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ULR Feature: Understanding the Soul of the Sun

Written by Seth Ferranti

soulofthesuncover3The book is available on Amazon.com.

Soul of the Sun by Vesa Lumielle  is a magical voyage of the soul. An adventure across time and dimensions. Readers travel into a poetic landscape, breathe and rest in Atlantis and remember the sun. A journey unlike all others. Vera recalls why he wrote the book, “It was deep calling and passion, what made me write this book.”

We live in the illusion of reality is a refrain from the book and Vesa says his book is “very poetic and occasions mysterious.” On his website http://www.resverie.com/home/ the book is described as expressions of extent emotions, shadows of rainbows in poetry of music. A dance of tears in a velvet moon light, an excursion understanding of compound in shadows.

Night and the desire of love in deepest aspirations.

His book is like poetry and the website is full of images that show “the connection between soul and human.” Vesa says. By reading his books readers will make a discovery unto themselves or who and why they are. “ For me it is, extremely important.” Vera says. The understanding, the poetry, the images.

He doesn’t offer any grandiose claims about what reading his book will bring he just offers, “That is for the reader to find out.” He knows his books intrinsic value and says, “It is worth of your time.”

A futuristic metaphysical view of society and life is what Vesa offers. “Soul of the Sun, briefly touches next books or the stories within this books.” He says.

And positive energy is what his book brings to the table. He offers that readers can gain insight and “hopefully much positive energy and love.” He says.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

And here is a short excerpt from Soul of the Sun

It’s the second day at the expo. I arrived a little early, eager to get a good seat. Three of us, myself, Tuomo and Katri have each made our own plans, agreeing to meet up later on in the afternoon – this suits me just fine as I am feeling tremendously excited to get things started. Yesterday I had such a strong connection with Jonette. I also had a strange dream about today’s workshop, but I don’t remember much… I just recall seeing symbols, angels and blue beings.

I am one of the first to arrive and as I settle in I am greeted with the typical, “hello, how are you?” messages, sometimes improved by a ‘namaste’, however, with an added bonus of a cosmic smile, giving me a sense of belonging within these walls. Shaking hands with others was another vivid experience, surfacing huge amounts of excitement and welcoming love, a ‘back to home’ vibration.

Few groups and couples strike up metaphysical talk, particularly about Jonette and her history. I grab the opportunity to eavesdrop whilst all is still quiet, but people in the room quickly increase in number, and as it does, I start to feel an unexpected love rise into my heart.

The sheer joy of being here is tantalizing – it all feels so timeless and feather like. I am in a cloud of my own, feeling my breath deepening. Everything around me is not interacting with me – I am detached. I hear what seems to be bubbling sounds and some clapping. I then see a wind following Jonette’s steps as she makes her way to the stage. I see her energy and can feel the air getting more tense. Electric blue sensations hit me everywhere, and at that moment, I am surrounded by blissful perfection.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

ULR Feature: Oh God. It Hurts!: A book about pain, suffering, and the ‘love’ of God

Purchase now on Amazon.com FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED or $2.99

Oh God. It hurts!

Is a book about the hard questions in life.

Why is there pain?    ohgod

Why do people suffer?

How does God fit into all of this?

This book asks lots of questions and shares the author’s own personal stories, as well as those of his sister. Many of those stories are unpleasant, and troubling.

If you are looking for simplistic answers, or simple platitudes, this book does not have them. However, if you are willing to wrestle with the hard subjects in life, you may find a fellow sojourner in this book.

Purchase now on Amazon.com FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED or $2.99


Book Review

“This isn’t one of those lighthearted books with no substance. This book may be heavy in parts, but its only heavy because of the immense life story it holds. John Allen Thornton writes a memoir of his life, including the all the ups and downs. His writing was personal and fluid, as if he were right next to me telling his story. Many tragic things happen through his tale, things that made my heart break, but his steady struggle forward is a revelation to read. It really put my life into perspective, and gave me a sense of strength. He’d gone through so much, how could I not give it my best shot too? Overall, I really enjoyed this story about faith, family, and overcoming the pain the wells up in our lives.” – Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

John Allen Thornton has a varied background. He was an ICU Registered Nurse for 10 years. He also has been a patient with significant arthritis and multiple joint replacements. He also has worked with people in their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives.

