From Magic City Morning Star

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Myths, Fables and History
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:10:20 AM

"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 9 - Nov 15)
Unfortunately no Author Contributions this week.

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Nov 9 - Nov 15)

Milt Gross Book Review: "Awol on the Appalachian Trail" by David Miller
Nov 9, 2014

Miller's thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail led to his writing Awol on the Appalachian Trail. He gave the book the title "Awol," because he vacated his computer-programming position in mid-life, wife and kids, to hike the Trail. He felt a bit out of place, because most thru-hikers on the AT are either retired with enough time and money or just starting out in life after college or high school. Initially his supervisor gave him a week's vacation to decide if he really wanted to leave his job for the Trail.

R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Spirit of Things II" by Carole Mann
Nov 9, 2014

In reading this book of experiences I found its style and content very similar to what one might read in a Christian book with a similar theme. "The Spirit of Things II" serves as a vehicle to share the author's spiritual beliefs and provides examples from real life that justify those beliefs in 'spirit guides, nature spirits, premonitions and spiritual intuition.'

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success"

by K. Palmer Hartl

"The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success" by K. Palmer Hartl
Managers are critical to the fabric of any organization. Poor managers mean low productivity, increased absenteeism, greater levels of staff turnover and lower profitability than might otherwise be the case. Created as a pragmatic guide for those seeking to lead and manage others, K. Palmer Hartl, MDiv combines proven management practices with with solid Biblical teachings in his new book, The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success. For both the experienced and first time manager, Rev. Hartl begins each chapter with an appropriate teaching from the Bible and demonstrates how to apply the wisdom and values it contains with proven management tools to deal with real situations and real management challenges. "Just as the Ten Commandments have been a set of guiding principles and behavioral prescriptions for Christians and Jews for centuries, The Ten Commandments of Management are meant to play a similar role for organizational managers," says Rev. Hartl. "Christians are called to respect and care for all people; and so are managers. This is the underlying philosophy in my book." In each commandment, Rev. Hartl provides a clear roadmap and simple principles that every manager should adopt including, but not limited to, setting a clear direction, treating individuals as Adults, managing to outputs not inputs, and how to create a motivating environment. With his refreshing uniquely alternative mindset to management, Rev. Hartl helps readers understand and apply the nexus between treating people well and effective business outcomes. A must read for managers and leaders, The Ten Commandments of Management will teach individuals how to get the best performance out of their employees.

K. Palmer Hartl, MDiv graduated from Grinnell College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1968, where he received an MDiv, with a concentration in counseling and group dynamics. While in his first parish, Rev. Hartl began additional training in group work, team interaction, and Transactional Analysis. This eventually led to a career as a pastoral psychotherapist and leadership and management consultant to for profit and not for profit organizations. In 1980, Rev. Hartl began working for Ernst and Young (formerly known as Arthur Young) as a member of their management and leadership training function. This career later led him to Philadelphia, Pa. where he worked as Senior Vice President of Training and Development for a bank holding company. In 1991, Rev. Hartl left the bank and began working as an independent consultant to many businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition to consulting work, Rev. Hartl is a Parish Associate at Christ Church Philadelphia where he teaches, counsels, and preaches.

"The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success"
by K. Palmer Hartl
Koehler Books
Published 10/1/2014
ISBN-13: 9781940192307
168 pages
Paperback $12.50
E-book $8

No. 2

"Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths"

By Jack Kelly

"Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths" By Jack Kelly
BOCA RATON, Fl. -- According to the HBO documentary, "Rehab", of the two million Americans who seek treatment for addictions to alcohol or drugs each year, 93-percent of them relapse after leaving treatment. Most relapse in the first six months, but some relapse the day they go home. Why? Jack Kelly knows. The addict turned drug counselor explains why in his new book, Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths.

"If you were diagnosed with cancer and your doctor told you were powerless over this disease, what assumption would you make?" said Kelly. "Would you even bother seeking treatment if you believed you were powerless and that you could never recover?" Radical Recovery inspires and motivates people to reach deep inside themselves and awaken the extraordinary powers that nature has bestowed on them as it guides them through a process that transforms cravings for alcohol or drugs into cravings for courage, freedom, honesty, integrity, humility and peace.

