Saturday, November 1, 2014

Promo Blitz & Giveaway - First Blood: Rise of the True Immortal by Chelsea Ballinger

First Blood: Rise of the True Immortal
by Chelsea Ballinger
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12th, 2014

My name is Jericho Evans.

I’m twenty one years old.

I have no friends, no girlfriend, and no family.

And I’m dying.

These are the things Jericho has been telling himself every day since he was diagnosed with stage four Leukemia. His whole life, Jericho has felt alone and different from everyone else. Born in the woods and abandoned by his family with only a name tattooed on his arm, Jericho knows nothing of who he is.
That all changes when he meets Mathias, a stranger who claims to have all the answers for Jericho and the truth of whom and what he truly is.

Soon Jericho is thrown into a shadow war between vampires and discovers the real reason why he has always felt different. With the help of Mathias and his tribe of vampires including the mysterious and beautiful Sky, Jericho will rise and become the person he was meant to be.

My name is Jericho Evans.

I’m twenty-one years old.

I have no friends, no girlfriend, and no family.

And I’m dying.

These thoughts have been running through Jericho’s head every day for the past three years, since he was diagnosed with Stage IV leukemia. When the doctor had first told him, he didn't know what to feel. Granted he didn't want to die, but he wasn't really living either.

Jericho is an orphan; he has no parents, no nothing. He didn't even have a last name until he was eighteen − he picked it out, once he was no longer a ward of the state. Other than an occasional hook up, Jericho’s had zero connection with people. As he’s always felt like he didn't belong to this world, that maybe he was an alien separated from his home planet, when he heard the word “cancer,” he didn’t know whether to be mad, upset, or relieved.

Dying sucks, but so does living, for him. Then again, Jericho wouldn't mind another chance at life. A chance to travel the world and experience unusual things, but that’s a little hard when you’re broke.
“So, the treatment didn't work,” Jericho said to his doctor. He had known he wasn't going to be receiving good results. He never received good news.

Lowering his head and removing his eye glasses, the doctor looked at him. “No, Jericho. I’m afraid it didn't.”

“Yeah, I figured.”

“We have other options.”

“Look doc, the only reason I signed up to try these new drugs was because it was free. I appreciate your help and everything, but I’m a lost cause.”

The doctor opened his mouth to protest, but then paused and sighed. “I’m very sorry.”

“Don’t worry about it. We all have to go someday, right?” Jericho forced a smile, but in reality he wasn't ready to leave this world yet. He didn't want to die without living first.

That night Jericho couldn't get much sleep. Between the throwing up, hot flashes, stomach pains, and the knowing he was going to die, he couldn't just relax. He decided he might as well drown his sorrows at Jack’s pub.

“What’s up, Jericho?” greeted Donnie, the bartender, while mixing a few drinks.

Although he was not supposed to be drinking in his condition, Jericho was a regular at Jack’s.

“Hey, Donnie.”

“How you feeling, kid?”

“Ah, the usual.”

“Yeah, you look it. The usual?”

“Yeah, I’ll be at my booth.”

“I’ll send Angela to you with a couple of shots.”


Jericho walked over to his booth in the very back. He liked sitting where he couldn't be seen, away from the people he envied, who seemed so happy.

“Here you go, Jericho,” Angela said, placing four shots of tequila and a Corona on his table. “So, how are you doing?”

“Dying,” Jericho said with a smile. He threw back his first shot while Angela watched him with sympathy.

Jericho sighed. “Come on Angela, no pity party tonight, alright?”

“I got you.” Angela gave him a genuine smile and went back to her other tables.

Downing his other shots, Jericho thought about his childhood. He realized he was going to die, never knowing the truth about who he is or where he came from. All he knew was that when he was a baby he was found in the woods by hikers. He didn't even have a blanket, just an unclothed baby in the middle of the woods in the freezing cold of February in Chicago. He did know one thing: his name was Jericho −it was tattooed on his forearm. His parents must have been some really messed up people to tattoo a baby, he thought. They must have been drug addicts or something, but he still wished he knew who they were. He wished he knew who he was, as the knowledge would help him find peace.

Removing his jacket, Jericho glanced at the tattoo on his forearm. The small tattoo, Jericho in cursive, had stretched through the years, but still had an interesting appeal to him. “Nice tattoo.” Jericho looked up to see a man with blond hair standing over him. Gazed at the man’s very pale, almost white eyes, Jericho noticed a slight hint of color in his unnatural eyes, causing him to stare harder. The small shade of color around the pupil was gray. So distracted by the man’s strange features, Jericho didn’t stop him from taking a seat across from him in the booth.

“Is that your name? Jericho?” The stranger asked.

“Yeah,” he answered, snapping out of his trance.

“Interesting name.” Jericho realized the man was British and looked about maybe twenty-five or twenty-six years old, but something about him made him seem older. He wore a long black jacket, a black shirt, and black pants. His demeanor was poised and sophisticated.

“Yeah, I guess.” Jericho took a swig of his beer. “Listen, not to be rude, but I’m not really up for company right now.”

“I can tell. Rough day?”

Jericho sighed, getting agitated. “You can say that.”

“Well, I think you could use a new atmosphere. How about you come with me to a pub I know you would like?”

Jericho side eyed him. “Listen, dude, I’m not gay.”

The strange man chuckled. “Neither am I. I just have the habit of seeing when people need help.”

“I look like I need help?”

“Actually, you look like you need answers.” Jericho stared at the man, confused. Who was this guy and why did he seem to know him? Whether it was the liquor or the bad day he was having, Jericho said fuck it.

“Okay. But any sign of you trying to come on to me, I’m going to kick the shit out of you.”

“Don’t worry mate. My heart has always belonged to one… a woman of course,” the man told him, chuckling again.

“Right,” Jericho sneered, downing the last of his beer. “What is your name, by the way?” he asked him, as they stood up to leave.

“Mathias,” the stranger told him, throwing on his jacket and wiping off the dust with a confident smirk.

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I am a dreamer who aspires to be a therapist and writer. I'm obsessed with Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, and good people.

Since I was a kid, I've always had a an imagination that consumed me in more ways than one. I've always created these stories and pictures in my head, but never thought I would actually get a chance to do something about it. All I can say is thank God for Amazon Self Publishing! I used to think I was weird because of it, but due to the people who support me, I realized God gave me a gift. So that's my story. I want to do what makes me happy and creating stories makes me happy. If I'm not writing, I am either in deep thought (Analyzing everything), chillin with my family and friends, listening to musi c,reading, watching movies, or daydreaming. Well actually I daydream while doing all of that stuff but in the end God Bless love, technology, and pop culture!

My advice to people is do what makes you happy and use the gifts God has blessed you with.

This is only the beginning of my journey. Hopefully you guys can join me.

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