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What's In the Book Basket This Week? Life's Problems and Steps to Solve Them
By R.P. BenDedek
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On an irregular basis we also publish a Christian Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books' and a 'Children's Book Basket.' These are published on a Wednesday. The publication and number of books in those baskets will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles to the end of June 2014 may be found here. (For a list of book reviews published during this period click here.)

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Author Articles published this week at Magic City
(August 24 to August 30)

  1. Is Multitasking Multi-Deadly? by Dr. Roger Landry author of "Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging"
  2. Seven Things You Should Know About Vitamin 'A' by Dr. Chudi Nwawka author of "Herd Immunity"
  3. Be Here Now: How to be emotionally present to life's challenges by Dr. Jennifer Kunst author of "Wisdom from the Couch"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(August 24 - Aug 30)

Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Grand Ma Ma and Her Grand Grand Kids"
Aug 29, 2014

They are colorful, beautifully illustrated and she also took the time to write in such a way that most of the sentences rhymed, and children of all ages especially love that. I loved the fact that she incorporated multicultural ethnicities in the drawings so that anyone in any place around our vast planet can relate to the story line.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Hound-Dog Man" by the late Fred Gibson
Aug 24, 2014

This was a juvenile story in 1949, but I doubt if many kids could understand the language or follow the tales these days. That could be the result of modern education and publication, where things get kind of watered down for juvenile consumption. I'd kind of like to experience today's juvenile, say a junior or senior high school student, reading Gibson's tale of a black dog that was laced with good outdoor adventure from start to finish.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"A Cry from the Dust"

by Carrie Stuart Parks

"A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks
Gwen Marcey was tops in her forensic art field. Then cancer struck, her husband divorced her, and her teenage daughter engaged in active rebellion. Gwen's best chance to start her new life was a temporary job The Mountain Meadows Interpretative Center asked Gwen to reconstruct the faces of three intact bodies that were discovered from the wagon train massacre of more than 120 people by Mormon fanatics calling themselves Avenging Angels. But just as she is nearing completion on her reconstructions, things around the center turn deadly. (Read More)

Carrie Stuart-Parks has spent the past two decades teaching law enforcement personnel across the USA how to catch killers, sexual predators and other unsavory characters on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The forensic artist often is asked to go back in time and recreate a criminal or victim's face via sketch or sculpture from the past. She also teaches cops "Content Statement Analysis", which combines spotting verbal signs of deception and body language clues to find out when bad guys are lying. When news came that former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady's death was ruled a homicide over 33 years after he was shot during an assassination attempt on the President by John Hinckley, Parks, author of the new book A CRY FROM THE DUST was asked to weigh in.

"It's interesting to me that many of the courtroom artists who drew Hinckley at the time almost universally made him look evil and unbalanced in their sketches, as cameras weren't allowed in the courtroom. Most of the photos used publicly of Hinckley at the time show him as very sullen. I would love to analyze his exact words and mannerisms in an interview to see if he's lying or concealing information, but audio and video is being kept very close to vest by the feds."

Carrie Stuart-Parks is an award winning fine artist, internationally known forensic artist and the author of the new thriller A CRY FROM THE DUST (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson Publishing), about a renowned forensic artist much like herself. Find out more at

"A Cry from the Dust"
by Carrie Stuart Parks
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published August 12, 2014
ISBN-10: 1401690432
ISBN-13: 978-1401690434

No. 2.

"An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom"

By Michael Munsey

"An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom" By Michael Munsey
HOUSTON -- With consumers filing the majority of bankruptcies, learning personal finance is more important than ever. With the right tools and knowledge, financial freedom can be an obtainable goal no matter a person's economic status or education level.

Michael Munsey, an average Joe on his way to financial freedom, has had ups and downs with personal finances. In his new book, he hopes to help others learn from his mistakes and gain valuable knowledge on evaluating personal and financial goals that will lead them to freedom.

Munsey offers a new perspective to finances -- understanding that obtaining wealth is a discipline that must be taught.

"An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom," provides a practical and simple understanding of concepts that Munsey practices personally with his own finances. His experiences and practices are relatable to the average person and highlight issues many face with finances.

"Everyone can achieve financial freedom with confidence," Munsey said. "It is about taking responsibility of their financial future by gaining financial knowledge and self-control over spending."

