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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 18
By R.P. BenDedek
May 28, 2015 - 8:23:15 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. 17
(There have been no new author articles this week)

Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 17

Milt Gross Book Review: "Star Island" by Carl Hiaasen
May 24, 2015

I've been enjoying Hiaasen's books for years, and this one was no exception. Except for the story's becoming too complicated and some humor I found a bit below the good humor belt. This was typically Hiaasen amusing and a bit crude, a little confusing, but overall a good book. I've enjoyed Hiaasen's books more for the weird happenings than for the story plots.

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No. 1

"Jewels found along the path of life"

by Michael Francis England

"Jewels found along the path of life" by Michael Francis England
Jewels Found along the Path of Life is the remarkable story of one man's journey that began when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, was born again spiritually, and began a new walk in faith. It illustrates what it is like to get to know God personally, serve Him, and be used by Him, as it lists many of the encounters with God he experienced over the first twenty-five years of his saved life.

Come along and walk the path of life with this man and share in the exciting journey, the many blessings experienced, the supernatural provision and protection found, and the numerous miraculous events that occurred as he continued to move forward in God's plan for his life. See what it is like to walk on the path of life where one finds renewed hope, purpose, and fulfillment in their life--a path where perfect love casts out all fear, and the peace that passes understanding fills one's heart even in the midst of fiery trials and great trouble.

Join with this man as he learns about the unconditional love of God, His faithfulness, His goodness, His grace, and His immeasurable mercy. It is a journey that will change your life.

Michael Francis England is an evangelist who has shared the gospel worldwide, and spent two years as a missionary in India and Pakistan. He has a master of arts in religion, majoring in evangelism and church planting from Liberty University. He resides with his wife, Dominique, in New York City.

"Jewels found along the path of life"
by Michael Francis England
Westbow Press
Published 5/27/2014
168 Pages
Hardcover $31
Softcover $14
E-Book $4

No. 2

"The Manservant"

by Michael Harwood

"The Manservant" by Michael Harwood
Brighton, United Kingdom -- Having cooked for some of the world's richest and most prestigious families, Michael Harwood knows that the lives of "the other half" are just as intruiging and calamitous as anyone would suspect. While he has already released two hugely successful cookbooks, Harwood is now turning his hand to fiction, albeit heavily-influenced by his career as one the nation's most sought-after private chefs. Everything plays out in 'The Manservant'. It's a far cry from Downtown Abbey, but a hundred times more interesting!

Synopsis: In this bitingly witty, saucy, acutely observed debut novel, Michael Harwood pulls back the damask drapes to reveal life among the modern aristocracy--upstairs, downstairs, and occasionally, behind stairs... Anthony Gowers assists guests at a high-end London hotel with the kind of requests that can't be filled from a room-service menu. His reward: lavish tips and a closet full of cashmere. Then a client's after-hours entertainment ends in a tabloid scandal, and Anthony quickly becomes the city's best-dressed unemployed person. .. In desperation, Anthony takes a position in the countryside as personal butler to Lord Shanderson. As a former Royal footman, Anthony is well versed in the peerage's peculiar ways. But Castle Beadale conceals an abundance of intrigue behind its stately doors. On the surface, Lord Shanderson is a model English gentleman--with a few personal interests that Anthony is sure the absent Lady Shanderson knows nothing about. But when the horrendously high-maintenance Lady Shanderson returns, tempers will flare, secrets will be exposed, and Anthony must decide whether the perks of privilege he's enjoyed are worth the price he's compelled to pay...

"This book is very witty and light-hearted, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't based some of it on actual things I have witnessed and heard about behind the closed doors of the rich," admits Harwood, a member of the Guild of Food Writers. "They are of course heavily-masked, but will still give readers a very saucy insight into the lives of those that have always intrigued them. With the sudden announcement that Downtown Abbey is about to wrap up, millions have a newfound thirst for stories and adventures (even if under the sheets!) about aristocracy and the super-rich. I've been mixing with them for years, and hope I can offer some interesting insight with an insanely-gripping fictional twist!"

