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What's in the Book Basket This Week? The Full Spectrum
By R.P. BenDedek
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:10:11 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.

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.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun July 7th to Sat July 13th)

  1. Preface for "In the Spirit of Elijah" by Trevor Payne author of "In the Spirit of Elijah"
  2. 8 Signs You are Dating a Psychopath By Sherrie Campbell, PhD Author of "Loving Yourself"
  3. Crossroads: Not a Destination, But a Journey By George Q. Langstaff, Jr. author of "The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life"
  4. Why most singles choose wrongly by Hellen Chen author of "Hellen Chen's Love Seminar"
  5. The Loving and Mystical Side of Islam by Brad Tyndall author of "Touching God"
  6. Self-Confidence Begins in the Home By Sherrie Campbell, PhD Author of "Loving Yourself"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "Let Me Tell You a Story" Charles Keith Hardman
Jul 16, 2014

"Let Me Tell You a Story" by Charles Keith Hardman contains 12 short stories that I found very interesting about topics that I normally do not choose to read. And these stories certainly make one think about all the things they have been told from their very birth.

Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Basket of Fruit" by Margaret Hooton
Jul 14, 2014

At first glance, one assumes that this story is just another "children's" book story but upon deeper reading, it becomes apparent that it is not. The author, along with the lovely illustrations, takes the reader to another realm that most children's book authors dare not go. I read the book twice so as not to miss anything in the drawings or the words and found it to be very insightful in regard to the aspects of "human nature."

M. Stevens-David Review: "Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine
Jul 13, 2014

"Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine clearly illustrates the dangers that not only young people can fall into in when venturing into Hollywood in attempt to achieve their dream, but what can happen to everyone from anywhere. This book should be "required" reading for any and all who are leaning in the "Hollywood" direction.

R.P.BenDedek Review: "Strike at the Heart: The first mission" By L.W. Berrie
Jul 13, 2014

'Strike at the Heart' by L.W. Berry is a very well written, fast paced and interesting story that deals with a variety of elements including science fiction, military warfare, ancient history, medicine and love. When I turned the last page I just wanted to scream. 'What happens now?' I demanded to know of nobody in particular. Clearly the book is designed for a sequel which I really want to read, and I think that the storyline would make a great movie.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Kill Crazy" by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
Jul 13, 2014

While the tale features a bank robbery, a brother in jail, a brother who will not limit his crime to free his brother, and MacCallister's taking care of all the bad guys, there is a side tale of an abandoned gold mine on the ranch that MacCallister had inherited.

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No. 1

"Fireflies"

by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

"Fireflies" by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
School is out and summer is in, but that doesn't mean that learning has to go out the window; in fact, summer is the perfect time to encourage children and young adults to stretch their imaginations and embrace their unique creativity.

Award-winning author Coleen Murtagh Paratore's newest release, FIREFLIES: A Writer's Notebook (Little Pickle Press), proves that if you can dream it, you can write about it! With vivid, open pages, sage advice, and inspirational prompts, FIREFLIES reminds us that the "fireflies" of our imagination are everywhere, and that a small spark of an idea might very well turn into a much bigger, brighter story. After all, everyone has a story but not everyone knows how to begin telling it. All it takes is the right tool to get started! Author's Website

Coleen Murtagh Paratore is an inspirational writer, teacher, and speaker, active in her profession and in her community. With 19 books published since 2004, Paratore is best known for her half million selling debut novel, The Wedding Planner's Daughter. She currently serves on the Rutger's Council on Children's Literature Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. Paratore is the founder of T.R.E.A.T. (Troy Reads Every August Together) in her hometown of Troy, NY, which brings together city children to discuss books and writing. FIREFLIES is her newest release.

Little Pickle Press is a 21st century publisher of children's media, dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques. Little Pickle Press has been named among the "Best for the World" B Corporations and awarded Independent Publisher of the Year by ForeWord Reviews.

