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The eBook version of DARLING GIRLS is available for pre-order: It will be released, along with the paperback, on April 16th.
Darling Girls (final)
About Darling Girls:
Fang Meets Fang
The vampires of Candle Bay and Crimson Cove come together for the Biting Man Festival in Eternity, California, to celebrate a centuries-old tradition that quickly turns murderous as they’re faced with old enemies, uncontrolled bloodlust, and the unpredictable antics of a self-proclaimed vampire slayer who is hellbent on destroying them all.
Meet the Cast: 

**Repeat Offenders (characters who have made appearances in other Thorne & Cross novels)

The Darlings



**IVY DARLING, their sister

**LUCY DARLING, their sister

**IVOR DARLING, their brother

**ORI DARLING, their uncle

DAISY DARLING, their cousin


From Crimson Cove

**MICHAEL WARD, owner of Eudemonia

**WINTER, security

**CHYNNA, security



In Candle Bay

**JULIAN VALENTYN/KELIU, proprietor of Valentyn Vineyards

**AMANDA PEARCE/TALAI, Stephen Darling’s fiancee

LOIS TRINSKY, real-estate agent

NEIL TRINSKY, vampire hunter


**EDDIE FORTUNE, radio deejay

NORMAN KEELER, prostitute

**FELIX FARQUHAR, Julian’s assistant

BRUNO, Julian’s guard

RANDY PETERS, owner of the Petting Zoo

KRISTOPHE, bouncer at the Petting Zoo

BOBBY BLACK, coffee shop owner

JIM BOTTOMS, night morgue attendant

**NETTIE GRUBEN, works at the Candle Bay Hotel and Spa
In Eternity

**ZACH TULLY, sheriff

**HARLAN KING, Mayor, banker

CURTIS PENROSE, shopkeeper

**ELVIS PRESLEY, shop owner

BILL KISSEL, owner of Bill’s Pickles

FLOURNOY GREBBLE, employed at Kissel’s Pickles

**MARTHA ANN and ELMER DIMPLES, owners of Dimples’ Boarding House

KARL and KORA KOHLKOPF, attendees of Biting Man

**TIM HAPSCOMB, deputy




Plastic Taffy

**RAMON, lead singer

**DAVY, guitar

**PAUL, guitar

**MICK, drummer








RENFIELD (RENNY), the Trinsky’s Jack Russell Terrier

PRISCILLA, Elvis’ Yorkie


Honorable Mentions


**THE TREASURE, Julian’s father, King of Blood

**KATE MCPHERSON-TULLY, Zach Tull’s wife

**JOSH MCPHERSON-TULLY, Zach Tully’s son

SALLY STARKEY, desk Sergeant

ROY, gas station attendant in San Miguel


CONNIE, police dispatcher

TOM BLACK, deputy

MILO, priest


GALEN, priest

LUCIUS, priest

GORDON RENQUIST, Search & Rescue

TOMMY, Search & Rescue

WILLY WILKENS, Eternity resident

ARLEY MORDRED, Eternity resident

CREIGHTON DAVIES. Eternity resident

**GRETCHEN VANTREESE, from Crimson Cove

**JAZMINKA, from Crimson Cove

**SCYTHE, from Crimson Cove

**EMERIC, from Crimson Cove


**ABSINTHE, Chynna’s tiger

**HYACINTHE, Chynna’s tiger


HOBART, Norman’s college roommate


**DILLY, head of Security under Ivor for at Candle Bay

OPAL MILLER, deceased local

ERNIE, daytime morgue attendant in Candle Bay

TINA, Neil’s younger sister, attorney,

JACOB, Neil’s younger brother,

**PHIL KATZ, from Eternity

**JINXY, Julian’s former assistant

MISS FINCH, school teacher

**JIM MORRISON, from Eternity

**JEREMIAH JOHNSON, from Eternity

**AMBROSE BIERCE, former Mayor of Eternity

**AMELIA EARHART, postmistress of Eternity

**JACK THE RIPPER, from Eternity

BALDY, a boarder at Dimples

THE VALKYRIE, HUSBAND, STACEY, MARCY, diners at Bobby’s Coffee Shop

**JACKSON COOP, Resident Eternity

CLARKE, unsuspecting driver


Tamara’s novel, Candle Bay, has received an awesome review by Michael Schutz over at Darkness Dwells, where within the next week or two, she’ll also be appearing on the podcast to talk about horror, vampires, her writing career, and the upcoming Thorne & Cross collaboration, Darling Girls (slated for a spring 2018 release.)

