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Free On Kindle Unlimited: 8th Round by T.C. O’Reilly

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The story is about a man named Jacob(Jakes) Patrick Wallace who is sent back in time over various lifetimes. He thus carries knowledge of a global plague called the Husk plague, that causes people to go crazy and bloodthirsty, that will spread throughout the earth and that leaves only him with the power and knowledge to try and stop it. Throughout the book he deals with various people in his life including a love interest named Julia Baldacci and his younger brother named Andy. This first book mainly sets the scene of the oncoming plague by giving glimpses of the future in 2017 etc but mainly plays out over a period starting from 1995 up to date. The ebola virus which ravaged west Africa during 2014 plays a central theme in the book and helps to set the pace of the oncoming plague. The antagonist in the story is for the first part mainly played by a man called Rudansky who forms part of a larger group of people which is mainly referred to as the Company. The Company helps to set the scene for a larger worldwide conspiracy which dates back as far as the early 1600’s. With the VOC as the main background of this conspiracy, hence the settings in Amsterdam. Jakes however also starts to develop certain abilities which helps him to be stronger, faster and even some psychic abilities which helps him throughout the book from time to time. Later in the book it becomes clearer that even the main antagonist Rudansky is merely a puppet for the bigger threat namely a man called Lord wittenheer who is the creator of the company and who has lived since the 1600’s. The book ends with Jakes still in 2014 facing off against the main antagonist in a dream that he had, setting the scene for the second book which bring us closer to the release of the actual virus and the effect it will have on civilization, with the virus taking a equal but secondary role to Jake’s main battle with the company who is still trying to reclaim the world as their own.

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I love time travel stories because there are so many ways to both fix things and screw them up even worse using time travel as a tool, and fictional tales can really explore these to no end. Author TC O’Reilly has written an awesome post-apocalyptic story that incorporates time travel as a potential solution with his “8th Round”. The story of Jacob (or Jakes), who is working to eradicate a global plague that presumably started many decades prior, yet it turns out that there is an element involved that is centuries old. There are some good twists in this one and I think that this is going to be a fantastic series.“- Amazon Reviewer

ULR Feature: Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War

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Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War details author and Professor Mary Lawlor’s unconventional upbringing in Cold War America. Memories of her early life—as the daughter of a Marine Corps and then Army father—reveal the personal costs of tensions that once gripped the entire world, and illustrate the ways in which bold foreign policy decisions shaped an entire generation of Americans, defining not just the ways they were raised, but who they would ultimately become. As a kid on the move she was constantly in search of something to hold on to, a longing that led her toward rebellion, to college in Paris, and to the kind of self-discovery only possible in the late 1960s.

A personal narrative braided with scholarly, retrospective reflections as to what that narrative means, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter zooms in on a little girl with a childhood full of instability, frustration and unanswered questions such that her struggles in growth, her struggles, her yearnings and eventual successes exemplify those of her entire generation.

From California to Georgia to Germany, Lawlor’s family was stationed in parts of the world that few are able to experience at so young an age, but being a child of military parents has never been easy. She neatly outlines the unique challenges an upbringing without roots presents someone struggling to come to terms with a world at war, and a home in constant turnover and turmoil. This book is for anyone seeking a finer awareness of the tolls that war takes not just on a nation, but on that nation’s sons and daughters, in whose hearts and minds deeper battles continue to rage long after the soldiers have come home.

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“I so related to Mary Lawlor’s book. As an American Army Brat growing up in Okinawa, England and Germany, I always felt like an outsider and longed to put down roots and be a “normal American”. Ms. Lawlor captures so beautifully that feeling of wanting to be part of a tribe that is continually shifting. Her descriptions of the Cold War events that shaped her youth are vivid and engaging. Ultimately, one finishes the book realizing that “home is where the heart is”. I loved this book! “- Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

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Mary Lawlor grew up in a military family during the Cold War.  Her father was a decorated fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific during World War II, flew missions in Korea, and did two combat tours in Vietnam. His family followed him from base to base and country to country during his years of service. Every two or three years, Mary, her three sisters, and her mother packed up their household and moved. By the time she graduated from high school, they had shifted homes fourteen times. These displacements, plus her father’s frequent absences and brief, dramatic returns, were part of the fabric of her childhood, as were the rituals of base life and the adventures of life abroad.

