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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 16
By R.P. BenDedek
May 15, 2015 - 6:48:55 AM

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"Magic City Book Basket 2015" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. This year the frequency of publication and number of books in each basket will vary and while we still have book reviewers at Magic City we unfortunately can't do book reviews for every book. We are still offering to assist authors in promoting their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service. We invite authors to send in 'stand alone' articles on a topic that readership might find interesting.

  • This is not an opportunity to rehash publicity material and authors should not use their book title as the article title.
  • When we publish author articles, we do include author bios and a photograph of the book cover and additionally add the link to a purchase page.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who took advantage of this offer in 2014 and a list of those authors and their articles for July-Dec 2014 may be found here. At the end of last year our book reviewers cut back on their book requests while waiting to see what changes would occur with a new editor in 2015. With the book baskets now recommenced our reviewers have once again started requesting books and once those books are received and read, will once again be offering us their reviews. (Books Reviewed July to December 2014)

Author Articles Since Basket No. 15

  1. Comedy for Church and Community by Carl E. Ramsey author of "Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy"
  2. When Baltimore Burns -- Again by Patrick J. Fornari author of "Commoner Sense"
  3. Edward IV and the War of the Roses by Dr A. Corbet Author of "Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King"

Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 15

Milt Gross Book Review: "Absolute Power" by David Baldacci
May 9, 2015

According to part of Wikipedia's write up, "David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A graduate of Henrico High School, he received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. "Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation, which works to combat illiteracy in the United States. Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS."

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle"

by Katherine Flannery Dering

"Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle" by Katherine Flannery Dering
Bedford, NY: Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle chronicles the Flannery family and their brother, Paul, who suffered from treatment resistent schizophrnenia and then passed away with lung cancer. Paul was one of 10 children and developed schizophrenia at age 16. In the majority of cases, this mental illness can be treated reasonably successfully and, with support, the individual can live in the community and enjoy a reasonable quality of life. Paul, unfortunately, was one of the 25% for whom no medication works properly and his parents were forced to have him hospitalized.

Over the course of many years and until her death, Paul's mother made a weekly treck to whatever hospital he was housed in to visit and to offer support. Not long after she passed away, Paul became one of the many ill people moved out of the institution and into a series of inadequate housing and support arrangements. His siblings were left to supervise his care despite their having families and busy careers of their own. They had him over for family events and tried as best they could to include him even though, at times, he could be threatening and disruptive. They would get calls from friends and neighbours telling them of seeing him wandering the streets of White Plains, NY. And then Paul developed lung cancer and the family shifted into high gear to ensure his proper care and to help him navigate the complex system.

After his death, sister Katherine Flannery sat down to write his and the family history in a book that librarian, Ann Cloonan, called "so powerful and emotonal". Author Randye Kaye said that this book "will open the reader's eyes to the effects of schizophrenia, the need for change, and the power of family love." For readers who wish to learn more about the background of those they see wandering our streets and the impact their mental illness has on their struggling families, this is the ideal book. As Dr Fred Frese who also has schizophrenia stated "This eye-opening account of the realities of having a seriously mentally ill family member should be at the top of the "must read" list for anyone involved with, or otherwise interested in, improving mental health services for those who are most in need." And for those who do have a mentally ill relative, this book will offer insight into how another family coped.

Katherine Flannery Dering holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Inkwell Magazine, as well as The Bedford Record Review, Northwords Press, Sensations Magazine, Pandaloon Press, Poetry Motel and Pink Elephant Magazine. A narrative non-fiction piece, which later became a chapter of Shot in the Head, was included in Stories from the Couch, an anthology of essays about coping with mental illness. For more information, please visit

  • Video of the author discussing her book with jounalist Adina Seward in a diner in Westchester, NY.

"Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle"
by Katherine Flannery Dering
ISBN 978-1927637210
226 pages
$15 paperback
$9 kindle

No. 2


by Lanayre Liggera

"Intrusion" By Lanayre Liggera
NEW YORK CITY -- Glamorized by entertainment, witchcraft, ghosts, wizardry and supernatural beings spark a trending fascination on the occult. While a fascination in entertainment may not be harmful, author Lanayre Liggera is concerned about the lack of understanding on occult practices.

With hopes to expose the dangers of the occult and encourage conversation about occult experiences, Liggera has blended natural and supernatural levels of struggle in her new theological thriller "Intrusion."

