"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. 4
- Women with wealth, protect yourselves by Brigitte Knowles author of "The One That Got Away"
- The Writing of The Soul Comes First by Dr. Brian Balke "The Soul Comes First"
Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 4
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Fur Person" by May Sarton
Feb 16, 2015
I occasionally stared at one of our two cats as I read this. "Is what she wrote true?" I asked the furry critter with sharp claws. May Sarton (1912-1995) was an avid writer, having penned many poetry, novels, nonfiction, and childrens' books. The Fur Person, the cat in the book, was actually Sarton's real cat, Tom Jones. Sarton Copyrighted the book in 1957 and again in 1978, apparently for a publisher. It was first published by W.W. Norton & Company, etc. in 2015.
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Upson Downes" By Dottie Maley
Feb 24, 2015
This book, though small, contained many humorous references and incidents that only folks of the "older" generation can dearly appreciate. The community of Upson Downes is full of quirky characters and shows life can be unexpected at any age. I recommend the book as a great and quick read!
"The Belly Bug Bully"
by Sabrina Panfilo
NEW YORK -- Teaching kids to do the right thing is a goal for every mother. Anti-bullying author, teacher and mom Sabrina Panfilo wrote her new children's book "The Belly Bug Bully" to encourage kids to stay true to their individuality and understand how to resist the bully's bite.
|"The Belly Bug Bully" by Sabrina Panfilo|
"A strong sense of self and a healthy, positive mental attitude gives children the courage they need to face any challenging situation," Panfilo said. "When you believe in yourself, all things are possible -- even defeating a nasty belly bug bully!"
All of Panfilo's books stress the importance of family, friendship, love and support. She believes that the first step to teach kids self-respect is to make sure they never wish they were someone else. In the case of "The Belly Bug Bully", a stomach bug makes a child sick despite his efforts to wash his hands.
"I wanted to inspire children to continue to do the right thing and heed the advice of doctors, moms and teachers in order to feel better, even when faced with challenging or adverse circumstances," Panfilo said. "The steps to make a child healthy and happy with themselves are often the same steps to help them disregard bullies." For more information, visit www.sabrinapanfilo.com
Have you ever been bitten by the belly bug bully? If you have, you know it's a terrible time. Your body temperature rises and you run a fever. Your tummy hurts and grumbles and you can't even eat. And you certainly cannot play. Sometimes the belly bug bully will get you even when you remember to wash your hands. That's exactly what happens to the kid in this story. (Overview - Barnes and Nobel)
Sabrina Panfilo is a Staten Island resident, children's book author and New York University journalism and education alumnus. A former New York Post journalist, she is now the founder of "UP TO ME! The Magazine Where Kids Are Free to Be." It is a monthly product of her child empowerment program comprised of writing and illustrating workshops. She is inspired by her own 6-year-old boy to write stories that educate and empower children to live life knowing they are valuable, capable, and outstanding individuals.
"The Belly Bug Bully"
By Sabrina Panfilo
"Road to Freedom"
by Alfred Lenarciak
MIAMI -- In 1961 a 10-year-old boy, living in Poland, found himself glued to an underground radio as he hung on every word from John F. Kennedy's inauguration. For author Alfred Lenarciak, this marked the moment he promised himself he would escape communism.
|"Road to Freedom" by Alfred Lenarciak|
In his new novel, "Road to Freedom," Lenarciak details his 14 years of struggling and preparing to flee his communist home to the free world. Reflecting on his journey from Poland to Czechoslovakia, passing through the Iron Curtain and risking his life avoiding snipers by swimming the Danube River, Lenarciak displays the courage and determination needed to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.
Lenarciak draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's words, "every man is born equal and free."
"Only 25 years ago half of the world lived under Communist regime without freedom," said Lenarciak." "I wrote this book for my son's generation, who have grown up in the free world and have difficulty understanding the significance of freedom."
"The Road to Freedom" will take readers to a time and place where life was without freedom. As audiences read the true story of a man who would stop at nothing to achieve free will, they will experience the drive it takes to claim liberty.
For more information, visit www.alfredlenarciak.com
Alfred Lenarciak was born in Poland and immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1975. Retiring at the age of 60, Lenarciak dedicates his time to publishing stories based off his life experiences, which he has written over the last several years. Lenarciak spends time investing, developing, writing and philanthropy. He currently resides in Nassau, Bahamas with his wife, Barbara.
