ULR Feature: Soul Choice by Elizabeth Kirke

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Forget everything you know… about magic…

Jen doesn’t know who people keep mistaking her for, but one thing is clear: her mystery double is not popular. When Jen is kidnapped by a group bent on revenge for something she never did, it’s up to her friends to rescue her. Little do they know, Jen’s captors are ready for them.

Thomas, TS, Charlie, Dani, and Mariana become the latest victims of a malicious experiment, one which could spell doom for magic-kind. Now their lives, and maybe their entire world, are in Jen’s hands. Unfortunately, escaping the facility is the least of their problems. The experiment is dangerous; one in three test subjects dies. And considering five of them are affected, the odds don’t look good.

Time is running out and Jen and her friends are faced with the hardest decisions they’ve ever had to make; how do you know who to trust, when your own mother isn’t who you thought she was? Just how much will you sacrifice for a friend, even if it’s your life?

And how can you make a choice when the wrong one means death?

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Book Review

“This book was simply amazing, the journey of emotions that you go through will astound you. I laughed, cried, gasped, squealed, and felt terrified for these characters I have come to know and love over the course of three books. A one point I actually had to put down my reader just to let my emotions settle enough for me to continue on. In short this book is one of the best books I have read in years, and I know that I will be reading it (and more by such a talent story-weaver as Elizabeth) for years to come. “- Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

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Elizabeth Kirke wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn’t stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn’t long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn’t be happier now that that dream is a reality.

If she isn’t writing…well, let’s be honest; if she isn’t writing she’s probably on Facebook thinking that she should start writing. But, if she isn’t writing or on Facebook, she’s probably doing something involving books, baking, gardening, or yarn. In an ideal world, she’d be reading and knitting while something from the garden is in the oven. Then again, in an ideal world, she’d have a flock of ducks and a couple of goats.

Like most slightly-nosy, avid readers, Elizabeth can’t resist trying to catch a peek at books she sees people reading when out in public to see if she can figure out what it is. While doing just that one day, she realized that it would probably be the coolest-thing-ever if she caught a complete stranger reading one of her books. That’s her new dream.

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A Wiccan Harry Potter?

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Airion is the first book out in the new series Carrie: A Magickal Series by author L.M.Halls. Halls has been a lifelong student of the occult. As a Wiccan priestess she has faced many challenges and journeys much like the main character in her book. She has devoted herself to her craft and forged a fine novel that will leave you speed reading and wanting more. He work takes a close look at the darker side of the human soul but still shows that the light and beauty can be the most positive thing despite the situation one might find themselves in. But don’t take it from me, lets get to the interview and her comments on what the book is about and a multitude of other things.

What is your book about?
The protagonist of Airion is Carrie, a Wiccan psychic and spiritual counselor working in an occult shop. Things start to get messy for Carrie when she crosses paths with a cult that has a very entrepreneurial view of spirituality and their practices drain followers financially and energetically. New members are not the cult’s goal in entering her space; their primary interest is the ley line that runs under the store and extends along the eastern seaboard. A ley line is an energetic current that flows through the Earth similar to chi through the body’s meridians in Traditional Chinese medicine or prana in a yoga practice. Carrie learns that she is meant to battle for the line and maintain the balance in the magickal currents across the country. The concept of ley lines was important to me because we are inextricably connected to nature and I wanted to look at how our actions impact the earth in a variety of ways.

Airion literally translates to iron and ultimately when our protagonist, Carrie, has to tackle her mission she finds the iron within her to withstand and overcome the obstacles that are ahead for her.

On a larger level, Airion is about the importance of the choices we make every day and how we create who we become through the combination of events beyond our control and very personal decisions that determine our openness to accepting a purpose in our life.

