THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST is on SALE!

On May 1 get The Ghosts of Ravencrest for only 99 cents!

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To celebrate this weekend’s release of THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST: DEAD OF THE NIGHT, our first novel in THE RAVENCREST SAGA, THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST will be on sale on Amazon on May 1 for 24 hours for only .99! The sale starts at 6 am PST/9 am EST. It will go on sale at the same time on May 2 for $1.99. The final sale day will be May 3, for $2.99. Get yours while it’s hot and haunted!

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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…

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Ménage au Talk with WALKING DEAD author Jay Bonansinga: PART 2

We comtinue our zombie-talk with Jay Bonansinga!

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PART TWO

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jay_bonansinga_lrg  Jay Bonansinga: You know, in a way, a person with my background — meaning basically agnostic but raised as a sort Cafeteria Catholic — is well suited to be a horror writer.  Especially supernatural horror.  I believe this because if you have only a casual relationship with the Catholic experience, it becomes less conscious and more subconscious.  In the light of day, you don’t really believe in all the saints and demons and angels and fire and brimstone, but way down in your unconscious lizard brain — especially after dark when the wind blows through the gutters — you totally feel their presence.  The Catholic church invented supernatural horror.  All the incense and chanting and dead languages and weird capes and gruesome Old Testament imagery has become the grist of modern horror.  I loved that part of Catholicism.  The ritual.  The talismanic part of Catholicism…

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MOTHER – The Playlist

MOTHER has a playlist – and here it is.

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In honor of Mother’s release, we’ve put together a list of the songs referenced throughout the novel. We found that music helps define our characters and we hear lots of it as our characters stroll Morning Glory Circle. Some are surprising – who knew the Portendorfers were metalheads? Some music plays, some is hummed, some are chapter titles, one is a doorbell … and some tunes are associated with nightmares and other horrors, but all are pertinent to the story.

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Mother is available now on Amazon.

American Pie – Don McLean
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod

Barracuda – Heart
Big Shot – Billy Joel
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
Close to You – The Carpenters
Colorado Rocky Mountain High – John…

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Guest Post: Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

How about a quick tour of Morning Glory Circle? Meet Mother’s neighbors before the book comes out!

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to our tour. Today we’re exploring the neighborhood in which our new thriller, Mother, takes place. Think about the street you grew up on. Much like every other neighborhood, it was probably complete with the mean old man who yelled at kids who dared step on his lawn, the neighbor who walked his dog and didn’t pick up the droppings, the nosy neighbor, the noisy neighbor, the neighbor who had the worst-looking lawn, and the one who had the best, the drama queen, the street organizer . . . and on and on. Now imagine what that same neighborhood would look like if you were able to get inside the houses and minds of your neighbors.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at this seemingly innocuous neighborhood and peel back some of its layers. As you’ll see, Morning Glory Circle, built…

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Joe R. Lansdale joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Joe R. Lansdale is joining us on Haunted Nights LIVE! tonight!

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Tonight we welcome the man, the author, the legend, Joe R. Lansdale. 5 pm Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, and 8 Eastern! We’ll be talking about Joe’s latest novel, HONKY TONK SAMURAI and all things Lansdale!

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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Paradise Sky, the Edgar Award–winning The Bottoms, Edge of Dark Water, and The Thicket.He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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To listen in, join us at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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MOTHER – The Full Cast

The cast of Mother is ready for their close-up now, Mr. DeMille!

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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…

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At Last

Mother! Mother! Mother!

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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.

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Writing: Inside the Industry

An interview with Thorne & Cross…

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If you’re a writer, check out tonight’s episode of Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! with publishing founder and president of the Cleveland Writer’s Press, Paul Huckleberry. Very good information about writing, the publishing industry, and the business side of this particular art. Just click the pic to listen:
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Suspending the Pen

We’re burning it at both ends!

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I’ve been in the writing dungeon so long that the sunlight streaming from the windows has begun to burn my eyes and an evening trip to Wal-Mart – or some other dreadful place – is starting to feel like an outing, a night on the town, rather than the necessary evil it actually is.

With reviewers waiting for proof copies, editors expecting the next round, and readers anticipating the finished product, the work has been non-stop. For weeks, Tamara and I have stumbled from our beds, gone straight to our computers, and pecked the keys without pause until sunset. We’ve even been doing some moonlighting, too. Tonight, after hours, Tamara kept at it, finalizing the details of the uncorrected proof copies. After eating – and taking a much-needed shower – I got back to it as well, sorting out upcoming interviews, guest posts, and various writing-related events – all the little things that need to happen when a…

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