As Mary came of age, tensions grew between the patriotic, Catholic culture of her upbringing and the values of the countercultural sixties. By the time she dropped out of the American College in Paris in 1968, she faced her father, then posted in Saigon, across a deep political divide.  Inevitably, the war came home.  The fighter pilot, without knowing it, had taught his daughter how to fight back.

Years of turbulence followed.  Then, after working in Germany, Spain and Japan, Mary went on to graduate school at NYU, earned a Ph.D. and became a professor of literature and American Studies at Muhlenberg College.

She and her husband spend part of each year on a small farm in the mountains of southern Spain. More information is available at http://www.marylawlor.net.

ULR Feature: 8th Round by TC O’Reilly

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This first book mainly sets the scene of the oncoming plague by giving glimpses of the future in 2017 etc but mainly plays out over a period starting from 1995 up to date. The ebola virus which ravaged west Africa during 2014 plays a central theme in the book and helps to set the pace of the oncoming plague. The antagonist in the story is for the first part mainly played by a man called Rudansky who forms part of a larger group of people which is mainly referred to as the Company. The Company helps to set the scene for a larger worldwide conspiracy which dates back as far as the early 1600’s. With the VOC as the main background of this conspiracy, hence the settings in Amsterdam. Jakes however also starts to develop certain abilities which helps him to be stronger, faster and even some psychic abilities which helps him throughout the book from time to time. Later in the book it becomes clearer that even the main antagonist Rudansky is merely a puppet for the bigger threat namely a man called Lord Wittenheer who is the creator of the company and who has lived since the 1600’s. Later in the book it also becomes clear that this man also happens to be the father of our main character unbeknownst to the main character though which is off course only revealed to him at the very ending of the book. The book ends with Jakes still in 2014 facing off against his father in a dream that he had, setting the scene for the second book which bring us closer to the release of the actual virus and the effect it will have on civilization, with the virus taking a equal but secondary role to Jake’s main battle with the company who is still trying to reclaim the world as their own.

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“This book features a romantic subplot with a unique twist that I liked. I was very pleased to see a romantic subplot in a Sci Fi book that was just that – a subplot. I didn’t feel that it overwhelmed the actual story at any point, but remained in the wings to sprinkle a little tension here and there.” – Amazon Review

ULR Feature: The Adventure of the Notable Bachelorette – A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Craig Stephen Copland

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A blue-blooded snobbish English lord come to 221B Baker Street. His much younger wife, a beautiful, independent American, has vanished and he knows she has been kidnapped. Sherlock Holmes has to find her.

Three days later a terrible crime take place and the wife is accused of it. Now she seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes.

Neither husband nor wife are paragons of Victorian virtue.

So who did it? Was it the wife? The mistress? The younger brother?

Set in Victorian London and using the themes and characters familiar to Sherlock Holmes fans, this mystery will keep readers guess and trying to follow the clues that Sherlock discovers. It is modeled on the original story, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

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“Craig Stephen Copland’s newest book, The Adventure of the Notable Bachelorette is a fun read, full of intrigue, deception and mystery. Sherlock Holmes was ready to chase pompous Lord St. Simon out of his office until the pretentious English lord convinces him that his beautiful American wife has been kidnapped. Never one to ignore a challenge, Holmes and Dr. Watson begin their search only to be met by an odd turn of events when newly accused Lady St. Simon seeks their help instead. Despite the scandalous reputations of both the lord and lady, Holmes feels compelled to solve this mystery. I love the timeframe and setting of Victorian England, and the familiar characters of Sherlock Holmes classics. Mr. Copland has once again kept my attention throughout this book. “- Amazon Review

ULR Feature: Prince of the City by Jason Poole

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Malik Perry is the son of Michael, a ruthless gangster who is regarded as the King of Southeast, one of the worst sections of our nations capitol and infamously known as the concrete jungle . A smart ambitious hustler who eagerly wanted to retire from the game and live a normal life with his wife and son, but something goes wrong before he quits. Malik, the heir to his throne, is too young to understand yet old enough to listen. Now left to be raised by his aunt Linda, a female hustler with connections, Malik takes a journey through life on the opposite side of the city where he becomes equipped with every valuable lesson to be learned on the gritty streets of Washington D.C. In his quest for riches while climbing the ladder of success, Malik meets two people that could ultimately change his mind of becoming the next king. Rico, a friend who’d become the brother he always wanted, and Peaches a love he never knew. Love, trust, and betrayal laced with every ingredient the streets have to offer.

