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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Mostly Novels
By R.P. BenDedek
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:23:21 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 18) book titles worthy of attention but which may or may not currently be in the process of 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 16 to Sat Feb 22)

  1. Raising an Olympian By Terri Fedonczak author of "Plugged in Parenting"
  2. Religion is answers that may never be questioned by Ross McRonald, author of "The Crisis of Revelation"
  3. Islam: a Din (a religion) and a Dawla (a state) by Michael Nimier, author of "Nation Building in Islamic Societies"

Book Reviews Published This Week

BenDedek Book Review: "Shadows of Ghosts" by Stefan Haucke
Feb 19, 2014

The book is very well written, with excellent dialogues and effective descriptive narratives and it is I think, from a 'primary text reading' perspective, a great story for children. Its full beauty however is to be found in the way it presents all of these other issues, and under cover of the primary plot, teaches children to rise above both the baser instincts of man (prejudice) as well as inhumane (biased) political and social ideology.

M. Stevens-David Review: "Flying High" Calvin Lehew & Stowe Dailey
Feb 19, 2014

I was very touched by "Flying High: A True Story of Shared Inspiration", in that, upon reading the final chapter last night, I lay in my bed and found that my thoughts kept running back to random passages from the book. This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and YES, I will certainly recommend it to others.

M. Stevens-David Review: "The Balance Myth, Rethinking Work - Life Success" by Teresa Taylor
Feb 16, 2014

Like her, initially, we "want it all" and we all want the various aspects of our daily lives to be wholesome and happy. However, the author soon found that one really can't "have it all" and that is when the true "learning" really begins. This is a very well-written book and I would recommend it to any and all. Nicely done in getting her point across.

M. Stevens-David Book Review: "I Know All Save Myself Alone" by Lisa Monde
Feb 16, 2014

The writer, Lisa Monde, should be commended on this creation. She had done a beautiful job and I must say, the ending made me sad. Would I recommend it, YES and I'm keeping it for my personal library.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Botswana, Egypt, and Great Bear Rainforest" by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet
Feb 16, 2014

The three are well written, which says a lot for both the writers and the editors at Greenleaf Book Group Press, which published the three this year on acid-free paper. This traditional publisher, which means it doesn't publish your book because you pay them to do so, "specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses."

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No. 1

"Taktsang"

Dr. Dennis Snyder

"Taktsang" by Dr. Dennis Snyder
Overview

Dr. Ivar Nielsen, the world's foremost authority in pediatric cancer research, has disappeared in Bhutan. His four closest friends-a trauma surgeon, a billionaire businessman, a med school dropout, and a crazed scientist-travel halfway across the globe to find him.

There, they fall into a world that is unknown and unknowable, a land whose mythic beauty hides a lurking terror that threatens not only the soul of a nation but the lives of untold thousands of desperately sick children.

As Ivar's friends arrive in Bhutan, what they find there is beyond anything they could have imagined. It seems the country holds a secret that is known only to Ivar, and that secret is at the heart of his disappearance. At the most revered site in all the Himalayas, the world of pioneering cancer research and the art of ancient medicine are about to collide with the designs of a vengeful madman. With the lives of the world's most vulnerable children at stake, events will occur that will change the lives of all involved forever.

Dr. Dennis Snyder is an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon based in the greater Boston area with more than 25 years experience. He is one of the founders of Medical Missions for Children, a volunteer organization that provides free surgical care to children with severe congenital deformities and burn injuries.

Snyder uses his vast background educating and practicing medicine in both top universities and more than 120 charity trips across the globe as inspiration for his new novel, "Taktsang." All proceeds from the book go to benefit his charity.

ISBN-13: 9781491701539
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Publication date: 9/25/2013
Pages: 310

No. 2

"The Road Back to Tuscany"

C. A. Kingsley

"The Road Back to Tuscany" by C. A. Kingsley
VARESE, Italy -- Taking place against the ancient backdrop of the beautiful Italian countryside, this modern tale of love describes the entertaining lifestyle of a flight attendant.

