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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Learning Life Lessons
By R.P. BenDedek
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:30:12 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two (OK there are 12) book titles worthy of attention but which may or may not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors probably (but not always) 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. We are extremely grateful to those authors for providing our readership with material that may in fact be exclusive to us or who may simply be giving us the first chance to publish said material.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun Feb 9 to Sat Feb 15)

  1. Getting the Love You Want this Valentine's Day and Each Day by Nicky Rolland author of "Stepping into Consciousness"
  2. Divorce and Acceptance: an Unlikely Pairingby Terri Fedonczak author of "Plugged-In Parenting"
  3. How to Recover from Your F-Up Parents By Dr. Sherrie Campbell author of "Loving Yourself: The Mastery Of Being Your Own Person"

Book Reviews Published This Week

Milt Gross Book Review: "Four Score and More" by La Vera Edick
Feb 9, 2014

That being said, the part of the story dealing with her childhood in Nebraska and early adulthood was interesting and contained information I found helpful. The early-year part was pretty good, and informative, for example I had never heard of a "cob box" next to the wood stove. The family fed some livestock corn on the cob -- perhaps not cooked with butter and salt added -- but the critters didn't eat the cobs. So the family threw the cobs into the cob box and burned them in the stove.

M. Stevens-David Review: A Twist of Lyme:Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" By Andrea Caesar
Feb 11, 2014

I, as the reader cannot simply tell you of how horrible Lyme disease can be, but this young woman has the ability to describe and define all the various twists and turns this monster takes as it makes its destructive way through her body.

M. Stevens-David Review: "Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny" by Nick Nicholson, M.D., & B.A. Blackwood
Feb 12, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! It was so comprehensive, clear and easy to understand. I loved the "font" size and the dark print that headed the chapters, making it easier to read.

M. Stevens-David Book Review: "Psychotic Skank" by Zena Livingston
Feb 14, 2014

If you are drawn to stories about sexual exploration and sexual exploitation, then this is the book for you...if you can get past the blatant sexuality of the book's characters and focus on the story, it can be very interesting.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"A Good Inheritance"

by Daughtry Miller

Growing up in a small South Carolina town in the early 1960s, sixteen-year-old Wade James is a regular teenager. An accident leaves him in the hospital for two months, however, and Wade needs something to pass the time. He turns to the Civil War diary of his great-grandfather, Lofton James--and finds himself stepping back in time. In the summer of 1862, sixteen-year-old Lofton enlists in the Confederate Army; subsequently, he fights bloody battles at Corinth and later at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Here, he is captured and paroled and then serves in northern Georgia and northern Virginia. An excellent marksman, he is pressed into duty as a sharpshooter. In that capacity, he commits a life-altering act: he kills US Major-General John Sedgwick at the Battle of Spotsylvania in May of 1864. The revulsion Lofton feels over what he considers a dishonorable act causes him to desert. Having recovered from his injury, Wade keeps reading the diary; the more he reads, the bigger impression the journal makes on him. In 1962, the civil rights movement is gaining momentum, and Wade realizes that he must make a difficult decision to do the right thing. With his great-grandfather's words to bolster him, Wade makes a moral choice that will profoundly affect him for the rest of his life. (Archway Publishing)

Miller, a retired history professor, saw the perfect opportunity to match his knowledge of the South to his family history. Between the two, he created a story with a strong family legacy.

"I was aware of my great-grandfather's service and had a long-standing desire to try my hand at writing fiction; this was my way to commemorate my family's legacy," Miller said.

A Good Inheritance
By Daughtry Miller
ISBN: 978-1-48080-174-5
158 pages
Available in softcover ($13), hardcover, e-book ($4)
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Archway Publishing

About the author

  • Daughtry Miller is a retired history professor with a specialty in the American South. He has published three books and thirty articles.

No. 2

ExtraLife, Inc.

by Kfir Luzzatto

In the new medical thriller, ExtraLife, Inc. by Kfir Luzzatto, a cure for cancer appears to have been found. Luzzatto, an internationally acclaimed patent attorney, has spent his career involved in litigation for such well known drugs as Prozac and Viagra and has considerable experience with pharmaceutical inventions during the last several few decades.

