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R.P. BenDedek

What's in the Book Basket This Week? People and Nature
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:33:26 AM

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R.P. BenDedek April 5, 2014 at Guangfu - Suzhou Jiangsu China
"What's in the book basket this week?"
brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two (OK there are 15) book titles worthy of attention but which may or may not currently be in the process of being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors probably (but not always) have not provided us with any other material to publish. We are now also publishing the "Christian Book Basket Magic City" the first edition of which was published March 26, 2014

We can't do book reviews 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 'stand alone' articles that our readers might like to read and in which we will 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 even if they are not related to the author's new book release 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.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun April 6 to Sat April 12 )

  1. The Greatest Awakening of the Church is at Hand By Colin Brown author of "Outside the Camp"
  2. Only By Faith! By Shirley Kirwan author of "The Healing Hand of God"

Book Reviews Published This Week

BenDedek Review: "9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency" By Lucia - Retired Dispatcher #160
Apr 9, 2014

The personal comments made by the author gave me a sense of the person herself and I have a strong feeling that we would get on well together. Some parts of the book were hilarious, some parts were disturbing, some parts were moving and some parts just defy my ability to understand what America must be like. There sure are a lot of crazies out there folks.

M. Stevens-David Review: "A Meaning for Danny" by Brigid Marlin
Apr 9, 2014

This story, as told by a distraught mother, details her interaction with a non-understanding husband, the educational system, a myriad of health professionals and their differing opinons and the public in general, was enough to make a "normal" person wish to escape in any way they can.

R.P. BenDedek


"I Am a Wish"

by Marie Callegari 

"I Am a Wish" by Marie Callegari
In a place where sunflowers soak up the sun and have fun, this strange little fuzzy plant gets stuck right in the middle. It floats, spins, and gets in the way of the big bright sun. The sunflowers are curious and wonder what it could be. It is certainly not like any flower they have ever seen. Could it be a weed? The sunflowers are about to find out when the tiny plant suddenly lets the secret out! (Read More)

Marie Callegari believes that self-acceptance and self-discovery can and should begin at an early age. In her new, magical children's tale "I Am a Wish", Callegari places a call to action for young readers to discover the beauty of their soul, unlock their true potential, and foster their own wishes to fruition.

"Dandelions represent something very special to children and to adults alike - dreams coming true. What is a dream without a dreamer? It's like a dandelion without a wisher. This book is for anyone who can still look at a dandelion and see their wishes come true," Callegari said.

She believes the book will aid parents in instilling a healthy internal dialogue, positive self-image and happy disposition in their children. Further, it ties the science of the universe and spiritual energy to childhood reading and the development of a rich imagination. She hopes to reinvigorate a love of reading in children, with positive messages that every family can enjoy. "The book itself is a parable about life, with several universal messages that inspire, no matter the age of the reader. The book appeals to the dreamer in us all."

"I Am a Wish"
by Marie Callegari
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Archway
Published May 31, 2013
ISBN-10: 1480800902
ISBN-13: 978-1480800908
Price $5.00 & $23

No. 2.

"Inspired By Nature, Proven By Science"

by Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD

"Inspired By Nature, Proven By Science" by Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD
The increase of skin cancer is at an alarming, almost epidemic rate around the world. The most recent public health reports show that in almost every country in the world skin cancer diagnoses continue to increase. For example, in the United States there are 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer each year and 1 in 5 Americans get skin cancer in their lifetimes. The United States alone spends approximately $5 billion on cancer research and development.

Dr. Cham's latest book, "Inspired by Nature, Proven by Science" contains a photo gallery section of Curaderm treated skin cancer patients and consists of 265 pages with 479 illustrations. (You can Read More on his website.)

His first book, The Eggplant Cancer Cure: A Treatment for Skin Cancer and New Hope for Other Cancers from Nature's Pharmacy (2007) received worldwide attention and acclaim. He is the founder of CuradermBEC5 and consults worldwide for Curaderm Global LTD. He currently resides on the island of Vanuatu but has resided in Australia for over 30 years where he still conducts his ongoing research.

Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD holds degrees in Chemistry (University of Delft, The Netherlands), Biochemistry and a Doctorate in the School of Medicine (Queensland University, Australia). The varieties of his chosen degrees have enabled him to have a wide approach to research, exactly what was needed with the development of the BEC anticancer technology. This background has enabled Dr. Cham to have an open mind and a non-tunnel vision to science. He has published over 100 articles. Inspired by Nature, Proven by Science can be purchased at

  • See also the article published the author at Magic City on April 2, 2014 titled: "BEC: Eradicating Skin Cancer Naturally and Reversing Skin's aging process"

Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD is an award-winning researcher, scientist, world lecturer and author. He has spent over a decade analyzing the natural ingredient BEC, found in plants such as Devil's Apple and eggplant. The product from BEC has cured (as defined by histological and 5 years cancer free criteria) thousands of skin cancer patients.

No. 3.


by Elva Thompson

"HeartStar" by Elva Thompson
HeartStar is a powerful and illuminating metaphysical journey with themes that transcend our physical world. The forces of darkness are pitched against Emma Cameron, a spirit of the element of Air that has taken human form. Emma, however, is unaware of her ability to access other dimensions of time and space, for the moon conspired with the enemy and stole her cosmic memory at birth. Under the watchful eye of the mysterious Trevelyan, her journey of spiritual awakening encompasses great perils and tests, exposing the fragilities of her human mind. Will she re-discover her memory in time to save the Earth and all green and growing things? Or will her human fears, doubts and desires, sacrifice her to the darkness, and condemn the world to death?

A traditional Native American proverb reads, "Treat the earth well -- it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Author Elva Thompson is no stranger to a mantra of an earth-loving and organic lifestyle. She was immediately enveloped by the Lakota culture after her marriage to a Sicangu Lakota Native American ceremonial singer and medicine man from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Over the years, she spent a lot of time meeting and talking with many old Lakota shaman, absorbing their religion, thought and philosophy. Following her marriage and subsequent move to the Rosebud Reservation, she and her husband opened their own trading post.

In her desire to preserve the earth and its people, Thompson shares her new book, "HeartStar," as an honest attempt to combat the materialism and greed poisoning the planet. A dynamic, esoteric adventure, "HeartStar" also challenges the reader's perception of reality.

by Elva Thompson
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: iUniverse
Published September 10, 2013
ISBN-10: 1491701382
ISBN-13: 978-1491701386
Prices $5 - $24.00

No. 4.

"Different Coins in the Fountain"

by Carlos Cornejo

"Different Coins in the Fountain" by Carlos Cornejo
In the nonstop world of today, those who enjoy reading may have difficulty finding the time between work, family, travel and play.

Author Carlos Cornejo knows all too well the constant action of a busy life from his world travels to serving in the Korean War. His experiences inspired Cornejo to create a means of escape for his readers. In his book, "Different Coins in the Fountain," 54 stories encompassing different cultures, education and varying life events come together to create a collection for people in motion. Relatable and motivating, the entire book is comprised from Cornejo's own experiences of travel and personal interactions.

"The idea is that these stories lift us out of our hurried agendas and routines that label us executive, administrator, traveler, computer whiz, housewife, etc." says Cornejo, "These stories are notable for their quick reading that people in motion can use to distract themselves for the time available to them."

The author's goal in writing these stories is to entertain readers with diverse, homespun and to the point stories. Cornejo wrote stand-alone stories for the convenience of the reader to choose the order in which to enjoy the tales however the reader sees fit.

Carlos V. Cornejo was born and raised in San Francisco, Calif. After graduating from San Francisco State University with two Master's degrees, he served in the Korean Police Action (War) in the United States Marines. When he returned, he continued his education and worked in the San Francisco Unified School District for about 40 years. His career went from teacher, counselor, administrator and finally to school superintendent. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and Mexico.

"Different Coins in the Fountain"
by Carlos Cornejo
ISBN: 9781491824405
Hardcover: 376 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published October 28, 2013
Prices $22-$29.00
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Author House



"No Need for God"

by Dr. Peter William Clement

"No Need for God" by Dr. Peter William Clement
The number of Americans who have declared their freedom from religion has grown largely in recent years. These citizens want to be free from the restrictions they feel religion puts on their lives, even if they grew up in a religious home.

Dr. Peter William Clement, a lifelong Catholic and former professor, is one of them. A product of Catholic education from primary school on, he is now convinced that believing in science means cutting belief in God out entirely. He uses scientific research to back up his claims in his book "No Need for God (Or for Catholic Theologians to Explain Him)."

