Book: Awakening Macbeth - A Supernatural Suspense Novel by Carmen Amatocategories: Book, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Veteran Hero, Love Story, University of Virginia, Adirondacks, Charlottesville VA, Iraq War Fiction, Nightmare Fantasy, Supernatural Suspense
Carmen Amatoabout this book: Like Joe Birnam in AWAKENING MACBETH, BT Urruela was a sergeant in Iraq when his armored vehicle was hit with an IED, resulting in the loss of a leg below the knee. Urruela's commander was killed and members of his team lost limbs as well. Suffering from PTSD and depression, Urruela turned to his love of sports–notably baseball–to recover. Fictional warrior Joe Birnam used swimming and water polo to do the same.
Urruela started VETSports, a non-profit organization that provides physical, emotional and psychological rehabilitation through adaptive sports as well as helping wounded and combat vets reintegrate into civilian roles. PEOPLE magzine readers in 2016 voted him one of 30 everyday heroes recognized by Major League Baseball's Tribute for Heroes and Urruela was also recognized with Rare Media's Under 40 award. Beyond his sports rehabilitation organization, today Urruela is a model, student, fitness trainer, and budding fiction author.
AWAKENING MACBETH was written, and the character of Joe Birnam created, before I ever saw a provocative yet powerful picture of Urruela. Both the real and the fictional wounded warrior have stories that capture the imagination and the heart.
While I hope readers enjoy AWAKENING MACBETH and its story of love versus evil, my greater hope is that we all support our wounded warriors and salute their sacrifice and service.
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