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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Facts, Fantasy, Humor and History
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On an irregular basis we also publish a Christian Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books' and a 'Children's Book Basket.' These are published on a Wednesday. The publication and number of books in those baskets will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles to the end of June 2014 may be found here. (For a list of book reviews published during this period click here.)

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Author Articles published this week at Magic City
(Nov 16 - Nov 22)

  1. So, You Want To Be An Author So, You Want To Be An Author by Stan Yocum author of "Unrelenting Nightmare"
  2. How My Mother and Bob Hope Taught Me the True Meaning of Christmas by Joel L.A. Peterson author of "Dreams of My Mothers"
  3. Excerpt by Isabella Clarence author of "Different?...You Have Always Been Different"
  4. The Smoke-screen of Words by Peter Clay author of "If Only I Knew"
  5. A Year of Feasting by Sonya Mozingo Author of "A Year of Feasting"
  6. Thanksgiving Gluten Free and Lactose Tolerant! by Ellen Wright Author of "Hampton Weekends"
  7. 'bad for ears' : the role of poetry by RG Gregory's Author of "Bad for Ears

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Nov 16 - Nov 22)

Milt Gross Book Review: "A Woman's Eye" introduced and edited by Sara Paretsky
Nov 16, 2014

This book contained a few I found somewhat gripping in the sense that I wanted to see what happened at the end of the tale. Sara Paretsky is not my favorite writer. In this 1991 publication by Delacorte Press, New York were a handful by writers I've followed for years, such as Sue Grafton. Her story was good, as are all her stories, most of which I've read by her being novels...whodunnits.

Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "Casting Lots" by William D. McEachern
Nov 16, 2014

Set in journal format, and punctuated with various quotes from the classic writers such as Ovid and Cicero, the reader is immediately immersed in a world that is framed by mass crucifixions, tyrannical Roman rule, bustling marketplaces filled with every human trait imaginable and the development of a friendship of two men that represent two forms of slavery, one of legal agreement and the other an enslavement of the heart. At the behest of his slave master, Lucinius sets out to meet Cornelius, who possesses a multitude of stories particularly centered upon his encounters with Jesus, the Christ.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Voltron: From Days of Long Ago"

Perfect Square Media

"Voltron: From Days of Long Ago" Perfect Square Media
Voltron: From Days of Long Ago (A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration) is the new commemorative hardcover from Perfect Square, an imprint of North America's leading distributor and licensor of anime and manga, VIZ Media, LLC -- in which diehard fans and newcomers to the world of Voltron alike are offered an in-depth, never-before-seen look inside the incredible, remarkably influential Voltron universe. I would be happy to send you a complimentary hardcover or digital review copy of this exciting new release should you have any interest in checking it out! Exquisitely detailed and packed full of stories, archival images, exclusive interviews, and brand-new materials created solely for the book, Voltron: From Days of Long Ago chronicles the mythology of one of pop culture's most beloved animated series -- and showcases the enormous impact the Defender of the Universe continues to have on the world of entertainment.

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago brings together such notable writers, animators and creators as Brian Smith (the writer of Perfect Square's bestselling Voltron Force series of original graphic novels), Marc Morrell (co-host of Let's Voltron!, the official Voltron podcast), Joshua Bernard (founder of toy archive CollectionDX), Jacob Chabot (Eisner-nominated cartoonist) and Jeremy Corray (former creative director, World Events Productions). The result is a not-to-be-missed addition to the commemorative hardcover market sure to inform, surprise and delight every generation of Voltron fan.

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago is edited by Traci N. Todd, designed by Sam Elzway, authored by Brian Smith, Marc Morrell and Joshua Bernard, with a foreword by Jeremy Corray. It will be available everywhere books are sold as of October 28, 2014, and is currently available for pre-order via Amazon. Website: VOLTRON is a hugely successful brand that is recognized globally ever since it was introduced in the early 1980's. Voltron is a WEP, LLC property. For more information, visit DreamWorks Animation is the licensing agent for the Voltron brand and is planning a year-long celebration of Voltron's 30th anniversary, launching in Fall 2014. Since the classic cartoon's debut, related products have generated over $225 million in sales. Perfect Square, an imprint of VIZ Media, LLC, produces fun and entertaining books dedicated to strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence that capture the imagination of a whole new generation.

