And the Winner Is …

A while back, I had the honor of being invited by Vincent Salera to be on the panel of judges for the 2015 World’s Best Story book contest. It was down to the top ten finalists and I was a little stressed about having to read so many books in such a short time – I can spend weeks on a single book! – but my worry proved to be unfounded. These were all great books, and I found myself plowing through them with the maniacal glee of a hungry hound at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

My fellow judges included Warren Adler, author of the blockbuster novel – and movie – The War of the Roses, multiple award winning author, Samreen Ahsan, Critically acclaimed award-winning author and producer, Brooke Burgess, award-winning President of FriesenPress, Tammara Kennelly, award-winning author and reporter, Victor Malarek, and author/editor at FriesenPress, Rhonda Hayter. So I was in some pretty good company.

Today, the winner was chosen, and I would like to congratulate  JW Lawson, for taking first place with Mummy’s Little Angel. This book riveted me and I recommend it to readers who enjoy thrills, mystery, and contemporary chillers of the best kind.


Also, thank you to everyone at World’s Best Story, for the opportunity to be part of this. I also highly recommend the other titles that made it into the finals.

SACRED MOUNTAIN by Paige Robbins

SHATTERED by Jeannie Palmer



HAVEN by Katherine Bogle

WRATH OF GOD by Kylen Coetzee

THERMALS by Cleigh Currie

IMAGINARY FRIEND by Kristina Garlick



These were all damned good books and I enjoyed every minute of every one of them.

Here’s a little more about the winner, Mummy’s Little Angel:

Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really. She just had to prove it. The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items had been missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all? She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

Congratulations, JW Lawson!


Published by Alistair Cross

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 is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* 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 hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which 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. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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