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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Questioning Life and Choices
By R.P. BenDedek
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:17:27 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
(Dec 14 - Dec 20)

  1. Using The Brain's Right And Left Sides When Writing A Book by Stan Yocum Author of "Unrelenting Nightmare"

Book Reviews Published during the last week
(Dec 14 - Dec 20)

Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Blueberry Patch" by Laura Lee Royale
Dec 17, 2004

Unless one had experienced this type of illness in one's own family, one cannot understand what a difficult journey the patient and family goes through upon being diagnosed. "The Blueberry Patch" helps the reader to understand how the different "medical" establishments view patients with mental problems/diagnoses and how the patient is treated.

Martha Stevens-David Review: "Redemption" by Ian Prattis
Dec 17, 2014

I found this book, "Redemption," to be well-thought out as only a story that the writer has experienced himself can be. As I read the horrific and heart breaking things the main character, Callum Mor, had to endure in his search for life of his own, I was reminded of an old saying that my own parents and grandparents always told us when we were young and unwanted hardships were forced upon us: "Remember, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger!" And so it was with this book's main character.

R.P. BenDedek

NOTE: January 1st 2015 begins a new year under a different Editor but at this point in time I have no information as to who that will be. While my resignation was accepted, I have not been provided any information about what happens on January First. I hope that I shall be permitted to continue publishing the Book Basket in my column and further hope that author articles will likewise continue to be published.

No. 1


By Henri Sfeir

"Ashnar" By Henri Sfeir
RAYFOUN, Lebanon -- How does a young, impressionable boy turn into a man confident in his own views? Henri Sfeir explores this timeless question in his new novel, "Ashnar." Set in the time of ancient philosophers Socrates and Plato, the novel follows Ashnar, a young prince on the precipice of adulthood as he grapples with the startling realization that he doesn't want to inherit his father's kingdom.

Instead, Ashnar sets off on a journey to formulate his own views on politics and governing. His quest to discover the utmost truth in life takes him to far off places where he discovers love, truth and ultimate understanding of his life purpose.

"Ashnar's journey parallels that of any person who continuously seeks the truth," Sfeir said. "Readers will see themselves in Ashnar's tale of enlightenment, suspense and history that uncovers answers he never expected."

In addition to his life experiences, Sfeir brings significant political and business experience to the book. As a prominent elected official who was thwarted by powerful, repressive authorities, Sfeir fostered a long career as an independent and outspoken voice in the Lebanese society. He brings this tendency to seek your own way, and search for truth amongst the confusion, to Ashnar's tale.

"Ashnar is a beacon of hope for readers searching for truth," Sfeir said. "Like him, I have always endeavored to bring an independent voice and perspective into my life."

Henri R. Sfeir was born in Lebanon and pursued higher education in Paris, where he earned master's degree in sciences and economics and a graduate degree in engineering. He is a former bank chairman, television network founder, newspaper publisher, and elected official. Best known for his international relations and moderate stances, Sfeir currently resides in Lebanon. For more information, visit

By Henri Sfeir
Archway Publishing
Published 9/26/2014
ISBN 978-1-48080-766-2
162 Pages
Hardcover $31
Softcover $13
E-Book $8

No. 2

"The Shimmering"

by Robin Witney

"The Shimmering" by Robin Witney
United Kingdom -- Geopolitics is often blamed by the public and the media for causing the majority of the world's problems; a complete reversal of each leader's mandate to protect the citizens that swore them in. In Robin Witney's new novel, these same leaders could be about to systematically destroy the planet. 'The Shimmering' is cinematic, putting readers in the middle of the action for a globe-trotting adventure where nobody knows who to trust, or where the grey area between 'good guy' and 'bad guy' really is.

Synopsis: The president of the United States shoots himself, which coincides with the arrest of the British prime minister and most of his cabinet. Our burning of fossil fuels is causing a secret civilisation food source to decline that their own existence is threatened and after much deliberation they have chosen me to help them to try and reverse the situation. It's a major problem the whole of the USA is likely to erupt causing another ice age. which no one will survive, closing down all polluting organisations unless they can be carbon neutral within 6 months, a Russian general tries to kill me and possibly the whole of the southwest of England, so that he can deploy a dirty nuclear device that will contaminate the middle east oil production and raise the price of crude to a level that will set the world into terminal decline. The CIA had a plan to eliminate all the terrorists if they were all together and Earth Corporation my company gave them this opportunity, what they had not realised that the President's closest friends would be there.