C. A. Kingsley uses her own experiences as in the airline industry as the basis for her new book, "The Road Back to Tuscany."

Set in the rolling hills of the Chianti wine region of Tuscany, Catherine enjoys working in the tourism industry and the Florentine lifestyle to the fullest. Her story takes you to Lake Maggiore where she starts her career, flying amongst the clouds for an Italian airline.

Soon she is faced with the choice of her burning desire for love and excitement or the abandonment of her wonderful life, home and friends. She experiences a breathless kind of love, but soon she discovers a truth that rocks her world and takes her back to Tuscany.

"This story encompasses many emotions, from heartbreak and despair to humor and joy," said Kingsley. "Women will connect with the trials and tribulations of dating in this book."

Catherine's emotional rollercoaster ride and the Italian culture described in the book will delight and entertain readers looking for an escape.

"The Road Back to Tuscany"
By C.A. Kingsley
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4907-1246-8
Cost: $18
Available at Trafford Publishing, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

C. A. Kingsley has travelled and worked extensively in many countries worldwide. This is her first novel and she is presently working on the sequel, 'The Road to Happiness and True Love.' She currently lives in Italy, working in the airline industry and is single.

No. 3

"Can't Hobble the Elephant"

by Frank Dutch

"Can't Hobble the Elephant" by Frank Dutch
PHILADELPHIA -- According to a project done by George Washington University, 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with PTSD. We can recognize these symptoms now, but what would this have looked like during the American Civil War?

The new historical novel "Can't Hobble the Elephant" explores both the effects and struggles of the American Civil War on soldiers and civilians and the gritty adventure of the old American West. Combining imagination and historical events, the novel highlights the inescapable impacts of combat and a post-war society.

Beyond the fiction, "Can't Hobble the Elephant" works to highlight the issues that continue be relevant in today's world, including the powerful psychological effects of warfare, the existence of slavery, and the struggles of a changing economy.

Author and U.S. Army veteran Frank Dutch draws from his fascination with the West and the Civil War to bring a level of expertise, passion and creativity to his work.

"Based on my lifelong interest in the American West and the Civil War, I wanted to combine history and inventiveness into an entertaining and purposeful story," Dutch said. "Although the book is set in a certain time, the issues the soldiers and civilians faced can still be seen in present day."

Frank Dutch is a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War while stationed in Germany. After serving, he began a 13-year sequence of night class culminating in an MBA from Temple University and spent his career in the industrial business field. Dutch grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Beach Haven, New Jersey, with his wife.

"Can't Hobble the Elephant"
By: Frank Dutch
Hardback: $35.95
Paperback: $17.99
E-Book: $3.99
ISBN: 9781458212276

Available at bookstore.abbottpress.com, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

No. 4

"The Last Scroll"

by Dr. James Fricton

"The Last Scroll" by Dr. James Fricton
"The Last Scroll" aims to help its readers live a more fulfilling life by teaching ways to understand the seven realms in one's own life and become the "warrior within," spreading positive energy to the world.

Dr. James Fricton set out to write a book about the factors that tip the balance between health and illness, particularly chronic pain, and what actions can be taken to enhance energy and wellness in the seven realms of our lives--the mind, body, spirit, lifestyle, emotions, society, and environment. He ended up with a tale that is part self-help book, part thriller and part Italian romance.

Fricton's main characters hope to reverse the negative trends in the world that have caused seven plagues (illness, depression, corruption, poverty, hate, war and drought) by conducting controversial research at an ancient Roman spa in Italy.

The research links two events destined to change the course of history--a groundbreaking technology that measures the essence of life itself and the last Dead Sea Scroll, which reveals universal truths about the nature of life. The protagonists find themselves the target of a fanatical killer, who is also determined to save the world--and plans to do so by stopping their research.