His only sibling, Kay, died on January 4, 2015 and that prompted his writing the book, “Oh God. It Hurts!”

He has graduated from a wide variety of Christian colleges and State universities and Christian seminaries (Methodist, North American Baptist, and Independent). This gives him an excellent background to look at what the Bible actually says and how it applies to life.


ULR Feature: Meet Author and Publisher Elissa Gabrielle

Elissa Gabrielle returns with a soul-stirring, powerful and emotional read that will leave you breathless. Laced with an alluring poetry, hip hop and jazz backdrop Gabrielle will tug at both your heartstrings and your political persuasion in the highly-anticipated Eye of the Beholder.       elissagabrielle

Empowering, Enlightening, Engaging and Inspirational, Elissa Gabrielle is a powerhouse in the literary industry. Respected by many, revered in the highest regard, Elissa Gabrielle maintains a spirit of excellence in all she does. She is known to have the midas touch. The sky is the limit for this sassy, sundry and prolific author. Elissa Gabrielle has broken the ceiling of literary excellence with her gift in the skill of multi-genre writing. The author of multiple poetry books, numerous novels and contributor to several anthologies, Elissa has proven herself to be well-versed in artistic creativity.

Elissa Gabrielle has the uncanny ability to take newcomers and mold, shape them into literary superstars and has created multiple award-winning authors and best-selling books in the process.

Her colloquial and imaginative creations have lead to sensual and seductive inclusions in Zane’s Purple Panties, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage, Mocha Chocolate: A Taste of Ecstasy, The Heat of the Night, Historie Chocolate D’Amour, Pillow Talk in the Heat of The Night, Zane’s Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4 and more.

As a Literary Entrepreneur, Elissa is the founder of the greeting card line, Greetings from the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection, collaborator and creator of The Triumph of My Soul, and publisher of Peace In The Storm Publishing. Elissa has managed to turn relatively unknown authors into household names and has molded and shaped the careers of some of today‘s brightest literary stars. In addition to these innovative achievements, Elissa has graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and has been featured in Urbania Magazine and Black Literature Magazine.

Peace In The Storm Publishing has been nominated in several categories in the African American Literary Awards Show, and has won Independent Publisher of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition, Elissa Gabrielle won for Self-Published Author of the Year in 2010 for her explosive novel, “A Whisper to a Scream.” Elissa also won for Self-Published Author of the Year for the collaborative effort, “The Heat of the Night.”

Her writing and publishing passion is rooted in her desire to give a reader’s soul a rise, one page at a time and grounded in her quest to bring forth the Triumph Anthology series, an ongoing testament of faith. The first anthology in the series was the highly acclaimed The Triumph of My Soul, which will be followed by The Soul of a Man and The Breakthrough respectively. “I started the Triumph series because in life, we all fall down, but by the Grace of God, we get back up. There is always victory in tomorrow,” Elissa says about the Triumph series.

From the novelty of her writing, to her highly-regarded greeting card line and the successful culmination of her publishing company; Elissa Gabrielle remains an ingenious and creative force to be reckoned with in terms of delivering distinct, fulfilling and entertaining literature. By pushing herself to stay a cut above the rest, Elissa Gabrielle brilliantly and consistently delivers Literary best.

“Elissa Gabrielle is a force to be reckoned with.” ~ Shani Green Dowdell, Author and Playwright


The true measure of our existence begins with the way we view the world.