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago"
Perfect Square Media
Cost $15

No. 2

"The First Candle"

by Eric B. Swanson

"The First Candle" by Eric B. Swanson
EDMONTON, Alberta (October 27, 2014) -- In the post-apocalypse wastelands of The First Candle, a powerful demon prince is set to destroy the last resistance to his dominion. The first candle of the Menorah beckons roving minstrel Martin Longbow to rise up and gather allies against the spiritual forces that drive earth's ruthless factions against one another.

In his debut novel, author Eric B. Swanson imagines a post-nuclear world where there is no division between night and day and resources are paid for in blood. The book depicts an all-consuming evil terror causing humans to retreat into factions: an insular militia group, a ritualistic sect, a roving minstrel group, and the cannibalistic wanderers who defy all three.

With the epic scale of A Pilgrim's Progress and a style reminiscent of the works of Frank Peretti, The First Candle invites readers to consider the causes behind humankind's worst moments.

"When we look around at world events and conflicts, we see people killing people senselessly," explains Swanson. "The First Candle posits that our real battle is not against flesh and blood, but against unseen spiritual forces."

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Dr. Eric B. Swanson is a scientist and nanotechnologist whose interests include the applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine, creation of new vaccines, and new uses of microsystems and natural health products. Recently retired, Dr. Swanson currently serves to mentor new staff at the National Research Council of Canada. He has authored many scientific papers and holds four U.S. patents. Swanson enjoys family, serving to help raise his grandchildren, benefiting his community through volunteering and church activity and playing bridge where he represented Alberta in the Canada Games in 2014.

"The First Candle"
by Eric B. Swanson
Trafford Publishing
Published 5/15/2014
278 Pages
Hardcover $24
Softcover $14
e-book $4

No. 3

"Rain Power: A Young Professional's Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness"

by Steve Zuckerman

"Rain Power: A Young Professional's Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness" by Steve Zuckerman
Rain Power: A Young Professional's Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness by Steve Zuckerman provides the formula to becoming a rainmaker: one who realizes being successful is predicated upon mutually beneficial relationships. Having grown up in a subsidized housing complex in Queens, NY, Zuckerman was forced to become street-smart, self-reliant and to develop emotional intelligence. He achieved a lot at a young age -- first as an attorney, then building a market-leading division of a successful investment bank -- by learning that how he interacted with others was as important to doing well in business than one's IQ. "To be a rainmaker, you don't need to be incredibly outgoing, the hardest worker, or even the smartest person in your field," says Zuckerman. "It's not all about you. While you need to have the technical competence to excel at your job, it is critical to focus on helping others in a mindful and strategic manner. Rainmakers don't manipulate situations for their own advtange, but instead truly care about and help others solve their problems and succeed in their endeavors."

As he vacillated between various entrepreneurial and legal pursuits at the beginning of his career, Zuckerman realized that the way in which he approached personal relationships --basing them on mutual trust, altruism and respect -- should inform his approach to business relationships. Effectively growing any service oriented business is based on building mutually beneficial relationships with trusted advisors -- those who are conduits to executives and business owners and dispense shrewd advice on how to handle complex and important business challenges and opportunities. The goal in the end for a young professional, Zuckerman points out, is to nurture these relationships and eventually transform into a trusted advisor.