James Fricton is an author, researcher, and professor. He has published four books and over a hundred papers for scientific journals. He maintains a clinical practice for patients with chronic pain. Fricton uses the principles illustrated in "The Last Scroll" when providing care to his patients, and will teach a free online course that features the book in spring 2014 through the University of Minnesota and coursera.org. The author lives in Minnesota with his family.

"The Last Scroll"
By James Fricton
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1475975161
ISBN (softcover): 978-1475975154
Available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse online bookstores.

No. 5

"The Judge's Wife is Missing"

by Dale German

"The Judge's Wife is Missing" by Dale German
Dale German finished writing his book, "The Judge's Wife is Missing," just before he passed away. He had always hoped to share a suspenseful mystery tale with fans of crime dramas, because he had such a high respect for police and their procedures.

"The Judge's Wife is Missing" follows Captain Amos "Coop" Cooper as he investigates the disappearance of a local judge's wife. She gets on a nonstop flight from Wichita to Boston, but never arrives at her destination.

"German mixes several elements of a good story well. It is part hidden scandal, part murder mystery and character study, with police investigative techniques tied to suspense and strange circumstances. Ransom notes and the suspicion of blackmail add to the teasing tension of the tale," said Jack Kennedy, a reviewer for The Joplin Independent.

Dale German lived most of his life in Wichita, Kansas. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and helped pioneer the use of infrared applications while working for Boeing Aircraft. German published numerous scientific papers, but this novel was his final piece of writing before his unfortunate passing.

"The Judge's Wife is Missing"
By: Dale German
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1078-4
SC-Retail price: $17.99
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1077-7
HC-Retail Price: $35.99
Available at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

No. 6

"The Dolomite Challenge"

by Tom Joyce

"The Dolomite Challenge" by Tom Joyce
"The Dolomite Challenge," provides readers with a historical fiction novel about the aftermath of World War II.

As readers follow agents on a counterintelligence operation to capture Nazis, they will find themes of war, love, deceit, forgiveness, and the human psyche as it is affected by war and Nazism.

The book addresses the blurred lines between friends and enemies, love and hatred, and honesty and deception that manifested during political turmoil and loss.

This story takes place in the late summer of 1947. Vienna Police Inspector Karl Marach is investigating Die Spinne, an escape route out of Germany and Austria for Nazi war criminals. Pammy is Marbach's wife. She is an American doctor who was widowed when her first husband was killed in the Pacific in the early days after Peal Harbor.

Pammy enlisted in the British Army because female doctors weren't accepted into the US Army, a situation that didn't end until near the end of the war. Soon after her arrival in Vienna in 1945, Pammy, who is Jewish, met, fell in love with, and married Police Inspector Marbach. She continued to work in the burn center in the British hospital in Vienna. Read More

During military service Tom Joyce spent more than a year in Vienna, Austria. He worked with persons seeking denazification for what they had done in the 1930s and 1940s, and he became fascinated with how and why people became Nazis. He has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has done a lot of teaching and training in criminology, the sociology of work, social problems, and other subjects for George Washington University and for the FBI and local police departments

Paperback: 346 pages
BalboaPress (August 26, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1452580170
ISBN-13: 978-1452580173
$19 at Amazon

No. 7

"Hostages: Captives of a Middle East Terrorist and International Intrigue"

by Terrence Crimmins

"Hostages" by Terrence Crimmins
When Tom O'Malley, a privileged student, agrees to do his boss a favor on the day of his college graduation, he finds himself forced into a building containing the hostages of a Muslim terrorist. On that fateful day, Tom becomes a celebrity in a most unusual way. As the terrorist mastermind escapes from the authorities and Tom embarks on a public relations tour to cash in on his newfound fame, his cross-country journey becomes fraught with peril.

Crimmins takes his readers on a visceral yet harrowing journey as Tom is pulled into a vortex of being a hostage and a celebrity, while danger lurks at every turn. Hostages tightly ties together the themes of terrorism, the war on drugs, and the American media into one fascinating story.

