Christmas Spirits

Tamara Thorne:

Coming soon… A special holiday installment of Ghosts of Ravencrest!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

Christmas Spirits… coming soon…

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Winter, 1788, the festival on the frozen Thames River.

Baronet Edward Manning and Lady Alice have brought their children, Prudence and Parnell, to London to enjoy the Frost Fair and visit their uncle, Sir Thomas. When tragedy strikes, the Mannings return to Ravencrest where the family doctor can see to their injured son. But no matter what Dr. Lanval does, the young master’s health continues to decline, and soon, the doctor begins to suspect darker forces are at work. Arcane forces.

When a hex bag is discovered under his patient’s bed, Dr. Lanval and Sir Thomas set out on a race against time to catch the spellcaster and try to save Parnell. As Christmas Eve approaches, things have improved and the Manning’s begin their celebrations. Father Christmas arrives… but on his heels comes a new kind of darkness that will forever cast its ominous shadow over…

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Horror Writers’ Thanksgiving

Tamara Thorne:

A little sneak peek at our special Christmas installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest!

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Thanksgiving is a time of fellowship, feasting, gluttony, football and drunkenness. There’s a Rockwellian image we put over the holiday that has the same brainwashing effect that the chemical that makes women forget how horrible childbirth is has and, year after year, we do it again, forever trying to make it perfect.

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We know that many people honestly do enjoy this particular holiday; indeed, it is hard to resist because harvest festivals are ingrained in our ancestral memories. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the traditional Thanksgiving customs. Indeed, for many of us introverted creative types, it isn’t pleasant at all.

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Last night on Haunted Nights LIVE!,our guest, New York Times bestselling writer, Douglas Clegg, joined in on our Top 13 List.  Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, we decided to think of thirteen ways we could have more fun while stuck at a big family feast.

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  1. Have a Binge…

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New York Times Bestselling Horror Author, Douglas Clegg, joins us Tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

It’s going to be a great show tonight!

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Tonight’s the night!

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Tonight on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’re interviewing New York Times best-selling horror meister and all around great guy, Douglas Clegg.  You’re not going to want to miss this episode. Much book talk and various rude noises will ensue.

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Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books, including The Priest of Blood, Neverland, and The Children’s Hour. His work has been published by Simon & Schuster, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Kensington, Dorchester, Cemetery Dance Publications, Subterranean Press, as well as Alkemara Press in digital form.

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In 1999, he launched the world’s first publisher-sponsored e-serial novel, Naomi, which later went on to hardcover and paperback publication, and which Publisher’s Weekly called “arguably, the first major work of fiction in cyberspace,” and his short novel Purity was the first book of its kind on cell phones in the…

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Douglas Clegg on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Doug Clegg and I go way back. We may spill some special secrets this Thursday. Maybe…

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Expect the unexpected this week on Haunted Nights LIVE! when New York Times Best Selling author Douglas Clegg joins us for an hour of craziness.  Tamara and Doug were introduced to each other by their editors back when they were both young and supple, and they stuck together like gum and park benches, boogers and the underside of Grandma’s chair, and well, you name it… Tamara and Doug,  and their mates Robert and Raul, were inseparable when they all lived on the west coast. Never was Christmas so much fun.  Maybe we’ll tell you about it. Maybe we’ll reveal which books they kill each other in, for that matter…

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But let’s let Doug take over. This is from his Facebook post telling his readers about this week’s program:

“My big event this week (other than the big anniversary with my husband, which was Monday), is that I’m a guest with

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Tonight on Haunted Nights LIVE!…

Tamara Thorne:

Mike Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks, joins us on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’ll be interviewing horror author, Michael Aronovitz. Aronovitz is the author of Alice Walks, Seven Deadly Pleasures, and The Voices in Our Heads, which has an introduction from Tamara Thorne. We’ll ask him about his writing process, the first story he published, and what he has coming up next, which we can personally say is absolutely awesome.

Go to this link at 9:00 p.m. eastern tonight to hear the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2014/11/14/michael-aronovitz-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Keep coming back for more fascinating conversations with your favorite authors. Next week, we’ll be joined by New York Times bestseller Doug Clegg. For the full guest list, visit my website at the Haunted Nights LIVE! page, and click on the author’s name to hear the podcast: http://alistaircross.com/Haunted-Nights-LIVE

Thank you to everyone who tuned in last week for our debut show with Q.L. Pearce. Give us a like at our…

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Horror Author Michael Aronovitz joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Mike Aronovitz will be discussing his wonderful horrors with us this week on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

Tomorrow night’s the night…

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Join us as we interview horror author Michael Aronovitz at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern.

