Blog Tour: Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bloom

Posted on 31 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bloom

Hello All!

Today is my stop on the Erica’s Elephant blog tour and today I’m here with a rather fun post (I hope!) where I have written you a little mini-story explaining what I would do if an elephant were to turn up on my doorstep!

But first, here’s some information about the book and the wonderful author!

About the Book

Erica's Elephant When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?

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About the Author

SYLVIA PHOTO Sylvia Bishop is 23 years old and has recently graduated from Oxford. She is one half of the brilliant improvised
comedy duo Peablossom Cabaret (

ERICA’S ELEPHANT is her first book, and she intends it to be the first of many quirky stories for young readers.

Website. Twitter. Instagram.

How I Would React If I Found An Elephant on My Doorstep

Personally, I would probably panic… like, a lot. What would I do with an Elephant? There would be absolutely nowhere to keep the poor animal. Also, I’ve never actually been up close to an Elephant so that would also freak me out a little bit. But as well as all that, I also think I’d be pretty amazed by it. I love all animals so I’d probably pet it – as long as it looked friendly enough – and see if I could make it happy. I’d feed it and tell all my friends of course – and probably all of twitter too! I think, after the inital panic, I’d probaby want to keep the Elephant but would also know how dangerous for him that would be. If I lived in a book world, I might become best friends with the Elephant but as I don’t, I would probably find the perfect zoo for the Elephant to live in – like Ross does for Marcel the Monkey in friends – and then I would make sure to visist as often as I could so that neither of us forgot each other. Also, I would probably either write a blog post about the whole or ordeal or even an entire book about it!

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What would you do if you found an Elephant on your doorstep?


Posted on 31 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Book Review; When We Collided by Emery Lord

Posted on 29 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

When We CollidedTitle: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 7th April 2016
Pages: 344
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.

Sometimes There

As soon as I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. It had a vibrant cover and a very interesting plot. I had also heard some good things about the author’s previous works as well. Fortunately, I am glad that I read this book as I thought it was a very intriguing story to read. Unfortunately, I found it very hard to connect with the main protagonist, Vivi, and as such, struggled to find an emotional connection to the book thus impacting on my overall enjoyment of the book. I liked it a lot, I just couldn’t love it.

Is More

One of the things I loved lots about this book was the subject matter that it looked at. Our main protagonist is dealing with some mental health issues and I really liked the representation and treatment of this. I thought it was a very unique and interesting portrayal. I also really loved the setting of this book and how that played a part in the plot of the story too. Essentially I liked how the plot went and can definitely see why so many people have truly loved this novel.

Going On

I should mention now that I absolutely adored Jonah! I thought he was an incredible character. He was super sweet, sensitive, kind, protective, loyal and funny. He has his flaws too, like taking the world on his shoulders but I just loved him as a character a lot. Of course, on the other had, I really struggled with Vivi. I can’t really pinpoint why I found her character so difficult to connect with but I just found myself not liking her very much. As another positive point, however, I also really loved all of Jonah’s sibblings too. They were a nice addition to the story and gave it that little bit extra which was nice.

Underneath It All

This is one of those I liked it but I didn’t like it kind of reviews. The hardest ones to write as it looks like I just can’t make up my mind! But mostly I liked aspects of this book and disliked others. What should be noted is that I enjoyed reading this book as a whole, loved the subject matter that is touched upon and can see why others love this book. It just wasn’t the right book for me. I am still glad I read it and it definitely made me think more about mental health and how it affects people. I would also still recommend this book, especially as it might help to remove some of the stigma around mental health.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


Posted on 29 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Book Review; The Number One Rule for Girls by Rachel McIntyre

Posted on 27 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

#1 Rule for GirlsTitle: The Number One Rule for Girls
Author: Rachel McIntyre
Publisher: Egmont
Published: 25th February 2016
Pages: 309
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Daisy knows a thing or two about love and romance. She’s surrounded by it – in fact, there’s no escape! Not only are her parents childhood sweethearts turned soulmates, they also run the very successful wedding agency ‘Something Borrowed’, helping couples to tie the knot in whatever frilly, quirky, tasteful, outrageous way they choose. So it’s no surprise that Daisy has a pretty clear vision of how her life with boyfriend Matt is going to pan out.

