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What's in the Book Basket This Week? This Mysterious Universe
By R.P. BenDedek
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:35:20 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 14 - Sept 27)

  1. Cell Tower and Cell Phone Issues by By Charles Lee author of "The Threat From Within"
  2. Ask Better Questions By Susan Sherayko author of "Rainbows Over Ruins"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Sept 14 - Sept 27)

Milt Gross Book Review: "American to the Backbone" by Christopher L. Webber
Sep 24, 2014

Aided by a family in his flight to freedom and then accidentally finding his way to the North, James W.C. Pennington rose in society to become the pastor of a church in Hartford, CT. As one of the nation's first black abolitionists, he began and continued his entire life an effort to educate Americans about the plight of those still held in slavery. He traveled to England and elsewhere in Europe in his quest to see slavery ended.

Milt Gross Book Review: "And Grant You Peace" by Kate Flora
Sept 14, 2014

A problem with writing this review is that the book is not as it actually would be -- in publishable form. A label on the front cover states, "Advance uncorrected proof," and that makes it hard to imagine the ready- to-sell copy. The author has written a number of crime mysteries of which one "has been optioned for a movie," according to a paragraph about her. The story involves a Muslim crime family and gang that carries out the mayhem and murder until the good-guy cop, Joe Burgess, puts a stop to it all and saves a heroine from death -- death by being tied to a chair with explosives set to make her next home Eternity.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"Lean Together"

by Independent Women's Forum

"Lean Together" by Independent Women's Forum
WASHINGTON, DC - Independent Women's Forum released its newest book LEAN TOGETHER: An Agenda For Smarter Government, Stronger Communities, And More Opportunity For Women (September 1, 2014; Paperback $10.00). LEAN TOGETHER is 12 chapters, all written by female authors, and uncovers the issues and policy reforms that can move us in a positive direction towards thriving American communities.

For too long progressives in Washington have put forth a picture of America in which government is the solution to every problem, where a nanny state dictates our children's lunches, provides one-size-fits-all health care, controls our education, and even determines what kinds of light bulbs we use. We've not only lost sight of what a healthy society looks like, but also forgotten that government is not the only -- or even the best -- solution to society's ills. No society or government are perfect, but LEAN TOGETHER authors prove that we can certainly do better than we are today.

LEAN TOGETHER presents a better vision for America: Smaller government, stronger communities, a vibrant economy, and more opportunity for women and men alike. It covers a wide range of issues from childcare and early childhood education, to the workplace, food and agriculture policy, health care, poverty, technology, and more.

LEAN TOGETHER puts forth a positive agenda in which republican ideals of limited government, virtue, and self-improvement are re-imagined. It offers concrete policy solutions to challenges that face our country and especially women and their families that will rein in the progressive state, streamline government, and strengthen our economy.

The IWF doesn't believe in a go-it-alone society. That's why LEAN TOGETHER calls upon Americans -- women and men alike -- to join in making changes to ensure our communities provide greater opportunity and the potential for fulfillment, and to help us restore the idea that more freedom -- not more government -- is what will create true health, security, prosperity, and ultimately happiness.

"Lean Together"
by Independent Women's Forum
ISBN-13: 9781500182090
CreateSpace Publishing
Published 6/16/2014
Pages: 230
Paperback $10

No. 2.

"The Russia-China Axis"

by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan

"The Russia-China Axis" by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan
In The Russia-China Axis, Douglas E. Schoen, a prominent Clinton insider and one of the leading Democratic strategists of his generation, and Melik Kaylan, a journalist and international affairs analyst, systematically chronicle the burgeoning relationship between Russia and China and how President Obama, as well as past administrations, have proved woefully unprepared to meet one of the greatest geo- political threats of our generation. Indeed, the authors lay the rise of the Russia-China axis directly at their feet.

Russia and China were suspicious neighbors for centuries and fellow Communist antagonists during the Cold War. Today they have drawn increasingly close together due to a confluence of geostrategic, political, and economic interests-all of which have a common theme of subverting American power. The Russia-China Axis now operates against American and Western interests in nearly every conceivable area: Overseeing massive military buildups of conventional and nuclear forces, on which they often collaborate and supply one another - Conducting underhanded trade and economic policies-in everything from gas and oil deals to collaboration with newly developed nations on creating alternative international financial institutions - Taking aggressive action to consolidate and expand territorial claims in their spheres of influence, often in violation of U.N. norms: Russia in Central Asia and its "near abroad;" China, with its belligerence toward disputed islands in the East and South China Seas and also toward its Asian neighbors etc Only a rebirth of American leadership in the world can counter the corrosive impact of this antidemocratic alliance, which puts in peril the peace and security of the world.

Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for more than 30 years. A founding partner and principle strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling. His political clients include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana, and his corporate clients include AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble, and AT&T. Internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries. He is the author of multiple books; his newest, End of Authority, was published at the end of 2013. Schoen is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and various other newspaper and online publications as well as Fox News. He is based in New York City.

Melik Kaylan has written about international politics and culture for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Forbes for more than two decades. He has regularly reported from conflict zones throughout the world, from the North Korean border to the Caucasus, the Middle East, and the former Iron Curtain countries. He grew up around the world, was educated in England, and is based in New York.

""The Russia-China Axis"
by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan
224 pages
Kindle $17
Hardcover $18
Publisher: Encounter Books
Published September 9, 2014
ISBN-10: 1594037566
ISBN-13: 978-1594037566

No. 3

"Pickles and Jane"

by Sally C. Knox

"Pickles and Jane" by Sally C. Knox
BUFFALO, N.Y.-- "Write what you know," or so the saying goes, and that is exactly what author Sally C. Knox has done in her children's book "Pickles and Jane." "Pickles and Jane" shares the real life story of animal adoption.

"This was a personal experience that manifested itself as a short poem and became an actual story," Knox said. The book follows the adoption of Joe the dog as he makes his way from a kennel to his new home, only to find he's upset the feline balance with the family's two cats, Pickles and Jane. After struggling to bond with the cats, Joe the dog finds a forever home on a farm.

Full of colorful illustrations by Nikki Dzimira and clever rhymes, "Pickles and Jane" makes for the perfect tool for parents to discuss with their children the process of pet adoption and responsibility through an easy to read children's book. "Having read many stories to my children, especially those that rhymed, I thought this would be a good book for the non-reader, and also for those just learning to read," Knox said.

Sally C. Knox was born on February 3, 1943, in Cold Spring, New York. She grew up outside of Buffalo, moved to San Francisco in 1989, and, after remarriage, returned to the Buffalo area. With her husband she has six children and twelve grandchildren. Now a semiretired nurse, she loves to travel. She has written numerous poems and stories and this is her first published book.

Nikki Dzimira grew up in a small suburb on outskirts of Buffalo and currently still lives in the area. Since childhood, she always wanted to become an artist and now that dream is a reality. Recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she is determined to show the world her work. This will be her first published book.

"Pickles and Jane"
By Sally Knox
Trafford Publishing
Published May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4907-1758-6
Softcover $14.95
E-book ($3.99)

No. 4.

"Beyond the Light is the Love of God"

by Lorna Gallimore

"Beyond the Light is the Love of God" by Lorna Gallimore
ATLANTA -- There are many stories that recount tales of an omnipotent, unforgiving and vengeful God. Through conversations with the Brotherhood of Light, author Lorna Gallimore's spirit guides, we can see this is anything but true.

In "Beyond the Light is the Love of God," Gallimore recounts her conversations with the Brotherhood, and speaks of God's unending love and forgiveness for all mankind. Regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender and even past sins, God has love for you.

"The most crucial element I want to convey is that everyone, regardless of their life station, is totally and completely loved, and that love surrounds all of us . . . before the day we're born, and beyond our return to spirit," Gallimore said. "The love is real, unconditional and available to everyone."

While the message of "Beyond the Light is the Love of God" is simple, it is also direct and consistent. The messages given to Lorna Gallimore over a two-year period of time, serve as a reminder to all of mankind that they are not alone.

Told in a journal format, the book allows readers to align the messages from the Brotherhood with moments in time within their own life experience, furthering the feeling of connectedness with God and that God's love always surrounds us. "God really is with us . . .God has always loved us, and He always will," said Gallimore.

Lorna Gallimore was born in Jamaica, educated in England, moved to the United States in 1982 and has been an educator for thirty years. Gallimore taught students with disabilities and says some of her greatest life lessons were those taught to her by her students. Lorna has been communicating with Spirit for more than twenty-five years, and her spirit-guides identify themselves as the Brotherhood of Light. For more information, visit

"Beyond the Light is the Love of God"
By: Lorna Gallimore
ISBN: 978-1-4525-9215-2
Softcover $18.95
Hardcover $28.95
E-book $9.99

No. 5

"Come Fly With Me

Michael Buble's Rise to Stardom, a Memoir"

By Beverly Delich / With Shelley Fralic

"Come Fly with Me by Beverly Delich"
In 1993, fifty-three-year-old Beverly Delich ran a talent contest in Vancouver, B.C. and discovered a remarkable singer. When one of the contestants, a good-looking young man from Burnaby wearing a white T- shirt and blue jeans, got onstage and sang, the whole club went crazy. He was the clear winner, but there was a hitch--he was only eighteen and not even allowed in the club in the first place! Disqualified and disappointed, he went home empty-handed.

