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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: Masque:Choices: (A Gaston Leroux Phantom of the Opera series) Book One

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Erik is dying. Not once in his life has anyone ever loved him, not even his mother. Every day, his heart fails him more, and he is desperate not to die alone. He hides his face and past sins behind a mask. Erik is dying and has fallen desperately, obsessively in love.
Christine Daaé, a rising star in the Paris opera, is kidnapped by Erik, her voice tutor. When her childhood sweetheart attempts to rescue her, he gets trapped in Erik’s torture chamber. Erik gives her a choice: marry him or watch her lover die an agonizing death. Defeated, she agrees to the marriage in name only.
The Persian has intimate knowledge of Erik’s bloody past. He followed him across continents to keep a check on Erik’s sanity.

Erik asks for his help to marry Christine. Erik doesn’t ask for much: “A living wife, a companion for a short while before I die – a few months at most. We both know I am at the end. How long can my heart hold out? Pain grips my heart, threatening to shred it to bits. Even I,” he said after a slow, reflective pause, “even I deserve a little joy before my wretched life comes to a close. The desolation alone is killing me.”
The Persian’s soft heart drives him to agree to support Erik’s last chance for love. Alone with Christine for a few moments, he feels he must warn her: “If he ever comes to believe that you have betrayed him, he will hurt you, Christine. If you ever need my help, wear red, as much red as you can find.”
Erik finally has the companion he has always dreamed of. He cannot hope for more, but he does. His heart, though failing, dreams of romance and love. With her soft caresses and innocent brushes against his body, he thinks she desires the marriage bed as well as the marriage. Is he reading more than he should into her actions? Though he yearns for her love and lusts after her body, Erik knows they’re forbidden fruit for someone like him.
Christine is determined to honor her marriage vows, though she’ll love Raoul forever and has promised herself to remain faithful to him. But the more time she spends with her husband, the more she’s drawn to him, falling under the spell of his music and the tender, wounded soul he desperately tries to hide behind his mask. An orphan for years, she longs to have a home of her own. Could she come to consider the house by the lake her home? Although she gave Raoul her heart and soul, can she put aside her past with Raoul and give her tormented husband the compassion he needs?
Vicomte Raoul de Chagny has loved Christine for years and refuses to let his title stand in the way of their happiness. He is even willing to defy his older brother to be with her. Despite his love, Raoul fails to save her from Erik. When Raoul meets Christine again, he tries to free her from the bonds of marriage. Raoul, dashing and impetuous, will not give up his quest to save his fiancé. He is determined to fight the phantom himself in order to be with Christine.
Erik finds that his mask cannot protect his heart from the anguish of unrequited love and explodes in a jealous rage, his obsession spiraling out of control. His passion for Christine has brought him to the brink of insanity and threatens to destroy them both.
Christine is bound to both men for different reasons, setting off a personal crisis, but she must choose: fight for her husband’s sanity, her marriage, and the life they have made together in the dark or go with the handsome Raoul to live in the light.
This love story is a gothic thriller that explores the resilience of true love as well as the dignity of the human spirit and challenges our perception of sanity and beauty.

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About the Author

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Caridad Martin grew up in New York City after leaving her native Cuba. She started writing at age seven and has continued creating people on paper that talk to each other; she refuses to admit that sometimes on a silent, moonless night, she can hear them.
Despite getting a B.A. in creative writing from CUNY, she went on to become an educator. She has taught bilingual and special needs students. Currently, she works as an educational coach, helping teachers improve their pedagogy. As part of her job, she has published several articles on the use of technology in education. Online, she has written novels and short stories since 2005 under the pseudonym Phantasmarose. This is where the idea for Masque was first born.
She is a voracious reader, particularly of romance and romantic gothic novels. An occasional re-read of the Phantom of the Opera, keeps the story fresh in her mind. At home, Caridad can be found in one of two places, reading on her favorite chair or pottering around the garden. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Latin America, Taiwan, and the Philippines and even lived in England for several years. She loves camping, and in the US, she has traveled coast to coast, backpacking on her own and in an RV with her family. She is an avid collector of lanterns and put her collection to good use when Superstorm Sandy hit.
Caridad lives in New Jersey, where she can watch the ebb and flow of New York Bay. Her family puts up with her eccentricities and her need to hide away for hours writing with Bradley, her oversized black and white Coonhound lying nearby snoozing,

