The Taking by Dean Koontz


The Taking, Dean Koontz, 2004 My favorite quote: “We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.” If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.” Notable characters: Mary Sloan, the typically-insipid main character; Neil, the typically-bland husband; Virgil, the ever-present preternaturally intelligent dog Most memorable scene: OneContinue reading “The Taking by Dean Koontz”

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming


Casino Royale (James Bond, book one, Ian Fleming, 1953 My favorite quote: ” ‘People are islands,’ she said. ‘They don’t really touch. However close they are, they’re really quite separate. Even if they’ve been married for fifty years.’ “ Notable characters: James Bond, 007; Vesper Lynd, the femme fatale; LeChiffre, the wicked financier Most memorableContinue reading “Casino Royale by Ian Fleming”

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, 1951 My favorite quote: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’tContinue reading “The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger”

A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar


A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors, Michael Farquhar, 2001 My favorite quote: “The rigid, repressed [Queen] Victoria was never a particularly cozy mum, candidly acknowledging early on that she derived ‘no especial pleasure or compensation’ from her large brood ofContinue reading “A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar”

Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham


Pearls Before Swine (#12 in the Albert Campion series), Margery Allingham, 1945 (originally published as Coroner’s Pidgin) My favorite quote: “Nobody, nobody ever killed anyone simply in order to provide an awkward corpse in someone else’s house.” Notable characters: Albert Campion, the detective Most memorable scene: Campion in the bath while his servant, Lugg, andContinue reading “Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham”

Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul


Comes the Blind Fury, John Saul, 1980 My favorite quote: “All she knew was her anger. Her anger and her hatred … ” Notable characters: Michelle Pendleton, the new girl; Amanda, the blind dead girl Most memorable scene: I’m not gonna lie … Amanda, sailing off the cliff …  Greatest strengths: I have to say,Continue reading “Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul”

The Long Walk by Stephen King


The Long Walk, Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman), 1979 My favorite quote: “They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn’t like to look at them. They were the walking dead.” Notable characters: Ray Garraty, the main Walker; McVries, a Walker who befriends Garraty; Stebbins, a Walker with a secret; theContinue reading “The Long Walk by Stephen King”

Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy


Midnight Cowboy, James Leo Herlihy, 1965 My favorite quote: “Her voice went soft and sweet: it seemed to be luring some small child into a gas chamber with promises of candy.” Notable characters: Joe Buck, the cowboy; Ratso Rizzo, the con-man Most memorable scene: The bus ride to Miami, of course … Greatest strengths: Clear,Continue reading “Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy”

Behind the Book: The Forgotten, by Tamara Thorne


The Forgotten: Cozy Horror I haven’t revisited my novel, The Forgotten, since the early 2000s, when I first wrote it. Now, I’m listening to it chapter by chapter, as the audio producer turns it in, and it’s quite an eye-opener. While there is, as always, plenty sex and violence — along with ribald problems likeContinue reading “Behind the Book: The Forgotten, by Tamara Thorne”

Come for the Vampires, Stay for the Wasp – by Tamara Thorne


The Black Wasp is the third book in Alistair Cross’  Vampires of Crimson Cove series, and it’s a stunner.  I unabashedly love all my collaborator’s solo works, but with this tale, he has achieved new heights of imagination and storytelling. The book — and the title character — is riveting. When Alistair first introduced herContinue reading “Come for the Vampires, Stay for the Wasp – by Tamara Thorne”

Guess What’s Coming to Audible…


The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is on its way to Audible.com. Here’s an excerpt where Cade Colter meets the Exterminators — a fanatical group of would-be vampire slayers … Get the entire series … The Crimson Corset eBook: https://amzn.to/3ePl34T Paper: https://amzn.to/3xCgTWx Audio: https://adbl.co/3nKUMbV The Silver Dagger eBook: https://amzn.to/3vxN87nContinue reading “Guess What’s Coming to Audible…”

The Silver Dagger is Now Available in Audiobook!


The Silver Dagger, book 2 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is now available at Audible.com! If you haven’t yet read book 1, The Crimson Corset, you can get it in audiobook as well. Book 3, The Black Wasp, is on its way and is available now in eBook and paperback at Amazon. BrotherContinue reading “The Silver Dagger is Now Available in Audiobook!”

The Black Wasp Has Landed


It’s official! The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series is available now! Get the entire series at Amazon! The Vampires of Crimson Cove series The Crimson Corset eBook: https://amzn.to/3ePl34T Paper: https://amzn.to/3xCgTWx Audio: https://adbl.co/3nKUMbV The Silver Dagger eBook: https://amzn.to/3vxN87n Paper: https://amzn.to/2PCMsOL Audio: coming soon The Black Wasp eBook: https://amzn.to/3gxVmGD Paper: https://amzn.to/3xcJUqKContinue reading “The Black Wasp Has Landed”

Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd – A Review


I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd — which comes out TODAY, btw! — and I was surprised by what I found. This was my first excursion into the work and world of Wednesday Lee Friday and I’m not going to lie: I’m impressed. Creepy, Stabby, andContinue reading “Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd – A Review”

My Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Novels


Choosing my ten favorite paranormal novels is like walking through a candy store and trying to choose only a few favorite pieces. I discovered the paranormal and horror genres at a young age, and instantly fell in love, submerging myself in everything from Stephen King movies (Carrie was my favorite when I was a kid) andContinue reading “My Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Novels”

The Crimson Corset – a Review from FaerieFits


In honor of the June 13th release of The Black Wasp (book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series), here’s a review of book 1, The Crimson Corset, from FaerieFits: “I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Crimson Corset. I don’t actually even know how I found it, but you know,Continue reading “The Crimson Corset – a Review from FaerieFits”

Of Nightmares, There Will be Plenty: A Review of Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco


Marian Rolfe desperately wants to spend the sunny season away from the city, and the summer rental she finds advertised is everything she’s looking for. Her husband, Ben, is initially against it, but she eventually talks him into it. After giving the place a look and meeting its very odd owners, Marian and Ben eventuallyContinue reading “Of Nightmares, There Will be Plenty: A Review of Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco”

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 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!”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Witches, Ghosts, and Murder, Oh My!


