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What's in the Book Basket This Week? From History to Children's Reading to the Undead
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:45:40 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
(Nov 2 - Nov 8)

  1. Woman Up!: 12 Reasons You Don't Need "Thanks" Every Day by Aimee Cohen author of "Woman Up!"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Nov 2 - Nov 8)

Milt Gross Book Review: "Home" by Beth Powning
Nov 2, 2014

It turned out to be, just the kind of writing that catches me up and moves me along with Beth and her husband, Peter, to their "neck of the woods," to misquote Louise Dickinson Rich, who began her writing career in the woods of western Maine. Powning and her husband moved from a rural area of Connecticut to the fields and woods of New Brunswick, not far from the Bay of Fundy.

Estelle Parke Book Review: "The Secret Hidden in Plain Sight" by Hoppy Bishop
Nov 2, 2014

Hoppy Bishop has in this book, lined up many historical occurrences and their dates, with Hebrew Feast days or Holy days and has provided theologically sound reasons to explain why such events happened just when they did. I found this book to be an interesting and informative read and would recommend it highly to both Bible teachers and lay people, all of whom should find it to be quite captivating and most relevant to the times in which we live.

William Fankboner Book Review: "Reading Like a Writer" by Francine Prose
Nov 5, 2014

I waited weeks for "Reading Like a Writer," and as much as I'd like to report that it was worth the wait, I cannot. After a slogging through three chapters, my heart sank. Despite her love of good writing, Francine Prose's approach to the subject is plodding, humdrum and idiosyncratic. She begins with individual words, then methodically proceeds to sentences and paragraphs in the fashion of a writer of college textbooks. Francine Prose is that curious phenomenon, an accomplished writer of fiction who cannot write interesting nonfiction prose for sour apples.

M. W. Johnson Book Review: "Reliant" by Kellyann Bowman
Nov 6, 2014

Basically the book provides practical advice for real situations and refers the reader back to the author and finisher of Life itself. Her straightforward narrative style recognizes the realities of life and human emotions and while offering good advice, does not attempt to gloss over the difficulties of the process of "overcoming" that each Christian must endure. After many years of sadness, suffering and alcoholism; years of turning away from God because of her pain and anguish, the author finally turned toward God and commenced a new life.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Wishes and Dreams"

by I.H. McDonald Jr.

"Wishes and Dreams" by I.H. McDonald Jr.
AUGUSTA, Maine -- What would you wish if you thought that the stars might listen?

Louise Dorr would wish to share the creativity and love of her father, I.H. McDonald Jr, with other parents and their children. Dorr's father passed away in 1978, but something new was brought to life: his old poem, "Wishes and dreams."

"When you look up at the sky, those stars really do mean something to everyone. Dreams really do come true," Dorr said.

Dorr's desire to serve stems from her personal and intimate connections to the military. Her devotion and volunteerism to veterans has been recognized by organizations such as the Augusta Elks Lodge, Association of the United States Army and the Department of the Army.

"In loving memory of my Father and Son, both war veterans and the angels in my life," Dorr said. All profits from the book will be donated to charities that were near to the hearts of both the author's son and father.

Louise Dorr is a newly retired manager of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services. She is the recipient of multiple Excellence awards due to her service and volunteerism to veterans. Currently she resides with her husband in Portland where she enjoys sewing and crafts of all kinds.

"Wishes and Dreams
by I.H. McDonald Jr.
Retail price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4525-2046-9
Published: Aug. 2014. Balboa Press

No. 2

"The Pursuer"

By James Clayton Welch

"The Pursuer" By James Clayton Welch
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Over the years, religion has been one of many basis for civil unrest and warfare due to differing beliefs. Even today, outbursts of violence in the name of religion are not uncommon.

In James Welch's new thrilling fiction novel, "The Pursuer," he brings to life the struggles of conflicting beliefs through a holy war between Islam and Christianity. In the midst of war, protagonist Michael Kintner must fight for his faith while being wrongfully accused of terrorism.

Welch's depiction of Islam and Christianity clashing, which has been occurring for centuries, disregards political myths to unveil truths behind modern conflicts of religion and probable conflicts that could arise.

