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Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 1
By R.P. BenDedek
Jan 10, 2016 - 12:50:49 AM

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"Magic City Book Basket 2016" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The book basket is no longer weekly since for some reason we no longer receive the number of publicity emails as previously. Frequency of publication and number of books in each basket will vary.

We do still have book reviewers at Magic City Morning Star (and would love some more), but we 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. There is no need to write an article around a recent book release.

  • 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 in 2014 and 2015. 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.

Author Articles Since Basket No. 35 - Dec 31 2015

  1. Leaving us in suspense by John D. Moulton, author of "White Ashes"
  2. Questions About Race and Racial Prejudice in the Afterlife by Serge Jusyp author of "OTMA 82"
  3. The Story Engine: Imagining and Creating My First Novel by Kelvin Kwa Author of "Apex Predator"

Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 35 - Dec 31, 2015

Martha Stevens-David Review: "Poems of a Divorcee" by Merawyn Harrison
Dec 31, 2015

These heartfelt poems takes one through memories of a happier time and place to the realization that upon being single once again, one must adapt, change and be proactive in order to gain some semblance of happiness and order in the coming days of separateness. Having experienced "marriage and divorce" myself, I found that I was able to relate and totally understand what the author, Merawyn, was trying to say in "Poems of a Divorcee" and I commend her for having the courage to publish her poems.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"The Power of Me!"

By Russell Aitken, Francesca Traill, Nicolina Bernabei-Myszka

"The Power of Me!" By Russell Aitken, Francesca Traill, Nicolina Bernabei-Myszka
VICTORIA, Australia -- Francesca Traill was tired of watching her children and their classmates struggle with low self-esteem. Perhaps they didn't fit into a particular peer group, or weren't interested in the same things as the "cool" kids. Why were they suffering for their individuality? Why weren't the things that made them unique being celebrated?

Traill consulted with Nicolina Bernabei-Myszka, a primary school teacher, and Russell Aitken, a facilitator for Bob Proctor's "You Were Born Rich" self-help series, in order to come up with a solution.

The result is The Power of Me!, a new book designed to help young people achieve their full potential. The program is built to encourage kids to embrace their unique qualities in order to combat bullying, a lagging school system, and society's jaded definition of success.

"There are many children struggling to accept who they are simply because they do not fit into a particular square," Traill said. "The program we've created encourages those children to believe in themselves and unlock their full potential."

The book highlights several useful skills, including goal setting, visualization, treasure mapping, and self-talk. The authors hope to build a foundation of self-confidence that will extend through childhood to last a lifetime.

Aitken, Traill, and Bernabei-Myszka all have extensive experience working with children with low self-esteem, both in their personal and professional lives. They have dedicated themselves to developing a very unique and simple method to capture the attention of children without any specific bias in learning about their own individual uniqueness and more importantly, how to use it.

"The Power of Me!"
By Russell Aitken, Francesca Traill, Nicolina Bernabei-Myszka
Balboa Press
Published 4/16/2015
ISBN: 978-1-50432-921-7
80 pages
Softcover $32
E-book $4

No. 2

"White Ashes"

By John D. Moulton

"White Ashes" By John D. Moulton
DALLAS -- In 1960s Middle England, Rachael Farrington seemed to have found the perfect boyfriend. However, life becomes unraveled as the two get caught up in his mysterious past. Readers will witness how the innocence of their puppy love eventually leads to desolation and devastation.

In "White Ashes," readers will follow the journey of a young couple and the boys determination to learn more of his father's past. The book brings to life the struggles of teen love and parental guidance, explores the brutal realities of sexual abuse and grapples with the far-reaching power of police corruption and criminal cartels.

As the plot unfolds, individuals see how Rachael's boyfriend, Jason, was exposed to the ruthless schemes of a secret organization and observe as the characters battle with the disparity between perception and reality.

John D. Moulton, author of "White Ashes," grew up in Manchester, England during the time period discussed in his book and for most of his life.

"The 60s brought much social turmoil, with the blossoming of flower power, the advent of free love, and the beginning of recreational drug-taking. I saw it as the perfect arena in which to express in my book that we should be careful when we judge and that the truth is not always as it seems," Moulton said.

"White Ashes" will take readers on a suspenseful and unforgettable journey that will ultimately expose truths that lurk between the lines and the high price for getting things wrong.

  • This author published an article on Jan 7, 2016 at Magic City

John D. Moulton's career involved a great deal of writing--mostly studious business reviews and creative marketing plans, but his observations of life and keen imagination also inspires writing of a more adventurous kind. Moulton recently released his new fiction book "White Ashes," that hones in on thrilling themes and an exciting plot for all ages. Though born and raised in Manchester, England, John has retired to writing and painting in Texas. For more information, visit

"White Ashes"
By John D. Moulton
iUniverse Publishers
Published August 14, 2015
ISBN: 9781491771518
738 pages
Softcover $35
Hardcover $45
E-book $4

No. 3

"Apex Predator"

By Kelvin Kwa

"Apex Predator" By Kelvin Kwa
MELBOURNE, Australia -- After years of environmental destruction from warfare and exploitation of limited resources, melting icecaps are hardly humanity's problem after military expeditions awaken a sleeping giant.

"Apex Predator" by Kelvin Kwa is equal parts military techno-thriller and science fiction horror. Set in the very near future, the story follows the officers and crew of a United States nuclear submarine, a highly trained splinter unit of Navy SEALs, a Chinese Special Forces commander and a rogue freelance intelligence agent as they are entangled in a sinister covert operation that will see them hunted and betrayed by friend, enemy and monster alike.

"All of the things I have experienced contribute towards knowledge and imagination that I apply to my writing. I have a passion for a good story, and an epic story is best when shared," Kwa said.

Though the book touches on issues such as technology, climate change, LGBT in military service and scientific ethics, it's first and foremost a thriller written for entertainment purposes. "Apex Predator" is the book that Kwa wanted to write after spending a lifetime invested in film, novels, comics and video games.

"Coming from a traditional Chinese Malaysian family, such frivolous pursuits in imagination were frowned upon. Being the dutiful son, I acquiesced to things more practical. But I never let the dream die," Kwa said. "My point is this: I am just another man on the street. The difference is that I dared to believe that I could be more."

Kelvin Kwa is a Microsoft certified professional with a diploma in computing and applied physics. His love of technology, mythology and fantasy has led to years of collecting and reading. Kwa is a husband and a father living near Melbourne, Australia. "Apex Predator" is his first book. For more information go to Kelvin

"Apex Predator"
By Kelvin Kwa
CreateSpace Ind. Publishing
Published December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-49902-442-5
670 pages
Softcover $29 at Amazon (Different cover)
E-book $6 Kindle at Xlibris Publishing

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