Jerusalem “Jay” Jones has experienced the uglier side of life.  As an Iraq war Veteran, he is a hero for bravely putting his life on the line to serve his country. But that unselfish act resulted in him lying in a Veteran’s hospital with injuries he sustained from the war. His present circumstance should be a cakewalk for Jerusalem considering what he has witnessed both as a child and while in the heat of battle. The pleasantries of love, laughter and life have always seemed to elude him.  From his early days as a child growing up abused and terrorized on the tough streets of Newark, to being all that he could be in the military, Jerusalem’s life has been anything but pleasant and attractive when viewed from the surface.  Now, vulnerable and reclusive, he must face the world he joined the military to escape, armed with only dark secrets from his past, a bruised and burdened psyche and limits to him physically.

Jill Lopes longs to fix the wounded and broken, but before she can heal the sick, she must first mend her own battle scars of unhappiness and resistance, and find a way to push past the experiences that haunt her.  When fate boldly steps in and introduces itself into Jerusalem’s and Jill’s lives, they realize that the challenges we meet in life hold the power to open us to a higher, more meaningful existence.  Will they both be able to view the world for what it really is under the clear truth of who they are and what they are capable of becoming together? Does beauty really lie in the eye of the beholder? Experience the power of love on this redemptive journey where the purpose of the tribulations in one’s life, will be empowered to reveal the gifts they bring.

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by Elissa Gabrielle


“Every now and then, God gives a talented artist a gift within their gift, a destiny-creating piece that illuminates so brightly it defies average definition. Elissa Gabrielle has brilliantly weaved a tale that is, simply put, for your eyes and heart to behold.”
~William Fredrick Cooper
Award-Winning/Best-Selling Author of Unbreakable

“Eye of the Beholder is a love story crafted in a way that only Elissa Gabrielle can. In what is sure to be considered her greatest craftsmanship to date, Gabrielle effortlessly gives her readers an explosive experience of emotions through words and sounds that dance on paper. Think colors … vibrant colors that come alive in your mind as you experience the poetic prowess of her writing style. You don’t want to miss this one.”
~SD Denny, Author & Freelance Editor

“Smooth like jazz, this work of art, Eye of the Beholder, has a poetical feel that wraps around your senses leading you into a captivating trance trying to inhale all the words written on the pages. Very vividly written with imagery so strong that you are able to feel every emotion of the characters within as if you are one with them, this page turner is a must read. This instant classic is enthralled with love and pain, desire and passion, perseverance and encouragement, and a true pathway as to how the hardest of test and the biggest of doubts can be overcome with real love and strong faith. Elissa Gabrielle has managed to intertwine poetry and jazz together to bring forth a riveting tale that all walks can relate and feel down to the souls of their own being making them a part of the lead characters, Jerusalem and Jill.”
~H. M. Trey, Author & Poet

“If the moon and the stars align Elissa Gabrielle will be a literary rock star. Eye of the Beholder marks in stunning fashion the return to readers the craft of writing that book lovers eyes should be awarded. A heartrending endorsement of losing trust, crossing lines and seeking forgiveness, Eye of the Beholder is a story of emotional deprivation beyond one’s control, and searching for inner soul sustenance. Elissa Gabrielle has penned word by word and line by line from the beginning to the end poetic justice poetically in this novel. Eye of the Beholder is comparable in scope, texture, and depictions with the classics because of the strong wit and passionate intelligence.”
~Alvin L. A. Horn, author of Perfect Circle

“If it’s worth reading, it’s worth waiting for…and I must say, Eye of the Beholder by Elissa Gabrielle is definitely worth the wait. Once again, Gabrielle reeled me in from the very beginning. I found the characters’ names alone very intriguing and I wanted to learn every detail about them. Gabrielle makes her readers feel as if these characters are people they have met at some point or another in life. But, if you haven’t met them, you certainly won’t regret getting to know the latest cast penned by our beloved…Elissa Gabrielle!”
~Linda R. Herman, author of Consequences

“Elissa Gabrielle delivers a story of intimacy, love and hope with a healthy amount of romance crafting the ultimate love story in Eye of the Beholder. While it is not uncommon for Elissa to create relatable characters in every book she pens the characters in this novel are not only relatable but memorable. Being familiar with the author’s work, just when I think she is incapable of penning a novel better than the one preceding, she does just that in Eye of the Beholder; it is indeed her best work to date and she is to be commended.”
~LaLaina Knowles, Award-winning contributor to The Heat of the Night