"While this book doesn't exactly mirror the present day, we are supposedly on the verge of another Cold War, so at times it can be hard to differentiate fact from fiction," explains Witney. "We live in very turbulent times, just like the start of the narrative. Of course, let's hope it is just a book and not a prophecy! I've had incredible feedback to this book so have decided to turn it into a trilogy. The next two volumes are all in my head and I'm currently getting them down on paper. Both should be released by the end of next year, so sit tight to find out what corruption lays around the corner.

Robin Witney was born in 1949, West London. "I suppose I am part of the baby boomer generation, remember old money, it seemed to go further than it does now. The Beatles the Stones and all the Rock legends were part of my growing up, I suppose the old cliché if you can remember the sixties you weren't really there, I remember it with fondness, and still meet up with friends from that time in my life I started writing the Shimmering in 2005, I had a dream which was so vivid it woke me up and best of all I remembered it, now the spooky bit when I went back to sleep, the dream continued where it had left off, I know I was awake as I went to the bathroom, I had never had a dream like it since." For more information, visit the author's official website:

"The Shimmering"
by Robin Witney
Xlibris Books
Published April 13, 2011
ISBN-10: 1456887483
ISBN-13: 978-1456887483
372 pages

No. 3

"Apportionment of Blame"

by Keith Redfern

"Apportionment of Blame" by Keith Redfern
United Kingdom -- The British detective novel is something of a literary staple all around the world and, as a seasoned writer, Keith Redfern wanted to "have a go". What he didn't expect to produce was a smash-hit favourite that is competing with its genre's bestsellers and garnering four and five-star reviews from coast to coast. It's easy to see why -- 'Apportionment of Blame' takes its investigation from the present day back to World War II, into the world of corrupt finance and into the heart of a passionate woman who can't let her half- sister's strange death go unsolved.

Synopsis: When Joyce Hetherington loses her half-sister in a tragic and mysterious railway accident, she calls on her old school friend, Greg Mason, to investigate. Greg has recently begun his own private detective agency and, together, the two uncover secret after secret about her past and the strange set of circumstances surrounding Helen's death, including details about the inheritance that she was set to receive from her grandmother -- an inheritance that was granted instead to an unknown beneficiary. As they sink deeper and deeper into the case, Greg and Joyce begin to realise that not everything is as it seems, and certain seemingly unrelated threads in her family story -- some stretching as far back as World War II -- have the potential to weave a web with far greater implications than either of them could have ever imagined.

"There are three main investigations running in parallel throughout the narrative, that will take Greg to places he has never heard of," explains Redfern, a retired teacher and charity administrator. "But the big theme running through the book is one of connectedness. Seemingly-insignificant events from the past end up having a direct effect on the so-called railway 'accident' -- even though they took place seventy-years ago. Life continuously builds one big web and, in my novel, readers get to see how it all pieces together."

Keith Redfern is retired from both teaching and charity administration, writing is his third career. Originally from Derbyshire in the heart of the country, he now lives in Suffolk, near the east coast. He has also lived in Wales, the Bahamas and most recently, France. He is married to Rosemary, who paints, and has a son, two step daughters and five grandchildren. When not writing he goes for long distance walks, sings with Ipswich Choral Society, studies English history, keeps the garden tidy and travels as much as possible. He also enjoys Current Affairs discussions, most types of music, all types of transport and old movies.

"Apportionment of Blame"
by Keith Redfern
Thames River Press
Published21 April 2014
ISBN-10: 1783082186
ISBN-13: 978-1783082186
264 pages

No. 4


By Nasha Poulin

"Geepeus" By Nasha Poulin
MONTREAL, Canada -- Travel through history and galaxies with a young archeologist who discovered a dormant extraterrestrial life form that leads her on an odyssey to space.

Overview: Geepeus, a humanoid robot, is on a quest with its Creators, traveling to galaxies and restoring planets along with two experimental, humanoid life form (humans). As they go from one dimension to another, many dangerous challenges await them.

