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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Focus on Women and Learning
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 30, 2014 - 12:10:31 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 from the end of June 2014 to December 2014 may be found 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 23 - Nov 29)

  1. Move that Mountain! by Peter Clay author of "If Only I Knew"
  2. Immigration, The Red Cape, The Bull and The Master of The Bulls by Michael Moffitt author of "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America"

    Book Reviews Published during the last week
    (Nov 23 - Nov 29)

    R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Third Heaven Conspiracy" by Giulio Leoni
    Nov 25, 2014

The historical Dante became a 'Prior' (town councilor) in Florence in 1300 at a time when members of the ruling Guild were referred to as 'Whites' (moderates) or 'Blacks' (extremists) in relation to their support for the pope and his plans of gaining temporal power throughout Italy. The Dante of this story is a moderate who does not trust the Pope, and wishing to keep Florence as an independent republic, he uses his influence to oppose a papal power grab. Historically, Dante was a prior for only about two years before he and four other prominent 'whites' were arrested on presumably false charges and sent into exile, thus removing an obstruction to papal intentions.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" told by Donn Fendler to writer Joseph B. Egan
Nov 23, 2014

I've never been lost on a mountaintop or even in the woods like Donn Fendler was when he was a kid. I've been turned around a few times, and I've been on Katahdin and enough other Maine mountains to remember that frightening feeling of being there alone with all those rocks and the wind. Rereading the book makes me realize I can't imagine the fear Fendler felt, when he realized he was lost on Katahdin.

Estelle Parke Review: 'Why Did Jesus Have to Die?' by Chris Conrad
Nov 23, 2014

Mr Conrad, whilst in no way diminishing the necessity for exercising faith in our pursuit of Christ, has presented a logical and convincing case for approaching the claims of the Bible from the perspective of both logic and evidence. Having just read this book, I am encouraged to read right through the Bible and take a closer look at some of the foundational truths that can become very familiar and, as such, can be easily read over, without due consideration being given to them.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1


By Gary Bullock

"Elsewhen" By Gary Bullock
BREVARD, N.C. -- A long distance relationship can be taxing on anyone. Imagine being separated by an entire universe! That's exactly what happens to a pair of soul mates in author Gary Bullock's new novel, "Elsewhen". Separated by time and space, one of them has the power to reach across this divide and reunite for short windows of time. As they make this discovery, a black hole threatens to swallow the Earth. They must find a way to escape together to somewhere safe . . . an elsewhen.

Bullock is a longtime fan of sci-fi and a firm believer in the strength of the bond between two people truly in love. His tale of commitment across the multiverse is a thrilling, high-stakes romance laced with humor. "Elsewhen had its beginnings when I worked at a radio astronomy site," said Bullock. "From there, the idea of two inseparable lovers who are literally 'star-crossed' followed."

A scientist makes two stunning discoveries: First, his lost soul mate is alive in an alternate universe, and second, the Earth is doomed. Science prodigies Lije (Elijah) Grant and Laura Bess Austin have been soul mates since they were kids. But as Laura Bess is flying off to college, the plane goes down and all aboard are lost. Lije is devastated; the love of his life is gone. Lije grows up to become an astrophysicist, living a minimal existence, tracking boring space junk, night after tedious night at a radar station. Then one evening, he notices a satellite suddenly veering off course, disappearing into deep space. Investigating, he discovers that it is the work of a small black hole, and it is coming closer. The Earth has maybe two weeks before Armageddon. And that's when Laura Bess walks up to Lije in a coffee shop and says "Hello, stranger." The future just isn't what it used to be. Neither is the past. (Abbott Press)

Gary Bullock is a professional actor and writer with over 25 years of experience in film and television. He is originally from east Tennessee and currently lives in North Carolina with his soul mate, Mil Nicholson, where they produce audiobooks. Website

By Gary Bullock
Abbott Press
Published 5/31/2012
ISBN 978-1-45820-395-3
118 pages
Hardcover $29
Paperback $12
e-book $4
(Abbott Press Prices)

No. 2

"Cultures Without Borders"

By May Rihani

"Cultures Without Borders" By May Rihani
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), over 70 million girls of primary or secondary school age were not enrolled in 2009. May Rihani, an international expert in gender equity and women's empowerment, wants to bring the issue of girls' education to the forefront in all the countries of the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia.