“Eye of The Beholder is a love song in prose. And not just a love song that exists between a man and a woman but that lingers in the memories of children about their first love, their mother. Many are caught up in what is visual, what the eye can see, but Eye of The Beholder is about what the heart can see and overcome. This book should be set to a jazzy beat so the reader can close his or her eyes and allow themselves to be swept away. Gabrielle has poured her heart into the pages of this book and the reader will come away with the realization that love transforms and transfigures; allowing us to see true beauty.”
~Angelia Vernon Menchan, Author, Publisher, Womanist

“Elissa Gabrielle’s Eye of the Beholder takes you to another place and time. Vulnerability and hope are the backdrop of this riveting novel. Gabrielle’s words are like cool water for a thirsty soul, each one dripping with lyricism and purpose. Eye of the Beholder will cause you to experience firsthand the transformative power of love.”
~J’son M. Lee, Author/Editor

Sensual, spiritual and thought-provoking, Elissa Gabrielle craftily brings relevant subjects to life in the exceptionally-written Eye of the Beholder.
~ Loretta R. Walls, Author of The Majestic Dynasty.

“Jerusalem and Jill are poetry in motion, as Jerusalem weaves his life story of discouraging events to an undercurrent of floetry and jazz that you can hear as a backdrop. Jill is the artist, drawing from her personal life to add fuel to who Jerusalem is becoming, not allowing him to wallow in his current condition, with her true compassion and love for what she does. Eye of the Beholder draws you into the world of these two people from the very first sentence, carrying you with them from their pasts into their present.”
~ Sharel E. Gordon-Love, author of the award-nominated The Putting Away

“Poetic, Lyrical, rooted in urban life and harsh realities. Elissa Gabrielle has done it again with this graceful novel, Eye of The Beholder, full of love, redemption and hope.”
~L’Nora, Author

“Elissa Gabrielle writes with incredible boldness and sensitivity. Her characters are believable and have left a lasting impression in my mind. Eye of the Beholder is a wonderful read.”
~Toriana Jones, author of Good To Have You Back

“When reading Eye of the Beholder by Elissa Gabrielle, you come to know the characters as if you grew up with them. Elissa Gabrielle weaves into Eye of the Beholder the memories, the family members, the tragedies and the triumphs that shaped the two lover’s will and perspectives on life. With Eye of the Beholder, you get more than a love story. You get a life story.”
~Joey Pinkney, Author and Book Reviewer

Positive Images In Literature w/Author Khara Campbell

“Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensity social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation”

-Angela Davis

Believe it or not, literature is one of the more powerful branches of media. Easy to obtain, good literature tells an authentic story that can touch the lives of thousands upon millions of people around the world. It can be used to entertain, enlighten, emancipate and inspire. It shows us where we’ve been, where we are now, where we’re going and where we need to be going. Simply put, a classic piece of literature is a mirror image of society.

However, the book industry (the black book industry especially) has taken a loss in the number of classic pieces of work that are released each year. With sites like Amazon and Smashwords, the internet has made putting a book out to the public easy. With so much work in the marketplace, it’s hard to decipher good literature from the trash that was put together by someone that considers the artistic form of writing as a simple hobby or a way to come up on some quick money. Standards have been pushed to the side and pervasive ratchetness has reigned supreme.download (4)

Many authors have stopped pushing the envelope and have resorted to putting out novels with repetitive formulas of graphic sex, over-the-top violence, botched themes, shabby editing, misuse and overuse of slang terms and strong language that would make most rappers drop their heads in shame. Meanwhile, good literature has pushed to the side. Stories with a message are seen as “boring” and “slow-paced”. We’ve gotten to a point in our culture where many consumers even turn their heads at the sight of a non-fiction book that isn’t a tell-all from a reality T.V. star or pinned by a celebrity. Information is shunned and mindless entertainment is glorified and celebrated.

