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What's in the Book Basket This Week: A Universe full of Problems and Solutions
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 2, 2014 - 12:10:18 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 26 - Nov 1)

  1. 5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People at Family Holiday Gatherings by By Terry Barnett-Martin author of "Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Oct 26 - Nov 1)

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Peninsula" by the late Louise Dickinson Rich
Oct 26, 2014

Much of the book is about the past of the peninsula, and at the end she writes, "No, we can't go back into the past; but should we leave the past entirely behind us? Should we dismiss the primitive life of long ago as anachronistic and of only academic interest? Was there something there which we should try to preserve for the future? Did the people not possess things that we can't afford to jettison and forget?

R.P. BenDedek
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No. 1

"Leaders Open Doors"

by Bill Treasurer

"Leaders Open Doors" by Bill Treasurer
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA- Drawing on two decades of experience, author Bill Treasurer combines personal stories and anecdotes to illustrate six opportunity doors that any aspiring open-door leader must hone. "Leadership is the most over-analyze, thoroughly dissected and utterly confused topic in business," says best-selling author Bill Treasurer. After 20 years as a practitioner of leadership development, it took Treasurer's five-year old son to clarify for him how to best approach teaching others to lead. The young man shared that as class leader for the day, he was privileged to opened doors for others at school. The simple yet brilliant conversation inspired Treasurer to approach the topic of leadership from a simplistic angle which led to him write the first edition of his best-selling book, "Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance."

The goal of "Leaders Open Doors" continues to present a fresh and unique take on leadership that will benefit experienced leaders as well as those just starting their leadership journeys. The book introduces six opportunity doors that leaders at any level--in both the public and private sector--must open to help others deliver their very best. The latest edition includes an epilogue with successful leaders sharing their stories of the leaders who opened doors for them and helped them find success.

With 100% of royalties still going to organizations that help those with special needs, Treasurer has worked with The Association for Talent Development (ATD) to announce the release of the second edition recently. Praise for "Leaders Open Doors" has been ample since it's original release. Among them, Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author of "MOJO" endorses the book saying, "The message is insightful--if you aren't opening doors for your people, you are closing them!" Additional information including a sample chapter, praise, a videos, and bulk purchase offers can be found by visiting www.leadersopendoors.com

Bill Treasurer is the founder and chief encouragement officer (CEO) of Giant Leap Consulting, a courage- building company. He is the author of the international best seller Courage Goes to Work and Courageous Leadership. Bill's clients include Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, BorgWarner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hugo Boss, NASA, National Science Foundation, PNC Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue, Spanx, UBS Bank, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Veterans Administration Hospitals.

"Leaders Open Doors"
by Bill Treasurer
ASTD Press; Second edition
October 1, 2014
ISBN-10: 1562869647
ISBN-13: 978-1562869649
120 Pages
Hardcover $15
Kindle $15

No. 2

"Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullshit Consultant"

by Anthony Bunko

"Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullshit Consultant" by Anthony Bunko
United Kingdom -- Like many others, Anthony Bunko stood in the mirror flunking his Windsor knot on the first day of his 'big break' as fledgling business consultant. He knew what the future entailed; fast cars, hordes of beautiful women during exotic business trips and enough money to laugh at. Forty-six year old Bunko thought very differently. Sat in yet another whirring hotel room with a suitcase full of jargon-infested Post-It notes he opened his laptop, fired an email off to his Partners and informed them that they'd never see him again -- he was becoming a writer. His new memoir recounts this life and transformation in dramatic fashion.

'Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullshit Consultant' is quite frankly a side-splitting blooming good laugh and one of the most entertaining reads of the year.