Michael Munsey is the vice president of operations and exploitation at Eagle Ford Oil & Gas. He holds a bachelor's degree from Murray State University and a master's degree from Rice University. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing. Munsey and his wife have two boys and currently reside in Spring, Texas. For more information, visit

"An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom: Change Your Perception of Money"
By Michael Munsey
ISBN: 978-1-49317-767-7
Softcover $16
Hardcover $25
E-book $4

No. 3


by David Duchesneau

"Uniforms" by David Duchesneau
Rochester, NH -- From private school, to the drum corps, to the Marines, to the police force, David Duchesneau has worn a uniform for most of his life. In his new book, aptly titled "Uniforms," Duchesneau chronicles his experiences and offers readers a glimpse into the formative years of a generation and the crucibles they faced during their heyday.

Duchesneau's writing provides readers with an understanding of the true meaning of wearing the uniform -- the responsibilities it entails and the effects it can have on a person's life. Through his own tale of commitment and discipline throughout life, readers will be inspired to pursue a future with the same level of dedication.

"For most of my years, I had worn uniforms -- a seemingly trivial fact that has actually had profound implications on my life's journey," Duchesneau said. "It is for this reason that the simple uniform is of great importance and meaning for me, as well as countless others who have had similar experiences." Whether uniformed or not, readers will enjoy Duchesneau's exciting journey through history as he inspires everyone to pursue their passions with a level of commitment that is beyond what they have ever experienced.

"Uniforms" spans an era in a boy's life that tells about his experiences growing up in a small New England town, from his childhood years, attending parochial school, to his adolescent years, continuing parochial school and becoming an active member of a drum and bugle corps for ten years. The story continues into early adulthood when he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, through boot camp, and then serving two tours of duty, 1969 through 1970, in Vietnam. It is a factual description of his life as he grew up and through his experiences of wearing many uniforms, which shaped his life and future forever. The language used in this book is sometimes graphic, with four-letter expressions. However, it is the exact language that was so commonly used during that era. (Read More)

David Duchesneau is a disabled combat veteran, retired New Hampshire state trooper, trumpet and bugle player, and cancer survivor. He opened a private investigative/security agency and consulting firm after his law enforcement career and is a certified international investigator and fraud consultant. When he's not working as an investigator, Duchesneau enjoys working as a hospice veteran-to-veteran volunteer. He resides in Milton, NH. For more information visit:

by David Duchesneau
ISBN: 978-1-4931-6502-5

No. 4.



by Diana Raab, Ph.D.

"Lust" by Diana Raab
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AUGUST 12, 2014) -- Author Diana Raab's latest release, LUST, explores passion, intimacy and love. LUST helps readers navigate the risks of intimacy as we move toward the realization that every experience enriches our lives, whether we perceive it as joy, pain, or out-of-the ordinary. LUST details a passionate journey through private emotional moments and voices the pain of loneliness and the heart's yearning for love while transcending the depths of human desire.

In her eighth book and fourth book of poetry, Raab employs narrative verse that is alive, titillating, and seductive. Yet for all their psychological richness, the poems' simplicity and accessibility resonate with women and men across all walks of life.

"I was inspired to compile this collection to share universal feelings of sensuality, love, and intimacy," says the author. "Writing poetry is about connecting with our inner voice. I am fascinated by sensuality and how it consists of a web of our romantic, emotional, imaginative, and intellectual aspects sides."

Inspired by the work of diarist and writer, Anais Nin, Raab's latest release, LUST, has similar nuances as Nin's erotica works completed in Paris in the 1950s. "At an early age, Nin inspired and encouraged me to pour my sentiments on the pages of my journal, whether it involved real life situations, dreams, imagination or fantasy," says Raab. My latest book offers a peep hole into the female mind, offering emotions and observations many women would not admit to and hardly talk about." LUST is ultimately about emotional honesty and intimate communication. Raab says, "To achieve joy, open communication, either verbally or written, is vital in every aspect of our lives, whether in the bedroom or board room."

Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning author of eight books and over 500 articles and published poems. She's a workshop leader, transpersonal psychologist, and thought provoker whose passion and expertise centers around writing for healing, transformation, and empowerment. She has been writing since the age of 10, when her mother gifted her with her first journal to help cope with her grandmother's suicide. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post (Huff50), and BrainSpeak. For more information, visit:

by Diana Raab
ISBN-13: 9781625490582
Publisher: WordTech Communications
Published 2/1/2014
Pages: 104
Price $17

No. 5.

