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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Fiction, Non-Fiction and Somewhere in Between
By R.P. BenDedek
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:10:24 AM

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

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

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

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

Author Articles published this week at Magic City
(September 7 - Sept 13)

  1. Resolving Intergenerational Conflicts by Jack Hamilton and Elisabeth Seaman authors of "Conflict - The Unexpected Gift"
  2. A Debtor's Perfect Storm: Three Views of Debt by By Michael D. Moffitt author of "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"
  3. How to Manage Your Talent: Five Realistic Tips for Success by Beverly Delich author of "Come Fly with Me: Michael Buble's Rise to Stardom, a Memoir"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Sept 7 - Sept 13)

Martha Stevens-David Review: "Down the Drain with Jane" by Jane T. Braun
Sep 10, 2014

Having traveled to a few foreign countries and lived and dealt with peoples from lands other than America, I could easily relate to "Jane Tessitor Braun's story" as she gathered her young children and followed her husband and his career from one foreign country to the next. As a reader and fellow writer, I found Jane's writing to be insightful and educational and there wasn't one unkind word to be found.

Martha Stevens-David Review: "A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks
Sept 7, 2014

Not only does this book hold you mesmerized from the very beginning, it keeps you interested until the very end. I found that the author, Carrie Stuart Parks, certainly knew her stuff. She was able to insert the main characters into the storyline in such a way that the reader feels as though he/she is right there and part of the story.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Man From Mt. Vernon" by Burke Boyce
Sept 7, 2014

In Man From Mt. Vernon, I found the most detailed description of the American Revolution and George Washington's life I have ever read. This includes, among many incidents, the story of Benedict Arnold's turning traitor and siding with the British, the long winter at Valley Forge, PA, which, incidentally was named after an iron forge that had once been there, of the war itself, the great assistance of the French, and the surrender of the British.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Peter and the Boycott"

by Yolanda L. Everett

"Peter and the Boycott" by Yolanda L. Everett
ATLANTA -- Beginning in December of 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was one of the most important catalysts for radically charging the American civil rights movement.

A language arts teacher in Atlanta, Yolanda L. Everett knows that there are aspects to a story that will engage young readers -- and other aspects that will be a little over their heads. In an effort to make the story of the boycott accessible to young children, Everett has used an interesting technique to tell the story. Instead of asking the generation ahead of her to help her write a book for them, she sought help from a generation behind.

"My father was just a 10-year-old kid living in Montgomery during the boycott. He didn't really understand what was going on at the time," Everett said. "I said 'that's it!' we can tell a children's story from the perspective--the real perspective--of a child trying to figure out what was going on around him."

Everett's book "Peter and the Boycott" follows Peter's introduction to the boycott and circumstances that made it necessary. The curious and confused Peter finds himself told by his grandmother and friends to not board the bus for school. Through the story, he meets people who tell him why he has to walk around Montgomery instead of taking the bus. After hearing the lessons of loved ones and civil rights leaders, Peter begins to understand his role in the boycott and learns a valuable lesson that would stick with him for a lifetime.

"Peter and the Boycott" focuses on the principles and history of the early civil rights movement. Written for children between the ages of 6 and 13, Everett hopes her book can be used as a resource to introduce young people to the events. "I knew that I wanted to make it accessable to kids without leaving anything important out," Everett said. "I hope my father's story will make as much of an impression on others as it did on me."

Yolanda L. Everett is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She has been an educator for 21 years, currently teaching 7th grade language arts in Atlanta. She lives there with her daughter Daija.

"Peter and the Boycott"
By Yolanda L. Everett
ISBN: 978-1-4918-6843-0
Paperback price: $18
E-book $6

No. 2.

