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The Haunting of Black Raven Inn: A Ghost Story & Paranormal Mystery (Taryn's Camera Book 6) by [Patrick-Howard, Rebecca]

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Author Q & A

Q: Is this book part of a series?
A: Yes, Black Raven Inn is part of the Taryn's Camera series, a series about a woman who can see her past through her beloved camera, Miss Dixie. 

Q: Is the Black Raven Inn based on a real motel?
A: It is loosely based on several different hotels/motels/inns I've seen and stayed at over the years. The story is set in Nashville and some of the motel's history is loosely based on the Drake Motel, the setting for the River Phoenix movie "A Thing Called Love." Many up and coming singers stayed at the Drake and I incorporated the historical aspect of the establishment in the book. The Black Raven Inn is also loosely based on the Joshua Tree Motel & Inn in Joshua Tree, California. However, the Joshua Tree Motel is a cute little place in a beautiful setting with a wonderful staff-nothing like the motel in the book. :-) I threw in a few hostels I've stayed at over the years as well (the good and the bad). Physically, the motel is all fiction. I just used the history of the other hotels for inspiration. 

Q: Is "Parker Brown" a real person?
A: The character of Parker Brown is very loosely based on the country singer Gram Parsons who passed away at the Joshua Tree Motel and Inn. I used some of the events surrounding his death, his soulful singing voice, his attractive good looks, and his impact on music for inspiration. I also used a few other celebrities for inspiration, including Brittany Murphy, Janis Joplin, and Hank Williams Sr.

Q: What kind of research did you do for the book?
A: I traveled to Los Angeles, Nashville, and Joshua Tree for the writing of this book. My son and I stayed at the Joshua Tree Motel and visited the Joshua Tree National Forest. You can see some of our videos, two taken inside the room where Gram Parsons died, on my You Tube channel. I also visited a lot of music sites and forums where I learned about groupies, super fans of country music, and the historical significance of the 1970's country music scene. To get a good feel for the description of the Black Raven Inn, I visited Tripadvisor's site a lot. On it, I read about some of the worst hotels in the country and utilized some of those reviews to create the feel for the motel in the book. 

Q: Did you use a professional editor and/or cover designer?
A: Yes. Amy Quire, who has edited the last 5 books, edited this book. I usually design my own covers but this time Laura Gordon designed it. I told her what I was looking for and sent her a few images I liked and she came up with the design. :-)

Q: Do readers have to be fans of country music to enjoy Black Raven Inn?
A: Not at all! Although it takes place in Nashville, and the backstory is set in the country music scene of the 60s/70s, at its heart it's a ghost story. As long as you are interested in ghosts, creepy hotels, abandoned places, and a mystery then you should enjoy it! :-) 

From the Back Cover

Excerpt from Black Raven Inn

With the motel room's door open, Taryn could already feel the warmth seeping back into the room, washing away the bitterness. She stood in the doorway and opened her cardigan, relishing the fresh air and sunlight and allowing them to wash over her.

The room's frosty air nipped at her back, reminding her of what lay in wait. There was something else waiting, too, something she couldn't put her finger on. It chilled her as well, but in a different way. This other thing that prodded the back of her legs and skulked around her shoulders was hostile and moist; it left a vile dampness on the places it caressed her, as though leaving its foul mark behind.

Taryn shivered and, feeling violated, quickly turned around.

The room was empty.

She returned to her chair and straightened the towel she'd been sitting on but remained standing. "I'm not afraid of you," she declared to the room, trying to gather whatever courage she could muster. "So if there's anything you want to do, you'd best be getting it out of your system right now."

The front door slammed closed with a "bang", the booming sound exploding in the tiny, confined space. Taryn covered her ears and cringed as a framed picture of Parker Brown fell from the nightstand, shattered glass scattering across the grimy floor. His radiant smile looked up at her through the cracks. He looked almost angelic.

Taryn wrapped her arms tightly around her waist and closed her eyes, willing her heart rate to slow down. Her instinct was to run screaming for Aker and make him check under the bed and in the closet, like any frightened child might have their parents do.

She envisioned herself sprinting, or limping in her case, to him shouting, "Daddy! Daddy! There's a monster under my bed!"

She saw him rising from his folding chair, patiently placing his book down (after carefully marking it with the "Friends of Police" bookmark), and striding with purpose to the room- his dark sunglasses and impassive expression hiding any urgency on his part. And then she saw him on all fours, lifting the soiled bed skirt and searching for her monsters.

The idea did the trick; Taryn's fear slowly subsided and the beating of her heart steadied under her trembling hand. She even felt the tickle of a smile.

"That wasn't very nice," she said as she opened her eyes and tried ignoring the tremor in her voice.

Marching back to the door, she opened it once again, flinging it wide until it hit the wall behind it. Once again, the room filled with clean air and brightness.

Taryn then turned and painfully crouched down to pick up the shards of glass that littered the floor. These she put in a little pile in the corner, out of the way so that nobody would step on them. She placed Parker's picture back in the cheap wooden frame, sans glass, and returned it to the nightstand. She kept her fingers on it, however, and studied the image. Once again his beatific smile radiated outwards, the demons he possessed unrecognizable in the 1960's publicity shot. Taryn paused to admire the Nudie Suit he wore, the sparkle of the rhinestones nearly as brilliant as the gleam in his eyes. The piercingly white color of the suit stood out from the stark, beige desert setting in stunning contrast. His long hair fell softly to his shoulders. His smile was serene and gentle and full of hope, with no premonition of what fate was to befall him in just a few short months.

She hoped he wasn't trapped in the room, hoped he'd somehow made it out.

The door banged closed again, this time with a force so strong that her easel tumbled to the ground, sending her canvas with it.

Parker's picture flew from her fingertips and soared across the room, hitting the wall on the other side of the bed before it dropped to the floor with a thud.

Trembling, Taryn closed her eyes and took long, ragged breaths. There was nothing she wanted more, at that moment, then to pack it all up and leave. She wasn't even sure she could make herself move, however; fear was a crippling thing.

"Ghosts can't hurt you, ghosts can't hurt," she chanted softly.

If there was one thing Taryn had learned through her adventures, it was that she had more to fear from the living than the dead.

She hoped that was still true.

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  • File Size: 7226 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Publisher: Mistletoe Press; 2 edition (April 7, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D284RB4
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