Rihani served as the co-chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) between 2008 and 2010. Currently, she serves on a number of boards including Mothers2mothers in South Africa, the King Abdullah Education Initiative in Saudi Arabia, and Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education based in the US. Rihani's new book, "Cultures Without Borders", is the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences.

"I felt the need to write about the transformative power of girls' education and why it is truly the cornerstone of women's empowerment in a modern economy," said Rihani. "I draw upon examples from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Congo and many other countries."

"Cultures Without Borders" is a timely book focusing on issues continually highlighted in mainstream media, from the recent Nobel Peace Prize recipients to events in Nigeria, the Middle East and beyond.

May Rihani is a Lebanese-American woman who grew up in Lebanon during its golden years from the 1950s through 1975. She is the former Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) and a board member of several international organizations. She has designed and managed dozens of cross-cutting girls' education and gender equity programs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has written several books about girls' education and women's empowerment. Her expertise is sought by donors including, USAID, UNICEF, and the GE, ExxonMobil, Kenora, and MasterCard foundations. For more information, visit

"Cultures Without Borders"
By May Rihani
Author House
Published 9/15/2014
ISBN 978-1-49693-646-2
534 Pages
HArdcover $36
Paperback $27
e-Book $4

No. 3

"Angelina's Secret"

By Diane Merrill Wigginton

"Angelina's Secret" By Diane Merrill Wigginton
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Being brilliant and beautiful isn't worth it without independence. Un-owned by a man in a time when marriage was all but required, Angelina abandoned her aristocratic family to set out on her own in author Diane Merrill Wigginton's new novel, "Angelina's Secret". Set in historic high society London and France, the story follows Angelina on her journey. When a daring and ambitious privateer captain sets his sights on her, he decides to get what he wants, and take it if he must. Both of them have their fair share of secrets . . . some of them yet to be discovered.

Wigginton is a fresh new author who is already working on the next entry in the series. She is excited to share Angelina's adventures on the high seas.

"There's romance and passion, but also imminent danger and struggles for survival," Wigginton said. "Angelina is a tough and clever girl."

Lady Angelina Marguerite Amelia Stewart was born in a time when women were valued for their beauty and titles but little else. As a beloved daughter, Angelina was blessed with a quick mind and a sharp wit which she used liberally regardless of consequences. Determined never to be owned by any man, she shunned societal rules to live life on her own terms. Surprised by her parents for her nineteenth birthday, Angelina sets out on a sea voyage that will challenge her resolve and discovers a family secret that changes her life. Captain Jude Deveraux is living a double life. He is the Captain of a band of French privateers sanctioned by the King of France to steal and plunder unsuspecting ships that sail into his territory. Jude was awarded the title of Duke of Bayonne for services rendered to the Crown. He had been educated in the finest schools in London alongside other aristocratic noblemen so he knows how to blend in. Jilted in his youth, Jude is determined to take what he wants and he soon discovers that he wants Lady Stewart. (Overview at Xlibris)

Diane Merrill Wigginton was born in Riverside, California and raised in San Diego. She now resides in the rural community of Herald, California forty-five minutes south of Sacramento with her husband David. They have one daughter and five sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter. Greatly influenced by her summers spent in Burley, Idaho with her mother's parents, she developed a great imagination and love for words. Fascinated by exploring new places and cultures, she channels these interests into her writing.

"Angelina's Secret" By Diane Merrill Wigginton
Xlibris Books
Published 6/28/2014
ISBN 978-1-49903-900-9
352 Pages
Hardcover $30
Paperback $20
e-Book $4

No. 4


By Linda Lipscomb Juergensen

"Abrupt" By Linda Lipscomb Juergensen
SPOKANE, Wash. -- As fracking and agriculture continue to contaminate water supplies, author Linda Lipscomb Juergensen believes that educating society is the key to preventing water crises from developing.

Juergensen's fast-paced novel "Abrupt" focuses on the issues of water scarcity and contamination, in addition to the dangers of being unprepared for an upcoming shortage. As the protagonist suddenly finds herself without a supply of clean water, readers will understand the need to protect and use water efficiently.

As a former teacher, Juergensen believes "Abrupt" can be a catalyst for teachers discussing water crises.

"We can no longer take water for granted," Juergensen said. "This is an excellent time for young readers to become aware of the environmental issues we face. The worst time to learn about the damage we're doing is when it's already too late."

