"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. 3
- Islamic Caliphate: Satan's Dream or a Fool's Errand? by Bruce Biller Author of "The god-man seed of Satan"
- The most determined person I've ever met by Linda Meek co-author of "Giving Up Is Not an Option"
- When The Church Condones Silence: Confronting Sexual Abuse within Leadership and Family By Carol A. Kuhnert author of "No Longer on Pedestals"
Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 3
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Amish Scrambled Eggs With Humor" By Joseph 'Chool' Crawshaw
Feb 12, 2015
"AMISH SCRAMBLED EGGS with HUMOR" is a charming collection of short stories written by an innkeeper from the "Amish" hills of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As I proceeded through the stories, it soon becomes apparent that Joseph "Chool" Crawshaw has found his "neich" in the way he relates his often humorous experiences with his guests.
NOTE: I am no longer Editor of Magic City Morning Star but for the time being I am continuing to irregularly publish Book Baskets.
"U Murder U (Suicide)"
by Gladys Lawson
United Kingdom -- The statistics are impossible to hide from; each year approximately one million people die from suicide, a number up 60% in the past four decades. Whether an unplanned impulse or carefully-choreographed action, the damage of suicide can never be undone. In her compelling new novel, Gladys Lawson tackles this subject with the raw brevity that few authors dare. 'U Murder U (Suicide)' fuses fact with fiction to ultimately urge readers to seek therapy over death; to understand that there's always light through life's darkest moments. The ten young protagonists in the novel failed to see this -- and the consequences are more than chilling.
|U Murder U (Suicide) by Gladys Lawson|
Synopsis: Why did ten young people wake up one morning and convene at a Central London Hospital to take part in a suicide pact? What possessed them to do this? What possessed them to drink a concoction of stolen hospital drugs mixed with chemicals, the mixture so strong that it dissolved their innards in minutes? They died in so much pain - their dead faces were literally gargoyle in agony as blood oozed out of their orifices. When it is discovered that this is possibly the first of many suicide pacts scheduled to take place the TTS taskforce and the police find themselves in a race against time to break the code and find the locations of other suicide pacts before more people die!
"While this is a fictional thriller, the book has every intention of affecting real change," explains Lawson, who has produced her novel in both a black and red cover. "It directly exposes the many reasons people commit suicide and takes an active stab at trying to prevent it." Some real life reasons: 14 year old girl bullied about her weight committed suicide / 12 year old boy expelled from school kills himself / 15 year old boy bullied for months kills himself / 18 year old argues with parents and jumps in front of train / 19 year old girl breaks up with boyfriend and hangs herself / 12 year old girl tormented by trolls kills herself / 16 year old concerned about exams kills himself.
"To make this tangible, the book contains direct contact information and resources for a myriad of groups that can help those who feel that their options in life are becoming limited. These include NSPCC, ChildLine, Centre Point, Kidscape, Samaritans, Prince's Trust and many more. Ultimately, I want people to know that they have an alternative -- and that's to keep living, to get help to heal their wounds and to enjoy life in abundance."
Gladys Lawson is a Pathology Manager, Author and volunteers as an Inspirational Mentor with an education charity which works with teenagers to inspire them to reach their full potential. Gladys has written a number of books over the years and has a passion for taking important issues, doing a lot of research and producing stories that people can relate to and characters that people remember. She also writes poems and songs, many of which can be found in her books. She says jokingly, that her first poem was about a Spider which she wrote when she was about 6 years old, it won her a prize and gave her the writing bug she has today.
"A Humble Hero"
By Dr. Jianxin Huang
SEATTLE -- The Chinese Revolution of the1900s started a group of revolutionaries in southern China, which led a successful revolt against the Qing Dynasty, establishing in its place the Republic of China and ending the imperial system. Dr. Jianxin Huang holds nothing back with his new book covering historical and lifestyle topics such as social, economic and political changes during this time in China.
|"A Humble Hero" By Dr. Jianxin Huang|
Huang's new book, "A Humble Hero," presents a view of the original, authentic and unvarnished China, its people, culture and traditions, which are very different from what people learn from most books and other media.
"A Humble Hero" is a story of the twentieth-century China, surrounding Huang's grandfather, a legendary figure of a grassroots Chinese farmer, and the drastic social, economic and political changes that occurred in China during the 1900s.
