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Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 3
By R.P. BenDedek
Feb 5, 2016 - 11:37:43 PM

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"Magic City Book Basket 2016" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various 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 2016 Basket No. 2

  1. "We're not in Iowa Anymore" by Patrick J. Fornari Author of "Commoner Sense"

Book Reviews Published Since 2016 Basket No. 2

Martha Stevens-David Review: "White Ashes" by John D. Moulton
Jan 31, 2016

I sincerely feel that this ""timely, captivating" love story would make a wonderful movie! Kudos to Mr. Moulton, job well-done! Having read literally thousands of books since the age of eight, I feel that "White Ashes" is nothing short of a "masterpiece" in that the author, John D. Moulton, really was well-prepared when he sat to write this book.

Milt Gross Book Review: "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
Jan 31, 2016

They all, including this first one, had some things in common. First, there is the last and final action. I think I've read varieties of this in Grafton's other books, but in this scene, Millhone is hiding in a trash can on a beach from the bad guy. I love this ending, "He lifted the lid. The beams from his headlights shone against his golden cheek. He glanced over at me. In his right hand was a butcher knife with a ten-inch blade. "I blew him away."

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"An Unfortunate War"

by Joe East

"An Unfortunate War" by Joe East
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Thousands of light years from Earth, a battle looms. In his new book, "An Unfortunate War," author Joe East depicts Earth's discovery of a new planet, Haven, and the resulting clash between the two worlds as Earth's interdependence on Haven grows.

"An Unfortunate War" depicts a futuristic world where Earth's population has exploded and acceleration in technology has provided humans with the ability to explore the Galaxy. Upon the discovery of planet Haven, the people of Earth found its conditions suitable enough to establish a colony on the new planet.

As time goes on, Earth continues to deplete their resources and call on Haven for support. The relationship between Haven and Earth draws attention to themes such as immigration, Earth's food supply and war as a solution to society's problems.

"An Unfortunate War incorporates greed, isolation, love and a host of other emotions in its characters," said East. "Overall, the book is about people who are enduring trying times."

Author Joe East served in the U.S. Air Force as a communications intelligence specialist along with spending time in the U.S. Army National Guard. The knowledge gleaned from East's military background provided inspiration for the various military plots found in "An Unfortunate War."

"An Unfortunate War" incorporates science fiction, current news topics and a budding romance creating a book to fit anyone's taste.

Joe East served in the U.S. Air Force as a communications intelligence specialist. As a civilian, he taught logistics, program management and contracting to soldiers. East earned his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University and his mister's degree from Florida Institute of Technology. Joe resides in Madison, Alabama with his wife.

"An Unfortunate War"
by Joe East
iUniverse Inc.
Published 9/14/2015
ISBN: 978-1-4917-7629-2
366 pages
Softcover $21
Hardcover $31
E-book $4

No. 2

"I am Pat"

By Patricia Kampmeier

"I am Pat" by Patricia Kampmeier
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- All human beings are connected and one with all other elements in creation.

In "I am Pat," former public school teacher and counselor Patricia Kampmeier channels her lifelong personal journey of spiritual growth through her original poetry, moving through illness, handicap, aging, disappointment and grief, to irrepressible joy, loving relationships and a sense of the spirituality embedded in everything.

Having extensively studied spirituality, the flow of consciousness and dream work through meditation and self- reflection, Kampmeier's poems share her views of interconnectedness and devotion to a higher power.

"My poems connect with consciousness studies and quantum ideas of entanglement, non-locality and interconnectedness, as well as a sense of the ground of all being of consciousness and light," Kampmeier said. "They are straightforward, accessible and often simple."

By sharing her thoughts with others, Kampmeier hopes to bring awareness to the idea that all parts of the earth and life have consciousness and are connected, and that death is true in physical reality but not the truest reality.

"I feel it is important for us to understand death differently," Kampmeier said. "The dead are really alive in a light or energy body, and we can communicate with them."