Following the protagonist Sir Carter Braxton, a judge presiding in a life threatening case, Liggera brings together characters of different faiths that work together in peace as they protect the protagonist from an oil- bunkering gang. After understanding the power of evil, Sir Carter Braxton begins a journey of renewal that will keep readers on edge.

As the judge in a complicated case involving an oil-bunkering gang, Sir Carter Braxton finds himself totally under the security provided by a mysterious figure, Sidi el-Hassam, a wealthy Arab who commands a volunteer group that specializes in preventing crude oil theft. The isolation under which he now lives causes him to miss his best friend's funeral in 1993 for reasons that must remain inexplicable to his friends, the Falconer family, who live in the Forest of Dean, where they grow restoration oak. Finding herself in London, the widow, Valerie Falconer, an American from Texas, slips into one of Carter's trials as a spectator, after which she discovers the conditions under which her old friend has been living for over three years. (Read More at Xlibris )

Lanayre Liggera holds a master's degree from Tufts University as well as Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School. Passionate about music, she played the banjo for the New Harmony Sisterhood Band. After pursuing her interest of early aviation, she began studying WWI and toured the Western Front. For 14 years, she was the chairman of the Western Front Associations' New England-New York chapter chairman. For 18 years, Liggera and her husband actively volunteered in their community. She is the author of "The Life of Robert Loraine: The Stage, the Sky, and George Bernard Shaw."

By Lanayre Liggera
Xlibris Press
Published 11/24/2014
ISBN: 978-1499094817
168 pages
Softcover $20
Hardcover $30
E-book $4

No. 3

"Bland Encounter"

by Donald Wightman

"Bland Encounter" by Donald Wightman
United Kingdom -- In a chortling new novel by Donald Wightman, a group of local trainspotters get embroiled in a scandal involving sex, corporate sabotage and just about anything else that can force its way under the sheets.

Synopsis: Take the slap-stick farce of a 1950's Ealing comedy and update it with a generous portion of risque humour - this is the laugh-out-loud comedy novel by Donald Wightman. The Bridgnorth writer used his own on-train experiences to create his story. 'My own railway industry knowledge provided the ideal platform for this hilarious, read-between-the-lines comedy novel, Bland Encounter. With a heritage railway on my own doorstep, a trip along its meandering route would inevitably fire-up my imagination and help me to create new ways of thickening the plot.' Bland Encounter features an off-the-wall main character surrounded by a host of amusing supporting roles. Dave Bland is a man struggling to make a new life after the break up of his marriage. The middle-aged train manager turns to an internet dating site and soon gets embroiled in intrigue. Is the mysterious Galina a high-class hooker, a hit woman or simply a lady looking for love? When she arrives in the UK, he invites her into his home, but complications arise when Galina's niece appears on the scene. A sex-trade worker down on her luck, Irina needs a place to stay. With money tight, old habits die hard, so Dave formulates a plan for Irina and her colleagues to target Trainspotters who are due in town for a special steam weekend. Chaos ensues when members of a rival steam railway try to sabotage the event. The mayhem increases when a train wrecks a nearby Safari Park.

"Writing humorous fiction well is extremely difficult," explains the author. "Most people just fill a book with anecdotes, but I instead wanted something with a solid plot and narrative to match. Fusing this desire with some of the crazy stories I have heard over the years as a railway enthusiast -- I had the perfect cocktail on my hands. There's a very deep story running underneath the humour about persevering through love, embracing second chances and keeping a low profile. Oh yes -- and there's also a few suggestions on why it's vital to ensure your new Russian girlfriend leaves her hooker niece back on home soil!"

Donald Wightman is 62, married with one daughter and grew up in the East Midlands. He initially trained as a toolmaker, working in the car industry before changing tack to become a shopkeeper in rural Warwickshire. Some years later, he embarked on a new career in the railway industry; working firstly as a train manager and more recently as a train driver in the West Midlands area. As a young man he also served for 12 years in the Territorial Army. The author lives in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

No. 4

"The Golden Icon"

by Janet Pywell

"The Golden Icon" by Janet Pywell
United Kingdom -- In November of 2013, a multi-million-pound stock of art, originally stolen by the Nazis, was found stashed in a Munich apartment. In her first novel, Janet Pywell weaves together a similar story of crime and vengeance -- as a former opera singer's secrets force her into an emotional blackmail plot she could never have envisaged. It all plays out in 'The Golden Icon', the fascinating kick-off to a new trilogy.