"He inherited a huge amount of debt," said Huang. "Despite drastic regime changes, Japanese invasion, civil war, land reforms, widespread starvation, the upheavals of the communist and cultural revolutions and their dreadful political and economic consequences, he held on to Chinese traditions all his life."
Huang believes some of the dramatic historical and cultural events and information in this book were never recorded and he wants to help portray the grassroots farmers as the backbone of the culture, tradition and society. He establishes a presence of today's Chinese culture versus the 1900s Chinese culture, how things have changed and stayed the same.
Dr. Jianxin Huang is originally from China and has since immigrated to the United States, where he practices acupuncture and herbal medicine. He is fond of ancient Chinese literature, poems, Chinese opera and Chinese history. Currently, he serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, Seattle. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese and a member of a Seattle Beijing Opera club. Huang received his master's degree in medicine at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. For more information, visit www.jianxinhuang.com. The book may be purchased through Xlibris bookstore
"A Humble Hero"
By Dr. Jianxin Huang
Retail price: $16.99
"Flying in the Face of Gravity:
How to Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance"
by Tom Epperson
Do you have negative people in your life? Do you know the ones I mean, the people who seem to live to crush your dreams, and tell you all the reasons why you "can't?" Do you sometimes feel like every time you want to take your life to a higher level, or try something new, you find yourself surrounded by voices of negativity? If you have answered yes to the questions above, this book is a great tool for you. The world is full of negative pressure. The atmosphere we breathe is thick with it, at times almost suffocating. Between the negative people in our lives, and the 24/7 media coverage of doom and destruction, it can be difficult to see a path forward.
|"Flying in the Face of Gravity: How to Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance"
by Tom Epperson|
In this candid, even blunt discussion, Tom Epperson goes way beyond the "you should think positive" platitudes. This is not a fluffy feel-good book. This takes a hard look at real-life challenges and lays out real, practical solutions. "Flying in the Face of Gravity" reveals a step-by-step road map of techniques and strategies that will show you how to overcome whatever is holding you back. By applying the specific steps detailed in this book, you will know exactly how to break free from a negative atmosphere, and live a life of true abundance.
As an Author, Public Speaker, International Training Consultant, and Personal Strategy Coach, Tom shares effective techniques which can optimize the output of any individual, group, or organization. Tom delivers dynamic content in an honest, no-nonsense style which cuts through the illusions and opens the way for true growth and progress. In spite of having experienced many disappointments and setbacks in his life, Tom has achieved a fulfilling and meaningful lifestyle. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 35 years, together they have raised two successful adult men, and are now enjoying two fantastic grandchildren, and a dream career. Now that their sons are grown, Tom and Connie are raising a docile, loving dachshund, and a psychotic dachshund-chihuahua mix.
Tom has conducted corporate training and 1:1 coaching both nationally and internationally, and is the author of three books, Flying in the Face of Gravity, the Anti-Gravity Log Book, and Micro-Victories, and is the co-author of Police Dynamics, which is temporarily out of print. Tom is a sought-after guest for radio talk shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and is a well-known public speaker. Tom's mission is to show people how to "Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance." (Author Page at Amazon)
"Flying in the Face of Gravity: How to Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance"
by Tom Epperson
"Silver Bunny and the Secret Fort Chop"
by Eileen Wacker
She's doing it again! Eileen Wacker, author of the popular award-winning Fujimini Adventure Series, will release Silver Bunny and the Secret Fort Chop on February 19 - just in time for Chinese New Year!
|"Silver Bunny and the Secret Fort Chop" by Eileen Wacker|
2015 is the Year of the Sheep: it is kind, adventurous, easy to get carried away with something new and exciting, but similarly easy to lose interest. Silver Bunny, along with other friendly pandas, dragons, bears and penguins, can certainly relate!
Today is Friday on Fuijimini Island. Silver Bunny is at taekwondo practice. She quickly loses interest and wishes she was surfing and hanging with her friends instead. She convinces them to stop what they are doing and join her on a mission. They quickly decide to build a hidden clubhouse named Fort Chop and film action videos to upload to FujiTube so they get famous. But sometimes, things don't go as planned...
Always delightful, Wacker continues to share her trademark stories that include gentle moral lessons, fun and colorful illustrations, and teach acceptance of others. Like each book in the series, Silver Bunny and the Secret Fort Chop includes a glossary and dictionary at the end of the book with vocabulary and pronunciation guides.