"Fireflies"
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
ISBN-13: 9781939775047
Little Pickle Press LLC
Published 7/1/2014
Pages: 118
Price $9.85

No. 2

"Ouija"

by A. Martin

"Ouija" by A. Martin
In A. Martin's 'Ouija,' Trevor Brewer has trouble letting go of his dead wife, and reaps even greater trouble investigating her fascination with the beyond.

When Trevor Brewer's wife, Carrie, dies in a fatal kayak accident, Trevor can't help but replay every sickening second in his head, falling prey to nightmares that haunt him even by day. He blames himself, and it destroys his ability to work, not to mention putting a strain on his relationship with a new fiancee. So begins A. Martin's Ouija, on September 22nd, the two-year anniversary of Carrie's death. Trevor feels that his new fiancee, Heather, has grown impatient with his grief, organizing a yard sale for Carrie's things only weeks after the funeral. As Carrie's best friend, Heather has Trevor's best interests at heart- or does she? Now, on the two-year anniversary of her death, he opens up the locked closet containing a secret box of Carrie's most treasured items. In it, he finds her diary; though he's respected her wishes to never open it, now he realizes, she'll never know if he does. So he begins reading an entry dated a month before her death, in which she bemoans Trevor's lack of willingness to get her an Ouija board for her birthday.

Though Trevor had no interest in the paranormal while Carrie was alive, the entry inspires him to go to a shop stocked with candles, tarot cards, and other supernaturally themed trinkets. He is hell-bent of figuring out why such things mattered to Carrie, but he may well encounter far worse things than he imagined. Can Trevor discover why his wife died without driving the world as he knows it into the clutches of evil forces?

Author A. Martin is from a small aboriginal community in Eastern New Brunswick, Canada. He has had his short and micro-fiction stories published over seventeen times in both online and print publications. He is the author of short story collection, Dead Ringer-Published and Unpublished tales of Science fiction and Horror, available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com, by typing in each search bar: D e a d Ringer by A. Martin. His last short story published was You've Won! on ShortandScarystories.com, summer of 2013 and rated four out of five stars by fans. He sold his first short story in 2007.

"Ouija"
by A. Martin
Paperback: 202 pages
Bookstand Publishing
Published June 3, 2014
ISBN-10: 1618638521
ISBN-13: 978-1618638526
Kindle $3.75
Papaerback $10.20
Hardcover $22

No. 3

"The Divine One"

by Danielle R. Mani

"The Divine One" by Danielle R. Mani
Every day, thousands of children wake up petrified of going to school. Repeated bullying may cause severe emotional harm and can erode a child's self- esteem and hope. Whether bullying is verbal or physical, the long-term effects are equally harmful. Both boys and girls may deal with emotional distress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. In worst case scenarios, the outcome may even lead to death.

In The Divine One by Danielle R. Mani, real-world teen issues are blended and shown through the life of Delilah Simms, an attractive high school senior who is being terrorized by a cruel group of girls called the "Imitators." Living in mortal fear and comparing school to prison, daily harassment begins to spread like cancer for Delilah. As she carries the world on her shoulders, Delilah is also healing from the sudden, tragic loss of her younger sister, Darcy, whom her mother believes is sending messages from beyond the grave.

"It's a book that deals with relevant teen issues and also focuses on life, death, and, beyond, all while keeping the reader in suspense," says Mani. "It doesn't just focus on teen issues. There are parts of the story where parental flaws and weaknesses are discussed."

On the verge of a breakdown, hope begins to appear as Delilah meets River Spencer--a handsome young man who she's instantly attracted to. Although River seems perfect, Delilah can't ignore the sinister and gnawing feeling that River is withholding dark secrets and believes he may just be the biggest imitator of all. A must-read for teenagers and parents, major themes found in The Divine One include: The detrimental effects bullying causes on adolescents; Questioning life after death; The impact of substance abuse on families; A message of hope for teens struggling with harassment; Making peace with your past and Nobody is perfect: Accepting your shortcomings and other peoples flaws. "I think the book has a message of hope," adds Mani. "Especially for young adolescents, who may question their faith or life after death."