Synopsis: Josephine Lavelle, a once-famous opera singer who became an international outcast, has one last opportunity to resurrect her career. She was born to sing Puccini's Tosca and is determined to earn the right to perform again on the world's most prestigious and celebrated stages. But her fight for the future she craves is derailed when her ex-husband embroils her in a cynical blackmail plot. She is forced to take possession of a solid gold icon, part of a secret hoard of art treasures stolen by the Nazis - that dangerous men are prepared to kill for. As well as determining the fate of the Golden Icon, Josephine must come to terms with her past, and fight for her own life. If only her choices were simple...

"This book has been a labour of love, and research for it took me to Italy, Ireland and Germany," explains the author, a prolific writer. "I also interviewed a string of notable opera singers and immersed myself in the architecture and surroundings of their international theatres. I didn't want to just create a story -- but an adventure readers can literally live and breathe. The next volume, 'Masterpiece', is currently on my writing table and due to be released by the end of 2015. Expect another unpredictable plot involving stolen works of arts, forgeries and reveals the protagonist's deepest personal secret and the ensuing consequences."

'The Golden Icon', from Richmond Heights Publishing, is available now:

Other books include: Red Shoes and Other Short Stories and Ellie Bravo. Author website: Author blog:

Janet Pywell believes that her experience of living and travelling abroad has been invaluable adding perspective and depth to her writing, to help plot stories and create fictional characters. With a background in travel and tourism, Janet has worked in administration and sales before becoming Director of her own marketing company. Pursuing her dream to write, Janet studied with the Open University followed by an MA in Creative Writing at Queen's University Belfast whilst working full time. This debut crime novel The Golden Icon is set in Lake Como, Dublin and Munich and is the first of a trilogy. With a passion for travel and writing, Janet has combined her two loves to pursue the dream of a writing career. She continues to travel frequently and widely with the excuse of gathering ideas and experiences which can be used in her writing.

No. 5

"Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction"

by Diane Brischke

"Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction" by Diane Brischke
DETROIT -- According to the World Wide Fund For Nature, today's rapid loss of species is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. With more than 35 years of experience in education, Diane Brischke works to not only teach people of all ages the value of animals, but also to shed light on the dramatic depletion in numbers of many endangered species due to man-made causes, like climate change, habitat loss and pollution. An advocate of the positive work zoos and aquariums do, Brischke seeks to inspire fellow animal lovers to participate in the conservation efforts.

"Throughout the years, my goal has always been to make people aware of the environmental crisis our planet faces regarding our animals and oceans," Brischke said. "I hope I encourage others, especially children, to learn more and take an interest in helping."

Brischke's new book, "Now You See Me," shares an informative, engaging and concise look at a variety of endangered animals, including the cause of their current path to extinction. Brischke, an avid photographer, uses some of her own photographs throughout the book to provide vibrant, clear pictures of the selected species.

"In addition to my years volunteering and supporting various conservation organizations, I've taken several classes on species and behaviors which inspired me to learn more about the crisis our planet is facing and conduct my own research," Brischke said. "I want to share my knowledge and experience with today's youth in the hopes of motivating future generations to protect and preserve endangered animals."

Diane Brischke volunteers as the Director of Youth Education at a Detroit aquarium and was a senior docent at a zoo. Using her multiple years of experience in teaching and education, she has led outreach programs at schools, retirement homes and church groups. She hopes to create a better quality of life for animals by helping to raise awareness through photography and writing. Brischke currently lives in Eastpointe, Michigan. For more information, visit

"Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction"
By: Diane Brischke
Xlibris Press
Published 4/21/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4797-5156-3
52 pages
Softcover $31.99
E-Book $4

No. 6

"An Ouroboros"

by Paul Edward

"An Ouroboros" by Paul Edward
Paul Edward's new novel, 'An Ouroboros', acts as its protagonist's brutally honest diary as he searches for meaning.

Young people sometimes float through their lives, feeling the strain of their transition from child to adult while still embarking on the inherently hopeful journey of self-discovery. Such a person is the protagonist of An Ouroboros; the young man whose "diary" readers absorb is constantly searching for meaning within his life. This first-person tome is an unrelenting account of the young man who, like the author, is named Paul, and his journey out of the suburbs in search of himself.