"When I landed my dream job I thought it would mean a life of travelling to exotic places, meeting interesting people and making lots of money. What I didn't expect was a scary rollercoaster ride full of fist-fights, muggings, kidnapping, gun chases, ghosts, psychopaths, midgets, hookers, back-stabbing, bullshit, weird sex, strong drugs and the odd plate of sausage rolls," explains Bunko. "I just had to get out. Of course, my family thought I was mental but, within just a few weeks of 'retiring' I already had multiple book commissions on the table and even a film script. I admit it's quite a different existence from my previous life, and only now that I'm out of it do I see quite how crazy those years were. That's why I put everything on paper, to show people a side of the business world that doesn't make the headlines. It's also rather witty, too." For more information, visit the author's official website: http://www.anthonybunko.com

Bestselling Author, Anthony Bunko grew up in a rough old tough old industrial town in the Welsh valleys called Merthyr Tydfil. While some people got born into wealth and riches, he was given a simple nickname (that no one understood) and a great upbringing. He stumbled into writing, more by accident than judgement, after getting stuck in a three hour traffic jam one rainy afternoon. During the boredom, he picked up a pen and started scribbling away a story about naughty monkeys! Suddenly something exploded inside of him. It became his passion; his energy. 'You can walk tirelessly around the world in search of comfortable shoes... only to find a pair already under the bed.' Over the years Bunko has written many bestselling books for grown-up people with heads like damaged fruit. Plus he's also penned a stack of autobiographies for many interesting superstars of rock music, film and sport. However, his real love is when he teams up with the dark, slightly manic teenager who occupies a room in his imagination and dresses like a Red Indian in punk rock trousers and monkey boots. Together they create a wondrous world full of strange looking creatures, 3 legged dogs, working class astronauts, rebellious sheep and demons that turn nice when they are nasty.

'Lord Forgive Me... but I was a (Business) Bullshit Consultant' is available now: http://amzn.to/1DV32cQ

No. 3

"Kalisz: A Journey of Return"

by Rosalind Brenner

"Kalisz: A Journey of Return" by Rosalind Brenner
SYDNEY -- History has a way of revealing itself at the most unexpected moments. In Rosalind Brenner's new historical drama, "Kalisz: A Journey of Return," Brenner takes readers on one Jewish family's journey across three generations and two world wars.

It is without intention that Rose turns up in Kalisz, Poland, her father's ancestral home. After discovering that her father grew up in the town of Kalisz, Rose realizes that modern day Kalisz has changed since World War II. The previously large Jewish population has since been erased by the Holocaust.

"Holocaust survivors often don't share their story with their families," said Brenner, who was awarded the Trafford Publishing Gold Seal of Literary Excellence for her work. "When Rose stumbles upon the town of Kalisz, she realizes that there was a lot more to her Jewish heritage than her father ever told her about."

Rose unknowingly stumbles upon her family's undocumented dark past. Her return to Kalisz unearths a family saga, travelling from Poland to Palestine, through concentration camps and rich cultural tradition.

Rosalind Brenner resides in the Sydney, Australia, area. Her most recent novel, "Kalisz: A Journey of Return," was awarded the Trafford Publishing Gold Seal of Literary Excellence. She has a professional background in Metaphysical Science, and has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor in various Australian rehabilitation centers. On one of her journeys she sat in a courtyard overlooking the square in Kalisz and realized that a story had to be told. She had not considered writing a novel at that stage but Kalisz was alive and over the next four years, she wrote the visions appearing in her mind. Rosalind is a mother of three wonderful adults and also an active grandmother. She has traveled to India and Sri Lanka, besides traveling to Poland, her ancestral home, and around her own homeland of Australia. She has sat in Ceremonies with Aboriginal elders in the Australian Desert, and after her youngest child left home went to live in the UK for three years.

"Kalisz: A Journey of Return"
by Rosalind Brenner
Trafford Books
Published October 21, 2014
ISBN-10: 1490716033
ISBN-13: 978-1490716039
346 pages
Paperback $15
Kindle $4

No. 4

The Adventures of Bella and Harry

Let's Visit Saint Petersburg! and Let's Visit Vancouver!

by Lisa Manzione

"Bella and Harry" - Vancouver and St. Petersberg by Lisa Manzione

The travels of two cute, cuddly Chihuahuas, stars of the award-winning series The Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione are taking them to two new locales -- St. Petersburg and Vancouver! Let's Visit Saint Petersburg! and Let's Visit Vancouver! are the latest installments in the series. Follow the pups as they visit these beautiful, historic cities in Russia and Canada.