Michael Harwood is one of the UK's most sought after private chefs with clients on both sides of the Atlantic. He has cooked for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. He has published two cookbooks, Miniature Feasts and The Ultimate Insanely Super Hot Chili Pepper Cookbook. A member of the Guild of Food Writers, he lives with his partner in Brighton, U.K. For more information, visit the author's official website: http://mjharwoodauthor.com

No. 3

"Mommy, Was Grandpa a Nazi?: Recipes for Tolerance and Understanding"

By Elisabeth Falcone

"Mommy, Was Grandpa a Nazi?: Recipes for Tolerance and Understanding" By Elisabeth Falcone
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- What if something as simple as sharing a meal could help achieve harmony between diverse groups of people?

Author Elisabeth Falcone believes food has the ability to bring people together, regardless of their ethnicity or belief system. Her new book, Mommy, Was Grandpa a Nazi?: Recipes for Tolerance and Understanding, provides educational stories of food's unifying powers as well as recipes from around the world.

"Food is an important factor in our ongoing search to achieve tolerance and understanding of others," Falcone said.

Falcone, a German immigrant, was inspired to write the book after a real-life experience in which a contentious first impression blossomed into a lifelong friendship centered around a shared love of cooking.

"I wish to illustrate how people of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds can be brought together by sharing food," Falcone said. "It can help bridge a gap between cultures."

Time seems to stand still when we share a meal with family and friends or with strangers. The concept that food releases a chemical reaction enhancing our capacity for tolerance and understanding is a common thread in the stories of this book. They take us from WWII Germany to present-day Europe and America. When the author's daughter, Angie, comes home from school and asks, "Mommy, was grandpa a Nazi?", the author wants to find who wants to know and meets with Angie's teacher, Ruth Singer, who is teaching about the Holocaust. They have much in common, and their love of cooking leads to a lifelong friendship. (Read more overview at Author House)

Elisabeth Falcone was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a teen. She has traveled all over the world and speaks four languages fluently. Falcone, a retired teacher, now resides in Sunrise, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.mommywasgrandpaanazi.com/

"Mommy, Was Grandpa a Nazi?: Recipes for Tolerance and Understanding"
By Elisabeth Falcone
Author House Corp
8/27/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4969-2969-3
224 pages
Softcover $17
E-book $4

No. 4

"A Dying Trade: Memoirs of a nursing home proprietor"

by William Webb

"A Dying Trade: Memoirs of a nursing home proprietor" by William Webb
United Kingdom -- When people send a loved one to a nursing home, they are literally entrusting their most cherished possession with people they hardly know. While the dark side of nursing homes has hit the headlines in recent years -- they're usually presented as the perfect place for someone to live out their final years. In a fascinating new novel by William Webb, one nursing home owner bares all -- details the public seldom become privy to. It all plays out in 'A Dying Trade: Memoirs of a nursing home proprietor'; inspired by real-life events.

Synopsis: Colin Hornsby gives up his stressful engineering job in the midlands to run his own care home at an ex-convent in Devon. However, he soon discovers that looking after old folks is no bed of roses. His own selection of residents give him trouble enough, but nothing compared to what Social Services foist upon him when he agrees to help them out. Alcoholics and ex-prisoners drive him to distraction with the often hilarious scams they indulge in.

"This story is hilarious, heart-breaking and hugely thought-provoking," admits Webb. "Colin thought running his nursing home would be something of a literal walk in the park, not a never-ending conveyor belt of quirky residents and authorities that exert their power with no respite. Of course, the strange juxtaposition is that no clients in the care home will stick around forever...The characters are vividly real, as was Colin himself. He was a great friend of mine who kept diaries and notes of his experiences running his Devon nursing home. He died before the book was published, and I'm committed to continuing his legacy."

