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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Dealing with Life's Problems
By R.P. BenDedek
Jun 8, 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 a Wednesday we also publish a separate Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books.' The number of books in that Basket 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 up to May 25th 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 June 1st to Sat June 7th)

  1. The Complete Guide to Sex after Kids by Dr. Sherrie Cambell author of "Loving Yourself"
  2. Was Christianity ever a part of America's Universities? by Jeff Wallace author of "In God We Trusted"
  3. A House Divided: Social Extremism in Twenty-first Century America by Kenneth Konecnik author of "Borderline Hero"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Breaking Free" by Winter Page
Jun 6, 2014

This story though short in pages, speaks volumes for those of us who are trying to make sense of the role, through no fault of their own, that life has handed them. I feel that this book should be compulsory reading for all, young and old alike, because it carries a message that all human beings need to be made aware of.

Milt Gross Book review: "Adventures in Contentment" by David Grayson
Jun 1, 2014

Adventures in Contentment is one of my favorite books, not just for the immediate time period but for my entire life. The book tells how Grayson moved to the farm, shows samples some of the farm work he did, the enjoyment he found, and even covers a town meeting moderated by the town blacksmith, The story gives glimpses of his neighbors and his own relationship with them, and, in short, is an experience in which the reader can share.

E.M. Parke Review: "The god-man, seed of Satan" by Bruce Biller
Jun 1, 2014

The author has carefully crafted the setting of the book to realistically portray the time of the end as spoken of in the book of Revelation in the Bible. However, the main thrust of the story is not overtly Christian, thus giving it appeal to a wider readership. This book seems to present a more realistic and more thought provoking portrayal of its subject matter than has been evident in previous writings covering similar material.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Justice for Lorraine"

by Conrad Cohen

"Justice for Lorraine" by Conrad Cohen
STROUDSBURG, Penn. -- According to The Becker's Hospital Review, over 30 percent of all malpractice lawsuits come about due to the death of a patient. Sadly, Conrad Cohen's wife, Lorraine, was one such victim.

Lorraine was hospitalized after a stroke, which led to dementia that required medical assistance. This visit would ultimately lead to her death when her doctors prescribed medication that was ill-suited for patients with dementia resulting in Lorraine having two more strokes. The Becker's Hospital Review also discloses that Pennsylvania has the second highest payout rate on malpractice claims, yet Cohen has been left abandoned with no one to help him.

Cohen has released his new book, "Justice for Lorraine," to do exactly as the title says, bring attention to the wrongs done and get justice for the loss of his wife.

"I have sought legal counsel and action," Cohen said. "No one will help me and the people who did this continue to practice, gambling with more lives. I am taking it upon myself to get the message out there so others can learn to watch their medical professionals by asking the right questions."

"Justice for Lorraine" compiles prescription forms, medical documents and complaint letters interwoven with the memoir of a loving couple who were separated by medical mistreatment. Cohen was in the NYPD for 21 years and taught criminal justice, now he hopes to bring attention to the flaws of the U.S. medical system and warn others of the dangers they may face.

Conrad Cohen was in World War II, an officer in the New York Police Department for 21 years and taught criminal justice at the university level for 25 years. He was married to Lorraine for 35 years before her death in 2009.

"Justice for Lorraine"
By: Conrad Cohen
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1416-4
SC-Retail price: $13.99
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1415-7
EB-Retail price: $3.99
Hardcover $23.00

No. 2

"The Last Human"

by Ink Pieper

"The Last Human" by Ink Pieper
A series of bad decisions has doomed humanity. The world collapses as a power struggle leads America to sacrifice its own people. Buildings are erected to imprison citizens. Trains are full of the dying. But unlike most stories, there is no savior on the way.

This is the setting of the new speculative fiction novel, The Last Human, by Ink Pieper, which puts the reader inside the head of the destitute protagonist, Clay. This story takes a markedly different approach to young adult dystopia because the carefully planned characters do not possess special abilities and, in the end, there is no hope for mankind. Ultimately, the reader is left with deep existential questions about themselves, the desire for power and the nature of our society.

As the world collapses upon itself due to humanity's horrific decisions, a newly parentless teen is forced to fight for his freedom, his love, and his life in order to maintain his humanity. See the decaying world through Clay's eyes as he's taken from his home, shipped to a facility that batters his mind and body, and tortured by the very people originally enlisted to protect us. And unlike in stories, there is no savior on the way. (Overview at

Readers of The Last Human will be forced to question the dangers of power if left unchecked; desperation and the things people will do in extreme situations; conflict, the lust for power and the legitimacy of that power and society and the roles it casts upon the individual.