Zuckerman explains that "Rainmakers are indispensible and often have a more rewarding career. As a revenue generator, you're more protected from the firm's performance, the whim of a partner, economic downturns, and will always have options to control your professional destiny and a greater degree of professional and personal freedom." With Rain Power, Zuckerman aims to help young professionals avoid the pitfalls of frustrating, less meaningful, lower income careers that are easy to fall into, revealing that achieving professional success and still having quality time with family and friends are not mutually exclusive concepts. Pragmatic and informative, readers of Rain Power will learn:

Steve Zuckerman is a Managing Director of Farlie Turner & Co., a prominent investment bank; was named as one of the Top 40 Dealmakers Under 40 Years Old in the United States in 2013; as one of the Top 100 Restructuring and Turnaround Professionals in 2014. Early in his career, he practiced law with the nationally recognized law firm of Berger Singerman, where he specialized in restructuring financially distressed companies. During his tenure as an attorney, Zuckerman was twice recognized as an "Up and Comer," an honor reserved for fewer than two percent of Florida attorneys under forty years old. Zuckerman is also the co-founder of a venture-backed healthcare technology company. In addition, he founded Leaders Rain Power of Tomorrow, an exclusive networking and mentoring organization comprised of South Florida's next generation of business and community leaders.

"Rain Power"
by Steve Zuckerman
HMC Publishing
September 5, 2014
ISBN-10: 0692281630
ISBN-13: 978-0692281635
Paperback: 114 pages
Paperback $11
e-Book $10

No. 4

"Finishing School for Women"

by Roman Plastich

"Finishing School for Women" By Roman Plastich
TORONTO -- Relationships fail for a variety of reasons. What if the solution was as simple as doing some research before making the commitment? This could save months even years of time, not to mention the avoidance of emotional damage.

Roman Plastich has written a straightforward guide that pushes people to analyze the best relationship for their individual needs and wants. Plastich caters his guide to women, revealing information men wish women knew and providing women information to take charge and achieve the relationships they deserve.

Through personal stories and self-reflective quizzes, "Finishing School for Women" provides tools, insights, and strategies that help couples find common grounds and work towards a common goal.

"Treat relationships like cooking," Plastich said. "If you want a certain meal you follow a certain recipe. If you want a certain relationship you follow certain steps--it's really as simple as that."

This guide encourages everyone, especially women, to stop repeating bad choices and staying in unsatisfying relationships. With Plastich's guidelines, both women and men can obtain the relationship they want.

Roman Plastich was raised in Eastern Europe before immigrating to Canada. He has two children with his former wife. Plastich currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

"Finishing School for Women"
By Roman Plastich
Publisher: iUniverse
Published 5/6/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4917-3164-2
152 Pages
Paperback $13
e-Book $3.50

No. 5.

"Dark Energy and Human Consciousness: Humanity's Path the Freedom"

By Tom Cahalan

"Dark Energy and Human Consciousness: Humanity's Path the Freedom" By Tom Cahalan
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Imagine a world without war, discrimination, poverty, or hunger. Tom Cahalan shares a way of achieving this ideal world by eliminating selfishness, corruption, abuse of power, and greed.

In "Dark Energy and Human Consciousness," Cahalan uses scientific concepts, evolution, and human consciousness to present a new way of thinking. This new perspective suggests that the non-physical force, dark energy, has a natural tendency to move toward a higher complexity resulting in love, care and compassion.

"If life is purely physical, then there is no escape from selfishness," Cahalan said. "I present a strong argument based on scientific concepts that suggests human life has a non-physical aspect."

Cahalan shows how religion, politics, and science impact--and are impacted by--human consciousness. By accepting a physical and non-physical world, humans will be able to evolve towards an enlightened worldview.

"Religion is struggling to find its way, and therefore science alone has the potential to convince humanity that life has both physical and non-physical aspects," Cahalan said. For more information, visit

Tom Cahalan holds a degree in mechanical engineer from the College of Technology in Dublin. He worked in Canada and the U.S. before returning to Ireland in the early 1980's. For the past twelve years, Cahalan has been studying scientific theories pertaining to the nature of the universe. In 2012 Cahalan published his first book, "Beyond the Horizon: Where Science Finds God." Currently he lives in Clane, Co Kildare with his wife and family.

