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Something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant

Friday, July 31st, 2020
The
Ghosts of Ravencrest
The
Ravencrest Saga Book 1
by
Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross
Genre:
Gothic, Paranormal Horror 
 
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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The
Witches of Ravencrest
The
Ravencrest Saga Book 2 
 
 
The
Witches of Ravencrest

 

 

Dark
and Unnatural Powers

 

In
a remote part of California just above the coastal town of
Devilswood, Ravencrest Manor, imported stone-by-stone from England
more than two centuries ago, looms tall and terrifying, gathering its
dark and unnatural powers, and drawing those it wants as its
own.

 

 

Murder
Lurks in the Shadows

 

Governess
Belinda Moorland has settled into life at Ravencrest and, as summer
gives way to autumn, romance is in the air. She and multi-millionaire
Eric Manning are falling in love … but powerful forces will stop at
nothing to keep them apart. And as the annual Harvest Ball is set to
begin, evil abounds at Ravencrest. Murder lurks in the shadows, evil
spirits freely roam the halls, a phantom baby cries, signaling a
death in the mansion, and in the notoriously haunted east wing, three
blood-soaked nuns, Sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity, tend to the
demented needs of a maid gone mad.

 

 

Vengeful
Spirits

 

Ravencrest
has come to life. In the gardens below, granite statues dance by
moonlight, and a scarecrow goes on a killing rampage, collecting a
gruesome assortment of body parts from unwilling donors … But
Belinda’s greatest danger is the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Dane.
Once the mistress of Ravencrest, Rebecca Dane has a centuries-old ax
to grind with the powerful witch, Cordelia Heller – and Belinda
becomes her weapon of choice.

 

 

 

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Exorcism
The
Ravencrest Saga Book 3 
 
The
Devil Comes to Ravencrest

 

 

The
Jazz Age

 

In
the 1920s, Henry Manning ruled Ravencrest with an iron fist. He held
debauched parties that would have inspired Jay Gatsby himself. From
the Manning fortune to a beautiful wife, the silent film star known
as the White Violet, Henry had it all … including a loyal cult that
worshipped the demon Forneus.

 

 

Deal
with the Devil

 

Violet
lost her life putting a stop to the demented perversions that Henry
and his demonic familiar visited upon Ravencrest …  but now
that evil has returned.

 

 

The
Soulless Child

 

In
the night, an innocent maid is seduced by a demon lover. A child is
born, but it is not of this earth. Father Antonio DeVargas is
summoned as ghostly parties light up the old poolhouse and phantom
screams rip open the night. Meanwhile, the White Violet wanders the
halls of Ravencrest warning the inhabitants of death and disaster to
come.

 

 

And
the current master of Ravencrest, Eric Manning, is decidedly not
himself.

 

 

Midnight.
The witching hour. Watery echoes in an empty building. The grand
Greek Pool at Ravencrest Manor babbles and gurgles as
chlorine-scented water flows 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.

 

 

A
spring and thunk from the tall diving board, then 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
things be real? Or are they merely tricks of light and sound, magic
courtesy of Mother Nature?

 

 

Soft
golden lamps flicker to life. And then, music, faint but
unmistakable, rises and echoes. Eddie Cantor. If You Knew Susie Like
I Know Susie.

 

 

Laughter.
The sounds of a party, of voices, of champagne glasses
clinking.

 

 

Then
something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water
like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant.

 

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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
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
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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One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

 

A Glimmer of Ghosts
The Hell Gate Series Book 1
by Hunter J. Skye
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain. When Melisande Blythe discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse, Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do… trust a ghost.
But does the corporeal spirit of her dreams really want her heart or does he want her newfound ability to enslave souls? With Hell on the horizon, Mel is running out of time. She has to stop the fiery invasion or face the darkness warring in her soul.
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Hunter J. Skye is a high-functioning square peg, which turns out to be a prerequisite for writing quirky urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Her debut novel, A Glimmer of Ghosts, has won four Romance Writers of America awards.
When not typing away on her next novel, Hunter can be found cracking nerdy jokes or waxing existential over a bowl of spaghetti.
She firmly believes this world is ready for a narcoleptic heroine.
One thing about the story:
Many of the spirits appearing in A Glimmer of Ghosts are based on actual ghost stories from the Olde Towne district of Portsmouth, Virginia. Once a year, these stories are told on the city’s annual Halloween Ghost Walk. These apparitions are well known to the residents of Olde Towne, Portsmouth and the city considers them ambassadors of a sort. One such ghost, Colonel William Crawford, founded the town three hundred years ago and is the inspiration for Grayford- Melisande’s haunting lover.
One thing about me:
In 2016 Hunter Skye was diagnosed with a rare REM sleep disorder that mimics the presence of other-worldly entities. In her search for a coping mechanism, Hunter adopted a new life plan- “when life gives you ghosts, write a ghost story.” Now that those specters are on the payroll, everyone is much happier.
Hunter has a Bachelor of the Fine Arts and has won four Romance Writers of America awards pre-publication for her debut novel, A Glimmer of Ghosts. Worldwide release is 2/19/20.
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In Strange Girls, twenty-one authors dare to tackle what makes the girls in this collection different. Vampires, selkies, murderous mermaids, succubus, and possessed dolls take center stage in these short stories

Friday, March 6th, 2020

 