With only one year left of school, she and her girlfriends were excited about their summer plans, staying at a cabin by themselves for a week and finally being asked to the prestigious Priest Lake Dock party. But a week before school is out on May 29th, over 1500 miles away, an earthquake registering 8.9 on the Richter scale hit California. This event changes not only the lives of the people in the area, but it also affects the people as far up as the panhandle of Idaho. (Read More at Amazon)

Linda Lipscomb Juergensen advocates for clean water and has taught as a kindergarten through eighth grade teacher for more than 30 years. She enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest as she camps, rides horses and spends time with her Border collie. Juergensen received a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University, a master's degree from Eastern Washington University and a technical writing certificate from the University of Washington.

By Linda Lipscomb Juergensen
Xlibris Books
July 22, 2014
ISBN-10: 1499043333
ISBN-13: 978-1499043334
158 Pages
Hardcover $27
Paperback $27
e-Book $4

No. 5

"Para-Dreaming: An Otherworldly Window into Paranormal Dreaming"

by Meredith Lugial

"Para-Dreaming: An Otherworldly Window into Paranormal Dreaming" by Meredith Lugial
United Kingdom -- Meredith Lugiai's skills as a dream intuitive and dream guide are unique to say the least. She has spent the past two-decades studying the dreams of thousands of people and, having become acutely aware of science's inability to answer even the most basic of questions, has uncovered a ground-breaking new concept now being made public for the first time. Para-Dreaming: An Otherworldly Window into Paranormal Dreaming' goes beyond traditional psychology into a world that has previously been unexplainable.

Synopsis: Our dreams are perhaps one of the biggest mysteries. While science has taken us great strides through many 'unsolved' mysteries of the human psyche, there remains much to be learned. Meredith Lugiai has spent the past twenty years researching dreams from various standpoints to include the philosophies of Jung and Freud. Meredith's discoveries, through her own experiences and those of others, have led her down a road yet to be paved into the wild nature of our dreams. In fact, Meredith is the first researcher to introduce the name of this new concept of dreaming....Para-dreaming. So what is the definition of 'para-dreaming'? The root word 'para', derived from the Greek language meaning 'near, alongside, beyond, beside and abnormal'. In other words, para-dreaming is dreaming in the beyond or paranormal dreaming. Many of us have had dreams that have yet to be explained through the mainstream concept of dreaming. We search out experts to explain our experiences and are left with more questions than answers. Perhaps you too have been left with questions. Questions like:

  • Why do I experience meeting beings that appear to be very real and convey concepts yet undiscovered?
  • How can I explain dreaming about an event before it actually happens?
  • Why do I dream about people that I've never met who still seem familiar to me in my dream?
  • I've heard our souls travel when we are dreaming, but where are they going and what are they doing?

"Everyone knows that dreams are powerful. They can predict the future, provide fresh perspective on existing events and even make life-changing decisions. The issue is that most people don't understand why this is the case, with existing science and psychology confusing matters. To get answers, we must look beyond the normal, to the paranormal. When we enter that realm, it's amazing what we can actually discover. In fact, when you understand the concept of para-dreaming, there's very little you won't understand!"

Meredith Smith is a dream intuitive and dream guide with a very down-to-earth persona. Her work with dreams answers questions we've all had about some dream experience almost never talked about. She has been researching dreams for 20 years and through her own experiences and those shared by others, she has been able to put together some of the most complex puzzles in the dream realm.

"Para-Dreaming: An Otherworldly Window into Paranormal Dreaming"
by Meredith Lugial
Kal-Ba Publishing
Published Oct 23, 2014
ISBN-10: 0991072359
ISBN-13: 978-0991072354
244 Pages
Paperback $10
Kindle $1

No. 6

"Two Journeys"

by Daniel Nelson

"Two Journeys" by Daniel Nelson
Daniel Nelson had a successful career as a corporate executive before deciding to retire early and pursue a career as a pastoral minster in the Catholic Church. While in Nelson's last year of his masters program in pastoral ministry and theology, his 29-year-old son, Chris, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Torn between finishing his last year and spending as much time as possible with his son, he was encouraged by Chris to pursue his destiny. The journey Nelson and his son faced during Chris' last days were a true test of faith that was overcome with understanding suffering, learning forgiveness and embracing the power of prayer.

