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ULR: The Angel Brings Fire by Marcus Shields



“Introducing The Angel Brings Fire, an exciting new 4-volume series of modern fantasy / superhero novels about a mighty alien being, who may be Earth’s only hope against total annihilation. And the unique gift of the “Holy Fire” that she brings, will forever change the course of human history!

The Angel Brings Fire can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Noble in paperback format, or, in e-Book format, from Amazon, iTunes, Google Books, Lulu, or other fine on-line retailers (average e-Book price per volume : $2.99 U.S.).


Available Now on Amazon

About the Author

Having been an avid consumer (and part-time supplier) of science fiction and fantasy content is nothing new to Marcus Shields, who has been “lost somewhere between the Second Foundation and the Shire” since he was old enough to read (modesty precludes the author from revealing exactly how long ago, that was). Currently employed as a computer security professional in the Canadian telecommunications industry, Shields is the author of a large number of so-far-unpublished works, ranging from the Shakhan series of pen and paper fantasy role-playing games, to a daily series of political e-mail blasts to all who are interested (and many more who are not). He resides in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, where he shares a comfortably modest home with his wife, daughter and very furry, and very spoiled, “cross-breed” (a.k.a., “mutt”) dog.

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ULR FEATURE: A is for Anorexia: Anorexia Nervosa Explained by EM Farrell

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses. This book gets inside the mind and the body of anorexics in order to demonstrate, that although it is hard work, they can recover and have a better life.
This book is for parents, families and friends of anorexics. It is also for psychotherapists, counsellors and for you, if you suffer from anorexia.
Em Farrell has worked with eating disordered patients for over 25 years. She is a psychotherapist, teacher and author of Lost For Words; The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia.
This books shows you that the primary motivator in anorexia is not to be thin. It is rather an addiction to the emotional and physical impact of self-starvation. Em Farrells shows you how and why this happens. Deep, deep down it is about an attempt to deal with unmanageable, uncontrollable feelings and thoughts that the sufferer is not usually aware of.
• Find out the history of anorexia
• Find out the facts and figures about anorexia
• Find out what anorexics eat
• Find out how anorexics survive
• Find out what the symptoms are
• Find out what happens in the mind of an anorexicOnce you know you can:
• Discover how to help your anorexic daughter or son
• Discover how to help yourself if you are the parent of an anorexic
• Discover how to help yourself if you are anorexic
• Discover sources of help for when you have reached your limit
• Discover hope and compassion and help the anorexic recover and have a better life.

• Get an inside view on working with anorexics in the consulting room

If you are a parent discover the reasons why your child might have become anorexic and discover how to help him or her recover.

Book Review
“In as much as you can love a book about such a difficult but pervasive subject, I loved it and found this book to be very helpful in understanding more about the world of Anoretic sufferers. It is very easy to read and grasp, more so than many books on the subject. It gives insight with words from patient’s mouths, and offers hope in a way that I have rarely seen. It does not minimize the difficulty of recovery, but details steps that have worked with compassion and thoughtfulness. Including the family in the search for wellness can be key. I found I even understand my own issues with food more clearly and thoughtfully. We can all learn from this book.”– Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
Em Farrell is a practicing psychotherapist, author and teacher. Some of her greatest challenges have been working with eating disordered patients. She set up a centre for women with eating problems in London, UK back in 1989. Her first book was Lost for Words:The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia. She then decided she wanted to write a series on eating disorders for a wider audience. She wanted to explain what anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating are, why people get them, and what they can or can not do about these disorders. She offers a free monthly webinar, which you can find out more about at http://www.abcofeatingdisorders.com.

ULR Feature: Children’s Books: The Gnomes of the Night by Itzik Klein

Available on Kindle Unlimited!

Picking up his mess is just too much for Ryan.

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Between brushing his teeth, taking a shower, and being a kid, Ryan can’t be bothered with another chore.

That is until his dad warns him about the Night Gnomes who snatch up misplaced items and sometimes claim them as their own.

At first, Ryan doesn’t listen, but when his discarded shoes go missing, he has no choice but to use his secret detective skills and so he braves the night in search of the mysterious gnomes. What he finds, though, is even more than he bargained for.

In this wonderfully illustrated children’s book, young Ryan shares a few laughs with his dad while he unravels the mystery of the gnomes.