Nasha Poulin creates a thrilling science fiction journey in her new novella, "Geepeus." Geepeus is a humanoid robot on a quest to recreate and monitor the humanoid species after their long awaited rediscovery. Poulin incorporates classic science fiction themes such as space travel, extraterrestrial life and futuristic technology.

Poulin's inspiration for her novella came from her love of science fiction, mythology and real life space stories. In "Geepeus," she ties together space travel and historical events to bring her story to life.

This is Poulin's first science fiction novella. With her knack for storytelling, she wishes to provide science fiction enthusiast and young adults an entertaining journey from beginning to end.

Nasha Poulin lives north of Montreal, Canada, in a chalet-style house near a large woodland, where big crows, wild birds and squirrels visit her feeders every morning. On a clear night, the sky is fabulous, providing the imagination with many stories.

By Nasha Poulin
Author Hous
Published 3/12/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4918-6798-3
108 Pages
Hardcover $24
Softcover $15
E-book $4

No. 5

"The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey"

by Max Boyle

"The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey" by Max Boyle
United Kingdom -- Exactly one year ago, one of history's most fascinating studies into Estonia and its people hit the shelves in the form of a unique travelogue by writer Max Boyle. During his two-month tour of the Eastern European nation, Boyle conducted a fascinating piece of casual social research that showed a side of Estonia few will ever get to see. Boyle is now celebrating the first anniversary of 'The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey' with a new marketing push; offering readers a refreshing change to travel books that stick to convention.

Synopsis: Is Estonia home to the most introspective nation in Europe? The stereotypes of Estonians might suggest so, depicting a reticent and uneffusive people for whom, according to their own proverb, 'speaking is silver, silence is gold'. Early one summer, Max Boyle departs his native West Yorkshire to travel the country, of which little beyond the capital, Tallinn, and a Eurovision Song Contest win in 2001 is known in Britain. He takes with him a copy of 'You Are So Little, Little', a poem by tragic nineteenth-century writer Juhan Liiv which speaks of Estonia and its 'indrawn heart'. In an adventure which supplements a backpacking journey with an offbeat behavioural and literary enquiry, he explores his ancestral home, inviting Estonians to comment on Liiv's verses and their own view of themselves. Finally, he comes to terms with memories of previous, troubled visits to Tallinn, and exorcises the ghost of an unhappy liaison with an Estonian woman.

"It's now time to take this book to a wider readership, especially as many European Union countries have seen an increase in their Estonian populations and it becomes more important than ever for people to understand how fascinating these people really are," explains Boyle. "But the book does also draw many of its elements from the traditional travelogue. Readers will get to walk alongside me to see, smell and breathe all that is great about Estonia. There's a love story, too; this book is as well rounded as Estonia itself. I was privileged enough to have it published by Lakeshore Publishing - a U.S.-based publishing house who specialize in Estonian-themed works."

Max Boyle was born of an Estonian mother and Scottish father in Huddersfield in 1958. He studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Huddersfield and has taught English in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Estonia. He now teaches in Huddersfield.

"The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey"
by Max Boyle
Lakeshore Press
Published 17 Nov 2013
ISBN-10: 0984644067
ISBN-13: 978-0984644063
218 pages

No. 6

"Milo - Autistic Warrior"

By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.

"Milo - Autistic Warrior" By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the population of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing each year. Most recent statistics say about one child out of every 68 has autism. Author and educator Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., believes ignorance about neurological diversity amplifies the challenges autism presents to parents, teachers and treatment providers.

In her new fiction novel, "Milo -- Autistic Warrior," she hopes to "contribute to the conversation of what it means to be human and how a society responds to diversity and expectations of normalcy. What qualifies as normal and why do we value it so much?" Dr. Haddon wrote "Milo -- Autistic Warrior" as a novel about family, relationships, autism, repressed rage and the courage required to find identity in the midst of fear and destructiveness. The main character, Milo, is an autistic young man living in a society that both rejects and isolates him for being different. The story provides a glimpse into the future of how individuals with neurological differences will be affected if we don't educate ourselves.

In her more than 20 years as a counseling therapist, Dr. Haddon has acquired a deeper understanding of a bigger issue.

