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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 32
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:22:00 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 scant advice regarding new book releases 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. Book Baskets will only be published if and when there are a sufficient number of entries to justify the publication.

Author Articles Since Basket No. 31

  1. Murder Revisited: Justice for Adam Walsh! by Willis Morgan author of "Frustrated Witness: The True Story of the ADAM WALSH Case and Police Misconduct"
  2. A Bar in the Sun by William Bengtsson author of "The Costa"
  3. Women Behind Men in Diplomatic Life by Petra Langa author of "A Year in the Village"
  4. Living My Passions by Clark Selby author of "Where's My Wife"
  5. Designer babies -- good or evil? by Josephine deBois Author of "Amadeus"
  6. "Trick or Treat?" by Patrick J Fornari Author of "Commoner Sense"

Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 31

Milt Gross Book Review: "Hellfire Canyon" by Max McCoy
Nov 8, 2015

This Max McCoy, book was published by Thorndike Press, Thorndike, ME in 2007 by arrangement with Pinnacle Books, imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. My copy was a large print hardback with no price. Amazon.com lists this version at $4.79 for the Kindle Edition and the paperback at $39.80. McCoy also wrote more than one Indiana Jones thriller, The Moon Pool by McCoy and Reed McColm, Billy the Kid Beyond the Grave, Jesse, A Novel of Outlaw Jesse James, Damnation Road, Quantrill, The Even More Continuing Adventures of Max Bullet: The Chinese Food Delivery Man Sometimes (but not always) Knocks, and in case you like days farther back than the 1960s western, Indiana Jones and the Dinosaurs, and more.

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
Nov 1, 2015

Parts of it are almost unbelievable, like taking off from sand dunes to fly a few seconds. The pictures in this David McCullough book are also fascinating, seeing these two brothers and others as they fly and live normal lives. If you've only heard the tales of a flight on the shore, you "ain't heard nothing yet." For most interesting reading, grab this one somewhere and take a night off from the TV reruns to enjoy this spectacular tale of two guys who wanted to fly.

Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "Ordinary Evil" by Gene Ferraro
Nov 1, 2015

Ordinary Evil explores corruption within the established hierarchy of the Catholic Church.. Via a series of vignettes revealing the various characters preparing to converge upon the stage, Ferraro introduces the reader to a host of individuals who are all touched by a common thread. The characters are as varied as the locales they represent; from the pomp and tradition of Rome to the local parishes of Massachusetts come young seminarians, parish families, soup kitchen volunteers, stalwart Vatican diplomats and Catholic clerics of varying personal convictions. Yet it is in the Prologue that we are introduced to one that carries with him seeds of deceit that will be spread along the path of many and will test the trust of those with whom he comes in contact.


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No. 1

"A Year in the Village"

By Petra Langa

"A Year in the Village" By Petra Langa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In her fiction novel, "A Year in the Village," author Petra Langa follows the lives of Lisa, a world-traveling diplomat's wife who struggles to find her place in the world after a troubling childhood, and her childhood friend, Eva, as they come to grips with their individual life choices and how they ultimately shaped their lives.

Beginning in the 1970s as a teenager, Lisa's past life resurfaces 30 years later, causing her to become unsure of her marriage and the path she has chosen for herself. Eva also struggles with her own challenges to overcome alcohol addiction, financial troubles and lustful indulgences with men.

Langa, a German freelance writer living in South Africa, channels her real-life, globe-hopping experiences as the wife of the former Ambassador of South Africa to China, highlighting how migration to and life in foreign countries affects and changes Lisa's life, just as it has in her own.

"My transition from Germany to South Africa in the early 1990s was a fascinating one, as Europe experienced the end of the Cold War and South Africa ended its Apartheid era," Langa said. "I easily identify with Lisa as an expatriate who also emigrated from a small town in Germany to start a new life in another country."

In her book, Langa also highlights the experiences and choices we make during childhood and adolescence, and how they ultimately affect our lives.