"I don't think anyone can know what lengths one should go to in order to preserve their culture or religion," Welch said.

As a military pilot with several distinguished awards, Welch has an understanding of war that provides a sense of realism to his novel. He confronts the war on terrorism head on with his story of Michael Kintner.

Michael Kintner is on the run. As the sole survivor of the bombing of the Sistine Chapel where the pope and hundreds of others were killed during a disastrous war between Islam and Christianity, Kintner is already plagued with radiation sickness. Now he is being sought for the destruction of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the murder of tens of thousands of civilians. While Kintner stealthily moves across the desert, he knows that if he does not continue to outsmart his enemies, he will surely die. (Read More)

James Welch served as a U.S. Air Force pilot for several years including three tours in Viet Nam. His diverse background also includes working as an intelligence operative, a NASA scientist and a writer. Welch holds a master's degree in Astronautics and a doctorate in Astrophysics. This is his second novel after "The Wayfarer," published in 2007. He has written several technical books. Currently, Welch resides in Divide, Colorado.

"The Pursuer"
By James Clayton Welch
Published 7/11/2014
ISBN-13: 9781491738085
278 pages
Paperback $20
E-book $4

No. 3

"Renegades among the Tumbleweeds"

By Hewitt Freiburg

"Renegades among the Tumbleweeds" By Hewitt Freiburg
CHICAGO -- From the bottom of Pandora's treasure, history is ripe with the unforeseen. What if there was an undiscovered artifact that could change things forever?

Having studied archaeology of the Middle East, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the U.S., Hewitt Freiburg provides an intriguing landscape of both fact and fiction in "Renegades among the Tumbleweeds." Grappling with their own beliefs, Jon and his friends discover a box on an archaeology site in Maine containing artifacts that could change the face of history.

Freiburg's experiences and studies compelled her to share them with others. The novel details early Christianity in the times of Constantine and the later Crusades, drawing on the controversial ways in which it was practiced.

"Although Renegades among the Tumbleweeds is a novel, I believe it incorporates cutting edge historical research from around the world," Freiburg said.

"The historical context in the novel spans many countries and centuries; it can be tied to much of the research my husband, Borys, and I have done over the years, with each example having a special place in history." For more information, visit

The archaeologist couldn't be happier. He finally has permission to return to his old site; he can complete his research before he retires. But then he finds a box with a date that is 300 years too old for where he is digging. Worse yet, the box contains documents that one would only expect to have come from Constantine's Library. If they are authentic, it could mean that 2000 years of history need to be rewritten. He solicits the aid of two friends, who discover that a strange map from a London gallery and murders in Boston, London, Paris and New York are tied to this box. (at Amazon)

Hewitt Freiburg is a retired corporate finance attorney, now volunteering part time as CFO of a startup. She is an active member of the boards of archeological institutions, including one doing excavations in Middle Egypt. Freiburg and her husband regularly visit Egypt and have traveled to over 100 countries.

"Renegades among the Tumbleweeds"
By Hewitt Freiburg
Published Aug 6, 2014
ISBN-10: 1496928741
ISBN-13: 978-1496928740
516 pages
Hardcopy $24
Softcover $18
E-book $4

No. 4

"Pro-Action in Defence of the Jewish State"

by G. M. Ben-Nathan

Pro-Action in Defence of the Jewish State by G. M. Ben-Nathan
Pro-Action in Defence of the Jewish State presents right-argument and techniques to neutralise malicious allegations. Useful to Jewish and non-Jewish supporters alike. For use in private conversation, dinner parties or on social or public media. The book distinguishes between surface allegations and sub-surface factors which motivate them. Exponents of pro-action can now differentiate which are which.

The book is the result of considerable research. This research has revitalised scholarship by Ben Gurion and Ben Zvi and other early Zionists. They proved the fellahin ('Palestinians') are part of the People of Israel: The fellahin were once Jews who were forcibly Islamised. The author endorses this view as does today's Engagement Movement in Israel under whose auspices the book is published. Although much has been written on the Middle East, this short book has much to say that is new, momentous and game-changing.

Part 1 begins with conversational 'says' and 'don't says'. Sub-surface motivations: 'Diversion Strategy', The Jewish state as a 'soft-touch' target; How to respond to Christian and Muslim 'Replacement Theology'; Response to attacks from Extreme Left and Extreme Right.

Part 11 tackles Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); what to say to Jews who campaign against the Jewish state ('self-hating' Jews); The importance of the Hebrew language as a key pro-active tool; The inextricable link between Jewish Nationalism (Zionism) and Judaism the Religion.

In Part 111, Pro-action changes mode: from defence to advocacy. Palestinians are a component part of the People of Israel. They thus have a new option -- to re-join the People of Israel or to continue to try to destroy them. Israeli Christian Palestinians in Nazareth have opted to re-join. Part 111 concludes with the New Mardin Declaration of June 2010: Muslims have no overriding imperative to reclaim land taken over by non-Muslim rulers -- as long as these rulers are compassionate to Muslims. Kindle Edition at Amazon. For hardcopy editions go to

A friend of the author passed a draft of the manuscript to Prof Joseph Ben-Dak. He read it with such enthusiasm that he asked to submit a foreword. The author is greatly flattered. Prof Ben-Dak was UNDP Principal Advisor (1991-1997) to the UN Secretary General. No-one in Israel before or since has reached this rank. Prof. Ben-Dak is currently, among many other positions, Chairman of the Knowledge Planning Corporation (KPC). The KPC is a multi-national think tank offering advanced strategic thinking to Governments etc.

G M Ben-Nathan was born London 1944. He has made appearances on UK-based Muslim media defending the Jewish state. The ideas in this book derive from research-for and experience-from these programmes. For more information on The Engagement Movement, visit:

No. 5

"Are We There Yet?: The Ultimate Challenge"

By Martin Davis

"Are We There Yet?: The Ultimate Challenge" By Martin Davis
CHICAGO -- Martin Davis wants to help black Americans harness and practice P.I.E.: political power, intellectual power, and economic power.

Davis is an expert on the challenges facing black communities and has been featured on numerous top-tier media programs, including CBS Radio, NPR, America's Morning News, and SIRIUS XM. His passion and knowledge make him a memorable speaker. His new book, "Are We There Yet?: The Ultimate Challenge", addresses issues of pressing importance to black communities and Americans everywhere.

Topics that Davis explores include voter registration, negativity in hip-hop and R&B music, revamping inner city schooling, urban policing and gun control, group economics, and the power of a few controversial words. He provides a detailed blue print for people of color to follow in America.

"My book provides challenges for blacks to improve their knowledge of our history, to learn how to uplift one another instead of degrading, to combat black on black violence, and how to improve the educational system in our communities," Davis said.

Davis decided to write "Are We There Yet?: The Ultimate Challenge" after seeing senseless black-on-black violence on inner city streets every single week in Chicago. He does not simply complain about the plight of the black man and woman in America; he gives concrete, detailed guidelines of how to uplift the status of blacks everywhere. For more information, visit

Martin Davis is a political activist, community organizer, motivational speaker, security expert and election judge in Will County, Illinois. When not acting as a student mentor and career advisor for inner city schools, he focuses his efforts on his role as CEO and founder of Be Briliant -- Inner City School Educational Initiative. He is married with four sons.

"Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Challenge"
By Martin L. Davis
Archway Publishing
Published 7/30/2014
ISBN: 978-1-48080-922-2
152 pages
Hardcover $31 E-book $6

No. 6

"The Grey Beginning"

By L. J. Boles

"The Grey Beginning" By L. J. Boles
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Keep your eyes and ears open; being unprepared is the fastest route to failure. Grey learns this quickly in author L. J. Boles' new fantasy novel, "The Grey Beginning". It is a necessary lesson when thrust into the wilds of an Earth cleansed of most life. Forced to devise shelter and self- defense, she quickly learns with her friends that adaptability is essential.

After the Earth's mass extinction, some children were born with phenomenal gifts. Grey quickly discovers her own potential in her quest to survive.

