Monday, January 23, 2017

Blog Tours: The Unwanted and When Ash Rains Down

Hello loyal readers!
Yes you read that right, today we have two blog tours to showcase for you. So sit back and get cozy, and get those TBR lists to update!

The Unwanted (Black Water Tales#2)
by JeanNicole Rivers
Genre: NA
Horror/Psychological Thriller
Release date: March 31st 2016

In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children. Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement. "It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears maybe the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may or iginate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.  The unwanted is coming but in
order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when she discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help.There’s something in the basement.

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That fall was one of the coldest Black Water had ever seen. Blaire could not have been more than eleven years old. Sabrina Langford had asked her if she wanted to go walking up to the Grammercy Bridge. Grammercy had once taken trains safely from one side of the river to the other and on through the picturesque town of Black Water, but that was long ago. It was a place
of little interest to two young girls and, from what Blaire had known at her innocent age, it was, at most, a place where the older kids went to kiss on Friday nights. When Sabrina suggested it as a play place that day, Blaire wanted to object, but hesitated at the thought of turning off her newfound friend.
Long ago the bridge had become lifeless, but it still gave an endless series of death breaths as the girls walked along it. The water flowed rapidly, and the sound of the swishing and churning made Blaire shiver. After throwing a couple of rocks into the river, a series of familiar faces emerged. Lacey Wright, Sharla Hig, Kiana James, and Elizabeth Morrow claimed territory on the bridge, creating a poignant image that Blaire would never forget. A pang of fear sliced through Blaire’s stomach: seppuku. Nothing involving Lacey, Sharla, Kiana and Elizabeth could be good for her because the Frightening Four were perpetrators of horrendous kiddie crimes. Just the week before they surrounded a girl on the playground, who they teased relentlessly until she cried and admitted she was a “slut” as they kept calling her. It was a word that Blaire knew vaguely from hearing it in R-rated movies that she snuck to catch glimpses of from time to time, although she would have been hard pressed to define the word if asked. Against her better judgment, Blaire stepped into the circle of doom on the playground and screamed at all of them to leave the helpless girl alone. Within seconds of hearing the commotion, Mrs. Bennett, infiltrated the mob of minors with a series of inquiries and instructions that made Lacey roll her eyes. The kids scattered but not before Blaire received a malevolent glare from the hellion gang’s little hierarch. The four of them were relentlessly brutal BFFs, who stopped at nothing when they craved the blood of another in the form of utter humiliation and in the name of pure adolescent wickedness.


Houston, I've found your female master of horror @JeanNicole19 ! The Unwanted will leave you spooked. --Bookishjessp 

OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS STORY! If I could pick a novel to be turned into a major motion picture, I would pick Black Water Tales: The Unwanted. This thriller/horror story is sooo scary! And I loved every minute of it! --A Well Read Woman Book Review 

I got chills so many times and couldn't read it before bed! --A Book Lover’s Life Book Blog 

The book starts off right away with the creepy and it doesn't let up until the end. – Vik Booklover 

I was completely engaged in the story and had a hard time putting it down, partly because I was interested in the answers and partly because I was terrified, and also just because it was just a really well written read. -- SMADA's Book Smack

About the Author
JeanNicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Though she loves reading and writing varied genres, horror/thriller is her favorite. JeanNicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through novels. The Unwanted is the second story in her series of Black Water Tales, following The Secret Keepers.

Jean Nicole was awarded 3rd place in the National Black Book Festival’s 2013 Best New Author competition and she enjoys the honor of having written featured articles for popular reader websites and blogs, such as Digital Book Today and The Masquerade Crew.

Jean Nicole Rivers graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, and she lives in Houston, Texas.

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When Ash Rains Down
by Cecelia Earl
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release date: January 4th 2017

Being crowned homecoming queen and enduring a week at the center of her classmates' attention is eighteen-year-old Julia White’s worst nightmare—even with Cole, her long-time crush, as her date. But when Julia is attacked by a green-blooded demon that vanishes in a plume of smoke, she comes face to face with what real nightmares look like—in the flesh, and all of the homecoming stuff hardly matters anymore.
As a frightening wave of crime infiltrates her small Wisconsin town, Julia tries to avoid Nicholas, a brooding, infuriating relative of Cole’s, who insists she’s the reason behind the corruption. He claims the culprits are demons who are after powers that only she—a human-angel hybrid—possesses. It’s unbelievable, of course, until he takes her to a hidden battlefield where warrior angels train to fight soul-siphoning demons—and her own angelic wings unfold.
When angels and demons draw battle lines, endangering everyone in their way, Julia has to find a way to protect them all, including herself. Because as it turns out, she’s the devil's most powerful weapon against the angels, and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her. 
The final battle between Heaven and Hell has begun.
When Ash Rains Down is the first book in debut author Cecelia Earl’s Kingdom Come series.
Only $0.99 on kindle (FREE with Kindle Unlimited)!

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This next scene takes place…in an elevator. All Julia wants to do is get to her mom and Noah who were just in an… accident, but she and Mitch are trapped inside the hospital elevator.
The lights flicker and go out. It feels as though the air goes with them, because suddenly it’s harder to breathe.
“Right here.” I reach out for Mitch and find his arm. I thread mine through his and we stand there facing the doors, waiting for them to open. When they don’t, after thirty seconds of counting, I exhale. “Okay, so…”
Based on everything we just saw and heard in the ER, I’m not feeling so good about this. My nerves were already shot from having stayed away from Mom and Noah so long. I figured it was okay to make a plan and fuel up for the long haul, but that was when I thought I’d be with them as soon as we’d finished. Now, I’m ready to scream. What’s going on, and most importantly, are Mom and Noah okay where they are?
“I need to get to them.” I bang on the doors. “Mitch, what if they’re in danger? Without lights or oxygen or whatever they need to stay alive?”
“Yeah. W-what if there’s a shooter or a robber…”
“What would a robber want in the hospital?” I ask, but… a shooter?
We break apart and start pounding with both fists.
“Help!” we yell repeatedly.
“What do you think will happen if we start pushing the elevator buttons? One of them has to be the emergency button, right? Wait.” I pull out my phone. I illuminate it and hold it up to the panel with buttons for all the floors. “Here, emergency.” I push it. I push it again.
“Let-let me try,” Mitch suggests, shoving me over with his right side. He pushes it. Then he pushes the open doors button, and then each floor, one-by-one.
“Nothing. And my phone has no signal in here to call anyone.”
He pulls his out. “Mine-mine either.”
“What would we do in one of your sci-fi movies?” I’m ready to try anything.
“W-we’d be devoured by brain-eating aliens in v-velour space suits,” he tells me.

About the Author
Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. She’s a teacher by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you—whether or not you feel particularly angelic. 

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