"The Sultan of Monte Cristo"

by Holy Ghost Writer

"The Sultan of Monte Cristo" by HG Writer
UNITED STATES -- Many have read the last words from the classic novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo" and felt sadness as it ended. Holy Ghost Writer, the mysterious author of "The Sultan of Monte Cristo," has penned his new book as a direct continuance. This sequel is said to regenerate a recognizable prose that closely matches the novel's mood, tone and pacing Alexandre Dumas used as the original characters are reinvented and new characters make their debut.

"I was deeply inspired by reading 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and not wanting the story to end, continued it immediately and in subsequent sequels into the present day," Holy Ghost Writer said.

"The Sultan of Monte Cristo" provides a suspenseful and exciting adventure bursting with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and foreignness.

"For so many years, passionate fans of The Count of Monte Cristo have suffered a loss upon finishing Alexandre Dumas' last words. It is a grieving of sorts that has long been unmitigable... until now. The mysterious Holy Ghost Writer has penned "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" as a direct continuance of the story readers have long struggled against leaving behind. The adventure-laden journeys of Edmond Dantes continues in (Dumas') newly-honed role as investigative reporter who publishes his (original) book as part of (this) story. (Read More)

The mysteriousness identity of the author is part of an international contest. The first person to discover the identity of Holly Ghost Writer, from the clues found in the book, will receive a reward of $5,000 payable in US Dollars or Bitcoins. For more information, visit:

"The Sultan of Monte Cristo"
by Holy Ghost Writer
Xlibris, Corp.
Published 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4771-3019-3
68 pages

No. 6.

"It's My World Too: Accepting Challenges, Embracing Life"

by Homer Page

"It's My World Too" by Homer Page
ST. LOUIS -- Blind since birth, author Homer Page's new book "It's My World Too: Accepting Challenges, Embracing Life" is a testament to not letting circumstances become limitations.

This personal memoir shares Page's path to a meaningful personal and professional life, while shedding light on what it's like growing up in mainstream America with a disability.

Rather than make excuses for himself, Page was determined to not let blindness hold him back. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago and went on to teach at University of Colorado. He also pursued a career in elective office. A leader in the disability rights movement, Page has lectured on rehabilitation of the blind in Sweden and Poland.

The story that I tell in this book is largely one of a happy life. I am blind, and I have been blind since birth. I have engaged my world and the events that have made its history in my time. I grew up in a strong family, received an excellent education, had a successful and challenging career, and have achieved a satisfying personal life. (Read more from the Preface)

"A key to success is caring for others and engaging in life," said Page. "Anger, despair and other negative emotions prevent you from being happy."

Throughout his life, Page has known success and failure, felt hope and heartache and experienced joy and despair. Page hopes to inspire readers with the courage to act and the wisdom to accept what you cannot change. Blind since birth, Homer Page went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Chicago and teach at the University of Colorado. He held political office in Colorado and was active as a civil rights and disability rights advocate. Page and his wife reside in Columbia, Missouri.

"It's My World Too: Accepting Challenges, Embracing Life"
By: Homer Page
Abbott Press
ISBN: 978-1-4582-1419-5
Pages 198
E-Book $4
Softcover $15
Hardcover $34

No. 7.

"A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring"

By Julian R. Hanley

"A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring" by Julian R. Hanley
Retired Judge, Julian R. Hanley, who calls himself the "Grandpa Moses of literature," experienced a real life, fairy tale love story with his late wife, Betty, and at the age of 101 he wanted to share their story with the world.

His truly heart-wrenching yet beautiful memoir, "A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring," tells not only of his romance with Betty, but also of her horrific bout with child abuse.

There are still fairy tales for grandfathers to tell, but this one is true. It began with a meeting across a crowded room which led to sixty-four years of marriage and a lifetime of love and affection. Like all fairy tales, this one has a scary part with an ogre of sorts, but it is a true romance with a happy ending.

Julian R. Hanley was a country lawyer practicing in Wyoming County, New York. First he was a county prosecutor and later a Wyoming County judge. He is a published writer having authored and co-authored several textbooks on criminal justice and evidence.

On retirement to Florida in 1976, he served for several years as pro bono attorney in the Public Defender's office, receiving an award for this from the Florida Supreme Court.

At the age of ninety he continued his career as a writer doing biographies and American history. Now, at the age of one hundred and a widower after a sixty-four year marriage, he lives with my daughter in Naples, Florida and is blessed with three children, multitudes of grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

"A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring
By Julian R. Hanley
Westbow Press
Published 4/28/2014
74 pages
Softcover $10
E-book $4

No. 8.

