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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Relationships and the World
By R.P. BenDedek
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:27:47 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
(Oct 19 - Oct 25)

  1. Family Therapy by By Veonne Howell author of "Velvet Learns a Lesson"
  2. Medical Benefits of Cannabis by By Joseph W. Jacob author of "Medical Uses of Marijuana"
  3. Mother, Mother, What Do You See? By John Wesley Anderson, Jr. author of "Shades of Winter: Reflections of Spring"
  4. 18 Short Stories about love in British & Indian Culture By Ashoka Sen author of "The Bark of the Cinnamon Tree"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Oct 19 - Oct 25)

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Binghams of Louisville" by David Leon Chandler and Mary Voelz Chandler
Oct 19, 2014

It's the alleged tale of a wealthy man and his family, whose money came from Standard Oil and other companies, including a railroad and real estate. The story is that his wife became ill, and the wealthy man hired a couple of physicians he knew to care for her. Neither doctor specialized in the wife's illness, and she eventually died. As I read, it became intriguing, especially as this is billed as a true story. I also wondered if any libel suits had been filed or acted on since the book was published in 1987.

R.P. BenDedek Review: "Speak Your Truth" By Denise A. Dorfman
Oct 24, 2014

The book takes us through the journey of the author's life and along the way provides references for and quotes from a lot of medical and other related publications. She learned about the importance of exercise, nutrition, holding positive attitudes, removing stress in all its forms and she learned to program her subconscious mind with positive affirmations so that her daily living was positive. Overall this is an interesting and quick 100 page read that could benefit anyone suffering any illness.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Desperate in DC"

by Phoebe Thompsen and Crystal Walker

"Desperate in DC" by Phoebe Thompsen and Crystal Walker
Desperate in DC chronicles the exploits of two privileged and wickedly funny professional women as they juggle career and family life, while simultaneously navigating the social and professional shark tank of life in the DC through their witty and often laugh-out-loud email and social media interactions.

Sit back and enjoy the ride as DC neophyte Crystal Walker tries to figure out just who she (almost) has to sleep with in order to get her three eldest cherubs into the same school as the president's daughters, while Phoebe Thompson, her waspish British neighbor learns just what lengths her own entrepreneurial husband is prepared to go to in order to save his business and pay for the upper middle class lifestyle to which Phoebe, and her upper middle class neighbors feel so entitled.

Phoebe Thompson hails from Mother England, but enjoys DC in particular, especially the politics, prestige and pisco sours. She is mother to two girls, wife to darling husband "old ball and chain" Brad In her previous life (before marriage and children), she was an accomplished journalist, and now she is an extremely busy PAHM (part-time at home mother) working in journalism, a sacrifice she made in order to ensure her girls have the best possible support system as they grow. Join both these authors on their wickedly funny adventures navigating money, motherhood, and manners in the nation's capital.

Crystal Walker is a DC-based lawyer, wife, and mother of four, who arrived from the glorious midwest. When she's not busy juggling her work and children, her favorite pastime is gleefully skewering the privileged and powerful DC elites with her BFF, Phoebe Thompson.

Desperate in DC can be purchased online at for only $16.99, or through Kindle for only $2.99. Readers can also view, purchase, and gift ebook copies of Desperate in DC online through Smashwords for only $3.59. For more information, visit

No. 2

"I Could Just Scream"

By Ray Martini

I could Just Scream Ray Martini
HOUSTON -- Former U.S. Marine and now author Ray Martini unveils his irreverent and no-holds-barred take on modern day U.S. politics and society in his new book, "I Could Just Scream!"

Countless Americans let their opinions go unheard in fear of being called out as not politically correct. Martini is tired of it. His book will appeal to independent minded Americans who have stayed silent or avoided speaking their mind at all just because a subject is sensitive.

Besides being a former U.S. Marine, Martini also lived through the Baby Boom. He has seen the landscape of public speech change firsthand. "We've seen most of the social issues discussed in my book on the news all the time, but no one seems willing to talk about their impact or why they are allowed to continue," Martini said.

"My book will probably offend a lot of people by discussing these hot-button topics, but that's the point," he continued. "We need to re-open dialogue that has been closed off by fear of political correctness." With "I Could Just Scream!" Martini hopes to splash cold water on the face of America. For more information, visit

Ray Martini has a BS in Construction Management and is a former U.S. Marine. He has written another book called "The Death of Leadership". He has been married 44 years and has one son.

"I Could Just Scream"
by Ray Martini
Published 7/8/2014
52 Pages
Softcover $13

No. 3

"The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: Friends Forever"

By Jeri-Anne Agee

"The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: Friends Forever" By Jeri-Anne Agee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeri-Anne Agee has always felt a connection with classic children's book characters like Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones. An avid reader and mother of three, Agee retired early from the financial industry and, at the age of 44, began writing her first children's book. Her quest to combine her own stories of growing up in the South with a character who is strong, lovable, loyal and funny resulted in Birdie Mae Hayes.

In Agee's new book, "The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: Friends Forever," Birdie Mae has a familiar yet terrible feeling come over her and she knows there is nothing she can do about. For as long as she can remember, she has been able to tell when something bad is about to happen. What transpires next is every third-grader's nightmare.

"My father has called me Birdie Mae my entire life and a lot of things in this book and the books to come are based on actual events in my life and events in my children's lives," Agee said. "It touches on something both children and adults can relate to. I'm not sure if anyone has written a children's book about someone laughing so hard they wet their pants at school, but we all know it happens."

The author recalls her elementary school years, as she was just learning to read and how she thirsted for knowledge. Agee's chapter books were created with those young, middle-grade readers in mind as she hopes to inspire children to adopt a passion for the art of reading.

Agee said, "What I hope children and adults will take away from this book are the importance of family, friendship, loyalty, honesty and having a sense of humor." For more information, visit

Jeri-Anne Agee grew up in Huntsville, Ala., and graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in communications. She currently resides in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, three children and three rescue dogs.

"The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: Friends Forever"
By Jeri-Anne Agee
Published May 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4969-0915-2 58 Pages
Softcover $12
E-book $4

No. 4

Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

By Parker J. Palmer

"Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit" By Parker J. Palmer
At a critical time in American life, Parker J. Palmer looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good-without the shouting, blaming, or defaming so common in our politics today. In his newest book, Parker J. Palmer builds on his own extensive experience as an inner life explorer and social change activist to examine the personal and social infrastructure of American politics. What he did for educators in The Courage to Teach he does here for citizens by looking at the dynamics of our inner lives for clues to reclaiming our civic well-being. In Healing the Heart of Democracy, he points the way to a politics rooted in the commonwealth of compassion and creativity still found among "We the People." (Read More)

Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us the tools to do it. This timely, courageous and practical work--intensely personal as well as political--is not about them, "those people" in Washington D.C., or in our state capitals, on whom we blame our political problems.

It's about us, "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him a bestselling author, Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" that can help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them in ourselves and each other:

An understanding that we are all in this together
An appreciation of the value of "otherness"
An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
A sense of personal voice and agency
A capacity to create community

Parker J. Palmer whose books have sold over a million copies, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and eleven honorary doctorates. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him one of twenty-five "People Who Are Changing Your World." He is Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal.

"Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit"
By Parker J. Palmer
Publisher: Wiley
Published 9/6/2011
ISBN-13: 9780470590805
Pages: 256
Hardcover $15
Nook Book $11

No. 5

"Tessa and Claudine"

by Lisbeth Thom

"Tessa and Claudine" by Lisbeth Thom
Sibling relationships can be difficult and often not at all what you want. However, in her latest novel, author Lisbeth Thom urges readers to look beyond the sibling they wished for and to simply accept the one they have.

"Tessa and Claudine", Thom's second novel, is an insightful and poignant family drama following two sisters and their tempestuous relationship with their troubled, alcoholic mother.

"In this family drama, the struggles and triumphs of life are laid bare. The reality and honesty will touch you. Lisbeth Thom has delivered a delicious bedtime read, as effective as coffee and leftover cheesecake-- but with none of the calories," said Larry Larance, author of "Choctow Bluff," "A Better Looking Corpse" and "Skidaway Scenes."

Thom vividly paints the scene as readers watch Tessa and Claudine battle their differences and attempt to find acceptance within themselves--and with each other. "My main goal for this book was to write with emotional honesty. I am pleased to report that I accomplished that goal. I created fictional characters, and my novel, "Tessa and Claudine," is their story. This trio came to life and led the way for me," Thom said.

For more information, visit or

Lisbeth Thom graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University. She has published essays and poetry in The Georgia Journal, The Catholic Digest, Home Life Magazine, The Milwaukee Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lisbeth and her husband, Doug, live in Savannah, Georgia.

"Tessa and Claudine"
By: Lisbeth Thom
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0828-7
Softcover $17.99
Hardcover $35.99
E-book $3.99

No. 6

"The Quadrilateral Band: Forms a Geometry Band"

By Paula Drake

"The Quadrilateral Band: Forms a Geometry Band" By Paula Drake
NEW YORK CITY -- For those who struggle to appreciate math, Paula Drake's new book adds a musical twist. Join along as shapes take on personalities and form a band of quadrilaterals.

Educator of more than 40 years, Drake uses her mathematics background to break down the name of shapes and their classifications for students struggling to understand basic geometry.

"As a teacher I saw students struggle with attributes and terms of quadrilaterals," Drake said. "Their struggle inspired me to make a simplified and fun way to learn."

In "The Quadrilateral Band," quadrilateral characters seek out other similar shapes to be in their band. While on the search for band members, Drake provides clear and easy to follow lessons in geometry.

"Geometry is essential in our world," Drake said. "Learning a basic understanding at a young age will prepare children for the future."

Paula Drake is a retired teacher and math consultant. For 10 years, Drake consulted many New York school districts in mathematics by developing curriculums, public speaking, professional development, and mentoring. This is her second book. She is also the author of "How to Make a Snow Day."

"The Quadrilateral Band: Forms a Geometry Band"
By Paula Drake
ISBN: 978-1-4520-9485-4

No. 7

"Woman Up!"

by Aimee Cohen

"Woman Up" by Aimee Cohen
Woman UP! is the go-to resource for women who want to finally get out of their own way and get ahead in their careers. Author Aimee Cohen's passionate approach is "like combining your best girlfriend and an elite career a powerful purse-sized package!"

Her insights are a product of more than 20 years of experience and a nearly 100% success rate helping hundreds of clients. Woman UP! conveys a powerful and practical message that exposes seven self-sabotaging behaviors that keep women from success.

Using real-life examples, shared experiences, and Aimee’s own guilty confessions, Woman UP! delivers the sage advice every woman wishes she had at the start of her career: put on your big-girl panties and take control of your career. Come on, girls.. It's time to Woman UP!

Aimee Cohen is a career expert, veteran speaker, and author of Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success. She is owner of Cohen Career Consulting where, for more than 20 years, she has a nearly 100% success rate empowering women to achieve career success.

Aimee provides strategic step-by-step action plans to clients during personalized one-on-one consultations. She leads outplacement transition seminars for Fortune 500 companies and is a contributing writer for the Denver Business Journal. She facilitates the LINK to Leadership program for The Leadership Investment, has appeared as a career expert on television and radio shows, and in print media such as Glamour magazine, the Denver Post, and Denver Woman magazine, and she was a past nominee for Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Denver Business Journal. Aimee lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband of 22 years. She has two teenage children. Her son is a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and her daughter is in high school.

"Woman Up!"
by Aimee Cohen
ISBN-13: 9781630471927
Morgan James Publishing
Published 6/24/2014
Pages: 212
Paperback $13
E-Book $10

No. 8

"Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: Adventures Beyond the Screen"

By Ben Halpert

"Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: Adventures Beyond the Screen" By Ben Halpert
Atlanta-based author Ben Halpert -- a man on a mission -- has worked tirelessly to foster appropriate decision-making by the world's children as they grow up with technology. His award-winning Savvy Cyber Kids at Home series teaches young children (and their parents!) the importance of limiting screen time as well as how to use it wisely and safely. The third and newest book in the series, Adventures Beyond the Screen, written in verse with colorful illustrations by Taylor Southerland, shows the benefits of thirty minutes of screen time followed by brainstorming alternative indoor and outdoor activities. The book's engaging young characters, CyberThunder (Tony) and CyberPrincess (Emma), discover other meaningful ways to have fun and enjoy life beyond the glowing screen. Making lists with the help of their mom, Tony and Emma develop a wide range of exciting activities to experience, both inside and out. And so their adventures begin!

"I come by my passion and expertise naturally," says Halpert. "By day, I'm the VP of Risk and Corporate Security at an information technology firm. By night, I focus on educating and empowering young digital citizens." Halpert's nonprofit organization, Savvy Cyber Kids, provides educational resources for teachers, parents, and children of all ages. His picture book series has been published in several languages and covers topics such as an intro to computing devices, security, privacy, bully response, screen-time balance, and more. He offers author visits and teacher sessions at schools along with parent education sessions and has created a free video series, "Technology is a fact of life, as natural to today's kids as anything else. It's crucial to teach them to use it responsibly and recognize that it's only one part of living. Life has a glow of its own!" adds Halpert.

Ben Halpert bills himself as "Security executive by day, Cyber hero by night." He is Vice President, Risk and Corporate Security for Ionic Security and President of Savvy Cyber Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 to provide cyber awareness resources for parents and teachers of our youngest learners, as well as innovative resources to assist parents and teachers as children grow up online. He has written two other books in the Savvy Cyber Kids at Home series: The Family Gets a Computer and The Defeat of the Cyber Bully, and has won the Mom's Choice Award, The Dove Foundation Seal of Approval, The Toy Man Award of Excellence and The Toy Man eChoice Award. Website:

"Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: Adventures Beyond the Screen"
By Ben Halpert

No. 9

"Laura and Me"

by Sylvia Peterson

"Laura and Me" by Sylvia Peterson
What does it mean to be a survivor instead of a victim? For Sylvia Peterson, who was sexually abused when she was just seven years old by a family member, it meant seeking answers. Peterson carried the weight of "her secret" with her for decades, only feeling safe to reveal the abuse she endured as a child when she was in her forties. Still searching for an answer to the "why me?" question that so many survivors ask, she made the brave -- and controversial -- decision to meet face to face with a woman who is confined indefinitely and was called "one of the most dangerous child sex offenders in America" by Oprah Winfrey.

Peterson met with serial child abuser Laura McCollum, locked away for abusing an estimated 100 children, for nine years, and chronicles her journey of both terror and healing in her riveting new book, Laura and Me: A Sex Offender and Victim Search Together to Understand, Forgive, and Heal. A compilation of her interviews with Laura, letters written from Laura's cell, and more, Laura and Me explores the unique characteristics of sex offenders, what parents and caregivers can do to recognize signs of abuse, what survivors of abuse can do to begin to heal, and what we all can do to fight back against violence.

"The general population is terrified of sexual predators. They don't understand them, they can't spot them, they can't stop them, and they can't incarcerate them fast enough nor long enough to keep their neighborhoods safe," says Peterson. "I want to offer them an opportunity to transition from fear to understanding, and understanding to healing."

Author Sylvia Peterson has over 30 years of experience as a volunteer in Washington State prisons. She and her husband have written two offender re-entry programs that are currently being used by the WA State Department of Corrections: "Preparing for Release" and "Staying Free." They co-pastor the Bald Hill Community Church. Sylvia retired early from a 35-year career as a registered nurse so that she could write this book. She attends Covenant Bible Seminary in Lakewood, WA where she has earned a Bachelor Degree in Theology, a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies, and a Master of Divinity. Her weekly religious newspaper column also appears online at Peterson's visits with Laura took place at Washington State's Special Commitment Center for Sexual Predators, which is located on McNeil Island, the last island-bound prison in the United States. Laura also contributed her autobiography, personal letters, and legal paperwork for this book. Because of Sylvia's personal access to those documents and to Laura, she was uniquely equipped to write this story. Website:

  • Laura and Me can be purchased from,, and, and at bookstores upon request.

No. 10

"Primary Gift"

by Kelly F. Holland

"Primary Gift" by Kelly F. Holland
TUSCON, Ariz. -- There are more than 3.2 million people currently living in the U.S. afflicted with schizophrenia. Unfortunately many of these people will go undiagnosed and even those who receive treatment find it difficult to gain support from friends and family, as this disease remains greatly misunderstood. Kelly F. Holland, as a young woman, did not understand her mother's schizophrenia. Ultimately her mother's illness left Holland abandoned as a child. Combined with her personal struggles with ADHD, the foster care system and years of drug use, Holland was headed down a dangerous path. Fortunately at age 26 she met an exemplary licensed mental health professional, who showed her the way, allowing Holland to become a medical professional as well as her mother's legal guardian and best friend.

"In my adult life I was reunited with my mother," Holland said. "When I realized she needed my assistance to survive, my heart would not let me turn away, so I sought guardianship of her. I learned to see the world through her eyes and discovered the genius within her."

Holland shares this inspirational story in her new book, "Primary Gift." Holland offers an enlightened perspective on schizophrenia and aims to open readers' minds to the profound wisdom that comes forth from life's journey. Her book also serves as a "thank you" to the psychologist who came forward in her life and guided her to what mattered most -- a loving relationship with her self. In doing so, Holland was able to awaken to the excellence of her life's journey and love her mother once again. "For the past 25 years I have worked with a psychologist who helped me discover the enormous power of a loving and stable relationship from which our greatest, most joyful life can evolve," Holland said.

"Primary Gift" encourages readers to utilize their most important tool, positive thought, in order to create their own best life. Holland illuminates the power of role models and how their greatness can allow us to access our own. Primarily she wants people to know that no matter their circumstances excellence still awaits them and any life they can dream, they can live.

Kelly F. Holland works as a licensed physical therapist in Arizona and has earned diplomat credentials in mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

""Primary Gift: Awaken to the Excellence of Your Life’s Journey"
by Kelly F. Holland
Balboa Press
Published May 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-45259-416-3
164 Pages
Softcover $13
E-book $4

No. 11

"Daniella Beckett and the Beast of Whitechapel"

by Allan McLeod

"Daniella Beckett and the Beast of Whitechapel" by Allan McLeod
United Kingdom -- Jack the Ripper's story and identity has kept thousands awake at night, hoping that a similar 'ripper' won't rear his head any time soon. In a new book by A.J. McLeod, Jack the Ripper experiences something of a redemption, as many of his victims are discovered to instead have been killed by a tenacious werewolf. 'Daniella Beckett and the Beast of Whitechapel' takes Jack's story, wraps it in fictional twists and spits it back out in a genre-defying adventure that will stiffen the hairs on the arms of even the hardiest readers.

With the murder of Mary Jane Kelly the Modus Operandi of the killings in Whitechapel changed. The surgical skill of Jack the Ripper was replaced with ruthless abandon, and the careful, precise and deliberate methods used to carve the poor victims became vicious and frenzied. Due to heightened tensions between the police and the people living in the East End of London the police couldn't openly admit that there was a second serial killer walking the streets of London taking the lives of innocents in the dead of night, even though this beast was far more dangerous than any which the police had hunted before.