Dark Energy and Human Consciousness: Humanity's Path the Freedom"
By Tom Cahalan
Balboa Press
Published 7/23/2014
ISBN 978-1-45251-594-6
132 Pages
Hardcover $29
Paperback $12
e-Book $7

No. 6

"Grand Slam Theory of the Omniverse"

by David Bertolacci

"Grand Slam Theory of the Omniverse" by David Bertolacci
LOS ANGELES -- What happened before the big bang? Today's best minds in science agree that the Big Bang Theory is incomplete, but have yet to consider how events before the big bang shape our universe today. In a new controversial book, "Grand Slam Theory of the Omniverse," professional geologist David Bertolacci introduces a recently developed scientific proposal -- ushering in a new era of scientific discovery.

Bertolacci's proposal of the Omniverse emphasizes an in depth model of the universe, leading to new explanations of mysteries like dark energy, the holographic universe, and even universal consciousness. The author holds nothing back as he presents a broader definition of the universe's meaning, providing readers with an expanded perspective.

"What the Omniverse means to us is huge," Bertolacci said. "The model is quite simple. Metaphorically speaking, if our entire universe is just the size of a baseball, then picture the stadium, parking lots, and surrounding areas as higher dimensions of the Omniverse."

With this innovative understanding of the universe and the bigger picture, readers will be guided to a new path of self-discovery. Looking through the lens of modern scientific context, the Omniverse is a model of something greater than the universe -- helping to unlock the secrets of the universe and mysteries modern science may not have yet solved. For more information, visit

David Bertolacci is a professional geologist. In 2009, he earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Science. Since then Bertolacci has worked to acquire knowledge about the universe by studying astronomy, physics, materials science and spirituality. He lives in California.

"Grand Slam Theory of the Omniverse"
by David Bertolacci
Balboa Press
Published 8/21/2014
IBSN 978-1-45258-421-8
232 Pages
Hardcover $34
Paperback $13
e-Book $4

No. 7

"Take Ten"

by Patrick Ledwidge

"Take Ten" by Patrick Ledwidge
United Kingdom -- While many books take a very mentally-demanding and often overly-serious look at life and the psyche, a new book of short stories from Patrick Ledwidge process that the human spirit mostly exists to have fun. 'Take Ten' celebrates all that is great about a lighter side of life that often gets glossed over in today's world of high technology and corporate competition.

Synopsis: Take Ten is a mixed bag of short stories about the fun, pain and possibilities of the human spirit. It's a jumble of daring do, stupidity, pride, love and hope. An entertaining collection of yarns from the Sussex South Downs to the Himalayas. From Morocco, West Africa and the Canadian Wilderness, to Ireland and the streets of Dublin in the 1940's. The stories and characters are loosely based on a few real but mostly imagined situations and encounters in the rollercoaster life experience of the author, who truly believes, we are a society of secret adventurers.

"I'm of the opinion that life is wasted when you're sat in a chair," explains Ledwidge; "a philosophy that has taken me to far-off places to do far-off things and has often got me into some far-off sticky situations! But, through all of them, you come out stronger and with a deeper appreciation for what life really means. I didn't write this book to necessarily be comedic, but to instead embrace and showcase a side of life many never tap into. The human condition has its darker sides, but I am firm in my belief that it predominantly wants to have fun and make the most out of each individual's life. This book was written to celebrate exactly that."

Feedback for the book has been outstanding. For example, V. Osborn comments, A must as a Christmas gift, ten beautifully written tales, a real "gift" to give and share with friends. 'Take Ten' is available now:

Patrick Ledwidge is a much travelled, live wire Irishman who led two British Trade Delegations to China in the mid to late 90's. Inspired to write by the antics of his cat and the encouragement of his wife. The stories take a sideways peak at the ups and downs of human nature and lets us smile now and then.

"Take Ten"
by Patrick Ledwidge
New Generation Publishing
Published Oct 2, 2014
ISBN-10: 0755216679
ISBN-13: 978-0755216673
92 Pages

No. 8

"Even Angels Fall"

by F.L. Darbyshire

"Even Angels Fall" by F.L. Darbyshire
United Kingdom -- Everybody experiences adversity, a time in life when others preach the importance of being strong, yet sometimes that strength can be seemingly impossible to find. In her intense and thought- provoking new novel, F.L. Darbyshire examines how one girl's grief and rapid life changes quickly transform into her biggest demons. 'Even Angels Fall' started life as a screenplay and is now converted into a powerful coming-of-age novel that may remind readers of their own weaknesses.

