Book & Author Details:
The Witches of Ravencrest by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross
Publication date: July 15th 2017
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
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.
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.
“The Witches of Ravencrest” is a gleefully gruesome wild ride, revealing ghostly bleeding nuns, moving statues, zombies with a difference, and scarecrows with tell-tale hearts. All this is delightfully themed by a sense of gargantuan hunger as if Jonathan Swift met a Professor of Gothic Literature, turned her inside out, and started feeding on the remains. A guilty-pleasure you’ll brag about.” – Michael Aronovitz, author of Phantom Effect and Alice Walks.
Right, let’s get the PSA out of the way – this is the second in a series, and whilst you can read this without having read the first (as I did), I suspect your enjoyment of this volume will be enhanced if you read book 1 first.
That said, I dived straight into the saga with this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it – what a fun read this is – and for fun read thrillingly tense.
Although this is a horror story, it is a kind of subtle one, with layers that individually perhaps wouldn’t do the job, but when combined really just have that edge.
Shot through with darkly humorous moments, which prevented the narrative from becoming too serious, this is pitched just right.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
*** Tamara Thorne ***
Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost towns, phantom-filled hotel rooms, and other spooky places. Tamara loves to hear from her readers. Whether you have questions or comments or would like to share your own ghostly experience,come visit her at her website www.tamarathorne.com.
*** Alistair Cross ***
Alistair Cross’ debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write – among other things – the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was a bestseller. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.
In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as 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, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.