Danielle R. Mani holds a MS degree in Education and a BA in Mass Communications. For seven years, she was an elementary school teacher. She is currently working on The Divine Too, the sequel to The Divine One. Mani currently resides in Westchester, NY, with her husband, four young children, and two dogs.

"The Divine One"
by Danielle R. Mani

No. 4

"Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM"

by Elmer Lightman

"Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM" by Elmer Lightman
NEW YORK -- Conservatism is personified by radio personality/political commentator Rush Limbaugh. Millions follow what he proclaims as he controls three hours daily on over 600 radio stations coast to coast. What if his audience discovered he misled them every day? This "Handbook for All Americans, left to right" is a comprehensive lens to understand the "conservative" mindset and its effect on the country. Whether you adore or abhor Rush Limbaugh or "conservatism" this is an acclaimed "must have" book

Communications ethics professor, history teacher and early talk radio communicator Elmer Lightman has spent two decades researching Rush Limbaugh and his claimed conservatism. "Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh 'CONSERVATISM'" exposes the facts on virtually every subject Limbaugh pontificates on while audaciously proclaiming himself to be a paragon of truth. "Upon first hearing Rush Limbaugh in 1991 I noticed that he was lying or misleading nearly every time he spoke. It was uncanny to me that he had an audience that either doesn't realize this or doesn't want to know it," Lightman said. "I began recording him and looking up the facts on what he said and the project grew." Thirty categories of lies by Limbaugh are identified.

The extensively documented book explores conservatism and its history contrasted with today's movement appropriating the label. Evidence is presented from prominent defectors from "conservatism." Each subject chapter concludes with "Truth Detection Programs" to deal with "Limbaugholism." The book points to conservative voices in the media who represent conservatism credibly. Psychological and scientific studies show why those claiming "conservatism" deny proven facts and reason. The Handbook includes a unique approach to solving the major problems affecting the country and humanity.

Elmer Lightman was an early radio talk show host, professor of communication ethics, credentialed history teacher, media consultant to 100 environmental, education, human rights and health organizations. Since 1991 he has researched Rush Limbaugh's and conservatism's veracity and effect on the country.

"Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM"
by Elmer Lightman
Pages: 350
Softcover Price $24

No. 5

"The Chicago Syncopator"

by Philip Nemec

"The Chicago Syncopator" by Philip Nemec
Set in Chicago's Czech neighborhoods in the first half of the Twentieth Century, The Chicago Syncopator: A Bohemian Kid Tells About His Life in Jazz, by author Philip Nemec, is the story of fictional character, George Nepras, and his life in jazz. George uses his faith in his calling as a jazz musician to battle against his own limitations, cruel fates, and the myopia of his ethnic Czech community. George tells his own story with an introduction and edits of a journalist, Charles Svoboda, whose assistance George has sought in the belief that Svoboda's Czech heritage will make him sympathetic. In fact, Svoboda is reluctant to help until George mysteriously disappears after he drops off his savings and his hand-written manuscript wrapped in white bakery paper to Svoboda's newspaper office. Svoboda becomes entangled in George's narrative and comes to believe he has a moral obligation to edit and footnote the manuscript in the hopes of publishing it.

In the manuscript, the reader is given a glimpse of how Czechs adapted to their new land. Covering the first five decades of the century, those histories also intersect with tumultuous events in Chicago including labor unrest, the flu pandemic, racial violence, war, and The Great Depression. George is caught in two worlds, one musical, in which racial lines are blurred, and the other, infected with virulent racial animosity. Above all, the curtain is pulled aside so that the reader can experience the city's love affair with jazz. "Though not intellectually gifted, poorly educated, narrowed by his family and neighborhood, and the victim of two traumatic brain injuries, George chooses a path of giving, sharing, mentoring, and committing to a higher purpose," says Nemec. "When things go wrong, he dusts himself off and figures out how to carry on. To some, it might be self-delusional, but for George, he finds fulfillment and redemption."