ExtraLife, Inc. is based on true events but the story itself is pure fiction. David Wolfson, a Jerusalem scientist, claims to have found the cure for cancer. He and his wife, Tamara, seek the help of Richard Lunz, a Tel Aviv attorney, to fight the powerful bureaucrats who want to appropriate Wolfson's invention.

Lunz can't resist the temptation to participate in what looks like the discovery of the century, and it takes a first death to make him realize the project may not be what it seems. As people continue to die, Lunz begins following clues that take him to Eastern Europe and America, and finds more answers than he wished for, but he just can't stop looking.

"You shouldn't try to figure out which parts are the real and which aren't," says Luzzatto. "You don't stand a chance, because sometimes reality defeats imagination. But, because some of it is true, you are certainly right to be worried."

Kfir Luzzatto was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. Luzzatto has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, and their four children. Luzzatto has published extensively in the professional realm. For almost four years, he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel's financial newspaper). His non-fiction book, The World of Patents, was published in 2002 by Globes Press. He is the author of several short stories but now focuses on full-length fiction. Luzzatto is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member and also serves on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as an Anthology Editor.

ExtraLife, Inc
by Kfir Luzzatto
306 pages
$4 e-book
$13 soft cover
ExtraLife, Etc. is available in paperback and as an ebook on,, and through NetGalley.


The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips

By Caleb Spalding Atwood

Caleb Spalding Atwood helps writers and speakers improve their communication by using quips in "The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips." Atwood's innovative thesaurus explains how writers, teachers, trainers and public speakers can enliven their commentary and communicate more successfully by embracing quips. "It may sound preposterous, but the book literally provides billions of quips," Atwood said. "Instead of merely listing good quips, the book gives readers the tools to build billions of quips that will enhance and enliven either their written or spoken messages."

"The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips" casts aside jokes, which only seek to generate laughs, for clever quips that employ humor while powerfully expressing opinions, such as:

  • - Bribe: Political perk
  • - Charles Ponzi: Federal Reserve role model
  • - Gun Laws: Protection for gangsters and governments
  • - Peace: Calm before the norm
  • - Socialism: Fair and equitable distribution of poverty
  • - Progressive: Dyed in the bull liberal

"The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips"
By Caleb Spalding Atwood
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-49181-741-4
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-49181-742-1
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

Caleb Atwood has co-authored two books and numerous articles about labor relations and "The Quality of Management in America" that reported startling results from research he and a colleague conducted with 19,347 employees working for 97 companies. During his 50-year career, Atwood has trained thousands of supervisors and managers for corporations, industry associations and educational institutions including his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and the University of Houston, where he was an adjunct faculty member

No. 4

Invasion of the Overworld

by Mark Cheverton

Gameknight999 loved Minecraft, reveled in building fabulous structures, playing on servers, creating custom maps, but most of all, he loved to grief. As the self-proclaimed King of the Griefers, Gameknight played the game for himself at the expense of everyone else, keeping the list of his friends in the game short, extremely short.

But when one of his father's inventions teleports him into the game, Gameknight is forced to live out a real-life adventure within the digital world of Minecraft. Unsure if he would respawn if killed in the game ... maybe he'd just disconnect ... or maybe he'd really die ... Gameknight must play the game with all of his skill and knowledge in order to avoid the sharp claws of zombies and pointed fangs of spiders (Read More at Barnes and Noble)

Indie games are growing more and more popular, but none so popular as Minecraft. Incredibly, despite the low-quality graphics of the game, its number of downloads is fast approaching 14,000,000. But with their most popular audience being adolescent children, cyberbullying on Minecraft (and in video game communities in general) has become a problem. In Minecraft communities, it's not unusual for players to "grief." "Griefing" occurs when a cyber-bully sets out to completely destroy another player's world. After his own son's Minecraft world was inexplicably griefed by another player, author Mark Cheverton set out to create a message for the cyber-bullies of the world. In his new book, Invasion of the Overworld, Cheverton teaches kids valuable lessons about the consequences of our actions, hurting people's feelings, and why people bully in the first place.

Major themes in the book include:

  • Everyone can be a hero, no matter how they begin their journey
  • Why cyber-bullies do what they do
  • The importance and power of friendship
  • A close look at the consequences of bullying
  • Video games as a way for kids to learn

Mark Cheverton started playing Minecraft with his son as a way for them to bond together. His son's experience with cyber-bullying led him to write,Invasion of the Overworld: A Minecraft Novel. Cheverton has also written a children's series, The Algae Voices of Azule. He lives in Albany, NY with his wife and son.

Invasion of the Overworld
by Mark Cheverton
Cost about $8
172 pages

No. 5

A Twist of Lyme:
Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist"

By Andrea Caesar

In A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist", Caesar chronicles her experience with an undiagnosed chronic illness from the age of 11 through her diagnosis at 36 and its subsequent treatment, recalling her emotions as she struggled with Lyme, its symptoms, and multiple related infections. The book began as a blog when Caesar started treatment under Dr. Joseph Jemsek, one of the nation's leading Lyme disease experts. A poignant read, A Twist of Lyme offers an inside look at an oft-misunderstood condition; the author shares her story with the sharp wit that has helped her cope with chronic illness for almost three decades.

"I wrote A Twist of Lyme as a blog to help process my own thoughts and emotions and as a means of explaining to my friends and family how I was feeling and what was happening during treatment," says Caesar. "Before I knew it, I had 29,000 followers, many suffering from chronic Lyme themselves. I decided to write a book because I saw a need for people to understand what it's like in 'the trenches,' the emotional and physical toll that treatment takes on a person already fighting this terrible disease."

Ironically, Caesar first learned about chronic Lyme disease while working in a doctor's office. She says she recognized many of her symptoms in the office's patients and began to think she might suffer from the condition as well. While traditional tests for Lyme disease came up clean -- and many members of the medical community refusing to accept the existence of the disease -- a new cutting edge test confirmed her diagnosis.

"This is not a medical book written by a doctor. It's not a collection of poems or pictures. It's a real-time account of the day-to-day life of someone being treated for Lyme -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and even the gross," Caesar adds. "I hope Lyme patients will feel less alone after reading this book and their loved ones, who often cannot understand the psychological aspects of the disease, will begin to come around." For more information, visit .

In A Twist of Lyme, Caesar explores:

  • Her nearly 28 year struggle with undiagnosed chronic illness
  • Mental and physical symptoms of chronic Lyme disease
  • The skepticism and disparagement she's faced from doctors
  • Finding hope in her diagnosis and meeting Dr. Joseph Jemsek
  • Undergoing Lyme treatment and the toll it takes on the body
  • Facing a serious illness with grace, humor, and determination

No. 6

"Miracles or Coincidences"

by Geraldine Moran

Albert Einstein once wrote that you could live life as though nothing was a miracle, or live as though everything is a miracle. It is how one chooses to live their lives that determine peace, happiness and sometimes, even success.

According to Geraldine Moran everything is a miracle. As humans we need to learn to tap into those miracles to achieve a greater understanding of our being and the awesomeness that is our world. In her new book, "Miracles or Coincidences," Moran teaches readers in seven steps to recognize the everyday for what it truly is, a miracle.

This isn't a new belief system, but purely a deeper understanding to what we as humans already believe. For those new to spirituality, Moran's book might even shine a light on those wonderful experiences once thought to be coincidence.

As a cancer survivor and a mother to an adopted child, Moran is no stranger to difficulties, but through each scenario she consciously accepted the twists and turns. Moran sees joy in the little things and advises others to do the same.

"As I was recovering from cancer, my husband and I decided to adopt," Moran said. "The process took 7 years. I volunteered during that time with Make Today Count, which assists people with life threatening illnesses. I became more interested in why some people recover from cancer and why others die quickly, even with a similar form of cancer to those who survived."

Backed by thought-leaders in the spirituality field, like John Demartini, Moran teaches us that miracles are a mathematical certainty; it's learning to see them as such.

Geraldine Moran is a success coach with a wealth of life experiences under her belt. She started her professional career as a lawyer, then moved to psychology and gained a Master of Analytical Psychology degree. Moran works as a catalyst for change and finds that assisting people to drive beyond their perceived limits and achieve their goals is not only fulfilling but also rewarding and challenging. In all of these endeavors, helping other people has been at the heart of Moran's motivation; leaving a legacy beyond her lifespan is a driving passion. Moran is currently CEO of a company that helps at-risk youth.

