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ULR Feature: Angel’s Prophecy by Kira Shay

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Ryan Gregory shouldn’t exist. As the only known progeny of two angels, he is considered a blasphemy and extremely dangerous. With both Heaven and Hell out to kill him Ryan has spent his entire life on the run with his eccentric Uncle Azra. One would think that dodging Fallen Ones and hiding from the Heavenly Host would be enough to keep anyone busy, but there’s also the small matter of Ryan being the harbinger of an angelic prophecy predicting the end of the war between Heaven and Hell. The problem? Ryan needs to find a specific human to help him fulfill his destiny and he has no idea where to start. Enter the mysterious Stella Evangeline. Ryan finds a powerful connection with her even as she throws everything he thought he knew about the prophecy into question. The discovery of a heavenly weapon hidden on earth has Ryan’s time shortened and his list of enemies growing. To keep either side from finding the weapon, he must chase after his destiny and save the world in order to prove that he should exist after all.

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Book Review

“This book had me hooked on page one. Loving on Azra . Kira Shay is an amazing writer. I was able to see each character as if I were watching a movie. I got angry, I got flirty, I got hurt, and I laughed. A lot. It’s got action, fantasy, love, and everything in between. You gotta read it. I can’t wait for the next book. Step aside Twilight there’s a new series in town.”- Amazon Reviewer

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ULR Feature: The Power & Intelligence of Karma & Reincarnation by Dharma

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In the distant past, life was pretty harsh – most work was manual labor, medicine was primitive and there was little law & order – the perfect opening to religions that promised an easy afterlife. Life was mocked as sin, “up there” awaited a magical land of plenty. These religions kept us weak, God made in the image of the local King reduced followers down to slaves/servants, down on their knees begging for mercy and seeking pity. This book asks for a paradigm change – are we still weak? Do we still think we can just run away from problems? This book is for the Strong, the Warrior, for those who see Life as a Great Gift from God, God as our Teacher, as we build the paradise right here on Earth and make Her Proud of us! Create & build a great Future for all life on earth. Only Reincarnation gives us such an opportunity.

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Book Review

“I believe in reincarnation and in karma and I’m a Christian. This book actually made me take a step back and observe my life. We all have lessons in each of our lives we need to learn. In some lives we do not learn those lessons and they carry on into the next one through karma. I actually never thought about it in the way the way the author talked about it.

I also never thought about what I could do for God. We all think about what He can do in our lives and in many ways we forget to ask Him about what we can do for Him. Take a look at this book and open your mind to cleaning out the negative and bring in the good karma!” – Amazon Review

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ULR Feature: After by David Wardrop

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AFTER by David Wardop is a story about mental anguish and suicide told in two parts. Keith Campbell is a quiet and shy boy who loves comic books and science fiction until he begins to contemplate suicide. The first part of the story, which is told in reverse order, describes the world of tragedy that is left after Keith dies with his family struggling to understand why he kills himself. The second half of the story, on the other hand, describes the world that Keith lives in because he did not commit suicide. This is a reflective and revealing account of one person’s mental struggle with suicide and the effect that it has on his health and those who care about him.

What sets this novel apart is the fact that Keith takes his own life right and the novel opens after his death attempting to illustrate Keith’s rationale for his suicide. The novel is, at first, depressing, sombre and dark, yet it progressively gets more blithe and hopeful. The novel’s conclusion is ironic and thought-provoking, and the reader has to remind himself/herself that although the novel ends on a positive note, because of the manner in which the narrative has been presented, this is not necessarily the case.

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About the Author

David Keith Wardrop is 23 years old and lives in Bearsden in Glasgow. Currently, David is a full-time gardener at Ruchill Park in Glasgow and has written two other full-length novels entitled “Sexanto” and “The Gardens of Zarma”, along with various short stories for magazines. His main literary influence is Philip K. Dick and his futuristic stories such as “Minority Report” and “Counter-Clock World”. Other works that have inspired him include Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Brain K. Vaughn and his comics “Ex Machina”. David aspires to be a prolific sci-fi writer, and the thought of being published helps him to cope with his depression and envision a brighter future for himself.

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Book Extract

Mary woke up a few minutes before lunch. She lay in bed, staring at the white ceiling, listening to the bird song outside the window. She thought how peaceful the house must look from the outside, the walls and roof so still, giving no indication of the devastation that had happened. Those birds’ songs seemed so magical weeks ago; now they were another function of nature, noises in the trees indicating another morning. On her way to the kitchen she paused and looked down the hallway that led to Keith’s room. Was she strong enough to go in there? She had not been in this morning, though that was by accident. The last time she had entered Keith’s room was on his funeral two days ago. She nearly went crazy; it seemed so vast without Keith sitting in the middle of the room, playing his computer games.

Mary was halfway through cleaning the dishes when the urge to venture into her son’s room arose. She did not know why. She knew it would hurt her, but she went anyway, pulled down the hall by an overwhelming unseen tide. She flicked on the light switch; the curtains had still remained closed, as they had been on the day Keith had left the house for the last time. Mary tiptoed across the room as she had done many times. It wasn’t that the room was messy; on the contrary, Keith’s things were always carefully stacked. It was just that there was so much stuff that one wrong step could send all the books, magazines and comics into a domino that really would make the bedroom messy.

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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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Book Review

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: Blaque Widow by Allison Grace

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Blaque WidowTaryn Durand believed in happily ever after but the man she married didnt believe in her. After being married to someone that didn’t love her or want her happiness she sought it out on her own in a way no one imagined. Taryn eventually gets her mind, body and soul right and in that she meets Asher. There’s something different about Asher yet he knows there’s something different about Taryn. Soon the differences that keep them apart will bring them together and they will be fighting to either stay together or live their lives separately. Will true love prevail?

