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R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Just for Adults
By R.P. BenDedek
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM

"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two (OK maybe 9) book titles worthy of attention but which are probably not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors have not provided us with any other material to publish.

We can't do book reviews for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us something to publish in which their promotional details can be included.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun Jan 12 to Sat Jan 18)

  1. "Lost in Teen" Part 4: A short story by Michael Wright author of 'Death of A Green Soldier'
  2. Finding passion and living on purpose By Sanford McMurray author of "Do You Live on Purpose?"
  3. Don't be The Ex Who Won't Go Away By Dr. Sherrie Campbell author of "Loving Yourself"
  4. 70's Sexual Appetites A Comment by R.P. BenDedek on "Loving You Enlightens Me, A Tantric Journey" by Margo Landry
  5. Forex Trading Scams Quick Guide by By Winsor Hoang author of "The Bull, the Bear and the Baboon"
  6. German Lutheran Diakonie's 60th anniversary celebration in Berchtesgaden from the authors of "Insula - Island of Hope"
  7. Introduction to 'The Travellers' by Joseph Sconce (The Swedenborg foundation of the story)

Book Reviews Published this week:

Milt Gross Book Review: "The Dead Do Speak To Us" by Dayton Foster
Jan 12, 2014

Foster, on the other hand, spent 14 years studying old burial grounds throughout the U.S. and Europe, due to a love of history, philosophy, and photography, according to a paragraph called "About the Author." Words in a cemetery, read by just a few or by many, do lead us ahead to that time when our lives on earth end. I sometimes would like to ask question to those who have gone before to their place beneath a tomb. But I can't. Well, I can, but they probably won't answer.

M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Cairo Unzipped!" By Mona Fuad
Jan 17, 2014

This story provides readers an opportunity to delve into the culture and history of Egypt and King Farouk, their very powerful and corrupt leader. I found the story to be well-researched and well-written and I hope readers will take the opportunity to read "Cairo Unzipped" also.

R.P. BenDedek Book Review: 'The Travelers' by J.L. Sconce
Jan 17, 2014

I enjoyed reading 'The Travelers' by Joseph Sconce but recognize that it may have limited appeal. If you can get beyond your own 'theological' perspectives, I think that you will find this an interesting book to read. The story (written from a Swedenborg perspective) is about the afterlife and as such it might not be a topic of interest to many people and certainly not to those with a 'set in stone' theology. It is also a very long book of more than 600 pages. With a background in Theology, Psychology and Sociology I personally found the book extremely interesting. Mr. Sconce's perceptive understanding of human nature is quite obvious and the tale -- irrespective of one's theology -- provides fine insight into the way humans interact or perhaps more to the point - 'react.'

R.P. BenDedek

Book Basket Publicity Material

No. 1

Blinded By The Night

By Charles Pringle

(Adult Book)

A complex and clever serial killer is targeting young foreign women working as hostesses in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. Akira Toyoda a detective in the International Criminal Investigation Division is taxed with tracking down the killer. While the killer has a free hand, Toyoda's hands are tied because he has to work together with Detective Hideki Watanabe, his worst enemy.

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
By Charles Pringle
Price: $0.99 USD.
Words: 94,440.
Language: English.
Published: October 12, 2012.
Category: Fiction
Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt

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).

No. 2

Cairo Unzipped!
By Mona Fuad

It's the 1940's a beautiful, young girl who was forced into prostitution at age 12 by her own mother, dreams of freedom in Europe. While set more than 70 years ago, Layla's dream is not far from that of those living in today's modern-day, protest-laden Egypt.

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.

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"My Three Angels,"
By Rodney Timms

In his inspiring new memoir, "My Three Angels" author Rodney Timms shares the story of how different individuals changed his life and made him the man he is today.

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, or by visiting or

No. 4

"Believe" by Jan Walters

The moment Ann Roberts --a divorced mother of two grown children--spots the decrepit-looking bookstore, her life is turned upside down.

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.

Chapter 1 Excerpt online

By Jan Walters

Price: $20.95 or less EBook: $4.99 or less
ISBN: 978-1-4525-8167-5
Available at: Amazon, iUniverse, Google Play and Barnes and Noble online bookstores

No. 5

Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny
by Dr. Nick Nicholson

As a way to help educate people who are considering bariatric surgery, or those who have already undergone the procedure, well-regarded bariatric surgeon, Dr. Nick Nicholson wrote the book, Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny. In his new book, Dr. Nicholson shares his passion for healthy living to encourage people suffering from obesity to make the necessary changes to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Book reveals:

  • Why diets don't work for most obese people
  • What weight loss surgery is really all about
  • Ways for patients to choose the right surgeon
  • How emotions play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight
  • How weight loss surgery impacts relationships: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Simple ways to develop a post-surgery weight loss plan that really works
  • Common obstacles people face after the surgery and what they can do about it

"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."

Chapter list

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.

No. 6

"Indulgence" by Caitlyn Black

The titillating fan fiction book, Indulgence by Caitlyn Black, is loosely based on Sai from the popular Manga Naruto series. The author of young adult novels, erotic romance and fan fiction, Black writes under several different pen names but her loyal readers will always find a common thread of romance and comedy in the stories she creates.

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,, Net Galley and through most bookstores.

No. 7

How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch

by D. Bryant Simmons

"As mothers, sisters and friends we need to help women realize that when physical abuse is part of a relationship she has two choices. She can walk away or kill him. Women need to break the cycle and secrecy that surrounds abuse and walk away from anyone that raises a hand to them."

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:

  • Encourages women to forgo the myth of prince charming and realize they can save themselves
  • Reveals battered women do not need to forgive or fix their abusers, but they do need to accept they cannot change the past.
  • Emphatically shares the message that no one should ever be in an abusive relationship.
  • Reminds women we are responsible for our sisters, daughters and friends. We need to speak up for each other.
  • Shows us why girls must be taught what constitutes a healthy relationship and given the confidence to end a relationship when it's not - regardless of the situation.

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.

No. 8

"Becoming" Dr. Peter J. Morry

Many intellectuals are concerned with the direction society is heading. Dr. Peter Morry has written a novel titled "Becoming" that addresses societal concerns and stimulates readers to have meaningful conversations about controversial topics.

Overview at Barnes and Noble

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.

No. 9

"Legally Wed" by Rick R. Reed

When the state of Washington legalizes gay marriage, Duncan Taylor proposes to his longtime boyfriend -- only to be turned down. Devastated, Duncan swears off true love in favor of companionship with a straight woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer but instead he is unknowingly led to the man of his dreams.

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:

  • An inside look at what it's like being at the forefront of the movement to legalize gay marriage.
  • The transcendent nature of love: It's the same feeling, whether you're gay or straight, man or woman.
  • Importance of listening to your heart and seeking out the person who you feel a "spark" with.
  • An exploration of self-acceptance and the role fate plays in finding true love.
  • Why it's essential never to settle for less than you deserve romantically.

"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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