Because Catholic Theologians consciously fail to revise and rebuild the intellectual architecture of their faith - and because they deliberately refuse to accommodate the discoveries of science over the 3000 years since their God was invented by a tribe of unenlightened shepherds and farmers, they are forced to maintain an infl exible policy of deliberate "obscurantism" I use arguments from science (in layman's terms)- evolutionary biology, geology, archaeology, anthropology, particle physics, astronomy, and cosmology- to demonstrate the validity of this proposition. I have been a student (and victim) of Catholic Theology for more than 65 years.

Over the last seven years (since my retirement) I have devoted nearly all of my time to learning and understanding the revelations of modem science - and to recognizing how incompatible they are with the "infallible" dogmas of the Pope and his minions. I have a Ph.D. in English, and I have completed 42 years of teaching on the college level. I am now Professor emeritus of English at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

"No Need for God"
by Dr. Peter William Clement
Hardcover: 396 pages
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: December 11, 2013
ISBN-10: 1493123831
ISBN-13: 978-1493123834
Prices $4 -$15 - $27.00

No. 6.

"Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog"

by J.C. Caroline

"Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog" by J.C. Caroline
CHICAGO -- New children's book teaches kids importance of pet rescue organizations. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 2.7 million healthy cats and dogs are put down each year- that's one animal every 11 seconds.

"Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog" by J.C. Caroline is an inspiring children's book about a courageous canine. Readers follow the story of Gigi, a sweet, exuberantly playful dog, as she transcends abandonment and the dangers of life on the streets to eventually find happiness with a loving family.

"We can greatly enrich our lives and bring untold love and joy into our homes by adopting rescue dogs from reputable pet adoption agencies," Caroline said.

Based in part on the true story of Gigi, a resilient flat-coated retriever rescued off the streets to a new life in Washington D.C., this heartwarming book teaches children about kindness to pets, the importance of animal rescue organizations and the love and companionship that adopted pets provide.

The compelling plot line and colorful illustrations take readers on an uplifting journey and serve as an educational tool for children, parents and grandparents.

J.C. Caroline is a strong advocate for animal rescue and proper pet care. He hopes that by sharing Gigi's story, readers will support animal rescue organizations and help create more of a national awareness.

"Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog"
by J.C. Caroline
ISBN: 978-1-4918-3538-8
Retail price: $21.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Author House online bookstores.

No. 7.

Ned & Rosco

by Robin Robinson

"Ned & Rosco" by Robin Robinson
AUSTIN, TX--Online publisher, 2bme, LLC, is pleased to announce the release of their first publication and educational children's book, Ned & Rosco. This is an entertaining and educational children's book, where kids and adults alike can learn about the psychology of human personality. Ned & Rosco follows the story of a studious, introverted turtle, Ned, and a lively, extroverted puppy, Rosco. Despite their polar opposite personalities, Ned and Rosco become friends when they realize they can help each other, utilizing each other's differing individual perspectives. Ned & Rosco teaches readers, children and adults, about human personality and the importance of cooperation. Young readers gain insights into their developing personalities and learn how to interact with others that are different from them.

Robin Robinson, author of Ned & Rosco, explains the inspiration behind her story. "In my early career, I worked with young children in the U.S. and Japan as an early childhood literacy teacher. Later, as a medical school student affairs coordinator, I was introduced to the Myers Briggs personality test as a way to build effective teams among medical students. I had long wanted to write a children's book and when I saw the adorable puppy and turtle characters in the 2bme personality test, I was inspired to write a story that could help parents and teachers nurture the nature in the children they love."

By imparting personality insights at such an early age, Ned & Rosco helps children become more socially aware and contemplative. Parents and teachers can also build a stronger relationship with their children, as they begin understanding individual personalities and motivations. Accessible and playful, Ned & Rosco provides children with an entertaining fable where they can self-reflect and begin to grasp the qualities that make them each unique. Not only do adults bond with their children as they read together, but both kids and adults obtain a deeper connection when reading Ned & Rosco, as they learn about each other's particular personality.

Ned & Rosco is currently available in hard cover on Amazon and on In addition, a free, animated video can also be found on the Ned & Rosco website. Please visit for more information about the new children's book and details on its release.

Ned & Rosco"
by Robin Robinson
Illustrated by Kristin Carella
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: 2bme, LLC; 1ST edition (2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0578132141
ISBN-13: 978-0578132143
Price $17.00 (Amazon)

No. 8.

"From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets"

by Lily Foyster

"From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets" by Lily Foyster
PERTH -- The Center for Disease Control estimates that one-in-10 adults report having symptoms of depression. This is but one of many mental issues causing problems for people around the world.