"Road to Freedom"
by Alfred Lenarciak
by Sichan Siv
NEW YORK, NY -- Imagine the President of the United States involved in a relationship so risky, that it puts the nation's security at stake? On the eve of his inauguration, President-elect Bill Kartona greets his national security adviser with a passionate kiss, leads her into the bathroom and closes the door. A potentially scandalous presidency begins.
|"Golden State" by Sichan Siv|
In this political thriller, a weak president relies on a Texan to curb the powerful leaders before they destroy each other and the planet. A romance is rekindled between the cowboy and his former French lover. Time will tell if love will triumph over conflict.
In his new book, Golden State, Sichan Siv delves into political scandal like we haven't seen before. "The new president in Golden State will have more problems to deal with than he could ever imagine," the writer says.
He is the bestselling author of Golden Bones. "After writing a bestselling memoir I wanted to turn to a work of fiction, drawing from a combination of experiences and imagination," says Siv.
The author is a genocide survivor, making it from the Killing Fields to the White House in 13 years. He is the first American of Asian ancestry to be appointed Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and the first American of Southeast Asian ancestry to be appointed UN Ambassador. Siv has traveled to more than 100 countries and has interacted in a myriad of cultures around the world. (Wikipedia)
It is the eve of his inauguration and President-Elect Bill Kartona is looking forward to the next twelve hours. Tomorrow, he will become the youngest person ever to be sworn in as president of the United States. With his wife asleep, Kartona answers a knock at the door, greets his national security adviser with a passionate kiss, leads her into the bathroom across the hall, and closes the door. A historic and potentially scandalous presidency is about to begin. (Overview Barnes and Nobel)
Sichan Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He was a US ambassador to the United Nations and deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Sichan and his wife Martha spend their time in New York, Texas and beyond. He is also the author of the bestselling Golden Bones.
By Sichan Siv
ISBN-13: 9781491726587 323 pages
by Harry Taylor
Dubai -- Stories about the Mafia have gripped audiences for decades; exposing them to a world that they will (hopefully!) never experience for themselves. In a fresh new twist on the genre, Harry Taylor stormed the scene in June of 2010 with 'Rogues, Riches and Retribution'.
|Pursuit by Harry Taylor|
Synopsis: Tony Virenti and his twin Italian brother witness the death of their father, mown down by a car driven recklessly by an arrogant high flying British lawyer. Even at 7 years of age he vows revenge. His cause is given more impetuous when soon after the funeral family mafia elders decide that one day they will avenge his father's death and he is chosen to carry out the task. He is trained thoroughly by the elders until they are satisfied he is up to the assignment. In England, his task is compounded when he meets and falls in love with the adopted daughter of the lawyer. She is a bright, clever young woman who has to have her own way and seeks revenge on those who try to put her down. The relationship between her and her adopted father had always been strained, even from childhood. Over years it had gone from bad to worse. Hatred and loathing culminate when she discovered he had excluded her from his and her mothers will. She made a solemn promise that one day he would regret what he had done. Under cover of his business the lawyer carries out deals for the underworld. In one he hires Virenti to negotiate the sale of a rare diamond to a wealthy Arab. Virenti double deals and sets up the lawyer. The Arab seeks revenge and hires a hit man. Three people with a mission zone in on an elaborate garden party hosted by the lawyer. Will either succeed?
"These books are as intricate as the Mafia world itself!" explains Taylor. "Each book is a thick cocktail of multiple storylines, interwoven action and heaps of twists into the fray. They make an intelligent read for those who like narratives different from the norm. Everyone is secretly fascinated with crime, and what it would be like to be involved. This story tells everything from a very human and vivid perspective." Both volumes are available now:
- 'Rogues, Riches and Retribution' - http://amzn.to/1Bou9dL
- 'Pursuit' - http://amzn.to/1IJ06T8
Harry Taylor hails from the lovely old market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. From there he moved to Bristol to complete his studies and then onto Stafford where many happy years were spent. After a spell in Bristol he embarked on his overseas career. Tripoli in North Africa was the first stop, followed by Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait but the draw of Dubai has been the biggest pull on his life and that is where he now resides with his wife and family.