Out of that unceremonious meeting came a close professional relationship that would forever change the lives of both Beverly Delich and her then unknown contestant, Michael. Come Fly With Me is Beverly's candid memoir recounting the critical stepping-stones that led to Michael's success, as she guided his early career as his manager over the course of a decade. For her, it was the adventure of a lifetime; for him, the beginning of his rise to international stardom. There were highs--Michael sang at celebrity weddings and parties, caught the eye of renowned music producer David Foster, and made his mark opening for Jay Leno in Las Vegas. But there were also rejections--too many naysayers in the business who said they just "didn't know what to do with him," this talented kid who crooned like Frank Sinatra.

Michael shared his constant stresses and insecurities with Beverly, often thinking he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet together the pair persevered, and Beverly's sincere belief and love for Michael and his music shone through with every step she took with him. In 2003, after nearly 10 years together and just as Buble was poised on the brink of super stardom, she handed him over to legendary music manager Bruce Allen, knowing she had done all she could to guide his career. Come Fly With Me puts butterflies in your stomach as Beverly relates their hopes that each new opportunity will turn into their next big break.

Beverly Delich has long been a fixture on Vancouver's cultural scene, from her years as a cantorial soloist and an entertainment coordinator at the Pacific National Exhibition, to her personal and business partnership with the late Ray Carroll of The Platters, to her current ownership of the Silver Lining Management talent agency. Hers is a storied life. She was born in Montana, moved to Vancouver after a divorce, remarried, converted to Judaism, raised two children and survived breast cancer.

Shelley Fralic is an experienced journalist and long-time columnist at the Vancouver Sun. She is also the author of several books, including the recent B.C. bestseller, Making Headlines: 100 Years of the Vancouver Sun.

"Come Fly with Me: Michael Buble's Rise to Stardom, a Memoir"
by Beverly Delich
Publisher Douglas & McIntyre
Published May 6, 2014
ISBN-10: 1771620064
ISBN-13: 978-1771620062
256 pages
Hardcover $24

No. 6.

"Creating Joy Daily"

By Tess Adams

"Creating Joy Daily" By Tess Adams
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- In Shakespeare's "Hamlet," the restless and depressed prince, in spite of his angst, understands the importance of a positive attitude when declaring "there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

"I've heard many people who are disgruntled with their lives say, 'That's just the way it is. You learn how to deal with it,'" said life coach Tess Adams. "I disagree! None of us have to settle! We have the power to create what we want in life through living intentionally."

Adams has published a planner for people to create clarity, goals and intentions. Called "Creating Joy Daily," Adams gives users a one-stop resource for planning their days as well as their intentions. She has created this resource for people who lead busy lives, hoping to help them be organized, focused and joyful.

"The processes that are embedded in each day are purposeful. They give a framework and structure for making sure what is really important in life does not get ignored," said Adams.

Setting emotional intentions is a way that people can increase their stress tolerance and resiliency. The act of writing it down also provides users a way to hold themselves accountable to their schedules, keeping one's happiness and appointments right on time.

Tess Adams is a law of attraction life coach who specializes in helping her clients get unstuck in their lives, gain momentum and helping them feel empowered. Her services are usually directed to women who are going through great changes in their lives. In addition to being a life coach; she is an energy healer, emotional freedom technique practitioner, a radio show host, an artist, website designer, mother, stepmother, wife and musician. She lives with her family near Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit

"Creating Joy Daily"
By Tess Adams
ISBN: 978-1-4525-1047-9
Balboa Press
Published August 2014
398 Pages
Softcover $24

No. 7.

"The Dark Corners"

by Geoff Quaife

"Dark Corners" by Geoff Quaife
SYDNEY -- In a complicated historical context, it can be argued that the ends justified the means.

In his new historical fiction novel "The Dark Corners," author Geoff Quaife, a seasoned historian, tells the story of a top agent in 1656 Wales attempting to solve a mysterious murder and disappearances. Meanwhile, sacrifice, seduction and corruption follow him.

"The appeal of history in entertainment mediums is increasing," Quaife said. "Aspects of mid-17th century England, especially the plethora of religious sects, are quite fascinating."

Quaife, who taught 17th century European history for 30 years, said his goal was to construct a suspenseful mystery with a strong grasp of the period in which he writes.

His story follows agent Luke Tremayne as he follows the order of the Lord Oliver Cromwell to shed light on one of the dark corners of the land. As the protagonist tries to solve a murder, he encounters run-ins with uprisings, fanatics and revolutionaries.

"The Dark Corners" combines a ruthless analysis of murder scenes and religious fanaticism with a past society. It is the seventh novel in a series.