"Hoax Springs Eternal: The Psychology of Cognitive Deception"

by Professor Peter Hancock

"Hoax Springs Eternal: The Psychology of Cognitive Deception" by Professor Peter Hancock
November of 2014 will see the release of 'Hoax Springs Eternal', with transcends history to define and explain cognitive deception through real-world examples. The book is in modular format for easy reading; features case studies; contains 38 b/w illustrations and 4 maps

Synopsis: Unlike sleights of hand, which fool the senses, sleights of mind challenge cognition. This book defines and explains cognitive deception and explores six prominent potential historical instances of it: the Cross of King Arthur, Drake's Plate of Brass, the Kensington Runestone, the Vinland Map, the Piltdown Man, and the Shroud of Turin. In spite of evidence contradicting their alleged origins, their stories continue to persuade many of their authenticity. Peter Hancock uses these purported hoaxes as case studies to develop and demonstrate fundamental principles of cognitive psychology. By dissecting each ostensible artifact, he illustrates how hoaxes can deceive us and offers us defences against them. This book further examines how and why we allow others to deceive us and how and why we even deceive ourselves at times. Accessible to beginner and expert alike, Hoax Springs Eternal provides an essential interdisciplinary guide to cognitive deception.

Peter Hancock is Provost Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasus Professor, and Trustee Chair in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, where he directs the MITâ‚‚ Laboratory, which researches human factors psychology. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including Performance under Stress (2008); Mind, Machine and Morality (2009); and this award-winning historical text Richard III and the Murder in the Tower (2009).

"Hoax Springs Eternal: The Psychology of Cognitive Deception"
by Professor Peter Hancock
Publication Planned for November 2014
Isbn: 9781107417687
Paperback Price $29.99
E-book Availability

No. 3.

"Billy Bowater"

by E. C. Hanes

"Billy Bowater" by E. C. Hanes
Hanes debut novel, Billy Bowater, is a fictionalized account of an actual controversy involving art, evangelicals and a U.S. senator. In 1988, a juried art competition sponsored by an organization Hanes was involved with sponsored an exhibit which included a photograph by Andres Serrano titled, "Piss Christ." This exhibit so enraged then-Senator Jesse Helms that he led a campaign to defund the National Endowment of the Arts. Hanes got a taste of the ugly divisiveness of Washington power politics when, as a board member of the American Arts Alliance, he was sent to meet with Senator Helms to argue the case on behalf of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Hanes' Billy Bowater follows a similarly privileged character, set on making his own legacy, who finds himself caught in an ethical dilemma when a US senator in consort with an evangelical religious group objects to an art exhibit containing works that they consider 'provocative'. "I wanted to write a book that would put into perspective the tendency in politics to use whatever might upset an anxious public in order to win at any cost," says Hanes. "Hopefully after reading this book, the reader will better understand their responsibility as an informed citizen to ferret out the truly important issues they are being asked to decide from the emotional straw-men created by desperate politicians trying to hold on to power."

E. C. Hanes has been a long time champion of environmental, political and artistic causes. He has served on numerous business related boards of directors, such as The Russ Companies, The Encore Group, and the Fuqua Graduate School of Business of Duke University. Hanes has served as trustee of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the American Arts Alliance, the North Carolina Film Commission, and as Chairman of the board of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He ran for state senate in North Carolina as well as serving on numerous campaign committees for senatorial and gubernatorial candidates. Hanes currently lives in Winston -- Salem, NC with his wife. He is a father of two and a grandfather of three. In his free time, Hanes enjoys fly fishing, wing shooting, collecting and growing orchids and following a golf ball around numerous courses.

"Billy Bowater"
by E. C. Hanes
Publisher John F. Blair
Published September 9, 2014
ISBN-10: 0895876337
ISBN-13: 978-0895876331
208 pages
Kindle $10
Hardcover $22

No. 4.

"Customer Experience: It's Not That Easy: Customer Experience Programs for B2B Companies"

by Harry F. Bunn

"Customer Experience: It's Not That Easy: Customer Experience Programs for B2B Companies" by Harry F. Bunn
Drawn from the author's 27 years of experience consulting global companies -- IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Dell, Samsung, AT&T, and Verizon to name a few -- this book by Harry F. Bunn, (President and CEO of RONIN Co., a marketing consulting and research firm focusing on business-to-business companies, will galvanize businesses to completely overhaul their approach to customer satisfaction), reveals how current customer considerations can be transformed into customer experience programs, which will ultimately provide companies with sustainable, competitive differentiation.

"In most companies, customer experience is thought of as an extension of the customer satisfaction program," says Bunn. "That satisfaction program is invariably a measurement exercise and while some companies use it as a basis for individual and systemic fixes for problems, they are still not exploiting the full value of incorporating it into the culture and strategies of the company. The further the companies move towards this model, the greater value will be derived and this will be seen in a customer-centric differentiation."