Nelson was the hospice chaplain during his son's last days, and the spiritual journey Nelson and Chris shared during that time inspired Nelson's new book, "Two Journeys." It shares Chris' story and the journey they both went on in search of meaning and hope in the midst of their suffering and the importance of God during tough times. (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

"My first intent for writing 'Two Journeys' was to reach hospice chaplains and other pastoral ministers, but the more I wrote the more I realized it could help those who are confused by the contradictions and chaos of society," Nelson said. "Young people are desperately trying to find meaning in the world and Chris' faith journey is well-suited for his generation."

"Two Journeys" contains a dissertation, the purpose of this dissertation is to articulate how it is possible for a person to find meaning and Christian hope through suffering, forgiveness, and prayer. Throughout the course of life, we continually seek to find meaning through the various experiences that come about including our joys and successes, as well as our trials and tribulations. Seen through the lens of Christian faith, profound meaning-making can be found through suffering, the need to forgive, and the need for prayer. This project focuses on the reality of personal experiences of suffering, forgiveness, and prayer as essential catalysts for finding meaning and hope in life. [Research Methods] This project met research aims through the inclusion of various authors who offer particular insights relevant to each major section of the project. The project engages both my own personal narrative and the personal narrative of my son with the insights from the authors. The main conclusion drawn from this project is that profound meaning and Christian hope can be found through the acceptance and understanding of suffering, forgiveness, and prayer. This project offers pastoral ministers and other people who seek a closer relationship with God, an example of how one can find meaning and hope through suffering, forgiveness, and prayer. (Author Website)

"Two Journeys"
by Daniel Nelson
Xlibris Publishing
Published 12/30/13
ISBN-13: 9781493152612
166 Pages
Paperback $14
e-Book $3.50

No. 7

"Birds of Prey"

By Robert Abatti

"Birds of Prey" By Robert Abatti
SAN FRANCISCO -- Unique, interesting characters and a captivating plot--these are two important elements to any good read. Author Robert Abatti has fulfilled these two necessary elements in his new book, "Birds of Prey." The story follows Lieutenant DiMarco as he makes the discovery of freshly dug graves in the Mojave Desert bearing the same signature of a notorious serial killer thought to have been caught by the FBI and executed in West Virginia.

Filled with many twists and turns, government interference and complicated characters, "Birds of Prey" takes the readers on a journey into the mind of a serial killer as Lieutenant DiMarco realizes this is the only means to catch the killer. Readers will be engaged and entertained as Abatti masterfully reveals the fine line that separates the hunter from his prey during the pursuit--revealing that the line is often times far thinner than could be imagined.

"I did intensive research into many of the not so famious serial killers, as well as the notorious ones (i.e., Charles Manson/Ted Bundy), into their psychiatric/medical backgrounds. The research showed that most serial killers are not 'psychopaths' as portrayed on TV/movies, but more sociopathic and your next-door neighbor type. This gave me the basis of my story of one such killer," Abatti said.

(Overview at Authorhouse) Birds of Prey is the fictional story of a notorious serial killer, thought to have been caught by the FBI and executed in West Virginia only to resurface ten years later in Southern California. The discovery by CHP Lieutenant Philip DiMarco of freshly dug graves in the Mojave Desert that bear the murderer's signature puts DiMarco in the middle of a nationwide manhunt by a task force of multiple law enforcement agencies for a militarily trained sociopath. The ensuing trail of murder leads to an intense cat-and-mouse game between the forces of good and evil, which becomes entangled in the politics of Washington, DC. As the task force gets closer to the killer only to be outmaneuvered and the death toll mounts, pressure intensifies from the highest levels of the federal government for his capture or termination. Frustrated with the lack of successful operations, Lieutenant DiMarco realizes the only avenue to success is to behave and think like the killer, which reveals the fine line that separates the hunter from his prey during the pursuit.

Robert Abatti was born and raised in New York. He graduated from New York University and New York Medical College before completing his residency at the University of Southern California. He is a practicing family physician with over thirty years of medical experience, who began writing as a medical student. He resides in Northern California with his wife, children, and grandchildren

"Birds of Prey"
By Robert Abatti
Author House
Published 6/10/2014
ISBN: 978-1-49691-761-4
488 Pages
Softcover $27

No. 8

"Tsunami Eyes"

by Shane Colwell's

"Tsunami Eyes" by Shane Colwell
You suddenly find yourself in a situation where you are about to die. Are you happy with the life you have lived? In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood firm, a Thai boy stands in the midst of a tsunami and watches a young couple, Rosie and Jamie, living their last moments through each other's eyes and ignoring the suffocating eternity surrounding them. It is during this moment that their lives and the story of how they fell in love, while happily ignorant of the final summation of their wounded love, are revisited.