There’s one major flaw in this plan – Matt and Daisy have split up! Determined not to brood, Daisy sets out to re-invent her life and her dreams. And that’s when Toby enters the scene, who appears to be perfect, but is turning all the Rules upside down…

Together or Apart

Reading books that centre around friendship is one of my favourite things to do. In my opinion there are not enough books that focus mainly on friendship – especially with how it can affect individuals in different circumstances. Thus when I heard there was a focus on friendship in this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did! While other factors come into play in this book – all written incredibly well – I very much loved the friendship side of things too. I would highly recommend this book.

Never Forget

To make this review as spoiler free as possible, I am mostly going to focus on the friendship part of it but please note that I thought everything else was brilliant and very sensibly written – and I may do a different post on it later on! – It really made the book addictive and an important read as well. Furthermore, it helped to bring light on the friendships and how important they are, as well as how strong they can make a person, which was fantastic to read and I really hope it helps others. Rachel McIntyre has done a brilliant job with the plot and topics in this book.

That I’m

I felt that every single character in this book was incredibly well written and interesting to read. Including the adults! There were times when I felt a little exasperated with Daisy but this was mostly because I cared about her so much and it made me want to shake her a little! I’m not so sure who my favourite character was as I loved them all so much but I really enjoyed following Daisy on her journey and how much she learnt throughout the story.

Here For You

In summation, I very much enjoyed this book. It was an addictive read that I struggled to put down – in fact I finished it in one day! It had a great, important, and powerful story hidden in the pages that I think not just teenagers but adults should also read. This story shows the importance of friendships but also how strong everyone can be on their own. It’s a truly wonderful novel that I honestly hope lots of people read and love!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


Posted on 27 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

The Coral Strand by Ravinder Randhawa (& Giveaway!)

Posted on 25 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

The Coral Strand by Ravinder Randhawa

Hi All!
Today I am here to give you eight reasons why I think you should read The Coral Strand by Ravinder Randhawa. And then at the end of this blog post I am giving away three copies of the book!
But first… here’s some more information about the book!

The Coral Strand From English winters to Indian summers. From the cold streets of modern Britain to the glamorous, turbulent and impassioned world of 1940’s Mumbai.

Each year, Sita makes a mysterious journey to the Mausoleum, the place of dark memories and warped beginnings. She goes to spy on Emily and Champa, the strange ‘guardians’ she once escaped, and on whom she had taken a daring revenge. This year proves to be fatefully different… This year, the terrible secrets of the past are starting to emerge; secrets that inexorably link the three women to each other, to the grey-eyed stranger Kala, and to an altogether different world – the glittering, violent and passionate world of 1940’s Mumbai.

Ravinder Randhawa’s women, caught in a desperate fight for survival, cross taboos and forbidden lines in this richly plotted novel, imbued with fascinating historical detail, and the beauties of place and period. Readers of modern and historical novels alike will enjoy Randhawa’s evocative portrait of the compelling relationship between Britain and India, which continues to enthrall and engage us.

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Top Eight Reasons to Read The Coral Strand

It is imaginative, intriguing, and addictive!

It is full of beautiful writing full of incredible descriptions.

It’s wonderfully diverse and really captures the difference between British and Indian cultures, this is due to the authors personal background.

It keeps you curious and guessing throughout, the hint of mystery running through the book is very clever.

Ravinder has a brilliant way of pulling the reader in and just giving them small tidbits at a time to keep their interest up.

The characters are all vivid, well written and wonderful to read.

The settings are also vivid, beautiful, and easy to imagine.

It is a unique and fascinating read that just should not be missed.

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Posted on 25 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Ten Bookish Inspirations by Jane Corry

Posted on 23 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

My Husband’s Wife Blog Tour

Hi All!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry! I’ve got a brilliant guest post for you all by Jane about her top ten bookish inspirations!

But first, here’s some information on the book!

My Husband's Wife It’s the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

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Ten Bookish Inspirations For My Husband’s Wife

By Jane Corry

I have to be honest here. When writing a novel, I never read anything in the same genre. I just want to concentrate on my own story. However I do read other kinds of books. They might not be what others would expect. Often they’re non-fiction. But here is a list which influenced me when writing My Husband’s Wife.

Book of Uncommon Prayer.

