About the Book
Title: Black Water Tales: The Unwanted
Author: Jean Nicole Rivers
Genre: New Adult Psychological Horror
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.
Only when Blaire’s eyes blinked to life, fluttering to adjust to the sudden light, did she realize that she had drifted off. Blaire found herself filled with a fleeting euphoria. Sleeping next to her, Travis was silent, like everything else on the train. The universe inside the car was measured only in the serene clicks on the rails beneath them. These moments offered a sort of black-hole time warp, and she felt compelled back to sleep but was teetering somewhere on the border of reality and unconsciousness.
“You can’t escape the curse”, a familiar voice murmured in her ear.
“Arrival at Borslav, last stop on the line, in approximately twenty minutes,” the intercom snapped, startling Blaire from her dream-swirled reality.
After shifting and yawning Blaire focused her attention out the window. In the distance ahead, she spotted a young girl traipsing treacherously close to the tracks. Blaire’s breath caught in her throat as she watched the girl, praying that she didn’t trip and fall into the path of the unstoppable force that revved them toward Borslav. The strangely familiar child who wore a pink dress with white polka dots waved to her. Blaire pressed into the windowpane as the speeding train approached the child. Blaire watched in abstraction as the girl’s hand swayed back and forth. As the train pulled closer, Blaire could see that it was not her hand but her finger, one finger moving side to side in warning. Blaire knew this girl. Full speed ahead, the train sprinted forward with no hesitation. She was close now, so close. At the moment they passed the girl Blaire pushed back in her seat. Her hand shot up, covering her mouth and concealing her alarm as she caught a close glimpse of the little girl who had no eyes, no nose, no mouth, just a distorted, featureless mask, covering what should have been an innocent face.
Jean Nicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Although she loves varied genres, the horror/thriller genre is her favorite. Jean Nicole 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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