Kelly says the current message proclaimed at a Twelve Step meeting is that no one recovers from this disease. The great majority of alcoholics and drug addicts are like caterpillars that refuse to believe that they are filled with beauty and they never immerse themselves in the cocoon that can set them free. "This is the message alcoholics and drug addicts get when they come to treatment," Kelly said. "It's the message they hear in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. But it is not the message delivered by the original members of A.A."

Kelly wants people to know that: You are much more powerful than your addiction; You can recover, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially; There is only one thing you will never recover - the ability to safely use any mind-altering drug; ou can transform your cravings for pills, alcohol or drugs into a craving for honesty, integrity, humility, peace and freedom and you are not powerless over the way you think, feel or act

With more than 35 years of continuous sobriety, Kelly presents not a cure but a powerful antidote for addiction, something that counteracts or relieves a harmful or unwanted condition.

Jack Kelly is a graduate of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and is certified in addiction counseling, neurolinguistic programming, trauma therapy and hypnosis, and is a licensed HeartMath provider. Kelly's innovative and therapeutic approaches for treating addiction have been adopted by treatment centers in the United States and Great Britain.

"Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths"
By Jack Kelly
Balboa Press
Published Dec 20, 2012
ISBN-10: 145255711X
ISBN-13: 978-1452557113
Paperback: 188 pages
Hardcover $28
Paperback $13
E-book $6

No. 3

"Round by Round"

By Florine Dotson Evans

"Round by Round" By Florine Dotson Evans
LOS ANGELES -- After eight months of limited mobility due to a torn meniscus, Florine Evans spent time each day watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and feeling inspired. She turned these inspirations into short messages of encouragement for a happier, faith filled life presented in her new book "Round by Round."

"When you hear a truth spoken briefly it becomes more relevant," said Evans.

With Evans' breif words of wisdom, readers will be able to apply these mantras and lessons to their every day lives and feel encouraged to overcome the challenges and problems they encounter each day.

"A simple comment may allow us to clearly see we have the power needed in every situation," said Evans.

Evans has encountered her share of challenges throughout her life. In 1956, she made history as one of six black students to integrate Central High School in Oklahoma. With a student body of 4,000 students, she faced many barriers with determination and perseverance.

Evans unique cirumstances and simple truths have greatly impacted her life. With her book, she hopes others will interpret and percieve her message in an empowering way.

Florine Evans was a native to Oklahoma until relocating to Salem, Oregon and then Beaverton, Oregon. In 1986 she moved to Simi Valley, California, where she currently resides. After completing her business school training, she was employed by the state of Oklahoma in the medical evaluation unit. She has been married to her husband Joseph Benjamin Evans for 46 years. Together they have two daughters and four grandchildren. In 2003 she was ordained and currently acts as the associate minister at Simi Valley Second Missionary Baptist Church.

"Round by Round"
By Florine Dotson Evans
ISBN: 978-1-4908-3802-1

No. 4

"Different?...You Have Always Been Different"

by Isabella Clarence

"Different?...You Have Always Been Different" by Isabella Clarence
Isabel Clarence's 'Different?...You Have Always Been Different" guides readers through the lessons learned by the author while experiencing a profound journey to healing. The story spans three decades as Clarence grapples with Multiple Sclerosis and finally finds her own cure with the help of a very special lady. Anyone with pain, illness or mental anguish of any kind will find the book life-changing. Many would interpret a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis as something of a prison sentence. For Isabella Clarence, being finally diagnosed at the age of thirty was actually the start of what would be a powerful and exemplary journey into wellness. Now healed, Clarence is helping others do the same through her game-changing new book.

Different?...You Have Always Been Different is set between 1964 and 1992 telling the remarkable tale of triumph over an illness that the medical profession has no cure for, but Isabella found her own cure with the help of a very special lady. By facing and releasing many long buried hurts and fears that had haunted her for years, she was able to move her life forward and rebalance herself. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions, taking you on a journey through thirty years of her life, told as if you were walking each step beside her. She guides you through each of the lessons that she had to learn to become healed, allowing her to become the respected healer she is today. She also weaves with great ease into her tale some very special 'out of this world' journeys she has taken, 'spirit' encounters and 'miracles' that she been 'instrumental' in enabling. Clarence isn't exaggerating; the book has garnered rave reviews.