When Daniella and her fiancee Thomas were holidaying in a quiet place a little way outside London the world seemed perfect; but when a strange and mysterious beast attacks them on the way home the world changed forever. Upon returning to London grieving the loss of her fiancé, Danielle makes an unlikely friend in a man called Theodore together and aided by a desperate police constabulary they prowl the East End of London looking for the beast who killed her fiancee. For more information and to view the author's other works, visit:

Allan McLeod was born in June 1988 and lives in Middlesbrough, in the UK. He is an honours graduate of the Open University, England and he has also studied at the University of Worcester and Inverness College of the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has higher educational qualifications in Natural & Health Sciences as well as Managing Care and Infection Prevention and Control. He has completed short courses in Chemistry, Physics, Creative Writing, Understanding Mathematics for Health and Crime Scene & Forensic Investigation. Allan is currently an author in the fields of social sciences and fiction having 3 titles in-print and several more in progress or in the planning stage.

No. 12

"The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again"

by Carole Mann

"The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again" by Carole Mann
Returning to the literary world with the follow-up to her first book, "The Spirit of Things," Carole Mann's new book, "The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again," is an edifying guide into the mysterious world of sprits and how to enhance one's connection to this realm.

As an intuitive medium since early childhood, Mann shares her rare gift with others to help open their eyes to the reality of the Spirit.

"The Spirit of Things II" is a compilation of personal stories highlighting actual encounters with Spirit Guides that offers clarification into how the Spirit affects many people in different ways, such as through dreams or contact from people who have crossed over.

Mann claims that a deep, close connection to your Spirit Guides will offer a better understanding of the self.

"A conscious interaction with your energy can help validate and communicate with your Spirit Guides," Mann said. "It will open that door and give your that much-needed nudge to allow a clearer awareness of who your are."

Eye-opening and one of a kind, "The Spirit of Things II" is a must have for readers wanting to develop a sharper understanding of the spirit world and the self.

Carole Mann is a Level III Reiki master and an accomplished Aura photographer and Chakra reader. She and her husband live a quiet life on their twenty-seven-acre horse farm in beautiful Westport, Massachusetts.

"The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again"
by Carole Mann
Xlibris Books
Published March 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-49318-192-6
104 Pages
Softcover $16
E-book $4

No. 13

"By the Way, I Love You"

by Ama Vitam

"By the Way, I Love You" by Ama Vitam
TORONTO -- As a practicing Buddhist, love and compassion are words that Ama Vitam lives by despite the difficult situations she has endured.

In her new memoir, "By the Way, I Love You" Vitam shares a series of stories that detail her escape from a past abusive life and the complete transformation of her soul.

"This is a story about the rebirth of myself as deeply spiritual person," Vitam said. "The purpose of this book is simply to share my journey with all those who want to change their lives, but just don't know where to start."

By believing in her Higher Power, Vitam has let go of the negative experiences intertwined in her life and learned to understand and develop her intuition.

Vitam has experienced many forms of teachings through her journeys to ancient Tibetan monasteries, the Himalayas and the Annapurna mountain rages in Nepal and healing retreats in Australia's Burleigh Heads.

"By the Way, I Love You" provides an inspirational, personal story while addressing hot button issues such as domestic violence, spirituality, freedom and love. See Author Website for more information.

Ama Vitam was born in England, immigrated to New Zealand by age five and Ontario, Canada by age ten, where she and her family have lived ever since. Ama is a certified yoga instructor and licensed Reiki practitioner with years of experience. She is also a Yogini who has practiced yoga for more than 20 years. As a practicing Buddhist, love and compassion are the words she lives by. Ama is the mother of three children.

"By the Way, I Love You"
By: Ama Vitam
ISBN: 978-1-49692-025-6
Softcover retail price: $16.95
Hardcover retail price: $27.99
E-book retail price: $3.99

No. 14

"Incorporated Evil: A Business With One Goal...Absolute Power"

by Peter Widdows

"Incorporated Evil: A Business With One Goal...Absolute Power" by Peter Widdows
United Kingdom -- Most debut authors are cagey with their first novel; opting to simply dip their feet into the water and get a taste of the publishing world. However, Peter Widdows has been bucking the trend since July of 2014, with a debut release that has attracted a huge string of five-star reviews. 'Incorporated Evil: A Business With One Goal...Absolute Power' dramatically twists fact and fiction into a fray that examines the relative evils of two groups: The corrupt governments that spread misery and death across the developing world and the large western corporations that facilitate the corruption for their own profit.