Customer Experience was birthed out of Bunn's frustration with numerous sophisticated, big name companies' perception of customer experience as merely a 'feel-good' scorecard exercise, failing to see the much greater potential of a broader version. Bunn has observed that many large business-to-business companies are experiencing difficulties in top line growth and are resorting to cost reduction. Customer experience programs will help companies gain incremental top line growth and develop a sustainable differentiation from their competition in a commodity-oriented, slow economy.

Harry Bunn is the President and CEO of RONIN Corporation, a marketing consulting and research firm focusing on Business-to-business companies, in particular in the Technology Sector. He has consulted to many of the largest companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Dell, VMware, EMC, Samsung, AT&T, Verizon, BT, Telefonica, Honeywell, Motorola, Accenture, Nokia, Siemens, Fujitsu and Xerox. Bunn has written a number of articles for Chief Executive Magazine and other publications and has spoken at a wide range of conferences.

"Customer Experience: It's Not That Easy: Customer Experience Programs for B2B Companies"
by Harry F. Bunn
Publisher RONIN Corporation
Published 14 July 2014
ISBN-10: 0615993702
ISBN-13: 978-0615993706
Paperback: 196 pages
Price $26

No. 5.

"Surviving Prophesy: The Immortals"

by Frances Howitt

"Surviving Prophesy: The Immortals" by Frances Howitt
Synopsis: Born blind into a poor crofter's family who consider her a burden, Megan has no choice but to find her own path despite her disability. Discovering she has wizard ability and an aptitude for healing gives her new options. Working at a rural healer hall that serves the local farming community, she is shocked when a rare Immortal appears for treatment. Realising no one else can tell what he is, she agrees to keep his secret, aware Immortals have many jealous enemies. When Zacharias returns, weeks later, he unexpectedly asks to take her out. He accompanies her on an otherwise dull daytrip collecting herbs far from the hall's walls and proves to be surprisingly good company. Their relaxed happy moods are shattered on the way home however, when Megan senses the approach of a massive swarm of deadly beetles. Evading them, they then discover both their homes overrun. They have no option but to flee. Unsure of his true motives, but aware she cannot travel alone they join forces. Unknowingly, their pleasant picnic has set prophesy in motion and a powerful enemy has noticed. It has been foretold that Zacharias's wife will bring about the downfall of the powerful dictator, Lord Wizard Darcourt and any woman seen in Zacharias's company becomes a target. Megan and Zacharias are confronted with many unexpected attacks on their travels, however, they gather friends on the way too. Uncovering a plot to destroy the future of the Immortal race, Megan realises her disability has a purpose she could never have imagined. Always looking over their shoulders for danger, they come to realise that to find peace the prophesy must be fulfilled.

"My process is to first create unconventional characters, and only then insert them into their fantasy worlds. Working on each element independently allows me to avoid genre cliches' and take my narratives a few steps deeper than the norm," admits Howitt. "In real life we all influence our surroundings and our surroundings influence us, so why not do the same in the realm of literature? I also like to focus on the unconventional, and there really are not too many books out there with a blind protagonist. The point I am trying to get across is that our weaknesses are often our biggest gifts. In fact, I'm confident that Megan wouldn't have the same potential if she could see."

Frances Howitt has always had a love of books and the intriguing places they'd lead her imagination. Recklessly galloping across the fields as a child, her pony became a winged Pegasus; the yellow-eyed goats were crafty Satyrs and the open Scottish moorland around the house was home to all manner of creatures heard but rarely seen. She has always enjoyed creating characters and setting them in a fictional environment where our "normal" has an unusual twist. However, it was first during a lazy summer holiday, that she actually began writing down the scenes popping into her head. Those ideas took root and developed, the characters quickly taking on a life of their own, and before she knew it, a series was taking shape. Today, she lives in the middle of the UK in a peaceful market town squeezing in her writing around a full time job, with the support of her ever-patient husband.

No. 6.

"The Scroll"

by Robert E. Emin

"The Scroll" by Robert E. Emin
BOSTON -- While the Old Testament has the most detailed account of Moses, there is still a tremendous air of mystery surrounding one of the founders of monotheism. Or is he?