The journey for Paul in An Ouroboros is not quite a linear one; he moves on but sometimes his path curves, or circles back on itself, or veers off in another direction. The small-mindedness of the suburbs nearly drowns him before he decides to leave, and sometimes his mind ventures there again, mulling over the narrow and absurd ideas of generations before his. Likewise he dwells on a past relationship, sometimes reminiscing while at other times, treating himself or his former lover with brutal scorn. It is all part of the process of becoming an adult; these awkward growing pains must be endured as the young protagonist sheds youth like an old skin.

Paul moves to New York, reveling in the simple pleasures of a never-before-seen view of the city, or a seat in a crowded cafe with a good cup of coffee. He sometimes drinks too much, and he continues to dwell. However, no matter how hopeless he sometimes feels, he is growing, always endeavoring to satisfy his soul.

Paul Edward officially released his first novel on March 29th, 2015, at the Washington D.C. cultural landmark, Busboys and Poets. The 26 year-old author currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

"An Ouroboros"
by Paul Edward
Bookstand Publishing
Published 3/8/2015
ISBN-13: 9781634980326
188 Pages
Hardcover $25
E-book $7

No. 7

"Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War"

by Richard W. Smith

"Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War" by Richard W. Smith
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a time when all men were not viewed as created equally, several important historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass spoke out against the use and mistreatment of slaves. However, the untold story of one man's mission to leverage support abroad, motivate the military and government and lead the country to equality have remained a mystery.

"Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War" describes the life of Bishop Charles P. McIlvaine and his dedication to ending slavery. Prior to McIlvaine's involvement in the Civil War, the Episcopal Church abstained from taking action against slavery. Due to McIlvaine's encouragement, the Episcopal Church took a stance on slavery. As the Bishop of Ohio, McIlvaine worked closely with President Lincoln to gain Union support in Great Britain. McIlvaine gained multiple honorary degrees and upon his death was honored in Great Britain and America.

Author Richard W. Smith is an Ohio native who has history degrees from DePauw University, Harvard University and the Ohio State University. Now retired, Smith continues his passion for history as professor emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University.

"After encountering numerous scholarly works mentioning McIlvaine, I decided to look further into his life," Smith said. "McIlvaine's stature in Great Britain facilitated his endeavors to gain British support for the Union cause. A detailed analysis of his labors and failure in mid-Victorian society has not been available."

Smith's book reveals McIlvaine's dedication, leadership and complex persona through a thorough depiction of the bishop's life.

Richard W. Smith began working at Ohio Wesleyan University as a history professor After receiving his degrees from DePauw University, Harvard University and the Ohio State University in 1945, 1947 and 1959 respectively. Smith currently serves as professor emeritus of history at Ohio Wesleyan University. His work allowed him to share his passion for history with students and continue his research into the American Civil War. Smith resides in Ohio with his wife and dogs.

"Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War"
By: Richard W. Smith
Xlibris Press
Published Aug 5, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4797-0289-3
328 pages
Softcover $18
Hardcover $30
E-book $4

No. 8

"Walking With Spirit"

By Cynthia Maddox

"Walking With Spirit" By Cynthia Maddox
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- For many people, it can be difficult to gain a complete appreciation for God entirely through church. It's a common theme for churchgoers in the U.S. to simply go out of rote instead of passion. For these people, author Cynthia Maddox offers her new book, "Walking With Spirit". It helps those just embarking on their spiritual journeys to find their way.

"In a day and age when many people are becoming more aware than ever of their own spirituality and hungering for purpose, I think my book can really help," Maddox said.

The hardest times in life can serve as the catalyst for tremendous spiritual and personal growth, as Maddox herself found when she was no longer able to attend her church. She hopes that through the spiritual guidance in her book, readers can make the choice to take a walk with spirit.

WALKING WITH SPIRIT Consciously beginning your spiritual journey Awaken to the now. Be conscious and aware of the now in everything you do. Live and love in the light of Spirit. These are wise words given to me by my guides when I began walking with Spirit. I share them with you today along with my prayer that this book will find its way to the hands of those ready to begin their Spiritual journey or those on their path that may need a little encouragement or a hand along their way. I found long ago that there are always people ahead of you or further along on their path that are willing to help and guide you. Likewise, there are people behind you that may need your help and guidance on their journey. That is where I am now, a fellow traveler, walking with Spirit just as you. So who am I to write this book? I asked the same question and I heard, "Who are you not to write this book. You are a child of God. You are loved, protected and guided". Who am I? I am just like you, a normal person. I could be your neighbor or coworker... (More Preview at Balboa Press)

Cynthia Maddox has been studying spirituality for over thirty years. She recently moved from Florida to North Carolina to place her full attention on writing and on developing the Spirit Healing and Wellness Center.