When I started work at the prison, one of the officers told me that the men either sought refuge in the gym or in God. That gave me an idea. I would ask each of my ‘students’ to write down a saying or a prayer or a poem which helped them get through the day. I also asked the prison staff – including the governor – to do the same. The result was an anthology which I called ‘The Book Of Uncommon Prayer’. It can be bought from New Leaf Books.

Italian dictionary.

One of my major characters, Carla, is Italian. Although I speak a little Italian myself, I still needed help. I have a really old Italian dictionary in my study which was of some use. A member of the Penguin team is Italian so she was able to help me too – not just with words but also customs. For example I hadn’t realised that chrysanthemums were linked with the Mafia.

Law Books

My other major character, Lily, is a solicitor. As a young journalist, I had to pass a law exam as part of my NCTJ. My novel mentions certain court procedures which I needed to check up on. So as well as speaking to the Law Society , I also ploughed through a few legal textbooks.

Books on the autistic spectrum.

Another of my characters is a young man who is on the autistic spectrum. I know a little about this from personal experience and also from my time as a journalist. However I also read as much as I could on the subject.

The Church of England marriage service.

Lily marries Ed right at the beginning of the novel. So I thought it might be helpful to read the marriage service.The various promises that a couple make to each other gave me a few more ideas for the plot.

Book of children’s names.

As a writer, it can sometimes be difficult to choose a character’s name. So it can be useful to have some inspiration from baby name books. I chose the name Lily for my main heroine because I wanted her to sound fresh and innocent. But at the same time, lilies can stain. They are contradictions – just like her.

Children’s books – all kinds!

My daughter and her husband have just had their first baby. So I am a grannie! My granddaughter loves books and is enchanted by the pictures. The funny thing is that when I am reading them to her, my mind goes off on a bit of a tangent and I get ideas that are totally unrelated.

Collins Dictionary

When we first meet Carla, she is still a child. She reads the dictionary every night to learn new words. So I scoured my copy of Collins’ Dictionary to see what might take her fancy. One of her favourite words is ‘cunning’.

Mindfulness for Busy People

This is one of many books in the pile next to my bed. Every now and then, I dip in. It did make me think about Lily and how circumstances force her to change her pace.

Inside Time

This is a newspaper rather than a book. It contains articles written by prisoners as well as poetry and prose. The Letters page is particularly fascinatingas it allows prisoners to air their grievances about anything from food to warmth. It proved to be useful research.

What are your bookish inspirations?


Posted on 23 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Book Review; Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Posted on 22 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Never Always SometimesTitle: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: 13th August 2015
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Never date your best friend.
Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow; like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Are Rules

Adi Alsaid is an author I have been keeping an eye on ever since I finished his first book, Let’s Get Lost because I really loved that book. So when I found out about Never Always Sometimes, I clambered to read it. Then, being a blogger, it took me a while to finally get around to it. But I’m glad I finally did, but also relieved I waited. Unfortunately while I did enjoy this book, it simply was not as good as Let’s Get Lost, in my opinion. Fortunately, the book was still entertaining, still had Adi’s writing style and still kept my interest throughout. It just wasn’t quite the right book for me.

Made Just

Aside from the author, another thing that drew me to this book was the summary. It sounded interesting and reminded me a little of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. I have to admit, I love lists! The plot of this book was a little cliche – although that is sort of the point – and I just struggled with it a bit. Normally I don’t mind when books don’t break the mould as the characters usually keep me addicted but sadly I found it really difficult to connect with the main character, Julia. I really struggled with her character and that made the plot harder to swallow as a result, which is very unfortunate.

So They

While I struggled to connect with Julia’s character, I have to admit that I did like Dave. I didn’t think he was an amazing character but in comparison to Julia, he was a lot easier to read. What I liked most about Dave was how kind and caring he was. There was a plot between these two characters that I really disliked which also just made it really hard for me to fully enjoy this book. On the other hand, I quite liked some of the side characters in this book such as Dave’s brother and Olivia. Adi did a very good job writing these side characters.

Can Be Broken?