William Webb spent ten years in the Royal Air Force before embarking on a career as an Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineer and Consultant. His travels took him to more than forty countries where he met such interesting characters as Idi Amin, Colonel Gadaffi, and members of various royal families. His other books, My Art Is Where the Ohm Is, Per Ardua Ad Ulcers, After Work the Pictures, and Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt are based on his experiences and well worth reading. Another book, The Best Medicine, is based on the entries in an autograph book of a volunteer WW1 nurse. The collection of verses, drawings, and messages of gratitude from more than one hundred seriously injured servicemen depict vividly the horrors these men endured in their battle for freedom.

No. 5

"Report Writing: A Survival Guide"

By Joyce Kupsh and Rhonda Rhodes

"Report Writing: A Survival Guide" By Joyce Kupsh and Rhonda Rhodes
POMONA, Calif. -- Employers continue to say that written and oral communication skills are the most important skills for employees. In a competitive job market, prospective employees need every advantage possible. Report Writing: A Survival Guide, by Joyce Kupsh and Rhonda Rhodes, presents the basics for writing any kind of report, such as research reports, proposals, case studies, business plans, technical reports, feasibility studies and more. Both novice and experienced writers will benefit from the book. Checklists are included to assist writers in perfecting their reports.

The book includes chapters on:

  • Organizing: purpose, types and formats
  • Starting: planning, researching and referencing
  • Referencing: basic steps, reference management software, citing sources, using style manuals, APA reference list and avoiding plagiarism
  • Writing: objectivity, conciseness, coherence, emphasis and variety
  • Polishing: abbreviations, acronyms, capitalization, italics, numbers, punctuation, spelling and word division
  • Producing: fonts, color, paper, layout and graphics
  • Finishing: editing and proofreading

"Anyone who writes any type of report will benefit from this book," Kupsh says. "In addition to writing style, the design of the report is also covered. We originally wrote the book for our students, but soon realized that people in the business world could also benefit from the book." "Don't get fined, don't get fired, don't go to jail, don't plagiarize," says Rhodes. "In today's download/cut and paste world it is easy to forget that using another person's words, ideas, or pictures is AGAINST THE LAW. Report Writing outlines methods to keep your writing legal."

Joyce Kupsh, Ed.D. is a Professor Emerita at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has published books, articles and conducted many workshops/seminars throughout the U.S. and six other countries. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for three companies and is involved in consulting.

Rhonda Rhodes, Ph.D is a Professor of Technology and Operations Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She researches, publishes and presents in the U.S. and internationally. She has owned a computer sales and training facility and is currently employed as a consultant on technology and proposal writing.

"Report Writing: A Survival Guide"
By Joyce Kupsh and Rhonda Rhodes
Xlibris Publishing
Published May 20, 2010
134 pages
ISBN 9781450068925
Softcover $15
E-book $5

No. 6

"God's Final Jubilee"

by Dan Goodwin

"God's Final Jubilee" by Dan Goodwin
When one looks at current news reports, it's impossible to deny that the world is in turmoil. From terrorism and political inaction to escalating natural disasters and international tragedies, things are looking increasingly bleak. Additionally, these global events are occurring at a startling rate. According to Dan Goodwin, this climate is no coincidence; in fact, it was foretold in the Bible. In his new book, God's Final Jubilee, Goodwin explains why it is time for God's children to arise from their slumber and prepare for the rapid changes ahead. The many global incidents and disasters, Goodwin says, create a perfect climate for the rise of the Antichrist. In his book, he details how these signs fulfill the prophecies from Scripture and why those who are alive today may be the final generations of humanity on Earth. He even reveals the identity of the two witnesses, whose role in the world's final days is foretold in the Bible. Goodwin also provides further evidence of the coming end with ten solid proofs of a pre-Tribulation rapture.

Some of the topics Goodwin addresses in his book include: The 70th and final Jubilee is on the horizon; The Bible's built-in Prophetic calendar; The customs of a Jewish wedding and the Bride of Christ, and how they are connected; The purpose of the Tribulation from the book of Daniel; Ten solid proofs of a Pre-Tribulation rapture; The reason the Tribulation is measured in days and not in years; The Kinsman Redeemer and the title deed to planet earth; Why we may be the last generation; A seven-thousand-year history of the world; The identity of the two witnesses; When the New Testament really began; What in the world is going on and The coming blood red moons over Israel.