"I suppose you could describe my story as a melding of 'The Secret' and 'The Celestine Prophecy', but a lot more powerful because it's true," explains Clarence. "The lessons are so versatile that they can be put to use by anyone with any kind of problem. People are describing it as the best gift they have ever been given, so that's saying something!" (Available at

As a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother Isabella Clarence is grounded in the everyday issues of family life. But she will tell you that it is here, within the framework of the family, that many of our lessons are learnt. She says she never stops learning herself, when it comes to the many ups and downs we all encounter as we go through life. She has been a woman in business, she has experienced loss and divorce. She has made her own mistakes along the way and has endured the pain and confusion of suffering herself, when at a young age she was diagnosed with a serious illness. A life less ordinary because of the gift she possesses, but a difficult life nonetheless.

"Different?...You Have Always Been Different"
by Isabella Clarence
Published June 21, 2014
230 pages

No. 5

"Rebecca's Soliloquy"

By Roberta Nee Adams

"Rebecca's Soliloquy" By Roberta Nee Adams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thousands of stories of individual struggles and bravery from the Civil War are lost to time. This is one that survived, handed down from generation to generation.

Rebecca Moffat found a wounded Union officer on her family's farm and nursed him back to health. This sett into motion a series of events that would result in her making a journey of over 250 miles to bring her husband, a wounded Confederate officer, back home from a prison camp.

This true story is retold in the form of letters in author Roberta Nee Adams' new book, "Rebecca's Soliloquy". This story has been passed down five generations of her family, and is now immortalized in print.

"Rebecca's story captivated me from the time my late mother-in-law first told it to me," Adams said. "I knew from the time I first heard it that I wanted to do Rebecca's story justice."

Readers can revisit one of the most contentious periods in American history through "Rebecca's Soliloquy" and marvel at the courage of Rebecca Moffat. After 150 years, her story still inspires.

Roberta Nee Adams is owner and president of Trinity Clinical Research LLC. She grew up in a small town in south central Tennessee as the second oldest of 7 children. She is passionate about Civil War history and rediscovering our shared past.

"Rebecca's Soliloquy"
By Roberta Nee Adams
ISBN: 978-1-48970-230-2
LifeRich Publishing.

No. 6

"The Unity in the Universe"

By Vassil Manev

"The Unity in the Universe" By Vassil Manev
BULGARIA -- Believe it or not, modern science doesn't even fully understand how gravity works. It's time to look at mathematical discoveries from a fresh perspective.

Vassil Manev's new book "The Unity in the Universe" explores research and theory to reach unique conclusions about the laws of the universe. Manev tackles the topic of the origin and meaning of life from a mathematical perspective, making it appealing to the spiritually and scientifically minded alike.

"I have spent many years working independently on ways to explain and extrapolate from existing findings," said Manev. "Even well-known findings are sometimes misunderstood. I aim to bring controversial new knowledge to the scientific community."

With explanatory proofs and topics ranging from space travel to the existence of heaven, "The Unity in the Universe" stands as a daring foray into unexplored mathematical and scientific territory. For more information, visit

Vassil Manev has been a teacher and researcher in various roles and director of several companies. He is 66 years old and married, with a ten-year-old son. He hopes to continue sharing his scientific findings with the world in the future.

"The Unity in the Universe"
By Vassil Manev
Xlibris Books
Published 6/11/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49902-686-3
614 pages
Hardcover $35
Softcover $24
E-book $4

No. 7

"Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor"

by Alisia Proctor

"Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor" by Alisia Proctor
LOS ANGELES -- Has modern society lost the importance of recording family history?

For Alisia Proctor, author of "Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor," tells the story of her family immigrating to the United States from Mexico in hopes of pursuing their American dream. Proctor provides a unique perspective on the value of genealogy, as it highlights the impacts of change, education and persistence across generations.

"When I realized that I was the last of my siblings, I decided to start writing the story of my family history all the way back to the late 1800s," Proctor said. "By recording my family history, I hope to encourage others to do the same and appreciate the challenges of their ancestors."