It may not seem like it, but I did enjoy Never Always Sometimes. Yes, Julia frustrated me and there was one part of the plot that I really disliked, but I also loved a lot of the book – especially the ultimate journey that Dave goes on. Plus the story was addictive and easy to read and had a very “aww cute” factor to it as well. Never Always Sometimes is one of those lovely books that can lift your spirit if you let it. I would still recommend it to others, especially if you’re a fan of YA Contemporary books.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


Posted on 22 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Mystery & Mayhem Tour; Clementine Beauvais

Posted on 20 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Mystery & Mayhem Tour

Hello All!
Today is my stop on the Mystery & Mayhem tour and I’m here with a brilliant guest post from the lovely and talented Clementime Beauvais! But before we jump to that, here’s some more information on the book!

Mystery and Mayhem Twelve mysteries.

Twelve authors.

One challenge: can YOU solve the crimes before the heroes of the stories?

These are twelve brand-new short stories from twelve of the best children’s crime writers writing today.

These creepy, hilarious, brain-boggling, heart-pounding mysteries feature daring, brilliant young detectives, and this anthology is a must for fans of crime fiction and detection, especially the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, The Roman Mysteries and The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow.

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In for a twist! The art of the short story

By Clementine Beauvais

I have a special fondness for short stories. My very first published piece of writing, in 2010, was a short story: I’d been runner-up in a national competition in France, and my story ended up in a published anthology. My name was printed in that book. And a biography. A biography! I couldn’t believe I had a biography. Since I hadn’t done anything notable, it was just full of my favourite books, and vague ambitions (which turned out not to last) of working in publishing.


Anyway, that short story was a reworking of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, perhaps a bit too ‘adult’ to be described here (I’m not worried about you, young people who might be reading this, but about your sensitive parents, who may never have heard of the kind of things that happened in that story); the important point is, there was a twist at the end.

And a pretty good twist, even though I say so myself, and it’s bad to brag (unless you happen to have written a story with a really pretty great twist.)

Twists, to me, are the great and awesome difference between short-story writing and longer types of writing. My favourite short stories, from Saki to Roald Dahl, were the ones where the last page – the last line – or, even better, the last word – made you rethink the whole thing and go So THAT’S what was going on!

Twists can be funny, tragic, scary, weird or even completely nonsensical. A great example of a nonsensical twist is Alphonse Allais’ A Very Parisian Drama. In that story, Raoul and Marguerite, who form a rather unhappy couple, each receive an anonymous letter. Marguerite’s letter says that Raoul will be going to a carnival, in a few nights’ time, dressed as a Templar; Raoul’s letter says that Marguerite will be going to a carnival, in a few nights’ time, dressed as a Congolese boat (don’t ask).

They both decide to go and spy on the other’s behaviour at that mysterious carnival. Raoul decides to dress as a Templar for the occasion – and Marguerite, as a Congolese boat (don’t ask).

At the carnival, a man dressed as a Templar starts flirting with a woman dressed as a Congolese boat. They end up in a room together, and pull down each other’s masks… and then…

“Both at the same time had a scream of surprise – as they failed to recognise the other.

He wasn’t Raoul.
She wasn’t Marguerite.

They apologised profusely to each other, and got to know each other better around a nice little supper, that’s all I can tell you.”

Absurd. And hilarious! The kind of story you can only write over few pages – and make it crisp, concise, and utterly unexpected. Writing this story as a novel would kill it.


Short stories are very hard to craft well. They must be precise, chiselled, impeccably structured, concise and luminous. There’s not enough space to write badly. If you’re going to write a short story because you think it’s easy, don’t do it. You’ll need to have written many novels before writing a short story becomes easy.

For a reader, short stories are brilliant ways of dipping into the imaginations of writers – but don’t think they’re samples of their writing. Writers write differently when they write short stories. They’re more cynical, more cruel, more fun and weirder when they write short stories. Short stories have a tendency to get out the best – and darkest – in people.

I hope you enjoy the twists and turns of Mystery and Mayhem. You’re in for a treat – like a neatly-packaged box of chocolates. Well, some of them might be poisonous, or contain shards of glass or hidden razors – who knows? But it only makes the tasting more exciting. Are you ready to bite?

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What are your thoughts on short stories?


Posted on 20 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Cake Cetera Brand Ambassador!

Posted on 18 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Cake Cetera Brand Ambassador!

brand ambassador

Hi Guys!
I’m here today to tell you all something exciting! I applied to be a Brand Ambassador for Cake Cetera and got chosen to be one! I’m so excited! This means that there will be a range of interesting posts on this blog about this fantastic company, it also gives me a chance to do some exciting work with the company as well.

