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The Haunting of Thores-Cross
Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 1
by Karen Perkins

Paranormal Suspense

"The ghost of a wronged young woman in the village of Thores-Cross waits
230 years to have her story told in Perkins's suspenseful and
atmospheric first Yorkshire Ghost novel"
BookLife by Publishers Weekly

*Silver Medal Winner, European fiction - 2015 IPPY Book Awards
*#1 Bestseller in 6 Amazon Categories, including Ghost Suspense, British
Horror and Gothic Romance
*Top 10 Bestseller in 8 more, including Historical Thrillers and Occult Horror
*Over 100 5-STAR reviews on

Likened by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Brontë sisters, Edgar
Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins'
novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding
of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but
the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people
inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these
actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations
who live with the implications of the past.

Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her
dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma
and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh
start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the
reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is
further disturbed by the sound of church bells - from a church that
no longer exists.

Jennet is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where
life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the
sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool
merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not
only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered,
Jennet's problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which
continue to have an effect through the centuries.

Emma becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and
her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As
Jennet and Emma's lives become further entwined, Emma's obsession
deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the
Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming lives.

Emma is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her
efforts be enough?

Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 2

Jennet's here. No one is safe.

A skeleton is dug up at the crossing of the ways on Hanging Moor,
striking dread into the heart of Old Ma Ramsgill - the elderly
matriarch of the village of Thruscross. And with good reason. The
eighteenth-century witch, Jennet, has been woken.

A spate of killings by a vicious black dog gives credence to her
warnings and the community - in particular her family - realise they
are in terrible danger.

Drastic measures are needed to contain her, but with the imminent flooding of
the valley to create a new reservoir, do they have the ability to
stop her and break her curse?

Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 3

Jennet will have your heart and your fear in equal measure’
'Through Jennet we see how cruelty can
drive even the most ordinary people to hatred
and, in Jennet's case, evil
Yorkshire is in the grip of a heatwave, and Thruscross Reservoir has dried up
to reveal the remains of the drowned village of Thores-Cross beneath.
Playing in the mud which coats the valley floor, four-year-old Clare
Wainwright finds an old inkpot, and can’t wait to show it to her
best friend, Louise. But when Louise’s mother, Emma, sees it, her
reaction is shocking, and both families are plunged into their worst nightmares.
Emma knows what the inkpot portends:
Jennet has woken.
Now she wants the children.
This is not a gore-ridden, jump-scare horror story. This is more real than
that. Jennet is a story about the horrific things that people do to
each other, and the way we react to that maltreatment – which does
not always end with death.
Jennet’s story is a horror story because it’s not necessarily fiction. It
reflects the way women were treated in the time that Jennet lived. It
reflects the psychology of the abuse cycle. And it reflects real
life. All of it.
If, as I believe, the spirit does not die when the physical body dies,
then how many spirits are looking for vengeance today?
What wrongs will you want to right when you pass through that veil? What will I?
This is the conclusion of Jennet’s story, which began in The Haunting of
Thores-Cross. I hope she finds peace. I really do.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Staying too subjective – once you have finished your first draft, you need to be able to edit it objectively. It’s a very difficult mental switch, but essential.

Linking in to that point, submitting to agents or self-publishing too soon is a common mistake – it’s very difficult, especially with your first book, to know when it’s really finished and ready to send out into the world. Beta readers are essential – either a writing group where you can swap manuscripts or readings for honest critique, and friends who will be honest with you – and you can’t hold their feedback against them!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Just write. Don’t worry about the finished product or whether it will be any good. Just write your stories. You’ll work out the rest later.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Understanding their point of view, and not putting my frustrations with a partner on to my fictional characters.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Assuming my health does not slow me down (I live with a chronic pain & fatigue condition), I mull over a new book for a year or two while I’m working on current projects, making a few notes and developing the idea. When I’ve finished the book I’m already writing, I’ll start the detailed research for the next one – about 4-6 months – then the writing usually takes another 4-6 months. I do edit as I write, but then spend another month or two on polishing the manuscripts, while also having two independent editors going over it. I usually have 3-4 books on the go at once in various stages of thinking, research and writing, with more ideas queuing up to be heard.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not being able to write is so frustrating, but I’ve found that spending hours in front of a blank screen or blank paper doesn’t help. There is usually a reason the words aren’t flowing – I’ve either gone down the wrong track and my characters are taking a break until I realize it and get back to their actual story, or something happens later on in the book that I haven’t yet plotted, and I need to realize it.

When this happens, I’ll write the question, ‘What happens next?, How does ——— get from this point to that point?’ Then I’ll focus on something else, other characters, later chapters and/or another book I’m thinking through, this frees up the subconscious which will working away to answer the questions I’ve asked, and after a few days (or occasionally a few minutes!) I’ll know exactly why I had to pause, and then the words will flood out once more.

Karen Perkins is the author of eight fiction titles: the Yorkshire Ghost
Stories and the Valkyrie Series of historical nautical fiction. All
of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both
sides of the Atlantic, including the top 21 in the UK Kindle Store in 2018.

Her first Yorkshire Ghost Story - THE HAUNTING OF THORES-CROSS - won the
Silver Medal for European Fiction in the prestigious 2015 Independent
Publisher Book Awards in New York, whilst her Valkyrie novel, DEAD
RECKONING, was long-listed in the 2011 MSLEXIA novel competition.

Originally a financial advisor, a sailing injury left Karen with a chronic pain
condition which she has been battling for over twenty five years
(although she did take the European ladies title despite the
injury!). Writing has given her a new lease of - and purpose to -
life, and she is currently working on a sequel to Parliament of
Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.

When not writing, she helps other authors prepare their books for
publishing and has edited over 150 titles, including the 2017 Kindle
UK Storyteller Award winner, The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater,
and has also published a series of publishing guides to help aspiring
authors realise their dreams.

Karen Perkins is a member of the Society of Authors and the Horror Writers Association.

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