While the end of the world is, in many ways, a grim and terrifying prospect, it is also motivating for believers. In God's Final Jubilee, Goodwin issues a kind of call to arms for the church of God to shake itself awake and prepare to meet the coming challenges. The time is coming for humanity to meet its Lord, and they must be ready!

Evangelist Dan Goodwin has been in the ministry since 1983. He has pastored several churches, authored several books, and has been a full-time Evangelist since 2003. Brother Goodwin preaches Bible conferences, revivals, and prophecy meetings across America. For more information, please visit www.heavenboundone.net

No. 7

"MODEL Coach: A Common Sense Guide for Coaches of Youth Sports"

By Daniel L. Sedor

"MODEL Coach: A Common Sense Guide for Coaches of Youth Sports" By Daniel L. Sedor
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Winning isn't everything. With a fixation on tangible successes, many parents and coaches are losing sight of the importance of young players developing social skills and leadership in addition to technical proficiencies.

Instead of aiming for trophies and titles, youth coach and author Daniel L. Sedor believes the focus should be on developing players, creating leaders and making a positive impact on the community. With more than 30 years of experience in leadership business and the world of athletics, Sedor strives to reinstate values in today's youth sports through actionable ideas, common sense and business acumen.

Sedor's book "MODEL Coach: A Common Sense Guide for Coaches of Youth Sports" is dedicated to the development of successful coaching practices. Centered on a well-rounded approach to coaching, the book touches on topics ranging from communication and parental involvement to leadership skills and self-esteem.

"I have seen many different types of positive and negative coaching methods throughout my years of involvement in sports," Sedor said. "The goal of this book is to reinforce the beneficial, character building coaching methods while challenging common coaching behaviors that can be detrimental to a team."

In order to achieve this balance, Sedor shares ways to redefine the coach's role through five foundational actions -- the MODEL approach -- which help teach coaches of all levels of experience how to become more effective at developing players and leaders in all aspects of life.

Daniel L. Sedor was born in Rochester, Minnesota, and now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife Karen. Sedor has played, coached and officiated a variety of youth sports over his lifetime, including coaching his children Amanda and Brad during their time in youth sports. He has more than 30 years of business experience and is currently the executive vice president and owner of Leadership Resources. For more information about Sedor's leadership development business, please visit LRsuccess.com. For more information, visit www.modelbookseries.com

"MODEL Coach: A Common Sense Guide for Coaches of Youth Sports"
By Daniel L. Sedor
iUniverse Corp
Published Nov 25, 2008
ISBN: 9780595501861
108 pages

No. 8

"The Doctor's Stories"

By Charles T. Chase

"The Doctor's Stories" By Charles T. Chase
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Over the course of 30 years in medicine, doctor and hospital Chief of Staff Charles T. Chase has witnessed firsthand an inspiring assortment of humanity, all with one trip to the hospital in common.

These experiences are collected in his new book, "The Doctor's Stories". Faced with illnesses ranging from a broken bone to breast cancer, each patient offers inspiration and perspective.

"After 30 years in medicine, some people might expect me to be cynical," Chase said. "On the contrary, I've found that there's no better way to understand the tenacity of the human spirit than to see it challenged."

Particularly for fans of medical TV shows or Chicken Soup books, "The Doctor's Stories" is a wonderful window into the challenges and life of a real doctor and his patients.

"At the end of the day, these are stories of humanity and the efforts of those of us entrusted to help people," Chase said. "It has been my privilege for over 25 years to do just that. These are their stories."

Charles T. Chase is the Chief of Staff of a hospital, a neurology consultant, and member of numerous boards of directors. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

"The Doctor's Stories"
By Charles T. Chase
Xlibris Books
Published 12/19/2014
ISBN-13: 9781503524620
318 pages
Hardcover $30
E-book $4

No. 9

"Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King"

By Dr. Anthony Corbet

"Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King" By Dr. Anthony Corbet
SAN ANTONIO --Italian philosopher George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Sometimes, though, repeating the past can be beneficial.