How do you incorporate the Wiccan religion into it?
Carrie is a Wiccan – living with the creed of harm ye none – and the practice of the Craft is what inspires her to embrace her gifts and work as a psychic and Wiccan teacher. In the book you do see the realities of a modern witch casting spells, working in her apothecary, and communicating with the Divine, through the many faces of the Goddess as well as Archangels, who for me are messengers of the Divine and not the property of any specific religion. Her battles are metaphysical and her ability to astral project forms the landscape for the battles to come.

I hope the message that love is the greatest power of all shines through. Let’s face it, we all want telekinesis, but the most powerful gift we all have is love. It heals us and allows us to heal others. I share some of the same tools I use with my clients in the book and I hope that they help people to look at their own fears and the false messages through which they look at their lives.

I think my anger at the exploitation of what should be a path for love and beauty played a role in writing this book as well. I love Wicca because you only explore it if it feels right for you and it provides so many avenues to peace. I am disturbed by many of the New Age gurus who have emerged selling ridiculous promises to desperate people. It would be naïve to think that the metaphysical world would not be plagued by as many con artists as any other religious space. For me this work is a calling and every person who is selling pipe dreams instead of real tools and help is undermining the healing our clients need.

Is it a fantasy novel? Why or why not?
Personally, I prefer to call it magical realism. Yes, for the larger public, Airion is fantasy. Astral projection, ley lines, psychic gifts and demons – these are generally the property of the fantasy genre. For me, writing the book was very personal and as a Wiccan these are all elements that I am familiar with and have experienced. The witches I have talked to about the book were struck by the accuracy of the representation so I think it all comes down to your point of view. I do want to make clear, however, that this is a work of fiction. I found the roots in stories that were shared with me from Wiccans across the country about dark practitioners not understanding the dangers in casting spells on major portals for their own use and catapulted from there.

Who is your target reader? What books are they reading?
I find that many of us are looking for a bigger purpose or meaning to life and though I had White witches as my target reader, the book is written in a fast paced, easy to read style that any casual reader of metaphysical thrillers would enjoy. I am very disturbed by so many of the mass media images of witches and I wanted to create something that real witches could read and say, “Finally, that’s me.” I also want to reach Indigos and this new generation that feels drawn to have an impact on the world.

So many of the books written for Wiccans are non-fiction and I know that various grimoires are a big piece of what they are reading, as well as fantasy thrillers and supernatural romance and I think that my book has those elements. For me, if you enjoyed the Caster Chronicles, which became the movie Beautiful Creatures, I think you would really enjoy Airion.

What made you decide to write this book?
Books have always been a crucial part of my life and my road to understanding so writing was the natural tool for exploring these ideas that were tumbling in my head. Growing up we moved every year and my grandmother sent me care packages of books that became my most treasured items. In graduate school I fell in love with Post-Modernism and Magical Realism and I am a rabid fan of Toni Morrison.

Storytelling is the way a culture shares their values, explores their fears, and creates their heroes. Working with individuals every day who are struggling to find happiness really made me want to examine these feelings of alienation and the search for personal meaning.

It’s interesting, I was talking to a Master Astrologer the other day and apparently when I decided to start writing I had some transits occurring in my chart that only happen once every 140 years. So in a way, I was answering the call of the universe to let loose the reins on my subconscious.

Who is Carrie based off of?
Carrie is based on all of us – we all want to stand against the exploitation in the world, and provide love and guidance to help others find happiness. We all have struggled with societal expectations that do not honor who we really are. I really hope that all readers find a piece of themselves in her – in her struggles and her success.

What would you say to someone to get them to read your work for the first time?
I have tried to give voice to the common aspirations we all have – finding peace, love, and a little Magick in our lives. I also hope that if you have any curiosity to see how a psychic and a white witch lives then this book is a great choice. Obviously as a work of fiction, it is also written to be a page turner and something that you can easily transport you – it’s a fun read, which will leave you inspired and viewing the world with a different perspective.

What is next in the series?
Pushing Lines is scheduled to be released July 31st. I don’t want to give any spoilers so I will just say that the first book focused on Carrie’s local vicinity. The next battle for the ley lines will take her on a national level. Carrie is mad as hell and struggling to keep a grasp on right and wrong and I will confess, so far it has been a lot of fun. I am looking forward to seeing how people respond to it.