✿ This fully illustrated story is filled with many original rhymes and contains new words for kids. it’s fun and enjoyable and great for expanding their vocabulary
✿ Read this book FREE as part of your Kindle Prime Unlimited Membership.
✿ This story is great as a read-aloud book or for beginner readers. It could be one of the funniest books for kids 9 to 12 and can be read as one of the first books for kids 4–8 years old.
✿ Listen to an audio sample here: http://smarturl.it/gnomes-audio-sample.
✿ This book will look great on a kid’s bookcase. Use “Look inside” to preview more of the pages.

Download it to your Kindle!

Book Review

“As the aunt of a young boy who never puts his clothes or his toys away, this cute story resonated with me, and I will be using it as a bed time book each time I baby sit him!

Itzik Klein ha s written a fun narrative of a little boy who doesn’t realize the importance of putting stuff away – whether it’s the dishes from the table, or his clothing before he goes to bed. His dad attempts to teach him a lesson by pointing out that the Gnomes of the Night will come and take away all of his stuff if he doesn’t put them in their proper places. Ryan is clever and turns the tables on his dad, but by the end of the book he has learned his lesson.

The illustrations are very well done by Fanny Liem. They’re just the right practically-realistic characters that I enjoy. And the colors are so bright that they practically pop off the screen of my Kindle Fire, highlighting one of the benefits of reading an illustrated book on an e-reader rather than on the flat page of a book.

Itzik Klein tells his story in rhyming form, and he has to work a bit to make some of the rhymes come about (in other words, a couple of them are a wee bit tortuous), but that actually adds to the charm of the book.

Highly recommended.” – Amazon Reviewer


About the Author

Hi, how are you?     author_in_its_prime
My Name is Liran and my Dad is the author of The Gnomes of the Night, the book you are currently checking out.

My favorite things in the world are playing video games and mind games and also harassing my little sister. She is very annoying, because she’s always getting into my things and you can actually see it happening in the book.

My Dad is funny, even though I think he tries too hard sometimes. Still, I think he is a really cool Dad. Geez, he still tries to convince me from time to time to do stuff by mentioning these Gnomes, who will come when night falls….

I’ve seen him working on this book for ages, trying to make every single illustrated page as perfect as it can get. Draft after draft, picture angel after picture angel. Well, I’ve heard this story like a gazillion times, way before he started working on it, and now I’m glad this book is finally out there so other kids can enjoy it. I really hope you will like this story, too.

And maybe you can learn a few funny ideas from it; all you need is a bit of imagination and creativity. But please, whatever you do, don’t tell your Mom I said so!

So, have a good read and a good night, friends. Goodbye!

Please feel free to reach out my Dad at itzikklein1978@gmail.com. He enjoys hearing from his fans. Tell him I sent you, maybe He will give me some candy 😉


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Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

Available now for $0.99 on Kindle!

Erotica is about power and passion. It’s about the give and take of control: Domination, taboo differences, and the adventuresome stepping outside of ones perceived limits. Erotica pushes and pulls; it tugs and stretches, yanks and smacks you right in the face, forcing you to confront and consider what you thought you never would. Good, strong, stiff erotica makes you second guess what you thought you knew about the limits you’d set, and leaves you somewhere wet, with just the idea. Fantasy. Imagination. A world beyond the real. Or is it?


“No matter how strong a woman is, she desires a man who’s stronger.”

Is it any wonder that movies like INDECENT PROPOSAL or 50 SHADES OF GREY have ripped into our consciousness and burned themselves into our memory with such powerfully aggressive force? The mere thoughts thrusting into us, a questioning we’d never before considered, yet, leaving us spent at the conclusion, with wholly new thoughts of ourselves and just what our limits might be. Or, better yet, luring us to question if indeed, we truly even have limits at all.

BY MY CHOICE is a sexy, sensuous, romantic erotica which finds a sensible woman trapped by choice. Caught within a vampires snare, Jennifer is sold by the only friend she has, and, now, must completely submit to the carnal desires of another, in order to be made free. Losing herself to find herself, she must do what she never would, and become someone she never knew or imagined as she learns that, true freedom is given not taken, and that all passions must be explored, in order to have truly lived: in order to have truly been free. BY MY CHOICE because, in the end, we all must choose.

