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New On The Shelf This Week

It’s very much a case of ‘two for the price of one’ this week, although as luck would have it and thanks to the generosity of the author, that price tag was a big fat zero for the Amazon Kindle download.

Jean Nicole Rivers, was kind enough to consider Fiction Books as a suitable promotion / review site for her ‘Black Water Tales’ series and she has also promised a guest post for future publication.


It’s midnight when Regina Dean receives a harrowing phone call. On the other end of the line a scratchy voice whispers, “They found her, Regina…they found her.” Over the phone Regina learns that the corpse of her best friend, Lola Rusher, has been found and she must return to her, Godforsaken, hometown of Black Water for the funeral of the beloved girl who disappeared when they were both only sixteen years old.

Regina returns to Black Water and is reunited with a cast of old friends. Soon Regina realizes that the details revealed with the discovery of Lola’s corpse do not make sense, especially the fact that Lola’s body was dug up on the land of their childhood piano teacher. Determined to lay Lola to rest, Regina launches her own investigation, but someone in Black Water warns Regina to STOP DIGGING. She is thrown into a race to solve the mystery before she loses her mind or meets Lola’s fate.

Though Regina’s hometown is a fun house of disturbing characters and distorted images, the truth about what happened to Lola Rusher will be revealed along with a most unexpected and perverse secret that threatens to expose everyone in Black Water. Everyone knows something, but no one knows everything…


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 may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate 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.

Clicking on the book cover images will take you directly to their Amazon ‘buy’ pages.


Image Of Author Jean Nicole RiversJean Nicole Rivers, graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and lives in Houston, Texas.

Jean Nicole, is a great lover of reading and writing. She has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through writing novels. Although she loves reading and writing in varied genres, horror/thriller is her favourite.

Jean Nicole, won 3rd place in the National Black Book Festival’s 2013 ‘Best New Author’ competition and has written featured articles for popular reader websites, such as ‘Digital Book Today’ and ‘The Masquerade Crew’.

The Secret Keepers, was her debut novel, which together with the newly published The Unwanted, forms the first two episodes in the Black Water Tales series.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Sounds like a series I’d enjoy with The Unwanted particularly appealing to me.

    Hoping you had a good weekend Yvonne. It looks like Spring has finally made its way up the country to Newcastle which can only mean one thing ….. we’ll soon be complaining about how hot it is.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Last week was so nice down here, with Sunday being a gloriously hot and sunny day. The beaches were jam packed on the south coast 🙂

      This week has seen a complete reversal of fortunes though, with it being thoroughly dismal and wet. Temperatures are also set to plummet by the weekend, so we are back to square one!

      Jean Nicole Rivers originally contacted me with a view to me reading and reviewing ‘The Unwanted’, the second book in the series. However, she did mention that both books were free on Kindle for the weekend only – so how’s a girl supposed to resist!

      Given that the books seem to work well as independent stories, I hope that you decide to try and get hold of a copy of ‘The Unwanted’, as it would be great to exchange ideas and thoughts 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes indeed! I was more than pleased when Jean Nicole Rivers contacted me, as otherwise I might have missed out on the chance to read a couple of great sounding thrillers.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on today’s post, as I know that this isn’t a genre you would choose for yourself 🙂

  • Love getting books for free! And then there’s plus of having them on the kindle so there’s no need to find a place on the shelf for them.

    • I also love getting books for free, although I sometimes feel guilty accepting them, as I just know that I am never going to get around to reading them all.

      I agree that Kindle books are most convenient for space saving. However I do still prefer the look, smell and feel of a print copy, so whenever possible, I do try to enter Goodreads regular daily Giveaway Competitions.

      I’m not too greedy, so only select those books which I really do want to read and I have to say that so far I have been very lucky, with only one book out of nearly 20 wins, failing to arrive.

      ‘Black Water Tales’ sounds like such a good series 🙂

  • Both of these sound excellent! I’m guessing they’re stand-alone books? (not sure how Black Water fits into the second – and yes, now I have ‘Black Water’ by the Doobie Brothers running through my head 🙂 )

    I look forward to the author’s guest post.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have just received the draft of Jean Nicole Rivers guest post and it does look very good. I want to run a few more promotional posts for the books first though, so you will have to be a little patient 🙂

      I have heard of the Doobie Brothers of course, however I couldn’t recall the song ‘Black Water’, so I have just spent a great few minutes checking it out on YouTube, where it shows all the lyrics of the song, together with a lovely film, so thanks for bringing that to my attention.

      If you check out this link on Jean’s website, there is some great background information about the town of Black Water and its connection to both books …


      I am also guessing that they are stand alone stories, however you will be pleased to know that I am going to read them in order and hopefully back to back 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      ‘The Secret Keepers’ does sound like a great start to the series, doesn’t it?

      People who have had a relative or someone close, disappear, always say that until there is a body, there is no closure. If I am being totally honest, I have never before really appreciated these hard-held beliefs, as to me, keeping on living in the past, means that I would be unable to get on with my life, in which case the perpetrator of any crime would have won twice and destroyed two lives. However, the older I am getting, the more I can appreciate the trauma and pain of the not knowing, inflicted on those left behind, who will always wait and wonder.

      It sounds as though this is going to be a difficult time for Regina, who now has to re-visit a past she hoped she had left behind.

      Thanks for stopping by this week. Sorry I haven’t done a little more blog hopping just lately, however time just seems to be flying by and I can’t keep up with everything.

      I hope that things are okay with you 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Both books have quite intriguing and disturbing storylines, neither of which sound particularly good for those of a squeamish nature.

      I think that the cover of ‘The Unwanted’ is particularly spooky and anywhere which has something bad going on in the basement, just has to bode badly!

      Thanks for stopping by this week. We haven’t exchanged thoughts about our respective reading for some time now and whilst I set out with all good intentions of spending an evening blog hopping, somehow it just never happens 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann, I fully intend to.

      I do enjoy a good thriller and as these books are both from the same series, I am aiming to read them back to back.

      I hope that you had some nice new goodies to share this week 🙂

    • Thanks Serena, you too 🙂

      Thanks for helping to co-host Mailbox Monday. I look forward to participating whenever possible 🙂

  • The ‘Black Water Tales’ series sounds good. They sound thrilling, especially the first one. I don’t think the piano teacher did it though, he was probably framed by the real killer.
    Enjoy your week!

    • Hi Naida,

      The town of Black Water does sound rather bleak and dysfunctional, doesn’t it? and both stories seem to feature residents who have left its grasp, yet are forced to return for different reasons.

      It is difficult to say, just from reading these brief synopses, which of the books I am going to enjoy best. However the cover of ‘The Unwanted’ is definitely spooky and if we are supposed to relate the limbless doll to the fate of the orphanage children, then very disturbing and evil.

      Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Written by Yvonne