Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#Win Mother by Alistair Cross & Tamara Thorne (WW)

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since written several more books. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller which earned 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 bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write, among other things, the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. Learn more about Alistair at: http://alistaircross.com


Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991. Since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Tamara’s interest in writing is lifelong, as is her fascination with the paranormal, occult, mythology and folklore. She’s been an avid ghost story collector and writer all her life. Tamara’s novels range from straight-out ghost stories to tales of witchcraft, conspiracies, UFOs, elemental forces, and vampires. No matter what topic she chooses, chances are you’ll find a ghost or two lurking in the background. Today, she and her frequent collaborator, Alistair Cross, share their worlds and continue to write about ghosts and other mysterious forces. Whether collaborating or writing solo, there is no shortage of humor, sex, blood, and spookiness. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com


Thorne & Cross
In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project, and whether writing individually or as a team, neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.
In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Peter Atkins, author and screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston and Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.
Your Neighbor’s Secrets
Think back to your childhood, to the neighbors on the street where you lived. There was a mean old guy who’d yell at you if you even looked at his lawn. There was the lady in the sexy negligee who smelled like alcohol, and the people with the dogs that never stopped barking. Or the ones with just one big dog - and everyone knew it had eaten at least one kid. There was a friendly lady who’d give you cookies and invite you into her perfumed parlor full of Victorian dolls and doilies. There was the house that always needed painting, residences with perfect lawns, and a house so dark and spooky that you figured that a murderer lived there and his yard was full of bodies.
As an adult, you can look back on all the eccentricities and write off most of them. But maybe you still wonder about the reclusive guy in that dark, spooky house. Did he have horrible secrets?
Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe he just didn’t want neighbors bugging him to participate in bake sales or coffee klatches. Maybe he was the most normal guy on the street. And maybe the sexy woman who drank too much wasn’t taking in gentleman callers as you guessed among giggles with your friends, but was a depressed widow who didn’t even have the energy to dress. Or maybe she was a madam with a gaggle of girls hidden upstairs. Who knows? And why was the old man so nuts about his lawn? Maybe he just hated kids … or maybe his yard was a memorial to his long-dead wife and he wanted to protect it. We can only guess at the motives of our neighbors.
When we began writing our psychological thriller, Mother, we didn’t initially intend to spend any time in the neighborhood - Mother was meant to take place within the four walls of one house. But as the story began to develop, we found ourselves intrigued by Mother’s neighbors, and we wondered what they saw when they looked across the street at Mother’s house.
What we discovered was much more than anticipated. Not only were we able to see Mother through the eyes of her many neighbors, but we got glimpses into their personal lives and soon discovered they had many well-kept secrets of their own - secrets they were trying very hard to keep. Just like your own real-life neighbors…
We then learned that Priscilla Martin - the “mother” of our story - not only knew all of her neighbor’s secrets, but was using the information as a way of maintaining her self-appointed position as queen of her cul-de-sac.
With the creation of Mother’s neighbors, we were able to learn more about Priscilla Martin - and Mother became a fuller, more well-rounded novel because we were able to examine her personality from so many different points of view.
Everyone has their secrets, and this was something we wanted to explore - and exploit - in Mother.  We learned a great deal about people, about the secrets they keep - and about the lengths they’ll go to in order to keep their secrets hidden from view. And in fiction, as it is in the real world, the truth can be devastating.
So the next time you see neighborhood children playing outside, ask yourself how well you know the families in the houses on your street. Next time you see your neighbor walking her dog, ask yourself how well you really know her; is she just walking the dog or casing your house? When you see the man next door mowing his lawn, getting his mail, or trimming the hedges, ask yourself what his secrets are … and what he does to keep them hidden.
As we find out in Mother - some secrets are harmless, some are embarrassing, and some are more horrific than anyone could ever guess. But one thing is certain: Everyone has their secrets. What’s yours?

A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother ...
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever ...
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.
Sometimes it’s Worse ...

Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger - and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever 
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3 comments:

  1. Two fantastic writer's as well as great people !

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  2. YOUR BOOK SOUNDS GREAT! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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