But what it also means is that you also get to benefit as I’m allowed to give you special discounts for the company as well, starting today! This month you can get 20% off any purchase by quoting “FRIENDS” at the till! How awesome, right?


Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering what Cake Cetera is all about, so here’s a little bit of info for you:

Cake Cetera started because the owner’s mother was in hospital and she found that many of the wards did not allow flowers, thus people tended to turn up with cakes. So she decided to start a business where you could send cakes to your loved ones. Since then the company, which started in Glasgow, has grown and now ships worldwide and has a variety of different cakes from pop cakes to macarons. It also does lots of different cakes for events such as weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, etc.

It all looks so scrumptious and I cannot wait to work alongside this company because you know… cake!


Posted on 18 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Mental Health May; The Book Edition

Posted on 16 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Mental Health May

You may or may not be aware but May is Mental Health Awareness month so I wanted to do a little something on the blog to share this awareness because Mental Health is very close to my heart and I think that books are a fantastic way of sharing mental health. It can show what Mental Health is all about and battle some of the common misconceptions such as;

a) Mental Health is an illness, not an excuse.
b) Mental Health does have physical attributes
c) There are many ways to get help if you have Mental Health conditions
d) Mental Health problems are not the only aspect of your personality
e) Anyone can be affected
f) Having a Mental Health condition does not make you weak
g) People with Mental Health illnesses are not alone

Books can also show how many different Mental Health conditions they are, will help to make people more aware of it and may also help people reach out for professional help if they need it. It can also show how many people suffer with Mental Health silently.

And with all of that in mind, here is a small list of some of the books I’ve read that cover Mental Health that I would highly recommend.

beautiful broken things How To Fall In Love me since you

Lies Like Love

Amy and Matthew A Long Way Down2 Never Ending

What books would you add to this list?


Posted on 16 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Fountains of Inspiration

Posted on 13 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Fountains of Inspiration

Hello All!
Today I am here to introduce you to the wonderful Jean Nicole Rivers, author of Black Water Tales. She’s here today to tell you all about her inspirations for her writing. But first, here’s some informatin on her books!

Black Water Tales It’s midnight when Regina Dean she 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…

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Black Water Tales 2 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 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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Fountains of Inspiration

By Jean Nicole Rivers

As cliché as it might sound, the truth is that much of my inspiration is harvested from my dreams. Ever since I was a young child, I have always been fascinated by them. Most nights my dreams are vivid (sometimes to the point of not feeling rested the next morning), colorful and if I try hard, at times, I can even become lucid within them. My first book, Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers was sparked when I dreamt of four friends standing on the side of the road arguing fiercely under a dark sky. For days after I woke, the girls from my dream stuck with me and I kept wondering why they had been arguing. Finally, I decided that the only way to figure it out was to write their story and I did. Black Water Tales: The Unwanted was inspired by a dream that I had after watching a dark documentary about the stark state of orphanages in Eastern Europe. I woke and a group of the children from those orphanages stood at my bedside, silently pleading, with washed out skin and drooping eyes, for me to tell their terrifying tales and as most storytellers do, I obliged.

Also, I find inspiration in the curious and ever changing life that is unfolding around me constantly. I watch and I listen to people, their body language, and their tone of voice. Sometimes the most subtle actions are motivated by the deepest emotions and I never allow those small things to go unnoticed. When the woman sitting across the coffee shop is talking to a man with animated hand gestures, I wonder if she’s angry with him or if she’s complaining about the job she hates. A couple of weeks ago as I drove to work, just after a deadly rainstorm had drenched Houston, I saw a man cutting a tree that had fallen in his driveway and in my mind, I immediately began composing a tale about the treacherous night that his family spent fighting the storm and how they survived and within minutes I had a great short story.

My inspiration comes from both deep inside and from the surrounding world. The ideas are everywhere, we just have to watch and be open to receive.

About the Author

Author Photo--JNRJean Nicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Though she loves reading and writing varied genres, horror/thriller is her favorite.

Jean Nicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to compose a novel. The Secret Keepers, the first story in what will be a series of Black Water Tales, is her first novel.

Most recently, Ms. Rivers won 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, such as Digital Book Today and The Masquerade Crew.

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

Website. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Goodreads.

Where do you find your inspiration?


Posted on 13 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment