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Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
Book Reviews Published this week:
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Blinded By The Night
By Charles Pringle
Blinded by the Night is Mr. Pringle's first novel in English (he has published one in Japanese), and it is the first in a series featuring Akira Toyoda. The unfinish second novel in the series, is provisionally titled "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
Blinded by the Night
Born in the northeast of England, Mr. Pringle basically grew up in Germany, and has lived 29 years in Japan and the last 18 months in China where he works as a freelance copywriter and editor for a number of major Japanese companies. He has written hundreds of articles on Japan as well as two travel guides (one for Thomas Cook and one for Compass Maps) and a Japanese phrase guide (for Thomas Cook). He is also one of the authors of a book called Neo Shunga (Shunga is the term for Japanese erotic art of the Edo Period) for which he wrote the introduction and the captions. The book consists mainly of woodblock prints.
(Editor's Note: While I haven't read this book, I did spend 4 hours on a plane talking to the author on January 13, 2014 and if his stories about his life are anything to go by, this should be an interesting book).
Layla's story is the focus of Mona Fuad's fascinating new book, Cairo Unzipped. A friend of Layla's and former Egyptian movie star, Fuad chronicles Layla's meteoric rise during a revolutionary period of Egyptian history. Due to the turmoil in Europe, Egypt became a melting pot of Europeans from nations, being put to the fire, by the Nazis. Layla, with no money and fewer options, would not only survive the life of a call girl during this tumultuous time, but also rise to become the mistress of the most powerful man in Egypt, King Farouk.
While focused primarily on Layla's story of strength and overcoming adversity, Cairo Unzipped also shares a bit of Fuad's life. Very much the opposite of Layla's troubled youth, Fuad, born in Alexandria, was a once crowned Miss Egypt and could be found in many Egyptian and American films, including The Ten Commandments. Upon leaving show business and moving to America with her husband, Fuad founded the first acrylic nail salon in Dallas and helped define the landscape of the now over $35 billion nail industry.
Mona and Layla have been lifelong friends, although their roads to success have been vastly different. They still remain friends, now in the U.S.
Mona Fuad was born in Alexandria, Egypt and, at age 16, won a national beauty contest and would go on to become a future Miss Egypt. Her career then turned to film as Mona appeared in both Egyptian and American films, including The Ten Commandments and The Spy. After moving to the U.S. with her husband, Mona, who speaks six languages, founded the first acrylic nail salon in Dallas and helped define the landscape of the now over $35 billion nail industry.
For more information, please visit www.cairounzipped.com
"My Three Angels,"
Timms didn't have an idyllic childhood. He spent most of his young years living in constant fear of his alcoholic and abusive father. Some nights he'd go to sleep wondering if tomorrow would be his last day on earth. In the small towns of Frederick and Hollister, Okla., he learned to lay low and avoid conflict. That is, until he could take no more of his father's constant verbal and physical abuse.
As an adolescent, Timms turned to violence and anger to quell the rage he had for his father. He'd soon find, however, that it was a path he'd rather not take. In "My Three Angels," Timms tells the story of how a young man's destiny was changed by the hands of three different but equally important individuals. Had it not been for these three people, he may not be alive today.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at tatepublishing.com, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
"Believe" by Jan Walters
Having a kinship with the past and unable to deny the allure of an antique bookstore, Ann ventures inside. She feels compelled to purchase an old album--titled Lady O'Neil's Memoirs--that coincidentally carries her great-grandmother's surname and chronicles the history of a prominent English family in the nineteenth century. Soon, her nights become haunted with dreams of the handsome man, Patrick O'Neil, pictured in the book. Read More
Jan Walters enjoys researching her own family history. She and her husband own a farm and grow produce to sell at the local farmers' market and other retail outlets.
Besides her love of writing fiction, Jan owns a consulting company, which specializes in the delivery of government nutrition benefits.
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Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny
The Book reveals:
"I wanted to help people understand how to be successful using weight loss surgery," said Dr. Nicholson. "This book provides more details on the emotions that impact successful weight loss surgery than any book on the market. This is important, because if a patient doesn't deal successfully with the emotions surrounding their weight and their weight loss, they risk gaining it all back."
Dr. Nick Nicholson has a passion for helping people suffering from obesity. Dr. Nicholson's clinic has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He is board certified in general surgery, and the holder of various patents on medical devices. With a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, he completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern hospital.
