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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Strange Fiction and Non-Fiction
By R.P.BenDedek
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:10:30 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 28 - Oct 4)

  1. Healing in Affirmations by Denise Dorfman author of "Speak Your Truth"
  2. Fair Taxes and Free Time for CPAs by Michael Moffitt author of "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"
  3. How to Win Your Next Parenting Wars at Back to School Night by Phoebe Thompson co-author of "Desperate in DC"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Sept 28 - Oct 4)

Milt Gross Book Review: "Sin City" by Harold Robbins
Sep 28, 2014

The story involves crime, violence, sex of course, and other seedy activities and is somewhat complicated. The conclusion turns out to be a happy ending with the lead character, Zack Kiordan, meeting his wife and children and planning for them to live happily ever after. The action travels to China and other places in the world. It heavily involves a Chinese wealthy gangster and other players.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

Triumphant Love: WWII A Blink into our Seventy Three Year Marriage
By Audrey Syse Fahlberg

Triumphant Love By Audrey Syse Fahlberg
FORTH WORTH, Texas -- It's September 1944. A pregnant Audrey Syse Fahlberg and her four-year-old daughter, Karen, are traveling by train from Wisconsin to Texas in the hopes of seeing Audrey's husband before he is shipped off to Italy for the United States military during World War II.

Although we have heard countless stories from veterans of the World War II era, not much is published about the soldiers' families back home and what they went through.

In Fahlberg's new book, "Triumphant Love," she narrates her journey as a wife and mother before, during and after her husband was drafted and sent overseas. Her story allows the reader to travel back in time as she details the hardships they faced as a family and joy as their soldier returned from war.

"My husband was a front line combat medic with the Tenth Mountain Division in Italy during World War II," Fahlberg said. "The grace of God gave us hope during that time and love for the Lord held our marriage together."

"Triumphant Love" reveals the untold story of the families of the Tenth Mountain Division and hopes to shed light on the struggles military families had while their soldiers were overseas, and how those struggles remain today. Fahlberg said, "There is still a need for support for young military families and people caring and respecting one another."

Fahlberg's husband, Dr. Willson Fahlberg, had always encouraged her to write about their story. After his death a few years ago, Fahlberg decided to look at her own aging as an opportunity and penned "Triumphant Love" at the age of 92.

Audrey Syse Fahlberg was born and raised in Blachardville, Wis., and married Willson Fahlberg in 1938. They had four children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild together. She attended the University of Houston where she earned her honors in communication arts. Fahlberg then headed her own corporation for more than 30 years and managed to travel to 150 different countries. She lived in Houston, where her husband was a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, for 38 years, then in Del Mar, Calif., for 20 years. Fahlberg now resides near Fort Worth, Texas.

"Triumphant Love: WWII A Blink into our Seventy Three Year Marriage"
By Audrey Syse Fahlberg
ISBN: 978-1-4931-6674-9
Softcover $16
Hardcover $25
E-book $4

No. 2

Starlet's Man

by Carla J. Hanna

Starlet's Man by Carla J. Hanna
Lights, cameras, action! Money, fame and your name on the cover of your favorite magazine! Can life get any better? Yes, it can get real. Carla J. Hanna, award winning author of the popular young adult Starlet Series, says we have it all wrong. With an insider's perspective on Hollywood, Hanna writes her books with the unmistakable stamp of authenticity. Living and raising her children in the same circle as Hollywood A-listers, Hanna gives readers an intimate look into the life of a teen celebrity.

The fourth installment in Hanna's award winning Starlet Series, Starlet's Man breaks away from her female cast of characters and shares the story from Manny Biro's point of view. High school student athlete, Manny, is caught between the boy he should be and the man he wants to become. Everyone around him accepts the Hollywood life. He doesn't.

Manny wants no part of acting. On the surface, his childhood best friends seem to have it all: money, power, success. Between the lines, they are all confused. Alan is a messed up, wannabe director focused on pushing scenes to their sexy potential. Beth is an athlete driven to escape from a dark past. Janet is Manny's kid sister caught up in fashion and trends. And Marie is a lonely actress exhausted by the culture that makes everyone's favorite stories.

"I want to provide older teenagers and young adults with books they can relate to and want to read," says Hanna. "TheStarlet Series includes situations prevalent in today's society including bi-racial characters and couples, homosexuality, sexual situations and religion."

Carla Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. She received her Master's in English/Communications from Colorado State University and lives near Denver, CO with her husband and two children.


"Starlet's Man"
by Carla J. Hanna
Published: Sep. 08, 2014
Words: 59,100
ISBN: 9780988661936

No. 3

Look to the Hills: Book One of the West Hope Trilogy

By Mary Jean Bonar

Look to the Hills: Book One of the West Hope Trilogy By Mary Jean Bonar
WELLSBURG, W. Va. -- Somewhere in the midst of the beautiful, rolling green hills of Pennsylvania, is a quaint town where life hasn't changed much as the people there are content with living simply. A group of women in the community struggle with growing older, losing loved ones and coping with loneliness and physical debilities.

"Look to the Hills: Book One of the West Hope Trilogy," by Mary Jean Bonar, is the first installment in her fictional Christian book series about a small town in Pennsylvania. The story follows this group of elderly women and illustrates their transformation from coping to hoping through God's perfect plan for each of them.

"I hope to reach out to as many people as possible through these books with the message of joy and hope that is acquired through living a Christian life," Bonar said. "God has a plan for each person living within his kingdom on earth."

Bonar is a church music director and established author trying her hand again at writing after successfully publishing her first book, "Overflowing with Hope," in 2008. She said, "One beautiful June morning while taking my daily walk, I heard a voice in my head and my heart that said, 'Go write your book.' I have been given gifts by God to do the work he has chosen for me to do."

The title of "Look to the Hills" comes from Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Bonar said, "Life is not easy, but it is much more enjoyable when we can put our trust in the Lord."

Mary Jean Bonar draws from the success she found in writing her first novel, "Overflowing with Hope," as the basis of her book trilogy. She is and always has been immersed into the world of music. Bonar was a piano teacher, has served on the board of the Washington, Pa., Symphony Orchestra, conducted hand bell seminars and directed vocal choirs at national conferences. Bonar resides in Wellsburg, W. Va., with her husband.

"Look to the Hills: Book One of the West Hope Trilogy"
By Mary Jean Bonar
ISBN: 978-1-4669-5234
Softcover $16
Hardcover $26
E-Book $4

No. 4

The Spirit of Attack

By Bruce Gordon

The Spirit of Attack By Bruce Gordon
LEXINGTON, KY -- In the middle of a major nuclear alert in 1969, fighter pilot Bruce Gordon took it upon himself to investigate a Soviet fleet off of North Korea, and may have had a part in deterring a Soviet attack on China.

Gordon's new book, The Spirit of Attack, contains the story of this harrowing event and many more, with stories from 224 hours flying in combat in Vietnam as well as the Cold War. From staring down the barrels of a Russian cruiser's guns to dodging Vietnamese gunfire, from Alaska to Korea, Gordon has earned his Distinguished Flying Cross.

"There are old pilots, and bold pilots, but few old, bold pilots," Gordon is fond of saying. At the age of 79, Gordon can safely claim to be both.

"My friends told good stories around the bar or late at night, but few wrote down what happened," Gordon said. "Not only do I share my remarkable adventures in the form of short stories, but I back them up with photographs and maps."

The Spirit of Attack contains over 40 short stories and 90 photographs of flying and fighting. It focuses on tales of flying fighters so that readers can understand firsthand the conflicts that shaped a generation. For more information, visit or watch a video here.

Bruce Gordon is a former United States Air Force Major with 4,249 total hours of flying. He enjoys technology and is an expert in radar and electronic warfare systems. He is retired and lives in Georgetown, Kentucky.

"The Spirit of Attack"
By Bruce Gordon
ISBN-13: 9781491846032
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 1/27/2014
Pages: 116
Paperback $32
E-Book $4

No. 5

"The Tsunami That Reshaped America"

by James W. Mercer

"The Tsunami That Reshaped America" by James W. Mercer
GREAT FALLS, Va. -- In his new novel "The Tsunami That Reshaped America," author James W. Mercer, a hydrogeologist, provides a scientific-based political thriller following a fictitious plot to overthrow the U.S. government using geological warfare.

"Natural threats triggered by humans have the potential to destroy large segments of the world," Mercer said. "Harmful groups can use geology to their advantage."

His story follows a domestic terrorist group's plot to overthrow the U.S. government by creating a mega tsunami that will devastate the eastern seaboard, including Washington D.C.

As the attack looms, time begins to run out for the president, the country and the only two people with the ability to save them all.

"The Tsunami That Reshaped America" shows bigotry is alive in America, beliefs can be taken to extreme measures and terrorism can strike from within the national body.

James W. Mercer is a hydrogeologist who has published numerous technical articles. He is the recipient of American Society of Civil Engineers' Wesley W. Horner Award for work performed at Love Canal and American Society of Civil Engineers' Theis Award for contributions to groundwater hydrology. This is his third novel to be published. For more information, visit

"The Tsunami That Reshaped America"
By: James W. Mercer
ISBN: 978-1-4834-1124-8
Hardcover retail price: $34.99
Softcover retail price: $17.95
E-book retail price: $2.99

No. 6

"Jewish Holidays Guide for the Perlplexed"

by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger

"Jewish Holidays Guide for the Perlplexed" by Yoram Ettinger
The user-friendly "Jewish Holidays' Guide for the Perplexed" consists of succinct interpretations by ancient and modern Jewish Sages, which are easily shared with relatives, friends and congregants in conversations, presentations, sermons, interviews and writing. The "Guide" reinforces the relevance of the Jewish holidays to modern day challenges, while shedding light on the shared-values, which bind the United States and its sole, soul ally in the Middle East: Israel, the Jewish State. You can read the introduction to this book at Amazon.

The "Guide" sheds light on the impact of Jewish holidays upon US history, morality and politics (e.g., Passover inspired the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers and the Abolitionist movement). It underlines the shared-values, which constitute the foundation of the special ties between the United States and Israel. It also highlights -- succinctly -- the Jewish and universal significance of well-known Jewish holidays (e.g., Rosh Hashanah and Passover), as well as, less-known Jewish holidays and fasting days (e.g., Lag Ba'Omer and the Fast of Gedalyah). The "Guide" reinforces -- telegraphically - the relevance of the Jewish holidays (e.g., the Sabbath, the Jubilee and Arbor Day) to modern day challenges and presents - in a compact manner -- valuable interpretations by ancient and modern Jewish Sages. 5. The "Guide" is a friendly educational tool for all ages. It enhances -- concisely - one's acquaintance with the Biblical, historical and cultural background of the Jewish holidays and with the Hebrew/Jewish concept of "holiday." The "Guide" consists of educational information, which enriches family, social, business and congregational events and is a cost-effective, educational asset, which enhances the curriculum resource of rabbis, pastors, teachers, libraries, students and parents.

Ambassador (Retired) Yoram Ettinger is an insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israel's high tech. He is a consultant to members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff. He is the editor of "Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom" newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israel's high-tech.

"Jewish Holidays Guide for the Perlplexed"
by Yoram Ettinger
Print Length: 78 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: AZ Focus Design
Published September 14, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
File Size: 3010 KB
Language: English

No 7

"Quintessence: The Memoirs of CoCo Bijou"

by CoCo Bijou

"Quintessence: The Memoirs of CoCo Bijou" by CoCo Bijou
Quintessence: The Memoirs of CoCo Bijou is a candid confessional told in stories and verse. Within each story is a lesson, a laugh or a thought-provoking moment. CoCo Bijou shares her important relationships, talks about aspects of her personality and powerful stances she’s taken and falls she has survived. For CoCo Bijou, life is a magnificent journey, and she is inspired by every wonderful moment.