"Americans are very insulated from the violent confrontations going on in many places in the world," says Crimmins. "Many people in the Middle East have contempt for America as a country that is oppressing the world. My book looks at people's insides, and what goes on in their hearts and brains on an international stage."

Crimmins has worked with newspapers, published short stories, and has written online columns about literary history. His work has also appeared in the scholarly journal now called the Studies in East European Thought. In 2009, he optioned a screenplay to Triboro Pictures in New York City for a biographical picture about Joseph Pulitzer. Currently, he is working on a historical novel titled Who was Joseph Pulitzer?

He grew up in Pittsburgh, the youngest of nine in an Irish-Catholic family. A resident of Towson, Maryland, Crimmins enjoys rugby, theater, movies, cooking, hiking, camping, and fly-fishing.

No. 8

"In the Time of Peacocks"

by Lynne Handy

"In the Time of Peacocks" by Lynne Handy
In her stunning new novel, "In the Time of Peacocks," Lynne Handy explores the concept of identity against a tapestry of religion, culture, family dynamics and social unrest.

Handy tells the incredible story of a young woman caught between two worlds. Cate has no early memories of her childhood--only strange images of a blonde woman, a gazebo and farm far away from her home in Mexico. When a tragic twist of fate unravels the secrets of her former life, Cate is reunited with a family that shares her blood, but not her ideals.

As Cate works to carve out her identity in this jarring new world, she discovers her true beliefs and passions as she experiences longing, grief, guilt, forgiveness and the power of love.

"In the Time of Peacocks" examines provocative themes such as family dysfunction, the challenges of parenthood, racial and religious tensions, sexual identity and societal expectations.

Although a work of fiction, the themes in "In the Time of Peacocks" parallel Handy's personal experiences. Her gritty exploration of the effects of anger, remorse and compassion were inspired by her own series of family tragedies.

"In the Time of Peacocks"
By Lynne Handy ISBN: 978-1-4917-0479-0 (sc); 978-1-4917-0478-3 (hc); 978-1-4917-0480-6 (e)
Softcover, $25.95
Hardcover, $35.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 486 pages

No. 9

"A Righteous Gentile"

by Augusto Ferrera

"A Righteous Gentile" by Augusto Ferrera
It is the early 1970s when Peter Kramer, a special envoy to the President of the United States, successfully concludes an Arab-Israeli peace treaty. A few weeks before the official signing, Kramer's secret past is discovered and threatens to wreck not only the treaty, but also the precarious balance of world peace. It seems Kramer is not who he appears to be. (Read More)

The Holocaust will forever be remembered as one of the darkest moments in world history. What is frequently overlooked is the bravery of ordinary Germans who risked their lives in order to save persecuted Jews.

"A Righteous Gentile" by Augusto Ferrera highlights the heroism of German, Peter Kramer, who jeopardized his safety and his family honor to rescue Jews during the Holocaust.

"As a German, the Holocaust was something affected me and still affects me to this day," Ferrera said. "I want my book to remind the world that goodness and compassion are present in everyone. We are all citizens in this world and it's important that we look out for each other."

Peter Kramer's story begins in the early 1970s while he is working abroad with the United States government. A paper that he has written about the Arab-Israeli conflict receives international attention and ruffles feathers high up in the United States presidential administration. A lengthy background check soon reveals that Peter Kramer is not who he claims to be...

Augusto Ferrera was born and raised in California. He and his wife, Greta, a practicing internist, live in Long Beach, CA. and have two grown children. He currently hard at work on his next novel titled, "Under the Tyburn Tree".

"A Righteous Gentile"
by Augusto Ferrera
Published: 12/31/2009
Hardcover $36, S/cover $26, E-book $6
Pages: 496
ISBN: 978-1-44019-921-9

No. 10

"Secret Agent Moscow: Part One - Goodbye, Natasha"

by Jennifer Jigour

"Secret Agent Moscow: Part One" by Jennifer Jigour
The political climate for the LGBT community in Russia is gaining more attention than ever in light of their propaganda laws and their relationship to the current Olympic games. In a country historically intolerant of homosexuals, transsexuals, bisexuals, and everyone in between, it's understandable that forward-thinking countries don't want to step backward into a world of intolerance and violence.