A true renaissance man, Dr. Nicholson enjoys cycling, reading, movies, and spending time with his family. He is a proud Parrothead and lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, sons -- 8 and 11 -- and Goldendoodle, Dixie.
"Indulgence" by Caitlyn Black
Katie Jade, an outgoing and assertive young woman, lands an exciting new job at a prestigious New York brokerage firm. Her boss, Lance Hardy, is a mysterious, handsome man who likes his privacy. Jade immediately sets her sights on him and is determined to learn more about his life. As an Executive Director of the firm, Hardy is not the egomaniac Jade was expecting. Nevertheless, sparks soon fly between Jade and her hot new boss.
With one flamboyant move after another, Jade slowly breaks down Hardy's protective exterior. Even though their personalities are polar opposites, deep down inside they both harbor hidden pain and loneliness that draws them toward one another.
"I love to give my readers an intriguing story that blends romance, steamy sex and a touch of comedy without insulting their intelligence," says Black. "Sometimes we all just want an escape from our everyday lives and walk away with a smile on our faces."
Caitlyn Black, a pseudonym, is the proud mother of two children and lives in the Washington, DC area. She writes erotic romance, young adult novels and fan-fiction under different pen names. She loves to entertain her readers and strives to include her favorite topics - romance and comedy - in everything she writes.
Indulgence is available on www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, Net Galley and through most bookstores.
How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch
by D. Bryant Simmons
In Simmons' new book, the first volume of The Morrow Girls' Series, How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch (January 2014), Belinda "Pecan" Morrow has a gnawing feeling that, after two years of marriage, her impulsive decision to get married before the conclusion of her senior year in high school and after her father's sudden death was a huge mistake. She packs up her few belongings and her baby girl and attempts to leave her husband, Ricky Morrow, the up-and-coming boxing sensation from Mississippi. When he catches her, she learns that Ricky has no qualms about using his fists outside of the ring.
"How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch was inspired from abusive relationships I witnessed through friends and family members and I've learned the first step to ending the cycle is to admit there is a problem. It's my hope this book can open the door and help empower women to take their life-changing first step."
Dramatic and empowering, How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch:
D. Bryant Simmons was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology. She later earned a Master Degree in Elementary Education. Her passion for social justice, female empowerment, and children's rights is evident in her writing.
"Becoming" Dr. Peter J. Morry
Being both evocative and provocative, the author, using a artfull synthesis of poetry and prose, takes the reader on a transformative exploration of the timeless themes of love, truth, killing, sexuality, religion and politics that characterize the human condition. "Becoming," is a timeless book that is both intimate and broad in scope. By challenging your core beliefs on the human condition, this book invites transformation.
The character Bill travels through time gathering insight into the human soul. He explores the effect that the darker forces of power and greed, which have plagued humanity throughout history, have had on mankind both on the individual and societal level. Juxtaposed to this are the forces of love, truth and enlightenment which are also explored. Your journey of discovery with Bill will be both entertaining and revealing as you examine the struggle that exists within everyone of us between these opposing forces. By the end of your journey, experience the triumph of the human spirit over the powerful forces of conflict, chaos, and adversity as conclusions are drawn and solutions to the problems identified are proposed.
About the Author
Dr. Peter J. Morry was born in1947 in Ferryland, a small fishing village that has been home to his family for more than 200 years. He graduated from Memorial University in 1976 and practices medicine at Blackmarsh Family Care in St. John's, Newfoundland. Morry lives with his wife Josephine and has three grown children. He has been writing for more than 40 years and "Becoming" is representative of the depth of his passions and the diverse nature of his interests.
"Legally Wed" by Rick R. Reed
Just when he's given up on true love, Duncan finds his soul mate. In a fun twist, the man who wins Duncan's heart is the wedding planner, Peter, who was hired to arrange his marriage to Marilyn. In the fabulous new book Legally Wed (Dreamspinner Press) by Rick R. Reed, he explores themes of love, marriage, and acceptance.
In Legally Wed, Reed provides readers with dynamic and interesting characters, as well as:
"My whole life has been guiding me toward accepting myself as a gay man and then finding the love of my life, who is not only my husband, but also, and more importantly, my family," says Reed. "I hid from myself most of my early adult life and was married for seven years to a wonderful woman. I want other young gay people to look at my life experiences and come away with some hope that family and marriage can be a reality for them as well."
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel."
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