"The Last Human"
by Ink Pieper
ISBN-13: 9781483520704
Publisher: BookBaby
Published 3/3/2014
Nook eBook $4.00
Pages: 149

No. 3

"The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator"

by Ken Banks

"The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator" by Ken Banks
'The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator' tells the stories of ten individuals who, with little more than passion and drive managed to create significant social change which today impacts the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. By sharing their experiences, Banks hopes young and old will quit dwelling on the theory of social innovation and instead focus on its practical application, and finding their own passion.

Synopsis: Classes in social innovation, social entrepreneurship and design thinking have become increasingly popular in recent years. On the one hand, this might be seen as a good thing. After all, the world needs as many smart, engaged citizens as it can get, particularly when you consider the multitude of challenges we face as a planet. But does a career in social change really begin in the classroom, or out in the real world? How much social change is planned, and how much accidental? And which approach tends to lead to the most meaningful, lasting or impactful solutions?

"The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator" provides a welcome challenge to conventional wisdom in social entrepreneurship. It highlights the personal stories of ten social innovators from around the world. Ten social innovators - ordinary people - who randomly stumbled across problems, injustices and wrongs and, armed with little more than determination and belief, decided not to turn their backs but to dedicate their lives to solving them.

"My main goal was to shine a light on everyday people changing the world with their own tenacity, something which I felt sat in sharp contrast to the tens of billions that often gets misspent by experts working through more traditional aid approaches. Today's growing army of social innovators are just getting themselves out there, learning on their feet and solving problems. For them it's not about planning, business models or theory. Their actions really do speak louder than words, and some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet are benefitting as a result" - Ken Banks.

The book comes with over twenty high-profile endorsements from leading economists, social entrepreneurs, journalists, fellow authors and academics. Reviews to date have been overwhelmingly positive. A sample of the book can be downloaded for free at

Ken Banks, Founder of and FrontlineSMS, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, among others. He is a regular guest commentator on television and radio, and writes widely. Ken lives in a Cambridgeshire village with his wife and young family.

"The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator"
by Ken Banks
ISBN-13: 9781907994180
London Publishing Partnership
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Paperback $19.00
Pages: 232
Nook Book $10.50

No. 4

"I Called Myself Cassandra"

by Lourdes Duque Baron

"I Called Myself Cassandra" by Lourdes Duque Baron
Distinguished Filipino Author, Lourdes Duque Baron Set To Release Salacious Book Revealing Extra-Marital Affairs in "I Called Myself Cassandra"

Award-winning author, Lourdes Duque Baron, is set to release her second book, "I Called Myself Cassandra," on June 14, 2014. The book is a real life story, through the eyes of Baron's alter ego Cassandra, and follows the falling in and out of love of a young woman who tells a seductive story about her encounters and affairs in her quest to mend her broken heart.

As an accomplished author of two books, Baron is refreshingly candid about the realities and dark past of her life. In the book, Baron's alter ego, Cassandra, details the several torrid affairs she sought out with younger men. The book chronicles a dark chapter of Baron's life when she was estranged from her husband, who was cheating on her. The stories in the book are true from her life; she lived every page of the book. Baron explains, "It's a memory of my reality."

Baron talks about the pain she felt as a result of her husband's infidelities. "There were times when the pain was unbearable. Usually, those were the times when I foolishly tried to mask this pain with the temporary physical bliss and a false validation I received from men."

When Baron sits back to survey her experiences from this chapter in her life, the emotion that rises is one of gratitude. "I Called Myself Cassandra details the wrong turns and heartaches that have allowed her to recognize the gifts in her life and the message of a new sunrise.

"I Called Myself Cassandra" is published by Baron House Publishing Corporation and will be available on Amazon and in bookstores on June 14, 2014. For more information, visit:

"I Called Myself Cassandra"
by Lourdes Duque Baron
Price $19.95 On Site

No. 5

"Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom"

by Ron Evans

"Chasing Woodstock" by Ron Evans
During the summer of 1969, approximately 500,000 people traveled to upstate New York for Woodstock, a three- day long music festival, designed to celebrate peace and love. However, times in America were anything but peaceful. The country was divided by an increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and protests were growing. Meanwhile, large numbers of teens and college students rejected the cultural norms of their parents and the 1950's; campaigning passionately for civil rights, fighting discrimination, and demanding equality for all Americans regardless of race, gender, or social status.

In Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom, author Ron Evans provides an inside look at how the summer of 1969, Woodstock, and its music changed his life forever. His curiosity was first piqued when, through a simple act of kindness, he received a rare artifact from the festival. He shares never before heard stories, exclusive interviews and photographs; transporting his readers backstage, on stage, off stage, and into the dressing rooms of the greatest and most prolific recording artists in history including: The Who, Santana, Joan Baez, CS&N, Joe Cocker, and many more.

More than a simple retelling of one of the world's most notable music festivals, Evans believes that Chasing Woodstock transports readers through a "journey of innocence lost and renewed hope."

Ron Evans is a Vermont historic preservationist, A.C.S.M board certified exercise physiologist, and freelance writer. He taught for eight years at Stamford Connecticut public schools and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied English literature. As a freelancer writer, he has published articles in numerous magazines. Currently, he resides in Kingsley Grist Mill, Vermont, with his artist/photographer/collaborator wife, Linda K. Evans. Books are available at

"Chasing Woodstock"
by Ron Evans
Genre: Non-fiction
Binding: Soft Cover
Page count: 275
100+ Color and B&W photos
Trim size: 8"X10"
Publisher: EupraxMedia
US SRP: $25.95

No. 6

Borderline Hero

By Kenneth Konecnik

"Borderline Hero" by Kenneth Konecnik
Website Overview Young Curtis Moultrie of Sugarfield, Texas lives his life from the inside out. He loves his family, his girlfriend and his 1973 candy-apple red Mustang convertible. He's not so sure about the cultural traditions and values he has grown up with. Curtis is an independent thinker, who likes to hear both sides of all stories and draw his own conclusions.

His inner voice tells him he can make a difference in the world, so he enrolls in the School of Journalism at a prestigious university in the north where he meets a group of like-minded students who welcome him into their journalism club with open arms, especially the young woman group leader who begins to take the place of the girl he left behind.

The big story he dreamed of writing some day materializes a lot quicker than he ever imagined, when hostilities break out back home after Texas enacts harsher new abortion and immigration laws following their long-sought-after separation from the United States.

Curtis finds himself conflicted as he returns home and tries to support his family while attempting to defuse the confrontations at the Mexican border with the help of his college friends. They are not welcomed with open arms, and war is imminent as journalist-to-be Curtis begins a last-minute investigation into the chain of events that led to this catastrophic showdown. Borderline Hero is available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book at; and; Kobo Books and Google eBookstore for iPad applications.

Kenneth Konecnik splits his time between Foley, Ala. and Mundelein, Ill. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and now writes full time. His novel, "Borderline Hero," provides a glimpse of what life could be like if topics such as abortion and immigration become victims of extremism.

Mr. Konecnik has also published an article June 1st at Magic City

"Borderline Hero"
By Kenneth Konecnik
ISBN 978-1491855782
Paperback: $15.26
hardcover: $24.49
ebook: $3.99

No. 7.

"The Keeper"

by Martha Carr

"The Keeper" by Martha Carr
Martha Randolph Carr knows all about how family history and lineage can divide people and spark conflict. A descendant of Thomas Jefferson's sister (also Martha) and the daughter of an Episcopalian minister raised among family in Alexandria, VA Martha was raised to think in terms of "us" and "them."

Her profound discomfort with this exclusive and often isolating mentality ultimately inspired the plot of her Wallis Jones thriller series, in which the power struggle between two rival organizations that quietly dictate world politics destroys individuality -- as well as anyone who dares to get in the way.

"The Keeper" continues the Wallis Jones series' saga of two rival organizations encroaching on the nation: Management and The Circle. Heroine Wallis Jones -- a loving wife and mother caught off guard by news that she's part of the dangerous conspiracy embroiling her son and husband that pits Management against the Circle -- has just learned to live with her new reality when a war breaks out between the two sides following a coup by a rogue Management agent. Soon Wallis also learns that her mother Harriet has access to a diary proving that a Great Lie makes up Management history: their fabled leader was a fictional invention. Public knowledge of this would render the purpose of both groups obsolete.