Eileen Wacker, a Harvard Business School graduate, lived and worked in seven different countries, including the United States. She commuted to Asia for nearly three years as part of a business development team, which sparked her interest in Asian culture. While living in Seoul, South Korea, for three years, Wacker ran the children's book program at the international school and started researching ideas for the Fujimini Adventure Series. Wacker now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her husband and four children, one of whom is a daughter adopted from China.
The first seven books in the series, Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun, Red Penguin and the Missing Sushi, Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, Pink Hamster and the Birthday Surprise, Black Tortoise and the Dynasty Dragon, Rainbow Panda and the Firecracker Fiasco and Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf are available in hardcover and digital format through Walmart.com, Amazon.com, ONCEKids.com, BarnesandNoble.com and iTunes.
"Shield of God"
By Nikki DeLaCruz
ANCHORAGE -- Jesus employs the phrase "living water." He uses it to describe the Holy Spirit, saying that people who find it will have quenched the thirst of their souls.
|"Shield of God" By Nikki DeLaCruz|
Nikki DeLaCruz has written a children's book titled "Shield of God," which uses simple prose and illustrations to show kids that God's power can shield them from any adversity or adversary. She hopes to help kids recognize that the Bible is the path to the living water.
"My goal is to get children excited about Jesus and to empower them with the knowledge of God's power that he shares with all of us," said DeLaCruz.
DeLaCruz was coming from a very personal place when she wrote this book. For several years she struggled with low self-esteem and depression. Her relationship with God helped pull her out and gave her a new purpose to help others with their own struggles.
"God has a heroic character and a fierce love for all his creation," DeLaCruz said. "The children who read will also be retaining key verses that sharpen and strengthen their 'spiritual sword and shield' that help them in the spiritual warfare many of us are completely unaware we're even in."
Nikki DeLaCruz says that God has continued to help her get her life in order. She wants to lead younger people on the path to a relationship with God, hoping that they will avoid the dark path that she walked for a time. She now owns her own business in Anchorage, Alaska and is the proud mother of two children.
"Shield of God"
By Nikki DeLaCruz
"The One That Got Away"
by Brigitte Knowles
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Even the most financially stable and educated women can fall victim to local and international date-related financial crime, leaving them in severe debt and feeling powerless.
|"The One That Got Away" by Brigitte Knowles|
Brigitte Knowles' new book, "The One That Got Away," is based on her real-life experience as the victim of Romeo crime, an under-reported type of crime in which a financial predator steals wealth from a woman by staging a love relationship. The woman is left with destroyed financial security as well as emotional, physical, and mental damage. Knowles' book highlights the importance of recognizing Romeo crime and speaking out to help prevent it from happening to other women.
"If this could happen to me, an educated woman who works in the financial business, it could happen to any woman," Knowles said.
Knowles is a financial security advisor and former deputy mayor of one of the largest cities in North America. Her knowledge and experience should have protected her, yet she became a victim of Romeo crime and lost nearly everything. In serious debt and receiving no help from law enforcement at any level, she decided to write "The One That Got Away". Knowles uses personal experience as the basis of this book, pointing out that women most affected are mature women newly on their own, whether widowed or divorced, and in charge of their healthy finances for the first time.
"I want to educate the population of women who are potential targets for male psychopaths and sociopaths who are financial predators," Knowles said. "Women should learn how to protect their hard-earned wealth against Romeo crimes. Law enforcement should be ready, willing, and able to adequately prosecute and convict these felons."
Brigitte Knowles works as a financial security advisor and mutual funds representative. She is also a retired politician and legislator who led the way for child support reform in Canada. She started a charity to help children of divorce and belongs to the National Association of Professional Women.
"The One That Got Away"
by Brigitte Knowles
Future of the Middle East -- United Pan-Arab States: Divided by Imperialism, United by Destiny
By Sam A. Cohen
MONTECITO, California -- Daily media coverage is seemingly consumed with issues in the Middle East, and rightfully so. Author Sam A. Cohen said, "Colonialists created the Arab states hundreds of years ago without regard to the people's wishes. They have been suffering under dictatorships and are finally beginning to revolt and demand their freedom and dignity."
|"Future of the Middle East -- United Pan-Arab States: Divided by Imperialism, United by Destiny" By Sam A. Cohen|
Cohen's new book, "Future of the Middle East -- United Pan-Arab States: Divided by Imperialism, United by Destiny," looks at the history of our relationship with Middle Eastern states, the reasoning behind their current situation and a look into the future.