Shane Colwell's new novel "Tsunami Eyes," is a deeply moving tale that will involve and awaken readers, while highlighting the importance of not taking those you love for granted. A page-turning romance novel in reverse, "Tsunami Eyes" challenges readers to question what is important while highlighting significant themes found in life.

The initial inspiration for this novel derive from two near death experiences in New York in 2001, where the fleeting nature of life passed by me quite profoundly. Since then, I have had a deep fascination with finding ones soul mate, living life to the full and not wasting time on activities or people I do not have a passion for. On September 8th 2001, I almost died in a fire on an industrial site in Queens New York.

Three days later, I viewed the apallng twin towers attack from Canal Street. In the first instance, during the milliseconds contemplating my exit strategy while the inferno was about to accelerate, my past, present and future really did pass by my eyes. The clarity and awareness that my life lived up until that moment was not a fulfilling one has given me a positive fear and compelling energy to live life to its fullness ever since. (Read More on Author's Site)

Shane Colwell was born in Dublin Ireland and currently lives in Dubai with my girlfriend and dog. He considers himself similar to his character 'Jamie', who is also from Ireland, also with a PhD and also who ends up travelling around South America for a year and living in The Netherlands and Russia!

"Tsunami Eyes"
by Shane Colwell
Lulu Books
Published Feb 21, 2014
ISBN 9781483408392
234 Pages
Paperback $20
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No. 9

"The Teaching Brain"

by Vanessa Rodriguez and Michelle Fitzpatrick

"The Teaching Brain" by Vanessa Rodriguez and Michelle Fitzpatrick
The concept of teaching has traditionally been viewed as the simple transfer of knowledge from one person to another, such as an elementary school teacher drilling her students on the rules of addition or subtraction, or a college professor lecturing on the differences between ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia. Yet, this traditional definition fails to encompass other forms of teaching. Whenever a mother places her fingers over her daughter's hands to help tie her shoelaces, or when best friends discover how to play jacks together, a form of teaching is taking place. As a way to illuminate the underlying process of teaching for parents, students, and teachers themselves, Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral candidate Vanessa Rodriguez has written the new book, The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education (The New Press, November 2014), with Harvard graduate Michelle Fitzpatrick. In this revolutionary book, Rodriguez and Fitzpatrick challenge current beliefs by explaining the need for a paradigm shift in how everyone views the process of teaching.

Building upon experience, research, and a unique framework, Rodriguez and Fitzpatrick argue that teaching must be framed by two simple, but revolutionary ideas: teaching is a natural cognitive ability that develops from birth through adulthood; and unlike learning, is an inherently interactive experience. All teaching is a social interaction between people and a social cognitive skill that develops over time - whether between teacher and student, parent and child, friends, or spouses. Together, people create knowledge and understanding, with one person guiding the other to grow -- intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Teaching interactions can be improved through understanding the skill development of our "Teaching Brain." Spouses can build a foundation to improve their relationship, bosses can have more productive meetings with their workers, and families can learn from each other and grow closer together.

"We are all teachers but books on teaching typically focus on using teachers as mere tools for learning," says Rodriguez. "Most people focus on what they want students to learn and therefore what teachers should be trained to teach. Instead, our book is about the teaching that all humans do. No book has ever actually ever answered the question, 'what is teaching?' until now. The 'Teaching Brain' completely shifts the paradigm of how we understand teaching as parents, spouses, life coaches, bosses and more."

Rodriguez began her research career as a fellow of the Teacher's Network Policy Institute. Her research focuses on the application of the Mind, Brain, and Education principles to understand the "Teaching Brain." Her work has been recognized for its innovation and potential impact on education by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. The Teaching Brain is her first book and she currently lives in Cambridge, MA. With a B.A. in Literature and English Education from New York University, an M.S.Ed from the City College of New York, and an M.A. in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University, Rodriguez is currently pursuing a doctorate at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Education.