"No Longer on Pedestals"
By Carol A. Kuhnert
UNION, Mo. -- A comprehensive study of abuse by priests conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York in 2004 claimed that 10,667 people were sexually abused between 1950 and 2002. The study can be found at here.
|"No Longer on Pedestals" By Carol A. Kuhnert|
Carol Kuhnert, author of No Longer on Pedestals, shares her personal story after her daughter reveals the pedophilia within their church and family.
As a devoted and lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church, Kuhnert held the utmost respect and appreciation for her clergy. Upon discovering the disturbing secret life of her brother and other priests, Kuhnert turns her shock into a cry for reconciliation between the church and victims' families.
"I am both shocked and dismayed that many members of the Catholic Church choose to live in denial and participate in victim blaming. Why can't we live our faith being compassionate to these victims and help them heal?" Kuhnert said.
No Longer on Pedestals is compiled of personal experiences, reflections and letters between church leaders and Kuhnert's brother.
"The victims are the innocent ones. They deserve everyone's compassion and understanding," Kuhnert said. "All incidents need to be addressed and the perpetrators and the Church must have their day in court." Kuhnert hopes that the book can inspire others to reach out and help victims and their families with kindness.
Carol Kuhnert is a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church. Upon discovering the truth that her brother is a pedophile, she has made it her mission to confront the issue and push for change and reconciliation. She has been married for over 52 years and currently resides in Missouri.
"No Longer on Pedestals"
By Carol A. Kuhnert
"Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment--Background Notes"
by James Thompson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- February 22, 2015 -- Commonwealth Books of Virginia (CBOV) will release advance copies of "Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment--Background Notes" on March 4th. Author James Thompson introduces readers to 18th century France and its capital city in this collection of 17 essays. Readers will learn fascinating facts about Jefferson's Paris, ranging from key events that have drifted into the mists to relationships that have been forgotten. These essays provide a new perspective of the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence alone in his Philadelphia rooms. They do this while resetting the stage on which Jefferson performed in the years leading up to the storm of the Bastille. Readers learn that Jefferson went to France after his carefully designed mountaintop world collapsed in Virginia. They see how he created a new life for himself and how in the process he grew into an enlightened social progressive who helped liberate the people of France and later waged and won a second revolution in America. The author focuses on the people Jefferson encountered, the circles he entered and the ideas he discussed. By examining the motives and objectives that guided Jefferson throughout his day-to-day interactions with these fascinating people, Thompson reestablishes a man who has gradually become detached from reality.
|"Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment--Background Notes" by James Thompson|
"I want readers to have the sense of 'being there' with Jefferson and his cohorts as they make their great decisions," author James Thompson explains. "To have this experience, readers must know what these people were thinking at that particular moment. In these essays I lay the foundations for this ground-level experience by recreating relationships that guided their actions and their contexts."
"Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment--Background Notes" / Historical Commentary by James C. Thompson / American History/Biography / ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-9904018-1-0 / ISBN (Ebook - Kindle): 978-0-9904018-2-7 / ISBN (Ebook - EPUB) 978-0-9904018-3-4 / ISBN (Ebook - PDF) 978-0-9904018-4-1 / Paperback Edition: 120 pages $12.00 / Electronic: $5.95 / Release date: June 15, 2015
CBOV is where history, philosophy and art meet. We publish books about bright ideas: who created them; how they became influential; who they influenced; and what these individuals did with them. We answer these questions by immersing ourselves in the History of Ideas. We truly get to know who invented the idea. We find out what they looked like, where they lived, how they spent their time and who they associated with. For more information about CBOV, please visit www.commonwealthbooks.org.
by J S Leitch
United Kingdom -- The world of fantasy is undeniably booming, even though many are worried about the genre's stagnancy and lack of original ideas. Thankfully, author J S Leitch doesn't fall into this trap -- she started her novel over ten years ago and has produced an intricate masterpiece that melds fantasy and fiction together like it has never been seen before. 'Rhaia's Children' is most unusual due to its choice of subject matter -- fracking. But don't worry a shred, Leitch weaves it with fantasy in a way that sheds bold new light on this fierce environmental debate.
|"Rhaia's Children" by J S Leitch |
Synopsis: The Frackers are coming ...and Rhaia has arrived from impossibly far away to try to locate and put a stop to a world-splitting event. She has an ally waiting to help her, a Wicker Witch dying of cancer who can't really do a lot except to enrol a couple of existentially-challenged luvvies and a fighting spirit or two. And, of course, they need someone to help them stay in (and on-) line.
