ULR Feature: The Trotters of Tweeville: Harraf Namrattle by Shirin Zarqa-Lederman

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In this second book of the Trotters of Tweeville series, one little girl works hard to practice kindness and care when speaking to others.
“Harraf Namrattle lives in Tweeville and is a girl who always says what she thinks–no matter what! She doesn’t seem to understand that sometimes words can hurt others’ feelings and that some things are better left unsaid. Today, however, Harraf’s mother reminds her to;…”
                      Think before you speak!
Harraf sets out to play baseball with her friend Bo, who has a new baseball mitt. What will she say when she sees it?Then she meets her friend Hennaj, who has a lemonade stand. What will she say when she tries the lemonade? When she sees another friend drawing on the
sidewalk, will she take her mother’s advice and be nice? Can Harraf Namrattle
learn to think before she speaks and to be kind to the people in Tweeville?

Book Review

“Harraf Namrattle is a typical young girl that likes to say exactly what she thinks without thinking about how it may affect the feelings of others. One day before she goes out to play, her mother tells her to think about what she has to say, and to try to be nice. Throughout the day, she comes across several situations where she thinks before she speaks and finds the nicer things to say. She learns that by doing this, she can be nice and feel better about herself as well. It’s a good lesson of ‘think before you speak’.”

– Reviewed through Netgalley and Smith Publicity.

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About the Author

Shirin Zarqa-Lederman is a wife and mother of five children. Shirin lives in New Jersey with her family, where she was born and raised. She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor and is licensed in NJ. Her 17 year counseling career has focused solely on children and adolescents and their families.

Most recently Shirin’s practice has transformed into “mobile” therapy, where she counsels in a clients’ home rather than the traditional counselor office. This allows her to experience a child in his/her element-a much more natural setting. Her attention has been children and adolescents who have difficulty socializing with their peers, developing and maintaining focus on daily tasks, managing behavior within a school setting, as well as a familial setting.

She utilizes experiential therapies, which is a process whereby-as she puts it- “if you can experience it you can feel it, and if you can feel it you can choose whether or not to recreate it.” When asked about her inspiration for this book, she stated, “This book series is my attempt to ‘recreate’ the practice of that infamous ‘golden rule.'”

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ULR Feature: Infidelity: A Man’s Inheritance By Katie Ploum

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A natural magnet for male attention, men have always found her charming and irresistible on sight.  Now living in New York, Anna spends her free time navigating the city’s lively social scene.  Warned early on about the shallowness of the attractive, successful and ambitious New York man and the emotionless attachments he seeks, Anna had welcomed the challenge of finding a good man with confidence and determination that for her, things would be different.  Nights spent in meaningless banter, countless encounters with deceit and a broken heart have left Anna discouraged and confused.  No longer filled with confidence but rather overcome with self-doubt, she is forced to reflect on her experiences and take a closer look at herself.

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About the Author

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Katie Ploum is a best-selling author in Greece. She studied at Kings College London and took residence in the UK after completing her studies. For several years, the hectic pace of London’s financial service industry became Katie’s full-time involvement. Parallel to being active in the hustle and bustle of the City’s thirst for money and power, Katie nevertheless maintained a keen interest in observing human interrelationships on a more personal level. It was only a matter of time before the creation of stories like these became her true calling.

Once a socialite in trendy West End and Athenian circles, Katie began to see through the façade of the emotionless relationships that women inherently encountered in these competitive environments. Her books touch on these compelling relationships and the attitudes that predefined them.

Katie has appeared on Greek television and has written on topics ranging from the challenges of modern women in their careers and relationships to  the disparity of gender compensation and traditional societal expectations.

 

 

ULR Feature: The Gift-Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley

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“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht could not have lived and ruled for many long years, or why it was so urgent that she ascend immediately.”

Chandra never asked to rule Kensrik, but fate took a strange course. Known as a usurper and sorceress by most and traumatised by all that has transpired, she is forced to make use of the few loyal allies she has in order to hold together her restless empire. In an attempt to identify and defeat the conspirators who inadvertently landed her in power, Chandra risks putting the lives of many in mortal danger, as well as her own.