Fitzpatrick recently studied education neuroscience at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she earned an Ed.M. Previously, she earned an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and a B.A. in English and French at Rice University. As professional writer, she has co-authored numerous books on women's health, psychology, sexuality, neuroscience, and education, among them several international bestsellers. Learn more about Rodriguez and The Teaching Brain at:

"The Teaching Brain" by Vanessa Rodriguez and Michelle Fitzpatrick
Kindle $15

No. 10

"Undue Rewards"

by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett

"Undue Rewards" by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett
United Kingdom -- Everyone makes mistakes. However, few tear a family to pieces and see the person making the error fleeing the country in despair. However, when this situation does come to pass, is redemption ever possible? This concept is explored in 'Undue Rewards', a new novel by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett. After a mysterious robbery at a law firm, is the protagonist actually responsible? If so, how can he crawl back from this most epic of mistakes?

Synopsis: Undue Rewards is the story of a man whose family is torn apart partly by a costly mistake which he is said to have made at his firm Brack and Brack. Alex and Richard now have to live separate lives and Alex is left with two children to take care of at such short notice. Richard now has to do all he can to not only save his career but also his family who seem to be falling apart by the seems as a result of this potentially harmful mistake which has had a domino effect on those around him. Will the town be able to fix this? Will his firm Brack and Brack be able to repair the damages caused to the firm? And how will this pan out? Can Richard hold it together when the sky seems to be falling and he has no control over his future?

This novel is full of unexpected twists and turns which will leave the reader engaged to the very end. "Themes of guilt, family and redemption collide in my narrative with dramatic fashion," says Davidson- Jarrett. "The book is really split into two parts -- Richard's mistake and then how he tries to clean everything up. However, as with any good book, it isn't simple. One of the main plotlines is the effect the robbery has on Richard's family. The lives and character of his two children begin to change as his actions threaten to rub off on their continued livelihood. His wife is left to face the brunt of the family's new reputation whilst Richard is out of the country. Of course, Richard wants his family to remain as close-knit as they were before, and you'll need to buy the book to find out what happens." 'Undue Rewards' is available for UK customers at:

Dudley Davidson-Jarrett was born in the small town of Beckenham South London. After finishing his schooling at Hilton College South Africa he went on to major in Sociology, Law and politics at Rhodes University South Africa. After a few years here he returned to his home city London to enter the Human Resources Profession. After seeking a bit more freedom in his working career he decided to turn to self-publishing fiction books. The first book was published in November 2014 and the follow up 'The Failed Redemption' became available on May 22nd 2014 free on smash words and is also available in paperback with a special black matte cover finish on Amazon at: He has also recently completed a third title, a non-fiction book, 'The Last Piece - A Guide to Managing People', also available on Amazon. You can keep up to date with his latest works and progress at:

"Undue Rewards"
by Dudley Davidson-Jarrett
CreateSpace Publishing
Nov 4, 2013
ISBN-10: 1490570934
ISBN-13: 978-1490570938
210 Pages
Paperback $11

No. 11

"Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation"

by David A. Grimes, M.D.

"Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation" by David A. Grimes, M.D.
One in three American women will have an abortion by the age of forty-five. Yet, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case in 1973 declaring abortion a constitutional right, the ruling remains curiously abstract. More than four decades later, this common experience in women's lives remain one of the most corrosive social issue in America. In his newest book, international reproductive health care expert David A. Grimes, M.D. chronicles the public health story of illegal and legal abortions in America. The patients' stories laced within the book reflect his 40 years of experience as a gynecologist, including the forgotten transition from illegal, dangerous abortions to the safe, compassionate provision of legal abortions now available to women.

The raw stories portrayed within Every Third Woman in America reveal the human side of the issue and the suffering of women, topics routinely ignored in political debates. From medical aspects of common pregnancy outcomes, to the impact of legal abortion on women and their families, and "hot-button" issues of our times, Dr. Grimes cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety and demographic data as he explores complex legal and medical realities of abortion and its future in America. "Rather than dealing with theories and beliefs, my book examines the extensive medical and public health evidence amassed over forty years," adds Dr. Grimes. "While several books describe the 'bad old days' of abortions, I have found none that offers a medical, biological, and public health perspective."

Dr. Grimes has published more than 130 articles on abortion in peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Annals of Internal Medicine, and The British Medical Journal. He was an editor of the first two editions of the National Abortion Federation textbook on abortion and has been appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as on the Donohue Show, Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Rafael, Nightline, and Good Morning America.

Dr. Grimes has received numerous awards for his contributions to women's health, including a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service, The Christopher Tietze Award from the National Abortion Federation, and the Alan Guttmacher Award from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1997, was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the U.K.

"Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation"by David A. Grimes, M.D.
Daymark Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780990833604
444 pages
Paperback $18

No. 12

"Coloring for Dark"

By Linda Powers-Daniel

"Coloring for Dark" By Linda Powers-Daniel
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Most agree that the women's rights movement has made tremendous progress in the past 50-years. However, current events such as the increasing gender pay gap show and the NFL's domestic abuse policy illuminate that there is still work to be done. Author, Linda Powers-Daniel believes that empowering women begins with a positive portrayal of females in popular culture. She makes a point of positioning strong, independent women as protagonists in all her novels. "By increasing the number of female role models, we can begin to begin to alter the global perception of women," Powers-Daniel said.

Powers-Daniel's new book is set in Southern Appalachia and is an inspirational allegory of her mother. "Coloring for Dark" is the tale of three sisters who launch themselves on a quest to unlock their father's murder. It tells a story of bootlegging, adultery and proud resilient women who refuse to yield to betrayal or hardscrabble lives.

( overview)For the people of rural Backbone Ridge, Virginia, in Southern Appalachia, endurance is a way of life. Coal mining put bread on the table and too many bodies in the ground. To lighten the load, some turned to moonshine. Others, like Laurel Victoria, turned to Celtic mountain religion for deliverance. Coloring for Dark is a tragic, interwoven story of Laurel, her sisters Georgiana Paige and Scarlet Jewel, and their mother Maggie. Shattered by the untimely death of her firstborn son, Maggie must somehow find the strength to survive her husband's betrayal. His irresistible charm blinds her to Brady's many flaws. After he is murdered in 1955, his daughters launch themselves on a quest to solve the crime. The girls learn of their father's turbulent past, the secrets he forced their mother to keep, and how he got himself murdered. Maggie is a strong-willed, independent, and beautiful mother, a woman who had long ago survived a dual mystery of losing her natural life to the spiritual. The "gifts of the spirit," as Maggie describes them, were given to her by God. Drawn home again in 1977, when a flood destroys her childhood home, Laurel must once again face the many demons of her past. She's built a new life for herself in Tennessee, one she's willing to protect. Can she avoid the traps of her past? Their story, filled with dark and light and all the shades in between, is one of determination, survival, secrets, love, and redemption.




Linda Power-Daniel owned a human resource consulting practice in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was educated at Southwest Virginia Community College and East Tennessee State University. Originally from Southern Appalachia, Virginia, she is mother of two and grandmother of three. Powers-Daniel resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a member of the Chattanooga Writer's Guild.

"Coloring for Dark"
By Linda Powers-Daniel
iUniverse Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-49174-244-0
242 pages
Hardcover $27
Paperback $17
e-Book $5

No. 13

"Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors"

by Lisa Ferentz

"Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors" by Lisa Ferentz
When we hear the term 'self-harm,' we typically think of acts like cutting, burning or scratching. Yet, a more common for of self-harm -- eating disorders -- impacts up to 24 million people of all ages and genders in the U.S. Although eating disorders are typically twice as common in women, binge eating seems to be an "equal opportunity" disorder, with 40% occurrence in men as well.

"Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression," shares psychotherapist Lisa Ferentz. "While this form of excessive, sometimes zoned out eating might not seem to be as harmful as other forms of self-harm, it can still lead to serious issues such as obesity and diabetes. Worst of all, however, it allows the sufferer to stay on the same path of their internal struggle and practice of self-destructive behaviors."

Lisa Ferentz is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 30 years, specializing in adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect. Ferentz presents workshops, lectures, and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to private practitioners, domestic violence programs and mental health agencies.

She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several universities, and is Founder and President of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc., an organization that has been providing continuing education classes and Certificates in Advanced Trauma Treatment to mental health professionals for the past 7 years. In 2009, she was voted "Social Worker of the Year" by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Ferentz is also the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician's Guide, now in its second edition. Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors is available for purchase at

"Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors"
by Lisa Ferentz
Collins Books
Published Oct 8, 2014
ISBN: 9781317626657
E-Book Price $26

No. 14

"Seeing By Moonlight"

by Nicholas Thurkettle and MF Thomas

"Seeing By Moonlight" by Nicholas Thurkettle
"Seeing by Moonlight" is a thriller that fuses the history of the German rocketry program with a science fiction twist to create a sweeping tale of secrets and love that spans generations past, present, and future. (Preview of Chapter 1 here.)