"One of the main messages of my book is that you are never alone on your walk of life," said Boles. "However, it is up to you to search for help and understand your own ability to impact others."

As a story of roughing it in a harsh wilderness, "The Grey Beginning" is an exciting fantasy twist on the popular post-apocalyptic thriller novel.

As a child, Grey learned the ways of healing and the mysteries of spirits. She also learned how to make and keep good friends. As she nears adulthood, she believes the world has nothing more to teach her. When she comes of age, she and all the other children of her family are sent on a journey, but Grey quickly learns there is more to life than she thought she knew. (Read More)

L. J. Boles is a widow and mother of three with published poetry and art. She considers herself a lifelong student, and hopes to share her love of writing with the world through her Grey series of books.

"The Grey Beginning"
By L. J. Boles
Archway Publishing
Published 8/28/2014
ISBN: 978-1-48080-974-1
158 pages
Hardcover $31
Softcover $13
E-book $4

No. 7

"The NFL Team Activity Book Series"

by Darla Hall

"The NFL Team Activity Book Series" by Darla Hall
Author Darla Hall needed a gift for a friend's young son during an extended stay in the hospital. But Hall could not find the right gift for this young Crimson Tide fan, so she sat down and created her own. She came up with an Alabama Roll Tide activity book to keep him entertained during his stay. That initial book grew to what is now the NFL Team Activity Book Series and College Team Activity Book Series, 52 licensed activity books featuring all 32 NFL teams and 20 college teams aimed at entertaining the youngest football fans with exciting and entertaining activities based on their favorite team.

"I sketched out the first book entirely by hand," says Hall. "When I presented it to my friend's hospitalized son, he absolutely loved it -- and I knew other children would too! I started out on a mission to create one book to put a smile on one child's face. Now that mission has grown from one book to over 50 books for young football fans across the country​​," says Hall.

As Hall's series has grown, so too has her commitment to helping hospitalized children. To date, Hall has donated hundreds of NFL and College Team Activity Books to children battling illness and to local children's hospitals. That commitment will grow as Hall continues to use a portion of the proceeds to donate additional copies to children's hospitals.

The NFL Team Activity Book series is full of games, stickers, puzzles, drawing, mazes, writing prompts, crosswords, dream team player cards, team information and cards. TheCollege Team Activity Book series is additionally accompanied by a free app from iTunes.

Darla Hall is an author, mother, entrepreneur and owner of In the Sports Zone, LLC. She grew up loving professional football and playing sports. She was nicknamed, "Mighty Mo" in her elementary years because she was the smallest on the team and when they would move into the infield, she would hit it over their heads for a homerun! A native of Indiana, Hall is a graduate of Ball State University. Hall has donated over 500 books to children in local hospitals. She visits children and finds ways to help their families during their struggles. Her mission is to use the books and apps that she has created to make kids who are struggling with an illness smile. Hall resides in Vestavia, AL with her husband and four children.

No. 8

"Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II"

By Ivan Houston

"Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II" By Ivan Houston
LOS ANGELES -- During World War II one division of the military was forced to fight not only the Nazi regime, but also prejudice within the American military and at home. Combat team 370 was part of the 92nd infantry division; the only all-negro division tasked with missions their superior officers thought they couldn't handle.

Ivan J. Houston was a member of this division, now sharing the struggles and triumphs of this powerful unit in "Black Soldiers: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II."

"Buffalo soldiers was the name given to the Negro cavalry of the U.S. army by Native Americans in the 1800s," Houston said. "These units were originally seen as inferior, but made an undeniable impact on American history. That's exactly what happened with us while we were in Italy between 1944 and 1945."

Houston, who received a bronze star and purple heart, helped record events in the official battalion journal throughout his time in the military as he and his companions battled to help liberate Italy. Much of the army high command did not have faith in these units, but Houston's regiment managed to single-handedly liberate the town of Lucca in Italy.

The people of Lucca are so appreciative of the Black Warriors who saved them that today they host celebrations in their honor, including reenactments. The cities gratitude and continued interaction with these veterans even inspired a documentary from the Pacific Films Foundation.