Following the family through significant events in history, like the Great Depression and World War II, to starting a business and pursing a higher education, Proctor's inspirational memoir describes how multiple generations of her family overcame adversity through dedication and perseverance.

"Joyful Memories" documents one family's journey over decades and readers can learn from the struggles, strides and successes while relating them to personal experiences.

Alisia Proctor is an associate pastor at Park Vista Baptist Church in Los Angeles and volunteers as a chaplain for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She received her master's degree in Pastoral Studies at 70 years old.

"Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor"
by Alisia Proctor
Life Rich Publishing
Published 6/10/2014
ISBN: 978-1-48970-185-5
60 Pages
Softcover $9
E-book $4

No. 8

"If He Had Not Come"

By David Nicholson

"If He Had Not Come" By David Nicholson
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In his retirement from being a school teacher, David Nicholson travels all over the world as both a flight attendant and short-term missionary. Whatever comparisons might be made between the two globetrotting, gift-giving and grandfatherly figures; Nicholson's new children's book is not about Santa Claus. Although they both traverse the world attempting to spread joy, Nicholson's book--a reimagining of the classic Christmas story "If He Had Not Come" by Nan F. Weeks--looks back to the true foundation of the holiday season.

"After I heard Weeks' story for the first time, I was driving home with my young family and thought to myself, 'I am going to read this story to my family this and every Christmas to come,'" Nicholson said. "After nearly 30 years of sharing this simple thought-provoking story with my family, I felt a compelling urge to resurrect and reintroduce it for a new generation of children and their families."

The story focuses on Bobby, a boy who goes to bed on Christmas Eve and like a typical person his age, he is very excited to open his presents in the morning. After falling asleep, Bobby enters a world in which Jesus had never existed. In this strange new world, not only are Bobby's presents gone, but so too are the hospitals, homeless shelters and children's homes.

"I want readers to understand that life would be very different had Jesus not come to Earth," Nicholson said. "I hope that children who read this book will realize--like Bobby does--that the very best Christmas gift is not under the tree, but in their hearts." The retelling of "If Had He Not Come" features new illustrations by Charles Jaskiewicz and includes enrichment activities that parents and Sunday-school teachers can use to enhance a child's reading experience. For more information, visit

David Nicholson is a retired schoolteacher who enjoys spending time volunteering with mission organizations and playing with his grandchildren. He and his wife Barbara reside in St. Paul, Minnesota and are donating all book-sales proceeds to the National Christian Foundation.

"If He Had Not Come"
By David Nicholson
ISBN: 978-1-4908-1810-8 (hc)
978-1-4908-1811-5 (e)
Hard Cover: $18.95 E-Book: $3.99

No. 9

"Forsaken Harvest: Haciendas and Agrarian Reform in Jalisco, Mexico: 1915-1940"

By Luis G. Cueva

"Forsaken Harvest: Haciendas and Agrarian Reform in Jalisco, Mexico: 1915-1940" By Luis G. Cueva
ENCINITAS, Calif. -- According to one expert on global hunger, the birthplace of tequila and mariachi holds clues for forming new economic structures in developing nations. In his new book "Forsaken Harvest," Luis G. Cueva, a professor specialized in history and Latin American studies, shows how conditions of hunger and poverty can evolve through a historical account of the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

"The research for Jalisco has wider implications regarding global hunger and malnutrition," Cueva said. "Its model for establishing a sustainable and resilient small farming system is applicable to underdeveloped nations with large peasant populations."

His book explores the evolution of a regional socio-economic structure in Mexico that promoted urban industrial development at the expense of the rural poor. Its findings reveal insight into international issues including small farmer development, the model of peasant cooperatives and establishing economic and political stability. "Forsaken Harvest" also provides a glimpse into the rich history, culture and traditions of Mexico.

Forsaken Harvest examines the decline of the hacienda estates within Jalisco, Mexico during the early decades of the twentieth century. It also explores the impact of the land reform program of President Lazaro Cardenas in changing the social and economic system of the region. This study contributes to an ongoing lively debate about the hacienda system and the meaning of the Cardenas reforms. This is an important work because it explores the evolution of a regional socio-economic structure that promoted urban industrial development within Guadalajara at the expense of the rural poor. The model of regional development described is applicable to other areas of Mexico and under-developed Third World nations with large peasant populations. The research for this investigation has wider implications regarding issues of global hunger and malnutrition. (Read More)

Luis G. Cueva is a history professor at United States University in Chula Vista, Calif. He earned his doctorate in Mexican history, master's degree in Latin American studies and bachelor's degree in history from University of California, San Diego. His research areas include peasant studies and global hunger. Cueva has an extensive history of involvement in civil rights activism on issues including immigration reform.