Philip T. Nemec is of Czech descent, his father's family having emigrated from Prague to Chicago before his father's birth. Growing up in Chicago, he earned his degree in Economics from St. Louis University, but was mentored by English professor and mid-western poet, John Knoeppfle. Following graduation, Nemec became an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Returning to Chicago after the Marines, he earned his Master's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago's writers' program, which is where the idea for The Chicago Syncopator took form. Following nearly two decades working abroad, he retired from his government position and now lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with his wife and two college-age children. The Chicago Syncopator is Nemec's debut novel and is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook. Connect with the author at www.philiptnemec.com

"The Chicago Syncopator"
by Philip Nemec

No. 6

"Rescuing Oricito: The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog"

by Marty Kingsbury

"Rescuing Oricito" by Marty Kingsbury
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Maya Angelou once said the ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. In her new young adult novel "Rescuing Oricito: The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog," Marty Kingsbury, an animal-loving poet and playwright, offers an impactful tale about animal adoption based on her rescue dog's journey to her home.

"People who have rescued animals are always proud of it," Kingsbury said. "We often know the backstories of our animals -- where they came from and who rescued them."

Her bicultural adoption tale follows the footsteps of a South American street dog who faces gripping realities that apply to many humans: abandonment, neglect, unwanted pregnancies, hunger and adversaries. Kingsbury, who blends her expertise in writing, human services and animal activism for the story, said she hopes to raise awareness for street dogs and the rescue effort.

An enchanting narrative that can appeal to people in all walks of life, "Rescuing Oricito" shares insights into survival, loyalty, respect, freedom and the meaning of home.

Marty Kingsbury is a poet, playwright and English instructor at Urban College of Boston. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Canada and her plays produced throughout the world. Kingsbury earned her Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Brandeis University, Master of Arts in English from University of Massachusetts Boston and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Heidelberg University. A lifelong animal lover, she and her partner live in Cambridge, Mass. where they share their two rescue dogs.

"Rescuing Oricito"
by Marty Kingsbury
Archway Publishing
Published: 5/2/2014
Pages: 202
Softcover $15
E-book $4

No. 7

"Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around "

by Richard Greenberg

"Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around" by Richard Greenberg
Washington Post columnist Carolyn Hax recently addressed a subject quite familiar to Richard Greenberg: "Raising Children That Other People Like To Be Around." Hax asked, "How do you raise a child that won't be bullied and won't bully others?" and further concluded, "Your child will be on the giving and receiving end of meanness. There's no avoiding it altogether." What Hax doesn't mention is how parents need to raise their children to understand respect - respect for themselves and others. "Teaching children respect means showing respect for ourselves. It's not easy to live an 'exemplary' life, but trying really hard to do so is exactly what being a parent is. None of us are perfect, but every day we have opportunities to show our kids the high road not only in our expectations of them, but in our expectations of ourselves."

After 36 years of marriage (and 34 as a parent), Richard Greenberg wrote Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around: Five Common-Sense Musts From a Father's Point of View to help families, communities and society at large. Richard's style is fun, upbeat and practical. For Father's Day, he was a guest on LA's Afternoon News with Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee on KFWB Radio.

  • "I'm thinking this work that he's crafted should be handed out free at maternity wards," said Michael Shappee.
  • "I'm pretty sure that Richard's book is going to be my new parenting bible," said Maggie McKay.

Richard Greenberg is native of Los Angeles. In 1976, he graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in English. Shortly thereafter, he married his childhood sweetheart JoAnn, with whom he continues to happily parent three sons and a daughter. For over 35 years Richard worked in the entertainment industry as a post- production executive, editor and writer/producer. Richard shares his time-proven wisdom and common sense strategy in the book, in his Huffington Post column and on his website CommonSenseDad.com

"Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around" is published in Paperback, Kindle and Nook editions. Join Richard Greenberg at www.CommonSenseDad.com  Facebook.com/CommonSenseDad and on Twitter @CommonSenseDad.

