We have an official release date for Raven’s Rest. The tale of ghosts and death and love will be available on September 23rd! Here’s some info about it. First, the blurb:
Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.
Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.
Some other tidbits of info:
Raven’s Rest is based on a real place, although it isn’t in Illinois (nor the fictional town of Banning). There’s a chapter in my book South Bend Ghosts about the Inn at Aberdeen, which is in Crown Point, Indiana. That lovely hotel boasts several ghosts, but mostly that of a little girl. Like the Raven’s Rest, some people stay there specifically for the Inn’s reputation. However, if you dislike sharing accommodations with spirits, the owners will be happy to settle you into one of the non-active rooms.
The name of the inn, Raven’s Rest, is a nod to a haunted house attraction here in Illinois. Raven’s Grin Inn in Mount Carroll is a haunted house in every sense of the word. A spook house attraction, open year round, the house is also, according to the owner and people who have worked at the house, actually haunted. One of the spirits is that of a woman who comes out of the wall at people down in the basement. If you’re ever in the vicinity, I recommend visiting Raven’s Grin…especially around Halloween!