"Forsaken Harvest: Haciendas and Agrarian Reform in Jalisco, Mexico: 1915-1940"
By: Luis G. Cueva
ISBN: 978-1-4771-5576-9
Hardcover retail price: $34.99
Softcover retail price: $23.99
E-book retail price: $8.99

No. 10

"Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul"

by Terry M. Barnett-Martin

"Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul" by Terry M. Barnett-Martin
Fences can conjure a visual that may seem restrictive, closed off, isolating. But truly, fences -- more specifically, fences that render healthy, sturdy boundaries -- are the key to solid relationships.

Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul by marriage and family therapist Terry Barnett-Martin reveals how good fences create safety and contentment in our relationships. As Barnett-Martin explains, everything in life is about relationships -- from people to ideas to food to money -- and when we have good boundaries, or fences, we flourish. A modern-day fable, Tending Fences follows the life and journey of Avery Soul as he builds and repairs the fences that run along his borders in order to negotiate his security and happiness.

"The fences he builds vary according to his relationship with each neighbor," explains Barnett-Martin. "Some connections feel safe and easy and the fences are simple. Others are imposing and treacherous and necessitate a higher, stronger fence. Tending Fences is a collection of simple, yet profound parables that speak directly to the heart and intuition, making it easy to build proper fences and have a true sense of well being."

The book provides readers access to Martin's gift of being able to help people build respectful and supportive relationships with healthy boundaries, or fences, that promote trust and safety with the significant people in their lives. Working from the inside out, Barnett-Martin coaches readers to first evaluate the relationship with oneself, and then moves into the appraisal of their relationships with immediate family, friends, and neighbors.

"When relationships are out of balance or unhealthy they can harm us in ways that can cause depression, anxiety, stress, physical illness, and a myriad of other life and career limiting issues," adds Barnett- Martin. "When each relationship is intentionally considered for its purpose and meaning, it can enrich our lives enormously, ideally promoting mutual respect and offering a true sense of personal well-being."

Terry Barnett-Martin, M.S., LMFT is a relationship counselor in private practice in Southern California. She is an openhearted, intuitive practitioner and writer who is dedicated to helping people find the purpose and path in their life and relationships. (The author has also published an article at Magic City on Oct 29, 2014)

"Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul
by Terry M. Barnett-Martin
True Purpose Publishing
Published May 30, 2014
ISBN-10: 0991072766
ISBN-13: 978-0991072767
120 pages
Hardcover $18
Paperback $13

No. 11


by George Demoulas

"Illegit" by George Demoulas
When Arthur Demoulas and his family emigrated from Greece to Ellis Island, their hope was to begin building a better life for generations to come.

Arthur Demoulas went on to create a multi-billion dollar corporation that would position his eldest son, John Demoulas, as the direct beneficiary of the family's fortune.

Becoming entangled in a life of gluttony and disgrace, John Demoulas abandoned his mistress and their five children, including George Demoulas.

George Demoulas' new memoir, "Illegit" chronicles the loneliness, abandonment and addiction he faced as his father deserted the family and lived an unattached life with no interest in acknowledging him as a son.

After fighting to prove his legacy through DNA analysis and determined to thrive despite these setbacks, Demoulas has embraces his struggles and since become a successful entrepreneur.

"I believe experience to be the greatest teacher," Demoulas said. "Feeling an overwhelming need to tell my story for my mother and siblings, I hope my memoir will turn others' suffering into inspiration and empower them to never lose hope."