"Schools are notoriously unsafe environments for both children and adults," Dr. Haddon said. "If we care about learning, physical and emotional bullying becomes a cultural issue. Bullying, in all its forms, obliterates a sense of safety by creating an atmosphere of fear, guilt and shame."

Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., is a retired international school educator currently living in Florida. With a master's degree in psychology and a doctorate in education, Elizabeth has worked with children and adults in private practice, as a school counselor and as a school principal for more than 30 years. She has three grown children and 11 grandchildren. "Milo-Autistic Warrior" is her first novel.

"Milo - Autistic Warrior"
By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.
Author House
Published 7/18/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4969-2036-2
434 Pages
Softcover $24
E-book $4

No. 7

"A Chronicle of Intimacies" and "Who Wants to be British?"

by J.S. Raynor

"A Chronicle of Intimacies" and "Who Wants to be British?" by J.S. Raynor
United Kingdom -- Novels about love, sex and their steamy encounters are hitting the shelves faster than can readers can keep up with. However, at the end of the day, they are just fiction. Having lived a life that mirrors many of these fast-paced and palm-sweating narratives, author J.S. Raynor has compiled the story of four of these years into two gripping volumes. 'A Chronicle of Intimacies' and 'Who Wants to be British?' are sometimes unbelievable. However, don't forget -- these stories are anything but fiction.

Synopses: 'A Chronicle of Intimacies' - The year was 1991 and John Raynor's life was in a mess. At forty-six, two years after separating from his wife, he was living on his own and the future seemed very bleak. And then, there was Carol, a divorcee two years younger than him. Suddenly, everything changed, hopefully for the better. The bond was immediate and intense. The problem was that, one day, Carol would need John, both physically and emotionally, while the next, she would be secretive, cool and distant. This is the true account of a sixteen month relationship which turned John's life upside down, with the added complexity of him being registered blind. During this period, he travelled to Paris, Amsterdam and Singapore and made close friends with Wendy, Angeline, Jasmine, Mirz, Amanda and Sarah, but Carol had stolen his heart. Everything in this account is factual, except for Carol's true identity.

'Who Wants to be British?' - Following on from the turbulent events described in "A Chronicle of Intimacies", John Raynor's luck seemed, at last, to be turning in his favour. In January, 1993, he flew from Manchester to the Philippines to meet Aleth Ledres, a Filipina twenty-three years younger than him. The two have been writing for several months and, within a short space of time, they fell in love and their marriage was planned for April. Unfortunately, nothing was ever simple for John and Aleth as many problems seem to prevent them from enjoying a life together in the U.K. Cultural differences, the Catholic Church and British immigration officials all seemed destined to destroy any chance of future happiness. This true account of the couple's romantic adventures echoes The uncanny forecasts of the psychic's predictions.

"Both books almost read like movies, especially when you consider that I went through all of these experiences while being registered blind," explains Raynor. "It added an extra element of struggle to those four years, but lack of sight did allow me to interpret the experiences with a level of logic most are not capable of. At the end of the day, I have an amazing story to tell that bucks the stagnant trend of adult fiction that is driven by nothing but wild imagination. This is what reality really looks like!" Both books are available now:

John Stephen Raynor was born in 1944 in Oldham, Lancashire. He was the second of three children born to Alan and Betty Raynor. At the age of two, John was found to have a serious eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, which would eventually lead to blindness. He was a sickly child and at the age of 8, lived apart from his family in the seaside town of Fleetwood, Lancashire, where it was thought that the environment may be beneficial. There was an improvement in his health and he returned to his family after a period of nine months. He attended Hathershaw Technical High School, where he took an interest in mathematics and science. At 15, John wanted to leave school and started a career as a junior draughtsman at a local architectural practice, Tom Hayes and Company. In 1965 he moved to Oldham Borough Architects, where he met Marie, who became his wife in 1967. Since he left school without any qualifications, he studied in the evenings and passed 5 'O' levels. He then took a 4 year sandwich course at the College of Building in Manchester, where he qualified as an architectural technician. He gained employment in the architects' department at the North West Regional Health Authority. John and Marie moved to Prestwich in Manchester, where they had a son, Mathew, in 1971. It was around this time, that John developed an interest in writing fiction. He was successful in a short story competition, which inspired him to keep writing in his spare time. While working at the Health Authority, John continued his interest in electronics when asked to study computer programming for the department. He soon became a highly proficient programmer, developing applications for architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. He was promoted to the position of computer co-ordinator.

