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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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this evil is desperate to survive, it will stop at nothing to take what it wants…and it wants her baby

Monday, November 4th, 2019
The
Pirates of Moonlit Bay
The
Paladin Princess Book 1
by
Samaire Provost
Genre:
Epic Fantasy 
 
They
took her freedom: now it’s personal.

 

 

They
assaulted her best friend.

 

They
stole her dignity and enslaved her, stripped her of everything she
loved, and ground her into the dirt.

 

Now
it’s sweet payback time.

 

Jack
Ryan meets The Princess Bride in this epic fantasy thriller.

 

 

They
think they know her; they think they can best her.

 

They
have no idea what they’ve unleashed.

 

She’s
going to teach them a lesson they will never forget.

 

 

The
first in the addictive, action-packed Paladin Princess series, The
Pirates of Moonlit Bay features never-see-it-coming twists and
razor-sharp dialogue.

 

 

Charlotte
has never been one to play by the rules. When kidnapped by pirates on
a ship pulled by giant manta rays, she is fearless in facing her
deadly adversaries. She must fight for her life against ruthless
enemies and fantastic beasts, while being thrust into a world of
supernatural alchemy.

 

 

Move
over 
Hunger
Games
 and Game
of Throne
s,
there’s a new epic fantasy thriller in town and it’s non-stop,
pulse-pounding action!

 

 

“The
amazing, can’t-put-it-down fantasy thriller readers have been raving
about.

 

Gripping & action-packed, it will swallow you
whole.”
“If you love to root for the underdog and
have a craving for high paced action, then this book is for
you!!”

 

 

Don’t
miss this electrifying supernatural fantasy thriller!

 

 

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The
Pirate Queen
The
Paladin Princess Book 2 
 
The
Book of Mysteries.

 

According to legend, it holds the lost
knowledge of all mankind.

 

Charlotte wants it. Badly.

 

 

She
has her trusty troupe, a treasure map, and a worthy ship. But will
that be enough?

 

The
map can’t even begin to hint at what awaits them as they descend a
rocky staircase into the heart of a volcano …

 

Friendships
will be tested.

 

Lives
will be on the line.

 

They
will face challenges even more deadly than the dreaded kraken.

 

And
they will face questions. Questions that go to the heart of their
mission – and the core of their souls …

 

What
do you believe?

 

Who do you care about most?

 

 

 

Are
you worthy?

 

Worthy
to obtain the Book of Mysteries. Within its pages lie the secrets to
navigating the stars and curing deadly diseases.

 

 

But
can they retrieve it before they wind up dead themselves?

 

 

Find
out in the exciting sequel to The Pirates of Moonlit Bay, Book 2 of
The Paladin Princess series.

 

 

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The
Lost Treasure
The
Paladin Princess Book 3 
 
Decaying
corpses of powerful sirens float in the sea, forming a grisly trail
toward the horror that killed them.

 

Mermaids
whisper about a new threat in the ocean, a menace that imperils all
the denizens of the waters, from Swerighe, to Alkebulan, to all the
undiscovered seas.

 

Charlotte
and her troupe, searching for clues, hear whispers of a secret
treasure that might be connected to the siren deaths. An aged merman
who has traveled farther than any other, reveals to them the tale of
a strange, strange land:

 

There
is a faraway land, full of steep mountains, and dangerous creatures.
The forest surrounding the tallest mountain is home to a multitude of
dread monsters, each more terrifying than the last, who hunger for
the flesh of unsuspecting travelers foolish enough to venture into
their realm. At the apex of this tall peak, which rises twenty
thousand feet, past deadly glaciers and a river of fire, is a
sanctuary watched over by a forgotten order of mystics skilled in the
art of battle and devastation. In the rear of the sanctuary is a
passage that leads into the mountain, and deep into the heart of the
Earth. At its end are catacombs guarded by a beast so dreadful that
minds will go mad at the sight of it. The door to the catacombs can
only be accessed by defeating the beast that guards it. Inside,
concealed by a hideous shroud and an ancient poison, lies the lost
treasure of El Dorado.”

 

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The
Pirate Prince
The
Paladin Princess Book 4
 
The
land is dying.

 

Great
swaths of the northlands are growing warmer at an alarming
rate.

 

Wildlife
is suffering.

 

Monsters
from the realm of fable and legend are being released from the
glaciers, attacking villages.

 

And
something – SOMETHING has caused this.

 

A
great evil has emerged from the ice and lain this curse upon the
land.