Author Jennifer Jigour comments on this historical stance of intolerance in her new graphic novel, Secret Agent Moscow: Part One - Goodbye, Natasha. Painting -- quite literally -- the mysterious world of the L.G.B.T lifestyle during the beginning of the Cold War, Jigour takes readers through the underground world of "sexual deviants" through the eyes of her main protagonist, a Russian-American woman named Natasha.

Jennifer Jigour studied at Santa Clara University and has been a visual artist for over two decades, in fine art, photography, theatre design, scene painting and film. She has also created two short films, Twisted Lipstick (2008), and a documentary on California Proposition 8 called Love is Free (2008). Jigour also created a short animated film study of Secret Agent Moscow called The Dream, which premiered at the Fringe Festival in San Francisco in 2009. Secret Agent Moscow marks her debut as a writer and illustrator. She currently lives in San Jose, CA, and is working on Part 2 of the Secret Agent Moscow series. More Background Information

No. 11

"The Crisis of Revelation"

by Ross McRonald

"The Crisis of Revelation" by Ross McRonald
Billions of people hold the belief that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world. What if Jesus didn't actually perish on the cross? Author, Ross McRonald makes this claim in his new book, "The Crisis of Revelation".

Inspired by previous works, such as" Holy Blood", "Holy Grail", "The Tomb of God" and "The Da Vinci Code", McRonald's novel suggests that Jesus' final resting place is in the south of France.

The novel follows a retired engineer, Jack Molay, who goes on an archeology expedition to Europe. While there, his team discovers what they believe to be the bones of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. The bones show signs that a crucifixion has occurred. However, these bones have healed. The evidence of healing directly refutes the claim that Jesus rose from the dead.

"Books such as 'The Da Vinci Code' scratch the surface in regards to alternative religious beliefs," McRonald said. "I wanted to write something that takes these ideas to the next level so that we can further explore the roots of Christianity."

Ross McRonald is a practicing physician in Boynton Beach, Florida. Several of his articles have been published in medical trade magazines and peer reviewed medical journals. He and his wife, Carole, have been married for more than 50 years. He is also the author of "Exit Strategy".

"The Crisis of Revelation"
By Ross McRonald
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4917-1261-0

No. 12

"Shadows of Ghosts"

by Stefan Haucke

"Shadows of Ghosts" by Stefan Haucke
Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they've been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs' human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person. (Read More)

"Shadows of Ghosts" is an allegory of the events that led up to the Civil War, Haucke comments on the hardships of loss and explores the problems with "us vs. them" thinking via a fantasy backdrop.

I recently reviewed this book and it is my opinion that it is a really good book for instructing young adolescents on a number of issues. - R.P. BenDedek

Stefan Haucke has always been fascinated by history, literature, and world cultures. He has traveled to over twenty nations. His favorite adventures have included riding a camel near the pyramids in Egypt, swimming with sea lions in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, climbing the Great Wall of China, hiking near the Acropolis in Athens, dog sledding in northern Michigan, and photographing polar bears in Canada.

He has an affinity for folktales, fairytales and urban legends and has successfully worked as a deck hand, a shepherd, a dispatcher for an emergency services unit, an electric meter reader, and as an office manager. He currently resides in Colorado near the city of Denver.

An Excerpt is provided on the author's website

Shadows of Ghosts
by Stefan Haucke
$12 at BarnesandNoble
ISBN-13: 9780615902500
Publisher: MacTavish
Published: 11/27/2013
Pages: 324

No. 13

"Lenin lives next door"

by Jennifer Eremeeva

"Lenin lives next door" by Jennifer Eremeeva
Jennifer Eremeeva is an American writer based in Moscow, Russia. Raised and educated in New England and the United Kingdom, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Area Studies from Columbia University and studied photography at the Moscow Academy of Photography. She has lived in Moscow, Russia for two decades and speaks fluent Russian.

