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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 30
By R.P. BenDedek
Oct 11, 2015 - 3:22:27 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 has varied and while we still have book reviewers at Magic City we unfortunately can't do book reviews for every book. (List of Book Reviews 2015) 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 all of those authors who have already taken advantage of this offer both in 2014 and again this year. A list of those authors and their articles for 2015 may be found here.

Magic City Morning Star is looking for more writers and reviewers and additionally we invite all book authors to avail themselves of our 'self-promotion' offer.

If you would like to join our team just send an email to me at the address below.

NOTE: Magic City Morning Star has received virtually no Publicity Material for new book releases from publicists since the end of June. We have therefore not been able to produce weekly Book Baskets and of necessity, have not been able to produce book reviews.

Author Articles Since Basket No. 29
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Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 29

Martha Stevens-David Review: "To the Sun and Back" by April Awalt
Oct 10, 2015

I was so touched by the writer's ability to put her own monumental grief aside in order to complete this heart breaking task. I doubt that many parents, when faced with the loss of a beloved child, could have completed this heartfelt task, but April Awalt has. To the Sun and Back, is a sweet tale of parental love. The author lost her son at age ten to meningitis and wrote the book as a way of healing by reflecting upon the love and bond she shared with him.

R.P. BenDedek Interview with Beau Sides, author of "Unseen Tears."
Sep 23, 2015

Recently I did a quick search for statistics on abandoned babies in China. CCTV had a stat saying that in 2013 10,000 babies were abandoned in China and over 75% of them were disabled. I don't have any current accurate numbers, but I would imagine that as the total population grows there will be more children abandoned. As I mentioned earlier, baby hatches have been established and have been busy with the children they receive. From what I have read, more children were abandoned at the hatches than expected. In contrast to that, not as many couples registered to have a second child, which surprised many including myself... Man, my heart truly goes out to a person without their registration or Hukou in China! I am told that a person in that situation can't enroll in school or be legally employed.


No. 1

"Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure"

By Dr. Robert William Curtis

"Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure" By Dr. Robert William Curtis
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In recent decades, the military has been trying to save money by completing rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the congressional process of closing underutilized military installations within the United States.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon requested that Congress restart the BRAC process in an attempt to save essential military bases currently under the threat of closure, and to remove politics from the decision-making process.

In "Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure," retired United States Air Force sergeant Dr. Robert William Curtis provides a case study that complements the Presidio of San Francisco Closure Study conducted prior to its closure in 1994. A former advisor to the Commanding General at the Presidio, Curtis provides in-depth research and first-hand accounts of his attempt to save the base from its inevitable closure due to the Base Closure Realignment Act of 1988 (BRAC 88).

Robert says the closing of the Presidio was a national mistake based on false economic reasoning and military and political interference, and had a devastating effect San Francisco's economy and its military and civilian personnel.

"It is my hope that readers of my book will learn that the ends did not justify the means of the Presidio closure, and that many military personnel and communities facing the same threat today may not benefit if cuts are made," Curtis said.

Dr. Robert William Curtis retired from the United States Air Force as the Management Engineering Superintendent after 25 years of service. Curtis also retired as a human resource officer for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations after 22 years of federal civil service. He is a former personnel management consultant for the commanding general of the U.S. Army that was based at the Presidio of San Francisco prior to its closure. He was a heavy machine gun soldier during World War II, at the age of 15, and also served in the Vietnam War and Korean War.

"Presidio of San Francisco: Post Closure"
By Dr. Robert William Curtis
Authorhouse pub
Published March 26, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4918-9941-0
341 pages
Softcover $20
E-book $4

No. 2

"The Life and Legend of a Polio Victim"

by Dr. Cliff Edward Williams

"The Life and Legend of a Polio Victim" by Dr. Cliff Edward Williams
BELZONI, Miss. -- Living with a disability doesn't mean life has to be disabled.

At the age of 18 months, doctors diagnosed Dr. Cliff Edward Williams with polio -- an irreversible disease that would have a significant impact on the rest of his life.

In his memoir, "The Life and Legend of a Polio Victim," Dr. Williams traces his life from birth to present day, detailing all the trials and tribulations along the way to achieving personal and professional success as a well- educated and well-traveled business professor.

"I want my story to reach all handicapped people, either as a result of illness, accident or military service, to help them understand that they can also find success in life," Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Williams hopes his story will also encourage parents who have children living with disabilities that anything is possible.

"It should be a joy to see a child with a handicap able to do the same things that other children do, such as read, play or simply walk through the lunch line," Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Cliff Edward Williams has a bachelor's degree from Mississippi Valley State University, a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate degree from the University of Houston. Prior to retiring from a career in business education, Dr. Williams was a professor of business at Mississippi Valley State University for 35 years, including 16 years as the department chairperson. He has published two other books, "The Ayers Case" and "Family Finance." Dr. Williams is married and has two children.