Synopsis: After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

"This is a novel that deals with quite a few adult themes and subjects which some people may find shocking..." explains Darbyshire. "Yet despite the story being fairly extreme in places, most people will find that they can relate in some way to the difficult choices, struggles and conflicting emotions that the characters are forced to deal with throughout the narrative. The things Abbey experiences are going on every day around the country. While getting involved in drugs may seem like a choice, many find themselves spiralling into that 'world' due to a weakness they feel at a time when they are highly-impressionable and incredibly vulnerable. I'll leave readers to decide just how much of the blame and responsibility actually rests on Abbey's shoulders."

Fay Darbyshire is twenty seven years-old, and was born and raised in Leeds. She has always enjoyed creative writing and after finishing high school at 16 she studied English, Media and Film for two years at college. Fay spent a couple of years working on screenplays and developing ideas for film scripts as a general hobby - and 'Even Angels Fall' was one of the stories that she created around this time. The author decided to try a different approach at the end of 2013 and that's when she began developing the story further and turned it into her first novel.

"Even Angels Fall"
by F.L. Darbyshire
Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Published Aug 21, 2014
ISBN-10: 1781487332
ISBN-13: 978-1781487334
498 Pages

No. 9

"Benjamin Breadman"

By Ronald A. G. Grant

"Benjamin Breadman" (Rise of the Dough) By Ronald A. G. Grant
PHILADELPHIA -- Author Ronald A.G. Grant's new illustrated book, "Benjamin Breadman: Rise of the Dough" uses a loaf of bread to break the mold of a typical cartoon character.

Grant, an animator and comic book artist, tells the story of Benjamin Breadman, a single parent and owner of Breadman's Bakery and More, whose life antics teach readers about appropriate ways to deal with situations involving bullying and selfishness.

"Benjamin Breadman's day-to-day life addresses themes and issues that families experience," Grant said. "This book offers an opportunity for parents and children to approach these subjects together."

Inspired by his religious background, Grant designed a cartoon of a loaf of bread because it is traditionally representative of the body of Christ. Each page of Grant's book includes a Bible verse that relates to the cartoons as a way for kids and adults to learn from scripture. For more information, visit

Ronald Grant is an experienced comic book artist, who currently resides in Pottstown, Penn. Born from the Bronx in New York City, he enjoys spending time with his three children and working as a musician and producer.

"Benjamin Breadman: Rise of the Dough"
By Ronald A. G. Grant
Westbow Press
Published 7/28/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49081-861-0
58 Pages
e-Book $4

No. 10

"From Bullied to Black Belt"

by Simon Morrell

"From Bullied to Black Belt" by Simon Morrell
United Kingdom -- Anyone spending just five minutes with Simon Morrell will instantly be hit not only with a demonstration of his globally-celebrated Martial Artistry, but a man with confidence and brevity that is the envy of many. However, Morrell's newly-released memoir tells a very different tale about his early life, a story he is now taking public for those who feel that all hope has been lost. 'From Bullied to Black Belt: The true story of a fight back' tells the remarkable and fascinating transformation of a man effectively destroyed by bullying and mental illness, who stops at nothing to rebuild his life with Martial Arts as his secret weapon. It's Morrell's story, and it has the boundless power to change lives around the world.