Holly and Rowan are two local teenage misfits who end up embroiled in Rhaia's hunt for the Thunderstone which is threatening her 'children'. They have their own problems - family strife, school, financial insecurity - and really don't have time to get involved in a struggle that takes them from the Haworth moors back and forth across the Bowland Basin. They get involved anyway - teenagers are like that...
"I'm delighted to finally get this novel on the shelves," explains Leitch. "It has been in development for ten years, went through numerous incarnations (some better than others!), and is ironically being released at a time when fracking is at the forefront of the media's agenda. Of course, it's just a bit of fun, but I also hope it will make people think a bit deeper about the fracking issue. By seeing how people from other worlds approach it, we can gain perspective on our own motivations and positions."
J S Leitch is retired and has lived in Haworth for almost forty years.
by TC Joseph
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Whether it's birds falling out of the sky, wars breaking out or an increase in extreme weather conditions, news headlines have started to read like biblical prophecy. Such events have inspired author TC Joseph to expand his interest in prophecies to other traditions and cultures, where he has discovered some striking similarities.
|"Precipice" by TC Joseph|
Joseph found that many major religious, conspiracy and scientific theories point to the baby-boomer generation as the one to see great global upheaval and societal change, often referred to as the "end times" or "end of the age." He has taken all of these seemingly disparate philosophies and turned them into one cohesive narrative about what is to come. The tale begins with "Precipice," which is the first part in the "This Generation Series."
"Judeo-Christian narratives point to the birth of Israel as a nation in 1948 as the signal for the end," Joseph said. "I started to think to myself, 'what if all of these cultures and perspectives are talking about the same impending event?' The post-WWII generations are the ones at the precipice of great change, so that's whom my story follows. I look at how we got here and where we'll go while exploring different prophecies in the real world."
"Precipice" launches the tale of three families following them through historical transformation between 1969 and 1989. Joseph continues the story of these families decade-by-decade from 1969 and into the future with each book in the series. Average citizens, Vatican employees, members of the Illuminati and extraterrestrials all play important roles in the unveiling of prophecies that have come true so far and how they may play out in the future. We may not know what the end will entail, but TC Joseph wants to help us take a look at the possibilities.
TC Joseph recently retired as an executive from a global consumers company to care for his mother after she had a massive stroke. In his time caring for her he has been able to fulfill his passion for studying Bible prophecy and cultural history. His global experiences have been channeled into his studies and writing.
By: TC Joseph
"The Bible and Science: Unity Not Opposition"
by Eddie D. Leach, Ph.D.
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- Much like political pundits would battle over policy changes, members of the scientific and Christian communities seem to think only their worldview of how the universe was made and how it works today can be "right". Is there no room for a middle ground or agreement?
|"The Bible and Science: Unity Not Opposition" by Eddie D. Leach, Ph.D.|
Eddie D. Leach, Ph.D., a proud member of both communities, explored both ideologies and discovered they actually work hand-in-hand. His new book, "The Bible and Science: Unity Not Opposition," sheds light on how science and the Bible work together to give a better understanding of God's messages to humankind.
"God created all the components of the Universe and all life forms, including man," Leach said. "He also created man's ability to think and investigate. As time progressed, God revealed more and more of His plan for mankind through our continued research of His creation and our greater in-depth study of his Word."
Leach became a Christian as a teen at the same time he discovered his fascination with science. He received his Ph.D. in zoology, which was funded by NASA, before moving onto teach college-level courses and participate in research that would lead to many patents.
While working in science, Leach soon realized that if both the Bible and science come from God, then both must be true as long as they are properly interpreted and understood. From this point on, science helped complement and strengthen his Christian beliefs. He has spent more than 60 years studying, researching and honing the messages included in "The Bible and Science: Unity Not Opposition."
"God left behind "fingerprints" and "footprints" during His creative process that previous generations couldn't see," Leach said. "We live in a wonderful time because now as we study His words we can begin to pair them with our discoveries in His science, which reveals a more complete understanding of all of God's wonderful message to us."
Eddie D. Leach received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Baylor University then went onto Texas A&M to receive his Ph.D. He has held a number of leadership roles amongst the church and scientific communities to help resolve this ancient debate.