No. 8

"Truth and Love"

by Grace Ruto

"Truth and Love" by Grace Ruto
United Kingdom -- While many claim to be born with the desire to write, Grace Ruto's calling came from the unfortunate death of her father and the increased sensitivity and awareness it spawned. Now with four books of poetry on the market, Ruto is helping readers around the world discover the inner-depths of the soul, love and life itself. Each book was written at a pivotal point in the author's life, spanning decades of inner exploration that can now help anyone overcome some of the universe's biggest inward challenges.

'Truth and Love' - Truth is coincidental to your reality, as when Love is born. Truth is the moment destiny meets with reality. Love is the answer of all desires, yet many of us find it like a dream that pertains to love. Our lives are guarded by a purpose of faith, a deviation from the fictional reality of causality. It is this explored and expressed in poetry. 'Enchanting Echoes' - When love doesn't quite turn out as you hoped it would be, romance is the trigger of the sensitive nature within all of us. This beautiful book of poetry,of contemplation of love lost or found, unrequited or answered, when memories linger on, is the real discovery of how I discovered my true inner strength, adventures from within expressed in poetry.

'Elohim's Decree - The Dimension of the Soul' - The Soul is Eternal. It's vast encapsulation of time becomes the transcending of all entities. The soul exerts the capability of divinity like unto God. It is this analogy which is explored and linked through theology for a broader perspective of understanding the nature of the Soul. 'Angel of My Life' - From the moment you wished for better, to the times you prayed Forever, and wept for bitterness of despair to disappear, find this compelling story the real life tale of what an Angel can do, no matter how small or great your darkness is.

Reviews for Ruto's work have been thoroughly impressive. All four titles are available now, from Amazon.

Grace Ruto studied at the American Intercontinental University, where she first embarked on her writing career. She is one of four children.

No. 9

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"

By William Brinn

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" By William Brinn
DENVER -- According to a survey done by YourTango.com, out of 100 mental health professionals polled, 65 percent said that communication problems are the most common factors that lead to divorce - followed by couples' inability to resolve conflict. William Brinn has had some interesting experiences in his life. Many deep and long lasting friendships have been the driving engine that motivated him to write "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished." He agrees that communication is important and says that sometimes it takes courage to say what is on one's mind.

"There are some situations where doing nothing is not an option," Brinn said. "If you feel strongly about something, you have to act."

Although Brinn's inspiration for his book is no laughing matter, the novella itself is not stoic -- but rather uplifting. Brinn has delivered a "Dramedy" that ties faux pas, jealousy and forgiveness into a story involving difficult situations between substantive yet simple characters that anyone can relate to. The book is centered on Mike Grissom, a quirky and humorous graphic designer who lacks luck with the ladies. Try as his friends might, no one they set him up with seems to stick around. Everything changes when he decides to help a stranger in need. That stranger turns out to be a famous actress, Veronica Lange. After some awkward misunderstandings and humorous social gaffes, Mike and Veronica are put in the position where they must choose between forgiveness and their own pride.

"I wanted to show that a good deed doesn't have to be a grand gesture," Brinn said. " It can be just a small reaction to a situation and it's never too late for someone to offer an apology."

William Brinn is a retired public employee now providing technical training in the private sector. He grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Utah as an adult. Currently, he lives in Colorado with his wife, son and their shih tzus. He has a BS in Economics and an MBA from the University of Utah. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. After having an inspiration for the novella, he took the plunge. "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" is his first book.

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
By William Brinn
Xlibris Books
Published: 5/7/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49317-613-7
184 Pages
Softcover $20
E-book $4

No. 10

"Debridement"

By Sean Dow

"Debridement" By Sean Dow
De-bride-ment: surgical removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound. Doctors undergo years of intensive training at very high personal and financial costs. Once in practice, most strive to provide the best possible care to their patients. Yet an ugly shadow hangs over them: the specter of a possible malpractice suit. While some suits have merit, many are frivolous -- often pursued by unethical malpractice lawyers who convince their clients that their cases are strong, even when they are not. Yet, justified or not, a malpractice suit can utterly destroy the life of a doctor, along with his medical practice.