Synopsis: From Bullied To Black Belt is the true sometimes harrowing, always emotional but in the end, triumphant story of a man's journey. Since a very early age author Simon Morrell was the victim of merciless bullying. His torment continued into his adulthood when the taunting became violent assault. At one point an attempted stabbing was made on him by a vicious youth hell bent on damaging Simon. After more beatings Simon eventually succumbed to agoraphobia and panic attacks and seemed destined to live the life of the meek, a man afraid to leave his house and not daring to expand past his small comfort zone. However, something within him refused to accept defeat and with the help of his wife, the mild mannered man embarked upon a journey in Martial Arts. His original goal was to try and find confidence but he surprised all around him by excelling. Simon became one of the U.K.'s leading Fight Masters obtaining 6th Dan Black Belt and twice being entered into the Hall of Fame. From Bullied To Black Belt whilst written by a Martial Artist is so much more than a book about Martial Arts. It is a story of a man finding himself when all seemed lost, it is a love story that may break your heart, it is a story that will leave you in tears but it is a story that will eventually leave you inspired. The film of the book is now in development in the United States, renamed Fight Back. Simon and From Bullied To Black Belt will tell readers that with courage, anything can be attained."

Simon Morrell is one of the United Kingdom's leading Martial Artists and Inspirational Speakers and holds multiple Black Belts including 6th Dan Karate and Dan Grade Krav Maga as well as being a two time Hall of Fame winner. He speaks around the country about his troubles and victories and his story is currently being made into the film Fight Back in the USA. He has also spoken in the International Press and on the BBC about his experiences. Simon's story has recently been optioned by USA film studio Flickers Studio and is currently under development by producer Kim Murray."

"From Bullied to Black Belt"
by Simon Morrell
Blue Porch Publishing
Published April 28, 2014
ISBN-10: 0956560342
ISBN-13: 978-0956560346
194 Pages
Paperback $13.50

No. 11

"Afterlife in Harlem"

by Terry Baker Mulligan

"Afterlife in Harlem" by Terry Baker Mulligan
Forty years in Saint Louis have given award-winning author Terry Baker Mulligan a particular fondness for her native Harlem. Having moved to Saint Louis from Harlem in the 1970s, Mulligan was stunned by the level of racial division in Saint Louis. The contrast with Harlem -- where schools were integrated and diverse racial and ethnic groups mingled openly, with joy and ease -- made her nostalgic. "People in Harlem were accepting," she says. "In Saint Louis, although I made some good friends, many groups were clannish and mingling was hard especially because I was black and my husband was white."

With her nostalgia for Harlem's diversity and integration still strong after 40 years, Mulligan has penned the novel Afterlife in Harlem in which race-relations visionary Bill Clinton finds meaning post-presidency thanks to the ghost of a similar visionary from the past: Alexander Hamilton who, like Clinton, chose to move to Harlem in troubled times, ultimately breathing new life into it. Mulligan was named one of the Top 50 Saint Louis authors of 2014 by the City of Saint Louis. Her first book, Sugar Hill: Where The Sun Rose Over Harlem, won the Independent Booksellers Association's 2013 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in both the for Autobiography/Memoir and Multicultural Writing categories, as well as the 2012 Independent Publishers Award (IPPY) for Multicultural Adult Nonfiction.

Storyline: With Hillary Clinton settled in the White House in the year 2016, Bill Clinton is foundering. He's hemmed in by the Secret Service, blocked in his memoir-writing and itching to do something fulfilling. Seeing the "First Gentlemen's" distress, the ghost of Alexander Hamilton -- America's first Secretary of the Treasure who like Clinton chose to live in troubled Harlem and was a visionary on the matter of race relations -- appears in Bill's Harlem home to help him get back on track. With sexy former slave-turned-girlfriend Sarafina in tow, Hamilton regales Bill with tales of the 18th century: Indian bordellos, slave auctions, orgies and political chicanery that almost lost the American Revolution. He also urges Clinton to fill his post-presidential void by taking in an abandoned child from a Harlem hospital, and helps him to perform a minor miracle that brings peace to restless spirits both living and dead.

Terry Baker Mulligan is the author of Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem, which won the 2012 IPPY Award for Adult Multicultural Nonfiction and and 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Multicultural Writing and Autobiography / Memoir Writing. Her second book, Afterlife in Harlem, is releasing in October 2014. A former high school English teacher and writing center Instructor at St. Louis Community College, Terry was born and raised in Harlem across the street from the Grange, Alexander Hamilton's historic home. She now lives in St. Louis, where she was named one of the city's Top Fifty Authors by a government committee and has raised two biracial sons.