In 1978 he formed his own computer company, Computential. In 1980 he became self-employed and spent long hours building up his business and finding new clients. In 1983 the family moved to Sale in Cheshire, where he continued to build up his business. The work took its toll on his marriage and the couple separated in 1989. His business was thriving, but this was a difficult time, when he suffered a mid-life crisis. During this emotionally-charged period, he wrote a number of short stories, two of which were broadcast on Greater Manchester Radio. Unhappy with his solitary lifestyle, he began looking for a new person in his life. In 1991 he thought he had found the right woman, but after sixteen traumatic months the relationship ended. He did keep a detailed diary of this troubled period in his life. John travelled abroad and soon made friends in several countries, but it was the Philippines where he found his soul-mate. He married Aleth in 1993, but soon discovered problems in bringing her back to the United Kingdom because of British immigration restrictions. Eventually, he succeeded and in December, 1994 their son, James was born, just one month after they returned to the U.K. John wrote an autobiographical account of their immigration problems called, "Who wants to be British?" His happiness was complete when Aleth gave birth to their daughter, Kimberley in 1999. The rich culture of the Philippines, together with facts from his wife's turbulent childhood, provided John with a wealth of material for his novel, 'A Comfortable Death' which took him eight years to write.

John has been registered blind since the age of 35 and relies on his computer with speech synthesis for both software development and creative writing. After a period of twenty years had passed, John used the information from his diaries to publish "A Chronicle of Intimacies" which explicitly detailed his time spent with Carol and followed this with "Who wants to be British?", the two autobiographical books describing the most traumatic four years of his life. John continues to write, both adult novels as J. S. Raynor and short stories for children, using his pen name of Christopher Carr.

No. 8

"Escorted Away"

by Harry Josephson

"Escorted Away" by Harry Josephson
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At the age of 17, Harry Josephson's son was escorted from his childhood home and shipped off to a far away boarding school with the hope of future sobriety. A drug and alcohol addict since the age of 13, Ronald had been robbed of his childhood by substance abuse. For the Josephson family, life would never be the same.

In his new book, "Escorted Away," Harry Josephson shares the heart-wrenching story of his son's addiction. Recalling his experiences in unflinching detail, Josephson's story provides an inspiring example for those who are struggling with substance abuse, or who have been affected by the disease in some way.

"Drug and alcohol addiction is an epidemic in this country," said Josephson. "I hope that my book helps parents everywhere understand the impact of addiction, and how to overcome this growing problem."

Josephson takes readers on a journey through decades of drug and alcohol addiction with the hope that his own lessons learned can help others. The author believes his story will provide a resource for those affected by substance abuse.

"I thought he would come home cured. What a naïve view I had," Josephson said. "As parents, we cannot control or cure our addicted loved one, so I am truly grateful for my son's now two years of sobriety and his new life."

Harry Josephson grew up in a small town in southwest Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University Law School. The 60-year-old Josephson now works at a large financial services firm where he has been for 30 years. He has two children, a son, 25, and a daughter, 12.

"Escorted Away"
by Harry Josephson
Xlibris Corp
Published 8/20/2014
ISBN-13: 9781499052510
Pages: 132
Softcover $18
E-book $3.50

No. 9

"Dancing in the Red Snow"

By Elizabeth Cain

"Dancing in the Red Snow" By Elizabeth Cain
LINCOLN, Mont. -- Elizabeth Cain is a bit of a renaissance woman. Running sled dogs, riding dressage horses, running in state politics, teaching poetry, as well as studying Spanish and Swahili paints a picture of a woman who is a student of the world. Speaking of painting - she does that too. Her latest endeavor is a novel titled "Dancing in the Red Snow." In it, the third generation of a Nevada ranching family faces grave losses with barely a prayer to hold onto. Although life has a steady rhythm on the Rancho del Cielo Azul, a freak lightning storm rolls out from behind the looming mountains and sweeps over Hank Rose's parents who are stranded on their horses in the desert. The horror of their deaths seems to be softened by the birth of the Roses' daughter, Sunny, but in a few short years, the girl is abducted from the county fair and hopelessness sets in again.