About the Author

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L. M. Halls has been a lifelong student of both the occult and literature. As a Wiccan priestess and spiritual counselor she works with individuals to develop the tools to build a strong sense of self, even when life has presented extraordinary challenges. As an author she enjoys strong protagonists confronting the big life questions in landscapes that allow for some fun. By necessity her work addresses the darker side of the human soul but there is always enough beauty to balance what might otherwise seem a dire human condition.

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ULR Feature: Clear Clutter, Clear Your Mind: New e-Book Highlights, The Benefit of Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle

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Clear Clutter, Clear Your Mind: New e-Book Highlights, The Benefit of Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle
The frenzied materialistic quest for ever more possessions which many people engage in is nothing more than a relic from an earlier episode in American history and most of us would be happier and healthier by distancing ourselves from that quest and adopting a simpler lifestyle. That is the central message of True Minimalism: Lifestyle of the Now a new e-book, which, appropriately launch’s today in preparation for the United Nations’ World Environment Day (WED), June 5, 2015.
The e-book’s author, Carey Harris, explores the nature of minimalism and explains how adopting a minimalist lifestyle can benefit anyone affected by the stress of contemporary life as well as allowing people to make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others both in the immediate neighborhood and in the world. Harris explains how today’s preoccupation with materialism contributes to a physically and mentally unhealthy environment and demonstrates how such approaches as prioritizing quality over quantity of possessions, seeking items which can be used for multiple purposes and implementing a more minimalist lifestyle can deliver an improved quality of life and help people to be not only healthier and happier, but also more creative and productive in their everyday lives.
Carey Harris is also the author of The Guide to Financial Success Using PR (2012) and co-founder of S&H Public Relations, which is dedicated to raising the profile of talented up-and-coming independent artists whose work is often overlooked. He believes that the time is now for people to focus on what is really important in their lives, without the distraction of unnecessary clutter around them. He says: “American life is changing and old materialistic ways are no longer relevant or even healthy or wise. Living with unnecessary clutter has been shown to stress both the body and the mind; people can improve their health and the quality of their lives by freeing themselves of items that do not serve any useful purpose or have any sentimental value.”
True Minimalism: Lifestyle of the Now is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Etsy, iTunes, Kobo Books and Google Store.
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Bringing Black Literature Back To Mainstream Media w/ Bestselling Author Tamika Newhouse

A problem that’s plagued the literary community for years upon end is the lack of recognition and media attention that black authors get in the mainstream media. Of course big name authors with remarkable PR teams, years of experience and possible backing from a corporate publisher get their just due but what about the independent authors? As social networking has made it easier to connect with our author peers and cultivate nationwide fan bases like never before, it’s also caused the industry to become oversaturated. With over 100,000 books coming out every year, how will yours be recognized?

AAMBC AwardsThe narrative that’s swept black America over the past year is economic empowerment. Why beg for someone to include us when we are more than capable, with our trillion dollars of spending power, to produce our own? Not everyone is waiting for a handout by the corporate infrastructure. Tamika Newhouse has set up to create a literary based awards ceremony that even rivals that of the music and entertainment industry.

Ms. Newhouse is the bestselling, award winning author of sixteen books, most notably The Ultimate No No Series. Her accolades include being honored with the E. Lynn Harris, named after legendary African-American author E. Lynn Harris who left a foot hole in the industry with his innovation before his passing in 2009. Ms. Newhouse is hosting her inaugural awards ceremony for her AAMBC (African American On The Move Book Club) on June 13th at 6:00. Recently, I got a chance to talk about the event and the importance of recognizing African-American authors in an industry that seems to look past them.