The ever-increasing rates of depression, eating disorders and failed relationships are some of the reasons Lily Foyster decided to write her new guide book, "From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets."

"I know that many of our daily problems come from a negative self-image and poor attitude, amongst other things," Foyster said.

Foyster is currently a life coach specializing in patients with depression, anxiety issues and relationship problems. Her experiences have helped to shape the advice she provides in her book.

Based on professional advice from an award-winning life coach, "From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets" provides a strategy for overcoming any number of problems people face on a daily basis, from self-image to bad break-ups and beyond.

Lily Foyster has many years of experience working as a postnatal depression specialist, child health nurse and now a life coach. She has been nominated twice for the Australian of the Year award in 2013 and 2014. She hopes this book will provide a safety net for people across the globe during their times of need.

"From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets"
By: Lily Foyster
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4525-1171-9
SC-Retail price: AU $35.99
Available at and


No. 9.

"Truth to Power"

by J.S. Matlin Ph.D.

"Truth to Power" by J.S. Matlin Ph.D.
After a leading a busy City of London law firm for twelve years, I retired to take a degree in American Studies, eventually gaining a Ph.D. I got the inspiration to write the book after reading about the late Tom Pendergast. He was the Boss of Kansas City for almost twenty years. Without doubt, his methods were corrupt. He won elections by any number of illegal acts, such as ballot-box stuffing. He ran the city by paying off the police and awarding city contracts to his own companies and his cronies.

It is 1924. After a hasty departure from his previous employer, journalist, David Driscoll, arrives in the Midwest city of St. Luke to start a new job at the town's foremost newspaper, The Bugle. He wastes no time in looking up his old boyhood friend, and one-time playground protector, Mike Doyle, who has made it big since those school days. Doyle is now a popular politician and leader of the city council. He has power, glamour, and seems to be the kind of man that always gets exactly what he wants.(Read More)

J.S. Matlin puts a close eye to the murky era of Prohibition corruption. Matlin, a Ph.D. in American Political History, takes true events that happened in the Midwest during this time period and transforms them into a mesmerizing book. Examining the gray area between corrupt politics and the needs of the people that supported them, Matlin asks intriguing questions about right and wrong.

J.S. Matlin has a PhD in American Studies. He has studied at Brunel University and the University of Birmingham, as well as carrying out research at The University of Minnesota, The University of Missouri and The University of North Carolina. He discovered the astonishing years of the 1920s and 1930s in American history, and found the city politics of those decades a compelling choice for his doctorate: the crooked deals, election rigging, big personalities, the politicians and the police and employing people when unemployment was rife, etc. He is very proud to be one of the founders of Teenage Cancer Trust, a British charity that helps teenagers suffering from cancer. He resides in Pinner, Middlesex in the United Kingdom.

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"Truth to Power"
by J.S. Matlin Ph.D.

No. 10.

"Men Under a Microscope"

by Kelda Rolle

"Men Under a Microscope" by Kelda Rolle
Things that are considered practical and logical when trying to obtain a general understanding of men, are, in fact, straightforward. Before I wrote my "man bible," I pondered the phenomenon of how men seemed to be so complex in their reactions toward women. Taking a closer look, and through studying episode after episode with them, I've realized that they function in accordance with their primal drive, which revealed them like an open book.

Through this revelation, I've noticed many systematic patterns that seem to carry through from man to man in the ways that they think and react, whenever they are in those situations that we women care about and men wish they, too, had a greater understanding of!

So if you, man or woman, would like to be enlightened about a man's most commonly traveled course when he's involved with a woman, take a look at my guide for a greater understanding. "Men Under a Microscope" is an easy-to-read guide for uncovering the mysteries of men. You will come to a better understanding of why they operate the way they do.

If you, man or woman, would like to be enlightened about a man's most commonly traveled course when he's involved with a woman, take a look at this guide. Regardless of the reader's marital status, gender or sexual orientation, he or she will benefit from learning the systematic patterns that carry over from man to man.

Women will come to understand the benefits of deeply understanding her man, and men will come to better understand themselves.

Kelda Rolle is an emerging author who wishes to encourage readers to dig a little bit deeper into their relationships. After closely studying the actions of men, Rolle uncovered answers to questions many men and women have about the male mind. She has two sons and currently resides in New Providence, Bahamas where she is engaged in a medical program.

"Men Under a Microscope"
By Kelda Rolle
ISBN: 978-1-4918-1570-0
Retail price: $16.95
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Author House online bookstores

No. 11.