"Everyone reacts differently to those life experiences, depending on who they are," Langa said. "I hope that readers who are seeking direction in their lives are also able to look back and learn from those experiences."

Petra Langa is a freelance writer and former lecturer in Pretoria, South Africa. She received a doctorate degree in German studies from the University of KwalZulu-Natal in South Africa. She is married to a former Ambassador of South Africa to China, and has lived in Germany, England, South Africa, Russia and China.

"A Year in the Village"
By Petra Langa
Author House Pub
Published May 18, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5049-1217-4
150 pages
Softcover $15
Hardcover $24
E-book $5

No. 2

"Amadeus!"

By Josephine deBois

"Amadeus!" By Josephine deBois
NEW YORK -- If we could artificially create a human being by chemical synthesis, would something still be missing?

In "Amadeus!," author Josephine deBois tells the story of Ludwig Mann, the greatest composer to ever live, who, at the edge of music, struggles to maintain his leadership as the world's top innovator in the field of classical music. Later discovering that he was artificially created in a laboratory with DNA identical to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig begins to question his humanity, realizing that science, religion and mysticism all have a share in him.

"Through many advances in modern biology that allow humans to clone animals, create designer babies in the womb and other controversial procedures, at some point we as humans need to consider if science has reached the edge of humanity," deBois said.

DeBois, who also is deeply engaged in music, its creation and performance, hopes "Amadeus!" will urge readers to question if the creative process of classical composing is DNA-driven or created by external factors.

"I've always been interested in how to reach the stars in the arts," deBois said. "While we know that we cannot, what happens to the lives of those who try?"

Written in cinematic script form, deBois intertwines his diverse cast of characters among a stunning series of events blending life, death, faith and love, leaving readers to question what it truly means to be human.

Josephine deBois is a children's book writer and columnist who often brings the fundamentals of science, art and religion together in her writing. Her most recently published children's book written entirely in German, "Lille Lyn recently published children's book written entirely in German, "Lille Lyn og Farverne," is about a young girl who grows up seeing colors while the rest of society is colorblind. She currently divides her time between Europe and New York. For more information about the book, visit http://www.josephinedebois.com

"Amadeus!"
By Josephine deBois
AuthorHouse Pub
Published Dec 2014
ISBN: 987-1-4969-9624-4
384 pages
Softcover $22
Kindle $5

No. 3

"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.

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.

"Where's my Wife?" is filled with interesting plot twists, suspense and adventure as Stone seeks to find the culprit who kidnapped his wife. Will this wicked game play out as he documented in his novel or will Stone perform a heroic rescue to save his wife?

Selby said, "This novel will leave readers on the edge of their seats as they try to predict what will happen next in Stone's wild goose chase to find his wife."

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 Author's Website

"Where's My Wife?"
By Clark Selby
Trafford Publishing
Published 5/22/2015
ISBN: 978-1-4907-5929-6
256 pages
Softcover $14
Hardcover $24
E-book $4

No. 4

"Indian Leader Trail Boss"

By Clark Selby

"Indian Leader Trail Boss" By Clark Selby
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Leading a cattle drive was one of the most exhausting and dangerous jobs available in the Wild West, but at least the longhorns didn't try to kill the cowboy. Add fleeing from thugs out for blood to the process and the cattle driver is in for a rough time.

In Clark Selby's new novel, "Indian Leader Trail Boss", Indian Leader 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."

"Indian Leader Trail Boss" maintains a commitment to replicating both the serenity and the danger of the Wild West. Indian Leader himself faces the greatest challenge of his life, and combined with this adventure he finds himself developing feelings for the rancher's daughter he saved.

The Wild West novel has roots in generations of American storytelling. In an age of cell phones and unpiloted drones, it's a way for readers to go back to a simpler time when every new day led to new sights and new dangers under the blazing Wild West sun.