After the and the failed test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and the explosion of the Antares Rocket off the coast of Virginia from the NASA contractor Orbital Sciences Corp. the world is left wondering, where do we go from here in the space race? Nicholas Thurkettle co author with M.F. Thomas of the just released book Seeing by Moonlight suggests we look to the past and examine the influence of WWII era German rocket technology from Werner Van Braun and how it helped shape NASA's heyday before any other problems flare up!

1941: On the eve of America's entry into World War II, Nazi Germany is developing a new weapon of unprecedented power, one that will give them ultimate victory over all the nations of the world. But the war turns against them before it is completed, and a conspiracy forms to preserve the weapon and carry on the research.

1999: At the dawn of a new century, Alex Pyke, a self-styled bachelor entrepreneur, wants only the American Dream of a bigger house and a fatter bank account. But a business opportunity lures him back to Germany, the country he left as an orphan of five during the height of the Cold War. Upon his arrival, he is swept up in a deadly adventure involving an aging industrialist and his brilliant, beautiful niece. Even as Alex unravels the mysteries of his own family's history, he makes a discovery that will change the direction of his life, and maybe the whole world beyond.

Nicholas Thurkettle is a screenwriter, playwright, and author living in Los Angeles, California. He studied Theatre Arts and Music at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. Information about his other work, including his forthcoming short story collection Stages of Sleep, is available at his website:

He co-authored SEEING BY MOONLIGHT with MF Thomas who has lived and worked in over 20 countries. He is very happy to be home in the United States and writing. WEBSITE:

"Seeing By Moonlight"
by Nicholas Thurkettle
Publisher Bookbaby
ISBN-13: 9781483508597
270 Pages
Nook Book $4
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No. 15

"Nestled Amongst Temples"

by Jillain McKay

"Nestled Amongst Temples" by Jillain McKay
United Kingdom -- While India and the United Kingdom seem perfectly integrated on British Soil, a string of movies based in India have created a huge thirst for learning about this awe-inspiring country. Manchester- based senior lecturer, Jillain McCay, now has an unlikely yet gripping story of her own to buck the trend of these fictional narratives, and it's all exposed in her thought-provoking new memoir. 'Nestled Amongst Temples' is as insightful as it is entertaining; a seat-of-the-pants cultural awakening that imparts a steady stream of bold life lessons.

Synopsis: Cajoled by her daughter to join her in India to help launch a business venture into fashion design, Nestled Amongst Temples chronicles a six-month career break spent by the author in this beautiful country. It is a funny, poignant story with undertones of self-discovery as trials and tribulations are met along the way. Colourful characters encountered during the journey are described in loving detail and with humorous insight. The wonderful fusion of east and west is depicted beautifully alongside the inevitable culture clashes that occur and the often hilarious consequences of these. Living in a small house within an Indian suburb, the author and her daughter become a source of great amusement to their neighbours who are both fascinated and bemused by these two western women with their strange antics and puzzling behaviours. Nestled amongst Temples not only affords the reader a clear insight into Indian life as viewed through the eyes of a westerner, but also a glimpse of western life as seen through Indian eyes. Both lenses offer glimmers of hilarity, humanity and hope.

"The book contains twenty-two unforgettable chapters that each have something important to share," explains McKay, who has also lived in New York City. "The story starts in the midst of India as I ride into Mapsa, a town in Goa, and have that culture-punching moment when I literally realise that I'm not in Kansas anymore. Dodging traffic and animals and with the bustling town causing my heart to pound; I start to wonder what on earth I have let myself in for. But then the spiritual awakening begins. We travel to the north of the country by bus -- an unforgettable experience in itself. Dealing as market traders, we attempt to launch my daughter's fashion business and meet some life-changing characters along the way. We embrace a very unique and different Christmas and New Year in the country. The whole time I felt a million miles away from home and knew that my life would never quite be the same again."

Jillain McKay lives in Manchester, United Kingdom. She holds a Doctorate in Education and works full-time as a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester having been employed in academia for over twenty years. Although born and brought up in the northwest of England, she has lived in New York City and also spent six months travelling in India which became the basis for her novel Nestled Amongst Temples. Jill has written numerous academic publications, but this is her first venture into writing for an audience outside of education. Jillain McKay is a pen name.

"Nestled Amongst Temples"
by Jillain McKay
Nook Book $7

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