About the Author

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Jason Poole is the author of three urban bestselling classics: Larceny Part I, Convict’s Candy, and Victoria’s Secret. He is also a screenwriter, who has written several movies as well as the executive producer of a budding reality show slated for production. Now serving as president and CEO of his own publishing house Gangster Chronicles Books, Jason is currently working on his memoir titled, Products of Our Environment, and the release of his first novel under his own imprint.

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“Jason Poole…Love this guy! This story was constantly moving. There was no down time at all. It is a street banger for real! People were getting there head busted at every turn. The action was crazy and the drama was crazy. Life on the streets of D.C. ain’t no joke and Michael Perry is the King. Until he is betrayed by the one man he trusts the most. Now his son, Malik wants to take his rightful place as the Prince of the same streets that took out his family out. With the help of his Aunt Linda, teaching him the ways of the streets and his friend Rico, being his brother in crime, he has worked his way up to surpassing the role of Prince to his role of becoming the King of the city. You got to read this book and let Jason Poole take you on Malik’s journey to becoming not just a King, but a Man!” – Amazon  Review

ULR Feature: Daddy’s Girl by Elizabeth Bourgeret

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daddygirlsWhen tragedy strikes and his youngest daughter is killed in a car accident, James Carrigan, much sought after mechanic, buckles under the sadness and walks away from his life to deal with his demons, leaving eight year old Danni Carrigan behind.

Ten years later, when James decides to step back into fatherhood, he finds that his little girl is no longer little… and no longer “his”. Her heart had been broken and her trust has been shattered. And she doesn’t need a Daddy… She put everything that reminded her of him out of her life. She had a new life now. There is no room for tools and grease in a buttons and bows kind of world.

All of his years of experience putting engines back together and all the expensive tools that reshape metal forms has made him the most sought after classic car mechanic but it won’t help him put Danni Carrigan’s broken heart back together again. Can James Carrigan repair the damage he has caused or will his efforts fall short?

Or is there even such a thing a second chances…

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Read this entire book in a day! I’ve read her other books too, and I liked this one just as much. This one is a lighter read, but there are still plenty of moments that get you right in the feels!
The photos throughout the book are adorable too! Apparently the author’s granddaughter is the girl on the cover. Precious.
In short; book was great. Ready for the next!

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ULR Feature: What Grows in Heavy Rain: Winner of the 2015 Doris Lippman Prize in Creative Writing

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Two Americans, two Costa Ricans and two Nicaraguans struggle through the rainy season in a small gated community in La Garita, Costa Rica. Through the rain and budding fruit, they battle through terminal illness, poverty, boredom, ex-husbands, theft, and sexual assault. The Costa Rican air has a way of turning even the most logical mind wild with passion.

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Richly developed and with an occasional sense of humor to temper the more serious parts, “What Grows in Heavy Rain” proved a lovely escape for an afternoon. Eliza’s small, quiet retreat provides the backdrop for a host of interesting characters, including Nicaraguan Luis who can fix anything and has bullet wound scars in his back, Americans Clara and Suzie who have their own reasons for escaping to Costa Rica, businessman Richard who probably should do some more walking, the amusingly named Sweater Vest, and more. Their stories intertwine and touch on all your emotions, from laughing as Esperanza discovers things she never knew existed in Richard’s room to sadness over Luis’s wife and his memories of his mother, to disgust at Richard’s reaction to pretty much everything. The writing just flows, sweeping you along as all these individual stories unfold. The characters are all so complex, and just when you think you have a handle on them they reveal something new that changes your perspective. Excellent story, brilliantly written and worth reading more than once.

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