"The Bible and Science: Unity Not Opposition"
by Eddie D. Leach, Ph.D.
"Orbit: Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond"
by Matthew J. Elliot
Portland, Oregon - Bond... James Bond. The fictional character is synonymous with action, intrigue, beautiful women, and maniacal despots bent on world destruction. The life of 007's creator, Ian Fleming, proved to be a template for his greatest creation. This week, Bluewater explores the man behind the myth, or should we say the man who is a myth? The 28-page comic biography, "Orbit: Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond," was written by Matthew J. Elliot and features art by Ross Bampfylde. The comic book explores the life of the man responsible for one of the most enduring literary and cinematic adventure characters. Fleming, a British author and journalist, also served as a British Naval Intelligence author. This experience fueled stories rife with intrigue, danger, and secrets. Fleming's eleven Bond novels rank among the best-selling fiction novels of all time, and his children's story, "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang" has been adapted into feature films and for the Broadway stage.
|"Orbit: Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond" by Matthew J. Elliot|
Biographies featuring literary figures are not new for Bluewater Productions, which offers a diverse library of stories culled from classic myths, science fiction, superheroes, and Hollywood legends. Past biographies have featured the life stories of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Anne Rice, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll.
"One of the most important factors that drive the team behind Bluewater is the mission to get kids reading," said Davis. The Portland, Oregon-based publisher has had the privilege to work closely with schools and libraries on this initiative. "Growing up, I was a reluctant reader. We hope to reach kids in similar situations that may be more apt to read when a comic book is placed in front of them."
"Orbit: Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond" can be downloaded to your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, Madefire, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender.com, Indie Comic Tracker, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Print copies are available at Comic Flea Market by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ZlD5Bs
As one of the top independent publishers of comic book and graphic novels, Bluewater Productions Inc. unites cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by the publishing industry's most exciting artists and writers. For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com
by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett
United Kingdom -- Everyone makes mistakes. However, few tear a family to pieces and see the person making the error fleeing the country in despair. However, when this situation does come to pass, is redemption ever possible? This concept is explored in 'Undue Rewards', a new novel by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett. After a mysterious robbery at a law firm, is the protagonist actually responsible? If so, how can he crawl back from this most epic of mistakes?
|"Undue Rewards" by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett|
Synopsis: Undue Rewards is the story of a man whose family is torn apart partly by a costly mistake which he is said to have made at his firm Brack and Brack. Alex and Richard now have to live separate lives and Alex is left with two children to take care of at such short notice. Richard now has to do all he can to not only save his career but also his family who seem to be falling apart by the seems as a result of this potentially harmful mistake which has had a domino effect on those around him. Will the town be able to fix this? Will his firm Brack and Brack be able to repair the damages caused to the firm? And how will this pan out? Can Richard hold it together when the sky seems to be falling and he has no control over his future? This novel is full of unexpected twists and turns which will leave the reader engaged to the very end.
"Themes of guilt, family and redemption collide in my narrative with dramatic fashion," says Davidson-Jarrett. "The book is really split into two parts -- Richard's mistake and then how he tries to clean everything up. However, as with any good book, it isn't simple. One of the main plotlines is the effect the robbery has on Richard's family. The lives and character of his two children begin to change as his actions threaten to rub off on their continued livelihood. His wife is left to face the brunt of the family's new reputation whilst Richard is out of the country. Of course, Richard wants his family to remain as close-knit as they were before, and you'll need to buy the book to find out what happens." 'Undue Rewards' is available now: http://amzn.to/1jrwHB4.
Dudley Davidson-Jarrett was born in the small town of Beckenham South London. After finishing his schooling at Hilton College South Africa he went on to major in Sociology, Law and politics at Rhodes University South Africa. After a few years here he returned to his home city London to enter the Human Resources Profession. After seeking a bit more freedom in his working career he decided to turn to self-publishing fiction books. The first book was published in November 2014 and the follow up 'The Failed Redemption' became available on May 22nd 2014 free on smash words and is also available in paperback with a special black matte cover finish on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/1nG4Pe3. He has also recently completed a third title, a non-fiction book, 'The Last Piece - A Guide to Managing People', also available on Amazon. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports reading and socializing. You can keep up to date with his latest works and progress at: facebook.com/dudleydavidsonjarrett