Martha Randolph Carr is the author of 4 books including The List -- the first in her Wallis Jones political thriller series. A professional copywriter and editor, she has written a weekly, nationally-syndicated column on politics and life that has run on such political hotspots as The Moderate Her work has run regularly in such venerable publications as The Washington Post,The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and Newsweek. Martha is also a melanoma survivor, a Chi runner and an occasional skydiver -- not to mention a descendant of Thomas Jefferson!

"The Keeper"
by Martha Carr
File Size: 554 KB
Kindle $3-$4
Print Length: 267 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MRC Publishing (April 16, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

No. 8.

"In Clouds of Fire"

by Elaine Stienon

"In Clouds of Fire" by Elaine Stienon
New historical fiction novel depicts a pleasant and painless way to enhance readers' knowledge of American history by educating them on historical events in the 1800s, while also captivating their attention with an endearing protagonist and his complicated love interest.

"In Clouds of Fire" is the prequel to Elaine Stienon's historical fiction series, capitalizing on a group of religiously grounded individuals as they stay together in spite of persecution. Proving resourceful, adaptive and above all, faithful, the character's in Stienon's novel reveal the devastating realities that discrimination and fear have on society.

Love, violence, and death on the American frontier play a part in this story of the early Mormons and their search for peace and freedom from persecution. Nathaniel, a young man from a Shaker background, has promised to help Hannah and her brother get safely from Ohio to Missouri, where her fiancee Dan is building a cabin for them. Despite his determination to assist, Nathaniel finds himself falling in love with Hannah. How can he hand her over to Dan and never see her again? His dilemma is made worse by the journey's trials and the threat of persecution.

"In Clouds of Fire" also explores the diversity of people who were attracted to this new, unique religion, and the groups from which they came, religious and otherwise. Some came from a Huguenot background, one from the French settlement at Gallipolis, Ohio, some from the group known as "Seekers." One is an ex-slave. All these people combine to form a family group within the greater community, where they face the realities of persecution and sacrifice in order to stay together. Based on accounts and journals of the time, the book brings to life an exciting portion of American history. (Amazon Overview)

Elaine Burr Stienon grew up in and around Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in English and American literature. In her senior year she won a Hopwood award (a prize in creative writing) for a collection of short stories.

"In Clouds of Fire"
by Elaine Stienon
Paperback: 448 pages
Price $19.00
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published May 24, 2004
ISBN-10: 1418447676
ISBN-13: 978-1418447670

No. 9

"Desert Refuge"

by Cheryl Murphy

"Desert Refuge" by Cheryl Murphy
SACRAMENTO, Ca-- Traveling with a mismatched group of tourists can be daunting, especially when the adventure is set in the wild landscape of the desert.

In "Desert Refuge", the new science-fiction novel by author Cheryl Murphy, we meet a collection of colorful characters that are needing to travel across the fictitious Cham Desert as part of their holiday plans.

After the group decides to take a longer, more exciting path towards their destination, we are presented with nights around the campfire where stories and friendships are shared.

The nightly storytelling is both entertaining and enlightening, but during their daily travels from oasis to oasis, odd, surreal and inexplicable events unfold.

"This story is about relationships," said Murphy. "Each character began having a life of their own and the story kept deciding to go in unplanned directions as I was writing."

During their extraordinary journey, the weary travelers encounter powerful, phosphorescent sentient moths, oases with attitude and diverse wildlife.

Cheryl Murphy worked as a bank bookkeeper, art and publicity director in entertainment production, and legal secretary before becoming an elementary school teacher. Murphy taught grades K through Eight in Catholic schools of 27 years both in the classroom and in the specialized subjects of Art, Music, Science, Spanish and Computer. After moving to work within the public school system, Murphy helped special needs students until her retirement. Today Murphy quilts, paints, gardens, writes and is active in her church community. She lives with her husband John, in Davis, California where her daughter, Mary, also lives.

"Desert Refuge"
By Cheryl Murphy
Hardcover: 222 pages Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published January 21, 2014
Hardcover $22
Paperback $13
Kindle $4
ISBN-10: 1491808616
ISBN-13: 978-1491808610

No. 10

"The Confessional" (Beach Murder Mysteries)

by Reiny Pierson

"The Confessional" by Reiny Pierson
Where do you go to share your deepest, darkest secrets? Do you keep them in the recesses of your mind, share them with a friend or loved one, write them down for your eyes only, or whisper them in a confessional?