In his book, "Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King," Dr. Anthony Corbet draws parallels between the historical figure and modern day leaders. Many observe that leaders today lack accountability, something with which Edward IV surrounded himself.

"Edward IV was always a particular hero of mine, from the moment his legacy came up in my history class," Dr. Corbet said.

During his reign, Edward IV put an end to corruption, fueled an economic boom and lowered taxes by running the country on his own wealth. He sought input from 100 advisors including the middle-class, non-nobles and non- magnates.

"Young and old leaders alike can learn from Edward IV," Dr. Corbet said. "He led with humility, sought counsel and explored all viewpoints before making a decision."

Dr. Corbet tells an intense, historical tale of one of the greatest rulers in English history. When Richard, Earl of Warwick, drove Edward IV out of the country and seized the throne, the earl manipulated England as a dictator for 6 months, until Edward IV returned with vengeance. He burned his own vessel, the Antony, to the waterline and vowed never again to be chased from England.

Dr. Anthony Corbet grew up in Adelaide, Australia with a passion for English history. While in high school, he won the Annie Montgomerie Martin prize for history. In 1963, Corbet graduated from the Adelaide Medical School. After training in Pediatrics and Neonatology in Sydney and Montreal, Corbet taught and researched at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He practiced at the Children's Hospital in San Antonio until he retired. For more information, visit http://www.edwardiv.com/.

"Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King"
By: Dr. Anthony Corbet
iUniverse Corp
Published 1/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1-4917-4633-2 466 Pages
Softcover $28
Hardcover $38
E-book $4

No. 10

"The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships"

By Tony Fielek

"The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships" By Tony Fielek
DETROIT -- According to a recent study, 76 percent of Americans cite job pressure as the leading cause of stress in their lives. In today's economy, the pressure to succeed overwhelms most professionals, but author Tony Fielek hopes to readjust mindsets to instead focus on honing interpersonal skills as a development tool to further professionals in their career paths.

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." Fielek believes successful people take advantage of every opportunity and make the best of every situation.

In his book, "The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships," Fielek provides simple steps for professionals to dig out of creative ruts and become experts at the power of persuasion, control and influence. Over the course of his career at a major automotive company and through service at his local church, Fielek had the chance to interact with a number of incredibly bright high school and college students about their futures. He discovered that despite their great achievements, they timidly looked into the future with ideas in their heads of shark tanks in place of the corporate world.

With the constant pressure to succeed, Fielek wants to help people learn to be self-starters and gain interpersonal skills that help secure jobs and achieve happiness and success.

"'The Success Process Handbook' provides a flexible process that will help readers achieve the things they desire in life," Fielek said. "Regardless of age, what they need is a desire to change, perseverance and some kind of a personal plan."

"The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships"
By Tony Fielek
Xlibris Corp
Published 11/22/2013
ISBN: 978-1-4931-2552-4
54 pages
Hardcover: $24.99
E-book: $3.99
Softcover: $15.99

No. 11

"Quality and General Welfare Codification" By Spiro V. Haxhi
CHICAGO -- We all know we can look to a dictionary for definitions of the words "good" and "quality," but today their meaning has become muddied through subjectivity. Can a truly objective definition of quality be found? And where can we apply it?

Quality control engineer Spiro V. Haxhi has worked with this concept in mind for over 40 years. He has finally come up with equations and processes that can be applied to any government organization and be practiced by business leaders to help them fundamentally change their governing philosophies. His new book, "Quality and General Welfare Codification," is the accumulation of his research and findings.

"Our government and modern businesses run the country based solely on the idea of maximizing profit, which often comes at the detriment of a quality product and puts the care of human beings as unimportant," Haxhi said. "We should be focusing on maximizing the general welfare of our people, not how to turn them into the highest number of dollars."

"Quality and General Welfare Codification" aims to help government officials, business executives and the educators who shape our future generations come to an objective understanding of quality, which will improve our communities and the lives of our citizens. This way the ideals of good can become the benchmark for success in life rather than just money.