In his absorbing new thriller, Debridement, Sean Dow tells the tale of Dr. Jack Hastings, a devoted pulmonologist and critical care doctor whose goal to maintain a pristine record is decimated when a greedy malpractice lawyer brings a frivolous suit, representing an estranged wife whose sudden "grief" at her husband's death is enhanced by the prospect of a large settlement. Another of Hastings' dedicated colleagues had committed suicide years earlier when a suit by the same lawyer ended her practice and the fulfilling life she'd built. While Dr. Hastings is contemplating his fate, another colleague is sued. He is served by the same lawyer, in front of his crowded office waiting room; it was done in the most humiliating way possible, done simply to maximize the intimidating effect of the suit. This final act leads the enraged Hastings to commit a deed he would never have dreamed of: murder.

  • "To have a patient accuse a physician of carelessness and incompetence goes straight to the heart, an indescribable betrayal that can make even those most caring and competent question whether they want to continue in the Healing arts."

Themes found in Debridement include: The irrevocable damage done by frivolous medical malpractice suits; Dangerous repercussions when all is lost; The impact that groundless malpractice suits have upon medicine in general, leading to the practice of "defensive medicine" (ordering unnecessary tests to ensure that nothing, no matter how unlikely, will be missed) and The astronomical costs, both financially and sometimes physically, of defensive medicine

Sean Dow is a pulmonologist and critical care physician who attended Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also did his residency. He practices at St. Rose Siena and St. Rose San Martin Hospitals in Nevada. Debridement is his first novel. Website: www.seandow.com

"Debridement"
By Sean Dow

No. 11

"High Notes"

by Richard Loren

"High Notes" by Richard Loren
"The sixties were an immense concentration of cultural energies, bursting with incredible artists and music," says Richard Loren. "The seeds of the anti-war, civil rights and women's movement were all planted in the sixties. We were young and idealistic and these powerful movements united us all. It was a time during which we all shared love, compassion and hope, as we experienced successes and failures in trying to understand life's truths." Loren recalls his journey through the turbulent eras of rock's ascendancy in his new book, High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead. With never- before-told stories, Loren offers a humorous and heartfelt account that illuminates music history and provides telling insights into some of the most notable entertainment personalities of the late twentieth century. Eminently readable and authentic, readers will find Loren's inside look fascinating and satisfying.

"High Notes is part history, part travelogue, part cultural coming-of-age tale," explains Loren. "The rock 'n' roll icons that inspired and shaped a generation were my personal mentors, business partners, and friends. Through my experiences, music and pop-culture lovers gain a reflective insider's perspective on these amazing artists in one of the most compelling periods of American history."

Uniquely personal, Loren provides insight and revelation with his singular take on the rich, famous and powerful people he encountered during his days as an agent, manager and promoter. High Notes is must read for those who lived through the times and for those who want to share a personal perspective on one of rock's most formative and fascinating eras.

Richard Loren worked as Jerry Garcia's personal manager and is a former agent and manager of the Grateful Dead. In his music business career, he also represented a wide variety of musical artists and other headline bands, most notably--The Doors and Jefferson Airplane. Loren graduated from Gettysburg College and began his professional life in the music business in 1966, as a music agent for the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) in New York. He found and promoted emerging musical talent with a client list headlining amongst others, Tim Buckley, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and the Chamber Brothers. He now lives in New England, and continues to be interviewed and quoted frequently by music industry authors and magazine writers. Website: www.highnotes.org

High Notes is scheduled to be released in November 2014 and can be preordered from amazon.com and through all major booksellers.

No. 12

"Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

by Gordon Tredgold

"Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint" by Gordon Tredgold
Have you ever felt stuck at your job? You know, when you feel like you aren't moving forward in your current position, but you know you'd excel if awarded a promotion. It's fair to say most people desire the opportunity to receive a promotion at least once in their careers. However, when that promotion doesn't happen, it can feel pretty painful.