"Afterlife in Harlem"
by Terry Baker Mulligan
Impulse Press
Published Oct 13, 2014
ISBN-10: 0984692932
ISBN-13: 978-0984692934
308 Pages
Paperback $11

No. 12

"The Crowned White Eagle"

By Anthony P. Kowalski

"The Crowned White Eagle" By Anthony P. Kowalski
BALTIMORE -- After the horrific Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, the Yalta Conference entrusted the Polish territories to the monstrous Joseph Stalin. The day of German defeat in 1945 marked the day of liberation from Nazi oppression for the rest of Europe, but drove the Polish people into a deeper nightmare.

As a gesture of domination, Poland's national crest--a crowned white eagle--suffered a vandalistic reverse- coronation by the hands of the Russian-installed communist authorities that ruled the country. Even after gestures of humiliation--both symbolic and actual-- Dr. Anthony P. Kowalski's new book "The Crowned White Eagle" describes the unfailing bravery and resistance of the Polish people against oppression and extortion.

Kowalski's study of Poland was inspired by his work there as dean of a business school where he helped the Polish government and banking systems transition to capitalism after the fall of the Soviet Union. His book includes a history of his family, whose experiences intertwined with the fate of Poland, serving as a narrative to focus, intensify and personalize Kowalski's historical account of the country.

"The Crowned White Eagle" is a celebration of the Polish people, culture and tenacity. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the patient and enduring Poles re-crowned their national symbol. Although Poland still has its struggles to deal with, Kowalski says the country has a great deal to celebrate and feel proud of.

"My entire life, I have identified with the plight of the Polish people," Kowalski said. "Even after a long history of oppression, the Polish people have maintained their courage, dignity and humor. The crowned white eagle has arisen." (Reviews of the this Book)

Dr. Anthony P. Kowalski is a retired educational administrator and a dispensed and married Catholic priest. He speaks Polish and lived in Poland for a year while he helped the newly independent nation transition to American-inspired democracy and capitalism. He received his doctorate from New York University and lives with his wife near Baltimore, Maryland.

"The Crowned White Eagle"
By Anthony P. Kowalski
Xlibris Publishing
Published 6/15/2012
ISBN: 978-1-46916-890-6
Hardcover $23
Softcover $16
e-Book $4

No 13

"Don't Do It the Hard Way"

By Delvin R. Chatterson, Uncle Ralph

"Don't Do It the Hard Way" By Delvin R. Chatterson
MONTREAL -- How can you be better and do better as an entrepreneur? Take Uncle Ralph's advice, and learn from the mistakes of others.

So, who is Uncle Ralph? He is the role assumed by business expert Delvin R. Chatterson to be the consultant, advisor, coach, cheerleader, support team and empathetic guru struggling entrepreneurs need to succeed. Chatterson's new book, "Don't Do It the Hard Way," shares the stories of veteran entrepreneurs through conversations with Uncle Ralph to enlighten readers on countless vital secrets to success.

"In this book, I am sharing my knowledge and experience to provide practical advice for anyone starting, managing, or exiting a business," Chatterson said. "It's important for entrepreneurs to learn from one another. Not only do they face typical business issues, but they must also overcome accusations of being the cause of modern societal problems."

Readers will be inspired and informed as Chatterson shares the stories of other entrepreneurs, in addition to experiences of his own. Chatterson provides valuable advice for every possible entrepreneurial circumstance -- from initial start-up, through the challenges of managing profitable growth, all the way to key exit strategies.

"Don't Do it the Hard Way" takes learning out of the standard textbook format and puts it into a real-world exchange of stories between entrepreneurs to deliver essential insights in a more memorable way.

Delvin R. Chatterson is a business entrepreneur, consultant, executive and strategic advisor. He has over three decades of experience in the corporate, consulting, and entrepreneurial worlds. Currently, he consults on business growth, performance improvement and exit strategies. He currently resides in Montreal.

