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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 Allison went on to create an extensive catalog of unpublished works including poetry & short stories.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: Birth Pangs of the Tribulation: Revised Edition (End Times Tribulation Book 1) by Dr. Gary Michael Epping

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Nearly everyone, including myself, hope that the Rapture of the Church occurs before the start of the Tribulation, similar to the storyline that was characterized in the ‘Left Behind’ series. This is a recent concept that was only made popular by John Darby during the latter part of the 19th century. For the nineteen centuries prior to that time, most religious leaders held to a different view of when Jesus would return for His saints.

What if the Resurrection and Rapture did not occur at the beginning of the Great Tribulation? Would Christians lose their faith and follow the wooing of the Antichrist? Or would they return to the Bible to see if the Rapture might still occur at another time? These are some of the questions that went through the minds of the revival crusaders, as they watched the news about the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Mediterranean Brotherhood of Muslim nations.

Major shock waves reverberated throughout the Christian Church when no one was raptured and everyone was left behind, as Hans Auntay Khrysto negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. Faith becomes a central issue with some people growing stronger, and others falling away to follow the luring of the Antichrist. Those Christians who chose to endure were able to function within society by simply continuing to take the Great Commission into the world, and moving the local church underground during the growing persecution of the tribulation period. However, when the temple is desecrated during the middle of the Tribulation, people are forced to accept or reject the mark of the beast. Christians must flee and seek a place of refuge during the Great Tribulation or face certain execution.

The current book is a 2nd edition and has been completely revised and re-edited. It is part of a Tribulation Trilogy that includes, ‘Birth Pangs Of The Tribulation,’ ‘Tribulation Rising,” and ‘The Unfolding Of The Great Tribulation.’

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Book Review

“When I started reading this book I knew that It was going to be something new and different. It’s a story, but as a story it speculates some very serious theological possibilities. Of course this is nothing new, there’s thousands of books based on the theme of good vs. evil, god vs. the devil, etc. . Birth Pangs of the Tribulation is completely different from anything I’ve ever read. The whole concepts of the rapture, tribulation and judgement are described and brought to life in an epic and believable way. How would the worlds countries, religions, and organizations react to the Tribulation? This book has completely changed my entire perspective on religion and spirituality. Overall I would recommend this story to people who want a unique story on the concept of tribulation.” – Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

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Dr. Gary Michael Epping, PhD, received Bachelor and Graduate degrees in Business Administration, and was a University Professor for twenty-five years. During that time, he taught and published several scholarly articles about the business world. After a radical spiritual transformation at a long-running revival in the mid-1990’s, he subsequently received both Bachelor and Graduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology, in order to prepare himself and his family for spending eight years as missionaries in Thailand. The Epping family recently returned to America, and is currently living in Montana, where Michael is a minister, rancher, and writer. He presently has around ten books on Amazon Kindle, with the most recent being a revised edition of “Birthpangs of the Tribulation.”

ULR Feature: Between The Lines By Quevina Scarver

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When Isla first sees Ailbe, the exchange student, she thinks nothing of him, but after two years of him living with them she struggles with her intense feelings for him.

Isla fights with herself mentally to deny her very feelings for Ailbe because she is unsure of how he feels and dating him goes against the one house rule: No dating the exchange students. If something were to happen, then Ailbe will be sent back home. She fights her feelings so that she can remain close to him for the remainder of his stay.

Now she is stuck in her limbo of feelings trying to ignore feelings and deal with a secret that has been kept from her entire family.

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About the Author

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Quevina Scarver was born and raised in Long Island, New York. For a few years a young age she moved back and forth between Florida and New York by choice to be with each of her parents. Around the age of 11 she began to write poetry as a way to express her feelings. For years she would only write poetry until 2009. After the birth of her son, Quevina, took to reading more and more, until one day sentences and ideas started to randomly come to her. The only way to get them out was to write. It wasn’t until 2011, after moving back to New York again, that she decided writing was what she wanted to do with her life. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree for Creative Writing. Ever since she has started writing she realized it was a true passion of hers and took it upon herself to attend school to try to learn more of the process.

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Reggie Wells

reggiewellsReggie Wells is CEO and President of Power Rich Media and No Smiles Allowed Entertainment. He is an author, publisher, screenplay writer and motivational speaker. Since Reggie’s release from prison from serving twenty-one years in the federal system, his company has published its first novel titled “Instinct & Desires”. Reggie is also working on his first novel titled, “A Prince Amongst Men” and a host of movie scripts to be released in 2015.
No Smiles Entertainment’s mission is to use words to highlight real life situation by producing quality novels and screenplays that will enhance literature and awareness, Reggie plans to give back to the community by creating jobs, events and programs that will mend some of the plights in his communities.

Check out his latest book, Instincts Desires (click here to purchase)instinctsdesires

CHARLIE BANKS a Douglas High School basketball super star was acquitted of first-degree murder. Now after years of shadow boxing with the past, Charlie Banks “AKA” Charlie Rock the once Portland, Oregon drug alleged kingpin traded it all in to become a Federal Correctional Officer. After six and a half years, he volunteers to transfer to a newly opened women’s Federal Correctional Institution called F.C.I. PARELL. Officer Banks is a very handsome man who has always attracted women but his weakness is his strong sexual desires that always overpower his instincts.  He will find out first-hand how female inmates are just as aggressive as the male inmates he worked around.  In the mist of  lust, Banks slowly begins to understand that females use what they have to get what they want. The rules and privileges are different. Money is not their want. It is Freedom versus Equal justice.

If Charlie cannot grasp control over his desires, he will end up like the prisoners he guards eight hours a day…

 

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Byron Carey, Nowhere 2 Turn

 

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About the Author

Author Byron Carey is a reformed drug distributor that served a ten-year federal prison sentence. Byron was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; he has transformed his way back into society as a truck driver and author. He was an outstanding basketball player that worked his way into the USBL basketball league in 2002. He attended Alvin Community College where he holds his Associates in Business Administration. He is the author of Nowhere 2 Turn with several more to come in the future .

 

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A riveting, and suspenseful tale about two brothers  (Orlando and Bre’on) growing up in Fort Worth, TX,  living two separate paths until a dramatic chain of events changed the future of the two of them leaving Bre’on stuck between right, wrong, love, and lust. With one parent mentally distraught due to the war and the other acting as a single parent.

Which way would they turn? What happens when they learning who was the real cause of so much pain in the household that they grew up in?

Book Review

“Amazing book. Best plot and most interesting introduction. The twist along with the tosses and turns kept my eyes glued. The sex scenes are so real you can almost touch them. I’d recommend this book to any and everyone. A must read of 2014 and 2015.” – Amazon Reviewer

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