"Government corruption is endemic across much of the developing world, its perpetrators amass huge fortunes, whilst the people they are charged with caring for die in their millions. However, all of these ill-gotten gains would be worthless if the stolen money could never be spent, and who is the more guilty - The dictators and despots who rape whole nations of their wealth, or the western corporations which facilitate it?" Widdows says.

Charles Barker-Willet is the brilliant CEO of BW Corporation, but what is he hiding? Sean McManus, a business journalist for a London newspaper, is impressed by the modesty of BW's CEO. Especially as the results of the company are astounding. But why is he so media shy? What does he have to hide? In his search for answers, Sean will encounter some of the vilest of human acts and also some of the bravest of human endeavour. Incorporated Evil will take you on a roller coaster ride from the glittering hotels and restaurants of London's West End, to the seedy streets of Bangkok and from the historic suburbs of Melbourne, to the modern sky scrapers of Hong Kong. As Sean McManus tries to unravel the complicated web of deceit behind BW Corporation. "BW Corp is definitely not based on any company I know" Widdows says. "But its actions are technically feasible and given the absolute reality of developing world corruption; in the real world, somebody always fulfils the role BW plays in this story."

Peter Widdows was Born and raised in Manchester but moved away from the North of England in 1984, and returned in 2012. Nineteen years were spent in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Germany. He worked as the CEO for a large part of Asia and Australasia for food company Heinz and spent a significant amount of time in working China, Hong Kong, Thailand Japan and Korea. He also spent 5 years in the British Army prior to joining Heinz. Peter Retired from corporate life in 2010 and later returned to the UK.

  • 'Incorporated Evil: A Business With One Goal...Absolute Power', from Monkton Press, is available now at Amazon:

No. 15

"Bad for Ears"

by RG Gregory

"Bad for Ears" by R.G. Gregory
RG Gregory's 'Bad for Ears' melds a powerful collection of intense, light-hearted, thought-provoking and affirming non-standard poetic verses. Haiku, Tanka and other forms of short poetry collide in a collection where all words are in lower-case Outlandish brackets grace every page and the book of English Grammar is tossed out of the window -- for good reason! Gregory's poems are set out in the way best suited for his own purpose of writing. They range through many styles and genres. These selections are not chronological. Youth and age are part of the one flesh. Prose is the medium of order where all of its possible subtleties require grammatical and syntactical guidelines. Poetry is the collision of the spirit with the everyday. It depends upon an explosion of language not so much primed as innately released. Prose observes: poetry experiences. Well, something like that!

"My main goal is to differentiate my poetry from prose by deploying a unique set of rules; where no rules actually exist!" admits Gregory, also a noted playwright. "I break away from the fussiness of standard syntax, and concentrate on the more outlandish bracket, hyphen and dash. I am particular though about the use of the apostrophe! There's no chronology to my work and no set theme; just the best of a seven-decade writing career that has seen me put millions of words on paper."

Gregory un-taught English and Drama for nineteen years before launching into the alternative to the alternative theatre for thirty years, all the time wrestling with the paradoxical relationship of Word and Action (Being and Doing), maybe not that successfully. He has been involved in three personal (two married) partnerships, over sixty years, to women he has owed much to, and has had five children, cleverer than he is (a sixth died at thirteen days) and four grandchildren. So far, unintentionally, he has lived in fifty-one different postal addresses. A wartime Grammar-school evacuee, over two years as a post-war army conscript, mostly in Germany as an Education Corps Sergeant, and the unsettlement of his theatre years, have contributed to most of that. He has written too much and published too little. Born in 1928, very much a product of the Southern working-class, he has been primarily concerned with writing poetry and plays (since 1957 for performance-in-the-round). His views on the deep politics of life are infused into every word he has expressed, prosaically or poetically.

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