Egyptologist Robert E. Emin is an expert on the historical Moses, as well as the Moses offered to readers in religious texts. In the spirit of books like "The Da Vinci Code," Emin has written "The Scroll."

Controversial and exciting, Emin explores ancient Egypt, the foundations of religion and how it has shaped our world.

"I have researched Moses for years," said Emin. "I noticed that there were similarities in Judeo-Christian tradition that can be found in the religion of ancient Egypt. Even in the Old Testament, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince... it couldn't be coincidence."

In the book, a mysterious scroll is discovered in the Nile valley. Demanding immediate attention, French Canadian archaeologist Étienne Cloutier is summoned to decipher it. When he realizes that Moses is the author of the puzzling artifact, nothing is safe as interested parties vie for control of the old papyrus. In a web of murder and deciet, Cloutier faces an unending march of enemies who want to posess the scroll or destroy it -- along with anyone who has read it. Cloutier must escape with the scroll and determine what to do with the document that has the power to upheave the world as we know it.

An archeological and socio-political adventure, "The Scroll" is as informative as it is entertaining. Written by an expert for laymen audiences, readers of the book will learn about ancient Egypt, biblical history and how the ancient kingdom's influence still exists in our society today -- all while reading a thrilling story.

Robert E. Emin is an Egyptologist who has conducted field research in Egypt with the University of Alexandria. He has taught courses on "Medew Netcher," the language and hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt. His other book, "In Search of the Historical Moses," is a strictly academic exploration of the historical figure. He is an expert in archeological conservation and restoration who studied at Boston University and Tufts University. He is also a designer of fine jewelry that has been carried by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

"The Scroll"
By Robert E. Emin
E-book $3.99

No. 7.

"Life Through the Mirror: Experience"

by Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo

"Life Through the Mirror: Experience" by Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo
NASHVILLE, Ten. -- "Life Through the Mirror: Experience", the new book of poetry by Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo tells the personal story of her struggles against many odds in order to find her strength and self- confidence.

By writing different stories in poetic language portraying every aspect of human life, Uwaifo gives a voice to millions of people in the world who feel voiceless, ignored, rejected or abandoned by the people that are supposed to listen and love them.

"I strive to touch the lives of those like me; rejected, abounded, abused but not forgotten." said Uwaifo. "Because they were able to rise from the ashes despite everything bad in which they endured."

"Life Through the Mirror: Experience" takes the reader through the mind of the author in relation to life's many troubles and through the mirror of life, weaving a story of struggle, triumph, courage and victory many of us face.

Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo is a graduate of the Institute of Journalism in Benin-City, Nigeria as well as the member of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists. As a single mother who tasted the bitterness of life both as a child and as an adult, it behoves her to tell her story through poems of expression flowing from the pen to help others in and out of similar situations in life.

"Life Through the Mirror: Experience"
by Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo
Published January 2014
130 pages
E-book $4
Softcover $15
Hardcover $24

No. 8.

"10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings"

by Joel D. Levitt

"10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings" by Joel D. Levitt
How many times have you sat through yet another interminable meeting at work thinking, "there has to be a better way?" Meetings are a standard part of most, if not all, organizations because no one has found a better way to get business done. Yet people who attend or even facilitate meetings also complain that they are wasteful, de-energizing and de-motivating. However, there is a solution! Global training executive and author, Joel D. Levitt, has taken his 30-plus years of experience and leveraged it into his newest manual for meeting success, 10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings. A comprehensive four-part guidebook offering simple, effective lessons that have been developed for maximum impact on specific meeting areas including preparation, participation, facilitation, logistics and follow- up, 10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings is a must-read for anyone who is tired of wasting precious work time due to antiquated or unproductive meeting habits.

"The ideas in this book are the bedrock of effective business," says Levitt. "Meetings suck up 20% or more of every executive's time. Bad meetings are a crime against effectiveness, productivity and motivation."

