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What's in the Book Basket: Love and Relationships
By R.P. BenDedek
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:30:00 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two books titles worthy of attention but which are not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors have not provided us with any other material to publish.

We can't do a book review for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us something to publish in which their promotional details can be included.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun Dec 28 to Sat Jan 4)

Control Freak: Take Responsibility for Your Own Life by Michael Wright author of "Death of a Green Soldier"
(This article is continued today Sunday Jan 5, 2014)

No Book Reviews Published this week:

R.P. BenDedek

Book Basket Publicity Material

No. 1:

"The Red-Haired Man", by Marie Tapia

"The Red-Haired Man", by Marie Tapia, takes readers back in time to 19th century France to meet Colette, a young French woman who seeks more than luxury and the monotony of family-life. A new breath of hope appears when the red-headed man known as Vincent van Gogh encourages her to embrace other artistic passions. Torn by society's expectations and her deep desire for more out of life, Colette decides to take a risk for love.


In nineteenth-century France, Colette lives a life of apparent perfection, one that others would envy. To the casual observer, she has everything any woman could ever desire-she shares a mansion with servants with her handsome, successful husband and their three beautiful children. Hers is a perfect life in perfect order-yet, she longs for more. One day, a chance encounter with a redheaded man awakens something in Collette, and now nothing will ever be the same. There is no room in her life for what is about to happen.

She feels trapped and yearns for more. On one hand, she is caught in a web of marital obligations to a man who seems more passionate about numbers and business deals than he is about his wife. On the other, her passions-her deep love for her children and art-seem to soften the bitter blow of emotional disappointment. A new breath of life and hope appears when the red-haired man known only as Vincent encourages her to embrace her other artistic talents.

ISBN-13: 9781475983739
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/6/2013
Pages: 292
$17 Book AND $4 Nook Book at

One on site Reviewer stated: I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I found myself visualizing the characters through the descriptive writing! I was swept away by this very engrossing and touching book!


The Other Side of The Ice by Sprague Theobald

How far will a family go to try and heal old wounds? In the case of Sprague Theobald it was 8,500 miles with his estranged children and stepchildren, a journey he details in the incredible new book, The Other Side of The Ice: One Family's Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage.

Together, they traversed the Northwest Passage -- the sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific -- which has been successfully navigated by only twenty-four pleasure crafts since 1906, and a staggering number of people have died trying. From their starting point in Newport, Rhode Island, through the Passage and around Alaska to Seattle, it would be a trek filled with constant threat from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.

Sprague Theobald is a two-time Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Hole in the Wall Productions. He's also an expert sailor with over 40,000 offshore miles under his belt. For several years, he worked for an NBC affiliate both in front of and behind the camera producing segments and news stories of regional interest, while working on his independent productions.

The documentary of the trip, "The Other Side of The Ice" was released March 2013 and has enjoyed great reception in New York, San Francisco, and other major cities. It recently won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Documentaries -- Topical."

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$25 from

No. 3:

"Rising from the Ashes" by Dr. Akiko Mikamo

In 1945, Shinji Mikamo was on the rooftop of his house when the atomic bomb exploeded. He was less than a mile from the site of the explosion and miraculously survived. Shinji and his father both experienced severe burns and wounds and watched as their city crumbled around them.


This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield him at only three quarters of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II. But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government's mind control of civilians during the war.

As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.

Dr. Akiko Mikamo is president of San Diego-WISH: Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity, and president and medical psychologist at US-Japan Psychological Services in San Diego, California.

Price $15 and $7 at
ISBN 9781483400952
Author Dr. Akiko Mikamo
Edition First Edition
Publisher Lulu Publishing
Published July 14, 2013
Language English
Pages 206
Paperback Black & white

No. 4:

"Do You Live on Purpose?" by Sanford McMurray

Everyone has an innate destiny they are born to pursue. This belief led cheerleading coach and motivational speaker, Sanford McMurray, to write the novel "Do You Live on Purpose?" It details an approach to life that encourages readers to move forward with passionate action in order to achieve their dreams. The book is about finding, living and being challenged by our true purpose.

The novel does not solve problems or challenges; instead, it brings past behaviors and current events to light. It asks readers to have a purpose behind their current routines.

About the Author

Sanford McMurray is a motivational speaker and the founder of Cheersport Australia. Prior to founding Cheersport, McMurray worked as a model, television actor and a cruise-line performer. He currently resides in Brisbane, Australia with his wife and two children and is passionate about inspiring, helping and challenging athletes, coaches and parents all to their endless potential. "Do You Live on Purpose" is his first published novel.

He decided long ago, while attempting his first back flip, that everyone in this world is capable of the most amazing things when they set their hearts and minds to it. Sanford has influenced thousands of everyday people, athletes and performers with his unique way of making people feel great about themselves and helping them to see that if they really want to, they can change their circumstances by changing their minds. He assists everyone he comes across to see that their greatest lessons in life come from not judging or beating themselves up when they make mistakes, but by really listening and being open to all of the joy and the love that they are undoubtedly surrounded by.

Sanford is a dynamic speaker, cheerleading coach, singer, dancer, acrobat and choreographer. He is the Founder and Director of his own cheerleading business, Cheersport Australia, as well as a graduate of both the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Sanford has been both an inspirational speaker and teacher at several high schools and universities throughout Australia, and has inspired countless students and adults to step up to their greatest potential by setting and achieving their goals and making on purpose choices every day.

Book Price at Balboa Press - $9 soft cover - $4 E-book - $29 Hardcover
Pages: 108
Published: 8/16/2013
Print Type:B/W

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