The story's narrative parallels the characters' struggles--the Roses' efforts to find meaning in their existence without their little girl and Sunny's attempts to free herself from the illusive and abusive kidnapper.

"It's a nightmare to lose a child," Cain said. "But for Sunny, it's a trauma she barely understands."

When Sunny is recovered after eight harrowing years, she comes home changed and confused. Her father is forced to wrestle with a past he would rather forget and has to reveal his dead mother's deepest secret and one of his own to help Sunny find her way.

"Dancing in the Red Snow" is the compelling tale of a girl's dark journey with a vengeful woman she has to call "Mommy" and the courage she shows on a surprising path to healing. For more information or to contact the author, visit

Elizabeth Cain was a secondary school teacher for 31 years in California. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, photography, and painting. Cain now lives in Montana with her husband, Jerry, and their menagerie of sled dogs, cats, and horses. This is her fourth novel and the sequel to "Almost Paradise."

"Dancing in the Red Snow"
By Elizabeth Cain
ISBN: 978-1-4917-3970-9
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon
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No. 10

"2077: Knights of Peace"

By J.L. Sears

"2077: Knights of Peace" By J.L. Sears
HITCHIN, England -- According to a monograph by Milton Leitenberg, 231 million people died in wars and conflicts throughout the 20th century. Ordnance--from bullets to bombs to WMDs--is so powerfully destructive that the consequences of it being used by malevolent groups who also have access to data encryption and the Internet are a problem humanity already faces. In author John Sears' view, the problem somehow has to be tackled without using violence, since violence only causes escalation into more violence. The solution also must come without destroying freedom of thought or speech.

In futuristic thriller 2077: Knights of Peace, the main character joins a team sworn to destroy all ordnance in the world, so that even the law enforcement bodies have no weapons. Novel techniques help the group locate and neutralize minorities threatening violence.

"I wrote the novel over five years while converting from a purely materialistic worldview to an expanded one which encompasses both God and science," Sears said.

In the 1970s, Sears worked in the INSPEC division of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the U.K. and published two papers on an electronic method for collecting and exchanging information worldwide before the Internet. After a long career working with scientists, Sears realized in retirement there was something lacking in the scientific worldview.

"I recognized that within the world of science there was an arrogance by many that all reality could be explained away in terms of science and that mankind could do anything it wanted, side-stepping morals and the ultimate source of truth," Sears said.

In 2077, which has multiple plot lines, there is a growing awareness that human nature has to change of its own free will. The only sustainable long-term answer is the Divine Light.

Upon retiring, John Sears started a current affairs discussion group, became a Christian, and pursued his lifelong goal of writing a science fiction novel. He volunteers for charity, plays acoustic guitar at a rudimentary level, follows science at a popular level, writes a blog, and reads both Russian literature and New Testament Greek. For more information, visit John's blog at

"2077: Knights of Peace"
By J.L. Sears
Balboa Press Published 9/223/2014
ISBN-13: 9781452520179
Softcover $31
E-Book $4

No. 11

"Chasing Cheaters"

by Michael Swift

"Chasing Cheaters" by Michael Swift
United Kingdom -- It's never nice to find out that a spouse is cheating, particularly after two-decades of marriage that were as blissful as anyone could hope for. However, that was exactly the reality faced by one of the author's friends in Michael Swift's new book -- and he refuses to suffer in silence. 'Chasing Cheaters' tells the story of a man who set out after his wife and her new lover, to prove the truth and rapidly learn how easy it is to get embroiled in a new drama of his own.

Synopsis: This is a true and I think pretty unique story of my best friend. He was absolutely devastated when he discovered his wife was probably cheating on him after 21 years of what he thought was a near perfect marriage. But she wouldn't admit it. So he set out to prove it.....And what a quest it turned out to be! In the second half, 'Aftermath', when he thought everything was done and dusted and he'd started a new life, she came back to haunt him and took things to another unexpected level. After all she'd put him through, it seems she just couldn't let go! But this book is not just about the lies, deceit and betrayal of one person. Or, as he found out, of those close to him.