The Adventures of Bella and Harry series is based on the premise that geography is one of the most important parts of learning, and aims to help children think globally, not specific only to the area in which they live. Manzione's books follow two small dogs as they travel the various major cities of the world, making geography fun and exciting for kids. Keeping with modern themes of global tolerance, Beyond that, readers learn the unique aspects that run deeply within each city's culture. Each book has received the Mom's Choice Award, among other accolades.

"I do not believe that there are enough books for children between the ages of five and ten years that address geography, customs, cultures, etc...," says Manzione. "I thought The Adventures of Bella and Harry series would be a good introduction for children, and hopefully stimulate their curiosity for more knowledge regarding the world in which we live."

The Bella and Harry website at www.bellaandharry.com also gives kids the opportunity to further interact with these two adorable dogs with coloring book printouts, interactive games, and information about the musical play based on the books. Also available online are study guides available to accompany each book in the series.

Lisa Manzione has traveled to each of the cities that she cites in her books. Manzione started the series after discovering that her children had an inadequate geographical education from their public schools. She is the proud single mother of two college-graduates and currently resides in Delray Beach, FL with her seven dogs. Each title in the The Adventures of Bella and Harry have received the Mom's Choice Award. Let's Visit Istanbul! won Creative Child's Magazine's Book of the Year, and Let's Visit Jerusalem! has been nominated for Book of the Year by Foreword Magazine. For further information on the series please visit http://www.bellaandharry.com

No. 5

"The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started"

by Simon J. Morley

"The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started" by Simon J. Morley
United Kingdom -- Author Simon Morley was browsing Google Maps when he came up with an ingenious idea; what if he could actually transport himself to the places he was visiting, and walk down the streets for real? With his creative cogs spinning at an unstoppable pace, he put pen to paper and created 'The Universe Wide Web' series.

The series has its roots in Science-Fiction, although multiple genres come to the surface in a world where the Universe Wide Web provides real, fast-moving adventures. Book one, 'The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started', proves that any bright new technology can also have a dark side.

When thirteen year old Jack Smart stumbled across the intergalactic internet known as the Universe Wide Web, little did he realise what adventures and dangers lay ahead. The Universe Wide Web (or uni-web) differs from World Wide Web; it's an actual place, somewhere out there in the aether, that you enter for real. And you can use it to click and travel instantly to anywhere in the universe. It has web-rooms, chat rooms, web-games and markets; it's a huge, labyrinthine place full of alien creatures and strange technologies. It has millions of users - creatures from all over the universe; though only one person from earth has ever logged on.

Jack discovers that his deceased father, an astro-physicist, was not only the first Earth based user of the Universe Wide Web, but also worked on its technology design, and held the security code that is at its core. This code holds the key to controlling it. But the code brings with it danger from many unscrupulous creatures trying to steal it. He ventures onto the intergalactic internet, meeting many new acquaintances, creatures from all over the universe, along the way. Many of these uni-web using creatures are friendly; but some are most definitely dangerous. For more information, visit the author's official website: http://www.simonjmorley.com

So where is the Universe Wide Web? Well, like the internet, it's sort of everywhere, and who knows where. The internet is in the cloud isn't it -- sort of? The Universe Wide Web, on the other hand, is in the aether; out there somewhere. Once you've made the intergalactic step of logging on to the Universe Wide Web, who can you expect to meet out there? There'd be aliens, of course. But are aliens, intelligent aliens, really going to be that much different to us? My guess is going on the Universe Wide Web would be just like going on the internet here; you'd just meet ordinary, everyday creatures - except, as we know, nobody is ordinary close up. Beware! So I hope you enjoy the Universe Wide Web...just one click and you can be anywhere in the universe. In the meantime, 'The Universe Wide Web: 1. Getting Started', is available now: http://amzn.to/1Ek28qr

No. 6

"Fearless Leadership"

by Carey Lohrenz

"Fearless Leadership" by Carey Lohrenz
New York, NY, October 7, 2014......Carey Lohrenz, a pioneer in military aviation and the first woman assigned to fly an F-14 Tomcat Fighter as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, has authored "Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck," now available online and in bookstores.