"The Life and Legend of a Polio Victim"
By Dr. Cliff Edward Williams
Xlibris Corp
Published 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4363-7363-0
88 pages
Hardcover $25
Softcover $16
E-book $10

No. 3

"Science of the Soul"

by Cynthia S. Toth PhD

"Science of the Soul: The Connection Between Spirituality And Science For Healing Your Life" by Cynthia S. Toth PhD
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- After a series of unfortunate events in her life nearly 20 years ago, biology professor Dr. Cynthia S. Toth found herself angry with God. One night, she was visited by a spiritual force that wrapped her in warmth, love and contentment, which she describes as her "spiritual awakening." As a result of her experience, Dr. Toth gained a clear understanding of energy levels humans have in addition to their physical bodies, and the aura that permeates from them.

In her book, "Science of the Soul," Dr. Toth explains what the energy body is, how it is different from the physical body and why it has a powerful impact on the health of the individual.

"It is hard for people to connect spirituality and science because most do not have in- depth understanding of scientific principles," Dr. Toth said.

Dr. Toth also presents scientific information about the positive effects of meditation and prayer on the body, why and how prayer works and how to meditate and manifest effectively using scientific principles.

"It is essential that people learn to use their God-given power, and understand that we are spiritual beings who are having a human experience," Dr. Toth said. "We can change and heal our lives no matter the circumstances."

Dr. Toth also encourages readers to live from the soul by staying on their own spiritual paths, and to use filters in their lives prior to making decisions.

Dr. Cynthia S. Toth is a writer, professional speaker and scientist. She has a doctorate degree in biology from St. John's University, and is currently an associate professor of biology. She is also the founder of Align Balance Life Energy, Inc. She was born in Hungary, and moved with her family to the United States to escape communist influence in the 1960s. For more information, visit

"Science of the Soul: The Connection Between Spirituality And Science For Healing Your Life"
By Dr. Cynthia S. Toth
Balboa Press
Published May 26, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5043-3123-4
150 pages
Hardcover $31
Softcover $13
E-book 4

No. 4

"Where's my Wife?"

by Clark Selby

"Where's my Wife?" by Clark Selby
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A writer can only dream that one of their novels becomes reality. In author Clark Selby's new western novel, "Where's my Wife?" the main character's published novel unexpectedly mirrors the real world when his wife goes missing; in "Indian Leader Trail Boss", Selby replicates both the serenity and the danger of the Wild West for a new generation.

Set in the 1800's, Selby's book tells the story of Rocky Stone, a highly successful writer of dime novels. In one of Stone's stories, Kidnapped off the Mississippi Queen, he writes about a man's wife being kidnapped and describes how it was done. The mystery begins as someone uses Stone's plan from his book to kidnap his own wife off of the riverboat, The Pride of St. Louis.

In Selby's other new novel, "Indian Leader Trail Boss", Indian Leader (his given name) is so renowned for his skill during these drives that he is hired on to lead 3,000 longhorns across an incredible distance. The only problem is that by the time he arrives at the ranch, his boss has been murdered, and Indian Leader is forced to go on the voyage with the rancher's daughter in tow while the murderous gang pursues him.

"I've loved tales of Western adventure, independence and drama since I was a child," Selby said. "Finally, the time came for me to add my own entry to the genre of stories that I grew up with."

Clark Selby was born in Miami, Oklahoma and attended school in Kansas and Oklahoma. He spent more than 45 years as an executive in the parking industry, working in over 60 countries on six continents, with cities, universities and hospitals. During Selby's time as Vice President of International Sales at Duncan Industries, he was awarded the prestigious President of The United States Excellence in Exporting Award. After his former wife was paralyzed, he became an avid writer and has published seven novels. Two of the books he published, "Together Forever" and "Indian Leader Trail Boss" won the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence from the US Review of Books. He and his current wife, Karen Serene Selby, reside in Springfield, Missouri. For more information, visit

"Where's my Wife?"
by Clark Selby
Trafford Publishing
Published 5/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1-49075-930-2
256 pages
Hardcover $23
Softcover $13
E-book $4

No. 5

"Seeds of Destruction"

By Gary Miller Proulx

"Seeds of Destruction" By Gary Miller Proulx
STRATHAM, N.H. -- After overcoming many hardships in life, including a battle with cancer and a near death experience, Dr. Gary Miller Proulx has taken his experiences and created an action-packed novel that emphasizes overcoming diversity and encouraging peace.

