Posts Tagged ‘Thrillers’

We had a blast with author, Vanessa Savage, yesterday on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! If you’re looking for some good Halloween reading (and no, it’s not too early for that!) check out her new thriller, THE WOODS. For more spooky info, listen to our interview with her on SoundCloud.

Vanessa Savage is a graphic designer, novelist, and illustrator. She has twice been awarded a Writers’ Bursary by Literature Wales, most recently for The Woman in the Dark. She won the Myriad Editions First Crimes competition in 2016 and her work has been highly commended in the Yeovil International Fiction Prize, short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize, the Caledonia Fiction Prize and long listed for the Bath Novel Award.

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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.

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.

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.

Here it is, the cover for SPITE HOUSE, coming soon from Thorne & Cross …
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There’s an island up in Gold Country at the northern end of Snapdragon Lake. It’s named Manchester for the family that owns it, but the locals call it Spite Island. There’s a single lonely mansion on that island and a group of authors have been invited to write about its ghosts and its mysteries. But the real mystery is, who will still be breathing at the end of this luxurious and deadly retreat?

This Thursday (August 13th) at 8 pm EST, New York Times bestselling author, Kevin O’Brien, will be joining us on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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Before his thrillers landed him on The New York TimesBestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector who worked all the live long day and wrote novels at night. His job took him all over the Pacific Northwest, and he wrote most of his first novel in Best Westerns and Red Lions. The result, ACTORS was translated into three languages. Kevin’s second book, ONLY SON was optioned for film rights thanks to interest from Tom Hanks. ONLY SON was also chosen by Reader’s Digest for their Select Editions—alongside John Grisham’s THE PARTNER. His first thriller, THE NEXT TO DIE became a USA Today Bestseller. Three more USA Today bestselling thrillers followed, and then came THE LAST VICTIM which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery. Kevin has continued to turn out New York Times best-selling thrillers and is on the board of Seattle 7 Writers, a collective of bestselling, award-winning authors, dedicated to supporting literacy, writing and education.

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Mother

“In Mother by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross, the adage that “you can’t go home again” becomes the horrifying truth. Jason and Claire Holbrook find themselves in an untenable position. She’s pregnant, he’s a newly disabled pilot with no job. Moving in with the mother Claire ran away from ten years earlier was the last thing she wanted to do, but it was the only thing they could do. The only problem, the Femme Fatale from Hell, just also happens to be the Mother from Hell …

“A psychological thriller that will have you engrossed, ignoring the clock, and so profoundly disturbed you won’t close the book until early the next day. Just be prepared for sleep to evade as you contemplate the possible existence of such monsters.

“Mother is a reimagined “Psycho” and an even more alarming glimpse into the world of psychopaths. Well done Thorne and Cross, even King and Hitchcock would doff their hats!”

MOTHER is available now at AMAZON.

August 6th, 8 pm EST – Samantha Downing, author of He Started It and My Lovely Wife, basis of the upcoming movie produced by (and possibly starring) Nicole Kidman

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August 13th, 5 pm EST – Matt Ruff, author of Lovecraft Country and basis of the HBO series

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August 13th, 8 pm EST – Kevin O’Brien, New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Sister (Family Secrets Book 2)

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August 20th, 4 pm EST – Vanessa Savage, award-winning author of The Woods

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August 20th, 8 pm EST – Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Victory, a Burning Girl Thriller

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August 27th, 8 pm EST – Daniel Kraus, New York Times bestselling author of The Living Dead, co-authored by George A. Romero

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To listen in, join us at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! For other shows, see our full guest list.

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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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If Sherlock Holmes was confronted by dozens of shoes – filled with feet – washing up on the banks of the Thames, what would he do? I can only imagine that his methods would be the 19th century equivalent to Preston & Child’s Agent Pendergast’s.

I was attracted to Crooked River because of the severed feet. In the story, feet clad in identical shoes begin washing up on a Florida Beach. We’ve all seen news reports about such feet stumbling ashore, often in the Pacific Northwest, and there are many theories about these phenomena, most of them well, rather pedestrian, so that when Preston & Child decided to explore their own version of this mystery, I couldn’t resist.

If you’re unfamiliar with Preston & Child’s enigmatic FBI agent, it won’t be a problem. The authors have written this book so that you can walk right into the story and know and understand Pendergast and his beautiful but deadly assistant without floundering.

In Crooked River, Pendergast is partnered with Special Agent Coldmoon, and as we follow the three protagonists, we’re drawn into action and adventure so exciting that I, for one, missed out on a lot of sleep. But it was well worth it.

Crooked River is a complex tale that will have your heart pumping as you turn the pages. To say more about the story itself would be hard without giving spoilers, so I’ll leave you with this: If Sherlock Holmes were alive today and had access to the technology and science that Agent Pendergast does, I doubt he could solve the crime any quicker than Pendergast. But I would love to see him try.

Our gothic horror novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest (book 1 in the Ravencrest Saga) is on sale for $0.99 in #ebook at Amazon today through the 20th!

THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST

(Book 1 in The Ravencrest Saga)

Ravencrest Manor casts long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood, below. It holds its memories – and its ghosts – close to its dark heart.

When governess Belinda Moorland arrives at Ravencrest to tutor Eric Manning’s children, it’s the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, but she soon learns that not only is it built on secrets, but its inhabitants keep plenty of their own – from the elegant English butler to the power-mad administrator, to handsome millionaire 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 others – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night … the ones who enter her dreams … the ones who are watching … and waiting … 

Ghostly screams echo as bony fingers clutch at her in the indoor pool. The spirit of a long-dead child calls to her. A trio of gibbering nuns haunts her, their mad black eyes blazing. Ravencrest is a house of spirits and Belinda is thrust into a world of waking nightmares where there is no distinction between the living and the dead.

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“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage

Book 2 in the Ravencrest Saga, THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST, is also available at Amazon.

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In the Cut is an edgy, fast-paced thriller chock-full of tension, sex, and mystery with an ironic and exciting ending you won’t see coming. I finished this book in one sitting and was particularly struck by the unusual use of language and grammar (so many writing “rules” were beautifully broken here – I loved it) but what really propelled me was a fascinating protagonist in search of something she didn’t even know was missing.

I’d recommend this book. It’s an interesting story, sure, but there’s more to it; layers that intrigued and so much left to the imagination, despite some graphic descriptions. Think Psycho meets Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

Well done, Ms. Moore. I think I’ll be reading more of you.

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

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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