Combining her extraordinary experience in military and corporate environments, Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of succeeding under pressure, building teams, managing crises, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of the fundamentals needed to accomplish this and more is outlined in the book, designed to help assist managers and business professionals of all types to succeed in a high-risk, time crunched and competitive world. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform.

"This is a leadership book based on the insights and lessons learned on my journey to the cockpit of an F- 14, as well as indispensable lessons learned and advice gained from my work with business leaders--from Fortune 500 executives to middle managers, and individual contributors." said Lohrenz, "A combination of personal stories and very practical tools and clear advice, I hope the book can be both inspirational and motivational to anyone who reads it," continued Lohrenz.

"My motto is 'be fearless' whether I am in the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat, at the head of a boardroom table, or speaking to an audience of thousands. My hope is this book will help others learn to live that motto as well. Just like flying an F-14, leading fearlessly never gets easy, and it requires nerves of steel. But anyone can build his or her leadership skills and reap the rewards of doing so. You do not need permission to be fearless, to go after what you want--provided you have the courage to step up and take it. This book is a call for each of us to lead more fearlessly--and a guide to show you how to get started" Lohrenz concluded.

Carey Lohrenz has brought the messages in her book "Fearless Leadership" to some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a leadership expert and keynote speaker. She resides in Germantown, TN and is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to veteran non-profit organizations. For more information about the book and Carey, go to www.careylohrenz.com

No. 7

"Dating the Wrong Men: The Misadventurer's Guide through Bad Relationship Choices"

by Kelly Rossi

"Dating the Wrong Men: The Misadventurer's Guide through Bad Relationship Choices" by Kelly Rossi
Most people have been there, dating that guy or girl. The one we thought we'd be with forever because it seemed right. However, the more we get to know the other person, eventually we discover things aren't always as they seem. Our friends, family, and instincts are trying to tell us to get out, but we keep making excuses to stay in. Enter Kelly Rossi's Dating the Wrong Men: The Misadventurer's Guide through Bad Relationship Choices, a fresh, entertaining, and comically written memoir of the unbelievable stories of one girl's misadventures during her twenty plus years of dating disasters. A true guide to love and romance for women working to find their prince in a pond of frogs, Rossi narrates her journey through each chapter highlighting a different 'wrong man' personality type that women are faced with in the current dating pool.

"This isn't another book by an overly confident man psychoanalyzing everything you're doing wrong, giving you that supposed 'turn-key' answer he's created," says Rossi. "This is a love story for any woman who has caught herself overanalyzing, making excuses, giving second chances, interpreting text messages, waiting for someone special, or even swearing off love forever."

Written in a truly unique way, Rossi explores her struggles in the quest to finding love and fulfillment, while learning how to avoid the pitfalls in today's selfish, male-ego driven society. Readers will laugh and cry as they venture through Rossi's relatable adventures as she takes you through every outrageous relationship she has ever faced - from the 'freeloader' to 'player'. For the women who constantly find themselves in the cycle of always dating and trying to find Mr. Right, this one-of-a-kind memoir will teach you how to break your frog-kissing habits, find a love you never knew existed, and learn how to hang onto your self-worth, dignity, and sanity! "My book is the only dating book that does not play on people's insecurities and fears that they are 'doing something wrong," adds Rossi. "I finally point out the 'wrong-doing'- the cheaters, the abusers, the jerks, criminals, and assholes. I want to change this. I want women to stop beating themselves up. Women and men alike need to step up, be strong, and put the responsibility where it belongs."

Kelly Rossi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon University. At 25 years old, Rossi began her first graphic design and marketing firm. In the late 2000s, she was known for the creation of popular event and entertainment websites in the Portland, Oregon area. Through her business and personal life, her strong faith is her guiding factor in all she does. For six years, Rossi was a member of the Rotary International, of which she is a Past President of the Tigard Breakfast Club. She is currently the Online Marketing Director for the Maloof Companies. Rossi lives in Las Vegas, NV and Sherman Oaks, California. After spending more than twenty years of dating the wrong men, Rossi finally found her prince. She is scheduled to get married in October 2014.