"My family and I regularly visit Lucca," Houston said. "The love they share with us is so powerful that I feel at home when I am there."

"Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II" provides first-hand accounts including maps, photos and more to share the story of one underestimated military unit, held down by prejudice, rising to the occasion and helping make a massive contribution to the liberation of Italy.

Ivan Houston is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and the retired CEO of one of America's largest black businesses. He led a very successful business career after his time in the military and still returns to Italy regularly to celebrate the triumphs of his fellow black soldiers.

"Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II"
By: Ivan Houston
iUniverse Publishing
Published 3/10/2011
SC-ISBN: 978-1-9362-3640-4
244 pages
Softcover $14.95
E-book $10

No. 9

The Blueberry Patch

by Laura Lee Royale

"The Blueberry Patch" by Laura Lee Royale
It's Time to End the Silence. The tragic death of Robin Williams left millions stunned, but for those families with loved ones struggling with mental illness, the demons he faced are all too familiar. In a world where 20-50% of those struggling with bipolar disorder attempting to commit suicide, ( we need to better understand mental illness and its impact on both the sufferer and their family.

In the new book, The Blueberry Patch by Laura Lee Royale, a mother and daughter each face mental illness in very different ways. Both diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Janet Robins follows all the rules and does just what the doctor orders, yet still finds difficulty in dealing with her disease. Her mother, Helen Kendricks, tries to battle her illness without medication. Her depression and mania are so extreme, her family fears for her safety.

"Mentally ill people need encouragement, education, medication when indicated and follow-up care," says Royale. "I hope my book can help start the conversation all families need to have."

Through the pages of The Blueberry Patch, Royale depicts what it's like to have bipolar disease in today's society, its effects on the entire family, and provides hope that it's possible to live a healthy, normal life for those diagnosed with the disease.

Timely, informative and heartwarming, The Blueberry Patch: Provides a realistic understanding of bipolar disorder and how people react to their diagnoses; Gives bipolar patients hope for a healthy and "normal" life; Discloses some of the common stigmas mentally ill patients face in their daily lives; Touches on the sobering topic of suicide too prevalent with mental illness and Underscores the importance of family education and support for members diagnosed with mental illness

Laura Lee Royale, a pseudonym, has spent much of her life writing. She was selected to Girl's State, Journalism City in high school, worked as a radio News Director and deejay in college, was a freelance writer for several publications and has started a community newspaper in Sheridan, Colorado. The Blueberry Patch is her first novel and she is currently working on the sequel.

"The Blueberry Patch"
by Laura Lee Royale
Strategic Book Group, LLC
Published 11/24/2013
ISBN-13: 9781628571394
238 pages
Paperback $13

No. 10

"Ed Undead"

by Edward Kent

"Ed Undead" by Edward Kent
Zombies are everywhere. Well, not literally, but zombies have certainly taken popular culture by storm over the past few years. From the insanely successful Walking Dead series to blockbusters like World War Z, zombies have been a point of fascination for people worldwide. And with good reason: in light of medical mysteries and fear of impending pandemics, could zombies be our scariest monster yet?

In the new YA series, Ed Undead, author Edward Kent explores a new kind of zombie--one with a beating heart. After lead character Ed contracts a deadly virus, he's certain he'll turn into one of the zombies that are slowly taking over his neighborhood--albeit it very slowly. Can Ed find a cure before he turns into a full-blown zombie? In this exciting series, Kent exposes teens to a fast-paced survival experience that will have them on the edge of their seats.

In the pages of the series' first two books, Ed Undead: The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie and Ed Undead: Dead Like Me, Kent focuses on themes including: Self-preservation and survival in dark and destructive circumstances; How to prepare for a zombie apocalypse; How people react when facing intense situations--sometimes for better and sometimes for worse; Can relationships and love thrive in an extreme environment? and The age-old battles between good and evil

Edward Kent was born and raised in the small village of Wilson, New York, and attended Niagara University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in Theatre and, later, a master of arts in Education. A former school teacher, Kent created the Ed Undead series and subsequent children's educational series Zombie Ed inspired by his own love of education and creature features. He now resides in West Seneca, New York, with his wife Dannielle, and kids Cordelia, Keifer and Brody.