Spiro V. Haxhi was born in Albania during World War II and received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering while there. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 and has worked as a quality control engineer and manager both here and in Albania. He currently works for the Quality Training Institute near Chicago, IL.

"Quality and General Welfare Codification"
By Spiro V. Haxhi
Xlibris Books
Published 11/20/2014
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4990-8266-1
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4990-8265-4
106 pages
SC-Retail price: $15.99
HC-Retail price: $24.99

No. 12

"What in the World Is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time"

By Penny Gill

"What in the World Is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time" By Penny Gill
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The widespread impact of violence, poverty, and climate change have left many feeling discouraged when considering the future of the planet.

Penny Gill, author of What in the World Is Going On?, experienced emotions of despair and hopelessness until she began receiving teachings from the Tibetan master Manjushri. The Teacher encouraged her to reframe the crises around the world and instead see them as opportunities.

"We are poised to vastly expand our consciousness, allowing us to heal our deep fears and create sustainable communities which can serve all of us," Gill said.

Gill was thrilled by the Teacher's overwhelming optimism for the future, even with the seemingly endless stream of negativity in world news every day. She was particularly surprised by Manjushri's positive attitude towards technology and globalization.

"There are unique opportunities which our connectivity offers to us. Now we can find each other around the world -- our potential collaborators and inspiration," Gill said. "We are assuredly not alone in our hopes, and we can encourage and sustain each other."

Penny Gill has taught politics and humanities at Mount Holyoke College for over forty years. She also served as dean of the college for several years. She received her doctorate in political science from Yale. Gill has been a life-long student of the wisdom traditions and comparative spirituality, and began receiving teachings from Manjushri, a Tibetan master, five years ago. For more information, visit www.thewisdomteachings.org

"What in the World Is Going On?"
By Penny Gill
Balboa Press
Published 1/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1-5043-2611-7
144 pages
Softcover $12
E-book $6

No. 13

"Embrace the Moment"

By Bonnie Lee Mahler

"Embrace the Moment" By Bonnie Lee Mahler
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After losing one son to a drowning accident, Bonnie Lee Mahler's world was immediately transformed. Unfortunately, tragedy knows no limits. Her second son was taken from her in a similar event only a short time after.

Other than Celine Dion herself, few people know the words and meaning behind "My Heart Will Go On," more than Mahler. As a tribute artist, Mahler performs and shares messages of love and inspiration originally sung by Dion to audiences nationwide. She holds tightly to the lyrics and understands the power behind them. After the loss of her two sons in separate and heartbreaking accidents, she found strength in positive messages and optimistic thinking to overcome loss and learn to love again.

"My life's journey led me to the special opportunity of meeting Celine Dion," Mahler said. "Her music had been a big part of my personal healing. I realized I had a story to share."

Mahler's shares this story and the intimate moments of sorrow then growth that led her to success in her book, "Embrace the Moment." Today, Mahler sings and performs for live audiences. She is also a fitness director and life mastery coach, trained in nontraditional approaches to health including Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Aromatouch therapy and Myofascial release. With Mahler's background and her enthusiasm for health and wellness, she is able to aid individuals in taking care of their wellbeing.

"It was through the process of healing that I gained an understanding of what my purpose truly was," Mahler said.

Mahler's hope is that her memoir will serve as an inspirational call to action for other individuals suffering through the pain of loss. Mahler has come to believe that it serves a person better to embrace the moment, because that is truly all that is certain.

Bonnie Lee Mahler, a wellness, life mastery, neuro-linguistic (NLP), and hypnotherapy coach, also conducts seminars and motivational workshops. Bonnie has had decades of experience in the wellness and personal development field. Bonnie is the mother of three sons. She currently resides in the paradise of Kapolei, Hawaii with her husband, Mark.

"Embrace the Moment"
By Bonnie Lee Mahler
Balboa Press
Published 1/27/2015
ISBN: 1504325346
184 pages
Softcover $14
Hardcover $31
E-book $4


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