"The Hourglass"

by Jill Curb

"The Hourglass" by Jill Curb
Author Jill Curb's interest in education combined with her love of writing inspired "The Hourglass," a young adult fiction designed to encourage an active imagination and a love of reading in children.

"Reading should be an active and constant part of our lives," Curb said. "I believe we learn when we enjoy what we read. When learning is contained within the context of a imaginative story, what we read has a way of attaching itself to our memories."

Curb believes "The Hourglass" can help foster her idea that children need reading options that convey positive stories and embrace imagination. To Curb, education should be an open process that allows exploration of innovative ideas.

"Parents need to stay involved in what their kids are reading and encourage children to explore their imaginations," said Curb. "Parents need to play an active role in the development of their children. They are just as responsible for their child's education as teachers."

Jill Curb is an attorney, writer and television production executive. She specializes in young adult stories and enjoys creative writing and storytelling. Interested in education, her love for writing is continuously sparked by children's natural ability to learn through story. Her family of four lives on the West Coast, where they share time between Washington State and California.

""The Hourglass""
by Jill Curb
Paperback: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4908-2013-2
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and WestBow Press

No. 12.

"Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis"

by Scott Nehmer

"Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis" by Scott Nehmer
The threat of concentration camps, untimely strikes, and propaganda influenced Ford and GM's war efforts in the U.S. and Europe. Dealing with both the brutal Nazi regime and Communist attempts to influence American opinion, leaders at Ford and GM attempt to balance loyalty to their corporations and homeland.

"Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis" examines academia's role in World War II propaganda. Scott Nehmer asserts that academia is guilty of rewriting the history of World War II.

While completing his PhD dissertation, Scott Nehmer's academic advisor encouraged him to omit details that would imply fault and wrongdoing against Ford during World War II, advising Nehmer to state various implications from sensationalist journalists as fact. "I refuse to cut people who deal in falsehoods any slack. Rather than ignore them, I identify their sensationalism and how it comes at the expense of the truth. American college professors are doing all sorts of rotten things to students right now."

"Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis" is a provocative analysis of Ford and GM's war efforts in the United States and Europe -- including Marxist myths about production, patriotism and philosophies -- during World War II. The book examines the role patriotism and propaganda played on the American public and the leaders at Ford and GM, who actively worked to balance loyalty to both their corporations and the homeland.

"The Ford and GM parent companies were loyal to the United States during World War II," Nehmer said, "I want readers to come to a better understanding of the topics rather than simply taking what sounds good as fact. Throughout the years, people were willing to use Marxist/sensationalist talking points for their own benefit."

Scott Nehmer was born in Michigan and studied History, Archival Studies, Political Science, German, and Economics at five higher learning institutions in the United States and Germany. (Read at this link about the academic pressure brought to bear on the author while writing his thesis.)

"Ford, General Motors, and the NazisFord, General Motors, and the Nazis"
by Scott Nehmer
Published: 9/5/2013
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages: 366
$24.00 Soft - $4.00 E-book

No. 13.

"A Mortal Mistake"

by Vince Seim

"A Mortal Mistake" by Vince Seim
Chauvin, Alberta -- While bringing forth deep questions rooted in the meaning of family and the world around us, Vince Seim weaves readers through a complex web of trust and luck in his latest epic novel. "A Mortal Mistake," follows the story of Conrad Metz who ventures into the Desert of Lost Souls to find his exiled brother. From there, the story takes a fast turn into adventure as he is ambushed by a band of rogues. While this story is a fast-paced fantasy adventure, it is also a one that shares important messages throughout the tale. Perhaps one of the strongest messages in this book is about dealing with the consequences of our actions.

"We think more about ourselves and not about how our words or actions will impact those around us either directly or indirectly," Seim said. Seim's novel also shares the struggle for survival that is rooted deep inside every human. How far would one go for family? How many innocent lives would be sacrificed for the greater good? Where does your own life stand when compared to the person beside you when considering your own survival? "The struggle for survival has been ongoing since the dawn of time, and many do not think about it in its true and rawest form," Seim said.