Check out the review of Candle Bay,  and keep your eyes open for Darling Girls this spring! Here’s a little more about Candle Bay, which is available in eBook and paperback on Amazon:


Shrouded in fog on a hillside high above an isolated California coastal town, The Candle Bay Hotel and Spa has been restored to its former glory after decades of neglect. Thanks to its new owners, the Darlings, the opulent inn is once again filled with prosperous guests. But its seemingly all-American hosts hide a chilling, age-old family secret.

Lured to the picturesque spot, assistant concierge Amanda Pearce is mesmerized by her surroundings–and her seductive new boss, Stephen Darling. But her employers’ eccentric ways and suspicious blood splatters in the hotel fill her with trepidation. Little does Amanda know that not only are the Darlings vampires, but that a murderous vampire vendetta is about to begin–and she will be caught in the middle. For as the feud unfolds and her feelings for Stephen deepen, Amanda must face the greatest decision of her life: to die, or join the forever undead.

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In honor of the spooky season, be sure and check out our show with Charlaine Harris on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Charlaine was one of the funniest, warmest people we’ve had the honor of getting to know. We hop you enjoy it!


Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She is the author of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, the basis for the HBO show, TRUE BLOOD. Charlaine was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area.


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Last week on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we not only talked about #writing, but we also got into feminism, gender roles, Halloween, historical fiction – and much more…
If you missed it, listen  any time at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, as is Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.

Learn more about him at his website:

A review of The Crimson Corset:
“I found this book by listening to an episode of his Haunted Night’s Live show for Laurell K Hamilton. It sounded intriguing, so I went and got it. I am so happy I did! I enjoyed the book from the first page to the last. The development of the relationship between the brothers was brilliant, and amusing. I really enjoyed the difference in vampires in this world and Mr. Cross has done some excellent work in making them his own! Awesome book that I recommend for anyone who loves vampires!”
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A review of THE CRIMSON CORSET from FaeryFits:
“I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Crimson Corset. I don’t actually even know how I found it, but you know, it showed up on my Kindle and who wouldn’t be curious about a book with a cover of a woman wearing a bright red corset? Especially when the series is clearly about vampires? (Turns out that the corset’s ribbing is made out of bones of its owner’s own mother; how creepy is that?!)
So anyway, it took me about 5 pages to realize that I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Some context: I was reading this out loud to my daughter (don’t judge; a 7 week old isn’t going to understand what I’m reading to her, just that she’s hearing me). Ease of articulating was super important!
The Crimson Corset is punny. Oh, how I love puns!
There’s nothing better than starting a book off with a few good puns. Characters that bring some puns to the table are just so much more enjoyable than characters who are boring. Obviously.
I mean, right off the bat we get to observe a conversation between Cade,=, one of the main characters and his fern named Fernando! (Get it? Yeah, totally took me two thirds of the book to catch the pun) Cade also later named his cat Sir Purrcival. I mean, the punny in The Crimson Corset was spectacular.
And it’s not just puns. Even through the worst of the goings-on (see next section), Cade and the other characters still kept a sense of humor. Dry humor. Some of which may have involved holy water water guns leaking in pants. (But no, seriously).
The Crimson Corset is filled with graphic, detailed, gory imagery
The Crimson Corset totally starts off light-hearted and fun. By the time I started to get a sense of the plot, I was definitely expecting it to be quick, fun read. But man, it gets dark ! (YAY!) There’s sex (I mean, the title involves a corset; what did you expect?), violence, violent sex. Complete and utter brainwashing by way of vampiric venom. Psycho murderous blood-hungry cross-dressing children.
You know, the works.
(Yeah, maybe not the best choice of books to read aloud to my daughter.)
Plus, the descriptions were just plain … well, good. They were powerful, and even though I’m not one to really care about knowing exactly what a character looks like, I LOVED Cross’ descriptions. They conveyed so much more than just appearance. Personality came across, as did insanity, where appropriate. It really made the experiences feel almost relatable.
The Crimson Corset adds a unique flavor to a common theme. Ok, this book is totally (at least partially) about vampires who kill humans against vampires who don’t kill humans. Totally cliche, right? But it felt unique and fun in a horrifying oh-dear-god-is-that-really-happening kind of way. There are enough fresh ideas to keep me from feeling bored.
And honestly, the “bad” vampires were so interesting (read: graphically horrifying and very consistently motivated) that I didn’t really care that this is a common/overused theme.
The Crimson Corset is easily the best vampire-dedicated book I’ve read. Ever.
And that’s saying something. Since, you know, I went through that phase. And, you know, I totally still read an awful lot of vampire books. This review was originally posted on FaerieFits (less)”