"Dating the Wrong Men"
The Misadventurer's Guide through Bad Relationship Choices"
by Kelly Rossi
Publisher Social Magnitude LLC
Published August 6, 2014
ISBN-10: 0990651401
ISBN-13: 978-0990651406
186 pages
Paperback $16
Kindle $9

No 8

"Redemption"

by Ian Prattis

"Redemption" by Ian Prattis
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, nearly 15 million adults suffer from some form of depression. Professor, author, and distinguished scholar, Ian Prattis believes that the power of inner strength can help these wounded souls overcome their worldly crutches.

"The greatest gift one can be given is that of finding one's true nature," Prattis said. "The human spirit is resilient and can triumph over tragedy and psychological dependence."

Prattis' new novel, "Redemption" is an allegory for depression and life difficulties that he himself once experienced. The novel, which is set off the northwest coast of Scotland, illuminates startling cycles of maturing and downfall experienced by the book's main character -- Callum Mor -- a gifted child, master mariner, derelict drunk, who finally gains wisdom from a hard life's journey.

Callum Mor's character is epic and takes the reader on a deep Hero's Journey. His failings and misery are ultimately conquered when he saves the life of a young girl and comprehends the fragility and beauty of human existence.

Redemption is a companion to "Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man's Journey with His Muse", which was also published in 2014. Both books can be viewed at www.ianprattis.com

Ian Prattis is a poet, Professor Emeritus, founder of Friends for Peace and a spiritual warrior for planetary care and social justice. Ian now lives with his wife Carolyn in the west end of Ottawa where the Pine Gate Meditation Hall is located in the lower level of their home. Since retiring from Carleton University in 2007, he has authored four books on dharma, two on the environment, a legend/autobiographical combo and this novel. He enjoys the freedom to create at his own pace and has yet to discern the ordinary meaning of retirement.

Published by Xlibris
Published 5/23/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49901-234-7
Also Available on Author's Website
138 Pages
$16

No. 9

"When Nobody's Home"

by Michael S. Oden

"When Nobody's Home" by Michael S. Oden
Michael S. Oden provides expert insight into the truth behind drug abuse and addiction Substance abuse and addiction is a nationwide epidemic. Countless numbers of drug and substance abuse campaigns have swept the nation, with little effect. Michael S. Oden MA, DPO II provides his expert insight on the truth behind drug abuse, addiction and human behavior in his new book.

"When Nobody's Home" is the newest work by Oden. Throughout his career, spanning over 15 years, Oden has supervised and interviewed thousands of clients within the criminal justice system. Championing the idea that gaining emotional freedom from addiction is possible, "When Nobody's Home" is the culmination of Oden's vast experience.

"I was determined to go behind the scenes with my clients and come to understand what specific social/emotional need(s) were being met by consuming drugs day after day and year after year. Otherwise, why would a person choose this type of behavior?" Oden said.

Delving into the deep-rooted issues of childhood trauma, the absent and/or neglectful father and the direct correlation between the dysfunctional family dynamic and long-term drug dependency, Oden's book is an eye opening, enthralling read that shines a light on a serious national crisis, and allows individuals to walk away feeling enlightened on why people behave the way they do.

Oden's goal through his work is to enlighten as many individuals who suffer from addiction as he possibly can. For more information, visit www.michaeloden.com or go to michaeloden.com/when-nobodys-home

Michael S. Oden MA, DPO II is a Deputy Probation Officer in the State of California with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. For 15 years Oden has worked with thousands of clients within the criminal justice system. Michael believes in helping individuals who have had issues with substance dependency for most of their lives to regain Emotional Wellness. He is a counselor in private practice, a consultant and workshop facilitator, and trainer for organizations. He developed "The Needs Based Method" and is the founder of "The Final Step." Michael believes that once a person has gained Emotional Wellness they will be able to move on and make healthier decisions throughout their lives.