"Ed Undead"
by Edward Kent
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Published April 20, 2012
ISBN-10: 147008662X
ISBN-13: 978-1470086626
284 pages
Paperback $11
E-book $2

No. 11

"Velvet Learns a Lesson"

By Veonne Howell

"Velvet Learns a Lesson" By Veonne Howell
COLLINSVILLE, Miss. -- Some families carol, bake cookies, or play with the family elf at Christmastime. Veonne Howell and her family tell stories about a little dog who gets into trouble.

The Howell family's pet mini schnauzer inspired Veonne to create Velvet Learns a Lesson, a Christmas tale that delighted her daughters while stressing the importance of obedience. She wanted to take their minds off of family difficulties so they could enjoy the holiday.

"Our family was going through a difficult Christmas, so I adopted Velvet to cheer us up. She turned out to be mischievous, entertaining, and sometimes downright naughty. Her escapades inspired many bedtime stories in our house," Howell said.

Howell treasures reading with her daughters to foster the parental bond and enhance their imaginations. The quality time they spend reading is important to her, especially around the holidays.

"Christmas is a magical time for children to be happy and dream, despite their circumstances," Howell said.

Veonne Howell is a mother and teacher who has worked professionally with young people of all ages for two decades.

  • She also published an article titled: Family Therapy at Magic City on Oct 24, 2014

"Velvet Learns a Lesson"
By Veonne Howell
Life Rich Publishing
Published 7/14/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4897-0244-9
24 pages
Softcover $13
Casebound $23

No. 12

"A Choice: Book 1"

By Sharuthie Ramesh

"A Choice: Book 1" By Sharuthie Ramesh
TORONTO -- Encouraged by her teacher to publish one of her horror pieces, 13-year-old Sharuthie Ramesh wrote "A Choice: Book 1," a teen love story filled with epic adventure, to entertain other young adults.

This teen novel tells the story of 118-year-old Hybrid Kyra Rumblen Count, who lives on a planet called T-Residents, where vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks also inhabit. On Earth, Kyra would be 18 years old.

"A Choice: Book 1," follows Kyra as she experiences new adventures and people, encounters old friends and discovers that love is more deadly than she thought. Kyra is faced with countless decisions as she realizes that great power comes with great responsibility.

"'A Choice' will take you on a breathtaking ride, full of choices and surprises that will keep you awake at night, wondering what will happen next," Ramesh said.

Kyra, the main character, started as Ramesh's childhood imaginary friend. Ramesh decided to incorporate Kyra's past adventures into her novel and create a novel retold by a familiar voice.

"I wanted to write a book that shared my wild imagination," Ramesh said. "Why should I keep such an awesome story inside my head when others could laugh and cry from it too?"

Ramesh hopes readers will understand the impact of important decisions after reading about Kyra's journey in "A Choice: Book 1."

Sharuthie Ramesh is a 13-year-old author who lives in Toronto, Ontario with her parents and enjoys writing romance, fantasy and horror novels. Ramesh is an avid reader and excellent student. She is also is a junior elite karate member and a Bollywood and hip-hop dancer.

"A Choice: Book 1"
By Sharuthie Ramesh
Author Solutions
Published April 7, 2014
ISBN: 1493196340
130 pages
Softcover, retail price: $13

No. 13

"Medical Uses of Marijuana"

By Joseph W. Jacob

"Medical Uses of Marijuana" By Joseph W. Jacob
VANCOUVER -- As the medical marijuana debate rolls on, the public attitude toward legalization has begun to shift. According to the Pew Research Center, 54% of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legalized.

Author and staunch cannabis supporter, Joseph W. Jacob is among this growing majority. His book, "Medical Uses of Marijuana" seeks to provide the truth about the loss of beneficial public uses of what Jacob describes as a natural and helpful plant.

"It's not democratically fair to encourage harmful food products for people to consume, while legally prohibiting the public from consuming a healthful and nutritional product," Jacob said.