With more than 30 years of management experience in the maintenance and engineering fields, Joel D. Levitt is a leading trainer of manufacturing, operational and maintenance professionals -- having trained more than 15,000 maintenance leaders from 3,000 organizations in 25 countries. Since 1980, Levitt has been the president of Springfield Resources, a management consulting firm servicing clients of all sizes on a wide range of maintenance issues, and is currently the Director of International Projects at Life Cycle Engineering. Mr. Levitt is the author of 10 popular books and over 150 articles on maintenance management, as well a frequent speaker at related industry conferences. Learn more at

"10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings"
by Joel D. Levitt
File Size: 1175 KB
ISBN: 978-1482776751
Print Length: 245 pages
Publisher: Springfield Resources; 1 edition
March 17, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Amazon Lending: Enabled

No. 9.

"A Sixth Sense"

by Alastair Davie

"A Sixth Sense" by Alastair Davie
CHICAGO -- "In each of us, two natures are at war -- the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer," Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Alastair Davie's new book, "A Sixth Sense," takes a look at split personalities and the consequences one person faces in a personal battle of good and evil. Protagonist, Francis Reagan inherited a hidden evil personality from his father. His actions confine him to a life on the run from the crimes that entrap him and the haunting ghosts of his past.

"Because of his actions, many of his friends had died," Davie said. "Francis must make amends to these lost friends."

Set in 1930's Europe, Davie incorporates European history from the Spanish Civil War to WWII as Francis' mistakes are made and journey to peace begins. Davie's passion for history is seen throughout Francis' thrilling adventure.

Francis struggles between his Jekyll and Hyde personalities. Which personality will conquer him in the end?

Alastair Davie retired in 2002 as a director of corporate communications for Foster Wheeler Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. He was born and educated in the United Kingdom. With a degree from the Institute of Marketing's College of Marketing, Davie held positions at the Financial Times and Reuters before moving to the United States and pursuing a 25-year career in public relations, marketing communications and investor relations services.

"A Sixth Sense"
By Alastair Davie
ISBN: 9781493174980
Softcover, $17.80
Hardcover, $26.99
e-book, $3.99

No. 10

"Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!"

by Justine SanFilippo

"Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!" by Justine SanFilippo
Nearly everyone, at one time or another, has mentioned their desire to get down to their 'ideal weight'. Seldom do people know, however, that the key to slimming down is to think in inches instead.

In her new book, certified health coach, nutritionist and author of Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! 10 Simple Weeks to a Slimmer Waistline and a Healthier You (September 2, 2014), Justine SanFilippo shares how this inches-based mindset helped her to lose 45 pounds and 4 dress sizes -- and keep them off. She also details the success stories of her clients by starting with one simple mantra: Break up with your scale!

"Breaking up with your scale is like breaking off any relationship," says SanFilippo. "At first, you may feel weird not having it in your life, but it does get easier, day by day. Remember that boyfriend or girlfriend you thought you couldn't live without and, today, you don't give a second thought about? The same thing will happen with your scale. Your mood and mind will stay sane!"

However frustrated you may be with your current weight-loss efforts, Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! will reorient you on a stress-free path towards a slimmer waistline. Sectioned into ten chapters representing each "week," the book provides groundwork for assimilating new, healthy habits in a simple way. The reader only needs to read one chapter per week, which eases the mind of anyone trying to slim their waistline.

"Each chapter is set up exactly how I coach my clients. I give them a lesson, help them decide their own goals, and offer guidance on how to stick to those goals," adds SanFilippo. "Essentially, a person is creating a customized plan that fits their needs because we are all different. No one diet or eating plan works for everyone."

Justine SanFilippo graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Following college, she found her passion in health, wellness, and nutrition, enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2005 and becoming a certified health coach. SanFilippo is a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise and also holds a master's degree in human nutrition. Website:

"Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!"
by Justine SanFilippo
Publisher: River Grove Books
Published August 22, 2014
ISBN-10: 1938416910
ISBN-13: 978-1938416910
198 pages
Softcover $13
E-book $7

No. 11

"Hard Drive: A Family's Fight against Three Countries"

by Mary Todd and Dr. Christina Villegas

"Hard Drive: A Family's Fight against Three Countries" by Mary Todd and Dr. Christina Villegas
On June 24, 2012, Dr. Shane Truman Todd, a young American engineer, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment, just a week before his scheduled return to the United States. Although Shane had repeatedly expressed apprehension that his work with a Chinese company might compromise U.S. security and fear his life was being threatened, authorities immediately ruled his death a suicide. Initially, his family didn't know what to believe. Yet upon arriving in Singapore, they realized the evidence suggested not suicide, but murder. Shane's family later discovered that, what they thought was a computer speaker, was actually an external hard drive with thousands of files from Shane's computer. The information in those files transformed this story from a tragic suicide to an international saga of mystery, deceit, and cover-up, across three countries.