"Walking With Spirit"
By Cynthia Maddox
Balboa Press
Published 2/10/2015
ISBN 978-1-50432-561-5
118 pages
Softcover $12
Hardcover $29
E-book $4

No. 9

"Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management"

by Ali Soleymaniha

"Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management" by Ali Soleymaniha
Ali Soleymaniha has been researching and practicing in the field of conflict management for more than a decade. Through his workshops on the topic, Soleymaniha has helped people adopt new strategies for effectively working through disagreements and distress. With a desire to guide others seeking happiness and success in their lives, Soleymaniha was inspired to pen his new book, "Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management."

A poignant resource for conflict management, "Embrace Happiness" explores what conflict is, what causes it and how people tend to react to it. By encouraging a balanced lifestyle and reviewing how minute decisions affect overall happiness, Soleymaniha provides readers with insight into achieving a state of total happiness that is sustainable and viable.

"Happiness is neither the target or the destination," Soleymaniha said. "Instead, happiness is a daily expedition with different paths along the way and I wish to spread the word and see more people breaking the hard shells and experience the joyful light."

In Embrace Happiness, author Ali Soleymaniha provides a path to discover the Dao of life-the way toward happiness, success, and high achievement in both one's personal life and business. Soleymaniha offers a theory that blends the philosophy of Dao with modern conflict management concepts. He explores what conflict is, what causes it, how people tend to react to conflict, and how you can manage it. He focuses specifically on the conflict management process, guiding you down a straightforward path that requires neither incredible tasks nor solitary contemplation, only practice. Embrace Happiness communicates the importance of practicing and living the way of nature: the Dao of life. It maintains that happiness is neither a target nor a destination; it is "the way" we are marching on. Soleymaniha teaches that knowledge and awareness will start small, but can grow extensively-like a spiral moving upward and outward, glowing brighter at each step on the way to fulfilment. (More at iUniverse))

Ali Soleymaniha received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University. Soleymaniha currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where he is an experienced consultant and executive helping clients develop effective and realistic strategies for increasing performance and achieving results. For more information, visit

"Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management"
By: Ali Soleymaniha
iUniverse Corp
Published 4/28/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2957-1
182 Pages
Softcover retail price: $16.95
Hardcover retail price: $26.95
E-book retail price: $3.99

No. 10

"The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope"

by Victor J. Wright and David Rutherford

"The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope" by Victor J. Wright and David Rutherford
LOS ANGELES -- Spinal injuries affect approximately 276,000 Americans with varying degrees of longevity and quality of life. For Victor J. Wright, his young age and athletic build aided him in beating the odds.

As a 15-year-old high school football player, Wright suffered a spinal cord injury during a botched play that paralyzed him from the neck down. In his new memoir "The Wright Stuff," penned by David Rutherford, Wright describes his struggles and successes after becoming a quadriplegic.

In an effort to lead the path God has set for him, Wright graduated from Los Angeles City College, co-founded a nonprofit organization and became an ordained minister. In addition to his successes, Wright advocates racial and religious tolerance through his book.

"After my injury I began to see life through a new lens," Wright said. "We are here on Earth to help one another find success to overcome adversity."

Wright's memoir details his early childhood struggles with having a mentally ill father and overworked mother as well as his life leading up to his injury and how he has overcome adversity to achieve greatness.

Victor J. Wright has been a quadriplegic for roughly four decades. Determined to not wallow in sorrow, Wright made the most out of the life God set for him. Wright acts as a role model and inspiration for people having difficulties accomplishing their goals. He aids in relief efforts for victims of natural disaster around the world and donates books and audiovisual materials to local libraries. Wright's lifelong friend, David Rutherford, worked with Wright to pen "The Wright Stuff." The two friends live in the Los Angeles area.

David D. Rutherford earned a master's degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate University. He is a former newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and for the past twenty-five years has worked in public relations. He also taught journalism as an adjunct faculty member at Pasadena City College.