"Don't Do It the Hard Way"
By Delvin R. Chatterson
Published 9/3/2014
ISBN-13: 9781496932259
178 Pages
Paperback $14
e-Book $6

No. 14

"Pretender at the Gate"

by SJ Garland

"Pretender at the Gate" by SJ Garland
The Outlander television series on STARZ may be sparking new interest about 18th century Scotland, but author SJ Garland is no stranger to Scottish history. Rather, Garland is an expert on the English Tudor and Stuart periods. Her love of English history and culture -- partly rooted in her upbringing by a mother of Scottish heritage as well as in her life-long love of classic literature -- helped determine her ultimate goal of writing a novel set in Scotland.

Her newest release, Pretender at the Gate, does a masterful job of transporting the reader to the early 18th century through the use of vivid imagery and authentic Scottish dialect. She even went so far as to study maps of Edinburgh from the period so as to accurately portray the Scottish city exactly as it was in 1707. Pretender at the Gate is the second title in Garland's Markrich Series. In the book, readers follow Captain Clyde-Dalton as he becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy and treason and must find a way to clear his name as a rebel invasion looms over Edinburgh.

In Pretender at the Gates, Garland beautifully intertwines historical events such as: The Acts of Union of 1707 and the unification of Great Britain; The end of Queen Anne's reign; The Jacobite rebellion and James Stuart "The Pretender"; The Glorious Revolution and the split between Catholics and Protestants and The political and social landscape that led to the foundations of the modern U.K.

Author SJ Garland holds degrees in History and English from Simon Fraser University and earned a Masters degree from City University, London. She has extensively studied the English Tudor and Stuart periods and is a Gender Researcher for the Center for Excellence on Gender in the Himalayas. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Garland currently resides in Singapore with her husband. She enjoys reading and writing about her travels throughout Europe. To learn more, please visit

The second book in the Markrich Series, Pretender at the Gate will be released today. Both books are available at Amazon.

"Pretender at the Gate"
by SJ Garland
Maple Kakapo Limited
Published Aug 8, 2014
ISBN-10: 0473294370
ISBN-13: 978-0473294373
244 Pages
Paperback $9.50
e-Book $3

No. 15

"When Iron Gates Yield To Freedom"

By Martin PA Ward

"When Iron Gates Yield To Freedom" By Martin PA Ward
United Kingdom -- The 'Christian Brothers' supposedly stood for the best of the Catholic church; love, unity and a burning desire to help those under their care. Martin PA Ward was one of their dependants, spending nine years in the Artane Industrial School where each of their Catholic values was nothing but a front or abuse. Ward was one of the lucky few to not only escape their firm hold, but turn his life around into one steeped in happiness and harmony. Now in his senior years, Ward is putting pen to paper in 'When Iron Gates Yield To Freedom' -- a compelling memoir that will grip the heart and emotions of even the hardiest readers

Orphaned from the age of four, once Irish Martin PA Ward reached sixteen years of age, those high wrought iron gates belonging to Artane, with its harsh and abusive regime, could no longer hold him. Blighted with a tough seriousness, this brilliant life story is also littered with wonderfully amusing images, they being dropped here and there.

"We were subjected to interrogations, unnecessary punishments and even sexual abuse," explains Ward. "I spent nine years literally laying in waiting for the next round of violence or trauma to come my way, as every other boy in the school did. However, at sixteen I got out, right out, and decided that my past could actually form the foundation of a new and very happy life. I have decided to take my story public to help others who feel trapped and like all hope is lost. I want them to realise that better days are ahead, and it all starts with escaping their aggressors to taste the freedom they crave. It can be done."

Martin PA Ward was born in Ireland and spent nine years in the Artane Industrial School, and three years in an orphanage. He is now committed to sharing his story and proving that even the most harrowing abuse can eventually lead to a happy life.

"When Iron Gates Yield To Freedom"
By Martin PA Ward
Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Published Oct 10, 2014
ISBN-10: 1781487480
ISBN-13: 978-1781487488
242 Pages

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