Geoff Quaife was born in Melbourne, Australia, but spent most of his life in New South Wales, where he taught 17th century European and American history at University of New England. He uses his historical knowledge to provide an authentic background to the adventures of his fictional hero, Luke Tremayne.

"The Dark Corners"
By: Geoff Quaife
ISBN: 978-1-4907-2684-7
Hardcover retail price: $24.33
Softcover retail price: $14.33
E-book retail price: $3.99

No. 8.

"Made For Love"

by Dr. Edson Knapp

"Made For Love" by Dr. Edson Knapp
KINGSPORT, TN -- As the child of a missionary, Dr. Knapp spent his childhood living and sharing stories in Tanzania. Now, with his new book, Made For Love, readers can join him on his incredible life journey.

Few people can say they avoided charging elephants in the dead of night and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Fewer still can say they also found time to become a physician, a respected theologian, and raise a family of seven children. Dr. Knapp has done it all. Through firsthand accounts, he highlights the importance of approaching life with a sense of adventure.

"My book transports the reader into an African culture, allowing them to see the grace and love of God through new eyes," said Knapp. "We all go through hard times, and I hope I can offer encouragement to help those facing discouragement and defeat."

Knapp's easy writing style and keen insight into God's love and grace have made him popular as a Christian teacher and author. He frequently speaks at schools, churches, organizations and events.

Dr. Edson Knapp is a father, husband, radiologist, and Christian small group lesson author. He grew up as the child of a missionary in Eastern Africa and speaks Swahili. He is happily married to Renda Knapp and currently lives in Tennessee with their seven children For more information, visit

"Made for Love"
Thoughts from the Watering Hole of Love, Grace, and African Tales
Edson L. Knapp
CrossBooks Publishing 2012-06-01
108 Pages
Paperback $8.99
EBook $3.99
Hardcover $28.95

No. 9.

"Led By Horses"

by Eunice Rush

"Led By Horses" by Eunice Rush
INDIANAPOLIS -- Full of stories both lighthearted and touching, author Eunice Rush's new book Led By Horses offers readers a reminder that God has a sense of humor.

Throughout her book, readers will follow Rush through some of the most influential events in her life, from goldfish training and a cat that walked on water to her current-day horse performances. Even when stories get serious, it always comes back to being led by God.

Rush previously wrote Know You, Know Your Horse, providing horse lovers everywhere insight into the personality of their favorite animal. Her previous work has been mentioned in multiple publications including Horse and Rider, Chrome and International Show Horse. She has put the same expertise and passion into Led By Horses.

"I had an unusual childhood for sure," said Rush. "Living on a small island with no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing may seem odd, but it led to my lifetime of friendship with animals, training them as my constant friends."

With every story, Rush provides an easy smile. Led By Horses is the perfect pick-up, put-down book for the animal lover, the Christian, and the horse enthusiast. For more information, visit

Eunice Rush is an Indiana native with a passion for the great outdoors and animals of all kinds. She lives on a fourth generation farm with her husband, horses, a donkey, and several cats. She camps and trail rides all over the United States and frequently takes her trick horse to performance engagements.

"Led By Horses"
by Eunice Rush
Publisher Authorhouse
Published 6/24/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49691-316-6
Pages: 238
Softcover $17
E-book $4

No. 10

"Soul Shift"

by Candace Beck Moesta

"Soul Shift" by Candace Beck Moesta
NEW ORLEANS -- Growing up is tough enough. Imagine doing it with an elven soul inside you.

In author Candace Beck Moesta's new novel, "Soul Shift", a young girl named Claire finds herself hunted by an infamous half-elf for the soul within her. It is this soul that allows her to witness a magical hidden realm. With the protection of a Pan named Agreus, she grows into a young woman and faces the consequences of maintaining balance through the elven world.

"Though many of the characters are not human, they often face the same problems we do," said Moesta. "I tried to write not only a new twist on fantasy fiction, but a story anyone can relate to."

Moesta has always considered herself a bit different from her peers: she is, in her own words, a "complete nerd". She played Dungeons & Dragons while growing up and adores sci-fi, which led to her decision to give the fantasy genre something fresh and different.

With an array of mythical creatures and magic to spare, "Soul Shift" offers themes of grey morality and fantasy appeal in a modern world.

Candace Beck Moesta is a passionate writer and student of linguistics. She loves fantasy, sci-fi, Dungeons & Dragons and metal music, and considers herself a complete nerd (in a good way). She lives with her spouse and two children in Mississippi.

"Soul Shift"
by Candace Beck Moesta
Publisher Authorhouse
Published 5/20/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49690-602-1
196 pages
Softcover $17
E-book $4

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