As a young person, she started to keep journals and filled them with her poetry, stories and dreams. Once a sporadic writer, she has now amassed a huge library of these journals. Through wild detours, interruptions, trauma and joy, she kept writing.

As a lawyer and owner of Coco Bijou, Inc., Coco Bijou has learned the secret to achieving even the most daring of goals. Known for her intellect, humor, and enthusiasm, Bijou has blazed a truly inspiring trail.

In her memoir, "Quintessence: The Memoirs of CoCo Bijou," readers are taken on a journey through Bijou's candid confessions, a collection of secrets and lessons learned from years of experience in the business world. The author offers timeless advice on relationships, personal growth, careers, success, and adversity.

Bijou aims to provide the readers with an important message: that a changed perspective will allow one to realize how to create an encouraging and enriched future. For more information about the book, visit

"Quintessence: The Memoirs of CoCo Bijou"
by CoCo Bijou
Published by iUniverse
Published: 7/31/2013
ISBN: 978-1-47598-522-1
128 Pages
Hardcover $24
Softcover $14
E-Book $4

No. 8

"Up from the Crowd"

By William L. Mince

"Up from the Crowd" By William L. Mince
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- William L. Mince, new COO of LiveLeaf, Inc., is fine with his employees' failure, as long as they fail fast and learn from the mistake.

In Mince's new book, Up from the Crowd, he describes how his own mentors encouraged him to leave his comfort zone, helping him grow into the leader he is today. From his own experiences, Mince offers advice for managers on becoming effective leaders.

"Great mentors and coaches in my career have been instrumental in helping me grow from a manager to a leader to a public company executive," Mince said. "Up from the Crowd provides inspiration to new managers to improve their leadership skills, focus on the importance of people, and separate themselves from their peers through above average performance."

Mince's long career spans from developing technological systems to national speaking engagements on building maquiladoras in Mexico; from creating new software algorithms to improving warehouse productivity; and from redefining employee performance management processes to advancing phototherapy for the treatment of jaundice in newborns.

"I have always succeeded when I pushed myself out of my comfort zone," Mince said. For more information, visit

William L. Mince, new COO of LiveLeaf, Inc., has developed his leadership, strategic, managerial, turnaround, and coaching skills over a long career that has taken him from a manager to a leader to a public company executive.

"Up from the Crowdd"
By William L. Mince
ISBN: 978-1-4917-3596-1
Softcover $12
Hardcover $22
E-book $4

No. 9

"Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey"

by Diana Raab PhD

Healing with Words A Writer's Cancer Journey by Diana Raab PhD
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (September 9, 2014) -- Author Diana Raab's "Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey" is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse, poet and transpersonal psychologist, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis, and five years later shattered by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer--multiple myeloma.

The book includes the author's experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab's journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin--it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.

Readers will learn to:

  1. Understand the importance of early cancer detection and how to take control of their own health
  2. Discover the power of writing to release bottled-up emotions
  3. Learn how the process of journaling can facilitate healing
  4. See how a cancer diagnosis can be a riveting event which can renew and change a person in a unique way

"There are a number of messages I have taken from the cancer journey, but for me, the most important one is that the diagnosis of cancer should be considered a turning point that sets you free to fulfill or examine dreams that can no longer wait. In spite of everything, I try to wake up every morning happy to be alive and with joy in my heart" - Diana Raab

Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning author of eight books and over 500 articles and published poems. She's a workshop leader, transpersonal psychologist, and thought provoker whose passion and expertise is writing for healing, transformation and empowerment. She has been writing since the age of 10 when her mother gifted her with her first journal to cope with her grandmother's suicide. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post (Huff50), and BrainSpeak. For more information, visit:

"Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey"
by Diana Raab PhD
Loving Healing Press
Published May 2010

No. 10

"Structurally Sound"

by Jonathan Paull

"Structurally Sound - Renovating the Middle-Aged Body" by Jonathan M. Paull
More often than not, middle-aged people attempting to get back into shape can be met by unanticipated injuries. Having been out of the gym for a few decades can leave some a bit baffled as to how to get back into shape. In light of recent workout trends like CrossFit, P90X, and other grueling regimens, it can be hard to know where to start, how to move your body and how to find a pace and exercise that is right for your fitness level and personality.