"When Nobody's Home"
by Michael S. Oden
AuthorHouse
Published June 23, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781496919663
164 pages
Paperback $13
E-book $3.50

No. 10

"Charlie Girl: A Story of Love and Instinct"

by Elizabeth Frogel

"Charlie Girl - A Story of Love and Instinct" By Elizabeth Frogel
Elizabeth Frogel created Charlie Girl based on her own experience as a new mother in NYC. The stories are told through the eyes of her lovable poodle. Elizabeth's first Charlie Girl hardcover book "Tails of a Very Original Poodle: Her Very Happy Life in the Town She Calls Home, New York City" received rave reviews and was handpicked by Bergdorf Goodman's to be THE BG children's book. Charlie Girl's second book, "Tails of a Very Original Poodle: A Story of Love and Instinct," brings Charlie and her friends together again. Bound by a warm and loving theme of connection and family, this book, the second in the series, has an added a socially responsible component. Charlie Girl donates one dollar from the sale of each book to the ASCPA!

Elizabeth Frogel created Charlie Girl based on her own experience as a new mother in NYC. The stories are told through the eyes of her lovable poodle. Elizabeth's first Charlie Girl hardcover book "Tails of a Very Original Poodle: Her Very Happy Life in the Town She Calls Home, New York City" received rave reviews and was handpicked by Bergdorf Goodman's to be THE BG children's book. Charlie Girl's second book, "Tails of a Very Original Poodle: A Story of Love and Instinct," brings Charlie and her friends together again. Bound by a warm and loving theme of connection and family, this book, the second in the series, has an added a socially responsible component

Charlie Girl may be a standard poodle but there is nothing standard about this charming, inquisitive and joyful dog whose lovable tales about life in the Big Apple are proving immensely popular with children and adults. Charlie's back with a new adventure -- this time preparing for the arrival of a new sibling -- takes us on a personal journey as Charlie, despite promises that "everything will come up roses," is initially hesitant about this new arrival. But it does not take long before Charlie's protective and loving instincts kick in and a beautiful friendship is formed.

Elizabeth Frogel, creator of the Charlie Girl series (www.charliegirlnyc.com), genuinely reveals the range of emotions felt when a new addition arrives in the household as she spins a tale told through Charlie's eyes that resonates with families everywhere who can't help but smile as they watch Charlie and her new sibling's relationship grow, not only in the lavishly illustrated oversized hardcover editions, but also in the state of the art eBooks which come alive with magical animation. Each Charlie Girl book purchased (suggested retail is $24.95) gives back through a partnership with the ASPCA with $1.00 from every book in the series donated to help animals in need.

As a former interior designer and the founder of CenturyMom, a successful New York City-based fashion consignment business, fashion and the modern interiors of the 1960s (a style she grew up with) are close to Frogel's heart. Although the books are conceived for children of the digital age, the imagery is at once romantic and contemporary, referencing the past but with a very "today" sensibility that appeals to multiple generations. Authentically sharing the beauty of real life moments experienced through Charlie's eyes, exquisite ink and watercolor illustrations stylishly tell the story of how a warm and loving bond evolves between this far from standard poodle and her new baby "sister." Wearing playfully chic designs inspired by ChloE, the fashion house known for its approachable looks, Frogel as Charlie's "mom" is drawn with fresh allure on every page of Charlie Girl - "Tails" of a Very Original Poodle - A Story of Love and Instinct. New York City's Bergdorf Goodman will have a special limited edition of this newest addition to the Charlie Girl series printed for - and available exclusively at -- this famed luxury retail destination.

No. 11

"Send Me Some Love in the Mailbox"

by Cherie Turlington

"Send Me Some Love in the Mailbox" by Cherie Turlington
BALTIMORE -- Modern technology has changed, and will continue to change, the way in which we interact with one another.

As actual, handwritten poetry becomes a rare and exquisite treasure in our fast-paced, technology driven world, it is author Cherie Turlington's hope that others will find the joy of putting pen to paper and sharing their thoughts, loves and memorable moments of life.

Inspired by Juliette Gordon Low, Turlington's new book, "Send Me Some Love in the Mailbox," is a compilation of short, poetic pieces reflecting the enjoyment that only an actual, handwritten love letter can deliver.