"Miracles or Coincidences"
By Geraldine Moran
ISBN: 978-1-45258-128-6
Available in softcover ($16), hardcover, e-book ($4)
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press online stores

No. 7

"That Melvin Bray"

by Margaret McBride

ATLANTA, GA - When there is anger in the heart, will anger or love prevail? Childhood disappointments, like invisible phantoms, often lead to a lifetime of personal denial overshadowed by grief and regret - we often lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

Author Margaret McBride has written her new novel, "That Melvin Bray," to inspire people to forgive, to heal, and to embrace a life filled with spiritual meaning and personal abundance. McBride creates the backbone of the story for love and healing from a mixture of personal insights and the experiences of those she loves. Add in a heap of psychological ingenuity and a dash of lighthearted adventure and you've got a full-blown spiritual thriller.

"That Melvin Bray" follows two young women who must confront and reconcile the burdens of their personal regrets in life while trying to solve the mystery of a missing child. Along the way, a higher power guides them toward the personal healing they seek.

"Much like my own characters, I struggled to find the path to personal healing," McBride said. "With some guidance from above, I found mine and hope my novel helps others do the same."

Aiming to stir the soul, this novel demonstrates that the written word is far from silent. This journey of healing not only provides inspiration to accept life's disappointments, but also to recognize the compelling power of forgiveness, hope and healing.

"After all, my sincerest belief is when the heart truly forgives then there is nothing to forget," McBride said.

Margaret McBride was born and raised in North Carolina. She and her husband currently live in Atlanta where her writing began as an act of personal reflection that ultimately led to the creative process of writing a novel. She feels she was divinely inspired to share this message of the importance of forgiveness and psychological healing to realize one's spiritual purpose in this life. McBride knows the greatest gift God can give is life itself, but the second greatest is the ability to forgive.

"That Melvin Bray"
By: Margaret McBride
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1212-2
SC-Retail price: $18.99
Available at and

No. 8


by R. E. Voss

In R. E. Voss' new book, "Payback," the death of five expats during a routine trip to the Middle East to work on a gas pipeline project sparks a chase for revenge and the involvement of American and foreign governments. Mechanical engineer Harry Newhall and his Navy SEAL companion, Brock VanMarter, must now deal with the consequences of an attack from Muslim extremists.

Amazon reviews were positive in response to the book.

Mechanical engineer Harry Newhall is waiting for a flight to take him back to the Algerian desert so he can continue building a gas pipeline when he receives bad news: his fabrication camp has been attacked by Muslim extremists. Now five expats are dead, and all Harry can hope for is that his close friend and former Navy SEAL Brock VanMarter can help him achieve the one thing he wants more than anything in the world—payback. (Read More at archway publishing)

R. E. Voss spent twenty-three years working on design and construction projects for high-pressure pipelines on five continents. His stories are based on personal experiences and actual events. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Bobbi, in a rural area outside Palestine, Texas.

Published: 7/26/2013
Softcover $17
Pages: 268
ISBN: 978-1-48080-161-5

No. 9

"Teen Self-Defense American Marine Goju"

by Lt. Colonel (Ret) Garry Klaus

Alexandria, VA -- Retired Lieutenant Colonel Garry Klaus, of The United States Marine Corps, believes teenagers need to take control of their wellbeing and safety. In his new book, "TEEN SELF-DEFENSE American Marine Goju," Klaus offers lessons to teach teenagers about their self-protection and controlling their lives. The skills and knowledge available in the book can aid teens to stop the "bad guys" and take back the safety and control of their daily lives. It contains common sense guidelines like being aware of surroundings, respecting other people and "reading" situations. It focuses on teaching students the three A's: alertness, avoidance and awareness. The book displays these concepts through images and examples shown by teenage black belts.

"I have confidence in today's youth," Klaus says. "If teens are not afraid to fail and continue to strive to improve themselves, I believe they will do so while bettering their self-defense skills."

