The Black Wasp – Excerpt #2


Crouching behind a Dumpster near the mouth of the street, Scythe watched one of the women. She was beautiful, Asian, with startling electric blue eyes, and even from here, he could smell her. The bouquet of perfume, female skin, and human blood nearly pushed him over the edge. Her looks didn’t hurt either. She wasContinue reading “The Black Wasp – Excerpt #2”

She Comes with the Fog …


THE BLACK WASP, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is coming June 13th! Something is coming … As he grieves the death of his girlfriend at the fangs of his own brother, Cade Colter attracts the attention of a group of fanatical vampire killers. His life is in turmoil and just whenContinue reading “She Comes with the Fog …”

The Wild West of Publishing, Episode 1: Things to Avoid


Thorne & Cross sit down with longtime author, editor, and publisher, Margaret Lucke, to discuss writing and publishing in today’s climate. In episode 1: Things to Avoid, Margaret discusses some of the pitfalls of writing and things she sees as an editor that will keep a manuscript from being accepted by a publisher. Listen inContinue reading “The Wild West of Publishing, Episode 1: Things to Avoid”

To Pants or Plot


One thing I’m frequently asked is whether I write an outline for my books, or just fly by the seat of my pants. The short answer is: both. The long answer is a little more complicated. In my experience there are two types of writers: plot-driven writers and character-driven writers. Whereas the strength of plot-drivenContinue reading “To Pants or Plot”

The Black Wasp Has a Release Date!


It’s official! The Black Wasp, book 3 of the Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be released on June 13th! The eBook version will hit first, followed by the paperback shortly afterward. Then will come the audiobook version – but not before the audio release of book 2, The Silver Dagger, which is on itsContinue reading “The Black Wasp Has a Release Date!”

Writer’s Etiquette – Top Tips for Writers From Thorne & Cross


While there are no definitive rules about how writers should present themselves, there are some things we’ve learned along the way about what works – and what doesn’t. My collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I have seen and heard a lot of things in our combined 40 years of experience in the writing industry that haveContinue reading “Writer’s Etiquette – Top Tips for Writers From Thorne & Cross”

In the Wrong Vein: Writing the Book That’s Ready to be Written


With the release of The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove looming ever closer, I thought I’d write a little about the book that came before it, book 2, The Silver Dagger, which leads directly into The Black Wasp. The Silver Dagger was, if nothing else, a testament that some booksContinue reading “In the Wrong Vein: Writing the Book That’s Ready to be Written”

The King of Character: Thorne & Cross on the Work of Stephen King


Vampires hiding in mobile homes. Sentient vehicles with attitude. Characters haunted by ghosts, real or imagined. People tormented by addictions, supernatural powers, even their own sense of right and wrong. Folks fighting inner and outer demons alike, facing corruption by greed or some other deadly sin. Even alien shit-weasels burrowing into the darkest recesses ofContinue reading “The King of Character: Thorne & Cross on the Work of Stephen King”

I am Now Officially Fully Vaccinated … and I Don’t Care …


I got my second COVID-19 vaccine today … and I’m proud of it. I realize that getting vaccinated is basically as controversial as not getting vaccinated at this point, but I don’t care. I’ve long accepted that no matter what you choose to do, you’ll incite the ire of someone for one reason or anotherContinue reading “I am Now Officially Fully Vaccinated … and I Don’t Care …”

Tamara Thorne’s ETERNITY is now Available in Audiobook


Eternity by Tamara Thorne is available in audiobook at Audible.com! Eternity features Sheriff Zach Tully, who is now getting his very own series, so this is a great place to start. Welcome To Eternity … A Little Bit Of Hell On Earth Eternity, California, is the sort of charming spot tourists flock to every summerContinue reading “Tamara Thorne’s ETERNITY is now Available in Audiobook”

To Write a Thrilling Thriller


In honor a Mother’s Day – here’s a little about the Thorne & Cross thriller, Mother … and writing thrillers in general … Thrillers are a little different from mystery and a little different from horror. Though all these genres tend to blend and merge to varying degrees, writing them – and reading them –Continue reading “To Write a Thrilling Thriller”

RIP Tawny Kitaen


I’m saddened to hear about the passing of actress and 80s video vixen, Tawny Kitaen. I was always a huge fan of Witchboard, not to mention those awesome Whitesnake videos. Rest in peace. Read the article here. From Wikipedia: “Kitaen was born Julie Kitaen in San Diego, California in 1961, the daughter of Linda Kitaen (née Taylor), aContinue reading “RIP Tawny Kitaen”

False Starts … or Oh, How I Hate the Beginning


Every writer has their problem area, some part of the plot that just gives them fits. It’s usually what’s infamously known as the “sagging middle,” but for me, it’s the beginning. Always. Not the entire first act, just the opening scenes – especially that first one.  I’ve accepted that when I’m beginning a new book,Continue reading “False Starts … or Oh, How I Hate the Beginning”

Cats, The Writer’s Familiar


I’m a cat person. I just seem to have been born that way. Some of my first memories are of the family cat, a big gray tabby named Tiger. I wanted desperately to win his affection and can vividly remember inflicting upon him kisses, hugs, and vast quantities of unsolicited loves. As you might imagine,Continue reading “Cats, The Writer’s Familiar”

How Gretchen Got Her (Gruesome) Groove Back


Gretchen VanTreese is back – and more furious than ever. If you’ve read The Silver Dagger (book 2 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series) you know she went through some, er, hard times and lost a little of her mojo for a while there, but in The Black Wasp, she’s back to her oldContinue reading “How Gretchen Got Her (Gruesome) Groove Back”

When You Join, It’s for Life …


As of today, you can get Tamara Thorne’s cheerleader-centric horror/comedy, The Sorority in audiobook at Audible.com. The Sorority is read by the inimitable Caroline Kiley – who also narrated Tamara’s classic, Haunted. I asked Tamara to tell you guys a little more about The Sorority and here’s what she had to say about it: “MyContinue reading “When You Join, It’s for Life …”

A Reading of my Poem, Connemara Eyes, by Mike Davidson


Poetry has always been an emotional and creative outlet for me. It allows me to express all kinds of things about my life and the world I live in without actually giving away anything too terribly personal. As a rule, I don’t like explaining the meaning of my poems because I want the reader toContinue reading “A Reading of my Poem, Connemara Eyes, by Mike Davidson”

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin


A while back, my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I spent five nights documenting the phenomena inside – and outside – of an allegedly haunted cabin tucked deep in the woods in Gold Country. This being my first paranormal investigation, I was happy to be joining someone with Tamara’s experience, but I’ll be honest – IContinue reading “Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin”

An Audio Excerpt from Dream Reaper


An audio excerpt from my novel, Dream Reaper, narrated by Jamison Walker. Cover art by Mike Rivera. Available now at Audible.com About Dream Reaper Angel or Demon? Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro, and Madison O’Riley has no clue what to do with him. As they set out to recover his lost identity,Continue reading “An Audio Excerpt from Dream Reaper”

Another Brick Wall in Spite House


Of all the books Tamara and I have written together, none have taken longer, been more complicated, or evolved over time as much as Spite House, the one we’re writing now.  We had a plot — we weren’t writing blind — but it kept shooting off in all sorts of directions and as much asContinue reading “Another Brick Wall in Spite House”