Gordon Tredgold, well-known as one of the Inc. Magazine Top 100 Experts in Leadership & Management and author of the book Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Everything You Need to Know about Sustainable Achievement, says when this happens, you can feel discouraged about your job and lose the motivation to keep trying. With over 20 years of experience as a leadership coach and transformation specialist, Tredgold has the top real reasons why you were probably overlooked for a promotion.

"Big, bold goals can be intimidating as they are spectacular, but they don't have to be scary," says Tredgold. "They may seem unachievable, but don't let that daunt you for a second."

Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, Gordon Tredgold earned a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics at Manchester University and worked in IT for over 20 years. Tredgold is a specialist in Transformational Leadership, Operational Performance Improvement, Organizational Development, Creating Business Value, and Program and Change Management. He has Global and International experience gained from time living and working in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, USA, and now Germany. Tredgold's highly effective leadership experience has been collected, throughout the years, from his activity and participation in sports, leading significant transformational changes, and managing global operations. He operates a Leadership Principles blog (www.leadership-principles.com), which was rated the #6 'Most Shared Leadership Blog in 2013', 'Top 50 to watch in 2013' by Evan Carmichael and 'Top 30 Hidden Gem Leadership Blogs' by the (CMOE) Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness.

Gordon Tredgold is married to Carine, with four children and one grandson. He speaks English, French and practical German and his interests include sports, history, cinema, photography, travel and cooking.

30% of book profits are donated to Teal Ribbon Charity.

"Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint"
by Gordon Tredgold
224 Pages
Softcover $17

No. 13

"Revolutionize Your Child's Life"

by Peggy Caruso

"Revolutionize Your Child's Life" by Peggy Caruso
According to recent statistics, 77 percent of students have experienced verbal or mental bullying at some point. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6.4 million children between 4 and 17 years old have been diagnosed as suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the past year -- a 41 percent increase over the last decade. And approximately 66 percent of these children receive prescriptions for stimulants, such as Ritalin and Adderall. Simply put, today's modern society can be a perilous place for a child to navigate successfully. To help parents guide their children through today's increasingly complex world and thrive as they enter adulthood, author Peggy Caruso wrote the book Revolutionize Your Child's Life: A Simple Guide to the Heath, Wealth, and Welfare of Your Child (foreword by Bob Proctor, international bestselling author of The Secret). In this easy-to-read guide, Caruso provides simple tips and exercises parents can use to protect their children from bad influences, develop self-esteem, and reach their full potential.

In this riveting and informative book, Caruso also reveals: How your children's ideas and habits develop from you and your family; Understanding the developmental periods of your child's life and the subconscious mind will enable you to change behavioral patterns in your child; The telltale signs your child is being bullied, or is a bully; Ways to increase your child's self-confidence and self-esteem; How separation, divorce, or remarriage can affect your child's life; The effects social media has on your child; Simple tips you can use to help improve your children's communication skills and implement masterminding principles and How teaching your child to become a "kid-preneur" can help them develop the skills they need to be successful in their adult lives. "This book is not about bullying or the negatives in today's society, but explores how parents can take preventative measures to guide their children through whatever challenges they may face." Caruso says. "Once we determine the issues and develop a plan to correct them, we can then apply success principles for better communication and positive achievements as adults."

Peggy Caruso is a certified executive and personal development coach. An NLP master practitioner and advanced hypnotherapist, she is also an eight-time entrepreneur with more than 22 years of experience. She helps parents understand their children's subconscious and conscious minds and how each one affects their behavior. Throughout her professional career, she has helped numerous children rid themselves of depression, ADD, and ADHD medication. She is also the author of three books, Revolutionize Your Life, Revolutionize Your Child's Life (Morgan James Publishing, 2014), andRevolutionize Your Corporate Life. Revolutionize Your Child's Life is the second book in the Revolutionize series. A proud mother who raised two children independently and a grandmother to one, Caruso currently lives in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Connect with Caruso on www.LifeCoachingandBeyond.com  Books will be available on August 4, 2014 on Amazon.com, Kindle, BN.com, and LifeCoachingandBeyond.com.