The Demoulas family's American dream led to corporate greed and deception, which ultimately sparked an internal family feud that would continue for decades. Despite the turbulence, in 2014 Forbes ranked the Demoulas family as the 104th richest family in America, with a net worth of $2.2 billion.

by George Demoulas
Published 8/14/2014
ISBN-13: 9781496933317
108 Pages
Softcover $13
E-book $4

No. 12

"Seven Beyond"

by Stella Atrium

"Seven Beyond" by Stella Atrium
Girl heroes are taking the science fiction world by storm. Heroines like Katniss Everdeen, Beatrice Prior, and Hermione Granger take the reins when it comes to saving their worlds, thus creating new role models for women and girls. Following this trend is the new book Seven Beyond by seasoned author Stella Atrium. "Inside the fantasy genre, I try to present women who solve real world problems," Atrium said, "like having no voice in community, no right to work, or no access to capital to start a business. My intent was to pry open the archetypes of alien women in sci-fi who are little more than sexually available to the story's hero. You know the types -- warrior, witch, conniving queen. Let's present a few female characters who grapple with the types of problems women overcome by using the tools at hand."

Dr. David Christopher Meenins is a man in search of his past. Accompanying him on his journey of discovery are the powerful Lady Drasher Elizabeth Tasgneganz, the pedantic Dr. Virgil Augustus Grammario, the mysterious-and possibly alien-Linda Deemer. Dr. Meenins is haunted by memories of alien places and of a race called the Longists, who inhabit faraway planets. Together, the group travels to the one place in the world the Longists might reappear: a remote abbey inhabited by an order of nuns known for their wisdom, mystical insight and quality brandy. Throughout the journey, the specter of David Shanklen-once Meenins' patient and perhaps also his mentor-looms. Shanklen claimed that he was kept prisoner in an alien zoo on the distant planet maintained by the Longists. Through Shanklen, Dr. Meenins must confront the secrets of his past to find the New Restingplace of the Dead. Meenins journey is more like a pilgrimage than a quest. The travelers exchange stories along the way a la The Canterbury Tales, and the discovery of the restingplace grows out of their long friendships. (at Amazon)

Stella Atrium is the author of the award-winning fantasy novel Seven Beyond, and The Dolvia Saga (Book IV scheduled for publication in 2015). She teaches creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.

No. 13

"Prometheus Rebound"

by R.L. Akers

"Prometheus Rebound" by R.L. Akers
October 30th marked the 76th anniversary of the scariest and most remembered radio drama of all time, "War of the Worlds." Orson Welles and his cast were so convincing that thousands of citizens panicked, flooding police switchboards with calls, boarding themselves in their homes, and -- in an extreme case -- taking rifle shots at a New Jersey water tower, believing it to be an invading alien craft. Prometheus Rebound sci-fi author R.L. Akers says that tales of alien attacks are still fun and relatable. "For decades now, our culture has been unable to escape its love affair with science fiction. Stories like Independence Day, the Day the Earth Stood Still, and War of the Worlds entertain us again and again (often through remakes) because we both love and fear the unknown."

In Prometheus Rebound, R.L. Akers puts his own fresh twist on this time-honored formula. Blending military thriller and science fiction (with an emphasis on the science), Akers produces an epic tale full of characters whom readers will grow to love. When the threat from outer space becomes known, the U.S. government is caught unprepared, and the military must adapt to an entirely new variety of warfare in just a few short months. Pilots and soldiers must be recruited, trained, and deployed to defensive installations in orbit above North America, and technology must take a giant leap forward as a new branch of U.S. military comes into being: the Orbital Defense Corps. He has created an immersive story which takes place in our very own real world -- alien crash landings in the shadows of rural England, secretive meetings in the bowels of Area 51's Groom Lake installation, clandestine spacecraft launches from undisclosed mobile facilities in the middle of the ocean, and vast space battles waged in orbit above. Prometheus Rebound and its sequel Prometheus Revealed comprise a single well-researched and believable story about humanity's real-world response to the threat of alien invasion -- and readers can enhance their enjoyment of this story with Hollywood-style cinematic trailers, press kits, an interactive Orbital Defense Corps website, and even an ODC hotline. Much like 76 years ago, if someone stumbled upon R.L. Akers' website or toll-free hotline, they might believe the world really was in a fight for survival against alien attackers. Check out the Website

R.L. Akers is a software developer and author from Florida who fled hurricanes and humidity to reside in almost-heaven West Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree in computer science and his master's in business administration.

