriend of Timothy’s (from Brimstone)
DR. EUGENE HOPPER, physician
DR. LIGHTFOOT, physician
DR. LARA PUTNAM, physician
 
Around Town
QUINTON EVERETT, bank president, Little League coach
TRACEY WEATHERS, girl scout
GIUSEPPE BARTOLI, deli owner
JOHNNIE V., mechanic shop owner
TONYA WATSON, Clyde Stine’s high school sweetheart
JAKE FAIRVIEW, a pilot at Schuyler’s Flight School
LOUIS CANNON, founder of Snapdragon (deceased)
MRS. CROTCHLER, school teacher
MR. XTRA BIG, a phone sex client
DETECTIVE LOGAN, a local detective
BART UNDERHILL, mortician
 
In Pleasanton
BLANCHE, Babs’ sister
DOROTHY WINCHESTER MEYERS, Babs’ sister
 
On the Air
**COASTAL EDDIE, radio deejay
**REVEREND BOBBY FELCHER, evangelist
 
In the Pages
**KATHRYN MCLEOD, novelist
 
Honorable mentions
**GLADIOLA GELDING, friend to Phyllis Stine from Crimson Cove
SHELLY MARTIN, first wife of Frederick Martin (deceased)
**JUSTIN MARTIN, cousin to Claire (from Madelyn) (deceased)
**CONSTANCE WELLING, authoress, sister to Phyllis Stine (from Cliffside) (deceased)
MICHAEL HOLBROOK, Jason’s father (deceased)
SARAH HOLBROOK, Jason’s mother (deceased)
CURTIS HOCKING, former policeman
 
The Pets
MR. ANTON, Claire’s childhood toy (bear)
CHOP STICKS, dog of Priscilla Martin’s (deceased and freeze-dried)
GENERAL TSO, dog of Priscilla Martin’s (deceased and freeze-dried)
WONTON, dog of Priscilla Martin’s (deceased and freeze-dried)
WALDO, Duane Pruitt’s golden retriever
BEN and JERRY, the Lowell’s poodles
SNOWBALL and COTTON, The Crocker’s cats
POOKIE BEAR, Portendorfer’s miniature collie

At Last

Posted: March 30, 2016 in books, reading
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By Alistair Cross

The 4th (or is it the 5th?) and FINAL read-through of MOTHER is finished. All that’s left is a quick detail check. MOTHER will go to publication next week and Tamara and I will return to The Witches of Ravencrest, our solos, and begin research and development on the Candle Bay sequel.

I will never read MOTHER again. I never read my work after it goes to publication because, by then, I’m sick of the sight of it. Usually, I’m pleased to never lay eyes on it again, but this time, I admit to a certain sadness. I will miss MOTHER … and all the folks of Morning Glory Circle.

This book, I believe, is the best work Tamara and I have done … so far. I am pleased. And that’s rare.

MOTHER