"Revolutionize Your Child's Life"
by Peggy Caruso
$13.60 Papaerback at Amazon

No. 14

"The Carpathian Assignment"

The True History of the Apprehension and Death of Dracula Vlad Tepes, Count and Voivode of the Principality of Transylvania

by Chip Wagar

"The Carpathian Assignment" by Chip Wagar
What do we really know about Dracula? Not the Twilight or True Blood versions, but the original classic, gothic Dracula? Chip Wagar, author of the new book The Carpathian Assignment, weaves his knowledge of Eastern Europe and the Balkans into his newest novel. After attending the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Wagar has spent much of his adult life studying the history and culture of Eastern Europe. In his latest book, Wagar brings his extensive knowledge of the people and culture of this region to bear with a new telling of the original story of Dracula.

Located in the remote province of Transylvania in late nineteenth-century Hungary, Bistritz is a quaint provincial city nestled in the Carpathian mountains and forests. For one looking forward to a quiet retirement, the pretty Baroque town seems ideal. Such are the thoughts of Kálváry Istvan, a recently widowed and retired cavalry colonel, as he arrives to take up his last assignment as Chief of Police in the Spring of 1896. Almost immediately upon his arrival, Istvan's expectations are dashed. He learns that his predecessor's sudden and unexplained disappearance, along with his pretty wife, was the reason for his appointment. The authorities in Budapest also neglected to mention a manhunt underway in the district lead by Gábor Kasza, a brilliant young investigator from the Royal Hungarian Gendarmerie. Kasza's superiors suspect a serial killer haunts the streets of Bistritz and the surrounding Carpathian farms and villages.

Applying the latest methods of detection in the new field of scientific, deductive reasoning, and psychiatry, Istvan and Kasza suspect the Roma, a persecuted minority making their home in a hidden village in the thick forests of the Carpathian Mountains. While investigating the strange activities of the Roma, the detectives find the isolated mountain people of the Carpathians have a different explanation for the killings. They point to the ancient, abandoned castle towering over the Borgo Pass and fearfully whisper a name: Dracula.

Chip Wagar is an authority on Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in Eastern Europe and the (then) Soviet Union from George Washington University, and spent a year studying abroad at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna. His first novel, An American in Vienna, was published in 2011. He lives and practices law in New Orleans, LA.

"The Carpathian Assignment"
by Chip Wagar

No. 15

"Interpreting Body Psychology"

By Cris Cotone

"Interpreting Body Psycholody" by Cris Cotone
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Is the key to better health found in embracing past hardships through positive thinking? Body psychologist and physical therapist, Cris Cotone believes that a simple attitude change can drastically impact the lives of millions.

"Our subconscious mind not only controls our thoughts and behavior, it impacts how we physically carry ourselves and is often a major health concern," Cotone said. Her new book, "Interpreting Body Psychology" exposes the link between subconscious thoughts and physical structure. It teaches readers how to understand negative patterns and make changes in both their bodies and how they live their lives. "Fixed muscular patterns in the body are central to a person's way of being in the world," Cotone said. "The body says things about one's emotional history and deepest feelings, character and personality."

Among many themes, the book shows how past trauma impacts present day muscles, posture, emotions and actions. Cotone offers readers step-by-step guidelines on how to address these past traumas both physically and emotionally so their health can be improved.

As the former owner of The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Beverly Hills, and the owner of Healing Touch Massage Therapy in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Cris Cotone is a master in integrating a variety of healing systems which best serve the needs of people in making physical changes in their bodies and lives. Cotone has become an expert in the areas of body psychology, pattern release. "Interpreting Body Psychology" is her first published book. Author's Website

"Interpreting Body Psychology: How to Interpret and Change Your Body"
By Cris Cotone
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-45258-875-9


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