Medical exercise specialist Jonathan Paull and his new book, Structurally Sound: Renovating the Middle-Aged Body, are here to help. In this groundbreaking guide, Paull outlines the necessary tools and exercises that you need to get fit again. Bridging the gap between fitness and rehabilitation, you can learn how to get your body in the best shape that it can be in without diving headfirst into barbells and elliptical machines. Paull will give your body a renovation from the foundation up by utilizing a system of small steps. And with more than fifteen years in fitness, Paull can teach you how to get back to your healthiest self.

"Our fitness, health, and wellness industry has a tendency to saturate the market with gadgets and programs designed specifically for the healthy, uninjured minority," says Paull. "But poor training principles and technique can lead to biomechanical injuries in the neck, shoulder, back, hip, and knees. I wanted to create a book for those who have not witnessed beneficial results while exercising, for those who have injured themselves or for those who have lived a life of restriction created by the fitness industry's minority train of thought." Read more at

Jonathan Paull is a Director at York County Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic in Newmarket, Ontario. Working for the clinic for more than fifteen years, Paull has also served as its Clinic Fitness Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist. Paull is the driving force behind reestablishing The Unfitness Club Ltd, a gym specifically designed to assist patients with both fitness and rehabilitation. Paull is also the inventor of the innovative Catpost2000, a complete stretching, strengthening and assistive exercise station. He has co- authored Core Exercises and Training Manual with the clinic's senior physiotherapist and is now author of his own first book, Structurally Sound: Renovating the Middle-Aged Body. As a lifestyle fitness and rehabilitation coach himself, Paull`s belief is that a good coach should lead not only through knowledge and experience, but by example as well. He has transformed his own personal training program, creating results that illustrate to middle-aged individuals optimism and proof that a well thought out program can indeed provide results. Paull lives with his wife, Christine, and their dog, Riley, in Ontario, Canada.

No. 11

"The Luvya Tree"

By D'Wayne Robinson

11. The Luvya Tree by D'Wayne Robinson
CANFIELD, Ohio -- When dealing with a serious illness, patients and their families can feel helpless, as if there's nothing they can do.

The Luvya Tree is a message of hope and faith for children and adults with family members struggling with serious illnesses. Uniquely written from a tree's perspective, the book tells the true story of how author D'Wayne Robinson and his son comforted Robinson's wife toward the end of her battle with breast cancer and gives readers a creative way to comfort their own ailing family members.

"Throughout my wife's illness, she received hundreds of cards, letters, hand-made crafts and numerous other tokens of love, so many that there just wasn't enough table and shelf space to display everything. We cut down a tree, brought it in the house, and placed the items on its branches so Teresa could see just how much she was loved and how many people were praying for her," Robinson said.

Robinson wrote the book to share his family's real-life story, pay homage to his wife, and bring honor and glory to God.

"Love is best expressed through actions, not just words. The Luvya Tree gives families a way to take action and show their loved ones just how much they are cherished," Robinson said.

For more information and Luvya Tree merchandise, visit

D'Wayne Robinson is a Christian father, widower, and Fortune 200-trained business professional and entrepreneur. He and his teenage son, Jared, live in Canfield, Ohio.