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Michael Aronovitz’s debut collection Seven Deadly Pleasures was published by Hippocampus Press in 2009, and his newest novel Alice Walks is presently available in collectable cloth hard cover through Centipede Press and trade paperback through Dark Renaissance Books.

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Aronovitz’s second collection The Voices in Our Heads was released by Horrified Press in February of 2014, and Hippocampus will publish Aronovitz’s second novel, The Witch of the Wood, this coming December or January. Aronovitz’s first young adult novel titled Becky’s Kiss will be published by Vinspire Press in late 2015.

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Aronovitz’s short story “The Girl Between the Slats” appeared in S.T. Joshi’s acclaimed anthology Searchers After Horror last Spring, and his short ghost story “How Bria Died” was featured in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best…

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Becoming a Full-Time Writer

Tamara Thorne:

Writing with consistency is what it’s all about.

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We commute from our beds to our offices without burning gas or having to dress to impress anyone but our kitties.  We have “water cooler” talk over Skype and morning beverages; a bit of gossip, reviews of last night’s movies, and bitching about getting up so early to get to work. Then we spend about ten minutes checking our social sites, followed by half an hour on marketing and radio. Then we go to our desks in the Cloud and get to the good stuff: writing. It’s what gives us the discipline to get up early even though we both really hate mornings.

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Usually, all goes well, but not always. On days we just aren’t feeling it, we often go deep into research. But most days, we write so hard that one minute it’s 8 am and the next it’s 6 pm. And once in a while – very rarely…

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It’s Almost Showtime!

Tamara Thorne:

The curtains go up soon…

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Cue the lion, we’re about to go live!

Speaking of cues, tonight’s guest is acclaimed children’s author, Q.L. Pearce. We look forward to grilling her (over an open flame) about why she so enjoys scaring children. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

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Q writes in many children’s genres but is perhaps most famous for the best-selling series, Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs. She’ll curl your hairs, whether you’re young or old with her Bradbury-esque talents. (And she’s begun a new series of scary stories for kids with the first volume of Blood Moon Harbor.)

We’re going to ask her about books, writing horror for kids, and her own experiences with the paranormal. You’re going to want to hear this!

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Q.L. Pearce will be joining us tonight, November 6th at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6 pacific. If you can’t listen live, a podcast will be up soon. Go to

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Q.L. Pearce on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Scary Stories with QL Pearce tomorrow night on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Haunted Nights LIVE!

Be there if you dare…

Our tap shoes are ready. Our hairspray is drying. Our guest is manacled in the dungeon being fed nothing but caviar and pickles. Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! is about to debut.

We’ve decided to interview each other about our new show since we need the practice.

TT: So, our first guest is children’s writer, Q.L. Pearce.  She wrote the Scary Stories for Sleepover series and a whole lot more. If you looked at her complete bibliography, your jaw would drop.  What shall we ask her?

AC: Let’s ask her how much her bibliography weighs.

TT: Do you think we should? That seems rather personal, don’t you think?

AC: You know how I like to pry. What say we ask her about some of her ghost stories?

TT: Absolutely. I’ve read many of them – that’s the joy of Q’s writing…

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The Bride of Ravencrest

Tamara Thorne:

Meet the Bride…

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Have you met the bride of Ravencrest?

The Ghosts of Ravencrest is a saga that covers many centuries of stories that all lead to contemporary times. We will be featuring portraits of various Manning family ancestors occasionally and the Bride is the first.

The Bride is one of the the many ghosts of Ravencrest. Hers is a sad, haunting tale that will be told soon enough. She died on her wedding day and was buried in her gown after being posed in a memento mori portrait which  still hangs in Ravencrest’s Gallery of Ancestors. Now she is a harbinger of death. If you see her gliding through the dark halls, searching for her lost love, run! Don’t let her catch you in her mirror…

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If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Ghosts of Ravencrest yet, it is available on Kindle now and will be in other formats soon. Go…

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