Authorhouse overview

This guide is to instruct teens to defend themselves in dangerous situation. Grand Master Garry Klaus in collaboration with his students selected those techniques important to today’s situations. Together they developed the concept, wrote, photographed and edited the text for the self defense techniques presented in this guide. It contains common sense guidelines that include being aware of their surroundings, respecting other people, and “reading” situations. It is designed to aid the novice and serious martial arts student. (Some related pictures can be seen in the free preview).

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Garry Klaus of United States Marine Corps has studied martial arts since 1989. He has trained and studied under Korean, Japanese, and American martial arts masters. Additionally, he has participated and hosted a myriad of martial arts tournaments and seminars. He is the author of "American Marine Goju Within Arms Reach Self-Defense."

"TEEN SELF-DEFENSE American Marine Goju"
By Garry Klaus
Softcover: $28.99, 978-1-49181-350-8
E-Book: $3.99, 978-1-49181-351-5
Available at,,

No. 10

"Heart Vision"

By R. Smith-Angel

ATLANTA -- Sometimes the greatest moments in life happen after something tragic. It is life's funny way of saying: keep living because happiness could be right around the corner.

In R. Smith-Angel's new book, "Heart Vision," she draws from her own personal tragedy and pain to bring us poetic, inspirational messages of hope she affectionately calls "word pictures."

"Heart Vision" has become a self-help guide that teaches how to see life from a different perspective within the heart. If you can change the way you perceive what happens in life, you can find an unimaginable purpose and fulfillment meant for each one of us.

"I would like to reach as many people as possible to tell them they are not alone in their struggle," Smith-Angel said. "The time of struggle signals a temporary period of darkness that comes just before the dawn."

Smith-Angel can personally attest that those dark times are only temporary. She transformed her own life and hopes to help others grow in their walk as well.

R. Smith-Angel is a retired government Senior Program Manager & Analyst that is now embarking on her true life’s mission to help others. She is also an alumnus of Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. After graduation, she served in the public-sector for over 35 years and acquired a broad range of expertise as an educator, Atlanta Quality Group Faculty, Advocacy Group Director, Senior Advisor, as well as, the leader of highly visible regional and national projects and process improvement initiatives. (Read More + Author Photo)

Book Excerpts

R. Smith-Angel is a retired government senior program manager & analyst with over 35 years of service in the public sector. She is now embarking on her true life's mission, which has already transformed her. Originating from the Mid-west, she comes from a family of pastors and a tradition of strong family roots. Smith-Angel currently resides in Atlanta.

"Heart Vision"
By R. Smith-Angel
ISBN: 978-1-4931-2352-0
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble , Xlibris online bookstores and

No. 11 & 12

"The New World Begins"
"Enjoying Blissful Living"

by Dr. Bindya HSB Singh

In an unexpected and surreal twist of life, Dr. Bindya HSB Singh found herself on the Mayan site of Chichan Itza on December 22, 2012 -- the fateful day the Mayans were perceived to have predicted the end of the world. As if pulled into a trance, a simple realization allowed Dr. Singh to connect her inner-self to the powers of the universe. The depth and truth of the prediction became apparent as she researched thousands of years of wisdom leading up to the Epiphany.

"The New World Begins" and "Enjoying Blissful Living", the two new books by Dr. Singh, offer the simple secret of how to tap into our true potential of living out of our soul. Dr. Singh believes that once people stop living out of their minds and tap into their soul, they are able to experience their true identity, which is precisely when their real, enjoyable and blissful journey begins.

Dr. Singh is convinced that most of the world's problems stem from the egoistic stronghold of human mind. By sharing insight and wisdom from all religions, Dr. Singh helps readers from all faith backgrounds better understand that life here on earth is not the only life we as humans get to experience. Dr. Singh shows us how to lift the curtain we are living behind in order to start living a life of bliss in her books "Enjoying Blissful Living" and "The New World Begins".

Dr. Bindya Singh has been a physician for over 27 years. In addition to being a scientist, researcher and author of many articles and books, Dr. Singh runs the not-for-profit Healthy Center Foundation with a mission of promoting health and well-being of each and every individual. Dr. Singh practices in the Bay Area and has used soulful insights to treat resistant chronic psychosomatic conditions.

"Enjoying Blissful Living" and "The New World Begins"
By Dr. Bindya Singh
ISBN: 978-1-49080-857-4
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and AuthorHouse online bookstores

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