I'm hoping, by telling his story, to help people who find themselves in similar situations, to learn from his mistakes. Learn that, if you ever get close to the edge, for whatever reason, whatever life throws at you, you can cope and get through it. I'm hoping it will help to shield any children that may be involved from as much pain and heartache as possible. They only have little hearts. They are delicate and need to be protected. If just one person, one child, benefits from this, then it will have served it's purpose.

"This is the go-to book for those who think they're being cheated on," explains Swift. "It is vital that they save themselves from making the mistakes that my friend did and that they do all they can to keep the innocent members of their family close. That involves saving children from the heartache of getting too close to their parents breakup, and especially preventing them from taking sides. That's the problem my friend found -- he lost his children as well as the woman who supposedly loved him. The bottom line is that I want people to see the hope and light throughout their turmoil."

Due to the sensitive nature of his book and his wish to keep various people in it anonymous, Michael Swift keeps information about his current life strictly private.

No. 12

"Getting More For Less: The Gravity of America's Choices"

by George LaRoque III

"Getting More For Less: The Gravity of America's Choices" by George LaRoque III
NORFOLK, Va. -- It's time to face your life head on -- and the first step is owning your choices. In "Getting More For Less: The Gravity of America's Choices," accomplished physician George LaRoque III provides a self-help guide that empowers readers to realize the impact of each and every decision they choose to make.

LaRoque, a father of four, cared for patients in rural Appalachia and now practices in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. His guide teaches about life, education, employment, and the true strength of free will. By focusing on the theme of repeated imbalances occurring throughout life, LaRoque has channeled his experiences and observations to create an essential tool that applies to a broad variety of readers.

"I have learned a lot about the implications of choices through my experiences as a physician and as a parent," said LaRoque. "Sometimes, facing these truths can be hard. I wanted to explore the ideas of what shapes our behavior, and what makes people think and act the way they do."

After watching both his patients and children make decisions that resulted in similar negative outcomes, LaRoque realized that there was a distinct pattern in how our choices affect our lives as a whole. Tackling a broad range of topics, the author holds nothing back as he candidly confronts the judgment calls that can make or break our well-being.

George LaRoque III lives near Norfolk, Virginia. He is an accomplished physician and is experienced in the area of caring for cancer patients. The author lives with his wife and four children on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

"Getting More For Less: The Gravity of America's Choices"
by George LaRoque III
Published October 7, 2014
ISBN-10: 1496944976
ISBN-13: 978-1496944979
254 pages
Softcover $17
E-Book $4

No. 13

"Determined to Live"

By Lynette Ruffin Goode

"Determined to Live" By Lynette Ruffin Goode
RICHMOND, Va. -- If you believe it, you can achieve it. This mantra lead Lynette R. Goode to shed nearly 200 pounds due to gastric bypass.

Goode encountered multiple complications due to the gastric bypass procedure and was forced to endure more than 48 surgeries to treat compounding medical issues. She offers an inspirational and a chilling account of her story in the newly published memoir, "Determined to Live".

"I'd decided that I'd had enough," Goode said. "It was time to take back my life, one step at a time. Once I'd conquered my own demons, it was time to give back to others."

Goode is now a motivational speaker and the founder of a nonprofit called DEON Intervention Incorporated. A 501(c)(3) dedicated to educating youth on healthy living, proper nutrition and maintaining bodyweight.

"I want to bring awareness to the obesity epidemic impacting our youth and families," Goode said. "I do not want anyone to go through what I have endured; being obese a majority of my life as a result of not knowing proper nutrition."

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Lynette Ruffin Goode lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and daughter. She is a Motivational Speaker the Founder and CEO of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization called DEON Intervention Incorporated, which stands for Drugs, Education, Obesity and Nutrition. She has several degrees, which include a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, an Associate's Degree in Human Services and a Substance Abuse certification.

"Determined to Live"
By Lynette Ruffin Goode
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-1-4497-8787-5

No. 14

"Still Waters"

by Linda Kavanagh

"Still Waters" by Linda Kavanagh
United Kingdom -- Everybody knows that those in the spotlight would work themselves half to death in order to cover up scandals that could sour their reputation. In Linda Kavanagh's bestselling 'Still Waters', one soap opera diva has an event in her past that would chill anyone to their bones, and it has finally come back to haunt her. The novel has already achieved bestseller success in Ireland and is now being made available in the UK and Australia as demand continues to grow around the world.

