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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

Aaaaand … here it is! The new cover art for book 2 of The Ravencrest Saga!

“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 Ravencrest Saga. 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

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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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I won’t lie. I was a little intimidated by the size of this book and put off reading it for many years … but after finally working up my nerve, I took it off the shelf and got down to business. And as soon as I began, an amazing thing happened: I whizzed through the entire book in a matter of days. Not only that, I wanted more.

THE WITCHING HOUR kept me reading till all hours and reignited my interest in the work of Anne Rice – after finishing this one, I promptly moved onto another of her books and am looking forward to the next.

Highly recommended for lovers of historicals, ghosts, horror, Southern gothics, and good old-fashioned well-spun tales!

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

Hello again!

In case you haven’t heard, Tamara’s novel, BRIMSTONE is now available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com! BRIMSTONE is a coming of age story that takes place in 1968 in a little town called Brimstone in Arizona …

The Brimstone Grand Hotel, owned by reclusive former movie star, Delilah Devine, looms high on Hospital Hill, harboring long-buried family secrets that whisper of unimaginable horrors. Horrors that will echo down through generations. Within the walls of the Brimstone Grand, the past has come back to life, and Holly Tremayne and her grandmother Delilah are faced with an ancient familial evil that rages just below the old hotel’s serene facade. An evil that won’t rest until it possesses Holly – body, mind, and soul.

BRIMSTONE has been praised by THE WALKING DEAD author, Jay Bonansinga as “ … a kaleidoscopic cast of characters, a rich sense of place, and ever mounting suspense, BRIMSTONE brims with chills and thrills. Highly entertaining and highly recommended!” And New York Times bestseller, Kevin O’Brien says, “BRIMSTONE is deliciously scary … Earthquakes, nightmares, aberrations and ghosts keep the reader constantly on-edge.”

You can get BRIMSTONE now at Amazon

And that’s not all!

We’ve just released installment #5 in our serialized gothic horror series, THE RAVENCREST SAGA: EXORCISM. This one’s called NATIVITY, and it’s available in ebook at Amazon now!

In NATIVITY, Jazz Age music drifts through Ravencrest manor on chill night breezes as the haunting in the old poolhouse grows stronger and the ghost of Violet LeBlanc tries to warn Belinda that an unholy child is about to be born.  All hell is breaking loose at Ravencrest and there is nothing that can stop it.

But wait! There’s more!

Don’t forget that Alistair’s ghostly murder mystery, SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP, will be on sale for just $0.99 in ebook June 19th – June 25th at Amazon! SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP takes place in a mysterious little northern California town called Shadow Springs where residents keep to themselves (most of them, anyway), fog creeps through the graveyard at all hours, and a young woman with a shady past and a grim future disappears under very unsettling circumstances. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery …

We hope this helps get your summer off to the spookiest possible start and we wish you haunted nights, sweet screams, and lots of happy horrific reading!

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After a short hiatus from THE RAVENCREST SAGA to finish our respective solo novels, we’ve returned to that haunted mansion high in the hills of Devilswood, California, with the latest serialized installment in the series. We call this one RETRIBUTION, and you can get it now at Amazon. Here’s a little more about it:
 
The night Father Antonio DeVargas blessed Ravencrest Manor, no one could have foreseen the consequences…
 
One of Ravencrest’s own is found murdered in Our Lady of Sorrows, and with the victim is a sinister crucifix that leads Father Antonio on a deadly crusade…
 
The haunting in the old poolhouse intensifies as the specter of Henry Manning and his satanic servant begin laying deadly traps…
 
Maid Justine Chambers’ appetites and belly are burgeoning in impossible ways as she realizes the baby she carries is anything but heaven-sent…
 
Meanwhile, governess Belinda Moorland is furious when her mysterious boss, Eric Manning, refuses to heed her warnings about using the haunted poolhouse for an upcoming charity event, so when handsome race car driver, Nathan Aubry, asks her out, she accepts – if only to spite Eric.

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And if you missed our recent interview where we discussed all things writing and Ravencrest, listen in at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!
Until next time, we wish you sweet, sweet screams …

Thorne & Cross

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The first serialized installment of of the book 3 in the Ravencrest Saga is coming soon.
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“Midnight. The witching hour. Watery echoes in an empty building. The grand indoor pool at Ravencrest Manor babbles and gurgles as chlorine-scented water pumps, flowing like cool blood in veins and arteries. The moon, full and high above the arched glass ceiling, shines its light into the cobalt pool, casting splintered rays across the water, picking up golden highlights as it hits the constellations, the planets, and their moons set into the bottom of the pool.
The statues surrounding the water are alive with moonlight and reflection. Poseidon, enthroned at one end, frowns over his Kingdom, alabaster eyes flickering with moonbeams. Across the long spanse of water, a jovial Dionysus is surrounded by his Maenads, who shimmer and shimmy in the moving glow of the moon.
Elsewhere, all along the blue-and-star-tiled floor bordering the plunge, marble sylphs and nymphs watch from the shadows. Where the pool narrows to a river, turning and weaving like a snake behind the main body of water, only to return again, a clutch of Muses titters at anyone brave enough to venture so far from the main room.
A phantasmic sound. A spring and thunk from the tall diving board that obscures the darkened dressing rooms beyond. Then a splash as someone dives in, and somehow, water explodes into the air. The sound ebbs and flows with movement.
But if no human ear is present to hear it, no eye to see it, can these sights and sounds be real? Or are they merely tricks of light and sound, magic courtesy of Mother Nature?
Something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant.
And then, music, faint but unmistakable, rises and echoes. Eddie Cantor. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie. Oh, oh what a girl.
Laughter. The sounds of a party, of voices, of glasses clinking.
A cloud passes before the moon, and the stage goes dark and silent but for the gurgle of water. No statue moves. The music is ended, if it was ever there at all. And then…
Chanting, soft and sinister, from somewhere nearby. An echo. Malignant minor-keyed singing – something reminiscent of the Dies Irae, but warped rather than tragic, disturbing rather than sorrowful. Day of Wrath and Doom Impending. We welcome your darkness; we bathe in your shadows.
The cloud passes, moonlight filters through the arched glass once more. The water is still now; there is nothing except, perhaps, the faint agonizing sound of a scream.”
Get the previous books in THE RAVENCREST SAGA:
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Witches of Ravencrest: (available for $0.99 in eBook April2 – April 9)
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Get Book Two of The Ravencrest Saga for just $0.99 in eBook April 2nd – April 9th at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y85tyc9f

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

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