Many of you die-hard horror fans out there will be familiar with Moonfall, Tamara Thorne’s Halloween-themed classic about witches, gargoyles, magick, and evil nuns – and now, for the first time ever, it’s available in audiobook at Audible.com, narrated by the inimitable Jamison Walker. Moonfall is the first Tamara Thorne novel I ever read. ThisContinue reading “Witches, Ghosts, and Murder, Oh My!”

Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep


One night, days after finishing my novel Dream Reaper, I was in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what to write next. I considered going back to the Crimson Cove series but I felt like there was a different story in me trying to get out. The trouble was, I didn’t know anything about itContinue reading “Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep”

Finishing Books and Listening to Your Characters


On March 5th, I finished The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, and I’m astounded by the direction these books have taken. This is in so small part due to the Black Wasp herself – a character who showed up in the middle of the previous book, The Silver Dagger.Continue reading “Finishing Books and Listening to Your Characters”

Today is the First Day of a New Book


Today is the day I began a new book. With The Black Wasp (book 3 of the Vampires of Crimson Cove series) in the editor’s hands, and not a lot going on besides some book marketing and the disposal of an old sofa, I figured I might as well do some writing. Since I’m dying to find out what happensContinue reading “Today is the First Day of a New Book”

NEW RELEASE Available for Pre-Order


The Angel Alejandro is available for pre-order. Buy it today and have it directly sent to your Kindle on January 25th: http://tinyurl.com/z9mc5un   A Man without a Past   After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome,Continue reading “NEW RELEASE Available for Pre-Order”

Dirty Ghosts, Dirt Cheap


THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST is available at: http://tinyurl.com/hzvae3e   “The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”   -Jay Bonansinga, the New YorkContinue reading “Dirty Ghosts, Dirt Cheap”

.99 Cents For Jim Morrison, Elvis, and Jack the Ripper?


Tamara Thorne’s ETERNITY goes on sale for .99 on Monday, August 1st! Get a copy at: http://tinyurl.com/hgo8xzw Read a review of ETERNITY at HELLNOTES: http://tinyurl.com/jktk5xm   Currently, she and I are writing a collaboration that takes place in Eternity, which is a sequel to CANDLE BAY and features Michael, Winter, Chynna, and Arnie from myContinue reading “.99 Cents For Jim Morrison, Elvis, and Jack the Ripper?”

VAMPIRES for .99!


Some years ago a young woman named Amanda Pearce came to a sleepy little California town on the central coast where she began work as concierge at the Candle Bay Hotel & Spa. She liked Natasha and Stephen Darling – the siblings who owned the inn, and was especially attracted to Stephen, a tall, broodyContinue reading “VAMPIRES for .99!”

The Angel Alejandro


THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO – coming later this year.   After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an extraordinary problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. He calls himself Alejandro … and he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. As they set out toContinue reading “The Angel Alejandro”

MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!


MOTHER is on sale for .99! : http://tinyurl.com/hzghpsa 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 womanContinue reading “MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!”

THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale!


A deranged doctor with an appalling side-hobby, a macabre groundskeeper who delights in terrifying children, an unlikely vandal with vulgar talents, a lovestruck cop, a 60s Scream Queen, a death-portending ghost, and an egomanaical self-proclaimed psychic who wants to write a book about it. What happens when they all end up in a cozy cliffContinue reading “THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale!”

THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale NOW for .99!


Today through Saturday, The Cliffhouse Haunting is on sale for only .99 at Amazon! To celebrate, here is this week’s copy of the The Cliffside Weekly Chronicle! Just click the pic below to obtain your .99 cent copy! THE CLIFFSIDE WEEKLY CHRONICLE Another Death at the Peppermint Stix Motel Another body has been found inContinue reading “THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale NOW for .99!”

THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!


The sale starts tomorrow: http://tinyurl.com/jrmrvjz Welcome to Crimson Cove Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in CrimsonContinue reading “THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!”

MOTHER: Available Tomorrow


Tomorrow’s the big day. MOTHER will be available to buy! Links to follow. “Mother is a thriller in the truest sense of the word. What begins with a walk through a nice neighborhood in a nice town quickly becomes a chilling and unnerving descent into madness that is harder and harder to escape. Because IContinue reading “MOTHER: Available Tomorrow”

Nasty Neighbors


Have a neighbor you just can’t stand? In honor of the upcoming release of our thriller, Mother, which takes place in a gossip-laden cul-de-sac called Morning Glory Circle, we want to hear your Nasty Neighbor stories! Whether it’s someone who listens to polka music too loud, or someone you’re sure has corpses piling up inContinue reading “Nasty Neighbors”

In The Land of Moms and Monsters


We wrote an article over at Risingshadow about what inspired our upcoming thriller, Mother, titled In the Land of Moms and Monsters. Mother is a psychological thriller in the vein of Psycho and Misery, with a pinch of Peyton Place and a dash of Gaslight. Expectant couple Claire and Jason Holbrook have fallen on hard times, forcingContinue reading “In The Land of Moms and Monsters”