Derek is an aimless wanderer – the youngest in a lineage that has long fallen from nobility. He finds himself summoned by tradition to serve a family historically considered his bitter enemy. As he journeys down the same path a fateful ancestor once travelled, he struggles with personal demons and begins to reconsider his loyalty to the mission.

Duke Lenn found one true cause in love and it cost him everything. His legacy shaped the present in which Chandra and Derek find themselves. Now their choice will shape the future of Kensrik…

The Gift-Knight’s Quest is set in a new and vividly imagined world, written with delicate prose that will allow the reader to explore with their imagination. Inspired by authors such as Michael Moorcock, J. G. Ballard and Roger Zelazny, it will appeal to fans of fantasy and historical fiction.

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Book Review

Immerse yourself in a highly enjoyable story, one that focuses more on the characters themselves and innovatively uses their family background’s to the greatest extent that it forms a sublime story, set amongst the backdrop of a medieval fantasy world.

In this beautiful and intricate tale, one that is punctuated with romance, adventure, revolts and sacrifices in the hope of the greater good, aided with the occasional family drama and historical themes for an added depth of realise, this is a story that will put many smiles on your face as you admire the humour of which the author has used resourcefully in advancing the pace of the story along.

Overall, if you enjoy medieval themed adventure stories, romance with sacrifices, the consequences of a choice, or perhaps you just want to immerse yourself into another world for a couple of hours, then this book will more than satisfy your appetite.

About the Author

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Dylan Madeley is a Torontonian currently working out of a headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. He is the copy editor of and a frequent contributor to Auxiliary Magazine, an alternative fashion and music zine. His junior copy editors are two chinchillas named Basil and Liam. His first published novel, The Gift-Knight’s Quest, is slated for a May 28, 2015 release.

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A Conversation with Cassandra Charisse Carter

Written by Seth Ferranti

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Loves, Lies and Consequences is the latest book from urban fiction novelist Cassandra Charisse Carter, who hails from Reading, Pennsylvania but ended up in Michigan. At the age of 14 Cassandra signed a deal with Kimani Tru, a young adult imprint of Harlequin Inc. Her first novel, Fast Life, first explores the life of Kyra Jones, who again is the main character in Cassandra’s new book.Kyra lives an adventurous life and barely manages to escape the streets of Chicago with her life and freedom. But an ex-lover comes back into her life and all hell breaks loose in Loves, Lies and Consequences. Definitely check the book out but first check out this interview. An exclusive on Urban Literary Review.

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Why did you become an author?

I’ve always loved to write. It didn’t matter what it was. And even though the idea of becoming an author was appealing to me, I never really thought it would happen. Growing up, I thought the only way for me to write for a living was to become a journalist. That was up until I had the dream that inspired me to write, Fast Life.

Now, I will admit, at 14-years-old, becoming a published author wasn’t the goal. I didn’t even want anyone to read what I had written – not that that could stop my family from passing it around behind my back. My grandmother was actually one of the first to encourage me to take the steps to get published. It was my family’s love and support that gave me the confidence I needed to go forward.

I was still in high school when I signed my contract with Harlequin although, truthfully, I never saw my writing as this “gift” until after I was published. For me, writing was just something I did. But now, it is so much more than that. Every time I see my name on the cover, I know this is what I am meant to do.

Describe what your books are about.

Heavily inspired by urban fiction, Fast Life is about a girl from Chicago named Kyra Jones. Drawn by the allure of fast money, designer clothes, and even faster cars, she relishes her role as a hustler’s girlfriend – until her mom receives a job promotion that threatens to pack them up and ship them out to a Caribbean island. In a matter of days, Kyra is torn from her hometown, and forced to leave everything – and everyone – she loves behind. Starting over in a new place, with a new boyfriend, Justin, gives Kyra hope that life can be different. But once her past starts to catch up to her Kyra’s only hope is to stay one step ahead of trouble.