Christine Blackthorne, holds degrees in political science, economics, philosophy and law. She’s a witty one who likes to twist and baffle, as she teaches and explores the outer realms. Christine is a blogger who writes on issues of feminism and erotica. She is the author of BY MY CHOICE.

As one who writes on feminism, is there any irony in the fact the BY MY CHOICE is a story which seems to strip the woman of free will; where a woman is sold and made to submit?

Only if we would argue that life in itself is against feminism – there is always a choice, even if we feel there is none. As humans we have a tendency to hide behind the argument that we had no choice, that what happened forced us into doing something. The problem is that we do have a choice, and if the only choice is how to deal with a bad situation. We always have a choice.

This is in particular the case in Dominance/submission scenarios. We choose to play at this and without that choice it does not work. When I submit to my partner, I do this because I choose to do it. I still am responsible for my actions and reactions. I am responsible for choosing him even though I give up control over what will happen. It is one of the reasons why it holds value.

As women, as feminists, it is easiest to sit back and argue that we have achieved all, or at least all we can. That we do not have a choice. We also have a tendency to consider sex something we are more likely to consume and wait to see what happens to us. BY MY CHOICE is intentionally showing a character who, though she seems to have no choice, takes her choice back

Available now on Kindle!

Vampires. Why a vampire story?

I like vampires. There is the theory out there which says you have either an erotic appreciation for the concept of shifters or vampires – I am not that clear-cut but I do lean towards the vampires. In part this might be due to the fact that I love to have my neck touched and kissed. But mostly I think it is due to my fascination with history – just imagine the knowledge you could glean from someone who has lived for centuries.

I see you’re a blogger. Tell us about your blog?

My blog was an accident. I resent the way feminism is often portrayed, or portrays itself, as an enemy of sex. When I was asked to write an article about Feminism and Submission I realized that there is a lot I want to say.

Then I became pregnant and started writing about the changes pregnancy brings to sex, or rather the use of certain toys or practices. So the blog added some more practical aspects to the blog. So now I write about Feminism, Erotica and BDSM both looking at practical, as well as, academic issues.

How long have you been writing?

I have always told stories, to my friends, to myself but it was really necessity that made me write them down. As a child we moved a lot. Stories I had started to tell my friends suddenly had to be written down – sometimes in letters, sometimes as a few sentences on a restaurant napkin. In extreme cases as a felt-tip pen mark on a hand when that friend said goodbye at the station.

We got older and the distances grew – as did the number of recipients of the stories. First they became emails sent on by people, then a technologically gifted nerd-friend set up a website with a newsletter option. Some of the oldest stories are still being distributed via that.

The natural next step was to create a singular novel which I did when the son of a friend was born (for her – not for him 😉 ). From that came the publication of By My Choice…

Is this your first book? Do you plan to write others?

It is, and it is not. BY MY CHOICE… is a novella in a world for which I have written two full novels (about to come out) and another novella.

I also have a dystopian sci-fi story, GUILT, at the publishers – so that is on its way too.

With all of the degrees and options you have, why write?

Writing is not really a choice – more a compulsion. When I close my eyes in the evening, when I wait for a bus, when I am in the gym, the stories just happen. Some stories have happened over years, other are just scenes. Some get written down, some never do.

What was the inspiration for this story?

The philosophical inspiration came from listening to other submissives and women curious about submission. The discussion was based on responsibility and choice, that submission is a gift. I realized that I needed to think about that one.

I resented the idea that submission is the gift of giving away responsibility. I might give up control, but I am still responsible for what happens – responsible to be honest, absolutely honest, to my partner; to only give that control to someone I trust. I cannot make another person responsible for my own physical and emotional well-being, and if it is only for a short time, without accepting the responsibility as well. Even when giving up all choice, I need to make one.

Do you read a lot of erotica? Who inspires your writing style?

I mainly read fantasy, urban fantasy, crime and erotica. What makes a good book for me is the ability of the author to draw me in, to make me feel the story with all my five senses, to let me get lost in it. I try to create the same in my stories.

My favourite authors are Anne Bishop, Cherise Sinclaire and Patricia Briggs and though I aspire to their writing, I am only too aware that I am still very far away from reaching them.

What makes BY MY CHOICE different than what’s out there?