"The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope"
By: Victor J. Wright and David Rutherford
AuthorHouse Press
Published Oct 31, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4969-3929-6
88 Pages
Softcover $11
E-book $4

No. 11

"Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness: A Commentary on the Words of Jesus"

By Alexis Georg Hoen

"Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness: A Commentary on the Words of Jesus" By Alexis Georg Hoen
LOS ANGELES -- Alexis Georg Hoen has survived beneath many oppressive belief systems, from Stalin's Soviet Union to Nazi Germany, before finally making his way to the United States to practice medicine in Los Angeles. His new book, "Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness: A Commentary on the Words of Jesus" offers readers the theological thoughts of a man whose childhood was spent in countries where the only religion was service to the state.

"The basic premise of the book is that the innermost nature of all that exists, including Man, is the will to live and to love," Hoen said. "This will is realized by sacrifice and forgiveness, and eternal life is overcoming one's isolation as an individual. Learning to forgive oneself by foregoing judgment on others is hugely important."

Hoen hopes that his book can offer a new perspective on the Christian faith. His early life is filled with hardship but his book focuses on the goodness of life and the omnipresence of God.

Born in the Ukraine, educated in Munich, and having practiced medicine in the United States, author Alexis Georg Hoen has been exposed to widely differing political systems and religious beliefs, and he has always maintained an interest as to the origin of these beliefs and their relation to the innermost nature of man. In Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness, he interprets the words and the sacrifice of Jesus as pointing the way toward a realization of our innermost nature-the will to live and love that exists within all. (More at Barnes and Nobel)

Alexis Georg Hoen was born in the former Soviet Union and was indoctrinated with communism and atheism as a child. At age 12 he left to live with his aunt in Nazi Germany. After WWII, he went to medical school in Munich. Hoen graduated in 1953 and immigrated to the United States, where he would practice medicine in Los Angeles for 50 years. He has two daughters and one son.

"Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness: A Commentary on the Words of Jesus"
By Alexis Georg Hoen
True Directions Publishing
Published 2/20/2015
ISBN-13: 9781491754252
190 Pages
Softcover $16
E-book $3.50

No. 12

"Freaks I've Met"

By Donald Jans

"Freaks I've Met" By Donald Jans
PORTLAND, Ore. -- College graduate Jack Fitzpatrick isn't the first man tempted into playing in the hedonistic, money-obsessed, and sometimes ethically questionable world of finance, but he probably didn't expect to end up in jail . . . or for things to get even worse. Author Donald Jans' new book, "Freaks I've Met", follows Jack Fitzpatrick in his misguided quest to move from Spokane to California to make big money in the finance sector.

"It's a 23-year-old's take on the modern parable of the doe-eyed young man thinking there's endless money with his name on it in the bond market, and he is not afraid to tell you his truth," Jans said. "Think Wolf of Wall Street meets the humor of Daniel Tosh or Chelsea Handler."

It's also a story that explores the mindset that can cause someone to leave behind their smaller town and fall prey to the quest for the almighty dollar. It is common for small towns to have limited industries to make money, placing fresh graduates in the position of either settling with the local powers that be, or leaving for greener pastures . . . or salaries with more green.

Jans himself spent more than twenty years in the institutional bond market, providing plenty of fodder for the story. He is excited to share his new book and hopes readers will resonate with "Freaks I've Met."

Spokane, Washington, is nearly perfect for most people, but Jack Fitzpatrick is not one of them. Hours after graduation and armed with his final paycheck from his nemesis, Jack heads for Southern California. Dreams are a dime a dozen in the City of Angels. Broke, barely scraping by, and hating his life as a temp, L.A. is definitely not what Jack expected. But after reading "Best Paying Jobs of 1987" in Time magazine, he decides to go after the only one he thinks he has a shot at: institutional bond broker. (More Overview at Barnes and Nobel)

Donald Jans is a Chartered Financial analyst and Gonzaga University alumnus. He survived more than twenty years in the institutional bond market and encounters with all kinds of freaks. The author of several screenplays, he is currently working on his second novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his two small children.

"Freaks I've Met"
By Donald Jans
Sheabeau publishing
Published 4/3/2015
ISBN-13: 9780578152158
208 pages
Softcover $16
Hardcover $30

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