"Seeds of Destruction" takes a realistic concept of terrorist creating a 'dirty bomb' or radiological bomb and presents this idea in a thriller revolving around protagonist Dr. Miller, whose cancer patients are dying due to fake radiation. Dr. Miller must race to stop the bomb from releasing the stolen radiation and potentially killing more innocent people.

"'Seeds' (lack of love, abuse etc.) planted figuratively by each of us can be dangerous and lead to destructive effects on our beliefs, actions and way of life," Proulx said.

Proulx uses his medical background in oncology to create a vivid storyline and background for Dr. Miller. For every book sold, Proulx hopes to donate a portion to charity, including One Fund Boston and cancer research and treatment.

Dr. Gary Miller Proulx holds a Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is the medical director for the Radiation Oncology Department at Exeter Hospital, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. This is the first of a trilogy Proulx will write. He has published extensively in journals on cancer. In his spare time, Proulx enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, strumming his guitar, and doing stand-up comedy. For more information, visit

"Seeds of Destruction"
By Gary Miller Proulx
Abbott Press
Published 4/13/2015
ISBN: 978-1458218711
266 pages
Softcover $18
Hardcover $36
E-book $4

No. 6

"Stinky Feet, the Dragon"

By Rhonda Stewart

"Stinky Feet, the Dragon" By Rhonda Stewart
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- People, young and old, face daily problems that can be challenging to overcome. Rhonda Stewart has learned that a person's attitude can play an important role in responding to these issues. She believes a great source of hope during trying times can be family and friends, especially for young children.

With a focus on hope, Stewart created "Stinky Feet, the Dragon," an enlightening children's story of Elvin the dragon and his stinky feet. Throughout the story, she highlights the importance of believing in oneself and maintaining faith that someone will always be around to help.

Inspired by story time with her eight grandchildren, Stewart wrote this colorful picture book that teaches children how to see the world in a positive light and not let problems have control over their lives.

"With the help of family and friends, life's little issues can easily turn into rainbows," Stewart said.

Once upon a time, there was a young dragon named Elvin. He was a beautiful dragon, with colors that shimmered and gleamed, and his scales looked like beautifully painted glass that sparkled. The most wonderful thing about Elvin, though, was that he was just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. But Elvin had one big problem. He had stinky feet, really stinky feet. (Read more overview at Inspiring Voices)

Rhonda Stewart is a wife, mother, and grandmother of a large family of Stewarts. She works in women's ministry and is currently working on her degree in Christian studies from Oklahoma Baptist University. For more information, visit

"Stinky Feet, the Dragon"
By Rhonda Stewart
Inspiring Voices
Published 4/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1462411139
36 pages
Softcover $17
E-book $4

No. 7

"Bargain Basement War Heroes: What Did You Do in WWII, Grandpa?"

By Bernard F. Flynn

"Bargain Basement War Heroes: What Did You Do in WWII, Grandpa?" By Bernard F. Flynn
NEW YORK CITY -- Those who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine have struggled for years to obtain veteran status and even today many are still fighting for recognition. But when you compare casualty rate percentages to other services in World War II, the Merchant Marine holds the highest.

The Merchant Marine played an important role and Bernard F. Flynn wanted his grandchildren and anyone who would listen to know. Flynn combined his many stories of being a mariner in World War II among other controversial topics including Kennedy's assassination, Communism and a second chance at love, in his new book "Bargain Basement War Heroes."

Flynn's book emphasizes the importance of passing along stories from generation to generation. After sharing in this grandpa's life experiences, you'll feel inspired to learn your own grandparent's stories.

A World War II Merchant Marine combat veteran does more than just rock the boat with this book. This grandpa opens up a can of worms that should cause some “squirming” in high places, past, present, or future.

  • 1. Kennedy's assassination, Oswald, the State Department, Congress, and big name personalities are all featured and highlighted in Grandpa’s story within.
  • 2. Accusations of a "criminal law" that was enacted by the wartime Congress, which removed every government benefit that the early volunteers for the Merchant Marine had and reclassified them as migrant workers. (Read more overview at at Author House)

Bernard F. Flynn graduated as a licensed officer for the Merchant Marine in 1944. For two years he went active duty in the U.S. Navy. Flynn had eight children with his first wife. This was his first and only book. Flynn passed before his book was published, but to honor his stories and work, grandson Brian Cronin is prepared to speak on Flynn's behalf.

"Bargain Basement War Heroes: What Did You Do in WWII, Grandpa?"
By Bernard F. Flynn
Authorhouse Pub.
Published 6/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1496948618
368 pages
Softcover $24
Hardcover $32
E-book $4

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