Jacob focuses on the health benefits of the cannabis plant as well as its taboo in North American culture. The book vividly describes more than 150 beneficial uses of cannabis while comparing it to harmful properties found in legal drugs such as such as alcohol and tobacco.

Joseph W. Jacob attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, double-majoring in economics and Commerce. After graduation, Jacob worked as an analyst, researcher and ergonomic specialist with the British Columbia Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services for 15 years. This is his third book.

"Medical Uses of Marijuana"
By Joseph W. Jacob
Trafford Publishing
Published 5/2/2011
ISBN: 1-4917-1844-5
228 Pages
Softcover $25
E-Book $10

No. 14

"Chubby Wubbles: A Ferret's Tale"

by M.J. Abrams

Chubby Wubbles A Ferret's Tale by M.J. Abrams
DETROIT -- For most families, dogs and cats are the normal pets, but for author M.J. Abrams and his family, a friendly ferret became an unexpected household companion.

In the new children's book "Chubby Wubbles" M.J. Abrams highlights the importance of pet relationships, responsibility and independence. Based on a story of his family's own ferret, Abrams shares photos of the real Chubby Wubbles to help illustrate the fun-loving and curious nature of ferrets.

"Beyond showcasing the playful and unique world of ferrets, I wanted to touch on important values kids can learn from pets," Abrams said. "As seen with 'Chubby Wubbles,' being curious about the world around us is great, but sometimes we all need help if we run into trouble."

Abrams, who took over caring for the ferret when his son took a new job, has been both an observer and an active participant in pet ownership. He has first-hand experience with the impacts that lifestyle changes and proper care can have on the household animals and their owners.

Abrams hopes that through "Chubby Wubbles" children and adults alike can see the joy an unexpected pet -- like a ferret -- can bring.

"Chubby Wubbles" has received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence. For more information, visit

M.J. Abrams, a father of two boys, currently lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan with his family. Now retired, Abrams enjoys home improvement projects, sports and traveling.

"Chubby Wubbles: A Ferret's Tale"
By M.J. Abrams
Trafford Publishing
Published Feb 26, 2006
ISBN-10: 1412072948
ISBN-13: 978-1412072946
Paperback $3
E-book $4

No. 15

"A Focus on the African American's History of Enslavement"

by Dr. Whitfield Scott

A Focus on the African American's History of Enslavement by Dr. Whitfield Scott
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. -- What is freedom? When is limited freedom adequate for human satisfaction? Dr. Whitfield Scott says freedom can't be rationed by those who hate the oppressed.

Scott's explains why minorities still don't have the same level of freedom in his new book, A Focus on the African American's History of Enslavement, Contribution to the Growth of the Nation, and His Struggle to be Free.

"The Constitution provides rights that are not retrievable by the common citizen who desires to control those that are less fortunate than the few," says Scott.

Dr. Scott writes that both perpetrators and victims now must enjoy the same degree of freedom. He believes the powerful in this country have attempted to slice some of the rights from the Constitution in the name of states rights.

"Since the time we elected Barak Obama as President, they have attempted to put more pressure on the system in terms of identification at the voting booths," Scott says.

Scott is proposing that in every state, the question should be asked, 'what are the voting requirements?'

"Once we receive the requirements we should mobilize our churches to assist in the follow-thru ensuring that the voting process is effectuated," Scott says.

Reverend Dr. Whitfield Scott is a native of Saxe, located in Charlotte County, Virginia. He is married to the former Inez Gayles of Chase City, Virginia; to that union were born three sons and three daughters. He is the pastor of the Piney Grove Baptist Church of Scottsburg, Virginia, and the Organ Hill Baptist Church, Drakes Branch, Virginia. Whitefield is the former pastor of First Rock Baptist Church, Prospect, Virginia, and St. Mathew Baptist Church Clover, Virginia.

"A Focus on the African American's History of Enslavement,
Contribution to the Growth of the Nation,
and His Struggle to be Free
By Rev. Dr. Whitfield Scott
100 pages
ISBN: 978-1-49072-625-0

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