However, not all “black books” fall into this hole of repetition. Some authors break the chains of familiarity and write in an authentic voice that makes black literature icons like Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Zora Neale Hurston look unnamed (1) down from heaven and smile. Literature that reflects the troubles and triumphs of  contemporary black society still exist due to contrasting opinion. One piece of  work that comes to mind is the Urban Romance-Christian Fiction hybrid Not My  Will, the storied debut novel by Khara Campbell.

Readers and reviewers are raving over her novel, citing its relatability. Recently,  I got a chance to dialogue with her about her novel, relationships and the  importance of fiction with a message.

Randall: Your debut novel Not My Will is a realistic fictional tale about celibacy,  lust and moral value. How did this story come about and what was your  inspiration behind writing it?

 Khara Campbell: I really didn’t have much of a plot when I first started this novel, however as my mind kept turning with ideas and my fingers typed, the story came about. The inspiration for Not My Will came from my own similar experience with wanting to abstain years ago before I got married. That was a very trying time of my faith during that period.unnamed


Randall: Was there a realistic motivation behind the novel?

Khara Campbell: Yes, like I mentioned earlier, the inspiration for the novel came from my own similar experience.  However the novel is fictional, none of the events actually happened in my life. But having dealt with this relevant topic myself, I was able to create realistic characters and scenes which many readers related to.


Randall: In your opinion, how important is sex to a healthy relationship?

Khara Campbell: I think sex is an important factor in a relationship. However, it’s not the only factor and sex shouldn’t be the main focus of the relationship either.  Sex should enhance a great relationship not be the basis for it.


Randall: Not My Will is different from other Christian Fiction novels in regards to the plot and topics approached. How important is creating a positive image of African-American life to our culture?

Khara Campbell: Black people, which I prefer rather than African-American, have great qualities and have contributed a great deal to our world at large.  Creating positive images is important because unfortunately there are too many negatives ones or misconceptions of Black people in general. We are a great people and should be seen that way.


Randall: In your opinion, is there a place in the current black literary market for fiction that has an overt message and tackles real world issues?

Khara Campbell: Yes I do believe there is a place for these types of fiction – which is why I felt my novel Not My Will had to be published and made available in the literary market.  The topic of celibacy, faith and relationships is very relevant for many people. Celibacy is an issue for many men and woman whether it’s for faith reasons or other personal reasons they may have. With weaving this topic into fiction, it gave readers characters they could relate to and also receive some advice or encouragement from while being entertained at the same time. I’ve had a lot of readers tell me personally how they felt like they were Virtue, the main character in the novel, and how Virtue’s approach to the situation encouraged them in their own personal journey. 



Randall: Do you believe black women are at a disadvantage in the business world? Why or why not?

Khara Campbell: No I don’t. Many opportunities have been made available for women of every race.  Yes it may be a little tough in a “male dominated” business world, but if a woman wants a particular position I believe she can get it, it will take work. I don’t think anyone should expect a position or raise because of their gender – it should be earned.  Intimidation may be one thing that may make some women feel like they’re inferior though, but hard work, determination, and having a virtuous demeanor will pay off in my opinion.


Randall: How important is faith to success?

Khara Campbell: I personally believe your faith in God should be your lifestyle, so to me faith is very important to your success.  Do you have faith in fulfilling all that God has for you? If one believes that, takes action in fulfilling what God has for them – success is only inevitable.


Randall: What upcoming projects do you have on the horizon?

Khara Campbell: I am working on my second novel, Tears of Purple.  There is no release date or anything yet because it’s still in the first stages.  However I have plans for many more novels so please keep a look out for me.


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

Khara Campbell: Don’t give up on your God given dreams!  Keep pushing, keep believing and you will see the fruits of your labor. I know how hard it can get, the self-doubt and disappointment you may feel, but that is only temporary. Many successful people dealt with the same issues, but they didn’t let that stop them – so neither should you!


You can find Khara Campbell at:


Twitter/Instagram @KharaCampbell

Facebook/Pinterest: Khara Campbell


Check out her novel Not My Will today!

Available now on Kindle.

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