Hard Drive: A Family's Fight against Three Countries, by Shane's mother, Mary Todd and his cousin and close friend, Dr. Christina Villegas, is the captivating story of Shane's mysterious death and his family's grueling battle to reveal the truth. This story, which is told from the unique perspective of Mary Todd, recounts the family's painful, arduous, and unwavering endeavor to reveal the truth about what happened to Shane Todd in Singapore. "We seek to encourage those who have experienced tragedy, to warn fellow Americans of the dangers our country is facing, and to inspire and embolden those fighting their own battles against those who insidiously seek to gain and maintain power," says Christina. "We also hope, at the conclusion of the book, the reader will share our conviction that Shane Todd died an American hero." "By telling Shane's story," shares Mary, "we have obtained a certain degree of justice for him. In spite of all the effort exerted to suppress the truth, we have built a solid and convincing case. For our family, the case is closed; the verdict is homicide. It is now up to others, who value truth and justice, to take a stand and decide whether the same insidious powers that led to Shane's murder, and have no doubt destroyed the lives of many others, will be allowed to continue unabated."

MARY TODD has been married to Rick Todd for thirty-seven years. Together they are the proud parents of four sons, including Dr. Shane Truman Todd who was murdered in Singapore in June 2012. Mary is an international speaker who earned her MA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, where she served as an assistant campus pastor. Currently, Mary is the pastor of a Pomona First Baptist satellite church in Marion, Montana. Since the morning she heard of her son's death, Mary has been a mother on a mission, intent on exposing evil and fighting for truth and justice. The Todds' story has been featured in the Financial Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, several local and national newspapers and radio shows, an Asia One documentary, and 48 Hours.

CHRISTINA VILLEGAS is Dr. Shane Truman Todd's cousin and one of his closest friends since childhood. Christina holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she was an Earhart Fellow. She currently teaches American Government at California State University, San Bernardino and is a freelance writer. She has been interviewed on radio shows throughout the country and her research on public policy has been cited by a variety of media outlets including CNN, CSPAN, The Atlantic, the New York Post, and the Huffington Post. Christina lives in Southern California with her husband Manuel.

"Hard Drive: A Family's Fight against Three Countries"
by Mary Todd and Dr. Christina Villegas
Paperback $15

No. 12

"Wake Up -- God's Talking to You"

By Manny Dean Fernandez

"Wake Up -- God's Talking to You" By Manny Dean Fernandez
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- People often forget that God has been contacting mankind through dreams since the dawn of time. He spoke with Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah and even Pontius Pilot, but in today's world we have forgotten this medium for connection.

Author Manny Fernandez was inspired to research the connection between God and our dreams after experiencing an incredibly vivid dream that has remained in his memory for the last thirty-five years. The key word here is "memory." Fernandez's new book, "Wake Up -- God's Talking to You," aims to help people not only better understand their dreams, but also overcome the hurdle of remembering them.

"Being able to remember my dreams has allowed me to better understand my subconscious while providing me with a stronger spiritual connection to God," Fernandez said.

"Wake Up -- God's Talking to You" analyzes Fernandez's dream log through scripture in order to find meaning to the symbols and events of the dreams. He examines parables, prayers and scriptures to reveal how they can appear in our dreams to bring us individualized messages from above.

"I truly believe that God speaks to every man, woman and child," Fernandez said. "We simply forgot how to listen."

Manny Fernandez has spent 35 years compiling thousands of his dreams in order to track and better understand them. He is dedicating his life to helping people find the answers to their prayers through dreams without relying on a standard dream interpretation book that merely lists symbols and what they mean.

"Wake Up -- God's Talking to You"
By: Manny Dean Fernandez
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4908-3018-6
SC-Retail price: $13.95Westbow Press
Published: 5/8/2014
Pages 152

No. 13

"Becoming Joey Fizz"

by Stuart A. McKeever

"Becoming Joey Fizz" Stuart A. McKeever
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C -- In the midst of a world consumed by love, tragedy and wealth, man's search for meaning has never been more complicated than in the modern age.