The Fist of Metzor was once a beloved war hero, but even the legendary are susceptible to the power of a single mistake. And with the blood of ten thousand Metzonian deaths upon his hands, he was cast out by his father to walk amongst the swirling sands of the Desert of Lost Souls. After five years, and with a promise to his dying mother, the Fist’s brother marches into the desert to find and bring the Fist back from exile. Yet no one knows that a darkness returns within the Fist’s heart, one that intends to change the world. (Read More)

Vince Seim grew up on a small farm outside the small village of Chauvin, Alberta. With no cable or Internet and nothing but wide-open space, Seim began to rely on his imagination for fun. He has always had an interest in the creative from writing to drawing and is currently working on his next literary adventure. (Vince Seim Website)

"A Mortal Mistake"
by Vince Seim
ISBN: 978-1475970654
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble Booksellers and iUniverse online bookstores

No. 14.

"Old Spouse's Tales About Animals"

by Dr. James F. Gaines, DVM

"Old Spouse's Tales About Animals" By Dr. James Gaines, DVM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an effort to be politically correct, Dr. James F. Gaines, DVM, has released his new book as "Old Spouse's Tales About Animals" to keep wives everywhere from filling up his mailbox with angry letters.

In his book, Gaines dispels many myths and misconceptions that have been perpetuated about animals. "A lot of people will tell you that you can't let your dog eat bones," Gaines said. "Actually the bones help keep the dog's teeth clean. It will keep bacteria from building on the teeth and gums. That does a lot to prevent kidney disease."

While Gaines offers many fun and relevant facts for pet owners, he also covers more controversial ground when making recommendations to solve problems regarding public policy. Dr. Gaines also wants to dispel myths about hot-topic issues such as the dangers of giving farm animals antibiotics.

"Antibiotic resistance in humans is not the result of eating animals that have been treated with antibiotics," Gaines said. "The way that doctors are required to prescribe antibiotics is based on a 154 pound person, regardless of the actual weight of the patient. The obesity problem in this country is doing a lot more for antibiotic resistance than the farmers. I have never seen any cases of antibiotic resistance in animals."

From learning to where camels really store their water to tips we can use as a society to end the problem of factory-style puppy mils, Gaines addresses many subjects with the knowledge he has attained from more than 50 years of experience.

When he was in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Gaines was the first veterinarian into Vietnam, where he cared for approximately 500 dogs that needed to be in mission-ready condition. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after years of caring for animals all over the world. Gaines specializes in avian and exotic pet medicine as well as ordinary dogs and cats. He currently resides near Washington D.C.

"Old Spouse's Tales About Animals"
By Dr. James Gaines, DVM
ISBN: 978-1-4918-1020-0
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

No. 15.

"Between the Rows"

by Ann Barnett

"Between the Rows" by Ann Barnett
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In the heart of the Bluegrass State, famous for bourbon and horse racing, there are farms and fields filled with tobacco and corn. Within this lush landscape, however, lies one well-hidden cash crop: Marijuana. In Ann Barnett's new novel, "Between the Rows," one man's fateful decision turns into one of the biggest drug rings in the history of Kentucky. Barnett has woven the history of Kentucky's illegal drug trade into a tragic story born from a place where the culture of moonshiners and bootleggers was an accepted practice protected by a code of silence. The marijuana business soon becomes bigger than they could have ever dreamed and eventually the long arm of the law comes calling.

Barnett infuses classic mob-story elements with a southern Kentucky-feel. The pride in family and community plays a key role in the transformation of her characters implying the southern trend of a community taking care of it's own.

"When you think of Kentucky you certainly don't jump to marijuana farming," Barnett said. "Yet we always think of family first and unfortunately even good people sometimes make bad decisions, so before a community falls apart we self-regulate." While the backbone of "Between the Rows" is real, the story and characters are fiction, but Barnett hopes to pass along a fresh look at a modern issue and the effects it can have on our communities.

David Wayne Russell is ready to feel young and free again. As he makes his way home to Kentucky from Vietnam, David knows his fiancee, Libby, has already mapped out a life for him and worries he will not live up to her expectations. But as he makes a stop in Los Angeles to catch up with his army buddy, Doug Campbell, all of that could change with one risky proposition. When Doug suggests that David could use his Kentucky family farm to get rich by growing marijuana, David shrugs it off as a crazy notion. (Read More)

Ann Barnett and her husband Ken live in Louisville, Kentucky. She worked for General Electric for over thirty years and is now retired. As a breast cancer survivor she cherishes every day, enjoying the things she loves most: spending time with her children and grandchildren, family and friends as well as writing of course.

"Between the Rows"
By: Ann Barnett
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2312-8
SC-Retail price: $13.95
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2314-2
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EB-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2313-5
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