No. 14

"The Accidental Banker"

by Dan Stringer

"The Accidental Banker" by Dan Stringer
United Kingdom -- Pink Floyd once said that money "is the root of all evil today", something author and artist Dan Stringer can attest to. Following a failed attempt to become a teacher (a pathological hatred of small children rather hampered this choice of degree), and with well meaning parental concern reaching a crescendo at mealtimes, not unlike his fictional self, Stringer soon found himself working for a Bank. It sounded respectable after all, on paper at least. Having at last escaped a world that was increasingly testing his morality, Stringer has put pen to paper to release a gripping and frankly hilarious new novel. Inspired by twenty interesting, astonishing years in Banking, the story is also sprinkled romantic entanglements, absorbing anecdotes, and flashbacks from his formative years that will leave the reader yearning for the days of camping in the woods, racing go-karts, first holidays without their parents, and rushing in from school for a slice of homemade fruitcake and a cup of tea... Introducing, 'The Accidental Banker'.

Set in the mid nineties, way ahead of the banking crisis, and just as high street banks were waking up to all the lucrative possibilities of ruthlessly selling their financial products to their unsuspecting customers, The Accidental Banker follows all the drama of one young man's entertaining and humorous journey from Countryside innocence to Technicolor City experience. Distracted and encouraged in equal measures by amorous middle aged cashiers, a murderous house cat, artistic crisis, domestic mysteries, a suspected alien abduction, casual alcoholism, parched personal finances, near death surfing, an adopted granddad with an endless supply of limoncello, and the nagging suspicion that he might have accidentally stumbled into a real romance, George desperately tries to navigate his bumbling way across a vast ocean of change, aboard a proud old Galleon, and alongside a motley crew of bankers. The only problem it seemed was the horde of greedy Pirates on the horizon, and closing in fast. They were armed to the teeth with flipcharts, sales targets, action plans and word patterns, and they weren't afraid to use them...

Dan Stringer is an Independent Writer and aspiring Artist. He was born in Devon in 1975 and has started lying about the latter. Having recently tunnelled under the wire and finally escaped from a career that will hardly come as a surprise to those that read his novel, his new vocation, although a very welcome change, is taking some getting used to. He doesn't miss the teleconferences, targets or team meetings though. With his first book, The Accidental Banker, at last available to buy, Dan is currently working on the sequel, Island Therapy, which catches up with our man eighteen years after the events in Italy...He Respectfully requests that you buy his books as he has no plan B and really doesn't want to go back to banking.

"The Accidental Banker"
by Dan Stringer
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Published 15 Sep 2014
ISBN-10: 1502336324
ISBN-13: 978-1502336323
458 pages

No. 15

"Beyond: Charles Manson" - (Comic)

by Bluewater Productions

"Beyond: Charles Manson" by Bluewater Productions
Bluewater Productions is proud to announce the release of a new comic book chronicling the life of the notorious Charles Manson. Beyond: Charles Manson will be released today and available in both print and digital formats. The 24-page comic book is written and drawn by Jayfri Hashim. The Beyond series started this summer with Beyond: Edward Snowden, exploring the story of the man behind one of the largest security leaks in US history, and Beyond: The Joker, Man Who Laughs, delving into the symbolism and power behind one of pop-culture's most fearsome villains. Conspiracies. Espionage. UFOs. Hidden History. Secret Societies. The Paranormal. Beyond brings you stories about the secret and suppressed, the stories "They" don't want you to know!

In this installment of Beyond: Can any man be as evil as the media portrays him to be? A vagrant, frustrated musician who referred to himself as Jesus Christ, Charles Manson masqueraded behind the image of a peace- loving hippie to disguise his insatiable thirst for power and an intense obsession with violent death. Beyond explores the story behind the media sensationalism.

"We want to be able to use the comic book medium to educate as well as entertain," said Publisher Darren G. Davis. "This book is one that was very disturbing to produce, because we did not want to add glory to what happened. At the same time, we felt it was important to explore the psychology and history behind the crimes--and we hope that we inform with this book."

Print copies of Beyond: Charles Manson can be ordered exclusively for $3.99 at Comic Flea Market here:

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis. Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts, and more) and the estate of celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents).

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