Since 2006, Jennifer has worked full-time as an independent writer and blogger. She is the creator and author of the award-winning humor blog, Russia Lite: The Funnier Side of Life in the World's Largest Country, and the creator and curator of the popular food blog, The Moscovore: Culinary Adventures in the Russian Capital. Jennifer was the regular humor and cooking columnist for Russia Beyond the Headlines, distributed with The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Le Figaro, and other major European, South American, and Asian broadsheets. Jennifer has been interviewed about life in Russia by NPR, PBS Massachusetts Affiliate, WGBY, and The Voice of Russia. She has also contributed feature articles and photos to The Moscow Times, Russian Life, and BBC's Russian Service. She is a popular guest blogger for numerous on-line travel and expatriate portals. Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow is her first book, and she is also publishing a companion piece titled Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia: A Concise History of Russia, which will be available as a free download to anyone who purchases Lenin Lives Next Door, or available for $1.99 on Amazon. Jennifer and her family currently divide their time between Moscow, Russia, and the United States.

Lenin Lives Next Door can be purchased from www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and through Lightning Print at bookstores.

No. 14

"Levittown: Through a Boy's View"

by Leonard Nicholas

"Levittown: Through a Boy's View" by Leonard Nicholas
LEVITTOWN, N.Y. -- Surviving and thriving as a young boy in America's very first 6,000 home housing complex comes with a few obstacles. Author Leonard Nicholas has dealt with everything from bullies to the suffocating feeling of living on top of thousands of other people. Taking what he learned from growing up in such an intense environment, Nicholas wrote "Levittown: Through a Boy's View" from his own experiences of kindergarten through sixth grade in the early 1950s under the pen name of "LostLenny."

"This book is different than most others about Levittown in that I discuss the children, their playgrounds, the way they can spend their time playing with anything," says Nicholas, "The whole world is their playground."

Nicholas also takes a serious look at how childhood experiences affect and formulate a person for the rest of their life, guiding the reader down an interesting path of exploration and self- discovery.

Leonard Nicholas, "LostLenny," was born in New York City and went to public school on Long Island. After graduating high school, he attended Oswego State University in upstate New York and earned a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. The author is now retired from education and spends his time with his family and participating in the Antique Model A Restorers Club.

"Levittown: Through a Boy's View"
By: Leonard Nicholas
ISBN: 9781491812952
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Author House online bookstores

No. 15

"Operation Zodiac"

by E.C. Croslin

"Operation Zodiac" by E.C. Croslin
WASHINGTON DC --International relations are built on a foundation of mutual trust. What can go wrong when that trust breaks down or begins to fade? Based on author E.C. Croslin's own experiences in the Air Force and as a NASA employee, new book "Operation Zodiac," explores the give and take of international agreements. The story follows NSA Agent John Fernandez, as he searches for a missing high-tech spy jet shared by 12 member nations in the UN. As mutual trust dissolves, Agent Fernandez must search for the missing aircraft in order to save the crew of the ship and prevent an impending war.

Croslin's own experience in the Air Force and his time working for NASA sparked the ideas for this book and lends realistic details to the storyline. "After serving in the Air Force and working with NASA the idea of an aircraft such as the Zodiac existing is possible," said Croslin. Spurred by a love of spies and science fiction, Croslin's novel explores more serious and relevant issues such as international relations, politics and national security.

Everett Croslin Sr. has served in the United States Navy and United States Air Force, serving in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Croslin attended Coppin State College where he studied political science and Morgan State University where he studied psychology, creative writing and script writing. Croslin worked for NASA for nine months before serving 18 years as a police officer in Maryland. Besides novels, Croslin enjoys composing and arranging music.

"Operation Zodiac: Tale of the Jaguar"
By E.C. Croslin
ISBN: 1-4797-6763-8
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xlibris.