 

Charlotte’s
parents – the queen and prince consort of Swerighe – have been
abducted, and the land is in an uproar. Only Charlotte and her troupe
can save the day.

 

But
this evil is desperate to survive.

 

It
will stop at nothing to take what it wants.

 

And
it wants her baby.

 

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Samaire
Provost grew up in a lot of different places, and now happily resides
on the

 

East
Coast of America, laboring away at writing stories every day. She is
an animal lover with far too many pets, yet she still muses how she’d
like to add even more. A lover of all things night and gothic, she
also loves to read and reread her favorite books. Owned by a cat
named Tyrion, she can be found haunting the shadows and mists that
hang low over the hills of southern Virginia.

 

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Everybody knows Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, but who was she really?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Annabel
Lee:
The
Story of a Woman, Written By Herself
by
Christopher Conlon
Genre:
Historical Gothic
 
Everybody
knows Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, but who was she really?
In this haunting and evocative novel, Christopher Conlon (“one of
the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror” 
Booklist)
imagines a life for one of literature’s most renowned characters.
Hers is a chronicle even more thrilling, doom-haunted, and tragic
than Poe himself could have conceived, for here Annabel Lee tells her
own story in her own words for the first time.

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Christopher
Conlon (b. 1962) is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker
Award-winning anthology “He Is Legend” (Gauntlet/Tor), a
tribute to author Richard Matheson which was reprinted by the Science
Fiction Book Club and in multiple foreign translations. His novel
“Savaging the Dark” was included in Booklist’s “Top
Ten: Horror” for 2015 (starred review) and acclaimed by Paste
Magazine both as one of the 21 Best Horror Books of the 21st Century
and as one of the 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time. Two of his
earlier novels, “Midnight on Mourn Street” and “A
Matrix of Angels,” were finalists for the Stoker Award, and he
has written numerous collections of stories and poems along with two
full-length stage plays. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds
an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland and
lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Their love brought scandal and demons

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Perilous
Confessions
The
Possession Chronicles Book 1
by
Carrie Dalby
Genre:
Supernatural Southern Gothic Family Saga 
 
Their
love brought scandal and demons.

 

 

 

Lucy
Easton, an aspiring novelist, will do anything to help boost her
chances at publication—including betraying her family. But when she
crosses paths with the charismatic Alexander Melling, her aspiration
for success pales in comparison to the attraction she feels towards
him.

 

 

Alexander
is a young lawyer from a powerful family, striving to free himself
from his father’s shadow. The more time he spends with Lucy, the
more desperate he becomes to shed the secrets of his past—a past
which can destroy the both himself and the woman he’s falling in
love with.

 

 

While
Alexander struggles with his past sins, Lucy must decide whether
loving him is worth risking her own safety…and her heart.

 

 

From
gossip magazines to gleaming Mardi Gras balls, Lucy and Alex navigate
the Edwardian era in the Deep South with both passion and guilt.

 

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Murmurs
of Evil
The
Possession Chronicles Book 2




During
the spring of 1906, Magdalene Jones is hired to be a companion to
Ruth Melling at Seacliff Cottage, the Mellings’ second home on Mobile
Bay. Magdalene’s simple country upbringing is no match for high
society banter and a manor hour infested with demonic activity.
Alexander, the Mellings’ bachelor son, and Magdalene find themselves
oppressed by demons playing upon their lusts. Claudio De Fiore–a
young Italian deacon training to become a priest–and newly arrived
from Scotland, Douglas Campbell, seek to protect Magdalene from the
evil within the walls but they themselves might be part of the
trouble.
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Carrie
Dalby, a California native, has lived in Mobile, Alabama, since 1996.
She’s published several non-fiction articles in national and
international magazines, served two terms as president of Mobile
Writers Guild, worked as the Mobile area Local Liaison for SCBWI from
2012-2017, and volunteers with Metro Mobile Literacy Council’s
annual Young Author events whenever possible. When Carrie’s
not reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or
homeschooling, she can often be found knitting or attending concerts.
Carrie’s two young
adult novels are Fortitude(historical) and Corroded
(contemporary). Fortitude is listed as a “Best History Book for
kids” with Grateful American Foundation for its historical
accuracy and being an engaging read for fifth through tenth graders.
Her current project
is a historical Gothic family saga for adults, The Possession
Chronicles. The first book in the series, Perilous Confessions,
released in January 2019 from Bienvenue Press and the second book,
Murmurs of Evil releases June 11, 2019.
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