"The Luvya Tree"
By D'Wayne Robinson
ISBN: 9781490832173
Price $14.95

No. 12

"A Cry from the Dust"

by Carrie Stuart Parks

"A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks
Everybody lies. In fact from the time we are two years old we can pick up on emotional dishonesty suggests an article in Psychology Today. As we get older however, the pressure gets higher to be able to detect lies, especially when our jobs or even our lives depend on it. Carrie Stuart-Parks a forensic artist and author of new thriller A CRY FROM THE DUST, has spent the past two decades teaching law enforcement personnel across the USA how to catch killers, sexual predators and other unsavory characters on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. She teaches cops "Content Statement Analysis," which combines spotting verbal signs of deception and body language clues to find out when bad guys are lying. People don't spot liars because of intuition; it's actually because of clues that you subconsciously pick up on that give you a gut feeling. According to a recent article in Psychology Today "A gut feeling probably isn't enough to take someone to court or to openly accuse a co-worker. An instinct about honesty is, however, enough to duck out on a dodgy date or to confront a friend or lover." People like Carrie Stuart Parks and her character Gwynn from A CRY FROM THE DUST agree that "Instinct is a good start, but you have to use it to dig deeper to become attentive and look for certain triggers from the liars."

It was the most deadly act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the Oklahoma City bombings; in 1857, a wagon train in Utah was assaulted by a group of militant Mormons calling themselves the Avenging Angels. One hundred and forty people were murdered, including dozens of unarmed men, women, and children. The Mountain Meadows Massacre remains controversial to this day--but the truth may be written on the skulls of the victims. Idaho native Carrie Stuart Parks has spent decades working with the FBI and law enforcement officials as one of the nation's leading forensic artists. Now Parks has turned her grisly life's work into a gripping debut novel for big name publisher HarperCollins.

In A CRY FROM THE DUST, renowned forensic artist Gwen Marcey is recruited to reconstruct the faces of recently unearthed victims at Mountain Meadows, she isn't expecting more than an interesting gig and a break from her own hectic life. But when Gwen stumbles on the ritualized murder of a young college student, her work on the massacre takes on a terrifying new aspect, and research quickly becomes a race against modern-day fundamentalist terror. As evidence of a cover-up mounts, a cover-up spanning the entire history of the Mormon church, Gwen finds herself in the crosshairs of a secret society bent on fulfilling a twisted prophecy and revenging old wrongs. Can a forensic artist reconstruct two centuries of suppressed history... before it repeats itself? In A CRY FROM THE DUST, Carrie Stuart Parks utilizes her own background as a celebrated, FBI-trained forensic artist to blend fact and fiction into a stunning and controversial mystery. (See: Martha Stevens-David Book Review at Magic City)

Carrie Stuart-Parks is an award winning fine artist, internationally known forensic artist and the author of the new thriller A CRY FROM THE DUST (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson Publishing), about a renowned forensic artist much like herself. Gwen Marcey is recruited to reconstruct the faces of a long ago massacre perpetrated by a group of militant Mormons against an 1857 wagon train, in what was the deadliest act of domestic terrorism prior to the Oklahoma City bombing. The ensuing conspiracy and coverup causes Gwen's research to quickly become a race against modern-day fundamentalist terror involving the FBI, the Vice President of the United States and her own family. Find out more at

"A Cry from the Dust"
by Carrie Stuart Parks
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published August 12, 2014
ISBN-10: 1401690432
ISBN-13: 978-1401690434

No. 13

"Catch Me If You Can"

By Thought Continuum

"Catch Me If You Can" By Thought Continuum
OGDEN, Utah -- What began as a nice night at the movies quickly becomes a meeting with the weavers, the extraterrestrials who have arrived on Earth to interrogate Thought Continuum.

Thought Continuum uses prose to tell her story in her new book, "Catch Me If You Can." In a style similar to "Crank" author Ellen Hopkins, Thought shares her protagonist's deepest insights during an out-of-this-world encounter.

The author hopes her unique style of writing and introspective storytelling will encourage readers to think critically and question their own perspectives.