"A United Pan-Arab States, as envisioned in this book, would allow for the various clans, sects and mini-states that now precariously exist in the Middle East to belong and unite under one banner where each can maintain its respective identity while belonging to a structure that would serve them all," Cohen said. "Each religion would then have their own state within a united and interdependent whole. After all, the Jews lived and flourished among the Arabs and Muslims in harmony for at least 1,000 years."
Cohen mainly blames western interference for depleting resources and causing problems that could have been avoided. He even questions whether 9/11 and other similar events could have been prevented by a simple shift in our perception and policies.
"The Middle East will likely continue to be turbulent for several more decades," Cohen said. "However, the elements that will determine its long-term future are already in place. The road will be long but they will succeed in the end."
Sam A. Cohen is a naturalized American citizen with deep roots in the Middle East. He earned two master's degrees and a doctorate before working as a scientist for 50 years. Cohen is now retired living in Montecito, California.
"Future of the Middle East -- United Pan-Arab States: Divided by Imperialism, United by Destiny"
By Sam A. Cohen
Softcover - $18
"The Messiahs of Princep Street"
by Moshe Elias
The sun is setting on Britain's Empire. On December 8th 1941 Japan attacks Singapore; the island surrenders ten weeks later and Churchill calls it the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British military history.
|"The Messiahs of Princep Street" by Moshe Elias|
Adam Messiah is born into a modest Jewish home. Japan occupies the island for three and half years and he is interned with his family. The Jews are the only local people imprisoned as a whole community. Why this happened became apparent only after the war ended: the Holocaust and German presence during the Occupation were common knowledge. The Messiahs is the story of a boy growing up with a father who gets all his answers from the Bible until the early hours of that fateful December morning. He lives in a shophouse with Indian and Chinese neighbours and sees the war, the British disregard for the population, the retreat and final defeat, played out on the pavement outside his house. Then, a few days later, he witnesses Japanese brutality in the street itself.
Princep Street is Singapore in miniature - a many-cultured, multi-faceted outpost of the Empire. Adam's father lives in his memories and wants his son to grow in his image; but in the internment camp, where they are separated for the first time, Adam seeks answers elsewhere. When his father dies a few years later, his ghost is never further away than his son's elbow. Adam's pattern for life and love has been set; he cannot shake off his nurturing and stumbles into unhappiness. To discover where he went wrong, he stitches together a few stories of his life and, as he writes, he takes the reader into a small, dwindling community living in a melting pot of people as diverse as anywhere on earth, at a time when the world is profoundly changing.
Moshe Elias was born and lived half his life within the Jewish community of Singapore; he spent the other half in India, Scotland, England and Israel. As a wandering Jew he finds much happiness wherever he lives. In Singapore he served as a youth and community leader; worked in government as it progressed from colony to self-rule and independence; he also practised as a naval architect, managed a shipyard, fitted kitchens, taught English and worked as a sous chef. He now lives in London.
The Messiahs of Princep Street is the Genesis of a Pentateuch of novels he is writing. The Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers novels are finished; Deuteronomy is in progress.
"The Messiahs of Princep Street"
by Moshe Elias
Published Jan 15, 2015
by Charlotte Cooper
EDMONTON, Canada -- Authors like Charlotte Cooper use storytelling as an opportunity to expose children to real- life issues such as homelessness and poverty.
|"Gerry Mouse" by Charlotte Cooper|
Cooper's "Gerry Mouse" is a heartwarming, modern-day tale of a homeless mouse that teaches people of all ages about social awareness, acceptance and compassion. The story describes the plight of people who are dubbed "different" by society because of physical challenges, poverty, discrimination and many other reasons. Gerry Mouse's experiences demonstrate the importance of being kind in a world that can be cold and harsh.
"Mice are not pretty and cuddly like puppies and kittens," Cooper said. "Neither are homeless, impoverished, or ill children and families. Sadly there are many children in our country that are in a very similar situation to Gerry Mouse."
Cooper has worked as a hospital social worker for more than 40 years. During this time, she observed how many impoverished children and adults face discrimination. Inspired by what she witnessed, Cooper wrote "Gerry Mouse" in order to show others the world through the eyes of those considered different.
"Sometimes it is not money that helps," Cooper said. "Sometimes it is a smile, a brief hello, or an unexpected gift of kindness that helps one hope and dream again."