"The Darkest Side of Saturn"

by Tony Taylor

"The Darkest Side of Saturn" by Tony Taylor
NASA estimates 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids larger than 100 meters that could pose a danger to Earth. 70% of these haven't even been discovered. Although improbable, what if we discovered a two-mile-wide asteroid with 1 in 1000 odds of hitting us? Should we worry? Would we do anything about it? How much warning would we need? That's the premise of a book written by former NASA spacecraft navigator Tony Taylor, who spent over 30 years navigating spacecraft through the solar system as a member of the Voyager, MESSENGER, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, and Galileo missions, among others.

"I'm the first person to navigate NASA spacecraft to every planet in the solar system," says Taylor. "Seven of those encounters took place while I worked at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the eighth, at Mercury, happened while I worked for KinetX Aerospace of Tempe, Arizona. If Pluto gets promoted again, I might even have a shot there next July when New Horizons flies by it." In his newest book, The Darkest Side of Saturn: Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom, Taylor explores the conundrum raised by discovery of a large asteroid that might hit us in 16 years. "A real-life collision with a two-mile wide asteroid would unleash an explosion resulting in a civilization destroying event," says Taylor. "It could ultimately wipe out hundreds of millions of people or more through wars and starvation."

Tony Taylor graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft--including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER- to every planet in the solar system. His second book, The Darkest Side of Saturn, was inspired by watching images of the night side of Saturn from the Voyager spacecraft as they arrived for the first time at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked. Taylor flew 150 combat missions in the F-4C Phantom fighter during the Vietnam conflict. One hundred of those missions were over North Vietnam against some of the most intense anti-aircraft defenses in history. His first book, Counters, drew on those experiences. In 1989, two nationally syndicated op-ed articles written by Taylor were published in The Los Angeles Times. He has also been featured in Ellemagazine. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys playing tennis, and navigating spacecraft. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.

"The Darkest Side of Saturn"
by Tony Taylor
ISBN-13: 9781491734216
iUniverse, Incorporated
Published 7/3/2014
Pages: 492
Softcover $21
E-book $4

No. 9

"The Threat From Within"

By Charles Lee

"The Threat From Within" By Charles Lee
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- According to Pew Research Center, 78 percent of teens have a cell phone and roughly half are smartphone users. This high percentage plus regular usage have raised the question of whether cell phones and cell phone towers are harmful to society's health.

In Charles Lee's new book, seven high school students with special abilities must stop an Eastern European research institute from using cell phone towers to destroy the mental capacity of teens. With the heavy use of cell phones by teens and increasing presence of cell towers throughout the United Sates, the terrorists have found the ultimate threat.

"The Threat From Within" highlights the potential risk of radiation from cell phone towers on brain development and mental health. Lee's novel poses many questions and concerns on the heated topic of cell phones.

"The book is a thrilling adventure that provides awareness of a topic that is current and controversial," Lee said.

Will the seven extraordinary teenagers be able to defeat the evil terrorists or will cell phones be the demise of the youth?

For more information, visit

Charles Lee received a bachelor's degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and a master's degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Lee served as a Marine in the Korean War. Following his service, he spent fourteen years in technical and executive positions with contractors of the Atomic Energy Commission. He is the author of the sequel "The Threat From Within Defeated" and "The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch." Lee is the proud father of two daughters.

"The Threat From Within"
By Charles Lee
ISBN: 978-1-4836-7439-1
Softcover $18
Hardcover $27
E-book $5

No. 10

"Mainely Memories"

by Martha Stevens-David

"Mainely Memories" by Martha Stevens-David
This book of short stories about life in Maine, is the third in a series by Martha Stevens-David. ("Autobiography of a Simple Soul" in 2011, and "Memories, Another Place, Another Time" in 2012.) She also co-wrote Dr. Mary T. Dycio's bestselling book "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine" in 2014.

Martha Stevens David, says, "I don't write because I wish for fame or fortune, I write so that others may know what it really means to be 'a Mainer'. I've carried this story collection around in my mind since my very beginning and I wanted others to have a chance to know these characters as well as I.