In his new novel "Becoming Joey Fizz," author Stuart A. McKeever shares the epic saga of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things to thrive in the crucible of his existence.

"The common person in the street is on a journey of survival," McKeever, a retired New York City attorney, said. "Finding the will to make life work for yourself after trauma is a fascinating thing."

His novel follows the journey of Joey Mancuso as he travels home from the Korean War and across the nation in search for his place in the world - eventually discovering after failed dreams in Los Vegas that he will have to make his life his own way.

A period piece, "Becoming Joey Fizz" also depicts the struggles of life on a Native American reservation, the pressure from the mob on the streets of New York City and the glittering Hollywood party scene in the 1950s and 1960s.

Stuart A. McKeever is a retired attorney who began his law career in New York City in the charged atmosphere of the city's criminal justice system in the 1960s. His more than 40 years in the courts acquainted him with a menagerie of Runyonesque characters, racketeers, top-shelf corporate executives, the literati and a potpourri of jazz musicians, some of which provided inspiration for "Becoming Joey Fizz." This is his third book to be published, following "The Galindez Case" and "The President's Private Eye."

"Becoming Joey Fizz"
By: Stuart A. McKeever
ISBN: 978-1-4969-1520-7
Hardcover retail price: $28.99
Softcover retail price: $19.95
E-book retail price: $9.99

No. 14

"The Permanent Establishment of Peace"

by Al Lipold

"The Permanent Establishment of Peace" by Al Lipold
THE VILLAGES, FL. -- As a World War II veteran, Al Lipold is not the type most would expect to write a book about world peace.

"To protect and preserve our freedoms and to keep the peace, this should be of everyone's concern and business," Lipold said.

Lipold's new book, "The Permanent Establishment of Peace" " is a book of ethics and morals that is dedicated to reducing hate and oppression and establishing peace. The book is a culmination of Lipold's life experiences in the armed forces, practicing criminal law and as a devout Catholic.

He was inspired to begin writing after reading the following prayer from the late Pope John Paul II. Mary, Queen of peace, save us all, who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred and oppression. Make us all learn to live in peace, and educate ourselves for peace, do what is demanded by justice, and respect the rights of every person, so that peace may be firmly established.

"The Permanent Establishment of Peace" is Al's first published novel.

Al Lipold served as a World War II veteran, August 1946 to March 1948 in the United States Marine Corps. He was employed as a trial attorney for 28 years in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor's office. Al is a member of a several veteran's and fraternal organizations and is the father of three sons and six grandchildren.

"The Permanent Establishment of Peace"
by Al Lipold
Publisher Xlibris
Published November 2013
ISBN-10: 1493120999
ISBN-13: 978-1493120994
Paperback: 58 pages
E-book $5
Paperback $14
Hardcover $22

No. 15

"Retire Wealthy"

by Eric D. Brotman

"Retire Wealthy" by Eric D. Brotman
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 19 percent of workers are confident in their retirement savings. Financial professional, Eric Brotman believes that retirement and financial literacy and are attainable goals for all American workers.

Brotman's new book, "Retire Wealthy" aims to take the fear out of financial planning and motivate readers to understand their investments. The book serves as an economic literacy resource for those seeking to learn the basics of planning their finances.

"As our economy continues to recover from the recession, people are more concerned that ever about how economic swings impact their retirement plans," Brotman said. "I've used examples from my twenty plus years of experience, including client situation's as well as my own family's finances to help ease some of those worries."

Topics addressed in the book include avoiding adverse debt, building a risk management and emergency plan, diversifying investments and finding the right certified financial planner practitioner. Please visit and click on "books" for more information.

Eric D. Brotman is President and Managing Principal of Brotman Financial Group, an independent firm assisting clients with wealth creation, preservation and distribution. Mr. Brotman began his financial planning practice in Baltimore in 1994 and founded Brotman Financial Group in 2003. "Retire Wealthy" is his second book on financial literacy topics.

"Retire Wealthy"
by Eric D. Brotman
Publisher Authorhouse
Published June 2014
206 pages
Hardcover $28
Softcover $17
E-book $4

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