Randall: What was your inspiration behind creating the AAMBC Awards

Tamika Newhouse: The inspiration for the awards show was given to me in response to the irritation of not having a platform that celebrated our writers and their works. We are artists too but we are the last to ever be talked about in mainstream media. We aren’t in or on the cover of magazines, we aren’t on radio shows, we don’t grace the red carpet events, we don’t have billboards or commercials on television but we are indeed artists. Why should these platforms only be given to musicians and actors? Creating the AAMBC Awards is giving African American writers our Grammys.

Randall: What differentiates the AAMBC Awards from other literary based award shows such as the African American Literary Awards Show?

Tamika Newhouse: My main  goal with these awards is to build a consistent platform. Our show is a production that not only is entertaining but we have modeled it to mirror that of the BET or Grammys awards. Our goal is to reflect what is accepted in mainstream media and, with brining that element into play and staying consistent, we plan for the AAMBC Awards to be the mecca event for the black book industry. The award show based in New York lacked consistency and effort to ensure it was a smoothly ran operation. You could see over the years that the quality of that awards show was deteriorating.

Randall: How are the nominees and categories chosen?

Tamika Newhouse: The nominees are sent in through public suggestions. An open poll is created and we ask the public to submit their favorites. From there our board of directors cypher through the submissions and look at the quality of work, the brand/artist themselves, and collectively go from there. If an author doesn’t campaign for nominees then obviously they more likely won’t be nominated.

Randall: How important is winning an award to the career of an author?

It is very important nowadays since the word “bestselling” is overused and holds little credit or merit these days. To be able to state that you are an award-winning author is a proud moment. This is one of the reasons why the awards were created. I wanted rising stars to have the chance of being honored with an accolade.

Randall: One of your mottos for the awards is that you want to push urban literature to the mainstream. What motivated you to pursue this tremendous feat?

Tamika Newhouse: Because it is a hard and tedious feat. Not many people hold a platform or desire to be different and to take on a challenge and I am the opposite of that. I have planned and mediated on developing this show for over a year to ensure it was done correctly. The vision for these awards is to attract attention from mainstream media outlets and be the premiere event for African American writers.

Randall: In your opinion, what is a mainstream author and how would an author get to that point in this landscape.

Tamika Newhouse: My definition of a “mainstream author” is an author with a consistent fan base, full length quality novels, professional covers and editing. These authors also are incredibly visible, getting out to meet fans and hold events. Being an author is an art and you wouldn’t see someone like Jay Z put out an album and not tour and promote it now would you? An author should look at themselves as a brand and should strive to always ensure they are reinventing themselves with each project.

Randall: Does having a contract with a corporate publisher matter in giving an author a mainstream push?

Tamika Newhouse: No it doesn’t. Publishing is made easy these days and it doesn’t mean you have a large publishing deal/contract. It’s all about your presentation and your supporters. Many self-published authors sell and make just as much or more as authors with publishing contract with major publishers.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What do you say to them?

Tamika Newhouse: I was a young dreamer. I had dreamed of being an author when I was twelve. I became a teen mother unfortunately but yet I still launched my company at 20 years old. It all starts with a dream and then you follow up with action. Don’t just sit and wait for an opportunity to come to you; create your opportunity. And don’t say you don’t know how when google can be your best friend.

Randall: What’s next on the horizon for your brand?

Tamika Newhouse: Well I am launching a few different companies and a web series called Lit Ish. I will begin to plan out the 2016 AAMBC Literary Awards and maintain the launch of Mahogany Red Books. I am also still writing and releasing books yearly.