Thus began a life's obligation to record, remember and write all that I could before my time on this good earth is through. I dearly love it when readers of my work approach me and say, 'Martha, your stories took me home again!' I hope my stories make you laugh, smile, cry and remember all the stories of your own life and if I have achieved that, I have succeeded." (at Barnes & Nobel)

Martha Stevens-David who currently lives with her husband in Minot, Maine, is the fourth of eight children born to an Aroostook County, Maine, potato farmer and his wife. She desired to be a writer since the age of eight.

In 1982, when teaching English as a second language in Taipei, Taiwan, she began writing the stories that she had carried in her mind all of her days. In June, 2011, her first book, Autobiography of a Simple Soul was published, followed by: Memories, Another Place, Another Time and now in 2014, Martha proudly introduces this, her third book, Mainely Memories.

"Mainely Memories"
Martha Stevens-David
ISBN-13: 9781500566333
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 7/29/2014
Pages: 132
Price B & N $11

No. 11

"New China"

By Jim Hammond

"New China" by Jim Hammond
SEATTLE -- According to the New York Times, China's Communist Party announced a corruption investigation of Zhou Yongkang, the former chief of domestic security, following his detainment. It is another recent scandal in a wave of concerns about corrupt officials. Perhaps the illusion of social progress, questions arise as to whether many of these investigations are in the interest of leadership integrity or merely a way of thinning the competition for political power.

"China is walking a line between modernization and the oppression of its people," said author Jim Hammond. "Their opaque government is trying to sustain growth, but putting the tools essential to developing a middle class out of the citizens' reach."

In his book "The New China," Hammond recounts the 18 months he spent in China while researching the country. During his stay, Hammond was witness to corruption, oppression and extortion directed at Chinese citizens by officials and Party members.

Hammond's years of research concerning Chinese economics, history and politics help give western minds an insight into the country. His chilling personal testimony and interviews from Chinese citizens paint a surreal picture of cronyistic business dealings, greed, lies, censorship and paranoia.

In a mix of humor and horror, his individual story--intertwined with research and interviews--helps to paint the picture of a land little understood by the average westerner.

Jim Hammond is a retired engineer who worked for the Boeing Company for 25 years. While at Boeing, he traveled all over the world training flight crews of various nationalities, which gave him a broader perspective of people, their differences and commonalities. He now lives in Seattle with his wife and stepdaughter whom both emigrated from China.

"New China"
By Jim Hammond
ISBN: 978-1-4918-5059-6
Softcover Price: $15.07

No. 12

"Stop! Drop! & Wiggle! 7 Easy Steps to Happiness"

By Gaia Shawna Morrissette

"Stop! Drop! & Wiggle!" By Gaia Shawna Morrissette
ONTARIO, Canada -- Are you tired of being unhappy? In a society filled with ongoing negativity and tragedy, author Gaia Shawna Morrissette reveals seven ways to make happiness your default.

Her new book "Stop! Drop! & Wiggle!" shares her journey of self-discovery in a candid, entertaining and thought-provoking approach while guiding readers through better understanding themselves by making healthy changes, including anger management and various meditation practices.

With more than 15 years of personal coaching and teaching experience, Morrissette brings both a personal and professional perspective to the pursuit of happiness. Drawing on her own battles with misery, abuse and trauma, Morrissette encourages others to overcome the difficulties and discover healthy, effective ways to express emotions.

"As I face each of life's challenges I choose to learn and grow though happiness and not through suffering," Morrissette said. "I am able to fully enjoy the things I have in my life, and I work to share my story and support others to embrace the same successful approach."

Designed to be a practical and lighthearted resource, "Stop! Drop! & Wiggle!" features creative and fun exercises to help readers tap into the joy of life and develop an outlook of gratitude, love and happiness. For more information, visit

Gaia Shawna Morrissette is a sexual wellness coach and founder of Succulent Living, a practice dedicated to helping people embrace happiness, explore emotions and understand the positive impacts of sexual wellness. She enjoys nature, meditation, travel, music and pottery, and lives with her husband and dog in Ontario, Canada. For more information about Morrissette and her global professional practice, please visit

"Stop! Drop! & Wiggle! 7 Easy Steps to Happiness"
By Gaia Shawna Morrissette
Balboa Press
Published 4/14/2014
ISBN: 978-1-45259-510-8
116 Pages
Softcover $12
E-book $8

No. 13

"Resist Not Evil"

By Robert Vacca

"Resist Not Evil" By Robert Vacca
NEW YORK -- The law of attraction illustrates that what we think about, we bring about.