"This mode of communication is becoming increasingly rare, and we are losing a very personalized way of building deep relationships with our loved ones through the written word," Turlington said.

"Send Me Some Love in the Mailbox" is a filled with expressive insight into poetry as an important mode of communication that helps build deep relationships with loved ones through written world.

Cherie Turlington is a singer/songwriter of 1930s-1950s music and has a BS in marketing from Towson University. She's a romantic at heart that likes to encourage love and romance in relationships through her writing and music. Turlington currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her daughter. Author Website

"Send Me Some Love in the Mailbox"
By: Cherie Turlington
Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1-4525-9529-0
Softcover retail price: $15.99
E-book retail price: $3.99

No. 12

"Jumping into the Parade"

by Tim Brown

"Jumping into the Parade" by Tim Brown
What happens when you realize that having your life, and happiness, defined through your business successes and personal wealth is leaving you feeling completely empty inside? This question is the basis for businessman and community leader Tim Brown's new book, Jumping into the Parade, a powerful, honest assessment about the illusions of success, written through the lens of someone who went to "the edge" - literally and figuratively - and journeyed back to find answers on how to live a more authentic life that was aligned with his own values, rather than those others believed he should hold. On the outside, it looked like Brown was living the epitome of the charmed ideal life. As a child, he had grown up surrounded by addiction and instability and had started working by age 14 to help his family make ends meet. After early financial success in his 20's , he married into an extremely prominent and well- recognized Colorado family, built several thriving businesses and had quickly risen to a position of status and wealth in the Denver business community. But on the inside, it was another story altogether. The ghosts of his past haunted him, relentlessly hounding him about his value as a father, friend, and business leader. His life was deceptive and spinning out of control, and it led to the darkest night of his life, an attempted suicide.

From that darkness, Brown found the strength to reshape his entire life. His faith, and his commitment to his young son, gave him the courage to "jump into the parade," a phrase his former father-in-law coined to mean truly living, taking chances and being who you really want to be--not who others expect you to be. With a renewed commitment to discovering, owning, and living his values, Brown began the process of deconstructing and then reconstructing his life. "Jumping into the Parade" proves you don't have to remain a prisoner of your past or a victim of your present," adds Brown. "Use my mistakes. Embrace my lessons. Challenge my thinking. Ultimately this story is about all of us. Go follow it and jump in your own parade."

Tim Brown is a serial entrepreneur, devoted father and community leader. His business successes have spanned several industries, including everything from radio broadcasting, printing, high technology to oil and gas commodities. A long-time Colorado resident, he has served on various non-profit boards and two family foundations, including: The Colorado Meth Project, Man Therapy, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Colorado Uplift and Lead Like Jesus. Brown's most recent endeavor is founding Three Creative -- a leadership organization that aims to provide the motivation for each of us to focus on faith, family and friends at our core by delivering a simple message: for true success, you must live and lead from the inside out.

 

No. 13

"Geniuses"

by Neil Flanzraich

"Geniuses" by Neil Flanzraich
MIAMI -- With the popularity of movies like "The Wolf of Wall Street" and shows like "Madmen" the world has begun to think all people in big business are cutthroat and playing dirty to win. Author and business executive Neil Flanzraich stands to disagree.

"I have always been honest and open in all of my business endeavors," Flanzraich said. "Keeping myself accountable to a high ethical standard has helped me achieve success."

Flanzraich has turned his ethics and family values into a new action-adventure novel, "Geniuses," in the hopes of providing a passive and subtle way for young readers to pick up these traits. Not only does he exude these positive messages, Flanzraich has emphasized the power of the mind as the greatest aspect of his main characters.

Between his position as chairman and CEO of a biotech company, being a member of the boards of two New York Stock Exchange listed companies and continuing to act as an educator in the role of expert in-residence at his alma mater, Flanzraich has many skills to pass on to the next generation.

"Aesop had it right," Flanzraich said. "If you want kids of any age to learn a lesson, the best way to accomplish this is through a story."

Neil Flanzraich has a bachelor's and law degree from Harvard University. He still returns to the school regularly to help guide students in business and law toward their entrepreneurial goals. He works in biotech and science fields and incorporates these interests in his writing. Flanzraich currently resides with his wife in Florida.