Patricia Kampmeier is a retired teacher and counselor of children and adults, and former singer and actor in professional opera chorus and film. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), and has previously taught classes regarding dreams and altered states of consciousness. Kampmeier enjoys music, art, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, quantum physics, needlework and writing. Her poems have been published in several literary magazines. For more information see

"I am Pat"
By Patricia Kampmeier
Inspiring Voices pub.
Published 2/24/2015
ISBN: 978-1-4624-1098-9
64 pages
Softcover $9

No. 3

"Dark Lands: Requiem"

By Lyn I. Kelly

"Dark Lands: Requiem" by Lyn I. Kelly
FORT WORTH, Texas-- Dante Alighieri, in his Divine Comedy, colored a view of Purgatory that has long reigned in the imagination. To some, Purgatory is a place where purification happens and redemption can be found. To others, it is a space for tortured souls living in limbo. All agree, though, that Dante is the definitive source for that world.

In his new book Dark Lands: Requiem, author Lyn I. Kelly offers a new twist on a tale of good versus evil in a setting seemingly nearby Dante's Purgatory. A culmination of Kelly's lifelong love of writing and quest to bring unique stories to the public, the story follows a brother and sister as they wake to find themselves in a land existing between life, death, and time, where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

"I started contemplating the idea of this other world of which we are completely ignorant, where the fate of our world is eternally in play between the most benevolent and most wretched souls to have ever lived," Kelly said. "I began to flesh out the idea, and Dark Lands: Requiem was born."

While Kelly has been creating unique stories his entire life for comics and other periodicals, Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel. He feels strongly that the fantasy genre has enough witches, zombies, werewolves, and vampires to go around, but there is always room for something new. He set out to find a fresh take where everything previously known is suspended in constant turmoil.

"Independent authors like myself have creativity to add to the marketplace. Dark Lands: Requiem is different in that it does not offer warring factions of vampires and werewolves or an authoritarian government determined to crush all resistance, nor does it take place during any kind of apocalypse," Kelly said.

Lyn I. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Writing since the age of eleven, he has been published in Diamond Comics, Newsweek and more. When he's not writing or spending time with his wife and four children, he is also a marathoner. Kelly resides in Keller, Texas. Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel. For more information, visit

"Dark Lands: Requiem"
By Lyn I. Kelly
Lulu Publishing Services
Published August 26, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4834-3423-0
216 pages
Softcover $13
Hardcover $14

No. 4

"A Faint Echo"

by J.A. Sedler

"A Faint Echo" by J.A. Sedler
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At 16, teenagers are often running from the police versus joining the police force. However, this is not the case for 16-year-old Thomas Haroldson, who must choose to join the P.O.L.I.C.E. organization ruling Germany or stand with Le Rebells, the freedom fighters.

In his new novel, "A Faint Echo," author J.A. Sedler has created a world where Germany has won World War II and a totalitarian organization-The P.O.L.I.C.E.- has taken over. In an effort to restore freedom a rebel group commits acts of terrorism against society, losing track of their original vision. In the midst of this clash of civilization, Thomas Haroldson is swept into the dangerous struggle between the P.O.L.I.C.E. and the Rebells.

"When writing the book I worked to not take a side or write from a bias opinion. I wrote both factions as neither good or bad," said Sedler. "It is up to the reader to decide which side to cheer for."

Sedler comes from a background in education and currently works as a middle school teacher. As an educator, Sedler is passionate about providing students with reading materials that will generate thoughtful conversation.

"A Faint Echo" presents readers with a thought-provoking scenario. Readers will be drawn into the story as they are presented with themes relatable to today's society. "Ultimately, no matter the paths that are laid out in front of you, it is up to you to choose what is right, what to believe in and what path to travel," concludes Sedler.

J.A. Sedler is a native of British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of education degree. Sedler currently works for the Lagley school district as a middle school teacher.

"A Faint Echo"
by J.A. Sedler
iUniverse Pub
Published 12/1/2011
ISBN: 9781462066360
444 pages
Softcover $24
Hardcover $34
E-book $4

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