16 Isnt Always Sweet introduces a completely new set of characters and conflicts. At the beginning of the book, readers catch Jordan Wright just as she is transforming into the cool 16-year-old she always imagined herself to be. So when she is approached about being in the hottest rapper’s new video, she has the confidence to go for it. She and her best friend, Adrienne, try out with hundreds of hopefuls, but only Jordan makes it. Adrienne seems fine with it. But when Jordan starts getting some serious attention, Adrienne turns into a hater. And after Jordan has an innocent in-the-hall conversation with Adrienne’s ex-boyfriend, Adrienne plots to ruin Jordan’s life by spreading rumors, writing stuff on the bathroom walls and telling Jordan she’d be better off dead. Suddenly Jordan’s popularity is fading. Forget sweet sixteen. She soon discovers that what she needs most is to find the strength to be herself.

What is the main theme that runs through your work?

Well, I started off writing Young Adult fiction for Kimani Tru, so they tackle a lot of teen issues like bullying, sex, self-esteem, etc. but I think you will find love at the core of all my stories. Whether it’s about loving yourself or loving someone else, there will always be obstacles and sacrifices, as well as triumphs. I think that is what makes romance so relatable. Even if they won’t admit it, everyone is looking for it. Everyone wants to be loved.

What is the new book about?

The sequel to my debut novel, Fast Life: Love, Lies & Consequences brings Kyra and Justin back together in their early 20’s, and a lot has changed – not just their age. Set in the beautiful Turks and Caicos, Love, Lies & Consequences follows forbidden lovers Kyra and Justin as they fight to keep their love alive. Entangled in five years worth of secrets, lies, and sabotage, it doesn’t take long before insecurities arise, temptation becomes too great, and accusations start to fly. With Justin already engaged to marry another woman, and Kyra involved in her own relationship, it doesn’t take long before a simmering jealousy sparks thoughts of murder. Soon they realize that while they are in control of their choices, they can’t choose the consequences. . . And someone has to pay.

What could you say to make someone want to read it?

One thing about me, I don’t write boring books. If you enjoy a quick, unpredictable page-turner full of drama and romance then pick up any one my titles. The beautiful thing about YA/ New Adult Fiction is that it can be enjoyed by all ages. I think what also makes me so unique as an author is the fact that I am the audience I am writing for. I’ve grown up with a large part of my audience so I think that makes it seem more authentic and real.

Do your stories reflect your journey in life and why?

Yes, and no. I say that because as an author I tend to be very observant so I can’t help but take bits and pieces of different people I’ve met or things I’ve experienced. Sometimes inspiration can come from the smallest things. But even if it is based off something/someone real I try to put my own spin on it. Most of what I write comes from my imagination. That’s the fun in being an author.

What is next for you literary wise?

Right now I am working on Paradise and Promises which will be the third and final installment in my “Fast Life Series” (even though I already have some readers asking for a part 4 LOL). I already have 5 chapters posted on Wattpad @CallMeMissCarta. I also have a proposal I am working on and an urban project in development that I am really excited about releasing next summer.

In the meantime, I am just enjoying the opportunities to promote/network with new readers and authors. Now that I am independent, I can only hope to expand upon what I have built in order to write full time. It is amazing to see how many people can relate to your characters and their stories, and I am happy that I can inspire others to pursue their dreams as well.

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You can follow Cassandra on Twitter or Instagram @CallMeMissCarta for all the latest in reviews, interviews, giveaways, and events!

 

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ULR Feature: Support Alpha Logo on RocketHub

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Alpha Logos, a new publishing company, just launched a RocketHub crowd-funder yesterday, and we’re offering various gifts for different levels of contributions. We need a bit of seed-capital to move things forward, so, please, pass along the link below to anyone you know who may be interested, and take a moment to watch the video. We raised $195 during the first 24 hours, and we have a modest goal of $7,000, which will allow us to publish the first novel (an epic fantasy) and then publish our second book.

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