Clark Selby was born in Miami, Oklahoma, but he and his wife live in Springfield, Missouri. Clark's work took him to more than sixty countries on six continents. He and his wife plan to spend as much time as possible traveling and exploring while their health allows. Clark loves writing novels and plans to release more novels in the Western style. For more information, visit Author's Website

"Indian Leader Trail Boss"
By Clark Selby
Trafford Publishing
Published 8/26/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4907-4479-7
226 pages
Softcover $13
Hardcover $23
E-book $4

No. 5

"The Costa"

By William Bengtsson

"The Costa" By William Bengtsson
STOCKHOLM - While living in the south of Spain and running a bar, author William Bengtsson was exposed to many intriguing stories, which together with the colorful characters he came across, influenced Bengtsson to write the "The Costa."

Positioned as an action filled book, "The Costa" by William Bengtsson contains more truth than residents of Costa del Sol would like to believe. The 200,000 foreign homeowners on the Spanish coast will be disillusioned by the truth in regards to large-scale criminal activity.

"My book is a fast paced, non-stop excitement thriller that unravels crime and corruption hiding underneath the disguise of luxury and wealth," Bengtsson said.

After a drunken driver tragically took his wife's life, Bric Carlson moved to the Costa del Sol. During his time there, he finds himself caught up in a power struggle between two criminal gangs involved in drug trade.

By reading "The Costa," individuals will find themselves captivated by the twisted plot and the violent and unexpected ending. This fiction novel will have tourists questioning their next trip to the coast of Spain.

William Bengtsson was born and grew up in Tanzania, East Africa. He attended a British boarding school in Nairobi, Kenya. At the age of eighteen, he moved to his native country Sweden. Bengtsson supported himself as a singer and musician while studying Advertising and Communication in Stockholm, and later traveled the world. He began writing at an early age, influenced by authors such as Hemingway, Robert Ruark, and Somerset Maugham. Bengtsson believes it's never too late to start writing for personal enjoyment. More information on the Author's Website at http://billbengtsson.com

"The Costa"
By William Bengtsson
Xlibris Publishing
Published 6/22/2015
ISBN 978-1-5144-6046-7
394 pages
Softcover $23
E-book $8

No. 6

"Revolutionary Powercycles"

By Giacomo Fasano

Revolutionary Powercycles" By Giacomo Fasano
MAHWAH, N.J. -- The fundamentals of fitness have been under our noses forever, but some aspects have not been diligently recognized.

In "Revolutionary Powercycles," Giacomo Fasano presents an 8-year self-study of his unique exercise regimen, Powercycle68, which combines 68 minutes of vigorous and slow-paced running to achieve the highest amount of sweat extraction.

Lead and other toxic metals present in sweat are cumulative toxicants that affect multiple bodily systems that can lead to many illnesses like cancer, tumors, depression, high blood pressure and premature aging. The World Health Organization says there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe, and that lead can enter the body through environmental contamination or ingestion.

"The pragmatic approach to targeted lead removal in Powercycle68, known as progressive displacement, is like a reverse vitamin to our bodies," Fasano said.

By following Giacomo's fitness plan, readers currently undergoing cancer treatments can also improve their health through progressive displacement by lowering the levels of arsenic toxicity in their bodies caused by radiation or chemotherapy drugs while generating new, healthy cells in the brain, lungs and other organs.

"I am of the strong opinion that the calculated, systematic and consistent removal of lead and other bad toxins from the body can only begin to have mankind be taller and better than cancer and other ailments," Fasano said.

Giacomo Fasano has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University and a law degree from Pace University School of Law. His passion for health and fitness is well into its fourth decade, having logged more than 14,000 miles of running throughout the last 10 years. For more information, visit http://www.revolutionarypowercycles.com.

"Revolutionary Powercycles"
By Giacomo Fasano
Xlibris Publishing
Published 12/20/2014
ISBN: 978-1-50351-252-8
586 pages
Hardcover $35
Softcover $24
E-book $7


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