Synopsis: There was a moment when Ivy Heartley could have told the truth. But she didn't. Now she's burdened with a terrible secret - something so awful that she must constantly live in fear, since its disclosure could destroy her marriage, her career and turn her son against her. As the star of Bright Lights, a soap that airs nightly on TV, Ivy has achieved fame and fortune, and led a charmed life, adored by millions of fans. Her husband is managing director of one of the country's leading supermarket chains, and their son is at university. And all this time, her secret has lain hidden beneath the waters of the lake in the Lincolnshire village where she grew up. But the demons are never far away, and the tragic legacy of her teenage years has always been on her mind. Will she ever be able to forget what happened? Or will her past destroy her future? Ivy soon discovers that being a celebrity can be a double-edged sword. Someone has discovered her secret, and now she must face terror of a different kind, as an unseen enemy twists the knife. Who is this person and what do they want? Ivy must now battle for all she holds dear, maybe even her own life...

"This is high suspense," explains Kavanagh, a former journalist and author of the also-bestselling 'The Secret Wife'. "People look at the enigma of celebrities with a unique kind of innocence, so I wanted to counteract this with an event in Ivy's past that, if made public, would derail her talent and every good thing ever said about her. That's the problem...the time has come! The novel has picked up pace a lot quicker than I could have ever imaged and we're celebrating its expanded availability at a time when requests are flooding in from around the world. We have plans to make it available in further countries as time progresses, but are currently focused on making the biggest splash we can in the UK and Australia."

Linda Kavanagh is a former journalist, who has worked for several Irish newspapers and magazines. She is now a fulltime author. To date, she has written seven bestsellers, two of which reached Number 1 in the Irish Nielsen book charts. Still Waters was her second Number 1 bestseller in Ireland. She is now being published in the UK, Australia and online (and in the USA later this year) by Harlequin Mira. She writes in the suspense genre, and her recent novels have covered topics such as bullying, secrets, murder and revenge. Her novels usually feature a twist at the end.

No. 15

"Choices of Power"

By John H. Dial

"Choices of Power" By John H. Dial
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Along with the fall of communism in 1989 came the Bulgarian mafia, which has lasted into the 21st century. Olympic sportsmen, mostly wrestlers, formed the fraternity, which is presumed responsible for more than 150 contract killings, one as recent as January 2013.

From that piece of history, John Dial has created a story of redemption starting with a well-known Olympic wrestler who assassinates the Bulgarian Defense Minister and including a New Jersey drug smuggler, a Columbian cocaine cartel, a motorcycle gang, an amateur boxer, and a barroom brawler.

From the murderous bowels of post-communist Bulgaria, Stefon Slavov, an Olympic wrestler turned mafia operative, flees after assassinating and desecrating Bulgaria's defense minister and his bodyguards. In the Czech Republic, the culprit changes his identity to Branimir Korda and falls in love with Danica, an Olympic gymnast. To avoid the reaches of an Interpol warrant, Branimir and Danica flee to the United States. In New Jersey, they become involved with a drug smuggler. Using a fast boat and creative procedures, they establish a smuggling operation with landing points stretching the length of the east coast. Branimir and Danica have a son named Andrei, who is endowed with superior athleticism. (Read More at Balboa Press)

"I spent quite awhile researching the formation of the Bulgarian mafia as well as politics in the country," Dial said. "The history works as a background for the ideas that moral peace can't be bought and that moral dilemmas prompt changes in people."

A US Army veteran and a Christian, Dial lived through some of the scenes in Choices of Power, such as a fight with Marines at a Marine Corps base in North Carolina and the Christian transformation one of the key characters goes through.

"I felt I had a good story in me based on life experiences, research, and imagination," Dial said.

John Dial is a former manager and engineer with over eighteen years of schooling. He has used both life experiences and research to create this fictional novel. The characters and story in this book emerged from a combination of real life and ingenuity occurring over the past half century. In net effect, it is a work of pure fiction. Living in retirement in Georgia, he had the time to conceive and pen this story. It is his sincerest hope that readers will find it entertaining. For more information, visit

"Choices of Power"
By John H. Dial
Balboa Press
Published 9/16/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4525-1975-3
260 Pages
Softcover $18
Hardcover $36
e-book $4

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