"I love mysteries and creating stories from something that catches my eye," says Reiny Pierson, "so, when I saw a confessional for sale at renovator's emporium, I immediately knew this would be no ordinary story."

In Pierson's new book, The Confessional, Sarah Tazewell, a cerebral, highly intuitive woman, knew from an early age she was psychic. When she and her husband, David, buy a confessional booth from The Governor's Antiques in Mechanicsville, VA and convert it into a phone booth for their Queen Anne Victorian, Sarah senses a presence in the confessional.

Gradually, the jumbled voices become only one voice: that of a murderer that rapes and strangles his victims. Though consumed with fear and anxiety, Sarah refuses to be a victim to an intangible voice and sets out on a journey to learn more about the confessional and the murderer who carves the initials of his victims in its woodwork.

Sarah's antagonist is a brilliant, charismatic sexual psychopath. When he returns to the 100-year old church to complete his deadly ritual and confess his latest murder, he discovers "his" confessional is gone and begins a frantic search to find it.

Reiny Pierson has her PH.D. in Educational Leadership/English Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia. She is an award winning educator who taught 12th Grade Honors English at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach and was an adjunct associate professor at Old Dominion University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Technology Teacher of the Year award from IBM and Technology & Learning Magazine. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is working on a new historical novel about the Norwegian Resistance Movement during World War II, called Night and Fog, and a second psychological thriller, called These Hands.

"The Confessional"
by Reiny Pierson
ISBN-13: 9781940192734
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 6/1/2014
Series: Beach Murder Series
Pages: 200
Paperback $15
Nook book $5

No. 11

"Small Forces"

by Mike Conver

"Small Forces" by Mike Conver
Sex, drugs and alcohol, are the demons of yesteryear. Today's generation battles much larger monsters. Children are now the living, walking result of each of the small forces that shape and alter their lives: divorce, learning disabilities, and excessive drug use and alcohol consumption.

Inspired by a lifetime in education and a background in the military, Mike Conver's thrilling "Small Forces" uses a character-driven storyline to examine universal social issues, highlighting the influence on youth and future generations. The action novel demonstrates the consequences of even the smallest decisions in life, surveying the family structure and constructs of society and global culture. It suggests the extent to which life events

"Small Forces" implores readers to finally consider and address the root of societal downfall and dysfunction: each of us.

Small Forces tells the story of Tim Morton, a very bright twelve-year-old boy who has trouble reading but seems to remember everything he hears. he is placed full-time in a special needs class when he graduates from the lower grades to the junior high. he misses the classmates with whom he was mainstreamed in the past, and he is also worried about Andy, his big brother who is his hero and may be into drugs. (Read More)

Mike Conver received his master's degree in counseling and his PhD in educational administration from Illinois State University, where he spent several years as an administrator in their Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School. He served as Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era. He dedicated more than forty years to children, working as a teacher, a special needs counselor, a principal, and finally retiring as a school superintendent.

He retired to Kentucky, where he has been active in the Rotary Club there and volunteers two days a week at the local primary school where he tutors first graders. He has raised two sons as a single parent and enjoys two granddaughters.

"Small Forces"
by Mike Conver
Paperback: 310 pages
Hardcover $27
Paperback $18
Kindle $13.50
Publisher: XLIBRIS
Published January 16, 2014
ISBN-10: 1493163418
ISBN-13: 978-1493163410

No. 12

"The Shaman's Daughter"

by Nicki Peet

"The Shaman's Daughter" by Nicki Peet
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- In 2008, a Center for Disease Control study found 39% of Native American women surveyed were the victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. This was the highest percent out of all races or ethnicities surveyed.

Two fictitious Cherokee women in Nicki Peet's new book, "The Shaman's Daughter" provide an empowering story of how Native American women can rise above in a society dominated by men. With one woman becoming the first female shaman of her nation and the other fighting for social justice, both women fight for their rights.

These two Cherokee women come from different centuries. After a North Carolina Christian church is forced to relocate its cemetery, the history of the first female shaman is discovered. Peet provides a link in history and how two women in pursuit of progress and change for their people can make a difference. Peet's story brings two groups with differing beliefs together through kindness and compassion in a journey through history and modern day progress.

"Women are powerful," said Peet. "Knowledge is powerful. Individual women can make a big difference in the world."

Nicki Peet has a degree in religion and a master's degree in religious studies. She has studied under a real shaman and practices meditation. Peet considers herself an advocate and activist for women and human rights. Previous published works include, "You Don't Need to Have a Repeat Cesarean" and "The Lines Have Fallen in Pleasant Places." She has been married to her second husband for 23 years and together they have raised six children and have three grandchildren.