This theme extends throughout Robert Vacca's new novel, "Resist Not Evil," a classic love story with a basketball motif, a metaphysical quest, and a revolutionary approach to war and peace. The timeline extends from the Vietnam War to the present day and beyond.

Michael Mercurio attracts Seeka Maria, who embodies the liberated soul of women. As Michael experiences a world consumed with evil appearances, Seeka Maria encourages him to reconcile these distressing manifestations with the law of attraction and the Jesus principle of "resist not evil."

"My book illustrates and proves, through the law of attraction, that there are no victims, there is not injustice and there is no assertion possible without mutual consent," Vacca said. "This message is proactive because it demonstrates that we absolutely own the absolute power to totally focus on what we want and to attract exactly that. There's not a shred of evidence to the contrary in the entire universe."

"Resist Not Evil" explores hot-button issues, such as interracial relationships, hate crimes, war, child abuse, the healing power of music, as well as a tasteful depiction of source energy sexuality and its purpose, which is freedom, love and joy. For more information, visit:

Robert Vacca was selected in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1973. After an injury ended his basketball career, he began writing and traveling. He currently resides in Sag Harbor, New York, where he coaches a high school basketball team.

"Resist Not Evil"
By: Robert Vacca
ISBN: 978-1-41349-308-5
Xlibris Books
Published June 10, 2013
Page count: 761
Softcover retail price: $29
Hardcover retail price: $39

No. 14.


By Sarah and Jonathan Tillger

"Pazuju" by Sarah and Jonathan Tillger
TORONTO -- Science is discovering that certain kinds of games can provide more to players than entertainment alone. They can also help improve memory, reasoning and motor skills.

Sharing not only a love of games, but also a life together, married couple Sarah and Jonathan Tillger are the creators of the new game Pazuju. Combining elements of a jigsaw puzzle with the immensely popular number game Sudoku, Pazuju offers different levels of difficulty to players searching for a fun new game.

"We developed an app for tablets and smartphones, but we knew we also wanted a pen-and-paper way to play the game," said Sarah. "We are huge fans of games in the newspaper. We will help each other with crosswords and other number games. It's a nice way to start the day together."

In the book, a bound version of printed Pazuju puzzles, players are required to arrange fragments of a number grid into the right spots before using numbers to fill out the completed grid.

The popular Luminosity games have helped to popularize the idea that by simply playing a game, one can keep his or her mind at its sharpest. Pazuju combines the need for spatial reasoning with reductive logic, bringing a product to gamers that is both entertaining and beneficial to cognitive processes.

For more information, visit

Sarah and Jonathan Tillger are business owners living in Toronto. In addition to running a business together, they also collaborated on the creation of Pazuju. Their love of number games led them to create one of their very own, which features a jigsaw twist.

By Sarah and Jonathan Tillger
ISBN: 978-1-4931-7490-4
Softcover price: $17.73

No. 15

"Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"

By Michael Moffitt

"Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America" by Michael Moffitt
NEW ORLEANS -- In America today, discourse about government tends to fall on one side or another, discouraging collaboration and encouraging the blame game. In his new book "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America," author Michael Moffitt steps outside rigid partisan lines of politics to encourage Americans to focus on the values that made, and still make America exceptional.

Moffitt breaks out specific terms in dictionary form that relate to the American experience today. He bases his reflections on practical principles and alternative policies that could radically change the United States for the better. Rather than accepting partisan stances, Moffitt encourages Americans to reflect on how they can come together as "We the People" to make real change happen. He believes that by coming together and looking to history and the values of our Founding Fathers, we can revitalize our nation.

"I want to make a real difference in the way people think about the relationship between morality and politics and the need to focus on "We the People" versus the government and what it needs to do for me," Moffitt said.

"Granddad's" reflections inspire younger generations of Americans to think independently and rationally about events and trends in their country. He encourages readers to investigate current events and policies and come to their own conclusions through rational discussion and independent thinking, rather than letting others think for them.

"Maintaining high expectations is not a naïve dream," Moffitt said. "It is a necessary condition for the survival of a free people."

In addition to being an author and grandfather, Michael Moffitt has been an inventor, entrepreneur and community leader. He received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Moffitt resides in New Orleans with his wife.

"Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"
By: Michael Moffitt
ISBN: 978-1-4908-2916-6 (sc)
978-1-4908-2917-3 (hc)
WestBow Press
Published April 7, 2014
170 pages
Softcover: $12
Hardcover: $23

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