"Geniuses"
by Neil Flanzraich
Publisher AuthorHouse
Published 2/24/2014
ISBN-13: 9781491849545
ISBN-13: 9781491849521
420 pages
Paperback $22
Nook Book $7

No. 14

"The Code of Seven"

By Sherina HM

"The Code of Seven" By Sherina HM
NEW YORK CITY -- In the new fantasy fiction series "The Code of Seven," author Sherina HM focuses on the power each individual brings when forming a team.

This new book focuses on the seven individuals in the code of seven, as they explore their interconnected lives, creating a portal between galaxies. Their tremendous forces influence natural events on different planets.

"This first novel in a series of five focuses on two characters, Evan and Nathaniel, members of the code of seven, and their journey to meet the other members," HM said.

HM created the guardian characters as entity paradigms for our inner voice, which she finds as the most prevalent experience thus far in her life. These characters use scrolls to help guide their influence to the humans on earth.

"When a bad event occurs, there is usually a reason it happens, with some good outcome at the end," HM said. "We must learn to trust our inner voice because it will lead us to our final destiny."

"The Code of Seven" appeals to readers with open imaginations, seeking an adventurous thrill ride, encouraging them to think curiously about the possibilities of other worlds and the idea of having a portal that connects them all.

Proceeds from the HM's new book will be donated to a children's literacy fund for kids in emerging markets.

Sherina HM currently lives in Dubai with her husband and two children. HM graduated with a bachelor's degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Toronto, Canada, and with a master's degree in finance from the University of Lincolnshire, London.

"The Code of Seven"
By Sherina HM
ISBN: 9781483410319
Softcover, retail price: $16.99
Hardcover, retail price: $32.75
E-book price: $8.99

No. 15

"The English and Sex or the Shadow of Hypocrisy"

by Richard Goodall

"The English and Sex or the Shadow of Hypocrisy" by Richard Goodall
United Kingdom -- The English have a global reputation for being pragmatic about most things, including what takes place under the sheets. However, an insightful and game-changing new book from Richard Goodall makes it clear that the English may actually be more confused about the relationship between love and lust. Everything is exposed in 'The English and Sex or the Shadow of Hypocrisy', which studies sexual trends from the 17th Century to the present day. When it comes to our sexual instincts, much more than in any other field of human activity, the importance of our psychological heritage is paramount. This book suggests that there is both confusion and constraint, aggravated by grey skies and a rapidly developing multiracial society - compounded by an uneven historical, cultural, religious and educational background.

Richard Goodall reviews English sexual trends from the 17th Century to the first decade of the third millennium, citing the most recent statistical data. The reader will be surprised by some of his conclusions. "This book wasn't written to titillate, but to instead embark and make conclusions on a very specific social study that hasn't been explored," explains Goodall, a retired solicitor and prolific author. "Readers will discover that the English are mostly confused by their responses to sex, finding it especially difficult to distinguish between the sacred and the profane. But we're not alone: I'm confident these trends repeat themselves in most Western nations." 'The English and Sex or the Shadow of Hypocrisy' is available now: http://amzn.to/1w78s28 (Pounds Sterling)

Richard Goodall is a retired solicitor who lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his first (and only) wife. He has three children and six grandchildren, which might just be enough. He has previously published in 'The Comfort of Sin: Prostitutes and Prostitution and 'The Virgin Phoenix: Virginity: from Mythology to the Present' in which he suggests that the present-day approach to an early, if not casual, surrender by woman of her virginity is open to abuse and that modern woman -- and indeed society -- might profit by a more restrained approach to underage sex. Amongst the matters considered by the author are religious attitudes to virginity and the increasingly popular debate concerning infibulations and excisions of the clitoris. The ravages of feminist fire have burnt out the virginity of British young girls. It is time for it to be reborn, phoenix-like.

"The English and Sex or the Shadow of Hypocrisy"
by Richard Goodall
CreateSpace Publishing
Published 5/23/2013
ISBN-13: 9781484933596
268 Pages
Paperback $14


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