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About the Author

Meet Allison Edwards formerly known as Essence M & now known as “Allison Grace”. The beautiful brain behind Illuminnessence Publishing, founded in 2007 by this avid writer/ reader who began her love affair with words at a tender age. Allison went on to create an extensive catalog of unpublished works including poetry & short stories.
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Allison’s passion for words began in early childhood, she had always been fond of reading about life, love, poetry and short stories. As she matured, she challenged herself to hone her craft, exploring various story lines and navigating into the tumultuous world of adult relationships. Throughout her teen & young adult years she decided to put pen to paper and indulge one of her fantasies, to become a writer. Some of her favorite authors include Donald Goines, VC Andrews, Jackie Collins, Judy Blume and ZANE. This eccentric choice of novels allowed her to see different genres, writing styles and what they entailed. Each were very different and taught her alot with regards to target audiences, storylines, and descriptions. Nothing prepared her however for her venture into Urban Literature.Allison’s first experience with Urban Lit began when she, as an avid reader received a message from one who promoted for a brand new unknown publishing company and was seeking assistance in promoting novels. Members would receive a chance to win free books and other spectacular prizes. Allison jumped at the chance and was soon an official Street Team/Pep Squad member of the “Cartel Publications” spearheaded by Essence Best-selling Author T Styles and her partner Vice President, Charisse Washington. They both would play an important role in Allison’s literary career later on as mentors.

Their influences and support caused Allison to link up with KingPen A.S of HHEAT Magazine and she was able to co host a show with him featuring authors on Blog Talk Radio. Authors interviewed include K.D Harris, Jason Poole, Iesha Brown, and much more. This allowed Allison access to an industry untapped where new and established authors were able to speak with her regarding novels they wanted to promote. She then took on the responsibility of hosting her own radio show which showcased Authors such as Takerra Allen, Tanisha “Mahogani P” Pettiford as well as others. During this time, Allison shamelessly continued to promote The Cartel Publications and began writing her first novel.
It is with that unwavering tenacity that we’ve arrived at this point. Allison’s first venture into self publication “Broken Promises Never Mend” became available in paperback in January 2010. An amended version of which was released June 2010 in paperback, which features a new cover. It premiered on amazon for Kindle, as of June 2010 as well. Allison learned various lessons while putting this novel together. Some of which she’s still learning to this day and with every novel she improves her craft and tries harder. She proved that by releasing a follow up to her debut less than a year later showing naysayers that she wasnt a one hit wonder.

The sizzling sequel “Bound By Lies” debuted on amazon for Kindle, February 2011 to rave reviews and is still causing mouths to drop with an ending that rivals its predecessor. Both novels are considered an “underground success” and were edited by Brandie Randolph of Editing Couture. Allison followed up with a novel for the streets entitled “Bittersweet” which showed the world that she was here to stay. During a brief hiatus, Allison published a short story series that brought just as much drama as an entire season of “Scandal”.
Allison is currently focused on a collection of other works slated for release in 2014, under her new imprint “Full of Essence Publications”. The idea to reinvent herself came about with prayer and the desire to be so much more than she already established herself to be. Allison anticipates an abundance of blessings in 2014 beginning with work on other titles she’s got in store as well as promoting authors that seek her assistance in publishing. Recently Allison Grace was signed to an independent publisher “Peach Dollhouse Publications” spearheaded by Sevyn McCray and David Weaver of SBR Publications. Her novel under that imprint “PrePaid Mistress” debuted at number 5 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for African American women’s fiction. Allison followed up that success with “Bitch Clique Reloaded”. With many more titles expected under her belt, Allison’s pen is certainly on fire.”I was blessed to enter this industry and know how hard it is, so the least I can do is give back.” she says with a gleam in her eye and a smile on her face. This native New Yorker prides herself in assisting others and promotes literacy to her children.

This isn’t the end of Allison Grace and we can tell she’s got a long way to go but the rewards have been phenomenal.

ULR Feature: Rise by D. U. Okonkwo

A young artist paralyzed by past rejection
A life shackled by lies
A truth waiting to be discovered

In this thought-provoking debut, author D. U. Okonkwo weaves an emotionally intense tale of one young artist’s journey to overcome past rejection and discover the true source of self-esteem.

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At age eleven, Ria Ofor was caught in a fire that left her facially-scarred. Devastated by the apparent rejection by her father, Ria, now twenty-seven, is a gifted sculptress but lives a semi reclusive life. Avoiding art galleries and their consequent publicity, she sells her artwork online, scraping a living through online sales. But when she’s hit with a repossession notice on her home, it rocks the shaky foundations she’s been living on.

On borrowed time, Ria knows she must land a gallery contract in order to survive. That means stepping out of her comfort zone and coming face to face with what she’s spent the last sixteen years trying to avoid: rejection.But competition for lucrative gallery contracts is cut-throat, and Ria soon discovers that some artists will stop at nothing to keep the spoils of London’s glittering art world for themselves.Torn between the events of her past and the lies threatening to also destroy her future, Ria makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Provocative and inspirational, RISE is a story of scars, courage and enlightenment. It is also the story of a young woman forced to search inside herself to discover a truth that conquers all lies.

About the Author

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D. U. Okonkwo was born and raised in London, United kingdom. She writes contemporary fiction with strong spiritual (not religious but spiritual) elements.

An avid reader from childhood, she began writing her own stories at the age of ten. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Business with Spanish from Salford University.

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