Strange Girls
A Women in Horror Anthology
with stories selected by Azurra Nox
Genre: YA Horror
For fans of American Horror Story, Shirley Jackson, and Creepshow.
You know them. Those girls that aren’t quite like everyone else. Those girls who stand out in the crowd. Those girls that dare to be different. Those girls are dangerous.
In Strange Girls, twenty-one authors dare to tackle what makes the girls in this collection different. Vampires, selkies, murderous mermaids, succubus, and possessed dolls take center stage in these short stories that are sure to invoke feelings of quiet terror and uneasiness in the reader. Following the successful debut of Women in Horror anthology with My American Nightmare, Strange Girls is the sophomore effort to showcase these talented women in a genre that is often dominated by the male gaze.
Dare to take a walk on the dark side.
Stories in the Anthology:
24 Hour Diner by Charlotte Platt
Sideshow by Jude Reid
The Doll’s House by Alyson Faye
Blood by Red Claire
Self-Portrait with Pears by Rachel Bolton
Personal Demons by Angelique Fawns
Friends with Benefits by E.F. Schraeder
Night Terrors by Angela Sylvaine
The Girl Who Never Stopped Bleeding by Sam Lauren
Leda and the Fly by Marnie Azzarelli
Jenny’s Bobo by Hillary Lyon
Extinguishing Fireflies by Rebecca Rowland
The Eyes of the Dead by Danielle R. Bailey
My Mirror Wife by Ash Tudor
Pattern of Faerytales by Azzurra Nox
Campfire Tales: The Bloody Rings by Emma Johnson-Rivard
Cracked by Regan Moore
Angel of Death by Phoebe Jane Johnson
Her Garden Grows by Maxine Kollar
Revival by Madison Estes
A Song Only She Can Hear by Wondra Vanian
Tribal Influence by Erica Ruhe
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Charlottesville, Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their beloved homes or families behind

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Haunted
Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties
by
Susan Schwartz
Genre:
Ghost Stories
 
Charlottesville,
Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and
charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their
beloved homes or families behind. Visit more than 75 haunting
locations with this experiential and historical guide. Shiver your
way through haunted graveyards, mansions, parks, private residences,
and other locations as you discover the past and learn of current
lingering ghosts and the havoc they continue to instigate. Have you
ever pondered about the spiritual implications from murders of olde?
Think you might like to be pinched by a ghost or have your name
called when no one is there? Interested in what a paranormal
investigative group might find? Then make plans to explore these
strange and frightening locations. Contact information is provided
for those places allowing visitations. But when you visit, be ready
for a haunting good time!
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Susan
Schwartz RN, MSN, MSHA has been an avid writer for around 10 years
doing everything from writing freelance articles to editing
manuscripts for other authors. She loves to write horror stories that
have a twist at the end.

 

 

 

Her
alter ego is a former Operating Room Nurse, current Nurse Educator
who loves creating tales from the interesting and weird things she
has seen. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the
Virginia Writers Club where she has served as President of the
Richmond Chapter in the past. She also has two novels in the works, a
paranormal romance and a medical thriller. In her spare time, she
loves to read, crochet, and travel to such places as Italy, Spain,
Australia, and Korea.
 

 

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Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are two creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and obeying the rules – when they have to

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

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Storm
& Fury
A
Storm and Fury Adventures Collection
by
Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
Genre:
Paranormal Historical Adventure, Steampunk
 
New
Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from
the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is
ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming
streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of
progress. The Department of Supernatural Investigation was set up to
take care of those things that live below, that go bump in the night…
those odd cases that go beyond ‘standard’ investigation.
Nicknamed ‘Storm and Fury’, Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich
are two of the more creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and
obeying the rules – when they have to.

 

 

A
collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Iron
& Blood novels and the related Storm and Fury
Adventures.

 

 

Includes:
Airship Down, Ruin Creek, Resurrection Day, The Hunt, Grave Voices,
and Rogue. Plus two bonus stories: Ghost Wolf and a Steampunk fairy
tale: The Patented Troll

 

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Gail
Z. Martin

discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories
in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about
a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At
age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science
fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history
sites.
Larry N. Martin
is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is
the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and
Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and
a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury
Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the
co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack
Cauldron/Secret Council series.
 
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three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
 
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Flash Bangs: A sparkling array of hundred-word short stories One Hundred Varieties To Amuse & Inspire

Friday, June 10th, 2016

With a short story in each page of this book, you will find many that you will like. Flash stories are very short tales and this ones are 100 word each. To be able to do this stories you need to be very good. Many authors will never write short stories because they can make them work. It takes a talented person to get them right. The author did a great job in this book. The writing is easy and you feel like you have accomplished a lot of reading in a short time.

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In this potpourri of tales you will find from Si-Fi in one page to a contemporary in the next. Mystery in the right and murder in the left.  Magic in the front YA tale in the back. All guided to be enjoy and a kid to an adult and includes all genres within. With all this fantasy in the mix you will be well entertain you, or you can have a new tale every day for one hundred days. Either way it is a great idea full of fun and imagination. Although necessary in this type of stories, the title gives you an insightful part of the tale.  It is family friendly book that you will be able to share with your younger kids. It teaches in a very succinct form about family values, all kind of addictions, mature conservation, relationships, and life. Overall under supervision of an adult this great collection could be share by the whole family. I would say this is a great work for book clubs and the library.

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