You can Find Tamika Newhouse at:

www.TamikaNewhouse.com

Twitter @TamikaNewhouse

Instagram@BossladyTamika

Facebook.com/bossladytamikanewhouse

The inaugural AAMBC Literary Awards Ceremony is June 13th at 6:00 PM EST. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event, bringing black authors into the mainstream! Details below:

Tickets for the Lit Ish “Voices Behind Black Fiction” discussion w/ Mary B. Morrison, Nicki Turner and T. Styles occurring from 12:00 to 3:30 PM EST can be purchased at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/litish-debut-series-voices-behind-black-fiction-with-mary-b-morrison-nikki-turner-and-t-styles-tickets-16448616254

Tickets for the awards ceremony can be purchased at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-aambc-literary-awards-admission-tickets-tickets-15084627527

The Randall Barnes Experience

-We came, we saw, we conquered! My debut publishing effort “Riverview High: Circumstances” reached #2 on the Amazon charts! Check it out on Amazon today. Don’t forget to leave a review!

http://www.amazon.com/Riverview-High-Circumstances-Young-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00O2FCWGY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

-“The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” is out now! Make sure to go get it!

http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Aaliyah-Anderson-Randall-Barnes/dp/0988762196/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404822785&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Diary+Of+Aaliyah+Anderson

Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Was I right or wrong on this issue? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

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ULR Feature: Divide And Conquer (Champions of Elonia Book)

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Divide and Conquer (Champions of Elonia, Book 1)
by Carmen Fox
Published by Champagne Books, March 2, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy (with strong romance elements)

Two women. One prophecy. Zero places to hide.

Flung from her mundane Seattle existence into a world of magic, scientist Lea struggles to make sense of a destiny she doesn’t want. The moment she finds comfort in the arms of a man who appreciates her inner nerd, a new magic sweeps the realms.

Nieve, Lea’s instructor, may be seasoned in the art of war, but she’s clueless when it comes to romance. To save her world, she allies herself with her enemy, a kindred warrior soul, who leaves no doubt he’s after more than her cooperation.

As each tick of the clock swallows another person’s memory, Lea and Nieve will do anything to hang on to theirs, but betrayal drives a wedge in their friendship. Can they reconcile and rally the troops before the magic wipes out their pasts?

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Book Reviews

“Urban Fantasy doesn’t get better than DIVIDE & CONQUER. Action, excitement, and 2 kick-ass heroines to root for fill this rich, complex and dynamic world. Carmen Fox does not disappoint!” ~National & USA Today Bestselling author Anna J Stewart

“This is a wonderful beginning to a new series.” ~Paranormal Romance Guild

“Fox does a wonderful job of capturing every gritty detail, and writing from a point that gets you amped up for these awesome characters.” ~Thatentertains

“I give this a 4.5 fang review.” ~Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

“This is a must-read book whether you like urban fantasy or not, and if you aren’t sure about fantasy in general, it’s likely that Fox will change your mind.” ~Red City Review

“If you’re looking for an action-packed read with multifaceted, courageous characters and a little bit of romance, this is the book for you.” ~Authors To Watch

“Carmen Fox is the author to watch. Her debut novel, DIVIDE AND CONQUER, is a smart, exciting book with twists and turns that will keep your interest piqued.” ~Julie LaVoie, YA Author

Excerpt

NIEVE

I dropped my magical defenses, allowing my luster to envelop me in a powerful light. Without the sun’s ready supply of energy, that meant using some of my precious resources.

“Holy crap.” Lea jumped out of her bed and squeezed against the far wall of the room.

Finally, some reaction. “It’s called luster.” I twirled to prove I wasn’t hiding a flashlight behind my back. “It’s a by-product of an Elonian’s affinity with light. Anyone sensitive to magic can see it unless I suppress it.”

In my mind, rows of thick bricks piled one on top of another around me, extinguishing my luster.

“A-are you an angel?” Her airless voice barely traveled the distance between us.

I kinked back my head and laughed. “Definitely not.”

She unglued herself from the wall and took a few steps toward her bed. “You said I’m an Elonian. Why don’t I shine?”

“You can’t see your own luster, but it’s there. Without the training to suppress it, you’re a living flame to the Shades. It’s the reason they call us Sparks. It’s also how they’ll identify you. You know, before they kill you.”

About the Author

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Carmen Fox lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and, in addition to native-level German, she speaks fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.

She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.
Expect to be kept guessing.

Visit her blog at http://www.carmen-fox.com.