Charlotte Cooper lives in Edmonton with her husband and works as a clinical social worker for Alberta Health Services. She has worked in hospital social work for 40 years and holds a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's of social work. In her free time, Cooper enjoys writing poetry, songs and stories that reflect what she has observed and learned from her work with children and families. For more information, visit www.gerrymouse.com.
by Charlotte Cooper
"Forget Me Not Garden"
By Anna Fischer
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Edward Mikes has lost something very important to him...something he can't live without. The year is 1968, and it's the day before Halloween.
|"Forget Me Not Garden" By Anna Fischer|
In her new book, Forget Me Not Garden, Anna Fischer explores what people would risk for the one's they love.
The town of Maple Valley is full of mysteries. Edward and his girlfriend, decide to go again for the fun and the memories.
"Would you travel the way of the dead, see things beyond imagining, and face death itself?" Fischer asks. "But what the young couple doesn't know is that they will be separated by one who is not to be toyed with, and certainly not one to bet against."
Forget Me Not Garden takes readers on a terrifying journal where Edward realizes that he has lost Emily, and that life would be unbearable without her.
Edward must put his fate into the hands of a mysterious young woman who knows the way of the dead, the way to the Forget Me Not Garden, to find Emily and save her before the end of Halloween.
"But there is a toll that must be paid to enter the garden," says Fischer. "Will Edward and Emily be reunited? Or will they both be lost in the land of the dead forever?"
Anna Fischer always knew she wanted to be a writer. During her English and creative writing classes in college, she learned many things about writing that proved to be very helpful. Fischer has always written what was on her mind, no matter what it was. By believing in yourself and driving to achieve your lifelong goal, she believes nothing is impossible. Fischer grew up on a farm near the small town of Beattie, Kansas, and now works in Washington, D.C.
"Forget Me Not Garden"
By Anna Fischer
by Joyce Louison
United Kingdom -- Joyce Louison once felt as if life was dealing her a bad hand of cards; the man that had left her was having a baby with someone else, her attempts to help him settle gambling debts had spectacularly failed and Louison's own finances were barely keeping the lights on. Having hit rock bottom, there appeared to be no way out. But then it happened, that unlikely epiphany that only few will ever experience. Louison became acutely aware that she was the only person creating every single aspect of her life, and the flawed scripts she had written kept her in a vicious cycle of defeat. She vowed to change, and began empowering those around her to come to the same simple yet game-changing realisation.
|"Phenomenal Women" by Joyce Louison|
Wanting to spread her message of hope with the world, Louison has written 'Phenomenal Women'. The book's apt title is also its core philosophy; that nothing is impossible for those willing to create their own abundance and joy.
"Life is a creation, not a discovery. We are creating our reality every minute." We are created in the Image and likeness of God... And we create as Him through thought, word, and Deed. This book takes me on a journey of creation... Where by getting connected to the source of all things I have begun to experience the world as the most magnificent and interesting place to be... I was suddenly connected to the source of all things. I could see everything clearly. My life story kept replaying in my head like a broken record. I felt the urge to send out Whatsapp messages to my friends...just being open, honest, and totally liberated. I soon realize that I may be writing a book.
Most of the world is living life in forgetfulness. I desire to remind them of who we as human beings are. Parts of the Creator. And that this give us immense Power. This power can be tapped in to recreate your life in any way you wish, I set out to live that truth. I am still on the Starting line but from where I stand it is Phenomenal.
"This book wrote itself as I sent messages to my friends. I knew if I could simply tell others of this magnificent truth, then they would experience the bliss, power, and success that I now enjoy every day. And it's a simple realisation to come to; something that can change your life ten seconds after you hear it. Anyone can use my book as a tangible tool for overcoming their fears, deploying the brevity to do things they have put off and straighten up messy areas of their lives that are dragging their entire world down. I know what rock bottom looks like, and it's bad. But the benefits extend beyond each individual readers' life. By taking control we can stop earthquakes, oppression, hate crimes and any other form of hardship and discrimination. Buy this book, it's the perfect starting block."
'Phenomenal Women' is available now: http://amzn.to/1A2Jzaq
Joyce Louison formerly Joyce Lewis was born and raised in the Caribbean. Joyce worked many years in accounts and is a Certified Chartered Accountant. Phenomenal Women was written by Joyce after coming to terms with the real purpose of her life. She had dedicated her life to spreading the message of love to the world and this book is only the beginning. Joyce founded the New Thought movement UK to bring together all groups of enlightened being in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Joyce truly believes that the all women are Phenomenal!