Thought used real-life experience to manifest her latest work: she is adept in most things metaphysical. She owns a studio where she practices aura photography and crystal light table sessions and is trained in the healing art of Reiki. Thought earned her certification as a clinical hypnotherapist from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners in 1994. For more information, visit

Thought Continuum was born in Cambridgeshire, England, and is now living along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. An intimate and a dream walker, Thought has spent decades of her life exploring the possibilities and probabilities of myth.

"Catch Me If You Can"
By Thought Continuum
ISBN: 978-1-45259-299-2
Balboa Press
Published: 3/27/2014
Softcover $15
ePub, Mobi, and PDF files $9

No. 14

"The Collective Legacy"

by Lawrence Menard

"The Collective Legacy" by Lawrence Menard
Space battles, political strife and advanced technology--that is not all readers will find within the pages of author Lawrence Menard's newest science fiction page turner, "The Collective Legacy." Through Menard's words, complicated characters come to life and relationships are explored.

"The Collective Legacy" by Lawrence Menard continues where "The Vanguard Chronicles" leaves off. Due to Menard's masterful ability to set a scene and create complicated and realistic characters, readers are pulled into the author's world and move forward in the ongoing struggles of the settlers from Earth on their new home world "Legacy."

While filled with predatory creatures, internal treachery, futuristic technology and alien invaders, "The Collective Legacy" moves beyond science fiction, focusing on families, people and relationships within a futuristic setting.

"Readers who appreciate military tactics, space battles, politics, and lively characters will feel right at home on these pages," US Review of Books said. "Whether you're new to sci-fi as a genre or well-established in the stories and events that are common within these types of stories, this book will be a fun read for those that keep their imaginations active and their minds open.

Lawrence Menard is a retired business manager. Much of his career was spent writing and reading contracts and proposals. Secretly, he always wanted to write fictional stories to share his imaginative view of people put into strange predicaments and how they might cope. Menard currently resides in Caledon, Ontario.

"The Collective Legacy"
By: Lawrence Menard
ISBN: 978-1-4907-3504-7
Softcover $17.33
Hardcover $27.33
E-book $3.99

No. 15


by Brandy Schillace

"Villagers" by Brandy Schillace
With Halloween coming up, it's hard to find a monster that we haven't seen. Werewolves, witches, zombies and ghosts are all part of the regular fodder. But none blow them out of the water quite like vampires. We've seen vampires in every shape and size over the past decades--from sadistic and secretive to sullen and, yes, even sparkly. But author Brandy Schillace is taking the archaic vampire and turning it into something a bit more, well--human.

In the second book of her budding The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles, Villagers, author and medical historian Brandy Schillace, Ph.D. gives us a break from the usual brooding bloodsucker. Never a fully confirmed vampire, Jake Maresbeth nevertheless possesses mysterious ailments that include a thirst for blood. Rather than rising from a coffin each evening to prowl the town, Jake is a normal teenager with a regular family. When Jacob's sister begins dating the class jock, Jake gets a feeling the guy is up to no good. Between keeping tabs on the jock's involvement in a theft and keeping a low profile at the hospital to ensure the flow of his blood supply, this might be the summer everything falls apart.

Brandy Schillace, Ph.D. is an author, historian, and adventurer at the intersection. She spends her time in the mist-shrouded alleyways between literature and medicine. Taking a cue from Edward Gorey and John Bellairs, she writes Gothic fiction with a medical twist. Dr. Schillace is a research associate at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, managing editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, a book reviewer for the Huffington Post, and chief editor for the Fiction Reboot and Daily Dose blog. Her non-fiction book Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Can Tell us about Life and Living will be released in 2015 with Elliott and Thompson. She also co-edited a collection titled Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity (Cambria 2014) and contributed a chapter on vampires and disease. Her short fiction appears in Hauntings, An Anthology (by Hic Dragones Press).

When she isn't researching arsenic poisoning for the Dittrick Museum, writing fiction, taking over the world, or herding cats, Dr. Schillace teaches for Case Western Reserve University.

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