No. 16

"Rogue"

by P. A. Minyard

"Rogue" by P. A. Minyard
In a unique story about the Civil War, family, angels and demons, Minyard weaves historical human battles with mystical wars between angles and demons. At the heart of her story is the loyalty and unselfish actions between two brothers who battle for life and death.

The War Between the States, The War of Northern Aggression, The War of Southern Treason, The Civil War. All are names for the historic battle between the United States that tore families apart and shed too much blood on both sides. Yet, over 150 years later, it is still a topic that inflames controversy and inspires authors.

The new historical, fantasy novel, Rogue by P. A. Minyard, is a drastically unique and captivating story told about the lives of two brothers during the Civil War. Bound by the attributes of valor and compassion, the Beloved are sent by the Father to battle demons head on in order to help those in greatest need. But as their prowess and power grows, they face a new threat - their own weaknesses.

Perfect for history buffs and fantasy fans, Rogue delivers timeless messages.

"As a stand alone sequel to my first novel, The Beloved, I wanted to give readers a thrilling book that spans my two favorite genres: historical fiction and fantasy," says Minyard. "Reviewers have called Rogue original, unique, heart pounding, and action packed. Gosh, I hope they're right!"

P. A. Minyard is the author of The Beloved and her new sequel, Rogue. She has lived all over the country and currently resides in Tampa, FL, where she works to further exceptional care and treatment of cancer patients. Despite a hectic schedule, she enjoys writing, golf, hiking, movies, and all kinds of sports.

"Rogue"
by P. A. Minyard
ISBN-13: 9781493550197
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 12/24/2013
Pages: 222

No. 17

"The Island Boy President"

by Thomas Darby

"The Island Boy President" by Thomas Darby
Author Thomas Darby's new fiction book features a brand new president- one that changes the course of American history forever. Darby's "The Island Boy President" is a political-fiction novel that suggests real solutions to the issues our governments face. Readers follow president Paul Harvey Collins as he reveals his life story to a presidential biographer.

"The most important part of the book is Paul Harvey Collins' years as president of the United States," Darby said. "He supports individual freedom and ensures all people and nations that they can have their freedom." As president Collins shows readers how he achieved his motto, "peace and prosperity for all," readers gain insight into the education system, law-making and individual freedom.

Darby, a self-proclaimed 21st century radical, urges readers to take more of a vested interest in the government and support the proposed changes that provide more efficient and effective government methods.

Thomas Darby holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Citadel, a master's in pharmacology and doctorate of philosophy from Medical University of South Carolina. He is a former associate dean for academic affairs and has authored three other books. He currently resides in Tampa, Fla., where he is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

"The Island Boy President"
By Thomas Darby
ISBN: 978-4907-1889-7
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Trafford online bookstores

No. 18

"My Iranian Revolution"

By John Robert Tipton

"My Iranian Revolution" By John Robert Tipton
In the summer of 1977, 27 year-old John Tipton has grown weary of his current job in Fort Worth, Texas and discovers his wife is seeking a divorce. Looking for an opportunity to leave his old life behind, an intriguing job offer appears which will take Tipton somewhere he never expected-Tehran, Iran.

"My Iranian Revolution", the new book of John Robert Tipton, follows the political unrest in Iran and the American expatriate who finds himself caught in the middle of the Iranian Revolution.

"I wrote this book as a means to inform readers about the people and the culture in Iran", said Tipton. "It was important for me to share my experiences living and working in downtown Tehran during the revolution".

Through his remarkable memory and vivid ability to tell his story, Tipton shares exciting and colorful memories from his time in Iran. Tipton offers an American's unique perspective on the Iranian Revolution

John Robert Tipton was born and raised in a small East Texas oil field town. He attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1968. He worked for two major aircraft manufacturers while residing in Tehran and Riyadh. He is now retired and lives in California.

"My Iranian Revolution"
By John Robert Tipton
ISBN: 978-4917-0689-3
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse online bookstores


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