Research has shown that, for women, 90% of sex happens in their minds, I try to give those 90% space in my stories, to draw the reader in with all their senses as well as their brains. There is always some philosophical point, something behind – if a reader wants to look. That does not make my stories different from everything out there – but it distinguishes it from those who only want to show the physical side of sex.

Anything else you want to add? Where can your book be found?

Amazon, Barnes and Nobels and the usual places

By my choice

How can you be reached?

I am on facebook, twitter and so on – but the best way of reaching me is possibly my website: www.christineblackthorn.eu or via email: christine@christineblackthorn.eu


About the Author


In “real” life, I am an academic with degrees in Political Science, Economics, Philosophy and Law and an insatiable desire to confound, baffle and disconcert my students. Someone once suggested to me the reason for my stories lay in the desire to offset the tedium and rationality of academic life. He wasn’t an academic or he would have known better. It is best to use research against tedium, students to offset the rationality and an unlimited supply of stressballs for the faculty meetings. The stories? Well, they are just for me – like a mental manicure.

I also write a blog on Feminism and Erotica – come talk to me: http://christineblackthorn.eu/blog

ULR Feature: Ancient Wisdom Fathered Ageless Fitness by Alexandra

Available Now For Just $2.99 on Kindle!

Even if we have read a dozen fitness books, even if we have attended gyms for years, even if we have read all the information on how to feed the mind and body; the contents in this e-book can help us comprehend how all these efforts have impacted our lives.


And now with the knowledgeable wisdom of the ancients, we can make modern significant changes in our lifestyle to meet our fitness objectives. With every stride toward improving ourselves, with enthusiasm, we will find making changes becomes an inevitable factor which will prove to be very rewarding.

“Nothing is permanent … except change.”

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Book Review

An excellent book full of facts, history and exercises to go along with it, this ebook is a valuable addition to any library.
With chapters covering everything from enhancing balance to sitting posture, to the importance of sleep, this is a book that can help anyone on their road to becoming healthy and fit. It also encourages passion and music to enhance your piece of mind and enjoy life.
Recommended for anyone, even those who don’t think they can ever be fit. Follow this book, and I’m sure you’ll get there!


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ULR Feature: Jobless: College In America Does Not Work the Way It Used To


Available now on Kindle for just $0.99!

College in America does not work the way it used to. Only one in four college enrollees will graduate and get a good job in today’s economy. Every May approximately three million teenagers graduate from high school to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Given the mediocre quality of K-12 education in the United States today the vast majority of these kids are lucky if they are prepared for a minimum wage job at McDonalds. Since
flipping burgers doesn’t sound very attractive, all of these young folks are open to suggestion. What sounds better than, “Go to college and earn $1,000,000 more than a high school graduate?” Everyone is doing it, and it is “free.” The government will loan you the money, and you don’t have to pay it back for years.

Sound like a plan? Here is the stark reality:
It is highly unlikely that your student is going to make $1,000,000 more than the average high school graduate. Financing college with student loan debt is not “free.” In fact it is dangerous.
There are many options that don’t require your student to sit in a
classroom for years that can result in her getting a great job. If your
student just graduated from high school, the challenge now is how he or she will become a financially self-sufficient adult in the next few years.

College may be the right answer, or maybe not.

Download it on Kindle!

About the Author


Thomas B. Walsh was first in his family to attend college. He graduated from The Ohio State University a long, long time ago—before the Beatles came to America. In “the good old days” you could work your way through school. He held a variety of low paying jobs including: clerk in the Student Union bowling alley, city playground supervisor, and campus mailman. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at a cost of $4500 and graduated with no student loan debt. Working for such Fortune 100 companies as IBM and Xerox his career in information technology spanned thirty-five years. Along the way he attained an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Fortunate to be able to retire at a relatively early age he spent his “golden years” fly fishing and hiking in the mountains of Colorado. This is the way college used to work in America.

When his daughter asked him to unravel the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) procedure, he was delighted to help. He did some research and wrote a one page paper to help the three of his six grandchildren who were soon to graduate high school. Subsequently he started researching the worrisome subject of student loans. Along the way he learned that college is no longer the surefire way to middleclass prosperity and that, today, choosing college as a road to financial success is against the odds. Things got completely out of hand and this book was born.