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ULR Feature: Infidelity: A Man’s Inheritance By Katie Ploum

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A natural magnet for male attention, men have always found her charming and irresistible on sight.  Now living in New York, Anna spends her free time navigating the city’s lively social scene.  Warned early on about the shallowness of the attractive, successful and ambitious New York man and the emotionless attachments he seeks, Anna had welcomed the challenge of finding a good man with confidence and determination that for her, things would be different.  Nights spent in meaningless banter, countless encounters with deceit and a broken heart have left Anna discouraged and confused.  No longer filled with confidence but rather overcome with self-doubt, she is forced to reflect on her experiences and take a closer look at herself.

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About the Author

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Katie Ploum is a best-selling author in Greece. She studied at Kings College London and took residence in the UK after completing her studies. For several years, the hectic pace of London’s financial service industry became Katie’s full-time involvement. Parallel to being active in the hustle and bustle of the City’s thirst for money and power, Katie nevertheless maintained a keen interest in observing human interrelationships on a more personal level. It was only a matter of time before the creation of stories like these became her true calling.

Once a socialite in trendy West End and Athenian circles, Katie began to see through the façade of the emotionless relationships that women inherently encountered in these competitive environments. Her books touch on these compelling relationships and the attitudes that predefined them.

Katie has appeared on Greek television and has written on topics ranging from the challenges of modern women in their careers and relationships to  the disparity of gender compensation and traditional societal expectations.

 

 

ULR Feature: GRINGA: The Beast of Mexico (A contemporary romance and romantic major crime thriller. A free book)

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I was twenty-one, a sassy college student who took crap from no one. While holidaying in Mexico, I was accosted by The Devil of Mexico called Diablo and shot, because the bastard mistook me for a spy. I survived, only to encounter him again months later. How’s that for luck?

Furious and sick of all that I’d been through because of him, I slapped him, told him to go fuck himself and braced myself for the bullet. He could shoot me – I no longer cared.

But, to my surprise, he became fascinated with me, and blackmailed me into becoming his woman. He’d slay the entire village that sheltered me if I rejected his proposal.

He was Kong, hairy, tattooed from fingertips to face, with scary ass piercings, blood-shot snake eyes, a ruthless killer and above all, he was my murderer – how could anyone expect me to say yes?

To save the village I had to. I despised the bastard and I told him that. Spark flew. Fists too.

When the FBI came on the scene and secretly recruited me to help put Diablo behind bars, I was thrilled. I wanted them to throw his ass behind bars, then torment him for the rest of his life like he was doing to me. I was willing to do whatever it took to get him there.

But, the more I rejected Diablo, the more he wanted me.

At times he wanted to kill me because of my insolence, but other times he just wanted me to love him.

I was his Gringa and in an attempt to get my love, he began to change for me. Drastic changes that made me laugh at him at first, then made me curious and even intrigued me.

As the days went by, I found myself drawn to him and I began seeing him differently. When I found out about his past, everything changed.

I now wanted to protect my murderer, my tormentor.

My days in Mexico were filled with violence, hate, lust and sorrow. It was also filled with laughter, love and passion and most importantly, it taught me that love conquers all.

If you enjoy, contemporary romance, major crime stories or romantic thrillers, you will love this fast-paced, humorous yet tear-jerker.

WARNING: This book contains sexual violence, steamy sex scenes, graphic language, drug references, violence and is suitable for mature readers.

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Book Review

I will warn you once and not bother warning you twice; You will want to keep the Kleenex within arms-reach while reading this collection of words because you will blow loads…of tears from your face. A lovemaking story between two people from opposite sides of the Planned Parenthood facility.

I will make certain to re-read this in the future when I have perfected time travel. 5 stars to coordinate with the amount of blown face-loads I have incurred. If you disagree, I will enjoy taking you to a quiet place for a gentleman-slapfight.”- Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

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Author Eve Rabi is the author of 24 books. She lives in Sydney Australia, but was born in South Africa.
If you enjoy high drama with exciting twists and turns, contemporary romance novels, crime thrillers, sweet romance with sexy alpha males, stories of revenge and suspense, with kick-ass leading ladies, then you will enjoy Eve Rabi’s books. But be prepared to gasp, to laugh and to cry while you fall in love.

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