"The Shaman's Daughter"
By Nicki Royall Peet
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2208-4
Softcover, $14.95
Hardcover, $24.95
E-book, $3.99

No. 13

"A Midlife Intermezzo"

by Boas Gonen

"A Midlife Intermezzo" by Boas Gonen
WYNNEWOOD, Pa. -- "An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house." -- Maria Callas

For the fictitious physician Vip Van Buren, the opera becomes a significant part of his life after a chance encounter with the world's most famous opera singer, Svetlana Borisenko. From there, their complicated and exciting romance begins. In Boas Gonen's new book, "A Midlife Intermezzo," Vip risks his career and family in pursuit of love that may be clouded by the opera. Does he love the singer or the character she portrays?

With complex characters and realistic environments, Gonen provides readers an insight into two contradicting worlds. One world that emphasizes the power and elegance of art and music and the other emphasizing a dysfunctional and fast-pace lifestyle in a hospital.

Gonen's love for the opera and background in medicine provides an authentic addition to the characters and setting in the book. He takes readers on a journey from New York's Metropolitan opera to European cities of Vienna, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

"Boas Gonen offers a drama of the human soul in "A Midlife Intermezzo," the compelling story of one man's midlife crisis gone awry," said a Foreword reviewer.

Boas Gonen is a physician who specialized in diabetes and cholesterol disorders. He has published several medical papers, spoken at medical conferences and professional lectures, been a teacher, and provided care to thousands of patients. He is the author of "The Third Patient." "A Midlife Intermezzo" will be apart of the Foreword's exhibit at the Book Expo America in New York City. Gonen enjoys writing and finds happiness in music.

"A Midlife Intermezzo"
By Boas Gonen
ISBN: 978-1-4918-4409-0
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published December 19, 2013
416 pages
Paperback $22
Kindle $7

No. 14

"Ghost Light"

by Sarah Romine

"Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine
Los Angeles has seen thousands of young hopefuls arrive in the "city of angels" bright-eyed and eager to see their dreams come true. They run from audition to audition, seeking comfort in the company of others who share similar dreams, and -- yes -- they work long shifts in bars and restaurants to make ends meet. Though we tend to hear the success stories about big celebrities who seemingly "made it" overnight, there are so many more that leave L.A. without having experienced their big break.

Sarah Romine, blogger and author of the new book Ghost Light, experienced -- firsthand -- the lure (and the let down) of the city that seems to take on a life of its own. She explores the complicated, sexy, fun, and sometimes dark, reality in this summer's must-read. Ghost Light features the often-bizarre business of acting and L.A. as a backdrop for her adventures. After graduating from college with a degree in Theatre and an unceremonious breakup with her childhood love, Emma attempts to forget her broken heart and escape her fears with an impulsive move to Los Angeles.

While waiting tables, Emma meets Nathan, the ruggedly handsome, professional bad boy chef whom she initially despises. However, after having the opportunity to spend more time with him, Emma learns that she and Nathan aren't all that different and he becomes her closest companion in a big, lonely city. After Emma becomes involved with Adam, the smart, sexy, and slightly unnerving man of her dreams (literally), Nathan is suspicious. His suspicions are soon justified when Emma is thrown into an FBI investigation of an unsolved mystery. In this city where dreams, and nightmares, are realized -- who can Emma really trust?

Far from just another L.A. story, Ghost Light is a compulsively readable modern noir that appeals to readers across generations. It combines the elements of humor, mystery, love, and dreams wrapped in a darkly romantic adventure," Romine says.

Sarah Romine grew up in a small town outside of Detroit, and earned a degree in Theatre from Eastern Michigan University. She spent most of her time pursuing her acting career living in Chicago. She now resides in St. Louis. Once the Consumer Affairs Manager at the Wrigley Company, Romine now works for HS2 Solutions located in Chicago. With her sister, Leah Weyandt, she is the co-founder of the blog , which focuses on topics relating to food, travel, and style. Ghost Light is her debut novel, and the first book in a trilogy. Websites: and

"Ghost Light"
by Sarah Romine
Paperback $11
230 pages
Kindle $7
Series: Emma Scott
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published January 28, 2014
ISBN-10: 1490955186
ISBN-13: 978-1490955186

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